Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

The Mirage is home to the Las Vegas Strip's famous exploding volcano, recently "remodeled" to be even more spectacular.

The Mirage also hosts Cirque de Soleil's "LOVE" show which features the music of the Beatles along with the fantastic performances of the Cirque performers.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Treasure Island "TI" Las Vegas

The Mirage Group has sold a major Las Vegas Strip property, TI aka Treasure Island, to develpor Ruffin for $775,000,000. Ruffin recently closed his deal to sell the New Frontier which landed him a cool 1.3 billion.

More over at Bill's Las Vegas Real Estate blog

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Encore Opens

Steve Wynn's 2.3 Billion Dollar Encore to the magnificent Wynn is called the Encore. It opened Monday night and the Las Vegas Sun has the story:

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I'll be posting photos from the Encore in a few weeks at Flickr

Friday, December 19, 2008

Mirage Makeover Revives Attractions

The Mirage Volcano has long been an iconic emblem of the spectacular Las Vegas Strip, and thanks to a major renovation at the Mirage the Volcano is bigger and better than ever now. Also, you'll enjoy the superb indoor attractions at the Mirage including the Ziegfried and Roy Secret Garden, Atrium, and Aquarium. Click here for more about the Mirage's free attractions.

The Mirage is also home to Cirque du Soleil's spectacular show LOVE, a musical and acrobatic tribute to the music of the Beatles.

Can CES 2009 Computer Show Rescue the Sands Empire?

Writing in Business Week, notes that the Sands is hoping CES 2009 will be a boon to the lagging stock price of the Sands and will help in boosting Adelson's dwindling mega-fortune back to the stratospheric levels he enjoyed only a few months ago before the US financial crisis unfolded:

The company is hoping that January's CES show, which typically draws more than 100,000 people, will help support the company's stock, because many of the show's events will be held at its convention facilities in Las Vegas. Adelson is no stranger to computer industry people -- he developed the Comdex show, which used to draw more than 200,000, before he sold it to Japan's Softbank Corporation in 1995 for about $800 million.

More on this story

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Encore Las Vegas

This great commercial by Steve Wynn introduces his latest project "Encore", which is located next to the Wynn and appears to offer the spectacular elegance and amenities that have made the Wynn properties some of Las Vegas most spectacular venues.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CES 2009 - Las Vegas gears up for the world's top technology event

The Consumer Electronics Show "CES 2009" is coming to Las Vegas. Although some reports suggest attendance this year may be off from recent highs, CES Las Vegas remains the world's premier technology showcase.

CES expects over 130,000 attendees and about 4000 press and bloggers to attend the event, which this year will include thousands of new technology products from computers to games to film to music, the CES Innovation Awards, SONY tapings of Jeopardy, Diana Ross in Concert at the Monster Cable retailer awards event, and much more.

For more information about this event see the CES official website.

Friday, December 5, 2008

OJ Simpson Sentenced to 15+ years in Las Vegas Courtroom

Today in Las Vegas OJ Simpson was sentenced to what appears to be a minimum time in prison of 6.5 years and probably close to his full sentence of 15+ years in prison after a robbery and kidnapping incident at the Palace Station several months ago.

Tapes of the incident, where Simpson and associates met in a hotel room and effectively robbed a memorabilia dealer of Simpson items, appeared to sway the judge against the defense. The judge initially appeared to be defending herself from critics who might accuse her of a harsh verdict to redeem another court's earlier aquittal of Simpson after what most think was a clear case of murder. However she stated emphatically that she was sentencing on the basis of the evidence and facts of this case only.

Given the extreme media scrutiny and Simpson's probaby guilt in the murders years ago, it seems very unlikely he'll be out of prison for many years and probably will remain in prison for the full term in this latest incident.

Did justice prevail in this case?