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The Cal Veva Lodge, the infamous casino where the Rat Pack would smoke, drink and gamble, is closing its doors!

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr spent a lot of time their in the 60s and it was also where Marilyn Monroe spent her last weekend before her passing in August of 1962.

Since the casino is in Reno, there was too much competition from Las Vegas and along with the recession, was forced to close.

"This was one of the hottest casinos in Nevada when Frank owned it," said tour guide Carl Buehler. "Frank had all the stars coming in and out of here, and it was always packed with people. I think the history is what keeps the Cal Neva going."

It has a renovated celebrity showroom and a helicopter pad on the roof along with tunnels used to shuffle mobsters and celebrities beneath the resort.

And although the casino will close, the restaurants and showroom named for Sinatra, will remain open.


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25 comments to “R.I.P.”

  1. 1

    Sounds like a Denny Hecker/Bernie Madoff enterprise!

  2. 2

    As someone who use to live in Reno, the Cal Neva has gone to poop anyway. It's not longer classy. More trashy.

  3. 3

    It is pretty sad, but they really let that place go.

  4. 4

    Great picture!

    God, Sinatra sure knew how to enjoy this little thing called life!

  5. 5

    Cal-Neva, *n-o-t* Cal-Veva:(((

  6. 6

    It's CAL-NEVA ! (California/Nevada)

  7. 7

    The one closing is in Lake Tahoe, not Reno. And it's Cal Neva, not Veva.

  8. 8

    Aww, I hope they don't destroy it

  9. 9

    it's called CAL NEVA

  10. 10

    they had a threesome right after this photo was taken

  11. 11

    perez you need to get educated! it,s the CAL NEVA….

  12. 12

    the cal neva lodge that sinatra owned and force to sell because of his mafia ties was in nevada at the california border on the north shore of lake tahoe not in reno.

  13. 13

    carl bueler is geography impaired as the cal neva lodge as it was known is on the north shore of lake tahoe at the california-nevada border. he was banned from gaming because of his mafia associates especially sam giancana from chicago.

  14. 14

    Mario, or whomever is writing this column, THERE connotes a place, THEIR connotes possession..Hence, THEY spent a lot of time THERE, not THEIR.

  15. 15

    What a shame….the CalNeva was a wonderful destination when at Tahoe…but it was no doubt mafia run. I once saw a guy playing six hands lose nearly every hand, every deal….and he didn't make bad choices (I could see his cards).

  16. 16

    The Cal Neva is not in Reno, its in north Lake Tahoe. I live there.

    I've been through the tunnels too, very cool! We went one rainy day in March and the security guard was bored and gave us a tour. So nice!

  17. 17

    Re: girlgirl – If you lived in Reno you'd know the Cal Neva is in Tahoe!

  18. kaya says – reply to this


    Re: LolaBB – I also used to live in Reno. I think the confusion is stemming from the fact that there are indeed two Cal-Nevas - the one Frank Sinatra is famous for is in Tahoe, and one in Reno on South Virginia Street (which is, in fact a dump, and may have already closed down for all I know.)

  19. 19

    Now where will the mafia make hit deals?

  20. 20

    It's Bush's fault!

  21. 21

    It's Cal Neva- not Cal Veva. And it's in Lake Tahoe, not Reno.

  22. 22

    man, those were the days real celebrities had fun w/o fear of being caught by the tabloids. imagine all the shit that would've come out had they lived in our times.

  23. 23

    Perez, your lack of knowledge in history and grammar only confirm my belief that the progressives have been successful at their goal of dumbing down education.

  24. DVTG says – reply to this


    Cal Neva dumbass!

  25. 25

    It's Cal Neva…