A relic of Las Vegas's mobster past bites the dust.
FOX's Pat O'Neill has the details:
It opened in 1955. Now it's gone...
The 24 story Monaco Tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino imploded in a controlled demolition. It joins other famous Las Vegas strip properties, like the Dunes, Sands, Desert Inn and Stardust as just a memory.
The hotel was known for its ties to organized crime figures and was the backdrop for some famous movies, including the Rat Pack's original "Oceans Eleven". The James Bond film "Diamonds are Forever" and "Casino" starring Robert De Niro:
(Casino) "I was so good that whenever I bet I could change the odds for every bookmaker in the country. I'm serious, I had it down so cold."
The Monte Carlo Tower of the Riviera is scheduled to be imploded in August, amid plans to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Pat O'Neill, FOX News.