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Tropicana Las Vegas closes after 67 years on the Strip

Richard N. Velotta and McKenna Ross, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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Bloggers, YouTubers and influencers paraded around the casino capturing video to share the last moments of casino play and the environment of history fading away.

At around 2:30, a player screamed out from the center of the casino: “Yeah Vegas! Tropicana is No. 1!” A few others nearby added their own salutes.

The player who made the last bet on the floor was Will Ross of Apple Valley, California, who put his last $3 into an electronic craps machine.

“I literally got out here at 3 p.m. today (Monday). I wish I could have stayed here, it was too expensive, but I came out here because I knew the Tropicana was closing and I wanted to be here,” Ross said.

At about 2:45 a.m., Ross placed his $3 minimum bet just as casino officials announced the final shutdown. Because the game was extended — in craps, a player keeps rolling dice until a 7 or 11 is hit — Ross turned out to be the last player standing.

Wearing a denim Riviera jacket, Ross said he has always been fascinated with casino history and Las Vegas lore, belonging to a collectors’ club. That’s how he came by the Riviera jacket.

 

“I actually hit my point twice before I sevened out, so that last roll was a good one,” he said.

For that, he received a cash-out ticket for $4, which he opted not to cash.

“I think I’m going to frame it, put it up on my wall,” he said. “It has ‘Tropicana’ right on the ticket with the date, so I’ll actually be able to remember this time here.”

Meanwhile, a few steps away, two men were debating whether a Major League Baseball stadium would ever be built on the site.

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