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July 21, 2019

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Bryan Horwath

Gaming reporter

Bryan came to the Las Vegas Sun from Wichita, Kan., where he worked as a reporter for the Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Business Journal. After growing up in western Wisconsin and graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Bryan got his first full-time reporting job in 2007 and worked for a handful of newspapers in the Midwest for the next decade. He also holds a master’s degree in mass communication from South Dakota State University.

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Ike’s opens 1st Las Vegas restaurant with $100 sandwich
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Now open on the Strip at the Fashion Show Mall, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches features a high roller menu complete with a $100 sandwich named for Howard Hughes. Ike’s owner Ike Shehadeh said the ...
Hearing over cannabis licenses likely to extend into August
Thursday, July 18, 2019
A hearing over an injunction to stop the state’s retail marijuana licensing process recessed for the week today and may not pick up again until August. Three witnesses involved in the injunction lawsuit brought against the ...
Marijuana official describes 'very real damages' during cannabis licensing hearing
Monday, July 15, 2019
A marijuana industry executive testified Monday that his company is losing up to $1.5 million per month because of a cannabis license injunction hearing that could go into August ...
Judge signals possible end to Nevada marijuana license hearing next week
Friday, July 12, 2019
Deonne Contine, the former director of the Nevada Department of Taxation, testified on Friday during a retail marijuana licensing hearing that there wasn’t anything wrong with how her department established cannabis business enforcement rules ...
In testimony, ex-tax department boss defends cannabis-licensing practices
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The former director of the Nevada Department of Taxation on Thursday defended the division’s process for selecting recipients of retail cannabis licenses in 2018 ...
Testimony in cannabis licensing case turns to application wording
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
A Nevada regulator said it would have been a mistake if the state failed to properly instill a voter mandate into a licensing process for retail marijuana businesses ...
After California quakes, Las Vegas homeowners wonder if they're underinsured
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
While no major damage has been reported in the Las Vegas area from the recent seismic jolts, many residents felt the activity and were unnerved. Nevada has had 76 ...
Man wins nearly $1.5 million jackpot playing Three Card Poker
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
A guest at Caesars Palace won a nearly $1.5 million jackpot Monday while playing Three Card Poker. The man won $1.46 million after being dealt ...
Las Vegas home prices called 'surprisingly stable' after June bump
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Local home prices are trending up. The median price for a home sold in Southern Nevada in June was $304,000, up just slightly from May, according to a report released today by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. The figure, which is up nearly 5% from June 2018, represents ...
Las Vegas center continues founder’s vision for problem gambling treatment
Monday, July 8, 2019
Last month, the Dr. Robert Hunter International Problem Gaming Center hosted an event to announce the rebranding of the nonprofit organization, formerly known simply as ...
Free museum admission for Bank of America cardholders
Friday, July 5, 2019
For those looking to explore some Las Vegas museums on the cheap this weekend, Bank of America is offering some options. As part of its Museums on Us program, the bank is offering ...
Las Vegas home resale prices stagnant; rental rates up
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Las Vegas home values aren’t appreciating like they have been in recent years, and a reversal doesn’t seem to be on the horizon. Southern Nevada ranks ...
VSiN sports betting show now on MSG Network
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
A Vegas Stats & Information Network-produced TV show is now available on the MSG Network. According to a news release, VSiN’s “Follow the Money” sports ...
Former Nellis Bullseye editor loses battle with liver disease
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
A former editor of the old Nellis Bullseye military base newspaper died Monday in Illinois. Rob Murphy, 54, had battled liver disease, his widow, Lora Murphy, said. The Murphys spent several years in Southern Nevada in the 1980s when ...
