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This may be one of the slowest weeks of the year for Vegas, but gaming news was fast and furious. Here's a recap of the biggest headlines:
○The sale of The Cosmopolitan may become official as soon as today. The Nevada Gaming Commission blessed the deal yesterday. Blackstone Group is purchasing the center Strip property from Deutsche for $1.73 billion. (Vegas Inc.)
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According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, this is how the increase will affect the bottom line:
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What was rumored over the weekend is now official.
Hakkasan Group will be able to use the tagline, "now with more oontz," come January when its purchase of Light Group for $36 mil is expected to be finalized. The buyout will mean the assimilation of Light nightclub at Mandalay Bay, 1OAK at The Mirage and The Bank at Bellagio, as well as the lounges and most of the restaurants under the Light Group domain.
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While lots of names have been (jokingly) bandied about, could the NHL team possibly|probably (possably?) headed to Vegas be dubbed the Black Knights?
Canada's Sports Net recently interviewed Bill Foley, the face of Vegas' potential ownership group, and discovered he loves the name due to its -- and his -- association with West Point. Foley admits, however, that there would be a naming contest if things reach that point. That's a relief because I can't be the only one who immediately thought of Martin Lawrence, right?
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Along Las Vegas Boulevard, the land stretching from the Harley-Davidson Cafe to Smith & Wollensky is owned by the same company, which took control of the bankrupt property about four years ago. A hodgepodge eyesore across from the metropolitan skyscrapers of CityCenter, cheapo vendors that hawk 16 oz. Tall Boys for 99 cents and four tees for ten bucks are slowly being replaced by more
corporate gentrified tenants like Chili's and Fatburger.
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There are some who say if people could legally bet on lab rats running through mazes, they would. While not that extreme the South Point has petitioned the Nevada Gaming Control Board to amend regulations to allow some non-traditional bets in their sportsbook. Execs are asking that wagering be allowed on events sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee as well as non-athletic events like the Oscars and the Heisman Trophy winner.
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Look, guys. The NHL coming to Vegas is purely speculation, mm'kay? Now, who's in for season tickets?
As the pendulum continues to swing from (dis)interest to denial when it comes to a professional hockey franchise in Vegas, the NHL's Board of Governors have approved "a season-ticket drive" to see if visitors and locals will actually support the idea.
With the advent of more comprehensive players clubs that reward you for other activities besides just gambling, Vegas is embracing its status as more than just a gambler’s paradise. The new “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas” ads are giving a nod to this notion by forgoing any references to cards, chips or dice in its newest advertisements.
Instead, they showcase other entertainment options featuring a cameo by some of Vegas’ favorite sons, Imagine Dragons, whose new album drops in February. In the two thirty second spots, one from the point of view of a man and the other from a woman, the pair’s unlikely interactions are documented as their paths cross at several different Vegas venues.
Originally due to launch in August, the option to speed through security with CLEAR, a biometrics system, debuted late last month. Tomorrow, officials will gather for its official kickoff. CLEAR verifies your identity through fingerprint and iris scans. The company pledges to get you through checkpoints in less than five minutes.
Area boxed off inside rio hotel casino Las Vegas where the shooting happened early this morning. Police tape on site pic.twitter.com/l2MCoEjweW— crazymj (@mj22333) December 7, 2014
Over the weekend, a suspected serial casino robber was shot dead just off the casino floor at Rio.
Love it, hate it or can't believe it, no matter where you fall when it comes to a NHL team for Vegas, scuttle over the possibility continues to make headlines and be the talk of the water cooler. (Just not this water cooler.) And now, it's captured the attention of late night TV.
Comedian and host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, ribbed us recently by compiling the pros and cons of an NHL team for Vegas. The entire bit is embedded above. It'll probably evoke some chuckles and a few eye rolls, too. If it inspires a zinger of your own, let it fly in the comments below.
A professional hockey team is rumored for the new arena being built behind New York-New York. It's due to open in early 2016. Whispers revolve around a team for the 2017 season.