By GT STAFF
Evidenced by the elbow-to-elbow crowds that gamble here, the Skyline has become one of the most popular casinos in the competition-rich East Valley.
Like many of the casinos in Henderson, the Skyline follows the standard formula for success: friendly staff, machines people like to play (poker and keno machines), good food at bargain prices and easy parking access.
Located on Boulder Highway, the Skyline has a meandering casino with several "nooks and crannies" where players can lose themselves among a nice mix of video poker and video keno machines.
There’s also a small pit with a couple of blackjack tables, Let It Ride, poker and a cozy sports book operated by Leroy’s.
The casino has about 400 slot and video machines, many of which are of the popular 5Â¡ and 25Â¡ varieties.
The Skyline’s restaurant is one of the better spots to eat in Henderson. There’s a modest salad bar and the most popular specialties are the prime rib and steak dishes.
There are also daily specials and the kitchen makes a hearty beef vegetable soup that’s a meal in itself.
Overall, the Skyline continues to be a popular hangout in Henderson and families are always treated well there.
In fact, the Skyline continues to serve repeat customers who come from as far away as Logandale and Searchlight.
For several decades the Skyline was owned and operated by John Kish, a colorful business figure in Henderson. He sold the property about a year ago to Las Vegas car dealer Jim Marsh.
Although the Skyline marks Marsh’s first Southern Nevada casino, he isn’t new to the gaming business. Marsh owns the Longstreet Inn in Amargosa Valley and the Tonopah Station and Bank Club in Tonopah.
The Skyline was originally built in 1964 by Kish’s father, who hired an operator to run it. John Kish took control in the mid 1970s.
Over the course of its 40-year history, the Skyline has grown in size about four times. The original 4,000-square-foot property is now spread over 30,000 square feet.
Virtually all of the Skyline staff was retained after the change in ownership.
"We’ve loved working here," said a long-time blackjack dealer. "It’s nice to be able to stay."