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Boardwalk Implosion Set for May 9

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 6th May 2006 12:16am
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The hollowed our shell of the Boardwalk Hotel & Casino will be imploded on May 9th to make way for the luxurious Project City Center project. While this implosion isn't the most historic wrecking of a Strip Casino it does signify the end of Low Rolling the Strip. Gone are $3 blackjack, $1.99 Surf Buffet and the many other grinder deals that made the Boardwalk what it was. The New York Times has profiles this turning point on the strip in a fabulous article... here's an excerpt:

Before daybreak on May 9, an explosives team plans to demolish the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino, a recently closed budget oasis on the Strip with a giant clown face on its facade and signs advertising $1.99 shrimp cocktails. It is giving way to this city's latest incarnation: luxury.

The Strip has become a considerably more expensive place to spend the night - roughly $125 on average last year, a 23 percent increase in just two years - and it is expected to get more so. At least four new luxury hotel projects are under way that will replace old standbys, like the Boardwalk, and add more than 10,000 rooms.

The hotels are catering to an influx of convention-going business travelers and deeper-pocketed visitors patronizing high-end restaurants, shops and shows. The hotels here are heralding flat-panel televisions and fancy shower soaps as they once did a cheap place to sleep off a night in the casino whose tables and slots subsidized the rooms.



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