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December 7, 2016

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Chasing the room tax: Percentage tacked onto tourists’ bills has made enduring impact on valley
Monday, Aug. 1, 2016
Guests who stay in Clark County hotel rooms pay for much more than a place to sleep. Their bills include a significant tax, generally 12 percent. “It is a remarkably productive ...
NFL stadium site options narrowed to 5 priority, 3 secondary
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Five sites in the valley today emerged as leading contenders to house a proposed 65,000-seat stadium that could bring the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Backers of the stadium said the primary spots under …
Fate of the Raiders: 5 big questions about Las Vegas stadium project
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
It is still far from clear whether Southern Nevada will become the home of a 65,000-seat stadium that could bring the Oakland Raiders to the area. Numerous questions remain about the stadium project, which ...
Earnings down 30.1 percent for Las Vegas Sands
Monday, July 25, 2016
Las Vegas Sands, the casino company that operates the Venetian and Palazzo on the Strip as well as resorts in Macau and elsewhere, reported its second-quarter earnings today ...
Palms workers petition to keep jobs; new owner says they will
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Hundreds of Palms employees have signed a petition to retain their jobs, seniority and benefits when Station Casinos takes over the resort, the Culinary Union ...
Trump’s Las Vegas hotel agrees to settle labor complaint
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Donald Trump’s Las Vegas hotel has agreed to pay two workers a total of $11,200 to avoid going to trial over a labor complaint, the Culinary Union ...
CG Technology fined $1.5M for overpaying, underpaying bettors
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
CG Technology has agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine in a settlement over charges that the sports book operator underpaid or overpaid certain bettors by hundreds of thousands of …
CES leader discusses convention center expansion, high room rates
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Gary Shapiro was glad to hear that tourism officials recently approved a recommendation to fund and oversee the planned $1.4 billion expansion and renovation of …
Scouting report: Examining the pros, cons of potential NFL stadium sites
Friday, July 15, 2016
In coming weeks, stadium backers will be working to narrow a list of nine locations that have surfaced as potential sites for an NFL stadium in Las Vegas, based on such criteria as size, access and egress and land cost. A breakdown of the sites shows that all of them come with strengths and shortcomings, including ...
Station announces plans to build casino in Reno
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Las Vegas locals gaming giant Station Casinos today announced plans to build a casino in Reno on land it owns near the convention center there. The company said it has not determined when it will develop the $50 million to $70 million project. But Station filed an application Monday for a special-use permit to build on some 8 acres along South Virginia Street, across from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Station envisions ...
Regulators delay West Las Vegas gambling hall's revamp as Tokyo Casino
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
A small shuttered casino in Las Vegas’ historic West Las Vegas neighborhood could someday be transformed into a resort that would form the flagship development in ...
Committee gets more time to work out stadium details
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval today gave an 11-member tourism panel two more months to vet plans for a 65,000-seat stadium that may attract the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Sandoval signed an executive order that ...
Mobile casino tournaments launch at 9 MGM resorts
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
MGM Resorts International announced today that it has launched a mobile platform through which customers at nine of its Las Vegas resorts will be able to gamble with ...
Recommendation approved for $1.4 billion Las Vegas Convention Center project
Monday, July 11, 2016
Plans to expand and renovate the Las Vegas Convention Center took a big step forward today when, after months of analysis and debate, tourism officials approved a recommendation for the $1.4 billion undertaking. In a unanimous vote ...
Nine sites discussed for NFL stadium; cost could hit $2.1 billion
Monday, July 11, 2016
One of nine sites in Southern Nevada may one day house a 65,000-seat stadium that could bring an NFL team to the area. As officials try to get a better sense of exactly where ...
Where would the Raiders touch down in Las Vegas? Stadium sites abound
Friday, July 8, 2016
Weeks before an influential state infrastructure panel is supposed to finish vetting plans for a 65,000-seat domed football stadium, stakeholders are still grappling with a fundamental aspect of the project. Where exactly would the stadium be ...
Coming soon: Take a peek inside the Lucky Dragon
Thursday, July 7, 2016
From the main gaming floor at the Lucky Dragon, gamblers will be able to see into a kitchen where cooks will make fresh Chinese food. Upstairs, next to a dim sum restaurant ...
