Era Ends As Ex-Rat Pack Casino Closes

Published April 8, 2010 by OCR Editor

Era Ends As Ex-Rat Pack Casino Closes

Gambling operations stop at casino once owned by Frank Sinatra.

A great era in gambling is officially over as a historic casino formerly associated with the Rat Pack has closed down at the Nevada-California resort of town of Tahoe.

The Cal Neva casino, which was owned by Frank Sinatra from 1960 to 1963 and drew in fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford, and other big names such as Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, stopped operating last Wednesday.

The current owner hopes to reopen the casino - situated on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe's north shore at Crystal Bay - under a new contractor by the end of 2010.

But some commentators say this might be it for the historic casino - given the effects of the recession and competition from Las Vegas, Native American and online casinos.

Regardless of whether it gets up and running again, the resort is still attractive for tourists; a tour includes the small cabin where Monroe spent her final weekend before dying of a drug overdose in Los Angeles in August 1962.

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