Riviera Liquidation Sale, World Series of Poker Starting, and Nevada Ruled Venue for Sands Lawsuit

rivieracloseRiviera Liquidation Sale Continues

The shuttered Riviera Las Vegas started its liquidation sale on May 14.  Buyers claimed all of the “Crazy Girls” themed items immediately.  Any item with a Riviera logo on it went quickly, including a $2,500 lighted sign in a lobby by the pool and dozens of $95-$245 box office advertisements.

Most buyers headed directly towards the rooms.  The high end suites, including ones used in the “Casino” movie were sold.  Guests loaded carts with beds, sofas, and lamps.  Kitchen items were also popular.

The sale had a $10 cover charge for the first four days.  Buyers may now enter free of charge and pick through the remaining items still available.  Some may find it to be a fun experience to simply view the 60-year old resort in its current state.

World Series of Poker Starts May 27

The World Series of Poker starts next week.  The first event starts at noon on May 27.  As always, it is the Casino Employees Event.  The World Series of Poker will spread 68 events this year.  This includes the first ever online bracelet event at WSOP.com Nevada.  Any player located in Nevada may deposit $1,000 at the site and enter.  It starts on July 2.  The final table will be played live when the event drops to just six players.  The $10,000 Main Event starts on July 5.

Several other venues will spread smaller poker tournaments during the same time as the World Series of Poker.  Smaller events will be offered by Aria, Planet Hollywood, Golden Nugget, The Orleans, Binion’s, Wynn, and Venetian this summer.  All hope to attract the influx of poker players to Las Vegas.

Judge Rules Las Vegas Sands Wrongful Termination Lawsuit to be Held in Nevada

A wrongful termination lawsuit lawsuit filed by former Macau Las Vegas Sands employee Steven Jacobs will be held in Nevada, a court ruled this week.  Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled that “Judicial economy would be served by continuing this litigation in Nevada,” according to the Guardian.

Jacobs alleges that he was terminated due to his refusal to engage in deals with unsavory individuals in the Macau casino market.  Las Vegas Sands and its CEO Sheldon Adelson deny these accusations.  Las Vegas Sands is expected to appeal the ruling.

Nevada Skill Based Slots Bill Signed

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed SB9 into law this week.  The new law directs the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission to enact regulations that allow slot machines to add a skill element.  The slot can be entirely skill-based or a hybrid of luck and skill.  The goal of the legislation is to attract younger players that may not be interested in traditional slots that are entirely based on luck.