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Illusionist Criss Angel reflects on 'new reality' of Vegas Strip shutting down amid coronavirus

People walking the Strip on a brisk Friday evening took a moment to stop and listen to an unfamiliar sound that has in recent days enveloped Las Vegas and may never come again: silence. It’s been roughly a week since the world-famous casinos began shutting down one by one in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, turning a city usually teeming with life and buzzing with neon into a ghost town.

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4/5/2020

article VELOTTA: Put homeless in Vegas hotels during coronavirus shutdown? No. Here’s why
(Las Vegas) -- Should Las Vegas resort operators grant the wishes of advocates who are suggesting that the homeless be sheltered in some of the city’s nearly 150,...

4/4/2020

article Many Las Vegas workers in limbo without work or unemployment pay
(Las Vegas) -- When Nevada casinos shut down on March 18, a number of local operators offered employees one or two weeks of pay and benefits.
article Scenes of Sin City shut down by coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas has been one of the hardest hit cities after Nevada ordered all hotels, casinos, bars and restaurants closed and canceled all conventions,...
article Tropicana Casino Sold As Financial Crisis Hits Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- We’ll start with the sale of the Tropicana Las Vegas casino, an iconic property that saw Frank Sinatra and his rat-pack hang out as well as provide...

4/3/2020

article Landmarks on Las Vegas Strip turn blue to honor highway patrolman killed in line of duty
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas showed its strength in community and appreciation for law enforcement Thursday night as major attractions on the Strip turned blue and several...

4/2/2020

article Vegas Strip Closed Through April 30: How Sportsbooks and Casinos Are Handling the Downturn
(Nevada) -- Nevada governor Steve Sisolak on Wednesday shut down the state’s non-essential businesses through April 30, meaning the robust sports gambling business...
article Vegas strip closed through April 30: How sportsbooks and casinos are handling the downturn
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada governor Steve Sisolak on Wednesday shut down the state’s non-essential businesses through April 30, meaning the robust sports gambling...
article Sands, Wynn extend plan to pay furloughed casino staff
(Las Vegas) -- Casino operators Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts are promising to do right by their employees even as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves their US casinos...

4/1/2020

article Las Vegas resorts already booking rooms despite shutdown being extended two weeks
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada has extended its sweeping COVID-19 closure, keeping the Vegas Strip – the state's central economic engine – shut down an extra two...
article Las Vegas Placing Homeless Encampments in Parking Lots as Critics Point to Empty Hotels
(Las Vegas) -- Homeless people in Las Vegas have been directed to sleep in rectangles painted on the pavement in a makeshift parking lot camp as a way to limit the...

3/31/2020

article Science to dictate when Las Vegas casinos reopen, gaming official says
(Las Vegas) -- Wynn Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are taking reservations for stays on the Las Vegas Strip beginning April 17, which is the first day the resort...
article Some Las Vegas Strip resorts accepting bookings for day after shutdown ends
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada’s 30-day casino shutdown is set to end April 16, and some Las Vegas properties are accepting bookings for the following day. The exact...
article MSG Sphere construction halted; Las Vegas opening delayed by coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- Developers of MSG Sphere at The Venetian no longer expect to finish next year as they pull the plug on construction because of the coronavirus pandemic....
article Sports shutdown hands pro bettors bad beat of a lifetime
(Las Vegas) -- The sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus has dealt the bad beat of a lifetime to professional bettors and handicappers, though some have taken the...

3/30/2020

article Even Pigs Need to Eat During the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas Livestock, the pig farm 30 miles north of the city, relied on food scraps from casinos and restaurants all over the city to feed its stock of 4,...
article Stocks with Las Vegas ties hammered in rough Wall Street ride
(Las Vegas) -- Executives and investors of publicly traded companies with a connection to Southern Nevada won’t soon forget March 18. That’s the date nearly...

3/29/2020

article Las Vegas Strip mostly silent, with 2 restaurants standing
(Las Vegas) -- A drive up or down the Strip these days is hopefully as close as any of us will get to a post-apocolyptic landscape: Dozens of closed businesses, some...
article Poker pros hibernating, waiting for games to return in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Chris Konvalinka lost his livelihood this month, just like thousands of workers across the Las Vegas Valley. He doesn’t work for a casino, but he...

3/28/2020

article Las Vegas construction could take a hit amid coronavirus fallout
(Las Vegas) -- With Las Vegas largely at a standstill over fears of the new coronavirus, the real estate market is bound to take a hit. But for now, construction is...
article Las Vegas gaming execs give up paychecks during virus shutdown
(Las Vegas) -- With hundreds of William Hill employees out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the bookmaker’s top executives said he didn’t feel right...
article VELOTTA: Casino shutdown could move problem gamblers online instead
(Las Vegas) -- Every slot machine in the state is shut down, the tables are dark and there are few sports being played to wager on. As National Problem Gambling...

3/27/2020

article Check out the Las Vegas Strip, without the 42 million visitors
(Las Vegas) -- The Bellagio Fountains have stopped dancing. The Venetian’s gondolas are docked and empty. The Welcome to Las Vegas sign welcomes far fewer visitors...
article Las Vegas Lockdown
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas casinos closed for the first time in history two weeks ago. The Nevada tourism-based economy has ground to a standstill. Here’s some...
article Las Vegas resort companies providing equipment to hospitals, law enforcement
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas resort companies are donating personal protective equipment to hospitals and law enforcement agencies. Caesars Entertainment spokeswoman Chelsea...
article CA couple's wedding postponed at The Nugget amid coronavirus concerns
(Nevada) -- A California couple's wedding has been postponed at The Nugget Casino Resort. According to the couple their wedding was postponed due to Nevada Governor...

