The Top Rated Brewpub In Las Vegas, Nevada

If you haven’t tasted home brewed beer or micro-brewed beer yet, you really need to get out more. It has been called a craze, but since it’s now in its 20th year of exponential growth it looks like it’s here to stay. Most people that are fans of real beer will tell you that they really don’t want to ever drink one of those national watered down beers again for the rest of their lives. Having said that, each city has its own finely brewed beer locations and today we’re going to talk about the best brewpub of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Banger Brewing In Downtown

What you’re going to find here are some of the absolute best craft beers in town. They have a large selection of different flavors starting with the DTB Brown Ale. This is a full bodied ale that contains plenty of what is called chocolate malt. This isn’t because it tastes at all like chocolate but because of the darker color it imparts on the brew. Added to that, there is plenty of crystal malt which is what gives beer its toasted flavor. This is a very strong beer posting a 6% alcohol level and comes in the standard giant mug that will knock you out after just two.

Another great beer is the Irish Red Ale named Rebellion Red. You’ll notice a slight caramel scent and flavor since it has what is called biscuit malts in it. It has very little hop flavor, that’s the bitter green taste that many people know and love. This is strictly a malt flavored beer and it has many fans.

On the other hand, if you like hops, you’ll love the green flavors of the Hop Bang Boom IPA beer. It has a very strong hoppy flavor and aroma, plus it sports an alcohol level of 7.7% which is quite strong.

This great brewpub in Las Vegas also has a fine food menu that you’ll want to explore since drinking one of these beers on an empty stomach will hit you hard. Still, people gather here daily and sip their ales smiling with their eyes closed all the while.

2017 MLB Baseball, Sports Betting, Bet on Sports, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

2017 MLB Baseball, Sports Betting, Bet on Sports, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

The Cincinnati Reds will be fighting to snap a losing streak on Saturday when they take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Right hander Homer Bailey will take the mound for the Reds to start this game. Bailey is 0-0 this season with a 0.00 ERA.

The Nationals will counter Bailey with Joe Ross. Right hander Ross has a 5.98 ERA to go along with a 3-3 record this season.

Bailey is coming off his third elbow surgery since Aug. 2014, the latest being a procedure to clean out bone chips in February. The 31-year-old Texan, who signed a six-year, $105 million contract just before the series of injuries began in 2014, breezed through three rehab starts with a 3-0 record, 1.08 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16 2/3 total innings. Bailey struggled in six major-league outings last season, yielding a total of 35 hits in 23 innings.

Ross is struggling to find consistency this season and showed off the good and the bad over his last three outings. The 24-year-old struck out 12 and allowed one run across 7 2/3 innings against Baltimore on June 8 but yielded nine runs – seven earned – and 18 hits in a combined 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Ross is making his second career start against the Reds and escaped without a decision on July 2, 2016, despite allowing four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 frames.

Oddsmakers currently have the Nationals listed as 147-moneyline favorites versus the Reds, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

Things haven’t been going well for the Cincinnati Reds in the pitching department this season, but there is some reason for optimism. The Reds will welcome back veteran right-hander Homer Bailey on Saturday when they visit the Washington Nationals for the second of a three-game series.

Cincinnati boasts one of the most fearsome lineups in the league with Scott Schebler joining Joey Votto in the 20-homer club and Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez and Zack Cozart all hitting well, but the team entered the weekend with the worst rotation ERA in baseball at 6.12. Top prospect Luis Castillo pitched well in his major-league debut on Friday – two runs allowed in five innings – but the bullpen let the team down before closer Raisel Iglesias allowed Bryce Harper’s game-winning hit in the 10th. The Nationals are usually the team with the suspect bullpen, but four relievers combined to allow one hit in five scoreless innings in Friday’s triumph. Washington will try to get more out of starter Joe Ross on Saturday while Bailey tries to give the Cincinnati bullpen a break.

