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Las Vegas legend steps down


    Casino mogul Steve Wynn at a news conference in Medford, Mass.

The resignation of a casino executive isn’t often covered in this column, but it is when that executive is Steve Wynn, the man considered to be the architect of modern Las Vegas. Amid mounting accusations of sexual misconduct, casino mogul Wynn resigned as the chief executive officer of Wynn Resorts last week.

While it’s not expected that the move will affect day-to-day operations of the Wynn Las Vegas or Encore, the ambitious future plans of the company, which include the Paradise Park and Wynn West projects on the strip, are now in question. In addition to the unknown status of those future resorts, analysts also believe that the move may leave Wynn Resorts vulnerable to a takeover.

Auction postponed

The foreclosure auction of the recently closed Lucky Dragon, originally scheduled for last week, was postponed until Feb. 22. No reason for the change of date was given. Among the crowd that gathered on the originally announced date was the Derek Stevens, owner of downtown’s the D, who told the media that he was “more of an observer today.”

Bar Jerky

The revamped Bar Jerky at the Westin on Flamingo Avenue, just east of the strip, is similar to the old bar, with slightly reduced drink prices. Though still a bit pricey — a domestic beer is $7 — each drink purchased comes with complimentary homemade beef jerky. You get two big pieces served in a little bucket, and it’s good.

Soup banned

Nevada has outlawed the serving of shark’s fin soup, due to the threat its preparation poses to the shark population. About a dozen restaurants in Las Vegas served shark’s fin, including Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast, Jasmine at the Bellagio and a few Chinatown restaurants.

Question: Did the big Super Bowl bettor win?

Answer: You’re referring to the mysterious “Bettor X,” who, after torching the sports books by winning every game he bet on during the baseball World Series, reportedly won more than $10 million on the Super Bowl betting on the underdog Eagles to win the game outright.

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