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• July 27, 2014 17:59 (Timely) Weather Warning: As today's excerpt in our ongoing "Sample Sunday" feature in the Question of the Day column features Matt O'Brien's My Week at the Blue Angel and Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas, it is poignant that the National Weather Service is currently issuing various flash-flood warnings for Southern Nevada, urging people to stay clear of the flood channels, among other risks. For many, however, as Matt chronicles both in Blue Angel and his best-selling precursor, Beneath the Neon, those drains and channels beneath the city are currently "home." We wish everyone a safe Sunday and urge caution when driving, or walking, in flood conditions.
• July 27, 2014 13:28 Another Bellagio Heist: An armed man reportedly took more than $30,000 from the cage at Bellagio pm Friday night, then escaped on foot and remains at large. Bellagio was also the target of a $1.5 million chip robbery in 2011; the perpetrator in that case was caught.
• July 27, 2014 12:53 Lock Up Your Chopper: For the second year in a row, Las Vegas ranked second in motorcycle thefts according to the National Crime Information Center. In 2013, 899 motorcycles were stolen, up 18.8% from 2012 and behind only New York City.
• July 27, 2014 11:56 Argosy Closing: After a complicated legal battle over its license, the Argosy in Sioux City, IA has been ordered to close by July 30. It will be succeeded by yet another Hard Rock, scheduled to open August 1.
• July 27, 2014 10:30 Hard Rock in Tahoe: The former Horizon casino that announced it would reopen as Park Tahoe Casino Resort will instead become a Hard Rock. The rebranded casino is scheduled to open late this year or in early 2015.
• July 27, 2014 08:38 Green Parking at Caesars: Caesars Entertainment resorts have set up charging stations in their parking lots. Guests with electrical and hybrid vehicles now have the option to recharge at no cost in one of 48 charging ports in lots and valets as part of a CET partnership with NV Energy to encourage more energy-efficient vehicles, while adding to the list of amenities provided for guests.
• July 26, 2014 16:38 UFC Brown/Lawler: Robbie Lawler is a -370 favorite over Matt Brown in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Anthony Johnson is -625 over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
• July 26, 2014 14:21 iHeart Radio Tix On Sale: Tickets for the general public to the 2-day iHeart Radio festival this Sept. 19-20 at MGM Grand go on sale at 10 a.m. this morning, from the venue box office, official iHeart Radio website, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Historically, these things have sold out like hot cakes -- no, more like cronuts!! -- so buy yours now to avoid utter disappointment/extortionate scalper mark-ups.
• July 26, 2014 12:23 Monte Carlo Dance-Off: Join cast members from several headlining Strip shows and get your dance on for National Dance Day at the Monte Carlo Plaza today, 1:30 p.m. See item in Today's News 7/25 for more details.
• July 26, 2014 09:28 Monorail Celebrates 10th Anniversary: The Las Vegas Monorail celebrates its 10th anniversary today with "open-house events" at each of its stations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that include entertainment, refreshments, and discount coupons. The stations are located at SLS, Westgate, Las Vegas Convention Center, Harrah's, Flamingo, Bally's, and MGM Grand.
• July 25, 2014 11:14 Monte Carlo Celebrates Nat'l Dance Day: On Saturday, July 26, MGM Resorts in Las Vegas will celebrate National Dance Day with an event on Monte Carlo's newly renovated Plaza. At 1:30 p.m., entertainers from Jabbawockeez, Fantasy, and Tournament of Kings, plus cast members of the corporate music-and-dance production Inspiring our World (a show featuring regular staff members from the group's properties, bookable for inspirational business presentations), will all join to celebrate National Dance Day, founded to promote dance as a fun way to maintain good health and fight obesity. This outdoor public event is free to watch.
• July 25, 2014 10:15 June Good Month for Vegas: Last month saw the third-best numbers for Vegas visitation in 2014, with numbers continuing to hit record levels, according to the latest stats released by the LVCVA. 3.5 million visitors to Southern Nevada were recorded in June, up 3.1 percent on the same period last year, with the city currently on pace to attract 41 million tourists in 2014, which would smash the current record of 39.7 million in 2012.
• July 25, 2014 10:10 Friday Reminders: For all you rockers out there, remember that the general-public sale for the upcoming KISS mini-residency at the Hard Rock just went on sale 10 minutes ago, while for the pool-partier contingent, Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool & Bungalows is hosting a special "Ditch Island" edition today (doors also opened at 10 a.m., "Luau" dress encouraged), with no cover and a complimentary cocktail if you register online.
• July 24, 2014 14:01 Las Vegas This Weekend: Some of this weekend's headlining entertainment talent includes:

  • The funny Nick Swardson is performing stand-up at the Mirage (7/25-26)
  • Catch your favorite contestants with "The Voice Tour Live" at the Hard Rock inside The Joint (7-25)
  • SWV with Debarge, The Remote Band will be playing at the Hard Rock Cafe (7/25)
  • Wolfmother is playing poolside at the Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool.(7/25)
  • The Hard Rock hosts Boston playing at The Joint (7/26)
  • Fans of the Fab Four can enjoy The Beatle Tribute at Sunset Station (7/26)
  • Fremont Street Experience offers a free concert with the popular Latin stars, Descarga Summer Concert (7/26)
  • The Spinners are performing at the Cannery (7/26)
  • The infectious Iggy Azalea is poolside at The Cosmopolitan, Boulevard Pool (7/26)
  • Reggae Bowl features Gonzo of Tribal Seeds & Beyond I Sight and True Press at Brooklyn Bowl (7/27)
• July 24, 2014 12:25 Sabina Kelley Guests in Pinup: Through July 31 only, catch international bombshell Sabina Kelley guest-headlining in Stratosphere's Pinup burlesque show. It isn't topless, but it is definitely sexy, classy, and a treat for fans of the whole '40s/'50s aesthetic and music scene. Check out the review on, our 18+ sister site, via the link above.
• July 24, 2014 10:00 LV Weekly's Best of Vegas Awards: Las Vegas Weekly pays its annual tribute to the city’s top restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment, personalities, and more tonight at the Las Vegas Weekly Best of Vegas Awards. Hosted by Hakkasan at MGM Grand, honorees will include everything from the top new sushi spot, to the best casino dealer, as voted for by the Weekly's readers and staff. The event, which takes place from 8-10 p.m., is free and open to the public and features a complimentary Ketel One cocktail for all attendees. If you'd like to go, RSVP via
• July 24, 2014 09:09 Krave Closing ... Again: Is this finally the end for Krave, the gay nightclub that's gone through several incarnations on and off the Strip and is currently operating out of the Tommy Wind Theater? The club is set to close this Sunday and will be replaced by Equilibrium,  a "brand new and revolutionary nightlife concept for the LGBT community" that's in development.
• July 23, 2014 15:49 Mamma Mia! Closing: Although the ABBA-inspired musical continues to enjoy success around the globe, with no less than 13 productions currently in residency or on tour, there will be one less as of Aug. 3, when the Mamma Mia! will close at its current Las Vegas home in a specially revamped and expanded theater at the Tropicana. Poor ticket sales are to blame for the demise, writes LV Sun entertainment columnist John Katsilometes, which comes less than four months after a return to Las Vegas for a production that had previously enjoyed a six-year run at Mandalay Bay. There's no word yet as to what may take its place in the showroom at the New Trop. Anyone who has already purchased tickets for performances after the Aug. 3 closing date should contact the Box Office for a full refund.
• July 23, 2014 11:55 Breaking News - Sentence Announced in Fantasy Dancer's Murder Case: Jason "Blu" Griffith, the former Cirque LOVE performer accused of the 2010 killing and dismembering his on-off girlfriend Debbie Flores Narvaez, a dancer in Fantasy, the long-running topless revue at Luxor, has been sentenced to 10 years to life. A jury found Griffith guilty of second-degree murder following a nine-day trial that concluded two months ago; the dancer, who took the stand in his own defense, had argued that he acted in self defense, fearing Narvaez was going to kill him as a result of his attempts to end their volatile relationship.
• July 23, 2014 11:27 AC Lawmakers Attempt to Stall Casino Closures: Three Atlantic City-area lawmakers want state casino regulators to force the Showboat and With one closure already this year, and three more in the pipeline, three Atlantic City politicians are attempting to force both Trump Plaza and the Showboat to remain open for at least four additional months, arguing that the two-month notice period given to employees, many of whom had given more than two decades of service, was neither fair nor realistic in terms of them having an opportunity to find alternative employment, while adding further that a string of empty properties could only serve to further damage the image and ambiance of the struggling East Coast gambling enclave.

