Let’s start the news in Vegas where we started it last week. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) websites are back in order. It took a week for Venetian.com to become operational again but all is working just fine. No customer accounts have been compromised but it seems as if the hackers may still have access to the LVS servers. It seems as if the hackers are more concerned with rattling LVS owner, Sheldon Adelson, because of statements against Iran than stealing information. This isn’t over yet.
In big Vegas news Hakkasan Group has purchased Angel Management Group (AGM). AGM operates PURE nightclub at Caesars Palace, Wet Republic at MGM Grand and many other clubs. It will be interesting if/how/when this shakes up the nightclub industry.
Drai’s Nightclub(s) won’t be affected by the Hakkasan/AGM marriage and they plan on opening their new beach club at The Cromwell on Memorial Day Weekend. Drai’s will control all of the nightlife/daylife at The Cromwell. No DJ’s or party’s have been announced yet but we imagine opening weekend will be banging. Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest in Vegas.
A couple weeks ago we let you know about a rumor Guns N Roses will have their 2nd Las Vegas residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock. Well, that’s now official. GnR will perform 9 shows between May 21 and June 7. An Evening of Destruction will feature all new production from the previous run of shows at the Hard Rock. Tickets start at $49.50 and can be purchased here.
The Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team has played their home games at The Orleans for over a decade but their lease wasn’t renewed for next season. What to do? Head downtown. The Wranglers will play their next 5 seasons on the 5th floor of The Plaza hotel. A rink and temporary/permanent tent (similar to what “Absinthe” uses at Caesars Palace) will be built in between the two towers of the hotel. The venue will only hold 3,500 people which is over 1,000 less than average attendance has been this year at The Orleans. Expect tickets to be tough to come by when they’re released later this year.
In strange but cool promotions Fiesta Henderson will be giving away bottles of wine to players that earn a certain amount of point each Thursday in February and March. Unfortunately you can only win 2 bottles per day.
Vegas Chatter brings up a couple of rumors that would be cool if they actually happen. The first rumor is that Caesars may begin offering wifi in all of its Las Vegas hotels. The plan says hotel guests will be able to access wifi as soon as March. Property wide wifi will be accessible to all in September. The Quad hotel rooms are supposedly getting a “4 star” upgrade. No matter how nice the renovated rooms are we can probably say goodbye to $20 rooms.
That wifi would come in handy for those that like to play online poker. Realgaming.com launched this week and is the 3rd online poker site in Nevada. The website is operated by the South Point casino. Since it just launched, details are limited.
Rumors are fun. This rumor has Holly Madison starring in a cabaret that may be opening at Mandalay Bay.
It was never a big rumor that Jason Alexander would be starring in his own show in Las Vegas but he will be. George Costanza from Seinfeld will bring a one-man show called An Evening With Jason Alexander And His Hair to Harrahs for a 4 week run beginning April 11.
Eater has some pictures of Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo. Roadhouse opens on March 7 and looks very cool. This indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant will open to the new plaza area that’s currently under construction at Monte Carlo. No word on when other venues will open in this specific area but I like what I see from the first one.
If you don’t have any plans to be in Las Vegas anytime soon you’ll be able to catch a couple of casino moguls on TV. Steve Wynn vs. Donald Trump will be coming to Spike TV soon. You can find more info on the show at Yahoo.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.