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Las Vegas Casino Owner Gives Away Free Flights To Sin City

Derek Stevens, Owner Of Two Downtown Las Vegas Casinos, Gave Away 1,000 Flights To Help Stimulate The Las Vegas Economy

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Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens is trying to help jumpstart the Las Vegas tourism industry by giving away 1,000 flights to Sin City.

Stevens tweeted a video Wednesday morning announcing the promotion from the D Las Vegas, one of the two Downtown Las Vegas casinos Stevens owns. The tweet simply reads “LET’S GO!!”

“Obviously my team and I would like you to stay at one of our hotels,” said Stevens in the video. “But if you don’t, that’s alright too. Because Las Vegas needs you. Our community needs you. We are just trying to do our share to keep America flying and keep Las Vegas Rolling.”

The promotion comes the day after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak confirmed the rumor that the state’s casinos could reopen on June 4. Both of Stevens’ properties, The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, plan on opening for business that day.

Nevada casinos have been closed since mid-March after Sisolak declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He shut down all ‘nonessential’ business until he started his multi-phase reopening plan earlier this month.

The first 1,000 people that went to The D’s website were awarded a free one-way flights to Las Vegas from select cities, including Appleton, WI; Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA; Boise, ID; Chicago IL; Cincinnati OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Knoxville, TN; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Omaha, NE; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR, San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA; Sioux Falls, SD; South Bend, IN; and Tulsa, OK.

The flights are available on Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit and Sun County Airlines. According to ESPN’s David Purdum, all 1,000 flights were redeemed within two hours of the announcement.

Many of the Las Vegas Strip casinos will be closed on June 4. Caesars Entertainment announced that it will only open Caesars Palace and Flamingo on the first day, while MGM Resorts will only open New York-New York, MGM Grand and Bellagio.

Those two companies make up about 60 percent of the Las Vegas Strip and will keep most of its properties shuttered until executives can evaluation what type of demand there is for Las Vegas tourism.