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The Latest: Implosion Levels Tower of Vegas' Riviera Casino

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the demolition of the tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Tuesday morning (all times local):

 

3 a.m.

 

The tallest tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino has crumbled in a controlled demolition that brought an end to one of the last relics of Las Vegas' mobster past.

 

Riviera

 

The implosion early Tuesday of the 24-story Monaco Tower comes 61 years after it opened on the Las Vegas Strip.

"The Riv" joins other storied properties like the Dunes, Sands, Desert Inn and Stardust as only a memory.

 

It opened in 1955, and closed last year.

 

Liberace was the first headliner. Dean Martin was once part-owner.

 

It was a backdrop for the Rat Pack original "Ocean's 11" in 1960; the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever;" and the 1995 movie "Casino."

 

It was also featured in "The Hangover" in 2009.

 

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is clearing the 26 acres to make room to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

The Monte Carlo Tower is scheduled to be imploded in August.

 

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12:30 a.m.

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Riviera Hotel and Casino will officially exit the scene early Tuesday with a cinematic implosion.

 

"The Riv" was the Las Vegas Strip's first high-rise that was as famous for its mobster ties as its Hollywood personification of Sin City's past.

 

It closed a year ago after 60 years on the northern end of the Strip.

 

The shuttered casino's owners, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, are spending $42 million to level the 13-building campus.

 

Officials estimate that the Monaco Tower will go down before dawn Tuesday, and the Monte Carlo Tower will be imploded in August.

 

The Riviera's 15-to 20-seconds-long implosion will mark the latest kiss goodbye to what's left among the relics to Vegas' mobster past.

 

 

 

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