1. Multiple media outlets recently reported that Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck had been banned from the Hard Rock Hotel for counting cards at a blackjack table. Hard Rock says he’s welcome back, but we’re still awarding points for keeping Vegas on TMZ’s radar and general math badassedness. +2
2. The Las Vegas Wranglers will not play their home games atop the Plaza this upcoming season, as the Downtown property announced last week the team was moving on due to concerns over cost estimates for the hotel’s would-be rooftop arena. Bummer. -1
3. First lady Michelle Obama presented the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District with the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service last week. One of 10 institutions honored, LVCCLD received the award for aligning its programs and services with the needs of the community after the Great Recession. +3
4. In related literary news, celebrity chef Mario Batali will open a fourth outpost of his Books for Kids Library in Las Vegas this fall, which will serve preschool-age children in an impoverished area of the city. +3
5. GameWorks is slated to open at Town Square sometime this summer, after ending a 15-year run on the Strip in March 2012. Will a 2.5-mile move, an “off-Strip” location and some sweet updates (see: an eight-lane bowling alley and a “social gaming arena”) translate to the local foot traffic the giant arcade needs? Only time will tell. push
Total: +7 All in all a good week for Las Vegas.