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PROBLEM-GAMING TAMING:  Caesars Entertainment properties mark three decades of initiatives to curb gambling addiction  

When the alluring machines and enticing tables on the casino floor become an unhealthy addiction, when money for a mortgage or car or tuition payment is part of the action, gambling stops being fun.

That’s why it’s important that casino employees keep alert, and why Caesars Entertainment Corp. has led the industry with its Responsible Gaming program.

In 2019, Caesars marks 30 years since it began creating employee-training initiatives and investing in cutting-edge technology and research to advance techniques and tools to prevent underage gaming and stem problem gaming.

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PAR-SIGHTED VISION: PGA Golf Management Program at UNLV aims at all of the sport’s hospitality potential

A sage knows that age isn’t just a state of mind. It’s a state of play. Assuming the sage swings a mean five-iron — whatever their age.

“Now you’re going to throw a little ball into that trashcan over there,” says the college student pretending to be a teacher, trying to teach other college students pretending to be 7-year-olds.

“Next, you’re going to grab the ball and walk over to Coach and he will put the ball down and you will kick it a certain way over to that big hole over there. … Ooooh! Proud of you! Good job!”
Exaggerated C-L-A-P-P-I-N-G ensues. Young adults, mimicking their younger, sillier selves, erupt in a din of childlike cheers. Cue “teacher,” i.e., student: “Yay! High five!”

This isn’t a warmup exercise in the theater department. Or reverse-child psychology class. Or daycare. This is a how-to-teach-kids-to-love-golf-early-in-life lesson at UNLV’s PGA Golf Management Program. However, lest you think there is age discrimination in golf-pro-grooming …

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T.G.I. MAN FRIDAY: The Palms’ Joe Yalda is a new breed of butler catering to the rich, famous and royal

For many, the word “butler” evokes the image of a formal older fellow with a British accent, perhaps wearing a waistcoat. Think Batman’s Alfred Pennyworth or Mr. Carson from Downton Abbey.

But this is Las Vegas, and Joe Yalda is a new breed of butler.

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MENTORSHIP SHAPE-UP:  Students meet their instructors for new class of college mentorship program

When UNLV student Meredith Hall missed the deadline by one day to apply for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) inaugural College Mentorship Program last year, she couldn’t wait to apply for the second class, which got underway earlier this month.

Hall and 30 other students will be mentored by local sports marketing leaders and other special events and tourism experts in the six-month program. Students met their mentors during a luncheon Oct. 16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center — the first of several networking events planned.

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SEMA Ignited: The ultimate car show

SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party that connects the general public with industry leaders, celebrities and award-winning custom vehicles, takes place immediately after the SEMA Show closes as hundreds of cars and trucks parade out of the Las Vegas Convention Center and assemble across the street in the Convention Center’s Platinum parking lot.

The annual event includes food, music, drift demonstrations, celebrities, and the culmination of the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition which includes more than 250 competitors vying for the title of the Ultimate Vehicle Builder.

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LVCVA chief outlines major tourism projects at governor’s summit  

When a McCarran International Airport official told the Governor’s Global Tourism Summit on Nov. 13 that El Al’s launch of direct service between Tel Aviv and Las Vegas earlier this year was a Christmas gift for the region, Steve Hill couldn’t resist: “[It] was probably a Hanukkah present, not a Christmas present.”

Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (which produces Las Vegas Newswire), elaborated on the close relationship LVCVA has forged with McCarran to draw more air traffic, which benefits the whole state. Hill addressed the issue during the summit at the Plaza Hotel.

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Greet the parents

UNLV assistant drum major William Ingelson and his parents Brian and Beverly Ingelson take advantage of one of the final opportunities for a photo with …

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LVCC expansion marks milestone

How’s it coming along? Quite nicely, thank you. Or put another, more statistically precise way: More than halfway done.

That’s the milestone celebrated on Oct. 24, when the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) marked the completion of 53 percent of the construction on its 1.4-million-square foot expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Highlighted by a 600,000-square-foot West Hall, the new exhibit facility — targeted for completion in December 2020 — will claim the title of largest column-free venue in North America. Renovation of the existing 3.2-million-square-foot convention center will begin in the summer of 2021, with the entire $1.52-billion development expected to be finished in 2024.

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NAHB makes $1 billion-plus commitment to Las Vegas Convention Center

More than $1 billion in economic impact will be pumped into Southern Nevada coffers thanks to a new agreement between the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to bring the latter’s yearly International Builders’ Show (IBS) to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) annually for 13 consecutive years.

“For us, this is a no-brainer,” says NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “You have the greatest convention facility in the world, which you’re making even better, in the greatest convention city in the world. Why wouldn’t we want to come here permanently?”

Starting in 2027 and stretching through 2039, the new deal is expected to generate an estimated $1.26 billion for the region. The agreement extends the long association between the NAHB and Las Vegas, which has hosted the show 19 out of the past 43 years that the show has traveled around the country, already having brought more than $1 billion to the local economy.

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Seventh heaven

In its seventh outing, the Life is Beautiful Festival offered countless opportunities for photos of fun and frolic amid the music, art and culinary experiences that filled 18 blocks in Downtown Las Vegas on Sept. 20-22. Performances by Billie Eilish, Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys and Post Malone provided the soundtrack to moments like this one.

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‘Las Vegas Lineup’ invites public to ID photos and visit with curators at Nevada State Museum

Who’s that? … And that? … And that? We need your eagle eyes, Las Vegans. We’ll even bring in our own eagle eyes to help you — to help US — identify subjects in vintage photos from the “Swingin’ ’60s” at Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

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A second Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to sprint onto Las Vegas Strip

Just before runners in this year’s annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon take off from their marks Nov. 17 for the autumn event, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has approved $150,000 in funding for a separate spring edition, to be held in April 2021.

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Workers honored for extinguishing fire at Convention Center

Quick-thinking workers who helped put out a fire last summer at the Las Vegas Convention Center were commended for their actions at the Nov. 12 board of directors meeting of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

A video captured by security cameras on July 22 at the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center was played for attendees. It depicted employees from Teamsters Local 631 and Freeman convention management rushing to action during the load-out of the Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers show, when a machine filled with woodchips caught fire.

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