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Happy birthday to her: Texas woman leaves Harrah's with a $1 million gift
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
A Dallas, Texas, woman had a Las Vegas birthday to remember when she hit a $1.036 million jackpot at Harrah's.
CEO hopes renovation, new name Maximize experience at casino
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
The Westin has renamed its Casuarina Casino. As of today, it is now the Max Casino.
Unsolved mystery: Who is sabotaging the Strip’s sheets and towels with dye bombs?
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
For three months, someone has been dropping dye bombs into Marty Martin’s dirty laundry. Martin is the guy in charge of laundering thousands of pounds of sheets and towels soiled in Strip hotels. The culprit’s identity remains a mystery, but the message is clear.
New Penny Lane series to offer players at Boyd properties 'more bonuses, more often'
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Penny slot players at Boyd Gaming's properties will start seeing more bonuses when a new line of Penny Lane slots roll out Nov. 1.
Behind the scenes: How casinos prepared for the new $100 bill
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
For years, Las Vegas' gaming companies had been preparing for the Oct. 8 debut of a new $100 bill. In advance of its arrival, resorts and equipment manufacturers spent thousands of hours making sure every slot machine and money-taking device would accept them without a hitch. It worked.
Culinary Union plans to provoke arrests at upcoming protest
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
More than 100 members of the Culinary Union plan to let Metro Police arrest them on the Strip for the second time this year in protest of stalled contract negotiations at the Cosmopolitan.
Despite popularity of Candy Crush and Grand Theft Auto, there's still a market for old-school pinball in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
Craig Snelling learned how to repair arcade games out of necessity. It was the summer of 1984 and he was 14 years old, living with his parents in Glendale, Calif., when his favorite game, Mario Bros., broke. The video game scene already had exploded with the introduction of the Commodore 64 home computer and Atari console, but the science behind the games was a mystery to most. Repair manuals were rare. Google didn't exist. That didn't matter to Snelling. He wanted to play. “So I locked myself in the garage and figured it out,” he said.
Fatal shooting at club raises questions about security, gun policies
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
Police are calling Monday’s fatal shooting at Drai’s After Hours nightclub at Bally’s an isolated incident. But the discreet and often nebulous security policies behind Las Vegas nightclubs mean that bringing weapons onto Strip properties isn’t always difficult.
Police: Guest killed after tackling gunman at nightclub; 2 security officers wounded
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
A Las Vegas Strip nightclub patron was shot dead early this morning after he tackled and wrestled with an armed, disgruntled patron who had just shot two security officials at Drai’s nightclub. Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie identified the suspect as Benjamin Frazier, 41, of Las Vegas.
In a 24-hour city, child care isn't a 9-to-5 situation
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
Working while raising kids can be difficult for anyone. But the challenges can be compounded in Las Vegas, a city where work schedules often start at a time most people are tucking in their kids — and long after most day care centers have closed.
Culinary Union protesters ramp up insult campaign on Strip
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
The Culinary Union has added a new batch of insults to its campaign to keep Las Vegas visitors out of the Cosmopolitan, with protesters calling tourists “beached whales” and what sounds like “retards.”
Always wanted Caesars properties' decor? Now you can own it
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
Maybe you fancied that old furniture at the Flamingo. Or fell in love with the lampshades at Planet Hollywood. Oh, and how about those chairs at Caesars Palace? Well, it might be up for grabs.
Executive vice president resigns from Station Casinos
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
Station Casinos Executive Vice President Kevin Kelley has resigned “to pursue other professional opportunities,” according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Culinary Union picketer verbally attacks tourists on Strip
Union official sees nothing wrong with tactics
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Video footage has surfaced showing a picketing Culinary Union member calling tourists “losers” and “jerks” for going into the Cosmopolitan. The Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs captured the video at a Culinary protest Oct. 5 and today posted it on YouTube.
Gaming company to double size of facilities, hire 500 more employees
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Konami Gaming has broken ground on a $40 million expansion of its Las Vegas facilities. The gaming manufacturer’s current facility is 160,000 square feet, and the expansion will more than double the operation.
Culinary Union launches second website that takes aim at the Cosmopolitan
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
The Culinary Union has cracked open another chapter in its campaign against the Cosmopolitan. First, it was pickets and prolonged protests. Now, it's culinaryconfidential.org, a hotel review blog aimed at the demise of the Cosmopolitan's reputation.
Rescued sea turtle makes debut at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
OD, a 320-pound sea turtle recently rescued in the Florida Keys, made his debut this morning at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. After a quarantine, Shark Reef scientists released the 50-year-old sea creature into the 1.3 million gallon Shipwreck Exhibit.
Comfort over caviar: How to wine and dine clients in a recovering economy
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
Hugh Anderson, the managing director of HighTower Advisors, realized a long time ago he doesn’t need to play golf to wrangle customers. Instead, he takes them to dinner.
