Wednesday, June 22, 2016

LAS VEGAS (June 22, 2016) – The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today approved an expansion franchise awarded to Black Knights Sports & Entertainment, LLC, an entity owned by Bill Foley. The league’s 31st team will begin play for the 2017-18 season at T-Mobile Arena located just west of the famed Las Vegas Strip.

“This is a great day for the people of Las Vegas and it is extremely exciting to deliver the city’s first major league sports team,” said Foley. “This historic news would not have been possible without the overwhelming support of the Las Vegas community, our season ticket holders and public officials at the state and local levels.”

The Foley family, along with the Maloof family, started the effort to bring an NHL team to Las Vegas nearly two years ago. In February 2015, Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, LLC launched a ticket drive to secure deposits for 10,000 season tickets as a way to determine the level of interest and commitment of Las Vegas-area NHL fans. This ticket drive surpassed its goal and resulted in paid deposits and commitments of more than 14,000 season tickets, and a sellout of the luxury suites, the lower level center ice club and the upper bowl. A limited number of season tickets remain available for purchase.

The group also held a variety of entertaining and informative community events, and engaged in a comprehensive marketing program to provide information and help generate excitement for an NHL team in Las Vegas.





We baked cookies in a car and food on the street in Las Vegas — VIDEO

With the temperatures in the Las Vegas Valley rising to 115 for the first time this year today, we wanted to prove something — that it actually gets warm enough inside a vehicle and on hot asphalt to cook food during the summer..

Here’s what happened when we tried to bake cookies inside a car and make breakfast outside:

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We placed a tray of 24 cookies on the dashboard of a car with untinted windows just after 1 p.m. They started to quickly take shape after only baking inside for one-hour. The cookie dough partially melted on the short walk from the RJ building to the car.



Implosion Levels Tower of Vegas’ Riviera Casino

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LAS VEGAS — Jun 14, 2016, 6:02 AM ET

The Latest on the demolition of the tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Tuesday morning (all times local):

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The tallest tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino has crumbled in a controlled demolition that brought an end to one of the last relics of Las Vegas’ mobster past.

The implosion early Tuesday of the 24-story Monaco Tower comes 61 years after it opened on the Las Vegas Strip.

“The Riv” joins other storied properties like the Dunes, Sands, Desert Inn and Stardust as only a memory.

It opened in 1955, and closed last year.

Liberace was the first headliner. Dean Martin was once part-owner.

It was a backdrop for the Rat Pack original “Ocean’s 11” in 1960; the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever;” and the 1995 movie “Casino.”

It was also featured in “The Hangover” in 2009.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is clearing the 26 acres to make room to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Monte Carlo Tower is scheduled to be imploded in August.


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Las Vegas: Say goodbye to mermaids, deep-fried Twinkies on Fremont Street


La Bayou, a small casino along Fremont Street, holds Nevada’s first gaming license, issued 85 years ago. It still features slot machines that dispense coins to winners. (Granite Gaming Group)
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Three long-standing attractions in downtown Las Vegas — Glitter Gulch, La Bayou and Mermaids — are calling it quits. The down-market venues along the Fremont Street Experience are set to close June 27.

The properties have been sold to downtown developers Derek and Greg Stevens, who plan to build a new hotel-casino on the block.

Even visitors who have never ventured inside Glitter Gulch will probably remember Vegas Vickie, the neon cowgirl that adorns the exterior. Inside, the so-called Girls of Glitter Gulch are strippers who wear less clothing than the brightly-colored cowgirl-sign outside.

Specifics for the new development have yet to be announced. The Stevens brothers already operate two downtown resorts, the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.

Mermaids, one of the free-standing, small casinos along Fremont Street, is better known for its fried foods than its slot machines. The place indulges sweet tooth cravings by battering Oreos and Twinkies and then deep-frying them.



13 Things To Do This Week In Las Vegas For May 27-June 2

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Check out this week’s list of 13 things to do in Las Vegas for the week of May 27-June 2
1. The Las Vaudeville Variety Show at the Bunkhouse Saloon on May 27 will feature magic, dancers, comedy, music and live art. Hosted by the dapper Mr. Nic Lynn. Some featured acts include Mizz Absurd, Kerri N’ Fuego, Jay R Beatbox, Eva & Coco, Hypno Tribe, Mon Dr, Spadoni, Recycled Propaganda and more.
2. The Blue String Theory is playing a free show May 27 at Santa Fe hotel-casino. BST is a rock tribute band that plays the music of Van Halen, Journey, Foreigner, AC/DC, Poison, Led Zeppelin and more.
3. The 2nd annual Henderson Libraries Mini Con is taking place May 28 at Paseo Verde Library. The all-ages, family-friendly event features an artist alley, cosplay contest, panel discussion, live podcast, a drone workshop, crafts and more.
4. The Summer Fun Kickoff party is happening on May 28 at Cannery hotel-casino. Performances by The Standells, The Happenings, The Box Tops, and The Kingsmen. There will also be food, vendors, a car show and more.

