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Why The SLS Might Become Something...

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 24 Jun 2013
It's a very open secret that Sahara honcho Sam Nazarian's projects live in a cloud of media hype. From bit pieces about his growing nightclub empire to full on fluff (seemingly annual) LA Times featurette,...

Tagged: sls   sahara   renovations   sam nazarian   sbe entertainment   north strip   


SLS Demolition Takes Towers To Steel

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Jun 2013
It appears that the Visas for cash check has cleared. The transition of the historic Sahara into the shiny new SLS Hotel Las Vegas is in full roar mode with demolition crews dismantling the exterior filigree...

Tagged: sls   sbe   sahara   construction   


The SLS Las Vegas Construction Cam

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 May 2013
Sahara demolition is in full swing. To help sbe keep their eyes on the balls, they've mounted a SLS construction cam on the side of the hotel tower. Check it out here SLS Construction Camera....

Tagged: sls   sahara   sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   sahara   construction   


The Sahara Demolition

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 May 2013
sbe entertainment is going full steam ahead on demolition of the former Sahara as it makes its way towards reopening as SLS Las Vegas in fall 2014. I recently did a quick drive...

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SLS Sends Camels Out To Pasture

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Mar 2013
The check cleared. We know this because the cranes have arrived at the old Sahara as it is transformed into the SLS hotel. Barely a week after covering their busted electronic marquee with a tarp...

Tagged: sls   sahara   marquee   neon   sayonara   


Even More SLS Las Vegas Renderings Unleashed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jan 2013
sbe entertainment is continuing to scramble for cash via the EB-5 visas for cash program in the hopes of funding the transformation of the decrepit, shuttered Sahara into the gleaming SLS Las Vegas. To this end,...

Tagged: sls   renovations   sahara   renderings   


SBE Can't Raise SLS Cash, Extends Escrow

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Nov 2012
One could say that the story of SLS Las Vegas is a good indicator on how Vegas fans should rate their media. One one side, there are those who trumpet the hype, ask no...

Tagged: sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   sahara   


Sahara's Vintage Fender Rhodes On Craigslist

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Nov 2012
Here's an interesting oddity in the world of casino collectables - a 1975 Fender Rhodes Mk I Electric Piano formerly owned and embossed by the Sahara Hotel and Casino. Can you imagine how many thousands of...

Tagged: sahara   craigslist   


SLS Architectural Model Unveiled

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 May 2012
The Las Vegas Sun has posted a puff piece on the SLS which does include one gem - a photo of the architectural model for SLS. The differences between the linked model and the Bing birds...

Tagged: sbe   sahara   sls las vegas   


SLS Las Vegas: Anatomy Of A Press Release

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 May 2012
Yesterday, sbe sent out a press release touting their partial funding of the SLS Las Vegas project to the big media. As expected, most gulped down the whole steaming load without asking any questions...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sbe   sam nazarian   sahara   


Seeing SLS Las Vegas Through The Raindrops

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Apr 2012
I'll spare the preamble and cut right to the chase: I don't believe a thing SBE Entertainment says. From the moment SBE announced the purchase of Sahara and their plans to turn it...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sahara   sam nazarian   


Sahara: SLS Las Vegas To Be Just Below Luxury

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Apr 2012
This must be an April Fools joke. VegasInc reporter Steve Green, known for kick ass coverage of the legal beat, turned in this incredibly strange story outlining bits and pieces of non-news surrounding the post-Sahara development...

Tagged: sahara   sls   cosmopolitan   sam nazarian   


NOS Sahara Souvenirs

Posted by Misnomer on 17 Feb 2012
If you're anything like me, you've kicked yourself a number of times for having missed the big post-closure garage sale at Sahara. Sometimes I lay awake at night, filled with regret, wondering if I'd...

Tagged: misnomer   sahara   sam nazarian   


For Sam Came Down From The Mountain, And All Became Well With The World

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Sep 2011
Earlier today, a commenter with the handle "SamNazarian" posted a response to How Sam Nazarian Spent The Sahara Liquidation Money. Well i have to say that i have finnaly submitted to responding to your hilariuos blogs...

Tagged: sam nazarian   sbe   sahara   


How Sam Nazarian Spent The Sahara Liquidation Money

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Sep 2011
I'm confident that VT's griping about Sahara's skanky parking garage and hell hole of a hotel embarrassed SBE honchos so much that they brought in a cleaning crew and tried to make some other minor...

