Archive for January, 2011

Online Gaming Threatens Vegas Poker Industry

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

High stakes poker games have been moving online for some time now. This has led many to wonder, included the grandfather of poker himself Doyle Brunson, to think that the end of Vegas gambling is near. Big Las Vegas casinos such as Binions, The Mirage and even the Aria owned by Phil Ivey have always been home to some of the biggest poker games in the world. With the rise of online gambling and land based casinos such as Macau, the days of high stake games in these establishments are numbered.

Brunson himself posted on his blog that Vegas is no longer the most desired place to play. He also pointed out that the town itself no longer holds much attraction for the players to choose it as their home base. With high stake games dwindling, many are looking to greener pastures. Phil Ivey also agreed with Brunson’s take on the future of Vegas gambling. The only real high stake games seem to be when the tournaments are in town.

Many players are now looking to California for their next gold rush. Should California take the challenge and be able to provide the action, many will be moving. The winds of change are starting and a new era is beginning as Vegas slowly dies. The state has many problems that make it an unattractive place to live, and the big players would be happy to leave it to the tourists and the locals. Whether or not Vegas can survive with this demographic remains to be seen.

Michael Jackson’s Immortal Extends Las Vegas Tour Dates

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The Cirque Du Soleil show Immortal (based on Michael Jackson) is one of the company’s most highly-anticipated shows. Its first performance is set to take place on October 15th in Detroit, and the production company has already extended Immortal’s Las Vegas run.

Currently, the show will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre nightly from December 3rd to the 11th. There will be two shows each night, and an inside source at The Las Vegas Sun has heard that there will be more shows added to this leg of the tour. Cirque Du Soleil has left dates open until December 30th, so it is likely that more shows will be scheduled between the 11th and the 30th in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is one of the entertainment capitals of the world, and all of the most popular tours always strive to put more Las Vegas dates on their schedule than for any other city. Immortal seems to be no exception, especially since Cirque Du Soleil shows have always proven to be wildly successful in Las Vegas.

The tour for Immortal will wrap up on July 29 after a final show in Atlanta. Then, the show will head to Montreal for its last North American show before heading overseas.

Buffalo Bill’s is the First of Primm Casino Renovations

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Buffalo Bill’s is one of the most well-known locations in Primm, but the venue has long been in need of some renovations to update its antiquated look. Today, the casino-hotel can proudly boast its new look, after undergoing upgrades totally more than $1.5 million.

Each room Buffalo Bill’s was redesigned for just $800, which is a bargain considering how much developers spend in Las Vegas. The reason for the inexpensive price tag is due to the fact that Primm Valley Casino Resorts acquired furniture and other items from the Fontainebleu Project (a casino that was planned to be built, but never reached fruition).

There will be more renovations to come, as Primm Valley Casino Resorts sets out to renovate more of its venues. The Primm Valley Resort and Casino will be seeing some big changes this year, as well. The total cost of its renovation will run about $7 million when all is said and done. The developers are looking to turn the hotel-casino into a boutique venue, appealing to upper-class patrons.

The idea is to redefine what tourists think of Primm. The area is often not given as much credit as the Las Vegas strip, and operators in the area are ready to change that attitude.