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July 29, 2015

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Binion’s cuts jobs, valet parking amid ‘unprecedented recession’

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Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas.

Binion's Gambling Hall in downtown Las Vegas has eliminated the equivalent of about 20 full-time jobs as a result of the continuing recession.

Spokeswoman Lisa Robinson said the positions were cut with the elimination Monday of valet parking services and changes in the food and beverage department.

Since the property's hotel shut down last year management noticed most casino guests were walking in from Fremont Street and it didn't make economic sense to have valet parking, Robinson said.

The company's self-parking garages for guests and employees remain open and casino customers can continue to park for free with validation, Robinson said.

Binion's has also stopped serving meals to employees in the employee dining room and they instead will be paid for one meal per shift, she said.

Because some of the positions involved part-time workers, Robinson couldn't say exactly how many workers were laid off because of the changes.

"Over the last two and a half years, Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel has had to adjust to the challenges brought about by this unprecedented economic recession. We have had to make difficult decisions, and without significant improvement in the economy and our own revenue, we must continue to make them," Binion's said in a statement today.

Binion's sister downtown property, the Four Queens Hotel & Casino, was unaffected by the changes, Robinson said.

Once the economy turns around, Binion's intends to reopen the hotel and restore other services, but there's no telling when that will happen, Robinson said.

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