Here’s What We Know About the Power Outage at Paris Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sign and the Paris Las Vegas Casino Hotel

Late last night, social media reports began to surface about a power outage at Paris Las Vegas. It was surprising news to hear from one of the biggest and best hotel-casinos in the city. Today, we’re going to discuss the details of this recent power shutoff.

This is the last thing Paris Casino-Resort needed. All of the casinos in Las Vegas have been hurting due to the drop in tourism and intense safety regulations set in place. A large-scale power outage won’t help to boost Paris’ visitation rates.

Let’s get into it!

Another New Casino-Resort Opens its Doors in Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas has always been a popular gambling area in Las Vegas. It doesn’t pull in the same kind of revenue figures that the Strip does, but prior to 2020, it’s been a successful part of the city. Next week, one of the most exciting new casino-resorts in Las Vegas will open up Downtown.

This new property, called Circa Las Vegas, has been under construction since 2019. There are a number of things that make this property stand out. Most of the attention that gambling fans are putting on it is the amazing sportsbook.

Circa will feature the largest sportsbook ever built in Downtown Las Vegas. It can accommodate up to 1,000 people at a time and features one of the largest screens of any casino in Las Vegas. This sportsbook is expected to bring in a large number of gamblers on opening day.

Many are also looking forward to the opening of the swimming pool at Circa. It will feature a massive television screen to watch sports. According to several reports, this is the largest pool ever built Downtown.

There’s a lot to look forward to here. Many are also excited about the opening of Resorts World Las Vegas next summer. It’s the most expensive casino-resort ever built in the city and features a massive gaming floor.

The Paris Hotel-Casino opened its doors slightly later than many of the other casino-resorts in this city. Unfortunately, news broke that this venue experienced a power outage this week.

Fire Department Confirms Power Outage at Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas is one of the most beloved casino-resorts in Las Vegas. It opened to the public in 1999 and has been through several renovations over the years. Back in June, after months of being closed, Paris Las Vegas finally reopened to the public.

Of course, this venue has been struggling to bring in revenue in recent years. That’s not uncommon right now. Each and every casino-resort based in Las Vegas has seen its casino revenue drop immensely over the past eight months.

To make things worse, there’s been a massive power outage at Paris Las Vegas this week. Reports began surfacing on Thursday evening. It was serious enough to force an evacuation of guests.

A spokesperson at Caesars Entertainment, the company that owns the Paris Las Vegas, released an official statement to the media today about this situation.

“This evening, Paris Las Vegas experienced a power outage that has since been restored. The health and safety of our guests and team members is a top priority, and we thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and NV Energy for their assistance in the matter.” 

Casino officials are still working to figure out the cause of this outage. Fortunately, power has been restored throughout the hotel. We’ll offer more updates on this situation as soon as they’re released.

Casino Companies Want to Bring Back Entertainment Options

Many of the world’s biggest casino companies are based in Las Vegas. In the past, these venues were able to bring in millions of visitors with their unique entertainment options. Obviously, most live entertainment has been canceled for the entire year.

Some casino officials now believe it’s time to bring these entertainment options back. Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox spoke to the media about this situation this week. He’s pushing hard to open an in-lab testing center by Thanksgiving.

Caesars Entertainment seems to be taking things into its own hands. News reports surfaced yesterday that this company is resuming its live entertainment options in several properties including Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, and the Flamingo.

Jason Gastwirth, president of entertainment at Caesars Entertainment, spoke about this decision with the media.

“Live entertainment is an important part of the Las Vegas experience that makes visiting this city so special, and we are thrilled that we can be first to offer it to our guests again,” he said. “In collaboration with our entertainment partners and with the support of governing officials, we are happy to lead the city with an enhanced health and safety plan that will put our team members back to work and keep our guests comfortable while enjoying these popular shows once again.” 

Some feel it’s too soon, but Caesars seems to feel that it’s necessary to get guests back in. We’ll wait and see whether or not this strategy ends up paying off. Stay tuned for updates!

Did you experience the power outage at Paris Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section below!

There’s Been Another Shooting in Las Vegas This Week

Magnifying Glass With Las Vegas Strip in BackgroundCasinos around Las Vegas are working extremely hard to boost tourism rates. Unfortunately, there’s been a rise in violent crimes taking place around the city’s most popular areas. This week, another shooting in Las Vegas was recorded on the Strip.

