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2014 predictions

Started by donnymac66 on Friday, 10th January 2014 8:28 pm
Last response by HillBilly 20th January 10:45pm

Just realized we haven't reviewed last year's thread bt it's time to start a new one. My predictions are

SLS opens this year and struggles

1 or 2 of the linq vendors opens but doesn't make it till the end of the year

The Shoppes at Siren's Cove turns to be mostly tacky times square like souvenir shops

Bally's Bizarre stalls this year due to lack of funds, tenants and direction

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 detroit1051 responded on Saturday, 11th January 2014

Carl Icahn will begin demolition of Fontainebleau, sell scrap but won't do anything with land yet.

MGM Resorts will buy Cosmopolitan before the end of December to better integrate Bellagio with CityCenter, but that pesky Jockey Club will keep on keeping on.

The Linq and High Roller will be the sleeper success story of the decade.

Derek Stevens will surprise us all with his announcement for the courthouse.

MGM Resorts, with its renewed confidence, will do whatever it takes to position Bellagio as THE luxe property in Vegas.

I will return to Vegas.

 NeverJustJ replied on Tuesday, 14th January 2014

Damn that pesky Jockey Club! Here's a link to a

Fun article by Steve Friess about it!

 n580564x responded on Saturday, 11th January 2014

I predict that this is the year that we start to see the beginning of a renovation at Binions! That is going out on a limb my friends! :)

 vespajet replied on Wednesday, 15th January 2014

There already are signs of renovations, just not the hotel rooms. They've temporarily reopened the old coffee shop space while work is being done to expand the cafe on the casino floor. Carpet is being replaced as well.

 vespajet responded on Saturday, 11th January 2014

Guy Fieri's restaurant at The Quad will not open. There hasn't been any updates about the place in months other than generic "coming soon" ones and the Late 2013 opening date as hyped on The Quad's website has come and gone.

The burger and pizza crazes will finally die out this year as in some cases, they're cannibalizing each other at some properties.

At least one longtime nightclub will shutter this year.

I think that at least 2 of the announced tenants for The Linq will never open.

A major celebrity scandal will involve Las Vegas, in particular casino hosts and illegal activities. Said scandal nearly costs a casino operator their gaming license.

Bally's Grand Bazaar will open as scheduled, but with less than a third of the spaces leased out.

The Voodoo Zipline at Rio will not open.

The revamped Jubilee will flop and the show will close by the end of the year, thus ending the era of the Las Vegas Showgirl.

 Spyder responded on Saturday, 11th January 2014

I will go back to Vegas, maybe more than once

I will drink to excess

I will buy Vespajet, DonnyMac, Chuckmonster, Misnomer, Ericwhitaker, tim and michelle, John, Robbie, et al a drink or two

I will lose many dollars to video poker, pai gow, and other silly things in Vegas

I won't really care about places opening or closing as I will enjoy the joints that I can, and miss those that are gone

I will visit all of my favorite Vegas based websites daily and laugh and enjoy my friends from the coolest town on earth

 jinx73 replied on Monday, 13th January 2014

Duh, it's drink to XS

 Chuckmonster responded on Monday, 13th January 2014

SLS Las Vegas will open. Restaurants will get ravenous attention. Sam Nazarian will do tons of interviews in the fawning local press. VT will not be invited to the grand opening celebration.

Downtown will continue to rage.

A Strip property owner will express interest in taking an ownership position in a downtown property.

A downtown property owner will purchase a property on the Strip.

Tropicana will break ground on their shopping thingamabob.

Caesars Entertainment will spin off more of their properties into sub corporations and will file for bankruptcy protection to shake off their debt.

Grand Bazzar will inspire Caesars Entertainment to engage on a major renovation of the property exterior and transition to a new brand.

MGM will continue to regain its footing. Renovations of mid-tier properties coupled with further enhancement of M Life will yield increased visitation and start to put the boot to the neck of Caesars. Circus Circus may receive new interest from MGM as SLS gets closer to opening.

There will be a sale of a major Strip property.

Kirk Kerkorian will visit the great casino in the sky.

Sheldon Adelson will be hospitalized.

A very high ranking MGM executive will leave the company.

 jinx73 replied on Tuesday, 14th January 2014

Nice list Chuck, many of those sound like my wish list for things I'd like to see, excluding VT being not invited to grand opening and hospitalization for Uncle Sheldy.

 KirkKerkorian replied on Wednesday, 15th January 2014

If, by visiting the 'great casino in the sky,' you mean another hostile takeover of Wynn Resorts, I agree...