As Culinary bemoans Cosmopolitan, alliance members will take a different approach — thanking tourists for visiting
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
A picketing Culinary Union will have some opposition outside the Cosmopolitan this weekend. The Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs (APNJ) plans to counter the Culinary’s picket outside the Strip resort with a demonstration of its own. Their aim runs opposite the feisty labor union.
World-famous flier opens trapeze school in Las Vegas
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
Terry Cavaretta, a founding member of the Flying Cavarettas, the first all-female trapeze troupe in North America that retired in 1991, is returning to fly again. But this time, Cavaretta climbs the ladder as a teacher, not a performer.
Former Pinnacle Entertainment CEO takes over at Palms
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
The Palms has a new boss.
Daniel Lee, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, has taken over the off-strip resort as its new CEO. He replaces Joseph A. Magliarditi, who joined the Palms in June 2011 and recently resigned to pursue other business interests, according to Alex Acuna, the Palms’ spokesman.
Top Cantor gaming boss under federal scrutiny, Wall Street Journal reports
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Federal prosecutors are probing whether Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s top gaming boss participated in his company taking illegal sports bets from a New York gambling ring called the “Jersey Boys.”
R-J owner says Sun erred in listing of defendants in antitrust suit
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
The parent company of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has filed a motion to dismiss four of eight defendants listed in an antitrust lawsuit filed by Las Vegas Sun Editor and Publisher Brian Greenspun. The motion argues Michael Ferguson, CEO of Stephens Media LLC; Warren Stephens, CEO of Stephens Holding Co.; SF Holding; and Stephens Holding Co. have nothing to do with the company’s effort to terminate a long-standing joint operating agreement at the center of Greenspun’s lawsuit. The motion contends Greenspun added the four defendants to the lawsuit “for no reason other than their status as managing members” under the Stephens Media umbrella.
Caesars Entertainment sells 10 million stock shares to Swiss banking firm to help cover loan
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Caesars Entertainment Corp. has sold 10.3 million shares of its common stock to a Swiss banking firm for $200 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Gambler who had $40 million Las Vegas hot streak in '90s runs out of luck
Archie Karas arrested for marking cards at Indian casino in California
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Archie Karas carved out a name for himself as the legendary gambler who stumbled through Las Vegas casinos in the early 1990s on a two-year streak of extraordinary luck, turning $50 into $40 million.
Tropicana offers first-of-its-kind locals deal: dedicated parking
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
The Tropicana opened a locals-only parking lot today. The Strip resort recently launched a rewards program stacked with locals-only deals, including 20 percent cash return on all losses — and the dedicated locals lot just off Tropicana Avenue.
Strip resort's show runs aground during shopping center construction
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
Treasure Island will shut down the free Sirens of TI show for two months to begin building a three-story shopping center on the Las Vegas Strip. The show will be closed from Oct. 21 to Dec. 25.
Gamer profile: Slot developer fancies wine, green cars and sci-fi flicks
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
Game developers are the mathematical geniuses and tech junkies responsible for the sea of slot machines that flows through Las Vegas. But who are they? What do they drive? Where do they party? Whom do they read? VEGAS INC is bringing some of the personalities behind the biggest gaming companies in the world out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
Judge rejects Sun's second bid to freeze plans for newspaper breakup
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
A federal judge today denied a second attempt by Las Vegas Sun Editor and Publisher Brian Greenspun to prevent what Greenspun contends is a bid by the Las Vegas Review-Journal to gain a media monopoly in Southern Nevada.
Zip line to launch riders high from Rio’s VooDoo Lounge
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
The Rio’s VooDoo Zip Line will open in early November. Resort officials today announced the ride will be open to the public from noon to midnight daily, but a solid opening date has not been set. Riders must be 21 or older to ride the zip line after 8:30 p.m. From noon to 5:30 p.m., the ride costs $24.99 per person and from 5:30 p.m. to midnight it is $37. Service fees are attached to both packages. About 400 feet off the ground, the two-seat zip ride launches at the VooDoo Lounge, atop the Rio’s 50-story Masquerade tower.
Firm wants lawyer off case pitting Sun against R-J
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
The law firm that employs one of the lawyers for Las Vegas Sun Editor and Publisher Brian Greenspun asked a federal judge Tuesday for permission to withdraw the attorney from Greenspun’s antitrust lawsuit against Stephens Media, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s parent company.
New in slot machine gaming: 'Titanic,' 'Walking Dead,' online progressives and DeLoreans
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
The biggest theme in new slot machines at this year's Global Gaming Expo was Hollywood. Many of the new titles centered on pop culture, from "Avatar" to ZZ Top. Most drew big crowds.
David Copperfield's new act: the face of a new line of slot machines
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
His slot machine makes your money disappear. Considered by most to be the world's greatest illusionist, David Copperfield now has another line to add to his resume: He has his own slot machine.
