Since its inception, Las Vegas has been portrayed
as the epitome of opulence, and luxury.
While this reputation aided in transforming
the city into what it is today, it has also
negatively impacted “Sin City”.
When the Great Recession of 2008 hit, no major
city felt its devastating effects to the extent
of Las Vegas.
The majority of tourists could no longer afford
to spend exorbitant amounts of money on travel,
especially to places as highly priced as the
Thus, tourism and casino revenues plummeted,
leaving thousands without work.
The Recession also took a toll on multiple
developments, leading to the bulk these projects
One of the more notable failed Strip projects
was Echelon Place, now known as Resorts World.
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In today’s video, we’ll be taking a look
into what lead to the development of the Strip’s
most recognizable reminder of the Recession,
In order to provide you with the complete
picture of what happened here, we must first
cover the history behind the infamous Stardust
Since I started this series, these two topics
have been requested numerous times.
Considering these two establishments directly
affected one another, I thought it would be
best to cover them both in one video.
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behind the Stardust, skip to the time code
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During the early 1930’s, a small railroad
town known as Las Vegas passed a bill that
forever changed the valley.
In 1931, Nevada re-legalized gambling under
“The Wide Open Gambling Bill”, thus laying
the foundation for an economy that would transform
the sleepy little town into a World Renowned
Development was slow at first, however things
picked up following construction of the El
Rancho Hotel in 1942.
While this event seemed insignificant at the
time, the El Rancho paved the road for future
developments in Las Vegas.
What many failed to realize was, the opening
of the El Rancho marked the birth of the Las
Throughout the 1950’s, Las Vegas saw the
development of a variety of casinos that eventually
became Strip icons such as The Mint, the Flamingo,
and the Stardust.
During the early 1950’s, Tony Cornero conceived
a plan to construct a casino in Las Vegas
shortly after recovering from an assault.
Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Tony and his
wife lived in Beverly Hills, California.
On February 9th, 1948, while meeting with
two potential investors for a casino project
in Mexico, Tony received a knock on his door.
After opening the door, he met a character
who he assumed to be a delivery person.
The man handed Tony a box and uttered the
words “Here Cornero, this is for you”
before shooting him in the abdominal region
Miraculously, Tony survived the assault, however,
his deal with the investors he met fell through.
After recovering from his injuries, Tony moved
his family out to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Once settled, Tony devised a plan to construct
the world’s largest casino-resort, the “Stardust
Resort and Casino”.
After finalizing his plans, Tony purchased
a 40-acre parcel of land on the Las Vegas
Today, this section of land is located adjacent
to the Circus Circus Hotel and Resort.
Following his purchase, Cornero filed an application
with the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission to sell stock in the property.
Once approved, Tony bought 65,000 shares in
the property for .10 cents a piece, making
him the majority stockholder at fifty-one
He then sold the remaining stock and filed
for a gaming license with the Nevada Gaming
By 1955, construction was well underway on
the project, which expected to have over one
thousand hotel rooms.
Up until this point, construction on the project
had mainly been financed by American Gangster
Moe Dalitz, who provided Tony with three loans,
totaling to 4.3 million dollars.
As construction progressed, Cornero encountered
a major problem.
The Nevada Gaming Commission refused to issue
him a gaming license due to his extensive
In response to the sudden change of events,
Tony struck a deal with investors led by the
Notorious Illegal Gambler from Los Angeles,
Milton B. “Farmer” Page to lease the “Stardust”
for $500,000 per month.
On July 31st, 1955, Cornero encountered a
string of bad luck that ultimately lead to
Within one night, he gambled away $37,000
on a craps table at the Desert Inn Casino.
Adjusted for inflation, in one sitting Tony
managed to gamble away nearly $350,000 dollars.
As the night went on, Tony and the Dealer
wound up in a heated argument over a twenty-five
According to the LVPD Coroner’s Office, Corner
suffered a “massive heart attack, and passed
on before hitting the floor”.
