This week in Vegas news was dominated by casino operators reporting earnings. Sometimes these calls offer insight into future plans for the businesses. Other times these casino earnings calls offer financial information that helps explain the Vegas experience. This earnings period has a combination of both without any major breaking news.
Every year I take a summer vacation (I don’t like the word staycation) on the Vegas Strip. The week away from work gives me a chance to enjoy Vegas like a tourist instead of a resident. It’s like the good ole days when I was an east coaster making a semi-annual visit to my favorite city outside of New York.
Press Release: LAS VEGAS – The countdown begins: avid sports bettors only have 30 days left to turn fandom into fortune with the Circa Sports Million Pro Football Contest. Surrounding the debut of his all-new betting brand, Circa Sports, Downtown developer Derek Stevens has invited players across Nevada to compete for a chance to take home $1.5 million in prizes, including a $1 million payout and a custom Circa Million champion’s blazer. All entries must be received by September 7.
“As an avid bettor myself, my team and I have always wanted to make Downtown Las Vegas a go-to destination for sports fans,” said Stevens. “We are excited to elevate the typical betting experience with Circa Sports, while providing the opportunity to win some serious cash right off the bat with the contest.”
Promising a weekly dose of interactive betting, football lovers can download the Circa Sports mobile app to make five picks against the spread. The competition boasts no rake, 100 percent payback to players and nine additional season-end prizes. Marking the beginning of an annual tradition, the overall contest winner also will be first to receive a custom-made Champion’s Coat from Stevens and his team, presented by the hotelier himself.
The Circa Sports Million Pro Football Contest officially kicked off on June 1 with the launch of Circa Sports at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, shortly followed by the opening of the brands’ second location at the D Las Vegas. Additionally, Circa Sports will also be housed within a multi-level, stadium-style sportsbook at Circa Resort & Casino in December 2020.
Over the next few years, players can enter the statewide contest by registering at any Circa Sports location and paying a $1,000 entry fee. All participants must be at least 21 years of age and must provide valid government identification prior to entry. For updates on total entries and overlay amount, players can visit the Circa Million website.
For full contest rules, please visit any Circa Sports location or find out more online at www.goldengatecasino.com/sportsbook.
There are only so many ways casinos can increase the house edge in a blackjack game before people stop playing. Gaming manufacturers understand this and continue to introduce new ways for casino operators to increase blackjack revenue. Casino operators love side bets because they help increase revenue.
Press Release: LAS VEGAS – After welcoming hundreds of attendees last year, the Taste of Downtown-Epicurean Event is returning to the Plaza Hotel & Casino on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association (NvRA), features notable restaurants from the heart of the city along with a premier selection of libations.
Guests will spend the evening poolside at the Plaza indulging in the amazing cuisine and cocktails offered from several dozen popular downtown establishments.
“Downtown’s culinary scene has attracted some of Las Vegas’ finest chefs, so we are proud to again host this must-attend event that celebrates downtown’s increasingly popular and diverse culinary offerings,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino.
“This event provides our community the opportunity to fund scholarships for our culinary program developing our future workforce,” said NvRA President and CEO Katherine Jacobi. “The Plaza’s pool is a great venue to enjoy the unique culinary cuisine of off-strip restaurants while helping local students realize their culinary dreams.”
Proceeds from the event support the Nevada Restaurant Association’s education and scholarship programs, including ProStart®, a national high school culinary skill and restaurant management program.
Big news for NFL fans and gamblers across Pennsylvania. SugarHouse Sportsbook, in partnership with BetRivers Sportsbook , have announced the first online Las Vegas-style football handicapping contest in the Keystone State. The $500,000 Pennsylvania Pick’em contest will take place throughout the 17 weeks of the 2019 NFL regular season.
The NHL recently released the schedules for every team in the professional hockey league. Since their inception, the Vegas Golden Knights have drawn fans from all over the country. Las Vegas locals love their team that plays at T-Mobile Arena. Tourists plan trips to Las Vegas in part so they can see their favorite home team play in Sin City.
Press Release: Las Vegas (Aug. 5, 2019) – Carlos Santana continues an enormous year with touring dates, milestone anniversaries, the continuation of his House of Blues Las Vegas residency and the release of his latest album, Africa Speaks. As he celebrates these accomplishments, another exciting announcement comes to light…the legend’s residency, An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, will continue into 2020. Tickets for the 2020 performances will go on sale Friday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. Tickets for all previously announced show dates are currently on sale. All shows begin at 8 p.m.
Santana is preparing for his fall 2019 run at House of Blues which kicks off mid-September.
2019 performance dates:
Sept. 18, 20-22, 25, 27-29
Nov. 1-3, 6, 8-10
2020 performance dates:
Jan. 22, 24-26, 28-29, 31– just added!
Feb. 1– just added!
May 13, 15-17, 20, 22-24– just added!
The dates in 2020 mark the eighth year of the intimate, live concert experience at the House of Blues where fans have partied all night within a few feet of the musical icon with the La Zona Fiesta tickets. The popular VIP packages will again be available for purchase with customizable experiences that include limited edition photos and specialty dining/beverage packages featuring stage-side dining.
