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Tough Spending Environment a Challenge to Casinos

LAS VEGAS -- There are more visitors coming to Las Vegas, but a new report shows Americans are in no mood to spend money. The reports shows consumer confidence at 60.8 percent, far below where Las Vegas needs to be according to a local gaming expert.

Tourists are still gambling, but are not gambling as much. So local casinos have had to get creative to get people through their doors to play.

At the Tropicana, President and COO Tom McCartney says they have found a way to give gambling guests a little more confidence, thanks to their Trop Plus program.

"If you lose up to $200 in the first day, we rebate 50 percent of that to you in that first trip in free play or credits back on your machine, and when you return 30 days later, we give you the other 50 percent along with other incentives to play in the casino," he said.

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Police Search for Sunglass Robber

Police are looking for a man who robbed a high-end sun glass store on Las Vegas Boulevard.

The robbery happened last month. Police say the suspect pretended to be a customer and asked to see several items from display cases. While looking at the items the suspect threw the clerk to the floor, grabbed several items and fled. The clerk was hurt and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police say the suspect got away with $2,500 worth of merchandise. The suspect is described as a black male, around 25 to 27 years old, 5 foot 11 inches and with a skinny build. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a blue button-down shirt, blue jeans and a dark baseball cap.

If you have any information about the suspect call Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's robbery division at (702) 828-3591 or call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Stunt Kicks Off Extreme Sport Show

Stunt Kicks Off Extreme Sport Show

Two extreme athletes took an extreme risk Wednesday and jumped off a tower at the MGM Grand.

X-Game medalist Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus star Erik Roner BASE jumped off a tower at Signature at the MGM Grand.  The stunt launched the Nitro Circus Live event which is set for Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show features displays of FMX, BMX and skateboarding. Nitro Circus Live is based on the popular MTV series Nitro Circus. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

 

 

 

Dine Out Today to Benefit Children

Dine Out Today to Benefit Children

 

Eat out for a good cause today on International Children’s Day, as 13 local restaurants help mark the occasion.

They will participate in the Building Champions against the Odds Campaign to benefit Nevada Children’s Center (NCC) and commemorate International Children’s Day. Nevada Children’s Center takes part in the global commemoration of children though the Campaign.

These area restaurants have pledged to donate between 10-20 percent of revenue to Nevada Children’s Center, but you must bring a flyer available at www.nccenter.org with you to qualify for the donation.

The Campaign will help NCC in its mission to empower young victims of abuse, neglect, and mental afflictions by providing therapeutic day treatment, behavior modification, and in-home parenting resources in partnership with foster care and child protective advocates and agencies.

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Natural Gas Fueling Station Coming to McCarran Airport

Natural gas powered cars, buses and shuttles will have a convenient place to fuel up with the opening of a new natural gas station.

The station will open Thursday at McCarran International Airport. Clean Energy Fuels is running the station. It is one of seven the company plans to open in the Las Vegas Valley. Natural gas burns much cleaner than traditional fuels and is more economical.  The company picked our city because we already had infrastructure in place to support natural gas fleets.

The station will be open for personal cars and for cars that are part of a fleet.

 

World Series of Poker Starts Tuesday

World Series of Poker Starts Tuesday

The 42nd Annual World Series of Poker starts Tuesday at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

The series starts with the biggest names in poker competing in the exclusive $25,000 buy-in Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Poker players will face off in a bracket-style format. The tournament kicks off with the shuffle-up and deal event at noon. Viewing for the tournament is free and open to people 21 years old and older. 

On Saturday, professional and amateur poker players from around the country will be at the hotel for the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament. That part of the series starts at noon. 

All the players are competing for millions of dollars in prizes and the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

Man Who Robbed Store at Gunpoint Sought

Man Who Robbed Store at Gunpoint Sought

 

A man suspected of robbing a business at gunpoint is being sought by Metro Police.

At approximately 1:44 a.m. on April 3, the man entered a local business located near the 300 block of E. Warm Springs. He confronted an employee and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect was armed with a firearm and the employee complied with his demands. The suspect fled the business with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as a black man between approximately 25 and 30 years old, approximately 5-foot-6, 155 pounds.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Robbery Section, at 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.