MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa Casino was officially renamed as Bally’s Lake Tahoe last week.
According to a press release from Bally’s the property-wide rebrand is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2022. The transformation is expected to include new dice, cards, gaming chips, and table game layouts as well as interior and exterior signage.
Said Bally’s President George Papanier:
“We are proud to bring the Bally’s brand to Lake Tahoe, and it’s an exciting time for our customers and team members. I’d like to thank the State of Nevada for its collaboration throughout this process, and I’d also like to recognize our team members for their contributions to this significant endeavor.”
Third Name Change in the 21st Century
This marks the this name change for the property in the 21st century. The casino opened as the Park Tahoe in 1978 before it was purchased by Caesars in 1980. After spending 27 years as Caesars Tahoe, it was rebranded as the MontBleu in 2005, and earned the nickname “Nomad” for the film “Smokin’ Aces”.
In April of last year, then-owners Eldorado Resorts announced that it wold sell the MontBleu along with the Eldorado Shreveport Resort and Casino in Shreveport, La. to Twin Rivers Worldwide Holdings for $155 million. The sale was part of the conditions of the merger between Eldorado and Caesars and was contingent upon the completion of that $17.3B merger which was completed late last year. As part of the deal, Twin Rivers acquired the perpetual rights to the Bally’s name from Caesars and completed its name change to Bally’s Corporation in November 2020. Bally’s then requested to change the name of the MontBleu to Bally’s Lake Tahoe and it was approved last July 1st.
Improvements to Complement Tahoe South Events Center
Papanier also said that capital improvement plans are under development that will not only enhance the property but also complement the Tahoe South Events Center project which broke ground in July 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Built on the parking lot on what will be Bally’s Lake Tahoe, the 132,000 square foot land was donated by property owner Edgewood Tahoe for a multi-purpose facility that will serve as a venue for conventions, special events, concerts, as well as professional and amateur sporting events.