The Fusion Project – Proposed Sports Complex

The Fusion Project

The Fusion Project Las Vegas
The Fusion Project Rendering

Since there’s no public funding needed from Las Vegas government or tax payers this interesting (and unnecessary) idea for a mega sports complex called The Fusion Project may actually be possible. Like many other different ideas floated in Vegas this probably won’t see the light of day. If nothing else it’s an interesting concept.

Here’s the report from News 3 Las Vegas, the local NBC affiliate. (click the button next to the volume to enlarge the video below)

Caesars Readying New Sportsbook Brand And Sports Wagering App

Caesars Entertainment Chapter 11
Caesars Entertainment Chapter 11

I just received a survey from Caesars Entertainment about their plans for mobile sports wagering.

Actually Caesars’ plan is to rename and rebrand ALL of their sportsbook operations.

There’s no release date on the 2Bet Sportsbook app or website. In fact, the name may change if those answering the survey voted negatively on the name like I did.

Here’s the information on 2Bet Sportsbook the survey:

2Bet Sportsbook – a network of physical sportsbooks located in casinos, primarily on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as in other locations in Nevada such as Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Laughlin. At any 2Bet Sportsbook location, players may bet on sports and horeseracing, watch both on large high-definition screens, and enjoy food and beverage (including alcoholic beverages).

We will also be launching www.2betsportsbook.com, a mobile betting app where anyone 21 years and older who is located in Nevada can bet on sports directly from their mobile devices (e.g., smartphones and tablets). Customers will be able to wager on in-play events happening in real-time, such as betting the spread, moneyline, and over/under, which update throughout the game. Customers will also be able to bet on a variety of markets that currently do not exist such as “the highest scoring quarter,” “will an individual player exceed a certain number of points scored,” and “which team will score a certain number of points first”, all in real-time while games are in-progress.

Caesars is the latest casino operator who will be releasing a mobile sports wagering option. MGM Resorts, Wynn, Westgate and others have app releases planned for later this year. You can find information on this on Vegas Chatter.

Details are sure to follow.

Minor Update: It looks as though Caesars is testing the name “The Spread” as well. I like that better. Hat Tip to @JHook9.

Minor Update #2: It looks as though Caesars is also testing the name “WSOP Sportsbook”. Hat Tip to @KirkSports.

Resorts World Las Vegas Promo Video & Renderings

Current Resorts World Las Vegas Rendering
Current Resorts World Las Vegas Rendering

Yesterday ground broke on Resorts World Las Vegas. The new multiple hotel and casino complex will open in 2018. We were treated to a slew of new renderings of the property yesterday while the mainstream media was at the groundbreaking ceremony.

You can find even more renderings in the media gallery at the Resorts World Las Vegas website which also just launched. The gallery also includes this snazzy video of the renderings.

The renderings have changed at least once since Resorts World Las Vegas was first announced. Expect more changes as construction gets moving. Sometimes plans are easier to create on a 3D rendering than real life. Regardless of the changes I can’t wait to see what this looks like in 3 years.

Follow Resorts World Las Vegas info directly from the source. In addition to the website they’ve just launched the following social media accounts:

Note: Genting says a Panda exhibit is still a part of the plan.

New Resorts World Las Vegas Renderings

Resorts World Las Vegas Rendering
Original Resorts World Las Vegas Rendering – Already Different As You See Below

Genting is breaking ground on Resorts World Las Vegas as I type this. The ceremony offered more renderings of what Resorts World Las Vegas will look like. I’m not at the groundbreaking so I’ll be pulling new renderings I find from social media during the ceremony.

I’m simply embedding pictures A) To be quick and B) To make sure I give proper credit. Learn more about Details On What Resorts World Will Offer.

The first batch of renderings come from Johnny Kats of the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly on instagram via twitter.

Rendering action #ResortsWorldLV

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More rendering action #ResortsWorldLV A photo posted by John Katsilometes (@johnnykats1) on

More renderings action #ResortsWorldLV

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You Have To Love The “Month Of Honor” Promotion At Station Casinos

Medal of Honor Poker Table at Station Casinos Las Vegas
Medal of Honor Poker Table at Station Casinos

When I first moved to Las Vegas I had a choice of 3 casinos to call home. Red Rock Resort, Suncoast and Rampart are all within the length of a song of where I live. I chose Red Rock for a few reasons (there’s an old blog post on it somewhere) but you probably know one of the major reasons is because the sportsbook bar is almost like my local bar.

Station Casinos has also been involved with the community in a very public way since I moved here. In the past they’ve offered veterans free buffets and have donated to the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” fund. Sure these are marketing ploys to get people in the door but they’re offering real value to the community.

This kind of philanthropy is almost as endearing as their 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker. I feel a little less awful when I lose money with Station Casinos. Just a little.