Despite the Corner’s statement, rumors began
to circulate that someone had poisoned Tony’s
These rumors gained credibility when eyewitnesses
came forward and informed the public of what
Witnesses claimed that prior to authorities
arriving on scene, employees removed Cornero’s
body from the casino.
Witnesses also claimed that the glass he drank
from was immediately washed after his passing.
Despite the suspicious details surrounding
the death, police never performed an autopsy
on Tony’s corpse.
Following Cornero’s death John Factor, a
con artist associated with the Chicago Outfit,
purchased the under construction resort for
around four million dollars.
Once the purchase was finalized, Factor brought
in the projects loan holder, Moe Dalitz, and
the management team from the Desert Inn to
run the Resort.
To complete construction on the resort, the
new developers received a ten million dollar
On July 3, 1958, Tony’s vision became reality
as the Stardust hosted their grand opening
The main “star” of the Stardust’s grand
opening was the “Lido de Paris” show at
nine pm, the first topless french revue production
on the Strip.
Upon opening, the Stardust became the largest
resort on the Las Vegas Strip with the capacity
to host over 1,000 guests.
The property sat on 40 acres of land, with
rooms arranged into six buildings named after
Developers arranged the hotel structures in
such a way that permitted at-door parking
for every guests.
Developers also soundproofed every room, a
luxury provided by few casinos at the time.
The luxuries afforded to guests made a stay
at the Stardust one of a kind.
While a room here only ran you six bucks a
night, or fifty dollars when adjusted for
inflation, guests were provided with countless
amenities not offered anywhere else on the
Guests here had access to thirty-six different
services ranging from Auto Rentals to Babysitters.
The pool, otherwise known as the Big Dipper
Pool, extended over 105 feet, and set a world
record for its size.
The Stardust also offered rooms with individual
temperature controls, a rare luxury at the
The Stardust boasted one of the largest casino
floor on the Strip, spanning 16,500 square
To put this into perspective, the largest
casino floor on the Strip today is at the
Venetian Resort, which is approximately 138,000
The Stardust’s original casino floor could
fit inside the Venetian’s Casino eight times.
Upon opening the Resort, the Stardust remained
open 24/7 to keep up with the Las Vegas Nightlife.
(PUT FUN FACT THAT THE STARDUST REMAINED CONTINUOUSLY
OPEN FOR 48 YEARS BEFORE CLOSING) In order
to advertise the property, Factor knew he
needed to create something completely original.
While other casinos boasted prestigious circle
drives, elaborate lawns, and massive fountains,
the Stardust took a different approach.
Factor installed the world’s largest cantilever
sign to advertise the resort.
The sign spanned 215 feet, and required an
electrical input of 3,000 amps to operate.
This high electrical input allowed the sign
to be seen three miles down the Strip.
The sign also set a world record due for its
Shortly after the Stardust’s grand opening,
the nearby casino “Royal Nevada” discontinued
Financial problems which plagued the project
from the beginning, eventually forced the
resort to close only four years after opening.
In response to the closure, the Stardust purchased,
and renovated the defunct property.
The “Royal Nevada” was transformed into
the Stardust West, which contained the Convention
Center, and the High Roller Suites.
From 1959 to 1964, this wing became exclusively
known for housing both High Rollers, and the
With the addition of the Royal Nevada, the
Stardust now had the capacity to host 1,300
During the first years of operation, the Stardust
owned the only Drive in theater in Las Vegas.
Due to the circumstances, the Stardust Drive
in became a popular hangout spot for teens,
The theater remained the only theater of its
kind until 1965, when the West Wind Drive
By 1961, the Stardust employed a concerning
amount of high profile criminals.
A few honorable mentions include: Credit Manager
Hy Goldbaum, who was known under eleven different
aliases, and had fourteen criminal convictions
including one for assault.
Casino Manager Johnny Drew, a trusted associate
of Al Capone, and General Manager Morris Kleinman,
who served three years for tax evasion.
Moe Dalitz, and his team leased the property
until 1965, when they became the owners of
From 1965 to 1970, Dalitz and his team operated
the Stardust International Raceway in Spring
Valley, which is part of the Las Vegas Township.
