Late Breaking Update:
Bars (IE, Video Poker and Booze) Reopen Saturday!
Hello From Las Vegas! – The “Don’t Visit Las Vegas” dam is finally starting to break. The State of New York could no longer ignore the kinds of data, graphs, and information I’ve been noting here for weeks now.
I’m not posting any new graphs this week. Why? Because they look identical to the graphs from previous weeks! Oh, except to say we have not seen new cases/hospitalizations/deaths this low since (drum roll please)…
Around the end of MARCH. And in some cases lower. You remember March, don’t you? Way back when there was only starting to be talk of drastic measures, flattening the curve, etc.
Bars To Reopen – We have it on good authority that our Governor will be opening the bartops soon. The ones where you can drink booze, and play video poker. Currently, countertops where you dine at are allowed. But if that countertop is for liquor service and gambling, it must be sure to be something that spreads COVID-19, and no dice.
No, it doesn’t make any sense to us either. Nor to the entire bar and gaming industry. Interestingly enough, Governor Sisolak was caught on video dining at an Italian restaurant that had live music playing. However, live show and music events are not currently allowed. So, Governor Sisolak’s damage control consisted of noting that ambient background music is OK, but concerts and such are NOT.
Remember, the Fremont Street Experience still does not have their nightly three stages of live music. Because, it isn’t allowed. Important to note that as an outdoor venue, they attempted to restart this music a couple of months ago. With social distancing. Including markings noting how far apart people should stand. Governor Grumpy was like “Hell No”, and that was the end of that.
I suppose a band could book a banquet hall, do a “dinner show” as the “house band”, and all would be fine? Maybe not. Because no more than 50 people are allowed at a church gathering, Evangelicals For Trump booked a banquet hall. Circular table seating, not a concert or speech set-up. After all, hotel and banquet gatherings are allowed at 50% of capacity. Oops. The hotel owner got fined.
This isn’t about whether you love God or Trump. This is just a small sample of the ever-changing goal line, ever changing rules, and general poor communication. You know… the biggest industry in the State of Nevada. This is not whether the Governor has a D or an R behind his name. The gaming industry cares about the gaming business over political party. He should have an I behind his name. No, not for Independent. For Incompetent.
Pay To Park MGM Opening October 1, Smoke-Free – Park MGM is set to finally open October 1! This will be one of the final dominoes to fall in the complete reopening of Las Vegas hotels and casinos. Note: For those new to the classroom, MGM Resorts brought the (currently defunct) concept of paid parking to Las Vegas. Hence, I referred to their Park MGM as “Pay To” Park MGM.
Of interest is that they plan to open it 100% smoke-free. Even in the casino. Over the years, smoke-free sections of casinos have been implemented. And, perhaps nearly two decades ago, the (now defunct, no longer in existence) Silver City Casino on the corner of Convention Center and Las Vegas Blvd. tried going smoke free for many months, only to revert to smoking. Granted, that was a long time ago, and smoking is less prevalent in the United States now.
MGM Resorts has gone in the direction of no-smoking and “wellness” for quite some time now. Represented by the fact that they have made most floors of their properties non-smoking, as a corporation they are way into “corporate responsibility”, diversity, recycling, solar, and also with the “wellness” suites at MGM Grand.
Will it fly? We’ll all find out! I’m agnostic. I don’t smoke cigarettes, the smell does not knock me out, and while enjoying an occasional cigar, generally not while I’m gaming. However, many do consider smoking part of the “Las Vegas Experience”. Many who only smoke when they drink (and are otherwise considered a non-smoker in the stats) enjoy their cigarettes in Las Vegas. And, for many, enjoying a cigar is also a key part of their experience here.
I know many will say “My regional casinos are smoke-free, and it hasn’t hurt business at all!” Not so fast on that one. 1. People are captive to their regional casinos. When something is the only game in town, you abide by whatever they say/do. Even if that includes paying for drinks, or playing casino games with antes or other rules derivatives which are not gambler-friendly.
When Harrah’s New Orleans was forced to go smoke-free, they saw a drop in revenue. Period. While anti-smoking forces have tried to spin this in a number of ways, the numbers don’t lie. In fact, Harrah’s at one point had to ask the government agencies for permission to reduce their work force below the number of people required in their operating license. Due to slower business.
With the percentage of smokers so small in the US, many wonder why there is even a question regarding whether casinos would go smoke free. Under normal circumstances, a fairly nice chunk of Las Vegas visitors are international. Including many from countries were smoking is an acceptable practice, and not the pariah it is treated as in North America. These international visitors stay longer, and spend more. Hence, their vote matters.
What About Pot Smoke? – Great question. The complaints about it are regular and ongoing. I’m opening up a conversation about that with my friends/contacts in the media. For now, I’ll simply say this: The last thing Las Vegas wants to do right now is get a reputation for trying to be a party-pooper.
It’s been bad enough that national media has attempted to lambaste us as being a key ingredient to the spread of COVID-19 in the US. (Something that numerous statistics show simply to NOT BE TRUE). The last thing we need is overblown stories about how pot usage is undergoing a serious crack-down. At least for now.
I do believe that down the road, you may see increasing enforcement. For now, Las Vegas has bigger fish to fry. Like filling the hotels back up again. As always, we’re ahead of the curve and will keep you posted.
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Global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Usher will headline a Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, opening July 16, 2021. The multi-talented showman will give his fans an extraordinary immersive experience that only Usher can deliver. The exclusive, only-in-Vegas spectacular will be performed in The Colosseum, an intimate 4,300-seat world-class performance venue, allowing Usher’s fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see him up close and personal.
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- Remembering Elvis – A Look Back At ‘The King’ In Las Vegas
- The Loss Of ‘Le Rêve’ Is A Heartbreaking Sign Of The Times
- MSG Sphere Pushes Back Opening Date – Supply Issues, Coronavirus Pandemic Blamed For Delay
- Siegfried recalls Roy’s final words, wishes as duo honored at Mirage
- Las Vegas Tavern Frustrated Over Rules Regarding Live Entertainment
- The Las Vegas entertainment industry lights up Las Vegas for Red Alert Restart
The Prime Rib and Champagne Brunch at the South Point’s Garden Buffet is now staff served for your safety. Enjoy bottomless Mimosas throughout your meal. You can choose from fresh made to order Omelets, Waffles, Fluffy Pancakes and French Toast, a Carving Station for Prime Rib, Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Smoked Pork Ribs and Rotisserie Chicken.
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- Virgin Hotels reveals restaurant partners for Las Vegas location
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When the Mirage reopens this week after more than five months of COVID-caused closure, it will do so without the feature that has set the iconic resort apart from other Strip casinos in recent years—a truly eclectic portfolio of live entertainment options.
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- Resorts & Casinos That Remain Closed In The Las Vegas Valley Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic
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They say nature can heal, and we could all use some of that right now. Perhaps more than ever in our lifetime, it’s important to get outside, breathe fresh air and let Earth’s natural beauty calm our minds. Here in Southern Nevada, those opportunities are endless, whatever direction you head.
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Their names lit up The Mirage marquee for nearly 14 years. Now their names will lead guests into the resort forever. As The Mirage reopens its doors to the public today, guests will turn off the Las Vegas Strip onto Siegfried & Roy Drive when they arrive at the property. The street was officially renamed for the Masters of Illusion, who were known the world over for their record-setting performance run at the resort from 1990-2003.
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