 Chuckmonster replied on Wednesday, 15th January 2014

You go Kirk. Steve isn't using it anyway.

 stevewynn replied on Friday, 17th January 2014

Kirk? I thought you were dead old buddy! PS. I know a good plastic surgeon...

 worldpool responded on Tuesday, 14th January 2014

MY predictions are Genting will get the gaming license and start building Goddard group will make a announcement about what there going to do in Las Vegas someone will buy the ELAD group land and a old hotel will close

 vespajet replied on Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Genting doesn't need their gaming license in order to start construction on Resorts World. The owners of SLS Las Vegas don't have a gaming license.

 Chuckmonster replied on Thursday, 16th January 2014

Vespajet is correct. Key employees receive their approval from the authorities prior, but new resorts get their certificates of operation and gaming licenses a few months or weeks before opening.

 anawas responded on Tuesday, 14th January 2014

Construction plans for Resorts World will get a lot of media attention despite its horrible name.

There will be only one giant Ferris wheel built in Vegas, but the High Roller will be very popular.

The High Roller will have a different name tied to a corporate sponsor.

Something bad will happen to Riviera. Unknown yet whether that event will be a Mafia-like "something bad" or a Flamingo-like "something bad."

Golden Nugget will try (but fail) to buy Circus Circus.

Penn and Teller will get lured away from the Rio, hastening the Rio's demise.

Retail plazas at Bally's and the Linq will be popular, despite constant criticism from me and others here.

Retail plazas at Tropicana and TI will not be popular, due to mismanagement.

MGM will figure out a way to prevent bums, costumed characters, and porn snappers from inhabiting The Park. But they all will congregate at The Park's entrance, making it too congested to draw people in.

Party casinos Hard Rock, Palms, Cosmo and SLS will announce plans to align to fend off MGM and CET.

The Vegas housing market will approach pre-recession fervor, but only in urban areas.

I will spend the majority of any 2014 Vegas time I get in Downtown Vegas.

 jinx73 responded on Wednesday, 15th January 2014

One of my favorite topics on VT.

1. Linq row will fill up and by the end of the year, at least 3 shops will close up/change hands/direction, or something of that nature, due to failed c

2. Bally's bazaar will open and be as shitty as we expect.

3. Nothing will happen with CET and their crushing debt, although I do wish that something would shake out from that.

 NeverJustJ responded on Wednesday, 15th January 2014

The Riviera will rise or fall...but it won't just keep chugging along like is has been.

SLS will rely heavily on Groupon/Priceline/Hotwire/etc. to fill rooms and restaurants.

CET will do something with their northern Nevada properties...spin them off into their own company, maybe...or sell them?

MGM's Park will flounder for a while before finding a hook of some kind (street performers? small, free concerts? food trucks?)

There will be another, major, system failure (like the Flamingo sewer problem last fall) at one of CET's under maintained properties. This one will be uglier.

 vespajet replied on Wednesday, 15th January 2014

The Park's "hook" is the arena, which is still a few years away and groundbreaking is expected by the Spring.

 NeverJustJ replied on Monday, 20th January 2014

VegasChatter on The Riv...

 Chuckmonster responded on Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Curious if y'all think this is the year Cosmo finally gets bought. Yes or no.

 anawas replied on Wednesday, 15th January 2014

No. The asking price would be too high now that there's some positive buzz at Cosmo.

 jinx73 replied on Thursday, 16th January 2014

I'd say no, although there is a part of me that wishes it would happen. Either they aren't actively shopping it, or it's still just not the right time for those looking to buy something on the strip.

 vespajet replied on Thursday, 16th January 2014

Yes. The James Packer buying the Cosmo rumors will finally quit being rumors. Said deal would likely be a mix of cash and stock (Deutsche Bank gaining shares in some of Packer's publicly traded companies in exchange for a lower asking price on Cosmo.).

 wpsteel66 replied on Friday, 17th January 2014

Positive news being reported from this place pretty much all of 2013. So that may get some people interested. The bank probably wants to get out of this business and with positive financial reports, chances are better than before to be sold.

 worldpool responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

ok I didn't know that.

 HillBilly responded on Monday, 20th January 2014

- Rumors will circulate that the RIO is being sold with the WSOP moving to Caesars and PHO. None of this will happen.

- John Curtas will review a perfectly good restaurant and criticize it ruthlessly due to it not offering partially spawned sea urchin testicles on the menu.

- Pac-Man v. Mayweather? Not a chance in hell. Not even a chance in the 3:2 single deck section of hell.

- Dr. Dave will be revealed as a genius, spreadsheet fueled, robot and start assimilating all of us into the collective.

- John Curtas will review a leading restaurant and complain that his partially spawned sea urchin testicles we served medium-rare and he wanted them rare.

- The Status Quo will remain. MGM will continue to dig out of the hole, Caesars will continue to shuffle debt like a veteran poker dealer, and the local billionaires will continue their slow march from simply old and crazy to old crazy and increasingly cranky.