Currently The Showboat, owned by Caesars Entertainment, is scheduled to shut Aug. 31, while Trump Plaza is set to close its doors two weeks later. Atlantic City's newest resort-casino, Revel, is also threatening imminent closure if a buyer cannot be found soon.

To add insult to injury, last Monday Caesars Palace Atlantic City was the victim of an armed robbery, when two masked assailants stole $180,000 at gunpoint at around 6 a.m. As far as we know, the thieves have yet to be apprehended.
• July 23, 2014 09:41 iHeart Radio Lineup Announced: Another day, another music festival, with the announcement today of the 2014 iHeart Radio artist lineup. The fourth annual showcase of music legends returns to MGM Grand this Sept. 19-20 and will include its signature eclectic lineup of big-name artists, including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Mötley Crüe, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalia, Lorde, Usher, Eric Church, One Direction, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Bastille, Paramore, the Zac Brown Band, Train, and others. The Festival Village will also return to open-air sister venue The Lot, across from the Luxor, where artists, including Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, and Lil Jon will be performing.

A pre-sale for MasterCard card holders kicks off at 1 p.m. today, with tickets for everyone else available for purchase from 10 a.m. Saturday (and if previous years are anything to to go buy, if you snooze, you will lose, so set your alarm clocks as these tix sell out FAST). General Admission starts at $160.50, plus tax and fees. Visit the official website for more information.
• July 22, 2014 17:46 Boulevard Brew Fest: Perhaps we've been caught snoozing, but the first we recall hearing of this upcoming event was incidentally, via the press release received earlier this afternoon informing us of the venue change for Kings of Leon's upcoming Sept. 27 Vegas performance.

For anyone else who hadn't heard, MGM Mirage International apparently has plans to set the "gold standard in Craft Beer and Music Festivals" with this September's inaugural Boulevard Brew Fest, which will comprise a "seven-hour beer-topia" featuring more than 60 craft beers, courtesy of the Oregon Brewers Festival and local Las Vegas brewmasters, in addition to the aforementioned headliners, plus Young The Giant, Kongos, and others, plus an array of food trucks.

GA tix start at $59 and are available right now from all Ticketmaster outlets, plus the official website, where you can also find out more about the event.
• July 22, 2014 17:44 Kings of Leon Move Upcoming Vegas Gig: When we say "move," we mean literally, in terms of a change of location from the original venue at MGM Grand's Garden Arena to The Lot, the open-air venue opposite the Luxor that the MGM group utilizes for occasional events, like the newly announced Boulevard Brew Fest (more of that to come...), which is taking place on Sept. 27, the same date as the band was originally scheduled to perform.

Tickets for the MGM Grand concert will still be honored for the revised scenario, but ticket holders who aren't down with the change have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, to claim a full refund at the original point of purchase.  

This confusion is just the latest chapter in this band's checkered history with Las Vegas (to the best of our knowledge, their appearance at the inaugural "Life is Beautiful" festival last year was without incident). We couldn't believe how much time had elapsed when we recalled some earlier shenanigans, but here's the entry we found in the Today's News archive, from almost precisely three years ago to the day:

  • August 1, 2011 14:16 Kings of Leon Cancel: Following a disastrous gig in Dallas last week, when lead singer Caleb Followill left the stage to vomit, Kings of Leon have canceled the entire remainder of their US summer tour, including a scheduled date at Mandalay Bay on September 3 ... reports Rolling Stone. While the official line is that Caleb is suffering from exhaustion, more candid comments from fellow band members on Twitter admitted that there are deeper issues, hinting at "problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."
• July 22, 2014 14:46 Ditch Friday Freebie: At a loose end this Friday, July 25? Sign up on the Palms website and receive free admission to the Ditch Friday pool party, plus a complimentary cocktail. (With cocktails regularly priced at up to $14, plus a $10 cover for ladies and $20 for guys, that's a good deal!)
• July 22, 2014 12:36 More Artists Announced for Life is Beautiful: The second annual music, food, art, and learning fest, which will be taking over downtown Las Vegas this as an expanded three-day event from Oct. 24-26, has announced additions to the already impressive 2014 artist lineup, with electro-pop group Little Dragon, DJ Baauer (of "Harlem Shake" fame), songstress Kimbra, spiritual Portland-based musicians Nahko and Medicine for the People, Echosmith ("Cool Kids"), and New York's experimental indie-rocker Bear Hands all now set to perform.

Check out the official Life Is Beautiful website for more info on other artists performing, the roster of top-notch chefs who'll be catering the foodie-fest element, and to purchase passes.
• July 22, 2014 12:30 Batman Attraction Comes to Circus Circus: The Adventuredome at Circus Circus has two new Batman-inspired attractions, giving guests a chance to test their inner Super Hero and beat the clock in the first-ever Batman-themed laser maze. The fee to take on one maze is $5, or try your skills at both for $8. Passes can be purchased at The Adventuredome Box Office or online at
• July 22, 2014 10:09 Dancer Gets Deep: We'll warn you up front, this week's regular Tuesday column from video poker expert Bob Dancer is not for the casual recreational player who doesn't care if they make money-costing mistakes and would rather play sub-optimally for effortless fun than have their brain contorted; but if you are willing to put in the effort required to play perfectly, and maximize every last decimal point of opportunity to minimize the casino's edge against you, then Bob has done the heavy lifting, and all you need to to is follow his lead. So, finish your morning coffee, take a deep breath, and prepare to learn some advanced strategy for 8/5 Bonus Poker that even the maestro found "not so easy to learn."

As a little light relief, there's a quiz at the end you can try out to see if you "got" it; if not, practice makes perfect, and playing optimal strategy does make a difference, so don't give the casino any more advantage over you than they have already. Bob has plenty of tools to hone your skills at your own pace and in the comfort of your home; you can purchase a powerful arsenal in the discounted Ultimate Video Poker Bundle, or else pick and choose some wallet-friendly pocket rockets in the form of video poker strategy cards for specific games, to teach you the skills that have earned Dancer millions over the years.
• July 21, 2014 10:32 Showgirl (and Boy) Auditions - Today!: Here's a (very) late reminder from Bally's that Jubilee!, Las Vegas newly revamped (but minus its much-vaunted "revamper") showgirl spectacular holding an open call for all cast members RIGHT NOW! The auditions for male dancers commenced at 10 a.m., but female dancers and showgirls should get their tushes over by noon, while singers of both genders are requested at 2 p.m.. All callbacks are scheduled for 4 p.m., so don't wander too far away if you think you have a shot.

