Press release: UNCASVILLE, Conn., September 17, 2019 — Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, master developer of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas rendering courtesy of Virgin Hotels and Rockwell Group.jpg awe-inspiring integrated entertainment resorts (IER) worldwide will enter into one of the most exciting casino markets in the world through a venture with JC Hospitality. MGE has entered into a multi-year agreement with JC Hospitality to operate the 60,000-square foot gaming space at the soon to be Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, contingent on the successful completion of construction and pending MGE’s regulatory approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission.
“Aligning the MGE brand with Virgin Hotels Las Vegas extends our growing reach into yet another legendary global entertainment capital. Together with Virgin Hotels, experience seekers all over the world will have the opportunity to partake in an extraordinary guest journey that only our strategic alliance can deliver,” said Mario Kontomerkos, MGE’s Chief Executive Officer.
MGE is currently in the midst of an exciting chapter of growth to become the world’s leading integrated entertainment resort (IER) developer. MGE’s brand presence in the world’s most exciting entertainment environment establishes the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, MGE’s owner, as the first Native American Tribe to operate in the Las Vegas resort corridor.
“This new and exciting relationship brings together two ‘Best in Class’ organizations and continues the Mohegan Tribe’s tradition of blazing new trails for others to follow,” said James Gessner Jr., Interim Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe.
“Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, as an extension of the Mohegan Tribe, pride themselves on traditional principles, in sync with modern values. We are excited that Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will be their first entry in the Las Vegas market,” said Richard “Boz” Bosworth, president and chief executive officer of JC Hospitality LLC, owner of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “MGE further expands on our commitment to partner with best-in-class operators for the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas transformation.”
The property recently announced an agreement with AEG Presents to assume the management, operations and booking for The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas beginning fall 2020 once the property is rebranded as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
The eight-month renovation is slated to begin in early February 2020 and the re-imagined Las Vegas lifestyle casino resort is slated to open at the end of 2020.
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2019) – Following his two-night, sold-out Wynn Las Vegas debut in Aug. 2019 with his celebrated “Hello” Tour, international music icon Lionel Richie will return to the Encore Theater for a three-night engagement in March 2020. Richie will present his all-new show titled “Lionel Richie – Las Vegas” March 11, 13 and 14, 2020 at 8 p.m. VIP packages for each performance will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. PDT, and standard tickets for all performances go on sale Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. PDT.
The Oscar®, Golden Globe®, and four-time GRAMMY Award® winner will share stories from his multi-decade career and present his iconic hits such as “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Easy,” and others in this exclusive production. Richie has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is one of only two songwriters in history to have charted No. 1 records for nine consecutive years.
“Hello again Las Vegas,” said Lionel Richie. “I can’t wait to perform in one of the best music venues in the U.S. at the Encore Theater. This new show is going to be so much fun!”
Richie released his latest album, Hello From Las Vegas, on Capitol Records on Aug. 16, 2019, placing him at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The collection marks Richie’s first release on Capitol Records and features Richie performing material from throughout his career, including beloved songs from his solo albums (“Hello,” “Dancing On The Ceiling” and “Truly”) and his time with The Commodores, where he developed a groundbreaking style that defied genre categories, penning smash hits such as “Three Times a Lady” and “Easy.”
“Lionel Richie is an iconic performer and we are honored to have him debut an exclusive production at Wynn,” said Wynn Las Vegas president, Marilyn Spiegel. “We look forward to his return to the Encore Theater this spring.”
Dates: March 11, 13-14, 2019 at 8 p.m.
VIP Package On-Sale: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 at 10 a.m. PDT
Public On-Sale: Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. PDT
Price: Standard ticket prices range from $69.50 to $350, plus applicable fees
Points of Purchase: Wynn Las Vegas Box Office (702-770-9966) or WynnLasVegas.com
Press release: LAS VEGAS (August 23, 2019) – OYO Hotels & Homes, the world’s third-largest and fastest-growing hotel chain, today announced that it has partnered with Highgate to create its first key flagship property in Las Vegas, OYO’s first property in this lively city – OYO Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Located near the corner of the famed Las Vegas Strip on Tropicana Ave., OYO Hotel & Casino provides 657 rooms across 19 floors and a 35,000 square-foot casino. This hotel was earlier operated as Hooters Casino Hotel. Additional amenities include two signature restaurants, four bars, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. The property will undergo an exciting transformation to be completed this year, which will bring the dynamic OYO brand to life in the most recognizable tourist destination in the world. Highgate will assume management of the hotel, and Paragon Gaming will continue to operate the casino.
