Compiled by LVA Research
• August 30, 2015 10:10 Downtown Drinking Games: Downtown's Bin 702 wine bar (7th and Fremont) revives Drinking Game Night, in conjunction with Kappa Toys, from 4-7 p.m. today, so get on down for their extended happy hour and an afternoon of board games and prizes. Must be 21 and up to attend.
• August 30, 2015 09:45 Bonus Points at Orleans: Today is the final day of "Send Me Back Sundays" at the Orleans. Get 40X on your first 400 points earned ($400 coin-in). The bonus applies to both slots and video poker until 4 p.m.
• August 29, 2015 16:49 July Gambling and Visitation Numbers: Nevada's statewide gambling win was down 1% and the Strip was down 2% in July, unable to make up in other areas a decline in baccarat win of 21%. July visitation was up a strong 5.3%, continuing the year's record visitor pace.
• August 29, 2015 15:38 Pop Strings Rock Red Rock: A reminder that tonight's the last chance to catch David Perrico and his Pop Strings (four of whom are in the backing band for Celine -- yes, they're that good) in Rock's Lounge at Red Rock. Doors at 10 p.m., band plays 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., there's no cover, and they're going to be partying hard for this finale, so catch it if you can.
• August 29, 2015 13:03 DJ's Rule: According to Forbes, Calvin Harris again leads the list of the world’s highest-paid DJs after pulling in an estimated $66 million last year. He was followed by David Guetta ($37 million), Tiesto ($36 million), and Skrillex and Steve Aoki ($24 million each), all of whom play regularly in Las Vegas clubs.
• August 29, 2015 09:51 SuperContest Drawing: Tonight is the drawing for free SuperContest entries at Westgate Las Vegas. You have until 6 p.m. to deposit drawing tickets, which are losing sports bets of at least $20 made at the Westgate. There's still time to make wagers on today's baseball games to amass some losers to put into the drum -- or better yet, some winners that you get paid on.
• August 28, 2015 15:10 Popular Burrito Joint on the Move: By chance we just came across notice on the website of Carlito's Burritos (a former LVA 'Local Corner' pick and personal lunch favorite of Anthony Curtis') that now that the annual Hatch green chile-roasting season has wound down (they stopped roasting last Tuesday), the restaurant will be relocating. "We do not have a firm date yet, but at this point we are shooting for the beginning of October. Our new location will be 4300 E. Sunset Rd. Suites A-5 & A-6," where they will also be debuting a new restaurant, Live Fire Q, featuring California-style (or Santa Maria) BBQ served daily. We'll keep you posted of updates.
• August 28, 2015 14:27 'Queen of Comps' on Station Buffet Promo: Frugal Vegas blogger Jean Scott wrote to us with this additional clarification regarding this weekend's buffet-comp promo from Station Casinos. She writes, "This is an especially good promotion because you don’t have to redeem those points you earn [in order to qualify for a free breakfast/lunch/brunch]: You can keep them for future use, i.e., for future freeplay or comps." Sweet!
• August 28, 2015 12:27 What's Up with Wayne's World? By "Wayne," we mean Newton and by "World," we mean the estate of Casa de Shenandoah, home (again) to Mr Las Vegas himself. The massive domicile, with its menagerie and memorabilia collection, was due to be opened as a public attraction. Then it wasn't. Now it is again, and it's set to debut September 17. For the latest, check out Friday's Question of the Day.
• August 28, 2015 11:33 End of Summer Fun at Tivoli Tomorrow: On Saturday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m., Tivoli Village is hosting an 'End Of Summer Celebration' for all the family, with a live from band LOS 5, DJs from KLUC's Chet Buchanan and the Morning Zoo crew, laser tag, a "BIG" (their word) game truck, and Battle Birds, so head over for some free fun.
• August 28, 2015 10:58 FIFA Scandal Exhibit Comes to Mob Museum: If the ongoing scandals involving football (as in soccer's) governing body and the allegations of endemic corruption involving international bribery and match fixing has passed you by, evidently the same is not true of downtown's Mob Museum, which on Tuesday, Sept. 1 will unveil a temporary display under the slogan "The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly" as part of the museum's International Organized Crime exhibit. Interesting.
• August 28, 2015 09:45 SuperContest Weekend at Westgate: The famous SuperContest, considered "The World’s Ultimate Pro Football Handicapping Contest" and hosted annually by what was formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, now Westgate Las Vegas sports book, gets underway today and tomorrow with the traditional two-day intro of social events. The weekend brings together some top handicappers from around the nation for networking events, a golf tournament, and a series of seminars that are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. this evening in one of the Westgate Ballrooms and are free and open to the public to attend.
Entries for the SuperContest itself remain open until 11 a.m. PST on Saturday, September 12, with the second-highest football-contest entry fee in town at $1,500 (the Golden Nugget's is $2,000). It's anticipated that this season’s winner will take home a prize of nearly $1,000,000, depending on the final number of entrants, with drawings held Saturday to give away six FREE entries to attendees.
For everything you need to know about all of this year's football contests, check out the dedicated feature at LVASports.com, which is constantly updated throughout the season.
• August 28, 2015 09:09 Buffet Comp at Stations: Station Casinos is running a good play-for-buffet deal this weekend. Today, Saturday, and Sunday, earn 100 same-day points and get a comped breakfast or lunch at any Station or Fiesta. Earn 300 points to get a comped brunch at all but Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch, where 500 points are required. It's not specified how the points are counted, but even if the daily 3X points deal (swipe your card) isn't eligible, it's still only $100 coin-in to earn 100 points.
• August 27, 2015 16:33 Las Vegas This Weekend: Celine returns; it's your last chance to catch Pop Strings at Red Rock; there's late-night burlesque in a tent at Caesars; and live comedy from those hilarious Impractical Jokers. Those are the highlights of the highlights, which follow in full:
- Caesars welcomes back Celine Dion (8/27-30), with Coney Island! Burlesque at the Beach! from Melody Sweets in the Absinthe tent for one night only (8/28)
- Hard Rock hosts comedian Andrew Dice Clay in Vinyl (8/28); truTV's Impractical Jokers bring the "Where's Larry?" Tour to The Joint (8/28), before the Yahoo Fantasy Football National Draft Day takes over (8/29)
- It's Friday Night Throwdown with Jason Con at Babes Rockin Sports Bar (8/28), plus Ossom Possom featuring Flashback (8/29)
- Cocochella, featuring RNR, take center stage at Brooklyn Bowl (8/28), where RVLTN presents Bass' N Trapment 2 the following night (8/29)
- Miguel takes center stage at Drai's Beachclub at The Cromwell (8/28)
- Nashville Unplugged returns to Sunset Station with Clay Mills (8/28)
- Sheena Easton performs at South Point (8/28-29)
- Mandalay Bay brings Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch to Mandalay Bay Beach (8/28), where there's a treat for brewheads the following day with the Beachside Beer and Barrel Festival (8/28-30). Meanwhile, Ariana Grande brings "The Honeymoon Tour" to the Events Center (8/29), TOOL tribute Schism performs at House of Blues (8/29), and the Third Annual King of Pop Birthday Party takes place in the Michael Jackson ONE Theater (8/29)
- Slipknot perform at MGM Resorts Village (8/28)
- Silverton continues the Summer Rock Concert Series, presented by KOMP 92.3FM, with Vinyl Vault (8/28)
- Downtown Events Center welcomes "The Heavyweight Extravaganza: Trevor Bryan vs Derric Rossy" (8/28), with Queensryche and Dokken the following night (8/29)
- U2 tribute Unforgettable Fire performs at Texas Station (8/28)
- Catch Vince Gill at The Pearl at the Palms (8/28)
- Funnymen Wayne Brady and Daniel Tosh take center stage in Mirage's Terry Fator Theater (8/28-29)
- Suncoast will host Arrival From Sweden: The Music of Abba tribute (8/29-30)
- The Orleans welcomes Brass Transit to the showroom (8/29-30), while the Coyote Country Fest is at the Orleans Arena (8/29)
- Hot August Nights perform at the Cannery (8/29)
- Missing Persons with Rewind are set to rock downtown's Backstage Bar & Billiards (8/29)
- Ansan Sister City Park hosts Mullivans Edge in Concert (8/29)
- And The District at Green Valley Ranch welcomes Arizona rock band The Main (8/30)
• August 27, 2015 15:34 September LVA Newsletter Posted: The September issue of Las Vegas Advisor newsletter is live, with Anthony Curtis' thoughts on the closure and future of Las Vegas Club, plus expert analysis of all this season's casino football contests. Elsewhere, you'll find the usual smorgasbord of awesome tips and finds, including: a high-end happy hour featuring $1.99 steak and eggs; where to find $2 Bloody Marys on the Strip 24/7; a bar with video poker that returns 100%+; a sushi deal for gamblers; a list of independent sports books and betting apps; oh, and so much more! Want to read it? Become a member today and enjoy all the other benefits, like our exclusive Member Rewards Book, packed with discounts and promotions!