It’s concerning news for tourists and residents here. It’s also difficult for casinos here, all of which are still struggling to bring in new players. Today, we’re going to talk about what this rise in crime means for the city moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

Gambling Revenue is Still Fluctuating Throughout Nevada

It’s been fascinating to watch the gambling revenue figures being released in Nevada. For months, casinos here were earning almost nothing. All gambling venues in the state were shut down for months and the only money coming in was from online operations.

In June, Governor Sisolak finally gave permission to the casinos here to reopen. Some of them opened their doors as quickly as possible. Others took their time and only recently decided to open their doors.

Park MGM falls into the latter category. This is one of the most popular hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, yet its owners wanted to wait to reopen. It wasn’t until this week that this property opened its doors as the first non-smoking hotel-casino on the Strip.

Revenue figures continue to come out each month. All casinos here are seeing significantly lower revenue earnings than they experienced the same months last year. Fortunately, revenue is increasing as the months go on. That wasn’t the case in August, though.

News recently broke that Nevada’s gambling revenue dropped by 22% this August when compared to August of 2019. The revenue also dipped slightly when compared to July. Many credit a rise in Covid-19 cases for this drop in earnings.

The fact that violent incidents in major tourist destinations seem to be increasing won’t help anything.

Here’s What We Know About the Recent Shooting in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, like all big cities, sees crime pop up now and again. Historically speaking, most of the serious violent incidents take place away from the Las Vegas Strip. For the past couple of months, however, we’ve seen a significant rise in these incidents occurring near the city’s most luxurious area.

News has just surfaced that another shooting in Las Vegas took place early Friday morning. It appears to have stemmed from an argument between two individuals. Fortunately, no one was injured in the shooting.

This latest incident occurred in the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino, one of the most popular venues in the city. Casino officials have not yet commented on this latest incident. Security officials are reviewing footage of the shooting to try to identify those involved.

This is just one of many recent shootings around the Strip. Last weekend, a man was shot and paralyzed on while walking near The Linq and Flamingo. The suspects have been identified and arrested.

Casino companies are obviously disappointed to see this rise in crime. Some analysts feel that it will result in a significant dip in tourism. With the crime and increasing rates of Covid-19 in certain parts of the country, Las Vegas may have a difficult next few months.

Not every major US gambling destination is hurting right now, though.

Sports Betting Revenue is Still Increasing in New Jersey

New Jersey was one of the first states to legalize and regulate sports betting after PASPA was struck down in 2018. It’s now the largest sports betting market in the country. A huge amount of revenue was being earned here every month since this industry opened up.

Not long ago, New Jersey set a new all-time record for sports betting revenue. The sports gambling platforms here managed to bring in an astounding $667 million over the month of August. Many feel this will be surpassed in September.

Casino revenue is also increasing here. Atlantic City was given permission to reopen casinos back in July. Today, all of the casino-resorts in this city have reopened and tourism rates are slowly increasing.

It’s great news for other casino companies around the country. Many state leaders are now interested in legalizing this industry, as well. The potential for massive revenue earnings is now clear.

Hopefully, things begin to improve around Nevada. It’s certainly disappointing to hear about another shooting in Las Vegas. It will be interesting to see how this affects the city moving forward.

Do you plan to visit Las Vegas this year? Which hotel are you staying at? Let us know in the comments section below!

Nevada Gaming Revenues Decline By 22.1% in August 2020

Nevada Sign On Highway

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to plague the gambling industry in Nevada as the gaming win for August was down by 22% from the same month one year ago and below the July 2020 figures.

According to a Wednesday report from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Nevada casinos reported a gaming win of $743M for August 2020 which is way below the $954M they collected from gamblers in August 2019. It also fell short, but not by much, of July 2020’s $756M gaming win.

Strip Takes Biggest Hit

The Last Vegas Strip took the biggest monthly hit as the gaming revenues fell to $317.M of 39.2%. Strip gaming wins decreased by 99% in April and May but improved to a 61% decline in June and 39.2% in July. For the month of August, the Las Vegas Strip contributed 97.1% of the state’s total decline.

Properties in Downtown Las Vegas also experienced a 22% decline in gaming wins. Revenues also fell 14% in Reno, 9.5% in Laughlin, and 7.6% in South Lake Tahoe. However, there were some bright spots like the Boulder Strip in Southern Nevada which saw an increase of 29.6% and North Las Vegas which had an increase of nearly 2%.