3/26/2020

article Las Vegas casinos may have 5 months to stay afloat in COVID-19 crisis
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas casinos owners may have just five months to stay afloat as they burn through $14.4million a day following orders to close down operations for a...
article Las Vegas Union Tells Workers Jobs Will Be There When Casinos Reopen, Non-Union Employees in Limbo
(Las Vegas) -- Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the US Department of Labor said Thursday. That’s almost five times the...

3/25/2020

article How long can Las Vegas casino companies survive a COVID-19 shutdown?
(Las Vegas) -- The spread of COVID-19 and subsequent shutdown of casinos across the U.S. is putting the cash reserves of major resort companies in Sin City to the test....
article With Las Vegas Casinos Closed, Will Gamblers Quit?
(Las Vegas) -- Gambling is an impulse-control disorder on par with drugs or alcohol because it stimulates the brain's reward system and can be addictive. So, what...
article Cosmopolitan becomes latest to furlough staff
(Las Vegas) -- On March 23, the Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas announced that they would be furloughing both part-time and on-call employees. This move took effect...
article VIDEO: Casino companies burning through millions daily
(Las Vegas) -- RJ reporter Bailey Schulz talks about how much Las Vegas Casino companies are losing and how the Emergency bill could help if they run out of money or...
article Las Vegas high-speed train project, once stuck in low gear, is now moving forward
(Las Vegas) -- The last time a California railroad conductor hailed “all aboard for Las Vegas” was more than 20 years ago, after lines such as the Desert...

3/24/2020

article Las Vegas casino companies burning up to $14.4M a day, report finds
(Las Vegas) -- With casinos across the country temporarily shutting down to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, operators are facing a period with zero income and a...
article Las Vegas, devastated by the 2008 economic crash, struggles with coronavirus shutdown
(Las Vegas) -- It was just two weeks ago that Las Vegas native Carlos Rosales Jr. told his cousin that business at his new barbershop was doing so well that he was...
article Resorts World worker tests positive for coronavirus in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A worker at the Resorts World Las Vegas project has tested positive for COVID-19, the resort’s developer confirmed. Resorts World was notified...
article Illusionist Criss Angel reflects on 'new reality' of Vegas Strip shutting down amid coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- People walking the Strip on a brisk Friday evening took a moment to stop and listen to an unfamiliar sound that has in recent days enveloped Las Vegas and...
article Southwest cancels hundreds of flights amid McCarran tower closure
(Las Vegas) -- The ongoing air traffic control tower closure and passenger decreases tied to the COVID-19 outbreak have significantly impacted McCarran International...

3/23/2020

article Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas furloughing part-time workers
(Las Vegas) -- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is furloughing part-time and on-call employees, effective Tuesday. The property adjusted plans for its employees’ pay...
article Silverton casino send home 600 staff members
(Las Vegas) -- On March 20, the off-Strip Silverton casino in Las Vegas announced that over 600 workers have been furloughed. Craig Cavileer, CEO of the 300-room hotel-...
article Las Vegas casino worker still stunned by unprecedented Strip closures
(Las Vegas) -- It was a surreal moment for Andrea Henderson as she watched the slot machines power down at the Bellagio. At the same time, people were still scurrying...
article Casino companies step up with food donations for victims of pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- As Las Vegas casinos sit empty during a 30-day statewide shutdown out of coronavirus concerns, resort companies have turned to philanthropic efforts,...
article Work begins on second Vegas Convention Center people-mover tunnel
(Las Vegas) -- Excavation is underway on the second of two tunnels that will form a transportation system beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center.The Convention Center...

3/22/2020

article Las Vegas mayor, Nevada governor spar over casino closures
(Nevada) -- Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodwin opposes business closures as the coronavirus spreads. She says it's a massive hit to the economy and is calling for the...
article No NAB Show This Year in Las Vegas, Other Conventions May Be Rescheduled
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article Coronavirus shut down Sin City, creating a potentially devastating situation for Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Don Gummerson and Josh “Pepper” Clarke left The Flamingo and sauntered alone down the sidewalk of the Strip, past locked casino doors and...
article Las Vegas nightlife giant Hakkasan Group lays off 1,600
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas Strip’s leading nightlife company has let go of nearly its entire workforce, leaving about 1,600 staffers suddenly unemployed....

3/21/2020

article Las Vegas mayor, Nevada governor spar over casino closures
(Las Vegas) -- While Nevada's governor joined other U.S. officials invoking extraordinary measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the mayor of Las Vegas is...

3/20/2020

article Coronavirus causes Las Vegas casinos to roll snake eyes
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas casino operators have been bruised and battered by economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and some are now fighting to stay afloat.
article Golden Nugget workers report layoffs as casino closes amid virus spread
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article Las Vegas Casinos Leading Charitable Response to Pandemic, Gaming Industry Assisting Communities
(Las Vegas) -- Day by day, new reports are coming in regarding casino operators donating food and supplies to their local communities. With all casinos in Nevada,...
article Las Vegas Casinos, Hotels, Convention Center Possible Spaces to House COVID-19 Patients
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas has about 150,000 hotel rooms and other spacious properties that could temporarily hold, if needed, the escalating number of people afflicted...

