Bellagio Sportsbook Error Could Be Costliest in Las Vegas History

Bellagio SportsbookAs if the city of Las Vegas could afford another financial hit after its near three-month closure of casinos due to the COVID-19 outbreak, what happened at the Bellagio’s books last Sunday could possibly result in an almost quarter-million of winning wagers that were made by mistake.

This could be the biggest sportsbook loss on bets made after an event already started in Las Vegas history.

So what happened? According to an ESPN report, Sunday’s incorrect bets were able to be placed because of inaccurate start times were posted on a series of Korean and Chinese baseball games due to a manual entry error made by an employee.

Approximately 50 wagers were placed on self-service kiosks at the Bellagio between the hours of between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m., when the games that those bets were placed on actually started at 1 a.m. and 2 a.m, which means bets were able to be placed while the games were still going on, giving bettors an advantage.

One of the highest paying bets was made on a $250, 10-leg parlay. The payout? Over $137,100.

Bookmakers Say It’s a Common Mistake in the Industry

While not on the same scale, several Las Vegas bookmakers say that the mistake of taking bets during a live game is common in the industry. Of course, they don’t recall a larger loss than this one.

Westgate sports book director John Murray explained that this error has probably happened to nearly every sportsbook since the beginning of time

These past-post errors are quite common in the world of sports betting because of human entry. It typically happens when an employee manually enters the wrong start times, or due to a typo.

Nevada Gaming Control Board is Looking into the Matter

Since the dispute of earnings made from the flub was over $500, the Nevada Gaming Control Board is reportedly investigating the matter.

It will be dependent on the Control Board whether or not to decide whether the earnings from the bets will be honored or not.

According to Robert Walker, USBookmaking director of sportsbook operations, he says that when the Gaming Control Board gets involved, it usually shows favor to the bettors than the books.

“We had (the GCB) come out several times,” Walker said. “We got ruled against most of the time.”

Stay Tuned

We’ll have to stay tuned to what the Control Board has to say on MGM Resort’s costly sportsbook error.

The mega casino operator says it has its sights set on becoming a developer, manager, and operator of major gaming, rather than being a capital-focused real estate business.

That means MGM Resorts International is focusing on sports and live entertainment, committing itself toward becoming a company that will utilize asset-light strategy.

Hopefully, this mistake doesn’t impede on the company’s future goals. Be sure to check back for more updates regarding Las Vegas and other sports betting news!

Bellagio & Caesars Palace Reopen Their Poker Rooms

Poker Room in Bellagio Casino Las VegasThe Bellagio and Caesars Palace, which were the first of MGM Resorts and Caesars International properties to reopen on June 4, reopened their poker rooms two weeks later on Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m.

They’re not the first casinos to reopen their poker rooms, however, trailing behind The Golden Nugget, The Orleans, The Venetian, the South Point, and Sahara Las Vegas, who reopened its poker room on the same day.

Per guidelines provided by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, poker games are limited to five players per table. Bellagio received approval for six-handed tables. Plexiglass dividers will be placed in between players in compliance with the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. While masks on players are not required, at least not yet, they are being strongly encouraged. Masks on dealers and other Bellagio casino personnel are mandatory.

According to the official press release, The Bellagio poker room will be open daily, 24 hours a day, all throughout the week. The poker room will host cash games only initially, with no tournaments allowed at the current time. Players will not be allowed to eat in the room, and no guests or spectators will be allowed in.

According to a Caesars spokesperson, the Caesars Palace poker room will use five-handed tables, and all players will be required to wear masks. The hours of operations are from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday through Sunday.

Bellagio’s poker room is one of the premier poker rooms in all of Vegas. Its high-stakes room is known as “Bobby’s Room,” named after former MGM Resorts International executive Bobby Baldwin, who was the 1978 World Series of Poker champ. Baldwin also regularly hosts big poker tournaments throughout the world.

The largest poker room in the world also reopens today at 6 p.m. It’s located inside of the Commerce Casino, which is located just outside of Los Angeles. Games here will be played eight-handed, and players are required to wear masks with plexiglass barriers to divide players safely.

World Series of Poker Online Starts in July

In-person poker is coming back slowly but surely in the gambling mecca of the world, but another major poker event is getting the green light to start in July; that’s the World Series of Poker.

While it won’t be an in-person event this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be a major online event featuring players from the U.S. and all over the world, with 85 gold bracelet events. Each day in July, a bracelet will be awarded on WSOP.com.

Before the outbreak happened, the WSOP was scheduled to run from May 26 to July 15 at the Rio Convention Center but has since been reworked to be an exclusively online event, much like other major events held this year.