The speedway hosted racing events such as
the Can-Am, and the USAC Championship Car
World class drivers like Mario Andretti, Bruce
McLaren, Mark Donohue, and Jackie Stewart
competed here during the Stardust’s operation
of the track.
In 1966, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes
attempted to purchase the Stardust for 30.5
Hughes previously purchased the Desert Inn
for thirteen million dollars, along with many
other casinos including the Sands, and New
His interest in the project stemmed from its
reputation as the largest resort in Las Vegas.
Before Dalitz could sell the project, the
Justice Department Antitrust Division stepped
in and shot down the deal.The Antitrust Division
ruled that if Hughes acquired any more projects
on the strip, he would violate the Sherman
During the late 1960’s, the Stardust gave
Siegfried and Roy their first shot as headliners
on the Strip.
Thanks to this, the entertainers gained popularity
in Las Vegas for their performances with White
Tigers and Lions.
The pair eventually moved their act to the
Mirage, selling out every show from the first
night to the last.
As the Sixties came to an end, Dalitz sold
the Stardust to the Parvin-Dohrmann corporation
for an undisclosed amount.
Parvin Dohrmann sat on the property for five
years, before selling it Allen Glick’s Argent
Corporation in 1974.
Allen Glick purchased the property using loans
provided by the International Brotherhood
of Teamsters Central States Pension Fund.
Glick, a previous attorney and real estate
investor from San Diego, received one hundred
million dollars in loans from Teamsters Central
States Pension Fund.
Using this money, he first purchased the Hacienda
Hotel, then the downtown Fremont Hotel, and
finally the Stardust.
If you have seen the movie “Casino”, this
story may sound familiar.
That is because “Casino” is based off
the story of the Stardust.
If you substitute the “Stardust” for “Tangiers”,
you know what happens next.
Under Argents ownership, Frank “Lefty”
Rosenthal became the unofficial boss of the
casinos, despite not having a gaming license.
While some disliked Rosenthal’s management
style, the casinos all saw a massive spike
Rosenthal’s ability to bring in High Rollers
resulted in a sizable increase in dealer tips.
This alone made him a popular face on the
Rosenthal’s most memorable addition to the
Stardust was their two million dollar Sports
and Race Book.
(PUT WHAT SPORTS AND RACE BOOK IS ON SCREEN)
The addition of this segment became the casinos
most popular attraction due to their abnormally
high betting limits.
Nowhere else on the Strip could you find a
one hundred thousand dollar maximum bet.
At the time, competitors on the Strip limited
bets between one thousand to five thousand
Supposedly, the pay phones outside the Sports
Book were the highest grossing in the country.
Runners used the phones to inform out of state
associate’s about the Stardust’s Betting
Lines immediately after they were posted.
The “Stardust Line” became the industry
standard up until the book’s closure.
While Rosenthal made the resort an unbelievable
amount of money, he also oversaw a table and
slot skimming operation at the Stardust.
This operation led to millions of unreported
revenue being sent to the Chicago Outfit,
and other Crime Families to fund their illegal
Inevitably, things came crashing down when
federal investigators confirmed that throughout
the 1970’s, Stardust employee’s skimmed
profits from the resort, and distributed the
funds between several midwestern mob bosses.
Investigators alleged that millions of dollars
in revenue went unaccounted for, and that
the unaccounted revenue was distributed to
criminal organizations before the Stardust
reported their earnings.
Towards the end of the 1970’s, Argent Corporation
started to face legal issues related to the
Admits the controversy, Argent sold the Stardust
to Herb Tobman, and Allen Sachs in 1979.
Initially things went well under the pair,
however authorities discovered that they too
skimmed profits at the resort.
In response, the Nevada Gaming Commission
revoked their gaming licenses, and forced
them to forfeit control of the property.
In 1984, the duo received a three and a half
million dollar fine from the Nevada Gaming
This fine set a record as the largest fine
ever issued by the Nevada Gaming Commision.
