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Dotty’s Owner Gets Gaming License for Revamped Hacienda Casino

Plans to remodel the Hacienda Hotel is moving forward with a meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Dotty’s Casino chain owner Craig Estey and his company, Nevada Restaurant Services, requested a gaming license for the Hoover Dam Lodge, formerly the Hacienda, between Hoover Dam and Boulder City.

Read more in Vegas Inc.com

New Hoover Dam Lodge Gets First OK from Regulators

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The landmark Hacienda hotel off U.S. 93 near the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead is one step closer to become the Hoover Dam Lodge.

The owner of a chain of "Dotty's" storefront slot machine taverns is in the process buying the 300-room hotel, and plans to give it a new name.

On Wednesday, state gambling regulators gave the purchase a preliminary OK.  The Nevada Gaming Commission is expected to make a final decision later in the month.

The hotel is just outside of Boulder City, and a 15-minute drive from the dam.

Once the deal goes through, the Hacienda is expected close for a week for remodeling, and reopen shortly after Christmas. The new owners will update hotel rooms, and replace live table games with computerized blackjack, craps and roulette.

Hacienda to Become Hoover Dam Lodge

Hacienda to Become Hoover Dam Lodge

The new owners of the Hacienda Hotel and Casino just announced their plans for renovating the property, which sits just outside Boulder City on U.S. 93.

Nevada Restaurant Services, which is better known as the owner of the Dotty's chain of bars and casinos, bought the property earlier this year.

The resort will be renamed the Hoover Dam Lodge, but that is just the start of the renovation which will include new restaurants, bars and gaming machines. Owners are also planning on updating the hotel rooms.

The resort will not be closed entirely during the construction; however, some areas will be closed periodically for renovation.The entire project is expected to take six months.

Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino Unveiling Renovated Sports Book

The Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino will officially unveil its new Watch & Wager Sports Lounge Thursday, August 22.

The grand opening celebration will be from 5 to 9 p.m. However, operations at the new sports book will start at August 15.

The new lounge will feature 11 TV screens with seating for 40 people. There will also be 12 odds boards. The book will have the NFL Sunday Ticket package with all National Football League games available for viewing. There will be some blackouts

William Hill Race & Sports Book group will still provide the sports wagering service.

“We are excited to open an all new, completely renovated sports book at the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino, and continue to present the best wagering product for residents of Henderson and Boulder City,” William Hill United States CEO, Joe Asher said.

It's the Anti-Vegas: No Gambling Allowed

It's the Anti-Vegas: No Gambling Allowed


History and a sense of being different keep gambling out of Boulder City.

When she moved here in the 1980s, Carri Stevens was baffled.

This is Nevada, so where are all the casinos? she wondered.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

WATCH: The Arts Take Center Stage

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is transforming into a cultural mecca, and this weekend, 8 News NOW takea you inside as the arts take center stage.

From the new Smith Center for Performing Arts, to the Neon Boneyard and Arts District, Las Vegas is doing more with arts and theater than ever before.

8 News NOW and our Community Pride sponsors will be the first to take you through the new buildings and give you a sneak peak at what's to come in the next year in our special.

BREAKING NEWS: Wind Advisory and Freeze Watch Issued

LAS VEGAS -- A wind advisory has been issued starting at 3 p.m. and lasting until midnight for Clark County and southern Nye County and a freeze watch will be in effect Wednesday night.

Winds are expected to be gusting between 20 to 30 mph and with gusts possible to 50 mph. There is also a slight chance of rain. The temperature will drop Wednesday and is expected to be in the 40's on Thanksgiving Day making it one of the coldest in recent years.

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A freeze watch is in effect from Wednesday night to Friday morning. Some neighborhoods could see temperatures in the 20's.