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Layoffs For Caesars, Ultimate Gaming Calls It Quits, And More

November 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM | by | Comments (11)

Harrah's New Orleans.

With talk of a January bankruptcy filing, being almost out of cash, and raising the resort fees of six of its properties, Caesars Entertainment wins the award for being in the news this week for all the wrong reasons.

As we cash out for the weekend, here are more headlines on Caesars as well as a look at what else is making news in Las Vegas:

Caesars layoffs to be ‘spread out evenly’ among properties, won’t exceed 680 workers (Vegas Inc.)
One Reason Caesars Entertainment (CZR) Stock Continues to Spike Today (The Street)
Caesars Entertainment's Bankruptcy Deal: Is This a Scam? (The Motley Fool)
Nevada’s 1st online poker company, Ultimate Gaming, shutting down (Vegas Inc.)
Las Vegas tourism officials see more visitors, money (Las Vegas Sun)
Uber’s legal case against Las Vegas’ uber-powerful taxicab industry (Las Vegas Sun)

(PHOTO: Juliana S.)

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Sirio Closing, Maloof Family Linked To NHL Bid, And More

November 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

Aria isn't done shaking things up on the verge of its fifth anniversary.

The resort has announced that Sirio Ristorante (pictured above) will close December 6. The promenade-level restaurant will be replaced with another, as-yet-unannounced dining destination. The Italian restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. if you'd like to experience it all over again, or for the first time, before its final service. To check out the other changes happening around the resort, click here and scroll through our Aria archives.

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SLS Closing Buffet, Scaling Back Other Dining Options

Where: 89109
November 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM | by | Comments (41)

After cutting back hours at almost all of its food & beverage outlets including, most notably, changing its buffet from a daily to a weekend-only affair this past September, SLS Las Vegas is still trying to figure out the right formula between patronage, operations, revenue and availability.

An anonymous tipster informed us on Friday of more changes on the dining front and that "major layoffs" happened again "casino wide." An email to a SLS Las Vegas representative went unanswered until this afternoon. It confirmed the SLS Buffet is closing until sometime early next year. Here's the official response from the newly hired Scott Kreeger:

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Nevada Says No To Proposition 3

November 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (7)

High rollers in Las Vegas and all of Nevada can breath a little easier. Proposition 3 was defeated on Election Day.

The proposition would have created a 2% tax on revenues exceeding a million annually. Gamblers would have had to pay taxes on the gross amount of money played, not just what they won as is currently legislated. For example, if a video poker player had $5 million in action just to make a profit of $300,000, they would have to pay taxes on $5 million. That, however, won’t be the case now.

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Sh*t You May Have Missed Watching Ri Ra Set A Guinness World Record

November 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ri Ra set a Guinness World Record on Oct. 17 after hosting 372 hours and 10 minutes of live music.

A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever.


· The LINQ Hotel

· 3535 bar (The LINQ Hotel)
· Side Bet Bar (Hard Rock Hotel)
· Hearthstone Kitchen (Red Rock)
· Alibi Cocktail Lounge (Aria)
· Lola's (Summerlin)
· The Game Sports Bar and Restaurant (Suncoast)
· Starbucks (Forum Shops)
· Border Grill (Forum Shops)
· Fulton Street Food Hall (Harrah's)
· db Brasserie for Brunch (Venetian|Palazzo)
· Giada's for Breakfast (The Cromwell)
· Pie Me Over (6070 S. Rainbow) Chicken pot pies all day, ever day!
· Bite (4165 S. Grand Canyon)
· CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar (Downtown Summerlin)
· The Market (Fremont East)
· Pot Liquor CAS (Town Square)

· Eric Jordan Young (Planet Hollywood)
· Purple Reign (Westgate)
· Raiding the Rock Vault (Tropicana)

· Polo Ralph Lauren (Forum Shops)
· Blancpain (Forum Shops)
· The Toy Box (Downtown Summerlin)
· Lorna Jane (Tivoli Village)
· The Lash Bar (Tivoli Village)
· AG (Fashion Show Mall)

