Las Vegas History Series: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Comes to an End

Over the weekend into early Monday morning, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino closed its doors for the final time. The future of the resort and casino now lies in the hands of Richard Branson and the Virgin airline and hotel chain. The Virgin Hotels Las Vegas resort will be going through a period of renovations and changes. That is the reason for the temporary closing. Expect the resort to be open back in the Fall of 2020.

We were on hand for the closing weekend of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The last weekend featured lots of different music, some giveaways of Hard Rock music celebrity memorabilia. It included everything from autographed guitars to gold records. The last weekend that occurred from January 30th to February 2nd was billed as The Last Great Party. 

For the staff of 1850 people, they are allowed to return to the new Virgin resort opening in the Fall of 2020 if they want to. Focusing on the Hard Rock resort in Las Vegas, I wanted to look back at a few things from its history. Here are eight interesting facts.

One: The resort opened in March of 1995. At the time, it was the first Rock & Roll themed hotel.

Two: The cost to open the resort at the time was 100 million dollars. The value of the music memorabilia at the resort was two million dollars.

Three: When the Palms opened in 2001, it became a competitor of the Hard Rock for the young adult crowd in Las Vegas.

Four: John Entwistle of the band The Who died in room 658 at the resort back in 2002 a day before a concert performance.

Five: Veteran Hollywood actor and gambler Ben Affleck was banned from the blackjack tables for counting cards.

Six: Scenes from the movie 21 about the MIT blackjack card counting team were shot there.

Seven: The pool party scene history in Las Vegas cannot be discussed without mentioning the Rehab pool parties at the Hard Rock. A reality series was even made about the staff titled Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel. It aired on TruTV.

Eight: In its entire history, 14,000 people worked there.

In celebration of the Hard Rock, we wanted to show you a variety of different cards, chips and dice we have on our website and Ebay from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. You can purchase each item clicking the picture below.

Hard Rock Decks of Cards:

We have brand new decks of cards from the Hard Rock that are $4.00 or used decks that are $2.50. You can purchase either clicking the correct photo below:

New Hard Rock Decks for $4.00            Used Hard Rock Decks for $2.50



Hard Rock Dice:

Those looking for some cool Hard Rock dice, we have a few pairs online from Ebay you can purchase clicking the photo below. Both also have a famous saying on them that says Shake, Rattle n’ Roll.


Hard Rock Casino Chips:

From casino chips to roulette chips with guitars, saxophones and drums among others, we have some very cool Hard Rock chips on our website and Ebay you are going to want to look at and purchase below. These roulette chips are absolutely unique and truly represent what the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was. You can see the entire collection below and purchase clicking each picture. If you need the $1 chip, it’s below. We have a limited supply.






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