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  • Las Vegas

    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

    The announcement arrived today in the form of a banner across the forthcoming resort’s website, where SBE Entertainment CEO Sam Nazarian posted a blog item about the opening.

  • Las Vegas

    Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

    Executives of AEG and MGM Resorts International have released renderings of their $350 million, 20,000-seat arena.

  • General

    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.

  • Breaking News

    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.

  • Breaking News

    Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013

    Caesars Entertainment has revealed a list new tenants slated to open within its $550-million Linq development.

  • Business

    Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

    An outsider might conclude there's a lot of partying going on in an employees-only floor at the Bellagio. There's no bar in sight but still the place smells like booze. Inch closer to a pair of double doors across the hall from the resort’s carpentry office, and the alcoholic aroma grows stronger. Peek through a pair of windows and you find the source.

  • Breaking News

    Monday, Aug. 5, 2013

    Treasure Island wants build a three-story shopping center on the Las Vegas Strip. If approved by Clark County commissioners Wednesday, TI would have to eliminate a third of its Sirens of TI lagoon to make room for the 46,000-square-foot center. Spread over 19.5 acres, it would include a pharmacy, retail shops, restaurants and an automobile salesroom.

  • Business

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    For months, there has been the steady buzz of saws, the hammering of nails and the grumbling of bulldozers. Now, at the end of a 1,200-foot pedestrian walkway, a 550-foot-tall observation wheel is taking shape. Developers of Caesars Entertainment's Linq offered a sneak peek today of the development, a $550-million dining, retail and entertainment promenade expected to open in December.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Imagine wakeboarding in the shadow of the Las Vegas Strip or snowboarding before heading to the tables. Sounds crazy, but if a 34-year-old Australian businessman has his way, that will be a reality come 2014. Entrepreneur Josh Kearney hopes to open a $50 million amusement park in the heart of Las Vegas by the end of next year.

  • Gaming

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    It’s 8 p.m. July 11, 2033. Hot and getting hotter. There’s a high of 117 outside McCarran International Airport, and you’re fighting the odd desire to crack an egg over the asphalt, Tweetagram it. You can see the Strip through the glass window at arrivals. It looks roughly the same as you remember—the iconic shapes of the Luxor, Paris and Wynn still cutting through the sky—but you’ve heard a lot has changed since your last visit. “You want in?” your girlfriend asks, sitting in a semicircle of friends. She’s put together a Texas hold ’em table on her tablet, connected to a pack of players in a hotel room at Caesars Palace.

  • Business

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    Bellagio’s fountains have been named the No. 1 landmark in the U.S. TripAdvisor picked the famed Las Vegas attraction based on millions of reviews.

  • Breaking News

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    Bally’s Las Vegas plans to renovate 756 rooms in its South Tower and rename it the Jubilee Tower, named after the longest-running burlesque act in Las Vegas and slated to welcome its first guests in late summer.

  • A&E

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    After months of preparation and several setbacks, Krave Massive finally has arrived. The club welcomes its first guests Saturday night. Owner Kelly Murphy couldn't be more relieved. Planning the grand opening of the world’s largest gay club in a new downtown location hasn’t allowed him much sleep over the past year.

  • Business

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    A giant Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Hershey's bar are slated for the sweet spot between the Strip's Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Business

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Anyone who has parked in a casino garage has probably seen them: thousands of dirty shoe prints stamped onto garage ceilings and support beams. Almost all of the Strip properties display them. The prints come in all shapes and sizes and feature varying degrees of darkness. Some suggest the stamper used a bare foot. Almost all of the Strip properties display them.

  • A&E

    Monday, June 3, 2013

    Ashley Demille's toddler had yet to speak, but the 25-year-old mother had no doubt her daughter was excited to splash around Wet 'n' Wild. "She's just been pointing toward the slides and going "ooooooh," Demille said, standing in line to get into the new water park Monday morning.

  • A&E

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    Chronic Tacos, a popular Mexican food joint out of California, has opened a restaurant at the Palms. Known for serving gigantic portions of authentic Mexican food crafted from age-old recipes, the new Chronic Tacos is next to Earl of Sandwich and Brenden Theaters in the Palms.

