Las Vegas is reopening slowly. There are two things that are very noticeable. Not all casinos are open – even properties in the same chain haven’t opened yet. Even the casinos that are open aren’t completely open. Some bars and restaurants remain closed or have limited hours. Entertainment like shows and nightclubs haven’t returned
The larger casino corporations like Caesars Entertainment are only opening a limited number of properties at first. Initially, the company planned on only opening Caesars Palace and the Flamingo Las Vegas. Harrah’s (hotel and casino) and The Linq (only casino) were planned to open next in the not too distant future. That’s changed.
In the middle of March, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered non-essential businesses to close to help slow the spread of coronavirus. That order included all casinos in Las Vegas and around the state. The order allowed construction to continue as it’s seen as an essential job.
When Bellagio and New York-New York reopen the casino floors will have a new layout. In fact, all casinos in Las Vegas will look different thanks to new health and safety plans. Casinos will be operating at 50% capacity for the foreseeable future. Traditional table games will have fewer seats. Every other video poker and
It’s been just over two months since we had a major update on COVID-19 in Las Vegas. All non-essential businesses, including casinos, were ordered to close in mid-March. A casino closing is more than just stopping people from gambling. All restaurants, shows, spas, conventions, and every venue inside of casinos were also closed. The Vegas
Just over two years ago, Sir Richard Branson announced that he and a group of investors purchased the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The initial plan was to renovate the property and create Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The original Fall of 2019 opening was pushed back as the company continued to develop plans for the
Nothing beats a good “One Night In Vegas” story. Let’s say the world returns to normal and we start traveling for work again. There will be plenty of “Only In Vegas” stories again. The two stories aren’t quite the same but they are similar. My “One Night In Vegas” stories usually involved a pitstop from
Las Vegas probably won’t be the same the next time you visit Sin City. That said, a lot of the things you love will still be here. There are plenty of things to see and do while keeping a proper social distance from other people. When Bellagio opens again, so should some of the best
The vast majority of my friends visiting Las Vegas stay on the Vegas Strip. Much like me, they love the more upscale experience that the huge casinos offer. That said, they often want to spend some time in downtown Las Vegas. This part of Sin City offers a different experience than the Vegas Strip and
During its first quarter earnings call, an MGM Resorts International representative said the company would reopen its Las Vegas properties in phases as demand warrants. The first two properties the company is preparing to open are Bellagio and New York-New York. During the call, the company cited that they’re seeing reservations remaining for the second
Caesars Palace is one of the most popular casino names in the world. Today Caesars Palace spans 85-acres in the center of the Vegas Strip. The massive casino-resort-mall mega-complex now has a total of 3,980 rooms, including more than 300 suites, throughout five hotel towers. This doesn’t even include the Nobu Hotel inside of Caesars
I stayed at MGM Grand on my first couple of trips to Las Vegas. The first trip was with a friend who already booked a room. We had such a good time that we booked a room at MGM Grand for the following year. This became an annual December trip to Las Vegas that some
The Gold Coast is one of the casinos I spent a lot of time when I first started visiting Las Vegas. While the property has changed a lot over the years (RIP Cortez Room), the Gold Coast is relatively similar. It’s still an affordable casino-hotel that’s a great entry point to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is many things to many people. Sometimes it’s many things to one person. While I enjoy the high-end casino-resorts, sometimes I just want to be in the mix on the Vegas Strip.
SLS Las Vegas was sold to the Meruelo Group in 2017. After purchasing the property, owner Alex Meruelo announced a variety of renovations and upgrades for the property. While the first phase of changes was winding down in 2019, Merulo announced that SLS Las Vegas will be renamed Sahara Las Vegas. The reinvention of Sahara
There’s plenty of free time at home while being quarantined in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Why not put that time to good use and practice playing casino games? Practicing your gambling skills could help make you a better gambler with a better chance of walking away from a table as a
I’ve visited every casino on the Vegas Strip over the years. I’ve stayed at many, but not all, hotels in the tourist corridor. Last year I had multiple friends stay at Aria and I visited more often than any year since I moved to Las Vegas. Although I’ve never slept at Aria, I’ve seen the
It’s time to look at some of the highlights of Park MGM. We’ve been covering the transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM since 2017(!). In early 2018 MGM Resorts said the property was officially Park MGM even though construction wasn’t complete. The majority of the renovations to Park MGM were complete by the end
In 2017, it became legal to use recreational marijuana in Las Vegas. You can call it by its technical name “cannabis” or its most popular slang “weed.” You can call it whatever name floats your boat. However, you can’t buy or use it anywhere you want. We’ll dive into where you can buy and use