Due to the situation at hand, the commision
awarded Boyd Gaming the rights to operate
day to day activities at the Stardust.
In 1983, a Federal Grand Jury indicted fifteen
people for conspiring to skim at least 1.6
million dollars from the casino table games.
Those indicted included notorious criminals
such as the head of the Chicago Outfit Joseph
Aiuppa, Milwaukee Syndicate Boss Frank Balistrieri,
and Kansas City Mafia Chief Carl Civella.
Authorities later charged a group of Cleveland
Mobsters for sharing the stolen casino profits
with other criminal organizations.
Authorities estimated that the Stardust alone
“lost” over two million dollars.
In Federal Court, Cleveland Mobster Angelo
Lonardo turned on his associates, and testified
The Mobster turned informant testified that
his close friend, who was the Cleveland Mafia’s
Point Man, informed him that the mobsters
from Kansas City, and Milwaukee, had considerable
say in who the Teamster Pension Fund issues
He stated these mobsters convinced Teamster
to issue a loan to Allen Glick’s Argent
Lonardo also revealed that the Chicago, Milwaukee,
Kansas City, and Cleveland Crime Families
received a monthly kickback from the Stardust
skim, ranging between $40,000, and $100,000.
He concluded his testimony by saying that
Teamster Union Official William Presser received
a $1500 monthly pension from the skim.
Before the hearing begun, Kansas City Mafia
Head Carl Civella, and three others accepted
a plea deal, thus pleading guilty to lesser
After the trial, the jury deliberated for
thirty hours over a six day period before
coming to a decision.
Chicago Mob Boss Joseph Aiuppa, and four others
were convicted of skimming revenue, while
secretly controlling the Stardust Resort and
Each defendant was convicted on all eight
counts, each of which carried a maximum penalty
of five years in prison, and a ten thousand
Allen Glick, the man responsible for purchasing
the Stardust, and two other hotels on the
Strip, played a key role in convicting those
involved in the Skimming Operation.
Glick claimed in court, he had no knowledge
of Frank’s criminal activity prior to attending
a meeting with Delbert Coleman to discuss
financing for the purchase of the Stardust
and Fremont Hotel.
Many questioned the accuracy of this claim
since Glick attended school with one of Frank’s
Glick continued by explaining that through
the four mob families influence, he received
a loan for nearly sixty three million dollars
from the Teamster Pensions Fund.
He then used this money to purchase the Stardust,
and other resorts under his company, Argent
Teamster later went on to issue a second loan
to Glick for twenty five million.
This loan provided Argent Corporation with
the funding necessary to re-develop and improve
Glick ended his testimony by claiming his
involvement in the skimming conspiracy stemmed
from his intimidation of the crime figures.
Prosecutors acknowledged his testimony as
the truth to the jury, and as a result, Glick
got off scott free.
Controversy surrounding the Stardust finally
laid to rest in 1985, when Boyd Gaming purchased
both the Stardust, and the Fremont Hotel.
Boyd’s Gaming had a reputation for abstaining
from criminal activity, leading many to view
their acquisition of the property as a new
Throughout the ninety’s, the Stardust underwent
several drastic changes.
Being one of the last resorts on the Strip
from the 1950’s, the Stardust underwent
a three hundred million dollar renovation
to modernize the resort in 1991.
The renovation plans included adding a new,
thirty two story hotel tower, along with two
swimming pools, a golf course, and athletic
One year later in 1992, Boyd replaced the
Stardust’s famous “Lido de Paris” show,
with a less established show known as “Enter
While “Enter the Night” never received
the same attention as “Lido de Paris”,
the show stayed with the Stardust for seven
years before parting ways in December of 1999.
Around the same time, Developers also replaced
the futuristic lettering on the original sign
with a blocky typeface lettering.
Before the turn of the century, Wayne Newton
signed the biggest entertainment deal in Las
In October of 1999, Newton signed a ten year
deal with the Stardust, for a reported twenty
five million dollars per year.
