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October 18, 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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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. ...
Workplace violence seminar on G2E’S last day sparsely attended
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Just four days after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a seminar on how to handle an active shooter situation at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) drew few participants ...
Will Las Vegas tourism suffer in wake of shooting?
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
Figuring out how business on the Las Vegas Strip will be affected by Sunday’s mass shooting will have to wait, said the man in charge of promoting Las Vegas. “It’s really too soon to ...
A day after horrific event, a semblance of normalcy along Strip
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
For the most part, the Las Vegas Strip seemed normal Monday afternoon, nearly a day after the nation’s worst mass shooting killed at least 59 and wounded at least 527 people on ...
Nevada gaming revenue jumps nearly 15 percent in August
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
Gaming revenue in Nevada jumped 14.91 percent in August — from $861,137,241 to $989,510,649 — compared to the same month ...
Recreational weed, sports betting in spotlight as G2E takes over Vegas next week
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
An appearance by Magic Johnson, the effects of legalized recreational pot, the use of “Game of Thrones” as a business strategy and more interactive slot machines are expected to be among the highlights of Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Monday through Thursday at the Sands Expo. First held in 2001 and presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA), G2E has become ...
John Fogerty helps break ground on veterans crisis center in Las Vegas
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
John Fogerty, whose music helped define the late 1960s and early 1970s and the resistance to the Vietnam War, said he always understood people who hated the war, but he couldn’t comprehend why they hated the soldiers who fought in it. “I used to talk to some of my acquaintances back in the ...
Claim Jumper replaces McCormick & Schmick's at Hughes Center
Monday, Sept. 25, 2017
The restaurant, located on Flamingo Road in the Hughes Center, shut down Saturday and will be replaced by a Claim Jumper on Saturday
‘Show’ time: MGM Resorts’ new ad campaign impresses the experts
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
The first ad in MGM Resorts International’s massive new “Welcome to the Show” campaign featured cinema-like video of the company’s properties and attractions interspersed with written text such as “Mankind was not born to be bored” and “We invented MGM to entertain the human race.” What it didn’t ...
Q+A: marks four years of online poker
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
One of only two remaining online poker providers in Nevada, is celebrating its fourth anniversary today. The company began operating on Sept. 19, 2013, several months after the Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Bill 114 and Gov. Sandoval signed it into law ...
What’s behind those massive building wraps on the Las Vegas Strip
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
You don’t have to be a boxing fan in Las Vegas to know when one major bout is done and another is on its way. If you’re near the Strip, just look up at the colossal murals affixed to the MGM Grand’s towers. Contractors working for Screaming Images recently took down the mural announcing the Mayweather/McGregor fight ...
Slot players to get ‘Into the Groove’ with Madonna-themed game
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
Get ready to dust off your old "Material Girl" puns when you go to a casino next year, because Madonna will become the latest celebrity to grace the front of a slot machine. ...
Regulators mull ways to expand esports betting
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
Nevada’s Gaming Control Board will soon begin allowing sports books to offer bets on a year’s worth of esports events, the board’s chief of enforcement Karl Bennison said Thursday at a gambling and esports conference at the Westgate. ...
Gaming roundup: Sports books remodeled in time for football season
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
Not all of the news surrounding the gaming industry in Las Vegas involves big deals like the sale of the Fontainebleau. In addition to the multimillion-dollar transactions, there have been many recent announcements from ...
Life is good for home sellers, not so much for buyers, August stats show
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
August was good for home sellers in Las Vegas, but not so great for buyers. In general, the statistics show home prices ...
Start of the NFL season is big for some books, not others
March Madness, Super Bowl still outsell first week of regular season
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
Football fans aren’t the only ones looking forward to the start of the NFL regular season on Thursday. The sports books in Las Vegas have also been preparing for the end of the six-month pigskin drought. While ads for NFL betting contests and promotions are everywhere, sports book executives differ on just how important this week is in terms of business. For some, like the books at Caesars Entertainment properties or the Westgate, the first week is a fairly big deal. “The first week, it’s all hands on deck,” said Bill Sattler, the director of ...
Longtime Las Vegas developer remembered for service to community
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
Irwin Kishner began making his mark on the Las Vegas Strip soon after moving here in 1960. Along with family members already living in the area, he invested in property near ...
Golden Gate in downtown Las Vegas debuts expansion
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
The expansion is not the only project the Stevens' are working on. They are also in midst of demolishing structures they purchased across the street from the Golden Gate in order to clear the way for ...
Paced by decline on Strip, state gaming revenue falls in July
The drop was seen on the Strip, which compared to July of last year saw a gaming revenue decrease of 7.73 percent
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
In the rest of Clark County locations, however, revenue rose in July. Downtown Las Vegas saw an increase of 7.84 percent, North Las Vegas’ numbers rose ...
Las Vegas lags in number of new rich ZIP codes, but sales of pricey homes are rising
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
Las Vegas is near the bottom of another list; this time, it’s the number of super-rich neighborhoods created in the last three years. According the real estate website ...
Fontainebleau in Las Vegas sold to NYC real estate firms, to be renamed
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
The Witkoff company said today in a statement that it had “identified numerous ways to unlock the significant underlying value of the property,” only referring to the property by its address and ...
