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Bellagio Heist Goes South, Suspect Is Shot

Vegas police officer also injured but has already been treated and released from hospital

(Newser) - "I'm in the poker room and we've been locked in for an hour, not even bathroom, no joke!" That was just one of the tweets that allegedly emerged from inside the Bellagio casino and hotel during an attempted heist in Las Vegas Friday night. Las Vegas... More »

$1.2M Casino Scam Gets 2 Into Nevada's Famous 'Black Book'

Anthony Grant Granito, James Russell Cooper banned from state casinos after ripping off Bellagio

(Newser) - Thirty-two people appear in Nevada's "black book"—the Gaming Control Board's list of personae non gratae in the state's casinos. Anthony Grant Granito and James Russell Cooper just became Nos. 33 and 34, thanks to their role in scamming the Bellagio out of $1.2... More »

Fire Damages Bellagio on Vegas Strip

No injuries were reported

(Newser) - A fire official says a Thursday night blaze damaged decorative facing on the roof of the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip, the AP reports. Assistant Clark County Fire Chief Larry Haydu said Friday that no one was injured in the fire about 11pm Thursday. He says damage was... More »

Thieves in Animal Masks Cause Chaos in Vegas Casino

'You know, Vegas; it's all types of stuff that happens here'

(Newser) - "It is like a movie—it's crazy," Lt. Carlos Hank tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal . Early Saturday, at least three people in "dark, nice suits" and animal masks entered the Bellagio in Las Vegas and ripped off a "high-end retail store." One witness describes... More »

He Robbed a Vegas Casino for $1.5M. And Blew It All

'I got the dream'

(Newser) - "I felt like a big swinging dick," Tony Carleo says. "I just jacked this place and now I'm going to cash in everything I took." In 2010, a man in a motorcycle helmet robbed the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, making off with nearly $1.... More »

Dealers, Pals Charged With Stealing $1M From Bellagio

Authorities say dealers paid out phantom bets at craps tables

(Newser) - Two former casino dealers and two friends are accused of siphoning more than $1 million off craps tables over two years, using phantom bets at Las Vegas' posh Bellagio resort. James Cooper Jr. and Mark Branco were fired by the Bellagio after the scheme came to light, and they were... More »

Bellagio Robber Was... a Judge's Son?

Anthony Michael Carleo arrested after trying to sell stolen chips

(Newser) - Police have arrested the son of a Las Vegas judge in connection with December’s infamous $1.5 million Bellagio heist . Police arrested Anthony Michael Carleo, 29, late yesterday, after he reportedly tried to sell the chips he’d made off with in the robbery to undercover police officers, the... More »

After Heist, Bellagio Kills the $25K Chip

Thief will likely have a hard time cashing in

(Newser) - The Las Vegas motorcycle bandit who made off with $1.5 million in casino chips may not be able to cash them in himself , but he did accomplish one thing: making life difficult for a lot of high-stakes gamblers. Thanks to the thief, MGM Resorts—which owns the Bellagio, scene... More »

$1.5M Chip Bandit Can't Cash in Casino Loot

Bellagio robber escaped with too-hot-to-handle chips

(Newser) - The bandit who robbed Las Vegas' Bellagio casino this week went to a lot of trouble to get his hands on some mostly worthless plastic chips, security experts say. The helmet-wearing gunman made off with $1.5 million in casino chips ranging in value from $100 to $25,000—but... More »

Vegas Casino Bandit Flees With $1.5M—in Chips

Bellagio heist might have been his second

(Newser) - Not quite the panache of Ocean's Eleven, but not bad for one guy on a motorcycle, either: Las Vegas police are looking for an armed bandit who entered the Bellagio casino still wearing his helmet, took at least $1.5 million in chips from a craps table, then zipped back... More »

MGM Mirage Doubles Down on Global Market

Vegas brand expands to Asia, Middle East despite industry woes

(Newser) - With the hospitality business gasping for air and its own core business in trouble, MGM Mirage is going global in hopes of building its brand well beyond Las Vegas. Having sealed eight deals with hotel developers and in talks with 10 more, the company will introduce the Bellagio and MGM ... More »

Spas Get the Vegas Treatment

Relaxation is another of Sin City's pricey pastimes

(Newser) - Las Vegas' go-big-or-go-home attitude runs from its slots to its spas, which now rival the Dead Sea as the world's favored soaking grounds, W reports. But what separates Sin City from Baden-Baden is the de-emphasis on escaping it all: At these luxury bathhouses, seeing and being seen is equally important... More »

Clinton Spending Vexes Donors

Supporters ask why consultants are paid so much for failing campaign

(Newser) - The $25,000 Hillary Clinton's sputtering campaign dropped at Vegas' posh Bellagio last month is raising eyebrows among those cutting her the checks, reports the New York Times. Add $5 million for the very strategists who engineered her string of recent failures, and donors looking over her latest campaign finance... More »

Kerkorkian Hedges Bets on MGM

Billionaire investor withdraws offer for casino properties

(Newser) - Mega-investor Kirk Kerkorian has withdrawn his intended bid for two of MGM Mirage's showcase properties. Kerkorian, who owns a 56% stake in the company, pulled his preannounced offer on news of a multi-billion dollar development deal between MGM and South African casino giant Kerzner International to develop a new property... More »

Kerkorian Bets on Bellagio

Billionaire who controls MGM Mirage makes bid for its two hottest assetsi

(Newser) - Activist investor Kirk Kerkorian, who holds a controlling interest in MGM Mirage, is making a play to buy two of the casino company's crown jewels. Kerkorian's company, Tracinda Corp., is in talks to acquire MGM's Bellagio Casino and the $7.4 billion CityCenter development, currently under construction. Kerkorian currently owns... More »

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