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Nevada casino winnings back above $1B in May

Nevada casino winnings moved back above the $1 billion mark in May, a 9.4 percent increase from April and 5.3 percent more than May 2017.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Friday the so-called "gaming win" totaled $1.04 billion in May.

Nevada casinos earned $954 million from gamblers the month before, the first time since January the monthly statewide figure had fallen below $1 billion.

For the fiscal year running from July 1 through May 31, the nearly $10.9 billion in winnings represent a 3.14 percent increase from the same 11 months a year ago.

The Las Vegas Strip casinos saw winnings increase more than 6.3 percent from May 2017, to $581.5 million. That was more than half the statewide total. The only declines statewide were in downtown Las Vegas, 3.5 percent, and the Boulder Strip, 0.2 percent. ... Read More

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Non-existent deal with Strip properties signals threat of strike; Caesars has tentative agreement

There appears to be a tentative labor agreement that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers that are threatening to strike in Las Vegas.

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said in a tweet Friday that the new five-year deal covers about 12,000 workers at nine Caesars Entertainment casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. But negotiations went nowhere with the majority of the other properties.

"It's not fair for them to be holding us back," said Karina Castro-Martinez, convention set up at Mandalay Bay. "They're growing, they're thriving and we deserve the same thing and that's what we're fighting for."

Tens of thousands of bartenders, housekeepers, bellmen and other unionized workers at 34 casino-hotels on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas have sought a new, five-year contract since February. The current contracts expired at midnight... Read More

Union: tentative labor deal struck with Caesars

There appears to be a tentative labor agreement that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers that are threatening to strike in Las Vegas.

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said in a tweet Friday that the new five-year deal covers about 12,000 workers at nine casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Tens of thousands of bartenders, housekeepers, bellmen and other unionized workers at 34 casino-hotels on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas have sought a new, five-year contract since February.

The current contracts expired at midnight.

Ninety-nine percent of about 25,000 workers voted last week to authorize a strike after contracts expire. No date has been set, but they've started signing up for strike pay, financial assistance and picketing shifts. ... Read More

Vehicle rollover ties up traffic on Las Vegas Strip

Metro Police are investigating a vehicle crash on the Las Vegas Strip. According to officers, the vehicle rolled over on 3667 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, which is right in front Planet Hollywood.

One person was taken to the hospital. There's no word on their injuries.

Drivers should choose an alternate route... Read More

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Contract expires at midnight for culinary union workers

Negotiations are still underway between the culinary union and 34 casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas.

If a deal isn't reached before midnight Thursday, contracts will expire for tens of thousands of workers.

When the clock strikes midnight, contracts are set to expire for nearly 50,000 servers, kitchen workers and employees on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas.

"It would be a little crazy but we have to do to what we have to do to support our families," said Jennifer Marshall, food server.

As a food server for the Paris Hotel, she says she helped with the opening of the property 18 years ago.

"We have to stand up for what we need in this contract."

Marshall, along with her fellow members of Culinary Union Local 226, are fighting for their new contracts to have better wages, workplace training, job security, among several other issues... Read More

Contract for Vegas casino employees expires at midnight

The contracts of 50,000 workers employed at 34 casino-hotels in Las Vegas expire at midnight Thursday. They could walk off the job any time starting Friday.

The union representing thousands of Las Vegas casino workers says the city's two largest resort operators would lose more than $10 million a day combined if housekeepers, cooks and others go on strike.

The union said it is asking for training on new skills and job opportunities as the companies adopt technology that can displace workers.

MGM said it met with union negotiators Monday and has more talks scheduled this week.

Caesars said it expects to agree to a new contract on or about June 1... Read More

World Series of Poker tournament kicks off in Las Vegas

The 2018 edition of the World Series of Poker is kicking off in Las Vegas.

The 50-day series opened Tuesday and is expected to again draw tens of thousands of players from around the world to compete for millions of dollars in prize money and gold bracelets.

The 78-event tournament runs through July 17 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Buy-ins range from $365 to $1 million.

The annual poker extravaganza shattered its attendance record last year with almost 121,000 entrants. They played for more than $231 million in prize money.

The tournament's famed no-limit Texas Hold'em Main Event will kick off July 2. Unlike last year, the final nine players will not get a two-day break between when the table is set and when play begins. ... Read More