Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 6 p.m.
A Hawaii man said he’s planning to buy a house after winning more than $60,000 on a single roulette bet in downtown Las Vegas.
With a crowd around the roulette table Wednesday night at Binion’s Gambling Hall, longtime dealer Carlos Basaldua gave the wheel a spin with $66,200 riding on "even." Eight was the winner.
Eight is also the number of casinos the man called trying to place the bet, he told people at Binion’s. He learned $20,000 was the limit on a single bet. Binion’s said it would cover it.
“We are in the gambling business; this is what we do,” Terry Caudill, owner of Binion’s and the Four Queens Hotel & Casino, said in a statement. “It is somewhat unusual that he wanted to risk such a large amount. I consider these kinds of requests on a case-by-case basis.”
Binion's Gambling Hall has been a landmark in downtown Las Vegas for more than a half a century. The 80,000 square foot casino opens up to Fremont Street Experience and features 80-plus gaming and poker tables and about 800 slot and video poker machines.
Benny's Bullpen Sports Bar and Cigar Lounge is an old fashioned saloon featuring a full-service bar that serves handcrafted beers, a fine selection of cigars, 10 plasma TVs broadcasting live sports and video poker machines.
The Top of Binion's Steak House is open at 5 p.m. and is located high above downtown Las Vegas on the 24th floor.
The pool area is located on the 25th floor, affording a view of downtown and the Strip. It is also available for concerts, special events and weddings.
The property is made up of three historic buildings: The Apache Hotel, The Boulder Club and The Mint. Benny Binion bought the Apache Hotel in 1951 and renamed it the Horseshoe Club. Benny Binion's sons completed the existing footprint in 1988 when they bought Del Webb's Mint Hotel.