“I am really excited to announce the commencement of the OYO’s operations in our newest city – Las Vegas. We are excited to be here as we believe Las Vegas is an exciting city in which to invest as the market continues to evolve with projects such as the new Las Vegas Raiders NFL stadium and the $1 billion expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. As we continue to focus on bringing to life our popular concept of ‘comfort design’ and delivering chic hospitality experiences, we are increasingly exploring new ways to connect with our customers, from millennials, to young executives and families, in every city we enter. With our newest hotel in Las Vegas, we are furthering our commitment to enable our guests to experience #Livingthegoodlife, and are certain we will become their preferred place to stay and truly enjoy Las Vegas in the coming months,” said Abhinav Sinha, COO and Partner, OYO Hotels & Homes USA. “We will be undergoing a renovation and will come up with some of the most loved amenities and experiences that are sure to please Las Vegas visitors from around the world. We can’t wait to welcome you to our first hotel in Las Vegas.”
“Earlier in June, we announced our plan to invest $300 million in the U.S. As a new-age hospitality company, we currently offer great living spaces throughout our 112+ OYO Hotels in more than 60 cities and 21 states. With our newest hotel in Las Vegas, we are excited to cater to a completely different audience segment and are certain that this will be the perfect start to OYO’s journey in Las Vegas,” said Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes.
“OYO Hotel & Casino offers a tremendous opportunity for Highgate to partner with a visionary company like OYO in one of the world’s most dynamic hospitality markets,” said Neil Luthra, a Principal of Highgate. “We believe OYO’s philosophy of dynamic hotel experiences, combined with our management expertise, will make for a long and successful partnership.”
“We’ve had great success managing the Hooter’s casino and look forward to continuing on as the Casino Manager and partnering with Highgate to introduce OYO’s hotel brand in Las Vegas,” said Diana Bennett, Paragon Gaming Chairwoman.
OYO Hotels started with the belief that a beautifully designed, chic and comfortable living space appeals to everyone. Since then it has consistently innovated and focused on creating lasting experiences – starting from living spaces to event spaces, with exciting food and beverage options, and more. All of this will come to life in the OYO Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, where Highgate’s expertise and experience will further improve the quality standards.
Known worldwide for its innovative chic offerings that have impacted hospitality experiences positively, OYO Hotels has attracted some of the world’s leading investors, including Airbnb, SoftBank Vision Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia India, and Hero Enterprise. The company is increasingly evolving into a real estate service platform with 1 million-plus rooms under its management, globally.
It’s race day in Las Vegas! Beastmode – Marshawn Lynch – will be driving the pace car at the South Point 400 today. This is the second NASCAR race in Las Vegas this year and the first race of the NASCAR playoffs. Enjoy!
How much has sports betting in the US changed in just one year? Take a look at Pat McAfee. Last year at this time, the former Indianapolis Colts punter turned popular media personality was promoting an offshore sportsbook operating illegally in the States. Today, McAfee has made the switch to FanDuel , a legal US sportsbook operator.
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2019) – Palms Casino Resort and Live Nation announced today the extension of Billy Idol: Las Vegas Presented by SiriusXM. The announcement comes just as Idol prepares to return to The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort for the final 2019 performance dates.
From punk pioneer to global superstar, Idol has created an unparalleled niche in popular music and has remained a household name for more than three decades. Billy Idol: Las Vegas has received numerous accolades since launching in 2019. The performances have featured material from throughout Idol’s career, from Idol’s days fronting the seminal British punk band Generation X to his hits the world has come to know and love, including “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself,” and many more. Billy Idol will be joined by his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and the rest of the Billy Idol band.
Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style and fury of punk rock. His lip- curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he played. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top 40 singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including “Dancing With Myself,” “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy” and “Cradle Of Love.”
Idol was responsible for some of punk rock’s most memorable, literate and evocative moments, and created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of ’77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, rockabilly desperation and rock ’n’ roll decadence.
More than 30 years after his groundbreaking Vital Idol compilation cemented the vibrancy of the dance-rock remix genre in the second half of the 1980s, Idol’s Revitalized collection, Vital Idol: Revitalized, features 11 brand-new remixes of Idol’s most classic and enduring hits. Lending their hands to the Revitalized proceedings are electronic dance luminaries Moby, The Crystal Method and Paul Oakenfold as well as current innovators including RAC, Tropkillaz, Shiba San, Juan Maclean and CRAY.
Idol also hosts an exclusive SiriusXM show, Billy Idol’s Live Transmission, that can be heard on SiriusXM’s 1st Wave, channel 33. For all Billy Idol information, visit BillyIdol.net.
Tickets for Billy Idol: Las Vegas are $39.50 – $159.95, plus applicable fees and go on sale Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. SiriusXM listeners will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the public on-sale date during a SiriusXM pre-sale from Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. PT until Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. PT. Doors at 8 p.m., show time 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Pearl Concert Theater box office, any Station Casinos Rewards Center or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Press release: Burbank, CA & Las Vegas, NV (September 12, 2019) — Fly, drive, take a train, or even a cross-country road trip via taxi (like Phoebe & Joey in her Yellow Cab) to Las Vegas for a one-of-a-kind Friends 25th Anniversary celebration in the Entertainment Capital of the World, October 18-19. Warner Bros. Television Group joins AT&T and MGM Resorts International to offer fans a phenomenal Friends 25th Vegas takeover in all its glory, including new fan experiences powered by AT&T 5G.
In the fifth and sixth seasons of the hit comedy series, the Friends gang headed west to Las Vegas to visit Joey on the set of his movie. What happened there 10 years ago, however, did not stay there. In the two-part season five finale, Monica and Chandler took a roll of the dice and impulsively decided to get married –– only to discover that they were beaten to the chapel by a very drunk Ross and Rachel. In the season six premiere, the gang faced the consequences of the night before, while Joey and Phoebe headed back to New York in her grandfather’s Yellow Cab.
Visitors to Las Vegas can relive some of those moments –– minus any last-minute weddings –– in a weekend celebration of all things Friends October 18-19. Experiences planned for the Friends in Vegas weekend include:
Friday, October 18
The Fountains of Bellagio
“I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour…” On Friday, Oct. 18, the iconic Fountains of Bellagio will unveil a brand-new show set to the catchy Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts. Created by WET Design, the show will debut at sunset on Friday and run on rotation throughout the weekend and beyond. There will also be exclusive photo opps with the Central Perk couch, which will be on site in front of The Fountains.
Saturday, October 19
AT&T 5G Friends Fan Experience at The Brooklyn Bridge, New York-New York
AT&T is bringing Friends to life in brand new ways, giving fans opportunities to interact with their six favorite friends in a massive and immersive custom built experience that’s more 2019 than 1994 –– but not without nostalgia!
Many of the experiences will be powered by AT&T’s live 5G network and its 5G Innovation Program members, including Ericsson’s 5G network equipment, Nokia network infrastructure and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphones. The Fan Experience includes:
Phoebe’s Yellow Cab Escape Room
“It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear…” But for Friends fans, this will not only be their day, their week, their month, but also their year! Located outside New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Phoebe’s Yellow Cab Escape Room offers the challenge of an escape room with the fun of a Friends trivia game, in a fully operational taxicab. Parked –– where else? –– on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Friends Escape Room allows fans to test their knowledge of the series inside Phoebe’s iconic mode of transportation.
Here’s a sample to get you started: Which of the following is not true? A. Phoebe inherited the cab from her grandfather. B. Ross named it the “Death Cab” because of Phoebe’s driving abilities. C. Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock also owns the vehicle. D. None of the above. If you guessed D, you’re a natural. Head to Vegas to try your luck!
