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Caesars Palace Development to Include New Hotel Tower

For months, Caesars Entertainment officials have said the company will develop seven acres in front of Caesars Palace, now we’ve got the scoop on what that development will be.

According to our source, the space in front of Caesars Palace won’t be what may have suspected, retail. The upcoming project is a much bigger move.

We’re hearing Caesars Palace is set to build a new hotel tower.

The new hotel tower is currently waiting for board approval, but we anticipate that approval, and an official announcement of the project, will come soon.

Caesars Palace fountains

Caesars Palace currently has 3,976 rooms. Yes, we counted.

It seems the new Caesars Palace hotel tower will sit in the space where the “Absinthe” tent is located, but it’s unknown what that means for the popular show.

Absinthe tent Caesars Palace

This is the area where the new tower will go. The “Absinthe” tent is much fancier now.

While the success of “Absinthe” has generated substantial revenue for Caesars, it would pale in comparison to the potential profit which would come from increased room inventory and convention space.

Absinthe tent

There’s no timeline for when the new tower is being built, but it’s a good idea to see “Absinthe” while you still can.

The new Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, formerly Serendipity 3, will sit at the foot of the new tower. Hell’s Kitchen is expected to open in December 2017.

Caesars Entertainment has played its development plans close to the vest, saying the land is ideal for “additional convention space to retail.” A new hotel tower could feature both.

While the cost of the hotel tower project isn’t known, the resort’s 26-story, 949-room Augustus tower cost $289 million.

Caesars Entertainment is flush with cash at the moment, about $2 billion, having recently emerged from bankruptcy, because ‘Merica.

The arrival of another hotel tower in front of Caesars Palace would change the profile of the resort dramatically. And we thought it was a big deal that a retail store was constructed on the casino’s fountains.

Caesars Palace fountains

Not all changes in Las Vegas are happy changes, but many are.

Ultimately, Caesars Entertainment is looking to bolster its bottom line by making the most of under-utilized space.

We love shiny new things in Las Vegas, so we’re already on board and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this iconic Las Vegas resort.

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Resorts World Doubles Its Number of Cranes (To Two)

Resorts World has become the “molasses in wintertime” of Las Vegas resort construction projects.

While progress has been agonizingly slow, we have seen recent signs of activity. Specifically, Resorts World has doubled its number of construction cranes.

Now, there are precisely two. We’ve shown you the one in back of the building, now take a gander at the one in front.

Resorts World

Maybe it’s not about how many cranes there are, but how willing they are to work on weekends and eat lunch at their desk.

Have you noticed nobody ever leaves a gander? Always take, take, take.

Resorts World is being built on the bones of the abandoned Echelon Place.

Resorts World

Oh, look, the second crane, trying to look busy.

When Echelon Place was being built, it was not uncommon to see a dozen cranes looming over the site.

Now, not so much. Take a look.

Still, a closer peek reveals more materials at the site’s “laydown yard,” an area where construction materials are delivered and stored until needed for installation.

Other than that, any changes aren’t particularly visible.

Resorts World construction

Laydown yards are awesome because who doesn’t love yards and laying down?

In May 2017, it was announced “major construction” was “imminent.” Let’s just say there’s a reason certain words are in quotation marks.

The company behind Resorts World, Malaysia-based Genting Group, has said a lot of the work being done on its $4 billion resort involves things people can’t see, like “utility lines and working out easements.”

We’re pretty sure “working out easements” is a euphemism for something.

Resorts World

Resorts World is testing some mirrored windows. That’s new!

The fact remains the Asian-themed Resorts World is moving at a panda’s pace.

Presumably, delays have been related to the “devaluation of Malaysia’s currency and the unavailability of construction cranes.”

We have to wonder if Genting, in high school, blamed the dog when it forgot to do its homework.

Resorts World construction

There’s a chance this is fancy, imported Malaysian dirt! Don’t hate.

It’s time Resorts World got serious about itself. More cranes. More steel. More people in hard hats cat-calling passersby.

Because Vegas shines most brightly when it makes new things.