• August 27, 2015 15:29 Rumors of Downtown Casino Sale Appear Greatly Exaggerated: When we say 'Downtown casino,' that would be the Downtown Grand which, dispite some recent rumors of an impending sale/closure, instead today announced a suite of property-wide upgrades, as as more than hinted at by new CEO Jim Simms in a candid Q&A session last month for the Las Vegas Sun's Kats Report, in which he described the property as "a calamity of contradictions."
As per Simms' checklist, some of the recent and ongoing enhancements apparently* include:
- The addition of exterior signage on 3rd street so that potential patrons can actually find the casino.
- A reworked layout for the casino floor, including relocating the table games to a more intimate setting and the addition of new electronic table games and slots -- a work in progress.
- New casino-employee uniforms.
- Patrons will also notice casino employees in new uniforms that are consistent with the look and feel of the property. Additionally, Downtown Grand has added exterior signage on 3rd Street and is continuing to make additional lighting and window enhancements throughout the property.
- The sports book is the process of being upgraded, with new TV screens inside and an expanded outdoor patio, which will be hosting weekend tailgating parties throughout football season.
- On Sept. 1 a new players card program will be launched, featuring tiered benefits. (Players will earn 1 point for every dollar of coin-in played on slots, and 1 point for every $2 of coin-in played on video poker. For every 250 points redeemed, players will receive $1 of free play. Visit the club booth for more information and look out for our assessment once the switch-over has been made.)
- Expect word of new casino promotions in coming weeks, including an October slot tournament that will feature a grand prize of $250,000 in cash and freeplay.
*A downtown source and friend of LVA who's closer (including physical proximity-wise) to the hotel noted that many of the above changes have yet to actually be implemented, and that the property is still almost certainly on the market, even though rumors this week that it has already been sold and could be closing any day do not appear to be accurate.
• August 27, 2015 15:03 Poker Returns to The LINQ: Evidently The LINQ casino has had a change of heart and this week reopened the poker room, which closed abruptly in January, albeit now in an even-more-diminutive four-table incarnation (down from the previous six).
We noticed this by chance earlier today when we happened to be on the official website, and now the return of the poker room has been confirmed by Card Player, which learned via the room's revitalized Twitter account. The LINQ poker room, which is describing itself as being "new and improved", has reinstated its former $1-$1 no limit cash game -- according Card Player the smallest live game offered on the Strip -- and is also running four daily no-limit Texas hold'em tournaments, with $45 buy-in.
• August 27, 2015 11:07 SegalLeavesSLS: Credit for one of the best-ever plays on 'SLS' comes from @LVA_Tweet follower @britpokergossip, who provides photographic evidence that last weekend's first-anniversary "birthday" blowout sale at Fred Segal Collective, the iconic California lifestyle brand beloved of celebrities that operates a suite of seven separate boutique outlets at SLS Las Vegas, turned out to double as an everything-must-go clearance event. In answer to @britpokergossip's query, "Where's Fred?", we can respond: "Not anywhere on the SLS website, from which all trace of the store has been expunged, save for a vestigial photo still displaying in the 'Retail' section." Wow. #SevenLessStores (Yes, we know it should be 'fewer,' but...)
• August 27, 2015 10:23 Neon-Restoration Reminder: There are just two days remaining in the Neon Museum's bid to raise the $50,000 needed to fully restore and refurbish the iconic signage from the former Desert Rose Motel, and they're $32K short, so chip in if you can, vintage Vegas lovers! For more info, including a cool video, click that link.
• August 27, 2015 10:14 MBay Bids Happy Birthday to MJ: As has become customary, on Saturday, Aug. 29, Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE, which performs at Mandalay Bay, will be celebrating what would have been the King of Pop's 57th birthday. It's an official event, held in conjunction with the singer's estate, and will feature a special presentation created by members of the cast of Michael Jackson ONE, including material that is not part of the regular show, followed by a Q&A session, plus book signings by MJ biographers, and more. To find out additional info about the festivities, or to reserve a ticket, visit cirquedusoleil.com/mjbday.
• August 26, 2015 10:42 Kangamoo Mega Indoor Playground Coming this Fall: We just discovered Kangamoo Mega Indoor Playground when they followed @LVA_Tweet (thanks for that!) and have now learned that this will be a giant indoor childcare and play facility for kids ages 1-12 that will also feature a health-food cafe and a Parents' Lounge offering free WiFi and charging stations, robotic Shiatsu massage chairs, do-it-yourself nail-and-hair beauty stations, iPad nooks, and toddler areas for play dates. The venue will include multiple full-scale jungle gyms, plus a soft contained play structure for kids aged 2 and under and an area with ipads and interactive video games for older children. Sounds like a useful new addition to the valley and their rates look to be very reasonable, from what he know of the general cost of daycare from co-workers with young kids.
• August 26, 2015 10:21 Palms Hosts Job Fair Thursday: Dust off and polish up that resume, because on Thursday, Aug. 27, Job Seekers returns to the Palms with a free job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diverse area employers will be represented, including Clark County School District, Winder Farms, Dotty's, Southwest Truck Driver Training, Tix 4 Tonight, Panda Express, and many others. Click here for more information.
• August 26, 2015 09:59 Last Chance to Catch Perrico's Pop Strings Rockin' Red Rock's Rock Lounge: David Perrico and his 15-piece Pop Strings Orchestra, famed for their infectious high-energy delivery of the best hits from today's top pop icons, including Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beyonce, and Rihanna, perform for the final time in Red Rock's Rocks Lounge this Saturday, Aug. 29, Perrico posted on Twitter. When queried as to why the long run was coming to an end, he responded only "changes to Rocks Lounge," so stay tuned for updates on that front. In the meantime, be assured that the Pop Strings -- yes, all of them -- intend go out with a bang, so get on over to Saturday's free gig if you can (doors 10 p.m.).
As to the future, you can still catch Pop Strings performing regularly at the Smith Center and you'll also find David Perrico accompanying "Noir Nightingale" Laura Shaffer on Tuesdays in Tuscany's Piazza Lounge (among other opportunities -- LVA didn't name him the "hardest working horn in showbiz" for nothing -- that dude's in high demand!)
• August 26, 2015 09:54 Baz Show Goes Dark at Light on Sunday: What always sounded like an odd mix -- a musical-cameo tribute to an Aussie film director, staged in a Las Vegas nightclub -- is to end its current Strip run Sunday, when For the Record: BAZ will close at Mandalay Bay's Light venue and go in search of a new "more hospitable" venue.
• August 26, 2015 09:47 Catch Le Reve for Free (on TV): Tonight, more than 30 performers from Le Rêve, which has been performing at Wynn since the property debuted, will present an extended showcase of many of the production's signature elements as a custom-curated highlight of tonight's "America's Got Talent" live-results show, which broadcasts from Radio City Music Hall from 8-9 p.m. ET, so tune in if you want to catch some cool aerial and aquatic acrobatics.
• August 25, 2015 17:53 Heavyweight Lineup at DLVEC: And when we say 'heavyweight' we mean that literally, as the D hotel-casino teams up with Don King Productions to bring the Heavyweight Extravaganza to the Downtown Event Center this Friday, Aug. 28, featuring Trevor Bryan and Derric Rossy vying for the NABF Jr. Heavyweight Championship title, plus five other matches. The following night Queensryche and Dokken take over the venue.
• August 25, 2015 17:37 Vegas Dining - the Reader Survey: Dressing for dinner? Tableside food preparation? Bargain coffee shops? The dining scene has changed a lot since the dawn of the chuck wagon, so we're asking which classic Las Vegas dining tradition you miss the most. Hurry, cast your vote now, because this poll closes at midnight! (And note that this is NOT a survey of which restaurant you miss the most, so please no more emails about Binion's coffee shop!)
• August 25, 2015 15:10 It's TacoKaraokePong Tuesday at Rockhouse! Nevermind "Hump Day," it's Tuesdays when Rockhouse at Venetian goes big, with $1.50 street tacos, $5 tequila shots, and $7 margaritas all day. Then, from 9 p.m., take your pick of entertainment, from Rockstar Karaoke or beer pong. We can't sing, plus the latter comes with $500 in cash and prizes and a $25 open bar for contestants until 2 a.m., so we know which one we'd pick...
• August 25, 2015 11:25 Breakthrough in Caesars Bankruptcy Talks: Following news last week that the entire Caesars Entertainment bankruptcy-reorganization plan was in jeopardy, with talks stalling between the company and a chunk of its senior creditors, while junior lenders continue to aggressively pursue their demands against the casino giant, today comes wind of some progress. According to a report today from the Associated Press, Caesars Entertainment Corp. has announced that the requisite majority of the operating division’s biggest creditors have signed on to a plan will wipe out approximately $10 billion in debt while spinnng off the company's real estate assets into a separate entity. Separate negotiations with second-lien creditors, who stand to lose a lot more by the proposed plan, remain ongoing, however.
• August 25, 2015 11:13 Setback for Jersey Sports Betting: In a blow to New Jersey's long-time effort to introduce legal sports wagering to the state, on Tuesday a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states (including Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon) was upheld in a 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, which included Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, sister of Republican presidential candidate and casino entrepreneur Donald Trump. However, the dissenting vote from Judge Julio Fuentes leaves the door open for New Jersey to further appeal the issue to the full court, a move that is expected to come swiftly. Although Gov. Chris Christie’s administration issued a directive last September stating that New Jersey would not enforce a ban on sports betting, racetracks and casinos have continued to demur from taking bets in light of subsequent opposing court rulings.
• August 25, 2015 10:14 Dancer Goes on the Road, Gets Deep: Deep into the perfect strategy for JoB QQ*, that is, and the nuances of how that varies from DDB QQ, or indeed regular JoB, plus some tips on "game protection" (literally).
*We won't lie: If you don't know that 'DDB QQ' stands for Double Double Bonus Quick Quads, or if Excel spreadsheets are not your idea of a good time, then this week's column may not be for you; on the other hand, if you instantly recognized the arcane shorthand, you'll be happier than a pig in mud when you click that link.
• August 25, 2015 09:35 Chipotle Hiring, En Masse: On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Chipotle Mexican Grill is to hold its first-ever National Career Day, with the goal of hiring 4,000 new employees, chain-wide. Every single U.S. restaurant location will participate, holding open interviews for up to 60 applicants between 8 and 11 a.m. that day. Interested? Register for an interview at the Chipotle location of your choice at NationalCareerDay.com.
• August 24, 2015 16:39 POTUS Has Landed: President Obama has landed at McCarran International Airport to attend the Clean Energy Summit taking place at Mandalay Bay. His motorcade is preparing to depart so expect the usual road closures and detours along the route (which is not disclosed ahead of time in the interests of security). After attending the conference today, the president will be at an event at private address in Henderson tonight (and, we'd wager, on the eating end of a gourmet Las Vegas pizza of some kind, but that's just a wild guess), prior to departing McCarran in Air Force One Tuesday morning.
• August 24, 2015 16:22 Service Dries Up At Rainforest Cafe: Last night was the last night in operation for the jungle-themed restaurant at its long-time home at MGM Grand, pending the long-promised move to its new home at Harmon Corner, in the spot briefly occupied by Eli Roth's Goretorium horror experience. The new Rainforest Cafe is due to open in the retail complex opposite CityCenter before the end of the year, although a date has not yet been announced.
• August 24, 2015 14:42 Fat City Horns Relocate to Pastures New: An earlier press release from the Palms had advised, in small print, to note that "Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, one of Las Vegas' crown jewels ... will be dark on September 21." The update is that what had been a long-running Las Vegas lounge institution is coming to an end when Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns end their run there on August 31; the good news is that the funk/Latin/rock/jazz "super-band" (just ask Carlos Santana) has a new home at South Point (no, Santa Fe Station would've been too easy!), where they're set to debut September 7, according to a recent update from entertainment columnist John Katsilometes in the Las Vegas Sun. Kats also indicates that a long-overdue debut for the band at the Smith Center is finally in the works. In even more good news, Kats says there will be no cover for the grand opening night at South Point's Showroom, while thereafter the cover will be $5 (i.e., $5 less than at Palms) or $10 including VIP seating and a drink.
• August 24, 2015 12:50 National Waffle Day in Vegas: Today's the day, so where can you find some funky waffle action in Sin City? Here are some suggestions, the first ones culled shamelessly from Heidi Knapp-Rinella's similar survey in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in which she recommends the signature Chicken 'n' Watermelon 'n' Waffles at Yardbird at Venetian (Vermont sharp cheddar cheese waffle served with chicken, honey hot sauce, chilled spiced watermelon, and bourbon maple syrup available a la carte for $36, or the "Cinnaroll Waffle" from Paris' new Hexx location, which for $13.95 includes four mini cinnamon rolls baked in a waffle iron, and topped with cream-cheese frosting, $13.95. Sadly, Pot Liquor's pulled pork and waffles is a weekend-brunch menu item only, much like the "Hunter's Waffle" from Bardot Brasserie at Aria (duck confit, root vegetable brunoise, poached eggs, and sauce maltaise for $19.).
Some other suggestions include the trio from PBR Rock Bar in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, which includes classic Chicken & Waffles ($17.95), the not-so-classic Chicken & Waffle Pizza ($14.95), and for dessert the Belgian waffle ($7.95), served with a choice of blueberries, strawberries, bananas, or chocolate chips. All three are available all day.
Downtown's new Therapy (518 E. Fremont St., between 6th St. and Las Vegas Blvd.) serves lunch until 3 p.m., so why not check out their Chicken and Red Velvet Waffle Slider, featuring breast meat with a red pepper remoulade slaw.
