Best of Las Vegas : Trippies 2014

The Editors Choice

Worst Service

Treasure Island


Few casino bosses are creators - Jay Sarno (Caesars Palace), Steve Wynn (Wynn, Encore), Sheldon Adelson (Venetian, Palazzo). Most casino bosses are investors - Alex Yemenidjian (Tropicana), Jimbo Murren (MGM), Gary Loveman (Caesars). A handful are destroyers, folks who take something exquisite and drive it straight into a ditch. Phil 'Folgers' Ruffin, owner of Treasure Island, is just such a man. The writing on the wall came in the form of the New Frontier, beat to shit home of the Wrangler and Stetson set, known primarily for hosting The Strip's only mud wrestling arena and mechanical bull.

As is first executive order after TI was to wheel the bull back in. It's been downhill ever since.

Just like the New Frontier, the shit flows downhill and now Treasure Island employees have shed whatever shred of MGM stewardship they had left in them and are now contributing to the turd lagoon that once hosted one of the must see spectacles on The Strip.

Way to go Phil.

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