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The details of the annual New Year’s fireworks in Las Vegas have become known. The “America’s Party” show will last eight minutes, with fireworks launching from eight rooftops on the Strip: STRAT, Resorts World, Treasure Island, Venetian, Caesars Palace, Aria, Planet Hollywood and MGM Grand.

More than 11,000 individual pyrotechnics will be set off on Resorts World’s outdoor LED screen after a countdown by DJ Tiesto. They will be synced to a soundtrack of hits by Miley Cyrus, Backstreet Boys and others. In the evening, the Strip will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians who want to celebrate on the Boulevard.

A separate fireworks display will be launched from the rooftop of the Plaza Center.

Opening a forest fire. The new Wildfire Casino, which is being built on the site of the old Castaways (originally the Showboat), will open in February. Station Casinos wasted no time building the 21,000-square-foot casino, which was announced in July with no specific completion date. Station notes that a more “elevated experience” will be provided in the Wildfire brand at the latest.

WSOP 2023. The 54th annual World Series of Poker will begin on May 30th and run through July 18th. Like last year, it will be hosted at the new Horseshoe Las Vegas and Paris. The $10,000 Main Event will take place July 3-17.

Airport beer. A survey of beer prices at the 50 busiest U.S. airports ranked Reid International of Las Vegas as the fourth most expensive at $8.86 per “regular serving of local macrobrewers” (eg Bud, Coors, Miller). The average cost was $7.42, the most expensive was LaGuardia in New York at $12.33, and the most expensive was Portland International at $4.33.

Question: Does the addition of a new food court in Fremont mean the end of counter-service shrimp cocktail?

Answer: No. The Lanai Express cafe-style counter will remain open and will presumably continue to sell the last 99-cent shrimp cocktail in town.

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