Caesars Palace Casino Dome Renovation Complete; 1st winning bet

The Caesars Palace Casino Dome returned to action with a winner.

Juan Fresquez Jr. of Mansfield, Texas rolled a seven on the first roll of the dice on Friday as Caesars Palace unveiled its renovated casino dome, a gambling area just inside the main entrance made famous in movies such as “Rain Man” and “The Hangover.”

The dome renovation includes a new chandelier that cost more than $1 million “just for the crystals,” said Sean McBurney, regional president and general manager of Caesars Palace. The chandelier features chains of tentacle-shaped crystals flowing through the dome.

“There’s so much history here,” McBurney said. “Frank Sinatra used to play at these tables. The Rat Pack played at these tables. Tom Cruise filmed here. Robert Redford filmed here. So we wanted to do something to honor the heritage, but raise the level of luxury to match the rest of the resort.

The cap was removed but put back in the same configuration as the original, McBurney said. The renovation also included new columns and carpeting.

Caesars Palace is undergoing a series of renovations. The casino unveiled a new main entrance in February featuring a 15-foot-tall statue of Augustus Caesar.

A new lobby bar is set to open in September, McBurney said.

Fresquez was a “lucky customer” who got his first pitch chance, McBurney said. The dice were delivered to Fresquez by Benny Figgins, who has been a dealer at Caesars Palace since the first day it opened on August 5, 1966.

“He’s been here the whole time,” McBurney said. “He was about to retire, and he said, ‘I don’t want to retire until all of this is done.’ Good guy.”

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