Saturday, July 31, 2021

E-371: Golden Girls Soundtrack

Random Vegas

MGM resorts employs an estimated 35,000 employees worldwide, less than half the number employed before the pandemic

Twitpic of the week

Shining lights, glowing neon, flashing bulbs, bathed in magic.  Welcome to Fremont St pre-canopy and post many, many drinks.  That special time when you’re in the sweet spot, loving life and enjoying the “Only in Vegas” scenery of your happy place.  @las_when coined it the Fremont Street Glare, we call it mesmerizing.


Masks Are Back

Game Day Express

Angels and Airwaves Music Video

Saturday, July 24, 2021

E-370: Impressive

 Random Vegas 

The Cosmopolitan requires unvaccinated employees to test negative for covid every 72 hours (@lasvegaslocally) 

Twitpic of the week 

Elegant and fabulous, opulent bordering on gawdy, the pool at Caesars Palace plays it right down the line to create an experience like no other.  @mississippirob4 shows us an elevated view of a gorgeous theme embraced fully poolside.  It’s a view that beckons one to join every time you look out your window. 


Vegas Vic’s Tavern

The new Fontainebleau

Whitney Houston Residency

360 POV: Lucky You

The movie Lucky You, reminds us of a time in Vegas, when people thought the only limits the market had, were the limits of the imagination.  While it isn’t a period piece in the traditional sense, at least not yet, or intentionally, one of the truly fun things about Las Vegas, is how often it changes.  Unlike major cities all around the world, whose landscape typically just expands over the years, Vegas can look radically different from one decade to the next.  That’s, what we get to explore, with Lucky You, to see, just how different, the city looks, from the way it did in 2005, when the movie was being filmed, compared to today, less than 20 years later. 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

E-369: Mourning

Random Vegas 

Resorts World offers players the option to “reserve” their slot machine while they step away to visit the restroom (@VitalVegas) 

Twitpic of the week 

Welcome to the new era of the strip complete with professional sports teams.  The city that has claimed to be the entertainment capital of the world for years now has a legitimate claim to it.  For those of you fans of a sport not currently in Vegas, be patient. It’s coming.  As long as the two teams in operation continue to show their respective leagues how to make destination entertainment, those not a part of the party will desire to become part of the conversation.  @MaverickHeli once again gives us a god like view of how grand and beautiful the incorporation of sports has been. 


FlyOver Las Vegas

Beast Mode Comes to Mandalay Bay

Go Go Claw slot machine

Laurel Lounges Petition

Saturday, July 10, 2021

E-368: Bourbon Mistakes

 Random Vegas 

City Center cost $8.5 billion to build and was the most expensive project in the western world (@vegas_only) 


Twitpic of the week 

Welcome back to the 90s in Las Vegas.  A time apparently before MGM new that Asian gamblers didn’t like to walk under the head of a lion because it’s bad luck or some other superstition.  But for a time, there she anchored the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd in all her oversized glory.  @summacorp provides even more context to this week’s winner, clocking that the MGM Marquee sign is shown under construction, which would date this picture early 94, after the introduction of the Hilton marquee was erected as the largest sign in the city and before MGM built a larger sign. 


MGM Buys and sells City Center

Plaza Evolves

Problems @Pinball Hall of Fame

Friday, July 2, 2021

E-367: Restless Driving

 Random Vegas 

Wayne Gretzky’s ‘brand ambassador’ deal with BetMGM cost MGM Resorts around $10 million, according to someone familiar with the details.  It also included $1 million in casino Free Play (@lasvegaslocally) 

Twitpic of the week 

It’s here, finally.  The project that started with the closing of the Stardust in 2006 has finally open as Resorts World Las Vegas.  True its location is still a liability but we now have a resort that extends the strip north again to Circus Circus.  It even makes an argument that Sahara and Stratosphere are once again located on the strip.  As always, @maverickheli gives us an ideal view of the newest property to join the Las Vegas strip and captures the hope that it brings to returning the market to the number one tourist destination in the world. 


Resorts World Opens

Tribal Expansion

FSE Concert Series

Mandalay Restaurants Reopening

Station’s Stand