Compiled by LVA Research
• October 5, 2015 11:23 Uber Revealed as Host of Secret Vegas Parties: Controversial ride-share service Uber, which currently operates in cities across more than 60 countries worldwide, has been revealed as the host of multiple private parties that took place in Las Vegas last week, culminating (we assume, although we have read no confirmation of this) in a private concert by Beyonce at the Palms Pool. What the U.K.'s Daily Mail tabloid describes in its "exclusive" as a week-long "team-building junket" involved an all-expenses paid trip to Sin City for 4,800 Uber employees (not to be confused with the freelance drivers who operate using Uber's app) from around the globe, who were accommodated at various Caesars Entertainment properties and treated to "secret" events held poolside and in some of the city's top nightclubs, including, apparently, The LINQ Hotel's equally "secret" rooftop Vortex venue.
Cameras were forbidden -- a directive that was evidently amazingly well enforced, although the odd snapshot and video clip has leaked out here and there -- as was the use of any transportation other than the company's own buses, and guests were guided to their private events by members of Uber's staff who directed them with cryptic signage that simply displayed "x X". With Beyonce's performance alone costing a reported $6 million (see LVA's Question of the Day 10/2/15) -- and we note that this has not even identified in the Daily Mail piece as being an Uber event, but it would seem to be the most logical conclusion to draw and the crowd shots we've seen indicate that there were thousands in attendance -- we can only marvel both at how much the whole enterprise must've cost, and at how tight Uber's security is to have kept it so closely under wraps.
• October 5, 2015 09:58 October Promos Posted at Frugal Vegas: Jean Scott has posted her regular monthly round-up of top casino promotions and tidbits at Frugal Vegas, with her usual focus on off-Strip and locals properties (where the best deals generally tend to be found), but which this month's entry also featuring in-depth information on the players club at Circus Circus, which is not a member of MGM Resorts regular M life program, but operates its own independent players club that applies only there and at neighboring Slots-A-Fun, and which is currently in a state of flux pending a total revamp in the New Year, apparently.
• October 5, 2015 09:52 Downtown Grand Not for Sale: Rumors have long been swirling that the former Lady Luck, which has been struggling and recently closed a couple of bars, while re-configuring the casino floor and de-emphasizing table games, but a recent job fair seemed to give the lie to any thought of closure and today on KNPR's "State of Nevada" radio show, Betsy Fretwell, city manager of Las Vegas, confirmed that last week she received a letter from the owners of the hotel, confirming that Downtown Grand is definitely not on the market.
• October 4, 2015 16:37 SNF Cowboys/Saints: The New Orleans Saints are -3 favorites over the Dallas Cowboys in tonight's Sunday Night Football game. The total is 48.
• October 4, 2015 12:26 Price on Perfection: South Point has put up a proposition on two NFL teams having perfect records this season. The prop is for the regular season only, meaning the team has to finish with a 16-0 record. The prop is the same for either the Green Bay Packers or the New England Patriots at No -2000 (bet $2,000 to win $100) and Yes +1200 (bet $100 to win $1,200).
• October 4, 2015 12:11 Inferno Challenge at Mint Indian Bistro: What in our humble (but informed) opinion is the best Indian restaurant in town is holding the Second Annual Inferno Curry Challenge throughout the month of October, with daring (or foolhardy) diners invited to take the ultimate heat challenge, featuring ingredients marinaded in the hottest chilies in the world -- you have to sign a waiver before you're allowed to accept this gastronomic gauntlet. The meal comes with the option of three preparations -- veggie, chicken thigh, or boneless lamb -- and is available from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily (but we don't recommend ordering too close to bed time). To date, more than 1,800 have dared to attempt this, with a mere 30 of them succeeding; should you join their ranks, however, the prize is a $50 gift card for the restaurant (so you can return for a meal you will actually enjoy), plus an entry for a chance to dine free for a year.
• October 4, 2015 09:22 National Taco Day: October 4 is National Taco Day, so here are a couple of ways to celebrate in Sin City. On the Strip, Cabo Wabo Cantina in the Miracle Mile Shops will be wheeling their street-style taco cart out onto the patio and serving a variety of made-to-order tacos, including beef, chicken, pork, and al pastor, with all the fixin's, for $3 each. Off the Strip, Michoacan (7870 West Tropical Pkwy) will be hosting its regular "First Sunday" brunch (offered, as the name suggests, on the first Sunday in the month only), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The all-you-can-eat extravaganza features a different array of chef's specials each month, but for this Sunday will include plenty of taco options (including pescado, carne asada, and aguacate) and is just $12.95 for adults, or $6.95 for kids under 12. Plus, for just $7 more you can enjoy bottomless house margaritas and champagne mimosas.
