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Yemenidjian promised new slot machines, restaurants, a race and sports book, poker room and a nightclub for the property and “no corporate liposuction” by laying off employees.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Charles Barkley is headed back to the tables in Las Vegas to play in a poker tournament about a month after pledging not to gamble. He says it's all for charity. The former NBA star is scheduled to play in a celebrity poker tournament at the 2008 World Series of Poker on July 2.
The "Ante Up for Africa" event is designed to raise money and awareness for the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. More than 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced since ethnic warfare began in 2003, according to the U.S. presidential envoy to Sudan. More ...
A "hard hat tour" is one of the easiest gimmicks available to keep a casino construction project in the spotlight.
It starts with a fancy invitation sent by a public relations firm to members of the media.More ...
I hear former Hard Rock Hotel owner Peter Morton has still got Las Vegas in his blood. Two years after selling the property for $770 million to the Morgans Hotel Group, the cash-rich Morton is ready to jump back in the action, for the right price. ...
LAS VEGAS, June 18 (UPI) -- Nevada officials said a chunk of Interstate 15 was closed Wednesday morning in Las Vegas after numerous beer kegs exploded in the back of a truck.
Bob McKenzie of the Nevada Department of Transportation said the truck driver began hearing noises coming from the back of the vehicle, which was carrying 278 kegs of beer, while traveling south on the interstate, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, reported Wednesday.
McKenzie said the driver reported seeing smoke and exited the truck shortly before the kegs began to explode.
Police said the carbon dioxide in the kegs caused them to explode.
The southbound on ramps at Flamingo Road and Spring Mountain Road were closed Wednesday morning for cleanup.
June 16 (Bloomberg) -- Outside the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, doorman Steve Wagner asks guests if they enjoyed their stay. Half complain, he says, citing everything from dirty rooms to insects.
"Boy, this place needs to go," said Wagner, 48, who has spent half his life at the once mob-linked property, which opened in 1957 and was hailed by the Saturday Evening Post as the "Tiffany of the Strip." "Nothing that exists in this hotel should probably stay." More ...
The owner of Las Vegas's lascivious Hooters Casino Hotel is anything but well-endowed now that its buyout deal fell through and the company may be left with mountains of debt.
Investment company 155 East Tropicana, said Monday that it was terminating its agreement to sell Hooters Casino Hotel to Hedwigs Las Vegas Top Tier for $98.0 million after the buyer failed to make a required $500,000 payment by June 6. (More ...)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Plans for a levitating train from Las Vegas to Disneyland can move forward under a transportation bill signed by President Bush on Friday that frees up $45 million for the futuristic project.
Derided by critics as pie in the sky, the train would use magnetic levitation technology to carry passengers from Disneyland to Las Vegas in well under two hours, traveling at speeds of up to 300 mph. It would be the first MagLev system in the U.S.
The money is the largest cash infusion in the project's nearly 20-year history. It will pay for environmental studies for the first leg of the project.
The money had been delayed by a drafting error in Congress' 2005 highway bill, which was corrected along with some other changes by the legislation signed Friday by Bush. The delay had allowed a competing and cheaper diesel-electric plan to emerge as an alternative, but with the money now freed up supporters hope to move forward with the MagLev plan.
The train is meant to ease traffic on increasingly clogged Interstate 15, the main route for the millions of Southern Californians who make the 250-plus-mile drive to Las Vegas each year. There is no train on the route — Amtrak's Desert Wind between Los Angeles and Las Vegas was canceled in 1997 because of low ridership.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., praised passage of the law, saying the MagLev project "will safely and efficiently move people between Southern California and Las Vegas."