The colorful O'Sheas casino closed its doors for the final time on May 1, with the parking garage imploded as work gets into full swing on the $500 million Linq project that will transform what was O'Sheas and the Imperial Palace into a new gambling, retail, dining, and entertainment complex.
Caesars is embarking on one of the first new construction projects started on the Las Vegas Strip in several years, with a 550-foot tall Ferris wheel serving as the capper for the new casino resort that Caesars hopes will make better use of the prime location and foot traffic in the area.
O'Sheas had carved out a niche for itself on the Strip by offering table games like blackjack and craps with low minimum wagers as well as serving as the unofficial beer pong hotspot in Vegas with numerous tournaments and promotions; beer pong fans need not fear as the games have moved to Bthe Slush Bar at Bill's Gamblin' Hall.
The Imperial Palace is also slated to be replaced, with the name of the new casino still not settled on -- although it won't be a themed casino, with a more generic approach planned to fit with the overall Linq project. Caesars officials have promised that a piece of O'Sheas will live on, as an area near the entrance to the Linq will feature table games as well as an O'Sheas pub.
Implosions on the Strip were relatively common during the construction boom of the early to mid 2000s but the implosion of O'Sheas was the first since 2007 when the New Frontier met its demise.
Caesars has been under pressure from investors to make better use of its multiple properties on the Strip and elsewhere in Vegas, with the Linq project the largest and most extensive effort to date to make more profitable use of its valuable Vegas real estate.