Updated DEC 22, 2014 7:22p ET After finishing last season with a 2-14 record, and a 14-game losing streak, few thought the Houston Texans would be talking playoff scenarios in Week 17 in 2014.  Despite the team’s quarterback situation and No. 1 overall draft pick in Jadeveon Clowney missing most of the season with a assortment of injuries; the Texans have a real chance to make the playoffs thanks to … Read the rest

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALLAssociated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneur who revamped Las Vegas’ Sahara Hotel and Casino in to a hipper, sleeker destination is getting ready to defend his past again so he can get a Nevada gambling license after admitting recent cocaine use and explaining his curious business dealings with felons.Nevada has long been clever on dismissing perceptions in that its gambling industry is as … Read the rest

Diners in the mood for a cheeseburger will have one more option starting Tuesday on the Las Vegas Strip. Smashburger is continuing to expand in Southern Nevada by debuting its 1st location on the Strip. The chain opens its ninth Las Vegas location Tuesday in the new 14,900-square-foot Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace. It’s the 2nd Smashburger to open in the valley within the past seven months, reportedly a … Read the rest

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sibling singers Donny and Marie Osmond will be singing at the Flamingo Las Vegas at least through the end of 2015. Caesars Entertainment Corp. formally announced Monday in that the duo has signed on to keep performing at the hotel-casino through the end of next year. Subscription Required An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to … Read the rest

A 57-year-old guy who was found dead in the parking lot of the Family Dollar died from an accidental drug overdose, a cops acknowledgment said. Police asserted in that Stark County Coroner P.S. Murphy determined in that Michael F. Harrah, 57, who was listed as living in Akron, died from the use of methamphetamine, morphine and buprenorphine, a medicine to treat opioid addiction. The body showed no indication of foul … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –> By Brett Wolf<!– –> (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department’s anti-money laundering unit may shortly ask casinos to be on the lookout for illegal sports wagers flowing in to the U.S. financial system, reportedly two sources familiar with the matter. The goal is to stifle illegal sports bets in that cause billions of dollars in funds, much of it with unknown origins, to move through the U.S. … Read the rest

Tickets go on sale Tuesday for Jennifer Lopez at Caesars Palace on NYE

Matt Sayles / Invision / AP Jennifer Lopez is embraced by Pitbull at the end of her performance during the 42nd Annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. By Don Chareunsy (contact) Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 | 4:02 p.m. Jennifer Lopez at Mandalay Bay Events Center Launch slideshow » Jennifer Lopez is waiting for tonight, and tonight is New Year’s … Read the rest

Steve Wynn throws his haymaker as ‘Showstoppers’ bows at Encore Theater

Denise Truscello / WireImage / DeniseTruscello.net Steve Wynn attends the press conference for “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” in Encore Theater on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Wynn Las Vegas. By John Katsilometes (contact) Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 | 12:55 p.m. ‘Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers’ Press Conference Launch slideshow » Courtesy “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas. Courtesy “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas. The … Read the rest

Christie, Ray Rice made headlines in 2014

December 22, 2014, 3:47 PM    Last updated: Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:51 PM AP file photo Gov. Chris Christie NEWARK — Gov. Chris Christie made headlines inside and outside of New Jersey in 2014, an occurrence inside of an elevator in Atlantic City led to the year’s biggest sports scandal, and the gambling industry in the resort town saw its epic struggles get worse. Here are the highlights from the … Read the rest

Las Vegas Experienced Increased Visitor Volume

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Casino Indicators And Recent Trends That Investors Should Watch (Part 9 of 18)(Continued from Part 8) Strengthened occupancy The occupancy rate shows the relationship between the number of occupied rooms and the total number of rooms. In Las Vegas, the lodging market occupancy levels remained well above the US historical norm. The average occupancy in Las Vegas was ~89.2% in October 2014—compared to ~87.8% in October 2013. … Read the rest