Dukes Casino in Sparks Closes Suddenly

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There was no New Year's revelry for people at Duke's Casino in downtown Sparks.

The neighborhood club across the street from John Ascuaga's Nugget abruptly told its 52 employees it was shutting down, effective Thursday.

The reasons for the shutdown were not spelled out, and all questions were directed to the casino's Las Vegas-based management company. Officials at Archon Corp. could not be reached for comment on New Year's Eve.

Duke's is the latest incarnation of the old B Street Gambling Hall. It opened Feb. 6 with 4,500 square feet of gambling space, about 180 slot machines, a bar and one restaurant.

Slow business and questions about ownership have plagued it since.