Category Archives: Wayne F. Newton

Warm spring in the Midwest; Vegas Vic gets political

Don’t believe anyone who says the economy is bad: Casino takings are up all across the Midwest. The biggest gain was in Ohio, where casino win rose 7%, even though players continue to blow off Jack Cleveland ($18 million, -8%). … Continue reading

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Wayne Newton, Mr. Convention; Adelson covets Vietnam

If you doubted that the convention business is the new face of Las Vegas, it trotted out the pretty visage of Wayne Newton. The latter’s Casa de Shenandoah is promoting itself as the new place to hold your meeting, offering to … Continue reading

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Wayne Newton’s peacock peril

If you live near Casa de Shenandoah, look out: The neighborhood is being terrorized by roaming peacocks who make their base of operations at the mansion/museum of Mr. Las. Vegas himself, Wayne Newton. The latter’s people are trying to have … Continue reading

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Wynn’s big surprise; T-Mobile disappoints

As though seeking to steal the thunder from T-Mobile Arena, the ever-clever Steve Wynn used yesterday’s earnings call investor showcase to roll out a new project. If you have a spare $500, then use it to play Wynn Golf Club as … Continue reading

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Trouble at the Trop; Liberace resurgence in Vegas

After a methodical — or at least slow-moving — investigation, FBI agents dropped the hammer on Tropicana Las Vegas‘ resident illusionist, Jan Rouven. The latter is accused of felony child pornography, having allegedly had myriad violent child-porn images and videos … Continue reading

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Tribal casinos good for your health? Bet on it

“Reservation shopping” used to be Us versus Them language, as the private sector sought to hold back tribal casinos. Now it’s been added to the arsenal of tribe-on-tribe verbal violence. Writes the New York Times, “casino-owning Indian tribes have emerged … Continue reading

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Newton’s ship sinks; A land (of plenty) Down Under

Bad things have a way of happening to Wayne Newton‘s property. Most recently, his yacht sank at its Lake Mead berth. This inspired the Las Vegas Review-Journal to lead its story with, “Mr. Las Vegas’ yacht sleeps with the fishes.” … Continue reading

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A Christmas wish list …

For those of us who missed it this year, the best Christmas tradition of which I know. First and most importantly … To you, the reader, who makes this possible, a year of happiness, health and wealth, whether material, intellectual … Continue reading

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High-profile Vegas divorce

This just in … peripatetic chef Carla Pellegrino has just released a statement in which “announces her mutual separation from Tropicana Las Vegas,” after 19 months overseeing its Italian restaurant, Bacio. The Brazilian chef, also late of Rao’s at Caesars … Continue reading

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Get to the polls!

… as in the Las Vegas Advisor weekly poll. Tomorrow’s promises to be a real doozy. The question is,  What was the worst show in recent Strip and Downtown history? The dog kennel hasn’t been completely filled but I can … Continue reading

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Loveman heir abdicates; VLTs hit Ohio tomorrow; Wayne’s World II

Shares of Caesars Entertainment sank today on the news that CFO Jonathan Halkyard has quit, taking an equivalent position at NV Energy. Although the latter’s financial outlook is far rosier, with scant long-term debt, its revenue base ($611 million last … Continue reading

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Trouble in Wayne’s World

Dedicated to Mr. Charles Monster: Wow, I totally didn’t see this coming … not! See our May 1 “Question of the Day” on Casa de Shenandoah for some ominous foreshadowing of The Wayner’s latest financial pickle. Wayne Newton‘s contractor “claims … Continue reading

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Pea soup in Vegas; Robosaurus attacks the wrong target

If you’re thinking of coming to Las Vegas for Christmas, I have one word of advice: Don’t. For the past week, Sin City has been steadily blanketed in rain, with no end in sight. It’s just miserable. (Instead of trying … Continue reading

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Brad Garrett: Enter at your own risk; Bargains & magnanimity

First, the good news. After going null for two with Paul Rodriguez (PR nightmare) and Wayne Newton (artistic disaster), the Tropicana Las Vegas appears to have swatted an 0-2 pitch into the bleachers. Brad Garrett‘s eponymous comedy club is a … Continue reading

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Introducing Planet Harrah’s

Newly Harrah’s-ized Planet Hollywood has got a new Web site. OK, it’s a little rudimentary by 2010 standards but we’re in the top of the first inning here. (If for some reason the page doesn’t show in your browser, the … Continue reading

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Sheldon Adelson, TV star

There I was, wrapping up a two-day “staycation” with dinner at Metro Pizza when I looked up and … let’s say I’m lucky I didn’t choke to death from shock at what I saw. There was Las Vegas Sands potentate … Continue reading

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Adieu, Bourbon Street

Kitty-korner from Bally’s Las Vegas is the former site of Bourbon Street, long since imploded by Harrah’s Entertainment and not the least bit missed. It had a skanky reputation and the tightest slots you ever did play. After it was … Continue reading

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Case Bets: Laughlin postmortem, Newton grounded, Gibbons robs problem gamblers

It’s an S&G Special Austerity Edition (i.e., no pictures) … Three grand. That’s the value of a human life in Nevada. The Washingtonian who crashed his car into Laughlin‘s Edgewater casino, killing two and injuring seven, is out on $6,000 … Continue reading

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It’s a boy!

Folks here at LVA HQ must be feeling a little punchy, as they’ve come up with this bit of Humpday drollery, which I pass along for your diversion. Recipe: Take one Steve Wynn … Add a splash of Marty Allen … Continue reading

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Garth: That’s the way it is

Amid all the ink that’s been spilled about the phenomenon that is Garth Brooks at Wynncore, we have a winner. No review is more eloquent, detailed or well-observed than the one newly penned by my estimable CityLife colleague Mike Prevatt. … Continue reading

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