According to the deal, he would perform exclusively
at the Stardust for forty weeks out of the
Due to contractual obligations, Newton ceased
all performances in the Hollywood theater
at MGM Grand.
Following his signing, the Stardust renamed
their nine hundred and twenty seat theater
to the “Wayne Newton Theater” in his honor.
The turn of the century marked the beginning
of the end for the Stardust Resort.
While the casino retained some of its popularity,
it would never be as profitable as the newer
Mega-Resorts built on the Strip.
Towards the end of the 1980’s, the Las Vegas
Strip underwent a gradual transition due to
the steady decline in organized crime involvement.
Long gone were the days of “Rat Pack”
Vegas, as the Strip shifted towards a more
commercialized, and family friendly environment.
This new Chapter in Las Vegas History came
to be known as the “Mega-Resort Era”,
and kicked off in November of 1989 with the
opening of Steve Wynn’s Mirage.
Steve Wynn’s Mirage set a new standard for
luxury on the Strip, and attracted droves
of tourists as a result.
What followed the Mirage’s astronomical
success was nearly twenty years of rapid growth,
and financing for projects.
By the start of the twenty first century,
the era of Mega-Resorts was in full swing,
and the Stardust struggled to keep up.
In an attempt to become competitive with the
new Mega-Resorts, the Stardust demolished
four of the original two story buildings to
make way for the planned twenty five million
Renovations done to the Resort included upgrading
the public facilities and guest rooms, construction
of a new, three hundred and forty seat buffett,
and lastly, refurbishment of the property’s
Regardless of the renovations, the Stardust
continued struggle as newer resorts out shined
the once iconic resort.
In a last ditch effort to save the declining
resort, Stardust officials brought in Magician
Rick Thomas as a performer in March of 2005.
The following month in April, Newton decided
to end his run at the resort four and a half
His departure hit the resort hard, despite
Thomas’s magic show becoming the most successful
daytime show on the Strip.
Once Newton left the Stardust, no one questioned
if the resort was going to close.
The question now stuck in everyone’s mind
was when it would close.
By 2004, Boyd Officials recognized that the
Stardust’s closure was inevitably.
In response, officials created a plan to potentially
redevelop the site of the Stardust.
In July, Boyd put their plan into action,
and spent a hefty 1.2 billion dollars on purchasing
Coast Casinos Incorporated.
This pricey acquisition provided the company
with four new properties: the Sun Coast, the
Gold Coast, the Orleans, and Barbary Coast.
A few months later in November, Boyd purchased
a thirteen acre parcel located contiguous
to the Stardust for forty three million dollars.
Between 2004 and 2006, the company purchased
several more properties, including the land
between the Stardust and the Westward Ho.
Towards the end of 2006, a deal was made with
Harrah’s Entertainment to trade the Barbary
Coast Casino, for eleven acres located adjacent
to the Stardust.
In total, Boyd acquired eighty seven acres
for the Stardust re development.
In January of 2006, Boyd Gaming announced
to the public they would be replacing the
Stardust, and Westward Ho with a new project
known as “Echelon Place”. Boyd described
Echelon as a luxurious multi-use complex boasting
five partially separated hotel towers, with
a combined guest capacity surpassing 5,000
The project sat on eighty seven acres, and
was to contain a 140,000 square feet casino
floor, a convention center with close to a
million square feet of space, and numerous
The development expected to become the centerpiece
of the northern end of the Strip.
With the development of Echelon Place, Boyd
hoped to surpass the Mirage and become the
leader in luxury on the Strip.
Estimated to cost four billion dollars if
completed, Echelon Place is believed to be
the second most expensive hospitality development
The only project to top Echelon is the Mirage
and MGM’s six billion dollar CityCenter
Following the announcement, on November 1st,
2006, after remaining continuously open for
forty eight years, the Stardust Resort and
Casino finally closed their doors to the public.
Once the clock struck noon, the Bobbie Howard
Band lead patrons out of the resort one final
time to the tune of “When The Saints Go
After operating for twenty four hours a day,
seven days a week, the Stardust sat eerily
quiet and empty for the first time in nearly
half a century.
