The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced bettors wagered $98,936,798 on the 2013 Super Bowl, the most in the history of the state. This year’s game easily surpassed the $93,067,358 bet on the 2006 Super Bowl when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10.

The Stratosphere has a new look, in fact, the past two years have brought it a renaissance of rooms and explosion of gourmet food that have drawn visitors from middle America and across Europe looking to roll into Vegas on a tight budget.
The $20 million in renovations that began two years ago at the 1996 resort still may remain hidden on the north end of the Strip, where the lights don’t shine as brightly. But the new amenities are impressing people who may be wandering in merely to look out over the valley from 1,149 feet.
Click here to read more about the renovations from Sun gaming reporter Ron Sylvester, or read about how the Stratosphere has changed up its nightlife in this post from John Katsilometes.
(Photo by Leila Navidi / Las Vegas Sun)

The Stratosphere has a new look, in fact, the past two years have brought it a renaissance of rooms and explosion of gourmet food that have drawn visitors from middle America and across Europe looking to roll into Vegas on a tight budget.

The $20 million in renovations that began two years ago at the 1996 resort still may remain hidden on the north end of the Strip, where the lights don’t shine as brightly. But the new amenities are impressing people who may be wandering in merely to look out over the valley from 1,149 feet.

Click here to read more about the renovations from Sun gaming reporter Ron Sylvester, or read about how the Stratosphere has changed up its nightlife in this post from John Katsilometes.

(Photo by Leila Navidi / Las Vegas Sun)

The Sahara – one of the oldest hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip – closed less than a year ago. Now we know a little bit more about what is in store for the famous landmark.
Debt rating agency Moody’s Investors Service in New York issued a report that confirmed the redeveloped property would be called ”SLS Las Vegas” and that hotelier Sam Nazarian was hoping to reopen it in the second quarter of 2014 — if he can raise $415 million from lenders and investors to help finance what’s being billed as a $744 million project.
Click here for more on Nazarian’s plans, or here for more on the old Sahara.
(Photo by Leila Navidi / Las Vegas Sun)

The Sahara – one of the oldest hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip – closed less than a year ago. Now we know a little bit more about what is in store for the famous landmark.

Debt rating agency Moody’s Investors Service in New York issued a report that confirmed the redeveloped property would be called ”SLS Las Vegas” and that hotelier Sam Nazarian was hoping to reopen it in the second quarter of 2014 — if he can raise $415 million from lenders and investors to help finance what’s being billed as a $744 million project.

Click here for more on Nazarian’s plans, or here for more on the old Sahara.

(Photo by Leila Navidi / Las Vegas Sun)

Fantasy sports are about to meet legal sports betting in Las Vegas casinos.
Next Monday, Cantor Gaming will unveil a new betting option called “the Cantor Five” at its empire of local sports books. Cantor will choose a team of five NBA players every day and allow bettors to do the same.
Based on a scoring system similar to fantasy basketball, Cantor’s computer will then formulate a line on the matchup. Bettors can wager on either Cantor’s team or their own against the spread.
Click here for more info.
(Photo by Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun)

Fantasy sports are about to meet legal sports betting in Las Vegas casinos.

Next Monday, Cantor Gaming will unveil a new betting option called “the Cantor Five” at its empire of local sports books. Cantor will choose a team of five NBA players every day and allow bettors to do the same.

Based on a scoring system similar to fantasy basketball, Cantor’s computer will then formulate a line on the matchup. Bettors can wager on either Cantor’s team or their own against the spread.

Click here for more info.

(Photo by Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun)

Was life really better when the mob ruled Las Vegas?
According to many of the comments at the Las Vegas Sun, yes.
Columnist J. Patrick Coolican asks the question this week, prompted in part by the recent opening of the Mob Museum — or, more formally, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Coolican says in some ways Las Vegas was better back in the good old days, but in some ways it’s better now.

Was life really better when the mob ruled Las Vegas?

According to many of the comments at the Las Vegas Sun, yes.

Columnist J. Patrick Coolican asks the question this week, prompted in part by the recent opening of the Mob Museum — or, more formally, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Coolican says in some ways Las Vegas was better back in the good old days, but in some ways it’s better now.

It was 31 years ago today, at about 8 p.m., that a fire ripped  through the Las Vegas Hilton — once known as the International Hotel and  now as LVH – Las Vegas Hotel — trapping some guests in hotel rooms while others used sheets to climb to safety.
Eight people died and 200 were injured. Damage was estimated at $13 million.
The Las Vegas Sun reported the next day that “enormous clouds of smoke billowed from the 2,300-room hotel.  Hundreds of onlookers thronged around the hotel, creating massive  traffic problems for Metro police. There were reports that fights broke  out among people milling outside the hotel.”
Investigators later said a busboy set an eighth-floor lobby curtain  on fire with a marijuana cigarette, starting the fire. Philip Bruce  Cline was convicted of arson and is serving eight life terms plus 15  years in state prison.
The Hilton fire came just months after a fire at the MGM Grand killed 87 people and injured about 700.
Click here for more on the history of fabulous Las Vegas.

It was 31 years ago today, at about 8 p.m., that a fire ripped through the Las Vegas Hilton — once known as the International Hotel and now as LVH – Las Vegas Hotel — trapping some guests in hotel rooms while others used sheets to climb to safety.

Eight people died and 200 were injured. Damage was estimated at $13 million.

The Las Vegas Sun reported the next day that “enormous clouds of smoke billowed from the 2,300-room hotel. Hundreds of onlookers thronged around the hotel, creating massive traffic problems for Metro police. There were reports that fights broke out among people milling outside the hotel.”

Investigators later said a busboy set an eighth-floor lobby curtain on fire with a marijuana cigarette, starting the fire. Philip Bruce Cline was convicted of arson and is serving eight life terms plus 15 years in state prison.

The Hilton fire came just months after a fire at the MGM Grand killed 87 people and injured about 700.

Click here for more on the history of fabulous Las Vegas.

Still looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl? Here’s where to go.

Still looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl? Here’s where to go.

Need to find something lucky on Friday the 13th? Here’s where to go for Las Vegas’ lucky charms.

Need to find something lucky on Friday the 13th? Here’s where to go for Las Vegas’ lucky charms.