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Memories, drinks aplenty as O'Sheas Casino closes

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Hundreds of people were on hand Monday morning for O'Sheas' last few hours of operation.

The 23-year-old casino sitting between the Imperial Palace and The Flamingo shut its doors at noon.

"Good old bar you know, good casino, lots of fun lots of fun people," said Sharon Anderson, a local who frequented O'Sheas.

While the casino has closed, Caesars Entertainment will reopen it at a new location. "O'Sheas will move just slightly east of here where we will rebrand and recreate all of the things from the original O'Sheas," said Rick Mazer, regional president of Caesars Entertainment.

Brian Thomas, who became well known as Lucky the Leprechaun inviting people from the strip into O'Sheas, spent seven years working at the property.

The highlight of his time there: "Meeting Oscar Goodman and getting awarded the key to the city," he said.

O'Sheas' current location is part of the $550 million facelift that is planned for the Imperial and Flamingo and includes the construction of an observation wheel.

The project will take 13 months to complete and will create 3,000 construction jobs.

The atmosphere during the last few hours the casino was in business was more of a celebration than sadness, but some visitors who made regular visits to O'Sheas were not happy to see the era end.

"I've loved gambling here for years. It's a sad day," said a visitor from Chicago.

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