FHBM #823: One for Charlie

Las Vegas podcast #822 includes:

  • Hanging with Dr. Z opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • El Cortez goes 21+
  • Bally’s gets a National Geographic exhibit
  • Illuminarium has an open date
  • Resorts World’s Tesla tunnel is almost ready
  • RW gets four new restaurants
  • Vanderpump a Paris opens
  • Top of Binion’s reopens
  • Downtown Grand is likely getting a new restaurant
  • Fix is boarded up
  • Goodbye Aria buffet, hello Superfoods?
  • NYNY is getting a small food hall
  • Anita Baker announces Venetian shows
  • Jonas Bros reschedule some Dolby Live shows
  • Cheapshot announces Miss Behave’s Mavericks
  • SLOT Act is well-intentioned, probably won’t pass
  • Listener calls about: Tropicana, marathon, Pampas, David Copperfield, Resorts World, Atomic Saloon Show, Superfrico, Mandalay Bay other Vegasy stuff
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 3/20/22 (63:37 min, 79.7 MB) or subscribe.

FHBM #742: No-No Things

Las Vegas podcast #742 includes:

  • Pop Life opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • The reopening begins
  • MGM Resorts provides more reopening plans
  • Casino Royale dumps tables
  • Binion’s ditches million dollar display
  • Restaurant victims emerge
  • RNR marathon gets postponed
  • The Drew stalls
  • Circa opening dates coming soon
  • 512 Fremont gets another new name – Discopussy
  • Convention Center tunnel system expansion planned
  • Hey, Remember This: Wynn/convention center connection
  • Listener calls about the reopening and other Vegas stuff
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 6/7/20 (46:26 min, 45.2 MB) or subscribe.

FHBM #728: A Little Too Broey

Las Vegas podcast #728 includes:

  • Bob Odenkirk opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • Our sponsor: AutoSlash
  • 4 Queens and Binion’s experience major computer issues
  • Cirque dumps R.U.N.
  • A Mob Story returns
  • Thomas Johns sticks around
  • Star Wars exhibition coming soon
  • Once closes
  • Mandalay Bay is getting a Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Triple George Grill adds brunch
  • Hey, Remember This: Zipline fever
  • Listener calls about Casino Royale, Drag Race Live, 1923 Bourbon Bar, Barbershop, Ghost Donkey, Golden Tiki, Wicked Spoon, Bugsy’s Bar and more Vegasy stuff
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 3/1/20 (48.13 min, 57.9 MB) or subscribe.

FHBM #722: Sedate Pools

Las Vegas podcast #722 includes:

  • Alice opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • MGM Grand/Mandalay Bay sale
  • Wet Republic and Tao Beach Club renovations
  • Terry Bradshaw residency
  • Scorpions residency
  • Binion’s psychic show
  • City shuts down 512/Red
  • David Chang announces another restaurant
  • Beware of NFL Draft weekend
  • Trip review: Mayfair Supper Club
  • Hey, Remember This: Underground Rebel Bingo Club
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 1/19/20 (60:15 min, 71.6 MB) or subscribe.

FHBM #712: Who’s High Pitch?

Las Vegas podcast #712 includes:

  • Booger Bottom USA opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • Vote for the 2019 Hundy Awards
  • Our sponsor: AutoSlash
  • Kelly Clarkson residency
  • The Linq might have a steakhouse
  • Xpot dining includes cool surroundings and robots
  • Chick-Fil-A has an opening date
  • Plaza opens renovated sports book, adds single zero roulette
  • Binion’s has plans
  • Listener calls about: Park MGM, Sake Rok, Zoox, Aria buffet, Binion’s cafe, Aerosmith, Bally’s, Whiskey Licker Up, 7th and Carson, Mob Museum, Neon Museum, Zac Bagans Haunted Museum, dim sum, LaLa Noodles, Atomic Saloon Show, Gwen Stefani, Saw Escape Room, Golden Nugget and move Vegasy stuff
  • Hey Remember This: Big Belly Buffet
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 11/2/19 (93:35 min, 109.8 MB) or subscribe.

Binion’s Needs Investors for Hotel Renovations, New Brochure

Since Binion’s closed its hotel tower in 2009, rumblings and rumors about renovation plans have come and gone a bunch of times. Some of them were fueled by all-too-common, all-too-unreliable “inside sources,” – typically a bartender who heard speculation from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another you’ve been messin’ around (© REO Speedwagon). At least one was based on an animated video on an investor website from owner TLC Casino Enterprises that showed garish rooms decorated in black and white cow hide patterns and cow skulls.

Binion’s again has hotel renovation plans and is again seeking investors. This time, instead of dumping money into an animated video, TLC put together a brochure. I got my hands on a copy and, after closely reviewing it, I have a few observations about the plans.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store, according to the August 2019 edition of the brochure.

TLC’s sales pitch to potential investors begins by pointing out Binion’s great location near such bustling Fremont Street resorts as Las Vegas Club (RIP 2015) and Fitzgerald’s (RIP 2012).

Renovations will include:

  • Hotel with 365 rooms
  • Restaurants
  • Rooftop pool and bar area
  • Lobby area

New construction will include:

  • Nightclub
  • Spa and salon
  • Gym

I love me some hotel renderings, and the Binion’s brochure’s got ‘em. Let’s start with the hotel’s exterior.

The tower on the right is clearly an updated version of the existing hotel tower, built in 1965 for The Mint and acquired by Binion’s in 1988. The much larger tower on the left with Cosmopolitan-like terraces doesn’t currently exist. With an overall project budget of $48 million and a room count matching the pre-closure room count, this tower doesn’t seem to actually be part of the current Binion’s plan, yet it’s prominently featured in a brochure selling investors on that plan. Because why not?

Let’s see what’s planned for the interior renovations.

That sounds delightful! Here are a couple renderings of the lobby.


Snazzy! You won’t find a lobby that looks like that in your run-of-the-mill Hilton Garden Inn in Palo Alto, or Lowes Regency in New York City.

The pool area renovations will include the addition of lavish cabanas.

Binion’s is really proud of its rooftop pool. The sales pitch boasts that no other downtown resort has one. This is absolutely true as long as you don’t count Plaza, Downtown Grand, The Cal and soon Circa.

What’s in store for the hotel suites?

They take on an authentic western feel – almost like something you’d find in a contemporary Colorado home designed by Andrea Schumacher, an Omni Hotel in Fort Worth or a Hotel Le Germain in Calgary. Almost.

If TLC puts as much TLC into renovating Binion’s as it put into developing a current, high-quality sales brochure, complete with original renderings, it’s sure to be a hit. Plenty of legitimate investors with deep pockets and poor Google image search skills will no doubt be interested.

Grand opening date: TBA.