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The Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall is a hotel and casino in Laughlin, Nevada, known for its neon cigarette-puffing River Rick marque. It used to be a sister property of Pioneer Club in Las Vegas until both properties were sold to separate parties.

Initially, the Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall opened in 1979. It was the fourth Casino to open in Laughlin. 

1966-Don Laughlin opened the Riverside Resort. 1967-the second Casino was opened in Laughlin as the Nevada Club. It later became the Golden Nugget. In 1968 the Crystal Palace was opened. In 1979, the Pioneer Hotel/Casino was opened. 1986 the casino had the distinction of being the first casino to open a players’ club for slot players in Nevada.

The Hotel and Casino were purchased on January 9, 2004, by Archon Corporation. They continued the western theme that has been the signature of The Pioneer Club since its inception. The Casino added a new sportsbook, operated by Lucky’s Race & Sports Book, in August 2009.

A new owner, The New Pioneer, LLC, assumed ownership on May 1, 2018. The casino closed at that time for “refurbishment” and later reopened its doors as the New Pioneer. 

The Pioneer in Laughlin, Nevada is located right on the historic Colorado River.  The Hotel and Casino have earned its well-known reputation as the “Friendliest House on the River.” Discover for yourself that the Pioneer features Old West charm, with New West excitement.

 Reported Paranormal Activity:

Reported Paranormal activity includes friendly spirits. Guests have reported noticeable cold spots in the guest rooms. Some guests report seeing apparitions and hearing voices. 

Our Paranormal Investigation:

We investigated this Hotel on Sept 21, 2013. We experienced no Paranormal Activity.

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