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December 16, 2017

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Thomas Moore


Thomas Moore is a long-time Las Vegan, a UNLV graduate and was news editor at UNLV’s student newspaper the Rebel Yell. He was the police reporter at the Henderson Home News, a Greenspun Media Group newspaper, before covering banking, real estate, media and gaming for the Las Vegas Business Press. After many lost years in corporate America, he headed back to journalism, first as a content producer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and now as the Las Vegas Sun’s gaming reporter.

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Viva Aerobus adding nonstop flights from Mexico City to Las Vegas
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Just past noon Saturday, travelers from Mexico City will start arriving in Las Vegas via new nonstop service on budget airline Viva Aerobus. At a news conference to announce the new route, officials with ...
17-story hotel under construction next to Palms on Flamingo Road
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Construction is underway on a 17-story non-gaming hotel on Flamingo Road, next door to the Palms resort just west of the Las Vegas Strip. The project, called 3883 Flamingo, sits on almost 9 acres and will include multifamily housing and retail, according to the developer, CAI Investments, which hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday. Tenants at the site will include ...
Room rates, table game prices on the Strip fluctuate widely during holidays
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Prices for hotel rooms and at casino tables in Las Vegas traditionally surge and recede during the holidays, but at least one pricing expert says technology may eventually allow resorts to attract the best-spending customers and worry less about empty rooms. Anthony Curtis, a consumer blogger and publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor who has tracked room rates on the Las Vegas Strip for 27 years, says ...
Wynn Resorts buying site of former New Frontier on Strip
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Wynn Resorts announced today it is buying 38 acres of land on the Strip across from the Wynn Las Vegas and the Encore. Most of the land — 34 acres — is on the site of the ...
Design contract OK’d for expansion of Las Vegas Convention Center
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors signed off today on a contract for the firm designing a 1.4 million-square-foot expansion of ...
Burnett leaving Nevada Gaming Control Board
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Burnett said he will be work with gaming issues in his new position but can’t appear before the control board or Gaming Commission for a year because of state lobbyist laws ...
Big eats: Your guide to Las Vegas' monstrous food challenges
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Las Vegas is easily one of the most indulgent restaurant cities in the world. If you can foot the big bill, there’s no style of cuisine unavailable and no limits to the ...
IGT adds stimulating dimension to slot machine
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
From the very beginning, slot machines — with fast-spinning reels and the sound of coins clattering into metal buckets — were designed to excite the senses and hopefully drive players to bet more. Today, slot makers are hoping new technology will make games even more immersive. One example is IGT’s new 4-D Sphinx slot ...
Quirks, habits of international visitors explored at Governor’s Tourism Summit
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Travel tendencies of international tourists were among the discussion topics on the second day of the Governor’s Summit on Tourism at the Flamingo Las Vegas. ...
Funds OK’d for tourism in Nevada’s rural areas
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
The Nevada Commission on Tourism approved $660,000 in grants to help promote tourism in the rural areas of the state during its quarterly meeting on Monday. ...
Doubling down on meeting spaces keeps Las Vegas at forefront in competition for visitor dollars
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
By investing in convention space, MGM and its competitors aren’t just taking advantage of a lucrative customer base. They’re helping to ensure Las Vegas stays a step ahead of rivals such as Orlando, Fla., Chicago and New York, as well as up-and-coming locations like San Diego, New Orleans and Nashville, Tenn.
LVCVA says mass shooting slowed Las Vegas tourism in October
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Visitor volume to Las Vegas dropped by 4.2 percent after the Oct. 1 shooting, while convention business remained strong, according to numbers released today by the ...
Gaming revenue up slightly in wake of October shooting
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
In the first statewide numbers released since the Oct. 1 shooting, gaming revenue rose almost everywhere in Nevada except on the Las Vegas Strip, according to ...
Renowned Chandelier bar refreshed to fit in with other changes at Cosmopolitan
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
The Chandelier bar, the crystal-festooned centerpiece of the Cosmopolitan, has received a few upgrades recently, a facelift that management says blends it with other ongoing tweaks at the resort over the last few years. The eye-catching strands of crystals that give the multilevel lounge its distinctive theme aren’t going away, but the changes include new furniture, colors and ...
