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Linq observation wheel passes another hurdle toward full operation

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The High Roller observation wheel at the Linq as seen during a hard hat tour Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

The High Roller

A High Roller observation wheel pod as seen during a hard hat tour Jan. 22, 2014. Launch slideshow »

The High Roller, the towering observation wheel located within Caesars Entertainment’s new Linq development, has been granted an operating permit from Clark County.

A company spokeswoman said today the 550-foot High Roller was “in the final stages of preparation” to welcome its first ticketed passengers. The observation wheel’s 28 cabins are designed to hold up to 40 passengers for a 30-minute ride, the time it takes for the entire wheel to rotate.

The High Roller is the tallest observation wheel in the world — taller than the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. It’s located within the Linq, a $550 million entertainment complex between the Quad and Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip.

Caesars executives have said they expected between 4 million and 5 million riders in the wheel’s first year of operation.

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