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Wynn Plaza Shopping Complex Opens Sans Hoopla

After months of keeping us in suspense, Wynn Las Vegas has opened its Wynn Plaza shopping promenade with virtually no fanfare.

The 70,000-square-foot Wynn Plaza made its under-the-radar debut on Oct. 11, 2018.

It’s a beauty.

Wynn Plaza

Wynn Plaza has been teasing us for months, now we finally get to be all up inside it.

Wynn Plaza boasts a new must-see piece of artwork, Smiling King Bear by Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel.

Smiling King Bear is 16 feet tall and is done in the artist’s signature prismatic style, which is definitely something we didn’t just copy and paste from a news release.

Wynn Plaza

Do not try this at home. We just told you the thing is 16 feet tall.

While Wynn Plaza is slated to have about 25 tenants, it’s worth noting the shopping center opened with about half that number. We trust that’s the reason for months of delays, and the aforementioned lack of flair around the mall launch.

Remember, Wynn Plaza is part of Wynn Las Vegas.

Back in the day, the former CEO would’ve not only insisted all the stores be in place when the mall opened, he’d have arranged for fireworks or a parade or something over-the top to mark the occasion.

Back when Steve Wynn opened Mirage, there was an erupting volcano.

When he opened Bellagio, there were dancing fountains.

When he opened Wynn Las Vegas, the whole world was watching.

But times have changed. Steve Wynn is no longer at the helm of Wynn Las Vegas due to a cavalcade of sexual misconduct allegations, and not only that, Wynn Plaza isn’t even the sole owner of Wynn Las Vegas.

Wynn Resorts sold half (49.9%) the ownership of Wynn Plaza (and other retail space at Wynn and Encore) to Crown Acquisitions in late 2016.

Wynn Plaza

Vegas is so cool, even our shopping malls are a feast for the eyes.

Does the co-ownership or half occupancy explain why there was no celebration around the opening of Wynn Plaza? Who knows. We’re not even entirely sure we care. It’s shopping.

Still, we love shiny new things in Las Vegas, and Wynn Plaza is certainly that.

Wynn Plaza

There’s even a nod to the Parasol Up and Parasol Down bars inside Wynn. We have no idea if it’s a nod, but using the word “nod” serves to make us sound smarter.

Beyond the multi-colored bear, there’s another piece of high-profile art at the other end of the mall, Arrows and Flower Neon Sign by Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh.

Takashi Murakami is known, of course, for revitalizing traditional narratives of transcendence and enlightenment. The Internet, it seems, has a lifesaving news release for every occasion.

Wynn Plaza

Three million bucks! With that, you could get upwards of six handbags at Wynn Plaza.

The security guard said the artwork is valued at $3 million. We are clearly in the wrong line of work.

Did we mention it moves?


There are currently two dining options at Wynn Plaza, the highly-regarded Cipriani and Urth Caffe.

Wynn Plaza

Urth Caffe is a top, Cipriani is a bottom.

We can’t wait to give Cipriani restaurant and bar a try, not only because of the warm, welcoming decor, but also because they didn’t kick us out for taking photos of the place.

Wynn Plaza Cipriani

There’s a lot to love about Cipriani, and we didn’t even look at a menu.

Urth Caffe looks appealing as well, and not just because it has a metric ass-ton of desserts on display.

Wynn Plaza

Urth is described as a “European-style coffee shop,” which we assume means it doesn’t shave its legs.

We weren’t kidding about the desserts.

Wynn Plaza

When you’re wealthy, you can just order the calories to not adhere to your thighs.

Wynn Plaza has a number of luxury brands, approximately zero of which we’re the target audience of. To make things even more awkward, no one that shops at Wynn Plaza would ever end a sentence with a preposition.

Wynn Plaza also has an indoor cycling center, SoulCycle. Which is just sort of weird. Partially because it’s in a mall. But also because it sounds like people may voluntarily exercise.

