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Downtown's Gold Spike sold, set for closure Sunday

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Although the Downtown Project is not yet saying what its plans for the Gold Spike casino are, it does tell FOX5 there will be no gaming when it reopens.

While patrons are disappointed with the news, some employees who work there are fearful they could lose their jobs.

"I've heard all these rumors going around, so I don't know what's going on," Debra Camp, a cocktail waitress at the Gold Spike, told FOX5.

The sale has Camp and some of her co-workers assuming the worst.

"Sunday, you're out without a job, they ain't going to get nothing for you, they could care less," Camp said.

The former owner, Siegel Group Nevada, which runs other properties like the Artisan Hotel and Rumor Boutique Resort, announced the sale to the Downtown Project today.

Siegel promises job opportunities for most of its employees.

"The vast majority of employees at the Gold Spike will either retain a position within the Siegel Group or have a new position with the Downtown Project," said Michael Crandall, senior vice president of the Siegel Group.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's organization will be holding a job fair for all current Gold Spike employees.

But Camp said she has heard promises of a job at the Downtown Project before, when that organization bought the Western Casino.

"I worked at the Western for 27 years, and when I worked there they told me the same thing, I never got a replacement, no job, nothing else," Camp said.

Camp is one of 15 employees at the Gold Spike who actually don't work for the Siegel Group, but instead for Fifth Street Gaming, a company which manages casino operations.

Fifth Street told FOX5 some of the employees who are currently at the Gold Spike will be absorbed into their other areas of operation.

That company is only five months away from opening the Downtown Grand, where they'll be filling 800 jobs.

Fifth Street said it hopes to place some of their Gold Spike employees into those positions.

But for now, Camp believes she's out of a job and that Hsieh is to blame.

"(Hsieh) says he's good for the community and all this, he's buying all downtown property, he's buying all these things up. But what is he doing for us? Shoving us out without a job," Camp said.

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