As of Tuesday, all Las Vegas casinos were allowed to return to 100% capacity. Distancing protocols and plexiglass dividers have been almost completely eliminated. Masks are no longer required for anyone who’s been vaccinated and the percentage of maskless customers in casinos and bars increases daily.
Buffets are returning, conventions are booking and the casinos have been busy, especially on weekends. The only casinos that haven’t reopened are the Palms (pending a sale), Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho, Fiesta Henderson, Main Street Station and Cannery.
The Pass: A new casino, The Pass has opened in Henderson, Nev. It was formerly the Eldorado and has undergone a $7 million renovation that includes new restaurants and bars, a new sports book and a remade casino floor with live table games for the first time in several years. A hotel is planned “within a year and a half.”
More paid parking: No surprise, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has joined Caesars and MGM properties in charging for parking. The fee excludes hotel guests, players club members of a certain tier, locals for the first three hours, motorcycles and everyone for the first hour. Otherwise, to self-park, it’s $10 for up to four hours and $15 from four to 24 hours.
Harrah’s jackpot: You don’t have to be playing a slot machine to hit it big. A player at Harrah’s hit a Mega Progressive jackpot for $1.3 million last week playing Three Card Poker. The player was dealt the ace, queen, and 10 of hearts; the progressive community cards came up jack and king of hearts.
Question: Is the monorail running?
Answer: After being out of commission for 14-plus months the Las Vegas Monorail is operating on its pre-pandemic (and presale to the LVCVA) schedule: Monday 7 a.m. to midnight, Tuesday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. The fees to ride are unchanged: single ride, $5; day pass, $13; and multiday passes, $23-$56.
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