Or, how about Tiabi Coffee & Waffle Bar (3961 Maryland Pkwy), where waffle options include such delights as the The West Coast Wafflewich (chicken, bacon, avocado, tomato, and cheese), the Viva Las Elvis (bananas, peanut butter, chopped bacon, and honey on a Belgian waffle -- also available in a vegan version), or the "Churronimo" -- a vegan waffle tossed in cinnamon sugar.
Okay, enough of this waffle waffle -- just go eat some!
• August 24, 2015 11:57 Zombies Want Your Blood: The cast of long-running horror parody Evil Dead: The Musical at V Theater inside Planet Hollywood are hosting one of their regular donor drives for United Blood Services on Friday, Sept. 4, with custom vans set up to service you at Cosmic Comics (3830 E. Flamingo Rd.) from 3-7 p.m. All donors will receive a free pair of tix to the show (which apparently gets through 20 gallons of blood at every show -- fortunately it's fake, or so they tell us...)
• August 24, 2015 09:46 Cause of Cosmo Fire Remains a Mystery: What caused the fire on one of the pool decks at the Cosmopolitan July 25, which saw two people treated for minor injuries and necessitated the evacuation of several floors of the hotel, remains a mystery, apparently. According to a report released Monday by Clark County officials, the root of the conflagration -- which spread rapidly through overhead canopies and artificial foliage -- has eluded investigators, although it has been determined that suspected culprit -- too many fairy lights -- was not to blame and that the fire was not electrical in origin. (Could it be that the notorious "Vdara Death Ray" has struck once again?)
• August 23, 2015 19:27 Secret Little Sales at SLS: On the stroke of midnight, SLS Las Vegas celebrated its first anniversary on the Strip, and while recent rumblings and financial reports suggest that it may not make it to birthday #2 unless things turn around pretty quick, for now the north Strip boutique property is in festive mood, with up to 75% off original prices at Fred Segal through 10 p.m. Monday, plus through August 25 only, rooms are available for bookings though Dec. 24 (certain blackout dates apply) for a base rate of $45 (reg. $64), but you must book by end of day Tuesday, using discount code DISFALL.
• August 23, 2015 17:55 UFC Holloway/Oliveira Max Holloway is a -235 favorite over Charles Oliveira in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Erick Silva is -185 over Neil Magny.
• August 23, 2015 13:46 40X Points at Orleans: There's still time to get 40X points on your first 400 points earned ($400 coin-in) in the Orleans "Send Me Back Sundays" promotion. The bonus applies to both slots and video poker, and with the Orleans' excellent video poker schedules, the expected profit on the promo is close to $16. You have until 4 p.m. today to play, and the promotion is scheduled to be repeated next Sunday from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• August 23, 2015 13:44 Vegas' First Marijuana Dispensary Set to Open Monday: Euphoria Wellness (7780 S. Jones Blvd.), Clark County's first legal medical-marijuana dispensary, is slated to open Monday, Aug. 24, after months of delays caused by reasons including a shortage of Nevada-grown supplies, having obtained final state and county approvals last week.
• August 23, 2015 13:19 NY Gets Video Blackjack: The New York racinos are now offering video blackjack. While other table games like craps, roulette, baccarat, and sic bo were already on the floor in electronic format, blackjack had been forbidden until a recent amendment in the law.
• August 23, 2015 10:18 MGM Cedes Largest Hotel Title: Formerly at the top of the list of the world's largest hotels by room count, MGM Grand is now second. After the recent addition of a $72 million hotel block, the First World Hotel at Resorts World Genting in Malaysia has taken over the first position with 7,351 rooms. MGM has 6,852. Las Vegas still has 6 of the top 10 and 12 of the top 20, with the Mirage's in 20th position with 3,044 rooms.
• August 23, 2015 09:23 Celebrate Waffles with Via Brasil: Monday is National Waffle Day, but Summerlin's Via Brasil Steakhouse is kicking off the festivities today, with a waffle station at its $24.99 all-you-can-eat brunch today. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes eight cuts of meat carved tableside, plus omelets, bacon, hash browns, pancakes, eggs Benedict, and a gourmet salad bar, while hot-off-the-press waffle toppings including whipped cream, maple syrup, assorted fresh berries, and more.
• August 22, 2015 19:08 Reno Casino Goes Non-Gambling: The former Siena Casino in Reno will become a non-gaming Renaissance Hotel, due to open in 2016. "Reno is ready [for a hotel like this] is what I hear consistently from members of the local community familiar with our plans," said the property's owner. Really?
• August 22, 2015 14:58 Mariachi Margarita Madness at Hussong's: The Hussong's Cantina location at Boca Park (740 S. Rampart Blvd.) is offering half-off all margaritas today from 4-6 p.m., with live entertainment from their Rock 'N' Roll Mariachis.
• August 22, 2015 13:13 Viewing Wall at Red Rock: The Red Rock Race and Sports Book has unveiled its new video wall that comprises over 30 yards of "Ultra High Definition" screens. The screens and betting boards can be configured in all sorts of ways to create the best viewing environment in relation to what's being broadcast at a given time. Coupled with the big bar viewing area, this will be one of the best places in town to set up for the games.
• August 22, 2015 08:53 Boyd Property Points Promos & Drawings: Fortieth anniversary drawings continue at participating Boyd properties every Saturday through through Sept. 5, when the Grand Prize Giveaway takes place. The weekly drawings until then take place at 6:15 p.m. at Sam's Town, 7:15 p.m. at the Orleans, and 8:15 p.m. at Gold Coast and Suncoast, with 40 players winning up to $10,000 each week. In addition, the Orleans is paying 40X points (on first 400 points earned) until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, for the ongoing "Send Me Back Sundays" anniversary promotion.
• August 21, 2015 19:27 Coney Island Burlesque ... on the Beach ... on the Strip: If that's too many concepts for your mind to unravel on a Friday night, here's the deal: Absinthe co-star and art-of-burlesque revivalist Melody Sweets is putting on another of her one-off events on August 28, inside Absinthe's 'Spiegeltent' at Caesars Palace and featuring many of her usual co-stars "as you've never seen them before," plus some additional talent. This time the theme is the beach, as you can see from Ms. Sweets' mermaid-meets-Medusa oufit, and will feature all your sideshow favorites, from strongman to bearded lady acts. Doors at midnight; tickets are $20 in advance or $30 on the night (and regular tickets to Absinthe start at $140, although we have a deal for $89, but either way this is the cheapest way you'll get to see this talented cast in action, if you can stay up that late).
• August 21, 2015 14:40 Hot Rod Events on Ice: The inaugural HOT ROD PowerFest West event, which was originally to have taken place at The LINQ, and then relocated to sister property the Rio at some point, has now relocated to a back burner, as has its sibling HOT ROD PowerFest East bikes-and-music-and-parts extravaganza, slated to take place in Darlington, SC Oct. 3-4.. The official website promises that existing ticket holders will be issued a refund and says that new venues and dates will be posted there once they've been confirmed, but we're not holding our breath (well, only when we step outside...)
• August 21, 2015 12:58 SLS Joins Forces with Local Convenience Stores: It's no secret that SLS Las Vegas is on a major quest to tap the locals market, and to that end the latest move is a collaborative promotion with Red Bull and the local Green Valley Grocery chain of convenience stores (of which there is an example just around the corner form LVA HQ). Below are the official instructions to follow for the chance to win a Labor Day staycation at the boutique north Strip property - no purchase necessary but you must have a current Twitter account that's open to the public; contest ends 5 p.m. on August 27.
- Follow @GVGrocery and @SLSLasVegas on Twitter
- Follow the instructions posted by @redbullLV directing you to a local Green Valley Grocery store
- Follow the prompts available at the Green Valley Grocery store for details on how to enter the giveaway.
It's as simple as that, but you'll find complete official rules here.
• August 21, 2015 11:53 Popular Attraction Collaborates to Fight Teen Driving Deaths: It's a shocking statistic, but apparently teen drivers were involved in 38 fatalities last year in the state of Nevada, which obviously is 38 too many. In efforts to reverse this situation and spread the message about the dangers of unsafe driving, go kart attraction Pole Position Raceway has teamed with teenagers in Southern Nevada, Pole Position Raceway, in partnership with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety’s Zero teen Fatalities program, CBS Radio, Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Coca-Cola, and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to host the first of a year-long program of fun-but-awareness-raising events on Friday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the 4175 S. Arville location (opposite Palms Place).
Attendees will get to enjoy free races, in addition to arcade-game credits, complimentary food and drinks, music from CBS Radio, and prizes and giveaways.
• August 21, 2015 10:07 Where is James Grosjean? Right Here!: For everyone who's been asking us the question, that's the answer, as is evidenced by a brand new post from Grosjean at Beyond Numbers. He's been off the radar completely for many months, for reasons you can read about in today's "Question of the Day," but he's back in action, which we know will be more welcome news to some people than it is to others (e.g., all casinos, globally).
• August 21, 2015 09:58 Speaking of Food ... Master Chef Reminder: As reported earlier this month, "MasterChef" is on the hunt for new contestants for Season 7 and one of them could be you! The Casting Team will be at Alexis Park tomorrow, Saturday Aug. 22nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They want you to "come prepared!" so click our original
• August 21, 2015 09:44 Life is Culinary: The list of participating chefs, and the lineup of culinary events and experiences, has been announced for the 2015 Life is Beautiful festival and it looks like no one need fear going hungry. Details include an expanded and integrated Culinary Village, with participation from a plethora of valley vendors, ranging from top steak and sushi restaurants, to food trucks, to local independent vendors, plus plentiful live demos by household-name chefs and expert mixologists and a beverage program (to be announced soon). For more details, including a video preview, check out the culinary section on the official LiB website.
• August 20, 2015 18:45 Las Vegas This Weekend: Not much going on at all this weekend -- apart from this, that is:
- Brooklyn Bowl features Coal Chamber (8/21), followed by Le Crae (8/22)
- Comedian Bobby Slayton performs at South Point with Jim Florentine and Lenny Clarke (8/21-23)
- D'Angelo & The Vanguard are center stage at The Chelsea at Cosmopolitan (8/21)
- Cannery welcomes the Detroit All Stars "Direct from Motown" (8/21-22)
- Hard Rock's Friday Night Live at the Pool featuresribal Seeds and special guest Expanders (8/21); Kehlani's "You Should Be There Tour" visits Vinyl (8/22-23); and Peter Frampton rocks The Joint (8/22)
- Get Goosed! Palazzo's, Lagasse Stadium hosts the five-course "Goose Island Beer Dinner" (8/21)
- Summerlin Library Theater welcomes Helen Joy's 11th Annual Broadway Vignettes (8/21-22)
- The all-inclusive hypnosis conference "Hypno Thoughts Live" takes place at the Orleans (8-21-23)
- Jackson Browne takes center stage at The Pearl at the Palms (8/21)
- Johnny Lang performs at Boulder Station's Railhead (8/21)
- Mandalay Bay welcomes Motorhead, with Saxon and Crobat, at House of Blues (8/21) where Clash of the Titans (Tribute to Metallica Slayer Anthrax) goes down the following evening (8/22)
- Nashville Unplugged returns to Sunset Station with Rob Crosby and Billy Montana (8/21)
- Silverton continues the Summer Rock Series, presented by KOMP 92.3FM, with Roxy Gunn (8/21)
- The Unlikely Heroes, featuring Hear Kitty, play Babes Rockin Sports Bar (8/21) while Gorilla Radio (Rage Against the Machine) perform the following evening (8/22)
- Leon Russel's in the Gordie Brown Showroom at Golden Nugget (8/21)
- It's the The Downtown 3rd Farmers Market (8/21)
- The Art Factory hosts Vintage Bike Night, feat. a blend of motorcycles, art, and music (8/21)
- Keith Brantely will host The Poets Corner (for established poets) at the West Las Vegas Arts Center (8/21)
- The Pond at Green Valley Ranch features live reggae from Band of Bruddahs (8/21)
- Dave Koz and Friends perform at Aliante
- The Smith Center welcomes Australian performer Greg Bonham performing "G'Day Las Vegas" (8/22)
- Jack Jones is in the spotlight at Suncoast (8/22-23)
- And New Edition takes center stage at Buffalo Bill's Star of the Desert Arena (8/22)
• August 20, 2015 18:04 Free Lemonade Right Now!: Sorry for lateness of this one, but this hot National Lemonade Day, Hot Dog on a Stick is offering a free 12-ounce lemonade to customers who say the magic password, "Lemonade for LLS" (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society). Here's a map of local locations; you have until 9 p.m. to take advantage of the offer.
• August 20, 2015 16:52 Win Some, Lose Some for Vegas Gamblers?: While a recent report from J.P. Morgan indicates that MGM Resorts International intends to eradicate any vestigial 3:2-paying blackjack games at its Strip properties and introduce a uniform 6:5 payout across the board (see Stiffs & Georges), local gaming reporter J.D. Morris reports in Vegas Inc. magazine that a recent independent report commissioned by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers indicates that the palpable tightening of pay schedules in recent years has resulted in a decline in slot revenues, indicating that people play less when they win less. (Ya think?) If the findings prove legit, this could finally be some good news for players.
• August 20, 2015 15:26 Wild Magic Begins at Westgate Monday: We knew magician Dirk Arthur, displaced by the sudden closing of the Riviera, was moving to Westgate Las Vegas, we just didn't know when. Not until now, that is, since we just received an official press release confirming that the tigers will be unleashed on Monday, Aug. 24. It's going to be a matinee production, which is slightly surprising, performing Monday through Saturday at 4 p.m. Tickets for Dirk Arthur Wild Magic start at $50, plus the usual taxes and fees.
• August 20, 2015 14:53 FREE Korean BBQ!: A branch of GEN all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ House debuts today at 1300 W. Sunset Rd. in Henderson, and to celebrate for a limited time they're offering a complimentary meal to the first 50 guests Monday to Thursday, from 3-5:30 p.m. Call 702-467-8559 for more details.
• August 20, 2015 13:07 Casino Club Coming to LAVO: The Playboy Club didn't pan out at the Palms, but Las Vegas is now awash with "party pits" and restaurant Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SLS paved the way for something different with Bazaar Casino (open Fri-Sun, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.). Now comes word, via Robin Leach, that Lavo at Palazzo is to combine all the above concepts with the opening of Lavo Casino Club next month on the second level. A collaboration with Palazzo, the new venue will combine live blackjack with DJs/dancefloor, VIP bottle service, flat-screen TVs tuned to sporting events, and and their signature Italian cuisine and cocktails, served at the gaming tables from a butler's cart. Sounds interesting...
• August 20, 2015 12:41 Free Tours of KÀ: This just gleaned from Vital Vegas (how come you knew about this and we didn't?): Cirque du Soleil's awesome KÀ spectacular at MGM Grand this week started complimentary back-of-house tours each Tuesday at 11 and 11:30 a.m., allowing visitors to get up-close and personal with the unique two-person Earth Harp and to appreciate the workings of the seven-staged, $195 million-production show theater which, from "Vital's" uncharacteristically gushing review, is evidently almost as awesome as the show itself. The tours are expected to continue for the foreseeable future and all ages are welcome.
• August 20, 2015 11:59 Neon Museum Needs Your Help! There's a crowd-funding campaign underway at the Neon Museum, which needs help financing the restoration and preservation of the historic Desert Rose Motel sign. With just nine days to go, they're only 21 percent of the way toward reaching the $50,000 goal, so chip in if you can. (Note: There's a cool video on the Indiegogo page, with some great historic photos etc., plus they're giving away some cool collectible swag and other perks to donors, if you need further convincing that it's a worthy cause to support.)
• August 20, 2015 11:54 East-Side Community Drive Starts Today: Grouchy Johns (8520 S Maryland Pkwy), popular local purveyor of caffeine products, is hosting its semi-annual "give back" Community Drive starting at 4 p.m. today and running through Aug. 22. Held in conjunction with Alternate Reality Comics (Pioneer Plaza, 4110 S Maryland Pkwy), Khoury's Fine Wines (9915 S Eastern Ave), and Henderson's Joseph James Brewing Co. They're collecting toys, clothes, and school supplies for Child Haven, plus if you don't have any of those to offer (or even if you do), they're also taking your donations for United Blood Services (everyone has corpuscles and anyone who makes a blood donation at any of the events will receive a ticket for a complimentary draft beer specially brewed using Grouchy John's coffee!) Today's event is hosted by Alternate Reality, Friday's by Grouchy Johns, and Saturday's by Khoury's. There will be daily raffle prizes, too, with all proceeds going to charity.
• August 20, 2015 11:10 Kill Phil Author on WSOP for All In: The new edition of leading poker magazine ALL IN carries a feature article by Kill Phil author, Blair Rodman, in which he reveals why he personally does all he can to avoid the infamous Kill Phil tactic of going all in and explains his long-held contention that no-limit hold 'em is actually not the best tournament-poker game at all. As always with Blair's writing, it's an interesting read.
• August 20, 2015 11:00 40X Points with Throwback Thursdays at Gold Coast: As part of the ongoing 40th anniversary celebrations from Boyd Gaming, Gold Coast is offering 40X points (on first 400 points earned) on all slots and video poker games from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday in August.
• August 20, 2015 10:25 DraftKings Goes Global: Daily fantasy site DraftKings Inc. this week announced that it has been granted a U.K. gaming license and intends to offer games in that market by the end of the year, with plans to extend its presence throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America and to begin offering additional sports, including more soccer, cricket, and even tennis. The rapid expansion is in part being facilitated by a recent $300 million cash injection from Fox Sports, but according to specialist gaming-industry analysts Eilers Research LLC, in the past eight weeks DraftKings has for the first time overtaken rival DFS site FanDuel in entry fees, payouts, and revenue.
However, in spite of recently hiring former bwin.party executive Jeffrey Haas, whose past credits include debuting PokerStars Macau Poker Room and having executive responsibility for the World Poker Tour, DraftKings has no intention of entering the online-gambling market. When asked in a recent interview with Bloomberg if the company was considering opening a sports book, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins responded "Absolutely not. We know what we do, and that’s daily fantasy." Currently, DFS is not classified as gambling in the U.S. market and is therefore free of the regulatory restrictions that govern online gaming, much to the chagrin of the casino industry.
• August 20, 2015 09:48 New Pedestrian Crossing for Rio/Gold Coast: We noted on the way to work this morning that a new pedestrian crossing has been added on Valley View, connecting the Rio to the Gold Coast, and not before time -- that stretch of road has always been a danger zone, with people taking their lives into their hands to sprint across and dodge through the traffic. A crossing, with lights? Genius!
• August 20, 2015 08:32 LV Club Goes Out Quietly: There wasn't much going on late last night at the Las Vegas Club. When we dropped in there were fewer than a dozen people taking a last look. Since the table games and bars were already closed, there wasn't much reason to be there, but it was a stark contrast to the scenes at other recent closings.
• August 19, 2015 18:09 Medieval-Style Vegetable Warfare Coming to Vegas: An outfit from Seattle has, we learned via a tweet from our dear friend Vital Vegas, taken the concept of Spain's legendary La Tomatina and created America's own tomato battle, which will be coming to Las Vegas at some point later this year on a date as yet to be confirmed. La Tomatina is an epic fast-and-furious food fight that has drawn crowds of up to 50,000 (yup, all hurling tomatoes at each other for an hour), whereas this touring U.S. version looks to us more like a busy Sunday at the village pillory and will also feature side entertainment, including live music, DJs, a beer garden, food trucks, and "tons of games and prizes". Registration is open at the official Tomato Battle Las Vegas website, despite no confirmed date for the event -- the $19.99 early-entry discount is good through Aug. 29, after which the price goes up (although the site's pretty confusing when it comes to the registration schedule, so we won't attempt to explain any further, since we can't make heads or tails of it...)
• August 19, 2015 11:55 Betting App Down (Briefly) for Maintenance: Bookmaker William Hill just tweeted that their mobile sports-wagering app is currently down for some essential maintenance, so if you're experiencing difficulty placing a bet, that's why. They say it should be up and running again soon.
• August 19, 2015 11:15 Vegas.com Sold: Vegas Inc. has announced that its parent company, The Greenspun Corporation, has sold travel-booking site Vegas.com to a locally based publicly traded entity called Remark Media Inc. that specializes in websites and digital apps for the millennials market and also has operations in Brazil and China. The sale price has not been disclosed. According to Vegas Inc., Vegas.com, which has been operating for almost two decades, currently attracts 3.4 million visitors per month.
• August 19, 2015 10:11 Drink Specials, DJ Battle, and More at Hawaiian Marketplace: It's the first time we can recall the Hawaiian Marketplace on the Strip (3473 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) hosting an event, but it looks like new tenant Fukuburger (which has expanded from food truck to bricks and mortar, too) is mixing things up tonight, with 2-for-1 pitchers and drafts, $4 Fireball shots, and a DJ battle from 7 p.m.
• August 19, 2015 09:46 Air-Quality Advisory Issued: Clark County's Department of Air Quality has issued smoke and ozone advisories, in effect throughout the day, due to potentially elevated levels stemming from California's wildfires. It's recommended that people limit their outdoor activities, keep windows closed until the smoke dissipates, and change their air filters.
• August 19, 2015 09:15 Caesars Bankruptcy Negotiations Break Down: In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Monday, Caesars Entertainment Corp. disclosed that negotiations with several of its first-lien creditors -- mainly banks -- had been terminated, with the two sides having failed to reach an agreement on the terms of the company's bankruptcy reorganization. Apparently, points of contention include the lenders' demand that Caesars hand over $125 million in cash up front -- double what the company has offered.
In addition, Bloomberg is reporting that Apollo Global Management LLC, one of the owners of Caesars Entertainment Corp., has received an ultimatum from a group of junior bondholders demanding that the private-equity firm surrender control of the still-solvent parent company to them, which would enable them to take charge of several profitable units that are outside of the bankruptcy case. Caesars has until Nov. 15 to reach agreements with the majority of its creditors and file its reorganization plan with the court.
• August 18, 2015 18:00 Aliante Entertainment Twofer: Today through Friday, Aug. 21, Aliante is offering a 2-for-1 promo code for premier and deluxe seats for the September 19 concert by Naturally 7 (reg. VIP ticket pricing starts at $39.50 and includes two drink tickets and a meet-and-greet with the band). The only catch is that you need to show the promo email when you pick up the tix, so sign up for Aliante's newsletter if you're not already on the list and hopefully you'll be in time to receive the magic code!
• August 18, 2015 17:58 Downward Spiral Continues at SLS: It's a shame, but things aren't getting any better at the former Sahara, with SLS Las Vegas, which opened with much fanfare a year ago next week, reporting even bigger Q2 losses, in spite of what was hoped to be a shot in the arm from May's Rock in Rio event. Majority investor Stockbridge Capital Partners has bailed out the ailing property to the tune of more than $30 million this year, in the face of losses of almost $84 million to date in 2015 alone, and the private equity firm has stated that it's prepared to continue funding through the end of the year, but if SLS can't change its balance sheet around before the end of this year, the future for SLS beyond Dec. 31 doesn't look good.
• August 18, 2015 16:27 Tivoli Village Goes Back to School: The westside "retailtainment" complex is hosting a back-to-school and homecoming fashion show this Friday, at 7 p.m., featuring many of the property’s boutique stores as well as big name brands. Local teens from high schools throughout the valley will be modeling the latest looks for the upcoming school season (what ever happened to uniforms?!), with sponsors including Azure Formal Wear, Parque, Studio K, and Blowout Doll house.
• August 18, 2015 11:09 Venerable Vegas Dive Bar is Back ... Again!: We've lost count of how many times that our nearby neighbor, the Sand Dollar Lounge, has closed and reopened over the years, including its short-lived "Bar Rescue" experiment as Bar 702 (for which Anthony Curtis was the on-screen gaming consultant). Since then it's been the Sand Dollar again, but sans gambling, and predictably didn't make it. Now under new ownership once again, the bar's been back in biz for a few weeks and tonight kicks off a week-long grand opening "Industry Night" celebration, with Death + Company Oaxaca Old Fashions as the beverage du jour and Taco Tuesday food-truck fare courtesy of Hector's. Doors at 6 p.m., live music starts at 10 p.m. The festivities will continue nightly through Saturday, with a diverse band lineup and a variety of mobile food vendors at your service, so get down there and support three local ex-industry entrepreneurs and a vintage Vegas brand! From our conversation with one of the owners, we learned that they should have the bartop games back in action by January, by the way.
• August 18, 2015 10:23 Brazilian Food Fest Reprised: Following the success of last year's event, Via Brasil Steakhouse in Summerlin (located in the Ft. Apache Commons Shopping Center) is reprising its Brazilian Outdoor Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20. Commencing at 4 p.m., the vicinity of the churrascaria will feature live music, samba dancers, stilt walkers, fire dancers and breathers, capoeira demonstrations (a fusion of mixed martial arts and dance), and an array of traditional food and drink specialties. The family-friendly event is free to attend.
• August 18, 2015 10:14 Praise for South Point, and Some Promo Tips: You may not know this, but when a casino touts some "Million Dollar Giveaway," in reality the amount that's doled out seldom comes close to the possible max payout. Not so with South Point, Bob Dancer explains in this week's column: "Michael Gaughan (owner of South Point) has three rules for a successful promotion: 1) Give away what you promise; 2) Have lots of winners; 3) Kiss: Keep it Simple, Stupid. If he promises to give away $600,000, it's going to be very close to that amount, if not more, before it's over. It would be nice if more casinos were this honest about how much they were giving away."
Dancer then goes on to explain the nitty gritties of the current "$600,000 Money Madness" at the south-of-Strip property and how to assess its Expected Value if you play. As usual, you'll find plenty of useful tips in there, including some insights into the working of Bob Dancer's mind and how not thinking like the average bear is part of the secret to his success.
• August 18, 2015 10:00 Las Vegas Club Update: We mistakenly reported on Monday that Las Vegas Club had already closed, but it turns out it was just the table games that were taken out of commission on Sunday night; Wednesday at midnight is when the entire property closes its doors for good. Until then, you can still play one of their several hundred slot machines. Current CEO Jonathan Jossel told the R-J/s Howard Stutz that a lot of people are stopping by to buy up some of the soon-to-be-obsolete casino chips from the 86-year-old property (technically, that's a regulatory violation, but hey...) If you have some of those chips sitting in a drawer at home somewhere that you've been meaning to cash out, protocol dictates that there will be a redemption window, presumably utilizing the cage at former sister property the Plaza -- we'll pass on any relevant info when it's announced (which legally it is required to be in several area publications).
What new owner Derek Stevens has in mind for the old girl he's not revealing as yet, but he has said that a team of engineers will be sent in to appraise the building, after which he'll have a better idea of what's possible. It doesn't sound as if demolition is on the cards, however.
• August 17, 2015 15:49 Macau's Slump Spurs Economic-Diversification Plans: Much like Atlantic City, which is also facing the kinds of tough economic challenges that saw 25 percent of its casino inventory taken out of commission in the space of just one year, the recent nosedive in Macau's gaming revenues is persuading Chinese authorities to actively pursue economic-diversification measures, reports casino-industry intelligence service Asia Gambling Brief. Looking to the future, the Chinese government is actively promoting the development of more retail, hotel, construction, and financial services in the gaming enclave. An official review of the gaming industry is already in progress, with a draft expected to be completed by the end of September and the full overview finished by year's end. At the center of the report will be an assessment of Macau's six gaming concessions, all of which are currently set to expire in the next five to seven years.
• August 17, 2015 14:51 Flamingo GO Pool Guest-Fee Update: Following something of a furor back in late July, when we noted that the Flamingo's GO Pool page on the official website had been updated to list a $10 cover for hotel guests (while the resort-fee information had also been changed to remove mention of pool access). The Flamingo's website has since been updated, with the information on the GO Pool's page now clarified to state a basic no-cover policy for guests of the Flamingo, although "during non-resident DJ performances and special hosted events, hotel guests may be charged $10 for entry."
And, speaking of "no cover," while to a live human at most hotel pools in town is pretty much impossible, so we can't confirm, but we note that there's still subtle mention of "No Tan Lines" every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, which we interpret to be a little weekly "toptional" opportunity. We also note that this is one of those "$10 cover even for hotel guests" scenarios.
• August 17, 2015 11:59 No Dilly-Dallying at Las Vegas Club: When we reported yesterday in this column that the Las Vegas Club was to close, we didn't realize that it would be so soon, but since new owner Derek Stevens did not acquire the casino's name, nor the gaming operations, presumably there was no option but to close the joint last night, which is exactly what happened.
• August 17, 2015 10:54 Donald Trump Owns an Online Casino - Who Knew?!: In light of our recent QoD (8/6/2015) about the possible implications for the U.S. gambling industry should Donald Trump make it into the White House, an LVA source in Macau pointed out to us this recent article on Global Gaming Business Magazine's "News" site, which reveals the fact that Donald Trump is actually the owner of an online casino, albeit a casino in name and paperwork only: Poker Ventures LLC, which lists The Donald as its director, is incorporated in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey and is licensed to operate in the New Jersey online-gaming market, although it has yet to go live with any product.
• August 17, 2015 10:43 Boxing Returns to Cosmo: The Cosmopolitan has been featuring live fights for four years now, and this September 11 -- to coincide with Mexican Independence Day weekend celebrations -- The Chelsea will the fall season debut of "The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV," with Óscar Valez vs. Chris Avalos fighting for the featherweight title and Jesse Hartdefending his NABO and USBA super middleweight championship titles against contender Aaron PryorTickets, which start at $20, are on sale now from the venue or Ticketmaster outlets.
• August 17, 2015 10:08 Overhaul of Mexican Gambling Scene Moving Forward: As we reported in a Question of the Day back in April of this year, "The Mexican government may be relaxing its attitude on what games it will/will not permit. The country’s gaming laws, on the books for 70 years, are in the process of being revamped," against the backdrop of a de facto reality in which "myriad casinos operate without federal sanction but are kept open by court injunctions."
