Renovations creating a majestic Palace Station

Renovations creating a majestic Palace Station

April 11, 2017 3:03 AM


We drove by Palace Station recently to have a last nostalgic look at the railroad-themed property and noticed they are making great strides in the renovations and upgrades to give this favorite locals casino a fresh, more up-to-date look.

“Our recent renovations and improvements at Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch resort and some of our other properties have been really well received by our guests,” Lori Nelson, VP of corporate communications at Station Casinos told us. “Based on that success, we think now is the time to reinvest in Palace Station and we’re excited about the opportunities presented by making improvements to the Palace Station – the property where our company began.”

Yes, the casino on West Sahara Avenue was the beginning for Station Casinos. Back then, in 1976, it was called The Casino, but the following year the game of bingo was added and the name was changed to Bingo Palace. Then in 1984 the trains rolled into the Station when owner Frank Fertitta Jr. completed an expansion and remodeling and changed the name to Palace Station.

Reminiscing about those days brought to mind the very cool wooden whistle that was given to attendees at the grand opening ceremonies, held 33 years ago this month. It sounded exactly like a train whistle when you blew into it. Needless to say, it was a favorite of nieces and nephews who visited our office from time to time.

The new features in the latest upgrade include a new 362-seat bingo room, casino Porte Cochere/valet area, a new façade for the front of the casino, and landscaping and parking lot improvements. These are expected to be completed by mid-to-late Spring and it will be on to the next phase – a new Feast Buffet to be located on the casino floor as well as two additional restaurants.

COLLECTIBLES TIME: The Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club will be back at South Point for its 25th annual convention, June 22-24. Publicity Director Sheldon Smith tells us they are trying to change their name to Casino Collectibles Association, which we think is a great move as casinos have so much more to collect than chips and tokens, not to mention what a tongue twister the original name is.

This year the special speaker at the club’s banquet will be the infamous Frank Cullotta, former enforcer for the Chicago mob, leader of the Hole in the Wall gang, and a friend of notorious mobster Tony Spilotro. In 2012 Cullotta was inducted into the Las Vegas Mob Museum. Sounds like an interesting banquet.

In future columns we will give you more information on the convention and the educational seminars they have planned. You can check out the club and all they have to offer at

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In this case, the Westgate rules state: “In Golf the golfer must tee off to start the tournament for action,” while William Hill rules say: “Unless otherwise specified, all wagers are ‘action’ regardless if golfer starts the tournament; no refunds, except for match-up proposition.”

So save yourself some aggravation and make sure you check those rules before you bet. They are posted in the sportsbooks and are available through the books’ betting apps. And, if you don’t see what you are looking for or don’t understand something, ask someone at the sportsbook, they will be happy to help you.

See you around town.