Riviera casino closes doors after 60 years on Vegas Strip

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Posted: May 04, 2015 4:04 PM
Riviera casino closes doors after 60 years on Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The aging Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip will age no more.

As of noon Monday, the 60-year-old casino-hotel closed its doors as the last few gamblers tried their luck on slots.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority bought the 2,075-room building and 26 acres it sits on in February.

The publicly funded tourism agency plans to tear down the casino-hotel where Liberace and Frank Sinatra once were headliners and expand the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Strip.

"The Riv" is among the few remaining hotel-casinos that got its start in Sin City's early mob-led days. The property has struggled in recent years as development around it went dormant, deterring walk-in traffic.

Furniture and fixtures inside the casino-hotel are expected to be auctioned in mid-May.