The folks at Wynn Plaza have obviously taken a lot of time and care in both designing the space (credit for that goes to longtime Steve Wynn collaborator Roger Thomas) and selecting tenants.

Here’s an interview with the Wynn Las Vegas retail guy.

While we’re not a shopping person (we own a total of one blazer), we suspect affluent shoppers will appreciate the stunning design of Wynn Plaza as well as the brands offered, a number of which are new to Las Vegas.

Wynn Plaza

It’s not that Celine, but the brand confusion could work in the store’s favor.

Despite the fact half of the stores aren’t open yet, things should pick up moving into the holiday season, and Wynn Plaza is well worth a stop.

Eventually, people are going to notice if you only have one blazer.

Wynn Plaza

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SLS Las Vegas Shares Peek at New Casino

SLS Las Vegas has taken down a construction wall enclosing a section of its casino, revealing a dramatically different look and feel the new owner and his management team hope will help change the fortunes of the long-struggling resort.

SLS casino renovation

SLS is getting it some fancy.

The new owner of SLS, Alex Meruelo, has said he’ll invest $100 million in making over the former Sahara.

SLS Las Vegas

In Vegas, never don’t bling.

The new decor at SLS more closely aligns with what traditional casino patrons expect, veering away from a trendier look, including a fairly unpopular “unfinished” ceiling with exposed ducts.

SLS Las Vegas renovation

This was one of the few things in Vegas that didn’t benefit from exposure.

The new interior design at SLS will be familiar to those familiar with Meruelo’s other resort, the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno.

It’s expected SLS will be rebranded Grand Sahara Resort & Casino at some point.

The carpeting is also a distinct departure from the eclectic SLS design.

SLS renovation

New on the left, old on the right.

The new carpeting actually has a hypnotic effect if you look at it long enough.

SLS

It’s an urban myth casino carpeting is busy to force players to look up at the slot machines. They’re designed to camouflage stains.

One of our favorite features of the casino at SLS was the giant, high-resolution video screen over the center bar. The screen is known for featuring slick, 3-D animation.

The plug’s been pulled on the screen, but we’ve been informed it will be relocated elsewhere in the resort, near Bazaar Meat restaurant. So, there’s that.

SLS renovation

The screen showed 3-D legs, a duck and a human face.

Oh, like we were going to mention a freaky 3-D face and not actually show it to you? Do you know us at all?

We were going to spend more time talking about how much we like the direction of the SLS Las Vegas overhaul, but we were kicked out of the resort for taking photos. Buzzkill.

SLS

Look! It’s a photo we weren’t allowed to take! Suck it, The Man.

While overzealous casino security is an all-too-common phenomenon in Las Vegas, being kicked out of SLS raised some red flags for us.

See, SLS may not realize what it’s up against.

No matter what’s invested in the resort’s renovations (it won’t be $100 million), none of it will matter if SLS doesn’t differentiate itself with amazing service, a friendly, welcoming environment and a fun, lively casino.

Kicking out a casino guest for taking photos is a great example of the exact opposite of all that.

SLS renovation

A little compare-and-contrast action.

SLS needs word-of-mouth. SLS needs buzz. SLS needs to be a party. SLS needs to get its shit together.

SLS also needs to appeal to locals, and locals aren’t going to put up with poorly-trained staff or intrusive policies for one minute.

SLS needs to attract and retain every possible customer it can. If someone walks up to the casino cage and tries to rob it, SLS needs to offer the thief a line of credit.

We were taking photos. Of things the resort itself had shared in its social media channels earlier in the day. We posed no security risk. We weren’t taking photos of gamblers with their mistresses.

A simple request to discontinue taking photos would’ve been understood (yes, reluctantly, because such policies are outdated and idiotic) and accommodated. And we’d have gambled and had dinner at Cleo.

SLS

Spirals were engraved in Mayan temples. We’d show you a photo of one, but the Mayans had strict policies about such things. You see what happened to the ancient Mayans. Just saying.

Alienate guests without cause and word gets around.

Treat employees poorly, word gets around.

Breeze into our town (yes, it’s ours) and think you’ll succeed because you’re a big deal in Reno and you changed out some light fixtures—you’re destined to fail. And we’ll be there for a heaping helping of schadenfreude.

Give us a warm smile, decent odds, looser slots, great food (see the aforementioned Cleo) and make us feel welcome and respected and appreciated, you may just have a chance of success, slim as it is.

Slew of Vegas Resorts Dangle No Resort Fee Offers

It seems the tide is turning as several Las Vegas hotel-casinos have offered to waive resort fees, even if only for a limited time.

Cosmopolitan has joined the fray with a “resort fees on us” deal.

No resort fees Cosmopolitan

Cosmo is one of our favorite Las Vegas hotels, and no resort fees sweetens the pot.

Resort fees are a source of ongoing frustration for Las Vegas visitors, and many say the practice has contributed to changes in their perception of Sin City as a value destination. Ditto the frequency of their visits.

No resort fees Palms

Palms is doubling down on value, with no resort fees and always-free parking.

In recent months, Las Vegas visitation has dipped and casino stock prices have taken a tumble. Only now does it appear Las Vegas resorts are acknowledging nuisance charges like resort fees are doing more harm than good.

The two biggest casino companies, Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts, recently sent customer surveys specifically addressing the issue of fees, presumably with the goal of assessing how much damage has been done by the implementation of these charges.

Here’s another offer for waived resort fees, this time from SLS Las Vegas. This is the kind of trend we can get behind.

No resort fees SLS

Parking is always free at SLS as well. That’s our kind of Vegas.

Resort fees are just one of the fees we hear about daily from Las Vegas visitors.

Wynn Resorts recently rolled back its paid parking policy so guests can park free when they spend $50 at the resort. It’s a step in the right direction.

There are still quite a few Strip and Strip-adjacent casinos offering free parking:

  • Tropicana
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Treasure Island
  • Venetian and Palazzo
  • Casino Royale
  • Circus Circus
  • SLS Las Vegas
  • Stratosphere
  • Westgate
  • Hooters
  • Hard Rock
  • Tuscany
  • Silver Sevens
  • Ellis Island
  • Palace Station
  • Gold Coast
  • Rio
  • Palms
  • Orleans
  • South Point
  • M Resort

No, that’s not an exhaustive list, we ran out of dots. Also, alphabetization is clearly not happening in our current state of inebriation. You’ll manage.

There’s no telling if moves like offering no resort fees or free parking are enough to stem the tide of discontent. It could be too little too late.

Some visitors point out it’s little consolation resorts are waiving fees as they’re the ones who instituted them in the first place.

We thought it might be fun to draft an ad to help reverse the changing perceptions of Las Vegas. This open letter is a bit of a pipe dream, but Las Vegas was built on dreams. And tax evasion. But mainly that first thing.

Please enjoy our fake ad.

It’s time to make Vegas a value again.

Click here for a larger version, because having your eyes pop out isn’t a great look for you.

To-date, Las Vegas casino companies haven’t really come to grips with how the perception of nickel-and-diming has hurt the image of Las Vegas. They prefer to describe it as a “blip.”

Time, and RevPAR, will tell.

No resort fees Hard Rock

Let’s hope some of these seasonal deals turn into permanent ones.

From the flurry of recent “no resort fees” offers, it’s clear the hotels are starting to listen, but it remains to be seen what steps they’ll take to address what they hear.

Update (4/29/19): On April 29, 2019, Wynn Resorts announced it would make parking free again at Wynn and Encore, no strings (or validation) attached. The free parking policy goes into effect May 1, 2019. They’re listening.

Resorts World is Making Striking Progress

After seemingly endless delays, construction at Resorts World is picking up steam.

Not only are windows being installed, but sources familiar with the project report the main hotel tower at Resorts World is growing by about a floor per week.

Resorts World

Object in photo is larger than it appears. By a hell ton.

As a basis of comparison, here’s a look at Resorts World in March 2018.

Resorts World

Resorts World was adorable as a baby.

Here’s a closer look at the windows being installed at Resorts World. Break out the squeegees!

Resorts World

The first references to squeegees, in the mid-19th century, referred to deck-cleaning tools for sea-faring vessels. Related: Writing photo captions isn’t easy.

Observers have noted the similarity between the look of Resorts World and that of Wynn and Encore, just across the street (see below).

We’ve heard Genting Group, owners of Resorts World, may make a play to purchase Wynn Resorts, so the similarity between the hotels could very well be intentional. Read more reckless rumors.

Wynn Las Vegas

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Wynn should feel very flattered right about now.

We went around to the back of Resorts World for a rare look at the side of the hotel tower facing Circus Circus. Windows are also being installed on that side.

Resorts World

We could’ve called this the north side, but we’re going with backside. Because we are 12.

Construction at Resorts World is no longer a laughing matter, as the hotel looms large at about 35 floors.

It’s hard to imagine, but the plan is for the tower to have 60.

Resorts World

It’s not just the height of one’s hotel that matters, it’s also the girth of one’s lens.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Resorts World, it sits on the former Echelon Place site. Which, we’re assuming, helps you not at all. Resorts World is between Circus Circus and the site planned for the Alon resort. Also not helpful, we get it.

If you’re a shopper, it’s just north of Fashion Show mall.

If you like Mexican food, it’s across the street from Tacos El Gordo.

If you’re sentimental, Resorts World is across the street from the former Riviera casino. It’s also the site of the former, legendary Stardust.

If you’re into antipodes, it’s roughly on the opposite side of the Earth as Madagascar.

If you’re an optimist, it’s just south and across the street from the future Drew hotel.

Resorts World

Genting Group was founded by Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, a name inspired by the sound a saucepan makes falling down a  flight of stairs.

Resorts World is slated to open in 2020, and the odds of that happening seem to improve with each new floor and window.

Given our saucepan joke, we assume we’re not invited.

(Update 12/14/18): It seems the folks at Wynn Resorts are no longer amused by how similar Resorts World and Wynn/Encore look. They filed suit against Resorts World, and it’s possible we were referenced in the lawsuit.

Wynn sues Resorts World

Thanks for catching our typo, Wynn Resorts legal team.

Now, we’re definitely not invited to the grand opening of Resorts World.

Our Five Juiciest Unconfirmed Las Vegas Rumors

We love a juicy Las Vegas rumor! We’ve shared a ton of them in recent months, mainly on Twitter, and several have been about what could be the biggest Las Vegas stories of the year.

Our sources are epic, but these rumors have been to be officially announced. The anticipation of scoop being confirmed is part of the fun.

Here, then, are five of our best exclusive Las Vegas rumors patiently awaiting confirmation, along with the odds of them actually panning out.

1. Sale of Rio Las Vegas (Odds: Even money)

Rumors of a sale of the Rio resort have been floating around for ages, but our rumor’s the most reliable because we know people. Caesars Entertainment has been shopping the Rio with gusto, and we hear serious players are in the mix this time.

From what we hear, the purchase of the Rio is likely a play for the land, so the aging resort could very well be demolished for something new and shiny.

In addition, word is the World Series of Poker will move to the Caesars Forum convention center after the Rio changes hands.

Rio

The old girl’s a little long in the tooth.

We’ve spoken to a real estate guru who said a collection of parcels adjoining the Rio have seen a spike in buyer interest in recent months, supporting our belief a sale is in the works.

Our Rio sale rumor got even more tasty when we heard the resort could be imploded for a Major League Baseball stadium. That one’s a long shot, but we’re sharing it because if it pans out, we’ll break the Internet.