E-sports poised to become source of action in Las Vegas sports books
Friday, July 1, 2016
The idea that a Las Vegas casino could someday accept wagers on video game competitions might once have seemed unthinkable, but it has rapidly become a very real possibility. Already, the Strip has hosted thousands of people for major events dedicated to ...
Nevada gaming revenue down 4.53 percent in May
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Led by a steep drop on the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada gaming revenue fell more than 4 percent last month, the state reported today. The Gaming Control Board ...
Downtown Las Vegas transformation marches on as 3 throwback spots shut doors
Monday, June 27, 2016
When Mermaids, La Bayou and Girls of Glitter Gulch close today, it will mark the latest step in a transformation of downtown Las Vegas. Multiple downtown casinos have made major upgrades, while city officials have tried to make the the Fremont Street Experience cleaner and safer through restrictions on ...
Alternative stadium plan suggests $550 million in public money instead of $750 million
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The head of an influential state tourism panel today suggested slashing the amount of public money for a proposed domed football stadium by $200 million, triggering ...
Gaming pioneer Salerno seeking OK for daily fantasy sports operation
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Daily fantasy giants FanDuel and DraftKings remain out of the state, and it’s not clear if or when they will ever return. However, Nevada gambling regulators may allow sports betting pioneer Vic Salerno to bring daily fantasy sports back in a manner that ...
UNLV academic named to another gaming studies role at UNR
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
A top UNLV gambling academic has been named to a chair position at UNR in a move aimed at fostering greater collaboration between the historic collegiate rivals ...
MGM Resorts raises profit growth goal by $100 million
Thursday, June 16, 2016
MGM Resorts International said today that its initiative to cut costs and grow revenue should generate an additional $100 million annually before certain costs. The company had previously ...
Gaming association: Concerns about pro sports, casinos ‘widely overblown’
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The casino industry’s chief lobbying voice in Washington, D.C., sees an opportunity in reports this week that the NHL is ready to grant an expansion team ...
Want to be a superhero? Now you can ‘train’ to be one at Treasure Island
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Treasure Island is now home to an interactive attraction that takes visitors on a journey through the Avengers superhero franchise ...
Reduced to rubble: Riviera’s Monaco Tower imploded
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The most prominent portion of the once-glamorous Riviera, the first high-rise on the Las Vegas Strip, has been wiped off the map to make way for something new. Shortly after 2:30 a.m., the Riviera's 24-story Monaco Tower met a splashy and swift ...
Au revoir, Riviera: Here’s a spectator’s guide to Tuesday’s implosion
Monday, June 13, 2016
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Las Vegas Strip will repeat an act it has staged many times before: an implosion at an old resort to make way for something new. This time it’s the Riviera, and Tuesday’s implosion of the Monaco Tower is the first ...
Celebrating the Las Vegas showgirl: An icon lives on in one group’s evolving passion project
Monday, June 13, 2016
In the Rat Pack-era neighborhood of Paradise Palms, one house is an entertainment sanctuary. Among thousands of artifacts are many treasures pulled from the historic showgirl extravaganzas of the Strip. But the collectors learned that it’s not all glamorous when a home becomes a museum.
Former L.V. mayor spotlights glaring lack of women in top gaming jobs
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Jan Jones Blackhurst stood in a large ballroom at the Mirage on Wednesday and showed an image that she said illustrated a critical issue for the casino industry ...
Mirage ‘changed everything’: How integrated resorts can remain dynamic
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The casino industry has evolved a lot since the Mirage’s transformational debut in 1989, but resorts still have room to grow to keep up with today’s customers. That was one of the key messages delivered during a series of public discussions held Tuesday at the Mirage as part of a major weeklong academic conference on ...
Wynn says he doesn’t understand nightclubs, loves nongaming revenue
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Steve Wynn said today that he thinks young people probably waste too much time on social media and that he’s not a huge supporter of “the nightclub crowd.” The casino mogul ...
First of 2 Riviera hotel towers set to come down June 14
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
he first of two hotel tower implosions at the Riviera will take place June 14, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said today. The authority announced that the shuttered hotel-casino’s Monaco Tower will ...
