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    Domed football stadium proposed for Las Vegas

    Preliminary plans for a 40,000-seat domed football stadium to be built on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus have been submitted to Las Vegas officials. In typical Las Vegas style, it wouldn’t be just a sports stadium, but rather a complete entertainment complex, with more than a half-million square feet of restaurant and retail space. The man behind the proposal is Ed Roski, who also owns Silverton and is part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. The stadium is competing with a $1.5 billion three-venue plan (a basketball and hockey arena and partially enclosed baseball and football stadiums) that's targeting a location downtown. A total of 14 stadiums have now been proposed for Las Vegas in the past 15 years. Meanwhile, the UNLV Rebels continue to play their games at Sam Boyd Stadium, nearly 10 miles east of the Strip. Vegas turnaround: For the first time in three years, Nevada casinos posted an increase in gambling win compared with the previous year. Though the 2010 win of $10.4 million was a mere 0.1 percent above calendar year 2009, it was a welcome change from declines of 9.7 percent in 2008 and 10.4 percent in 2009. The news was even better for Las Vegas, as the Strip casinos won $5.77 billion, a 4.1 percent increase. Fueling the gambling-win result was a 2.7 percent increase in visitation, as 37.3 million tourists came to the city in 2010. However, that number approximates the count in 2004, when Las Vegas had about 17,000 fewer rooms, a dynamic that has kept room rates at bargain levels. New tables king: For the first time ever, blackjack wasn’t the most profitable table game in Nevada. Baccarat won nearly $1.2 billion compared with blackjack's $976 million, the first time the latter fell below $1 billion since 1998. Ham & beans: Getting back to more serious matters, the price of the famous ham and beans at Binion's has gone up 95 cents to $4.45. It's still a good bowl of soup, served at the snack bar with a big piece of cornbread. Absinthe minded: A new risqué production set in a circus tent is coming to Caesars Palace. Absinthe, billed as a “decadent adults-only carnival,” was originally slated to perform out of the Fontainebleau, but will now take residence at Caesars beginning March 21. The circus-tent theater will be erected on the corner of the Strip and Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $69. New steakhouse: Ron's Steakhouse has opened at Arizona Charlie's Decatur. It's the first upscale-dining restaurant at the westside casino since the closing of the Yukon Grille in 2006. Seniors days: Seniors 50 and older can get 50 percent off buffets, players club multipliers and other perks in Coast Casinos’ “Young at Heart” program. Seniors days are Mondays at Gold Coast, Tuesdays at Orleans, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Suncoast and Thursdays at Sam's Town. Question: Is the multicasino 24-hour buffet pass still being offered, and what is the price? Answer: The “Buffet of Buffets” deal from Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah's) is still available. It grants unlimited buffet access at several casinos for 24 hours. However, the price was recently raised by another $5 to $44.99 if you have a Total Rewards card, and $49.99 if you don’t. It debuted last year at $29.99. Question: Can you fill us in on the status of the Monorail? Will it ever be expanded? Answer: It's difficult to consider expansion when you’re fighting for survival. The Las Vegas Monorail is currently in bankruptcy, and the prospects don’t look good. The number of passengers carried by the Monorail fell by 13 percent in 2010 to 5.2 million, which is roughly half the number from 2005, the Monorail's first full year in service. Advertising revenue amounted to a paltry $190,000, an 82 percent drop from $2.3 million as recently as 2007. For more information about current Las Vegas sho

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