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Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino
Facts and statistics
Address 3700 W Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Opening date January 15, 1990
Theme Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian Carnival and Mardi Gras
No. of rooms 2,548 Suites
Total gaming space 120,000 sq ft (11,000 m2)
Permanent shows Penn & Teller
Masquerade Show in the Sky
Signature attractions The Carnival World Buffet
Voodoo Lounge
Club Rio
World Series of Poker
Notable restaurants Voodoo Steak and Lounge
Gaylord India Restaurant owner=Harrah's Entertainment
Casino type Land-Based
Years renovated 2005

The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino is located off the Las Vegas Strip in the unincorported area of Paradise, Nevada, USA. It is better known as The Rio and is owned and operated by Harrah's Entertainment. The Rio was the first all suite casino in the Las Vegas area. It was named after the city of Rio de Janeiro, and has Brazilian culture as a main theme.

The hotel towers are covered in the signature purple and red glass. The Rio hotel's 2,563 suites range in size from 600 to 13,000 sq ft (56 to 1,210 m2) and have floor to ceiling windows.

The complex includes a wine cellar that has more than 50,000 bottles.[1] The Rio Pavilion convention center has a total of 160,000 sq ft (15,000 m2) of space. A Race and Sports Book is also available.

There is a free shuttle to the Harrah's-owned Harrah's Las Vegas, and Paris/Bally's.

To counter the 2008-2009 economic downturn, Harrah's focused on marketing its properties to specific segments of the population; as a result the Rio is being marketed heavily towards Hispanics.[2]



The Rio opened on January 15, 1990 as a locals casino; it had been constructed and was owned and operated by Marnell Corrao Associates. The opening acts were the Brazilian Group Sérgio Mendes '99 and Henrietta Alves of New Orleans, bringing the first two-piano act to Las Vegas, with various co-performers. A 20-story expansion tower was added to the current Ipanema Tower in 1993. Masquerade Village, a hotel tower and casino expansion including the Masquerade Show in the Sky, opened in 1997, at a cost of over $200 million. The Rio was purchased by Harrah's Entertainment in 1999 for $888 million. After the purchase, the Culinary Workers Union organized the Rio employees through card check recognition by enforcing the neutrality clause of the existing Harrah's contract on the new acquisition. [3]

Danny Gans, after moving from the Stratosphere Las Vegas, opened as the headliner in 1996. He later moved to The Mirage in 2000. The Rio's Samba Theatre was the host venue of the 30th Anniversary Special for the hit CBS game show The Price Is Right. The hotel hosted the World Series of Poker in 2005, the first time this event was not held at Binion's. Binion's was used for the final three tables and the last two days of the competition as part of the celebration of Las Vegas' centennial. In 2008, the final two days were held in November (9-10) in the Penn and Teller Theatre for the first time.

Sapphire Pool

On May 30, 2008, the Rio opened the Sapphire Pool in conjunction with a local strip club: The daylight-hour, adults-only club surrounded one of the property's outdoor pools and featured topless dancers supplied from the strip club. It opened with a $30-per-male-customer admission price.[4][5] The venture was highest-profile joint venture between a casino company and a topless business, notable because the possibility of bringing in the possibly criminal activity associated with strip club had caused the Nevada Gaming Control Board to balk at previous collaborations; some in the media questioned whether the risk was worth the potential payoff for the hotel.[4][5]

In late July 2009, the Rio hotel asked the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to do a routine undercover investigation of the Sapphire Pool; as casino-resorts in Nevada are held responsible for the activities held on their premises, the request was a part of the resort's effort to show good faith to the Gaming Control Board.[6] The July 25 visit resulted in eleven arrests on charges of illegal drugs and prostitution. Upon finding out the results of the investigation, the Rio immediately shut down the pool indefinitely.[7][8]



The Carnival World Buffet has been a signature attraction since the casino opened. It was the first buffet in Las Vegas to have multiple live cooking stations and theme sections on the buffet line. The Carnival World Buffet is credited with taking Las Vegas buffets to a new level in quality and price. The Carnival World Buffet was so successful that when the Masquerade Village opened it included a higher end seafood buffet, Village Seafood Buffet.

Masquerade Village

Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Masquerade Village is a section of the casino that includes Masquerade Show in the Sky. The show is a free show that features dance and style from Brazilian Carnival, and Mardi Gras type floats. The show has a stage with a dance and singing show while floats on guide rails hang from the ceiling and go throughout the Masquerade Village. Performers on the floats toss Rio-themed plastic bead necklaces to the show's audience.


  1. ^ "Wine Cellar and Tasting Room." Harrah's Las Vegas. 01/JAN/2009. Harrah's Entertainment Inc.. 3 Aug 2009 <>.
  2. ^ Arnold M. Knightly, NEVADAN AT WORK: Executive Wants To Ensure Hotel Guests Get Social Cachet For Their Cash, Las Vegas Review-Journal, February 22, 2009, Accessed February 25, 2009.
  3. ^ Benston, Liz (2005-03-23). "Culinary, Boyd in legal bout". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2008-10-04.  
  4. ^ a b John L. Smith, Rio-Sapphire joint venture an inevitable merging of casinos and strip clubs, Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 20 2008, Accessed August 3, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Richard Abowitz, Rio: Bringing sexy back,, June 20 2008, Accessed August 3, 2009.
  6. ^ Recent Raids Have Casinos on Edge, KLAS, July 30, 2009, Accessed August 3, 2009.
  7. ^ Metro: Prostitution, drug activity found at topless Rio pool, Las Vegas Sun, July 29, 2009, Accessed August 3, 2009.
  8. ^ Richard Abowitz, Rio kicks the strippers out of the pool,, July 29, 2009, Accessed August 3, 2009.

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Coordinates: 36°07′01″N 115°11′13″W / 36.117°N 115.187°W / 36.117; -115.187

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