Family feud may be on the horizon as Fertittas, Sartinis belly up to the tavern-business bar

Photo: Customers gamble at Wildfire on Fremont on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

Family feud may be on the horizon as Fertittas, Sartinis belly up to the tavern-business bar

Article brief provided by The Nevada Independent
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
May 15, 2024 8:38 PM

The Las Vegas casino market may soon see its own version of a family feud.

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The Fertittas and the Sartinis have long played on opposite sides of the gaming sandbox. Red Rock Resorts has dominated the Las Vegas locals casino market and Golden Entertainment has single-handedly expanded Southern Nevada’s tavern industry.

Golden CEO Blake Sartini is the brother-in-law of Red Rock’s top executives, CEO Frank Fertitta III and Vice Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta.

The lines between the companies blurred in 2018 after Golden’s $850 million purchase of American Casino & Entertainment Properties that included the two Arizona Charlie’s casinos. That gave the company a small piece of the neighborhood casino business currently dominated by Red Rock.