The 5 Best Presenters at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

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The 2016 Billboard Music Awards featured no shortage of music stars, memorable performances and emotional speeches. But it also contained a star-studded group of presenters hailing from diverse backgrounds. From billionaires to rock stars, here are the top 5 presenters at this year’s BBMAs.

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5. Michael Strahan

Heidi Klum and Michael Strahan speak onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas.Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Sometimes less is more. Joined by Heidi Klum, the former New York Giants star — and new host — took the mic and simply exclaimed “Hot!” before presenting the award for Top Hot 100 Artist to The Weeknd with a broad grin.

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4. Mark Cuban

The  star and billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks was recently courted by Republicans from the “Never Trump” movement to launch a third-party presidential bid, prompting co-presenter Miss America winner Betty Cantrell to ask whether he would announce his campaign that night. Cuban chuckled and teased, “Today I am here to announce… this next category.”

3. Bad Moms Stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, & Kathryn Hahn

Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell speak onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas.Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The trio of actresses drew laughs by joking that they weren’t actually bad moms because their kids were being watched backstage by Fetty Wap and hanging at Las Vegas strip club Spearmint Rhino.


The first Hyperloop test track will be built in North Las Vegas

2016 is shaping up to be the year of the Hyperloop

Hyperloop Technologies Inc., one of the two startups working to make Elon Musk’s dream of frictionless, supersonic travel a reality, acquired 50 acres of land near Las Vegas to build the first test track for its propulsion system, the company announced Tuesday. The track will be ready in the first quarter of 2016, the company said, which would put it on pace to beat Musk’s own test track planned for Texas this summer.

The acquisition of land by a Hyperloop company is a significant step for an industry that, thus far, has been long on hype but short on progress. The Los Angeles-based HTI says the deal with Nevada officials to build its so-called Propulsion Open Air Test at the Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas is a “milestone” in its quest to be the first team to prove the feasibility of Hyperloop, which was first popularized by Musk in a 2013 white paper.


In a statement, HTI’s CEO Rob Lloyd praised Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee for spearheading the land buy. “This decision represents another major milestone in our journey to bring Hyperloop to commercial reality,” Lloyd said. “Hyperloop Technologies will invest first in regions where we receive government advocacy to move fast.”

Las Vegas officials have been trying to lure a big tech firm to Apex Industrial Park for months now, with reports that Musk’s Tesla Motors was a potential tenant. The Las Vegas Sun reported at the time that officials would waive 20 years of sales taxes and 10 years of property taxes if Tesla promised to invest $3.5 billion in the industrial park. But the electric car company never made the deal. Ironically, despite Musk’s involvement with the Hyperloop concept, HTI isn’t associated with him in any way. Rumor has it that when the time is right, he’ll eventually choose one of the Hyperloop startups to back.

HTI has raised over $37 million through two rounds of financing, and recently announced some high-profile additions to its executive team, including Lloyd, the former co-president of Cisco, and Emily While, the former COO of Snapchat. No word on how much HTI paid for the 50 acres at Apex, nor whether the Nevada government subsidized the deal.

According to the company, the Propulsion Open Air Test will involve sending a “custom-designed linear electric motor” down a 1-kilometer track at a speed of 540 km/hour. HTI’s technical team, led by CTO and co-founder Brogan BamBrogan, is “pioneering unique innovations including advancements in propulsion, tube design and fabrication, levitation systems, pod designs and thermodynamics and systems engineering,” the company said.



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Surrender is about to get a nightlife neighbor when Encore Player’s Club opens this month.


Imagine you’re chilling with a few friends and 23 HD televisions with 56-inch screens, at interactive tables surrounded by roulette, craps, blackjack and slots. You might grab your phone to snap a pic of the DJ and make some mobile sports bets while watching multiple games. Even if your teams lose, you can drown your sorrows in a specialty cocktail, snacks from a world-class kitchen and a round of billiards on a white lacquer table straight from the Manhattan penthouse of Steve Wynn.

No, you are not Steve Wynn. But Wynn Las Vegas is ushering in “a new era in casino gaming” with the December 19 launch of Encore Player’s Club. Across from Surrender, Andrea’s restaurant and VDKA bar on Encore’s casino floor, the luxury lounge will be just over 5,000 square feet and designed for millennials.

In a news release this morning, Wynn Las Vegas VP of Operations Sean Christie asserted: “Gaming environments have basically been formulaic on the Strip for decades. Wynn Las Vegas will be the first to offer a new experience in gaming and entertainment on the casino floor by creating a distinctive social space to gamble with friends, watch the game or hang out before hitting the club.”

Christie said Wynn Las Vegas anticipates millennials will be drawn to the experience, which makes sense, given their attachment to mobile devices and aptness to enjoy sitting at Suzo Happ InteractivePro tables that allow for four simultaneous user screens for TV, video and interactive content augmented with eight high-fidelity speakers and plenty of headphone jacks. There’s also a shuffleboard table, bringing low-tech charm to the high-tech room. And days when there are major sporting events, a special menu will be available from Pan-Asian destination Wazuzu.


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