19 December 2014By Howard StutzLAS VEGAS — The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas could be under new management as shortly as Friday.The Nevada State Gaming Commission Thursday signed off on the $1.73 billion purchase of Strip resort by Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII, a division of New York City-based Blackstone Group, a multinational private equity investment fund.The deal could close by Friday and is expected to breath new life in to … Read the rest

Nasdaq 100 Movers: XLNX, WYNN

December 19, 2014

In early trading on Friday, shares of Wynn Resorts (WYNN) topped the list of the day’s best performing components of the Nasdaq 100 index, trading up 2.3%.  Year to date, Wynn Resorts has lost about 23.5% of its value. And the worst performing Nasdaq 100 component thus far on the day is Xilinx (XLNX), trading down 2.8%.  Xilinx is lower by about 7.5% looking at the year to date performance. … Read the rest

The NFC South has proven to be the worst NFL division in years, allowing multiple losing teams the chance to host a playoff game. Heading in to Week 16, the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers all have a chance to win the division. With the Saints in sole possession of 1st place with eight losses, there is no chance the division’s winner will have a winning record. … Read the rest

How A 33-Year-Old Personal Trainer Turned $35 Into $2 Million Playing Fantasy Football

<!– google_ad_section_start –> View gallery. FanDuel On the night he returned from Las Vegas, where he won $2 million playing fantasy football, Scott Hanson went back to work, training a client at Equinox gym in Pasadena, California. The same client had an appointment the night of Hanson’s 1st huge fantasy win — a $15,000 prize in Week 5 in that made Hanson take this hobby more seriously. “This client might … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –>LAS VEGAS, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. (“CEOC”), a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (“Caesars Entertainment”) (CZR), and Caesars Entertainment have reached an agreement with CEOC’s 1st lien noteholder steering committee  regarding terms of a financial restructuring plan. The proposed plan will considerably reduce long-term debt and annual yearly interest payments, and result in a stronger balance sheet for CEOC. The restructuring support … Read the rest

Celebrity preview: ‘Showstoppers,’ Frankie Moreno, Brian Setzer, Penny Pibbets, Meryl Davis + Charlie White

Tom Donoghue / DonoghuePhotography.com Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno performs during the Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas. By Robin Leach (contact) Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 | noon Courtesy “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas. NBT’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at Smith Center Launch slideshow » Frankie Moreno Performs at Stratosphere Launch slideshow » … Read the rest

Heidi Klum is too sexy for the Las Vegas airport

Jacob Andrezcjak Supermodel Heidi Klum. Yahoo! Celebrity Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 | 11:40 a.m. Sin City is cleaning up its act! A few weeks after Sharper Image debuted its holiday crusade featuring a scantily clad Heidi Klum, the ads were banned from McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas. Apparently, the black-and-white shots of the supermodel violate Clark County’s stance against “the showing of the female breast with less than a … Read the rest

See the Heidi Klum Ads That Are Too Hot for… Las Vegas?

Sharper Image recently started some seriously very sexy ads for the holiday season, featuring supermodel Heidi Klum, and some think they are too hot to display! The ads have been banned from McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas by Clark County, which says they prohibit “the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering or any portion thereof below the nipple.” The multi-media marketing crusade titled … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Investors betting on a rebound in oil prices are nothing if not tenacious. They have poured the most cash in more than four years of time in to exchange-traded products in that track oil as prices fell 18 % this month. It’s the third consecutive month in that the four biggest U.S. funds have received money, during which time futures have plunged 41 percent. More from Bloomberg.com: … Read the rest

Will casinos return to Cuba?

December 19, 2014

Before there was Las Vegas, there was Havana, and if President Obama’s efforts to thaw U.S.-Cuba relations succeed, gamblers might return to the island nation. “I don’t think there’s any question each one casino executive in the United States and beyond is thinking of a plan to get in to Cuba,” says Bob Jarvis, a Nova Southeastern University professor who is an expert on gambling issues. “It was the play … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –> <!– –>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A leading rating agency says new casinos coming to upstate New York will benefit their local communities — even though the overall outlook for the gambling industry remains negative. Moody’s Investors Service says Friday in that this week’s decision to award casino licenses to projects in Sullivan, Seneca and Schenectady counties is a “credit positive” for the local governments in that stand … Read the rest