On March 13th, 2007, at two in the morning,
the Stardust was imploded to make way for
the planned construction of “Echelon Place”.
The demolition ceremony included a firework
show displaying a ten second countdown to
Despite only four hundred and thirty pounds
of explosives being used in the demolition,
the Stardust became the tallest building to
be imploded on the Las Vegas Strip.
Almost immediately after demolition wrapped
up, construction teams began prepping the
land for construction.
Many of the newly purchased land parcels contained
structures which needed to be removed prior
to the start of construction.
After the prep work was completed, construction
officially begun on Echelon Place during the
summer of 2007.
Developers presumed the project would be completely
finished by 2010.
Towards the end of 2007, the United States
began to undergo an economic recession that
wreaked havoc on the tourism economy.
While established Casino’s experienced severe
problems relating to the Recession, planned
projects seemingly felt the brunt of the damage.
On August 1st, 2008, Boyd Gaming announced
that construction on Echelon would be halted
for three to four quarters due to the poor
Project officials announced they intend on
resuming construction upon the recovery of
the credit market, and Las Vegas Economy.
This was bad news for many Las Vegas residents,
who were relying on the opening of places
like Echelon Place to bring jobs to the Valley.
During the subsequent year, the recession
continued to wreak havoc on the valley . Boyd
Gaming took a massive hit in 2009, when the
company experienced a massive drop in their
share prices, and revenue.
The recession’s effect on Boyd’s revenue
resulted in the company losing millions of
dollars in profit.
After tough deliberations, Boyd Officials
concluded the best course of action was to
suspend construction on Echelon Place until
the economic conditions in Las Vegas improved.
In a statement released by Boyd, the company
stated that while they believe in the long
term viability of Las Vegas, the current economic
conditions in Las Vegas would not support
a project like Echelon Place.
The company concluded by stating that construction
would not resume any time soon, and that locals
should expect construction to be suspended
for three to five years.
Three years after suspending construction,
Boyd Gaming announced they planned on finish
construction at Echelon Place.
Boyd stated this time around, they were determined
to claim their spot as one of the top luxury
destinations on the Las Vegas Strip.
Following the announcement, Clark County granted
Boyd an extension till 2018 to finish the
Plans to resume construction fell through
less than a year later in 2013, when Boyd
Gaming sold the 87 acre site to the Malaysian
gaming company Genting Group, for three hundred
and fifty million dollars.
Genting Group is a well respect, gaming powerhouse
based from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The company owns several casino’s located
throughout the world, most noteworthy being
the Aqueduct Racetrack Casino in New York
City, which contains the world’s largest
slot machine floor.
Genting purchased the site with plans to develop
a chinese themed resort on the eighty seven
After the acquisition of Echelon Place, executives
from Genting Group received an invitation
to attend a local press conference.
At the conference, company officials revealed
their plan to construct a twenty one million
square foot chinese themed resort named “Resorts
World Las Vegas”.
Upon completion, the project would contain
four hotel towers with a combined room count
of 6,500 rooms.
Aside from the typical shopping and dining
areas, developers revealed part of their plan
included building a replica Great Wall of
China, a Panda Exhibit, and one million square
feet convention center.
Company Officials stated, construction on
Resorts World would occur in four “phases”
over the span of twenty four to thirty six
Officials also disclosed that ”Phase One”
of construction would span eight million square
feet, and include 3,500 hotel rooms.
To reduce construction costs, Genting intended
on incorporating the structure of Echelon
Place into Resorts Worlds design.
“Phase One” planned to accommodate numerous
features, such as a seven and a half acre
indoor waterpark, a four thousand seat theater,
and a bowling alley.
Construction on the first phase was expected
to cost around four billion dollars, and break
ground in 2014.
Genting officials estimated that Resorts World
would open by 2016, and alleged the property
would supply nearly 12,000 jobs to the Valley.
Residents of Las Vegas found the announcement
of Resorts World to be a pleasant surprise.