· Uber... kinda (Southern Nevada)
· Harley-Davidson Dealership (The Strip)
· KOA Campground (Sam's Town)
· Baby's Badass Burgers Food Truck (various)
· South Point Bowling Plaza
· Jetpack America (Pahrump)
· One of World's Largest Solar Arrays (Mandalay Bay)
· Sports Connection Prepaid Cards (Station Casinos)
· SLS Poker App (Smart Devices)

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All Net Arena Wants You To Know It's Still Planning To Be In The Game

October 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

We're not quite sure about the timing, but reps for the All Net Arena and Hotel (no, no "& Casino") want you to know they're still committed to bringing the project to the North Strip. Yesterday, a press conference was held in the desert lot that once was home to the Wet 'n' Wild water park, but that could be home to a 22,000-seat arena, a 500-room hotel and various shops and restaurants come 2017.

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Uber Can Uber Again, For Now

October 29, 2014 at 4:23 PM | by | Comments (5)

After being told to stop just hours after commencing last Friday, Uber can motor on again in the Las Vegas valley... at least until a November 14 hearing with the state.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a local judge has signed off on allowing Uber to ride share throughout Southern Nevada. The caveat is that drivers can still be cited by masked men in bulletproof vests representing the Nevada Taxicab Authority and Nevada Transportation Authority.

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So, Omnia Nightclubs Will Be A Thing

October 27, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hakkasan Group is spreading the (ins)Omnia.

After announcing the club formerly known as Pure would take on the new moniker of Omnia earlier this month, Hakkasan has now revealed that the coming Caesars Palace nightlife venue will have a beat-droppin' sister.

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Could A Formula One Race Come To The Vegas Strip?

October 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (13)

An investment and management group is reportedly deeply involved in discussions to bring a Formula 1 Grand Prix race to Las Vegas in 2016 or 2017. Discussions have gone so far that Formula 1 track designer Hermann Tilke has apparently already visited Las Vegas several times to work on the layout of the course.

Preliminary discussions have two layout concepts. One idea is that the race would take place on and around the Vegas Strip. Another idea is to have the race around Downtown Vegas. The last street race in Las Vegas was the Champ Car series in 2007. The course went from the Fremont Street area to the north end of the Vegas Strip.

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Taxi Fares To Rise In Vegas

October 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM | by | Comments (18)

If you tend to skip the rental car and cab it around Vegas, you'll need to budget more moola for that.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that taxi rates are going up 8 percent. The Nevada Taxicab Authority okayed the hike after an association of cab companies petitioned for it. The RJ states this would be the first fare bump since 2008 and would put Vegas at a higher rate than cities like LA, New York and Boston. Here's how the increase breaks down:

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Rise Lantern Festival Falls Short For Thousands

October 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (6)

The photos are breathtaking. The experience was gasp-worthy, too. Both the good and the bad kind.

The Rise Lantern Festival took place in the desert outside Las Vegas Saturday night and was attended by an estimated ten thousand. While the launch ceremony itself was described as beautiful, spirtual and moving, both getting and leaving there was the complete opposite with one attendee, Anissa C., equating it to a scene from a movie:

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Until We (Probably) Get Uber, Ride Genie Is An Option

October 16, 2014 at 4:53 PM | by | Comments (6)

Since the advent of car services like Uber and Lyft, our inbox has been getting a lot of inquiries about when they’ll be coming to Vegas. One reader, Russ H., who knew these two hadn’t set up shop yet in Vegas asked about another one he had heard about, but couldn't remember. We recently received a press release about Ride Genie, the app we think he was referring to.

Integrity Vehicle Solutions Company recently announced the launch of the app which lets you hail a car, limo or taxi (taxi portion not available yet) in Vegas. It also includes wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Developed by people in the transportation industry to fill the need of obtaining car service in this technology-driven era, the company says it only employs professional, licensed and commercially insured drivers from established fleets; hopefully, ensuring quality service, or at least somebody who knows the ins and outs of local roads. Rates are said to be in line with other car services only this has the added ease of being an app.

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