Las Vegas History Series: Palace Station Hotel and Casino

Just west of the Las Vegas Strip sits the Palace Station Hotel and Casino. The resort just went through a 192 million-dollar renovation. If you want to venture off the Strip and the Fremont Street Experience, Palace Station is no doubt worth visiting.

It all started back in the mid-1970s when Frank Fertitta Jr. wanted to open a casino. He had worked as an executive at the Fremont Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. In 1976, it was called The Casino for a year. In 1977, the name was changed to Bingo Palace. Bingo Palace was the beginning of an off-strip casino targeting residents of Las Vegas. There were offers to get them in the door such as free giveaways and discounted buffets. Other casinos including the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino would copy that model down the road.

In 1984, the resort was renamed to Palace Station. They decided to make the hotel and casino a train theme. By 1990, the hotel had over 1000 rooms. Walking through the Palace Station today, you will find a nice renovated resort. While inside, you may feel like you are no longer in Las Vegas.

Many locals and visitors to the property have nothing but good things to say about the Oyster Bar. Many believe they are some of the best oysters in the city. It is one of only a few 24-hour seafood restaurants in the Entertainment Capital of the World. The resort also has a movie theater that was added during the renovation period. Palace Station also currently offers a free drink coupon when locals cash their paychecks there. You will find all the major table games there along with slots, video poker, bingo, and keno.

In pop culture, people might know Palace Station from the 2007 incident involving O.J. Simpson stealing some of his alleged personal belongings from a sports memorabilia dealer in a hotel room there. For that incident, Mr. Simpson would end up serving almost nine years for that crime.

Las Vegas resident Clarrie Jarvis was the person who came up with the name for the resort. 26,000 people submitted name ideas for the hotel and casino before it changed its name back in 1994. In 2018, the train marquee was removed during the renovation period.

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