Every week I scour thousands of headlines to keep up on what’s happening in Las Vegas. Every so often there are a few bits of news that slip by me. Sometimes the information hasn’t been made official so it’s a little under the radar. I might consider this first nugget of information a rumor of the week since we haven’t done one in awhile.
Rumor Of The Week: Hard Rock Up For Sale
After months of speculation, it appears that the Hard Rock might actually be up for sale. The Stiffs and Georges blog this week wrote, “Perhaps having decided it’s more trouble than it’s worth, Brookfield Asset Management is selling the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.”
I can’t find any other source that has this information. However, S & G is usually a good source and I tend to assume they’re usually correct. The only thing I could find about the Hard Rock being up for sale was a rumor from Vital Vegas earlier this year. Taking heed from the headline let’s not be surprised if the Hard Rock is sold.
The Vital Vegas blog post from May pointed to Seminole Hard Rock purchasing the casino. That makes almost too much sense so let’s look somewhere else for a potential buyer for the Hard Rock. During a recent earnings call Pinnacle Entertainment mentioned that they were looking to expand their holdings.
The casino operator is based in Las Vegas and has properties in 10 states, including Nevada. However, they don’t operate any Las Vegas casinos. The Hard Rock would provide a gateway to Las Vegas for their casinos all over the country. The off-strip location and recent renovations could offer a value price for a solid property. Expect to hear news about this again.
The Cromwell Sports Book Opens And Casino Upgrades More Gaming
I’ve been a fan of The Cromwell since it opened. On my summer vacation, I unearthed a slew of renovations taking place on the casino floor. The renovations are being revealed one at a time. The restaurant, eatwell, opened shortly after my visit. Last week the sports book opened. It’s small and seats about 50 people which should be sufficient for the small casino. This isn’t the only gaming upgrade at The Cromwell.
When The Cromwell opened they had a few 3:2 blackjack games. Those went away for awhile but have returned en masse. They now have 20 blackjack tables that pay 3:2 with $10 mid-week minimum bets. Included in these games are a few Double Deck games with a mid-week minimum bet of $15. Recent visits to the casino make me think the minimums will increase to $15 and $25, respectively, when the casino is busy (weekend, holidays).
For over a year I’ve been saying The Cromwell has some of the best affordable gambling on the Vegas Strip. The blackjack improvements are great and they’ve also added single zero roulette to the casino. When you add the new player friendly games to quarter 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker and 100x odds on craps with a mid-week minimum bet of $5 you certainly have the best affordable gambling on the Vegas Strip. I might have to make a return visit to Giada sooner than expected.
Rampart Casino Opening New Sports Book And Bar
Rampart Casino in Summerlin is opening a new sports book on September 6. This will be another small sports book and bar with room for 50 people. There will be 10 video poker machines at the bar. Point spreads at Rampart are among the best in Las Vegas since they’re provided by the great minds at the South Point.
I’ve only been to the casino a few times since living in Las Vegas but I’m always up for a new sportsbook. I look forward to checking this out. If the timing works perfectly, I’ll be stopping by the attached J.W. Marriott for a delicious Happy Hour burger at Hawthorn Grill.
Hooters Renovations And New Sports Book
Football season is just around the corner so sports books are on my mind. Last week I visited Hooters Casino for the first time. The purpose of the visit was to see the new sports book but I was pleasantly surprised with the recent renovations on the casino floor.
This is a budget casino just off the Vegas Strip and they did a great job offering a casino for that market. There’s $1 blackjack, $1 drinks, a bar that opens to the pool that has a ton of games, a large sports book and bar, and a spacious casino floor. I posted a bunch of pictures on facebook if you want to see more.
Huge Football Watch Parties Near The D
The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) is across the street from The D in downtown Las Vegas. They will be hosting free watch parties during the football season beginning September 10. Seating is general admission but you can purchase guaranteed VIP seats. DLVEC will have $15 bottomless mimosas from 9 am – 1 pm and food from American Coney Island and Project BBQ.
Watch parties will take place on the following dates:
September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 19, 29
November 5, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17
“Molly’s Game” Finally Being Released
It feels as if this movie has been in the works forever. Molly’s Game is based on a real story about celebrities and the ultra rich playing a private high-stakes poker game. Some celebrities that played in the game include Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio. They’re not in the movie. However, Jessica Chastain is in the movie.
Not too many quick hits this week so this will be short.
- Seriously, why is Las Vegas taking so long to put in bollards to protect people on the Vegas Strip? Read more here.
- My favorite coffee shop in downtown Las Vegas, The Beat, was closed for a stupid restaurant to open. Now the opening has been delayed. Thanks. Read more here.
- McMullan’s Irish Pub is one of the best Irish Pubs in Las Vegas. If you buy a meal here they’ll shuttle you to a Vegas Golden Knights game. The total price will probably be similar to paying for parking at the arena. However, the money will go to support a great local business instead of a corporation. If you live or stay on the west side of Las Vegas it will probably save you a few minutes at the end of the night. Read more here.