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Caesars Palace Reveals Addition to Iconic Fountains and Everything is Ruined

It’s either a creative way for a casino company to generate revenue from “unproductive” space or a swift kick to the groin with a steel-toed boot: Caesars Palace has unveiled a new addition to its iconic fountains and our Las Vegas WTF meter is about to have a meltdown.

First, let’s take a look at what was arguably one of the most spectacular photo ops in all of Las Vegas.

Caesars Palace fountains

Soak it in. Stunning, right? You might even say jaw-dropping. Now, take a deep breath.

The image above is one of the things that pops into our mind when people say “Las Vegas.” The other is boobs, but that’s probably just us.

On Sep. 28, 2017, Caesars Palace debuted a Samsung Galaxy Studio sitting atop its fountains. The fountains, we should mention, an estimated 20 million people a year stroll by along Las Vegas Boulevard.

Here’s a look at the Samsung Galaxy Studio that will reside on the Caesars fountains through the end of January 2018.

Caesars Palace fountains

We wish this has been done with Photoshop, but sadly “ani.” That’s “no” in Korean. Samsung is a South Korean company. Please try and keep up.

The Samsung Galaxy Studio is a place for guests to get “hands-on experience exploring the latest Galaxy products.” The pop-up shop has a virtual reality theater, offers customer care for existing customers, boasts interactive art installations and has a retail component.

This location is, honestly, possibly the best location in the world if you’re Samsung.

But here’s the thing.

Just because Samsung offered Caesars a metric hell-ton of money to have a store on their fountains doesn’t mean the offer had to be accepted.

Maybe we’re naive or overly romantic, but it feels like the Caesars bean counters have flagrantly shat upon the entire history of one of Sin City’s most venerable megaresorts? And how mad must we be to use the word “shat” for only the second time in the history of this blog?

What dollar amount has been assigned to an epic Las Vegas photo op that’s been taken and shared by millions of people around the world?

And, trust us, just because this particular use of the space is temporary, there’s no way this is a one-off.

Granted, we are a blog. We don’t have to pay salaries or answer to shareholders. Caesars Entertainment, owner of Caesars Palace, is slowly, finally emerging from bankruptcy. It’s a business. We get all that.

We also don’t have to like it.


Why do you insist upon making us weep, Gaius? That’s really his first name, so spare us the hate mail.

It was all fun and games when an April Fools’ joke about Bellagio’s fountains being converted into retail space from our friends at Vegas Bright went viral. It was so believable, many reported the story as fact, and we even went on TV to talk about it.

The recent monetization (which we’re still not convinced is a real word) of “idle space” at Caesars is an illustration of how such stories can gain momentum. Because when things like this happens, in the words of Billy Crystal, “It’s not fun, it’s not funny.” If you think MGM Resorts hasn’t pondered a scenario similar to the one at Caesars Palace for its own fountains, we have a half-scale Eiffel Tower to sell you.

Update (9/30/17): Our friends at KTNV did a follow-up to our story, and included our thoughts, so it’s well worth a look, because you can never get too much us.

In the story, Caesars Entertainment says, “The Samsung Studio is a temporary structure where guests can experience the newest in Samsung products and an interactive virtual reality experience. With only five locations in the U.S., Samsung has selected Las Vegas for this surprise and delight attraction and Caesars Palace is excited about bringing this experience to its center Strip location. Additionally we are receiving positive feedback from our guests and passerbys.”

First, it’s “passersby.”

Second, claiming there’s been positive feedback from guests and passersby about a Samsung pop-up store is easily one of the most absurd things we’ve ever heard, and we’ve heard a lot of absurd things, trust us.

We’d love to hear your thoughts, even if you think we should get over it, so share a comment.

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Cromwell Rolls Out Eatwell Snack Bar, Sports Book and Enticing Games

For a small, boutique hotel, The Cromwell has made some big moves recently.

To start, The Cromwell unveiled a new snack bar, Eatwell.

