Before belonging to the Van Graff family, the Silver Rush rivaled the Atomic Wrangler in Freeside. For unknown reasons, the Silver Rush attracted the ire of the Van Graffs, who killed its former occupants and then set up shop. It is now the biggest supplier of energy weapons in the Mojave Wasteland, which has caught the eye of the Head Paladin Hardin.
This building serves as the headquarters of the Van Graff family's operations, and as a hub of energy weapon supply in the Mojave Wasteland.
The main room is what remains of the gutted Silver Rush casino. In the center is a table full of energy weapons and ammunition. A shelf close to the door has a large amount of ammunition, plasma grenades, and mines.
Military barricades restrict movement of customers, to the advantage of security. Down a short hallway in the back of the accessible part of the store is a bathroom. The cashier's room is barricaded and locked. Past the locked door there are some safes, a locked terminal, and a stairway to the living quarters.
The upper floor of the building (directly behind the sign) can be accessed from the second floor of the building on its right. The Courier may hop up the debris piles (companions can sometimes follow) to reach a semi-secret bedroom, complete with mattress and a small dining table that overlooks the street below.
All weapons and ammunition in the store can be stolen without Karma loss, but the guards will turn hostile if the player is caught, making it impossible for you to start the Birds of a Feather quest.
Sometimes, if you successfully steal a weapon and bump into a guard, they will notice the weapon and become hostile.
Before entering the Silver Rush, the guard outside will take all the player's weapons (this includes hold-out weapons). The weapons will be returned when the player leaves the Silver Rush. After the player completes the first part of the Birds of a Feather quest, the guards will stop taking the player's weapons on entry.
It is not required that you complete the first part of Birds of a Feather in order to stop your weapons from being taken from you upon entry to the Silver Rush. Simply accepting the quest from Gloria will allow you to keep all of your weapons upon entry.
The Silver Rush has its design adapted from the real life gambling hall, the Silver Slipper. Also, Howard Hughes, the person which Mr. House was based on, bought the Silver Slipper in 1968. It is also bears a similar relationship to the real life gambling hall called the Golden Nugget; this is because both of their signs look almost the same, with the only difference being the words and the color.
pcps3xbox360 When entering the Silver Rush the first time, the scripted event might hang at the execution. Sometimes reloading the autosave from entering will resolve the problem. Using the console commands "kill" and "resurrect" in sequence on Jean-Baptiste can also fix the issue. You can also leave the casino and re enter, then talk to her to receive Birds of a Feather. An unconfirmed fix for this is the console command set "10d8e5".ShootingVolunteer to 1, which advances the script past the part where it sticks. There is no known PS3 fix. [verified]
ps3xbox360 If you steal all the weapons on the table (or only weapons that interest you) and reload the auto-save gained from entering the Silver Rush the weapons you stole from before will be in full condition after the save loads. [verified]
pcps3xbox360 Sometimes stolen energy weapons will stack, as in they won't be visible in your inventory until you drop an energy weapon of the same type (for example it will appear that you only have one laser rifle but when you drop it there is still another in your inventory that was hidden previously). Though these weapons are hidden they still add to your carry weight; so your carry weight is higher than it should be when looking at your apparent inventory which is how the bug was discovered. [verified]
pcps3xbox360 Sometimes, the inventory of Gloria never updates according to character level, selling only the same low-level weapons. [verified]
xbox360 With the Mysterious Stranger perk, and after completing Heartache by the Number without killing the Van Graffs, if you quickly target a thug and kill him in V.A.T.S mode, the Mysterious Stranger will be completely invisible and can be targeted with V.A.T.S mode. he will be there forever afterwards. If you damage him enough, he will turn hostile, and kill you in one shot. [verified]