Washington was a 6-5 winner in its last match on the road against the Reds. They won as -240 favorites, while the total score of 11 made winners of OVER bettors.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 6-5 loser as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -240 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Cincinnati:
Team record: 30-42 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games

Washington:
Team record: 44-29 SU
Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington’s last 11 games
Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Cincinnati at Washington Sunday, June 25

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Reds INF/OF Scooter Gennett hit his 10th homer on Friday, giving Cincinnati five players with double-digit homers.

2. Washington CF Michael Taylor (undisclosed injury) is day-to-day.

3. Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton is 0-for-18 over the last four games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

SMART CHART CIN TEAM WSH 4.92 RUNS 5.53 5.35 RUNS AGNST 4.48 -0.43 DIFF 1.05 -$762 MONEY $181 5.08 TEAM ERA 4.16 9.03 OFF HITS 9.68 3.14 OFF WALKS 3.47 8.14 OFF Ks 7.75 8.86 DEF HITS 8.44 3.92 DEF WALKS 2.95 7.65 DEF Ks 9.01
INJURIES CINCINNATI REDS PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION Caleb Cotham P 15-Day Disabled List Devin Mesoraco C 15-Day Disabled List A.J Morris P 15-Day Disabled List Yorman Rodriguez OF 15-Day Disabled List WASHINGTON NATIONALS PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION Aaron Barrett P 60-Day Disabled List Joe Ross P 15-Day Disabled List Stephen Drew 2B 15-Day Disabled List Sammy Solis P 15-Day Disabled List Stephen Strasburg P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS CINCINNATI REDS Cincinnati is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games on the road Cincinnati is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road Cincinnati is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 7 games when playing Washington The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington Cincinnati is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington WASHINGTON NATIONALS The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington’s last 11 games The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games at home Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games when playing Cincinnati Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
SUPERGRID RANK RANK Cincinnati’s Overall Scoring vs Washington’s Overall Defense 4.9 5 4.5 4 Cincinnati’s Away Scoring vs Washington’s Home Defense 4.3 11 4.3 5 Cincinnati’s Road ERA vs Washington’s Home ERA Allowed 5.6 13 5.2 4 Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Overall Defense 5.5 1 5.4 14 Washington’s Home Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Road Defense 5.4 5 5.7 13 Washington’s Home ERA vs Cincinnati’s Road ERA Allowed 3.9 5 4.1 9
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3 REDS Reds are the third highest scoring team in the league at 4.3 runs per game. Reds lead the league in walks with 3.6 per game. Reds have the best hits allowed in the league, allowing 8.0 per game. Reds are the third best in base on balls allowed, allowing 2.7 per game. Reds lead the league in K’s with 8.0 per game. NATIONALS Nationals give up the fewest free passes in the league allowing 2.5 per game.

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During Las Vegas Restaurant Week, eating well means doing good

During Las Vegas Restaurant Week, eating well means doing good

Crispy quail with a Chinese wine and chili sauce is one of first course offerings at Hakkasan at MGM Grand during Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Diners at scores of restaurants enjoy special, prix fixe menus while helping the hungry of Southern Nevada. (Hakkasan Group)

Warning: Just reading this story — let alone actually indulging — might put on pounds.

For the next couple of weeks, more than 150 Las Vegas restaurants are offering special menus with tempting prices.

Dining out June 19 to 30 in Las Vegas will not only satisfy your taste buds, but also will make you feel good, since Las Vegas Restaurant Week is a fundraiser for a local food bank.

This yummy fundraiser keeps getting bigger every year. For 2017, more than 150 restaurants — a big bite of them on the Strip — will be offering two- to four-course, prix fixe menus for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In many cases, the eateries will have special menus for more than just one meal.

A cast of culinary stars
Several of Chef Bobby Flay’s best-known dishes — including ancho chile glazed salmon, charred shishito peppers, and tiger shrimp, above — are among the choices at Mesa Grill, Flay’s long-popular restaurant at Caesars Palace. (Caesars Entertainment)

The restaurants begin, alphabetically, from Alizé and end at Zuma, and their chefs read like a “Who’s Who,” with names including José Andrés, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Palmer, Wolfgang Puck and Roy Yamaguchi on the marquees.

