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The Gaming Hall of Fame

1993 Inductee

William S. Boyd

William Boyd

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William S. "Bill" Boyd (b. ?) was born into gaming, but he became one of the industry's most respected figures on his own merits.

Boyd when ten when his father, Sam Boyd, moved his family to Las Vegas and took a job as a casino dealer. But he didn't directly follow his father into the casino business, where by the early 1970s he had become a shareholder in several casinos, including the Mint, Sahara, and Union Plaza.. Rather, he practiced corporate law for fifteen years before joining him in the Boyd Group.

In 1975, the Boyd Group, which included about 75 investors, opened its first casino, the Califnornia, in downtown Las Vegas. Four years later, they opened Sam's Town on Boulder Highway, a property which some credit for starting the "neighborhood casino" phenomenon.

After running the Stardust and Fremont for two years at the Nevada Gaming Control Board's behest, the Boyd Group acquired both casinos outright in 1985. Three years later, Boyd Gaming, a true corporation, was created from the Boyd Group, and in 1993 Boyd Gaming issued its first stock offering.

Also in that year, Sam Boyd passed away, and Bill, who had already been a pivotal figure in the company's management, became Boyd Gaming's patriarch. Under his leadership, Boyd expanded to several riverboat markets in the Midwest and South and launched an Atlantic City building boom with the success of the high-end Borgata in 2003. Under his guidance, Boyd has become one of the most respected names in gaming.

In addition to his leadership in the gaming industry, Boyd has been a steadfast supporter of the Las Vegas community and has been deeply involved with philanthropy. One of his proudest accomplishments came in 1998 when, after several years of constant effort, he succeeded in bringing a law school to Nevada at last. It's fitting that the University of Nevada Las Vegas named its new unit the "William S. Boyd Scool of Law" to reflect the key role Boyd played in its founding.

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