Tuscany Casino eyes January opening

Dec 31, 2002 2:45 AM

For the second time in about two weeks, Las Vegas will welcome a new casino, which is being added to the Tuscany Suites Hotel on east Flamingo.

   The sprawling casino will add to the amenities of the Palm Springs-style, 720-suite hotel that has been open for about a year.

   “We’re expecting to fill a nice niche in the valley, catering to locals, tourists as well as conventioneers,” said Bruce Fraser, Tuscany’s general manager.

   Fraser said the new casino will follow the “Toast of the Town” standard once set by the now-closed Maxim Hotel up the street.

   “At the time, people would come to the casino because they knew they would be treated well, and that all of their needs would be met,” said Fraser, a veteran of several gaming properties including Boyd’s Sam’s Town and Main Street Station.

   The new Tuscany Casino follows the motif of the hotel — upscale Spanish modern design, similar to townhouses in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, accented by tile floors, adobe walls, dark wood columns and wrought iron fixtures.

   The casino will feature about 800 gaming machines, all of them ticket in/ticket out, plus a handful of table games.

   Designed with the player in mind, the casino features a comfortable setting with plenty of “elbow room” between banks of carousels and the machines.

   Deceivingly large, the casino is flanked by a restaurant/buffet and lounge for live entertainment, as well as shops and other amenities to be added later.

   In addition, the casino will feature convention and meeting space to go along with the hotel’s sparkling pool and luxurious guest rooms.

   The Tuscany Suites project — which is located on the site where a pirate’s galleon was “moored” for many years! — is the lifelong dream of Charles Heers, a developer who has lived and worked in Las Vegas for 53 years.