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MGM Resorts International unveils its new theater

MGM Resorts International took the wraps off their new theater Tuesday. It's a brand new $90 million venue that looks out over the T-Mobile Arena and The Park.

They're calling The Park Theater a mini luxury arena.

It seats 5,200 and the seating can change the configurations for concerts and different sporting events. But what really stands out is the high-definition video effects projected across an area that is almost the length of a football field.

With nine HD and 4K projectors casting images across a huge stage, developers say The Park Theater was designed to immerse guests with sound and light.

"That doesn't exist anywhere else, and when you combine that with the quality and resolution of our LED wall, it literally doesn't exist anywhere else in the world," said Dan Bernbach, general manager, The Park Theater.

Bruno Mars, Cher, and Ricky Martin will be the first to perform there after Stevie Nicks opens The Park Theater Dec. 17... Read More

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Las Vegas looks to Asia for growth

Countries like China are considered one of the leading growth markets for more visitors to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas casinos and resorts are working to appeal to overseas visitors so the local tourism industry can continue to thrive. The number of overseas visitors is certainly growing, especially visitors from Asian countries.

In 2015, Las Vegas had more than 200,000 visitors from China alone. That's nearly 10 percent more visitors from the year before. Now, with non-stop flights from China to Las Vegas, more visitors are likely.

Las Vegas is the place to be for Young Park and his family.

"Las Vegas is one of those places that is exciting whether we are going to win the money or not, it's an exciting place," said Park.

He's checking out the Lucky Dragon for the first time and he likes the feeling of the casino. It's a bit more like home -- from the layout of the card tables to the food in the kitchen... Read More

New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More

Las Vegas area drives Nevada casino win up 11 percent in October

Nevada casinos are reporting an 11 percent jump in gambling revenue statewide in October, compared with a year earlier, and a nearly 5 percent rise so far this year.

A monthly state Gaming Control Board report released Tuesday shows that casinos won nearly $990 million last month, up from almost $949 million in September and $887 million in October 2015.

The increase in so-called casino win was propelled by double-digit increases in and around Las Vegas.

The state collected $59.5 million in taxes on the October winnings, up almost 14 percent from the same period last year.

Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip was up 14 percent year-over-year, to $563 million.

Downtown Las Vegas and North Las Vegas each reported winnings jumps of more than 29 percent.

Reno-area casinos reported a 3.6 percent increase in winnings, while South Lake Tahoe casino revenue was down 22 percent... Read More

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Las Vegas sports book makes betting history with eSports

Las Vegas made sports betting history when it brought the virtual arena to real world wagering. A Las Vegas sports book is the first in the United States to take wagers on eSports.

Just like competitive gamers sports books are also looking to advance to the next level.

"The knowledge to know that you can come to Las Vegas, attend a tournament, or watch a tournament and then put down a stake in your favorite team or get into the action yourself is just fantastic," said Michael Grodsky of William Hill Race & Sports Book.

Over the weekend, the William Hill Race & Sports Book located at the downtown Grand did just that. For the first time, it allowed bettors to make wagers on what team would beat the virtual battlefield at Iem Oakland's League of Legends Tournament.

"The actual winner was a team called Unicorns of Love, and they actually paid 10 to 1 to anyone that bet on them before the tournament started," Grodsky said... Read More

Nov. 21 marks the anniversay of the deadly MGM Grand fire

The MGM Grand fire remains one of the worst disasters in Nevada history.

The Las Vegas hotel caught fire around 7 a.m. on Nov. 21,1980. There were 5,000 people staying in the resort. Eighty five people were killed and more than 600 were injured.

More than 500 firefighters from across Clark County responded to fight the blaze.

While the electrical fire started on the lower floor, in a restaurant, and spread across the casino floor, the majority of people who died were on the upper floors and were victims of smoke inhalation. The toxic smoke spread through the hotel's air circulation system.

The MGM Grand fire resulted in safety changes that now make Las Vegas resorts among the safest in the world, according to county fire and building inspectors. ... Read More

Former Strip illusionist pleads guilty to child pornography charges

A former Las Vegas illusionist pleaded guilty Thursday to possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

Jan Rouven Fuechtener, also known as Lars Schmidt, went before U.S. District Chief Judge Gloria M. Navarro to plead guilty to the charges... Read More