• October 3, 2015 18:10 UFC Cormier/Gustafsson: Daniel Cormier is a -285 favorite over Alexander Gustafsson in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Rashad Evans is -140 over Ryan Bader.
• October 3, 2015 15:56 PokerStars Licensed in New Jersey: After being blocked in several attempts to enter the legal U.S. online space, it looks like PokerStars will soon be back in business. New Jersey has issued an interactive license to Amaya, Inc., the parent company of the PokerStars and FullTilt brands. Both sites are well known to U.S. players and are expected to provide a boost to the sluggish New Jersey online industry when they open. Amaya, however, has not yet indicated when that will be.
• October 3, 2015 13:34 SEC Boots DFS: Following the deluge of DFS advertisements since the start of the football season, the SEC Network has banned daily fantasy sports giants FanDuel and DraftKings from advertising during their telecasts. The decision came in response to a request from the Southeastern Conference Commissioner that the ads be refused due to questions regarding whether or not DFS should be considered gambling.
• October 3, 2015 10:25 Annual Island-Culture Festival at the Rio: Vizzun Entertainment continues to host the 14th Annual Pure Aloha Festival at the Rio through Sunday, with live music, food vendors, a carnival, and more. General admission is $8; visit the official website for all the details.Plus, for our complete round-up of all this weekend's many live music concerts, sporting events, food festivals, and more, check out our regular Weekend Events round-up, posted each Thursday in this column.
• October 3, 2015 08:46 Art in the Park: Boulder City hosts the 53rd annual Art in the Park festival today and Sunday, with in excess of 300 juried fine art, fine craft, and traditional craft artists selling original artwork, jewelry, sculptures, textiles, glassware, ceramics, and more, plus more than 25 food and drink vendors. There are children's activities, demonstrations, live music, raffles, and more and it's always a fun day out and a good opportunity to get some holiday shopping done early. The event draws more than 100,000 visitors, so a shuttle service operates from a parking lot on the outskirts of town. Visit the official website for details on transportation and more.
• October 2, 2015 18:47 'If I Ruled the World' - by Bob Dancer: By "world," we mean "slot department," since this is Bob Dancer's latest column to which we're referring, in which the video poker pro muses on how he would run a casino slot department (with the assumption that it's his job to be profitable, as opposed to catering to his own predilections, which would obviously get him fired pretty fast and/or bankrupt the joint, although it would be a fun ride while it lasted). While such a hypothetical exercise might at first glance appear to be nothing more than an interesting diversion, in fact the numerous points Dancer hits upon, when considering them from the perspective of the "house," will give you, as a player, some really handy insights into how to select the best place to wager your hard-earned cash.
• October 2, 2015 14:51 Eggslut Seeks, Um, Egg Enthusiasts: Yesterday, Eater Vegas announced that former food truck-turned-cult-L.A.-eatery Eggslut, which celebrates the humble oeuf via an extensive range of gourmet comfort-food preparations, is rolling into Vegas with its first outpost destined for the Cosmopolitan. And, as Eater suggestively just posted, "Eggslut Vegas is Hiring All Positions." So, whether you're a crack(ed) chef, an eggspert barista, a hard-boiled hostess, an eggcellent cashier, or a devil of a dishwasher, scramble together that resume before someone else poaches all the best gigs.
• October 2, 2015 13:40 Janet Jackson Cancels Again, Relocates: Having pulled out of the recent iHeart Radio festival at the very last minute, Janet Jackson has now cancelled her two upcoming shows at Planet Hollywood, slated for Oct. 9 and 10, suggesting that "Unbreakable" might not have been the optimal choice when naming her current world tour. Ms Jackson plans to perform for one night only at MGM Grand on May 14, however, barring any future ailments. Since the venues are operated by rival casino companies, tickets for the Axis shows at Planet Ho are not transferable and will be refunded. Fans who purchased them are, however, promised first dibs on the MGM tickets, with a pre-sale window starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 14, according to R-J entertainment columnist Mike Weatherford; remaining tickets will become available to the general public on Oct. 16. No word as yet on pricing for the 2016 concert.