Although the Great Recession began four years
earlier in 2008, Las Vegas was still experiencing
its devastating effects.
From 2002 until the economic crisis, unemployment
in the Valley had remained on a steady decline.
Before the Recession, unemployment in Las
Vegas sat around four percent.
Two years after the initial onset of the Recession,
unemployment in the Valley skyrocketed upwards
of ten percent.
Throughout this period of economic crisis,
the Hospitality Industry would suffer greatly
from the drastic decline in Tourist Spending.
As a result, many Las Vegas Residents lost
their jobs, and found themselves unable to
find new employment.
With the announcement of Resorts World Las
Vegas, many felt that things might finally
turn around for Las Vegas.
Resorts World received support from several
Nevada Government Officials, including Governor
Ryan Sandoval, and Senator Harry Reid.
Both Sandoval, and Reid praised Genting Group
for aiding in the recovery of the Las Vegas
Economy by providing employment to thousands
Construction got off to a rocky start, as
ground breaking was delayed until May 5th,
2015, one year after the initially planned
The project now expected to be completed by
mid-2018, two years after Resorts World was
initially scheduled to open.
Shortly after construction broke ground, construction
on the project slowed down considerably.
As the months wore on, work on the project
appeared to on a steady decline.
Genting Group also became increasingly quiet
about the project, and begun only posting
construction updates on Facebook.
By February of 2016, numerous locals questioned
the resorts status, as barely any work had
With the current pace of construction, many
doubted the project would open by 2018.
In May of 2016, Genting Group announced their
plan to ramp up construction later that year.
Assuming construction stays on schedule, the
company expected the project to be complete
by early 2019.
Genting attributed the delays to Malaysia’s
currency depreciation, which decreased the
company’s global purchasing power, along
with waiting on approval from the Nevada Gaming
Commission for a gaming license.
The project sat in limbo for nearly two years,
as Genting Group geared up for resuming construction.
In 2018, over a decade since Boyd demolished
the Stardust to make way for a new development,
construction was finally in full swing.
In May of 2018, Genting posted an updated
timeline for construction on Resorts World,
which placed the resorts opening at the end
Since Gentings released the updated timeline,
construction has stayed on on pace with the
This is attributed to on-site workers being
increased six fold since the start of 2018.
Towards the end of July, Genting Group Representatives
informed News Three Las Vegas that the two
hotel towers now stand twenty two and twenty
five stories tall, more than double their
initial height at the start of 2018.
The representatives also informed News Three
that both towers will stand sixty stories
tall by the end of the year, and be topped
out in the fall of 2019.
In order to remain on pace with the aggressive
building schedule, company officials stated
the number of workers will increase daily,
as construction expands out to different areas.
This is good news for the Vegas Construction
Industry, since Resorts World will continually
provide more job opportunities as construction
As 2018 comes to an end, construction at Resorts
World continues to keep up with the aggressive
While some skeptics believe construction will
not be completed until 2021 or later, many
locals remain hopeful that the project will
continue to stay on track, and open on schedule.
The Northern End of the Strip has been plagued
with abandoned developments, and declining
foot traffic since the initial onslaught of
The Fontainebleau Las Vegas, now known as
the Drew, ceased construction in 2008, around
the same time Boyd Gaming announced construction
on Echelon Place was suspended.
Like Resorts World, The Drew is expected to
open at the end of 2020.
With both projects being highly anticipated,
many expect they will revitalize the Northern
End of the Strip upon opening.
At this point, only time will tell what becomes
of the former site of the Stardust.
I personally believe that when Resorts World
opens, it will be a successful addition to
the Las Vegas Strip.
Genting Group appears to be studying the market,
as well as carefully calculating what to build
in order to compete with the already established
casinos on the Strip.
While the Strip is historically one of the
most competitive markets out there, Genting
Officials should have no issue competing assuming
they play their cards right.
With proper marketing, and generous gaming
promotions, Resorts World is poised to take
over and dominate the Northern End of the
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