Tagged: sahara   sam nazarian   sbe   


Sahara Liquidation: SOLD OUT!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Sep 2011
The Sahara, which stated on its mostly darkened marquee that the final weeks of their interior liquidation sale were here, is now officially and completely closed. The NCL Liquidation team ended their sale of...

Tagged: sahara   sam nazarian   sls las vegas   


From The Mailbag: Are There Any Implosions Planned?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Aug 2011
Periodically, we get emails from folks asking us questions that we think y'all might be interested in helping us answer, or ones that might stir up a little discussion. Today's question comes from VT reader Bruce,...

Tagged: implosions   fontainebleau   aria   cosmopolitan   desert inn   el rancho   boardwalk   stardust   new frontier   sahara   wynn   encore   


Revenge of the Attack of the Return of the Sahara Liquidation Sale Photos

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jun 2011
If you haven't yet had the chance to eyeball the bajillion photos of the Sahara Liquidation sale posted everywhere, we've got a slew of our own, courtesy of VT super reader TwoFours who stopped by...

Tagged: sahara   sam nazarian   


Sahara Garage Sale / Liquidation Starts June 16th

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Jun 2011
Thanks to VT reader NeverJustJ's posting on The Board, we now know all we need to know about the coming liquidation of all of Sahara's assets. Everything must go... gigantic Hobart mixers, to stainless steel kitchen...

Tagged: sahara closing   sam nazarian   sbe   


Vegas Gang #61: Sahara Post-Mortem and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 May 2011
On the latest episode of the Vegas Gang podcast, the gang takes on the Sahara's closing from all angles... bringing the same insight to the game that predicted Nazarian/SBE would be a failure from the...

Tagged: vegas gang podcast   vegas internet mafia family picnic   sahara   wynn   sbe   sam nazarian   


Sahara Hoses Website

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2011
Sahara has hosed their website. For posterity stake, we have archived a screenshot of this, the final Sahara Las Vegas website, currently viewable at SaharaVegas.com. No mention of the coming SLS Las Vegas? I wonder...

Tagged: sahara closing   


Sahara Signed, Shackled and Sealed With Sam's Promise

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2011
The padlocks are now in place on the doors of Sahara as security escorted all the final scragglers of the property. Within the next few days (or hours) a chain link fence will...

Tagged: sahara closing   


Sahara Closing: The Video

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2011
The last people out, the doors being locked, Sam posting his promise. ...

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No More Bets: The Sahara Is Closed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2011
Last call. Last call. Last call. The tables are shut down, slots are off, the bar is closed and the final gaggle of patrons are being rushed to the exit. The doors of...

Tagged: sahara closing   


Sayonahara: What Happens To Sahara Progressive Leftovers?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 May 2011
The amount of air spilled into the universe over the unwon Lion's Share progressive machine at MGM Grand could power a reunion flight of the once mighty Led Zeppelin including a full flowering of Robert's...

Tagged: sahara closing   sayonara   progressive   slot machines   chicken dinner   


Sayonahara: Speed : The Ride, Closed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 May 2011
Let the closures begin.... The Las Vegas Inc Sun is reporting that Sahara has closed down Speed: The Ride in advance of Sahara's probably permanent closure slated for May 16th, 2011. When reached for comment, actor...

Tagged: sahara closing   sayonara   whoa   thrill rides   


SBE Sells Club Sahara Assets To MGM

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Apr 2011
Let the liquidation begin! SBE Entertainment has sold the contents of the Club Sahara players club (a gigantic database filled with the contact information of anyone who has stayed or played at Sahara and...

Tagged: sahara   sbe   mlife   murren   sam nazarian   sls las vegas   circus circus   


SLS Las Vegas Hotel Room Designs Uncovered

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Apr 2011
Here they are folks, the photographic evidence of the planned room renovations for the rebranded Sahara... SLS Hotel Las Vegas, as designed by former SBE Senior Design Manager in conjunction with Philippe S+arck design. There are...

Tagged: sahara   sls las vegas   


Sahara Gift Shop Having Booze Fire Sale!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Apr 2011
With less than a month until Sahara closes its doors permanently, the gift shop at Sahara is starting to unload their warehouse full of liquor at sharp discounts (at least for a gift shop.) One example...

