O'Sheas Casino Reopens on Las Vegas Strip - 8 News NOW

O'Sheas Casino Reopens on Las Vegas Strip

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LAS VEGAS -- A storefront Las Vegas Strip casino known for its casual party atmosphere reopened after closing in 2012 to make way for an outdoor promenade and Ferris wheel project.

O'Sheas casino opened its doors on Friday after a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new O'Sheas is smaller than the original, but it will carry on the old traditions.

"$5 blackjack, beer pong tournaments every day, starting at 3 p.m. We got live entertainment seven days a week. Can't beat it on the Strip," general manager Jason Frese said.

The Irish-themed casino, owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp. closed in April 2012 to make room for Caesars' $550 million Linq Project, which includes a Ferris wheel that will be the largest in the world when it debuts next year.

While the renovated casino is in The Quad, it is connected to the new The Linq entertainment district.

"This is phase one of The Linq, which is a $550 million development for Caesars Entertainment, and we're so proud to be one of the first things to open and be the casino for The Linq," Eileen Moore with Caesars Entertainment said.

When O'sheas closed, some patrons called it an o'shame. The gaming industry listened.

"And to really deliver on the Save O'Sheas Campaign that Mr. Lucky started and bring back the legend that has been here 23 years is awesome," Moore said.

The project is not just about nostalgia. It is also about jobs.

"In food and beverage alone, I'll be hiring 800 people over the next four months, but we're going to be hiring probably about 1,800 people in the next four months to, of course, fill the new casino, but there will probably be another 1,500 more jobs in Las Vegas for the tenants in The Linq," vice-president of Food and Beverage Shawn Ritchie said.

O'sheas has been featured on the big screen, in movies like "Vegas Vacation."

It is getting a fresh start, but the new casino has the original marquee outside and a mural people may recognize from the old location.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)


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