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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, November 5, 2006

Harrah's land swap sets record price

By Anthony Curtis

What looked like a routine swap of land for a casino has turned into a record-shattering price for Strip acreage. Last month Harrah's traded 24 acres on the south end of the Strip for the 4.3-acre parcel on which the Barbary Coast sits. Harrah's needed the Barbary Coast property to complete what is now a 350-acre area at the juncture of the Strip and Flamingo that is expected to become Las Vegas' biggest megaresort.

EXPENSIVE DIGS: MGM Mirage has announced that its 66-acre Project CityCenter on the south Strip will have four condominium developments in five high-rise towers. The most expensive residential unit will go on the block for a cool $8 million.

SIGN SAVED: One of the most famous aspects of the now-closed Stardust, its sign, will be preserved in downtown's Neon Museum. The Neon Museum is currently little more than a field full of old signage from casinos of days past scattered around the Fremont Street Experience, but its contents can be viewed by all, and for free.

Q. When is the next World Series of Poker?

A. In a mailer to players, Harrah's announced that the next World Series of Poker will run June 1 to July 17, 2007. As of now, it will be held again at the Rio.

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