State cannabis official reaffirms fairness of application process in his last day on stand
Monday, July 1, 2019
During his final day on the witness stand Monday, an official with the Nevada Department of Taxation reiterated that state officials and third-party evaluators were fair in their handling and scoring of retail cannabis license applications last year …
Year ahead critical for expansion of sports betting, AGA president says
Monday, July 1, 2019
During his first year as president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, Bill Miller has had a full plate. Since January, he’s been busy making rounds and developing relationships with ...
Union Village vision in Henderson becoming a reality
Monday, July 1, 2019
Amid a collection of large and expensive projects progressing in the Las Vegas Valley, one seems to have existed a bit under the radar. A city within a city in Henderson continues to go up east of U.S. 95 near Central Church. It’s called Union Village, and it’s already home to Henderson Hospital and an upscale apartment complex called The Well, which has about 400 units. In the coming months and years, plans are for ...
Family casino business catapults to gaming giant
Friday, June 28, 2019
In the 1970s, Gary Carano wouldn’t have imagined his family’s company would one day be the talk of the gaming industry. But nearly a half century after his father, the ...
Howard Hughes Corp. mulls possible sale amid lagging stock price
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Because of its stagnant stock price, real estate developer Howard Hughes Corp. could be for sale soon. The company’s board of directors indicated it will enter into ...
SLS Las Vegas to restore familiar Sahara identity with name change
Thursday, June 27, 2019
“Sahara is such a recognizable name. It’s a name that’s embedded in the city and in the lore of the city, but we’re not looking back so much as looking forward.”
Developer breaks ground on off-Strip hotel
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
A Las Vegas company broke ground today on a 24-story nongaming hotel near the Strip. The 284-room Delta Hotels property by Marriott is under construction at Valley View Boulevard and ...
Ohio man dealt $1 million hand at the Venetian
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Another lucky player has hit Millionaire Progressive pay dirt. Sean Barry, a visitor from Ohio, was playing Three Card Poker at the Venetian when ...
TI owner Phil Ruffin interested in buying the right Caesars property
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin said he’d be interested in buying another Strip casino if a Caesars property becomes available in the company's just-announced merger with Eldorado Resorts. Eldorado said Monday it was buying Caesars in a $17.3 billion cash-and-stock deal that would create the largest ...
Why this California tech company moved here and what it means for Las Vegas
Monday, June 24, 2019
When the owners and operators of a Northern California tech startup decided they wanted a fresh start in a new city, Las Vegas seemed like it would be a good landing spot. Las Vegas has attributes that appealed to Knight and the rest of the Terbine leadership, such as ...
Regulator: Nevada cannabis licensing process not impacted by outings with applicants
Thursday, June 20, 2019
A top Nevada marijuana regulator said Thursday that outings with representatives of businesses seeking coveted cannabis retail licenses didn’t taint the state’s selection process ...
Nevada official insists marijuana retail licensing process was fair
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The head of Nevada’s marijuana enforcement division said Wednesday that mistakes could have happened during the state’s cannabis retail licensing process last year ...
State official: No regrets over how cannabis licenses were awarded
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Even if Nevada had a mulligan, it wouldn’t change the procedures followed last year when issuing retail marijuana licenses. That was part of the testimony ...
Why North Las Vegas is so excited about new master-planned community
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Valley Vista, a new master-planned community in North Las Vegas, will include an elementary school and commercial plots across 600 acres of planned development ...
Boyd Gaming exec Bill Noonan announces upcoming retirement
Monday, June 17, 2019
Longtime Boyd Gaming executive Bill Noonan is set to retire. Noonan, 67, informed the company last week that he will step down July 31 from his position as ...
Tech advances help bolster Las Vegas hospitality businesses
Monday, June 17, 2019
With mobile apps now a regular part of daily life, it makes sense that one would be dedicated to helping organizations find short-term employees. Enter Instawork, a gig worker app geared toward the hospitality sector.