All dancers are required to have strong jazz, ballet, and contemporary technique and females (including singers) must be 5'8" and taller, while the minimum for males is 5'11". Singers with a range that including Motown, R&B and/or pop are preferred and anyone auditioning must be 18+, preferably with a head shot and resume they can bring along. Hustle (for real), and break a leg (metaphorically) everyone@
• July 21, 2014 10:23 Final Shania Dates Announced: By the sound of it, Shania Twain will not be extending her contracted two-year residency at Caesars Palace, and has just released the dates of what will be the Country-crossover artist's last 16 shows at The Colosseum, following the current run that ends July 26. Fans who have not yet caught Still the One still have a final window of opportunity at the end of the year, with performances scheduled for dates starting Oct. 8 and concluding Dec. 13. Tickets start at $55, plus tax and fees.
• July 21, 2014 08:38 Elder McIlroy Cashes in on Rory's Win: While Rory McIlroy was winning the British Open yesterday, his father was winning a bet he placed a decade ago. In 2004, when Rory was a 15-year-old golf prodigy, his father made a bet with Ladbroke's that his son would win the Open by the time he was 25. He bet $200 (pounds) at odds of 500-1. Rory's victory came in the final opportunity (he's 25), and the payout was the equivalent of almost $171,000.
• July 20, 2014 16:09 Comme and Gone: We're hearing that the days are numbered for Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan. There's been no official word, but indications are that it may close soon, to be replaced by an undisclosed, but already chosen, successor.
• July 20, 2014 14:33 Del Mar Opens: Del Mar racetrack in the San Diego area opened on Thursday for its 75th season, with more than 42,000 showing up. The meet will run through September 3, with racing Wednesdays-Sundays.
• July 20, 2014 09:59 Locals Buffet Deal: Dinner buffets are just $7.77 for locals, Sundays through Thursdays in July, at Gold Coast, Orleans, and Sam's Town, and seven days a week at Suncoast. Swipe your B Connected card at a kiosk for a same-day voucher.
• July 20, 2014 09:56 Reno's King's Inn Sold: The long-shuttered Kings Inn casino in Reno has been purchased by Las Vegas-based Bentar Development. Closed since 1986, the abandoned building is considered one of the city's most problematic eyesores, but has thusfar escaped demolition. Plans for the property have not been announced.
• July 19, 2014 18:19 Free MLB on DirectTV: We've just learned that if you have DirectTV you can get free Major League Baseball games on channels 721-749. We're not sure how long the promotional offer will last, but it looks like it's good at least through the weekend.
• July 19, 2014 16:49 McIlroy Big Favorite in Open: Rory McIlroy's commanding 6-shot lead going into the final round of the British Open golf tournament makes him a huge favorite at the books. McIlroy is -650 to win against the field, meaning that if you want to bet against him, you get every other player in the tournament at +425.
• July 19, 2014 14:44 Atomic Purchase: Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project has purchased downtown's famous Atomic Liquors bar for $3.5 million. However, the deal is for the land and building only, so the bar will presumably continue to operate on a lease.
• July 19, 2014 10:52 What's DELA? That's a question you might ask if you're driving north on I-15, where the former THEhotel tower sports the letters "DELA." It's the first part of Delano, the new brand there that debuts officially on September 1. From the placement of the letters, it looks like the entire name displayed will be DELANO LAS VEGAS.
• July 19, 2014 09:54 Downtown Crackdown: Police officers patrolling the Fremont Street Experience are now authorized to confiscate alcohol that's been purchased from liquor stores and gift shops and removed from their store bags. Downtown vendors have posted signs warning customers not to open their liquor within 1,000 feet of the store. Only drinks purchased from surrounding casinos which are carried in see-through plastic cups are permitted on Fremont Street.
• July 18, 2014 16:31 NJ Internet Estimates Decline: New Jersey’s failure to grow its Internet gaming revenue has led Fitch Ratings, a Wall Street credit firm, to further lower its online revenue estimates. The annual earnings forecast has been cut to just $130 million from the previously estimated $300 million.
• July 18, 2014 16:26 Allegiant Back in Action: A problem with the Vegas-based budget airline's computer system grounded close to 30 flights earlier today, leading to long check-in lines and some passenger discontent, but we understand they're back in action now so lines should be clearing.
• July 18, 2014 12:12 El Cortez Dining Update: The official press release is now out, and further to yesterday's post about the closure of The Flame at El Cortez, we can now provide an update. The Flame is, indeed, set to close this Aug. 31, in order to make way for a new vintage-themed 24-hour coffee shop called Siegel's 1941 (Bugsy was once a part-owner in the property). The existing Cafe Cortez spot's fate has yet to have its fate officially confirmed, although rumor has it that it may transform into some kind of nightlife concept. Stay tuned!
• July 18, 2014 10:03 Voting Open for Hot 100: It's the annual flesh fest at Wet Republic, with voting open as of today for Round One of the SpyOnVegas Hot 100 contest, which features $150K up for grabs in cash and prizes for the best bods in Vegas. Also, visit the link to RSVP for free entry.
• July 18, 2014 09:58 Furry Bundles of Fun at Mirage: Siegfried and Roy today introduced three white tiger cubs to their Lion & Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage, and all initial reports are that they're cuteness personified. Plus, unlike the average big cat, which tend to snooze for much of the day, the new babes are as playful as kittens, so go catch them while you can (which is currently daily from noon to 4 p.m.) We also note that the price for this attraction seems to have been raised recently; we updated our Activities & Exhibits not so long ago, but note a price hike from $14 for adults and $11 for kids to $19.95 and $14.95 respectively.
• July 17, 2014 15:40 New Country Music Fest for Strip: Las Vegas' rise as a serious live-music center continues, with a new country music event, dubbed the "Route 91 Harvest Festival," added to a line-up that already includes Life Is Beautiful, Rock in Rio, Reggae in the Desert, Fremont Street's Rock in Vegas, and a multitude of summer poolside concert series. The inaugural event, which is set to take place Oct. 3-5 at MGM Mirage's The Lot (the outside venue located across from the Luxor), includes an announced lineup featuring Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Brantley Gilbert, among others. The event is named for the original moniker of Las Vegas Boulevard and early bird three-day passes, priced at $169,go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 1.
• July 17, 2014 14:57 Classic Downtown Steakhouse to Close: There are rumors about, but apparently downtown-based blog Vital Vegas has the scoop on the fact that not only is The Flame steakhouse at El Cortez due to close in August, but that the closure will be permanent, on account of the space being converted into a new coffee shop venue, while the existing coffee shop will turn into a ... nightclub! Wow. We'll keep you posted, but that is, as "Vital" puts it, quite a shocker.
• July 17, 2014 11:46 Optimism for Atlantic City Diversification: With at least one definite, and three likely casino closures in the future for New Jersey's gambling enclave, things have been looking pretty bleak for Atlantic City, but tourism officials at least outwardly remain hopeful with regard to recent efforts to diversity the economy and tourist-appeal of the city, citing Wednesday's (and previous recent) UFC events at Revel (one of those casinos on the danger list) as a positive direction for a destination with a long history of hosting major sporting events.
• July 17, 2014 10:52 Foosball Phenom in November Nine: Foosball's 12-time world champion, Billy Pappaconstantinou, traded the chance to win $6,000 in a foosball tournament for an opportunity to play in the World Series of Poker for a first prize of $10 million. As a finalist, the least he'll make is $730,725 for 9th, and likely now claims the longest name in Main Event final-table history.
• July 17, 2014 09:32 Las Vegas This Weekend: Here are the entertainment highlights for the upcoming weekend:

  • The Orleans hosts Hypno Thoughts Live featuring illusionist Jeff McBride (7/18), while Throwback Sizzling Jam R&B showcase, featuring Guy, 112, Dru Hill, Silk, and Shai, is on-stage at the Arena (7/18)
  • Comedian Joey Diaz is at South Point (7/18), followed by the music of Paul Williams(7/19-20)
  • The Wailers play Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ, The (718)
  • Lady Gaga plays MGM (7/19) [SOLD OUT]
  • Nine Inch Nails hit Planet Hollywood (7/19)
  • Spin Doctors are poolside at Red Rock Resort as part of the ongoing summer concert series (7/19)
  • Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Cowsills play Eastside Cannery (7/19)
• July 16, 2014 18:20 UFC Miller/Cerrone: Donald Cerrone is a -270 favorite over Jim Miller in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Edson Barboza is -310 over Evan Dunham.
• July 16, 2014 17:25 New Lounge Act for Encore: Vocalist Michael Monge has commenced a residency in the Eastside Lounge at Encore, where he'll be performing Wednesday through Monday, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., through Sept. 29.
• July 16, 2014 17:14 Country Superstars on the Move: The show featuring a revolving line-up of artist impersonators, including tributes to Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Dunn, and Willie Nelson, is to move from its current home in the V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops, debuting a new-look production at Bally's Aug. 10, according to the official Twitter.
• July 16, 2014 17:04 Crash Closes I-15 at Charleston: Northbound lanes of Interstate 15 are shut down near the Charleston Boulevard exit following a four-vehicle crash that took place shortly after 4 p.m, according to NHP, so avoid this route if you can.
• July 16, 2014 16:41 Wine Deal at EC: The Flame Steakhouse at El Cortez offers all bottles of wine at half price with the purchase of two entrées on Thursdays. Also, every Wednesday, guests 50 and over receive 50% off their total check at Café Cortez.
• July 16, 2014 15:24 IGT Sold: International Games Technology has been sold to Italian lottery giant GTECH for $6.4 billion. IGT became a power by creating and popularizing video poker, and is now the world's largest slot manufacturer. It's expected that the IGT name will be discontinued and the company will operate as GTECH.
• July 16, 2014 13:20 KISS Rocks Residency Pre-sale: KISS is celebrating 40 years in rock with a mini residency in The Joint at the Hard Rock, commencing Nov. 5. KISS Rocks Vegas features a nine-date run, through Nov. 23. Tickets, which start at $49.50, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, but there's a pre-sale running through 10 p.m. Thursday using code word AEGKISS.
• July 16, 2014 08:02 Dancer Classes Delayed: Plans to resume Bob Dancer's free video poker classes next month at the Palms have been canceled. The classes will pick up again at South Point beginning September 10.
• July 15, 2014 14:57 Poll Closing: Our current Reader Poll, regarding which features you use the for, closes at midnight so if you haven't voted yet click here and give us your feedback.
• July 15, 2014 12:57 LEX Opens in Reno: Reno's first high-end nightclub, LEX, has opened at the Grand Sierra. The $15 million complex, designed to deliver a Las Vegas-style nightlife experience, advertises a $50 cover charge. This should be interesting.
• July 15, 2014 09:19 November Nine Set: The final table for the World Series Main Event is set, with nine left from the starting 6,683. Here are the players and their chip counts.

Jorryt van Hoof 38,375,000
Felix Stephensen 32,775,000
Mark Newhouse 26,000,000
Andoni Larrabe 22,550,000
Daniel Sindelar 21,200,000
Billy Pappaconstantinou 17,500,000
William Tonking 15,050,000
Martin Jacobson 14,900,000
Bruno Politano 12,125,000

Newhouse was also on last-year's final table, and is the first to make the November Nine back-to-back, and amazing accomplishment. The most experienced players are Jacobson and Sindelar. The November Nine will reconvene at the Rio on Nov. 10.
• July 14, 2014 17:21 Feds Shut Down Illegal Betting Op at Caesars: Over the weekend, the FBI conducted a raid at Caesar Palace that shut down a multimillion-dollar illegal sports betting operation apparently run by high-ranking members of a massive Chinese Triad criminal syndicate who were were taking illegal bets on the World Cup. Eight arrests were made in Las Vegas and come in the wake of other recent similar busts in Macau. Caesars was not in any way implicated in the case, it's understood.
• July 14, 2014 12:15 Ultimate Poker Bags Downtown Room: Station Casinos' online brand,, is now the official operator of the poker room at downtown's El Cortez, having entered into a joint partnership with what is now the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Players are now able to deposit and cash out at the casino cage after they have created an account online, mirroring a similar relationship recently forged by with the Peppermill in Reno and its four other Nevada properties; when combined with Stations' own properties, there are now more than 20 brick-and-mortar opportunities for poker players to deposit and cash out around the state.
• July 14, 2014 11:01 Las Vegas Snubbed by Ramen List: Our fair city did not make the cut for Thrillist's Nation's Best Ramen Shops, a fact with which we must take issue, since Las Vegas is home to some awesome noodle houses, including etablished favorites like Monta, Anime Ramen, and Ramen Sora, and newcomers Yoshu, Ramen Tatsu, and F.A.M.E. night market at The LINQ.

For a complete dining overview of the best of Las Vegas' eateries, which cover pretty much every ethnicity and ambiance you could wish for these days, from food trucks to gourmet rooms to chef's private tables, check out Eating Las Vegas at
• July 14, 2014 09:32 Happy Bastille Day: While over in France, the Champagne is popping and firefighters are hosting dance parties for their traditional day to interact with the public without death and destruction being in the picture, we placed a call to Paris Las Vegas only to learn that this year, for the first time that we recall, the resort is doing nothing to celebrate the French annual Revolutionary holiday. Oh well. If there are any francophiles out there hankering for a taste of la vie française, however, you could pop over to the Forum Shops at Caesars, where Anne Fontaine boutique is hosting a Joie de Vivre event with a chance to experience a taste of French culture, music, beverages, and treats while viewing the pre-Fall 2014 Collection. Receive the Fleur-de-Lys handbag-holder as a gift with purchases of $250 or more and enter their raffle for a chance to win a bottle of Anne’s favorite Champagne.
• July 14, 2014 09:29 November Nine Decided Today: The final 27 players in the WSOP Main Event will play down to the November Nine today. Day 1 chip leader Martin Jacobson is back on top with 22,335,000, followed by Luis Velador with 16,600,000, and Dan Sindelar with 16,345,000. William Pappaconstantinou, whom we assume would break the record for the November Niner with the longest name, is in 5th with 14,640,000. Mark Newhouse, attempting to make back-to-back Main Event final tables is in 11th with 6,820,000. And prominent pro Bryan Devonshire is in 14th with 5,765,000.
• July 13, 2014 15:30 Greek Food Fest Dates Announced: This year will see the 42nd Annual Greek Food Festival in Las Vegas, sponsored by St John the Baptist Methodist Church, and taking place Thurs., Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 28 in the grounds of the church, so mark your calendars! In addition to Greek cuisine, the festival features dance, live Greek bands, clothing, jewelry, arts, and a children's area.
• July 13, 2014 11:43 World Cup Germany/Argentina: Germany is a -160 favorite over Argentina in today's World Cup championship match. The goal line is 2.
• July 13, 2014 10:05 Sunday Funday 6 Free Poker Tourney at Noon: Registration is now open for our "Sunday Funday 6" poker tournament with more than $500 in prizes that begins at noon PST/3 p.m. EST today. Prizes are $100 for first, a full LVA membership for second, a suite of our top mob books for third, and gift cards and other prizes will be awarded to all who make the final table. See the entire prize pool and register to play at the LVA Casino (once signed in, click on "Poker Tournaments" and register for Tourney ID 5376). This tournament is completely free to play. There will also be other tourneys running all day for gift cards and play chips. Come have some fun! See you at noon.
• July 13, 2014 09:13 Giada on Parade: The cover of today's Parade Magazine features Giada De Laurentiis, with the blurb "Viva La Giada! America's hottest chef takes on Vegas". While the profile is about De Laurentiis, the hook is her new restaurant, Giada, at The Cromwell. This is the first time we can recall a Las Vegas restaurant getting this level of exposure.
• July 13, 2014 08:26 Vegas on the Radio: We weren't aware of this in time to post it yesterday, but Saturday's edition of NPR's award-winning show State of the Reunion was a re-run of a previous visit to Sin City that takes a thoughtful look at the "real" Las Vegas behind the cliched image, in light of the Great Recession, which hit both businesses and residents here especially hard. The show includes a section inspired by Huntington Press author Matt O'Brien's acclaimed best-seller, Beneath the Neon, about the people who live under the Strip in the city's storm drains and flood channels, along with other insightful contributors. You can check it out via the podcast using the link above.
• July 13, 2014 07:45 WSOP Main Event Day 5: With 79 players remaining, Mark Newhouse is the chip leader with 7,400,000. Newhouse made the final table last year and finished ninth. He's trying to become the first player ever to make the November Nine twice. Maria Ho is this year's last woman standing, though she's near elimination with just 435,000. Ho was also the last woman to exit the tournament in 2007, when she finished 38th. Today's action will play down to the final 27.
• July 12, 2014 19:32 Sunday Poker Reminder: Reserve some time tomorrow to play in our 6th Sunday Funday poker tournament, with more than $500 in cash and prizes up for grabs. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. EST/noon PST, so you can play while you watch the World Cup final match. It's completely free to play, with registration beginning two hours before the tournament at the LVA Casino.
• July 12, 2014 17:01 Supermoon: The first of this summer’s three "supermoons" will show up tonight. The full moon will look unusually big and bright, due to its close approach to Earth. The other supermoons will be on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9. Many believe a full moon, not to mention a supermoon, has a positive bearing on their gambling prospects, but it doesn't.
• July 12, 2014 12:02 World Cup Netherlands/Brazil: Brazil is a -160 favorite over the Netherlands in today's World Cup consolation match. The goal line is 3.
• July 12, 2014 11:26 Madman at the Orleans: Ted Nugent, the "Motor City Madman" plays a single show at the Orleans tonight. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are still available for $88.
• July 12, 2014 09:07 Another Atlantic City Casino Closing: Atlantic City's Trump Plaza will close in September. It follows the Atlantic Club as the second Boardwalk casino to close this year, with the Showboat and Revel potentially following.
• July 12, 2014 07:44 WSOP Main Event Day 4: With just 291 players remaining, Matthew Haugen is the new chip leader, with 2,808,000. With Phil Ivey and former champ Huck Seed eliminated, the biggest names still alive are Rep Porter, Maria Ho, and Jeff Madsen.
• July 11, 2014 15:55 WSOP Update: With the exit, earlier today, of 1996 champion Huck Seed, no former WSOP champions remain in the field; Chris Moneymaker, who's legendary 2003 win is the subject of Huntington Press' latest release, The Moneymaker Effect: The Inside Story of the Tournament That Forever Changed Poker, was eliminated on Day 3 of this year's Main Event.

