It looks like William Hill is out as the management company of all Derek Stevens sports books in downtown Las Vegas. The former Las Vegas Club when it reopens with its new name will be run by an in house operation headed by bookmaker Mathew Metcalf ;
The other two Derek Stevens properties the Golden Gate and the D will make the change sometime before the end of 2019. For a time it looked like William Hill was going to take over a big percentage of the sports books in town but as changes that allow sports betting across the country have happened the marketplace for sports bets has become a lot more competitive.
The new sports book at the former Las Vegas Club is planning to have the biggest television screen in Las Vegas as well as a studio that hosts VSIN broadcasts, it will be interesting to see what the final size for the sports book will be but it sounds like it will be the biggest Downtown once open.
It looks like the owner of D Las Vegas is continuing his Downtown buying spree as he has purchased an 11 story office building at 302 Carson Ave which is across from the D Las Vegas as well as the Downtown Event Center which he also owns. The building and its adjacent parking garage where purchased for nearly 40 million dollars.
Derek Stevens recently announced plans to build a 777 room hotel and casino on the now empty site of the Las Vegas Club, Mermaids and the Girls Of Glitter Gulch; because of this project likely nothing will happen to the office building in near term as Derek Stevens and his team will have their plate full with that.
In the future the office tower could be used as additional hotel rooms for the D Las Vegas or part of a larger project but also there is a possibility that it could just be used for office space which Derek Stevens might need with all his projects Downtown.
A piece of Las Vegas history in Downtown is vanishing piece by piece as the former Las Vegas Club is demolished to make way for a future resort property that most likely won’t appear until 2020 or later. The Las Vegas Club opened in 1930 a year before gambling was legalized in Nevada but over recent years the place suffered manny years of decline and the sports theme exterior looked tacky as well as dated. The property is now owned by Derek Stevens who refitalized the former Fitzgerald’s with a huge remodel after which he renamed it the D Las Vegas. Derek Stevens has also addded suites as well as sprucing up the Golden Gate across the street which he also owns with his brother. Construction on the new resort should begin early in the New Year but no word yet on the new properties name or theme which should take at least two years to compete.
Shell of former Las Vegas Club across from California
Recently Derek Stevens the owner of D Las Vegas bought the Las Vegas Club from Tamares the owner of the Plaza across the street and tonight the 86 year old property will close for good. It looks like Tamares will retain the rights to the Las Vegas Club name so whatever Derek Stevens decides to do with the property it will most likely have a new name. The table games have already been removed from the casino although the slot machines still remain so if you are around and want to play the slots for one last time there is still a little time left. The casino cage is likely to be busy as collectors of casino chips buy them up to add to their collections while there is still time. If you have old chips Las Vegas Club chips that you want to cash in usually for a time you can cash them in at another property, that hasn’t been announced yet but most likely that will happen at the Plaza across the street for a limited time. Derek Stevens most likely doesn’t know what he will do with the property yet and will have to wait until him with his team can look closely at the property as well as see what condition the structure.
The above title has to be one of the more unusual titles titles we have posted on Las Vegas Inside Out and yes as the title suggests an Aussie Erotic Hip Hop Show is indeed heading to Las Vegas. The show features eight Australian male dancers who grew to fame in Australian reality shows such as Australia’s Got Talent and are now bringing their sexy dance act to the United States at the D in Downtown Las Vegas. The show will play nightly in the D showroom at 10:10 pm with tickets for $45 plus the usual fees but the ticket does include one themed cocktail, domestic beer, house wine or a soft drink and are available from the D at tickets.thed.com if you want to check the show it it begins this Friday night July 31st.
Broadway shows for the most part have struggled to find a long term audience in Las Vegas, but one show that has bucked the trend is the longest running Broadway show in Las Vegas history which is ‘Defending The Caveman’ which after a long Strip run has moved to Downtown Las Vegas. The new home for hit one man show starring Kevin Burke ‘Defending The Caveman’ is the D on Fremont Street. The show explores couples and relationships with entertaining banter and observations of how we navigate relationships. Kevin Burke is synonymous with this role and has won entertainer of the year awards as well as also holds a record for the most shows performed in a fifty day period. The show gets good reviews generally so if it sounds like something you are interested in you might want to check it out, when Kevin Burke has time off which doesn’t seem often television actor John Venable takes his place. Beginning April 5th the show will move to a 4pm showtime with 8pm shows also on Thursday and Friday nights. Tickets for the show are available from the D box office from $38.45 to $69.95 for a vip package plus the usual ticket fees and taxes.
The D is adding another show to its entertainment line up with an afternoon ventriloquist act staring Second City improv alum Patrick Murray and his cast of characters such as the Jamacian lady character Matilda seen in the start of the video above. The show called ‘Ja Makin Me Laugh’ is due to premiere tomorrow and will run in a daily matinee slot at 2:30 pm with ticket prices of $19..95 for general admission tickets and one note the show is intended for adult audiences only.
The former Clark County Courthouse in Downtown Las Vegas slowly disappears as the building is cleared to make way for festival grounds. The abandoned courthouse has been empty since 2005 and drew national attention with court cases such as the Binion’s trial where satellite news vans where parked out front every day. The owner of the property is Derek Steven’s owner of the D and Golden Gate hotels in Downtown who bought the property at an auction for $10 million dollars. The property is located at Third and Carson not too far from the D so it makes sense that Derek Steven’s purchased the property as whole blocks of Downtown land near Fremont Street don’t come up for sale often. In the long run I would be surprised if this space remains a festival space for events, concerts etc as a different use is decided on but for the moment it is an inexpensive use that can be changed in the future quickly if needed.