Skip to comments.Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas to close in May
Posted on 03/11/2011 8:32:10 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
Reporting from Las Vegas and Los Angeles The Sahara hotel-casino, a Rat Pack-era jewel of the Las Vegas Strip that age and a prolonged recession had tarnished, will close in May, owner SBE Entertainment announced Friday morning.
Chief Executive Sam Nazarian, the Los Angeles nightclub impresario who purchased the Moroccan-themed casino in 2007 and vowed to restore its hipness, said in a statement that running the property was "no longer economically viable."
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Dingy’s next great idea for Vegas will be to make gambling illegal.
I was there last August and won about $200 playing quarter wheel of fortune. Have stayed there a couple times, I like that you don’t have to walk what seems like miles to get to the casino and your room.
Anyway, I remember them bringing around the free drink. Damn, those were good drinks. Who knows, maybe I put more than $600 into those slot machines. But I definitely came out ahead at the blackjack tables. That I know for sure.
Had fun at the Sahara and sad to now know that was my last night.
Bally’s comes to mind.
Vegas has huge problems. Between the economy and casinos now legal in a number of other states, the future doesn’t look good.
“Vegas has huge problems. Between the economy and casinos now legal in a number of other states, the future doesnt look good.”
.....I think that you’re right...in my area alone we’ve got several groups scrambling to claim indian blood and get themselves declared a “tribe”....if they’re successful, some ‘advisors’ from Atlantic City, NJ will come in and establish a casino for them.
My wife and I were at the Sahara back in 1972! First time there and we had fun! We didn’t win much but then we didn’t lose much either!
In the years since I usually take a trip over there and play a bit. My brother-in-law and I had a blast there one nite!
It is sad to see it closed!
Sad to see it go. It was from a better time in Las Vegas.
In fact this should really help union membership in Vegas. Cause belonging to the unions will really stick it to the "rich" guys and help the middle class.
Let's see what the problem may be. I have to pay more taxes, my fuel costs to travel in my life/business/pleasure costs more (due to the libs), my user fees and property taxes have gone up as well as my health insurance and food costs... so I have less to spend on going to Vegas and having a great time.
Maybe I can get a "Katrina" card like the New Orleans po-po, fire and rescue and city employees to "relax".
I’ll be in Vegas in May. I hope I get to shoot craps there one last time. I really like the Sahara. It just has this whole feeling of faded cool.
Hate to say it. . , but the Vegas hotel unions were strongly for Dingy Harry and the One.
Elections have consequences. They made their beds, time to lie down in them. . .
I used to play craps and 21 at the old Sands. I hated it when they tore it down.
I stayed there about 10 years ago. I liked the authentic casino atmosphere. It was a casino and not theme park. Sad to see it go.
In Dec. 1966 I was 19 yrs old, home on leave from the Army . I would dress in my uniform and go to The Shara every night to see Don Rickles in the lounge (he still cracks me up). I was never carded while in uniform
Late one night I went into the Sahara coffee shop, in uniform, and sat down at the counter...in a booth behind me sat Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Buddy Hackett and Peter Lawford.
The waitress came to me, told me that someone who wishes to remain anonymous would like to buy me anything I wanted. I had a milk shake.
I'll never forget The Sahara
I would have asked for an airplane.
NV is ground -0- for all of America. Highest unemplymt, highest 4clousure, highest Bnkrptcy rate. I’m in Reno (for 20+ yrs.) and it sucks! Used to be the GREAT state of NV — not so much anymore. Leave US alone Harry; we can make (repair) this work! Pray 4 America.
I would have ordered the lobster omelet...courtesy of Frank
It would be somewhat depressing to learn that 'anonymous' wasn't one of those guys. Because sitting across your other shoulder, if only you had looked, was...
...Ann Margret. :^)
I just returned to Seattle from the Biggest Litle City..
Can’t say it wasn’t fun, but they do have their work cut out for them, fixing their economy. I hope they steal
a few buisnesses from the left coast.
For every action, there is a reaction. SEIU hotel workers by their actions blatantly disregarded the other half of America who were not Obama voters. There's 49 other states in which we can choose to vacation and spend our money. Voting in Harry Reid verifies Nevadans haven't learned their lesson.
"We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama -- $60.7 million to be exact -- and we're proud of it," boasted Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, to the Las Vegas Sun this week. The behemoth labor organization's leadership is getting its money's worth. Whether rank-and-file workers and ordinary taxpayers are profiting from this ultimate campaign pay-for-play scheme is another matter entirely.
“The town will never be the same. After the Tangiers, the big corporations took it all over. Today it looks like Disneyland. And while the kids play cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and Juniors college money on the poker slots. In the old days, dealers knew your name, what you drank, what you played. Today, its like checkin into an airport. And if you order room service, youre lucky if you get it by Thursday. Today, its all gone. You get a whale show up with four million in a suitcase, and some twenty-five-year-old hotel school kid is gonna want his Social Security Number. After the Teamsters got knocked out of the box, the corporations tore down practically every one of the old casinos. And where did the money come from to rebuild the pyramids? Junk bonds. But in the end, I wound up right back where I started. I could still pick winners, and I could still make money for all kinds of people back home. And why mess up a good thing? And thats that.” - Casino
You were there too!? Ann did slip me a note to meet her and Juliet Prowse in their suite when I finished my milkshake.
They bring everyhody free drinks. Anything you want, just keep playing......
I love going to Vegas, but now that I am more familiar with the SEIU Unions, I’ll have to think twice about supporting them in any way.
What a totally cool story!
I used to live in Vegas, in Little Havana, underneath the old Bob Stupak’s Las Vegas World. I loved it...didn’t gamble, but man, the shows were cool, the buffets were cheap, and good, and you could grab breakfast at 4 in the morning!
Did you raise your glass to the Rat packers behind you and nod your head “thanks”?
To 26 - Certainly cannot find fault with your taste in women.
A Showgirl for me ;-)