In other news, it turns out three players were eliminated on the bubble, so they split the $18,406 693rd-place prize three ways; following a high-card draw, Zhen Cai of Lake Worth, Florida, won the additional prize of a fee seat to next year's event.
• July 11, 2014 14:52 WSOP Bubble Burst: We don't yet know the identity of the "bubble boy" (or girl?) but the infamous bubble has just burst, so commiserations to the unlucky one, and congrats to all remaining players in this year's World Series of Poker: You're in the money! (That's a minimum of $18,406 per remaining player.)
• July 11, 2014 14:41 Happy 7-Eleven Day! In honor of today's date, 7-Elevens around the globe are offering their usual small-size slurpee for free, no purchase required. Cheers, 7-Eleven!
• July 11, 2014 09:44 LeBron Returning to Cavaliers: In an interview with Sports Illustrated, LeBron James, who hails from Akron, Ohio, has revealed his decision to return home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent his first seven seasons in the NBA. "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now," the basketball star explains.
• July 11, 2014 08:54 WSOP Main Event Day 3: The Day 3 chip leader is Andrew Liporace with 1,128,000. In a field now down to 746, Phil Ivey is one of the few remaining known players, in 72nd spot with 553,000. Notable eliminations included John Hennigan, Matt Matros, Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Seidel, and Daniel Negreanu, along with former champs Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, Robert Varkonyi, and last year’s winner, Ryan Riess. The lone remaining former champion is Huck Seed. Players will get into the money in today's session, with prizes starting for 693rd position.
• July 10, 2014 19:37 Las Vegas This Weekend: Here are this weekend's entertainment highlights (let's just hope the weather improves (we don't have a Plan B for all those bachelorettes...):

  • Frankie Avalon will be serenading at South Point (7/11-13)
  • Jay Leno's back at his home from home in the Mirage's Terry Fator Theatre (7/11)  
  • TAO Beach at Venetian hosts the World's Largest Bachelorette Party (7/11)
  • Mandalay Beach's summer concert series continues with AFANtastic Summer, featuring the Spazmatics (7/11)
  • Ashton Zyer's at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts (7/12)
  • MGM Grand hosts Canelo Alvarez vs. Frislandy Lara (7/12)
  • Ted Nugent rocks the Orleans (7/12)
  • Chevelle at The Joint at the Hard Rock (7/12)
  • The Beauty of Love 3 plays House of Blues at Mandalay Bay (7/12)
  • And the (not so) New Kids on the Block play Planet Hollywood (7/13
• July 10, 2014 18:48 Good Show for Gamblers Tonight: Tonight's "Gambling with an Edge" radio show should be a gambler's dream. The show will feature Arnold Snyder and hosts Bob Dancer and Richard Munchkin discussing recent posts on James Grosjean's "Beyond Numbers" blog. It airs from 7 to 8 p.m. PST on 1230 AM in Las Vegas, and can be heard from anywhere at
• July 10, 2014 12:19 Cheap Laughs with 48-Hour Sale on Lipshtick Tix: As of 28 minutes ago (noon), Venetian is running a 48-hour only sale on tickets to the resort's new ongoing series, Lipshtick - The Perfect Shade of Standup, featuring a line-up of top national female comedy talent. For the next two days, you can pick up tix to see performers including Whitney Cummings, Joy Behar, Lisa Lampanelli, and many others, for just $48, which is about half-price. Click the link for the complete lineup of performers and to purchase your seats; the series is currently set to run through October 11 (tomorrow's performance by Wendy Williams is already sold out).
• July 10, 2014 11:32 Flood Warnings Ongoing: With rain clouds blanketing the Las Vegas Valley, the National Weather Service has issued two parallel flood warnings, one for the northeast and one for the west side, which will remain in effect until 9 p.m. tonight. Although no major flash-flood hazard is anticipated, running water has been reported already on several major thoroughfares, including Rainbow and Charleston boulevards, so drivers are urged to take extra caution and be aware of the danger of hydroplaning (NHP is already reporting a high incidents of accidents, so don't be another statistic!), while the Las Vegas Fire Department is advising people to stay indoors on account of lightning. For ongoing updates, visit
• July 10, 2014 10:45 New Casino Development Proposed for New Jersey: While much of the casino news emanating from New Jersey in recent times has been of the negative variety, with falling revenues having forced at least one property closure and two possible others on the horizon, a venture capitalist from Massachusetts is in talks with state politicians regarding a proposal for a new 95-story resort-casino for New York Harbor. The $4.6 billion proposition from former Reebok CEO Paul Fireman includes plans for a 107,500-seat motor-sports stadium and a Ferris wheel that would beat out Las Vegas' 550-foot High Roller to be the tallest attraction of its kind in the world. (New York has already approved plans for a 625-foot observation wheel for Staten Island, but construction has been repeatedly delayed on the project, which was scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2015, but has now been pushed back to July 4, 2016, in theory.)
• July 10, 2014 10:33 WSOP Main Event Day 2C: With Day 2 complete, the new chip leader is poker superstar Phil Ivey with 505,000. Notable eliminations included Gus Hansen, JC Tran, David Benyamine, Marcel Luske, Jennifer Harman, Daniel Colman, and former Main Event champions Joe Cada, Berry Johnston, Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen, and Phil Hellmuth. Day 3 play begins at noon today with the remaining field of approximately 1,800 all playing together for the first time.
• July 10, 2014 10:08 Strip Headliner to Perform at World Cup Closing Ceremony: On Sunday, July 13th, long-time Las Vegas headliner Carlos Santana, who is currently engaged with an ongoing residency at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues, will perform  "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)" during the closing ceremonies of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. The 10-time Grammy Award-winning musician will be joined on stage by Wyclef Jean and Alexandre Pires. The event kicks off at noon local time and will see Argentina vying with Germany for the championship title; the Third Place match, featuring host nation Brazil vs. the Netherlands, is at noon on Saturday.
• July 9, 2014 14:34 Vegas Nocturne on the Move?: We just learned, courtesy of Vegas Nocturne may very well soon be departing its home at Cosmopolitan's Rose. Rabbit. Lie. for an as-yet unspecified new venue. We'll keep you posted.
• July 9, 2014 13:26 New Post from Grosjean at Beyond Numbers: James Grosjean, widely recognized as the preeminent gambling mind alive, recently posted a new entry at "Beyond Numbers", his blog exclusive to Las Vegas Advisor. In it, he points out the major differences between full-time professional gamblers like himself and his team-mates, and the average tourist, or even wannabe pro. While, as a Las Vegas resident who does occasionally take a break from the gaming tables, he has experienced many of the typical tourist experiences here, Grosjean points out that his whole ethos and approach to gambling, compared the average unskilled player who's here to blow off some steam and take a chance on getting lucky, have as much in common as, say, a prima ballerina in the Bolshoi and your drunken dad getting on the dancefloor at your sister's wedding reception.

There's a lot of legwork scouting for Expected Value opportunities, not to mention number crunching, analysis, camouflaging, and often long grinding sessions on the casino floor, not to mention the inevitable crushing losing streaks that must be endured psychologically even more than financially, making his chosen profession generally a million miles away from the "James Bond"-type existence the uninitiated might imagine. He's not whining about it, but the post has turned out to be perhaps his most contentious blog post to date, so check out all the comments and feel free to chip in with your own {dissent is not unwelcome, but abusive language and bullying tactics will not be tolerated, so let's keep this a civil debate, people, if you feel like jumping in).
• July 9, 2014 13:16 Las Vegas Bar Hall of Fame: It's that time of year again to get your votes in for Seven Magazine's annual Hall of Fame Awards, with categories including "The Classics," "Neighborhood," "The Pioneers," "Specialty," and "Resort/Casino" -- but hurry, voting ends midnight today!
• July 9, 2014 12:53 Caesars May Sell Showboat: While it previously sounded as if a definite end date was in sight for CET's Showboat property by September, much to the chagrin of Assemblyman Chris Brown who today called the plan to put around 2,100 employees out of work, "an unconscionable act," Caesars is evidently softening its stance, with a spokesman saying the company has fielded "preliminary indications of interest" from more than one party, interested in taking on the hotel-casino as a going concern, although nothing more concrete than that vague assurance has been forthcoming as yet.
• July 9, 2014 10:33 WSOP Main Event Day 2A/B: The new leader after Day 2A/B, which combined the survivors from Day 1A and 1B, is Tim Stansifer, with 481,500. Big names near the top include Antonio Esfandiari (277,800), Abe Mosseri (260,500), and Chris Moneymaker (222,000). Notable eliminations include Josh Arieh, Mike Sexton, Dennis Phillips, Vanessa Selbst, Annette Obrestad, Brandon Shack-Harris, George Danzer, Mike Matusow, Tuan Le, and former Main Event champion Greg Merson. The tournament continues today with Day 2C play beginning at noon.
• July 8, 2014 12:10 CORRECTION: O'Sheas to Live On!: Contrary to Sunday's Question of the Day in which we assumed, based on all available evidence, that the days were numbered for O'Sheas casino inside the Quad, we have just learned that au contraire, this Irish-themed party zone, beloved for its cheap booze, beer pong, and Lucky the Leprechaun, is safe! While absolutely everything around it is about to undergo a complete identity change, this mini-casino "will continue to stay open as it is" -- and that's official -- and we'll definitely drink to that. Sláinte!
• July 8, 2014 12:02 World Cup Germany/Brazil: Brazil is a -125 favorite over Germany in today's World Cup semi-final match. The goal line is 2.
• July 8, 2014 11:56 WSOP Main Event Day 1C: The Day 1C chip leader was Eric Tracy with 206,175, which makes him the overall tournament leader at the conclusion of the first round. Phil Ivey is highest ranking of the big names with 187,025. The packed third day had 3,768 players, bringing the tournament total to 6,683, the most since 2011 and a 5.2% increase over last year's 6,352. The total prize pool is $62,820,200 and 693 players will make the money. Notable eliminations included Sam Trickett, Kathy Liebert, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, Andy Frankenberger, John Racener, Jesse Sylvia, and former Main Event champions Greg Raymer and Jerry Yang. The first of two Day 2 sessions began at noon today.
• July 8, 2014 10:22 Dancer on Distraction (and Dining): In this week's column, Bob Dancer muses on how the ability to block out external distractions is a key attribute of winning gamblers, who generally have to ply their trade in an environment designed to derail their concentration. He gives some tips on how you can "train" yourself to hone this ability, if it's not an innate character trait (which for him, fortuntately, it is). As an aside, and talking of "fortune," he also reveals that the Palms' Asian restaurant will close within a week; the good news is that a replacement for Fortune is scheduled to open in the spot formerly occupied by Little Buddha.
• July 8, 2014 09:54 High Roller Celebrates: The High Roller turns 100 days old today and in celebration the first 100 guests beginning at 11:30 a.m. will get a free ride. At 4 pm today, a new daily happy hour will be launched -- from 4-7 pm, a $24.99 ticket comes with an open bar and a bartender in the pod.
• July 7, 2014 13:55 WSOP Main Event Day 1B: The Day 1B chip leader was Trey Luxemburger with 193,450. Day 2 was much busier than Day 1 with 2,144 entrants, bringing the field to 2,915, which is 30 more than the two-day total in 2013. The final Day 1 flight will be played today; last year's third day attracted 3,467 players. Notable eliminations included Paul Volpe, Chris Moorman, Joe Serock, Robert Mizrachi, Minh Ly, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.
• July 7, 2014 13:33 Meet Legendary WSOP Champ Chris Moneymaker Tonight: From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening, 2003 World Series of Poker champion Chris Moneymaker will be signing copies of Huntington Press' latest release, The Moneymaker Effect, along with author and ALL IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Eric Raskin. The event, which is taking place in the Pavilion Room at the Rio, is free to the public to attend and several other luminaries from the pro-poker world, who also contributed to the book, are expected to attend.
• July 7, 2014 12:17 Second Casino for Dotty's: Nevada Restaurant Services, owner of the Dotty's slot-parlor chain, has announced its purchase of Laughlin's struggling River Palms casino. It's the second full-blown hotel-casino the company has bought, having previously paid an undisclosed sum for the Hacienda property out by Lake Mead last year. The River Palms, which originally opened in 1984 and was acquired by the Dotty's brand from Atlantic City's Tropicana Entertainment last week for $6.75 million, will be closed indefinitely while a total renovation of the 1,000-room hotel and casino is carried out.
• July 7, 2014 11:02 More Dates for ONJ at Flamingo: Singer Olivia Newton-John is to extend her stay at the Flamingo, with limited additional dates for the multi-media show now added through Jan. 2015. A ticket pre-sale, open to American Express cardholders, Total Rewards members, and official Olivia Newton-John and Flamingo Las Vegas Facebook page fans starts Wednesday, July 9 at 10 a.m. PT. Tix go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 11.
• July 7, 2014 10:42 Revamp for PAWN SHOP LIVE! What started out as a parody of a reality-TV show, based on the actual characters from downtown's now legendary Gold & Silver Pawn shop, that debuted at the Golden Nugget and then migrated to the Strip, is about to unveil another reincarnation. The show, which performs at the Riviera, will debut a completely reworked version of itself this July 14, based on a fictitious episode of the hit History Channel series. PAWN SHOP LIVE! – The Lost Episode has more involvement from the Rick Harrison and the team and apparently ups the funny quotient as it follows a day in the life of Rick, Corey, Chumlee, and the Old Man as they encounter insane customers, street people, and sleazy agents while trying to shoot their pilot episode. It also features video clips featuring the actual "Pawn Stars" brigade.
• July 6, 2014 15:02 UFC Edgar/Penn: Frankie Edgar is a -470 favorite over B.J. Penn in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Dhiego Lima is -145 over Eddie Gordon.
• July 6, 2014 14:16 WSOP Main Event Day 1A: After Day 1A of the WSOP Main Event, the chip leader is Martin Jacobson with 200,100. Kenny Einiger, author of our blackjack-tournament book Play to Win, is in fourth with 129,000. Big names to be eliminated include Bruno Fitoussi, Steven Gee, and David Chiu. The first of three starting days drew 771 players, of which 505 remain.
• July 6, 2014 13:48 MMA Fighters Hit Zip Line: Mixed martial arts fighters Miesha Tate and Julianna Pena will be riding the new VooDoo ZipLine at the RIo and signing autographs from 10 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, July 6. To attend the meet-and-greet, guests must purchase tickets to ride the attraction. For other ongoing discounts and specials for this ride, see Today's News (7/3).
• July 6, 2014 13:46 Flav Runs Afoul of Law for Firework Frenzy: Ex-Public Enemy rapper and Las Vegas resident Flavor Flav is once more on the wrong side of the law, but not for any of the classic drug-and-violence charges of yore. No, this time Flav is in trouble with his HOA for attempting to discharge multiple pallets of stacked illegal fireworks for his annual Fourth of July party, which has seen multiple complaints from alarmed neighbors over the years. This time around, Metro was obliged to send a special unit, such was the volume of explosives Flav was planning to ignite, with more than 1,000 pounds still left to be confiscated after Metro arrived at the scene. The former restaurateur was issued with two citations and has assured everyone that he doesn't want to go to jail on pyrotechics charges and will next year be relocating his patriotic shindig out of the neighborhood.
• July 6, 2014 10:24 Nevada Recognized for Buffet Prowess: While in the course of its latest national survey, pioneering man-blog notes that "there aren't too many foods native to Nevada," in a (slightly oddly timed quest) to find the signature comfort food of each U.S. state, Nevada is deservedly singled out for its prowess in the buffet department. With more than 60 options to choose from in Las Vegas alone, including opulent Champagne brunches, dedicated sushi spreads, exotic culinary offerings from India, Thailand, and the Middle East, unlimited caviar and oysters, and even a chef's tasting table, there's a lot more to our all-you-can-eat dining staple these days than bargain breakfast spreads, although you'll still find plenty fine examples of those, too.
• July 5, 2014 15:02 UFC Weidman/Machida: Chris Weidman is a -190 favorite over Lyoto Machida in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Ronda Rousey is -950 over Alexis Davis.
• July 5, 2014 15:00 Flash Flood Warning: This stormy Independence Day weekend continues with more wet weather forecast and a flash-flood warning issued by the National Weather Service. The monsoon conditions are expected to last through the weekend, so take care on the roads and avoid driving if you can.
• July 5, 2014 10:35 Colman Quiet: After winning the "Big One for One Drop" and its $15.3 million first prize, 23-year-old Daniel Colman posed for a few photos, then refused to speak to the press. Colman later posted on Facebook that he doesn't want to promote poker, apparently concerned about the financial damage it causes losing players. The WSOP Main Event begins today.
• July 5, 2014 10:32 Phil's House For Sale: Phil Maloof's rooftop penthouse at Palms Place is up for sale. The 27,000-square-foot "Founder's Penthouse" on the 59th floor has 35 flat-screen TVs, a 20-person Jacuzzi, a gym, a movie theater, a DJ booth, and a helicopter landing pad. The asking price is $38 million.
• July 5, 2014 10:28 World Cup Impacts Macau: Macau's gambling win fell fell 3.7% in June compared to the same month last year. It was the first revenue decline since the figures began being tracked in 2010, but it was predicted, with the World Cup blamed for diverting the attentions of gamblers.
• July 4, 2014 18:00 @OMGitsMIKI New Hot Dog Queen Las Vegas competitive eater Miki Sudo stunned three-time reigning champ Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas earlier today at the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island by scarfing down 34 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to become the new champion in the women's event. Thomas was able to finish only 27 3/4 franks within the allotted time. The men's event was won by Joey Chestnut, who consumed 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win his eighth consecutive championship.

