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Futuristic Las Vegas Concert Venue MSG Sphere Waits for FAA Clearance for 2020 Takeoff

MSG Las Vegas Sphere

Madison Square Garden and Las Vegas Sands have a proposal to bring a giant futuristic spherical glass arena to the city of Las Vegas, and they’re eager to get the ball rolling, but first they need approval from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Representatives of the two companies told the Clark County Commission on Wednesday…Read More

Daytime iHeart Radio Music Festival Moving Location, Previously Held at Site of Mandalay Bay Mass Shooting

Las Vegas shooting outdoor concert

When the iHeart Radio Music Festival — this year slated to feature major artists like Coldplay, Chris Stapleton, Pink, DJ Khaled, Lorde, and Kesha — returns to Las Vegas on September 22, it will be at least partially in a new location, one without any bad memories. The annual two-day televised event has called Las Vegas…Read More

US Senator Grills FTC and Games Regulator Over Loot Boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan on loot boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) is concerned about the potentially harmful effects of loot boxes in video gaming and wants to know what the Federal Trade Commission is going to do about it. This week, the former governor of New Hampshire told four FTC nominees the she had written to the video games industry…Read More

Canada Favored to Win Gold Across the Board in Olympic Curling

Olympic curling Canada

Canadians are known for taking their curling very seriously. It’s the one country where the game is a major spectator sport, after all, the majority of the world’s curlers reside there. So it is little surprise that Canada is favored to win in each of the three curling disciplines at this year’s Winter Olympics. This…Read More

Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas to Experience Interactive Multimedia Revamp

Fremont Street Experience Revamp

The Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas is getting a revamp. On Wednesday, Las Vegas City Council agreed a grant of $9.5 million for “floor to ceiling” renovations which will include a large-scale update to the video canopy attraction. The 1,500-foot long, 90-foot wide canopy, suspended 90 feet above the pedestrian thoroughfare, has not…Read More

Are Loot Boxes Gambling? Washington State Demands an Answer

Washington State Senator Kevin

Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker (D) has charged the State Gambling Commission with answering once and for all the question of whether a loot box constitutes gambling, and whether the microtransactions of modern video-gaming are predatory towards children. A loot box is broadly defined as consumable in-game “chest” that offer the player randomized chances to…Read More

Las Vegas Illusionist David Copperfield Can’t Make 30-Year-Old Sexual Assault Accusations Vanish

David Copperfield

Multimillioniare magician and entertainer David Copperfield has responded to allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted an underage model 30 years ago. Brittney Lewis, 47, told media and entertainment news website TheWrap on Wednesday that the alleged incident occurred after she met the now 61-year-old Copperfield in 1988, at the “Look of the Year” modelling…Read More

Las Vegas ‘Rogue’ Esports Team Levels Up to Superstardom

Rogue esports team goes from strength to strength

Esports may be a big buzzword in Nevada casinos, but a Las Vegas-based team is currently sparking the most chatter. The “Rogue” esports team has gone from a little-known outfit to globetrotting champions in a matter of months. Last year its CS:GO team won the Mountain Dew Video Game League championship, while its Overwatch team…Read More

Britney Spears Reportedly Doing It Again, 2019 Las Vegas Residency Rumored with MGM Resorts

Britney Spears Las Vegas residency

Britney Spears isn’t ready to leave Las Vegas. Less than two weeks after she closed her four-year residency at Planet Hollywood’s Axis theater on New Year’s Eve, Spears has reportedly signed a deal with MGM Resorts that will bring the superstar back to Las Vegas in 2019. US Weekly is reporting that Spears will perform…Read More

Miss America $4 Million Casino Tax Funding Subsidy Threatened, New Jersey Lawmakers Want to Nix Deal After Just One Year

Miss America casino tax money

The Miss America Organization (MAO) negotiated a sweetheart of a deal with New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in 2017, one which paid the pageant nearly $4 million to continue hosting its marquee event in Atlantic City. But now, several state lawmakers say it’s a bad use of tax dollars, and want the subsidy…Read More

Las Vegas Switches Gears for 2017 Marketing Strategies: Courting Millenials, Skirting Tragedy

Las Vegas marketing in 2017

It was a changing year in 2017, as Dr. Phil would say, for Las Vegas and the city’s tried-and-true iconic marketing strategies. Hoping to lure more millennials and ultimately to bounce back from one of the worst tragedies since the MGM fire in 1981 that killed 85 people, Sin City finished out the year still…Read More

Splendor of the Old: 2017’s Biggest Sports Superstars Were No Spring Chickens

2017 sports superstars

Everyone knows that sports are a young person’s game, especially when it comes to the professional level of competition. But in 2017, we all found ourselves in awe of some veteran athletes who defied their ages to score some of the most impressive victories of the year. These men and women may not be truly old,…Read More

South Point Casino Extends NASCAR Sponsorship of #21 Richard Childress Racing Car

South Point NASCAR

A Las Vegas casino will continue to hold its place in the world of NASCAR, as the South Point Hotel and Casino has extended its sponsorship deal with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) through the 2018 season. This will mark the seventh year in a row in which South Point and RCR have partnered on at…Read More

Is the Stratosphere on the Las Vegas Strip? Owner, County Disagree

Stratosphere Las Vegas Strip

Take a walk up the Las Vegas Strip, and you’ll pass by thousands of tourists and gamblers visiting dozens of casinos and resorts on both sides of Las Vegas Boulevard. Get all the way to the north end of this line of luxurious venues, and you’ll see the towering Stratosphere rising above the road. But…Read More

Taking a Gamble in 2017: With Skin in the Game, How I Bet, Won Big, and Lost a Little This Year

Tom Brady Super Bowl 2017

When people hear that I write about gambling, they usually assume that I hit the tables with gusto. The truth, though, is that I’ve spent enough time around sharp players, casino bosses, and game-designers to know better. Take it from me: randomly splashing money on the felt is a mug’s game. Unless pressed to play…Read More