My week of vacation on the Vegas Strip was a great time and personally enlightening. I’ll just touch on a couple of newsy items today and will dive deeper with some kind of trip report. Coincidentally, there wasn’t much news while I was taking a break. (Well, except for a Vegas Earthquake!)
This will be a shorter edition of Vegas News than normal. Most of the info will be delivered Quick Hits style because I still have love for the slot machines and I’m old and still recovering. Maybe I should have ordered a hydration IV to recover from the hurricane.
Earthquake(s)! – Vegas Earthquake
Speaking of mother nature there were two earthquakes in California that were felt in Las Vegas. I experienced the first 6.4 magnitude earthquake from California while trying to relax in my 29th-floor hotel room at Harrah’s. After the tower swayed a little, everyone rushed to the elevator to go downstairs. Everyone on the casino floor continued to gamble as though nothing happened, or as if there was not a Vegas Earthquake.
On Friday night, there was a second earthquake in California that could be felt in Las Vegas. I was in the bathroom and didn’t feel this Vegas Earthquake. However, players and fans at the first day of NBA Summer League were freaked out and the game being played was canceled. I went to bed and Las Vegas seems to be okay. Positive thoughts for the people in California.
Do you have a favorite version of the slot machine? I have a preference for the very newest and oldest games in the casino. Anyway, back to the news!
➡️ Kawhi signs: Shortly after the earthquake, Kawhi Leonard signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite legal sports betting expanding across America, Las Vegas continues to be where odds are generated. Read more here.
➡️ New at The D: I checked out the new sportsbook at The D and Vue Bar. I’ll share more details when I catch up on my trip. I wasn’t expecting much and that’ what I experienced.
➡️ Despite the lack of straws available in Las Vegas, people are still visiting. See the chart here.
(more) Quick Hits
➡️ Travis Scott sold out T-Mobile Arena and is one of the headliners of the sold-out Day N Vegas festival. Those events aren’t a part of the Vegas News this week. He will have a short residency later this year at Marquee inside the Cosmopolitan. Read more here.
➡️ Caesars has a new board of directors. Read more here.
➡️ The Hawaiian Marketplace has been sold. I might have mentioned this last week but my head hurts. Read more here.
➡️ Sprinkles at The Linq is out. Minus 5 ice bar is in. I guess overpriced sugar treats don’t pay the bills. Read about it here.
➡️ Online Travel Agencies aren’t the resort fees saviors you hoped for. Read more here.
➡️ Monsoon season is around the corner. Read about it here.
➡️ Hyde at Bellagio is closing and rebranding. Read more here.
➡️ The Misfits have been added to the Phsycho music festival at Mandalay Bay. Read more here.
➡️ Pigeon’s are attacking guests at Wynn. They’ve hired a raptor to protect their customers. Read more here.
➡️ My new favorite locals casino, Rampart, just opened an addition to their parking garage. It isn’t really needed so maybe there’s something bigger happening. We’ll keep an eye out for more information.
➡️ Red Rock canceled its July 4 fireworks show. They ended up showing off the boom booms on Friday. Read/see more here.
➡️ Evidently, there are some new things happening at Drew Las Vegas. Read/see more here.
➡️ I went to Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace Las Vegas again and Gordon Ramsay didn’t try to kill me! We actually had a lovely meal. More on that later. In the meantime, he could be opening a restaurant near you. Read more here.
➡️ Caesars has a new eSports partner. Read more here.
Also see: eSports in Vegas
➡️ Renovations at the Westin are complete! Read more here.
➡️ IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) and Las Vegas Sands (The Venetian and The Palazzo) have expanded their partnership to Macao. Read more here.
➡️ Did you know Pizza Rock sold 8,000 side orders of Ranch Dressing last year? Me neither!
➡️ We have more details on the new Able Baker brewery. See more here.
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