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Construction to finally start on $4B Strip resort-casino

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    A tourist has filed a lawsuit against Planet Hollywood, claiming he was seriously injured while trying to escape his room because he was scared of a life-sized mannequin.

Updated information has been released regarding the timetable for building Resorts World Las Vegas, the 3,000-room hotel and casino planned for the north end of the Strip. After several years of delays, tower cranes will be installed on the property over the next 90 days, with construction beginning in the third quarter of this year. The budget is still $4 billion (there were reports of a downsizing) to build the resort, which will have two towers, likely debuting in stages. The theme and design focus have been changed from ancient to modern-day China, pushing back the scheduled completion date from late 2019 to some time in 2020.

Pool cinema: The Cosmopolitan is bringing back “Dive In Movies” for the summer. Every Monday night through Sept. 4, a classic movie will be shown, with guests welcome to use the pool. It’s open to everyone for a $5 charge. Movies include “Pulp Fiction,” “The Departed,” “Top Gun,” pictured, “The Big Lebowski” and “Bull Durham.”

Admission is free for hotel guests and kids under 5.

Strip jackpot: Wheel of Fortune paid again last weekend. A jackpot of $304,000 was hit at the small center-Strip Casino Royale on a 25-cent Wheel of Fortune Pink Diamonds machine.

Mannequin lawsuit: Planet Hollywood is being sued by a man who claims he sustained injuries when he mistook a mannequin in his room for a human and tried to flee. The mannequin, which was encased in a glass cabinet, was part of the room’s decor. The suit claims that the man “suffered undefined injuries to his body, limbs, organs, mind, and nervous systems” that have caused him a “loss of life enjoyment.”

Question: Luxor is closing its poker room. It seems like that’s happening a lot lately.

Answer: The number of poker rooms on the Strip continues to decline. Luxor will close its nine-table room June 18. It follows the closing of the rooms at Hard Rock and Monte Carlo earlier this year, leaving the Strip area with 18 poker rooms, down from a high of 26 in 2007.

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