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2-tower Alon Las Vegas planned across from Wynn

By Anthony Curtis
After more than a year of silence, new information has been released concerning the "other" big project on the Las Vegas Strip.

Summertime deals sizzle with hotel rooms under $50

By Anthony Curtis
Summertime in Las Vegas traditionally means low room rates, and the summer of 2015 is no different.

Gold Strike to cut 250 slots to accommodate truck stop

By Anthony Curtis
The Gold Strike in Jean, located on I-15 about 15 miles south of Las Vegas, has been sold by MGM Resorts International to slot-route operator JETT Gaming. JETT plans to de-emphasize the casino and develop a portion of the

Lucky Dragon to take aim at Asian locals and visitors

By Anthony Curtis
After announcing itself in 2012, then quickly disappearing, plans are on again for a boutique hotel and casino called Lucky Dragon. Work has already begun on what’s touted as a 10-story Asian-themed resort with a 201-room hotel and small casino.

Poker’s top competitors will be determined in July

By Anthony Curtis
While it might seem as though the latest World Series of Poker champion was crowned only yesterday (actually, it was in November), the time has already come to look for the next champ.

Major attractions unscathed after magnitude-5.4 quake

By Anthony Curtis
Las Vegas is a town known for rockin’ and rollin’, but there was a bit too much of the former last week when the city was hit by a rare earthquake.

Buffalo’s famed Anchor Bar to deliver hot wings to Strip

By Anthony Curtis
Chicken wings are on their way to the Las Vegas Strip, but not just any chicken wings. They’re the hot wings that made Buffalo famous. On the heels of the opening of a White Castle hamburger outlet next door at Casino Royale earlier this year, the famous Anchor Bar chicken wings will open its first western location at the Venetian.

Lopez announces residency at AXIS Theater during 2016

By Anthony Curtis
One week after Mariah Carey’s debut at Caesars Palace, Jennifer Lopez has confirmed that she’ll become the next big-name headliner on the Strip.

$4B Chinese-themed resort going up at old Stardust site

By Anthony Curtis
After several delays, construction has begun on Las Vegas’ next megaresort. The $4 billion Chinese-themed Resorts World Las Vegas will be built on the north end of the Strip in the spot where the Stardust used to stand.

Penn National Gaming purchases the Tropicana

By Anthony Curtis
The south-Strip Tropicana has been sold to Penn National Gaming, the company that owns M Resort, which is about 7 miles south of the Strip.

Even more Vegas hotels open their pools to public

By Anthony Curtis
Although the "official" kickoff of the pool season is traditionally pegged as Memorial Day weekend, almost all of the party pools will be in full swing by the first week in May.

Mayweather and Pacquiao pack in crowds, propel prices

By Anthony Curtis
If you were planning on visiting Las Vegas over the May 2 weekend and don't already have your accommodations, you might want to reconsider your dates. That's the weekend of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, and room rates are at least triple the norm in most places.

Permanent Elvis exhibit among Westgate changes

By Anthony Curtis
Lots of changes are taking place at Westgate Las Vegas, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton and LVH. A marble walkway running through the casino is being put down, and a new bar has opened near the entrance.

Average show prices rise, but discounts easy to find

By Anthony Curtis
Continuing a trend that has prevailed for 19 of the past 24 years, the average price of a Las Vegas production-show ticket costs more this year than last, and is now at an all-time high.

Work on $4B Resorts World now slated to begin in May

By Anthony Curtis
After originally planning to begin building sometime in 2014, with a Phase I completion set for this year and Phase II in 2016, the developers of the center-Strip-located Resorts World Las Vegas now say that construction on the megaresort will begin May 5 (interestingly, one day after the closing of the Riviera).

Grand Bazaar mall follows a familiar configuration

By Anthony Curtis
The Grand Bazaar Shops have opened at Bally's. The $50 million 2-acre outdoor shopping promenade bordering the Strip is configured similarly to downtown's Container Park, with stores built into small boxlike areas.

Casino deals, entertainment to celebrate March Madness

By Anthony Curtis
The NCAA college basketball tournament is not as big as the Super Bowl, but it's close, especially this week's first and second rounds. Several casinos are running viewing parties with all-you-can-drink options for $65 and up, but you can likely do better at traditional viewing spots like South Point, Westgate, Gold Coast, Orleans and the Station casinos sports books.

