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Reporter: Corey Levitan

Corey Levitan joined in 2022 after a long career covering Las Vegas. He currently covers gaming news on the US West Coast, including Las Vegas.

Corey spent six years covering the Vegas Strip for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he also wrote the most popular humor column in the city’s history. (For “Fear and Loafing,” he tried out 176 Vegas jobs, including poker player, blackjack dealer and Follie Bergere dancer.)

Corey has won more than 100 local, state and national awards for his journalism, which has also appeared in Rolling Stone, New York Magazine and the New York Post.

Corey is a New York native whose hobbies include playing guitar, trying to be a better husband, and arguing with strangers on Facebook.

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874 stories by Corey Levitan

U2’s Sphere Residency Breaks Vegas Box Office

U2’s initial run of shows at the MSG Sphere generated nearly $110 million in ticket sales, according to figures reported to Billboard, making it the fastest-grossing Vegas residency ever. The only Vegas residencies that have grossed more so far than “U2:UV Achtung...

Corey Levitan November 28, 2023

What David Blaine Will and Won’t Do at his Vegas NYE Shows

When David Blaine’s new Las Vegas residency, “IMpossible,” debuts at the Encore Theater on New Year’s Eve weekend, “so many dangerous things” will be attempted, the illusionist told the New York Post. Two will not. Among the things audiences will get to...

Corey Levitan November 28, 2023

Bellagio Fir Trees May Have Arrived To Replace Those Removed For F1

The trees are returning to the front of the Bellagio -- or possibly, a new set of them are. A photo submitted to the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper on Monday shows at least 16 fir trees, ranging in size from 8 feet...

Corey Levitan November 28, 2023

VEGAS MUSIC ROUNDUP: Sphere Come More Harry Rumors, Ringo Returns, Fontainebleau’s First

The British tabloids are rekindling those rumors, which we first reported back in September, of a Harry Styles residency at the MSG Sphere. According to The Sun, the former One Direction singer, 29, had a four-hour meeting with top Sphere  execs after...

Corey Levitan November 27, 2023

Carrot Top Extends Vegas Residency Until He’s 65

Carrot Top, the Luxor's marquee headliner since 2005, will officially be the MGM resort’s marquee headliner until 2030. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Scott Thompson (his real name) recently extended his run at Luxor’s Atrium until he qualifies for Social Security...

Corey Levitan November 27, 2023

VEGAS MYTHS BUSTED: The $20 Room Upgrade Trick

Flashing a crisp Andrew Jackson to the front desk clerk at the Riviera might have worked for your dad in 1995, but it probably won’t get you a room upgrade in 2023 Las Vegas. Oh wait, but your best friend told you...

Corey Levitan November 27, 2023

VEGAS MYTHS RE-BUSTED: ‘Fear and Loathing’ Really Happened

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Vegas Myths Busted” publishes new entries every Monday, with a bonus Flashback Friday edition. Today’s entry in our ongoing series originally ran on March 3, 2023.  Hunter S. Thompson, who died by suicide 18 years ago last Monday, is famous for...

Corey Levitan November 24, 2023

Las Vegas May Criminalize Stopping to View Strip from Pedestrian Bridges

Tourists who stop on one of the 15 pedestrian bridges spanning the Las Vegas tourist corridor could soon get cited with a misdemeanor. That’s if a new ordinance, introduced by the Clark County Commission last week, gets approved. The measure would establish...

Corey Levitan November 23, 2023

Las Vegas Karaoke Bar Sued to Tune of $264M for Skirting Royalties

Kamu Ultra Karaoke, a nightclub in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, is being sued for $264M by an L.A.-based record company. Sybersound Records -- a label owned and distributed worldwide by Universal Music Group -- claims the Vegas Strip lounge...

Corey Levitan November 22, 2023

Officials Mercy Kill Unfunded Las Vegas Strip NBA Arena

Las Vegas officials have finally had enough of the unsubstantiated funding claims, the unfulfilled construction promises, and the deadline extension requests made by the owners of the All Net Arena project. On Tuesday, the Clark County Zoning Commission voted 7-0 to deny...

Corey Levitan November 22, 2023