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Eastside Cannery "Lights It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness

The iconic Eastside Cannery building will attract even more attention on April 1st and 2nd, especially during the nighttime hours.  That's because the structure will be illuminated in blue. "Light It Up Blue" is a nationwide effort to encourage businesses and residences to light up their structures in blue light in recognition of those families affected by autism.  The Eastside Cannery, on Boulder Highway is able to change the colors displayed on the building quite easily.  There are roughly 16,000 LED lights on the exterior of the building which can be programmed to change colors or illuminate one particular shade of color.  The blue lights will be visual Friday, April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day.  Every 1 in 110 children is affected by the autism disorder.  More information on Light It Up Blue can be found at www.lightitupblue.org and www.autismspeaks.org.


Las Vegas Sands says Chinese authorities investigating Macau subsidiary

Las Vegas Sands says Chinese authorities investigating Macau subsidiary

Sands China Ltd., which has already been in the public eye due to pending lawsuits, may be in some hot water- it is also being investigated by Chinese authorities.

A publicly traded subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp. told the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Thursday it was being investigated by Chinese authorities for alleged breaches of regulations.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

NV Casino Winnings Down Slightly in January

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Gambling regulators say Nevada casino winnings increased slightly in January, and the state reaped more in taxes as a result.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Thursday that casinos in Nevada won about $877 million in January. That's down 0.7 percent from the same month a year ago. It says the state collected almost $69 million based on so-called casino "gaming win" for the month. That's up about 15.3 percent from the same month in 2010. Taxes on casino winnings make up about a third of Nevada's general fund revenues.

The report says that for the first six months of the fiscal year, statewide casino winnings are up 1.2 percent. It says casino win on the Las Vegas Strip dropped about 2.5 percent in January, compared with January 2010.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Las Vegas Rotary Poker Tournament at the Aria March 13th

Las Vegas Rotary Poker Tournament  at the Aria March 13th

The Las Vegas Rotary and the Aria Resort & Casino have partnered together to host the Las Vegas Rotary Poker Tournament on March 13th at 2pm. The tournament will benefit the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation, which provides grants and charitable activities throughout southern Nevada.

The tournament will be held in the Poker Room at the Aria, and entry to the tournament is $125. Re-buys are $50 and available the first hour, after which time players will be able to purchase an add-on for $50. Prizes will depend on the number of entries, and the tournament is expected to last between four and six hours. Registration will begin at noon on March 13th.

Bettors Wage $87.5 Million in Sports Books

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Gaming Control Board released figures Tuesday showing that $87.5 million was wagered in Nevada's 183 sports books for the Super Bowl.

The board says casinos only keep less than 1 percent of the bet. The total win was $724,000 for the NFL's championship game.

Big Las Vegas Weekend Pulls in Millions of Dollars

LAS VEGAS -- A roaring arena, die-hard football fans and the sounds of Chinese celebration.

This will be a star-studded weekend in Las Vegas. By all estimates, the city will see more people, more spending, and more gambling than last year. About 275,000 visitors are expected to spend this weekend in Las Vegas. There are several events around the valley including the biggest football game of the year.

The Super Bowl means big bucks for the local economy. Just about every business will benefit, especially hotels. Visitors have also come for a big UFC fight and to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority officials say those visitors will shell out $85.6 million. It's a hopeful sign.

Las Vegas Helps Ring in Year of the Rabbit

LAS VEGAS -- People across Asia rang in the year of the rabbit Thursday. Chinese New Year is one of most important festivities for many Asians and Las Vegas is cashing in on the celebration.

The year of the rabbit is associated with tranquility but in the Las Vegas valley the holiday is anything but tranquil. Casinos have decorated to welcome the thousands of expected Asian tourists in for the holiday weekend.

The general manager at the Palace Station, Mike Jerlecki, says the Chinese New Year is such a big money maker for them; he has the date marked on his calendar every year.

"We have over a thousand hotel rooms here at Palace. So, throughout the next three to four days, it's going to be a very busy place," said Jerlecki.