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As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and he writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports.

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Casino City’s Friday Five: Super Bowl heading to Las Vegas edition

2 Feb 2024

By Dan Ippolito
We are just nine days away from the San Francisco 49ers squaring off against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for Super Bowl LVIII. If you are going to be in the Las Vegas area, there are plenty of viewing options and parties to consider attending. It isn’t all peachy for Sin City though as Las Vegas casino workers are threatening to strike with the city set to host the Super Bowl, which will held in Sin City for the first time on 11 February.

In addition, we also have a six-figure win at a Florida casino, another sportsbook launching in Indiana, and FanDuel-parent Flutter being listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Let’s kick this week off with a big win:

5. Seminole Classic Casino pays out $213,000 slots win
A third slot player hits a jackpot of over $100,000 in just 10 days at Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

The guest won a total of $213,296.75 on a Diamond Lotto slot machine on Monday, 29 January and the progressive jackpot was reset to $100,000.

4. FanDuel-parent Flutter now listed on NYSE
On Monday, Flutter Entertainment unveiled the listing of the company's ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

The same day, Flutter also confirmed that the cancellation of the secondary listing of the company's ordinary shares on Euronext Dublin took effect. Flutter retains its premium listing on the London Stock Exchange and its ordinary shares continue to trade on the Main Market of the LSE.

Flutter’s Board believes listing on the NYSE will unlock long-term strategic and capital market benefits from the following:

- Enhancing the Group's profile in the U.S.
- Better enabling the recruitment and retention of U.S. talent
- Giving the Group access to much deeper capital markets, and to new U.S. domestic investors
- Providing greater overall liquidity in Flutter shares
- Giving optionality to pursue a primary listing in the U.S. - one of the criteria for access to important US indices.
- Since February 2023, management has engaged widely with US investors, existing and potential, along with existing shareholders globally. The feedback received has been very supportive of moving Flutter's primary listing to the U.S.

As a result, the board also believes that the NYSE is now the optimal location for Flutter's primary listing of its shares, and that the transition should be made as soon as practicable. This proposal will be put to shareholders as a Special Resolution at the 2024 AGM on 1 May. If the shareholders approve, the transition is expected to become effective in late Q2/early Q3.

3. bet365 launches in Indiana
On Tuesday, bet365 announced its entry into Indiana.

In partnership with the French Lick Resort, Indiana becomes the eighth state of bet365’s expansion in the U.S., which already includes Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Iowa and Colorado.

New and eligible bet365 Sportsbook & Racebook customers aged 21 or older can select from one of two exclusive introductory new customer offers:

- First bet safety net of $2,000 in bonus bets. T&C’s apply.
- Bet $5, get $150 in bonus bets. T&C’s apply.

2. Tropicana closing and Super Bowl strike update
In this week's video, we discuss the 2 April closing date for Tropicana Las Vegas and update the potential casino workers strike as the Super Bowl kickoff nears.

Are you ready for professional baseball in Las Vegas? If so, that means a Tropicana demolition. Bally's Corporation owns the resort, and they have officially announced that 2 April will be the last day of business for the Tropicana. As for the Tropicana demolition date, none has been set yet. We’ve heard rumors of late 2024 and early 2025, but nothing is definite.

Moving over to the Las Vegas strike, even the Vegas bus drivers and mechanics are now getting into the spirit of walking off their jobs. On Thursday night, strike deadlines were moved from 5 a.m. Friday PT to Monday morning, according to the Culinary Union.

Drivers voted to authorize a strike days ago, but did not go as far as setting a date just yet. After rejecting a proposed contract, the Las Vegas bus drivers say that this is not just about the money, it’s about safety concerns.

Among the issues that need to be settled to avoid a strike there are the raises that the drivers and mechanics are seeking, plus changes for seniority with the mechanics and better benefits. So will the Las Vegas bus drivers and mechanics try to use the Super Bowl as leverage?

1. Top 10 Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII parties
For the first time, the city of Las Vegas will host the Super Bowl when the Chiefs and 49ers clash at Allegiant Stadium on 11 February.

Currently, the 49ers are two-point favorites on bet365 Sportsbook & Racebook. Whatever your bet may be, it is always fun to watch your bet cash and below are a few places in Las Vegas to check out for the Super Bowl.

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Crush, the buffet at MGM Grand, is offering an all-you-can-eat package for football fans. For $249 per person, the ticket comes with the entire buffet, along with all-you-can-drink beverages and draft beer.

If the bar scene is more your speed, then TAP Sports Bar has a few different packages. At $365 per person, the Bar-Top package includes an all-you-can-drink premium open bar, endless choices from the dining menu and guaranteed seating at the bar-top.

The offerings go up to $430 per person for the VIP tables. This includes everything the Bar-Top package has with a VIP raffle, guaranteed prizes and seating at a bar table with views of the video wall.

Caesars Palace
The Caesars Sportsbook has a bleacher package available for purchase. At $400, this package includes a bleacher seat through the end of the game and also comes with two drink tickets.

If you want a cigar during the game, Montecristo Cigar Bar might be the place for you. At $750, this reservation includes a table for two near the entrance and comes with a $250 beverage credit. For $50 more, that table will be located near the video wall rather than the entrance. If you have a bigger group, for $1,750, a table for six near the video wall will be guaranteed along with a $500 beverage credit.

Alto Bar at Caesars also has a couple of options to pick from. A $350 package will get you seating for two and $150 in beverage credit. A table for four people with a $250 beverage credit will run you $600.

Circa Resort & Casino
If you are looking to watch the game on the screen of all screens, look no further than Circa Resort & Casino.

At Stadium Swim, guests can enjoy the action on the 143-foot screen at the pool area’s viewing party. Standing room tickets start at $175 and Club Level standing room tickets are going for $200.

You can also head over to the three-story sportsbook for more Super Bowl fun as it offers a screen of 78 million pixels and a variety of seating options for fans.
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