Daniel Negreanu, six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, said turning WSOP into an online event to make the show go on was a classic case of the event “making the best of it.”

Negreanu, who is a Las Vegas resident, says he plans to play in the online tournament until July 19, when the GG Poker tournament, who he is an ambassador for, begins.

The buy-ins for the U.S. online WSOP range from $400 to $3,200.

Bellagio’s Supper Club Shut Down After Workers Tests Positive for COVID-19

Bellagio’s Mayfair Supper Club, which functions as a part-dining, part-entertainment venue, was one of the first live entertainment venues to reopen in the valley.

However, after one of its kitchen staff tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, it was forced to temporarily close its doors on Wednesday, with a reopening date to be determined. According to a MGM Resorts spokesperson, the employee found out about the positive coronavirus result after coming into work on Wednesday.

Prior to that, the employee’s last working day was on Sunday. Staff who were in direct contact with the employee were notified of the positive test result.

In a statement released to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mayfair Supper Club announced that due to an abundance of caution, that they would be closing for the evening, fully sanitizing the work area, and determining who may have come into direct contact with the infected individual.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Updates its Health and Safety Protocols

On Wednesday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board made updates on its health and safety protocols for casinos, tightening up previously released guidelines for gamblers who wish to sit and play. It includes stronger language in the encouragement of patrons to wear face masks while inside of casinos.

For casinos that have no plexiglass barriers at table games, gamblers are required to wear face coverings. That requirement applies to table and card players, spectators, and any other individual who is within six feet of table or card games.

As of now, patrons are not required to wear face masks while inside of the dining establishments inside of casinos.

Requirements for face masks are more stringent for casino staff, without outright mandating them for guests. Properties must now offer all guests with a face covering when they enter into the casino or have “dedicated signage” alerting patrons to the availability of the personal protective equipment (PPE) and recommended its usage.

Should any patron ask for a mask, it must be provided by a staff member.

Changes Come As People Ease Up on Mask Use

These new changes come as COVID-19 cases across the state have been on steadily increasing, and state officials recognizing the seemingly relaxed attitude toward people wearing them as the reopenings come.

Gaming Control Board Chair Sandra Douglass Morgan, for one, has noticed that people seem to be easing up on mask use, despite the growing evidence that mask usage can prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Morgan urges people to continue to act responsibly in the age of the coronavirus, especially, not in spite of, restrictions being lifted across the state. She said that if individuals want to be able to come back to Vegas in three or six months or the next year even, they need to be responsible by respecting and following the important guidelines that have been put into place for everyone’s ultimate safety.

Policies for Closed Events Have Also Been Updated

The Gaming Control Board also outlined a policy for guidelines pertaining to closed events at gaming properties on Wednesday as well. The closed events policy applies to any live event that would normally have an in-person audience, including concerts, entertainment shows, competition shows, or sporting events.

In order to be able to hold a closed event, the Event Operator is to submit an Operation Plan to the Nevada Gaming Control Board within at least 14 days leading up to the planned event date, to adequately allow the Control Board to review the Operation Plan.

The Operation Plan is to detail the specific steps the Event Operators will follow and comply with, a floor plan or diagram of the Event venue, Event personnel details, such as the number of personnel involved, the function of personnel members, details on internal systems being used for the Event, and an overview of sanitation procedures.

Event Operators are to consider all applicable Federal, state, and local social distancing guidelines, such as the capacity limits of public gatherings, and the spacing of individual personnel and Event performers per social distancing guidelines.

Current COVID-19 Trends in Nevada

Casinos were allowed to reopen in Phase 2 of Nevada’s phased reopening plan, per Gov. Steve Sisolak’s orders. The state was deemed ready to reopen based on the steady, downward trajectory trend of COVID-19 positive cases and the number of hospitalizations.

Now, the state continues to monitor the influx of coronavirus cases as casinos, restaurants, and other businesses have reopened.

Currently, the Silver State crossed 12,000 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, reporting 234 new cases as of Wednesday, marking a 2 percent single-day growth rate out of a batch of 3,767 Now, the state has 12,076 cases it reports.

It’s unsure whether the slight uptick of cases is a result of casinos reopening, the George Floyd protests that occurred throughout the Strip and Downtown LV which saw many protestors shoulder-to-shoulder, or a combination of both.

Pools at many resorts have also reopened, with many day pools being packed on the two weekends following casinos reopening.

We will have to continue to wait and see where the majority of these new cases are being reported out of.

