Harrah's gains Planet casino
Little more than a month after it assumed control of hotel operations, Harrah's has completed its takeover of Planet Hollywood on the south Las Vegas Strip. The name will remain Planet Hollywood and Harrah's will have the right to use the brand for its international casinos. It's expected that some physical changes to the property will be made right away and that Planet Hollywood will be integrated into Harrah's Total Rewards database by the end of March. Not included in the acquisition are some of the restaurants, Priv[0xe9] nightclub, Miracle Mile Shops, and the just-opened PH Tower, which was not controlled by Planet Hollywood. The acquisition gives Harrah's nine casinos on the Strip.
BAR CHANGE: In more news from the same venue, the Hawaiian Tropic Zone restaurant and club, adjacent to Planet Hollywood, closed last week. It will reopen as PBR Rock Bar in the spring.
MORE GARTH: His return from retirement for an encore at Encore a bona fide success, Garth Brooks has announced a new set of show dates: March 26-28, April 9-1, June 25-27, July 16-18 and Aug. 6-8. All tickets are $143 and they sell out fast.
BJ MINI: M Resort has initiated a new weekly blackjack mini-tournament that runs on Tuesdays. The buy-in is $25 and the prize structure is guaranteed, with $2,400 in the pool and $1,200 going to the winner.
BURLESQUE PIT CLOSING: One of Vegas' most famous places to play blackjack, the Pussycat Dolls party pit, closes this week. The space will become a music venue.
Q: Is "CSI-The Experience" at MGM Grand a ride?
A: No, it's an interactive experience similar to "Star Trek-The Experience" that used to be at the Las Vegas Hilton.
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