The Sahara Hotel and Casino, a fixture on the Las Vegas Strip since 1952, closes Monday for good.
The Sahara was the sixth casino built on the Strip, the Las Vegas Sun reported, and cashed in as Las Vegas grew as a gambling mecca.
"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," John Law, who worked as a dealer at the Sahara 31 years ago, told CNN affiliate KTNV.
The hotel once showcased some of the biggest stars on the Strip, including comedians Don Rickles and Johnny Carson and singers Dean Martin and Tina Turner. The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon originated from the Sahara for 20 years. And the Sahara in 1964 brought the Beatles to Las Vegas for $25,000, though it hosted their show in the Las Vegas Convention Center because the hotel's 600-seat showroom couldn't handle the crowd, according to the Sun.
But newer, bigger resorts have eclipsed the 1,720-room Sahara.
While high rollers moved on to newer properties, the Sahara featured dollar deals.
"Dollar blackjack, dollar beer, dollar craps, dollar everything," local resident Chris Lamb told KTNV in his praise of the Sahara.
In March, Sahara owners SBE Entertainment of Los Angeles and private equity firm Stockbridge Real Estate of San Francisco announced it was "no longer economically viable" to keep the facility open, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.
The final guest is scheduled to check out around noon, the Review Journal reported, and 1,050 jobs will be lost.
The hotel's website said it was transferring all reservations to its partner Circus Circus.
As nostalgic as this decline and passing is, it is the pattern of life.
The strong survive.
I lost my virginity there. Also had my pinky removed there by the casino manager in 1972.
The world is an oyster and I am its pearl.
that just makes you crap covered by a shiny surface ðŸ˜›
"The hotel's website said it was transferring all reservations to its partner Circus Circus" Sahara was bad, not even remotely as bad as Circus Circus. They are closing the wrong one. The roller coaster at Sahara is the best one on the strip.
Let Nevada keep the Sahaara and use the dynamite to blow up Harry Reid instead!
That's too bad, seeing another old Vegas landmark shutting down. The Sahara that exists today is just a shadow of her former self, so it's just as well I guess. The north end of the strip is dead, with virtually nothing left between Riviera and Stratosphere. And, yeah, Circus Circus is a DUMP (IMHO).
I love it when people put "IMHO" or "Just Saying" or "That's what they say" as if it absolves them from any responsibility of what they just posted. First, if you're posting a comment we know it is your opinion. Second, if you're "just saying" it or repeating what someone else says and you do not necessarily agree with it, WHY ARE YOUR REPEATING IT.
Can we add "it is what it is" to this slag heap?
Good you love it.
I suppose they'll televise the implosion.
Another one bites the dust.
I don't think they are imploding it. Just closing for now. I work across the street.
Why do you care?
Why do you?
@8:00 fake Cesar, oh? Is that so?
I know Las Vegas is all about living in the moment, but shouldn't someone from Nevada be trying to save at least one of the original Las Vegas hotels? They represent an era that was transitional, and unique in our American history. Besides which, when there are only one or two of them left, if they are properly maintained, that in itself will be a tourist draw... "Stay where Frank Sinatra / Eddie Fisher / Don Rickles / Mae West / fill-in-your-favorite-old-Vegas-celebrity performed."
Been there. Nothing special. Level it. In fact, level Vegas.
The Sahara and Circus Circus are both dumps. They should both be closed, imploded and allow for new buildings, revenue, and jobs to come in.
It wasn't really a dump, just aging. Last time I was there I paid $50 per night, less than the Super 8 motel on Koval (now THAT's a dump!). It was a reasonable place to stay while attending trade shows at the Convention Center. Sorry to see it go, mostly because it was a reasonable option for me when I had to be in Vegas.
Yeah, implosions are always fun: I'm waiting till they do Hagen.
I've never been to Las Vegas. Gambling is not enough fun to do it for a vacation; the casino always wins in the end.
I played Lotto a few times, but then I decided I'd rather spend those few dollars on some other foolishness or give them to a beggar who could at least act (con) believably.
Awareness of the casino principle is extremely important in my business.