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Thousands of Culinary Union members vote whether to strike

Casino workers arrived by droves at the Thomas and Mack center Tuesday to cast their vote on whether to strike.

Contracts for 50,000 workers represented by the Culinary and Bartenders Union expire in just over a week and an agreement with 34 casinos hasn't been reached.

The union is holding two votes on Tuesday and should have results by 10 p.m.

Among their many demands are better pay, protection against sexual harassment and job security.

The morning voting session was crowded as union members were welcomed with chants as they arrived to cast their vote.

"Everybody gets nervous when they start calling for a strike vote. so, it's a serious time," said Steve Motley, food server at Excalibur.

It's a last ditch effort to put pressure on 34 Las Vegas Strip and downtown casinos. Contracts for the workers will expire June 1.

Negotionations for a new deal started in February but have not resulted in an agreement... Read More

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Las Vegas casino workers to vote on strike that could cost city

Tens of thousands of Las Vegas casino workers whose contracts expire next week are planning to vote on whether to go on strike.

The Culinary Union expects between 20,000 and 25,000 of its members to vote Tuesday. Bartenders, housekeepers, cocktail and food servers and other workers employed at 34 properties are eligible to vote.

A majority of yes votes wouldn't immediately affect the casinos but would give the union's negotiators a big bargaining chip by allowing them to call for a strike any time starting June 1.

The strike would affect casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment. The companies have said they are confident they will be able to reach mutually beneficial agreements with the union. ... Read More

Las Vegas Strip hotel to become Waldorf Astoria this summer

The Mandarin Oriental hotel on the Las Vegas Strip will become a Waldorf Astoria this summer.

Hilton's luxury hotel brand on Wednesday announced it will operate the 392-room property in the complex that includes the Aria casino-resort, Vdara Hotel and Veer Towers.

A subsidiary of MGM Resorts International last month announced the sale of the 47-story property for about $214 million but did not reveal the buyer.

The Mandarin Oriental's management agreement was cancelled as a result of the sale.

The hotel will be known as the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. The property does not have a casino.

Hilton says the hotel will participate in its loyalty rewards program... Read More

ONLY ON 8: Sneak peek inside $620M renovations taking place at the Palms

The Palms Resort and Casino are undergoing a $620 million renovation, and the first phase is just about finished.

In an exclusive look, 8 News NOW was able to find out what's still to come.

The Palms reimagined is the whole idea of the new renovation. The first phase will officially open on Friday, but there will also be new restaurants, venues, and a brand new casino.

From the outside, the changes are visible to people walking or driving in the area, and crews are working around the clock.

Jon Gray, the manager of the Palms, and the man in charge of all of everything calls it his "passion project."

"The Palms is really special to me," Gray said. "I met my wife here over at Simon. We got married here."

Gray said he worked at the Palms in 2005.

"Coming here was like coming home," he said.

From the carpet, to the casino tables, the chairs and lighting there has been a complete overhaul of the inside. ... Read More

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Secrets to spending less in Las Vegas

Finding fun on any night in Las Vegas is pretty easy but setting out to save money can be a tougher task.

There are a few secrets to help you do more while spending less.

It's no secret we live in the best spot for any kind of entertainment. You can always find a new place for food, games and gambling. But where do you go if you're on a budget?

"I say spend a little time on the web and you'll save a decent amount of money," said Scott Roeben, Vital Vegas.

Roeben is the founder of Vital Vegas.

"I often say go immediately to the source, the website, just so you get a range of prices for what you're doing, then go off and find coupon codes."

Pick your plans based on offers, coupon codes and daily deals. Another option? Make a stop on social media.

Ask your friends. Your friends have been out there, they know the city and they can dig up things other people just won't," he said.

Facebook and blog sites can lead to a lower cost... Read More

CityCenter selling Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

CityCenter Holdings announced Thursday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and adjacent retail parcels for approximately $214 million in cash.

The sale is expected to be complete in the summer of 2018.

CityCenter is a venture between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World Development Corporation. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is located at the entryway of CityCenter and has nearly 400 guestrooms, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a large spa and five food and beverage outlets... Read More

Wynn Resorts releases 1Q earnings

It's been nearly three months since sexual misconduct allegations began to surface against casino mogul Steve Wynn.

Since then, dozens of people have come forward with their stories -- some dating back to the 1970s. Wynn stepped down as CEO of Wynn Resorts in February.

So, how has the scandal impacted business and has the opinions of tourists changed?

Wynn Resorts released it's first quarter earnings from 2018 Tuesday and even amid the firestorm of allegations against founder Steve Wynn, executives say, business is booming.

"As CEO, I'm not interested in looking in the rear view mirror, guaranteed train wreck on the way, I'm only focused on the future," said CEO Matt Maddox.

He says the future looks bright.

Overall operating revenues were up 20 percent from the same period last year. In Las Vegas, revenue saw a $13 million jump... Read More