The owner of the Drew Hotel-Casino has announced that the opening of the former Fontainebleau on the north end of the Strip has been postponed by a year and a half. The delay in opening the 67-story, 3,800-room tower that was mothballed in 2009 is being blamed on the amount of time that was spent on design work for the reopening.
Originally scheduled for a late 2020 debut, the grand opening has been moved back to the second quarter of 2022. It’s the third major project to be pushed back from a 2020 date, joining the MSG Sphere and the conversion of the Hard Rock to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
“Hell’s Kitchen” at Hell’s Kitchen: Caesars Palace’s Hell’s Kitchen will be the venue for the 19th and 20th seasons of the smash Fox TV show of the same name. Shooting will begin this summer at the 300-seat eatery that has served more than 400,000 diners since it opened in January 2018.
Pizza and pot: Planet 13, which bills itself as the world’s largest cannabis store at 112,000 square feet, has announced a 4,500-square-foot expansion that will include a pizzeria and coffee shop/bistro. The eateries, which will open sometime in the third quarter of this year, are expected to generate additional revenues from recreational-marijuana customers and possibly attract nonusers to the dispensary on W. Desert Inn Road near the Fashion Show mall.
Megabucks hits: A visitor from Arizona hit Megabucks last week at Sunset Station for $13,154,723. The unnamed player had played for only two minutes before lining up the Megabucks symbols on a Triple Red Hot Sevens machine.
Question: Did Tiger Woods winning the Masters cost the sports books, or had even the bettors given up on his chances of winning another major?
Answer: Give up on Tiger? No way. Several sports books reported big losses as a result of Woods’ win. The biggest single payout was $1.19 million by the bookmaker William Hill to a man who bet $85,000 at odds of 14-1. It was by far the largest payout on a golf bet in Will Hill history.
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