HARRAH'S ENTERTAINMENT officials agreed to buy
Binion's Horseshoe Hotel & Casino, a landmark downtown property
that shut down Jan. 10 amid federal charges that it had not paid
union employees' pension and health insurance benefits for several
months. Terms of the deal were not disclosed; however, the purchase
is subject to the execution of a definitive written agreement as
well as the receipt of Nevada Gaming Commission approval. The
360-room property -- best known as the home of the World Series of
Poker -- was opened in 1951 by legendary cowboy Benny Binion.
THE MGM GRAND HOTEL and Casino and
Florida-based Turnberry Associates launched sales for The
Residences at MGM Grand Las Vegas, the first condominium-hotel
complex on the Strip. Those interested in -- or just curious about
-- the project can visit the 6,000-square-foot sales and
information office, which recently opened in the MGM Grand's Studio
Walk and features a furnished two-bedroom model residence. The
office is open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Groundbreaking on the first
of as many as six 40-story luxury condominium-hotel towers is
tentatively set for later this year. The project will be built on
the northeast end of the resort's 116-acre property.
CLIENTS CAN SAVE $50 per reservation on
inclusive US Airways Vacations packages to Las Vegas when the
packages, which must be for a minimum of three nights, are booked
by Jan. 31 via VAX VacationAccess. When booking, agents should use
the vendor code USV. For more information, phone (800)
CLIENTS WHO USE the new Caesars Entertainment
MasterCard, will receive expanded rewards at the company's Caesars,
Bally's, Paris and Flamingo casino-resort properties. Issued by
Wilmington, Del.-based Juniper Bank, the credit card expands on
Caesars Entertainment's Connection Card loyalty program by allowing
cardholders to earn "comp dollars" each time they use the new card.
The comp dollars can be used to pay for hotel rooms, dining, show
tickets, spa services, golf tee times and other amenities at
Caesars Entertainment resorts. The first time the card is used, the
cardholder will earn 10 comp dollars. After that, the cardholder
will earn a 1% comp dollar credit for any purchase made with the
card. Clients can sign up for the card at www.juniper.com or www.caesarscard.com.
BOYD GAMING CORP. introduced the Players Gold
Card, which links points for slot and pit play at the company's
three downtown gaming properties. To pick up a new Players Gold
Card or to sign up for Boyd Gaming's Players Gold membership
program, clients can visit the Players Gold Center at the
California Hotel and Casino, the Fremont Hotel and Casino or the
Main Street Station Casino.
VENETIAN CASINO RESORT officials haven't
decided whether to sell the Grand Canal Shoppes. However, the
company hired Goldman, Sachs & Co., as a financial advisor to
explore its options pertaining to the Venetian-themed mall attached
to the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino.