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Weird Las Vegas and Nevada; Your Alternative Travel Guide
by Joe Oesterle
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Billed as Your Alternative Travel Guide to Sin City and the Silver State, this profusely illustrated book covers local legends, ancient mysteries, bizarre beasts, and the like. Where else but Las Vegas, for example, will you find a place that names its highways after extraterrestrials, where mobsters are city fathers, and where Elvis—or a reasonable facsimile of him—hangs out on every street corner. The authors explored the Coffin House in Pahrump, NV—and made it out alive -- searched for the river of black gold; watched rocks move all by themselves at Little Bonnie Claire Playa,; and tracked down some very odd legends, like the one about the eerie dead body under the hotel mattress. A fun book for sure and a great gift for the Vegas fan. 252 pages, illustrated, hardbound, 2007.
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Gaming Stocks Hit Lowest Level Since 2003
Gaming Stocks Hit Lowest Level Since 2003
Monday, March 02, 2009

Gaming stocks sunk to levels during February that have not been visited since President Bush declared "mission accomplished" and Arnold Schwarzenegger was making movies rather than governing California. The average daily share prices of nine of the 10 casino operators and slot machine manufacturers charted by Las Vegas-based financial consultant Applied Analysis slipped in value during the month. Six of the companies, led by MGM Mirage's nearly 52 percent decline compared to January, recorded double-digit drops.
Melco Crown VIP Gambling Rises in Macau
Melco Crown VIP Gambling Rises in Macau
Thursday, February 26, 2009

Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd., a casino venture between Australia's richest man and gambling billionaire Stanley Ho's son, rose the most in almost four months in Nasdaq trading after posting a narrower loss and saying China may ease limits on travel to Macau.
Vdara at MGM Mirage CityCityCenter Now Accepting Reservations
Artist's rendering of the Vdara hotel at MGM Mirage's CityCenter
Thursday, February 26, 2009

This October, MGM MIRAGE will introduce its newest luxury boutique hotel on the world-famous Strip: Vdara Hotel. Vdara is now accepting reservations for Oct. 1, 2009 and beyond.
M Resort Set to Stand out From the Rest of the Pack
M Resort Set to Stand out From the Rest of the Pack
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

With live cooking shows, personalized service and an 'old Las Vegas' mentality, M Resort plans to stand out from the rest of the Vegas casinos.
M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas Ready to Open Doors Sunday
M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas Ready to Open Doors Sunday
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

M Resort Spa Casino will open to the public at 10 p.m., Sunday, March 1. Situated 400 feet higher in elevation than other resort-casinos, the M Resort has various amenities that will draw locals and tourists to experience the new property.
Pennsylvania Casinos Want Table Games Legalized
Penn National Gaming
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Yes to table games at state casinos, but no to video poker machines in thousands of bars and clubs statewide. That was the view today of Timothy Wilmott, president of Penn National Gaming Inc., which runs a racetrack/casino 20 miles northeast of here plus several other casinos in other states.
Deusche Bank Discusses CityCenter Financing with MGM
MGM MIRAGE CityCenter
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

MGM Mirage and Deutsche Bank are in discussions that could give the casino company additional financing it needs to complete its CityCenter project in exchange for operating or taking ownership of the troubled Cosmopolitan project, sources said.
Thunder Valley Casino in California Continues Hotel Expansion
Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, CA
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thunder Valley Casino in South Placer County will start up construction again after abruptly shutting down work on a one billion dollar expansion project.
PokerStars European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Schedule Released
European Poker Tour
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, today announced the European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Grand Final Season Five schedule – Europe's largest and richest seven-day poker extravaganza. The PokerStars Monte Carlo EPT Grand Final will run April 27-May 3, offering fourteen separate events making the Grand Final the most exciting poker festival ever held in Europe.
Heads-Up Poker Championship Competition is Heavy
Heads-Up Poker Championship Competition is Heavy
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Get your tournament brackets ready! NBC's 2009 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the granddaddy of all heads-up poker tournaments, will take place once again at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on March 5-8. Now in its fifth year, this year's event will feature an array of many of the greatest poker players in the world.
Station Casinos Receives Offer From Boyd Gaming Corp
Station Casinos Receives Offer From Boyd Gaming Corp
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Boyd Gaming Corp. has made a $950 million offer to acquire a significant portion of locals gaming rival Station Casinos, the company announced Monday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
MGM's CityCenter in Las Vegas Now Accepting Hotel Reservations
MGM MIRAGE CityCenter
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

