Compiled by LVA Research
• December 31, 2010 New Year's Eve:
About 310,000 visitors are in Las Vegas tonight to welcome the new year. Parties are running all over town (check our big list in "Las Vegas Special Events) and the fireworks show at midnight will feature 50,000 effects launched during an 8-minute and 6-second show. Access to the Strip will begin to shut down at 5:30 this evening when I-15 exits and onramps at Tropicana, Flamingo, and Spring Mountain and the Harmon overpass are closed. The Strip will be closed from Russel to Sahara at 6:15 p.m. and re-open at about 3 a.m. The entire police force of nearly 3,000 officers and another 300 from the National Guard will be on duty.
• December 31, 2010 Slayton Back to Hooters:
The "Pitbull of Comedy" will return to his former off-Strip home in the New Year, for an extended run from Jan. 27 through April 2, 2011. The show will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with performances at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $39.95.
• December 30, 2010 Office Hours Reminder:
The Las Vegas Advisor/Huntington Press offices will be closing in approximately half an hour (3:45 p.m.) and will reopen for business at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 6; to repeat our earlier post for those who missed it, the 2011 MRB will not be in-house until Friday, Jan. 7.
• December 30, 2010 Las Vegas Football Update:
Anthony Curtis has posted what will be one of the final Las Vegas Football Updates of the season at LVASports.com.
• December 30, 2010 Sloppi Jo's Hits the Road:
Fellow food truck Fukuburger welcomes the arrival of new kid on the block Sloppi Jo's today, with a joint appearance at 9037 Saon (9037 W. Sahara) from 6 p.m. this evening.
• December 30, 2010 Las Vegas This New Year's Weekend: There are some huge names in town this weekend to ring in the New Year, with Rihanna, Jay Z, Bruno Mars, Kim Kardashian, Nelly, Coldplay, Holly Madison and others all performing at and/or hosting parties. You can find all the details in our New Year's feature in Special Events. But that's not all...
- The House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay welcomes Pitbull (12/31)
- SOS (Society of Seven) featuring Jasmine Trias performs at the Cannery (12/31)
- Thrity Seconds to Mars takes the stage at the Pearl inside the Palms (12/31)
- Comedian Sinbad entertains at the Orleans (1/1-1/2)
- The first and much anticipated Tiësto In Concert event takes place at the Hard Rock (1/1), as the legendary DJ begins his residency there.
- And MGM Grand welcomes UFC 125: Frankie "The Answer" Edgar vs. Gray "The Bully" Maynard.
• December 30, 2010 Vanity Punished for Sins:
The nightlife venue at Hard Rock has been fined a half-million dollars by Gaming Control and ordered to pay $150,000 in fines to Metro and the GCB to cover investigation expenses, following undercover operations that implicated the club and several of its employees in illegal activities, including the selling and taking of drugs and the use of private rooms for sexual activity, reports the LV Sun.
• December 30, 2010 2011 MRB In-House Jan. 7:
As we'd suspected, this year's LVA Member Rewards Book will be in-house a little later than usual, due to unavoidable production delays, compounded by the bad weather that's delaying delivery from the printer. The 2011 books will be available for pick-up from our office on Friday, Jan. 7, when they'll also begin shipping; please don't come to collect your book prior to that date, as we won't be able to help you.
• December 30, 2010 More Chips Discontinued:
In the wake of news that Bellagio's canceling its $25K chips, following a $1.5 million robbery, comes word that another casino is also discontinuing a line of its chips. The Silver Nugget Casino in North Las Vegas has posted notice, as it's legally required to, that it will be canceling chips with the Mahoney's Silver Nugget logo. Under Nevada State Gaming Control Board Regulation 12.070, a casino is required to give fair warning (at least 120 days) to allow holders of the chips to redeem them; in this instance, the casino's giving a four-month heads-up.
• December 30, 2010 LA Times on Mob Attraction:
The "Travel" section of today's LA Times carries a feature on the new Las Vegas Mob Experience, due to open next year at the Tropicana, and the Mob Museum project underway downtown, for both of which Frank Cullotta is consulting.
• December 29, 2010 Holiday Office Hours:
Please be aware that our offices will likely close early tomorrow (sometime after lunch), so call ahead if you're planning to come and sign up for your LVA subscription or pick up some books. We reopen 9 a.m. January 3, at which point we hope to have the 2011 Member Rewards Book in-house, but we can't yet guarantee that so again, call before making a special trip.
• December 29, 2010 Sin City Sober City?:
According to the latest report by The Daily Beast, Milwaukee tops the list of the nation's most drunken cities, with Las Vegas merely occupying the #46 spot in the Top 50.
• December 29, 2010 Bellagio to Axe $25K Chip:
Following the theft earlier this month of some $1.5 million in chips, including those of $25,000 denomination, comes word from the high-end Strip casino that it will be discontinuing the gray-inlaid chips and calling on all gamblers currently holding the chips to redeem them by April 22, 2011. After that date, the chips will be rendered worthless.
• December 29, 2010 Dual Citizenship for Wynn:
Steve Wynn has apparently been granted citizenship of the principality of Monaco by Prince Albert III in order that he can serve as an outside director for a joint venture between the governments of Monaco and Qatar. Wynn has not renounced his American citizenship and remains a U.S. citizen and taxpayer, reports the LV Sun.
• December 29, 2010 More Fontainebleau Fallout:
Buffalo Bill's Resort is the latest beneficiary of Fontainebleau's financial woes, and has apparently scored in the ongoing sell-off of fixtures and furnishings, from which downtown's Plaza has already lucked out. Guests of the Primm hotel-casino can apparently enjoy designer desks, chairs, dressers, night stands, and carpeting all purchased at a knock-down rate from the stalled upscale Strip property, reports today's R-J.
• December 29, 2010 New Year's Visitation Up:
As with the Christmas season, the LVCVA is forecasting an increase in visitors on last year, with about 320,000 revelers expected for New Year's weekend -- up about 10,000 on last year. If you're going to be among them, don't forget to check our Las Vegas New Year's Guide in "Special Events."
• December 29, 2010 Poll Fixed:
Our apologies -- a technical glitch caused our new Reader Poll to not display earlier, but the problem's now been fixed, so please revisit and cast your vote. This is an important survey for us, so we really want to hear your feedback -- spread the word! Thanks.
• December 28, 2010 Recycle Your Tree:
Don't forget that there are more than 20 drop-off points around the Las Vegas Valley where you can recyle your Christmas tree and save it from going to a landfill. The free service is available through January 15 -- click here for more information and locations. For other tips on "green" lifestyle ideas and eco-friendly businesses, don't forget to check out our Vegas Green Guide and follow our @GreenVegas Twitter.
• December 28, 2010 Mt. Charleston Lights Back On:
NV Energy confirms that it's managed to restore power to the remaining houses on Mt. Charleston that had been without electricity since last week, when heavy snow and falling trees brought down power lines.
• December 28, 2010 New Year's Eve in Las Vegas:
Still trying to make plans for New Year's? The economhy doesn't seem to have dampened the festive spirit and there are parties and concerts all over town, with something to suit every taste, so check out our guide to New Year's Eve in Las Vegas in the Special Events section.
• December 28, 2010 Strip Reopens to Traffic:
A section of Las Vegas Blvd. was closed for eight hours this morning after a police chase involving a suspected DUI driver ended in a crash outside the Wynn. The closed portion of the Strip, between Spring Mtn. and Convention Center Dr., re-opened just before 11 a.m. The driver, who hit a light pole, was arrested for evading officers and DUI causing an accident.
• December 28, 2010 Metro Gets Tough on DUIs for NYE:
Metro has issued a YouTube video outlining their zero-tolerance policy towards DUIs for New Year's Eve. The video also explains which roads will be closed at what time and offers suggestions for alternate routes.
• December 28, 2010 Free Food!:
Today from noon to 2 p.m., Sloppi Jo's, Las Vegas' newest Food Truck, will be giving away free food as a practice run to going "live". The truck will be located at 3070 W. Post Rd. (south of Russell Rd. off Dean Martin Dr.)
• December 28, 2010 Showgirls Wanted:
Jubilee!, the long-running showgirl spectacular at Bally's, is holding auditions for singers, dancers, and showgirls on January 11 in Orlando, January 13 in New York, and January 23 in Las Vegas. Click here for details. And don't forget there's a 2-for-1 offer for Jubilee!, along with 40 other show deals, in the 2011 LVAMember Rewards Book.
• December 27, 2010 Aria Listens, Adds Signage:
It doesn't surprise us that Aria has evidently had some complaints about being difficult to navigate; what is a surprise is that they listened to the feedback and are now in the process of adding new signs throughout, which should help a lot. Bravo!
• December 27, 2010 CosmoPOLLitan:
We've had a great response to our current Reader Poll about your take on the new Cosmpolitan resort-casino. If you haven't yet cast your vote, you have until midnight tomorrow, when an interesting new poll will go live that we strongly encourage everyone to take part in. Stay tuned...
• December 27, 2010 More Changes Afoot at Hard Rock?
It's been a turbulent year for the Hard Rock casino, with the opening of a new tower in the worst of economic times, the suicide of President and COO Andrew "Randy" Kwasniewski back in March, the October drowning of an intoxicated reveler at the Rehab pool party, and an ongoing lawsuit with the Hard Rock Hotel chain over brand-image issues, among other things. Now local blog Report on Vegas is speculating about what the future has in store for the still popular party property, including rumors that former owner Peter Morton might be interested in buying the Hard Rock back. Click the link for more on this and other related stories.
• December 27, 2010 HP Author Shines Light on Las Vegas' Needy:
Author Matt O'Brien writes about the dark side of retirement in Las Vegas for AARP, explaining why he felt compelled to do something practical to help the characters he's profiled in Beneath the Neon and My Week at the Blue Angel.
• December 27, 2010 Foodie Love for Vegas:
Las Vegas has been named among American's Top 10 Food Cities for Esquire by culinary critic John Mariani, who penned the forward to our Eating Las Vegas restaurant guide.
• December 27, 2010 Casino Workers Claims Snubbed by BP:
Today's USA Today reports how, to date, casino workers in the Gulf have had their compensation claims denied by BP, although many experienced a marked decline in income from tips during the oil spill and its aftermath. However, Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney in charge of the claims facility, says he's sensitive to the workers' claims and that those whose applications have been denied should reapply. Click the link for more information.
• December 26, 2010 Free Food:
Sloppi Jo's, Las Vegas' newest Food Truck, will be serving up free nosh on Tuesday as part of its ongoing trial-run program. The location will be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned...
• December 26, 2010 Rehab Reality Show Axed:
The fourth season of TruTV's "Rehab" reality TV show has been canceled, reports the Las Vegas Sun, apparently as a result of the ongoing lawsuit between the Hard Rock Casino and the hotel chain, which claims that the series featuring the former's notorious summer pool party is damaging the Hard Rock brand image.
• December 26, 2010 Gambling Domains Up for Auction:
Dambling domains specialist Gambling Invest has announced that it will host an online auction featuring over 2,000 domains, covering all key sectors of the gambling industry, including race and sports betting, poker, and the word "casino." The names will be sold off between January 26 and February 2, 2011 via the Proxibid platform. More details of the auction will be announced nearer the time.
• December 26, 2010 Holiday Visitors:
The Las Vegas Convention and Vistors Authority estimated that 260,000 visitors would be in town for this holiday weekend. That's up 4.4% from last year. The estimated non-gaming economic impact is $143.9 million, off of last year's $146.4 million despite more visitors and also below about $160.7 million over the Thanksgiving weekend.
• December 26, 2010 Crazy Horse Too Auction:
The shuttered Crazy Horse Too topless club is headed for a possible sale by auction. After three years of unsuccessful attempts by the government to sell the club to pay debts and fees, a "public sale" has been ordered, which could eventually lead to the auction. The parcel's valuation has reportedly dropped from $35 million to about $5 million.
• December 26, 2010 Cosmo VP Praise:
Good Reports have been coming in on the video poker schedules at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. There a lots of decent 8/6 Jacks or Better games for quarters and 9/6 and 9/5 JoB for dollars and up. We'll have a complete report in the January LVA.
• December 25, 2010 Flier Count Dips:
After last month's upturn in flier numbers at McCarran Airport broke a long streak of down results, the November numbers were down again. A 1.2% decline in November leaves this year's 11-month total at -1.9%.
• December 25, 2010 Merry Christmas:
It's a typical holdiday in Vegas: lots of people in town and special dinners in all the casino restaurants. South Point is awarding 5X points on slots and 2X on video poker today.
• December 24, 2010 Westin Changing Ownership:
Ownership of the Westin on Flamingo just east of the Strip is about to revert to its lenders. It's unclear at the moment where that will land the resort, but it can't wind up much worse than it's been over the past few years. The Westin was originally opened as the Maxim in 1977.
• December 24, 2010 Trop Book Opens:
A temporary sports book has opened at the Tropicana. It's run by Cantor Gaming and its exclusive In-Running wagering (betting while a game is in progress) is reportedly available now. A permanent 42,000-square-foot race and sports book is under construction and expected to open in early 2011.
• December 23, 2010 LVASports Update:
Anthony just posted his latest Las Vegas Football Update at LVASports.com, so check it out.
• December 23, 2010 Las Vegas This Holiday Weekend:
Even Las Vegas takes a little bit of a breather this time of year -- we have to prepare mentally and physically for the impending insanity of New Year's -- but if you're looking for some entertainment this weekend, we won't disappoint:
-- SINATRA Dance With Me continues at the Encore with 7:30 p.m. performances (12/11-1/29), followed by Stephanie Sun at 10 p.m. (12/24-12/25)
-- The Andy Williams Christmas Show's at the Las Vegas Hilton (12/23-12/24)
-- The Kao Lin Fong Holiday Concert takes place at the Orleans 912/25)
-- The Commodores and Morris Day perform out at Buffalo Bill's (12/26)
-- And Jerry Seinfeld makes em' laugh at Caesars Palace (12/26-12/27)
For all other holiday happenings, including light displays, caroling, carriage rides, and more, check out our Christmas Special Events guide.
• December 23, 2010 Last-Minute Gift Ideas:
Looking for inspiration for that special someone on your gift list? If they're a fan of Vegas or gambling, we have plenty of options at ShopLVA.com that you can still get in time for the holidays, including a subscription to Las Vegas Advisor (includes our killer 2011 Member Rewards coupon package); a whole range of eBooks (no special reader required); or how about Bob Dancer's Video Poker for Winners, which is available as an instant download and is absolutely the best (and most fun) tutorial software on the market, for a gift that will actually earn your giftee cold hard cash! Each option comes with a gift certificate to download, so you'll have something to slip under the tree or stuff in their stocking. Happy Hols!
• December 23, 2010 Mt. Charleston Evacuation:
Residents of Mount Charleston are being urged by Clark County officials to leave their homes after three snow slides occurred overnight and some homes were damaged by falling trees, plus the area is experiencing ongoing power outages. An avalanche advisory for Kyle Canyon issued Wednesday has been upgraded to an avalanche warning.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for Mt. Charleston residents at Bilbray Elementary School. Temporary shelter for residents' pets is also available at the school.
• December 23, 2010 Mob Book in Da House:
The latest title from Huntington Press, Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family, is now in-house and available for purchase from the HP/LVA office (we close for the holidays at 5 p.m. today). This is currently the only place this book is available from and it will make a great Xmas gift for any fan of Mob history. Among his numerous illegal activities, Andrew DiDonato, the subject of the book and its co-author, was deeply involved in underworld gambling operations, which took in millions dealing dice and cards, booking sports and horses, and running numbers. In Surviving the Mob you'll find the most in-depth look at Mob gambling ever published -- and some of the secrets revealed will definitely surprise you.
• December 22, 2010 Mt. Charleston Update:
We just heard from a local resident that it could be up to 10 days before Nevada Power can fix the electricity outage. Apparently, there's now about 10 feet of snow.
• December 22, 2010 Avalanche Warning
Clark County has just issued an avalanche advisory for the Kyle Canyon area of Mt. Charleston. The hotel at the bottom of Kyle Canyon is not affected by the advisory and remains open. However, officials are urging residents to evacuate.
• December 22, 2010 Pacquiao vs. Mosley in Las Vegas:
It's being reported that Manny Pacquiao plans to fight Shane Mosley in Las Vegas. Promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com that Pacquiao will take on Mosley for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title on May 7.
• December 22, 2010 Springs Spectacular Cancelled:
The Holiday Spectacular at Springs Preserve has been cancelled for this evening for obvious reasons; the rain is due to subside Thursday, however, so they're hoping the final night of the event wil take place as scheduled tomorrow evening.
• December 22, 2010 NY Times on Downtown LV:
Today's New York Times carries a big feature on the various interesting construction projects underway or completed in downtown Las Vegas, which Mayor Goodman describes as "our mini-stimulus plan."