The “Month of Honor” promotion with Veterans Village is a huge expansion on the offers they’ve given to military persons in the past. Instead of trying to paraphrase the information I’ll offer the details in the HUGE press release:

LAS VEGAS (April 27, 2015)- Station Casinos will launch a month-long fundraising effort to raise awareness and funds for homeless veterans and their families who reside at Veterans Village located in Downtown Las Vegas. Proceeds raised throughout May will benefit Southern Nevada’s only 24/7 crisis intervention and housing facility that cares for our local homeless veterans and their families. From May 1-31, all 19 Station Casinos properties and venues including the cafes, casino bars, bingo rooms, spas and gaming areas including designated slot machines, designated blackjack and poker tables will be themed patriotic to signify where the Company will donate a portion of its proceeds and gaming winnings.

“We are honored to be a part of the Station Casinos’ Month of Honor which will assist Veterans Village to continue to provide housing and supportive services for our United States Veterans with honor and dignity,” said Veterans Village founder Dr. Arnold Stalk.

Month of Honor will feature:

Patriotic Gift Cards: Patriotic-themed gift cards are available for purchase with 5% of the gift card value being donated.

Patriotic Pastries: A variety of exclusively created patriotic-themed desserts such as Bundt cakes, sugar cookies, red velvet cupcakes, candy-covered strawberries and brownies will be available at all cafes including Boulder Station, Fiesta Henderson, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Texas Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station.

Round up for honor: Guests will be invited to round up their dining check in the majority of restaurants inside all 19 properties, excluding food court venues.

Take a vet to dinner: Guests may donate some of their Boarding Pass rewards points at any Rewards Center in exchange for a buffet voucher to be enjoyed by a resident of Veterans Village.

Red, White and Blue slots: A variety of patriotic-themed slot banks will be featured throughout the casino floors at 18 of Station Casinos’ properties. Discounted artwork provided by Sunkist Graphics.

Bingo Patriotic Packs: Special bingo pink packs will be offered at every Monday bingo session for $4. Patriotic packs will be available in both paper and electronic. The $1 cash ball validation fee is not included in the purchase price of the patriotic packs. Properties participating in the bingo patriotic packs include Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station. Bingo patriotic packs were generously donated by gaming partner Fortunet.

“21” for the Red, White and Blue: Properties that offer blackjack tables will have a designated “patriotic” table Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. Table felts were generously donated by gaming partner GPI.

Poker Goes Patriotic: Poker tables at Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station and Palace Station will have a designated “patriotic” table Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31.

Additionally, Boulder Station and Santa Fe Station will host a poker tournament with a $75 buy-in on Saturday, May 16 (Armed Forces Day) and Red Rock Resort will host a bounty poker tournament with a $100 buy-in on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) with $25 from each entry being donated.

Table felts were generously donated by gaming partner GPI.

Visit Vegas: Active or retired members of the military are invited to enjoy special hotel packages that include breakfast and free slot play at any Station Casinos property now through August 31. $5 from every room reservation will be donated. Must book special package online at sclv.com/patriot and show military ID upon check in.

Employee-Driven Canned food and toiletry drive: Station Casinos’ 12,000 employees will be invited to donate needed canned food and toiletries for the residents of Veterans Village.

Massages for the Military: 5% of every 50-minute Hot Stone Massage at Red Rock Resort or Green Valley Ranch Resort will be donated.

Budweiser Match: Anheuser Busch will donate $1 per bottle of Budweiser sold at all casino bars.

Crown Royal Care Packages for Vets: Donate needed non-perishable food items and toiletries for Veterans Village at Crown Royal donation bins located at the Reward Center. Crown Royal will also donate $1 to military organizations for every purple Crown Royal bag donated.

Station Casinos has always been a significant supporter of the military, most recently introducing its Military Monday and Operation Thank You initiatives to thank the military community with a variety of discount programs. Month of Honor continues and grows the Company’s commitment to showing its appreciation to the military community. To learn more about Month of Honor, visit https://www.sclv.com/monthofhonor.

About Veterans Village
Veterans Village is a non-profit 125-room transitional and permanent housing residence for United States Veterans located at 1150 Las Vegas Blvd. that also offers on-site services including a 24-7 crisis intervention center, medical and mental health services, job referral and training, clothing and a host of other services targeted at the promotion of independent living through economic and social self-sufficiency. Since opening its doors to the military community in April 2012, it has provided more than 70,000 U.S. Veteran bed nights; helped to place more than 1000 veterans in full or part time work; provided more than 265,000 meals and more than 12,000 survival packages as well as provided more than 46,000 pieces of clothing to its residents. To learn more about Veterans Village, visit www.vvlv.org.

Press Release: Live Event and Closed Circuit Tickets For Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

I’ll have more info of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao later but wanted to pass the press release along for the time being.

Closed Circuit Locations Available at all MGM Resorts International Properties Along The Strip

LAS VEGAS (April 22, 2015) – Tickets for the highly anticipated world championship showdown between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao taking place Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be available tomorrow for both in-arena and closed circuit viewing.

Tickets for the live event priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Thursday, April 23 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. Tickets are limited to four (4) per household. To charge by phone or with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The closed circuit telecast will be available at all MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas. General admission tickets for closed circuit viewing will be $150, not including handling fees, and will go on sale Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Tickets will be available for purchase at the individual property’s box office outlets, by phone with a major credit card at (866) 799-7711 or through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000. Closed circuit tickets are limited to eight (8) per household.