Lip smackers for 30 smackers
An heirloom tomato salad prepared with basil, burrata cheese and red onion is among the first-course choices for lunch at Delmonico Steakhouse. (Emeril’s Las Vegas)

Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian resort provides a good example of the variety you can expect on the special menus.

For $30, the restaurant is offering a lunch with appetizer choices including baby mixed greens, heirloom tomato salad and potato Parmesan soup.

For the main course, crispy fried chicken, grilled steak salad, a hamburger and Atlantic salmon are offered. For dessert, diners can choose either banana cream pie parfait or bread pudding.

Fine dining and a nightclub
A stir-fry of black pepper ribeye with Merlot is among the entree choices on the $50 dinner menu at Hakkasan inside MGM Grand. (Hakkasan Group)

Vegas visitors who have discovered Hakkasan at MGM Grand already know there’s a fine-dining restaurant attached to the multistory nightclub. The restaurant is offering two prix fixe dinners, one for $50, the other for $80.

The lower-priced menu features entree choices such as black pepper ribeye stir-fry and Pacific sole. The pricier dinner includes appetizers such as a fried dim sum platter, poached prawns and pear, and crispy quail with a Chinese wine and chili sauce.

For lunch or dinner
If “comfort,” rather than “fancy,” is more your style, laid-back dishes such as the St. Louis-style spare ribs await at Gilley’s Las Vegas. (Treasure Island Hotel and Casino)

Folks seeking a more casual dining experience have plenty of places to consider. Gilley’s at Treasure Island is serving lunch ($20) and dinner ($40) with such offerings as chicken tortilla soup, St. Louis-style spare ribs and, for dessert (at dinner), banana caramel pudding, peach cobbler or strawberry shortcake.

On Sahara Boulevard, a Mex fest
Nacho Daddy’s Sahara Boulevard location is dishing up Mexican creations on lunch and dinner prix fixe menus. (Nacho Daddy)

At Nacho Daddy, the casual Mexican menus include lunch for $20 (with Mexican street corn and chicken enchilada nachos) and dinner for $30 (with a lobster and crab enchilada and a churro sundae for dessert). Note that the special is good only at the location at 9560 W. Sahara Blvd., not downtown or at Miracle Mile Shops.

Excellent English fare
Chef Gordon Ramsay’s take on sticky toffee pudding, a classic English dessert, is available on both the lunch and dinner menus during Restaurant Week. (Caesars Entertainment )

Traditional English fare can be found at Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace. The three-course lunch ($30) features tomato soup followed by a pistachio-pesto chicken sandwich or shepherd’s pie, with sticky toffee pudding for “afters.”

Choices for the three-course dinner ($50) expand to include a flatiron steak, chicken curry and an additional dessert option: maple toffee cheesecake.

Four courses for $50
Fresco Italiano hopes to delight diners with a special four-course dinner that includes fried calamari and shrimp scampi. (Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino)

at the Westgate resort (you may remember it as the Las Vegas Hilton) is one of only a few restaurants offering a four-course meal.

For $50, diners begin with frito misto, a dish of fried calamari, cherry tomatoes and lemon in a San Marzano sauce.

A Caesar salad is then served before guests decide between chicken Parmesan and shrimp scampi for the third course.

That’s followed by gelato for dessert.

Away from the Strip
Chocolate tres leches, a dessert made with sponge cake, chocolate and heavy cream, is sure to tempt diners at the Black Sheep, one of the newest restaurants in Southern Nevada. (The Black Sheep)

If you’re driving to Nevada, you can try restaurants away from the Strip. At the Black Sheep, which opened a few weeks ago at 8680 W. Warm Springs Road about 11 miles from the Strip, the focus is on American-Asian fusion. That’s reflected on its special dinner menu ($40).

Consider starting with Vietnamese imperial rolls stuffed with Duroc pork, shrimp and heirloom carrots.

Entrees include smoked Japanese eggplant and king salmon in a clay pot.