3/19/2020

article Las Vegas airport tower closes after controller gets virus
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas airport was running Thursday with reduced operations after an air traffic controller tested positive for the new coronavirus, temporarily...
article Las Vegas Mayor Says City, Tourism ‘Cannot Survive’ Nevada’s Month-Long Coronavirus Shutdown
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman asked Gov. Steve Sisolak Wednesday to drastically cut his minimum 30-day statewide closure on casinos, hotels, and other...
article Sin City shutdown: What happens in Vegas when the casinos are forced to close their doors
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas casinos are famously short on locks. That’s because the last time Sin City closed up shop was on Nov. 23, 1963, the day after JFK was...
article Will the COVID19 Virus close down Las Vegas casinos?
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas is one of the cities that never sleep, take breaks or go on vacation. The most important gambling hub in the world is open 24/7, so those who...

3/18/2020

article Coronavirus shakes Las Vegas casinos like never before
(Las Vegas) -- Before the clock struck midnight, armed security guards at casinos across the Las Vegas strip finished collecting chips from baccarat tables. Slot machine...
article This is what Las Vegas looks like when coronavirus empties the gambling mecca
(Las Vegas) -- When is the Las Vegas Strip, and its casinos, parking lots, dining rooms and streets totally empty? That would be right now, after Nevada Gov. Steve...
article Vegas grows quieter as casinos, hotels, even Bellagio fountains shut down
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article Las Vegas Strip Shut Down Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- The bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip are shutting down for a minimum of 30 days by order of the state of Nevada. It's most definitely an unnerving...
article VIDEO: Gambling in Las Vegas Closed for 30 Days Due to Virus
(Las Vegas) -- The governor of Nevada ordered a shutdown of all casinos for 30 days from midnight Wednesday. Steve Sisolak ordered all gaming machines, devices, tables,...
article Strip hotels winding down operations as part of 30-day shutdown
(Las Vegas) -- The casino floor at the Strat was empty Wednesday morning, except for a few employees with gloves wiping down escalators and tables. Its slot machines...
article ‘Cannot survive:’ Las Vegas mayor asks governor to shorten business shutdown
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Wednesday issued an urgent plea to Gov. Steve Sisolak, requesting he significantly shorten a 30-day closure of...
article Drew Las Vegas on hold, other construction continues amid virus’ spread
(Las Vegas) -- With the new coronavirus upending daily life in Las Vegas, at least one major real estate project has shelved construction work over the outbreak, and at...
press release Raising the Circa Resort & Casino
(Las Vegas) -- When complete, the Circa Resort & Casino will be newest player in downtown Las Vegas on the Fremont Street Experience. Slated to debut in December of...

3/17/2020

article Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Station Casinos remain open despite coronavirus concerns
(Las Vegas) -- Phil Ruffin’s Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and Circus Circus are remaining open despite the coronavirus concerns and the innumerable closures...

3/16/2020

article MGM And Wynn Shutter Casinos Due To Coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, MGM Resorts International’s and Wynn Resorts Ltd.’s casinos will be taken out of operation. The eight Las Vegas...
article Some Las Vegas casinos set to close amid coronavirus pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- Parts of the Las Vegas Strip are going dark. MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts will close their Las Vegas properties as of March 17 in light of...
article Coronavirus hits the Las Vegas Strip as Wynn, MGM suspend operations
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas Strip promises to be unusually quiet for the foreseeable future after both Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International announced the closure...
article Las Vegas Strip nearly deserted on Monday morning
(Las Vegas) -- With casinos partially closed or in the process of shutting, the Las Vegas Strip was an eerily quiet place Monday morning. A stroll of two blocks in the...

3/15/2020

article 14 Las Vegas Strip hotels and casinos to close Tuesday due to coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- Fourteen resorts along the Las Vegas Strip will close temporarily, effective Tuesday, as the impact of the coronavirus on daily life significantly expands...
article Closures starting to hit Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas Strip is starting to close down and thousands of students will stay home from school in Nevada as officials respond to the new coronavirus....
article MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts to temporarily close more than a dozen Las Vegas Strip properties
(Las Vegas) -- Two of the Strip’s largest casino operators – Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International – announced late Sunday they were temporarily...

3/14/2020

article Culinary Union in negotiations with casinos about coronavirus impacts
(Las Vegas) -- According to a statement 8 News Now received from the Culinary Union, the union is now “in the process of negotiating the effects of the coronavirus...
article Column: Las Vegas sports books searching for anything worthy of drawing bets
(Las Vegas) -- The 30,000-square-foot Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which lays claim to being “the largest sportsbook in the world,” was still open for...

3/13/2020

article Las Vegas books scramble for content day after sports stopped
(Las Vegas) -- What will Las Vegas sportsbooks do now that there are virtually no sports left to bet on? “I’m open to suggestions,” South Point...
article Vegas Strip Casino Operator Closes Clubs, Citing Coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada casino companies announced more measures Friday to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, with the biggest resort owner on the Las Vegas Strip...
article Wynn Las Vegas temporarily closing sportsbook due to the coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas sportsbook and casinos in multiple states are closing temporarily amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wynn Las Vegas confirmed to ESPN on Friday...

3/11/2020

article I Have Asperger's—And I Found My Dream Job in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- I love my job at the Paris Las Vegas, which is my home away from home. As an Eiffel Tower ambassador, I escort guests and visitors as they take the...