Marco? Polo! Sin City pools announce March openings

By Anthony Curtis
What a difference a week makes. Whereas only two pools in Las Vegas had announced March openings a week ago, now almost a dozen have declared. Opening this weekend are Encore Beach Club, Cosmopolitan's Marquee, Drai's at the Cromwell and Hard Rock's Rehab.

Vegas welcomed record number of visitors in 2014

By Anthony Curtis
Everyone knew it was coming, but it wasn't official until all the numbers were tabulated. A record 41.1 million visitors came to Las Vegas in 2014, exceeding the previous record of 39.7 million in 2012 by more than a million.

Convention center land buy will bring facility to the fore

By Anthony Curtis
One of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas, the Riviera, has been sold, but not to another casino operator. In a move that seemed to catch everyone by surprise, the casino was sold to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for $182.5 million

Clarion implosion unlucky for veteran tower topplers

By Anthony Curtis
The implosion of the Clarion just east of the Strip took place as scheduled at about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, but not everything "went down" as planned. About nine stories of the elevator core survived the explosions and remained standing.

Bets on Super Bowl pump $115.9M into sports books

By Anthony Curtis
It wasn't a record but it was close. Nevada's sports books took in $115.9 million in bets on the Super Bowl, falling just short of last year's record $119.4 million but still coming in as the second-largest "handle" ever.

White Castle at the Strip receives a royal welcome

By Anthony Curtis
It's been 25 years since a castle opened on the Las Vegas Strip. Last week a second castle finally opened, but it's not a megaresort like Excalibur. The first White Castle hamburger outlet to open in a western location is now serving its famous "sliders" 24/7 at center Strip.

Pop diva Mariah Carey set for Caesars Palace gig

By Anthony Curtis
There was big news last week about the entertainment lineup at Caesars Palace, where it was confirmed that Mariah Carey will take up residence in the Colosseum. Carey announced the news on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Closed Clarion casino-hotel faces implosion in February

By Anthony Curtis
The wee hours of Feb. 10 is when Las Vegas' next implosion — the first since the New Frontier went down in 2007 — will take place. The target is the Clarion, on Convention Center Drive just east of the Strip.

Keep eyes on the tigers as big cats return to show

By Anthony Curtis
The new Dirk Arthur Wild Illusions at the Riviera brings something back to the Strip that's been missing for several years: tigers. The show uses live tigers and other big cats in several segments, a practice that used to be common but had been all but discontinued in recent years.

A quieter 2015 follows a big boom in openings of major attractions

By Anthony Curtis
After a busy 2014 that saw the openings of SLS Las Vegas, The Cromwell, Delano Las Vegas, and the LINQ Promenade and High Roller observation wheel, things will slow down a bit in 2015.

New Year’s Eve official party to include downtown, Strip

By Anthony Curtis
Information about the official New Year's Eve fireworks display in Las Vegas has been announced. Known as "America's Party," the show will encompass both the annual fireworks show on the Strip and live entertainment downtown at the Fremont Street Experience.

Las Vegas’ 2014 visitor tally will smash previous record

By Anthony Curtis
For the first time ever, Las Vegas has topped the 40 million-visitor mark in a calendar year, and the year's not over. With two weeks of tabulation remaining, it's believed that a big New Year's weekend could push the total to 41 million. The previous record was 39.7 million in 2012.

Casinos get all decked out with merry holiday displays

By Anthony Curtis
With a week and a half to go until Christmas, the casinos are pulling out the stops. Taking holiday spirit(s) literally, all drinks are $2 casino-wide at South Point, or just $1 if you pay with players club points.

Watch out for ‘dark’ dates of show you’d hate to miss

By Anthony Curtis
During December many Las Vegas shows go "dark" to allow cast members to take extended holiday vacations. If you're visiting between now and New Year's and have your heart set on seeing a particular show, make sure to check that there will be performances during your dates.

Best room discounts come in week before Christmas

By Anthony Curtis
The holiday season is always a prime time to find a low room rate in Las Vegas, and this year is no exception. Last week the researchers at the Las Vegas Advisor canvassed every casino in town, looking for the best leads on lodging in December.

Legal online gaming firm exits table after 18 months

By Anthony Curtis
The first legal online poker site to open in the U.S. has closed. After ceasing operations in New Jersey in September, Ultimate Gaming pulled the plug in Nevada last week, ending an 18-month effort that failed to gain traction.

Swede rallies on final table, wins $10 million poker prize

By Anthony Curtis
Martin Jacobson, a professional poker player from Sweden, emerged from a starting field of 6,683 to become the new World Series of Poker Main Event champion and take down a first prize of $10 million.

Bowling, equestrian plaza debuts ahead of schedule

By Anthony Curtis
The $35 million South Point Bowling Plaza has opened. The two-level facility combines a 60-lane, 90,000-square-foot bowling center with an equestrian arena called the Priefert Pavilion.

City getting ready to rumble for Jan. 13 casino implosion

By Anthony Curtis
The recently closed Clarion casino, on Convention Center Drive just east of the Strip, will be imploded Jan. 13, clearing the way for a planned "mixed-use resort." The new owner, Lorenzo Doumani, who paid just $22.5 million for the 6-acre property, plans to hold an implosion party at 12:01 a.m.

MGM Resorts International sells pit stop Gold Strike

By Anthony Curtis
The Gold Strike casino, located on I-15 about 30 miles west of Las Vegas, has been sold by MGM Resorts International to the former owners of Las Vegas' Terrible's Casino (now Silver Sevens).

Downtown Summerlin finally open for business

By Anthony Curtis
In what some are calling a strong sign of better economic times in Las Vegas, the long-awaited debut of Downtown Summerlin took place this month. It was originally slated to open in 2009, but was mothballed until last year due to the economic downturn.

Harley-Davidson dealership offers a lot more than hogs

By Anthony Curtis
A new Harley-Davidson dealership has opened on the Strip. The $18 million, two-story, 55,000-square-foot "flagship" dealership is just north of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, on the spot where the Klondike casino used to stand.

Watch touchdowns rack up at plenty of football parties

By Anthony Curtis
Over the past few years, the casinos have scaled back their football parties. But even as options disappear, there are still plenty of good parties to choose from. The best in town is at South Point, where on Monday and Thursday nights a big crowd gathers in the showroom.

Nevada’s oldest casino set to remain open after sale

By Anthony Curtis
The 83-year-old Railroad Pass, located southeast of Las Vegas between Henderson and Boulder City and considered Nevada's oldest casino, has been sold to a local real estate firm.

The Clarion is now silent, may be marked for razing

By Anthony Curtis
The Clarion, located on Convention Center Drive just east of the Strip, has closed. Although it ended its run as an under-the-radar slots-only operation, the casino-hotel with 193 rooms had nearly a 45-year run as the Royal Inn, Royal Americana, Paddlewheel, Greek Isles and, most notably, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood.

Dogs get their day at new Delano on Strip’s south end

By Anthony Curtis
Delano Las Vegas has opened on the south end of the Strip. The second high-profile opening in a month, following SLS Las Vegas, is the result of an $80 million transformation of the former THEhotel at Mandalay Bay.

‘Pick the Pros’ is the best for free football contests

By Anthony Curtis
Football season is here, and in Las Vegas that means promotions, parties, betting specials and, especially, football contests. For the fifth year running, the best contest in town is "Pick the Pros" at the Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam's Town, California and Fremont casinos.

SLS Las Vegas resort opens, biggest since Cosmopolitan

By Anthony Curtis
The $415 million SLS Las Vegas opened on schedule at midnight on Aug. 23. Located on the far north end of the Strip, the hotel's 1,620 rooms are situated in three renovated towers that were built in three different decades at the former Sahara, which closed in 2011.

Crown Resorts tries again to set up presence on Strip

By Anthony Curtis
James Packer's Crown Resorts Ltd. has announced plans to build a megaresort located center-Strip on the site of the former New Frontier. It's at least the third attempt by Crown to set up shop in Las Vegas.

Dion nixes Caesars dates amid husband’s health fight

By Anthony Curtis
In a surprise move, Celine Dion has canceled her remaining shows at Caesars Palace, including dates scheduled in 2015. Dion had pulled out of recent shows because of a throat ailment.

Plaza will offer areas where 'Pawn Stars' fans can relax

By Anthony Curtis
Pawn Star Plaza will comprise 22 cubed venues providing a place for "Pawn Stars" fans to relax, eat and shop when they go to see the famous pawnshop, as opposed to waiting in long lines in the sun.

Outdoor event venue to rise at old El Rancho Vegas site

By Anthony Curtis
MGM Resorts International has announced that it will build an outdoor events venue on the north Strip. The complex will be built on a 39.6-acre parcel located on the southwest corner of the Strip and Sahara, just north of Circus Circus.

Total overhaul in the cards as Westgate purchases LVH

By Anthony Curtis
After a month of unconfirmed reports, it's now official that the LVH, just off the north end of the Strip, has been sold to Westgate Resorts for an amount in the range of $150 million to $170 million.

World Series of Poker sets ‘November Nine’ finalists

By Anthony Curtis
The nine final-table players in the World Series of Poker's main event have been determined. The leader is Jorryt van Hoof with 38 million in chips, 5 million more than the second-biggest stack.

Re-branding of The Quad set to finish by Halloween

By Anthony Curtis
Caesars Entertainment has announced that The Quad is getting yet another moniker. The new name will be the Linq Hotel & Casino, which will brand the resort with the bar and entertainment district of the same name that opened at mid-Strip earlier this year.

Dozens of hotels offering low room rates for summer

By Anthony Curtis
Summertime in Las Vegas traditionally means low room rates and the summer of 2014 is no different. A survey conducted last week turned up 52 hotel-casinos with rates of $50 and below, one fewer than last year's total.

Strip’s High Roller wheel lowers prices for summer

By Anthony Curtis
After debuting with pricing that was labeled a bit too rich, some discounting has been instituted for the High Roller observation wheel on the Strip. It's still $34.95 for adults to ride at night (after 6 p.m.), but it's now $5 less at $19.95 for daytime rides.

Moulin Rouge to be reborn with 21st-century features

By Anthony Curtis
New York-based hospitality and entertainment group GCA Leisure LLC has announced plans to rebuild the Moulin Rouge, the famed resort that opened in 1955 as the first desegregated casino.

Cosmopolitan’s new owners seek to reverse unprofitability

By Anthony Curtis
Rumor no more, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has been sold. The south-Strip resort was purchased by Blackstone Real Estate Partners for $1.73 billion, well under the $3.9 billion seller Deutsche Bank spent to complete the Cosmopolitan after assuming ownership in 2008.

Megaresort’s first phase poised to start rising soon

By Anthony Curtis
With necessary approvals now in hand, construction on Resorts World Las Vegas is set to get underway this summer. The $4 billion first phase will open with 3,000 hotel rooms, a 4,000-seat theater, 30 restaurants and bars, and an "elaborate garden attraction."

Poker World Series kicks off with prize of at least $10M

By Anthony Curtis
While it may seem as though the latest World Series of Poker champion was crowned only yesterday (actually, it was in November), the time has already come to look for the next champ.

Dozens of casinos allow public to enjoy party pools

By Anthony Curtis
The Las Vegas pool season officially kicks off Memorial Day weekend, with the party pools in full swing throughout the city. Unlike the days when you had to be a hotel guest to get into a casino pool, there are now 31 that are open to the public.

Plan for Plaza ice rink melts, leaving hockey team bereft

By Anthony Curtis
There'll be no rooftop hockey in Las Vegas after all. A plan to build an ice rink and arena on the roof of the Plaza casino downtown has been scrapped, apparently due to cost considerations.

Construction of The Park will bring trees, walkways

By Anthony Curtis
With the Linq now in full operation, work has begun on the Strip's second outdoor project. Next up will be The Park, being built between and around New York-New York and the Monte Carlo.

Mandalay Bay work includes expanding and re-branding

By Anthony Curtis
The steady stream of improvements at Mandalay Bay continues with a pending $66 million expansion of its convention center that will add more than 350,000 square feet, putting it over 2 million total and advancing the facility from the seventh to the fifth largest in North America.

Cromwell’s casino and bar open without much fanfare

By Anthony Curtis
There's been almost no publicity, but the casino at The Crom-well has opened. The new high-end resort at the center of the Las Vegas Strip debuted quietly last week in supersoft mode, but the casino games and big center bar are completely accessible to the public.

New eats, easier shopping on tap at Red Rock Resort

By Anthony Curtis
Red Rock Resort on the far west side of town is getting a makeover. Already one of the swankiest of the "locals casinos," the $35 million renovation will concentrate on restaurants, suites and the spa.

SLS Las Vegas kicks off bookings ahead of its debut

By Anthony Curtis
The reservations lines are open at SLS Las Vegas, the north-Strip resort at the site of the old Sahara. The first night for booking is Aug. 25; rates are $109 weekdays and $139 weekends, with a two-night minimum.

High Roller shows riders the sights till 2 a.m. daily

By Anthony Curtis
The High Roller is rolling at center-Strip. At 550 feet the main attraction at the new Linq restaurant and bar district is the tallest observation wheel in the world, five feet higher than the Singapore Flyer.

Middle-market shows lead $2.64 boost in ticket prices

By Anthony Curtis
After tallying ticket prices from 94 shows, this year's average comes in at $82.86, $2.64 more than in last year's survey conducted by LasVegasAdvisor.com.

Brooklyn Bowl offers food, music and fun at The Linq

By Anthony Curtis
The co-headliner (along with the High Roller observation wheel) of the center-Strip Linq development has opened. The Brooklyn Bowl is a 78,000-square-foot multilevel bar, restaurant, bowling alley and live-music venue at the center of The Linq.

Spring break hastens debut of pool openings at casinos

By Anthony Curtis
Whereas Memorial Day has always been the unofficial opening of the season, many casinos are taking advantage of warm temperatures to kick off their pools in time to get the spring break business.

You can bet visitor count for Vegas will stay on track

By Anthony Curtis
It was technically a swing and a miss, but it wasn't a miss by much. After running slightly ahead of pace for 11 months, Las Vegas had a relatively slow December, causing the 2013 visitor count to land at 39.67 million tourists, just below 2012's record total of 39.73 million.

Next phase of Linq complex is opening piece by piece

By Anthony Curtis
The second phase of the Linq restaurant and entertainment complex at center Strip debuted Friday. But while the entire Linq campus is accessible to the public, individual components will continue to open over the next couple of months, leading to a grand opening in late spring.

Plaza’s rooftop will become home to new hockey arena

By Anthony Curtis
Downtown's Plaza is building a 3,500-seat arena on its roof to host the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team. The 45,000-square-foot fabric-shell structure will occupy the area that's currently home to the Plaza's tennis and basketball courts, plus the pool (the latter of which is slated to remain).

SLS resort will be unveiled during Labor Day weekend

By Anthony Curtis
The opening date for Las Vegas' next major resort has been announced. SLS, on the far north end of the Strip and formally the Sahara, will debut on Labor Day weekend.

As usual, the house wins off Super Bowl gambling

By Anthony Curtis
Nevada's sports books took in $119.4 million in bets on the Super Bowl, resulting in a win of $19.7 million, or 16.5 percent. The "handle," which is the total amount bet, was a record, topping the previous high of $98.9 million set last year.

The Linq district to feature 'incredible' Brooklyn Bowl

By Anthony Curtis
The original Brooklyn Bowl in New York City was called "one of the most incredible places on Earth" by Rolling Stone magazine, and now Las Vegas is set to have one of its own.

Stacked shipping containers become a shopping center

By Anthony Curtis
A unique retail area called Container Park has opened in downtown Las Vegas. Located in the Fremont East entertainment district, the development features boutiques, art galleries, bars and restaurants housed in stacks of recycled shipping containers.

Resorts World will sport Asian theme, cost billions

By Anthony Curtis
More details have been released about Resorts World Las Vegas, the center-Strip megaresort that will be built on the site of the unfinished Echelon Place.

New casinos get ready to roll out on the Strip

By Anthony Curtis
After several years with only minor additions, Las Vegas is poised for a 2014 with multiple major openings. Leading off will be The Linq, the center-Strip restaurant, bar and nightclub district that debuted partially at the end of last year and will stage its formal opening in March.

New O’Sheas highlights partial opening of The Linq

By Anthony Curtis
The front section of The Linq opened Dec. 27 with O'Sheas casino, a few restaurants and a retail store in operation. It's only a preview of what the center-Strip restaurant, bar and nightclub district that is sandwiched between the Flamingo and The Quad will be when it's completed in March.

‘America’s Party’ features fireworks and fun galore

By Anthony Curtis
Information about the official New Year's Eve fireworks display in Las Vegas has been announced. Known as "America's Party," the show will encompass both the annual fireworks show on the Strip and live entertainment downtown at the Fremont Street Experience.

Bally’s, Tropicana malls will offer more options to shoppers on the Strip

By Anthony Curtis
Not one, but two new shopping malls are on their way to Las Vegas casinos with Strip addresses. The Grand Bazaar at Bally's will host more than 150 stores in the setting of a 21st-century bazaar. The mall will be built on about two acres fronting the casino and is expected to open in fall 2014.

Strip casinos add flair with vivid holiday displays

By Anthony Curtis
With a week to go until Christmas, the casinos are pulling out the stops. New skating rinks have been opened at Caesars Palace and downtown's Gold Spike, bringing the total of ice rinks in the desert to four (along with the Venetian and Cosmopolitan).

Shows go on hiatus during the holidays, so check list twice

By Anthony Curtis
During December many Las Vegas shows go "dark" to allow cast members to take extended holiday vacations. If you're visiting between now and New Year's and have your heart set on seeing a show, make sure to check that there will be performances during your dates.

Deepest room discounts run Dec. 15-24 in Sin City

By Anthony Curtis
The holiday season is always a prime time to find a low room rate in Las Vegas. Last week the researchers at the Las Vegas Advisor canvassed every casino in town, looking for the best leads on lodging in December.

Venetian, ‘Spider-Man’ appear to match up well

By Anthony Curtis
It's been announced that the hit musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is heading to Las Vegas; however, where it will land is still unknown. With ticket sales dwindling for the Broadway production, the final curtain is set to fall there in January, with plans for a Las Vegas debut sometime in 2015.

Max Casino emerges after property re-branding

By Anthony Curtis
The oddly named Westin Casuarina is now Max Casino. While it sounds a little like changing from one strange name to another, there's a certain logic in it, given that many will always remember the property as the Maxim.

Poker world series winner takes home $8.4 million

By Anthony Curtis
Ryan Riess, a professional poker player from Michigan, emerged from a starting field of 6,352 to become the new World Series of Poker Main Event champion and take down a first prize of $8.4 million.

Downtown Grand schedules its grand opening for Nov. 12

By Anthony Curtis
Las Vegas’ newest casino, the Downtown Grand, opened on schedule Oct. 27. The former Lady Luck casino has undergone a $100 million makeover to create an entirely new resort, with 650 rooms in two towers, a rooftop pool and several restaurants and bars, including the Art Bar, which features replicas of famous paintings.

Gansevoort name stripped from new Caesars resort

By Anthony Curtis
The former Barbary Coast and Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon will not become the Gansevoort Las Vegas after all. In a surprise move, Caesars Entertainment has cut ties with the Gansevoort Hotel Group after Massachusetts regulators denied Caesars a gaming license over the association, citing concerns with a Gansevoort investor.

SkyVue observation wheel is unlikely to be completed

By Anthony Curtis
With the Downtown Grand poised to debut at the end of the month, moves are being made in anticipation of a rejuvenated downtown Las Vegas.

Revitalization of downtown likely to follow Grand debut

By Anthony Curtis
With the Downtown Grand poised to debut at the end of the month, moves are being made in anticipation of a rejuvenated downtown Las Vegas.

Busy booking season stalls work on Delano Las Vegas

By Anthony Curtis
Big projects are heating up all over town, but at least one has been delayed. The transformation of THEhotel to Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay will miss its deadline, which was originally announced for the first quarter of 2014.

Gansevoort work includes changes to parking, rooms

By Anthony Curtis
More details have been released about the under-construction Gansevoort Las Vegas, formerly Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon.

Britney Spears pieces together a headline show

By Anthony Curtis
It’s finally official: Britney Spears will headline at Planet Hollywood on a two-year residency deal.

Slots-only Wildfire casino opens after quick makeover

By Anthony Curtis
Las Vegas has its big openings and it has its small ones. One of the latter took place recently with the debut of Wildfire Valley View, a small "locals" casino on Valley View Boulevard, about 3 miles west of the Strip. It's the fifth in the Wildfire chain, which is owned and operated by Station Casinos.

'Pick the Pros' remains best football game in town

By Anthony Curtis
Football season is here, and in Las Vegas that means promotions, parties, betting specials and, especially, football contests. For the fourth year running, the best contest in town is "Pick the Pros" at the Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam's Town, California and Fremont casinos.

Judge's ruling paves way for demolition of tower

By Anthony Curtis
A District Court judge has ruled that the Harmon tower at CityCenter is unsafe and can be demolished. A pending lawsuit between MGM Resorts International (MRI) and the project's general contractor had blocked the demolition until now.

Treasure Island lays out plans for huge shopping center

By Anthony Curtis
Have you been yearning for some more Las Vegas shopping? Probably not, but if you are, Treasure Island at center-Strip has announced plans to build a three-story, 46,200-square-foot shopping center.

Add adventure attractions to traditional Sin City fun

By Anthony Curtis
Following announcements of observation wheels, roller coasters and zip lines going up all over town, an Australian entrepreneur says he wants to build a wakeboarding, snowboarding, surfing and white-water rafting experience in the vicinity of the Las Vegas Strip.

Hacienda is Dotty’s first try at operating a hotel-casino

By Anthony Curtis
The Hacienda casino, about 15 miles outside of Las Vegas near the Hoover Dam, has been sold. Bigger news than the sale itself, though, is who the casino was sold to. The buyer is the Dotty’s chain of slot and video poker parlors.

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