  • Business

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    They used math to beat casinos for a living. Their exploits have been immortalized on the silver screen — in films like "21" — and before that between bindings on the best-seller list. Educated at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the MIT Card Counting Team hauled millions of dollars out of casinos from coast to coast throughout the '80s and '90s. Now, the team is long gone, but a few of its former members made an appearance at the 15th International Gambling and Risk Taking Conference at Caesars Palace this week to look back at their time counting cards for big cash.

  • Las Vegas

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    It’s a question that’s loomed over the gambling industry since Internet gaming became a reality: In a battle between brick-and-mortar casinos and online casinos, who wins?

  • Business

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Imagine this: you’re soaring 400 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, strung on a zip line between the Rio’s two towers.

  • Las Vegas

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    The Terrible’s cowboy is taking the next horse and buggy right outta town. The Affinity Gaming casino has a new name: The Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    It’s the summer of the dragon at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium. After a year of preparation, two Komodo dragons from Prague are on display. The juvenile dragons, both male, join a large number of exotic reptiles showcased at the aquarium, including an adult Komodo dragon, a golden crocodile and a green sea turtle.

  • Gaming

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Baccarat players have a new pit to play in. The Golden Nugget has opened a baccarat pit downtown, located just past the casino’s Rush Tower lobby and valet entrance.

  • A&E

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Ryan Rodacker doesn’t want a chair. The professional eater from Portland prefers to stand and wait for the beast to lurch out of the kitchen. Plus, any pro will tell you it’s easier to slay beasts standing up. It’s Thursday afternoon at Windy City Beefs-N-Pizza in Las Vegas, and Rodacker — a 36-year-old 200-pounder known in some circles as “Max Carnage” — psyches himself up by thinking about the busy week he just put in.

  • Las Vegas

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    All the slides are up and running at the forthcoming Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas. As the park’s Memorial Day opening approaches, landscapers have been carving out the finishing touches on the grounds of the Summerlin park.

  • Food

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    When Bill Marler’s phone rings, he usually has a pretty good idea of what the callers want to talk about: food poisoning. Over the last two decades, Marler has built a reputation securing settlements for victims in contaminated food cases.

  • Business

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    The race to roll out the first legal, real-money poker website in the United States is over — and it ended in Nevada. Station Casinos on Tuesday launched a 30-day trial of UltimatePoker.com, which allows in-state gamblers to play online poker from computers or mobile devices. “It’s a new day in online gaming,” Ultimate Poker Chairman and Founder Tom Breitling said. “Nevada is first, and Nevada should be proud.”

  • A&E

    Friday, April 26, 2013

    Families looking forward to splashing around Henderson's Cowabunga Bay Water Park this summer will have to wait. The water park won't open until Spring 2014.

  • A&E

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    Guests at the Bellagio can buy a chance to control the resort's famed dancing fountains – for $250,000 a pop. High rollers can pay to press a shiny red button that controls the fountains and makes them dance to the customer's favorite tunes. The deal is offered at Hyde Bellagio.

  • Business

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    Las Vegas has always been known a destination for big spenders. So maybe it’s not surprise the city also has been named one of best places to find a sugar daddy.

  • Business

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    You can’t miss it. It’s 250 feet tall, 65 feet wide and packed with 11 million pixels spread over 10,000 square feet of LED screen. It’s Aria’s new marquee, and it’s the tallest on the Strip, according to MGM Resorts International officials.

  • A&E

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    Six Las Vegas Valley restaurants have landed on a list of the best places to eat in the country. OpenTable.com, a restaurant reservations website, sifted through more than 15 million reviews to name 100 winners in the "2013 Diners' Choice Award." More than 15,000 restaurants were considered. Nevada came in fifth place for number of winners, trailing California, Florida, New York and Illinois.

  • Business

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    If you’re a player with a preference for privacy, and you have a healthy pocketbook, the Bellagio may have the gambling parlor for you. The casino recently opened a new private gaming room named Villa Privé. But there’s a catch: access to the 2,600-square-foot salon is by invitation only and reserved for high rollers. The parlor is located far from the Bellagio’s main casino floor on the resort’s exclusive Villa level.

  • Business

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    Las Vegas has long been known as the marriage capital of the world. Now, the city's airport was named one of the best to hook up in. McCarran International Airport was ranked No. 2 in a list of the country's best airports for hookups.