Boyd Gaming selling its stake in the Borgata to MGM
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Boyd Gaming Corp. is selling its 50 percent interest in the Borgata casino in Atlantic City to MGM Resorts International, the companies announced today. The $900 million deal will put the New Jersey casino entirely in the control of MGM Resorts, which already owns the other half. But the corporate maneuvers ...
IGT reports higher revenue but greater loss in 1st quarter
Friday, May 27, 2016
Slot machine and lottery company International Game Technology reported its first-quarter earnings this week. IGT said its revenue growth, using the more comparable 4 percent figure, was mainly reflective of “strong lottery performance, particularly in ...
Old Riviera site pitched for proposed NFL stadium
Thursday, May 26, 2016
A top Las Vegas Sands Corp. executive said today that the proposed 65,000-seat football stadium his company is pushing for may end up being built on the Strip. When plans for ...
Las Vegas Sands unveils plan to build 17,500-seat concert venue
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Las Vegas Sands Corp. today announced plans for a new 17,500-seat live music venue behind its Strip resorts, a move that will add yet another dimension to ...
Nevada regulators approve $2 million fine against Las Vegas Sands
Thursday, May 19, 2016
State regulators today approved a $2 million fine against Las Vegas Sands Corp. that stemmed from past allegations of accounting problems with the casino operator’s business in ...
$4 billion Resorts World project gets key approval
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Resorts World Las Vegas took a big step forward today when Nevada gaming officials gave a key regulatory approval to the $4 billion project. The Nevada Gaming Commission ...
Stratosphere operator among 8 new members of casino trade group
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The casino industry’s Washington, D.C.-based trade group announced today it has added eight new members, including multiple companies from Las Vegas. The American Gaming Association said ...
3 takeaways from casino industry’s latest huddle on anti-money laundering
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Tuesday’s conference provided another window the important realm of what casinos do to fight money laundering, and what can happen when things go wrong. Here's a glimpse into ...
At wedding chapel, seeds of love find fertile new ground
Monday, May 16, 2016
Riviera’s wedding chapel has been successful downtown after relocating in the Plaza. One year after the Riviera closed its doors on the north end of the Strip, a small part of it is living a strong second life downtown. Greg and Marina Welch, who for years owned the Riviera’s wedding chapel, are at the helm of the Plaza’s chapel now. They …
L.V. leaders hot on getting NFL team, aren’t sold on public funding for stadium
Friday, May 13, 2016
Backers of a proposed 65,000-seat football stadium have presented local tourism leaders with a tricky question: How badly do they want to bring an NFL team to Las Vegas?
Station Casinos official calls Palms a ‘compelling strategic addition’ to casino empire
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Station’s first-quarter results come on the heels of significant huge transactions ...
MGM Resorts parking to stay free for locals through Dec. 29
Thursday, May 12, 2016
MGM Resorts International will start introducing paid parking across its Las Vegas hotels June 6, but the casino operator said today that Nevada residents won’t be charged to self-park for more than …
Las Vegas Sands agrees to $2 million fine from Nevada gaming regulators
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Las Vegas Sands has agreed to pay a $2 million state fine due to previous federal-level allegations of accounting violations in China and anti-money-laundering failures in Las Vegas. The Gaming Control Board said ...
Station Casinos picks up Palms, near Strip, for $312.5 million
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Station Casinos said Tuesday that it is buying the off-Strip Palms resort for $312.5 million, yet another recent example of locals-oriented casino operator expanding in the valley. Red Rock Resorts Inc., Station’s new corporate name following its recent initial public offering, announced that ...
Agreement transfers ownership of Cashman Center back to city
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Local tourism officials today signed off on an agreement that paves the way for ownership of the Cashman Center to eventually transfer back to ...
Optimistic economic outlook brings locals back into the game
Monday, May 9, 2016
Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. is buying three more casinos, and Station Casinos raised more than $531 million in its long-awaited initial public offering. Boyd's moves placed a heavy bet on locals, and Station's success speaks highly of where Southern Nevada ...
Golden Entertainment grows revenue, eyes Pennsylvania expansion
Friday, May 6, 2016
Golden Entertainment, the Las Vegas-based company that operates casinos and slot machine routes in Nevada and elsewhere, in addition to a major tavern chain, reported its first-quarter earnings this week.

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