Caesars Palace’s last year-one employee retires after 55 years

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After 55 years, the last remaining employee who began working at Caesars Palace in its first year (1967) has retired.
Benny Figgins, the employee, began working at the property on April 27, 1967, and worked in five different departments.
He started as a casino porter, then worked as a convention porter, dishwasher, and busboy before becoming a blackjack dealer in 1971.

Since then, Figgins has worked as a blackjack dealer, retiring after 51 years in the position.

Figgins was given a “grand send-off fit for a Caesar” to help him celebrate his retirement, according to Caesars Entertainment.

A standing ovation at the start of his final shift and a limousine ride home were among the perks.

Figgins was also given a commemorative plaque and a string of crystals from the original chandelier that hung in Caesars Palace’s first casino dome.

Since 1967, Caesars Palace’s casino dome has been renovated.

According to Caesars, Figgins’ career highlights include dealing cards to and meeting Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Henry Belafonte, and Joe Louis.

In the early 1970s, Figgins met his wife, who worked as a PDX operator and table games dealer for 38 years.

The recently retired employee says he will miss working at Caesars Palace, which he considers to be his home away from home.

Figgins was one of five year-one employees still working at Caesars in 2016, and they all received a 50th-anniversary pin in recognition of their efforts. Figgins was the last of the first-year employees.