A prime center-Strip location that had been earmarked for a major casino called Alon is up for sale. Alon’s developer, Crown Resorts, out of Australia, is asking $400 million for the 34.6-acre parcel that it bought for $280 million in 2014. The same parcel, formerly the site of the Frontier Hotel-Casino, went for $1.2 billion when purchased by a developer from Israel in 2007 for a project called The Plaza, which also never materialized.
WoF jackpots: Two Wheel of Fortune jackpots were hit last week. A 25-cent progressive at the Wynn paid $343,000, and a $1 progressive at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur paid $1.67 million. It kind of seems like those two jackpots should have been switched around.
Poker attendance down: Participation was way down for this year’s Colossus event at the World Series of Poker. Although the field was one of the largest ever at 18,054 players, that was down 16.5 percent from last year’s 21,613. A big factor in the drop is likely this year’s introduction of two tournaments with lower entry fees: an online event with a $333 buy-in and “The Giant,” with a $365 buy-in.
New steakhouse for Monte Carlo: Bavette’s Bar & Bouef, one of Chicago’s most acclaimed steakhouses, is headed to the Monte Carlo. The restaurant is scheduled to open in October in the space that housed Brand.
Downtown Loop: Funding for a new free shuttle service downtown has been approved. The “Downtown Loop” will connect the Arts District, Premium Outlets North, the Mob Museum, Pawn Plaza and other downtown areas via two shuttles that will operate nine hours a day. The service is expected to be launched this month.
Question: What’s the story about the new taxi system called Kabit?
Answer: Four Las Vegas taxi companies have come together to form a new hailing system that eliminates the need to make a phone call. “Kabit” is the name of the button that’s been installed at businesses throughout the city. When a store employee pushes the button, the nearest available cab is sent to pick up the rider.