Golden Entertainment is a gaming company based in Enterprise, Nevada that operates casinos, taverns, and slot routes. It was formed in 2015 by the merger of Golden Gaming (founded in 2001 by Blake Sartini) and Lakes Entertainment. It is the largest tavern operator and largest slot route operator in Nevada. Golden Gaming was formed in October 2001 as a result of Blake L. Sartinis acquisition of Southwest Gaming Services, a company he founded before selling to Station Casinos. In 2002, the Golden Tavern Group subsidiary was formed, and it acquired the PTs chain of taverns.