The New Pioneer has a new license, bringing gambling back to the Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall in Laughlin.
The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday approved applications from Intrepid Pioneer, LLC., to operate gambling machines at the 40-year-old casino.
“We plan to reopen the renovated casino complete with hundreds of new games on Friday, Aug. 31,” said Jon Berkley, chief executive officer of Intrepid Gaming and the license-holder for the Pioneer.
Berkley said Intrepid Gaming, which has been involved in several hotel and casino ventures elsewhere in Nevada, got involved in the Laughlin property about three months ago, entering into a lease agreement “to work toward reopening the casino at the New Pioneer.”
“We also operate Nevada licensed casinos at the Intrepid Wendover Nugget and Intrepid Red Garter in northern Nevada,” he said in an email to the Daily News.
The Intrepid Wendover Nugget and Red Garter are in West Wendover, Nev., across the border from Wendover, Utah.
The approval of the Laughlin license had been expected; the Nevada Gaming Control Board earlier this month recommended approval after an application by Berkley. The NGCB did list a handful of conditions to be met prior to opening.
The Nevada Gaming Commission followed suit, also requiring that the conditions on a surveillance system and bookkeeping procedures be completed.
“We anticipate that all conditions associated with the opening will be met by early next week,” Berkley said on Friday.
Plans are underway for a grand opening for the renovated casino area on Aug. 31. A soft opening is scheduled for Aug. 30, according to both the New Pioneer’s website, www.laughlinpioneer.com, and the facility’s Facebook page.
Earlier this month, the New Pioneer began advertising, through its website and Facebook page, for gaming-related operations in anticipation of the license approval.
The Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall opened in 1979 as the Colorado Club. It was purchased by Archon Corporation in 2004 and The New Pioneer, LLC, assumed ownership on May 1 of this year.
The Pioneer has been without gambling since then, operating as a hotel and restaurant while undergoing renovation and awaiting the holder of a valid Nevada gaming license.