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California: The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens is opening a $50 million hotel in early
December. The 7-story tower will have 99 rooms, an outdoor pool, a spa, and a brewery.
The “Bike” is one of the largest card rooms in the country, with 100,000-square-feet of
casino space and 185 table games.
Ohio: Expect name changes at the Horseshoe Casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati as a
result of Caesars Entertainment divesting its interests in Ohio. The casinos will now be
solely owned and operated by Rock Gaming.
Online: Nevada’s move to require licensing set off a (mild) chain reaction of states
apparently feeling they had to say something. New York said a lot, directing DFS websites
to “halt activity” in the state. That was an unexpected hit to DFS in general, but other
states haven’t exactly lined up to follow suit. One welcome result has been a major
reduction in the volume of FanDuel and DraftKings commercials.
News from Las Vegas
TI adds a theme park. The second and third floors of TI’s 40,000-square-foot retail
complex, which currently contains only the recently opened CVS pharmacy, will become
an “interactive theme park-like experience” based on giant characters from Marvel
Comics’ The Avengers and Hasbro’s Transformers. The project that will include a ticketed
50-minute entertainment experience is expected to be open by March. Also, TI owner Phil
Ruffin revealed that he made a $1.3 billion bid for the Mirage in October that was turned
SLS debuts W in 2016
The 289-room Lux tower at SLS Las Vegas will be transformed into a W Hotel managed
by Starwood Hotels & Resorts. It will be Las Vegas’ first W, following past attempts that
included the aborted Las Ramblas and a Station Casinos plan for its Wild Wild West
property. The transformation will involve a complete conversion of the rooms and public
areas. W Las Vegas is scheduled to debut sometime in late 2016.
There’s been a hiccup at the boutique Asian-themed project at Sahara and the Strip.
Funding difficulties prompted the developers to seek a controversial subsidy from the Las
Vegas Redevelopment Agency, which was denied, diminishing (at least) the chances of a
planned August 2016 opening.
Alon in progress
Similarly, very little seems to be happening at the site of Alon, the James Packer project
located just south of Resorts World. Recent news coverage, however, indicates that, here
too, planning and permitting is in progress, with a divulging of details promised for early