Last year Penn National Gaming (PNG) sold the land underneath the Tropicana to Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI). The company had been contemplating a sale of the entire property since buying Barstool Sports earlier in the year. The company has been spending much of its time transitioning from being just a casino operator to an online sports betting company with land-based casinos around the country.
Resorts World Las Vegas continues to come together. The casino-resort on the north end of the Vegas Strip is still on schedule to open this summer. In the meantime, the company keeps releasing new information about the property. The last batch of news about Resorts World is two bars and lounges. Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge is a brand new concept. Wally’s Wine may be a brand familiar to some visitors familiar with locations in California. As you’d imagine the Las Vegas location will be a bit different.
One of the signs that Las Vegas is returning to the city it was in 2019 is the return of large gatherings. Las Vegas is traditionally home to many conferences, conventions, and a variety of events. While a car auction isn’t huge like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Barrett-Jackson auction is a mainstay for auto enthusiasts from around the country. After skipping a year at Mandalay Bay, Barrett-Jackson is returning to Las Vegas. This year, the auction is on the move just off the Vegas Strip.
The annual Forbes Travel Guide gives props to a total of 44 businesses in Las Vegas. As usual, the vast majority of the hotels, restaurants, and spas receiving recommendations and stars are located on the Vegas Strip.
Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is open for business! The 60,000-square-foot casino and hotel are mostly open to the public. The newest casino in Las Vegas was built using the foundation of the former Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The pool and entertainment venue formerly known as The Joint will open soon. The sportsbook is open for watching games but won’t be taking wagers until early summer.
Harrah’s is the first casino in Las Vegas (and the entire state of Nevada) to install Roll To Win Craps from Aruze. This is the ninth Caesars casino in the US to install Roll To Win craps. This hybrid craps table game allows players to shoot live dice across a large LED playing field and place all their bets electronically.
Las Vegas continues to open up after dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for a year. Capacity in casinos is now up to 50%. Restaurants and bars can now seat up to 50% of the listed capacity. While there’s a limit to how many people can attend large gatherings, venues may submit plans to offer seats for up to 50% capacity. More shows are opening and the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing fans to attend games. Even dayclubs and nightclubs are opening for warmer days and more fun nights. Most importantly, more casinos are reopening operations all day, every day.
The seasons are changing and so is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens display. The new arrangement is called “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.” While the Lunar New Year display focused on Asian culture, these floral creations represent springtime celebrations in The Netherlands, England, Thailand, and the United States.
This presentation at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has plenty of blooming spring flowers, cherry blossom trees, hummingbirds, and butterflies throughout the Conservatory. This is all meant to represent growth, resilience, and the dawning of a new season. That’s right, Spring is here!
Designer Ed Libby and Bellagio’s horticulture team designed “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.” The new display brings spring traditions from different cultures to life right here in Las Vegas.
“As we leave the dreary winter months behind, we spring forward with our beautiful new Conservatory exhibit, celebrating renewal and growth,” said Libby. “Guests will be compelled at every turn by numerous blooming floral displays that reflect how the world celebrates spring.”
Let’s take a virtual walk through “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.”
Entering The Gardens
“Springtime Celebrations Around the World” begins in England. The West Bed inside the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens pays homage to the Chelsea Flower Show. This is a beloved annual spring event in England.
The space is framed by two oversized hummingbirds. The garden bed is full of roses, daffodils, and clovers – the United Kingdom’s national flowers. A large custom-built greenhouse is home to hundreds of live domestic butterflies. Artistic sculptures of butterflies fly overhead.
This symbolizes a new voyage into spring. Also in this area is a boat that floats nearby in a bed of water carrying pink, purple, and blue floral arrangements. Oversized garden lanterns add a little light the scene.
This part of the display features a recreation of the Keukenhof Festival in Holland, Netherlands. This is the centerpiece of this part of the exhibition.
A large windmill turns and symbolizes strength and a promising future for all. Tulips, daffodils, and fragrant hyacinths line the garden alongside large flower sculptures created out of brightly colored preserved roses.
A pair of hand-painted wooden clogs, a Netherlands staple, branded with the iconic Bellagio “B” highlight the rest of this section.
“Springtime Celebrations Around the World” continues into the United States. The East Bed is similar to the Cherry Blossom Festival held annually in Washington D.C.
Ten cherry blossom trees with their beautiful white and light pink buds fill this garden. There’s a walkway surrounded by hundreds of blooming roses. This leads guests through an architectural element reminiscent of Washington D.C.’s history.
A stylized replica American flag made of red, white, and blue flowers and white butterfly sculptures represents the stars are above this passage.
On The Way Out
The North Bed pays tribute to Thailand’s Songkran Water Festival. This is a unique celebration where people take to the streets and splash water on each other. This is a way of people purifying themselves for the beginning of the Buddhist New Year.
In this part of the display, Thai umbrellas hang over an opulent temple with a Buddha statue at its center. The water fountain is surrounded by hand-blown blue glass flowers with copper stems and a golden elephant, paying tribute to important elements of Thai culture.
Luxury casinos in Las Vegas usually renovate their hotel rooms every six or seven years. MGM Resorts recently announced that it will renovate the majority of the hotel rooms at Bellagio. The timing lines up perfectly as Bellagio rooms were renovated in 2015. Add six years to that date and you’re in 2021.
We’ve been covering Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (Virgin) since the project was first announced in 2018. The property was supposed to open in 2020 but delays have pushed it back. Construction at Virgin has been moving forward through the coronavirus pandemic. The company says it will open in Spring 2021. Virgin hasn’t revealed a specific opening date just yet but it appears as though Virgin is targeting April.
