Former Sahara Casino to Open Early

The grand opening of the SLS Las Vegas, which will be the flagship property of SBE Entertainment of Los Angeles, has been pushed up on the calendar from Labor Day to August 23. The $214 million hotel-casino at the former Sahara will have 1,600 rooms.

Property will add 3,000 new jobs

The SLS Las Vegas will not wait until Labor Day weekend to throw open its doors, according to the property owners. Instead, the $415 million hotel-casino will open a week early, at midnight on Saturday, August 23.

Last week, an official countdown began on the north Strip resort’s new marquee.

The 1,600-room SLS, which was built around historic Rat Pack-era hangout, the Sahara, began construction in February 2013. The SLS Las Vegas will employ 3,000 workers and will include an 80,000 square-foot casino, nearly a dozen restaurants and nightclubs, meeting space and 10,000-square-feet of retail.

“It’s such an honor to be part of a dedicated team working around the clock to help bring our vision to life,” said Rob Oseland, president and COO of SLS Las Vegas, announcing the early opening last week. “Today we’re turning on our lights and the countdown officially begins.”

The Sahara closed in May 2011.