On line casino proprietor Derek Stevens sees a fortune in Las Vegas for the longer term


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens is optimistic about the city's economic recovery after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced a plan to ease capacity limits and constraints starting Monday.

Sin City was previously unlucky and currently limps a fraction of the footfall for businesses, far from what is considered normal.

Stevens says he thinks happiness will soon change.

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"I'm pretty optimistic about what will happen in the second half of 2021, and I definitely think that in 2022 it will just roar everywhere," Stevens said in a one-on-one interview with 13 investigators.

Stevens said just hours after the governor announced that the state would return to 50% capacity by mid-March and increase the congregation size to 250 people, his team began planning and preparing next steps.

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"If I told you I attended about four meetings today, I wouldn't be telling the truth because those four meetings were held last night and we are thinking of what we can do," said Stevens.

Weddings and other bookings already start to peak after the announcement.

Stevens says it's important for Las Vegas, especially downtown, to return to what the city does best and keep guests entertained.

"A lot of people have said it's going to be like the 20s," said Stevens.

"Well, I may think that there is so much demand to get out of the house and have some fun," he added.

Stevens predicts that downtown will recover a little faster than the Strip, as tourists and visitors to Fremont Street tend to be independent travelers while the Strip sees more visitors and convention-related businesses.

"If you have a business and 20% of your entire business is convention, it will take a little longer," said Stevens.

Starting Monday February 15th, MGM Resorts announced that some shows like Brad Garrett's Comedy Club and Thunder from Down Under will increase the capacity to 100 people.

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Carrot Top and Fantasy at Luxor will restart their respective shows starting Friday February 19th.

MJ Live will also be returning to The Strat with shows starting March 18th.