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January 25, 2015

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Buffalo Bill’s at Primm to close temporarily for renovations


Steve Marcus

The Herbst Gaming casinos in Primm are visible from the roller coaster at Buffalo Bill’s.

Buffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino at Primm Valley is temporarily closing today until late December for renovations.

The hotel-casino will be remodeling its guest rooms and adding a Denny’s restaurant, as well as putting an energy efficiency program in place. Buffalo Bill’s will reopen Dec. 23.

“We are making renovations and improvements to Buffalo Bill’s including bringing well-known brands and amenities that provide added value for our guests,” said Michael Starr, executive vice president and general manager of Primm Valley Casino Resorts. “As we approach a slower time in the season, we will streamline our operations and condense our guests into our other two properties.”

During the closure, guests can book a stay at Whiskey Pete’s or Primm Valley Resort & Casino. Concerts at The Star of the Desert Arena will continue as scheduled.

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  1. As a surprise to many, Denny's will do well there.

    Denny's does very well in California and most of the crowd stopping at Primm are from California.

    Maybe it is not your cup of tea, or Breakfast but you cater to the crowd that comes to your hotels if you want to make money.

  2. Denny's.......What a dump!

  3. OH NO MR. BILL!

  4. Buffalo Bills is the newest of the 3, If it is dated, what about the other 2? We've stayed there before, during LV work visits in the 1990's, when large events (NFR, Comdex, etc.) had the local "cheap rooms" priced upwards of $150. By staying at Primm (or Jean) we added a few extra miles to the trip every day, but saved a ton on rooms. At the time, Buffalo Bills was new, and a pretty nice place. Not fancy, but nice. I do remember the food not being the greatest at those places. The food at Jean (Gold Strike) is really good and really really cheap.

  5. Bakersfield
    Agree with you on the heavy discount on food and room in these properties versus most other Las Vegas based operations. No doubt about it. However, there's a flip side of the coin:

    The drive is not that short if you think about. I think it's about 50 miles more or less, one way, isn't it? Just for driving there to sleep it's a little bit exagerated I think. If you take yourself the time and check out the situation in the Vegas market, you will probably find places that don't cost much more for this single or these 2 extra nights that are a little higher.

    I stayed there once, but only once, because I refused to pay 100+ on that expensive holiday weekend. But then I already noticed how little I liked the drive out there, especially at nights, after gambling in Las Vegas. The 2nd night I only drove till Southpoint. I had dinner at the Silverton buffet and gambled at the Southpoint and the M. From there it's not soooo far anymore. But I wouldn't want to spend the night on the Strip and then early in the morning do the 70 miles drive just to hop in the bed for 5 or 6 hours.

    It's ok to do shopping there, and add one additional night maybe. Hopefully the Roller Coaster will be in operation next time I visit Las Vegas. It's been on my itinery for so many years, would be sad to see that they shut this one down.

    From Switzerland

  6. Arizona Charlie's, I can confirm that, seems to be suffering really bad. Don't know about the Boulder Highway edition, but my money says,it can be any better over there.
    I noticed that A-C took out all 100 per cent videopoker machines except this 1 dollar progressive double bonus bank. No more quarter machines at the high payouts, though :(
    And, the quality of the b-j dealers is lacking. I played there and not that the dealer did not speak much English (which is one thing), but the technical skills were lacking, too. And as if nobody cares, some players do care. If the dealer is slow and not really proficient, then it's not as fun as playing with a cool and sympathetic dealer who knows what he/she's doing.

    From Switzerland

  7. good excuse to layoff hundreds of people for a little while.

  8. Boris, The only time I've stayed there is when the LV rooms are priced in excess of $100.00 a night because of a special event. We've also driven over from Calif. fairly late on a Sunday night and spent our first night in Primm or Jean before heading into LV for the rest of our trip and staying at IP or Palace Station. We're pretty much loyal to IP now, although we did take advantage of a Luxor deal last year (Swallowed hard on the resort fee, but 2 "free" buffet meals more than covered that). I can normally get 3 nights at IP for a little over $100.00. The drive to Primm is about 30 miles, 20 miles to Jean. The time I "Commuted" to Primm, I was in LV for my job and they had provided me a vehicle and fuel card and room, but didn't care to spend $139 a night for a garden ("cheap") room at the Palace station that week, so we stayed at Primm for $29 a night or something like that and made the 1/2 hour drive each way. I agree with you that most of the time, you can get a room on the strip for $35 (IP with discounts applied) or so, or one at a "nicer" place for $50-$60 which eliminates the need to stay so far out to save a few bucks. But If I'm saving $50 or more a night....I'll drive the 20-30 miles.

  9. Just for information.

    They laid off very few people for this remodel. I talked to one of the GM's there that is a friend of ours.

    Most of the employees received jobs in their other hotels while they do this remodel. They are planning on reopening by Xmas Eve and everyone that worked there will have their jobs back.

    Not a good time being the holidays but something that needed to be done so I guess there really is no good time to do this. They did it during their slowest time of year to keep people working as much as they could.