Central Perk LEGO®
Go big…or go home! At nearly 700 square feet, this re-creation of one of the series’ signature sets will be on display exclusively at New York-New York. Built out of 900,000 LEGO bricks over a period of four months, this life-sized re-creation from acclaimed artist Nathan Sawaya features everything from the iconic sofa to the latest menu board.
Fun Facts: No one has ever built a life-sized TV set out of LEGO bricks before. Although the creators binge-watched every season of Friends, it took them longer to build the set than to watch the series. The furniture is all fully functional –– allowing visitors to sit on the couches and chairs. The signature orange couch took the longest time to build –– as the most challenging part of the process was replicating the patterns in the upholstery.
A miniature version of the LEGO Central Perk set is now available at retailers nationwide.
The 7th Friend Experience
Fans can record a 3D version of themselves doing Chandler’s happy dance or their own favorite move. Using AT&T’s 5G with Ericsson’s 5G network equipment, fans can drop their virtual twin into a miniature replica of Monica and Rachel’s apartment. This experience uses data-intensive volumetric video to put you in the center of the action, which can be viewed on Samsung tablets and the Galaxy S10 5G.
Performance by The Rembrandts
“I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before…” The Rembrandts will perform an exclusive live set at The Park, the immersive outdoor dining and entertainment district located adjacent to New York-New York. Famous for their iconic theme song, the musical duo will be on hand to perform their hits and other Friends-related songs. The concert will also be livestreamed over AT&T 5G with Nokia to a big screen onsite to make sure you have the perfect view as you belt out those memorable lyrics.
Give it Your Best
What better way to celebrate Friends in Las Vegas than with a Friends-themed karaoke booth where fans can sing along to iconic music from the show.
Also in the neighborhood, keep an eye out for Marcel, Ross’s onetime pet Capuchin monkey. Although Marcel has gone on to a successful film career with Jean-Claude Van Damme and more, he’ll be on hand to meet and greet fans. Autographs are discouraged.
Friends in 4K & Download Station
The show first aired in 1994 using 35mm film, but has since been remastered in Ultra HD quality. Check out the release of Friends in 4K as it’s streamed using new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphones with its immersive 6.7” Dynamic AMOLED screen over AT&T’s 5G network with Nokia. Fans can also stream their favorite episodes or download them in a matter of seconds – much faster than 4G speeds. Compare the difference in a side-by-side 5G and LTE download station. Working with Nokia and Samsung, AT&T is offering these experiences on Galaxy S10 5G devices to let fans enjoy the show in new ways.
Friends Tech Timeline
It’s clear technology has changed since the show first aired –– remember voicemails and dating IRL? Guests can follow an interactive timeline that shows how Friends has used technology over the years and how different it is today.
Blue Man Group – Blue Friends Couch
The world-famous Blue Man Group may not be able to pivot a couch, but they sure can paint one. From their home at Luxor Hotel and Casino, the enigmatic Blue Men will transform the iconic orange Central Perk sofa in a way that only this bald and blue trio could. Their newly painted creation will be on display inside Luxor on Saturday, Oct. 19.
And Much, Much More!
Visit the MGM Resorts Friends webpage for the latest news about the weekend’s events and special limited-time experiences; and to book your upcoming Las Vegas getaway with your friends.
Can’t Make It to Las Vegas?
AT&T is giving Friends fans a variety of other ways to join in on the celebration, including a chance to win a replica of the iconic orange couch for their home through AT&T THANKS®. Eligible customers just need to follow @ATTTHANKS on Twitter and retweet the pinned tweet at top of the page from now through October 7 for their chance to win1.
MGM Resorts International will be updating and streamlining its M Life Rewards loyalty club beginning October 1. The changes to M Life Rewards will make it so that earning comps will be the same in Las Vegas and their other casinos around the country.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve shared information about hotel room renovations at various Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas. The last two hotel room renovation projects are taking place this year at Paris Las Vegas and Harrah’s. By the end of this year, approximately 90% of Caesars’ rooms will have been updated in …