Record Sports Bets

Nevada sportsbooks were also a bright spot in August as they wrote a record number of sports bet for the month. With the NBA and NHL playing in a month where their season would’ve been over in previous years, sportsbooks in Nevada took a total of $475.1M in bets or a 64.9% increase from 2019.

64.3% of the total sports bets were made via mobile betting apps where casinos won $11M on a total of $305.5M in bets. Overall, revenue from sports betting totalled $17M which was a 9.3% decline from a year ago. The decrease was attributed to the cancellation of college football games and the lack of an NFL preseason.

Lifting Ban on Gatherings

Gov. Steve Sisolak said on Tuesday that the state would lift the 50-person cap on public and Private gatherings beginning Thursday. Venues with a capacity of more than 2,500 can submit proposals to operate at 10% capacity while smaller venues will be allowed to have a crowd of up to 250. The state is hoping that the move will kick-start conventions, concerts, sports events, and trade shows that not only power the state’s economy but help bring people to casinos as well.

August was the second full month of operations for Nevada casinos. The state’s gambling industry was shut down for 78 days starting March 18th due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. They have since been allowed to reopen but subject to health, safety and cleaning protocols. Guidelines like social distancing and limited operating capacity have hampered their operations, thus affecting revenues.

Planet Hollywood’s Opening Date is Finally Revealed!

It’s been more than six months since all of the casinos in Las Vegas shut down. Most of them have since reopened. New reports surfaced this week that finally reveal Planet Hollywood’s opening date.Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Casino Logo

This is one of the last major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip to open its doors. Many are excited to see this property operational again. Today, we’re going to talk about when this venue will start accepting guests again.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Casinos Struggle to Attract Tourists

Our team has been covering the fluctuating tourism rates in Las Vegas for months. It’s been a real struggle for the city’s gambling venues to bring in new players. Even with almost all casinos now reopened, the city is still seeing huge drops in overall tourism.

There are many reasons why that is. Obviously, the pandemic has made crippled the travel industry around the country. Most people around the US are unwilling to fly and gamble in Las Vegas at a time like this.

Many are also concerned with the rise in crime on the Las Vegas Strip. There have been a number of shootings in this area of the city over the past few months. Once took place this weekend directly next to The Flamingo Hotel-Casino.

All casinos now open in this city are implementing strict safety measures. Masks are required, plexiglass barriers separate players and dealers, and slot machines are now places farther apart from each other. These measures have also contributed to a drop in tourism.

No one knows when things will completely return to normal here. Some feel they never will. That isn’t stopping the major casino-resorts in this city from opening back up, though. Soon, one of the most popular venues on the Strip will finally open its doors again.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Here’s an Update on Planet Hollywood’s Opening Date

There are a huge number of world-class gambling venues in Las Vegas. Most of the best ones can be found on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s in this part of the city that visitors will find The Bellagio, The Cosmopolitan, and The Venetian.

For months, all of the casinos here were shut down. Beginning in June, these properties were able to open their doors again. One that has remained closed since March is Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, one of the most popular properties in the city.

It’s now been confirmed that Planet Hollywood’s opening date is scheduled for October 8th. Starting on this day, the hotel will accept reservations during weekends. The gaming floor at this property will remain open 24/7.

Many gambling fans are happy to hear that this property will soon be up and running again. It’s interesting to hear that the hotel will only accept guests over the weekends. That is likely to change as the weeks go on.

Many of the restaurants inside this hotel-casino will open on October 8th. All guests here will be required to wear masks and social distance as much as possible. We’ll hear more about the specific safety measures set in place here over the next couple of days.

Circa Las Vegas is Just Weeks Away From Reopening

As we already mentioned, the Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the best casino-resorts in the world. In recent years, however, Downtown Las Vegas has grown to become a major tourist destination, as well. There are some great, new casinos now operating in this area of the city.

Circa Las Vegas is expected to be one of the best new properties in all of Las Vegas. It features a massive gaming floor and a number of luxury suites. Circa will also feature perhaps the best resort-style gaming floor in the entire city.

Many felt this venue would have already opened by now. For obvious reasons, its grand opening has been delayed for months. New reports have finally surfaced that show this new casino-resort will open its doors on October 28th.

The owners of this property hope its opening will help to boost tourism rates in the city. It does seem that more people are slowly beginning to flock to the city. Some fear that things could regress as the winter months approach, though.