3/9/2020

article STUTZ: Downtown Vegas casinos growing revenues and visitation from customers seeking a ‘vibrant’ and ‘value-centric’ experience
(Las Vegas) -- Analysts cautioned that construction of Circa Casino Resort in downtown Las Vegas would disrupt the market’s gaming results in 2019. Gaming insiders...

3/7/2020

article Las Vegas’ evolving skyline grows taller, wider, more diverse
(Las Vegas) -- From the new Allegiant Stadium near the Strip to the 35-floor Circa property downtown, skylines across the valley are beginning to shift as various...
article World Game Protection conference speaker says casino promotions a target for cheaters
(Las Vegas) -- Not even casino promotions are safe from cheaters who are always looking for an advantage for hitting the jackpot. That’s the experience of Norman...

3/6/2020

article Strip slot player hits $1.3 million jackpot
(Las Vegas) -- A lucky slot player at a Strip casino won nearly $1.3 million Wednesday on a Wheel of Fortune machine. The player, who chose to remain anonymous, was...

3/5/2020

article Las Vegas resort fees: Caesars hikes nightly charges at four more properties on the Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. has hiked resort fees at four more properties on the Strip. On Tuesday, resort fees at Bally’s, Flamingo, The LINQ Hotel...

3/4/2020

article Chickie’s & Pete’s, Noodle Man, new José Andrés concept coming to Sahara
(Las Vegas) -- Philadelphia sports bar chain Chickie’s & Pete’s will help anchor a renovated restaurant lineup that the newly rebranded Sahara plans to...

3/3/2020

article Inside the world's most expensive hotel room - designed by Damien Hirst
(Las Vegas) -- Artist Damien Hirst, known for his lavish, pop culture-related designs, has designed a hotel suite that is now the most expensive hotel room in the world...

3/2/2020

article Las Vegas casinos brace for loss of Chinese tourism as coronavirus spreads
(Las Vegas) -- Five days a week, Lexi McKimmey strides the Las Vegas Strip as a showgirl, dressed in a sequined bikini and sparkly silver boots. She takes pictures with...
article Most Las Vegas casino shares still down despite market gains
(Las Vegas) -- While most of Wall Street started to bounce back Monday after the plunge markets took last week, many local casino operators’ shares continued to...
article Las Vegas casinos brace for loss of Chinese tourism as coronavirus spreads
(Las Vegas) -- Five days a week, Lexi McKimmey strides the Las Vegas Strip as a showgirl, dressed in a sequined bikini and sparkly silver boots. She takes pictures with...
article Slot machines malfunction continues at Four Queens
(Las Vegas) -- Slot machines at Four Queens were still not fully operational as of midday Monday in an ongoing multiday malfunction that originally caused several slot...

3/1/2020

article Las Vegas Advisor: 44-story Circa casino ‘on schedule’ for December opening
(Las Vegas) -- Construction on downtown’s Circa casino is “on budget and on schedule,” according to owner-developer Derek Stevens. The hotel tower has...

2/29/2020

article Las Vegas casinos warn investors on potential coronavirus impact
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas resort operators’ stock prices are plunging amid the global coronavirus sell-off. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a...
article Las Vegas Strip Casinos With the Tightest Slots
(Las Vegas) -- By now, most of the gamblers who visit Las Vegas every year know the Strip is a tourist trap of sorts. Sure, you’ll enjoy world-class dining options and...
article Police seek three suspects in stabbing on Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas police were looking for three people suspected in a stabbing on the Strip that sent one person to a hospital Saturday morning. Metropolitan...

2/28/2020

article Regulators investigating Four Queens, Binion’s slots malfunction
(Las Vegas) -- State Gaming Control Board agents are investigating the unexplained malfunction of computers and slot machines at downtown’s Four Queens and Binion’s...
article The future of Downtown Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A community forum was held Thursday to discuss new trends and projects that will help shape the future of Downtown Las Vegas. In a partnership between...

2/27/2020

article In Las Vegas, The VA Has Opened A New Center To Treat Veterans With Gambling Addiction
(Las Vegas) -- Army veteran Ronnie Reyes said the time he spent in the military is a big part of the reason why he became a gambling addict. Reyes spent twelve years in...
article Las Vegas’ airport sees busiest January passenger volume in history
(Las Vegas) -- The new year got off to a soaring start for Las Vegas’ airport as it surpassed the 4 million passenger mark in January for the first time. McCarran...
article Cher cancels Las Vegas Strip weekend shows
(Las Vegas) -- Cher has announced she is too sick to perform at Park MGM on Friday and Saturday night. She is citing an upper-respiratory infection and doctor’s...

2/26/2020

article Crash plunges tower at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas into darkness
(Las Vegas) -- A vehicle crash involving NV Energy equipment caused a power outage at a Strip casino on Wednesday morning. NV Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Schuricht said...
article Forget Gambling and Partying: Spas are the New Reason to Visit Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas founding fathers like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky likely didn’t envision “destination spa” as a descriptor for the city...

2/23/2020

article $300M resort reveals its dream for Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- A $300 million resort from the Dream Hotel Group has been announced for the far south end of the Strip. Plans call for a 21-story, 450-room hotel-casino...

2/22/2020

article Tropicana may change hands, would follow recent Las Vegas sales
(Las Vegas) -- When the Tropicana opened in the spring of 1957, it received gushing reviews. “The Trop hits the top in this fabled gambling city,” the Las Vegas Review-...

2/20/2020

article Boyd considers Fremont casino expansion
(Las Vegas) -- Expanding the casino at the Fremont in downtown Las Vegas is one of the options Boyd Gaming Corp. is considering with free cash flow that continues to...

