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Resorts World officially open on Las Vegas Strip

KSNV – Las Vegas logo KSNV – Las Vegas 6/25/2021 Jeff Gillan
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Las Vegas' newest resort stands on some hallowed ground: The Stardust once stood here, and now Resorts World will pick up the baton.

“It's been a long time in the works here. It's been a tough year on everybody, and we're really excited that things are getting better and we're excited about tomorrow night,” Scott Sibella, Resorts World President, told News 3 Wednesday morning.

What the public will get to see is a $4.3 billion behemoth: Resorts World partnered with Hilton, to give the hotel giant its first reappearance in Las Vegas in years.

Three Hilton brands are here: Hilton, its upscale Conrad brand, and its ultra-luxury Crockfords offering. In all, the resort will have 3,500 hotel rooms, with each brand having its own entrance and check-in.

The main floor is dominated by a 117,000 square foot casino, with 1,400 slots, 130 tables and quite the technology.

Download the resort's app and you can go cashless gaming, says the Senior Vice President of Casino Operations, Rick Hutchins.

“It transfers $100 from my cashless wagering account to the table,” Hutchins demonstrated for me. That isn’t all: He says the chips and the table have brains.

“There's an antenna under there that reads it and knows exactly how much I bet,” he says, referring to the gaming table where we're sitting.

The pool plaza is one of the biggest in Las Vegas, which overlooks the Strip.

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Back inside, there are 40 restaurants: some real fancy, others casual, and some designed just for your sweet tooth. Ice cream store Craig's Vegan is here from L.A., one of several Los Angeles area stores making their Las Vegas debut at Resorts World.

“It kind of brings a little bit of L.A. to Vegas,” Craig’s Vegan co-founder, Craig Susser, told reporters.

“We have five flavors, and we're bringing in three flavors that'll be available just in Vegas: birthday cake, pistachio and salted caramel,” Susser says.

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The food offerings here are also taking part in Resorts World technological and digital offerings: The resort is offering the food delivery service Grubhub, which will deliver food throughout the property through an app.

Resorts World is owned by gaming giant Genting Group from Malaysia. They bought the land this sits on back in 2013 and incorporated the stalled and unfinished "Echelon" that went bust in the Great Recession.

The opening was delayed, but that brought a stroke of luck: the resort now opens as Las Vegas gains steam, and could accelerate our recovery from the pandemic.

Resorts World opens 95% finished. The nightclub debuts later this summer, followed by the theater this fall.

The resort will also be a limited-smoking property, with some areas restricting the use of tobacco.

Doors opened to the public Thursday at 11 p.m., following a private invite-only reception earlier in the evening.

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