stardustThe Stardust Resort and Casino was a casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip, at 3000 Las Vegas Blvd South in Winchester, Nevada.

At its peak size, The Stardust featured 1,500 hotel rooms, a 25,000 sq ft conference center and 100,00 sq ft of casino floor. The casino had nearly 2,000 slot, keno and video poker machines and over 70 gaming tables.

The Stardust opened on July 2, 1958 and closed on November 1, 2006.

Stardust poker room

The poker room at Stardust had 10 poker tables and was renowned for its friendly staff. It offered $1/$2 ($40 – $200 buy-in) no limit poker and $3/$6 ($30 – $200 buy-in) limit poker.

No limit tournaments with a $40 buy-in started at 10 a.m every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Stardust history

With over 1,000 hotel rooms, The Stardust was the largest hotel in the Las Vegas metropolitan area when it opened its gates in 1958. It also had the largest casino in Nevada (16 500 sq ft), the largest swimming pool in Nevada (105-foot) and Las Vegas Strip’s only first run drive-in theater.

In 1964, a nine-story tower was added, bringing the room count up to nearly 1,500. Until The International was opened five years later, The Stardust was the leader in rooms in Las Vegas. Another tower was added to Stardust as late as 1991, but by then the bungalow rooms had been demolished so the room count stayed at roughly 1,500.

Closed and imploded

During Stardust’s last months of operation, celebrated stars such as George Carlin, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway all gave farewell performances at the Stardust Theater, and singer Lawrence Leritz performed for the Ex-Playboy Bunny Reunion. The very last act before the theater closed on October 28, 2006, was the married duo Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé.

The Stardust Resort and Casino officially closed at 12:00 p.m. on November 1, 2006. Right before noon, the Bobbie Howard Band led the guests out the doors in a conga line to the tune of When the Saints Go Marching In. Outside the gates, loudspeakers were playing John Lennon’s song Nobody Told Me.

The Stardust was imploded on Mars 13, 2007, in a grand night-time ceremony that included fireworks. When the 32 story tower went down, it was the tallest structure ever to be imploded on the Las Vegas Strip. 428 pounds of explosives were used and it took less than 10 seconds for the building to collapse, leaving 170, 000 tons of debris and plenty of dust on the site.

The Echelon Place

Boyd Gaming commenced construction of the Echelon Place in 2007. It was planned to replace The Stardust by 2010, but the project was suspended in 2008. In March 2013, the site was purchased by the Genting Group who plans to develop it as a 3,500 room hotel and casino named Resorts World Las Vegas. If everything goes according to plan, Resorts World Las Vegas will have a 175,000 sq ft casino and be ready for guests in 2016.