Fontainebleau recommended for final approval to Nevada Gaming Commission

November 2, 2023
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The commission is scheduled to meet November 16, and the hotel to open on December 13, if last approval is given.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has recommended approval for licensing for the Fontainebleau Las Vegas, according to a local report in the Nevada Independent. The destination needs one final green light from the Nevada Gaming Commission before getting the “all clear” to complete construction and open its doors.

The Gaming Commission is scheduled to address the matter in a meeting set for November 16. Should Fontainebleau gain approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission, the venue could open its doors December 13, according to the local report.

Fontainebleau Development Chairman and Developer Jeffrey Soffer drew up initial plans for the 3,700-room Strip resort nearly two decades ago. Construction on the resort started in 2007 but came to a halt after a series of financial issues that held up completion. Construction had reached 70% completion by 2009 prior to the company walking away due to issues with financing.

Ownership changed hands several times during the next decade. The recent Covid-19 pandemic also stalled the project up until two years ago.

During 2021, Soffer reacquired the project and announced the following year that the company “had obtained $2.2bn in financing to finish the project.”

Once finished, Fontainebleau Las Vegas will take up 25 acres and will be home to a 150,000-square-foot casino. The gaming floor will feature 1,300 slot machines and 128 table games, along with 18,000 square feet reserved for high-limit gaming. This area will also include a slot area with three table games and 105 slots.

Players in the high-limit area will have access to blackjack, baccarat and European roulette. Fontainebleau will also offer a 14,000 square-foot sportsbook.

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