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Wynn, who has an early winner, plans an Encore
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005
Business at Wynn Las Vegas has been so strong that Steve Wynn says he'll begin building his next Las Vegas hotel in the spring.
Columnist Jeff Simpson: On more use of private gaming areas
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005
For the past couple of years the only news that was made in the handful of Strip private gaming areas was about how they were almost never used.
Columnist Jeff Simpson: Station is eager for a local casino location in NLV
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005
Casino industry insiders have long believed that Station Casinos will have the inside track when it comes time for a casino operator to partner with the developer of Aliante in North Las Vegas.
Columnist Jeff Simpson: Why Lanni's legacy may be diversity
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005
One of MGM Mirage Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Lannis lasting legacies will be his industry-leading efforts to diversify the company's management ranks, contractors and vendors.
Columnist Jeff Simpson: A poor start for Landry's chairman
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005
Landry's Restaurants Chairman Tilman Fertitta has owned the Golden Nugget for six weeks, and the Texan is rapidly making an impression in Las Vegas.
Wynn, Landry's war of words
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005
What we've got here is a failure to communicate.
Columnist Jeff Simpson: Landry's in hot water with Wynn
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005
Fertitta's Landry's Restaurants bought the properties last month.
The Palms' Hardwood Suite fiasco
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005
The invitations promised "a special appearance by members of the Sacramento Kings and the Sacramento Kings dance team" at Thursday's party at the Palms.
Columnist Jeff Simpson: MGM, Lanni just keep growing
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005
The state's biggest employer and taxpayer has four huge projects on its plate, but Lanni and his brain trust are already gameplanning the company's next wave of development.
Why the Barbary Coast site is so key to the future of Boyd Gaming
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005
Many have speculated that industry kingpin Harrah's Entertainment would do whatever it takes to acquire the property, which lies smack-dab in the middle of its collection of casinos near the Strip's intersection with Flamingo Road.
Columnist Jeff Simpson: The scoop on Gaughan's latest property
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005
You see it on the Strip, where palaces like Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio and the Venetian capture ever larger chunks of the tourist dollar; in the locals market, where Strip-quality properties like Green Valley Ranch blow their competitors away, and even in the slot-bar market.
Culinary, Wynn in pact for 10 years
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005
Wynn Las Vegas and the Culinary Union have agreed to a unique 10-year contract that will keep wages of the property's maids, porters, food-service workers and bartenders at least as high as any other union hotel on the Strip.
Columnist Jeff Simpson: Steve Wynn's prospects in Singapore, Station Casinos' plans in Reno and more
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005
The framework of Wynn's $1 billion resort in Macau, on schedule to open Sept. 1, is largely built, and he believes Singapore officials will take note of the quality of his projects, including Wynn Macau, Wynn Las Vegas and the hotels he built and then sold, including Bellagio and the Mirage.
Feedback on resort positive, Wynn says
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Steve Wynn said Tuesday that the public's reaction to his $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas has been better than at any property he's opened before.
Wynn offers inside look at new resort
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Wynn Las Vegas opens to the public in less than nine days, and the inside of the $2.7 billion megaresort already looks spectacular.
Ruffin plans high-end resort to replace his New Frontier
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Reflecting the skyrocketing value of land on the Las Vegas Strip and the high-priced neighboring resorts he'll be competing with, the owner of the New Frontier plans to spend $1.3 billion or more to build a new hotel and casino on the site.
Wynn boasts high-tech slot floor
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005
One of the biggest advantages enjoyed by a brand-new casino is the opportunity to offer fresh gaming products, particularly on the slot floor.
Wynn hoping to make megaresort feel smaller
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005
Steve Wynn's almost ready to show off his $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas, and the developer thinks it's the little things that will distinguish his property from the competition.
Wynn seeks Macau expansion as Las Vegas opening looms
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004
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Wynn set to start taking job applications for new resort
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004
More than 125,000 of the city's best workers are expected to apply for jobs at Steve Wynn's new $2.4 billion Strip resort.
Gaming Commissioner's stint as alternate delegate questioned
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004
A member of the Nevada Gaming Commission is serving as an alternate delegate to this week's Republican National Convention in New York City, despite a state law barring members of the five-person panel from serving as members of political conventions.
Gaming Commission member serving as alternate delegate
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004
A member of the Nevada Gaming Commission is serving as an alternate delegate to this week's Republican National Convention in New York City, despite a state law barring members of the five-person panel from serving as members of political conventions.
Wynn: Disneyland casino reports overblown
Friday, Aug. 20, 2004
Steve Wynn said Thursday that media reports linking him to plans to develop a tribal casino near Disneyland in Orange County, Calif., are exaggerated.
Sandoval helps Powell at OAS meeting
Friday, June 11, 2004
Nevada Attorney General Brian Sandoval was drafted last weekend by the White House for a special diplomatic mission, the state official said Thursday evening.
Wynn says 'Avenue Q' will enrich experience
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Steve Wynn has lured the winner of the Tony Award for best musical to Las Vegas, the Strip casino-resort developer announced Wednesday.
State, federal regulators would review deal
Monday, June 7, 2004
Federal and state officials would definitely review an MGM MIRAGE combination with Mandalay Resort Group on potential antimonopoly grounds.
Next DI implosion planned
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
It's almost time again for one of Las Vegas' most impressive spectacles -- a hotel implosion.
Harvard study says college gambling worries overblown
Thursday, April 15, 2004
A new Harvard survey of student gambling patterns shows that college students don't face a higher risk of gambling problems than other adults, the National Center for Responsible Gaming announced Wednesday.
Retiring Boyd president to focus on civic affairs
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Boyd Gaming Corp. President Don Snyder this morning said his planned retirement next March from his duties at the casino operator will allow him to work to fund a University of Nevada, Las Vegas capital campaign and to bring a performing arts center to the city.
Wynn remains skeptical of British opportunities
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Las Vegas Strip casino-resort developer Steve Wynn isn't a believer in the supposed untapped power of the United Kingdom gaming market.
Ellis Island, Tuscany in deal
Monday, April 12, 2004
The Ellis Island Casino & Brewery in Las Vegas has agreed to invest in its around-the-corner neighbor, the Tuscany Suites and Casino Resort, and plans to take over management of the Tuscany's casino after getting an OK from Nevada gaming regulators, Ellis Island's lawyer said Friday.
Recording studio set for Palms expansion
Friday, April 9, 2004
George Maloof says it is still too early to release much detail about his long-awaited expansion plan for his Palms hotel-casino in Las Vegas, but on Thursday announced that a recording studio would be built as part of the hotel expansion project.
Impressive gaming win reported in February
Thursday, April 8, 2004
Nevada's 347 casinos won $876 million from gamblers in February, the third best monthly haul in history and up 15.9 percent compared with the $756.1 million won in February 2003, the state Gaming Control Board reported this morning.
Castaways deal paves way for reopening
Thursday, April 8, 2004
A trio of local casino operators has a tentative deal to buy and reopen the Castaways hotel-casino near downtown Las Vegas, prospective buyer Randy Miller said this morning.
Wynn to open with union
Monday, April 5, 2004
Las Vegas Strip casino-resort developer Steve Wynn expects his Wynn Las Vegas will open next April with union maids, food-service workers and porters.
Casinos staying in as poker popularity grows
Friday, April 2, 2004
Las Vegas casinos are scrambling to parlay the soaring popularity of poker into new revenue and customers.
Binion's reopens to fanfare
Friday, April 2, 2004
Two-and-a-half months after its forced Jan. 9 closing, Binion's Horseshoe reopened Thursday afternoon to a celebration on Fremont Street and renewed action in one of downtown's most storied casinos.
Las Vegas operators pitch St. Louis casino proposals
Thursday, April 1, 2004
Three Las Vegas-based casino operators looking to build a new St. Louis-area casino are in Missouri today, taking state officials on tours of their planned casino sites.
Gamblers dodging road construction
Monday, March 29, 2004
Las Vegas locals casino operators know their customers.
Barrick takes over downtown casinos
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Barrick Gaming Corp. executives took control of the Plaza, Las Vegas Club, Western and Gold Spike hotel-casinos shortly after midnight this morning.
Gaughan changeover leaves workers a little melancholy
Thursday, March 25, 2004
For the hundreds of folks staffing the Plaza, Las Vegas Club, Gold Spike and Western casinos this morning, the sentiment about their hotels' former owner was clear.
Fight over Strip casinos' parking spaces breaks out
Friday, March 19, 2004
A battle brewing between Strip kingpins Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson revolves around parking spaces.
Slot bar machines shut down
Friday, March 19, 2004
Nevada gaming regulators forced a three-year-old West Sahara Avenue bar to turn off its slot machines Thursday afternoon after the club's owner failed to pay his quarterly slot licensing fees on time.
Public protests suggestive billboards
Friday, March 19, 2004
A couple of hundred Southern Nevadans concerned about sexually suggestive billboards showed up at Thursday's Nevada Gaming Commission meeting, hoping their anger about the larger-than-life ads inspires regulators to reign in casino billboard excess.
Strip club owner answers gaming regulators' charge
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Olympic Garden strip-club owner Pete Eliades plans to fight an effort by Nevada gaming regulators to punish him for allegedly selling a 50 percent stake in his Las Vegas Boulevard hot spot.
Wynn settles dispute with DI Estates homeowners
Monday, March 15, 2004
A $23 million deal is expected to settle four years of acrimony and lawsuits between Steve Wynn and the 10 remaining Desert Inn Estates homeowners who had refused to sell the resort developer their residences.
Union merger upsetting gentlemen's agreements
Monday, March 15, 2004
MGM Grand's nonunion North Las Vegas laundry is in the crosshairs of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees and its president, Bruce Raynor.
Fremont Street Experience recoups dues
Monday, March 15, 2004
The Fremont Street Experience received a multimillion dollar check from Harrah's Entertainment Inc. on Thursday that settled the association's longstanding battle to recover unpaid dues from Binion's Horseshoe.
New Binion's owner plans to target 'hard-core' gamblers
Friday, March 12, 2004
Hard-core gamblers will be MTR Gaming Group's target market when it takes over operation of downtown Las Vegas' Binion's Horseshoe from Harrah's Entertainment Inc. a year or more from now, company executives told investors and analysts on a call today.
Strip pushes gaming win up
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Thanks to a robust Chinese New Year performance on the Strip, Nevada's 349 casinos won $882.1 million from gamblers in January, up 4.4 percent from $844.9 million in January 2003, the state Gaming Control Board reported today.

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