MGM Resorts International has announced they have sold Gold Strike their Jean, Nevada property to Jett Gaming a slot route operator. If you are not familiar with Gold Strike its the resort off to the right of the Interstate from California between State Line and Las Vegas. The property was part of the purchase when MGM bought the resorts at State Line which they sold but Gold Strike wasn’t sold as part of that deal. As MGM Resorts has opened more upscale properties the Gold Strike kind of operated on its own with its own players club that wasn’t part of the M Life players card. This may not be a shift to just upscale properties as MGM still operates properties such as Circus Circus, Excalibur  and Luxor and hasn’t shown an interest in changing them; This may be more that MGM is getting rid of a non core property and also one that has been rumored to closed down in recent times so hopefully the new operator will help the property.


Downtown GrandThe Downtown Grand offers a complimentary shuttle for its hotel guest to get around Downtown and visit some of the attractions. The hotel offers two lines the blue line starts service at 10:30am and runs about every 30 minutes from the Downtown Grand to the Premium Outlets (north) and then to the Container Park before returning to the property. The blue line service last shuttle leaves at 2:45 and then at 5pm the Orange Line begins service with stops at the same places as well as one stop at the Neon Museum At 6:40pm as well as stopping at the Smith Center For The Performing Arts many times. If no performances are scheduled at the Smith Center then only the 5:00pm service on the blue line will run. For more information on the shuttle service check with the Downtown Grand.

IMG_20140131_084124If you are a fan of white truffles and have more than a travel reporters budget, okay a lot more you might want to check out Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesar’s Palace. The restaurant right now has a six course meal including the celebrated fungi at $420 per person as well as menu items which are available a la carte.

Wicked a different version of the Wizard Of Oz seen in the movie returns to Las Vegas with a run through November at the Smith Center For Performing Arts in Downtown. I have seen the show in Los Angeles and its well worth checking out if you are looking for something a little different than the usual Las Vegas stage shows. (Video Courtesy KTNV Las Vegas)

The large Surrender nightclub at Encore is adding a huge glass dome with solar panels over the pool area at the club. The new dome is costing $2 million and is scheduled to open October 22nd and will help the outdoor area stay warmer so it can operate during the colder Winter months.

The Global Gaming Expo or G2E as its known begins today at the Sand’s Expo and Convention Center and will run through October 2nd. Two highlights of the show are today at 4:30pm when Las Vegas casino owner legend Steve Wynn takes the stage for a keynote; the second highlight is tomorrow also at 4:30pm when Sheldon Adelson another famous Las Vegas casino operator takes the stage in a second keynote. G2E is a trade show for the casino operators and companies producing products that they can sell to them including products such as slot machines, card shufflers, table games etc.

The above video shows the concerts as part of the ‘9th Annual Pure Aloha Fall Festival’ coming to the Rio on Saturday October 4th; Ticket prices for the concert are $30 pre-sale or $38 the day of the event or $100 for VIP, for more information contact the Rio box office. (Video is courtesy of vizzunent)


The Purple Zebra that is located inside the Linq entertainment district is having a drink special today in celebration of Mexican Independence with their 32 oz specialty drink the ‘Ultimate Zebrita’ on sale for $20. The ‘Ultimate Zebrita ‘is a fishbowl filled with three frozen Margaritas with Patron and Grand Marnier because their is nothing sexier to the opposite sex than a person with their face in a fishbowl okay maybe not.

IMG_20140130_093642Over the last few years the MGM Grand has been undergoing a huge remodel with updated rooms, restaurants, night clubs and even the sprawling casino’s carpet; In recent months the construction and changes have slowed down but one change going on right now is that the longtime stable of the MGM Grand, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House closed down after the Labor Day weekend on September 2nd for a remodel of the eighteen year old restaurant. But gumbo or fish fans don’t worry the restaurant and menu just go a little face lift with the updated restaurant opening last Friday and the grand reopening scheduled for October.

SLSWhen the new SLS stated that they were going to cater to locals as well as tourists many may have wondered how they were going to do that as locals generally go to their local casino most of the time than fight the tourists and traffic of the Strip; Well one way to market to the locals market is give them specials to draw them to the resort which is what the SLS is doing via its players club called The Code. Locals with the card get $5 drinks property wide from 5 to 8pm Sunday through Thursdays as well as 2 for 1 buffet deals which should draw some locals in to check out the property. The former Sahara was hurt by being surrounded by empty lots but if the new SLS at the same location can draw in more locals in with deals until the surrounding area gets built up over the next few years the property could do okay.