Nevada regulators reaffirm stance that pot and gaming don't mix
Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
When it comes to recreational marijuana here, the message from the Nevada Gaming Commission to casino companies is clear: Stay away from ...
Caesars studio hopes to attract more TV/movie productions to city
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
Mist floats in the icy cold air as Amy Murray-Rolon, manager of Sidekick Productions, gives a tour of Caesars Entertainment Studios, the permanent movie and television soundstage Caesars built on a large vacant lot along Koval Road behind Bally’s Las Vegas. ...
Why Cosmopolitan sees value in hiring military veterans
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
In one of Las Vegas’ most luxurious hiring events, veterans and spouses of veterans filed into a penthouse suite in the Cosmopolitan Wednesday hoping to land one of the 150 jobs currently open at the hip resort ...
Cromwell unveils new sports book, touts lower minimum bets at table games
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
The Cromwell on the Las Vegas Strip is making changes to its casino floor ...
Nevada Gaming Commission to hash over weed and casinos
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
Nevada’s legalization of recreational marijuana has made life easier for users but more difficult for gaming companies, something the Nevada Gaming Commission hopes to address in a ...
Expansion at Emerald Island in downtown Henderson nearing completion
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
The casino’s administrative offices are in a former drugstore. The gaming floor is in what used to be a post office. The food preparation and storage areas used to be a Moose Lodge. It seems only fitting that the latest upgrades for Emerald Island in downtown Henderson include expanding by 10,000 square feet into ...
Cosmopolitan launching $100 million-plus room refresh
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
The Cosmopolitan has announced a major makeover of most of its hotel rooms, the latest in a series of upgrades at the resort that have included the addition of ...
Caesars taking payments in Las Vegas via popular Chinese app
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
Caesars Entertainment has started taking payments at multiple locations in Las Vegas from WeChat, a smartphone messaging app that’s hugely popular in China.
Starting on Tuesday, the company began ...
How retail on the Las Vegas Strip appears to buck dire national trend
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
Recent headlines reflect the harrowing state of the retail industry in the online shopping age. Headlines about retail on the Las Vegas Strip, however, are all about big deals and growth. Specifically, Wynn Resorts is building 75,000 square feet of high-end shopping across the street from the Fashion Show. While one development is hardly a boom, the added space, along with the aforementioned deals, reveals a confidence about retail on the Strip not found elsewhere. ...
Fertitta: Palms will reflect ‘everything we've learned over last 30 years’
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Chairman and CEO Frank J. Fertitta III said building and operating hybrid resorts (appealing to both tourists and locals) “is what we do.” “We're going to take everything ...
Next owner may expand Stratosphere with convention space
Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
In a conference call with gaming analysts today, Golden Entertainment CEO Blake Sartini spoke about where the company saw its strongest results in the ...
Gaming trade group updates how it addresses problem gambling
Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
One of the gaming industry’s largest trade groups announced an updated approach to problem gambling during a roundtable discussion on the issue at UNLV’s international Gaming Institute on Thursday.
Caesars, noting uptick in revenue, trumpets room renovations, esports push
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
Room renovations have been a priority for Caesars because it’s a low-risk, high-reward investment that has driven revenue for the company. In a presentation accompanying the call, the company stated it plans to renovate just over 6,000 rooms by the end of next year ...
Flamingo completes $6.5 million renovation of meeting center
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
Caesars Entertainment announced Wednesday it has completed a renovation of its meeting center at the Flamingo Las Vegas, a first step in a refresh of the venerable ...
Monte Carlo reboot to add more convention space
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
MGM Resorts International announced Tuesday it is adding 77,000 square feet of meeting space as part of its revamp of Monte Carlo. The news comes shortly after announcing ...
Doormen complain MGM-Uber relationship costs them tip money
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
Doormen at MGM Resorts International properties have filed a grievance over an alleged partnership the company has with Uber, claiming the relationship violates the union contract, costs doormen tip revenue and creates an unsafe environment at casino entrances. The Las Vegas Sun has received documents that outline the doormen's complaints about Uber at MGM Grand. Several doormen ...
Boyd, noting a 'solid quarter,' talks steady success of locals market
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Boyd Gaming, owner of such Las Vegas area casinos as the California, Orleans and Sam’s Town, reported its second-quarter earnings today ...
MGM Resorts reports increased second-quarter earnings
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Executives of MGM International were all superlatives during a conference call and webcast Thursday to discuss the company’s second-quarter earnings. “We are quite ...
Nevada casinos end fiscal year with winnings up 2.9 percent
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Nevada’s gaming revenue was up last month and for fiscal 2017, according to numbers released today by the ...
Asian properties drive strong second quarter for Sands
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The second quarter was a good one for Las Vegas Sands, Corp., based largely on results from its properties outside of Las Vegas,
Wynn says he has ‘most precious piece of real estate’ in Las Vegas
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Wynn Resorts is talking with other companies to develop land behind the lagoon project planned just east of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, CEO Steve Wynn said in a conference call with gaming analysts today. During the call, held to discuss ...
Upgrades at Palace Station could include convention center
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Renovations at Palace Station may continue with a new 335-foot tower and convention center, according to plans it submitted to the city of Las Vegas. While Station Casinos has not released a construction timeline or description of the new facilities, and says it’s deciding whether the expansion is feasible, documents submitted to the city indicate the structure will be ...

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