Last weekend’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest concert being staged on the Strip led to much disarray in Las Vegas, but things are beginning to get back to normal.
Immediately following the shooting, roads were closed and casinos put on lockdown, meaning no one was allowed to enter or leave. The following day, most shows were canceled — the first time that had happened since Sept. 11, 2001.
The shows are running again, but you can expect a heightened level of security at casino resorts, especially in the hotel areas.
Similar to the way air travel security changed after 9/11, more scrutiny of guests is almost a certainty.
More comp checks
Two more casinos are now monitoring play for serving drinks at the bar.
The Hard Rock is dispensing vouchers for drinks, while the Golden Nugget is using a red/green light system. The first drink is delivered upon buy-in at the Hard Rock and after about five hands at the Golden Nugget.
A poll conducted by the Washington Post indicates that 55 percent of Americans favor legalizing sports betting.
It’s being lauded as the first time a majority has supported legalization in a major poll just as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the New Jersey sports betting case.
The poll also indicated that 21 percent of respondents had made a bet in the last five years.
Giada De Laurentiis is opening a second restaurant in Las Vegas, this one at Caesars Palace. It’s expected to take over the spot that currently houses Payard Patisserie, which is closing this month. The new restaurant will be a “casual concept,” as opposed to the high-end Giada at the Cromwell.