Arizona Charlie's turns to its menu as a sure bet

LAS VEGAS -- The recently opened Arizona Charlie's East Hotel & Casino claims to lose $300,000 a month on meals that are so cheap, the locals can't afford not to drop by for dinner.

But, not to worry. New York billionaire financier Carl Icahn can afford it.

Icahn, who also owns Charlie Brown's on Decatur Boulevard, acquired the property for $43 million from its bankrupt owners and spent $12 million putting the final touches on the property's construction.

Arizona Charlie's East, on Boulder Highway between the Desert Inn and Flamingo Road, has 300 guest rooms starting at $45 per night, per person.

Great grub and friendly service are the hallmarks of the newly opened Arizona Charlie's East Hotel & Casino. A flower-landscaped area on the property provides spaces for 240 recreational vehicles that rent for $18 per night.

In the gambling hall, the action is lively at 826 slot machines and 13 table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette and pai gow poker.

Players who earn points using the casino's affinity card can redeem them at the other Arizona Charlie's in Las Vegas.

A sports book will open by football season, and a bingo parlor is planned.

The 24-hour Sourdough Cafe has a breakfast menu with the works for only 77 cents. A ham-steak and eggs breakfast is available for $2.49.

Steaks, chops, chicken and seafood dinners starting at $7.95 are served in the Yukon Grill Steakhouse.

The Fish House features a broiled salmon dinner for $12.95, and for gamblers on the go, there are deli sandwiches and fast food at the food court.

The Palace Grand Lounge hosts country and rock performers.

The Fortunes and John Earl and the Boogey Man Band have been recent headliners.

Although Arizona Charlie's draws most of its crowd from the local scene, management is considering promotions to attract out-of-town tourists in the future, according to a spokeswoman.

The real Arizona Charlie was a legendary rodeo star with Buffalo Bill's traveling show. He later established the Palace Grand Opera House in Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory during the Klondike gold rush.

Arizona Charlie's East
Phone: (702) 951-5900

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