Located inside one of the city’s most historic buildings, The Brass Ass Casino features vintage street scene décor, including street lamps, western building facades, and the original “Cripple Creek” lighted sign from H.H. Rosser’s Pool Hall. This Cripple Creek casino is named after the painted wooden brass ass in the table games room – one of the original brass donkeys that launched boats with a well-placed kick at the 1893 World Exposition in Chicago!
Casino International on December 9, 2020 Pariplay has strengthened its partnership with globally recognised and critically-acclaimed New York-based comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment by adding. In the center of the casino is a bar and entertainment stage. The high ceilings and ventilation keep the air clean and there is plenty of aisle room to move from game to game. The property features several restaurants and bars, a 236 guestroom and suite hotel with a full service spa, as well as a cinema, arcade, and bowling alley.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; game when you want for as long as you want!
Widest selection of games and machines around
The oldest, most historied casino in Cripple Creek for a reason!
Classy, vintage aesthetic
Conveniently located near DIA for an easily accessible weekend getaway
The Brass Ass Casino offers live action Blackjack, High Five Poker, Craps, 3-Card Poker, and Roulette. Tables are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we invite you to come play for however long your heart desires! It may be the oldest casino in Cripple Creek, but we offer the most up-to-date video poker and slot machines, plus the largest selection of nickel slots of any casino in town!
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat at any hour of the day or night, check out The Miner’s Pick in the lower level of the Brass Ass. Pick from a great selection of specialty beverages and hot menu items. You can stop in and pick up a slice of pizza, freshly made salads, sandwiches, and much more, and be on your way back to the tables or machines in mere minutes. The Miner’s Pick is the best choice for those on the run! And don’t forget to bring home a souvenir from the array of items available in the gift shop.
Cripple Creek's Oldest Casino
The Brass Ass Casino, the oldest in Cripple Creek, is a comfortable escape where you can enjoy non-stop thrills and friendly service in a cozy, smoke free atmosphere. Treat yourself to a winning time at the legendary Brass Ass Casino!
The Brass Ass Casino
264 Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
|Golden Nugget Companies (1973–1989)|
|Fate||Merged with MGM Grand, Inc.|
|Successor||MGM Resorts International|
|Founded||1973; 47 years ago|
|Defunct||2000; 20 years ago|
|Owner||Golden Nugget, Inc.|
Mirage Resorts (formerly Golden Nugget Companies) was an American company that owned and operated hotel-casinos. It was acquired by MGM Grand, Inc. in 2000, forming MGM Mirage (now MGM Resorts International).
Golden Nugget Companies Inc. was formed by Steve Wynn in 1973. The company was created after Wynn acquired majority control of the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 1980, the company opened the Golden Nugget Atlantic City in New Jersey but in 1987, Wynn's and the company's interest in Atlantic City did not last very long due to frustration with state gaming regulators. The property was sold to Bally's Entertainment, and eventually became Bally's Grand Hotel and Casino.
In 1989, the company acquired the Nevada Club casino in Laughlin, Nevada, and re-branded it as the Golden Nugget Laughlin.
The Mirage and Treasure Island (1990s)
Wynn's first major casino on the Las Vegas Strip was The Mirage, which opened in November 1989. It was the first time Wynn was involved with the design and construction of a casino, and he financed the $630 million project largely with high-yield bonds issued by Michael Milken. The resort's high cost and emphasis on luxury meant that it was considered high risk at the time, though the project ended up being enormously lucrative. The hotel, with its erupting volcano and South Seas theme, ignited a $12 billion building boom on the Strip. Its construction is also considered noteworthy in that Wynn had set a new standard for Vegas resorts, and when it opened The Mirage was the first casino to use security cameras full-time on all table games. Known for its entertainment, the hotel became the exclusive venue for the Siegfried & Roy show in 1990, and in 1993 the hotel hosted the Cirque du Soleil show Nouvelle Expérience. Afterwards Wynn decided to invite Cirque to create Mystère for the soon-to-be-built Treasure Island resort next door.
Following the completion of The Mirage in 1989 Steve Wynn changed the name of the company to Mirage Resorts, Inc. Much of the financing for the Mirage was obtained in cooperation with Michael Milken.
After the Mirage, Wynn built the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, which he opened in the Mirage's old parking lot in 1993, and overall cost $450 million. Intended to be family-friendly, the resort featured pools in front of the casino enacted the Battle of Buccaneer Bay with two full-scaled ships, the pirate ship 'Hispaniola' and the British Royal Navy frigate 'HMS Britannia,' while the inside featured romantic tropical theming and 18th century Caribbean pirate theming. The establishment was the home of the first permanent Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, and the show went on to be voted nine times as the best production show in the city by the Las Vegas Review-Journal reader's poll.
In 1994, Gold Strike Resorts announced a partnership with Mirage Resorts to build a $250-million casino targeted at budget-conscious visitors, on part of the site of the demolished Dunes on the Las Vegas Strip.It ultimately opened in 1996, following Gold Strike's merger with Circus Circus Enterprises as Monte Carlo Resort and Casino and was built as a joint venture between Mirage Resorts and Circus Circus Enterprises, and cost US$344 million to build. The resort sits on 44 acres (18 ha), occupied by the Dunes Hotel golf course until its demolition in October 1993.
In 1995, the company proposed to build the Le Jardin hotel-casino in the marina area if the state of New Jersey built a road that connected to the hotel-casino. The company had also agreed to allow Circus Circus Enterprises and Boyd Gaming to build casinos on the site, but later reneged on the agreement. While the road, called the Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector, was eventually built, Le Jardin was cancelled after the company was acquired in 2000 by MGM Grand Inc., which later built the Borgata, in a joint venture with Boyd Gaming, on the site.
Boardwalk Hotel and Casino was later acquired by Mirage Resorts in 1997.
Bellagio and Beau Rivage debuts (1998–1999)
In October 1998, Wynn opened the even more opulent Bellagio, a $1.6 billion resort considered among the world’s most spectacular hotels. The architect was Jon Jerde of The Jerde Partnerships, and construction was handled by Mirage Resorts, Inc. When built, the Bellagio was the most expensive hotel in the world. In front of the hotel are the Fountains of Bellagio—shooting fountains choreographed to music that “dance” on the hotel’s 8.5 acre man-made lake—which are now considered Las Vegas landmarks. The Bellagio is credited with starting a new spree of luxurious developments in Las Vegas. Among these developments include The Venetian, Mandalay Bay, and Paris Las Vegas.
Wynn brought Mirage Resorts’ style to Biloxi, Mississippi in 1999, where he oversaw development of the 1,835-room Beau Rivage. Themed to blend Mediterranean beauty with Southern hospitality, the resort was part of a building boom that established Biloxi as a regional tourism center along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Beau Rivage was originally the name Wynn wanted to give the Bellagio, though he had decided on Bellagio after vacationing in the Italian region of the same name. Beau Rivage opened as the largest hotel-casino to be built outside Nevada. The casino was initially located on a series of floating barges as required by local law confining all casinos to mobile marine vessels at the time of the resort's construction. The hotel, restaurants, and associated facilities were constructed on land.
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The company was acquired in 2000 by MGM Grand Inc., which then changed its name to MGM Mirage, for $6.4 billion, including $2 billion in assumed debt, after an initial all-cash offer of $17 per share and a final offer of $21 per share. The company was majority owned by Wynn.
Hotel and casinos owned at acquisition
- Announced Le Jardin in Atlantic City. This turned into a 50% interest in what is now Borgata.
- Park MGM (50% joint venture with Circus Circus Enterprises)
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