Archive for April, 2013

FHBM #401: It Dangles

Las Vegas podcast #401 includes:

  • The Monkees opener
  • VIMFP room discount code announcement
  • Audit shows the cost of long-hauling
  • Bally’s adds new show, Veronic Voices
  • Still waiting for Britney announcement, Marshall Sylver plans change
  • New Vegas TV show: Model Employee
  • Gold Spike is reopening, sort of
  • Our sponsor, Viator’s Things to do in Las Vegas
  • Dear Tim and Michele
  • Listener calls about The Quad, Circus Circus, El Cortez, Cannery, Planet Hollywood, video poker, Rio and other Las Vegas stuff
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494

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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 4/28/13 71:16 min, 67.9 MB) or subscribe.

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Las Vegas podcast #400 includes:

  • Texas Women opener
  • VIMFP location announcement
  • MGM announces The Park
  • Monte Carlo drops the Big Belly
  • Plaza adds a comedy club
  • Ian Ziering hosts Chippendales show
  • Fremont Street Experience announces some concerts, Tim likes Everclear
  • Our sponsor, Viator’s Things to do in Las Vegas
  • Steve Wynn impersonation contest winner
  • Listener calls about The Quad, Lake Las Vegas, MGM Grand restrooms, Monte Carlo and other Las Vegas stuff
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494

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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 4/21/13 67:56 min, 64.9 MB) or subscribe.

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FHBM #399: Reopening the Wound

Las Vegas podcast #399 includes:

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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 4/14/13 91:55 min, 86.8 MB) or subscribe.

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Remember last month when Genting Gaming surprised everyone by swooping in, buying the Stardust/Echelon land and announcing plans for the massive Resorts World complex? Well, that may not be the company’s only Las Vegas interest. A reliable Five Hundy mole reports that Genting is deep into negotiations with MGM Resorts to buy Circus Circus.

Earlier this year, Jim Murren, MGM’s CEO and all-around fashion icon, said the company was open to offers for its properties. While the nongaming properties at CityCenter (Crystals, Vdara, Mandarin Oriental) may be most obvious assets on MGM’s sales list, unloading Circus Circus makes some sense. The location is disconnected from MGM’s South Strip landmass and the property has long been the red-headed stepchild of MGM Resorts in Las Vegas—so much so that it isn’t even part of the Mlife loyalty program.

For Genting, buying Circus Circus would give the company an immediate presence on The Strip (vs. waiting three or four years when Resorts World opens) along with a large chunk of land adjacent to the plot it just acquired from Boyd. Between Circus Circus and Resorts World, the company would dominate the family-friendly market. Once the Echelon land is fully developed, Genting could potentially redevelop the neighboring Circus Circus land into something shiny and new.

Update: A second Five Hundy mole tells us Genting officials has indeed been sniffing around Circus Circus (which should be enough to scare them away), and that the deal has already fallen through.

More as it develops…

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FHBM #398: Thumbs Up

Las Vegas podcast #398 includes:

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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 4/7/13 82:59 min, 78.7 MB) or subscribe.

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