Many health experts predict cases of Covid-19 will begin to surge when the colder weather approaches. That already seems to be true in certain areas of the country. That could spell trouble for the casinos currently operating in Las Vegas.

Planet Hollywood’s opening date has been confirmed for October 8th. Are you excited to hear this venue is opening? Let us know in the comments section below!

Sahara Las Vegas and Grand Sierra To Pay $75K in Fines

Sahara Las Vegas Logo
The Sahara on the Las Vegas Strip and the Grand Sierra in Reno will pay $75,000 as a joint settlement for violating the state’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

According to settlement documents, the Los Angeles-based Meruelo Group, which owns both Sahara and Grand Sierra, did not “admit nor deny” the allegations. However, the Nevada casino operator agreed on the joint settlement because they believe that the Nevada Gaming Board “could meet its burden of proof if these matters were to proceed to the evidentiary hearing before the Commission.”

In a statement, the Meruelo Group said:

“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our guests and team members and we will continue to work cooperatively with government agencies to meet these high standards and ensure compliance across our resorts.”

Various COVID-19 Related Violations

The Board filed a case against the Sahara Las Vegas last August, alleging that the resort hosted a July 23 luncheon event which was attended by an estimated 135 people. The state’s coronavirus guidelines permit Nevada casinos to host gatherings with a maximum of 50 people. Another case filed alleged that the hotel-casino allowed its customers to break social distancing rules at blackjack and craps tables last June 16.

On the other hand, a three-count case was filed against Grand Sierra last August 7th. In the complaint, Nevada regulators claimed that on three different occasions, state gaming agents witnessed guests not wearing masks inside the casino-hotel premises. The agents also said that casino officials and employees didn’t do anything to correct the practice.

Gaming Regulators File Complaints

Since Nevada casinos reopened last June 4th, gaming regulators have filed a total of six disciplinary complaints against Nevada casinos for COVID-19 related violations. Four of the cases have already been settled and were due for consideration on Thursday.

Bowl Incline in Lake Tahoe will pay $5,000 for not closing its bar top games on July 10. Slot operator Century Gaming is set to pay $15,000 for the same infraction involving Cheers Bar. Hotel Ely agreed to pay $15,000 after several employees were seen not wearing face masks. Meanwhile, the owners of the C.O.D. Casino also settled for a $30,000 payment for face mask violations.

Nevada casinos were allowed to open again last June with the state enforcing strict COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The restrictions include reduced occupancy, more space between gamblers, head count limit for meeting and convention spaces.

NGCB Approves William Hill’s Takeover of CGT Operations in Las Vegas

William Hill

British company William Hill has received the green light to purchase CG Technology’s operations in Nevada. On Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved Wiliam Hill’s takeover of CGT’s assets in the Silver State.

William Hill CEO Joe Asher said that he was excited with the approval of the acquisition. He added that they have started discussions with Las Vegas Sun for the renovation of the Venetian sportsbook. Asher also said that they are looking to renovate Silverton:

“There are some things we will do a little differently. We just wanted to get the finish line. We’ve invested millions into sportsbooks in this state.”

Significant Presence on the Strip

The approval will allow William Hill to take control of the sportsbooks of The Venetian Las Vegas, Palazzo, Tropicana Las Vegas, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Palms, and Silverton. All casinos are on or near the Las Vegas Strip which is a market where William Hill can grow.

Willam Hill announced the planned takeover last year. As one of the largest sportsbooks in the world, William Hill already has a strong presence in Nevada. Prior to the news of its proposed acquisition of CGT’s assets, William Hill operated 113 race and sportsbooks in the Silver State. However, it lacked a significant presence on the Strip.

The deal effectively removes one competitor from the picture and puts William Hill brand in some of the Strip’s most shiny casino gems. Nevada is currently home to around 200 sports betting locations and the British company continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market.

End of The Road For CGT

Asher was the managing director of CG when it came to Nevada during the mid-2000s. It was then known as Cantor Gaming and was the sports betting branch of the financial company Cantor Fitzgerald. Asher quit in 2007 to form his own sportsbook firm called Brandywine Bookmaking which quickly grew into 16 race and sportsbooks in Las Vegas under the name Lucky’s Race and Sports.

For its part CG has a history of being penalized by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It has been penalized three times for various violations including allowing out-of-state wagers, accepting bets after the conclusion of events, and paying out too much and too little on some wagers. CG paid a total of $10M across those violations.

