Key Largo Casino Closes Tuesday Night - 8 News NOW

Atle Erlingsson, Reporter

Key Largo Casino Closes Tuesday Night

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(Jan. 17) -- In 24 hours, a long-time Las Vegas casino will close its doors for good. The Key Largo will go black and soon a towering high-rise will takes it's place.

This is an emotional week for Key Largo's customers and employees. The Key Largo casino will close for good Tuesday night. It's another example of out with the old -- in with the new.

Dale Forsythe is cashing in on last minute player's club points.  "Maybe I can get one more breakfast out of this place in the morning," he says. He comes to Key Largo every day to take advantage of the $1.99 breakfast. 

"This is the only place you can come for breakfast for $1.99. It's like the last stand in America here, because after this is gone, there's no other place to eat." Forsythe is one of many diehard Key Largo fans that are sad to see the long-time casino close.

Monday night Karen Diehl stopped by for the first and last time. "Well, we heard it was closing and we've always wanted to come in here and take a look at the place."

Diane Orm is one of scores of employees who are losing their jobs this week. She's worked in the Player's Club room and gift shop for five years. The shelves are now nearly empty. Leftover liquor and souvenirs are discounted for quick sale.

Orm is spending the final hours saying goodbye to the co-workers she calls family. "It's kinda hard because you're so used to working with the same people all the time. Knowing everybody."

Knowing everybody is what made Key Largo so special. Workers know the customers and the customers know the workers. Another family-style casino will soon give way to a new more modern corporate-style high-rise.

Key Largo management is keeping hush-hush about the specific plans for this property. But last fall they were given approval by the Clark County Planning Commission to build a 200-foot condo tower and new hotel on the property.

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