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Surprise! Resort, parking fees keep people away from Las Vegas

It used to be that, for the most part, Las Vegas ran on the profits made by the casinos and the ancillary services – hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, etc. Then, some companies decided they needed to start taking a bigger slice. They began chipping away at certain fundamentals, such as free parking, and started tacking on new charges, such as the so-called “resort fee.”

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8/14/2020

article MGM reopening The Mirage on the Strip, but leaves Park MGM still closed
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International said it was reopening The Mirage on Aug. 27, leaving the casino company with just one Las Vegas Strip resort – Park MGM...
article MGM Resorts to reopen another Las Vegas hotel in time for Labor Day: The Mirage
(Las Vegas) -- The Mirage casino resort, which ushered in the transformation of the Las Vegas Strip when it debuted in 1989, is going to reopen in late August. The 3,044...
article Visiting Vegas amid the coronavirus pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- A weekend getaway may sound like an inviting idea, and one big hotspot that is popular with Arizona residents is Las Vegas. What does a trip to the Vegas...
article Several Las Vegas hotel-casinos still closed as result of coronavirus pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- There are several hotel-casinos in the Las Vegas area that are still closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At this time, it is unknown if these...

8/13/2020

article 12 major Las Vegas hotel-casinos remain dark indefinitely
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas is known for being a city that never sleeps, but a handful of its properties have had their lights turned off for nearly five months. A total of...
article Las Vegas entertainers fear dire straits as weeks of unemployment turn to months
(Las Vegas) -- In those long-ago days of early 2020, business was cranking for Adam Flowers, a former street magician with an enterprising mind. The owner of a Las Vegas...
article How Las Vegas casinos are recovering after extensive losses from COVID-19
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International President of Commercial and Growth Atif Rafiq joins the On the Move panel to discuss how Las Vegas casinos are recovering from...
article Las Vegas Sands Stock Can Rally 45%: Analyst
(Las Vegas) -- On April 27, 2020, we recommended buying shares of Las Vegas Sands when they were trading at about $43. On June 10, we sold the position at $52. The stock...

8/12/2020

article Casino Maven and Philanthropist Sells Las Vegas Home for $11.25 Million
(Las Vegas) -- After nearly two years on the market, the residential showplace that casino maven and philanthropist Diana Bennett built right outside Las Vegas has sold...

8/11/2020

article Sportsbooks face $50M hit if college football canceled
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada sportsbooks took a record $1.87 billion in wagers last year on football — college and NFL combined — and won a record $122.4 million....
article Las Vegas Casinos Are Open At 50% Capacity. What About Las Vegas Hospitals?
(Las Vegas) -- After a 90% drop in visitors during its lockdown, the Las Vegas area has spent the summer trying to regain its economic footing while battling a...

8/10/2020

article Grand Sierra Resort gets regulatory complaint on coronavirus safety
(Las Vegas) -- Grand Sierra Resort, the 2,000-room Reno hotel that is a sister property to Sahara Las Vegas, has received a regulatory complaint from the state Gaming...
article BLOG: Friends With Benefits: Nate Hedlund of Sahara Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- From the farm life to the neon lights. “When you’re a kid growing up where I did, you didn’t have a lot to do except for drink beer and...
article Sahara sues Vital Vegas over shutdown rumors
(Las Vegas) -- The Sahara doesn’t want anybody spreading rumors about them, ok? The casino has enough trouble right now, and the last thing it needs is for people...

8/9/2020

article Las Vegas Casinos Are Open, But Visitors Staying Away
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas casinos reopened in early June after they were forced to temporarily shutter in March because of the coronavirus. But the gaming floors have...
article Boring Company approved to expand Vegas tunnel loop to nearby casino
(Las Vegas) -- The Boring Company’s vision for a network of transport tunnels beneath Las Vegas has gained a little more traction, with local officials approving...

8/8/2020

article Sahara Las Vegas sues blogger for defamation over report on closure rumors
(Las Vegas) -- Sahara Las Vegas has filed a lawsuit alleging it was defamed when a blog reported what the resort calls false rumors that it could permanently close. The...
article Las Vegas: No Conventions and Visitor Numbers Decline with 70.5% in June
(Las Vegas) -- A report released by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) revealed a staggering decline in the number of visitors in the city for the...
article Virgin out as partner in Las Vegas to SoCal high-speed rail project
(Las Vegas) -- The planned high-speed train system set to run between Las Vegas and Southern California will no longer bear the Virgin Trains USA name. Instead, the Las...
article Meow Wolf was set to transform themed entertainment in Vegas and beyond. Then came the pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- This was supposed to be the year that Meow Wolf, creator of interactive experiences, became so integral to popular culture that, in the words of one of...

8/7/2020

article Las Vegas visitor numbers decline 70.5% during June following the resort industry’s reopening
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas resort industry, open for just 27 days in June, drew a little more than 1 million visitors during the month which also included zero...
article More than 1M visited Las Vegas in June, down 70.5%
(Las Vegas) -- More than 1 million people visited Las Vegas in June, the month casinos were allowed to reopen. But the 100 percent drop in convention attendance — that’s...
article Vegas tourism down 71% in June, showing cost of coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- Tourism officials marked another index of the economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, reporting that about 1 million people visited the Las...
article Sahara says closure rumor untrue, sues Las Vegas blogger
(Las Vegas) -- Sahara Las Vegas has filed a defamation lawsuit against a local blogger who reported what the casino’s owners said was an inaccurate rumor that the...
article Resorts World Las Vegas receives Clark County Commission approval to connect with Elon Musk’s underground tunnel system
(Las Vegas) -- Genting Group’s US$4.3 billion Las Vegas integrated resort development, Resorts World Las Vegas, has been granted permission by the Clark County...