On Governor Sisolak’s Monday address to the state, he announced that Nevada would stay in Phase 2 at least until the end of the month. He expressed disdain in the fact that many Nevadans were not wearing face coverings while out in public, and that being a major cause for concern and reason for pushing back Phase 3 of his reopening plan.

Stay Tuned

While we’re thrilled that casinos in the state and across the country (for the most part) have been given the green light to reopen amid the pandemic, we hope that the number of COVID-19 begins to decrease soon.

Have you been to Las Vegas since its reopened? Are you a local who’s been back into town since the reopenings keep trickling in? And will you be playing at one of the reopened poker rooms soon?

Recently, the Sahara Las Vegas announced its new reservation system for table games, the first-of-its-kind in the city in response to COVID-19 protocols, as well as the reopening of its poker room.

Be sure to check back for more coverage regarding Las Vegas reopening news.

Amazing Las Vegas Holiday Decorations Are Here!

Many believe that winter is the best time to visit Las Vegas. It’s hard to deny when you see some of the incredible Las Vegas holiday decorations on display. Many of the city’s top hotels are already getting into the holiday spirit!

Christmas Tree Picture

The weather is milder and the hotels have a magical feel to them around this time of the year. Let’s look at some of the coolest holiday decorations in Las Vegas right now.

The Aria Now Features a Life-Sized Gingerbread House

Many of the world’s best hotel-casinos are located in Las Vegas. Many believe that Aria Hotel & Casino, located on the Strip, is one of the top venues in the entire city. This week, Aria revealed one of the coolest new Las Vegas holiday decorations in recent memory.

More than 400 pounds of gingerbread is being used to construct a life-sized gingerbread house inside the lobby of the hotel. This amazing house is 15 feet tall, seven feet wide, and 12 feet deep.

Chef Mathieu Lavalle claims that his team spent more than three weeks constructing this edible work of art. It’s covered in more than 900 gingerbread bricks and 960 peppermint tiles.

A five-foot gingerbread man is standing to greet guests entering the hotel, as well.

The entire decoration will be featured until January 6th, 2020. If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure to check it out!

More Las Vegas Holiday Decorations You Need to Check Out

Las Vegas really comes to life during the holidays. Many visit in December when the hotels in the city are at their most decorative. New Year’s Eve may very well be the biggest party day of the year here.

Most hotels on the Strip will begin featuring some amazing decorations during the holiday season. Here are some that you should check out this year!

The LINQ

The Holiday Magic show at The LINQ is one of the most popular holiday events in Las Vegas. This popular hotel features a massive 45-foot Christmas tree, carolers, and dancers. It begins on December 1st and lasts until the last day of the month.

Bellagio Hotel & Casino

The Bellagio is one of the most popular venues in Las Vegas. Not long ago, MGM sold this property to the Blackstone Group. Every year, this hotel-casino features some of the best Las Vegas holiday decorations. Last year was an amazing “Majestic Holiday Magic” exhibit inside of the Botanical Gardens. Make sure to check out the decorations this year!

Fremont Street

Many argue that Fremont Street is the most lively area of Las Vegas. There are shows happening here all the time. During the holidays, this place really comes to life! There are live music performances and amazing decorations all over the walking street.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino

The Cosmopolitan is currently the most expensive hotel-casino ever built in Las Vegas. As you might expect, this property regularly features some incredible holiday decorations. Every winter, an ice skating rink opens here surrounded by incredible food, drinks, and music.

Las Vegas holiday decorations are just beginning to emerge. Enjoy your visit during this incredible part of the year!

Donny and Marie Osmond End Their Las Vegas Residency

One of the most popular Las Vegas residencies has just come to an end. Donny and Marie Osmond are ending their famous Las Vegas show. The duos’ final performance officially concluded on Saturday.

Donny and Marie Osmond

It’s been a long time coming for these iconic singers. Now is the perfect time to look back on their long-running show, and talk about some of the other ones still available in Las Vegas. Let’s get into it!

History of the “Donny and Marie” Las Vegas Show

As we’ve already mentioned, Donny and Marie Osmond have one of the most famous residencies in Las Vegas. Donny first gained fame in the 1970s as a teen idol. He took a break from music a few years later and stepped out of the public spotlight.

In the 90s, Donny resumed his music career.

In the mid-2000s, Marie Osmond was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. In 2007, she teamed up with her brother Donny to begin performing at the iconic Flamingo Hotel. Initially, they agreed to a limited six-week engagement.

The pair had such a successful show that the Flamingo continued to extend their deal. “Donny and Marie” was a 90-minute show backed by eight dancers and a full band. Solo performances also take place during each show.

