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Caesars Entertainment, Inc. entered a multi-year agreement with ESPN, which includes link integrations to sportsbooks from Caesars’ exclusive betting partner, William Hill. The partnership opened a new three-studio marquee location at The LINQ Hotel + Experience beginning with producing segments for SportsCenter, digital platforms and ESPN’s Daily Wager.
Following The Mirage, Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas reopened Sept. 30, completing reopening of all the MGM Resorts International’s properties globally and becoming the Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort.
New dual-branded Hilton property comprised of a 150-room Hampton Inn & Suites and a 100-room Home2 Suites opened under one roof across from the south end of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Every stay includes a free self-serve hot breakfast.
Station Casinos North Las Vegas properties, Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho, have plans to remain closed for one year. Fiesta Henderson and the Palms remain in question.
The Flamingo launched a new partnership with famed potter-designer Jonathan Adler elevating the resort’s style elements, including an exclusive bird lamp inspired by the resort’s namesake in renovated rooms and a hand-beaded piece in newly opened Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse. Adler also created a line of retail items available for purchase at the Flamingo Promenade store.
Downtown Grand secured the first two artists for its new interactive art program, which will be featured throughout the resort’s new Gallery Tower and property: multimedia artist Camila Magrane and muralist Josef Kristofoletti. Magrane’s “Virtual Mutations” series will utilize augmented reality to create an interactive experience exclusive to certain rooms. Kristofoletti will lend his talents to a large colorful exterior mural.
After their names magically lit up The Mirage marquee for nearly 14 years (1990-2003), the street leading into the resort has been renamed Siegfried & Roy Drive to honor the Masters
Privately-owned Circus Circus has unveiled a new prize redemption system at its family-friendly Carnival Midway. Guests playing games may use an all-new cashless Midway Playcard to rack up ticket points, which can be redeemed for premium prizes at the newly renovated prize redemption center.
MGM Resorts International unveiled “Viva Las Office,” a home-away-from-the-home office experience at Bellagio and Aria. Three-tiered packages offer elevated amenities and benefits for a working traveler’s needs, and four-legged coworkers are welcome.
Gaming-free Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, formerly Mandarin Oriental, launched a new wedding Elopement Package experience for couples and ideal for two to five guests.
Boyd Gaming Corporation revives its legendary Stardust brand with the debut of the new Stardust Social Casino free mobile app.
Dining • Beverage
Nevada Brew Works, recognizable with a grain silo, opened in the Arts District at 1327 S. Main Street. Open daily, entrepreneur Jason Taylor’s project started back in 2018 and construction began in January 2020 with no turning back after Covid-19.
Back in June, The Buffet at Wynn was the first buffet on the Strip to reopen with almost 90 all-you-can-eat dishes served at the table instead of the buffet line. The experiment didn’t work; it closed last month.
Big Sur Oyster Bar inside South Point is now open noon-midnight daily and debuting a new menu with updated pricing and an expanded seating area.
Golden Steer Steakhouse, a dining destination since 1958, is introducing a series of culinary options including direct-to-home shipping of its signature USDA Prime meats, complete home meal kits and Virtual Private Dining cook-alongs conducted by a chef via webinar.
Forced for the first time in 34 years to cancel this October, the Nightclub & Bar Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center is scheduled June 28-30, 2021.
Immersive art and entertainment complex AREA15 opened in September. This fall, Chris Wink, current director of content and Blue Man Group co-founder, will open “Wink World: Portals to the Infinite.” The 1,500-square-foot experience will have six infinity-mirror rooms with the last containing 30 stunning new Aliume kinetic artworks.
The historic Moulin Rouge sign, designed by Betty Willis who created the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, has been re-illuminated at The Neon Museum Boneyard as it was displayed in 1955. The Moulin Rouge was the first major racially integrated casino.
Fergusons Downtown added The Market Shop to its roster in the cozy plaza. The store will feature a rotating selection of goods from more than 30 local makers with products available online at Market in the Valley.
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters founded in 1965 was named Best Helicopter Tour in North America with the No. 1 ranking in the 2020 USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. For the third year, the D won for “Best Las Vegas Casino.”
Michael Boychuck, colorist to the stars, opened his fourth salon at The Stirling Club where the spa has been renovated.
The Real Bodies at Bally’s reopened with the addition of new science-based COVID-19 content including 3-D printed virus models, short film and interesting facts.
The Nevada-based Dam Short Film Festival is accepting late film submissions until Nov. 1 for the 17th annual event taking place in historic Boulder City Feb. 11-15, 2021.
Local artist Lee Lanier, Dam Short Film Festival co-founder-president, opened his first art gallery, Lee Lanier Paints, at The Arts Factory, featuring more than three dozen paintings. A professional computer animator since 1994, he began painting professionally in 2015 and has done a series of public murals in Boulder City and Las Vegas.