Las Vegas is home to multiple culinary challenges, many of which have been taken on and conquered by the diminutive Sudo (a long-time friend of @LVA_Tweet - go Miki!) -- check the Question of the Day archives using keywords "eating contest" for details. Miki Sudo is currenty ranked #1 female and #4 overall in the Competitive Eating League.
• July 4, 2014 12:05 MonteLago Reopening Sought: Newage Lake Las Vegas, owners of the shuttered MonteLago casino, has received a three-year extension to a "conditional-use" permit with a condition that an outside operator be found before the casino can reopen. No operator has been named; however, Newage says it it's working to bring one in as soon as possible.
• July 4, 2014 11:50 White Castles at EC: The El Cortez is giving out free White Castle hamburgers today from noon to 6 p.m. The sliders will be delivered to players at the tables and slots.
• July 4, 2014 11:47 Big Crowds: An estimated 330,000 visitors are expected in town for the long weekend. Orbitz ranked Las Vegas the #1 destination in the world for the July 4th weekend.
• July 4, 2014 09:07 Henderson Water Park Debuts: The oft-delayed Cowabunga Water Park (900 Galleria Dr.) finally debuts today, but with admission prices that currently see an adult with two young kids barely getting change out of a c-note for one-day admission (seriously? and that's before parking, which you also have to pay for), this new attraction is definitely targeting the locals market, with various season passes working out significantly more economical, if still not exactly a bargain.
• July 3, 2014 15:09 July 4 Vegas Event Round-Up: From fireworks to festive food-and-drink specials, click the tab in our recently reincarnated Special Events section for a round-up of the valley's top celebrations this Independence Day weekend.
• July 3, 2014 13:30 Las Vegas This Weekend: We'll be posting the link to our July 4 "Special Events" listings shortly, so stay tuned, but in the meantime here are all the other highlights for the weekend:

