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An exterior view of the Venetian in Las Vegas,Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Gambler wins $1.2 million playing Ultimate Texas Hold’em at the Venetian
June 9, 2021
A gambler at the Venetian hit a $1.2 million spade royal flush Tuesday while playing Ultimate Texas Hold’em, according to a news release. The hand triggered the “mega tier” of the Venetian’s Millionaire Progressive promotion. To win the ...
People ride an escalator along the Las Vegas Strip, Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Las Vegas.
Nevada casino winnings top $1B in April as tourists return
May 27, 2021
For the second month in a row, casinos in Nevada reported $1 billion in house winnings in April, showing signs that tourism business is returning faster to pre-pandemic levels than some experts expected.
People check out the three-story sportsbook during the opening of Circa in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.
Circa Sports to guarantee $10 million for its NFL handicapping contests
May 27, 2021
Circa Sports has upped its football handicapping game again.
An exterior view of Resorts World Las Vegas on Las Vegas Boulevard South Thursday, May 20, 2021.
Resorts World Las Vegas gets regulatory OK to open June 24
May 20, 2021
The Malaysia-based owner of one of the biggest casino projects ever on the Las Vegas Strip won regulatory approval to deal cards, roll dice and ...
Labor groups demonstrate at the Nevada Statehouse on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. They urged lawmakers to pass a bill guaranteeing workers laid off during the pandemic a "right to return" and first priority when resorts need to rehire workers.
Nevada bill would give laid-off hospitality workers first shot at jobs
May 19, 2021
Matthew Seevers was a bartender with Station Casinos for 15 years before the COVID-19 pandemic. His goal is to be there even longer. Like the vast majority of Nevada’s hospitality workforce, Seevers was ...
An Idaho woman hit a $1.25 million Wheel of Fortune jackpot at the Westgate on Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Idaho woman hits $1.25 million jackpot at Westgate
May 18, 2021
A guest at the Westgate hit a $1.25 million jackpot today on a Wheel of Fortune machine, the off-Strip resort announced. The Idaho woman hit the jackpot about 4:30 a.m. after playing less than ...
An exterior view of the Fremont casino in downtown Las Vegas, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.
Nevada regulators lift capacity restrictions for Boyd Gaming casinos
May 13, 2021
Boyd Gaming is the final major Las Vegas casino operator to announce a return to 100% capacity on its gaming floors after state regulators lifted pandemic restrictions. The Nevada Gaming Control Board ...
An exterior view of the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip Dec. 26, 2017.
MGM, Station returning to 100% occupancy at Las Vegas casinos
May 12, 2021
MGM Resorts International says casino occupancy at its nine Las Vegas Strip resorts is returning to 100% occupancy with no social distancing. The restrictions have been ...
Red Rock Resorts ready to break ground on $350 million California casino
May 11, 2021
The Las Vegas company behind bringing a new Native American casino to Madera County is close to breaking ground, according to a high-ranking official close to the project. The California State Supreme Court ...
Poker dealer Nick Diana, right, waits in line for a COVID-19 test after getting a job offer during an MGM Resorts hiring fair at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
Casinos, other businesses fight for workers amid tight Vegas labor market
May 11, 2021
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Elaine Davis of Las Vegas worked as a home health specialist, caring for developmentally disabled clients. Davis said she enjoyed the work, which she did for more than 20 years. Then COVID-19 hit, and Davis, 55, caught the virus, landing her in the hospital. Davis fully recovered, but when she decided it ...
An exterior view of Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip Dec. 26, 2017.
Caesars might sell a Las Vegas Strip resort next year, CEO says
May 5, 2021
Caesars Entertainment still plans to sell one of its eight Las Vegas Strip resorts but will wait for the market to further rebound from the coronavirus pandemic before it does, the company’s chief executive officer said. Caesars officials have said since the company’s merger with Eldorado Resorts that they plan to sell a Strip asset. “We remain convinced that ...
The Cosmopolitan appears to keep an eye on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday, March 22, 2020. .
Cosmopolitan joins Wynn Resorts properties in moving to 100% capacity
May 4, 2021
The Cosmopolitan is the latest Strip resort to have its gaming floor capacity increased to 100% after nearly a year of coronavirus restrictions. Capacity is capped ...
Kentucky Derby hopeful Known Agenda works out at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 1.
Weekend wagers: Vegas picks for the Kentucky Derby, five other sports
May 1, 2021
The best jockey in the world is atop one of racing's hottest horses from the stable of the best trainer in the game.
Slots player hits $1.2 million jackpot at downtown Las Vegas casino
April 30, 2021
A player hit a $1.2 million jackpot early today on a Buffalo Grand slot machine at The D in downtown Las Vegas. The casino, which announced the ...
An exterior view of the MGM Grand hotel-casino Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.
MGM Resorts sees increase in Strip hotel occupancy rates
April 29, 2021
Hotel occupancy at MGM Resorts International properties on the Strip is on the rise. During a quarterly earnings call Wednesday, MGM officials noted a steady increase in ...
An aerial view of the Cosmopolitan.
Slot player hits $2.1 million jackpot at Cosmpolitan
April 26, 2021
A gambler from Alaska won $2.1 million Sunday while playing a slot machine at the Cosmopolitan. The visitor hit the jackpot after inserting ...
A gambler shoots dice at a craps table on the Mohegan Sun casino floor during the grand opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021.
Las Vegas-area casinos can go to 80% capacity starting May 1
April 23, 2021
Casinos in Clark County will be allowed to move to an 80% capacity limit beginning next month, according to Nevada regulators.
Delores Raymond collected just under $240,000 after hitting a progressive jackpot while playing a Wheel of Fortune game at Palace Station.
Local hits Wheel of Fortune jackpot for nearly $240K at Palace Station
April 23, 2021
A Southern Nevada woman won more $200,000 on a slot machine Thursday at Palace Station.