One of the biggest casino-resort deals of all time in the US was recently announced. Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to sell its Las Vegas real property and operations. The deal includes The Venetian, The Palazzo, and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Together, these entities make up “The Venetian.” The real estate and operations of the property added up to an aggregate purchase price of approximately $6.25 billion.
Las Vegas pool season is the real deal. There are experiences for every person, mood, and age. We recently highlighted the Las Vegas dayclubs and pool parties opening for the 2021 pool season. Today we’re going to look at the pools for everyone to enjoy at the different MGM Resorts Las Vegas properties. Altogether there are more than 10 different pool environments at properties that fall under the M Life Rewards loyalty program.
Las Vegas dayclubs and pool parties will be opening around the same time as usual this year despite coronavirus still spreading around the country. The first Las Vegas dayclub and pool parties will be ready for visitors on March 5.
The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas has launched an all-new loyalty program. Much like the new Wynn Rewards program, The Venetian’s Grazie Rewards was designed with every guest in mind. Grazie Rewards provides its loyalty club members with more ways to earn access and benefits than ever before. Grazie Rewards are based on the total amount of money spent throughout the property (including The Palazzo). Spending money at slot machines, table games, hotel, food, and beverage outlets, and retail all go towards earning rewards.
It’s been almost a year since Las Vegas casinos were forced to close. The closures were an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Most properties on the Vegas Strip reopened last June. However, some casinos had to reduce hours or close due to a lack of demand. MGM Resorts will be bringing three Vegas Strip back online for the 24/7 service so many have come to love and expect.
Treasure Island seems to be a forgotten casino on the Vegas Strip. The property was created by Steve Wynn and opened in 1993. Treasure Island isn’t quite old but it isn’t new. Longtime visitors to Las Vegas probably remember Treasure Island for its campy Siren’s Pirate Show that was canceled a few years ago.
I recently stayed a couple of nights at the Cosmopolitan. It didn’t hit me that this will be sort of a 10-year anniversary for the Vegas Strip casino-resort. Well, this visit happened slightly after the actual anniversary on December 15 but I’ll still count it.
In the past few months, I’ve been staying in some of the fantastic Las Vegas casino-hotels. It took some time to feel comfortable staying in hotels again but I’ve modified my visits for the current environment. That means less time hanging out drinking and gambling. There will also be more time in the hotel rooms. You may remember my working holiday at Delano last year. This year, I’ve already stayed in two different Las Vegas casino resorts. In fact, I’m writing this in a hotel room with a view of the Bellagio.
Some slot machines are more popular than others in Las Vegas. The latest slot machine title to get its own dedicated space on a casino floor is Wheel Of Fortune. The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas is dedicating nearly 3,000 square feet of its casino floor to various incarnations of the popular slot game.
This brings back memories of my first visit to Mandalay Bay. I remember walking into the 135,000 square foot casino and seeing a long wall full of Wheel of Fortune slot machines. Of course, my friends and I all jumped at the chance to all lose $20 together. I believe one person walked away with some money but who’s counting.
Dedicated spaces for slot machines aren’t new to Las Vegas. You may remember that Rampart Casino in Summerlin renovated space for the first-ever Buffalo slot machine bar last year. A few years ago the Silverton opened the first-ever Lightning Link Lounge for that brand of slot machines.
Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone At The Plaza
The Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone at the Plaza occupies more than 2,900 square feet. Unlike the aforementioned gaming spaces, it’s not in a closed space. The Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone is right in the center of the Plaza Casino’s gaming floor. Altogether, the space is now home to more than 40 Wheel of Fortune slot games.
Unlike my first visit to Mandalay Bay, the Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone includes a variety of different games. Wheel of Fortune fans will find both new and classic themes in mechanical reel and video reel formats.
Wheel of Fortune slot games has made more than 1,000 millionaires. The total winnings from these jackpots are well over $3 billion. That probably helps make this such a popular slot machine title.
A Few Words From The Plaza and IGT
Wheel of Fortune slots is the most successful slot machine theme of all time. Since the game’s 1996 debut, IGT has made more than 250 variations of Wheel of Fortune for casinos around the world.
The Plaza recognized this popularity and decided to make a special area for fans of the game.
“When Plaza Casino guests enter our new Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone, it is immediately apparent that they’re in Las Vegas’ epicenter of Wheel of Fortune slots fun,” said Casey P. Adras, the Plaza Hotel & Casino Director of Slot Operations. “We’ve collaborated with IGT to create a compelling space that delivers an exceptional guest experience, features the most in-demand Wheel of Fortune games and embodies the jackpot-paying legacy of the iconic slots brand.”
“In creating Las Vegas’ exclusive Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone, the Plaza Casino harnessed the excitement, appeal and familiarity of IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slots brand to create a venue that players will quickly associate with world-class casino entertainment and life-changing jackpots,” said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. “We look forward to ongoing collaboration with our customers at Plaza Casino to ensure that they maximize the performance of this new space through IGT’s latest Wheel of Fortune slots games and casino technologies.”
“The Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone at the Plaza Casino in Downtown Las Vegas captures the excitement of the most acclaimed slot theme of all time on an unprecedented scale,” said Suzanne Prete, Sony Pictures Television SVP Global Licensing & Brand Management. “For decades IGT’s Wheel of Fortune Slots has set the gaming industry standard for life-changing jackpots and there is no better place for this type of winning mecca than Las Vegas, the world’s most iconic gaming destination.”
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