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Lady Luck Loses Sign, Looks to Future

Lady Luck Loses Sign, Looks to Future

After almost 40 years, the last traces of the Lady Luck Hotel and Casino are leaving Las Vegas.

The sign on the building was taken down Thursday. The hotel is being renovated, reopened and re-branded as “The Downtown Grand.”  Fifth Street Gaming is partnering with another group for the $100 million project.

“It is a wave of change, a lot of things that have been anticipated for years are coming to fruition,” Seth Schorr, Fifth Street Gaming CEO said.

The company hopes to be part of the downtown redevelopment that has been gaining momentum for years.

“We are so thrilled about Symphony Park, specifically The Smith Center, the Mob Museum coming online next year, and of course having Zappos," Schorr said.

Plaza Hotel Opens Doors with New Look

Plaza Hotel Opens Doors with New Look

Ten months after it closed for renovations, the Plaza Hotel has reopened. The downtown hotel and casino underwent massive renovations and will officially open its doors to hotel guests Thursday.

The Plaza Hotel first opened in 1971. Back then, it was something new and different, but over the years it had lost its luster. The new operator, Play LV, hopes to change that with a new look and feel.

“It was fun then, but it was a very different place and a very different feeling,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who was there when the resort first opened. “I think this is spectacular. I think it is ready. It meets the image of what we're trying to create down here. It is going to do nothing but bring people.”

Boyd Gaming’s ‘March Hoopla Pick the Winners’ begins March 14

Boyd Gaming’s ‘March Hoopla Pick the Winners’ begins March 14

Celebrate March Madness with the March Hoopla Pick the Winners college basketball contest! The contest is free and open to all B Connected Cardholders. People just need to pick their teams at any Boyd Gaming Kiosk. There are 10 total picks throughout March Madness, and the grand prize winner will receive $10,000, seconf place recieving $5,000, and third getting $1,000. March Hoopla Pick the Winners at The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast, Gold Coast, California and Fremont.

NV Casino Winnings Down Slightly in January

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Gambling regulators say Nevada casino winnings increased slightly in January, and the state reaped more in taxes as a result.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Thursday that casinos in Nevada won about $877 million in January. That's down 0.7 percent from the same month a year ago. It says the state collected almost $69 million based on so-called casino "gaming win" for the month. That's up about 15.3 percent from the same month in 2010. Taxes on casino winnings make up about a third of Nevada's general fund revenues.

The report says that for the first six months of the fiscal year, statewide casino winnings are up 1.2 percent. It says casino win on the Las Vegas Strip dropped about 2.5 percent in January, compared with January 2010.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Another Casino Steps in to Help Salvation Army

LAS VEGAS -- Another Las Vegas casino has stepped in to help the Salvation Army after $13,000 was stolen over the Christmas weekend.

The Golden Gate Casino has donated $14,000 to the Salvation Army. Wednesday, Station Casinos donated $13,000 to the agency.

Part of the money stolen from the Salvation Army was from their Red Kettle campaign.

Binion's Casino in Downtown Las Vegas Closes Valet

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An iconic downtown Las Vegas casino that closed its hotel rooms and coffee shop one year ago is cutting more costs by closing its valet.

A spokeswoman for the 59-year-old casino says about 10 employees were affected in closing the valet.

The company also made changes to their dining room. Employees will also no longer get meals and will instead be paid for one meal each shift. Another 10 employees will be affected by this move.

Lisa Robinson of hotel owner TLC Casino Enterprises says the moves won't affect dealers, cashiers or bartenders.

Binion's hosted the World Series of Poker for 34 years but has faced pressure to keep customers in a down economy for tourism and gambling. About 100 employees were laid off when the hotel closed its 365 rooms last year. The casino also closed its keno operations.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

NV Casino Winnings up 11 Percent

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- State regulators say casinos in Nevada reported winnings up 11 percent in October from the same month a year earlier.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday the state collected just over $60 million in taxes based on casino gambling revenues of almost $889 million for the month.

That tax figure was up a dramatic 22 percent from a year ago. The so-called casino "gaming win" was up almost 4.4 percent for the first four months of the fiscal year, which started in July.

Taxes paid on casino winnings account for about a third of Nevada's general fund revenues.

A statewide breakdown shows October gambling revenues up 16 percent on the Las Vegas Strip, and up more than 8 percent in Reno compared with October 2009.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)