Update (4/17/19): Our sources say the sale of Rio is finally on the verge of happening, and about damn time. We’ve heard a demolition permit was pulled by the hotel awhile back, but that’s no guaranteed it will be demolished. We hear the buyer is a private equity firm, not a terrestrial casino company, so there’s that.

2. Sale of Cosmopolitan (Odds: Even money)

We were the first to share it (in May 2018), and the only one to share it since, and we’re doubling down on the fact Hard Rock International is going to purchase the Cosmopolitan.

Since sharing the Cosmo sale rumor, two solid sources have confirmed Hard Rock International is in the due diligence phase with Blackstone Group, owner of the Cosmo. Blackstone Group purchased Cosmopolitan for $1.73 billion in May 2014 from Deutsche Bank.

Cosmopolitan Chandelier Bar

We could’ve shared a photo of the hotel, but we opted for our badass pic of Chandelier Bar.

The latest on this rumor is Hard Rock International will rebrand the Cosmo as a Hard Rock. Read more reckless rumors and speculation the Cosmopolitan hasn’t denied is happening.

Update (11/21/18): The Cosmopolitan has publicly denied the resort is being sold, stating, “The rumors regarding the sale of The Cosmopolitan are false. At this time, there have been no discussions regarding the sale of the resort.” Adorable.

Update (4/17/19): It’s been confirmed the Cosmopolitan is once again for sale. At one point we heard Hard Rock International was out of the picture, but our source now says, “Don’t be so sure.”

3. Sale of Red Rock Resorts/Stations (Odds: 2-to-1)

This one’s flown under the radar, but we’ve heard from multiple sources Red Rock Resorts (Stations Casino) will be sold.

Chatter is that the owners, the Fertitta brothers, are looking to cash in their chips to purchase an NFL team.

Red Rock Resort

Red Rock Resort is just one of the resorts in the Red Rock Resorts family, also known as Stations. There will be a quiz.

We hear media inquiries to Stations have resulted in responses of “no comment,” always a good sign a rumor has legs. (Otherwise, the rumor would just be denied.)

We’ve also heard certain Red Rock Resorts’ casinos won’t be part of the sale, specifically Palms and Palace Station, and possibly one other.

It’ll be fun to see how this deal unfolds, and don’t be surprised if there’s announcement soon.

Update (4/17/19): Oh, crap. The deal for MGM Growth Properties (a real estate investment trust) apparently fell through at the eleventh hour, so this rumor doesn’t look like it’s going to pan out. At least not anytime soon.

4. Sale of Wynn Las Vegas (Odds: 5-to-1)

Wynn Resorts is in a crazy state of flux at the moment, with its stock price down dramatically and results of an investigation into sexual misconduct by ousted CEO Steve Wynn on the horizon. (Expect more leadership changes in the months to come.)

Everyone agrees Wynn is ripe for an acquisition, but opinions vary about who the buyer could be.

Wynn Encore

Wynn Resorts is in a state of flux at the moment. You might say Steve Wynn really fluxed things up.

Our latest intel says it could very well be Genting Group, the company building Resorts World.

Even casual observers have noticed the windows being installed at Resorts World bear a striking resemblance to those at Wynn and Encore.

Experts, though, point to the fact if Genting purchased Wynn, the company would gain access to an incredibly profitable market, Macau.

It’s unknown how far along Genting might be in its pursuit of Wynn Resorts, but such a scenario would be fascinating to watch. Especially if we’re right, of course.

Update (4/17/19): A lot has happened in the Wynn Resorts saga, but chatter about a sale have died down considerably. In fact, Wynn Resorts could be in the mix to purchase Cosmopolitan. So, we’ll have to change our odds of this rumor happening to 30-to-1, at least for now.

5. Funding of All Net Resort and Arena (8-to-1)

Of all our juicy Las Vegas rumors, this one’s got the most detractors.

