Million Dollar Display returning to Binions!
Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 1:17PM
LasVegasLynn in Cultural Tourism, Current Day

Great breaking news from the Las Vegas Review Journal.  Seems the new owner of Binion's, Terry Caudill, is making a splash by bringing back the Million Dollar Display to Binions!

The new owner of a downtown Las Vegas casino is bringing back one of the city's most renown tourist attractions: a stack of cash worth $1 million.

On Thursday Terry Caudill owner of Binion's Hotel and Gambling Hall on Fremont Street, announced the return of the cash, resting in an acrylic display case on a poker table. The display is a revival of a tradition that started under former casino owner Benny Binion.

Under Binion, the cash display attracted thousands of tourists who would shoot a picture with the money.

It became one of the most enduring attractions in Las Vegas until the 5-year tenure of Becky Behnen-Binion, another former owner who led the casino during a tumultuous run that began in 1998 and ended when regulators shut the property down to ensure there was enough money to pay debts. 

More info has come in:

n keeping with the storied tradition of the Binion’s legacy, Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel has unveiled a new version of the famed $1 Million Display that, over the last five decades, has brought millions of visitors for a chance to pose with $1 million.
“The million dollar display is a major component of the Binion’s legacy and a piece of Las Vegas history remembered and loved by locals and visitors alike. Reintroducing the display with a modern look is part of our strategy to preserve tradition while refreshing the Binion’s brand for today’s market,” said Tim Lager, general manager of Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel.  
Binion’s new $1 Million Display holds exactly one million dollars and is structured in a pyramid design of acrylic glass boxes filled with cash denominations ranging from ones to one hundred dollar bills. The display is set up on a poker table, evoking the nostalgia of the Binion’s poker heritage and the days when Benny Binion would present stacks of cash to poker tournament winners.
The new display is only one of many changes taking place at Binion’s during the remodeling and refurbishment of the legendary property. Since the acquisition of Binion’s by TLC Casino Enterprises in March 2008, the property has improved its gaming odds on blackjack and craps, added new table games, reconfigured the casino floor, implemented a new poker comp policy offering players $2 per hour of live play and is nearing one hundred percent completion to Ticket In Ticket Out technology on all slot and video poker machines. More projects are expected to come online through the end of 2008 and early 2009.
The $1 Million Display is located in the Binion’s casino near the Club Binion’s Booth. Guests who join Club Binion’s receive $25 in slot play or table game non-negotiable chips for just $20 plus a free photo with the $1 million. The $1 Million Display is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Photo subjects must be 21 or older.

In March 2008, Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel was acquired by TLC Casino Enterprises, a privately held gaming company located in Las Vegas, Nevada. TLC Casino Enterprises also owns and operates the Four Queens Hotel & Casino. Both properties are in close proximity and are situated on the world-famous Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.

For more on the history of the Horseshoe and Benny Binion, click here.

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