Thursday, June 19, 1997 | 11:29 a.m.
Black took over what was the old Players Island resort in the border town about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, adding 200 more rooms and making other improvements.
The resort had first opened in mid-1995, with 500 rooms, a health spa with mud baths, 400-seat showroom, lagoon swimming pool with waterfalls and a golf course.
Partners in the initial venture had included former talk show host Merv Griffin and Players International Inc., owner of floating casinos in Illinois and Louisiana.
In other action, the commission approved a purchase by the owners of the Commercial Casino and Stockmen's Casino and Hotel in Elko of the Red Garter Hotel and Casino in Wendover.
Full House Inc. also owns Scoreboard Sports Lounge in Spring Creek, in addition to its two Elko properties. The Red Garter was sold by members of the Chilton family, which also owns Chilton Engineering in Elko.
The Red Garter has 460 slot machines, eight gaming tables and 50,000 square feet of gaming space. The hotel has 106 rooms.