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O'Sheas to Close on April 30

One of the Las Vegas Strip's more venerable casinos is closing its doors on April 30, with O'Sheas three decade run coming to an end as it moves to the new Linq project.

O'Sheas had carved out a niche for itself with cheap drinks and low minimum wagering at its blackjack and craps tables but it will temporarily close with its current location demolished before returning with a new look and location as part of the $500 million Linq project that Caesars is building on the Strip.

The Linq project will create an entertainment district next to the Flamingo casino which will include a 550 foot observation wheel, restaurants and bars, as well as retail and shopping space. Linq will link the Flamingo and Imperial Palace casinos (both owned by Caesars) and provide an easier flow between the two properties in addition to the new venues opened.

O'Sheas will re-open in 2013 within the Imperial Palace casino, which is getting a facelift of its own; Caesars officials have promised that the new O'Sheas will retain its Irish-themed flair.

The Linq project is expected to be completed within 18 months and will be one of the new projects to hit the Strip since the recession that the city is still struggling to recover from -- and which left several other huge multi-billion construction projects in a state of limbo and currently unfinished.

O'Sheas 300 or so employees are expected to be offered jobs with other Caesars properties, while the Linq project is expected to to employ 3,000 workers during construction and create 1,500 permanent jobs when completed.

While Las Vegas has slowly recovered from the recession and seen gambling revenues stabilize as visitor traffic grows, it's still a shadow of its former self after the property bubble burst and home prices in the city plummeted while unemployment soared.

12-Mar-2012, 03:18

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