ESPN also reported that CG was involved in in an “illegal gambling and money laundering scheme” which cost it another $22.5M in federal penalties. The NGCB had threatened to revoke CGT’s license as recently as last year but it survived the storms. However, this latest development does look like the end of the road for CGT in Las Vegas.

Circus Circus Plans to Sue Insurance Company

Las Vegas is home to some of the best casino-resorts in the world. Some consider Circus Circus to be one of the least-impressive venues in the city. This week, news broke that Circus Circus plans to sue its insurance company due to an unpaid claim.Circus Circus In Las Vegas

As many are aware, Las Vegas casinos have taken a major hit due to the global pandemic. Many are now in desperate need of support in order to remain functional. Today, we’re going to look at the lawsuit that the owners of Circus Circus have planned.

Let’s get into it!

Nearly All Las Vegas Strip Casinos Have Reopened

At the start of this year, the idea of shutting down the Las Vegas Strip was inconceivable. This is one of the largest tourist destinations in the country, drawing in millions of visitors each year to take part in the gambling and entertainment. By March, the US began entering into lockdown and all of the casinos in Nevada were forced to close down.

Governor Sisolak was very hesitant to get the state’s casino industry back to normal. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, however, almost immediately begin demanding that casinos be allowed to reopen. It wasn’t until June 4th that the state’s gaming venues were allowed to start accepting guests again.

Initially, only a few casinos in Las Vegas reopened. As the weeks went on, more of the state’s major gambling venues opened back up. Today, almost all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are operating again.

That doesn’t mean things are completely back to normal here. The casinos in Las Vegas look much different than they did prior to March. Slots are separated, plexiglass barriers separate table game players, and masks are now officially required when on the casino floor.

It’s a very unusual time for what is considered the entertainment capital of the United States. The amount of revenue that casinos here are earning is considerably lower than it was pre-pandemic. One major casino in this city is now filing a lawsuit, alleging it should be paid for the damage caused by the coronavirus spreading around the world.

Circus Circus Plans to File Lawsuit Against AIG Specialty Insurance Company

Every single casino in Las Vegas has been affected by the events unfolding around the world. Some are being hit harder than others. For the venues that were already struggling, this situation has become extremely difficult.

That can be applied to Circus Circus. This property is now considered one of the worst hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. It was recently purchased by Phil Ruffin, who felt he could turn things around here.

This week, officials within Circus Circus announced they plan on suing AIG Specialty Insurance Company. Casino officials claim the insurance company is refusing to cover losses that Circus Circus has experienced during the pandemic. The company released a statement that claims the “All-Risk” policy AIG offers does not live up to its word.

“AIG relies on sleight-of-hand, distortions of fact and contortions of law to escape from Circus Circus’s covered claim,” Circus Circus lawyers claimed. “But no illusion or death-defying feat can alter the plain language of AIG’s policy and the broad all risks coverage that it provides.”

Interestingly, Circus Circus claims that it suffered major losses even before shutting down. The casino claims people infected with Covid-19 had already visited this property and spread the virus to employees. More than 1,600 sick days were recorded between January 1st and March 18th, Circus Circus claims.

We’ll need to wait and see how AIG Insurance responds to this lawsuit.

What to Expect in Las Vegas Over the Next Six Months

Not even the best gambling analysts in the country can accurately say how the US casino industry will look by the end of the year. This is the toughest spot this industry has ever been in. As of now, the casinos in this country are simply trying to earn enough money to stay above water.

Tourism is still extremely slow in Las Vegas. Rates of visitors dropped even further after Governor Sisolak’s announcement that masks are now required on the casino floor. As rates of Covid-19 increase around the country, fewer people are willing to travel.

It seems highly unlikely that the casinos in Las Vegas will be forced to close down again. These companies are doing everything they can to make things safe for employees and guests. There are still complaints that workers inside casinos are still being put in danger.

Circus Circus plans to sue its insurance company. The Nevada Culinary Union is planning a lawsuit of its own against several major casinos on the Strip. This union represents workers inside casinos, many of whom claim things are not safe enough.

Casinos will remain open here. As time goes on, tourism rates are likely to increase. It could be years before the casinos in this city return to the way they were at the start of 2020.

Are you surprised to hear Circus Circus plans to sue its insurance company? Do you think this casino will win the lawsuit? Let us know in the comments section below!

Social Distancing Might Last for Months; Will Take Awhile for Las Vegas to Return to Normal

Las Vegas StripAlthough the mandated casino closures, which turned the Entertainment Capital of the World into a ghost town, is scheduled to be lifted April 30, it will likely take a while for things to return to normal on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas Boulevard went from being a buzzing, tourist-filled street with lights and sounds glaring everywhere, to a quiet street with empty sidewalks and the occasional jogger or skateboarder taking in the odd sight of a calm Strip.

Cars are still taking the scenic route down the Strip, but traffic is obsolete. In fact, it’s so quiet you can hear the birds sing. A family of ducks was even seen taking a stroll down the empty road a few weeks ago.

According to Alan Feldman, a member of UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, the thinking that lends itself to believing Las Vegas will reopen at once is “absolutely not going to happen.”

If Las Vegas were to reopen at once, many industry leaders believe that guests won’t be coming in flocks. At least not anytime soon…

Social Distancing Could Last Months

In a city that is built on tourism, it’s safe to assume that social distancing could last for months in Las Vegas.

Why so? Because with the coronavirus situation still fluid, and no telling whether we’re at the outbreaks’ peak or not, individuals will likely ere on the side of caution.

That means for places that are prone to hosting crowds, in order for people to feel safe, there will need to be social distancing measures that every visitor or local is actively participating in.

Casino executives are even preparing new coronavirus safety measures for when casinos do reopen to the public, and those measures will take social distancing guidelines into account.

Those measures include having a seat in between gamblers playing slots of at tables, dealers wearing masks, fewer accessible casino entrances, and non-invasive methods of checking visitor’s temperature upon entry.

Business Reopenings Won’t Happen Quickly, According to NV Governor

While Gov. Sisolak has faced some harsh criticism and pleads from Las Vegas Mayor Goodman, who calls the shutdown ‘total insanity’ while urging the Governor to reopen, the Governor is saying it’s a no-go until medical health experts give the green light.

Although the economy has taken a drastic hit, Gov. Sisolak says he is prioritizing the lives of his fellow Nevadans over dollars.

With that said, that means that businesses will likely have a long road to recovery before things return to the normal that was experienced at the beginning of this year.

Not a comforting thing to hear, but more realistic based on the nature of the pandemic.

On Thursday night, Sisolak says that he doesn’t have a benchmark date for when businesses will open back up, stating that if they open prematurely, it will hurt the economy more than help it in the long run.

Stay Tuned

Right now, Las Vegas is adjusting to its “new normal” until things can return to normal.

It’s hard to see the industry and businesses across the valley hurting, but we also know it’s for the best in the fight against the coronavirus crisis.

All we know is, Las Vegas will bounce back and return to its former glory just as soon as it’s able to, and once is does, we hope to see you there.

Please stay safe and healthy in the meantime, everyone! And check back for the latest coronavirus coverage.

Casino Shutdowns Allow More Roadwork Hours on the Strip

Las Vegas BoulevardWith the 30-day mandated closure of hotel-casino properties in Nevada, it’s opened the Strip up for the perfect opportunity for more roadwork to be done in the absence of vehicle traffic and the endless tourists walking up and down Las Vegas Boulevard.

Clark County officials are using this time to expand roadwork hours to include day and night work along the resort corridor and on two big projects going right now.

“This change will give our contractors more flexibility in their own scheduling, and hopefully allow them to complete these projects on time or sooner,” Denis Cederburg, County Public Works Director, said in a statement. “Working daytime hours should result in higher production rates during a shift.”

County officials say the expanded roadwork hours may have Las Vegas Boulevard down to one lane in each direction between Spring Mountain Rd. and Sahara to accommodate the construction.

In the past, major lane restrictions would typically only take place during overnight hours as it’s not easy to redirect or impose on the rhythms of daytime traffic.

Koval Lane from Tropicana Avenue to Sands Avenue could also see a one-lane redirection to accommodate road projects.

Las Vegas Boulevard Projects

Current projects on Las Vegas Boulevard include the installation of new pavement, replacement of a water main line, improved pedestrian crossing including intersection updates, technology upgrades to traffic signal systems, smart pole lighting, LED lighting in various pockets, and median landscape upgrades.

These enhancements are slated to be completed by Summer 2021, with the casino closures allowing the opportunity for more progress to be made, especially with the aid of daylight hours.

Project improvements to the Koval area of Las Vegas Boulevard include repaving and adding a third turn lane of traffic that will go from Koval northbound to westbound Sands. These updates are scheduled to be completed by June.