8/6/2020

article Vegas was all about nongaming revenue until the pandemic arrived. Now what?
(Las Vegas) -- Development surrounding the Las Vegas Strip has tilted toward nongaming revenue for two decades now, a trend that has culminated in the past five years...
article Resorts World gets green light for underground people mover station
(Las Vegas) -- Resorts World Las Vegas is cleared to move ahead with plans to build an underground station for The Boring Company's people mover. The property...

8/5/2020

article Sir Paul McCartney says Las Vegas is 'where you go to die'
(Las Vegas) -- Sir Paul McCartney has slammed Las Vegas as the rockers' graveyard 'where you go to die' as he admits 'nothing attracts' him about the...
article Las Vegas Strip show 'ABSINTHE' details new steps in preparation for reopening
(Las Vegas) -- Work is underway to prepare the show "ABSINTHE" for reopening amid the coronavirus outbreak, a move that could make it the first show to bring...
article BLOG: S.O.S.: Las Vegas and the Deteriorating State of Nevada
(Wall Street) -- On June 4, casinos in Nevada opened without either mandatory facemasks or visitor restrictions, while its biggest source markets – California and...

8/4/2020

article Las Vegas bars removing, relocating gaming machines
(Las Vegas) -- You don’t have to get very close the vacant bar at Henderson’s Black Mountain Grill to see that something is missing. Even from a distance,...
article No dice! Vegas gambler gets cuffed and bundled out of famous 4 Queens casino after refusing to wear a mask
(Las Vegas) -- A gambler was escorted out of a world-famous Las Vegas casino in handcuffs after he entered without wearing a mask. The man was escorted out of the 4...

8/3/2020

article MORON ALERT: Las Vegas gambler REMOVED from famous 4 Queens casino in handcuffs after he went in without wearing a mask
(Las Vegas) -- A LAS Vegas gambler was removed from the famous 4 Queens casino in handcuffs after he went in without wearing a mask. The man was bundled out of the...
article Downtown Grand’s Gallery Tower accepting reservations in September
(Las Vegas) -- The Downtown Grand has officially christened its latest expansion, Gallery Tower, named for the art program that will be displayed throughout the property.

8/1/2020

article Las Vegas Strip workers want mandated testing — but it may not help
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas’ resort workers want to see more companies mandate coronavirus testing. But even at hotel-casinos where testing is required, employees are...
article Las Vegas Xpress train project plans for 2021 launch date
(Las Vegas) -- X-Train CEO Michael Barron has lofty hopes for his planned Las Vegas to Los Angeles luxury rail line, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

7/31/2020

article D Las Vegas pulls back on dress code banning some tattoos
(Las Vegas) -- The D Las Vegas has rescinded a new dress code policy that barred people with face and neck tattoos from entering the downtown hotel-casino.
article Investor in failed Las Vegas Strip Ferris wheel project taking ownership
(Las Vegas) -- After spending a fortune on an abandoned Ferris wheel project on the Strip, a Seattle-area investor is taking ownership of the blighted property.
article Gaming Commission revokes license of bar that was homicide site
(Las Vegas) -- The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday formally revoked the gaming license of a Las Vegas bar that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said had...

7/30/2020

article Ex-gaming board chairman’s company to manage Westgate casino
(Las Vegas) -- Former Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli found himself on the opposite side of the regulatory podium at Thursday’s Nevada Gaming...

7/29/2020

article Exclusive: First Look at the 5 Bars Inside Vegas’s First Adults-Only Casino-Resort
(Las Vegas) -- At the Vegas Vickie’s lobby bar inside Circa, the new-construction property developer Derek Stevens is creating in downtown Las Vegas, the...

7/28/2020

article Las Vegas airport passenger count back up to 1 million in June — still 77% below last June
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport's passenger count was back over 1 million travelers in June, following the reopening of Nevada casinos...
article Hotel room rates in Las Vegas low but still above US average
(Las Vegas) -- Many Las Vegas room rates are below pre-pandemic levels in an effort to attract more visitors, but pricing has held steadier compared with many other...

7/27/2020

article OP/ED: A Positive Outlook – Don’t Count Vegas Out
(Las Vegas) -- Over the past century, Las Vegas has transformed from a dusty railroad town into the world’s premier tourism and convention destination. That growth,...

7/26/2020

article Las Vegas casinos, companies notify staff of mass furloughs, layoffs
(Las Vegas) -- Multiple Las Vegas Strip casinos notified staff of furloughs and possible permanent layoffs after the COVID-19 pandemic had a massive impact on the casino...
article Vegas firm is finding ways to make casinos a safer bet
(Las Vegas) -- Masks, temperature checks, social distancing, hand-sanitizer stations and enhanced cleaning protocols are part of the Las Vegas casino experience now, but...

7/24/2020

article Reopen It and They Will Come? Many Say They Won’t Visit Vegas Until There Is a Virus Vaccine.
(Las Vegas) -- Even though Las Vegas began to reopen in May following the closure of casinos and entertainment venues amid the coronavirus pandemic, the city still faces...
article VIDEO: Las Vegas police discuss possible drowning at Bellagio fountains
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas police were investigating a possible drowning Friday morning at the Bellagio fountains on the Strip. Clark County Fire Department Deputy Fire...
article Boyd Gaming unveils mobile gaming app with nostalgic brand
(Las Vegas) -- Boyd Gaming Corp. dusted off its vintage Las Vegas brand to help give its new Stardust Social Casino app an advantage in the crowded field of mobile...