Tagged: sahara closing   booze   


Sahara To Be Demolished*, SLS Hotel Opening 2014

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Apr 2011
SBE honcho Sam Nazarian has definitely learned the Steve Wynn Style of how to use newspaper column inches to his advantage. This time, he gets the Los Angeles Times to trumpet him as...

Tagged: sahara   sam nazarian   sbe   


Sahara's Final Days : Shareef Don't Like It

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Apr 2011
The king told the boogie men they had to make that raga drop. The Sahara is closing on May 16th. We stopped by recently to say sayonara as well as document what the place looked...

Tagged: sahara   closing   sbe entertainment   


Sahara Closing Retail Shops

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Apr 2011
Everything must go! Including us! A quick walk through Sahara's retail promenade/sportsbook/lobby shows that a bunch of stores have already begun packing up their wares and fixtures. It is so grim that Marshall Rousso ain't even...

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Final Edition Sahara Casino Chips

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Apr 2011
The other day I headed over to Sahara to say goodbye. As part of the ritual, I stopped by the casino cage to grab some of the final Sahara chips for my collection. ...

Tagged: sahara   casino chips   


The Sahara Is Closing

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Mar 2011
We've been hearing rumblings through Las Vegas public relations channels that an announcement about the future of the Sahara will be released to the press tomorrow morning, Friday March 11, 2011. The announcement, as we deduced...

Tagged: sahara   closing   sbe entertainment   


The Sahara's Shifting Sands

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Mar 2011
When SBE Entertainment pulled out Stockbridge Real Estate Funds' checkbook and bought Sahara from the Bennett family for $350M exactly four years ago - March 2, 2007 - the world was a truly different place....

Tagged: sahara   sbe   nazarian   


Sahara: Hosing Down The Hell Hole

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Feb 2011
Back in October, VegasTripping was the first news outlet to break the news that the Sahara was a dirty hell hole. Our approach may be ham fisted, self-aggrandizing and occasionally half-funny but goddammit...

Tagged: sahara   hell hole   


New Feature Posted: Sahara : The VT Review 2010

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Nov 2010
A quick note to those tuned into the RSS and Twitter feeds that we've posted a new feature article to the site, a review of the brand new(ish) Superior rooms at the Sahara. Check it out...

Tagged: sahara   hotel reviews   


The Sahara Fun Book

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Nov 2010
I've never found a funbook or coupon scam that I found to be remotely useful. Until now. After eating one pound of curly fries, I'm definitely going to need to a new NASCAR...

Tagged: funbooks   sahara   


I've Got Friends In Higher Tax Brackets

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Nov 2010
Wynn Las Vegas has announced a fresh round of Garth Brooks gigs and at the same time raised ticket prices by about a hundred bucks to $225 + service charge. I've heard a ton of reports...

Tagged: wynn las vegas   garth brooks   sahara   


Sahara's Halloween Costume: Hell Hole

Posted by Chuckmonster on 31 Oct 2010
For the love of God, someone please shoot me now. I'm trapped in a Tangiers tower elevator as it trickles its way from L to 26. To my left is the Indian guy...

Tagged: sahara   hell hole   halloween   


Pencil: Cheapskating The Strip

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Oct 2010
You know it was was only a matter of time before two of our meta subject memes car crashed into each other. And where else would we do it but for the quartet of...

Tagged: pencil   cheapskating   tropicana   riviera   circus circus   stratosphere   sahara   


Tea In The Sahara With Sam

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Aug 2010
These days, Sahara is mostly known for... uhm... still being open. Barely. Despite SBE Entertainment's best attempts at renovating a smidgen of their rooms they haven't fully managed to scare up enough...

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VT Tweet Of The Week: @askirby

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Jun 2010
We're starting a new regular Friday feature here called... VT Tweet of the Week. Every Friday - instead of doing the Follow Friday nonsense - we post our favorite tweet of the week. This...

Tagged: tweet of the week   sahara   treasure island   


Let's Go Get Married, Uhm, I Mean Tattooed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Jun 2010
Ten years ago, probably the biggest Vegas mistake you could make - other than gambling away the rent money - was waking up married to a stranger. As my lawyer once said to...

Tagged: 3 lions tattoo   king ink   sahara   mirage   tattoo parlors   


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