Cromwell Eatwell

Eatwell at Cromwell. If you want to self-park, it’ll have to be at the Flamingowell.

Eatwell is open 24 hours a day, and has a variety of grab-and-go goodies like sandwiches, pastries, salads and pizzas.

We went for a sandwich, mainly because sandwiches are a metaphor for love. Or something.

Eatwell at Cromwell

One cannot live by cavorting alone, even in Vegas.

We’re pleased to report the food quality is solid at Eatwell, and the prices are reasonable.

Here’s a peek at the Eatwell menu.

Cromwell Eatwell menu

If you actually read the “Healthy Alternatives” section, we can’t be friends.

We have no idea what these things on the ceiling are, but we are a blog, not a snack bar design firm.

Cromwell Eatwell

We’re pretty sure you can become pregnant just walking under these.

Caffeine fans will rejoice in the knowledge Eatwell offers a full selection of Starbucks coffees.

Here’s a gratuitous photo of some cookies.

Cromwell Eatwell cookies

Don’t think of them as cookies. Think of them as fuel for your bad Las Vegas decisions.

The Cromwell has also opened a new race and sports book.

We have never personally understood why they’re called race and sports books. A race is a sport. If you’re going to call it a race and sports book, you could just as easily call it a game and sports book, or possibly a match and sports book.

Cromwell sports book

It’s not the size of the sports book that counts, it’s whether you cover the spread.

The new sports book at Cromwell has a tiny footprint, but sports books aren’t huge moneymakers for casinos, so the size is proportionate given the limited footprint of the resort.

The Cromwell used to be Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, and before that it was Barbary Coast and Empey’s Desert Villa. Prior to that, it was a small collection of tumbleweeds.

The new sports book can accommodate about 50 people or 75 if they all inhale at the same time.

The Cromwell sports book boasts a 32-foot-long, nine-foot-tall LED video wall.

Beyond these sweet new amenities, The Cromwell has made a serious play to attract gamblers.

Among the new offerings is a single zero roulette table. Single zero roulette, also known as “European roulette,” is often reserved for high limit rooms, but Cromwell has a table on its main casino floor.

Because photos aren’t allowed at live games, we won’t be able to share the photo below.

Cromwell single zero roulette

The house edge in a single zero roulette game is 2.7%. With two zeros, it’s 5.26%.

Unlike double zero roulette games, the minimum bet on the single zero game is $25. Better odds, higher minimums. In Vegas, that’s a thing.

On the other end of the spectrum, Venetian has a $5 roulette table with three zeros. We are not making this up. Remember, the more zeros, the more suck for players.

In addition to single zero roulette, Cromwell also offers 100x odds on craps.

Nobody ever actually takes advantage of 100x odds, but it’s great to know you could if you inherited money from a rich uncle. Possibly, one named Sheldon.

Cromwell casino

Thanks to the good folks at The Cromwell for not asking security to give us The Taser Experience during the taking of these photos.

But wait, there’s more.

The Cromwell is also touting its EZ Baccarat. We’re pretty sure we played EZ Baccarat at Lucky Dragon, and it was, as promised, easy. One benefit of this version of baccarat is it “eliminates the taking of the 5% commission after every winning Bank hand.” Whatever that might actually mean.

Also being talked up are The Cromwell’s 3-to-2 and double deck blackjack games.

During our visit, we saw three open 3-to-2 double deck blackjack tables, two with $25 minimums and one at $15. Shoe games had minimums ranging from $10 to $25.

The Cromwell also lists among its new “enhancements” a “re-imagined” Interlude bar (if you’re not a fan of live music, this is a great place to not be a fan of it), a new high limit slot area called The Abbey, and keyless access to hotel rooms.

Cromwell casino bar

Our liver breaks into song whenever it sees Cromwell’s casino bar.

There’s also Ivy, a “personalized virtual concierge service” provided via text, developed by a company called Go Moment. It’s sort of a bot that can field questions and requests related to housekeeping and room service. Such services are mainly a way for hotels to save money and cut down on call volume, but Ivy has gotten generally good reviews since the most common guest requests can be resolved more efficiently through automation. Fewer and fewer Las Vegas hotels have real concierges, anyway.

