So why's the place being put into its grave? Its no secret that Vegas vacationers have never been big on nostalgia. When it comes to spending their vacation dollars, they go for the new kid on the block (even if that new kid is just another re-tread by Steve Wynn. Is it just me, or does anyone else think all of the gold, the swooping drapes and the massive floral displays is getting a little dull?).
The management tried to appeal to NASCAR fans. Those areas of the casino that weren't Arabian Nights–themed, were filled with race cars, black checkered flags, and racing memorabilia. But it was a strange fit. I mean, how many NASCAR fans have a secret longing to visit a souk in the Middle East? My guess is not many. They should have been trying to lure the hipsters, those who would have appreciated the Sahara's tattered graces. Ah well.
Its not too late to visit, though it may be too late to stay at the Sahara, as room rates have reportedly soared above $250 for the casino's last month and a half. According to reports, dealers will throw their final craps on May 16, though its unclear what will happen to the property after that (its the general consensus that the town doesn't need another new casino, what with the recent opening of the massive City Center project). My suggestion? An assisted living community for made men and former show girls. That would be poetic justice.
If you can, head over and put down a bet for me at what have long been among the cheapest and friendliest betting tables on the Strip.