By now I’m sure you have heard that O’Sheas will close on April 30. Officially, this is happening to make way for further Linq development as Caesars Entertainment attempts to liven up their block of the Las Vegas strip. While additional shopping, food, and a ferris wheel aren’t enough to get my juices flowing, thinking about the implications of closing O’Sheas does.
Closing O’Sheas puts a further divide between the Las Vegas Strip and downtown. O’Sheas was one of a few limited places that offered no-frills, low limit gaming, and cheap drinks. With the closing of O’Sheas and the rebranding of Imperial Palace, these types of places are further going by the wayside on the strip.
Downtown embraces this image. O’Sheas almost feels like a downtown transplant to the Las Vegas Strip. Casino Royale and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall maybe be the only two places left where you can guarantee yourself a low limit table any night of the week. When you are downtown, you can go into almost any property any night and find low limits.
Caesars Entertainment has said they plan to open a new O’Sheas as part of Linq, but they haven’t said what that entails. Will it be a casino within the rebranded Imperial Palace (like Margaritaville in Flamingo)? Will it be its own free standing casino? Will it be a beer pong parlor? Will it even reopen? No one really knows.
I have found myself spending more and more time downtown because of its low key and low limit vibe. There are better odds and it is more oriented toward people who are in Las Vegas to gamble. O’Sheas closing just increases that gap between the Strip and Downtown, a gap that might be the major reason behind downtown’s recent resurgence.