Vegas News September 12, 2021
Lots Of Quick Hits – Hardly Any (New) Covid-19 News In Las Vegas
Wowsers, for the first time in about a while there’s hardly any COVID-19 news in Las Vegas. There have been no changes in policies so everything remains the same as the past few weeks. Having said that, this will be a relatively shorter Vegas News.
Everything will be delivered Quick Hits style so I can go watch a little football. There are copious games on the TV and multiple wagers placed on my phone. In a perfect world, I’ll be watching the games at a sportsbook later but who knows where the day will take me. There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Las Vegas.
Let’s get to the news so I can get back to the action.
Las Vegas Quick Hits
News In Las Vegas
- This fall you’ll be able to see an art installation at Aria featuring fluorescent baby polar bears. I haven’t seen them in person yet but they look strange in photos. Read more here.
- Speaking off strange, what’s odder – a fluorescent baby polar bear of a chocolate replica of a Las Vegas Raiders football player?
- While we’re at City Center, it looks like MGM Resorts will get approval to buy then sell the properties. Nothing will change for Aria as MGM will still operate the casino. Read more here.
- Main Street Station reopened this week. Vegas Advantage has the scoop on changes to the casino. Coin games are out. Electronic games are in. Good odds remain. Read more here.
- Donny Osmond just started his solo residency at Harrah’s. Caesars is already announcing more shows next year. Read more here.
- You may have seen that a video poker player hit a $1 million jackpot on Labor Day. That’s cool and all but this person was playing a 10 line game at $25 credits. That’s $1,250 per game.
The #LaborDay party kicked off with one high limit video poker player winning $1,000,000 on a dealt monster—our new record for the largest non wide area progressive jackpot ever hit at The Cosmopolitan. pic.twitter.com/PCCuYKSAnm— The Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan_LV) September 6, 2021
- Every winning hand that was dealt was taxable. That would normally be a pain since it takes a few minutes for tax paperwork. However, Cosmopolitan uses the FastPay system so there’s no waiting around waiting for a W2G. You can read about the system here.
- Life has Beautiful announced its art lineup for the festival this year. I only recognize a couple of names that aren’t sponsored by a corporation. That’s probably a good thing for anyone looking for new art. Read more here.
- I learned something new this week about TI. Let’s just pull the quote: “Treasure Island’s original 18,000 square feet of convention space was initially intended for pirate-themed weddings and receptions.“ Read more here.
- Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burgers will be opening at Harrah’s. Read more here.
- Bonkerz Comedy keeps adding shows at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Casino. John Caparulo is the latest performer announced. If the name sounds familiar, he used to perform at Harrah’s. You can see updates here.
- Caesars sold its European sports betting assets for $2 billion. Read more here.
- Allegiant Airlines introduced a new one-of-a-kind sleek Silver & Black jet to tie in with the Las Vegas Raiders who play home games at Allegiant Stadium. Read more here.
- I nearly forgot that MGM Resorts put an eye patch on the Sphinx at Luxor. See it here.
- The Backstreet Boys canceled their Christmas show at PLANET HOLLYWOOD Las Vegas Resort. Read more here.
- A print magazine says Wynn Las Vegas is the best hotel in Las Vegas. Who can argue with a magazine that is made of paper? Read the press release here.
- Four Las Vegas restaurants made OpenTable’s “100 Best Neighborhood Gems in America for 2021.” These were voted on by actual humans going out for meals. I’ve been to three of the four restaurants. Giada has been to the other. Read more here.
- Eater has a look at the restaurant at Hakkasan inside MGM Grand. Lots of pics and info here.
- Sahara opened its new “Ultra Pool” in time for it to close for the season. You can read about it here.
- I didn’t expect any pool renovations to look like Stadium Swim at Circa until next year. However, this new pool allows SAHARA Las Vegas to show big games poolside. I think we’ll see a few more casinos adding video screens outdoors in time for March Madness.
- Dawg House Saloon at Resorts World requires a minimum spend to watch football games in the bar/restaurant and sportsbook areas. You can see prices and make reservations here.
- Many restaurant/bars require a reservation for football games. Some will have a minimum spend. Just check with the venue before visiting if you want to guarantee a place to eat while watching the games.
- A few companies have pulled out of NAB expo later this year due to Coronavirus. Read more here.
- According to this tweet, Konami Gaming is going to show off some of its games outside of the expo floor at G2E. Ya never know, but Oddzar I won’t be checking out these games when I attend G2E.
- You’ll be able to check out some fancy cars at Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin in October. Read more here.
- Last and least, for some reason, there’s a Blair Witch Project escape room in Las Vegas now. Read more here and see the promo video below.