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Casino City's Friday Five: Spring edition

13 April 2018

By Abby Messick
Depending on where in the world you reside, you may have noticed that there's a hint of spring in the air. And what better way to welcome the warm sun and crisp air than with a few upbeat stories in the form of a jackpot winner, a delicious new restaurant and a 40th anniversary?

5. Table Mountain Casino's Massive Cash Jackpot hits for $86,963
Let's get to the good stuff – a jackpot! – right off the bat.

Table Mountain Casino over in California is well-known for its Massive Cash Jackpot, a surprise sum of money that can hit randomly, on any slot machine. You don't need to spin any specific combination on the reels – it's pure luck.

This week, a player by the name of Arnold bet a few bucks on the Lion's Law slot machine and managed to take home $86,963, which is a pretty nice chunk of change. The jackpot normally hovers somewhere between $50,000 and $150,000.

Our most sincere congrats to Arnold, of course, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't feel at least a little covetous.

4. Palms Casino Resort unveils Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse
Sometimes "important news" is just code for "stuff that makes us hungry."

In May, The Palms Casino Resort will open steakhouse Scotch 80 Prime as part of its $620 million renovation. Scotch 80 Prime deals in classic Las Vegas charm, offering guests delicious mesquite dishes and a curated selection of scotch, including rare and vintage spirits from Scotland.

A menu sample mentions certified Kobe beef, a mesquite crustacean tower, a caviar tower, and a banana split featuring hand-torched bananas, which is more than enough to pique our interest.

Is it May yet?

3. LVCVA reveals Las Vegas Convention Center expansion design
The Las Vegas Convention Center expansion project is coming along nicely, with recently released plans and drawings providing a look into what form the finished project will take. And that form is interesting, to say the least.

But, says tvdesign, the firm responsible for the project's design services, that's sort of the point.

Rob Svedberg, principal, tvsdesign, said, "Our biggest goal was to give Las Vegas a convention center that will be iconic, with a design that nods to all of the very unique architecture in the city's history, while also providing contemporary, cohesive design aesthetic across the entire property.

"Being iconic in Las Vegas is different than being iconic in other places, and we really want this building to be unique in the marketplace and provide something no other convention center can, while also having a strong identity, so that when someone sees it, they immediately know that it's the Las Vegas Convention Center."

This $860 million expansion will add 1.4 million square feet to the existing convention center, including about 600,000 square feet meant for exhibit space.

Phase two is projected to be finished in 2021, with the entire project wrapping up in 2023.




2. Luxury Live! Hotel announces opening date
Live! Casino & Hotel in Maryland, along with The Cordish Companies, have announced that the first guests at the Live! Hotel will be welcomed on 22 May. This will be the first hotel in the world to carry The Cordish Companies' Live! brand.

Located at the casino, the 350,000-square-foot Live! Hotel showcases modern style via floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, and polished marble.

1. Resorts Casino Hotel celebrates 40 years of gaming
Resorts Casino Hotel continues its Atlantic City reign as it celebrates 40 years of gaming with a host of celebratory events and live performances from 25-28 May. Highlights will certainly include the renowned Beach Ball drop, a show by the Village People and a beachfront fireworks display. Guests will also be able to try their luck on Atlantic City's very first slot machine.

This anniversary comes just in time for guests to enjoy Resorts' now-complete $100 million in renovations, which includes a $35 million entertainment complex, a new food court, a very high-tech iGaming Lounge, a remodeled casino floor with 800 additional machines, and a $5 million conference center. Quite a far cry from what the property offered on its opening day in 1978 – 84 table games, and just under 900 slot machines.


 

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9 April 2018
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Casino City's Friday Five: Poker and esports edition

6 April 2018
Fancy a little poker? Online or offline? Or how about an esports match? All of the above? This week, we really can have it all, thanks to PokerStars' SCOOP, the impending WSOP Europe event, and a live event studio in Las Vegas. We also have some news on problem gambling awareness tools, for which we give a big hurrah. ... (read more)
 

Casino City's Friday Five: Online gambling and esports edition

30 March 2018
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Abby Messick
Abby graduated from Champlain College in 2013 with a degree in Professional Writing. She didn't expect to end up in the casino industry, but it's proving to be an educational experience.
Abby Messick
Abby graduated from Champlain College in 2013 with a degree in Professional Writing. She didn't expect to end up in the casino industry, but it's proving to be an educational experience.