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Creepy or clever? You be the judge

A billboard for MGM Mirage’s MGM Grand Detroit has caused a stir in the Motor City. The billboard depicts a huge pair of golden eyes on a black background, with a small golden silhouette of the company’s signature lion on the sign's upper right-hand...

Jindal might want to watch his words

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal might want to be a little more careful about how he chooses his words. He doesn't want to set off fireworks with some of his state's biggest tax producers. Jindal delivered the nationally televised Republican response...

Wynn facing a different challenge

Hotel rates along the Strip have been slashed to levels not seen since the 1980s just to get customers into the buildings. But that’s just one step. Getting those customers to spend money is another issue. That sums up Wall Street’s current attitude...

Gale leaving control board post

The Gaming Control Board’s audit division chief since 1987 is hanging up his calculator. Gregg Gale, a 30-year employee of the agency, will retire in March. Lynda Hartzell, a deputy chief in the audit division assigned to the board’s Las Vegas...

Hotel reservations begin at CityCenter

MGM Mirage will begin accepting hotel reservations Monday morning for rooms at two of the $9.1 billion CityCenter’s properties, the Vdara hotel and condominium tower, and Aria, the project’s centerpiece hotel-casino. Vadara, a non-gaming resort,...

Boyd numbers worry analysts

Boyd Gaming Corp. will release its fourth-quarter earnings next Thursday, but Wall Street isn’t waiting for the numbers to offer opinions. Deutsche Bank gaming analyst Andrew Zarnett downgraded his recommendation on Boyd Gaming’s high yield bonds to...

iPhone program creator worried

Maybe Travis Yates has watched a few too many American gangster movies. Yates is the Australian software designer who created a blackjack card-counting application for the iPhone. Sales have soared in the past week since the Nevada Gaming Control...

Adelson, LVCVA on the same page

This may be the first and only time we’ve seen representatives of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson talking from the same playbook. In an interview with Bloomberg News Service, Adelson...

Shuffle Master board member resigns

That was quick. Just a month after he was elected to a position on the board of directors of gaming equipment supplier Shuffle Master, Chris Philibbosian stepped down from the role. In a statement Thursday, the company said Philibbosian needed to...

Mirage turns 20 in November

This may be hard to believe for us Las Vegas old timers, but The Mirage turns 20 years old in November. Opened in 1989 by Steve Wynn and the Golden Nugget Corp. at a then-unheard-of cost of $630 million, The Mirage was the first new Strip...

An emailer's prediction

When this economic apocalypse subsides, what will remain? An e-mailer who goes by title of “ajd” doesn’t think much will be left of Las Vegas. “When it’s all over, it will be El Cortez and the South Point that will be left standing! Unbelievable...