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January 20, 2018

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Vegas has best expansion team in history of pro sports, and it’s not close

(via By Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight)

Comment The Vegas Golden Knights are only halfway through their inaugural season, and they’ve already redefined what anyone thought was possible for an NHL expansion franchise. Against all odds, the Knights are currently 29-10-3 with 61 points, good for the best record in the Western Conference — and only 4 points shy of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the best record in the entire league. It’s enough to make the Knights ...

Four buildings in Las Vegas among the world’s most expensive

The Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip as seen on Sept. 30, 2015.

(via The Mercury News)

Comment Apple Park in Cupertino, Apple’s new “spaceship” campus, tops the list of the most expensive buildings in the United States. With an estimated $5 billion price tag for construction, Apple Park tops a U.S. list of priciest buildings that includes six casinos, a Manhattan skyscraper and a baseball stadium. To see the full story, click here.

South Dakota casino employee accused of staging robberies

(via Rapid City Journal)

Comment A Rapid City casino employee has been arrested after police say he staged two robberies at the business. Carlos Guerrero, 28, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit grand theft and one count of grand theft. To see the full story, click here.

Las Vegas revives 'What happens here, stays here' campaign

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment Three months after a mass shooting that killed dozens of concert goers on the Las Vegas strip, the gambling mecca has revived a lighthearted advertising campaign that once again paints the Nevada city as a place of reckless abandon and celebration. To see the full story, click here.

Las Vegas sportsbooks lose record $11.4M on baseball in November

(via ESPN)

Comment The Houston Astros took an $11 million bite out of Las Vegas sportsbooks by winning the World Series. Nevada sportsbooks lost $11.4 million on baseball in November — the largest baseball loss in a month for the state's regulated books, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. To see the full story, click here.

Retiree wins $1.8 million on Montreal Casino slot machine

(via Global News)

Comment A retiree put $30 into a Grand Prix slot machine and walked away with $1.8 million, one of the biggest slot jackpots ever at the Montreal Casino, according to a story by The Canadian Press. To see the full story, click here.

Keely Smith, Las Vegas entertainment great, dies at 89

(via Variety)

Comment Keely Smith, the Grammy winning singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her partnership with her first husband, Louis Prima, died Dec. 16 in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 89 and had been suffering from heart failure, according to her publicist, Bob Merlis. To see the full story, click here.

Oregon’s Crosby to wear No. 58 in Las Vegas Bowl to honor shooting victims

(via Goducks.com)

Comment The son of this city will rise Saturday with a heavy heart, swelling with pride yet burdened by sorrow. Oregon senior Tyrell Crosby will close out his splendid college career in a hometown now scarred by tragedy, after the mass shooting during a country music concert on Oct. 1. The gentle giant who once worked as a ballboy for the ...

Detroit casinos see potential in sports betting

(via The Detroit News)

Comment The busiest part of Las Vegas casinos on Sunday afternoon aren’t the slots, craps, roulette or blackjack. It is the sportsbook, where people bet on pro football games. To see the full story, click here.

Nevada pardons wrongfully convicted man

(via ProPublica)

Comment The Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners granted a full pardon on Wednesday to a man who spent 21 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, delivering a clear rebuke to the Las Vegas prosecutors who had refused to recognize his innocence. “Let there be no residual stain on his record,” Nevada Supreme Court Justice Lidia Stiglich said, announcing ...

Golden Entertainment just bought the Stratosphere

The Stratosphere on Las Vegas Blvd on September 30, 2015.

(via Bloomberg)

Comment Even in Las Vegas, the land of faux pirate battles and Elvis-themed wedding chapels, the Stratosphere is something of an oddball. Conceived by poker pro Bob Stupak, the Space Needle-shaped hotel-casino featured a roller coaster and other attractions at its summit when it opened in 1996. To see the full story, click here.

She searched desperately for a man she helped after the Las Vegas shooting. Then she found him

Sheri Sletten sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment Editor's note via the Los Angeles Times: After this story was posted, the chief subject of the article, Sheri Sletten, told the Times that her account of reuniting with gunshot victim Matt Lewan after he was released from the hospital was false. That meeting did not occur. Lewan’s family says that while Sletten was present on the night Lewan was ...

Shabazz Muhammad plans to legally change his name to 'Bazz'

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad, No. 15, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer, No. 3, in action during an NBA preseason basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

(via Yahoo! Sports)

Comment Listen, sometimes you don’t really need a great reason to do something. Sometimes, it’s just time to do something. This is apparently why Shabazz Muhammad — noted Minnesota Timberwolves forward and off-the-bench bucket-getter — has decided that it is time for him to make a somewhat curious change. To see the full story, click here.

CNN: First charges filed in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed-door meeting in Washington.

(via By Pamela Brown, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN)

Comment WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter. The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources ...

Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland: This is for Las Vegas

(via The Players' Tribune)

Comment Everyone knows where they were when they heard the news. It’s one of the things that has bonded the city together in the past few weeks. I was actually asleep. We had played our final preseason game against the Sharks that night, and I had gone home and put our kids to bed. Sometimes getting them down is more of ...