20 Vital Las Vegas Predictions for 2016

Last year around this time, we boldly predicted that toward the end of 2015, we’d compile a list of predictions for 2016. Our prediction came true!

It’s time to whip out our engorged predictive abilities and aim them at the year to come. The highs. The lows. The WTFs. Here’s what to expect in 2016, based upon intuition, rumors and speculation, insider knowledge and more than a little fabricating things out of whole cloth. So, you know, just like the rest of the year.

1. Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Will Have Its First Profitable Year

No, really. This will be the year of Cosmo, and the hotel, which hasn’t had a profitable year since it opened in 2010, will have its first in 2016. A renewed focus on gamblers helped the hotel-casino turn a profit in two consecutive quarters in 2015, and the trend will continue.

Cosmopolitan high limit slots

Cosmo recently opened a new high limit slot lounge. Slots and lounges are two of this Las Vegas blog’s favorite things.

2. Las Vegas Will Have an NHL Franchise

The time for a professional sports franchise in Las Vegas has finally come. It’s expected a long-awaited announcement about an NHL expansion team could come in January 2016 at the NHL All-Star Game in Nashville. The new NHL team (possibly called the Black Knights) will take part in the 2017-2018 season, which means next year our 2017 predictions will include something along the lines of, “Tickets for the Las Vegas hockey team will fail to meet expectations.” Predicting is fun, isn’t it?

Las Vegas Black Knights

Ice hockey in the desert. What could possibly go wrong?

3. Alon Will Sputter

There are some indications an announced resort, Alon (pronounced AY-lawn), may not actually get off the ground as hoped. Alon has recruited some serious talent, and there are signs of activity at the Alon site, but the hotel-casino is relying on Chinese financing, and that source of funding has been in serious decline recently. Thanks a lot, Chinese corruption crackdown! In 2016, it’s possible reality will set in, and Alon could very well end up being scrapped before it even gets going. Also in trouble in 2016: Lucky Dragon. Lucky Dragon is another project dependent upon Chinese investment (EB-5 visa program financing, to be specific) for its completion, but we’re thinking this boutique hotel will be able to scrape together the needed funds and we predict it will open as planned in 2016, although delays are a distinct possibility.

Alon Las Vegas

“Alon” means “oak tree” in Hebrew. In English, it means “a made-up word for which the domain name was available.”

4. Downtown Grand Will Be Sold

Despite denials by the hotel’s management, the floundering Downtown Grand was discreetly put on the market in August 2015. To stop the bleeding, the hotel will be sold in 2016, for much less than its optimistic asking price—a price slightly more than half of what was sunk into transforming Lady Luck into the solid, but somewhat lost, resort it is today.

5. Taxi Ridership Will Plummet

The effects of Lyft and Uber operating in Las Vegas are already being felt, and the trend will continue in a big way in 2016. In November 2015, there were 115,774 fewer tax rides than in November 2014. That’s a small number given there were 2.1 million rides, but expect the carnage to continue. Lyft and Uber are getting rave reviews, and taxi companies are getting a wake-up call. That’s a win for Las Vegas visitors, and about time.

Vegas taxi

Like we could afford to pay for cab toppers. Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.

6. Mirage Will Get New Management

So, the rumors about Mirage being sold in 2015 were dead wrong. But something’s happening at Mirage, and our prediction is the hotel will be taken over by a new management company in 2016. MGM Resorts has been moving its marketing and high rollers out of the hotel for some time, leading us to believe it may relinquish management, although to whom we have no clue. MGM Resorts is putting the Mirage into what’s called a REIT (real estate investment trust), which leaves open the possibility someone else could manage the resort while MGM Resorts still owns the land and building. In a recent interview, Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin spoke about attempting to purchase Mirage, saying “They turned it down and decided to go with this REIT. We don’t have any interest in The Mirage now because we don’t pay rent.” Somebody else will, though, in 2016. The change in management at Mirage will mean everything Cirque du Soleil will be out (the Revolution Lounge has already closed), and the hotel’s dolphin habitat will finally, mercifully, be closed.

