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.