Hello From Las Vegas! – March is college basketball month here in Las Vegas. We’re the home to four (count them, four) college basketball tournaments: Pac-12 (Go Oregon Ducks), Mountain West (Go UNLV Rebels), West Coast Conference (the one with Gonzaga and BYU in it), and the Western Athletic Conference (teams most of you have not heard of).
Then, we roll right into March Madness, the craziest four days of college basketball of the year.
We’re keeping a close eye on the pending Supreme Court decision on whether sports betting will be allowed on a state-by-state basis. Right now, Nevada is the only state with wide-open sports betting. I’m torn on this. Obviously, as someone who promotes tourism here, I like the thought that we have a corner on the market. However, I’m a state’s rights guy as long as one state does not infringe upon another.
If available, imagine it will be more quickly legalized in states with strong casino gaming presence. New Jersey is at the forefront of the fight. Sports betting is taxed very low here in Nevada, which allows the casinos to offer you decent odds on your bets. If other states legalize it with an eye on tax revenue, you’ll be able to bet. However, you won’t be getting Nevada odds.
We’ll certainly lose some east coast sports betters to Atlantic City. However, the atmosphere of being in Las Vegas for March Madness, with all Las Vegas has to offer (and a chance for many to escape winter weather for our spring-like temps), I doubt we’ll see much fall-off.
The Gambling Numbers Are In, What They Mean To YOU – Each year, the State of Nevada tallys and releases numbers on what areas have the loosest and tightest slots. As gaming taxes have to be paid to the state, they know how much the machines took in, and how much they paid out.
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Menopause The Musical®, the longest-running scripted musical in Las Vegas history, celebrates 13 years entertaining audiences on the Las Vegas Strip and three years at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The show will mark this milestone on Thursday, February 22 with a celebratory cake ceremony. The show’s producers as well as Caesars Entertainment executives will attend that evening’s performance.
Giada De Laurentiis is establishing serious roots in Las Vegas. Pronto by Giada, officially set to open on February 5 at Caesars Palace, will join Giada at the Cromwell as the celebrity chef’s second restaurant in the city.
The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously today to seek a grant of up to $9.5 million from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to help update the downtown Fremont Street Experience video canopy. The update would allow the attraction to run around-the-clock, instead of just at night.
Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its annual star ratings, once again naming The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace and The Cromwell among its prestigious list. An iconic resort at the center of the famed Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace received Four Stars. Additionally, The Cromwell, the only standalone boutique hotel on the Strip, earned a Recommended Award.
How safe is Las Vegas water? It certainly doesn’t taste good. What is in it?
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- Las Vegas Home Prices, Sales Climb Again At Start Of 2018
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- Nevada Leads US In Job Creation, New Data Show
- Historic Las Vegas Horse Properties On Market – Photos
- Moving? Even With Tight Housing Supply, 2017 Was a Strong Year for Local Home Sales
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