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MGM Adds 27 Charging Stations for Electric Cars

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Casino giant MGM Resorts International wants you to be able to charge your electric car while you gamble.

The company is installing 27 car charging stations at nine Las Vegas casinos, and at its corporate offices. The stations will free to use.

Chief Sustainability Officer Cindy Ortega says the company wants to make it easy for patrons to continue their sustainable habits while they use the hotel-casinos.

MGM has already installed charging stations at Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip. The company expects to install the rest of the stations later this month.

 

Gambling Industry Fights Self on Internet Gambling

Gambling Industry Fights Self on Internet Gambling

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Many experts believe online wagering is the future of gambling, but the casino industry is increasingly divided on the issue.

The latest evidence of the split comes Monday as the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling launches the first commercial in a six-figure campaign warning of the dangers of legalized Internet gambling.

The group is supported by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands.

Meanwhile, the casino lobby has made the legalization of online gambling its signature issue for the year. Major members including Caesars Entertainment Corp. are taking steps to get into the market.

Morgan Stanley predicts that by 2020, online gambling in the U.S. will produce the same amount of revenue as Las Vegas and Atlantic City markets combined: $9.3 billion.

Las Vegas Reports Nearly 40 Million Visitors in 2013

Las Vegas Reports Nearly 40 Million Visitors in 2013

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tourism officials say Las Vegas conventions, casinos and clubs drew 39.67 million visitors in 2013, just under the record 39.73 million set the year before.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said Friday that the year-end statistics reflect strength in an industry with a $45 billion local economic impact.

The nearly 150,600 rooms in the city and Strip averaged 84.3 percent occupancy, and average daily room rates increased $3, to nearly $111 per night in 2013.

Casino revenues reached $9.7 billion countywide, up 2.9 percent from 2012.

Downtown Las Vegas revenues decreased 1.6 percent; the Las Vegas Strip increased 4.8 percent.

Nevada Gambling Revenue Down 2.6 Percent in October

Nevada Gambling Revenue Down 2.6 Percent in October

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada gambling revenues are down 2.6 percent in October compared with a year earlier.

Officials from the Nevada Gaming Control Board say Wednesday that the state's casinos brought in $954 million last month.

Las Vegas Strip winnings of $551 million were down 5 percent from the same month last year, while downtown Las Vegas revenues of $47 million were down 3 percent.

Reno casinos saw their winnings drop 1 percent to $43 million. South Lake Tahoe saw revenue fall 23 percent to $12 million in October.

The state collected $61 million in taxes based on October gambling winnings. That's an 11.9 percent increase from the same month last year.

Sexy Vegas Strip Pirate Show Permanently Cancelled

Sexy Vegas Strip Pirate Show Permanently Cancelled

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A seductive Las Vegas Strip pirate show that had been on a scheduled hiatus through Christmas has now been permanently called off.

A Treasure Island casino spokeswoman confirmed Monday that "Sirens of TI" has been cancelled, citing an ongoing project to build a shopping center there. She didn't have details about the number of cast members affected or how they were notified of the closure.

The open-air show closed on Oct. 20 and was previously set to resume its schedule of multiple nighttime performances the day after Christmas.

A more traditional pirate show had occupied the space before it was revamped into a sexier show in 2003.

"Sirens" earned a lackluster two-star review on the website Yelp.

 

Newest Additions to the Strip Announced

Caesar Entertainment announced the newest tenants for its under-construction project known as The Linq.

The retail, restaurant and entertainment space will include a Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop, Goorin Bros. hat shop, Spinkles Cupcakes and The Stomping Grape.

There will also be the innovative entertainment space known as Brooklyn Bowl, combining comfort and bowling. The Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery will also have a location at the Linq.

Polaroid Fotobar will be the first of its kind, featuring a Polaroid museum and a photo station where people can instantly print photos from their phones.

There will also be a place for ladies to get ready for a night out. Vanity Style Lounge will offer blowouts, hair extensions and braids along with makeup applications, manicures and pedicures.

The $550 million open-air district is set between the Flamingo and The Quad on the Strip. It is set to open