With its recent changes, The Cromwell has certainly gotten the attention of players, and despite ongoing challenges with unsavory elements at Drai’s Nightclub on the roof, the boutique hotel is drawing new interest from visitors seeking a welcoming environment with friendly service and odds you won’t find in many casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

Enjoy more poorly-framed and inadequately-focused photos from The Cromwell.

Cromwell Enhancements

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Bigass Excavator Bites Into Las Vegas Club Casino Towers

The demolition of downtown’s Las Vegas Club casino continues, and we’ve got exclusive photos and video to keep you in the loop on all the glorious carnage.

Las Vegas Club demolition

The housekeeping staff is really falling behind at Las Vegas Club.

North American Dismantling Corp.’s high reach excavator, nicknamed Bronto, has been working is way up and down Las Vegas Club’s southern hotel tower.

Las Vegas Club demolition

“Before” and “after,” all in one photo.

Here’s  the exclusive video thingy.

The best part is you can watch that video over and over again and you won’t go blind or get hair on your palms.

If you’re like us and can’t get enough of demolition photos and video, you’ll want to slide your eyeballs into our Las Vegas Club demolition archive.

While the focus of the Las Vegas Club demolition has been on the hotel towers, additional work has been going on nearby as well.

A portion of the facade has been cut away, resulting in a photo op sure to win us some sort of blogging award.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Or course we blog for awards. And groupies. But mainly awards.

The baseball player statue’s days are winding down, and it’s expected the figure will be taken down with the rest of the facade.

The demolition of the Las Vegas Club is part of a larger project taking down a number of structures at 18 Fremont to make way for a new casino resort.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Bronto Goes to Work on Las Vegas Club Tower, Golden Goose and Glitter Gulch Facades Go Away

The demolition of the Las Vegas Club continues with the country’s highest reach excavator taking on the casino’s southernmost hotel tower.

The excavator, nicknamed “Bronto,” can reach 182 feet, more than enough height to drop the Las Vegas Club’s tower, piece by piece.

Las Vegas Club demolition

That excavator is nearly as badass as our photo of that badass excavator.

Demolition crews from North American Dismantling Corp. have made quick work of a number of structures on the 18 Fremont block, formerly home to Mermaids and the Glitter Gulch strip club.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Bronto doesn’t take lunch breaks because to Bronto, everything is lunch.

Here’s an exclusive look at the demolition work being done on Sep. 19, 2017, including Bronto taking big bites out of the south tower.

It’s expected the south tower will take about three weeks to come down, then it’s on to the north tower, the newer of the two.

The north tower has been draped with a containment mesh to help control dust and debris.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Las Vegas Club’s north tower slips into something more comfortable.

Nearby, less flashy progress has been made, some of it bittersweet.

Two old-timey facades, that of Glitter Gulch and the Golden Goose have been removed.

Glitter Gulch Golden Goose

The empty space formerly known as Glitter Gulch and Golden Goose.

Here’s a “before” shot of crews working on the former perch of Vegas Vickie.

Golden Goose Glitter Gulch demolition

Not that we aren’t sentimental, but the demolition of the Glitter Gulch strip club has already improved the smell of downtown.

The Golden Goose is still at the demolition site, as there aren’t currently any plans to dispose of the old (and sort of disgusting) sign. The Golden Goose originally opened in 1974.

Golden Goose demolition

Goose down! We’ll wait.

Prior to it becoming the Golden Goose, it was the Las Vegas Coffee Shop and Bakery, State Cafe, Buckley’s, Starlite Sales and Mecca Slots.

Demolition of the 18 Fremont block is expected to be completed by Christmas 2017. A new resort will be built on the site and is expected to debut in 2020.

Enjoy more exclusive photos of just one of our Las Vegas obsessions, the demolition of the Las Vegas Club in downtown Las Vegas. Check out all our coverage.

Las Vegas Club Demolition: Sep. 19, 2017

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