Incredibly, Donny and Marie Osmond continued to perform for more than eleven years. During their run, they gained numerous awards including the “Best Show” award by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

This past weekend, this show was held for the final time. It was an emotional night for the performers and fans who have followed them over the years.

Donnie and Marie Osmond Officially End their Residency

All good things must eventually come to an end. The “Donny and Marie” show was extended year after year and was considered by many to be one of the best performances in Las Vegas. Saturday marked the last time this show will ever take place.

Both singers had trouble at times. The reality that this was their last performance seemed to affect them both heavily.

“I don’t know how I’m going to get through this,” Donny said to the crowd. Marie also gave a tearful statement. “I’m gonna miss you guys the most,” she said to the band. “He can say all he wants about the crew and everything else, but I’m going to miss you. I love you.” 

Donny also took to Twitter to address his fans.

Fortunately, this may not be the last time that we hear from these two. Despite both being in their 60s, there’s a chance they will both continue to perform as solo artists. Marie is said to be creating a new show, perhaps even with a new partner.

Fortunately to visitors to this city, there are still some incredible shows available every single week.

More Las Vegas Shows You Need to Check Out

Las Vegas is known as the entertainment capital of the US. There are a huge number of fantastic shows taking place here throughout the year. The majority of them are absolutely fantastic.

One that many enjoy is the O by Cirque du Soleil. It takes place inside the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. It has fantastic reviews from critics and takes place every single day.

Recently, Lady Gaga also signed a two-year residency in Las Vegas. She is performing two shows, one of which is called Enigma and other called Jazz and Piano. Both have received great reviews.

Absinthe is another hugely popular show. It takes place inside Caesars Palace every other day. It’s a contemporary circus, described as “an uneasy cross between terrific variety acts and a stag party.”

There are always great shows taking place in Las Vegas. Make sure to check one out when you visit!

Bellagio Fountains Set on Fire by Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows ever, and the last season—which will air starting April 14—will mark the end of an era which was dominated by dragons, white walkers, kings, queens, priests, and warriors. Adapted from the popular book series by George RR Martin called A Song of Ice and Fire, the show managed to win the hearts of millions of people around the world, inviting them to the magnificent world of Westeros, Essos, and other mythical places. If you are one of the people who has never seen a single episode of GoT, make sure to give it a try – it’s definitely something you will be hooked on after watching the first episode as the show mixes elements of family drama with epic fantasy. In other words, it offers something for everyone!

The show basically depicts ice and fire as the two dominating elements, and one of the ways to promote it was to set fire to a fountain. The iconic Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas seemed to be the most appropriate place for this interesting marketing experiment. The entire fountain show includes a four-minute-long water choreography combined with music and video projections from Game of Thrones.

The entire display starts with quiet music from the piece “Winter is Here,” which was composed by Ramin Djavadi, the mastermind behind the soundtracks of Game of Thrones and Westworld. What follows is a projection on the water that looks like silent snow falling. Everything suddenly becomes very loud, and the memorable opening theme of Game of Thrones kicks in. The first visible thing is the logo of the show, which is followed by silhouettes of dragons and the Night King.

The whole thing is followed by fountains taking various shapes, some of them being the crown, the Iron Throne, and even the Wall which guards the realms of men from the long night. The display culminates with pyrotechnics which is in sync with water, thus combining fire and ice, in a way. One of the projections that was visible during the display included the final scene of the last season which featured (spoiler alert) the Night King riding an undead dragon that breathes blue fire.

The company which made this work of art possible is called WET Design, and they collaborated with Ramin Djawadi in order to create the display. Djawadi was more than happy to have taken part in one such project, saying that the Bellagio Fountain is iconic. He told the press that the whole thing was ‘quite a spectacle’ and that he had enjoyed putting the two together.

The choreographed fountain display has only just started and will run every night until April 13 which is the last day before the Episode 1 lands on HBO. If you happen to be in Las Vegas during that period, make sure to visit the iconic fountain to witness this amazing Game of Thrones display.

The Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Fountains are part of the Bellagio resort which is located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada and owned by MGM Resorts International. These dancing water fountains have become the most recognizable part of the resort with thousands of tourists visiting them every night. Every now and then, there is a display made with water that can take your breath away. It is a unique type of fountain that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. It is definitely worth visiting them if you plan a trip to Las Vegas.

Apart from the gaming facility, restaurants, and other facilities related to hospitality, you can also visit the conservatory and botanical gardens, as well as the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts.