The regular season is coming to an end for Major League Baseball (MLB). Most sportsbooks have whittled down futures wagering to just a few teams in each division. Meanwhile, FanDuel Sportsbook is taking World Series betting to another level with odds on specific matchups.
I recently visited the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for the first time in a while. I visit Planet Hollywood pretty often but don’t venture too deep into the shops. This recent visit was to meet some friends for lunch at Nacho Daddy, so I walked through the mall just to check out the scene.
The Las Vegas Festival Grounds has been an underutilized plot of land for MGM Resorts (That could change next year if the rumors are true). That’s starting to change with multiple events happening in the second half of 2019. The multipurpose outdoor venue is across the street from Sahara on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd.
The transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM was supposed to be finished by the end of 2018. NoMad, Eataly, and the new nightlife venue On The Record all opened just as the year ended. Well, 2018 ended and work continues inside Park MGM. Another restaurant, The Crack Shack recently opened.
We made it through another Vegas summer! High temperatures appear to be in the double digits for the rest of the year. Low temperatures will be in the mid 50’s by the end of the week with highs less than 80.
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Sept. 23, 2019) – Multi-Platinum recording artist and global icon Gwen Stefani has announced the final 16 performance dates for her two year-long headlining residency, “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Designed exclusively for Zappos Theater and promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, the eye-popping spectacularcelebrates the breadth of the star’s illustrious musical career with fan-favorite hits, including “Hollaback Girl,” “The Sweet Escape” and “What You Waiting For?.”
Tickets go on sale to the public starting Friday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. PT. Fan presale tickets will be available starting Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. PT. American Express® Card Members can also purchase tickets before the general public starting Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. PT through Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. PT. In addition, Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, as well as SiriusXM, Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale running Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. PT through 10 p.m. PT. A limited number of LaneOne VIP Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance and more. General ticket prices begin at $40, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com/gwenor in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 9 p.m. For more information on the show, visit gwenstefani.com.
The final 16 performances going on sale are:
Feb. 2020: 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22
May 2020: 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16
A limited number of tickets and VIP packages are available for the following previously-announced performances:
Oct. 2019: 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30
Nov. 2019: 1, 2
Gwen Stefani, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit organization that provides medical treatment to children facing a number of life-threatening conditions. The donation will also allow Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to move into a state-of-the-art building, increasing the number of exam rooms and improving the patient treatment experience. In addition to support of the expansion, Cure 4 The Kids worked with Stefani to design and name a patient room after her within the existing clinic space, which was unveiled in March 2019.
A three-time GRAMMY®Award winner, Gwen Stefani has achieved global success as a performer, songwriter, frontwoman for iconic rock band No Doubt, and multi-platinum solo artist. To date, she’s sold more than 50 million units worldwide, including her five-times-platinum debut solo album Love.Angel.Music.Baby.— a 2004 release delivering the hit singles “Rich Girl,” “What You Waiting For?,” and the Pharrell Williams-produced No. 1 hit “Hollaback Girl.” With her 2006 sophomore album The Sweet Escapefeaturing the Billboard Hot 100 top-ten smash “Wind It Up,” Stefani most recently released her third solo effort This Is What The Truth Feels Like. Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the critically praised album includes her powerful No. 1 single “Used To Love You.”
In addition to her three GRAMMY® Awards, Stefani’s honors include four MTV Video Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, an American Music Award, and a Brit Award. In 2014, she channeled her tremendous musical passion into empowering young singers as their coach on the seventh season of NBC’s musical competition series “The Voice.” Stefani now returns for her fourth season as a coach on “The Voice,” with the 17th season of the four-time Emmy Award-winning show arriving in September 2019.
Known for her wildly charismatic stage presence, Stefani premiered her exclusive Las Vegas headlining residency “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” in June 2018 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. With its set list comprised of fan favorites and iconic hits, the two-hour show unfolds as an eye-popping spectacular, putting a fresh twist on classic Vegas theatrics. But despite the elaborate stage production — and wardrobe changes showcasing her legendary fashion sense — Stefani offers up an undeniably intimate performance, ultimately forging an unforgettable connection with the crowd.
One of pop culture’s most magnetic style icons, Gwen Stefani has also emerged as the first global celebrity artist to translate music stardom into a series of massively successful lifestyle brands. Through her fashion line L.A.M.B., its sister label Harajuku Lovers, and her eyewear line gx by Gwen Stefani, the designer and entrepreneur has brilliantly merged modern glamour with fashion-forward streetwear. L.A.M.B. and gx eyewear is available in over 3000+ doors in the United States. Harajuku Lovers, the pop-art-inspired apparel and accessories brand has had broad appeal with collaborations including the award-winning Harajuku Mini for Target and beauty accessories for Sephora. Target is celebrating 20 years of their groundbreaking Design For All program and are bringing back 20 of their favorite and most iconic designer partnerships including Harajuku Mini. The Limited Edition Harajuku Mini Anniversary Collection is available at Target stores and Target.com now.
With over $1 billion in retail sales across all brands to date, she recently took the helm as co-creator and executive producer of “Kuu Kuu Harajuku”: a children’s animated TV show now in its third season on Nick Jr., fulfilling Stefani’s mission of providing young girls with content that celebrates creativity, imagination, and fearless individuality.
Press release: LAS VEGAS, Sept. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR) (“Caesars” or “Caesars Entertainment”), one of the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment providers, today announced it has signed an agreement to sell the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (the “Rio”) to a company controlled by a principal of Imperial Companies (“Buyer”) for $516.3 million, which implies a strong sales price to EBITDA multiple.
Under the terms of the agreement, Caesars will continue to operate the property pursuant to a lease for a minimum of two years and pay annualized rent of $45 million. The buyer has the option to pay Caesars $7 million to extend the lease under similar terms for a third year. At the end of the lease term and at the request of the buyer, Caesars may continue to manage Rio or may provide transition services to the buyer.
“This deal allows Caesars Entertainment to focus our resources on strengthening our attractive portfolio of recently renovated Strip properties and is expected to result in incremental EBITDA at those properties,” said Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “The retention of the World Series of Poker and retention of Caesars Rewards customers are all factors that make this a valuable transaction for Caesars.”
The agreement allows for co-ownership of Rio-specific guest data and places no restrictions on Caesars’ marketing activities. The Rio will continue to be part of the Caesars Rewards network during the lease term, and the transaction is not expected to result in any changes to the guest experience. The World Series of Poker will be hosted at the Rio in 2020 and hosting rights will remain with Caesars Entertainment thereafter.
Further details on the transaction are available in the Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Aristocrat Technologies is shaking up bar top gaming with the release of the new Winner’s World multi-game bar top cabinet. These bar top gaming cabinets bring new games and new technology to a popular but outdated way to gamble. Aristocrat is installing these new devices in casinos and gaming bars across the country.
Press release: LAS VEGAS – Paying homage to its vintage Vegas gambling roots, the Plaza Hotel & Casino will have two special casino contests to give away a dozen classic coin machines, including traditional slot, keno and video poker games, some of which are more than 25 years old.
While the coin machines like Joker Poker, Deuces Wild and Catch the Heat have nostalgic popularity, they are not compatible with new slot technologies and cannot track points and play. The vintage machines have also become increasingly harder to maintain. As a result, the Plaza will be taking them out of service and giving them away as part of two casino promotions in October.
A video poker tournament will occur every Tuesday in October. The winner of each week’s tournament will receive a classic coin operated video poker machine as the grand prize. In addition, the Plaza will host a points challenge from Oct. 1 through Oct. 29. Players can earn points throughout the month playing reel slots, video poker and video keno. The eight players with the highest points accumulated over the month will win a coin machine (keno, slot or video poker game).
“These machines are a part of Vegas history, and we wanted to give our locals a chance to have their own piece of our city’s great legacy,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino.
To be eligible to win a machine, participants must be Nevada residents with valid Nevada ID, 21-years of age or older, and members of the Plaza’s Royal Rewards players club. Winners will have seven days to pick up their coin machine and will be responsible for future maintenance. Full contest rules are online.
Press release: LAS VEGAS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas has announced a specially curated memorabilia exhibition to celebrate the hotel and casino’s 25 year history in Las Vegas from 1995 – 2020. The Hard Rock Memorabilia Exhibition will open to the public on Friday, September 27 and is the kick-off of the property’s “Farewell Tour” of activations before it begins its transformation to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in February 2020.
The exhibition will feature artifacts such as costumes, musical instruments, props and artwork not seen by the public in decades by iconic performers including, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, Elvis, Lady Gaga, The Beatles and more. New items will be added to the collection on a regular basis, giving attendees something new to see during the exhibition’s expected four month engagement through January 2020.
“When we assumed ownership of the property more than a year ago, we always wanted to create an exhibit that showcased the memorabilia and history of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas,” remarked Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President and CEO of JC Hospitality, LLC and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. “Our goal of this space is to tell the stories of some of the most iconic pieces of the artists that rocked this joint over the years. I think you will see our team has done just that.”
The Hard Rock Memorabilia Exhibition will be located near Pink Taco, off the Paradise parking garage. The exhibit will be open Thursday – Monday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sept. 27 – Jan. 31, 2020. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas continues with a full slate of entertainment events through early 2020 at The Joint and Vinyl. The property will also celebrate Las Vegas locals with a 20 percent discount on dining at their most iconic restaurants, Mr. Lucky’s Café and Pink Taco. Nevada residents just need to show valid I.D. to receive the discount when they purchase an entrée and a beverage at the restaurants. The offer is valid Sept. 27 through Dec. 30, 2019. To learn about upcoming events, visit www.hardrockhotel.com.