The Strip is Quiet in the Wake of Casino Closures

On Friday, the Las Vegas Strip looks much different from what you would normally see on a typical Friday. Instead of hoards of tourists on a bustling Las Vegas Boulevard, there’s only a handful of pedestrians and modest traffic in sight.

Those on the Las Vegas Strip who experienced it “going dark” on Wednesday night, took to social media outlets like Twitter to document the uncommon scene.

One twitter user, @emziety, documented the peculiar sight by posting a video of mild traffic and a Strip absent of tourists:

“Yesterday was the day the Las Vegas Strip went quiet. Never in my life did I think I’d see it so deserted. Eerie.”

Some marquee signs on the Strip, like the one on the STRAT, read: “Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay in Touch.” With other signs on the Aria reading “We look forward to welcoming you back soon.”

Here are more images of the eerily quiet strip documented by other Twitter users. One of the most “stark images” seen is the famed Bellagio lights going out. It’s been a sight unlike any other for a city that’s normally filled with crowds.

Treasure Island Las Vegas Remains Open Right Now

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, more cities are being forced to shut down. More cases are beginning to emerge in Clark County and as a result, many Las Vegas casino-resorts are closing their doors. Treasure Island Las Vegas is one of the few major properties on the Strip to stay open.Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

Despite extremely low tourism rates, this venue has decided to keep its doors open. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this is.

Let’s get into it!

Coronavirus Forces Las Vegas Strip Properties to Close

The first case of Covid-19 was reported in late January. For the next four weeks, infection rates in the country remained relatively low. Towards the end of February, however, we began seeing a sharp rise in the number of infected individuals here.

According to recent reports, more than 5,200 individuals in the US have tested positive for Covid-19. Unfortunately, our ability to test in large numbers is still not available. For that reason, a huge number of individuals believe that the real number of people with this virus is significantly higher.

The first case of the coronavirus in Clark County emerged in early March. Since that time, more than 35 different cases have been confirmed here. Las Vegas city officials have major concerns about this spreading further.

Recently, most of the major hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip began closing their doors. This includes all of Wynn Resorts’ and MGM Resorts International’s properties. This was a major decision that’s costing these companies a significant amount of money every single day.

This doesn’t mean the Strip is completely dead, though. One major casino-resort here has decided to keep things moving. Is this a smart decision?

Treasure Island Las Vegas is Staying Open, For Now

The Las Vegas Strip is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. At the moment, though, most of these venues are currently closed down to the public. Treasure Island, located in the northern area of the Strip, is one of the only properties here that’s decided to stay open.

Owners of this venue released a statement on the situation to the media yesterday.

“We have increased our frequency of disinfecting our surfaces, including all hand contact surfaces and slot machines and table games. We encourage our guests and employees to actively utilize our hand-sanitizing stations which are located in our food outlets as well as other high-trafficked locations on property, including back of house. All of our public restrooms are equipped with touch free faucets, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and hand blowers,” the statement said. 

This may not last forever, though. It’s very likely that officials in Nevada will soon prohibit these properties from remaining open to the public. The company recognizes this, claiming that some operations “may be affected by situations beyond our control.”

Tourism into Las Vegas is the lowest it’s been in decades. This is unlikely to change anytime soon. More major casino companies are being forced to take new measures while this situation unfolds.

US Land-Based Gambling Industry is Struggling

Over the past few years, the land-based casino industry in the US has been to surge. Many states around the country recently decided to open their casino industries. This includes Illinois and New York, where several new casinos are expected to open up soon.

This industry is now in danger, though. The spread of Covid-19 has led to many states shutting down all of their casinos. Lawmakers in Mississippi, for example, recently announced that all land-based casinos must close their doors to the public for weeks.

Many experts believe we’re just beginning to see the effects of this new coronavirus. It may take months before the situation reaches its peak. This isn’t great news for companies that operate brick and mortar casinos.

Interestingly, we’re seeing a huge increase in online casino gambling right now. As more casinos close down, people are beginning to play their favorite games online. This includes residents in Nevada.

There are a huge number of fantastic Nevada casino sites operating right now. Many of them offer just as many gambling options as the top land-based casinos in the state. Feel free to check them out today!

Treasure Island Las Vegas is remaining open right now. Exactly how long this will last is still unknown. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino updates over the next few days!