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Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 | 11:29 a.m.
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.
Binion's Gambling Hall has been a landmark in downtown Las Vegas for more than a half a century. The 80,000 square foot casino opens up to Fremont Street Experience and features 80-plus gaming and poker tables and about 800 slot and video poker machines.
Benny's Bullpen Sports Bar and Cigar Lounge is an old fashioned saloon featuring a full-service bar that serves handcrafted beers, a fine selection of cigars, 10 plasma TVs broadcasting live sports and video poker machines.
The Top of Binion's Steak House is open at 5 p.m. and is located high above downtown Las Vegas on the 24th floor.
The pool area is located on the 25th floor, affording a view of downtown and the Strip. It is also available for concerts, special events and weddings.
The property is made up of three historic buildings: The Apache Hotel, The Boulder Club and The Mint. Benny Binion bought the Apache Hotel in 1951 and renamed it the Horseshoe Club. Benny Binion's sons completed the existing footprint in 1988 when they bought Del Webb's Mint Hotel.