How online poker companies track players and verify their location
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
People call him the "sheriff of online gambling," but Rip Gerber says he's more like border patrol. As CEO of Locaid, a San Francisco technology company, Gerber makes sure gamblers are where they say they are. Locaid verifies the location of online gamblers for Ultimate Poker, William Hill and the newest entrant into Nevada's online poker industry, the World Series of Poker.
More celebrity than innovation: Analysts say gaming's reliance on pop culture waters down products
Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
Call it the year of movie-themed moneymakers. Gambling insiders expect this year’s Global Gaming Expo to be light on breakthroughs but heavy on pop culture. The convention's most-anticipated games this year center around popular movies and pop stars of the last century. And while the subjects are wildly popular, analysts say manufacturers' growing reliance on such a tried-and-true formula dampens investors’ interest in the industry.
Atlantic City cocktail waitresses warn local servers: Don't allow bosses to replace you with iPads
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
Eve Davis hopped on a March flight from Atlantic City to Las Vegas with a warning for Culinary Union cocktail waitresses here.
Sun publisher takes new action against R-J's owner
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
Las Vegas Sun Editor and Publisher Brian Greenspun has filed a new motion for a temporary restraining order against the owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal over what he contends is a bid by the R-J to eliminate the Las Vegas Sun and gain a newspaper monopoly.
The Internet poker industry is becoming a full house: Caesars to launch WSOP online today
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
Four months after Station Casinos rolled out Ultimate Poker, Caesars Interactive will enter the online gambling ring with its World Series of Poker site, the second fully-legal, pay-to-play poker platform in Nevada.
Caesars Entertainment refinancing $4.4 billion in debt
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Caesars Entertainment Corp. is refinancing $4.4 billion in mortgage loan debt, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Culinary Union warns of possible citywide strike
Resort companies say talk of strikes are premature, they expect resolution
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
The Culinary Union is preparing for a potential citywide strike — its first in Las Vegas since 1984. In a written warning addressed to Wall Street investors, Unite Here, the parent company of the Culinary, says a strike will be imminent if solid contracts are not soon inked.
Thank you, Mayweather and Alvarez: Fight expected to pump millions into Las Vegas economy
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
Anticipation for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s title defense against fellow unbeaten rival Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been building for months. Hosting the match is a boon for the city. It is expected to bring thousands of people to town and pump millions into the local economy.
Final piece of giant observation wheel set in place
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
The High Roller’s towering wheel is complete. Under overcast skies, construction crews today installed the last section of the observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. Resembling a giant bicycle rim, the 550-foot wheel is one step closer to becoming the largest in the world — bigger than the London Eye and Singapore Flyer.
Decision about newspaper joint operating agreement put off for another day
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
A federal judge today said a lawsuit that would have blocked the termination of a business agreement between the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Review-Journal was premature, leaving the issue to be decided another day.
Four pole dancing moves that will make you look like a pro
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
If you're not hip to the language, conversations between pole dancers might surprise you. Like any sport or hobby, pole dancing has its own lingo. It's not too hard to catch on, though. Many moves explain themselves and are literal representations of the concept they depict.
Not just for strippers: Enthusiasts say pole dancing is a great workout for anyone — even children
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
If Fawnia Dietrich gets her way, the 2016 Olympic Games will come equipped with a stage anchored by two poles – one that spins and one that doesn’t. The Las Vegas pole fitness instructor is one of a number of pole enthusiasts pushing to make pole dancing an Olympic sport. An online petition, sponsored by Vertical Dance and Labfitness, has more than 7,000 signatures. It has been a tough sell trying to get the International Olympic Committee to recognize pole dancing as a legitimate sport.
Justice Department opens probe into Stephens Media over monopoly concerns
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
The Justice Department is investigating the legality of Stephens Media’s efforts to terminate a business agreement in which its Review-Journal prints and delivers the Las Vegas Sun, according to an attorney for Sun Editor and Publisher Brian Greenspun.
OSHA orders MGM to rehire whistle-blower, pay $325,000 in damages
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
MGM Resorts International has been ordered to reinstate a wrongfully terminated whistle-blower and pay $325,000 in damages for violating whistle-blower laws.
Cosmopolitan channeling Johnny Carson, Desi Arnaz for new club slated as a rebirth of the social club
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
A new club is slated to open at the Cosmopolitan in late December. Marketed as a rebirth of the social club, Rose.Rabbit.Lie will be a complex mix of restaurant, bar, club and entertainment venue, resort officials say.
Sun lawyer: Apartment guides don’t replace news
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
Attorneys for Las Vegas Sun Editor and Publisher Brian Greenspun scoffed today at suggestions that the newspaper’s role can be replaced by the likes of publications that target niche audiences such as car buyers, pet fanciers and brides.
Looking for a good place to eat? Apparently, North Las Vegas isn't it
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
The culinary excellence of North Las Vegas is wrapped up in a joint called the Road Kill Grill. So perhaps it’s no surprise Movoto’s real estate bloggers named the city one of the worst in America for food lovers.

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