Vegas News December 6, 2020
You Are Gonna Have To Wait For Virgin
This week is mostly “quick hits” format, with some really awesome news about Plaza Redeveloping. We weren’t surprised when Virgin Hotels Las Vegas pushed its opening date back to January. We’re not surprised that the opening is being pushed back again.
There’s no timeline of when conventions or entertainment will return to Las Vegas. There’s not much of a reason for a hotel to open that is depending on customers visiting for one of those reasons. The opening is now TBA. You can find quotes from Virgin here.
NYE News and Plaza Redeveloping
The Fremont Street Experience will not have its annual New Year’s Eve block party. Unless casinos are forced to close down, expect people to be out anyway. Read and watch more here. The Plaza is still planning on having a New Year’s Eve fireworks show if you’re in town.
While we’re discussing the Plaza, the property made a huge announcement this week. The Greyhound bus station will close next year and be redeveloped. Additionally, a pedestrian bridge will be built that will connect to Symphony Park on the other side of the train tracks. Expect to hear more about both of these next year.
While we’re downtown, have you see the monolith? You can read about the mysterious object that was possibly left on earth by aliens here.
Fridays in Vegas always bring surprises. Did anyone call this one? #Monolith pic.twitter.com/BRVhITrlpX— Circa Las Vegas (@CircaLasVegas) December 4, 2020
Caesars Sports App – EARN POINTS
Caesars has a new sports betting app. The Caesars Sports app is pretty much the same as the William Hill app with one major difference. The app is linked to the Caesars Rewards Loyalty Program. Bettors will get 1 reward credit and 1 tier credit for every $10 wagered.
Another difference but not such a big deal is that you can now fund a William Hill account or a Caesars Sports account at Caesars casinos in Nevada. The odds are the same in both apps. This is only available in Nevada for the time being. I should have a review posted elsewhere during the week if you’re looking for a lot of words with details.
Las Vegas Quick Hits
- Bad News: Scuba Santa isn’t appearing at Silverton this year. Good news: Santa is safe behind plexiglass at the Big Bass Pro Shop attached to the casino. You can find more info here.
- Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta is considering (and will probably) take his casinos and restaurants public. This isn’t much of a surprise as his restaurant business has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. This offering would not include Golden Nugget online gaming which is going public separately. On top of this, he just traded Russell Westbrook from the Houston Rockets for John Wall formerly of the Washington Wizards. Read more here about IPO. Read this to learn more about the trade.
- As you probably know, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) isn’t taking place in Las Vegas this year. However, the event is still happening. Resorts World Las Vegas is showing the rodeo on the 100,000-square-foot West Tower LED screen. You can read about it here.
- If you don’t feel like standing outside to watch the rodeo, you can catch a stream at Treasure Island. Find more info, including a reservation link, here. Remember, you have to make a reservation at full-service restaurants in Las Vegas.
- Forbes has much more information about the passing of Tony Hseih. It’s worth the time if you’re remotely familiar with the man. Check it out here.
Las Vegas – Boring Update
Time for another Boring update: The company received approval to expand to the Encore tower at Wynn. The company also shared a video rendering of a passenger station. You can read more here or just look at the pretty lights below.
MORE LAS VEGAS QUICK HITS!
- Dino’s Lounge is suing so people can sing karaoke. Read more here.
- The Block 16 Food Hall at Cosmopolitan is losing one quick-serve restaurant and gaining another. First, it was announced that Pok Pok Wing will be closing. I thought it was already closed since its other locations closed earlier this year. A day after Pok Pok announced it was closing, the Cosmopolitan released info that it will add David Chang’s Bang Bar next year. This sounds like a fantastic way to eat his delicious meats without paying the high prices of Major Domo at The Venetian. You can read more about Bang Bar here.
- Here’s an interesting article about MGM Resorts’ poker room design.
- MGM Resorts sold $700 million worth of its equity in MGM Growth Partners. MGM has discussed selling down some of its control of the REIT during its past couple of earnings calls. Read more here.
- Chickie’s & Pete’s was supposed to open at Sahara in time for football season this year. Well, the timeline has shifted and the new restaurant row on the Vegas Strip is scheduled to open next year. You can see the press release here.
- Here’s another bit of news that isn’t a surprise. The Las Vegas Bowl won’t be played this year. Read more here.
- You may soon be able to get booze delivered from one of your favorite 3rd party delivery apps. Right now, liquor stores have to deliver the goods themselves. While this is great, there’s usually a high minimum for delivery. Read more here.
- A few shows are going dark this month. Who knew that coronavirus would make Las Vegas feel like Atlantic City where everything has limited hours or closes in December. Read more here.
- Looks like there could be a new BBQ joint opening in downtown Las Vegas. Read more here.