Las Vegas Raiders Are Another Step Closer To Reality
You know it’s a slow week in Las Vegas when the biggest news was discussing a business possibly filing paperwork. Early last week it was reported that the Oakland Raiders would file paperwork to potentially move to Las Vegas. By the end of the week, that report was confirmed by the NFL Network. The Raiders still have one step before everyone in Las Vegas can lose their mind. The team must receive approval from 24 of 32 owners before they can move. The vote will take place at the annual owners meeting in Phoenix between March 26-29.
In theory, this vote would be the final hurdle for the Raiders to jump in order to move to Las Vegas. In the meantime, Las Vegas still needs to choose a site for a stadium. If a move is approved the Raiders will play regular season games in Oakland for the next 3 years while the stadium is being built. The Raiders plan on teasing Las Vegas by playing 2 meaningless pre-season games each year at Sam Boyd Stadium. Snark aside, all signs point to the Las Vegas Raiders becoming a reality.
Caesars May Be Exiting Bankruptcy Soon
It only took two years of negotiation but a judge finally approved Caesars Entertainment’s plan to exit bankruptcy. The reorganization plan will allow Caesars to reduce its debt by $10 billion. If all goes as planned, they will exit bankruptcy later this year. The plan hasn’t been revealed yet but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Caesars sell off a few assets (casinos) before the year is over. Reuters has more information than you’ll find in any Las Vegas newspaper. You can read the official statement here.
Back To The Future
Pedicabs are officially legal and operating in downtown Las Vegas. If you’re not familiar with pedicabs they’re similar to bicycles with large seats for passengers. They have three wheels and are operated by a person peddling the vehicle. These Las Vegas versions are intended for two people but can fit three (probably small), people.
There are two companies which are allowed to have up to 8 pedicabs each. This will ensure that the streets in downtown Las Vegas won’t be flooded with these bikes hauling people around. One of the companies, Las Vegas Rickshaw, has a large area of coverage. You can see the map at the bottom of this page.
These could come in handy for long days where you just don’t feel like walking from Fremont Street to Atomic Liquors or to the Arts District. These newfangled old world vehicles have USB outlets and Bluetooth speakers so you can charge your mobile device while playing some sweet tunes. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has more information and a video with one of the pedicab companies.
Be On The Lookout For Dumb and Dumber Slot Machines
“Dumb and Dumber” was one of the most popular themed slot machines at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). I’ve been asked about when it will be in casinos weekly since the expo. Well, the wait is over! Dumb and Dumber slot machine just started rolling out to casinos.
The game uses the Wonder Wheels cabinet that you’ve probably seen in casinos in recent years. There is a lot of movie footage in this game. For example, bonus rounds for the game include the Road Trip Wheel, Aspen Free Spins, Dante’s Inferno, and the Chance at Love. You can read more about the game at VegasNews.com.
Quick Hit Restaurant News
STRIPSIDE CAFÉ & BAR opened in restaurant space formerly occupied by Serendipity 3. You can find more info and a link to the menu here. Holy crap, I just looked at the menu and they’re charging $19 for a hot dog(!).
One of my favorite breakfast restaurants in Las Vegas, Black Bear Diner, opened new location between Mandalay Bay and South Point.
Eater is reporting that Palms Cafe will close for renovations at the end of January. The new 24-hour restaurant/coffee shop (often named Grand Cafe) will be given the Station Casinos facelift and recipes you find at their other properties.
Las Vegas Sands Paying Another Fine
This fine isn’t for anything happened in Las Vegas. You can read about it at the Las Vegas Sun. However, this fine will affect one of the largest casino operators in Las Vegas and the world. This penalty could make their earnings call on January 25th very interesting.
Quick Hit Show News
The Academy of Country Music Awards is moving from MGM Grand Garden Arena to the larger T-Mobile Arena. Yeehaw!
Steely Dan will be performing a mini-residency at The Venetian. Tickets for the 9 shows are on sale now.
Enough foreplay. The wait is over. Tickets for Magic Mike at the Hard Rock are available now. Tickets start at $44 and special packages are available.
Kids Today With Their Technology!
The Cosmopolitan just released a text chatbot concierge exclusively for hotel guests named Rose. I guess this is a handy option if you don’t want to ask for help, can’t use an app and are too young to bother with a website to find something you want. I’m a tech dork and, besides being fun, I don’t see why anyone would want or need this. That said, it’s fun. You can read about the sassy and flirty Rose at Travel and Leisure.
Ever wonder what people watch in their hotel room beside porn? Hotel room TV provider, Enseo, recently released a report showing what channels people are watching in their room. Enseo enables hotel TVs to access apps and special features beyond just regular TV channels. NBC is watched more than any other network TV station. Netflix is the most viewed app. You can read more about the study here.
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