32 Fremont

Las Vegas, NV


Gambler

'

s Hall of Fame

1974 to 1976

Gambler’s Hall of Fame was owned by Deil Gustafson of Minneapolis.

It was licensed for slots, 21, craps, and roulette. 

According to Fullers Index Plus it opened on May 16, 1974 and closed on June 9, 1976, however those were the dates the license was active. Its doors were actually closed in January 1976.

Deil Gustafson seemed to have recurring problems with the state gaming authorities including …
”a complaint against the casino last month (Nov. 1975) seeking to revoke its license and fine it $155,000 for 'repeated and flagrant violations' of state regulations… the control board's charges include alleged violations of technical regulations. The casino allegedly removed drop boxes from gaming tables and counted the take at unscheduled times… The casino was accused of failing to have more than one person counting the receipts,  which was a violation of regulations... The casino did not count free chip plays in its total revenue for tax purposes…”
(Las Vegas Sun December 13, 1975)

An article in the Las Vegas Sun reports that the property closed in January of 1976 and was auctioned off to Al Sachs, the former general manager of the Stardust Hotel. Sachs would turn the property into the Sundance West.  Also bidding for the property was Herb Pastor, the owner of the Golden Goose. Pastor lost out out on the property that time but would later become the property owner and change it to Sassy Sally's.




Gambler’s Hall of Fame
Gambler’s Hall of Fame $5 chip from ChipBoy Jim!
Gambler’s Hall of Fame matchcover from the Over50Vegas collection
The half block of Fremont Street from 20 to 32 Fremont has been home to quite a few important and recognizable businesses in the past. The little alley between the Las Vegas Club and the Golden Goose sign is part of the original layout of Las Vegas as surveyed in 1905.  I took the picture below in October 2013 and the list shows some of the businesses that took up residence in this tiny patch over the years.
20 Fremont
22 Fremont
24 Fremont
32 Fremont
Nevada Bakery (ca.1926-1931)

Nevada Shoe Shop
(ca. 1945-

Dixie Waffle & Sandwich Shop
Dixie Delicatessen
(ca. 1950-1963)

G & G Fremont
(Currently)
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26 Fremont
Deluxe Barber (ca. 1932-1945)

Mack Louis Bail Bonds
(ca.1950)

Jay Jewelry & Loan
(ca.1952-1953)
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28 Fremont
Blanding's Palace Market
(ca. 1930-1932)
Ethels Delicatessen
(ca. 1934)
Ethel’s Liquor Store
(ca. 1937-45)
Thrifty Liquors
(ca. 1952)
Downtown Liquors
(ca.1953)
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30 Fremont
Oak Hotel
(ca. 1930-39)

La Bonita Hotel
(ca. 1944-1954)
Las Vegas Pharmacy
(ca. 1930-1953)






of Sassy Sally's






32 Fremont is the corner of
1st St. & Fremont St.

That corner has changed
many times over the years.
Click here to see
some photos
of that corner
over the last 85 years.
 The half block of Fremont Street from 20 to 32 Fremont has been home to quite a few important and recognizable businesses in the past. The little alley between the Las Vegas Club and the Golden Goose sign is part of the original layout of Las Vegas as surveyed in 1905.
This is an interesting article in that the loan that was defaulted on for the Gambler’s Hall of Fame property was owed to the Teamster’s Pension Fund which was often associated with mob money.

The original loan shows as being from 1963 which would have been 11 years before Gambler’s opened.

It appeared that the judge in the action may have thought Deil Gustafson’s corporation, which was the parent company of Gambler’s,  appeared to be using a front to buy the property back at a discounted price.
Gambler’s Hall of Fame -Sept 1975 original tourist photo © Over50Vegas.com

Herb Pastor and his son owned the property until 2016 when the Stevens Brothers,
owners of the Golden Gate, The D, and the former Las Vegas Club
bought the property as they expand their interests down Fremont.


Photos and collectibles for the business are very scarce but below are a few for your enjoyment.
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