2/19/2020

press release Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino Reaches Milestone Topping Out of Expansive, Third Tower
(Las Vegas) -- Thirteen months after breaking ground, the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino has topped out on its expansive, third hotel tower. The announcement comes in...
press release Station Casinos Launches Enhanced Benefits Package with Free Healthcare and Company Paid Retirement for Team Members
(Las Vegas) -- Station Casinos, the leading provider of gaming and entertainment in Las Vegas, recently announced an enhanced Team Member benefits program, available at...

2/18/2020

article Poker returning to Sahara Las Vegas after nearly 10-year hiatus
(Las Vegas) -- After nearly a decade without poker, Sahara Las Vegas is bringing the game back as part of its $150 million renovation project. The property, located on...
article Virgin Trains plans big station south of Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- The proposed station that Virgin Trains Las Vegas will call home would span more than 273,000 square feet on land near the South Premium Outlets mall,...

2/17/2020

article Odds Heavily Favor R&R Partners Again Winning Las Vegas Marketing Contract
(Las Vegas) -- R&R Partners has held the marketing contract with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) for decades. But that could change in 2020.

2/13/2020

article 2 Las Vegas Strip hotels upgraded to 5 stars by Forbes
(Las Vegas) -- On Wednesday, Forbes Travel Guide announced that two Las Vegas hotels — the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore — had been upgraded from a four-star...

2/12/2020

article Gamblers plead guilty over "Vancouver model" fraud scheme in Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Casinos in British Columbia have become notorious. Not for offering exceptionally hot gambling action or spectacular shows, but because quite a few were...

2/11/2020

article Player hits $1.7M jackpot on Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Monday, Monday, didn’t get one slots player down at Wynn Las Vegas. Playing $10 on a $1 Wheel of Fortune Gold Spin Triple Gold, one player hit for $...

2/7/2020

article CeeLo Green cuts his Las Vegas Strip residency in half
(Las Vegas) -- The CeeLo Green residency is down to a “Crazy” eight. The rap star has halved his original 16-show “Man In The Mirror” schedule at...
article MSG Sphere design upgrades boost total cost to $1.66B
(Las Vegas) -- The cost of the MSG Sphere at The Venetian will rise an estimated 38 percent to $1.66 billion, representatives of The Madison Square Garden Co. said...
article Former Lucky Dragon has new name, reopens near Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- The owner of the former Lucky Dragon has renamed and reopened the failed Las Vegas hotel and plans to renovate its old casino space. Ahern Hotel, which...
article Rape suspect found victim’s room key on casino floor, police say
(Las Vegas) -- The suspect only spent a few minutes inside the Las Vegas Strip property before he stumbled upon a hotel-room key, dropped by an unsuspecting victim on...

2/6/2020

article Las Vegas visitors hit $100K jackpots on, off Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Visitors on and off the Las Vegas Strip are celebrating $100,000 wins through different means. Russell Dobitz of New Glarus, Wisconsin, hit a $100,000...

2/4/2020

article Abandoned property on Las Vegas Strip for sale again
(Las Vegas) -- The south edge of the Strip isn’t the most inviting place on one side of Las Vegas Boulevard, given its empty lots, boarded-up tavern and shuttered...

2/3/2020

article Some Las Vegas sportsbook operators don’t want league data
(Las Vegas) -- Despite decades of anti-betting rhetoric, sports leagues are jumping into partnerships with a number of sportsbook operators and handing over some of...
article How AI and facial recognition tech could reshape Vegas casinos
(Las Vegas) -- The year is 2022, and you’ve just pulled up a seat at one of thousands of glittering slot machines on the Las Vegas Strip. As the multi-colored...

1/31/2020

article Las Vegas bars: These are our favorite places to imbibe
(Las Vegas) -- It’s easier than ever to find an excellent drink in Vegas — beyond the 62-ounce frozen margaritas at the walk-up bar. Here’s a list of...

1/29/2020

article Cashless Gaming Now A Reality At Several Casinos
(Las Vegas) -- It's quickly becoming a cashless world and some Las Vegas casinos are starting to go that route, as well. Following approval last year by the Nevada...
article Cashless gaming available at Strat, Palms, D Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The Strat’s renovated casino has more than just new fresh felt and slot machines; it now offers players a way to pay for chips without leaving a...
article In Las Vegas 2020, new hotels, bigger convention center and a football stadium
(Las Vegas) -- Resorts rise, resorts fall (or get strategically imploded). Brands are born, go dim, then sometimes are reborn. So goes business as usual in Las Vegas,...

1/28/2020

article ATMs at Las Vegas Casino Table Games Are Officially a Thing
(Las Vegas) -- If you hate going to the cashier while your hot on the blackjack table a new technology has debuted at casinos in Las Vegas. ACS PlayOn is a new automated...
article Cashless gaming available at Strat, Palms, D
(Las Vegas) -- The Strat’s renovated casino has more than just new fresh felt and slot machines; it now offers players a way to pay for chips without leaving a...

