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Last updated: September 23, 2016
The Nevada Gaming Comission has approved the purchase of
Aliante by Boyd Gaming. Expect consolidation of the slot club
with Boyd's B Connected to occur in the very near future, and
the currently independent sports book to become part of the Boyd
the Luck Dragon casino (on Sahara just a few feet west of the
Strip) will open on December 3. Opening announcements
are normally quite reliable, but given all the fits and starts
that have occurred with this site, we're just a little more
skeptical than normal. However, we wish the new casino luck
and hope it does well.
The Riviera's Monte Carlo tower came down in
the wee hours of the morning. This brings an end to the public
spectacle portion of the demolition of the Riviera.
It seems awfully close to the wire to us, but
has been announced that the Riveria's Monte Carlo tower will
be imploded on Tuesday, August 16 at 2:00 AM. The implosion of the
Monaco tower was quite an event. Our impression, based on no inside
information provided by the LVCVA, is that of the two, this one
may not be as much of an event. However, this might be the last
significant implosion in Las Vegas for some time, so those who
have viewing such a thing on their bucket list might want to
check it out.
The Monaco tower of the Riviera went boom and LV Revealed was
there. We have video, and we'll put it up on the web site
as soon as we can get it converted to an appropriate format.
We were impressed with the show the LVCVA put on. The
fireworks were quite impressive. Also, the implosion itself
seemed to go by the numbers. Next up: The Monte Carlo tower in
has announced how it wants to rebrand the Monte Carlo, currently
undergoing renovations. Going forward, it will be known as:
Park MGM. Isn't that exciting? The answer is, no, that's not exciting.
Presumably the name change will be phased in between now and 2018.
Implosion Alert: The
Reivew-Journal reports that Monaco tower of the Riviera is scheduled
to be imploded at about 2:00 AM on June 14. This is the taller of
the two Rivera towers slated to be imploded, so if you're only going
to be there for one, this is the one to do. We'll see you there.
you ready for Palms Station? Sale of the property for $312.5
million is set to close sometime during Q3. Of course, there are
some open issues. One of these is what will happen to the current
Palms employees and their labor contracts. Presumably the Palms
slot club will be merged into Stations' Boarding Pass at some point,
but on what time table?
From the "When it Rains it Pours" Department, it has been
Gaming is also buying Aliante Casino. The deal is expected to
close sometime in Q3. This is bad news to local sports bettors, as
Aliante was one of the few independent sports books left in Nevada.
Of course, this presumes that it will be folded into the Boyd tent
at some point, probably before the end of the year.
Derek Stevens, who already owns the Golden Gate, The D, and the
Las Vegas Club
purchasing Fremont Street slot parlors Mermaids and La Bayou,
as well as The Girls of Glitter Gulch topless joint. The RJ reports
that Stevens will use the new properties to build another casino.
Our speculation is that what is now Glitter Gulch and Mermaids will be
folded into the Las Vegas Club parcel. Integrating La Bayou into
something would be less straightforward, but it is adjacent to the
Golden Gate. The sale is scheduled to close on June 27, so these
places may not be open any longer than that.
reports that Boyd Gaming is on the verge of buying Cannery Casino Resorts.
This would move the Cannery and Eastside Cannery under the Boyd label.
How tightly Cannery operations would be merged into the Boyd brand,
and when those changes would occur are open questions. Currently, the
Cannery operates its own slot club, and the sports book gets its lines
from the South Point. Stay tuned.
RJ gives us an update on the Rivera implosions. Word is that the
LVCVA has approved a demolition plan, and that plan affirms what we
had previously reported: some demolition of the smaller building
will begin Real Soon Now, and implosions of the Rivera Monaco and
Monte Carlo towers will occur in June and August. It's planned to have the
lot cleared by December 31 providing plenty of time for its use in
Wynn is looking at expanding his eponymous casino. If he goes
ahead with currently released plans, it's unclear whether the expansion
would shut down the Wynn golf course. However, the current proposal does
include 1000 new rooms, would cost about $1.5 billion, and involves the
creation of a 38 acre "lagoon". This all seems plausible to us, and Wynn
has a history both of being pretty on top of things when it comes to
picking appropriate times for expansions of his Las Vegas properties,
as well as a reputation for not floating these sort of proposals and
then not following through.
Our big question though, is about this lagoon. As we recall, by
definition, a lagoon is a body of (salt) water separated from a larger
body of water by a reef or some other barrier. So... what's the larger
body of water? We're guessing what Wynn really means is that he plans
to build a 38 acre lake, but we suppose that doesn't sound as glamorous,
and it's been done.
Why settle for just one implosion
we can have two? A representative for the Las Vegas Convention
and Visitor's Authority said, "It's just too big to do all at once."
The timetable sounds like this: The approval of the demolition
contract will happen sometime in April. Some time after this,
some demolition will start, making progress on the shorter buildings.
Sometime in June, one hotel tower will be imploded, and sometime in
August, the other one will come down. The whole site is planned
to be cleared and at least grated so it can be used for the
ConExpo-Con/Agg trade show beginning on March 7, 2017, where the
lot will display all kinds of cool construction equipment, making
the site look like the world's luckiest child's sandbox. Stay
tuned for updates.
It's not conventionally casino news, but long time Reivew-Journal gambling
beat reporter Howard Stutz is leaving the newspaper to take a position
with a local law firm. Stutz has done a fantastic job of covering the
industry over the years, and his inciteful reporting and commentary will
be sorely missed. We here at the Death Watch wish him well in his new
reports that the Fontainebleau will be sold soon. They buyer is
undisclosed, and, consequently, nobody knows what will become of
it. Rumor is that the selling price may be in the neighborhood
of $650 million, which would represent a tidy profit for current
owner Carl Icahn. Of course all of this is unverified, so we'll
see if this unfolds over the next 60 days, as the report suggests,
but in the mean time it's the most substantial piece of information
we have about this place in years.
Stuff is actually happening at the former New Frontier site. Not a
lot of stuff, yet, but there are reasons to believe that whatever
plans new owner James Packer has for that parcel is about to get
the project will be a casino-hotel called "Alon Las Vegas", and
we'll hear an announcement as to what this will actually look like
sometime early next year. True construction hasn't started yet,
all they're doing now is preparing the site, so we don't want to
get too excited yet, but it's nice that the local economy has recovered
to the point that serious people are at least thinking about building
have a little more information on a pending Riviera implosion,
not a lot more, but a little. The current timeline calls for demolition
in three phases, occurring "by spring" of 2016. Elsewhere in the article,
Rich Velotta indicates that the pre-demolition work would be completed
by spring, and the actual demolotion would occur "shortly after that."
The schedule is obviously very fluid at the present time.
It has also not been decided whether an implosion is necessary. Just
speculating here, but right now it's our guess that an implosion would
be the most efficient way to topple the property's 23 story Monaco tower,
as well as the parking garage, but it certainly may make sense to use
less spectacular means to take down some of the other buildings on site.
Nazarian is selling his ownership stake in SLS Las Vegas, and his
company, SBE Entertainment Group, will move from managing the
property to a licensing agreement. SLS is losing money
at breakneck speeds, but we don't think this is the solution.
Unfortunately, we don't know what the solution is, but someone
needs to stop the bleeding, or at least slow it way down, and