Tickets for An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live start at $99.50, plus applicable fees and go on sale Friday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available by visiting House of Blues.com/Santana, MandalayBay.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For additional information, visit santana.com. CITI presales begin Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m., visit CitiPrivatePass.com for more information. CITI is the official credit card of the concert series. The House of Blues, Live Nation and Foundation Room presales begin Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m.
A portion of all tickets sold will be donated to The Milagro Foundation. Milagro (“Miracle”) is a charitable foundation supporting underrepresented and vulnerable children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health. The Milagro Foundation was created in 1998 by Carlos Santana and his family to benefit children worldwide.
Another contribution will be made to the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. Founded in 1993, Music Forward Foundation accelerates real-life skills for youth using music as the bridge to success. By channeling the power of music, we help kids create pathways to productive, sustainable, and fulfilling lives. Through music industry mentorships and access to music education, we are removing the barriers between need and success. Learn more at www.hobmusicforward.org
Press Release: LAS VEGAS – The Raiders and Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announced an agreement for the naming rights to Las Vegas Stadium, the under-construction future home of the Raiders and UNLV football.
“We’re thrilled that our future home will be known as Allegiant Stadium,” said Raiders President Marc Badain. “As the hometown airline, Allegiant is the perfect partner to showcase the incredible support we continue to receive from the Southern Nevada community. We are grateful to all involved who worked diligently to make Allegiant Stadium a reality.”
This partnership with the Raiders presents a global branding opportunity for the Las Vegas-based company as Allegiant will have its name showcased on the 1.75 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art domed stadium that will also host many world-class major sports and entertainment events.
Allegiant Stadium will also serve as site of the Las Vegas Bowl beginning in 2020, which will feature a Pac-12 football opponent versus either a Big Ten or SEC opponent, as well as the 2020 and 2021 Pac-12 Football Championship Game.
“This partnership is an incredibly exciting opportunity to join Las Vegas’ hometown airline with its new hometown NFL team,” said Maury Gallagher, Allegiant chairman and chief executive officer. “It will not only amplify our growing brand as the only U.S. airline focused on leisure travel and experiences, but will also provide access to NFL games and special opportunities for fans across the country. We are thrilled to be able to bring Raider Nation to its new capital—Las Vegas.”
With 55 nonstop routes from cities across the country, Allegiant brings more than 1.2 million customers to Las Vegas each year. Allegiant’s affordable, all-nonstop flights – along with special fan travel packages – will offer Raiders fans everywhere unprecedented access to see their favorite team.
This partnership will allow Allegiant to feature exterior signage at the transformational facility that is set to become the latest jewel along the internationally-known, iconic skyline of the Las Vegas Strip.
The Raiders and Allegiant are also teaming up to provide additional enhancements, rewarding customers and fans with unique in-game and season-long promotions including the “Allegiant Connection of the Game” linking a lucky fan to their favorite Raiders player, and an opportunity to win “Fan Traveler of the Year” honors.
The Raiders and Allegiant share a deep commitment to the community which offers even more synergy to the partnership as they will unite in programs and activations that benefit Southern Nevada residents. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Allegiant currently generates nearly $3 billion in annual economic impact for the state of Nevada.
Legends Global Partnerships represented the Raiders to secure the naming rights agreement with Allegiant as a part of their duties as the stadium’s official premium ticketing and sponsorships agency.
Press Release: LAS VEGAS (August 5, 2019) – For the past twelve years, Jeff Dunham and his somewhat-inappropriate-proteges, Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J. and Achmed the Dead Terrorist, have filled arenas across the U.S. and the world with their multiple, blockbuster tours. Now, Dunham and his cohorts will bring their brand-new international tour, “JEFF DUNHAM: SERIOUSLY!?” to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for five dates – Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, 2019; and Feb. 16, March 15 and May 24, 2020. The shows are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
General ticket prices beginning at $46 plus applicable tax and fees, go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. PT at ticketmaster.com or in-person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office.
Citi is the official presale credit card of Jeff Dunham’s dates at The Colosseum. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. PT until Thursday, Aug. 8 at 10 p.m. PT through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com. In addition, Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, as well as Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale beginning Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Aug. 8 at 10 p.m. PT.
In addition to Dunham’s new tour, the world-renowned performer’s new Netflix Originals stand-up special entitled “Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself” premieres this September. This will be Dunham’s second Netflix Originals special, and the eighth in his string of record-breaking stand-up television events. The impressive event was shot in front of 16,000 fans at the American Airlines Center in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, where Dunham introduced his new character, “Larry,” the personal advisor to the President, who has now earned his spot with the troop on the tour.
Dunham has built an entertainment empire over 30-plus years of non-stop touring and performance innovation. With 10 million followers on Facebook and 2 million YouTube subscribers, amassing well over a billion views, the comedian/ventriloquist has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world. His accomplishments have led to record-breaking viewership with his standup specials on Netflix, NBC, and Comedy Central. His astonishing arena packing power puts him on par with major music acts like Luke Bryan and Metallica.