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July 22, 2014

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Gaming Control recommends OK’ing sale of Hacienda casino

The Nevada Gaming Control Board today recommended approval for the sale of the Hacienda near Boulder City to the owner of Dotty’s slot parlors.

The sales price was not disclosed. The application must be approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission, which meets Dec. 19 in Las Vegas.

Craig Estey, who heads Dotty’s owner Nevada Restaurant Services, said the company plans to build an additional hotel tower overlooking Lake Mead.

Plans call for an RV park and possibly a truck stop. There will be other businesses on the property, including a Dotty’s, a minimart and a coffee shop.

The hotel-casino, to be renamed the Hoover Dam Lodge, will have 150 slot machines and presently has a 289-room hotel. The hotel will be refurbished to make it “a destination spot,” Estey said.

Estey said the hotel will close Dec. 23 and reopen four days later. Redevelopment of the property will be staggered over six to eight years, he said.

Estey started in 1995 with six Dotty’s and now has 25 nonrestricted gaming licenses and 74 restricted licenses. The company employs more than 1,000 workers.

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