When the Sahara closed its doors last May after more than 50 years in business, owners promised they would reopen the hotel-casino's doors sometime in the near future. Now, the Review Journal reports SBE Entertainment, the company that owns the shuttered property, has secured $300 million in financing to remodel and reopen the hotel-casino in 2014.
The show "X Burlesque" at Flamingo celebrates 10 years on the Strip this month. Two of their performers, sisters Shakeera Onstead and Rasmeeka Voelkner came to the United States from South Africa during apartheid.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has issued a warning to resorts about summer pool parties. The board says casinos need to be wary of illegal activity like underage drinking, drug use and prostitution and more.
The Clark County Commission wants to put tighter restrictions on panhandlers, unlicensed vendors and sidewalk entertainers on the Strip. The County's Strip Corridor Working Group spent six months examining the experience on the Strip came up with a list of suggestions for cleaning up the Strip. Among their recommendations are more frequent trash can emptying, more police and surveillance and time and place restrictions for activities on public sidewalks. We talk with a County Commissioner and legal experts about how these changes might be implemented.
Visitors to Las Vegas have changed their habits a little bit over the past few years. Tourists are spending less on gambling and more on things like entertainment and restaurants. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's Visitor Profile Study gamblers budgeted $447.63 for gaming in 2011, down from $466.20 the previous year. Meantime tourists spent $274.69 on restaurants and beverages in 2011 compared to $256.82 in 2010, a seven percent increase. We discuss how the Las Vegas visitor is changing and what casinos are doing to adjust.
While there are some small signs of improvement in the gaming industry, Nevada casinos still saw a net loss of about $4 billion in 2011. People who are visiting Las Vegas are spending less on gambling and more on things like food, beverage and entertainment.
County Commissioner, Chris Giunchigliani has proposed two ordinances dealing with animals in the county. One would ban panhandlers from having animals on private sidewalks and pedestrian bridges on the Strip.
Las Vegas' star as a top dining destination continues to rise. On and off the strip more and more gourmet restaurants, some pricey, and some affordable, are catching the attention of locals and visitors to the city.
Caesars plans to completely change the face of two of its Strip properties with the $550-million-dollar Linq project. The project will be anchored by a massive Ferris wheel along with a "re-skinned" Imperial Palace and O’Sheas casinos.
Every night at the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood the players of Vegas! The Show, take theater goers back decades for a look at the seminal personalities and entertainment acts that shaped the face of Las Vegas. With a full band and about forty players in the production the stage is packed with highly choreographed dance moves and big time voices.
It was funny in the movie but it seems lots of tourists are trying to live out the experience of very drunken debauchery along Las Vegas Boulevard. Increased violence and numerous reports of unauthorized vendors and performers have complicated the situation for Metro and Clark County officials.
"OK, OK, The Amos Glick Variety Show," is a showcase of Las Vegas strip performers doing a variety of acts starkly different from their day jobs on big casino stages. Founder, Amos Glick says every performer needs an outlet and that's why he started the show.
When Phil Ruffin bought the Treasure Island in 2009 many praised him for being a savvy businessman who dodged the economic crisis and snatching up a prime strip property for a bargain basement price. Now, two years after he bought Treasure Island Phil Ruffin is hard at work transforming Treasure Island from a resort with elements of luxury to a place that caters to mid level customers. Phil Ruffin joins us to talk about how his vision of Treasure Island is shaping up.
A new study from UNLVs Gaming Research and Review Journal says that when casinos change the percentage of payback on a slot machine by one to two percent players won't notice the difference. The study explains how slot volatility changes payouts and how percentage changes might impact how long player stay on a machine.
What does Las Vegas look like to an outsider with preconceived notions about Las Vegas? New York Times writer, Matt Gross showed up in Las Vegas without a hotel reservation or a plan and explored the city blindly. We talk with Matt Gross about his adventure in Las Vegas.
Before you walk into the Jersey Boys Theater at the Palazzo a sign warns patrons the show contains "authentic Jersey language." Jersey Boys is the musical retelling of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons complete with all the classics like "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," and "Big Girls Don't Cry.
In January, while on a sidewalk outside The Venetian, brother's Sebastian and Jason Perez-Morciglio say they were confronted by Venetian security and then metro police.
The brothers contend they did nothing wrong but allege they were illegally detained and searched by Venetian security and metro.