This week's gambling news finds us at Bally's - Las Vegas, where the transformation to the Horseshoe Las Vegas has begun. But the Horseshoe used to be downtown, and Bally's wasn't always Bally's, as Las Vegas casinos play a game of musical chairs.
A mere eight months after announcing that Bally’s would be re-branded as the Horseshoe, workers began removing the Bally’s name on the outside of the Las Vegas casino. One by one the letters came down. And while that may seem like a big deal, there is so much more involved than what we can see on the building’s exterior. As we approach the end of the year, guests can expect to see additional changes to the casino floor and other public areas, changes to food and beverage options, and new entertainment options including a classic arcade where the sports book used to be.
Guests who want to bet on sporting events need not worry, however, as Caesars Entertainment will install a a new counter where wagers can be made. Another option will be the Caesars Sports Book app, which guests are welcome to use while in the state of Nevada. There were no announcements about the current Bally’s poker room being renovated or closed. However, given the rich history of poker at the original Horseshoe, and the fact that the Las Vegas casino just hosted the World Series of Poker, our suspicion is that poker will be a big part of the new Horseshoe moving forward.
Additionally, those waiting for the new Hard Rock Las Vegas casino to open will have to wait a little longer. Even with all the talk of shutting down the Mirage and it’s iconic volcano attraction, the new resort won’t be ready to welcome guests for at least another two and a half years. The company recently put out a press release with details about their plans. When referring to their new property on The Strip, Hard Rock stated that it would be “set to open in 2025”, but did not get more specific than that. One point of curiosity for guests and residents alike is whether or not the hotel will have to close during the rebranding process.