Be sure to save room for dessert. The chocolate tres leches cake alone seems enough to justify the half-hour drive from the Strip.

The restaurants donate between $4 and $6 per meal to support Three Square, a food bank serving the Las Vegas Valley.

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Las Vegas City Council to vote on short-term rentals rules

Las Vegas City Council to vote on short-term rentals rules

Shadow Lane exhibiting their "Don’t Motel My Neighborhood" signs on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. Las Vegas City Council will discuss short-term rentals, an issue that has become controversial in Las Vegas neighborhoods. (Morgan Lieberman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Shadow Lane exhibiting their "Don’t Motel My Neighborhood" signs on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. Las Vegas City Council will discuss short-term rentals, an issue that has become controversial in Las Vegas neighborhoods. (Morgan Lieberman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Shadow Lane exhibiting their "Don’t Motel My Neighborhood" signs on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. Las Vegas City Council will discuss short-term rentals, an issue that has become controversial in Las Vegas neighborhoods. (Morgan Lieberman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

For the better part of a decade, Las Vegas Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian has wanted new rules governing short-term residential rentals in the city.

That may come Wednesday, when the City Council is slated to vote on an ordinance that would give the city more oversight and create a more rigorous approval process for where short-term residential rentals can go.

“I don’t want to go through another three or four years of them saying they’ll police themselves, when in the past they’ve done zero. Zip,” Tarkanian said.

One of the most controversial parts of the proposal, a requirement that operators obtain a special-use permit from the city, is what Tarkanian sees as the most necessary. The rules also call for proof of liability insurance coverage for at least $500,000 and a placard displayed on the exterior of each rental unit with 24-hour contact information. Short-term rentals would not be able to be located within 660 feet of one another.

An ordinance was proposed but failed in 2007 that would have banned the renting of homes or condominiums for 30 days or fewer. The emergence of online platforms like Airbnb have made it even easier to rent a private residence.

Residents in central Las Vegas neighborhoods like the Scotch Eighty complain of party houses where buses drop off dozens of people and trash litters the neighborhood when the renters vacate. The “party house” contingent in neighborhoods near the Strip have been the most irksome for Tarkanian.

An hours-long public hearing last month on the proposal drew complaints from both sides. Some said the new rules are onerous; others think they are not strong enough.

Scotch Eighty resident Kathryn Fox said she used to stay at short-term rentals when she traveled, but she has since decided the rentals are business operations that do not belong in neighborhoods.

“It’s just eroding the neighborhood and the city,” Fox said.

The key to making people follow the rules are the consequences, Mayor Carolyn Goodman said.

Charging a $250 or $500 fine won’t change much, but at $5,000, “believe me, you’d see something different,” Goodman said.

“The issue, really, from my perspective, is if you expect something, you have to inspect it,” Goodman said. “The city of Las Vegas doesn’t have enough code enforcement or marshals to go around 155 square miles and check what’s happening. So we have to rely on complaints.”

Since February 2016, Julie Davies has had an application to rent out her downtown condo. Davies is trying to follow the rules, but she has grown frustrated with the delays. Davies has issues with several of the proposed changes, including the requirement to post a placard on the property.

“To have a sign outside the house that says whether it’s occupied or not is just a burglar magnet,” Davies said.

Contact Jamie Munks at jmunks@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0340. Follow @JamieMunksRJ on Twitter.

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Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman fired by Mexican League team

Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman fired by Mexican League team

Manager Wally Backman talks with reporters during media day for the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The event was held ahead of opening Thursday’s season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies. Daniel Clark/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @DanJClarkPhoto
Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change during their Triple-A minor league baseball game against the Nashville Sounds at Cashman Field in Las Vegas Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Josh Holmberg/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Manager Wally Backman (6) looks out over the field during media day for the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The event was held ahead of opening Thursday’s season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies. Daniel Clark/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @DanJClarkPhoto

Wally Backman is out as manager of the Monclova Acereros of the Mexican Baseball League after just 42 games.

No governments were overthrown. No animals were harmed.