• October 2, 2015 13:03 Pete Rose Opens Strip Restaurant: The controversial former Major League Baseball star Pete Rose has opened his first restaurant concept on the Strip, in partnership with Magic Wok founder David Wu. The expansive memorabilia-festooned eatery seats 250 inside, with room for an additional 100 on the patio, and is located across Las Vegas Boulevard from Aria. Open 24/7 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu features an array of bar-food staples, plus some "Pete Rose Specials," like "Cincinnati Chili on spaghetti" and a "Philly Cheese Steak" topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. There are also 32 hi-def TVs broadcasting sports around the clock.
• October 2, 2015 11:37 Mini-Residency for Fogerty at Venetian: Legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Fogerty will perform an eight-show Peace, Love and Creedence mini-residency at the Venetian between Jan. 8 and 23, 2016, celebrating the music and culture of the '60s. Featuring both Creedance classics and solo hits, the intimate production will be embellished with exclusive footage and Fogerty's personal stories and recollections of a pivotal era in rock history. Tickets start at $59.50 (plus fees) and go on sale Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. PDT.
• October 2, 2015 11:20 North Las Vegas Gets an Amphitheater: Craig Ranch Regional Park Amphitheater, a 3,000-seat outdoor venue set in the 170-acre North Las Vegas Park at 628 W. Craig Road, is about to be open for business, with a fall concert lineup that kicks off Oct. 9 with Beatles tribute Yesterday. Other confirmed acts include WAR on Oct. 10, southern rock/country artist Sammy Kershaw on Oct. 23, and comedian Paul Rodgriguez the following night, plus a lineup of future events that include everything from a car show to "Zombie" and Star Wars-themed charity runs.
• October 1, 2015 16:47 TNF Steelers/Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens are -3 favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers in tonight's Thursday Night Football game. The total is 44.
• October 1, 2015 16:37 There's an Extra-Terrestrial Downtown: Well, not yet, but there will be in a couple hour or so when Downtown Container Park screens E.T. for this week’s free Family Movie Night. The show starts at 7 p.m. and it's free and open to all ages, but seating's limited so bring something comfy to sit on and note that no outside food or drinks are allowed but there are plenty of snacks available for purchase from vendors including Chillspot, Cheffinis Hot Dogs, Las Vegas Kettle Corn, and Sweet Spot Candy Shop.
• October 1, 2015 16:32 Big Price Hike for Dolphins, Tigers: As of today, the cost of entry to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage has been upped by five bucks, meaning it's now $22 for adults and $17 -- the former adult price -- for those aged 4-12.
• October 1, 2015 15:00 Big Elvis Hospitalized: Only yesterday we posted the good news that Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee was back performing in Harrah's Piano Bar, following a prolonged hiatus due to ill health and exhaustion, but today a reader posted on our forums that following last night's show, Vallee was apparently involved in a car accident that landed him in hospital. According to a post on his Facebook page, which confirms this news, Pete is "awake and alert" but that's all we know. Our thoughts are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery.
• October 1, 2015 14:35 Las Vegas This Weekend: EDC and Life is Beautiful may be out of the way, but don't for a moment think that means there's nothing going on this weekend - au contraire!:
- The Rio hosts the 10th Annual Pure Aloha Festival (10/1-4)
- Mandalay Bay features BIGBANG 2015 World Tour "Made is USA"at the Events Center (10/2); with Hemlock (10/2) and The Tragically Hip (10/3) performing at House of Blues
- Flogging Molly returns to Cosmo's Blvd Pool (10/2), with Counting Crows' "Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour" with Citizen Cope the following evening (10/3)
- The Orleans presents "Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales" (10/2-4)
- Mike Love (10/2) and Nashville Unplugged (10/3) play the Brooklyn Bowl in The LINQ Promenade, while by day it's Oktoberfest at The LINQ Hotel pool (10/2)
- Pitbull - Time of Our Lives is in the spotlight at the Axis, Planet Hollywood (10/2)
- MGM Resorts Village hosts Route 91 Country Music Festival (10/2-4), while MGM Grand will host Frozen Fury XVII: LA Kings vs Colorado Avalanche at the Garden Arena (10/3)
- Downtown, The Smith Center continues to play host to Book of Mormon (9/22-10/18); plus Barry fans can catch the Music of Manilow tribute starring Mark OToole (10-/2); while Ann Hampton Callaway presents "From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project" (10/3)