1/27/2020

article Rollout for new Vegas slogan nixed after Kobe Bryant's death
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas tourism officials have canceled several activities tied to the launch of a new city slogan in the wake of basketball star Kobe Bryant's death. A...
article Betting 101: A primer for navigating a sportsbook
(Las Vegas) -- A sportsbook can be an intimidating place for the uninitiated. Here’s a primer on the basics of betting. Though most of these rules are standardized...
article Presenting the basics of mobile sports betting in Las Vegas
(Nevada) -- Sports bettors in Nevada don’t need a physical ticket to cash a ticket. Mobile betting has grown steadily over the past decade, and virtually all...
article Lucky Traveler Wins Almost $12,000 on Penny Slot Machine in McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- According to KLAS-TV, an affiliate of CBS News, a woman from Roseville, California managed to win almost $12,000 on the penny slot machine at McCarran...
article The D Las Vegas debuts new cashless gaming system
(Las Vegas) -- Downtown Las Vegas casino hotel the D Las Vegas has officially debuted a new automated cashless gaming system, ACS PlayOn SM, for all table games....

1/24/2020

article Outage shuts down slot machines at Jerry's Nugget Casino
(Las Vegas) -- A network outage appears to have shut down all the machines at Jerry's Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. Video obtained from inside the casino shows nearly...
article A taste of Michigan — and world’s greatest pool’ — coming to Las Vegas via Circa Resort and Casino
(Las Vegas) -- A taste of Michigan is coming to Sin City. Downtown Las Vegas casino mogul and Detroit native Derek Stevens has revealed a list of the food and beverage...
article Las Vegas resident wins $100K on video poker at Orleans hotel-casino
(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas resident is $100K richer after hitting a jackpot on Sunday at The Orleans while playing video poker. The person is choosing to remain...

1/23/2020

article How AI and facial recognition tech could reshape Las Vegas casinos
(Las Vegas) -- The year is 2022, and you’ve just pulled up a seat at one of thousands of glittering slot machines on the Las Vegas Strip. As the multi-colored...

1/22/2020

article Inside Allegiant Stadium's Plan to Change Live Music In Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- When Allegiant Stadium debuts in the summer of 2020, it will not just be the home field of the newly rechristened Las Vegas Raiders NFL team. The 1.7...
article Treausure Island casino backs $380M CMBS offering
(Las Vegas) -- Treasure Island Hotel & Casino is the latest Las Vegas casino tapping the commercial-mortgage securitization market as it winds up a multi-year,...

1/20/2020

article Gambling site targeting teens and promoted by Singaporean actor blocked
(Singapore) -- A mystery box website offering electronic gadgets, fashion wear and beauty products as prizes has been blocked here after a Singaporean actor promoted it...
article New Las Vegas Marketing Motto 'Only Vegas' Set for Reveal at Grammys
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas tourism officials are readying to roll out their new marketing slogan that might put a slight twist on the iconic “What Happens Here,...

1/17/2020

article Billionaire Phil Ruffin Adds Las Vegas Icon Circus Circus To His Growing Empire
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas has always been known for glitz and glamour. Increasingly, the city specializes in delivering high-end experiences to visitors from all over the...
article Las Vegas area’s airports make $35B economic impact, report says
(Las Vegas) -- McCarran International Airport and surrounding airports were responsible for $35 billion in economic output in Clark County in 2018, officials say. Las...
article Kaskade Doesn't Want to Reveal His Pay Rate in Lawsuit Over KAOS Nightclub
(Las Vegas) -- Dance artist Kaskade is suing the owners of Las Vegas' Palms Casino Resort for breach of contract over his residency deal with the now-shuttered KAOS...
article Gambler at Excalibur Las Vegas casino wins $5.4 million jackpot playing slot machine
(Las Vegas) -- It's a great start to 2020 for one lucky gambler at the Excalibur Las Vegas casino. A jackpot was hit for $5,482,229 on one of their Wheel of Fortune...

1/15/2020

article Las Vegas hotel rejects OJ Simpson’s claim his reputation was damaged in 2017 bar incident
(Las Vegas) -- The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino in Las Vegas is legally responding to O.J. Simpson’s lawsuit that he was defamed and portrayed in a false light after...
article TMZ: O.J. Simpson Is a Defamation-Proof Criminal Scumbag, Casino Claims
(Las Vegas) -- O.J. Simpson's reputation as a violent convicted criminal is already SO HORRIBLE, it's basically impossible to inflict even more damage to it ......
article Slots player hits $5.4M jackpot at Las Vegas Strip casino
(Las Vegas) -- A guest at a Las Vegas Strip casino recently hit a life-changing jackpot while playing slots. The guest, who chose to remain anonymous, won a jackpot...

1/14/2020

article Cosmopolitan Rejects OJ Simpson Claim His Reputation Was Tarnished
(Las Vegas) -- OJ Simpson is suing The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on grounds that the casino’s banning him in November of 2017 damaged his reputation. The Strip...

1/12/2020

article Mammoth Vegas video screen dwarfs the display at Cowboys Stadium
(Las Vegas) -- If the 160-foot-long video screen that stretches between the 20-yard lines at AT&T Stadium wows you, then wait until you see the one that just powered...
press release SAHARA Welcomes New Vice President Of Hotel Sales
(Las Vegas) -- Christopher Bond has joined SAHARA Las Vegas as the new vice president of hotel sales. In this role, Bond will oversee the sales team responsible for...

1/11/2020

article Witkoff dispels rumors about the unfinished Drew, says Las Vegas resort will open in late 2022
(Las Vegas) -- More than 10 years after developers abruptly halted construction of the planned $3 billion Fontainebleau project, leaving the bankrupt and unfinished Las...

1/9/2020

article The Drew Las Vegas Receives Licensing Recommendation From State
(Las Vegas) -- The Drew Las Vegas owner says he’s still moving forward with bringing the longstanding Strip eyesore to life, and is targeting a fall 2022 opening...
article Bellagio’s Mayfair Supper Club hosts your entire night on the town
(Las Vegas) -- Here's the typical cycle: The nightclub in a Las Vegas Strip casino closes. It's remodeled and opens again as a different club, or maybe the same club...

1/8/2020

article Witkoff dispels rumors about the unfinished Drew, says Las Vegas resort will open in late 2022
(Las Vegas) -- More than 10 years after developers abruptly halted construction of the planned $3 billion Fontainebleau project, leaving the bankrupt and unfinished Las...
article New Las Vegas Organization Promises to Open Doors for Women Chefs
(Las Vegas) -- A new Las Vegas-based organization plans to bring together female restaurant industry mentors with newcomers to help them navigate the hospitality world....

1/7/2020

article 2 players hit 6-figure jackpots on Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- The New Year became a new reason to celebrate on the Las Vegas Strip for two players. One player won $965,035.85 on Friday after hitting a Crazy Four...
article In the quiet Las Vegas Arts District, a craft beer scene is brewing.
(Las Vegas) -- The Arts District, a low-frills buffer between the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street, attracts tourists and locals looking for fun in a place devoid of...
article Goldman sponsors $1.33B conduit CMBS offering backed by 52 loans
(Las Vegas) -- Goldman Sachs is sponsoring a $1.33 billion bond offering backed by commercial mortgages, in the first rated conduit deal of the year. GS Mortgage...

1/6/2020

article Uber customers in Las Vegas will be able to use the app to ride the public bus
(Las Vegas) -- Went to Las Vegas but lost everything at the craps table? There’s now a cheaper way to get from the Strip to the airport. Uber is making a big bet...
article Uber teams with Las Vegas bus agency to offer seamless ride service
(Las Vegas) -- Getting around the Las Vegas Valley via transportation services will get easier following the announcement of a deal between Uber and the Regional...
article Cirque du Soleil performer falls during 'O' show at Bellagio Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A swing act performer fell during a Cirque du Soleil performance Sunday at the Bellagio hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The artist was part of the Russian...

1/4/2020

article MURREN: MGM Resorts CEO: What Happens in Vegas No Longer Stays in Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas has a reputation for excess and non-stop entertainment, but Las Vegas Strip-based companies are increasingly stepping up as responsible global...
article Las Vegas bets on Canadians and wins big
(Las Vegas) -- Gabriella Di Paolo waited a long time for this trip. Several years ago, the Toronto mom decided to mark her 50th birthday with her first visit to Las...
article Las Vegas: What you will (and one thing you won’t) miss in 2020
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas is all about the new, but some places disappear, fading away quietly or exiting with a bang. Travelers who have a favorite dining spot in Vegas...

1/3/2020

article Is The Tropicana For Sale? A Deal Could Reportedly Come In 2020
(Las Vegas) -- The famed Tropicana casino and hotel on the Las Vegas strip may have a new owner in 2020, according to a series of reports. Three sources for Vital Vegas...

1/2/2020

article Lucky Dragon sold for $36m
(Las Vegas) -- Nearly six months after lenders foreclosed on the Lucky Dragon, the shuttered-off Las Vegas Strip resort has been sold. Don Ahern, chairman and chief...
article Bet on Brees, Saints wins Nebraska duo $1.47 million in Vegas football betting contest
(Nebraska) -- Eric Jensen and Matt Kucera can’t legally bet on football in their home state. But for now at least, they are the kings of Las Vegas. The pals who...
article William Hill to refurbish Circus Circus sportsbook after Super Bowl
(Las Vegas) -- The William Hill sportsbook at Las Vegas’ Circus Circus is to benefit from renovation work once February’s Super Bowl has finished. It is...
article BLOG: From The Raiders To New Casinos, Here Are Las Vegas' 5 Big 2020 Happenings
(Las Vegas) -- One of the great things about Las Vegas is that it is always changing. Sin City has truly evolved from only being a gambling destination. Non-gaming...

1/1/2020

article 15 Surprising Facts About The Bellagio Hotel In Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The Marriage Capital of the World, Sin City, The City that Never Sleeps - Las Vegas, Nevada has many faces. It's no surprise that all the colorful...
article Digital age presents new meaning for Las Vegas’ slogan
(Las Vegas) -- When Las Vegas first unveiled its “What Happens Here, Stays Here” slogan in 2003, it was much easier for tourists to keep their trip under...

12/31/2019

article Las Vegas has come a long way in the past decade
(Las Vegas) -- With the economy in a free-fall in 2009, a tract of desert near the Strip suffered an all-too-common fate in Las Vegas: It went into foreclosure after big...

