Shocker: Tropicana Announces Reopening Date

While most Las Vegas casinos have reopened since the shutdown, a notable straggler has finally announced a reopening date.

Tropicana Las Vegas will reopen Sep. 1, 2020.

Tropicana reopening

There’s nothing sexier than a laptop tan line.

Tropicana has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The resort will open with safety protocols which have now become standard in Las Vegas casinos: The hotel and casino will be limited to 50% capacity, and social distancing and mandatory masks will be in place as well.

Several of Trop’s restaurants will be opening with the resort, including Robert Irvine’s Public House (meh), Red Lotus Asian Kitchen (also meh), Bacio (haven’t tried it yet) and Oakville Steakhouse (excellent).

Oakville Las Vegas

Our face will be revisiting this dessert at Oakville on our around Sep. 1.

Tropicana recently sold itself (Penn National Gaming) to itself (Penn’s real estate investment trust). It’s complicated, but the upshot is the “sale” ensured rent would be paid all Penn’s casinos across the country, including Tropicana, throughout the crisis.

Penn also owns M Resort, which opened June 4, along with most other Las Vegas casinos.

Penn has made no secret of the fact Tropicana remains up for sale, but reopen it shall.

We honestly never realized how much we miss the Tropicana until we heard it’s reopening, and September can’t get here soon enough.

11 thoughts on “Shocker: Tropicana Announces Reopening Date

  1. CHARLES MURRAY

    Hello.Wanted to try Robert livines Restaurant the last time i was in Vegas But got caught up playing Slots . How is this place anyway? Iwish he was still with us. His shows on TV were great. I learned a lot from him. He would go to Differant Countrys and try all kinds of food and Drink.

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  2. Ryan

    I’m a fan of Red Lotus and Bacio. Haven’t tried RI’s yet, but will for sure on my September trip. Love the Trop! They treat their players better than any other strip casino.

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  3. Mike Alexakis

    30 years ago the Tropicana was the coolest place for young people to go in Las Vegas, they opened up the first truly lavish pool experience, we paid a premium to stay there… I believe they had the first swim-up blackjack tables…

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  4. Scott

    I visited here in 2016, and it was a bit… sad. Kind of empty with only one of the escalators working and no atmosphere. I’d be pleased if this was a new beginning for the resort.

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  5. Mr. Green Genes

    Shock, indeed. Seven days earlier (July 8) you tweeted this: “Rumblings are Trop won’t open again until sold. If sale is a land play, future unknown. Open windows galore doesn’t bode well.”

    So, given I have no head for real estate or business, I assume that the sale of Penn National Gaming to Penn’s real estate investment trust happened after July 8, allowing the casino to set a reopening date. If not, then I’m confused, which happens quickly when I delve into the world of high finance.

    So what’s the explanation for the open windows?

    As for the Trop, it should be a cool, old school place to visit, with a much better location than the departed Riviera, yet Trop can’t seem to capitalize on it. Poor Tropicana.

    If I ever make it back to Vegas, I’m more inclined to visit Excalibur. Haven’t been in that place in years. I did pop in the Trop a few years ago. Boring. Devoid of personality, atmosphere and anything else that would appeal to me as a gambler.

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      Great questions, thank you. It has been confusing. Penn apparently went in a different direction. Agree, Trop has been a missed opportunity, but it’s unclear if anyone else could turn it around. The rumor was interested party (third party, not REIT) was making a play for the land. Appreciate your thoughts.

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  6. Brandon Outfall

    They should wait as long as they can afford to. Sept 1 is only six weeks away, and it’s odds on that conditions in Nevada still won’t be improving by then. Most sensible people who have given it a try in recent weeks have zero serious plans to return to properties in gaming areas anytime soon, unless they can swing $2-300 a night or more.

    Las Vegas is practically empty right now. Here’s what that really means. It means that phenomenally cheap rooms are available right up to arrival date. Catastrophically conspicuous by their absence are visitors from Europe, Asia and middle America. Okay, so what? I’ll toss out a couple of hints: huge amounts windfall-like dollars are being spent there in what vaguely appears to be multiples of $600, and the new trend on the strip is perfectly able-bodied groups people carousing the strip and properties in mobility carts without a lot of regard for the people around them. Plus the view on the strip sidewalks is a ripply fleshfest that will put your gag reflex to its toughest test ever. Put two and two together and make of that what you will.

    I’m booked in October for Beatty and Las Vegas. The Las Vegas leg is booked for Boulder Highway, but I may stay closer to Hoover Dam. Last week staying mid-Strip seemed like a terrific deal at $60 but, ultimately, I got what I paid for and, more accurately, probably overpaid.

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  7. Robert Hirst

    Probably thought Irvine was dead because his restaurant is in the Tropicana. Before the virus, the place was on its last legs so I’m not sure of the motivation for opening the doors in the middle of summer. They do have a nice pool.

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