O’Sheas Casino is once again bringing a taste of Ireland to Las Vegas. The original O’Sheas closed in April 2012 to make way for new development. However, a new, smaller incarnation of this popular Irish-themed gaming establishment debuted on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
About 100 guests were present for the grand opening. During that ceremony, Brian Thomas, dressed as a character named Lucky the Leprechaun, gave an Irish toast. Thomas is a little person and a well-known Las Vegas entertainer.
O’Sheas, which is owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp., boasts a 5,000-square-foot gaming area, one that includes 11 table games. One of those games is O’Sheas’ famous $5 blackjack. This casino also operates two bars, establishments that together serve 60 different kinds of beer. To enhance the beer-drinking experience, O’Sheas provides its guests with six tables for daily beer pong tournaments. And the property offers live entertainment every day of the week.
Fans of the old O’Sheas will notice some differences. For one, the new place is cleaner (no stale beer and smoke smell) and somewhat quieter. In addition, the current version sports many hardwood elements throughout its interior. They only have 4 beer pong tables now (I believe they had 12 or more before) and 10-12 table games. O’Sheas now has a massive beer menu with quite a few craft beers (mostly on draft), including the Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA!
One item that has not changed, however, is the marquee outside; the casino’s managers saved it when the first O’Sheas closed. Another holdover from the original is the anything-goes party atmosphere. On opening day, for instance, Thomas’ Lucky the Leprechaun climbed on top of a bar and offered patrons free shots.
The new O’Sheas Casino is part of Caesars Entertainment’s Linq development. The Linq, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip, is currently being constructed at a cost of $550 million. When it’s completed, it will feature numerous restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.
Six other Linq establishments opened on Dec. 27; one of them was a Starbucks. And several more Linq attractions are slated to premiere on Feb. 28. One is a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel called High Roller, which will be the world’s largest Ferris wheel. High Roller might even be lucky for guests to ride as it’s situated on the site of the old O’Sheas Casino.