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Boyd Gaming coverage

Nevada regulators lift capacity restrictions for Boyd Gaming casinos
Boyd Gaming is the final major Las Vegas casino operator to announce a return to 100% capacity on its gaming floors after state regulators lifted ...
Boyd Gaming executives upbeat after strong quarterly results
If its first quarter earnings were any indication, Boyd Gaming Corp. is well on its way back from the economic downturn seen in the casino ...
Las Vegas casinos with coin-play slots scramble as coin shortage hits US
Because of a nationwide coin shortage brought on by business closures out of COVID-19 concerns, casinos with the coin-play machines have had to scramble to ...

Harrah's Entertainment coverage

Harrah’s joins list of Caesars properties opening next week
Because of stronger-than-expected customer demand, Caesars Entertainment said today it will open a third Strip casino next week. Harrah’s will open at 11 a.m. on ...
Photos: A look inside the remodeled rooms at Harrah's on the Strip
Take one step into the newly renovated rooms at Harrah’s and the upgrades are obvious: The design appears to be bold and sophisticated tones with ...
Police investigating theft of gaming chips from Strip casino
Metro Police say they are looking for three people who stole chips from a Las Vegas Strip casino Wednesday night. Detectives are investigating the incident, ...

Las Vegas Sands coverage

'Vote of confidence': Some experts say sale of Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo shows investors are bullish on Strip’s recovery
“A $6 billion investment in a market is a vote of confidence,” said Don Snyder, the former UNLV president. “Apollo is a smart investor. They ...
Las Vegas Sands sells the Venetian, Palazzo, Sands Expo for $6.25B
In the two-part deal, VICI Properties will buy the property and all assets associated with the Venetian Resort Las Vegas and the Sands Expo for ...
Reports of Las Vegas’ death greatly exaggerated, gaming executive says
Las Vegas Sands Corp. posted a fourth-quarter loss of $299 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier, as the casino ...

MGM Mirage coverage

MGM, Station returning to 100% occupancy at Las Vegas casinos
MGM Resorts International says casino occupancy at its nine Las Vegas Strip resorts is returning to 100% occupancy with no social distancing. The restrictions have ...
MGM Resorts reinstating parking fees at Strip resorts
MGM Resorts International is going to start charging for parking again at its Strip resorts on June 1. Locals, however, will receive three hours of ...
MGM Resorts sees increase in Strip hotel occupancy rates
Hotel occupancy at MGM Resorts International properties on the Strip is on the rise. During a quarterly earnings call Wednesday, MGM officials noted a steady ...

Stations Casinos coverage

Red Rock Resorts ready to break ground on $350 million California casino
The Las Vegas company behind bringing a new Native American casino to Madera County is close to breaking ground, according to a high-ranking official close ...
Red Rock Resorts to sell Palms to California tribe for $650M
The Palms, shuttered since the onset of the the pandemic, is getting a new owner. Red Rock Resorts announced the sale agreement to the San ...
On-site vaccine shots offered to more Las Vegas casino workers
A local casino operator has joined other Las Vegas companies offering on-site coronavirus vaccine shots to hospitality workers. Station Casinos vaccination clinics ...

Wynn Resorts coverage

Cosmopolitan joins Wynn Resorts properties in moving to 100% capacity
The Cosmopolitan is the latest Strip resort to have its gaming floor capacity increased to 100% after nearly a year of coronavirus restrictions. Capacity is ...
Wynn Resorts: Employees must get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID testing
Wynn Resorts employees are being asked to show proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine by April 25. If employees do not get vaccinated, they must ...
Las Vegas resort operator interested in proposed Chicago casino
At least one Las Vegas gaming company has expressed interest in operating a proposed casino in Chicago. Wynn Resorts was among several Las Vegas-based ...