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Margaritaville Casino Opens On The Strip

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John Cohlan of Margaritaville holdings rolls the first dice at Margaritaville Casino Grand Opening at Flamingo Las Vegas. (C) RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital (Courtesy Caesars Entertainment)

John Cohlan of Margaritaville holdings rolls the first dice at Margaritaville Casino Grand Opening at Flamingo Las Vegas. (C) RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital (Courtesy Caesars Entertainment)

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LAS VEGAS (AP/KXNT) — Parrotheads of Jimmy Buffett have a new place to drink blended cocktails and gamble in Vegas.

Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo opened Saturday on the Las Vegas Strip with 22 tables, 220 slots and a new bar connected to the musician’s restaurant of the same name.

Among the features in the new casino are dozens of indoor palm trees, a huge open-air entrance onto the Strip, a giant lit-up margarita, light fixtures that look like lime wedges, and the “5 O’Clock Somewhere” bar.

The opening comes two weeks before a grand opening featuring the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” icon himself along with an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest margarita.

Flamingo President Rick Mazer says the casino was built in space that was previously a steakhouse and a narrow hallway leading to the rest of the Flamingo.

Mazer and Margaritaville Holdings executive John Cohlan say the licensing deal will give the Caesars Entertainment Corp. property a fresh front on the Strip.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press/KXNT.

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