WSOP Movie Detailing Martin Jacobson Coming Soon

"10 for 10" - WSOP Movie
“10 for 10″ – WSOP Movie

A WSOP movie trailer was just released. The official trailer for “10 for 10: The Main Event – Martin Jacobson WSOP 2014″ just hit the internets and it doesn’t look too shabby. Check it out below.

Regardless if you’re interested in watching a movie about poker you should at least appreciate that the trailer was beautifully shot. The movie is an insider’s look at Martin Jacobson’s quest for the 2014  WSOP championship and its $10,000,000 prize.

Visit Natural Stacks for early access to the movie.

Oscar’s Steakhouse Was Even Better Than The First Time

Oscar's Steakhouse at the Plaza in Downtown Vegas
Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza

I recently visited Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza in Downtown Vegas for the first time in a couple of years. I enjoyed Happy Hour on that first visit (see full review at Vegas Chatter) and enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately the Happy Hour deal at the bar is no longer offered and the beer selection is back to mainstream basics.

That was okay for this visit as I was having a meeting in the lounge that would end in dinner in the dining room. You know that iconic dining room at the Plaza that juts out above the main hotel entrance (where valet should be) as you can see in the photo above.

Since that first visit to Oscar’s I’ve been telling people who it’s one of two steakhouses to visit in Downtown Vegas. The other is Andiamo’s Steakhouse at The D. While the steak was great my thoughts remain almost the same.

Filet Mignon at Oscar's Steakhouse in Downtown Vegas
Filet Mignon at Oscar’s Steakhouse

The New York Strip is normally my steak of choice but I decided to switch things up with Joey C’s Filet Mignon (12 ounce $44) prepared medium. Besides a little cartilage you see in this bite the steak was perfect. The exterior was charred and topped with a little kosher salt (which makes everything better) and black pepper. The center was as pink, tender and beautiful as you could want.

The steak was cooked to perfection and it was delicious. The filet was probably better than the NY strip. That’s a rare opinion for me.

Service was great. The bottle of wine selected for us was exactly what I wanted (something fruity and mellow). The vibe and company weren’t bad either. :)

This visit to Oscar’s Steakhouse was better than the first time in part because I had a better steak but also because we sat in the dining room instead of the bar. If you’re looking for a great steakhouse experience in Downtown Vegas you really have two options – Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza and Andiomo’s at The D.

Both steakhouses have excellent steak. Both steakhouses are similarly priced and less expensive than the Vegas Strip. Both steakhouses have a unique vibe that can’t replicated anywhere else. I would gladly eat at either steakhouse and I’m glad I was talked into meeting at Oscar’s to reaffirm that thought.

Westgate SuperBook Should Have Mobile Wagering Soon

LVH SuperBook - Las Vegas Hotel
LVH SuperBook

On the latest episode of the “Behind The Betspodcast (download at itunes) Jeff Sherman from the Westgate SuperBook mentioned that the sportsbook is working on mobile wagering and hopes to have it ready by end of the year.

I listen to podcasts on 2x speed so I had to rewind the podcast to make sure that I heard it correctly. I tweeted looking for confirmation and I received it from Jeff (@golfodds) shortly thereafter.

@MeltzVegas @LVSuperBook correct

It’s only a matter of time before every sportsbook operator in Nevada offers wagering via mobile device. Last year I hinted that MGM would offer mobile wagering soon and that was confirmed earlier this year in an article I wrote for Vegas Chatter.

Westgate having mobile wagering will certainly help their bottom line and will offer the best odds to more bettors (like me) but it won’t be a game changer. They’re still only a single casino and as @John_Mehaffey states it will take a lot more coverage to reach as many people as the larger sportsbook operators.

That being said this is still an exciting moment for sports bettors. I rarely visit the Westgate so this gives me a chance to wager with their lines without driving out to the other side of the Vegas Strip. This gives everyone an opportunity to wager with the best odds without visiting the Westgate.

The Westgate is undergoing a lot of renovations (see 5 at Vegas.buzz) and the sportsbook renovation should be finished by football season. I actually look forward to my next visit to the Westgate – that’s something I’ve never said before (even when it was LVH or the Hilton).

Complimentary Tickets For Penn & Teller’s Fool Us

Penn & Teller's Fool Us
Penn & Teller’s Fool Us

Penn & Teller’s Fool Us

Just got this press release and figured I’d share:

Complimentary tickets are available to be in the studio audience for Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino headliners Penn & Teller’s Fool Us.
 
Prepare to witness the biggest magic competition you will ever see … The country’s most talented magicians are gathering in Las Vegas to perform tricks in front of the world famous magic-comedy duo Penn & Teller and host Jonathan Ross. If Penn & Teller can’t explain how a trick was done, the magician (or magicians) who performed it win a five-star trip to perform in Penn & Teller’s show at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas!
 
The show is taping April 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22 in the Penn & Teller Theater at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
 
The minimum age to attend is 14. For taping times, additional information and to print free tickets, please visit mytvtickets.com.