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Dash of Pepper spices up Mandarin Oriental’s lobby

Pepper greets visitors to the Mandarin Oriental's 23rd floor Sky Lobby. The 4-foot tall humanoid robot serves as both an attraction and a wealth of information as guests click on her interactive screen.

Mandarin Oriental, that rare resort on the Las Vegas Strip that doesn’t feature a casino, a nightclub or a show, has found a creative new way to entertain guests. Pepper, a sleek 4-foot tall humanoid robot with overly wide eyes and a tablet at the ready, greets visitors to the resort’s 23rd floor Sky Lobby. She serves as both ...

Gaming panel grills casino software company exec before rejecting application

Nevada Gaming Board/Commission Commissioner  John Moran,  Jr. makes a comment during proceedings as Owl bar and restaurant owner Stephan Galdau meets once more before them to appeal the denial of being licensed on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

The Nevada Gaming Commission grilled executives and attorneys of gaming software company Table Trac on Thursday, accusing an executive and an attorney representing the company of ignoring the instructions the commission gave at an earlier meeting. After a contentious hearing, the commission voted to reject the application ...

Caesars buying Centaur Holdings, adding 2 Indiana casinos

One of the many sculptured angels about the exterior of Caesars Palace on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

Casino giant Caesars Entertainment says it is buying casino and gaming company Centaur Holdings, acquiring new properties in Indiana. Las Vegas-based Caesars said Thursday it's paying $1.7 billion in cash for Centaur. With the acquisition, Caesars will add two Indiana properties: Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson and the Indiana Grand Racing and ...

Photos: Anxiously awaited Crate & Barrel opens in Downtown Summerlin today

A look at Crate & Barrel in Downtown Summerlin, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

As customers walk into Crate & Barrel in Downtown Summerlin, they’re greeted by a holiday display intended not just to put them in the season’s spirit but also to give them ideas on how to design spaces or prepare for events. The 20,000-square-foot store opens ...

MGM likely to focus on Strip remodels rather than new U.S. casinos, CEO says

New York-New York and Monte Carlo are reflected in the exterior glass of T-Mobile Arena on March 1, 2016. MGM Resorts International is in the midst of its “reimagining” of Monte Carlo into Park MGM and NoMad.

MGM Resorts International is done building new casinos in the U.S. and will likely spend future development dollars on remodeling its Strip properties in the same way it’s remodeling Monte Carlo, the company’s CEO says. MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said in a recent conference call that with the exception of a potential casino in Japan, the company ...

LVCVA chooses architect for LV Convention Center expansion

 A rendering of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion proposal by TVS Design/Design Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board on Tuesday chose an architect for the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion, reviewed ...

Sports betting isn't legal nationwide, but firms are jockeying already

Some gambling technology companies expect the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize sports betting and are jockeying for position in the new industry months before a decision is even rendered. A lawsuit filed Thursday in Atlantic City shines some light on the scramble. NYX Gaming Group Ltd., a company based on ...

Industry experts share big trends and seasonal consumer habits tied to traditional retail

In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, Tashalee Rodriguez, of Boston, uses a smartphone app while shopping at Macy's in downtown Boston.

The local office of commercial real estate giant CBRE brought together real estate, retail and economic experts from their national and local offices recently, to speak to the media and review economic trends for the holidays and the coming year. Here are five takeaways from the discussion. ...

The Notes: Philanthropy, Nov. 12

In the Notes: ChoiceCenter Leadership University, Easter Seals Nevada, Caesars Entertainment, City National Bank, Essence Vegas, Smith’s Food and Drug, HomeAid Southern Nevada, Walker Furniture, Daltile, Nevada SPCA and more ...

For restaurateur, a little luck, pride and passion — and a lot of work — are a winning recipe

Rob Menefee bought his first restaurant at age 21 and, despite some early struggles, has no regrets.

The vice president of operations at District Tavern Group talks about the challenges of owning his own business at age 21, the evolution of the dining industry, and why he no longer hikes at Red Rock Canyon.

Venue reinvented with each event

Eli Stearns, left, and Keith Conrad stand in one of the event spaces at Enclave, a new corporate and social event venue.

Eli Stearns and Keith Conrad recently opened an event venue that is customizable by brand, audio and design. It’s close enough to the Strip to be convenient for visitors, but far enough away that it’s unaffected by inconveniences such as parking fees.

Get the most out of a chamber membership

Aside from monthly networking events, which allow members to connect with one another and form mutually beneficial business relationships, there are several lesser-known ways to take advantage of a chamber membership ...

The List: Banks and thrifts, Nov. 12, 2017

Find out about banks and thrifts. This week, we rank them by local deposits in Clark County as of June 30 ...

The Data: Nov. 12, 2017

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Mandalay Bay staff reduction result of Oct. 1 shooting attack

Although open for business, the Mandalay Bay casino floor remains calm and quiet Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017, two days after a mass shooting occured Sunday night at an outdoor country music festival Sunday night.

MGM Resorts International is laying off workers at Mandalay Bay because of the economic effects of the Oct. 1 shooting ...