Stories from the Steer: The Hidden Poker Chip

The year is 1960 at The Golden Steer Steakhouse in Las Vegas when drinks were flowing, money was flying and mob families were very prevalent in this desert gem. All of the most powerful families would escape their East Coast fortresses and come to stay at their favorite casinos, and of course, dine at their favorite restaurants. 


Mobsters were notorious for their epicurean lifestyle of the finest furs, the flashiest cars, and the most lavish homes. Hotels and restaurants on the Vegas Strip were trained to know the exact specifications and preferences of each family. 


Maitre D’s always ensured that their private rooms were set up just the way the respective families liked it when they were in town. You may wonder, how would they know who might darken their doors during dinner service? Poker chips. 


If you looked closely enough in the local newspaper you would find a hidden poker chip that was a signal to which Mob family was in town. This alerted all hospitality professionals to start airing out the family’s respective wine and ensure their private rooms were set up just right. 


5 comments


  • Judith Howell

    Totally awesome meal, we savored every bite. Service was excellent! Wonderful ambiance. We’re planning on making it a yearly stop.


  • Windy

    The best. Went for my Husband’s 50th Birthday and had the private room. Could not ask for a better experience from the history to the food and the white glove service. Was one of the best dining experiences we ever had. To top it off they gave us the sample of the steak seasoning which we are trying tonight on our own filets. Thank you Golden Steer fro making my Husband’s 50th Birthday memorable!


  • Christina Simms

    Always a great meal💕💕💕


  • Debbie Harkness

    Food and service was outstanding. In the top 1 percent of best dining experience in Vegas. We are here 5 or 6 times a year for the shows. Will be a regular stop when we visit.


  • Michelle Gericke Pestka

    Best service hands down!!! Old school atmosphere is awesome and the food was perfectly cooked. Wish I could have come here back in the Era


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