7/23/2020

article Las Vegas Strip casinos notify staff of furloughs, layoffs
(Las Vegas) -- Multiple Las Vegas Strip casinos notified staff of furloughs and possible permanent layoffs after the COVID-19 pandemic had a massive impact on the casino...
article ‘We’re in a World of Hurt,’ Sands President Says of Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp., the world’s largest casino company, is painting a bleak picture of the U.S. gambling capital for investors, saying Covid-19...
article Penn National Gaming, Hilton Grand Vacations warn of possible layoffs
(Las Vegas) -- Penn National Gaming and Hilton Grand Vacations have warned the state of potential layoffs and long-term furloughs. Penn National, which operates the...
article Las Vegas stepping up COVID-19 response, city officials say
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas was already stepping up efforts to test, treat and track community spread of COVID-19 when a top doctor on the White House coronavirus task...
press release Bally's Las Vegas welcomes guests back after months-long shutdown
(Las Vegas) -- Caesars Entertainment is opening another resort on the Las Vegas Strip, with officials citing strong interests in the properties this summer. Along with...
article These Las Vegas loyalists aren't letting COVID-19 ruin their vacations
(Las Vegas) -- Rick and JaNeen Bird are Las Vegas loyalists. On Thursday morning, the retired Arizona couple stood outside Bally's, waiting for Elvis and the...
article Circa Las Vegas casino gets 1st exterior sign (VIDEO)
(Las Vegas) -- The under-construction Circa hotel-casino is getting its first exterior sign bearing its name Thursday morning. The sign, manufactured by YESCO, weighs...

7/22/2020

article Several Strip casino operators reducing staff amid pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- Several Las Vegas Strip resorts have announced jobs reductions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Wynn Resorts, which operates Wynn Las Vegas and...
article Las Vegas takes steps on coronavirus after reported warning from White House
(Las Vegas) -- A leading doctor on the White House coronavirus task force has reportedly warned state and local officials that Las Vegas should take “aggressive...
article White House privately warns Las Vegas must take ‘aggressive’ action in coronavirus fight
(Las Vegas) -- Dr. Deborah Birx, a leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, warned state and local leaders in a private phone call Wednesday that 11 major...
article Elon Musk’s tweet sparks interest in underground people-mover project
(Las Vegas) -- Elon Musk ramped up excitement for the Boring Co.’s underground people-mover project at the Las Vegas Convention Center late Tuesday.
article Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas Strip Sports Bar Closed Permanently amid Coronavirus Shutdown
(Las Vegas) -- Emeril Lagasse's popular sports bar, Lagasse’s Stadium, has closed permanently amid the ongoing coronavirus shutdowns, according to reports.

7/21/2020

article Soon-to-open Circa casino in downtown Las Vegas receives first slot machine
(Las Vegas) -- Tuesday marks 99 days from the Circa Resort's grand opening in downtown Las Vegas. The soon-to-be casino shared a video on Twitter this week showing...

7/20/2020

article As COVID-19 cases rise, fewer tourists come to Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Foot traffic in Las Vegas casinos is starting to slow as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Roughly 350,000 visitors were estimated to be in...
press release Las Vegas casinos adapt to business during pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- For some, life on the Las Vegas strip isn’t what it used to be. “Usually every night is fun. A party,” said Las Vegas resident Todd Rial...

7/19/2020

article Phil Ruffin Suing Insurance Companies Over Denied Treasure Island, Circus Circus Claims
(Las Vegas) -- Billionaire Phil Ruffin is suing two insurance companies that have denied claims filed for alleged damages at his Las Vegas Strip casino resorts. Treasure...
article Tourists still love Las Vegas, even through COVID-19 shutdowns
(Las Vegas) -- There may be no bigger challenge than marketing Las Vegas as a destination at a time when people are nervous about travel. It used to be that Las Vegas...
article Las Vegas-based center recruiting at-risk individuals for coronavirus vaccine trial
(Las Vegas) -- A coronavirus vaccine trial will be available starting this month for Nevadans who want to join the fight against the invisible enemy in our state. As...

7/18/2020

article STUTZ: Vegas sees a coronavirus spike; could a temporary casino smoking ban be an answer?
(Las Vegas) -- A week ago, I turned down a news radio station’s request to come on and discuss rumors of Las Vegas casinos closing once again due to a surge of...
article Ex-regulator Lipparelli wins tentative approval to operate Westgate Las Vegas casino
(Las Vegas) -- A management company headed by former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli received tentative approval Wednesday from state gaming...

7/17/2020

article ‘Overwhelmed and Terrified’: Las Vegas’ Reopening Backfires Terribly
(Las Vegas) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to pummel the United States, Las Vegas seems to be operating business as usual. Casinos have been open since June 4...

7/16/2020

article At least 123 visitors to Nevada test positive for coronavirus after casinos reopen
(Nevada) -- At least 123 visitors to Nevada tested positive for the coronavirus while visiting the state in recent weeks or shortly after returning home, according to...

7/15/2020

article Casino smoking limits, more plexiglass among new property moves to curb coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- Once-controversial smoking limits across Las Vegas casinos are among the latest safety policies rolled out by properties, all in ramped-up efforts to stop...
article Some Las Vegas Strip casinos found in violation of mask mandate
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada’s Clark County released Friday a list of the businesses that were found to be in violation of the mask mandate issued by Governor Steve...
article The Tropicana Reopens With a Short List of Restaurants on September 1
(Las Vegas) -- The Tropicana plans to reopen at 10 a.m. on September 1, bringing all resorts on the south end of the Strip completely back to business. The resort...
article The Tropicana Reopens With a Short List of Restaurants on September 1
(Las Vegas) -- The Tropicana plans to reopen at 10 a.m. on September 1, bringing all resorts on the south end of the Strip completely back to business.
article Las Vegas ozone levels rebound, despite COVID-19 impact
(Las Vegas) -- Clark County has seen more days with high ozone pollution this year than in 2019 despite the economic impact and lifestyle changes prompted by the COVID-...

7/14/2020

article Dubuque casino's parent company laying off workers in 10 states
(Las Vegas) -- A U.S. casino company with 29 properties in 10 states is laying off thousands of employees, citing a slow restart to business following closures due to...
article Las Vegas casino operators take steps to match visitor demand
(Las Vegas) -- When one door closes, another opens. Las Vegas casino operators seem to be taking that adage to heart this month. Last week, Caesars Entertainment Corp....
article Vegas entertainers dance, train at home, awaiting the stage
(Las Vegas) -- Concerts, acrobatic shows, striptease dance revues and other performances that typically entertain thousands of tourists in Las Vegas are among the...
article VIDEO: 'Daughter of a Las Vegas Kingpin'
(Las Vegas) -- A new documentary podcast called "Son of a Hitman" looks back at a 41-year-old crime that shocked the nation--the assassination of a federal...

7/13/2020

article Boyd Gaming lays off at least 25% of workers
(Las Vegas) -- Boyd Gaming Corp. has laid off at least 2,500 Nevada employees as Las Vegas’ visitation numbers remain well below pre-pandemic levels. On May 22,...
article South Strip projects delayed but still happening
(Las Vegas) -- On the sleepy south edge of the Strip, construction crews are working on the home of the Pinball Hall of Fame — a project months behind schedule...

7/12/2020

article Las Vegas casinos are gambling with people’s lives
(Las Vegas) -- As the gambling market in Las Vegas began to return to life last month, everyone thought that the coronavirus was in the rear-view mirror. However, as...
article Less crowded these days, Las Vegas airport adjusts to new normal
(Las Vegas) -- While waiting for her luggage at McCarran International Airport, Christina Esposito of San Diego said she was concerned about traveling in the midst of...
article Las Vegas economy, rocked by pandemic, faces end of federal benefits
(Las Vegas) -- Susan Marsian-Bolduc is the outdoorsy type, having bought a 14-foot travel trailer last year to hitch to her car for camping trips. The Las Vegas tour...

7/11/2020

article The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas May or May Not Lay off More People
(Las Vegas) -- The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is covering all bases, a letter to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation from June 30 shows. The Las...

7/10/2020

article Nobody knows how many resort workers are infected— including employees
(Las Vegas) -- Aileen Rotzin has a deadly secret — one she doesn’t want to keep. The M Resort cage cashier tested positive for COVID-19 on July 4, one month...
article Public, coworkers left in dark as hotel-casinos protect COVID-19 data
(Las Vegas) -- It’s unclear just how many Las Vegas hospitality workers have tested positive for COVID-19 since hotel-casinos were allowed to reopen June 4.
article Las Vegas tourists undeterred by spread of virus inside hotel-casinos
(Las Vegas) -- A growing number of positive COVID-19 cases among hospitality workers on the Strip has had little effect on many travelers’ vacation plans. Its...
article Cosmopolitan warns of possible layoffs
(Las Vegas) -- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas may be gearing for layoffs. “The layoff and furloughs which began on or about March 24, 2020, and April 17, 2020, may...
article Welcome back: Las Vegas' Bally's hotel-casino to reopen July 23 during COVID-19 pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- Bally's hotel-casino has a reopening date. The Strip property plans to welcome guests back at 10 a.m. on July 23. “We continue to see solid...

7/8/2020

article Virtual wallets and more: Here's how Las Vegas is gambling during the COVID-19 era
(Las Vegas) -- We're seeing changes in so many aspects of our lives because of the coronavirus pandemic, and gaming is no exception. Because it's the beating heart of...
article Red Rock Resorts Strong on Las Vegas Operations, Costs High
(Wall Street) -- Red Rock Resorts, Inc. RRR is likely to benefit from its Las Vegas operations as well as Palace Station and Palms redevelopment projects. Also, the...

7/7/2020

article More layoffs ahead for hotel, casino workers
(Las Vegas) -- More layoffs lie ahead for many Las Vegas hotel-casino workers. Several properties gave state notice of mass layoffs since June 4, when hotel-casinos were...
article Las Vegas casinos dealt new threat amid coronavirus resurgence
(Las Vegas) -- A resurgence of new COVID-19 cases is dealing a fresh blow to Las Vegas casinos by driving business away from Sin City and toward regional locations.
article More layoffs ahead for hotel-casino workers
(Las Vegas) -- More layoffs lie ahead for many Las Vegas hotel-casino workers. Several properties gave state notice of mass layoffs since June 4, when hotel-casinos were...
article Las Vegas Casinos On The Verge Of Re-Closing After Barely A Month
(Las Vegas) -- The experts have been saying all along that a second wave of COVID-19 is coming, and in the United States they’re being proven right. (Unless you...
article Circus Circus sues insurance company over rejected coronavirus claim
(Las Vegas) -- Lawyers for Circus Circus filed a federal lawsuit against the north Strip property’s insurance company that has refused to cover losses experienced...
article BLOG: The Reopening of Las Vegas Casinos During the COVID-10 Pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- Governor Sisolak authorized certain businesses, including restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, and most retail businesses, to reopen with limitations...

7/6/2020

article Derek Stevens: looking forward to the roar of Circa’s sporting crowds
(Las Vegas) -- With an earlier than slated opening date for his Circa Resort & Casino, Las Vegas CEO and developer Derek Stevens is clearly enthused about what the...
article Influential Las Vegas developer Irwin Molasky dies at 93
(Las Vegas) -- Irwin Molasky, one of Las Vegas’ most influential developers outside the Strip, with projects ranging from condo towers and office buildings to...

7/5/2020

article M Resort sportsbook closed after positive COVID-19 case
(Las Vegas) -- The sportsbook at M Resort was closed Thursday and Friday after an employee tested positive for coronavirus, according to a spokeswoman. William Hill...
article Resorts World Las Vegas activates 100K-square-foot LED screen
(Las Vegas) -- Resorts World Las Vegas activated its 100,000-square-foot LED screen on its west tower on Independence Day, showing a digital fireworks display.

7/4/2020

article Bellagio error may be biggest sportsbook loss for Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The nearly quarter-million dollars in winning wagers reportedly placed at MGM Resorts last Sunday might be the largest sportsbook loss in Las Vegas...

7/3/2020

article Gaming has bigger role for Vegas visitors, new survey report says
(Las Vegas) -- Resorts have been investing millions in their non-gaming attractions to bring in visitors. But Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s Visitor...
article Las Vegas Strip crowds expected for Fourth of July holiday weekend
(Las Vegas) -- Despite a sharp uptick of COVID- 19 cases in Nevada, crowds of tourists are expected to flock to the Las Vegas Strip this Fourth of July weekend.
article MGM Grand poker room reopening Friday
(Las Vegas) -- The MGM Grand poker room will reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, a spokesman said. The room will have plexiglass dividers between players to allow six-handed play,...

7/2/2020

article Casinos are seeing strong sales despite social distancing, Circa Resort CEO says
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens said Thursday that although social distancing protocols are limiting the amount of people inside his casinos, sales...
article Circa Resort & Casino now accepting reservations for world’s largest sportsbook
(Las Vegas) -- With the debut of Circa Resort & Casino – Downtown Las Vegas’ first ground-up casino in four decades – set for October 28, the highly anticipated...
article Circa Sports Raises Stakes In Battle For World's Largest Sportsbook
(Las Vegas) -- Derek Stevens is a betting man. When his cherished Michigan Wolverines made a deep run in the 2018 NCAA tournament, Stevens came 40 minutes from cashing a...

7/1/2020

article Chuck Bowling still steady as Mandalay Bay reopens on Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Chuck Bowling is still figuring out how to keep his mask in place, and over his nose, while talking. It’s a process, similar to peeling away the...

6/30/2020

article 'His life was taken away': Culinary Union sues Las Vegas casinos as COVID-19 spreads
(Las Vegas) -- On his final shift, Adolfo Fernandez could barely push his cart. The Culinary Union porter worked in Caesars Palace's housekeeping department. In his...
article Could The Luxor Resort & Casino Be Demolished? Las Vegas Reports Suggest That It Might
(Las Vegas) -- The pyramid hotel that is the Luxor Resort & Casino in Las Vegas may be nearing its demise as MGM Resorts (MGM) is reportedly considering demolishing...
article Vegas casinos wagering on cashless gambling in coronavirus era
(Las Vegas) -- Wagering on cashless casinos is looking like a solid bet. The Nevada Gaming Commission, which oversees Las Vegas’ dozens of casinos, recently gave...
article Henderson woman wins more than $650,000 at local casino
(Las Vegas) -- On June 15, one Henderson woman’s life changed after hitting the jackpot on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at a local casino. The moment occurred...

6/29/2020

article Cosmopolitan workers say resort isn’t disclosing spread of coronavirus among employees
(Las Vegas) -- Employees of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas have reported a growing number of casino floor workers testing positive for COVID-19 and are frustrated by the...
article Las Vegas casino employee dies after testing positive for coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- An employee that worked at a casino owned by Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas died after testing positive for COVID-19 according to a statement released...
article Hotel casino workers take employers to court over COVID protections
(Las Vegas) -- The Culinary Union--which represents 60-thousand workers, bartenders, cocktail waitress, kitchen and housekeeping workers, bellmen and porters--filed a...
article Aria poker room to reopen with 6-handed play
(Las Vegas) -- The Aria poker room will reopen Wednesday with plexiglass dividers and six-handed games, an MGM Resorts spokesman confirmed.
article Las Vegas casinos could ditch cash amid coronavirus fears
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas gamblers could soon bet with their cellphones instead of cash as casinos try to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis, a new report says....
article The First Adults-Only Casino And Resort Is Opening In Las Vegas This Fall
(Las Vegas) -- The new Circa Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas is set to open in time for Halloween—two months sooner than its original scheduled date of...
article Luxor Las Vegas Demolition Rumors Spread, Insiders Say Days Numbered
(Las Vegas) -- The Luxor Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip has been a staple of the city skyline since it opened in 1993, but the iconic pyramid could be facing...
article Cirque du Soleil files for bankruptcy protection, terminates 3,500
(Las Vegas) -- In a move that would have been unheard of even a year ago, Cirque du Soleil, the Las Vegas Strip’s preeminent production company for more than two...
article Hakkasan’s Casa Calavera and L.A.’s Kassi Club Expand to Virgin Hotel Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Boldly committed to a late fall debut, the Virgin Hotel Las Vegas dining portfolio continues to surprise, with two new high-profile tenants planning...

6/27/2020

article Culinary to sue Las Vegas casino companies over virus protections
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas resorts that have partially reopened amid the global pandemic haven’t adequately protected employees and their families from the...
article Mask mandate catching on with Las Vegas Strip visitors
(Las Vegas) -- The newly mandated mask policy in Nevada seemed to be grasped quickly Saturday by those visiting the Las Vegas Strip. Patrons at The Cosmopolitan, MGM...

6/26/2020

article AAA: Las Vegas Leads Nation in Hotel Bookings During COVID-19 Crisis
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas casino resorts and hotels have booked more hotel stays than any other destination in the United States as the COVID-19 pandemic has kept tens of...
article Las Vegas casino uses Hindu, Jain deities to offer 'high-class debauchery'; apologises later
(Las Vegas) -- A casino in Las Vegas found itself in hot waters after displaying statues of various Hindu and Jain deities, instantly drawing flak from religious leaders...
article The First-ever Adults-only Casino in Vegas Will Have America’s Largest Pool Amphitheater
(Las Vegas) -- A new resort and casino is coming to Las Vegas, but you might need to leave the kids at home. Circa Resort & Casino plans to be the first ever adult-...
article Casino Execs Sue Drew Las Vegas Developer Alleging Fraud
(Las Vegas) -- A group of high-level casino executives is suing developers of The Drew Las Vegas for breach of contract and fraud. The five plaintiffs in the case claim...
article Gambling Insider: Vegas Will Win Despite COVID-19 Protocols
(Las Vegas) -- As sports slowly but surely return to the American landscape, so too will sports betting. One must wonder, though: will Vegas – and sports betting...
article Lines.com Research: The Shocking Total Dollars Lost in Las Vegas Due to COVID-19
(Las Vegas) -- The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has not only swept the nation but has ravaged the sports industry. Sporting events all over the globe were forced to come...

6/25/2020

article Face coverings are now mandatory at Las Vegas casinos
(Las Vegas) -- They’re not gambling on safety any longer. Nevada will now require face coverings outside and in all indoor spaces where people convene —...
article Laid-off Drew Las Vegas staffers sue owner, claim money owed
(Las Vegas) -- A casino “whale hunter” and other executives have teamed up to sue Drew Las Vegas owner Steve Witkoff, alleging they were laid off from the...
article MGM and Caesars casinos change their policies to require all visitors wear masks
(Las Vegas) -- Hotel and casino titans MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are kicking their health protocols up a notch and requiring guests to wear masks at all...
article Las Vegas a Tale of Two Cities as Market Research Shows Local Casinos Faring Better in Reopening
(Las Vegas) -- A report from a New York-based research and analytics firm shows that casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are seeing a slight improvement in the number of...
article Sahara poker room to install plexiglass dividers
(Las Vegas) -- The Sahara Las Vegas poker room will install plexiglass dividers to allow it to host six-handed games, a spokeswoman said. She said the dividers had been...
press release M Resort Spa Casino celebrates reopening and announces 'no resort fee summer'
(Las Vegas) -- M Resort Spa Casino would like to celebrate its recent June 4 reopening and #welcomeback its loyal guests by offering those in search of a summer escape...
article Vegas show producers craft multiple plans while staying prepared to return
(Las Vegas) -- When you think of the Las Vegas Strip casino resorts that pack the biggest entertainment punch, Treasure Island might not be at the top of your list. But...

6/24/2020

article HWANG: Las Vegas Strip: Why Is It Open Right Now?
(Las Vegas) -- At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, casinos in the state of Nevada began to reopen for the first time since Gov. Steve Sisolak (a Democrat) ordered the...
article Casino operators respond to Nevada Gov. Sisolak's face mask mandate
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada Gov. Sisolak has announced a new mandate requiring face masks to be worn in public starting on June 26. Casino operators in the state were quick to...
article Nevada issues new face mask order. Las Vegas visitors must now cover up
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas visitors, get ready to cover up. Travelers and residents in Nevada are now required to wear masks when they are indoors in a public place. That...
article Views mixed on new mask mandate for visitors to Las Vegas casinos
(Las Vegas) -- Casinos will find out Friday if the state’s new mask mandate is a deal-breaker for some gamblers. On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Steve Sisolak said...
article Casino Workers' Union Calls For All Guests To Wear Masks
(Las Vegas) -- A union representing workers in Las Vegas casinos is again calling for all customers and workers in reopened casinos to wear face masks and for daily...
article Downtown's Circa Resort welcoming guests 21 and up this December
(Las Vegas) -- Construction is still going on. The Circa Resort and Casino is months away from opening. And already there is a buzz about the property. “It makes...

6/23/2020

article 2 Cosmopolitan employees tested positive last week
(Las Vegas) -- Two employees at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas have tested positive for COVID-19. The company learned last week that two concierge team employees had...
article Sahara Las Vegas closes cafe after 3 employees test positive for COVID-19
(Las Vegas) -- The Sahara Las Vegas closed its Northside Café after three employees tested positive for COVID-19, the casino hotel said in a Friday statement. “The...
article Some Las Vegas casinos gave away $20 to gamblers wearing a mask
(Las Vegas) -- Some gamblers wearing masks at certain Las Vegas casinos over the weekend may have been surprised to get an unexpected cash bonus. According to the Reno...
article Circa Las Vegas will be for adults only when it opens in downtown Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The new Circa Las Vegas, which is scheduled to begin opening Oct. 28, had announced it will be for adults only. The property posted an announcement on...
article Two Nightlife Venues Reopen at the Cosmopolitan With More Serene Experiences
(Las Vegas) -- Two lounges plan to reopen at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to bring back a somewhat tamer version of the nightlife experience. While Marquee already...