MGM Mirage will begin accepting hotel reservations Monday morning for rooms at two of the $9.1 billion CityCenter's properties, the Vdara hotel and condominium tower, and Aria, the project's centerpiece hotel-casino.
California Slot Player Wins Almost $3 Million at Table Mountain Casino
World Poker Tour Mystery Progressives Developed by IGT
Monday, February 23, 2009

It's not just the Oscars where the stars came out to shine today, Central California's Table Mountain Casino had their own star today, the winner of The World Poker Tour Jackpot, winning the largest cash slot machine jackpot ever paid out at Table Mountain Casino and one of the largest in California! This lucky player won $2,883,403.62.
Hard Rock Las Vegas Expansion Benefits From Economic Slowdown
Hard Rock Las Vegas Expansion Benefits From Economic Slowdown
Monday, February 23, 2009

Hard Rock hotel-casino construction project has benefited from the economic slowdown and plans to open some components ahead of schedule this year. The Hard Rock Hotel's $760 million expansion is capitalizing on the slowing construction industry by hiring some of the best construction workers and tradesmen others have let go.
M Resort Las Vegas Attempting to Generate 1990 Rio Buzz
M Resort Preparing for March 1st Opening
Monday, February 23, 2009

Longtime Las Vegas residents will remember the incredible buzz the Rio generated when it opened in 1990. Nearly two decades later M Resort is trying to generate the same buzz at the soon-to-open Vegas Destination.
Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pennsylvania Ready for Test Run
Artist's rendering of the Meadows Casino upon completion.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is set on opening its permanent casino with more than 3,000 slot machines in April, now that it has scheduled a test run under state regulators' supervision.
Rio Offers Real-time Mobile Promotion Alerts to Guests
The Rio in Las Vegas
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Rio is testing an opt-in mobile marketing campaign that sends customers text message alerts for real-time promotions to their cell phone during their stay at the hotel-casino.
iPhone and iPod Card Counter Download on Watch by Nevada Agents
iPhone and iPod Card Counter Download on Watch by Nevada Agents
Monday, February 16, 2009

Users of iPhones beware -- state gaming agents are watching you. California gaming authorities tipped off their Nevada counterparts to a blackjack card-counting program that can be used on either the Apple iPhone or the Apple iPod Touch portable music player.
Massachusetts Gambling Supporters Gain Political Advantage
Massachusetts Gambling Supporters Gain Political Advantage
Friday, February 13, 2009

Casino supporters felt like they hit the jackpot yesterday after a staunch foe, state Rep. Daniel E. Bosley (D-North Adams), was ousted as chairman of the House committee that oversees gambling.
New eBay Video Slot Brings to Life Everyone's Favorite Internet Marketplace
eBay Video Slot Machine
Friday, February 13, 2009

IGN creates stunning new eBay video slot machine. With five vertical, 40-inch big screen reels this video slot is sure to establish a powerful presence.
Thunder Valley Casino Fires Top Management During Halted Expansion
Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, CA
Thursday, February 12, 2009

The top managers of Thunder Valley Casino were fired and the casino's general manager, Scott Garawitz, was placed on administrative leave. Day-to-day management of the casino will be taken over by Las Vegas-based Station Casinos, the management company that has operated the casino for the tribe during construction and the opening of the casino in June 2003.
Class-action Lawsuit Against Venetian on Overtime Pay
The Venetian Las Vegas
Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Las Vegas attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of current and former banquet servers who claim the Venetian resort failed to pay them all of the overtime wages they are due. Attorney Leon Greenberg filed the suit Jan. 29 in Clark County District Court on behalf of former Venetian server Steven Csomos and potentially more than 100 other employees.
Tropicana Seeks Image Makeover
The Tropicana Las Vegas will be going under a $100 million renovation
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Can the firm that helped Starbucks launch the Frappucino-the Coke of blended coffee drinks-help the owner of the Tropicana hotel and casino? Tropicana Entertainment, which has some work to do in the image department, hopes so.
National Heads-Up Poker Championship Returns to NBC in March
National Heads-Up Poker Championship Returns to NBC in March
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sixty four of the world's top poker players are going "all in" at the 5th annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship on March 6-8 in Las Vegas. Heads-Up brings a who's who of the poker world to the Caesars Palace Poker Tournament Room to compete in its distinctive, bracket-style head-to-head format for $1.5 million in combined prize money.
Greektown Casino Ready to Open Contemporary Hotel with $99 Room Deals
Artist's rendering of the new Greektown permanent casino.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

After numerous construction delays, financing problems and even bankruptcy, the long-awaited Greektown Casino-Hotel expects to open this weekend with glitzy but stylish décor, "Go-Go girls" in the bar and $99 introductory rates, hotel officials said Monday.
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