How to reduce Thanksgiving travel stress
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Because of the high expectations, tight schedules and long journeys, holiday travel can be an exercise in frustration. But local transportation authorities say a small amount of preparation and a healthy dose of patience can go a long way to make the experience easier. ...
Station files objections to Green Valley Ranch union election
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Station Casinos filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board this week, saying Culinary Union organizers tried to coerce Green Valley Ranch employees into ...
Gaming panel grills casino software company exec before rejecting application
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
The Nevada Gaming Commission grilled executives and attorneys of gaming software company Table Trac on Thursday, accusing an executive and an attorney representing the company of ignoring the instructions the commission gave at an earlier meeting. After a contentious hearing, the commission voted to reject the application ...
MGM likely to focus on Strip remodels rather than new U.S. casinos, CEO says
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
MGM Resorts International is done building new casinos in the U.S. and will likely spend future development dollars on remodeling its Strip properties in the same way it’s remodeling Monte Carlo, the company’s CEO says. MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said in a recent conference call that with the exception of a potential casino in Japan, the company ...
LVCVA chooses architect for LV Convention Center expansion
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board on Tuesday chose an architect for the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion, reviewed ...
Industry experts share big trends and seasonal consumer habits tied to traditional retail
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
The local office of commercial real estate giant CBRE brought together real estate, retail and economic experts from their national and local offices recently, to speak to the media and review economic trends for the holidays and the coming year. Here are five takeaways from the discussion. ...
Mandalay Bay staff reduction result of Oct. 1 shooting attack
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
MGM Resorts International is laying off workers at Mandalay Bay because of the economic effects of the Oct. 1 shooting ...
Green Valley Ranch workers vote to join union
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
A third Station Casinos property in Las Vegas is now a union shop after workers at Green Valley Ranch voted Nov. 8-9 to join the Culinary Workers local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165. According to a statement released ...
Golden's third-quarter net revenue rises 3.9 percent
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
Golden Entertainment, which finished the acquisition of Stratosphere on Oct. 23, reported third-quarter earnings Wednesday. ...
Zipline to be added to the Linq in 2018
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
Caesars Entertainment is building a zipline that will run from a 122-foot launch tower near the Las Vegas Strip 1,080 feet to the base of the High Roller Observation Wheel at the Linq, the company announced today. The zipline attraction will be named the Fly Linq and will be able to carry 10 people at once over the Linq Promenade, the open-air mall situated between ...
MGM’s Murren: Shooting, marketing pause will have impact on fourth quarter
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
MGM is reporting third-quarter net income of $149.1 million, its first quarterly financial report since a deadly mass shooting at its Mandalay Bay property in early October. The shooting did not ...
LV Convention Center expansion design expected to advance today
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
The massive expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center could take a step forward today if the winner of a design competition passes the next hurdle in the process ...
The lasting effects of war: Federal government cleaning up WWII munitions in Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
Just a short walk from the 215 Beltway and not far from residential neighborhoods and a casino, lie shell casings, .50-caliber bullets and crumpled practice bombs.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels looking to expand to Las Vegas
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Virgin Hotels, part of the Virgin Group founded by billionaire Richard Branson, could soon be entering the Las Vegas market, likely purchasing an existing hotel property. A spokeswoman for Virgin Hotels company confirmed the company was looking at ...
Caesars chief: Strip tragedy will not affect Caesars overall financial results
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
In comments at the start of the call, Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora said the effect of the shooting would not affect Caesars overall financial results ...
Caesars donates used furniture to Harvey victims, Habitat for Humanity
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Caesars Entertainment is donating hundreds of pieces of used furniture from the Flamingo and Bally’s Las Vegas to victims of Hurricane Harvey and to a local Habitat for Humanity store. ...
Nevada gaming revenue up 3.25 percent in September
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
State gaming revenue was up 3.25 percent — $948,991,121 to $979,859,876 — in September compared to same month a year ago, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Revenue rose 4.67 percent at ...
Caesars Entertainment to begin charging locals for parking
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Las Vegas locals will now have to pay for parking at Caesars Entertainment properties on the Strip, the company announced late Friday night ...
