‘The Beverly Hillbillies’: A Las Vegas Casino Once Opened Based on the Sitcom

by Madison Miller

The CBS sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies” hasn’t been around since its run in 1962-1971. The show focused on the Clampetts after they discover oil on their property and become rich. The family moves to Beverly Hills, California. However, the show left a lasting impression on TV audiences across the world…and especially, Las Vegas.

“The Beverly Hillbillies” was widely popular when it was on. It has seven Emmy nominations during its run and has 16 episodes that are actually still among the 100 most-watched television episodes in American history.

Due to its popularity, a casino opened in Las Vegas devoted to the sitcom. It could give fans of the show an opportunity to win big money and change the direction of their lives, similar to the Clampetts family.

‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ Las Vegas Casino

According to Las Vegas Advisor, there was once a casino on Lake Mead Boulevard. It was a 30-slot storefront casino called “Beverly Hillbillies Gambler Casino.”

Interestingly enough, the idea actually came from someone involved in the sitcom.

The idea spurred from Max Baer Jr. Fans of the show may recognize that as the actor behind Jethro Bodine. He was the son of Jed’s cousin, Pearl Bodine. He drives the family to their new home in California and also stays with them so he can get a better education.

His character is known for his endless job search and overall inability to decide on anything. Max Baer Jr. has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in philosophy.

Details on the Casino

He used those skills, business as well as knowing “The Beverly Hillbillies,” to create the casino. Baer had also made a lot of money in screenwriting and producing, namely, he worked on projects like “Macon County Line” and “Ode to Billy Joe.”

Using that money, he bought the licensing rights for the show from CBS for about $1 million in 1991. Several slot machines showed up in Nevada casinos. His overall goal was to eventually create something that would entirely represent the sitcom. This would be the mansion as the casino exterior, a shotgun wedding chapel, Jethro’s All-You-Kin-Et Buffet, amongst other themed ideas. He had invested a lot of time and energy into creating something that would completely showcase the feeling of being in “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

He had countless challenges his entire time trying to create the casino. Most of which had to do with finding a location that would allow the construction to happen. In 2007 he bought a 2.5-acre area near Carson City Capital District for $1.2 million. That didn’t last long as of 2018 it is delayed indefinitely.

On jethrocasino.com there is a full outline of the multi-million dollar project. There are countless references to the show in the massive construction. There is even a floor plan for the casino hotel.

Although there were massive plans (a 200-foot-tall mock oil derrick with a flame for one example), the dreams of a “The Beverly Hillbillies” casino seems to have vanished for Max Baer Jr.