7. Las Vegas Review-Journal Scandal Will Break the Internet

Bajillionaire Sheldon Adelson recently purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal and all hell broke loose. Further hell is guaranteed to break in 2016 as the Presidential campaign heats up and Mr. Adelson exerts more control over the paper’s editorial direction. Reporters will quit or be forced out, and the Review-Journal will be in the national spotlight for questions surrounding ethics and the influence of money on journalism. There’s no avoiding this crisis, because even if Adelson comes to realize the Review-Journal isn’t worth all the headaches, nobody else is going to pony up anywhere near the $140 million he paid to buy it, so this tangled web is only going to get more tangled.

8. Rock in Rio USA Music Festival Will Be Canceled for 2017

In 2016, we’re going to hear a final decision about whether the financially disastrous Rock in Rio USA music festival will return. It won’t. The initial outing of the festival lost $28 million (as we reported first), but that’s not the reason it won’t be back. It’s the cultural barrier. Rock in Rio USA’s principals burned a lot of bridges, and the stories of behind-the-scenes drama are almost too fantastic to believe. (Rock in Rio reps brought voodoo dolls to meetings. They weren’t being ironic.) Realistically, it’s a coin toss at this point, but we’re going for “not happening,” just to diverge from everyone else in town who’s saying it’ll be back.

Rock in Rio USA

Rock in Rio’s EDM stage still sort of gives us the creeps.

9. We’ll Lose Some Vegas Personalities

This is going to be awkward, but we’re going to lose some folks in 2016, sad as that prospect may be. We’re predicting the loss of Marty Allen, The Amazing Johnathan and Jerry Lewis, although, of course, we’d rather that not happen. We’ll also lose Roy Horn (of Siegfried & Roy), Celine’s husband, Rene Angelil, and magic consultant to the stars, Johnny Thompson. We also don’t have a great feeling about Rich Little, Sheldon Adelson or Wayne Newton, but here’s hoping everyone makes it and proves these predictions wrong. Oh, but on the bright side, 2016 will also mark the death of Lance Burton’s filmmaking career, so at least there’s that to look forward to. Told you it would be awkward.

Update: Rene Angelil passed away January 14, 2016.

10. Las Vegas Club Plans Will Surpass All Expectations

Casino magnate Derek Stevens has big plans for the now-closed Las Vegas Club, and 2016 is the year his vision will be articulated and communicated. This blog’s day job is as a marketer for Fremont Street Experience, so we’re a tad biased (Derek Stevens owns The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate, members of the Fremont Street Experience consortium), but whether or not you’re a fan of Stevens and the energy he’s brought to downtown, you’ll have to concede he is The Pharmacy Slayer, and that alone makes him a Las Vegas hero in our book. Here’s a bold prediction: The casino at the former Las Vegas Club will open in 2016. Just ignore the fact it’s likely to be for a day or two to satisfy gaming licensing requirements, open is open. We can’t wait to hear what’s next for the Las Vegas club, especially if it involves the timeless art of go-go.

Update (12/31/15): Derek Stevens says he’ll have an announcement mid-January.

11. Las Vegas Arena Parking Issues Will Blow Up Hard

As great an addition to The Strip as the new Las Vegas Arena will be, the issues of traffic and parking have yet to be satisfactorily addressed. The problem will hit critical mass once people see the world-class flustercuck resulting from tens of thousands of people pouring into the streets and existing parking garages around the arena. Arena officials will be forced to concede defeat, and a parking structure devoted to the arena will be built, probably opening in 2017. Oh, and while we’re in the neighborhood, 2016 is the year when we’ll know the new name of the arena’s neighbor, Monte Carlo.

Update (1/16/16): On Jan. 16, 2016, MGM Resorts announced it will build a new parking structure due to public outcry. The company also announced it will begin charging for parking at its Las Vegas resorts.

Las Vegas Arena

All that glitters is not gold, whatever that might actually mean.

12. Life is Beautiful Will Be Back and Louder Than Ever

There’s been a lot of speculation the Life is Beautiful music festival won’t be back because it’s taking longer than expected for the festival to become profitable. Also, the neighbors don’t love the noise. Screw them. Life is Beautiful will be back. Oh, and Duran Duran will be back to play at the 2016 Life is Beautiful, because sometimes if you repeat something often enough, it’ll happen. Like how in 2016 we’re going to win Megabucks. We’re going to win Megabucks. We’re going to win Megabucks.

Update (2/2/16): Life is Beautiful announced it will, in fact, be back. Dates: Sep. 23-25, 2016.

13. Chick-fil-A Will Open Earlier Than Expected

The long-awaited first Chick-fil-A in Las Vegas is expected to open at the end of 2016 or early 2017. Oh, hell no. We’re not waiting that long. We predict Chick-fil-A will open months earlier than anticipated, in mid-2016, and people are going to freak. The pent-up demand for the deliciousness of Chick-fil-A is going to be so great, we’re predicting the Las Vegas location will be the first in the restaurant’s history to remain open on Sundays.

Chick-fil-A cows

For all the folks who still think Chick-fil-A still serves up hate sauce. Read more.

14. Riviera Will Be Imploded With the Hoopla It Deserves

When the closed Riviera goes out in 2016, it’ll go out in true Las Vegas fashion. It’s been awhile since Las Vegas had a proper demolition of a Strip hotel (no, the Harmon’s floor-by-floor dismantling doesn’t qualify). The beloved but neglected Riviera will be blown up and real good, accompanied by a spectacle worthy of its history.

15. Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Will Tap Out

The Grand Bazaar Shops outside Bally’s has been limping along since it opened, and 2016 is the year the flea market’s operators will admit defeat and call the whole thing off. Thankfully, the Grand Bazaar Shops should take no more than 20 minutes to dismantle. Bally’s will keep the Starbucks. Because, after all, it’s the only Starbucks we know of that serves hooch.

Grand Bazaar Shops

Ugly is as ugly does. Or something.

16. Mayweather and Pacquiao Will Have a Rematch

Ego and money have an interesting way of making the impossible happen. The 2015 fight between Floyd “I’m Sort of a Douche” Mayweather and Manny “Boo, Hoo, My Shoulder Hurts” Pacquiao was a monster payday not only for the fighters, but also Las Vegas. While many believe Mayweather is retired (his perfect 49-0 record tied him with Rocky Marciano), others think the potential of another massive windfall (Mayweather alone made $250 million from the last fight) could bring the pair back to the ring. We’re predicting a rematch will happen in 2016, in Las Vegas, and following Mayweather’s win, he will purchase Scotland.

17. Casinos Will Take a Hit for Swapping Out Liquor Brands

Mark our words, 2016 is the year the casino liquor swap scam will finally come to an end. We’ve been railing against this practice for some time, but here’s how it works: If you’re playing in a Las Vegas casino, you’re typically comped cocktails during your play. If you order a Captain Morgan and diet (this is known as a “call” drink, as opposed to a “well” drink), you won’t be given a Captain Morgan, but rather a generic spiced rum. Swap. Scam. This happens with any number of premium liquors, and customers are often not informed the liquor is being swapped. This practice saves casinos a lot of money, but it also compromises the health and trust of customers. It may also be against the law. In 2016, the government agencies responsible for protecting us will intercede and fine casinos guilty of this practice. Casinos will then stop pretending to serve premium liquor, and we’ll pay for it, which is fine. Casinos are legally and morally obligated to tell us what we’re drinking, even if the drinks are free.

18. Resort Fees Will Be Legislated Away

Everybody hates resort fees, and the big secret in Las Vegas is even the resorts themselves hate resort fees. The fact is, they only charge resort fees because they have to. Hotels charge resort fees to make their rates look cheaper than the competition, mainly because so many rooms are booked through online travel agencies (OTAs) like Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak and Hotels.com. Any hotel that doesn’t charge resort fees gets clobbered in OTA search results. In 2016, the federal government, OTAs and the resorts are going to get their act together and include resort fees in the room rate.

Update (1/10/16): On Jan. 10, 2016, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez called for new legislation to address resort fees as “a deceptive and unfair trade practice.” Read more.

Resort fees

Ah, the circularity of the universe.

19. Multiple Strip Shows Will Close

Change is a constant in Las Vegas, and several shows will close in 2016. The first ones that come to mind are the new “X Country” at Harrah’s, “50 Shades, The Parody” at Bally’s, “Sexxy” at Westgate, animal abuse-based comedy show “Piff the Magic Dragon” at Flamingo, yawn-based “Murray Celebrity Magician” at Planet Hollywood and magician Mat Franco’s show at Linq Hotel. We’ll even go out on a limb and predict Steve Wynn’s “Showstoppers” will shutter in 2016, more because of production costs than anything else. Oh, and if anything opens at Tropicana, that will close, too. Just saying.

Update (12/29/15): Our bud John Katsilometes reports the “Murray Celebrity Magician” show closes Jan. 4, 2016. Ignore our predictions at your peril!

20. All Las Vegas Casinos Will Have 6-to-5 Blackjack

Many Las Vegas casinos now offer 6-to-5 blackjack, but 2016 is the year we can say goodbye to 3-to-2 once and for all. Talk to any blackjack player, and they’ll whine about this trend ad nauseam. But here’s why they should keep their nauseam to themselves. Casinos can’t make money with 3-to-2 blackjack, plain and simple. We’ll probably write a more in-depth story about this at some point, but our forearms are going numb from all the predicting, so we’ll cut to the chase. In a 3-to-2 game, playing perfect basic strategy, the house edge is about .5 percent. That means if you play perfectly, 60 hands an hour at a $5 table ($300 in play), the casino can expect to rake in a whopping $1.50. An hour. In America. At a 6-to-5 blackjack table, the house edge goes up to 2% and the house is expected to make $6 from that $300 in wagers. Per hour. If you
take into account the cost of comped drinks alone (even with crappy generic liquor), it’s sort of a break-even proposition for the casinos. This is why it’s so hard to find $5 blackjack in Las Vegas, and it’s why we really need to stop with the whining in 2016. Somebody had to say it.

Las Vegas blackjack

Casinos aren’t non-profits. You’ll live.

Bonus Prediction: SLS Las Vegas Will be De-Nazarianed

Previous SLS Las Vegas stakeholders SBE and CEO Sam Nazarian are officially out, and that means 2016 will be the year SLS gets “De-Nazarianed.” Many aspects of SLS were influenced by Sam Nazarian’s relationships and his SBE brand, including the hotel’s monkeys, it’s Fred Segal shops and restaurant brands. Well, 2015 saw all the Fred Segal shops close, replaced with internally-managed retail stores. In 2016, we’ll see a concerted effort to lose more of the brands and images associated with Nazarian and SBE. Most significantly, Umami Burger and Ku Noodle will close (to be replaced with more value-oriented fare, think Palms food court). Nazarian’s buy-out deal included an agreement to keep SBE brands going at SLS, but why pay licensing for unremarkable brands when you can keep all the profits by staying in-house? Thankfully, Cleo and Bazaar Meat are safe for the moment, but that could change, too. In 2016, SLS Las Vegas will begin to find its own identity (or at least partner with others who have their own identity). How far with the “De-Nazarianing” go? We predict the hotel may even go so far as to remove the quirky Sam Nazarian-inspired sculpture out front. Just you wait.

SLS casino chip

Get your photo op while you still can. The giant Sam statue may not make it through 2016.

Those are our top 20 Las Vegas predictions for 2016, and we’d love to hear your thoughts, either confirming our extraordinary soothsaying skills or perhaps floating your own 2016 predictions.

Whether these predictions come true in 2016 or not, it’s sure to be another breathtaking, immersive, game-changing year in Las Vegas. It’s the law.

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  • Funkhouser_1

    Regarding #10, Am I the only one who is not blown away by Derek Steven’s vision? Look he’s a great guy. He makes himself available to his patrons, he polished up that turd that was the Fitz and gave downtown a nice, but loud grind joint. But I doubt Derek has the vision or bankroll to raise the LVC into something special. We need more owners who will raise the stakes on downtown, like what Landry did with the Golden Nugget. Even though its been a financial disappointment Downtown Grand stepped up and made a beautiful place that could at least conceptually compete with Landrys Golden Nugget. Downtown will never achieve the status or become a destination for visitiors until we get more operators willing to take risk. Nope I call foul on #10, we can expect another seeming nice, but boring loud grind joint from Derek. Nice enough, but failing to evoke enough quality and beauty that will lure people from the strip to downtown.

  • MikeJenkinson

    While I would love to see resort fees abolished, I have serious doubts that the US federal government will take such action in a presidential election year. It just seems to be too small potato for Congress at this point.

    Then again, I’m Canadian so I might be entirely out of touch on this. 🙂

  • Troy Swezey

    Oh, so you are siding with me on #11?
    I will do what reporters, and this Blog, love to do and say, “I said it first.”
    But seriously folks, when I first heard the fools who approved this arena say things like, “Oh traffic will not be a problem. People will walk or take the Monorail.” I said ‘”Yeah right. What about the locals?” which is why I still predict a hockey team will fail there and will be shut down by the NHL the same way AFL did to Vince Neil and his arena football team.
    Just sayin’

  • Denis Yuskevich

    Actually a lot of people love Umami Burger and not so many ever heard about Cleo or Bazaar Meat.

    • Truth, but Umami Burger is closing nonetheless.

      • Bouldersteve

        Is Umami Burger a SLS owned restaurant or a leased space?

        • Those were SBE brands, and now it’s a lease situation. It was considered in-house when SBE was involved, and will be again once it closes.

  • RustyHammer

    6:5 everywhere? That would be stunning… will we see it at all downtown properties? Off strip properties? Considering I average one blackjack every two hours, it doesn’t affect me much.

    I’ve been to the Bally’s shops. I don’t know how they could do any worse than the retail inside the Strat. (Now there’s a hotel property that defies the laws of consumerism.) There was nothing special about the Bally’s flea market, but as far as I’m concerned, many of the retail centers on the strip are underwhelming. Perhaps I’m not much of a consumer. Either way, I’d be stunned if they whitewash the retail at Bally’s. (Anybody want to wager on the success of the LV Pawn container park?)

    If casinos have to be honest about the liquor they dispense, it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

    I’m pessimistic the resort fee shell game comes to an end.

    Best wishes for 2016.

    • Locals are least likely to adjust to 6:5, as you suggest. And the Bazaar Shops are very bad. “Shops” should be in quotation marks.

    • Bouldersteve

      The LV pawn container park success depends on the pawn shop and the pawn shop drawing in the tourists depends on the TV show. Once the show is finished and I gotta think that is not far off since all television shows burn out sooner or later and its been on for longer than most.Then because of its location its going to be tough. Was there last month and not much business but it just opened so too soon to tell.

      • Some truth, but Rick has said he wants the Pawn Plaza to outlast the show. That area needs the Pawn Plaza, so hoping it does well. I’ll be doing an update soon.

        • Bouldersteve

          Looking forward to your update. Hope it works out for Rick..nice guy

          • I think it’s doing well, but given the location, this is definitely reliant on the folks coming to see the location of the show.

  • SD Sun Devil

    I’m not sure about 6:5 BJ everywhere. It would be an easy promo for the lesser casinos, so I think you’ll still be able to find it.

    The Bally’s Bazaar was a bad idea from the start. I expect it to turn into indoor/outdoor restaurants & bars. It’s centrally located and has a great view the fountains.

    It must be a zoning issue or something, but I don’t understand why you have to walk so far to get to the main casino area at Bally’s. You’d think they’d put some sort of permanent structure closer to LV Blvd. if allowed.

    • Yeah, they must’ve considered the extended casino option, but it would be very expensive. Bazaar Shops was the quick and dirty money-making option, so disappointing in so many ways.

  • Wes Pratt

    21. 2016 will be the year we see pay for parking at a Strip casino….with all the others soon to follow. More than likely an MGM property and more than likely tied into the Arena.

    • Denis Yuskevich

      There is a lot of space behind Excalibur to build more giant parking structures. As I know they are built very quickly.

    • They’re going to get serious backlash about the parking thing, so there’s a good shot it won’t happen at all (except during events, so something akin to surge pricing).