The fiery Backman compiled a 309-267 record in four seasons as Las Vegas 51s manager before leaving the New York Mets’ organization after a falling out with the front office. A lot of baseball people thought he might not be a good fit south of the border. But sketchy reports indicated his ouster had nothing to do with temperament.

Backman, who was popular with 51s players, fans and media, was fired after guiding Monclova to a 22-20 record.

Apparently, the language barrier made it difficult for Backman to communicate with his players, 51s president Don Logan said.

Monclova has never won a Mexican League championship, and when the Acereros lost a game in front of a big crowd recently, Backman was fired by owner Gerardo Benavides, Logan said. So was Von Hayes, the former Indians and Phillies outfielder who managed at Puebla, another Benavides-owned club.

One fan on a Mets website wrote, “I didn’t think you got ‘fired’ in the Mexican League. I just thought you were never seen again.” But Logan said Backman already has taken a job with another Mexican team as a bench coach.

A piece of our pregame show before our home opener, which we won 4-2 in front of a sellout crowd in Monclova. pic.twitter.com/QXaxPB9uVv

— Wally Backman (@Wally_Backman6) April 5, 2017

It’s elementary

If someone held a foam “We’re No. 1” finger to your head and said to name the local school that has produced an NBA player, a WNBA player, an NCAA national champion softball pitcher, an LPGA pro, a McDonald’s All-American and a Gatorade Player of the Year, your first guess would be Bishop Gorman.

The correct answer is R.E. Tobler, a small elementary school in northwest Las Vegas.

Ken Hinton, who taught physical education at Tobler, wrote in an email that many top athletes attended Tobler when they were youngsters. They included:

— C.J. Watson, a 10-year NBA veteran now with the Orlando Magic.

— Chelsea Hopkins, who played basketball at Duke and San Diego State and is now with the WNBA’s New York Liberty.

— Leslie Wolf, a pitcher for 2006 NCAA national softball champion Arizona.

— Stephanie Louden, a four-time All-American at Stanford who spent 12 years on the LPGA Tour.

— Troy Brown Jr., a McDonald’s basketball All-American who has signed with Oregon.

— Jada Brown, Troy’s sister, a former Gatorade Player of the Year who recently finished a four-year basketball career at Kansas.

“For a school like Gorman or some of the other high schools, this is probably nothing,” Hinton wrote. “But for us at R.E. Tobler, it sure makes us proud.”

0:03

— Apparently those at stock car racing headquarters knew what they were doing in naming Riley Herbst to its NASCAR Next list of up-and-coming drivers. Driving a Toyota for former Super Bowl coach Joe Gibbs, the Las Vegas teenager raced to his first ARCA series victory at Pocono (Pennsylvania) Raceway on Friday. Herbst, the son of off-road racing star Troy Herbst, took the lead early from Xfinity Series regular Brandon Jones and led 45 of 80 laps.

— Astute soccer fans may recall that Real Madrid and Juventus, the combatants in this year’s UEFA Champion’s League final — Madrid won 4-1 — are the same two international sides that were to play in a friendly at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2012 as part of the World Football Challenge. A previous commitment forced the Italian team to back out of the event, with Santos Laguna of Mexico stepping in. Real Madrid won 2-1. Its global superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, did not score, but many in the crowd of 29,152 snapped his picture with cellphone cameras.

— UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott, a Desert Oasis High graduate who has been named to the College Baseball Freshman All-America team, is the son of Derek Stott, who survived three seasons as the Rebels’ starting quarterback when Jim Strong was coach. I’m sure Papa Stott has many stories to tell.

Former Southern Nevada baseball players named freshmen All-Americans https://t.co/se3gPAfLaF pic.twitter.com/AGyxExlyV7

— Nevada Preps (@nevadapreps) June 8, 2017

Contact Ron Kantowski at rkantowski@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0352. Follow @ronkantowski on Twitter.

