Las Vegas History Series: La Rue Restaurant and Casino & New Sahara Casino Chips

Las Vegas History Series: La Rue Restaurant and Casino & New Sahara Casino Chips

This week, we are putting a new collection of chips from the La Rue Hotel and Casino on our website for you to purchase. We have also added some new Sahara chips. However, we will talk about those later.

For starters, we are going to tell you about the La Rue Restaurant and Casino that was opened in the 1950s on the Las Vegas Strip. The other name for it was also Club La Rue. Where the Venetian is located today, is where the La Rue was originally located at 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S.

The original visionary for the project was a man by the name of Billy Wilkerson. He wanted to combine fine dining and casino gaming. Mr. Wilkerson was an avid gambler and wanted to have his addiction cured by owning his own casino where he would wager money. It was a three-table game casino according to the book Hollywood Godfather: The Life and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson. Those three table games were blackjack, craps, and roulette. Another famous story in that book is that Club La Rue lost close to $500,000 from their casino action. Some may also know Mr. Wilkerson as the original developer of the Flamingo.

In 1951, a man by the name of Jeff Freedman purchased the property due to reportedly Wilkerson’s crime syndicate connections. Freedman’s dream was to construct the most glamorous hotel in all of Las Vegas. What the La Rue did for Las Vegas, was become the beginning of the formation of the famous Sands Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in that area. The phone number for the place was 5278. Reportedly, there are no pictures of the La Rue. If anyone somehow has one, please send it along. I would love to see it.

Below you can find each chip from our new collection of La Rue chips for purchase. You can do so by clicking the picture of each chip.

 

 

 

 

 

    

      

 

New Casino Chips from the Sahara Las Vegas:

 

 

Recently, the new chips from the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel and Casino were released. If you are interested in purchasing the $1, $5 or $25 chip, you can do clicking the picture below. All chips are in excellent condition.

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

New Video on Nevada Club Home Poker Chips:

 

 

This week, Spinettis employee Oscar did a video on our 15-gram Nevada Club brass home game poker chips. You can watch the video below to learn about them:

 

 

If you are interested in purchasing any, you can do so clicking the picture below:

 

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