By H. Scot Krause

Gold Coast Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada

A local’s favorite, but also accommodating value minded tourists, The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino opened on December 21, 1986 under the ownership of Michael Gaughan as his second Coast Casino property in Las Vegas (the first being the former Barbary Coast located on the Strip at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo. It is now The Cromwell.). A major expansion on the Gold Coast was completed in 2001.


Gold Coast Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada

Gold Coast Casino

The Gold Coast is located on Flamingo Road just west of I-15 and across from the Rio and the Palms

After completing two additional hotel casinos in Las Vegas, first the Orleans, followed by the Suncoast, Gaughan sold his interest in all four casinos to Boyd Gaming and Gaughan now owns and operates the South Point casino hotel at the far south end of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino is a 711-room resort destination located one mile west of the Strip and one-half mile from Chinatown. Surrounded by acres of free parking and two easy access parking garages, the Gold Coast also has a free shuttle bus that carries guests to its sister properties, the Orleans, plus a stop at the High Roller observation wheel at the Linq near the Strip.

The hotel, which recently underwent a complete renovation on all of its guest rooms, offers standard rooms, premium rooms and deluxe suites with rates starting as low as $45, plus a dilay resort fee. It also features a resort style swimming pool, a barber shop, beauty salon, free lounge entertainment and a fitness center. In addition, 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space is available for small gatherings of 20 people up to as many as 700 guests for a large event. As well as a 720-seat bingo hall and a 70-lane bowling center.

Guests can enjoy fine dining at affordable prices in the Cornerstone, featuring steaks and seafood. Ping Pang Pong offers authentic Asian cuisine, including award winning Dim Sum, and was named as one of the 50 essential restaurants in Las Vegas by noted local food critics. It also is a perennial award winner in the Best of Las Vegas annual awards. Its sister property, the Noodle Exchange, features mini-Hot Pots. Looking for a Buffet? The Ports ‘O Call buffet offers seven live cooking stations. TGI Friday’s is open 24 hours daily. Also on property are Java Vegas coffee bar which brews Starbucks brand coffee, a Subway, and a bowling center snack bar.

And for a quick “cheap” bite, hot dogs are served from a vendors cart daily near the Race & Sports Book. Have it your way with sauerkraut, onions or relish, or just ask for the “works” for only $1.25. They are usually open from around 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Gold Coast Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada

Ports O' Call Buffet at Gold Coast

 The Ports O’ Call Buffet offers seven live cooking stations

The casino floor offers all of what you’d expect in Las Vegas including all table games, bingo room, slots and some of the better video poker machines (with higher paytables) than many of its Strip competitors. There is also a High Limit Room for slot and video poker machines.

The Gold Coast also offer a generous slot club. B Connected links Gold Coast to all of the major Boyd gaming properties in Nevada as well as its casinos in the mid-west and southern states. At the Gold Coast, $1 coin-in = 1 point. 1,000 points = $1 cashback or comps. Some machines require $2 coin-in to earn a point. Higher tier levels award points at 2-3x the regular rate. The club often offers multiple bonus point earning days as well.  Other promotions and drawings are also held throughout the month. Always visit the B Connected club prior to playing to see what may be happening during your visit.

Craps games offer 3x, 4x and 5x Odds and free Craps lessons for beginners are offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

The Bingo Room offers the “Daub Daub” coverall jackpot. Any player covering his card in less than 48 numbers receives $20,000. If the prize is not won, the required coverall number increases by one each week until it hits 56. Once the coverall is hit, the number reverts back to 48.

Gold Coast Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada

Typical room at Gold Coast

 Typical standard room at the Gold Coast

With so many amenities, dining choices, good values and good gaming it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is a local’s favorite and so popular for tourists too! The Gold Coast is located at 4000 W. Flamingo Road just west of I-15. For more information on the Gold Coast call them toll-free at (800) 402-6278, or visit their website at

H. Scot Krause is a freelance writer, gaming industry analyst and researcher, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Scot reports, researches, and specializes in writing about casino games, events, attractions and promotions. His work is regularly featured in Gaming Today, the American Casino Guide Book and Vegas Values, a weekly feature found at:

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