by Michael J. Shapiro | October 23, 2013
Caesars Entertainment, which had announced a partnership with Gansevoort Hotel Group to license and brand a new property at the site of the former Bill's Gamblin' Hall on the Las Vegas Strip, has dropped the hotel company from the project. According to Caesars, the 188-room boutique hotel still will open early next year. "This change will have no impact on the transformation of Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon into a unique boutique nightlife, hospitality and dining experience," read a statement. Caesars made the decision after Massachusetts gaming regulators recommended that Caesars not be licensed in that state, causing the gaming giant to pull out of a proposed casino development in East Boston. According to a Bloomberg report, the decision not to license Caesars  was due, in part, to concerns about a Gansevoort investor and his alleged ties to organized crime in Russia.