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Vegas news regarding development [in 1999]

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Crawfordesquire, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. Crawfordesquire

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    And yet, Sheldon didn't mention anything about changing blackjack from 3:2 to 6:5. :stir:
     
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    Great article! I also enjoyed this little bit at the end "... and the World Wrestling Federation puts the finishing touches on the property it bought from Debbie Reynolds last year". That definitely would have made for an interesting resort.
     
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    I'm still upset they didn't go further with the plans. Big WWE fan here. Would've liked to run the ropes or do an elbow drop (or steel chair) on a slot machine that unnecessarily ate my $100!
     
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    thank Loveman/Caesars for 6:5.
     
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    Love old articles like that. I remember driving by the yet finished hotel with local friends. Bob said, "How the hell are TWO joints charging two bills a night gonna make it?" I didn't argue. I like that the article included the DI in the high roller competition. That place was in a class of it's own. I only stayed there once, played golf a couple of times, but most every trip I'd stop in to at least have a drink.
     
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    the level of growth was just insane in the window of 7 years- TI, venetian, bellagio, paris, mgm, nyny, luxor, mb, Monte Carlo, aladdin.
    compare the last 7 years- no new resorts (remodels aside).
     
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    What about the Stratosphere in 1996......always debated whether that is considered the Strip, and that could be considered a remodel from Vegas World. Also the Desert Inn was completely remade and expanded in the late 90s as well.

    And that doesn't even include the tons of locals casinos that opened in the 90s as well. I would think there was a great deal of interest in the Las Vegas Advisor around that time, and Anthony Curtis' newsletter and coupon books focused on the locals casinos.

    Do you remember the preview center the Venetian had on the Strip, complete with a full scale mockup of a typical guest room? I remember Resorts World had planned to have a preview center, but I doubt it materializes.

    But yeah, the 90s were insane in Vegas. Pretty much always gave you an excuse to visit to check out the latest place. It really makes you play the what if game and wonder what was the single driving force that led Steve Wynn to sell Mirage Resorts to MGM, and pretty much kicked off the merger mania that has us where we are today on the Strip. Was it the underperformance of Beau Rivage in Biloxi? The cannibalization of Mirage by Bellagio? Kirk Kerkorian knew that Steve had his eye on Desert Inn when he made his proposal. I can't even remember what Steve envisioned for the land now occupied by City Center......was it a Cirque-themed resort?

    Wynn's vision had a lot to do with the remake of the Strip in the 90s and its a shame that he's no longer a part of it. I am thankful that, for the first time in a decade, we at least have new places to look forward to in Circa downtown and Resorts World on the Strip.
     
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    remodels yea. off strip-sorta a different conversation.
    wynn was a developer and not an operator. mgm is not a builder. in terms of ground up construction, correct me if I'm wrong, but the last property they built in vegas with just their own dollars [this excludes citycenter] was mgm.
    i think kerkorian just knew what steve's price was. and the timing was right.