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Plaza Hotel & Casino to start multi-million dollar pool renovation

Las Vegas, Nev. – The Plaza Hotel & Casino will begin an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation to its rooftop pool on Jan. 4. The renovations will create a brand new rooftop pool experience at the Plaza with the addition of new cabanas, daybeds, dining areas, bars and greenery. The project will also include resurfacing and maintenance to the iconic downtown Las Vegas property’s 70,000 sq. ft. pool deck.


Plaza CEO, Jonathan Jossel commented that the goal of the renovations is to offer hotel guests and the general public a one-of-a-kind rooftop pool experience in downtown Las Vegas.


Nevada Gambling Revenue Down 2.6 Percent in October

Nevada Gambling Revenue Down 2.6 Percent in October

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada gambling revenues are down 2.6 percent in October compared with a year earlier.

Officials from the Nevada Gaming Control Board say Wednesday that the state's casinos brought in $954 million last month.

Las Vegas Strip winnings of $551 million were down 5 percent from the same month last year, while downtown Las Vegas revenues of $47 million were down 3 percent.

Reno casinos saw their winnings drop 1 percent to $43 million. South Lake Tahoe saw revenue fall 23 percent to $12 million in October.

The state collected $61 million in taxes based on October gambling winnings. That's an 11.9 percent increase from the same month last year.

Culinary Union Votes to Increase Strike Fund

Culinary Union Votes to Increase Strike Fund


Members of the Culinary Union Local 226 voted to increase dues for the union’s strike fund.

An overwhelming majority of members voted Monday to raise monthly dues by $25. This is the first time the union has voted to raise monthly dues since 2006.

The vote comes just as the union begins negotiations on new contracts with major casinos, including MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment.

Members also approved a permanent $4 increase in dues in 2014 and again 2015 to support new union organizing. 

Union Members Vote on Strike Fund

Union Members Vote on Strike Fund

Culinary Union Local 226 members gathered Monday to vote on whether to increase the workers’ strike fund.

The proposed increase would raise member dues by $25. The current dues are $41.50. In the event of a strike, that money would go to members of culinary union.

Enande Martinez turned out to vote and said they do not anticipate a strike in the future; however, she voted in order to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.           

“At this time, we are not looking out that there is going to be one because the company is going to sign a beautiful contract that is going to be good for the company and good for the working people,” Martinez said.

This vote comes two weeks before contracts between major gaming companies and the union are set to expire. The negotiations impacted more than 40,000 employees at Strip and downtown casinos. 

Hundreds of Jobs Available at Downtown Property

Hundreds of Jobs Available at Downtown Property


A local gaming company wants to fill more than 800 positions at a downtown property undergoing renovation.

Fifth Street Gaming is looking to hire more than 800 people for the Downtown Grand hotel, the company's chief executive said Monday. The company expects the hiring process to take four months.

All applications and resumes should be submitted online at www.fifthstreetgaming.com/careers.

The 650-room downtown Las Vegas resort formerly known as the Lady Luck is set to open later this year.

Seth Schorr, CEO of Fifth Street Gaming told gaming regulators on Thursday the resort expects to receive its certificate of occupancy in September. Schorr said the company is excited to start hiring.

Gold Spike Sold to Downtown Project

Gold Spike Sold to Downtown Project

The Gold Spike Hotel and Casino downtown will be closing its doors Sunday at 3 p.m.

The closure is part of a deal by The Siegel Group Nevada Inc. to sell the property to  Downtown Project for an undisclosed amount.

Downtown Project will announce its plans for the property later this year.

The Siegel Group will try to move as many of the Gold Spike's employees into its other properties as possible. The group also owns several properties, including the Artisan Hotel Boutique and the Resort on Mount Charleston.

Employees who cannot be moved will be given an opportunity to interview with Downtown Project for a job there.

Downtown Project is an effort headed by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to redevelop the city's core with investment in real estate, education and startups.

The Siegel Group bought the hotel and casino in 2008 and remodeled it into a boutique hotel. The president of the group said it will remain active in the downtown Las Vegas market.