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Steve Friess

Steve Friess is a freelance journalist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek and USA Today, among many other outlets.

Story Archive

  • Betting

    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

    “I guess, because I was winning, they let a lot of it slide, and there haven’t been complaints so far, as far as I know.”

  • Wynn Las Vegas

    Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

    While quick to condemn our political and economic system, Wynn continues to handle China with kid gloves.

  • Magic

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    The magician's claim that “magic hasn’t been presented in the right way in America” rings a bit hollow in Las Vegas.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

    "I’m just saying we don’t know and, legally, nobody has proven anything. That used to matter, right?"

  • Casino

    Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

    Here’s a chilling thought, courtesy of the man who made it all possible: “Ask yourself, if there was no Mirage on the Strip, what would’ve happened?”

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

    Frederick Foster looked the Vegas part, that is, minus the douchiness and yard-long margarita and plus class, culture and brains.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    Bidding on items? Awesome! Dealing with customer service afterward? Not so much.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

    Was it only seven years ago that Miles and I held a “commitment ceremony” in that fabulous suite at the Palms, “officiated” by a rabbi who choked up because he’d never presided over such a “wedding”?

  • Technology

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

    The Dot-Vegas gods want you to think their crappy real estate is the next Fifth Avenue. ... It’s not Fifth Avenue. It’s Siberia.

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    "And right about now, the idea that casinos equal employment is in question in a way it hasn’t been for decades."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    TV gets Vegas right: The drama incorporates the city's late computer convention COMDEX into its storyline.

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    MGM's Gold Strike casino in Tunica, Miss., recently opened a nonsmoking area.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

    "Here’s the dirty little secret about Uber: There is no dirty little secret."

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Seriously, the 2 next to the 5? This is Las Vegas!

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    At 29, Vanessa Selbst is already 22nd in tournament history with $10.5 million in prize winnings. That includes three World Series of Poker tournaments, including one last month in which she took home more than ...

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    The stamp launches this week.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    He walked away from Steve Wynn. And a lot of money.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Both are pioneering companies on the subject of gay rights, and together they own six casinos in the southern state.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Ordinarily, it wouldn’t be worth noting that, over lunch one Saturday, I ran into yet another standard-issue anti-Las Vegas screed by yet another holier-than-thou visitor rolling out all the usual clichés and tropes.

  • UNLV

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Columnist Steve Friess discusses student-athlete unions, UNLV's heyday and more with the former Runnin' Rebel.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Sure, we have the low taxes and low regulation sales pitch for companies looking to move. But what about an educated workforce?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Steve Friess comes across a Sin City-themed greasy spoon in Motown.

  • Culture

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    “In order for this lifestyle and the things we do to be seen and understood, people need to have that opportunity to do this."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    Vegas won't be anywhere on your TV screen this Super Sunday, but everyone at the Big Game with a smartphone will have access to New Jersey's online gambling.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Steve Friess sends a postcard from the cold.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    The musician recently released a new iteration, "Hannukah in Las Vegas."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

    Much of what gave Spider-Man a bad name in New York would be far less likely to occur in Vegas.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

    The idea of hosting the GOP convention was once laughed at.

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

    The Mouse House will no longer allow Marvel and Star Wars characters and themes to be used for slot machines.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

    To some senators in Washington, the casino business is still only modestly removed from the nefarious underworld.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

    The duo's show ceased to exist in an instant, and with it an entire genre of Las Vegas entertainment was replaced.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

    Ever wonder why legal same-sex marriage matters? Meet "The Olds," a longtime Las Vegas gay couple.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

    "I never stopped thinking about Las Vegas and its singular place in America and international lore."

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    After being publicly fired, Erich Bergen landed the same role—in the upcoming film adaptation.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    "The chance to become iconic and central on this is gone."

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Kenny Kerr’s performances actually changed the world.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

    Last month, mayors from more than 100 cities pledged support to marriage equality. Not Carolyn.

  • LV Weekly

    Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

    Longtime 'Weekly' wordsmith Steve Friess says goodbye to "the most honest place in the world."

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

    Departing Strip Sense columnist Steve Friess revisits highlights from his four years

  • The Strip

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

    Steve Friess defends Barney.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

    The Northern Nevada county knows how to manage its money. Find out how here.

  • The Strip

    Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

    The adventure began, appropriately enough, with a broken elevator.

  • The Plaza

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011

    It is difficult to recall a hotel-casino redevelopment in modern Las Vegas history that has received as much hype as the $35 million job taking place at 1 South Main Street.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011

    The actual news in there is that Weight Watchers is finally highlighting the importance of weight loss for men.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    “The best is yet to come, and babe, won’t it be fine."

  • MGM Mirage

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    The flames devoured the roof at such a dramatic pace that the Monte Carlo seemed doomed.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Find out what keeps this super "phan" coming back time and time again!

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Weekly columnist Steve Friess looks into WSOP's new rival: Epic Poker League.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Like most gay Americans not on the happy streets of Greenwich Village on Friday as the New York Senate deliberated whether to make my home state the largest and coolest state to recognize same-sex marriages, I sat with one eye glued to cable news coverage and the other avidly scanning the web.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Steve Friess will soon embark on a new adventure with the Starkey Hearing Foundation.