Deal Shakes Up Las Vegas Nightclub Scene

Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

Sept. 20, 2010

While the nightclub business has exploded in Las Vegas over the past half-decade, it’s been anything but a smooth ride. Competition has taken its toll on some of the weaker clubs, while successful operations have found themselves under increasing scrutiny from law-enforcement agencies and the IRS. Enter Angel Management Group, the event company that emerged as a growing presence in the Las Vegas nightlife/daylife (pool-party) scene this year. Angel is acquiring the hospitality conglomerate Pure Management Group, which controls nine club/restaurant venues, including biggies PURE at Caesars Palace, LAX at Luxor, and Social House in Crystals at CityCenter. The new management will likely overhaul operations policies and implement other changes that will affect this lucrative revenue sector. 

Comedy Stopped: One of the longest-running comedy clubs in town, “The Comedy Stop” at Sahara, has closed. After many years operating at the Tropicana, it moved to the Sahara for a brief time, then ceased operations without warning. It marks the second comedy club to go down in a month, as the even longer-running “Riviera Comedy Club” has announced that it will close Halloween weekend.

Stone Crab: The downtown El Cortez is serving its seasonal jumbo stone crab special in The Flame steakhouse. A complete dinner is $28 per pound of crab. It’s served on Fridays and Saturdays only (call ahead to confirm they have them).

Question: The M Resort sports book is promoting something called “Inside Wager” as a better deal for players. Is it?

Answer: This is a new way of betting that’s actually a form of exchange, where you pay a fee (like you would to trade a stock) rather than betting $11 to win $10 in the traditional fashion. The small fee equates with betting $10.50 to win $10, so it does lower the house edge you’re playing against. As of now, it’s available only at the M and only for college and pro football.

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