Las Vegas luxury homebuilder undeterred by horrific wreck
Monday, June 17, 2019
While walking through perhaps his most exquisite masterpiece, homebuilder Ranny McKee couldn’t help but take a moment to admire his work. “Even for the homes I build, this one was over the top,” McKee said of the house he built in Seven Hills for Las Vegas businessman Mark Lindsey. A stunner even by ...
Player hits $1 million jackpot hand at Palazzo
Friday, June 14, 2019
A lucky player at the Palazzo added more than $1 million to their net worth this week. An anonymous gambler playing Ultimate Texas Hold'em this week made a diamond royal flush to win ...
Sisolak to start process of choosing Cannabis Compliance Board members
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Gov. Steve Sisolak plans to start the vetting process for possible Cannabis Compliance Board members in the coming weeks ...
State official says temp workers capably screened marijuana license applicants
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Steve Gilbert defended a group of eight temporary employees contracted from Manpower who helped the state decipher and grade more than 450 applications last fall ...
Dispensary executive: ‘State made its best effort’ in Nevada licensing process
Monday, June 10, 2019
Andrew Jolley, an executive with Nevada Organic Remedies, said it wasn’t his job to analyze how the Nevada Department of Taxation graded applications for cannabis dispensary licenses ...
Summerlin’s Tanager apartments garnering interest ahead of opening
Monday, June 10, 2019
For millennial Zac Zaher, convenience and community are important traits he looks for in a housing complex. A local commercial real estate broker, Zaher, 30, has no ...
Hearing over disputed marijuana licenses in Nevada set to resume
Sunday, June 9, 2019
A judge will continue a hearing this week to decide whether Nevada should be blocked from granting dozens of retail marijuana licenses, after losing applicants complained that the scoring system used to determine the winners was ...
Report: Southern Nevada home appreciation continues to lag
Friday, June 7, 2019
Las Vegas-area homes are appreciating at their lowest rate in the past seven years. That’s according to numbers released this week from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. For May, and for the third consecutive month, median existing home prices in Southern Nevada continued to hover around the $300,000 mark. The year-over-year increase of just under ...
Pai gow poker jackpot hits at Paris Las Vegas for $1.64 million
Thursday, June 6, 2019
A table games player at Paris Las Vegas this morning hit a $1.64 million pai gow poker progressive jackpot.
Big numbers for World Series of Poker opening weekend
Thursday, June 6, 2019
The World Series of Poker is more popular than ever. That’s based on the number of entries into the WSOP’s 50th anniversary opening weekend tournament, dubbed the Big 50. The $500 buy-in tournament had more than ...
The future of backyard pools in Las Vegas
Thursday, June 6, 2019
One big trend is the vanishing edge, where water flows over an edge to give the appearance of a body of water with no boundary. It’s called a negative edge pool.
El Dorado Cantina opening second Las Vegas location
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
El Dorado Cantina will soon have a second Las Vegas Valley location. The Mexican restaurant is expected to open late this summer at Tivoli Village on the valley’s west side, according to ...
Aviators attendance best in Triple-A, even better than this MLB team
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Baseball in Downtown Summerlin appears to be a hit as the Las Vegas Aviators are leading all Triple-A franchises in attendance through the initial 28 games at the new Las Vegas Ballpark. In fact, not only are the Aviators drawing better than ...
Builder picked for MSG Sphere at the Venetian
Monday, June 3, 2019
AECOM was the general contractor for Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena and built Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which hosted the Super Bowl in February ...
Vintage Vegas: Ellis Island's 90-year-old pit boss has seen it all
Monday, June 3, 2019
Pit boss Irving “Pete” Berger diligently walks around the table games area at Ellis Island monitoring the action with his hands clasped behind his back. Berger is in his element. He ...
Plaza renovation another piece of downtown’s renaissance pie
Monday, June 3, 2019
A trip to Fremont Street these days will offer views of the first ground-up casino to be built Downtown in decades.

MGM Resorts cutting 557 jobs in final round of layoffs
Thursday, May 30, 2019
MGM Resorts International announced today it is eliminating 557 more jobs in a “second and final round” of layoffs as part of a company reorganization.
Gaming and cannabis industries remain far apart in Nevada
Thursday, May 30, 2019
The biggest issue is that the federal government still considers marijuana to be an illegal drug, at least recreationally ...
Report: Lake Mead visitors spent about $336 million in 2018
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Visitor spending around Lake Mead National Recreation Area held steady last year, according to a report from the National Park Service. The report, released Tuesday, estimated that Lake Mead visitors spent about $336 million within a 60-mile radius around the park in 2018. That figure matches the ...
Wynn Resorts backs CEO Maddox, pays Massachusetts fines
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The Wynn Resorts board of directors today fired back at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which last month decided to fine Wynn CEO Matt Maddox. On April 30, the commission levied a ...