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Caesars Palace Dealer Retires After 55 Years

Blackjack Dealer Benny Figgins Receives Goodbye Ceremony

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Credit: CaesarsA lifetime of dealing cards.

Caesars Entertainment announced this week that its longest-serving employee has retired. Benny Figgins, a blackjack dealer and the last remaining “year-one” worker at Caesars Palace, retired August 31.

“In celebration of his 55+ years of service at the resort, Figgins received a grand send-off fit for a Caesar,” the casino company said. “At the conclusion of his final shift, Caesars Palace team members and Caesars Entertainment leadership sent Figgins on his way through the resort’s main entrance with good wishes and cheers. He left work for the last time with a special limo ride to his home.”

Figgins was given a commemorative plaque and a string of crystals from the chandelier in the original casino dome at Caesars Palace.

“The iconic gaming area where Figgins worked for the past five decades recently experienced an upgrade with a new chandelier, columns and carpeting as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation of the resort’s main entrance,” Caesars said.

Figgins was hired on April 27, 1967. He held positions in five different departments at Caesars Palace.

He began as a casino porter, assisting with maintaining cleanliness throughout the casino floor. Then, Figgins became a convention porter and helped set up a variety of events. Later, he worked as a dishwasher at the original Bacchanal restaurant kitchen and a busboy in the Circus Maximus showroom.

Since 1971, Figgins served as a blackjack dealer in the original Palace Casino dome. Figgins dealt cards to the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Henry Belafonte and Joe Louis.

Figgins, a father of three, also met his wife while working at Caesars Palace in the early 1970s. She retired after working at the resort for 38 years as a PDX operator and a table games dealer.

Figgins was featured on CNBC in 2019: