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MGM Resorts announces plans to bring shows back to the stage

In one of the most significant moves since casinos were allowed to reopen, MGM Resorts International has announced that it will bring back several of its bigger shows.

The conventional wisdom had been that the current limitations — 250 maximum occupancy and a required 25-foot distance between the audience and the stage — would preclude the return of the big shows. However, MRI says that beginning Friday, the following shows will resume performances: Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club, Carrot Top, The Australian Bee Gees, Thunder from Down Under, Fantasy, Jabbawockeez and David Copperfield. Most significantly, David Copperfield will appear for 15 shows a week, same as before the shutdown, in his eponymous theater at MGM Grand and Jabbawockeez will move to the MGM Grand Garden arena, playing to 1.5% of the 17,000-seat capacity. Other shows are expected to quickly follow suit.

Virgin showroom: The Hard Rock’s former live-­music club, Vinyl, will reopen at Virgin Las Vegas as 24 Oxford. The name comes from the London address of the first Virgin Record Store that opened in 1971. It’s expected that the 688-capacity venue will host primarily comedy acts, which are more easily staged considering COVID-19 restrictions.

Poker survives: The poker rooms at Planet Hollywood and Bally’s have reopened. While many felt that live poker would take more time to come back, if it did at all, 20 of 31 poker rooms have already reopened. Most notably remaining closed are the rooms at the Mirage, Mandalay Bay and the home of the World Series of Poker, the Rio, where the entire casino is still closed.

Question: The polls say that Joe Biden will beat Donald Trump. What do the odds say?

Answer: The odds agree. The Las Vegas sports books aren’t allowed to take bets on the election, but in offshore books, Joe Biden is almost a 2-1 favorite to win. That’s a strong indicator, but Hillary Clinton was a 3.5-1 favorite over Trump in 2016 and we all know how that turned out.

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