- First Friday celebrates 13 years of Las Vegas Arts and Culture Downtown (10/2/), with R & B Dance Party and DJ Ultra hosting the "largest dance party after hours" at The Place on 7th (10/2)
- And, also downtown, Marty Friedman's center stage at Backstage Bar & Billiards (10/2)
- If you're venturing off the Strip, Hard Rock continues to host the Friday Night Live at the Pool series, with LIVE (10/2), with the Hard Rock Cafe Car Show in the parking lot (10/2)and Jim Jefferies' Freedumb Tour inside The Joint (10/3)
- John Mueller's Dance Party, the tribute to Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, returns to South Point (10/2-4)
- The theme for Bottles for Barks is Pints and Paws at The Village, Lake Las Vegas (10/3)
- For something else a little different, The Sci Fi Center on Arville hosts "Scream Until Midnight", a pre-Halloween "ghost show revival & horror extravaganza" (10/2-3)
- Eagle Crest Golf Course will host a Glow Ball Night Golf Event 10/3)
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the 2015 Rhino Linings 350 Camping Truck Race (10/3)
- Charlie Wilson will perform at Primm Resorts' Star of The Desert Arena (10/3)
- Chuck Negron is at the Cannery (10/3)
- Village Square on the west side hosts a Coffee and Beer Festival (10/3)
- It's the Tommy Rocker Band's End of Summer Beach Party at Suncoast (10/3)
- Springs Preserve will welcome the Grape & Hops Festival (10/3)
- The theme for Bottles for Barks is Pints and Paws at The Village, Lake Las Vegas (10/3)
- Silverton hosts The Great Garage & Antique Sale (10/3)
- Warren Hill's at Aliante (10/3)
- And Henderson Pavilion is home to the finish line for the 2015 Ironman 70.3 Silverman Race (10/4)
Phew! We don't know about any racing; we're exhausted just posting this.
• October 1, 2015 13:09 Enjoy Some Grand Laughs at Palms Tonight: Brit. comedian and emcee Paul Scally brings his "Grand Laughs Comedy Show" to the lounge at the Palms tonight, with a lineup including Kathleen Dunbar Geechy Guy, and Tyler, and a free (with ticket stub) after party at Ghostbar. Paul's a cool guy as well as being funny and the show's been getting great reviews (it played downtown for awhile), including from Anthony Curtis. Doors are 8 p.m., the show starts at 9 p.m., and there's some confusion over ticket pricing but we're pretty sure its $10. If we hear anything to the contrary, we'll let you know.
• October 1, 2015 13:05 A Big Apple Bar Crawl ... in Vegas!: We think this is something new -- it's certainly the first we've heard of it -- but apparently New York-New York is now offering a bar crawl experience that doesn't require leaving the property. Locations involved include: Pour24, Coyote Ugly, Nine Fine Irishmen, The Chocolate Bar, Bar at Times Square, and Center Bar and it's $39.99 per person, which includes expedited line passes, where applicable, and one drink per person, per venue. For more information, or to book your crawl, contact the Concierge at New York-New York.
• October 1, 2015 11:33 Gaming Revenue Takes Another Hit: While August visitation was up by 1.6 percent on the same month last year, at nearly 3.6 million, gaming revenues continued their downward slide with a 1.4 percent decrease on July's numbers. Once again the Las Vegas Strip fared the worst, posting gaming revenue of $527.4 million for August, which represents an almost 5% decrease on July's figure and includes a 16.4 percent drop in table game revenues, mainly attributable to a lack of action on the baccarat tables. The only bright spot was a 12.1 percent increase in slot revenues.
Downtown the picture was a lot rosier, thanks in part to a boost from Life is Beautiful, with 15 percent increase recorded in gaming revenue, and both North Las Vegas and the Boulder Strip also fared well, with revenues up by 21 percent and almost 30 percent, respectively.
• October 1, 2015 10:18 Skyfall, Rivea Open at Delano: Alain Ducasse's new offerings at the Delano both debut today, in the lofty (literally) spots previously occupied by the acclaimed chef's miX restaurant and lounge. With 180-degree views of the city, Rivea aims to bring a taste of the French Riviera to the Las Vegas desert, with a menu of French and Italian coastal cuisine and a casual vibe featuring a palette of white and "maritime blues" and decor including a glass "Wave Wall" designed to mimic lapping water. Skyfall Lounge, which the official site describes as "perched in the heavens," will feature a more club-like party vibe, with mixologists, DJs, and some special events.
Both venues are open nightly, with Rivea serving dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) and Skyfall is open from 5 p.m. until midnight (1 a.m. on the weekend), with a DJ from 10 p.m. to close.