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Las Vegas’s Sahara Hotel and Casino closes its doors

The Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada has closed its doors for good after nearly 60 years in business.

The hotel and casino was the sixth casino built on the famous Las Vegas Strip in 1952, and was at the centre of the thriving gambling action while it was in business. Unfortunately, like the fate of many other similar Vegas hotels and casinos, a mix of the economic crisis and larger, newer hotels opening nearby has meant that it is struggling.

John Law, a dealer at the casino over 30 years ago told KTNV: "It would be nothing to go to work and make 300, 500, 2,700 [dollars] in four hours. You know that's just the way it was in the old days."

The Sahara showcased some of the biggest stars on the Strip and was ahead of many of its rivals, securing the likes of Tina Turner and Dean Martin as performers. In 1964, it famously brought the Beatles to Las Vegas for $25,000, although the show was hosted in the Las Vegas Convention Centre instead, as the 600-seat capacity at the Sahara wasn’t large enough to accommodate the crowd.

According to the Sahara’s official website, it will be transferring all existing reservations to its partner Circus Circus.

Maria Pierides
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