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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A $180 million South Beach transformation is bringing the Tropicana Las Vegas a fresh look in time for summer, and giving one of the oldest hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip hope that it can compete with younger neighbors in a cutthroat market.

New entrances open to a 50,000 square-foot refurnished casino. Nearly 1,400 rooms in two towers have been redesigned and renovated. A new nightclub attracted celebrities including Halle Berry and Andre Agassi for its grand opening bash this week.

The Tropicana first opened in 1957, but today’s owners want visitors to know it’s not their parents’ casino.

Tropicana CEO Alex Yemenidjian says the difference in before and after pictures is dramatic.

He says the goal was to create a fresh, colorful environment that makes people feel good.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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