The rumor? That All Net Resort and Arena has gotten funding (again) and is going to happen.

All Net Resort and Arena is planned for the former Wet ‘n Wild waterpark on the north end of The Strip, next to SLS Las Vegas.

It was originally slated to open in 2017 (the groundbreaking happened all the way back in October 2014). At one point, the project was said to be fully funded by Credit Suisse, but apparently the company got cold feet and bailed.

All Net Arena

Give it a minute. Another minute.

Despite the false starts, we’ve heard an announcement about foreign financing could happen at any time. We have no idea why we’re clinging to this rumor coming true. Maybe it’s just that we love rooting for an underdog.

Update (4/17/19): The buzz around All Net Resort having funding is picking up again. We’ve heard from two sources the project has foreign financing and could move forward at any time. If true, this rumor will be especially satisfying because it was definitely a longshot.

Think some of these rumors are crazy?

Don’t make us rattle off all the times our sources nailed it! Recently, we scooped the media by months with rumors about a massive Google data center in Henderson, a new venue at Caesars Palace from Lisa Vanderpump, the first Chick-fil-A on The Strip, Mandarin Oriental becoming Waldorf Astoria, Lady Gaga getting a Vegas residency and too many others to count.

And don’t get us started on our previous “boom.” We broke the sales of Riviera, SLS Las Vegas, Hard Rock, Las Vegas Club, Fontainebleau and the Alon site.

We literally told you not to get us started.

Let’s hear your thoughts on the rumors you think are legit and which ones you think illustrate the belief our hammock doesn’t quite reach both trees.

Sigma Derby is Done at MGM Grand

A popular, old-timey horse racing slot machine called Sigma Derby has finally been put down for good at MGM Grand.

Sigma Derby has a passionate following, and until recently, there were just two in Las Vegas (and possibly the country).

And then there was one.

An MGM Grand rep confirmed to us Sigma Derby won’t be back. The company said it has “done everything possible to prolong its active lifespan but that’s simply no longer possible.”

Sigma Derby MGM Grand

MGM Grand’s Sigma Derby was in its Level Up lounge for a minute. Guests were less than whelmed. It was moved back to the main casino floor for the remainder of its life.

That leaves just one Sigma Derby standing, the one at downtown’s The D Las Vegas.

Sigma Derby has built a fan base for a number of reasons.

There’s a communal element to the game, because up to 10 players can join in the fun. The cheering at Sigma Derby is about the only sound louder than a dice table in a Las Vegas casino.

Also, the machines only take quarters, so guests can play for an extended period of time (while enjoying free beverages) for relatively little cost.

The game is easy to understand as well. Players wager on two horses in each race. The horses they pick must finish first and second, in any order.

Sigma Derby

One of the great things about Sigma Derby is, no matter how much you drink, it’s hard to screw up too badly.

Noting the popularity of Sigma Derby, a company called Konami attempted to make an updated version of the mechanical horse racing game, Fortune Cup.

It’s fine. But it’s no Sigma Derby.

While fans of Sigma Derby will bemoan its passing at MGM Grand, we have to believe the casino is relieved to have it off the floor once and for all.

The machines break down frequently, and parts are nearly impossible to get, and many of the parts have to be fabricated from scratch.

Sigma Derby

Sigma Derby isn’t so much a slot machine as a cult.

In addition, casinos have moved away from coins to TITO (ticket in, ticket out) systems because of the cost of labor and maintenance involved.

Sigma Derby

You never know what people will grow attached to. Welcome to Sigma Derby.

It’s unknown how long the sole remaining Sigma Derby might last. The D installed Fortune Cup right next to the classic machine, possibly hoping customers would migrate to the new game so the old version could be retired.

That didn’t happen, and now there’s an additional incentive to keep Sigma Derby around. There’s major P.R. value in being the only game in town.