11

4

S. 1st St.

Las Vegas, NV


Saratoga Club

19

50's through 1970's

114 S. 1st St.
Las Vegas, NV

Leroy's Horse & Sports Place

114 S. 1st St.

Las Vegas, NV


Leroy's Horse & Sports Place

April, 6, 1978 to ?



This is a picture of the building that was used for Leroy's Sports book and the Saratoga Club.

The building was torn down when it was purchased by the Golden Nugget. Thanks to Twoleaf for his permission to use his photo from Flickr.    From a comment on his Flickr page, "In the movie "Casino", Joe Pesci walks into this building which was a sportsbook and confronts a bookie before threatening him and taking his money."
According to a Wikipedia article, Leroy's was founded by Leroy Merillat. It started as an independent betting parlor in a strip mall in downtown Las Vegas.

Vic Salerno, Merillat's son-in-law, took over in 1978.

It is now the Largest operator of sports books in Nevada with over 77 locations.

The Fuller Index gives a 144 S. 1st address for the 1978 opening.
The collectible matchbook above has an address of 114 S. 1St.
In this tourist photo from 1964 looking down South First Street from Fremont you can see the Hotel Elwell at 200 S. 1st, Mike’s Liquors,  Saratoga Club at 114 S. 1st St., the Paddock Race Book at 124 S. 1st, and the South First Street entrances for the California Club and the Famous Pioneer Club.
In this tourist photo from 1964 looking down South First Street from Fremont you can see the Hotel Elwell at 200 S. 1st, Mike’s Liquors,  Saratoga Club at 114 S. 1st St., the Paddock Race Book at 124 S. 1st, and the South First Street entrances for the California Club and the Famous Pioneer Club. 
From the obituary of Mel Exber
Monday, May 13, 2002

In 1953, after working at the Desert Inn, Golden Nugget and Pioneer Club, Mel Exber opened the Saratoga Sports Book on South First Street with Jackie Gaughan.
At some point the Saratoga Club became Frank's Saratoga Club and then (or before) Sunny's Saratoga. 

I haven't found any dates or information on Frank or Sunny.













Front strike matchbooks, like the Sunny's book to the left,  couldn't be manufactured after 1973.

However, manufacturers were allowed to sell off the inventory they had on hand so front strikes were being distributed as late as 1978. 
Creative Commons License
Over50Vegas.com by Over50Vegas.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://over50vegas.com/index.html.


This is a non-commercial, educational, hobby site. Images on this site are from our personal collection and from personal collections of fellow enthusiasts who have shared their scans with us.  Other images are noted by source with links to the original.  If you feel that any image used here has infringed upon fair use of an image you hold the copyright to, please contact us at the links above and it will be credited or removed at your request. 

Sources you might want to visit for more information include: 
Newspaper Archive    Newspapers.com   UNLV Digital Collection    UNLV Reno   Las Vegas Sun     mypubliclibrary.com  
TCR numbers are used by express permission of SSS Publishing publishers of The Chip Rack.

index sitemap advanced