Podcast, Ep. 126: Resorts World, Mac King and a Buttload of Vegas News

It’s time for another installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast and we couldn’t be sorrier!

Las Vegas has a shiny new casino resort, so we got all up inside its business for this week’s yawn-packed episode.

Resorts World opened June 24, 2021, and we’ve got all the skinny you can possibly stuff into your earholes, including the good, the bad and the “How can we just live here, already?”

Resorts World

Resorts World is going to give you diabetes with all the eye candy.

Resorts World is the first fully cashless casino resort in Las Vegas (technically, cashless optional), so we chat with Jonathan Michaels, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development and Government Affairs at Sightline, the company involved with making that happen.

The only thing that could rival the opening of a new Las Vegas casino resort would be an interview with the one and only Mac King!

Mac King’s show opened June 22 at Excalibur, in the Thunderland Showroom (make some room, Thunder Down Under), and we spend some quality time talking with the beloved performer about his shocking decision to relocate after two decades at Harrah’s.

King shares the story of where he’s been, where he’s going and how his suit caught fire that one time.

Mac King

Mac King’s show is fire.

But wait, there’s more.

As always, we bring you a cavalcade of scoop you won’t hear anywhere else.

Bazaar Meat is coming to Caesars Palace (Old Homestead looks like it’s done), there’s a bidding war for a Garth Brooks residency, Sammy Hagar is getting a residency at Strat and Toby Keith’s restaurant at Harrah’s is closed for good and much more.

The listicle of the week features ways “Vegas You” is different than regular you. What the hell, let’s just share the list here for posterity, complete with a gratuitous hashtag. Because if it doesn’t have a hashtag, does it even exist?

12 Ways #VegasYou Is Different From Regular You

  1. #VegasYou doesn’t ask for forgiveness or permission.
  2. #VegasYou understands risk is the reward.
  3. #VegasYou knows those stains will wash out.
  4. #VegasYou knows mojo is more important than math.
  5. #VegasYou knows the walk of shame is just a walk.
  6. #VegasYou doesn’t double up to catch up because #VegasYou DGAF if you’re winning or losing.
  7. #VegasYou thinks “responsible gaming” means not spilling beer on the felt.
  8. #VegasYou thinks no matter how little your black dress might be, it could be littler.
  9. #VegasYou doesn’t need a synthetic lubricant.
  10. #VegasYou knows the guy your guy knows.
  11. #VegasYou knows it’s not $400 for a bottle of Gray Goose, it’s $400 for a story that will make you interesting for the rest of your life.
  12. #VegasYou doesn’t dance like nobody’s watching. #VegasYou dances like everybody is.

How are we not the agency of record for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority?

Anyhoo, even if this episode isn’t your favorite of all time, it’s certainly the most recent, so feel free to dive right in, ears first.

5 thoughts on “Podcast, Ep. 126: Resorts World, Mac King and a Buttload of Vegas News

  1. LV guy

    Resorts World:
    Cashless? I don’t understand why they “cashless” is a PLUS, i come to Vegas to gamble, the old fashion way, with my mattress money! When i win, i want to take CASH home…..

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      1. project design

        When you get your gambling app., and lets say you incrementally win a lot ($10’s of thousands, hopefully), is your play/win exposed to more taxation scrutiny than normal??……because you can kill them at craps or BJ and not pay any taxes (it will never be public or government available)!

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        1. Just the facts, Ma'am

          From Investopedia:

          Do Casinos Report Gambling Earnings to the IRS?
          Yes, but there are certain thresholds that must be eclipsed to trigger a casino to report winnings. The threshold for which gambling winnings that must be reported to the IRS varies based on the type of game. At a horse track, you must report any winnings that exceed either $600 or 300 times your initial wager. For slot machines and bingo, you are required to report all winnings in excess of $1,200. In a poker tournament, you must report winnings above $5,000.4

          However, casinos are not required to withhold taxes or issue a W2-G to players who win large sums at certain table games, such as blackjack, craps, and roulette. It is not entirely clear why the IRS has differentiated the requirements this way; slot machines are games of pure chance, while table games require a level of skill. When you cash in your chips from a table game, the casino cannot determine with certainty how much money you started with.

          Even if you do not receive a W2-G or have taxes withheld from blackjack winnings, this does not absolve you of the obligation to report what you won to the IRS. You simply do it yourself when you file your taxes for the year rather than at the casino when you claim your winnings.

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