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Donald J. Laughlin (born May 4, 1931 in Owatonna, Minnesotta) is a gambling entrepreneur, hotelier and rancher for whom the town of Laughlin, Nevada is named.Laughlin moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in the late 1950s and purchased his first casino, the "101 Club." By 1964, Laughlin had sold the 101 Club. Soon after, he purchased a shuttered, eight-room riverfront motel on 6.5 acres (26,000 m²) for US$250,000. Though the landowner had several offers, he decided to sell the property to Laughlin because of his previous casino background.In less than two years the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino Resort was entertaining guests not only with gambling but with all-you-can-eat chicken dinners for 98 cents. Play at the casino was on twelve slot machines and two live gaming tables. Accommodations at the Riverside were available in only four of the motel's eight rooms; Laughlin's family occupied the remaining four.
The city of Laughlin is believed to have received its name when a U.S. Postal Service inspector asked Laughlin to give a name to the area post office in order to receive mail. Laughlin suggested the name "Riverside and Casino," but the postal inspector in turn suggested "Laughlin" because of their common Irish heritage (his name was O'Niell).

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In April 2002, Laughlin was the scene of the River Run Riot, a major fight between two rival California motorcycle gangs, the Hells Angels and the Mongols. Between 70 and 100 gang members were involved in the violence which resulted in three deaths and multiple gunshot and knife injuries.

[hide]Weather data for Laughlin
Month
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Year
Record high °F (°C)
85
(29)
92
(33)
99
(37)
106
(41)
115
(46)
121
(49)
125
(52)
121
(49)
120
(49)
109
(43)
92
(33)
83
(28)
125
(52)
Average high °F (°C)
65
(18)
71
(22)
78
(26)
86
(30)
95
(35)
105
(41)
109
(43)
107
(42)
101
(38)
89
(32)
74
(23)
65
(18)
87
(31)
Average low °F (°C)
43
(6)
46
(8)
50
(10)
57
(14)
66
(19)
76
(24)
83
(28)
82
(28)
74
(23)
62
(17)
50
(10)
43
(6)
61
(16)
Record low °F (°C)
21
(-6)
24
(-4)
30
(-1)
39
(4)
44
(7)
53
(12)
57
(14)
62
(17)
52
(11)
34
(1)
30
(-1)
13
(-11)
13
(-11)
Precipitation inches (mm)
0.74
(18.8)
0.63
(16)
0.65
(16.5)
0.22
(5.6)
0.11
(2.8)
0.04
(1)
0.32
(8.1)
0.70
(17.8)
0.60
(15.2)
0.31
(7.9)
0.35
(8.9)
0.44
(11.2)
5.11
(129.8
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I choose the Golden Nugget in Laughlin because on page 54, it is stated that "Alex" insisted on buying lunch for Franz there, also a waitress knew Alex there.

The Golden Nugget Laughlin was known as the Nevada Club before it was acquired by Golden Nugget Companies. A brief history of the property:
1986—had a major renovation
1989—became a Mirage Resorts property
2004—sold to Poster Financial Group, Inc.
May 31, 2005-a disagreement between Poster Financial and Barrick Gaming caused the purchase agreement of the Golden Nugget Laughlin to be terminated and as a result Landry's Restaurants, which was buying the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas was given control of the Laughlin property in exchange for taking on the property's debt. The sale to Landry's closed on September 27, 2005.

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Facts and statistics

Address
2300 South Casino Drive
Laughlin, Nevada 89109
Opening date
1984
Theme
Tropical
No. of rooms
300
Permanent shows
N/A
Casino type
Land
Owner
Landry's Restaurants
Previous names
The Nevada Club
Years renovated
Guest Rooms remodeled in 2006
Website
www.goldennugget.com