On our trips to Vegas over the years, one of our favourite regular haunts has been O’Sheas – the ramshackle, down-market, Irish-themed casino on the Strip as part of the Flamingo.
Strip poker (well, just a poker table placed on the Strip), cheap table games, cheaper drinks, carpet that was last cleaned around the time of Elvis and a permanent World Series of Beer Pong set-up – O’Sheas had it all.
Sadly, it is no more. On Monday, O’Sheas closed for the final time to facilitate demolition, making way for its spot in the new $550 million Linq development. Chants of “O’Sheas!” broke out at the bar as people bought their last drinks and gambled their final dollars before the casino shut its doors for good.
David Reese, Caesars senior vice president of human resources for the Las Vegas region said O’Sheas employees would be given priority placement at other resorts and casinos, including jobs opening at pools and at the upcoming World Series of Poker.
The Las Vegas Sun reported that Lucky the Leprechaun – the O’Sheas long-time icon whose real name is Brian Thomas (pictured left with Holly Madison) – was front and centre at the 24-hour happy hour during which he poured free shots into the mouths of celebrating patrons from atop a bar.
“It’s real people having real fun,” Thomas said of the casino, where he has worked for seven years. “You don’t need a billion-dollar casino to have a great time. It’s like one big family of two million people I’ve seen. I don’t know another place on the Strip that is like this.”
The Linq is an entertainment district, which will be constructed along a private street that separates the Flamingo and Imperial Palace. The Linq’s centrepiece is a 550-foot observation wheel, dubbed the Las Vegas High Roller. The Imperial Palace will be renamed, renovated and rethemed as part of the development.
A new O’Sheas will be part of The Linq when it opens in 2013. Hope they saved the carpet.