The remodel that was announced in July for one of Las Vegas’ original “locals” casinos is underway. Construction work at Palace Station, on Sahara Avenue about a mile west of the Strip, is currently focused on the casino facade, which includes the addition of a porte-cochere, and a new bingo room.
The $115 million project is expected to be carried out in up to three phases, with plans also calling for new restaurants, meeting and convention space, a bowling alley, a movie theater and a 27-story, 600-room tower. Las Vegas locals casinos are dubbed so for their locations near the city’s residential areas, but also for their tendency to offer better value to compete for the more discerning local customer.
Making Rain: Entertainment impresarios Jesse and Cy Waits reportedly have a deal to bring back Rain nightclub at the Palms. The twins formerly ran XS at Encore and were planning to open a club at Alon, before that project was halted.
‘Hamilton’: The Broadway hit “Hamilton” is coming to Las Vegas as part of the Smith’s Center’s 2017-18 show lineup. A touring company will perform for nearly a month in June 2018. Season subscribers will have first option on tickets.
Plaza room: The Plaza has debuted a new “event space” just in time for March Madness viewing. Located just off the casino floor, the 5,000-square-foot space features 18 big-screen TVs, a state-of-the-art sound system and two stages.
Question: What are the odds for winning the March Madness basketball tournament?
Answer: North Carolina is the favorite to win the championship at +700 (bet $100 to win $700), followed by Kansas at +850 and Villanova at +900. The long shots are (or likely “were” by the time you read this) Iona, Kent State, Troy, Jacksonville State, Northern Kentucky, North Dakota, Mt. St. Mary’s, New Orleans, North Carolina Central, UC Davis, Texas Southern and South Dakota State, each at +999999 (10,000-1).
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