12/30/2019

article Everi buying LV-based casino marketing software firm for $20M
(Las Vegas) -- A subsidiary of Las Vegas-based gaming equipment manufacturer Everi Holdings Inc. on Monday acquired a small privately held company that specializes in...
article Everi Holdings acquires software marketing company for initial $15m
(Las Vegas) -- Everi Holdings has announced the acquisition of Micro Gaming Technologies (MGT) for an initial fee of $15m. The deal includes subsidiary Everi Payments,...
article 'Very lucky guest' wins $180K jackpot at Boulder Station
(Las Vegas) -- Someone described as a "very lucky guest" won a $180K jackpot recently at Boulder Station. Boulder Station says it happened over the weekend....
article Fremont Street New Year’s Bash Promises to Be Spectacular
(Las Vegas) -- Anticipation is rising in Las Vegas as New Year’s Eve approaches. Fireworks are poised and people are putting on their party clothes for a night of...
article McCarran International Airport Traffic Increases in 2019, But Many Not Staying in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- McCarran International Airport has seen a substantial increase in passenger traffic this year, but not all who arrive at the busy Southern Nevada airport...
article Lady Gaga Hints at Las Vegas Residency Extension
(Las Vegas) -- Lady Gaga is hinting that her Las Vegas Strip residency may extend to one more year. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Gaga told an audience...
article Elon Musk wants an underground highway under Las Vegas in 2020
(Las Vegas) -- Tech magnate Elon Musk is optimistic about getting an underground commercial transportation tunnel “fully operational” in Las Vegas in 2020. Musk’s...
article Las Vegas’ skyline to change with these projects
(Las Vegas) -- Major changes are coming to Southern Nevada, with several projects reshaping Las Vegas’ skyline in 2020.
article The Prettiest Las Vegas Restaurants That Opened in 2019
(Las Vegas) -- Local restaurants and bars alike debuted pretty new spaces in Las Vegas over the past year. Gorgeous Mott 32, fun Best Friend, and captivating Mama Rabbit...
article Virgin to build another high-speed rail line from SoCal to Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Though the United States was once a global leader in the development of high-speed train infrastructure, today the title has scattered to cities in China...

12/29/2019

article Agency: Radiation test flights over Vegas Strip are routine
(Las Vegas) -- Security preparations for Las Vegas' New Year's Eve celebrations include helicopter flights that officials say are routine to measure naturally...
article Finland to repatriate Mesa Verde Puebloan remains to the United States
(Finland) -- Finland plans to return Native American ancestral remains and funerary objects to the United States that were taken over a century ago from the Mesa Verde...

12/28/2019

article Employees at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas vote to reject Culinary organizing efforts
(Las Vegas) -- Non-gaming employees at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas rejected representation from Culinary Workers Local 226, becoming the first property operated by...
article Top 10 Las Vegas business stories of 2019
(Las Vegas) -- There was hardly a dull moment in Las Vegas’ business community in 2019. From mega-deals involving some of the valley’s most well-known...
article Crystal ball projects tourism records, stadium opening on time
(Las Vegas) -- In Major League Baseball, you’re considered a great hitter and could go to the Hall of Fame if you succeed one time out of three. By most standards...
article Agency: Radiation Test Flights Over Vegas Strip Are Routine
(Las Vegas) -- Security preparations for Las Vegas' New Year's Eve celebrations include helicopter flights that officials say are routine to measure naturally...
article BOOK: Mind blowing pictures show the street arts in the streets of Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Think 'Las Vegas' and you'll likely conjure images of the glitz and glamour of the strip. But away from the casinos, gamblers and theatres,...

12/27/2019

article New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas means hefty room rate markups
(Las Vegas) -- Staying on the Strip for New Year’s Eve will cost top dollar, even more than it will for CES just one week later. The usual high-end names have the...
article New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas means hefty room rate markups
(Las Vegas) -- Staying on the Strip for New Year’s Eve will cost top dollar, even more than it will for CES just one week later. The usual high-end names have the...
article The Flamingo celebrates 73 years on the Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Mobster Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel & Casino on Dec. 26, 1946. Formerly known as the Fabulous Flamingo and Flamingo Hilton Las Vegas, the...
article Making spirits bright in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The winter months call for smooth, rich cocktails that mix together sweet and savory ingredients. Bold, full-bodied recipes that warm the body.

12/26/2019

article William Hill to operate sports betting facilities at Circus Circus Casino
(Las Vegas) -- Late last week, William Hill revealed that they are taking over the sports betting operations at the Circus Circus Casino. The announcement was made at...

12/25/2019

article Local start up company strikes a deal with a Las Vegas casino
(Iowa) -- A Story City man that gave up “nearly everything” to start a company that specializes in life size LEGO statues has struck a deal with a Las Vegas...
article Dustin Drai: ‘The nightlife business is going to keep growing’
(Las Vegas) -- While the pressures of being the son of a well-known nightclub and restaurant mogul might get to some, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Dustin...

12/24/2019

article This Catholic priest celebrates Mass in a casino. He calls prayer a ‘sure bet’
(Nevada) -- Charlie Urnick stands in a backstage hallway at Don’s Celebrity Theater, tucked inside the thrumming Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino. Smiling,...
article Vegas Newspaper Finds Trouble Tracking Casino Response Plans
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada security officials had trouble tracking resort emergency response plans, months after the Legislature tightened requirements for 91 casinos...

12/23/2019

article ‘Uncut Gems’ doesn’t try to polish up the life of a gambling addict
(Hollywood) -- We squeamishly screened the new Adam Sandler ultra-dark drama, “Uncut Gems,” out already in L.A. with a national release on Christmas Day, and...
article Vegas’ Strip restaurant chefs are opening top-notch spots away from the glitz
(Las Vegas) -- A growing number of talented Las Vegas chefs are trading steady salaries and the job security of prime casino restaurants to forge their own paths. The...
article Vegas newspaper finds trouble tracking casino response plans
(Nevada) -- Nevada security officials had trouble tracking resort emergency response plans, months after the Legislature tightened requirements for 91 casinos statewide...
article Casinos Miss Emergency Response Deadline
(Nevada) -- Nevada officials listed 24 casino properties statewide that failed to meet a Nov. 1 deadline to submit updated emergency response plans for incidents ranging...

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