  • Carlos Mencia returns to TI (7/4)
  • The Palms hosts Lion Fight (7/4)
  • Ron White's in the Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage (7/4-5)
  • Keys N Krates play the Hard Rock Cafe (7/4)
  • Bob Weir performs in The Pearl at the Palms (7/5)
  • Kenny Loggins rocks the Orleans (7/5-6)
  • Queen & Adam Lambert are in The Joint at the Hard Rock (7/5-6)
  • The Mandalay Bay Beach concert series continues with Sublime with Rome (7/5)
  • Mandalay Bay Event Center hosts UFC: Weidman VS Machida (7/5) and Ultimate Fighter Finale: Edgar VS Penn (7/6) as the conclusion of "Fight Week"
• July 3, 2014 11:56 Grimm at M: Singer-songwriter Michael Grimm kicks off his three-week engagement in M Resort's Ravella Lounge on Friday, July 4. The season-five winner of "America’s Got Talent" will perform three one-hour sets with his six-piece band at 9:30 p.m., 11 p.m., and 12:30 a.m. Admission's complimentary with a two-drink minimum purchase.
• July 3, 2014 11:40 Fighters and Football: Fight Week continues at the Palazzo tomorrow, with some big names from UFC in attendance at Lagasse's Stadium to host World Cup viewing parties. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for the Colombia/Argentina match, with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos, former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson, and Octagon Girl Chrissy Blair hosting. In addition to screening the game on multiple screens, the party will involve the fighters taking on each other, plus one lucky fan, at EA Sports UFC game on the big screen at half-time and an 11 a.m. Q&A session with fans. Game 2, which kicks off at 1 p.m., is hosted by UFC Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira, UFC Heavyweight Brendan Schaub, and Octagon Girl Jhenny Andrade. The price for admission for both parties is a $50 food-and-beverage minimum.
• July 3, 2014 11:34 VooDoo Zip Line Specials: In addition to the locals' special recently announced (see Today's News 6/28/14), the VooDoo Zip Line attraction at the Rio has introduced a number of other specials and promos, some ongoing and some short-term. The former include a 25% donation of all ticket sales today to the One Step Closer Foundation and a Fourth of July Special for active military personnel and veterans, who can receive 20% off tickets and 50% off photo packages tomorrow only. In addition, WSOP ticketholders are entitled to receive one free energy drink and 50% off of ride photos with the presentation of a tournament receipt at the VooDoo Zip Line box office now through Thursday, July 31. Diamond and Seven Star Total Rewards Members receive 10% off tickets and advanced line access (must show rewards card at time of purchase). In addition, all riders can take advantage of a re-ride special for $14.99 on the same day of original ticket purchase. The ride is open from noon to midnight daily; only those aged 21+ are permitted to ride after 8:30 p.m.
• July 2, 2014 16:55 Poker Greats to Congregate for WSOP Book Signing: If you'll be in town on July 7 and have any interest in poker, be sure to mark your calendar. That evening, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Pavilion Room at the Rio, 2003 WSOP champ and Internet phenom Chris Moneymaker will be be signing copies of new book, The Moneymaker Effect, along with author and ALL IN magazine Editor-in-Chief, Eric Raskin.

It's no exaggeration to state that Moneymaker's out-of-the-blue victory that year changed the poker world overnight, and several of the pro players he took out along the way will also be in attendance, now household names thanks to the explosion of online poker that Moneymaker played such a huge role in orchestrating. So, please come along and enjoy the chance to meet some of the rock stars of the poker world, while bagging yourself a personalized collector's item.
• July 2, 2014 16:53 July Casino Promo Roundup: LVA blogger and author Jean Scott has just posted her monthly round-up of locals-casino promotions at FrugalVegas, highlighting offers and incentives to look out for at the Palms, Ellis Island, South Point, Station Casinos, and others, so check it out. And remember to look out for seasonal July 4 specials, too.
• July 2, 2014 09:51 Au Revoir Pinot Brasserie: After 15 years at the Venetian, where it helped significantly to pioneer the whole French brasserie concept in Las Vegas, James Beard Award-winning chef Joachim Splichal’s Pinot Brasserie is no more, the latest in the on-going shake-up that's seen the end of the road for Valentino and the debut of db Brasserie, Batali Burger Bar, and Carlo's Bakery.
• July 2, 2014 09:08 Colman Wins 'One Drop': Online pro Daniel Colman won the second "Big One for One Drop" poker tournament and $15.3 million, the second-biggest poker prize ever behind Antonio Esfandiari's $18.3 million in the same tournament two years ago. Daniel Negreanu's runner-up finish earned him $8.3 million. The tournament drew 42 players willing to put up the $1 million buy-in, which was six fewer than the first One Drop field.
• July 1, 2014 19:16 It's True, CET Scrapping The Quad for New Hotel Concept: Back in mid-May we received a tip from an LVA reader that The Quad was soon to undergo a complete identity change, despite only having completed its last total makeover toward the end of last year (see Today's News 5/14/14). We confess we were skeptical at the time, but it turns out it was absolutely true: We just received an official press release and it's goodbye Quad, hello LINQ Hotel & Casino. The $223 million "complete re-imagination" will comprise 2,256 completely remodeled "modern urban" rooms, a new pool and spa, bars, lounges, and gathering spaces apparently aiming to emulate Mirage Resort's "social hub" concept that's nearing completion around New York-New York and Monte Carlo. They're not wasting any time, either, with an opening date set for Halloween and promised introductory rates stating at $89. Wow.
• July 1, 2014 18:57 LVA Reader Poll Closing: Just a reminder that our current LVA Reader Poll, which is about which new Vegas attractions and additions you most appreciate (or otherwise), will close at midnight; so, if you haven't yet voted, hurry before the new one goes live!
• July 1, 2014 17:57 Rare Casino Chips Sell for Big Bucks: Earlier this month, the annual Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collector's Convention (CC>CC) took place at South Point casino in Las Vegas, and featured the sale of two extremely rare chips that both sold for five-figure sums. A $5 chip from the Golden Goose, a slot parlor located at 20 E. Fremont Street (the current site of the Girls of Glitter Gulch gentlemen's club), which featured one lone blackjack table for a few months back in the '70s), sold for a whopping $75,000. When the casino closed, all the chips were destroyed -- or, rather, all except this one, which is thought to be the sole survivor and last sold at auction in the '90s for around $3,000.

The second chip to generate interest was another extremely rare $5 example from The Lucky Casino (117 E. Fremont Street, which was open from 1963-'67), which sold for $52,500.  The Lucky Casino was at 117 E. Fremont Street and was open from 1963 to 1967. It's thought to be one of only two chips known to have survived from the property.

Still, to the best of our knowledge the record for the most-expensive chip ever sold still belongs to a $100-denomination chip depicting a Sphinx from the now-defunct Sahara, which sold for $100,000 cash back in 2007 (see Question of the Day Archives (8/20/2007).
• July 1, 2014 16:39 Team USA Exits World Cup: Having surprised many pundits -- not to mention their own coach -- by surviving the so-called "Group of Death" to advance to the playoffs, America's national soccer team was  eliminated today from the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Belgium, despite an impressive performance from goalkeeper Tim Howard. Sorry, guys; better luck in 2018.
• July 1, 2014 12:20 Excessive Heat Warning: In case you hadn't noticed, it's hot -- dangerously hot -- with temperatures set to climb to 112 degrees for parts of the Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday (and that's only the official air temperature at shade-protected official measuring stations; the actual temperature you're likely to experience in the sun, in built-up areas, around blacktop road surfaces, reflective glass and steel, and so on, where you can add another 10 to 15 degrees to that. And, as a forecaster from NOAA once put it to use for an interesting Question of the Day on this subject (6/10/2010), anything over 110 degrees is, in official parlance, "stupid hot."

So, try to keep any strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day (2-3 p.m. will be the hottest, as surrounding materials radiate back the heat they've absorbed from the noon sun); wear lightweight and light-colored clothing; stay hydrated (and keep off the booze or any caffeinated drinks); don't even consider leaving any living human or animal in a vehicle; and if you don't have access to an air-conditioned environment, take advantage of one of the cooling stations provided around the valley.
• July 1, 2014 09:43 Bob Dancer on Bad Logic: "How often do you win a hand?", asks video poker pro Bob Dancer in his weekly column, which makes for an interesting -- and at times surprising -- read. That's because the answer to that query will depend on whether you are playing a single- or multi-line game, but don't let the latter persuade you to vary from optimal-play strategy: "Most of us will never have a 'royal on the redraw' in our lives. Basing your decisions on such a possibility rather than a realistic look at the probabilities is an expensive way to play," he observes, for example.
• July 1, 2014 09:16 Letters Down at LVH: New owners Westgate Resorts have wasted no time in un-branding what was briefly LVH and four decades prior the Las Vegas Hilton, taking down the lettering on the marquee as soon as they became the property's official owners today (live video shows that so far, only the "L" has been removed).

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