Sam Boyd

Samuel A. Boyd (April 23, 1910 – January 15, 1993) was an American entrepreneur, casino manager and developer. He was noted for introducing successful marketing, gambling and entertainment innovations into the casino gambling industry, as well as building one of the largest and most successful casino empires in the world.

Sam Boyd
Samuel A. Boyd

(1910-04-23)April 23, 1910
DiedJanuary 15, 1993(1993-01-15) (aged 82)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Resting placePalm Memorial Park, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OccupationEntrepreneur, casino manager and developer
Years active1928–1993
Net worthUS $1.2 billion
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Born in Enid, Oklahoma, Boyd began his career in the gambling industry in 1928, when he ran bingo games on a gambling ship offshore Long Beach, California. Just prior to the US entering World War II in 1941, Boyd moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Boyd was able to quickly make his way up through the gambling industry by initially working as a croupier. He later went on to hold a variety of jobs in the industry, moving between Reno and Lake Tahoe before moving back to Las Vegas.

Having saved up a substantial amount of cash, in 1952 Boyd invested $10,000 to become an owner-partner at the Sahara.[1] Later, he became general manager and partner at The Mint in Downtown Las Vegas, where he began introducing marketing campaigns and the innovations which made him famous. Boyd later began developing and purchasing casinos throughout the Las Vegas area, continuing to introduce innovative marketing. He was credited with helping build a large Hawaiian community in Las Vegas, through his marketing techniques catered toward visitors from the Hawaiian islands.

With the construction and completion of Sam Boyd's California Hotel and Casino in 1975, Boyd and his son William S. Boyd co-founded Boyd Gaming, which would become one of the largest gambling and casino management corporations in the world.

Boyd died on January 15, 1993, at the age of 82 at a local hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada after lengthy illnesses. He was interred at the Palm Memorial Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Several casinos and buildings are named in his honor, including Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall and UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium.


  1. ^ "Sam Boyd, 82, a Roulette Dealer Who Became a Builder of Casinos". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 16, 1993. Archived from the original on September 17, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.

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