      • Wes Pratt

        Free parking will go the way of the dodo. Way too much $$ being left on the table. Backlash will be loudest from locals, but that just sounds like a marketing opportunity. Sign up for our card…play $xx…get your parking comped. People driving in from Cali are already indoctrinated into paying. They may grumble, but stop coming entirely seems doubtful. Spot on though that paying during events will be the beginning. Uber drivers licking their chops at the this.

    • MNJON

      Once again. Paid parking will be during events only. Once the arena opens.

  • Bouldersteve

    Your predictions are pretty good. I do have some comments though. #16..too many people got burned by the that first fight. I would not pay to see a rematch. Maybe if it was on a free station like ESPN but otherwise no interest. #17 and 18..no more resort fee and truth in advertising about liqour.. hope it happens but I wont hold my breath. #9..We all gotta go sometime..but I think Wayne and Rich will make it to 2017 unless you have some inside information which you probably do being Vital Vegas.

  • Lewmoore

    I think the Grand Bizarre (I know) will linger on for a while if only because I heard (from @Fivehundy) they were adding a Giordano’s Pizza to the mix in 2016. Seems they wouldn’t still be adding restaurants if they planned on folding the amazing technicolor dreamtent. I hope you are right about 17 & 18 but I have my doubts. The MGM (and Cosmo) profit maximizing initiatives (with VP drink tickets, for one) don’t point in the right direction, sadly. And on #13, as a southern boy I can tell you that…yes…the Chick-Fil-A may open early and it will certainly be popular, but it will not open on Sundays. They’re 100% serious about that part. And, it’s an event wherever they open in a new location/state, there will be lines circling the restaurant for two-three drive thru lanes and they still won’t be open on Sundays. That’s, as much as any bet in Vegas, a lock.

    • Saw that pizza item on Eater Vegas, too. It’s going to take more than pizza to help that place! Those tenants are going to start jumping ship, then the management company will be fined by Caesars, then it’s just a matter of time.

    • Giordano’s takes an hour to bake a deep pan pizza to order, or at least they did when I was there this past summer. It doesn’t really seem like that would work at Grand Bazaar, which is more attuned to fast food. I would expect an airport version that would make pre-cooked personal pizzas. In other words, I’ll be sinking my teeth into a big slice of disappointment.

      • Lewmoore

        Could be, which would suck as you note. The other possibility is that they do what they do in Chicago when on a wait which is to take your order when you check in with the hostess. That way, they start on your pizza ahead of time and then between the wait for a table and getting your drink orders, etc. the actual wait at the table is 15-20. Is the Wahlburgers still happening? Maybe they ditch the silly shops (when I walked through there many months back there were just sad and lonely shopkeepers staring back as you walked by…no customers) and make the whole thing food and drink?

        • Wahlburgers is still rumored to be on, but that one’s a big question mark. Those folks aren’t dumb, and Grand Bazaar Shops are struggling to pay their rent. They may be waiting to see clearer proof they aren’t hitching their wagon to a poor performer.

      • True! They’re going to throw anything they can at this place, and it will continue to stumble along. Not sure what else could go there, so they’re invested in having it continue.

  • Rooster

    Excited to see what happens with the LVC. I love what they’ve done to downtown. I spend 2 days of my 5 day trip down there and will probably increase it this year. Golden Gate is my favorite place for craps.

    I hope downtown doesn’t go 6:5. One of the reasons I go there is the gambling is still reasonable.

    You’ll have better odds of flapping your arms and flying to the moon than a CFA opening on Sunday. From what I understand, it’s in their corporate charter.

  • Misslaydj

    never took a cab in vegas. we always drive but glad to see there is some competition with the cabs. chick fil a opened in ny not too long ago and it was 5 hr waits!!!!! 5 HRS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and ditto to the other gentleman but they will NOT be open on sunday. i will keep my fingers crossed about the resort fees (ALL HAIL CASINO ROYALE—-low that lil hotel)

    • Five hours would be a dream here in Vegas. It’s going to get ugly around the opening, but it’ll mellow over a month or two. “)

  • Steven Brown

    This is the first I’m hearing about Alon seeking funding via the EB-5 program. I know that Resorts World has been dipping their toes in the EB-5 waters.

