Center for Gaming Research
Research Companies: Boyd Gaming

Boyd Gaming Corporation (the "Company") is a multi-jurisdictional gaming company which currently owns or operates several casino entertainment facilities in six states.

The Company believes that the following key elements have contributed to the success of the Company in the past and are central to its future success: Value-Oriented Casino Entertainment Experience, Lively, Friendly Atmosphere, Emphasis on Slot Play, and Comprehensive Marketing and Promotion.

Boyd Gaming History

1941: Sam Boyd arrived in Las Vegas, started working as a dealer; he later owned shares in the Sahara, Mint, and Union Plaza casinos

1962: Boyd and his son Bill, a practicing attorney, bought the Eldorado Casino in Henderson, NV

1975: Sam and Bill Boyd opened the California Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas under the aegis of the Boyd Group, composed of 75 investors

1979: Boyd opened Sam's Town, a locals-oriented property on Boulder Highway at Nellis, inaugurating the development of the "Boulder Strip"

1983: Boyd began operating the Stardust, at the behest of Nevada regulators

1985: Boyd officially acquired the Stardust

1985: Boyd acquired the Fremont in downtown Las Vegas

1988: Boyd Gaming incorporated in Nevada

1991: Management agreement for Goldriver Hotel and Gambling Hall in Laughlin is terminated

1991: High-rise tower expansion opened at the Stardust

1993: Boyd Gaming, Inc. issued public stock, and is traded on the NYSE

1993: Boyd Gaming acquired the Eldorado and Jokers Wild, which had been owned by members of the Boyd family; the Jokers Wild had recently opened on Boulder Highway in Henderson

1993: Sam Boyd died

1993: Boyd Gaming acquired Main Street Station in downtown Las Vegas, and began renovating it

1994: Casino expansion at Jokers Wild, hotel expansion at California, $105 million casino and hotel expansion at Sam's Town Las Vegas

1994: On May 25, Sam's Town Tunica opened

1994: Boyd Gaming began operating the Silver Star Hotel and Casino, owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

1994: Treasure Chest Casino, a riverboat, opened in Kenner, Louisiana; Boyd owns 15% of the casino, and manages it

1995: Sam's Town Kansas City opened

1995: The Fremont Street Experience, which Boyd is instrumental in developing, opened in downtown Las Vegas in December

1996: Company announced plans for Sam's Town Reno and a joint project with Mirage Resorts in Atlantic City; the latter ultimately becomes the Borgata, while Sam's Town Reno is never built

1996: Main Street Station re-opend as a full-service hotel casino

1996: Boyd acquired the Par-A-Dice, a riverboat casino on the Illinois River in East Peoria, Illinois

1997: Boyd acquired the remaining 85% of the Treasure Chest

1998: Sam's Town Kansas City closes

1999: Renovation and expansion projects at Sam's Town Las Vegas; 550 motor inn rooms demolished during Stardust remodeling

1998: Boyd acquired the Blue Chip, a riverboat casino in Michigan City, Indiana

2000: Boyd agreed to terminate its management agreement with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw's Silver Star

2000: A 188-room hotel and parking faciltiy opened at the Blue Chip casino

2000: Renovation project completed at Sam's Town Las Vegas; 18-screen movie theater, childcare facility, parking garage, and buffet added

2000: Groundbreaking on the Borgata

2000: $21 million renovation of Sam's Town Tunica completed

2001: Acquired Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton, Louisiana, and an off-track betting facility in Mound, Louisiana

2002: Slot operations at Delta Downs began, with 1500 machines and a $33 million renovation

2002: Boyd purchased the former Isle of Capri property in Tunica, closes its casino, and utilizes its 225 hotel rooms

2003: Borgata opend in Atlantic City on July 3; the $1.1 billion property redefines the gaming industry there

2004: Boyd acquired Harrah's Shreveport and operates it as Sam's Town Shreveport

2004: Boyd Gaming acquired Coast Casinos, Inc, which owns the Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, Sun Coast, and Orleans hotel-casinos in Atlantic City; Coast becomes a fully-owned subsidiary of Boyd

2004: Hotel expansion opened at the Orleans, giving it over 1800 rooms

2005: South Coast opened in December on Las Vegas Boulevard, about five miles south of Mandalay Bay

2006: Boyd announced plans to close the Stardust in 2007 and redevelop the 63-acre site as Echelon Place, a $4.0 billion destination resort

2006: Boyd sold the South Coast back to Michael Gaughan; it is renamed the South Point

2006: Boyd announced plans to trade the Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino for 24 acres on the strip.

2007: Boyd completed the trade of the Barbary Coast for the 24 acres (97,000 m2) adjacent to Echelon Place.

2008: Water Club expansion at Bogata opened

2008: Boyd halted construction on Echelon amid the economic downturn

2009: Boyd filed an offer for $2.45 billion and assumed debt to acquire all properties owned by Stations Casinos

2010: B Connected Players club, an enhanced loyalty program, goes nationwide

2011: Boyd announces agreement to sell Dania Jai-Alai

2011: Boyd acquires IP Biloxi (Mississippi)

2012: Boyd acquires Penninsula Gaming, adding five properties: Diamond Jo Dubuque, Diamond Jo Worth, Evangeline Downs, Amelia Belle and Kansas Star

2013: Boyd sells the former Stardust/Echelon site to Genting

2013: Boyd begins offering online gaming through its Borgata casino in New Jersey

Boyd Gaming: Current Properties

Las Vegas, Nevada



Main Street Station

Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall

Gold Coast

The Orleans


Henderson, Nevada

Eldorado Casino

Jokers Wild Casino

Amelia, Lousiana

Amelia Belle Casino

Kenner, Louisiana

Treasure Chest Casino

Shreveport, Louisiana

Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall

Vinton, Louisiana

Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino

Biloxi, Mississippi

IP Casino Resort and Spa

Tunica, Mississippi

Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall

East Peoria, Illinois

Par-a-Dice Hotel and Casino

Michigan City, Indiana

Blue Chip Casino and Hotel

Dubuque, Iowa

Diamond Jo Casino

Northwood, Iowa

Diamond Jo Worth

Mulvane, Kansas

Kansas Star Casino, Hotel, Event Center

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Borgata Hotel, Casino, and Spa (50% owner, operator)

Boyd Gaming : Financial Info online

Publicly-accessible sites

Google Finance profile

Yahoo company profile

InvestorGuide company profile

Boyd Gaming Investor Information

SEC filings (Boyd site) | SEC filings (

Annual Report (currently, 2004 only)

For more detailed information, check out these databases. Note: use is restricted to current UNLV faculty, staff, and students.

Boyd Gaming : Gaming Collection/UNLV Holdings

UNLV Gaming Collection main page

Financial filings

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Promotional and Public Relations materials

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