Las Vegas History Series: El Inca Casino

From 1977 to 1979 at the address of 4600 Paradise Rd sat the El Inca Casino. The off-strip casino was one of three casinos to actually open in 1977. The other two were the Bingo Palace Hotel and Casino and the Maxim Hotel and Casino. They were both as well not on the strip.

Located less than a mile from the airport, it very well could have been a gaming stop for people before they headed in or out of town. Based on what I was able to find out about El Inca, I learned that the establishment provided free reservations for shows and a tram service to your hotel rooms.

It was the 1970s, so of course, there was disco dancing. The gaming business also had three restaurants, a cocktail lounge, a gift shop, and a shopping center. Based on what information I found, there were some hotel rooms there as well that a person could stay in.

Today, the area of 4600 Paradise Rd is occupied by an apartment complex called the Chalet Vegas Condominiums.

As for the gaming, the most interesting part is there are only three known chips from the El Inca Casino. There is a $1 No Cash Value and a $5 and $25 casino chip. We have all of them in our collection and you can purchase any of them or all 3 chips clicking the pictures below of each.

Ashtray of the Week:

We are selling this great ashtray from the Sands Hotel and Casino for $10. If you are interested, send me an email to and I will gladly process the order for you.

Legendary Carol Channing Chip on Ebay:

With the recent passing of show business legend Carol Channing, we have a chip from Harrah’s Casino in Tunica Mississippi up for auction this week. You can bid clicking the picture below: 

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Don Clark jr.

Don Clark jr.

My father owned the elinka with Ray swaggerty and I would like to get a chip and maybe find out if he’s still alive he used to run the Jewel of the Nile and Carta Haina the Holiday inn Aruba and a granite casino for the perlman’s in Sri Lanka

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