    • Not entirely sure about EB-5 at Alon, but Chinese financing is still involved. From the Stutz article, “He said the slowdown in China’s economy, where the equity sale was taking place, may be diminishing investor interest in Alon.” Anything involving Chinese financing is a little iffy at the moment, as you know.

  • Vice

    I quit playing BJ when they killed all the other decent rules. Dealer hit soft 17, no re-spliting aces, continuous shufflers, ect. 6:5 surely won’t bring me back lol.

    • It’s still one of the best games in the casino. Don’t let the math distract from the fun. “)

  • bggatbdl

    I predict that the criminal Sheldon Adelson will get frog marched out of the Venetian and finally arrested for his hate crimes.

    • Lewmoore

      He may die from being quite old and overweight, but what you envision is not going to happen.

      • Agreed, but it would be fun to see him frog marched, despite my not having any idea what that is.

    • Not familiar with those, but pretty sure there are some RJ reporters who wouldn’t mind that scenario.

  • LasVegasDJPros

    I love resort fees, the room rate is lower and I have a 100% success rate of making a big enough stink until they waive the fee. With the exception of trump hotel. I couldn’t get them to waive their $28 resort fee, when the front desk clerk mentioned that the fee included unlimited water and coffee, I had him send 4 cases of water and 20 coffee k-cups.

  • I’m not so sure that eliminating resort fees is a good idea. As I understand it, the resort fee is a portion of the room rate that is exempt from commission to agencies like hotels.com, etc. So if drip pricing were eliminated, the entire rate would be subject to commission. This would be a big windfall for the agencies and would mean that the hotels themselves would need to raise their rates to come out even.

    • SailorMoon

      If that is the case the best solution for hotels and travelers would be to only charge a “resort fee” if you book through a 3rd party.
      Why should I be paying the $25+ resort fee if I book directly through the hotel since the fee is actually to cover the cost that goes to agency?
      What I have noticed is that when calling the hotel reservations directly you can almost always get a better deal than when booking through a 3rd party like priceline, expect, hotels.com, etc. They’ll give you a better deal (and room) because they don’t want to pay that fee to agency.

      • I do the same thing. Even if prices are similar, the hotels’ web sites often effectively refund a portion of the resort fees through credits for restaurants, etc.

    • Good points. Hotels are pushing customers to book rooms directly through their hotel sites, so we’ll see how this all pans out.

  • The 0.5% edge on 3:2 blackjack is an average, with a wide variance. Many and probably most players can’t bear the variance. That is, they endure a losing streak and run out of money, so the net to the casino on them is considerably higher.

    • Bill B

      Hi, would you rather the folk waiting to eat were not “so thin” ?
      Would you prefer a long line of obese people?
      People who could & should stop eating “a good percentage of their body weight” every day?

      • The point was that the buffet was oversubscribed even at a price that seemed to me to be absurdly high. Perhaps my explanation was unnecessarily long-winded. I really don’t care who they are.

  • E.J. Orthaus

    I predict Jubilee at Ballys will close in February after 34 years of show girl magic! 6:5 frustrates the hell out of me on the rare occasion that I actually hit a blackjack. I will retain the undefeated title of unluckiest person in Las Vegas in 2016.

    • It’s a new year, so new luck! Let us know if there’s a turnaround. Try high limit slots to change things up!

  • SailorMoon

    I was under the impression that the Rock in Rio grounds (City of Rock) were also to be used as a stand alone park with a mini-ferris wheel and food vendors when the festival was not happening, and shouldn’t they also have other acts performing through the year.? If that is not the case they need to get their act together, otherwise it is just another abandoned lot in Vegas.

    • They had lots of big plans for it, but few if any events have been held on the site since Rock in Rio USA. It was a lot before they spruced it up, so now it’s a spruced up lot at least. The only thing planned is the ACM Party for a Cause Festival in April. http://www.mgmresorts.com/festivals

      • Bouldersteve

        I think they closed the Circus Circus RV park for that Rock in Rio grounds. If so bad choice the RV park was always full and provided a customer base for the casino.

        • The RV park is still there, I think. They probably realized what you’re saying, don’t break what’s not broken.