Razing Riviera casino will level part of Vegas’ mobster past

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Riviera Hotel and Casino will officially exit the scene early Tuesday with a cinematic implosion.

“The Riv” was the Las Vegas Strip’s first high-rise that was as famous for its mobster ties as its Hollywood personification of Sin City’s past.

It closed a year ago after 60 years on the northern end of the Strip.

The shuttered casino’s owners, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, are spending $42 million to level the 13-building campus.

Officials estimate that the Monaco Tower will go down before dawn Tuesday, and the Monte Carlo Tower will be imploded in August.

The Riviera’s 15-to 20-seconds-long implosion will mark the latest kiss goodbye to what’s left among the relics to Vegas’ mobster past.