Foley to talk Vegas hockey at Suncoast

April 14, 2015 3:06 AM
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The $375 million, 20,000-seat, multi-purpose event center being built on the Strip between Monte Carlo and New York-New York is progressing nicely. The arena is the result of a partnership between MGM Resorts and AEG and is expected to be ready for action this time next year.The $375 million, 20,000-seat, multi-purpose event center being built on the Strip between Monte Carlo and New York-New York is progressing nicely. The arena is the result of a partnership between MGM Resorts and AEG and is expected to be ready for action this time next year.

And, if Florida businessman Bill Foley and his partners have their way, one of the events in that arena will be NHL games featuring Las Vegas’ very own hockey team. To that end, Foley has been busy pre-selling season tickets to the games (his goal is 10,000) to show the National Hockey League that Las Vegas is willing to support a team.

It’s an exciting project and those of you who are interested or have questions, should head over to the Suncoast race and sports book lounge (right next to the race and sports book, of course) at noon next Tuesday (April 21) where Foley will be a guest on Brian Blessing’s Sportsbook Radio show (12 to 1 p.m., AM920) along with Mike Lewis, Suncoast sports book director.

“Having grown up in Michigan, I’m an avid Red Wings fan,” Lewis told us. “I love hockey and I think a team would be great for Las Vegas.”

Later that same day, Foley will return to the Suncoast for a meet and greet at 5 o’clock in the The Game sports bar (which offers an amazing selection of craft beers, both draft and bottled) and you will get to ask your own questions and maybe even be able to sign up for one of those season tickets.

GOOD DEAL: If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, the next best thing is coming to Las Vegas. There are four or five dozen race and sports books in the Valley of Dollars where you can enjoy all the action, many with huge screens giving incredible views that some think are better than the live races.

There are also a number of handicapping seminars scheduled to help you sort the wheat from the chaff on the Derby Day program. GT’s Richard Saber (Palace Station, April 30, 6 p.m.) and Steve Davidowitz (Sunset Station, May 1, right after Kentucky Oaks) will each participate in one.

If you had a chance to catch Richard on Tom Quigley’s show last  week at Santa Anita Park, you got a taste of his handicapping prowess as he gave out 7 winners for the day. You can bet we will be consulting him before we place our Derby bets.

One of the best books for race fans on Derby Day is at the South Point Casino, which offers excellent lighting, large boards with entries you can read and no sports bettors clogging the lines, as the wise Michael Gaughan has two separate books – one for race, one for sports.

TOP TRIBUTE: We hear MJ Live, the top notch Michael Jackson tribute show at the Stratosphere, is wowing audiences nightly. Co-producers Dick Feeney, Darin Feinstein and Carlos Reynoso have brought together a talented group of impersonators who have captured the essence of MJ.

Rotating in the role of the legendary superstar, Justin Dean, Jalles Franca and Tony Kouns each manage to exude the energy, excitement, spectacle and joy of the one and only Michael Jackson.

Backed by powerful sound, spectacular visual effects and lighting, a talented team of dancers and a live band, these entertainers seem to channel the King of Pop and transport audiences to an earlier time as they remember and sing along to Jackson’s biggest hits, including “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Dangerous,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Black & White,” “Thriller,” “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” and more.

Showtime is 7 p.m. nightly, a great time slot for both young and old, and tickets start at just $49.95.

See you around town.

Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at EileenDiRocco@GamingToday.com.

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