Wally’s (managerial) World

Here is a list of teams Wally Backman has managed:

— Catskill Cougars, Northeast League, 1997

— Bend Bandits, Western Baseball League, 1998

— Tri-City Posse, Western Baseball League, 1999-2000

— Winston-Salem Warthogs, Carolina League, 2001

— Birmingham Barons, Southern League, 2002-03

— Lancaster JetHawks, California League, 2004

— South Georgia Peanuts, South Coast League, 2007

— Joliet JackHammers, Northern League, 2008-09

— Brooklyn Cyclones, New York-Penn League, 2010

— Binghamton Mets, Eastern League, 2011

— Buffalo Bisons, International League, 2012

— Las Vegas 51s, Pacific Coast League, 2013-16

— Monclova Acereros, Mexican Baseball League, 2017

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2 closed Las Vegas casinos to open temporarily to preserve licenses

2 closed Las Vegas casinos to open temporarily to preserve licenses

The now-closed Las Vegas Club is being considered to be set up as a temporary casino by the Gaming Control Board in order to preserve the gaming license, in downtown Las Vegas, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The now-closed Las Vegas Club is being considered to be set up as a temporary casino by the Gaming Control Board in order to preserve the gaming license, in downtown Las Vegas, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The now-closed Mermaids Casino is being considered to be set up as a temporary casino by the Gaming Control Board in order to preserve the gaming license, in downtown Las Vegas, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The now-closed Mermaids Casino is being considered to be set up as a temporary casino by the Gaming Control Board in order to preserve the gaming license, in downtown Las Vegas, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The now-closed Mermaids Casino is being considered to be set up as a temporary casino by the Gaming Control Board in order to preserve the gaming license, in downtown Las Vegas, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Slot machine play will return to downtown’s Las Vegas Club and the Mermaids casino later this month — at least, for 16 hours.

The state Gaming Control Board on Wednesday recommended approval of a plan to preserve the grandfathered gaming license for the buildings containing the two properties, purchased in 2015 and 2016 by Derek and Greg Stevens, owners of downtown’s D Las Vegas and Golden Gate properties.

The Las Vegas City Council will review the plan June 21 with final approval scheduled by the Nevada Gaming Commission on June 22.

In order to preserve a gaming license, casino play must occur on the site for at least eight hours every two years.

In the case of the Las Vegas Club and Mermaids, slot-route operator United Coin Machine will set up 16 slot machines for eight hours at the Las Vegas Club on June 27, then move the operation to Mermaids for eight hours on June 28.

United Coin is owned by Montana-based Century Gaming Technologies and is routinely requested by licensing applicants to set up temporary casinos to preserve licenses.

The Stevenses acquired the Las Vegas Club for an undisclosed price in August 2015, then picked up the building holding the Mermaids and La Bayou casinos as well as the Topless Girls of Glitter Gulch adult entertainment club in April 2016. Mermaids, La Bayou and the Topless Girls of Glitter Gulch club closed in June 2016.

“When we purchased the Las Vegas Club in August (2015), we knew then we wanted to look at a larger footprint,” Derek Stevens said at the time. “Now that we’ve done this transaction, it completely changes the scope of what the project could become. I’m going to need a little time with my team to start thinking through what this project will look like.”

Stevens has not disclosed any additional details for the Fremont Street properties.

The Control Board also unanimously agreed to send proposed amendments to a regulation on off-track, pari-mutuel sports wagering to the Gaming Commission for consideration.

Amendments to Regulation 26B makes betting on “other events” in pari-mutuel betting consistent with other sports bets overseen by Regulations 20 and 22.

The changes were mandated by Senate Bill 240, passed by the Nevada Legislature in its recently completed session. The proposed regulatory amendments were drafted as a class project at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.

The commission is expected to address the regulatory changes June 22.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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Las Vegas climber is 1st up Yosemite’s El Capitan without ropes

Las Vegas climber is 1st up Yosemite’s El Capitan without ropes

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – An elite rock climber became the first to climb alone to the top of the massive granite wall known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without using ropes or safety gear.

Alex Honnold completed the “free solo” climb Saturday in nearly four hours, according to National Geographic, which documented the historic ascent. A photo posted on the magazine’s website shows the grinning 31-year-old wearing just a pair of black pants after reaching the summit.

