Since launching in 1993, Treasure Island had undergone its fair share of major changes. Indeed, when it was first envisaged, Treasure Island – or TI as it’s known as these days – wasn’t supposed to be a stand-alone casino resort at all, but an annex of an existing one.
But times change, and the casino and its hotel and entertainment functions have evolved to suit the changing needs of the market. And as a result, TI is fully deserving of its inclusion in our Las Vegas famous casinos section.
To begin with, the resort was pitched at families, offering alongside its casino a video arcade, family-orientated live shows and a kids-friendly pool. The theme also matched this, with a strong pirate vibe prevalent throughout the resort. However, this didn’t have the desired effect, and in 2003 it underwent a redesign to give it a more neutral, grown-up-centric feel. This included repositioning its name to simple be ‘TI’ instead of ‘Treasure Island’.
Treasure Island would continue to be part of the MGM Mirage group of casinos for some 15 years. This changed in December 2008 when it was announced that billionaire American businessman Phil Ruffin had purchased it for $775 million. Ruffin assumed full control of Treasure Island in March 2009.
Alongside this, there’s also traditional poker in the poker room where daily tournaments are held, a high limit lounge and sports and race betting facilities.
However, it’s the atmosphere that Treasure Island excels at. This includes the Gilley Girls Party Pit, where the world-famous Gilley Girls work as dealers.
These include Cirque du Soleil’s breathtaking Mystere acrobatic show, and the rather more sensual charms of the Sirens of TI show, with a host of packages being available.
Should you wish to grab some food, there’s a whole host of options available, ranging from buffets and grill houses, to high quality steakhouses. 10 eateries are available in total. Additionally, there are six themed bars, ranging from western-style saloons to the more refined world of upmarket cocktail bars.
Additionally, the resort has a good spread of amenities. The pool area features a heated swimming pool, a 25-person hot tub and the option to rent private cabanas. It has a range of luxury shops and boutiques within its own confines, and offers great access to some of the Strip’s bigger malls. It also offers access to four of Nevada’s top golf courses. Two spas are also available.
At the other end of the scale, the hotel’s penthouses have everything from private offices and separate living rooms to stunning views of the surrounding area and whirlpools. And of course, there are several other classes of room in between these two extremes.
For further information, including how to book your stay, please visit the official site of Treasure Island Casino.