6/22/2020

article Sahara Las Vegas' Northside Cafe closes after 3 employees test positive for COVID-19
(Las Vegas) -- As COVID-19 cases surge in Nevada, another restaurant has closed on The Strip. Three employees at the Sahara’s Northside Café tested positive for...
article Circa Resort & Casino will be adult-only property
(Las Vegas) -- Owners of The Circa Resort & Casino, which is currently under construction in downtown Las Vegas, announced via Facebook Monday that it would be an...

6/21/2020

article BRONSON: When Pandemic Precautions and Vegas’ Hedonism Collide
(Las Vegas) -- At the MGM’s Bellagio hotel and casino, patrons are welcomed with branded pouches stocked with hand sanitizer, face masks and a stylus they can use...
article Bellagio’s plexiglass not in cards for all poker rooms
(Las Vegas) -- The Bellagio poker room upped the ante Thursday when it reopened with the approval to host six-handed games. The installation of plexiglass dividers...
article Circa to be 1st new hotel-casino to open since Lucky Dragon
(Las Vegas) -- Derek Stevens was standing in the parking lot of a Las Vegas office building a few years ago, waiting for the foreclosure auction of a faltering resort:...

6/20/2020

article Las Vegas gaming expert's warning after Arizona closes 3 casinos again
(Las Vegas) -- Three Arizona casinos closed again amid a spike in the state’s COVID-19 cases. Properties will spend at least two weeks reevaluating their safety...
article VELOTTA: Opponents of masks in casinos responsible for policy change
(Las Vegas) -- As incredible as it seems, the contingent of people who vow to never set foot inside a Nevada casino as long as protective facial coverings are not...

6/19/2020

article 2 employees at Las Vegas's Flamingo test positive for COVID-19
(Las Vegas) -- Two weeks after reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, a pair of employees at Flamingo have tested positive for the contagious illness. Caesars...
article Workers at Sahara Las Vegas test positive for coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- Three Sahara Las Vegas employees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by a resort representative Friday. All of the...
article Consultant: Masks at table games will boost visitation and revenue at Las Vegas properties
(Las Vegas) -- A gaming consultant told Las Vegas business leaders Thursday a new requirement that casino patrons must wear facial masks at table games if there are no...
article Sportsbooks see betting enthusiasm, especially via mobile apps, even as athletic events are slow to return
(Las Vegas) -- They’re the place inside casinos where cheers spontaneously erupt as fortunes change based on stunning athletic feats and, in some cases, buzzer-...
article Westgate sportsbook reopening: A behind-the-scenes look
(Las Vegas) -- The Westgate opened on July 2, 1969, as the International, which at the time was the world’s largest hotel and casino. The doors stayed unlocked...
article Derek Stevens teases Westgate with ‘largest’ sportsbook claim
(Las Vegas) -- In sports-betting parlance, both sides are going off at minus-110. This is in reference to the thus-far friendly, yet very real, rivalry between two Las...
article Owner credits builders for early opening of Circa casino
(Las Vegas) -- Casino owner and Circa Las Vegas developer Derek Stevens said today he started to think in April that the under-construction resort could open early....

6/18/2020

article Casinos Impose Stricter Rules After Vegas Reopening Spike—But Won’t Mandate Face Masks
(Las Vegas) -- A record spike in coronavirus cases two weeks after Las Vegas’s reopening has prompted Nevada to introduce a number of new safety procedures for Sin...
article Las Vegas to get new casino ahead of schedule as city plots recovery
(Las Vegas) -- US real estate developer Derek Stevens is opening the Circa Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas on Oct 28, two months earlier than initially planned...
article Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino reopens with French fanfare
(Las Vegas) -- Another resort on the Las Vegas Strip reopened Thursday morning after being closed for nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Paris Las...
article Westgate, Paris Las Vegas reopen Thursday
(Las Vegas) -- Two more Las Vegas casinos are reopening Thursday, exactly two weeks after Las Vegas casinos were first allowed to welcome back guests. Strip property...

6/17/2020

article Strip restaurant closes after worker tests positive for COVID-19
(Las Vegas) -- A restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip closed out of precaution Wednesday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. According to MGM Resorts...
press release Vegas Sees Record Coronavirus Infections Two Weeks After Casinos Reopen
(Nevada) -- Two weeks after the state’s casinos, restaurants and gyms reopened at a limited capacity, Nevada and Las Vegas reported their largest single-day...
article Bellagio poker room returns Thursday in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Bellagio will bring back its poker room at 10 a.m. Thursday following nearly three months of closures out of coronavirus concerns.The room will feature 23...
article Blockbuster Mexican Restaurant Elio Opens at Encore Las Vegas on Thursday
(Las Vegas) -- Elio, the new Mexican restaurant opening at Encore Las Vegas from Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes, and Santiago Perez of ATM Group, now plans to open...

6/16/2020

article Advice: Make mask wearing inside casinos mandatory for everyone
(Las Vegas) -- Comments Monday from Nevada’s governor and the state’s top gaming regulator stopped short of ordering casino visitors to wear facial masks...
article Plaza hotel-casino planning live fireworks for 4th of July
(Las Vegas) -- Located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino will again celebrate the Fourth of July with downtown Las Vegas’ only live...
article Sahara taking table game reservations, reopening poker room
(Las Vegas) -- The Sahara is now taking group reservations for blackjack, roulette and baccarat tables up to 72 hours in advance. It also announced today that it is...
article Contractors say they’re owed $36M for work done at Drew Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Three months after coronavirus turmoil shut off construction of the Drew Las Vegas, contractors have levied more than $36 million in claims for unpaid...

