Category Archives: Movies

Trump keeps them guessing; Meet your new neighbor, Steve Wynn

Could the president of the United States build a Las Vegas casino? That’s regulatory terra incognito that Nevada regulators will have to explore as Phil Ruffin and Donald Trump continue with their plan to erect a Trump-branded casino next door … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Quite a lot, if you happen to be the late Sen. Pat McCarran (D). Not only is Nevada‘s largest airport named after you (not inaptly — the anti-New Deal, pro-fascist McCarran’s signature achievements included splitting off the Air Force as a … Continue reading

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MGM tipped as Sands Bethlehem buyer

It’s definite: Las Vegas Sands is shopping Sands Bethlehem, no matter what Ron Reese tells you. Company executives visited Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Commissioner Richard G. Jewell with the news, which he confirmed to the Allentown Morning Call. Corroboration came … Continue reading

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Caesars: No free ride; Straub sues New Jersey

In an utterly predictable move, Caesars Entertainment will begin charging for parking at its Las Vegas Strip casinos in late December, at the same when MGM Resorts International‘s paid-parking regime is expected to go wide, encompassing locals. (December 29 is … Continue reading

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Riviera: Now they tell us!; Paddy Power’s bad electoral bet

Turns out there was more contaminated soil at the Riviera site than originally estimated … 23 times more. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, what was originally estimated to be 430 tons of toxic dirt turned out to be 9,980. … Continue reading

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Parisian debuts, Adelson still thinking big

Sheldon Adelson™ has refrained from pre-hyping his Parisian Macao, preferring to let the product speak for itself. It opened last night to the customary fireworks display, as well as a dazzling light show on the megaresort’s half-size Eiffel Tower. Additional … Continue reading

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“Baz” in my bonnet; Moulin Rouge back in play

Palazzo is currently hosting the second coming of Baz: Star-Crossed Love, a song-and-dance mishmash of iconic moments from such Baz Luhrmann epics as Gatsby, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. (What, nothing from Australia? Awwwww.) There’s even a passing nod … Continue reading

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Hang up for MGM National Harbor; Dances with insolvency

If a July opening of MGM National Harbor, in Maryland, sounded too good to be true, it was. The company says “things got more and more real” and the Washington Post reports that MGM executives told it the target “was … Continue reading

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GLPI gets a racino; Reckless casino rhetoric

After over a year of litigation, Gaming & Leisure Properties has come to terms with Cannery Casino Resorts over the sale of Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh. (Next step for GLPI, find an operator. Penn National Gaming? Pinnacle Entertainment?) Considering that … Continue reading

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Continued erosion in Illinois

Illinois gamblers visited measurably less (-8%) and spent slightly more (+3%), as casino business in the Land of Lincoln took a 5% dip in November. The calendar had one less weekend day than last year, which surely didn’t help. Even … Continue reading

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Thought for the day

Many question Donald Trump‘s qualifications for the presidency of the United States. I do not. Why? What other past or present occupant of the Oval Office (or Republican candidate for president, for that matter) appeared in the 1989 Bo Derek … Continue reading

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Kirk Kerkorian, 1917-2015

Here in Las Vegas, the impact of Kirk Kerkorian‘s death is still sinking in. A man known for self-effacing personal habits left the world as discreetly as he passed through it in his Ford Taurus, leaving accomplishments that far exceeded … Continue reading

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Pansy Ho on the campaign trail; Connecticut tribes optimistic

MGM China would probably prefer that its co-chairwoman, Pansy Ho, stay out of the headlines, considering the negative publicity she’s generated over the years. But she opened up to the media this week, specifically the newspaper of which she is … Continue reading

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Reid’s heavy hand; Staying the course in Macao

Financing of SLS Las Vegas was made a little easier when Sen. Harry Reid (D) intervened on behalf of some of Sam Nazarian‘s all-important EB-5 visa investors. The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security has identified four SLS … Continue reading

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Riviera’s fate sealed

… or soon will be. On Friday, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority is holding a board meeting at which the future of the venerable hotel-casino will be decided. On the table is a $182.5 million purchase, which values … Continue reading

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Caesars’ hand forced; Pick a peck of Packer

Efforts by Appaloosa Management and others to push Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. into an involuntary bankruptcy have lit a fire under Caesars. The company is moving its planned bankruptcy filing up from Jan. 20 to tomorrow.  Appaloosa and cohorts Tennenbaum Capital Partners … Continue reading

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“Showstoppers” gets it done; Soul-searching at Cirque

Basking in the afterglow of the opening night of ShowStoppers. (Or properly, Steve Wynn’s Showtoppers) Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn called it the most satisfying creative experience he’d had to date. When he finishes a hotel, he said, all he … Continue reading

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La dolce Delano

Since my wife and I had already stayed (very comfortably) at Delano Las Vegas, we didn’t feel incumbent upon us to attend last night’s grand opening. Maybe that was a mistake on our part: It looks like we missed a … Continue reading

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Megaflop at the Trop

Whatever the hold Mamma Mia! exerted over Las Vegas audiences, it’s gone — and so will be the show, closing Aug. 3 after an abortive, three-month run. It doesn’t figure: A previous incarnation at Mandalay Bay (which Mandalay Resort Group … Continue reading

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Sands: Hacked and heckled

If Sheldon Adelson hasn’t come to regret his ‘nuke Iran‘ rant he may soon do so. While Las Vegas Sands struggles to make its Web sites fully functional again, Adelson’s cyber-tormentors are taking a victory lap. A “Zhao Anderson” posted … Continue reading

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