Station Expected to Take Over King 8

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LAS VEGAS -- Pending Nevada Gaming Control board approval, Las Vegas-based Station Casinos Inc. was set to take over operations at the King 8 Hotel & Gambling Hall on July 1.

The property will be renamed the Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel, according to Glenn Christenson, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Station Casinos.

Station Casinos agreed to lease from J.A. Tiberti Construction Co. the 19 acres of land on which the King 8 is situated.

The King 8 -- which has 230 slot and video poker machines, seven table games, 283 budget guest rooms and a coffee shop -- is located on Tropicana Avenue, at the intersection of Tropicana and Interstate 15, a half-mile west of the Las Vegas Strip.

"Frankly, the reason we bought the property is because it is right off the Strip," Christenson said.

The company's immediate plans call for upgrading the property so that it is consistent with other Station Casinos properties, said Christenson.

Long-range plans include building "a major facility" at the site, Christenson said, but first company officials want to gauge the impact of the debut of several megaresorts in Las Vegas during the next 12 to 18 months.

"We're looking at a number of different [options]," Christenson said. "[The new property] may or may not be more tourist oriented."

Several of Station Casinos' Las Vegas properties cater more to local residents than to city visitors.

Station Casinos owns and operates the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, the Boulder Station Hotel & Casino and the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel here.

The Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in nearby Henderson as well as the Station Casino Kansas City and the Station Casino St. Charles, both in Missouri, round out the roster.

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