Steve Witkoff, owner of The Drew Las Vegas, is anxiously watching as the casino continues to be renovated, hoping that it can one day soon come back to life. He was just provided a boost of fresh energy this week, as the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has agreed that the venue should be given a license once it becomes operational. According to the current schedule, that could be sometime in the fall of 2022.
The New York businessman appeared before the NGCB this past Tuesday where he stated his case for the 67-story property and what it means to Sin City. He provided the board with an update on how The Drew is progressing, telling them that it is a “high-end renovation job” and adding, “It’s in preconstruction today. We’ve essentially X-rayed the entire building.”
The NGCB appears to have been impressed with his comments and updates, and don’t see any problems with the venue holding a gaming license. The facilities will have to be inspected again once ready before the permit can be issued, but, as far as the board is concerned, there won’t be any obstacles for the project to be greenlighted for gambling.
Part of the reason that the NGCB is optimistic about The Drew’s future, in addition to the fact that the property isn’t serving any purpose to Las Vegas as it sits, could be because of one of the people expected to help run the show. Witkoff announced in November of last year that Vegas fixture and WSOP Poker Hall of Famer Bobby Baldwin had been tapped as the casino’s chairman and CEO. Anyone who has been around Vegas instantly recognizes the name and what he has done over his long history in the city, as well as the state of Nevada.