The Sahara Hotel and Casino, one of the oldest fixtures on the Las Vegas Strip, officially closes its doors for good today just two months after operators declared that keeping the aging venue open was no longer economically viable.
The sixth hotel/casino to open on the Strip, the Sahara holds a special place in Sin City’s history. The iconic casino served as the early stomping grounds for some of the biggest names in entertainment including Don Rickles, Johnny Carson, Tina Turner, and the Rat Pack.
The hotel’s final guests checked out around noon on Monday. The closure will result in the loss of about 1,000 jobs.