[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/05/22/sotu.vegas/art.mayor.cnn.jpg caption="Mayor Oscar Goodman says economic trouble hit Las Vegas "virtually overnight."]
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - A search online turns up rooms at Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel for as low as $26 - a sure sign the recession is taking a toll on Las Vegas and rates are being slashed to attract visitors.
Judy Bagley, a casino cashier who traded chips for cash and vice versa, found out about recession's toll another way.
"My supervisor came and said I had to close the booth and she was going to count me out and I was to go and meet with the manager and director," Bagley told CNN. "When I went up there they said my services were no longer needed and my job was being eliminated."
So three months ago, after more than 28 years at Fitzgeralds, she was out of work.
"It felt like I was more or less stabbed in the back after all the years I had been there," Bagley said. "I'd been very loyal to the company and never called in sick and I have very little discipline [issues] and it felt like betrayal."
The sting became a little less personal as she watched more and more friends and colleagues lose their jobs.