Long-dormant Stirling Club to be auctioned next month
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
The Stirling Club, the long-closed haunt of Las Vegas cognoscenti, will be auctioned early next month. ...
Wynn: Shooter Paddock was unremarkable customer
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
CEO Steve Wynn spoke about mass shooter Stephen Paddock, security and the business effects of the tragedy as well as plans for his new lagoon development in a wide-ranging discussion with investors during Thursday during company’s third-quarter earnings call.
Construction to start on Wynn's Paradise Park in the spring
Wynn Golf Club to close Dec. 22 to make way for new development
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
The development will also have a new 47-story, 1,500-room hotel with its own convention space, casino and restaurants. It will sit roughly between the Encore and the Wynn Las Vegas
Boulevard mall investors buy Sears building, in talks to develop parking lot
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Sears Holdings Corp. sold its building at the Boulevard mall to a group of investors earlier this month, clearing the way for development of the massive parking lot around the store. The Sears store is not going anywhere. As part of the sale, the new owners are leasing the space back ...
Caesars Palace’s opulent suites top off $100 million hotel tower renovation
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
Gold-plated faucets and $20,000 85-inch TVs are just two of the luxurious amenities in 10 special villas on the 29th floor of Caesars Palace’s newly renovated Palace Tower.
Caesars execs address plans for land on Strip
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Caesars Entertainment executives talked growth and efficiency today in their first investors conference since the company emerged from bankruptcy but also fielded questions from analysts about business on the Strip after the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting. “It’s fair to say we are cautiously optimistic about the rebound and think the occupancy rates across the Strip took a little hit the ...
Next skill-based gaming machines arrive on Las Vegas Strip
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
The second round of skill-based gaming machines has hit the Las Vegas Strip, allowing players to stake their cash on their abilities to use a cartoon catapult or survive a zombie-infested cornfield. ...
Caesars executives to ring Nasdaq’s opening bell
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
In one of the company’s first post-bankruptcy investors events, executives from Caesars Entertainment will ring the opening bell at the Nasdaq’s MarketSite in New York on Tuesday. ...
MGM: No plans to rent gunman’s room at Mandalay Bay
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
MGM Resorts International said today it has no plans to rent the 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite from where a gunman shot and killed 58 people and wounded more than ...
Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s purchase likely to clear final hurdle
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
The company that owns PT’s Pubs will likely get the final approval it needs to purchase the company that owns the Stratosphere and three other Nevada casinos today at ...
How Nevada Gaming Control Board helped investigation of shooter Paddock
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
As the search for motives got underway, Gaming Control Board agents were asked to see what, if any, information they could discover about Paddock ...
Construction manager hired for Resorts World casino on Strip
Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
Resorts World, the long-delayed casino project on the Strip, may be moving forward. The company today announced it hired a construction manager; last week, the Clark County Building Department approved multiple permits and ...
Pact allows New Jersey players on Nevada online poker sites
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Online poker players in Nevada can now play against gamblers in New Jersey after Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval ...
Supreme Court to hear sports-betting arguments in December
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that could legalize sports betting across the country on Dec. 4, according to a calendar published by the court.
'This affects all of us': Tourism industry begins looking to post-shooting economy
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren and other local and international tourism executives spoke Tuesday about the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, to thank those who responded to the tragedy and also to reassure people that the shooting hasn’t damaged Las Vegas’ image among travel industry professionals. Murren spoke at a press conference at the Sands Expo, just down the hall from the meeting rooms where people were gathering for ...
How the resorts, Metro get on the same page to address threats
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
“These aren’t little tribal pieces in separate casinos,” he said. “It’s one system. We are Las Vegas, and the harm to one is harm to all.”
Stories of heroism and resilience in the face of Las Vegas mass shooting tragedy
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
Survivors of the mass shooting on the Strip describe chaos, terror and carnage, but many of the stories that linger are about heroism. Not just shown by the first responders who ...
Caesars Entertainment emerges from bankruptcy with $2 billion in cash
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Caesars Entertainment has completed the bankruptcy process, the company announced Friday, ending two-plus years of legal and financial uncertainty. ...

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