Honnold, who grew up in Sacramento and now lives in Las Vegas, said he’s been dreaming about the feat for at least eight years.

“Each year I’d come (to Yosemite) and look up at the wall,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle in a telephone interview. “And I’d think, ‘Oh my God, how can I do it?’”

He said he started rehearsing the route, climbing it with partners and a rope, and occasionally hiking up to the summit to propel himself down.

Observers said his climb has pushed the limits in a sport that requires a high level of athleticism, risk-taking and mental focus.

“This has never been done before … and it’s hard to imagine anybody ever coming close to what he’s done,” said Daniel Duane, author of “El Capitan: Historic Feats and Radical Routes.” ″He is totally alone at the top of his game.”

The climb up 3,000-foot (914-meter) El Capitan used to take days to complete with the aid of ropes, safety gear and a partner.

In the past few decades, speed climbers working in tandem and using ropes have set records in reaching the top of the steep cliff.

In January 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first to “free climb” the Dawn Wall — a particularly steep route to the top of El Capitan — by grabbing just the rock and using ropes only to catch them if they fell. They did it in 19 days.

Honnold is first to climb the iconic rock alone without protection in mere hours.

“To climb without ropes where the slightest slip is literally fatal in that arena requires enormous self-control and focus,” Duane said. “It requires this intense cognitive effort to keep fear at bay and focus on the task in front of you.”

He said Honnold has a rare ability to control fear and his body for a long period of time.

“He’s shown awesome grace under pressure,” said Hans Florine, a fellow climber who with Honnold holds the speed record for climbing the Nose route of El Capitan in about two hours and 23 minutes.

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Raiders announce Las Vegas preseason television partner; Bay Area is still to be determined

Raiders announce Las Vegas preseason television partner; Bay Area is still to be determined

Norm Hall/Getty Images The Raiders have a broadcast partner in Las Vegas for their preseason games, but still have to determine one in the Bay Area.

The Raiders announced Thursday that KVVU FOX5 will be their television partner in Las Vegas for preseason broadcasts for the next three years.

According to a team spokesman, the deal has no impact on the broadcast of preseason games in the Bay Area, although the specific broadcast partner locally has yet to be determined.

The preseason games are produced by the Raiders’ in-house Silver and Black Productions and will continue to feature Beth Mowins as the play-by-play announcer, along with analyst Matt Millen and sideline reporters Nicole Zaloumis and JT the Brick.

KTVU has most recently served as the Raiders’ local broadcast partner for the preseason games that are not nationally televised. While the Raiders have five nationally televised regular season games this year, none of their four preseason games were selected and so they will all be local airings.

The Raiders also announced they’ve signed a two year deal with Beasley Media Group to be the Las Vegas radio partner. All preseason and regular season games will air on 102.8 The Coyote and KDWN-720 AM. That doesn’t impact the Raiders local radio deal with 95.7 The Game and Greg Papa remains the play-by-play voice along with Tom Flores as analyst and Lincoln Kennedy on the sidelines.

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The NHL will unveil all 31 Adidas jerseys in Las Vegas on June 21

The NHL will unveil all 31 Adidas jerseys in Las Vegas on June 21

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Speaking to the press before the start of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that Adidas will unveil their line of jerseys on June 21.

The news comes on the heels of the announcement that 13 teams will have new uniforms for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Only 13 of the 31 teams will have different designs, while the remainder of the NHL will be upgraded to Adidas. Reebok, a subsidiary of Adidas, was the previous uniform designer from the 2007-08 season onward. Back in January, the NHL announced Adidas would take over the role for the foreseeable future.

The notable takeaway from this news is that the Vegas Golden Knights jersey will be revealed to the world for the first time. The logo, color scheme, and name of the Golden Knights were announced in November, and June 21 will be the first time fans can get a look at their uniforms before they hit the ice in the fall.

The jersey unveiling will be held on Wednesday, June 21, alongside the NHL Awards and the NHL Expansion Draft in Las Vegas.

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