6/15/2020

article Mandatory mask wearing by customers not required at Vegas casinos – yet
(Nevada) -- Nevada gaming regulators will not require casino customers to wear masks on properties – yet. Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Douglass Morgan...
article Masks remain optional for casino guests, control board head says
(Las Vegas) -- The state Gaming Control Board isn’t reconsidering requiring facial coverings for casino patrons, but would if new COVID-19 cases would overburden...
article Strip resorts vary the approach but stay on brand while welcoming back visitors
(Las Vegas) -- Visit the Caesars Palace website and you’ll immediately notice a different kind of welcome: “When you’re ready, we’re here for you...
article Californians turned out for Las Vegas’ reopening. Will they keep coming?
(Las Vegas) -- At Harrah’s, masked gamblers cheer after a winning round at blackjack. Others lounge by the pool with a drink in hand, or dine on a $150 steak at...
article Westgate Reopens Its Off-Strip Casino and Resort on June 18
(Las Vegas) -- Westgate reopens its casino, hotels, and some restaurants on Thursday, June 18. The SuperBook with its 30,000 square feet of space, more than 350 seats,...
article Las Vegas casinos seek connections to The Boring Company's loop system
(Las Vegas) -- The Boring Company is yet to add the finishing touches to its recently excavated tunnel beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center, but a lack of polish hasn...

6/14/2020

article Las Vegas Advisor: Most casinos are open, but biggest ones still closed
(Las Vegas) -- The casinos opened as scheduled at 12:01 a.m. on June 4, thus ending the Las Vegas shutdown at 79 days. Customers lined up outside waiting for the doors...

6/13/2020

article Paris Las Vegas to Reopen June 18
(Las Vegas) -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation on Friday announced plans to resume operations at Paris Las Vegas on Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m., the latest in its...
article 3 nights, 3 hotels: What it's really like to stay in a hotel during the coronavirus pandemic
(Las Vegas) -- The voicemail light was blinking when I checked into my room at New York-New York Hotel & Casino during the Strip's reopening last week. Instead...
article Bygone buffets? Las Vegas casinos consider changing the menu
(Las Vegas) -- In business, a loss leader is something sold below cost to bring in customers, who, hopefully, then buy additional goods or services. For a grocery store...
article Live music returning to Fremont Street Experience next week
(Las Vegas) -- Live music is returning to the Fremont Street Experience next week. Free shows will resume Wednesday under the Viva Vision canopy, “world’s...
article Las Vegas producer Saxe: ‘I feel we’re going to be sold out’ in reopening
(Las Vegas) -- David Saxe was born to be in showbiz, having been on a Las Vegas stage even before he was born. Unrelentingly, he says the show must go on. And that...

6/12/2020

article Casinos put safety first, but many guests ignore protocols
(Las Vegas) -- Crowded elevators. Too many gamblers surrounding a craps table. Slot players side by side. Temperature checks for some patrons, but not others. The...
article Some Las Vegas casino workers say jobs not safe as resorts reopen
(Las Vegas) -- It’s been months since Shauna McQueen has worked at the Golden Nugget. After seeing videos and photos of crowded Las Vegas casinos with a heavy mix...
article More Las Vegas Casinos Reopen, Demand 'Still Appears Low'
(Las Vegas) -- The reopening of the Las Vegas Strip has gone relatively well for casino operators since resorts began opening back up last week. Even more properties...
article Paris Las Vegas resort is reopening on June 18. See which amenities will be available
(Las Vegas) -- Another Sin City hotel-casino is reopening its doors as Nevada continues with the second phase of its reopening plans from COVID-19. Caesars Entertainment...
article Westgate hotel-casino reopening June 18, requiring masks at some tables
(Las Vegas) -- The Westgate hotel-casino has announced that it will reopen at noon on June 18. The hotel-casino has also confirmed that it will require gamblers to wear...
article Elon Musk has two Las Vegas casinos asking for Boring Company tunnels
(Las Vegas) -- Elon Musk’s Boring Company is already looking to dig more tunnels in Las Vegas, Nevada, after it finished excavating the first two under the city...
article Suspect in Strip casino cage robbery booked in Clark County jail
(Las Vegas) -- A suspect in the brazen heist of the New York-New York casino cage early Thursday has been booked at the Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of...

6/11/2020

article 'Vegas is Back': Video of Gambling Enthusiast Smoking Through Face Mask in Casino Goes Viral
(Las Vegas) -- As the world is slowly inching back towards normalcy post the coronavirus lockdown, a video of a gambler wearing a mask while smoking in Las Vegas in the...
article What mask? Las Vegas tourists act like the virus is long gone at the Cosmopolitan
(Las Vegas) -- “Why is he wearing a mask?” As I walked up to a roulette table at the Cosmopolitan on Friday night, I couldn’t help but hear the young...
article Safety Protocols Emphasized As Vegas Sportsbooks Reopen For First Time In 78 Days
(Las Vegas) -- Each May, Mark DeRosa typically makes a pilgrimage to Las Vegas to lock in favorable odds for a bevy of futures tickets months before the NFL season kicks...
article Workers slowly filtering back into jobs as more casinos reopen
(Las Vegas) -- Workers are making their way back to jobs as more resort properties open. The Excalibur Hotel & Casino will reopen Thursday and Aria and Mandalay Bay...
article 1 in custody after robbery at New York-New York casino cage
(Las Vegas) -- One person is in custody after a robbery early Thursday morning at New York-New York on the Las Vegas Strip, according to police.The robbery was reported...

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