Among the provisions in the new bill, which could be passed before the end of this year, are plans to introduce a regulatory framework both to Mexico's brick-and-mortar casinos and its legally nebulous online gaming industry, under a new National Institute of Games and Lotteries. This would include the introduction of 10-year licenses for casino operators and an insistence that all Internet-casino operators' servers reside within the nation's border. Other measures set to come into effect include initiatives to clamp down on money laundering and a plan to raise the legal gambling age in Mexico to 21 from 18, a current restriction that is only laxly enforced.
• August 17, 2015 09:58 No Respite from Heat Til Mid-Week: The excessive heat warning announced last Thursday, which was initially set to expire today, has now been extended through Wednesday night, with daily highs expected to match the 110 degrees felt on Sunday.
• August 17, 2015 09:51 Britney - Will She, Won't She?: As far back as February of this year, local gossip guru Robin Leach was reporting that Britney Spears was in talks to extend her residency at Planet Hollywood, initially slated to end in May. At that time the residency was supplemented with additional dates added for Piece of Me through September 9, but there was talk of her signing for an additional two years. Rumors of additional dates have persisted until as recently as July, when the performer was reported to be in talks about at least performing into early 2016, but at Sunday's teen choice awards, Spears told reporter for E! Online that she's feeling torn and hasn't yet come to a decision, which sounds to us like she's probably done. It seems fitting for Brit to out with a bang on NYE...
• August 16, 2015 18:49 Las Vegas Club Expected to Close: New owner of the Las Vegas Club, Derek Stevens, says that the property will be assessed, then closed at an undetermined date, presumably for a conversion or renovation of some type. Stevens emphasized that neither the gaming operations nor the name Las Vegas Club were acquired in the deal, leaving unclear how the property will eventually be folded into Stevens' downtown operations.
• August 16, 2015 13:59 No Wahlburgers for Vegas - It's Official: The much-touted celebrity-owned burger brand will not be coming to Bally's Grand Bazaar (nor, we assume, be opening the string of Las Vegas venues that were once on the drawing board). Instead, what could have been a Wahlburgers will now become an extension of the neighboring Fuel Bar, we learned from "Eater Vegas". In other "Eater" news, Stoney's Rockin' Country is returning to Town Square, where the brief experimental hook up with The Bull radio brand was recently abandoned.
• August 16, 2015 10:00 Sunday Funday 19 Poker Tournament at Noon: Registration is now open for our "Sunday Funday 19" poker tournament. Play begins at noon PST/3 p.m. EST today. Prizes are $100 for first; a suite of three of our top poker books for second; Full LVA membership for third, and prizes for all final-table contestants, including books and gift cards (we've added some new selections this month). There's also a "bubble" prize for 10th place. 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 9121). 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.
• August 16, 2015 09:20 Discounted Thrill Rides Today: August 16 is #NationalRollerCoasterDay and Vegas is celebrating all thrill seekers with some special offers:
- Click for a discount coupon for Adventuredome at Circus Circus, home of the El Loco ride -- the coupon bags you an all-day pass for $25 today only (reg. $31.95).
- The Roller Coaster at New York-New York is offering buy-one-get-one-free passes on Aug. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, only (reg. admission $14).
• August 15, 2015 21:20 Day Favored in PGA Championship: Jason Day is the +160 favorite going into Sunday's PGA Championship final round. Jordan Spieth is +210 and the field (any other winner) is +200.
• August 15, 2015 19:20 Big Parlay: Last Tuesday, all 15 Major League Baseball home teams won. It was the first time it happened in MLB history and made a winning parlay of $100,810 for a man in Dublin, Ireland, who bet the 15-team parlay for $78.10 at a William Hill betting parlor. Nice work.
• August 15, 2015 13:06 Free Online Poker Tourney Tomorrow: Reserve some time tomorrow to play in our 19th Sunday Funday online poker tournament. First place gets $100 and everyone at the final table will win prizes. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. EST/noon PST. It's completely free to play, with registration beginning two hours before the tournament at the LVA Casino.
• August 15, 2015 10:47 Don't Lose Your Shirt at Silverton - Win One!: Today, and again on Aug. 28-29, earn 500 points in a day at Silverton and bag yourself a free casino-logo polo shirt.
• August 15, 2015 10:26 Chill Out at The LINQ Today: In honor of #NationalRelaxationDay, the spa at The LINQ is offering some discounts today, including $99 for the 50-min. "Restoration Mind & Body" package (reg. $150) and for a a signature facial (reg. $140). Deals are available till 7 p.m. today only.
• August 14, 2015 14:39 Former Las Vegas Club CEO Speaks: Jonathan Jossel of Tamares Group, who's now also the licensed CEO of PlayLV and the Plaza Hotel & Casino, has clarified the latest downtown shakeup in an official statement, which reads:
"Today we are excited to announce the sale of The Las Vegas Club to Derek and Greg Stevens’ company. The Tamares Group, owner of the Las Vegas Club, and PlayLV, its operator, had been working on various development prospects for the Las Vegas Club, but it is clear that the sale of the property provides a greater opportunity for the future of the company, its staff and the Fremont Street neighborhood. Tamares and PlayLV will focus their efforts on their signature downtown property, the Plaza Hotel & Casino, and we look forward to welcoming many members of the Las Vegas Club staff to the Plaza team in the coming weeks. In the interim, until closure of the Las Vegas Club for renovations by its new owner, PlayLV will continue to run the day-to-day operations of the Las Vegas Club. We are excited by the opportunities this sale creates for Tamares and PlayLV, and that the new owner shares our commitment to the Fremont Street area and the continued growth of downtown Las Vegas."
(For those "in-the-know," there are some amusing subtexts in that statement. Just sayin'.)
• August 14, 2015 14:29 Wisconsin Bans Poker: Although Circuit Court Judge Richard G. Niess freely acknowledged how he had "no doubt poker involves, in the long run ... more skill than chance," on Aug. 12 he nevertheless upheld the existing legal lay of the land in Wisconsin, according to which it's illegal to play poker anywhere in the state -- we're talking live poker here, not the online variety. While they are currently pretty laxly enforced, it remains a fact that according to current statutes, even "playing poker for pennies against grandma constitutes a crime", as PokerNews.com puts it.
Wednesday's ruling came after a group of poker players in the state raised funds to launch an official legal challenge in support of the increasingly prevailing opinion that poker is primarily a game of skill and, hence, does not constitute gambling in the legal sense of the term.
• August 14, 2015 13:56 Convention Expansion Complete at MBay: The first 350,000 square feet of the ongoing expansion project at Mandalay Bay's Convention Center has been completed, just in time to welcome the 60,000+ attendees of the massive annual MAGIC fashion expo Aug. 17 thru Aug. 19. Phase I includes new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer, and underground parking; when finished (est. January 2016), the MBay Convention Center facility will boast more than 2 million total square feet, including 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space.
• August 14, 2015 11:46 Onyx Offers Season Passes for 10th 'Onniversary': If you have not yet experienced the intimate joy that is Onyx Theatre, you don't know what you're missing. We don't want to spoil it for the uninitiated,s so suffice it to say that it's a hidden gem ('hidden' as in, lurking behind some lingerie) that's nestled in the same 'hood that's also home to one of Las Vegas' most acclaimed restaurants, a hardcore historic pool hall, a legendary swingers club, and a gay bathouse. Anyhow, this alt. ent. institution is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with the introduction of of season passes for the first time ever. They're available for purchase at various price levels, starting with the $69 'Cherry Popper" option, from the venue's brand new website, where you'll also find a complete schedule of current productions and future happenings.
• August 14, 2015 11:36 Derek Does it Again: As we strongly speculated, the new owner of downtown's Las Vegas Club has been confirmed, and it is indeed Derek Stevens (of the D and Golden Gate) who once again has taken the world by surprise, as he did when he purchased the old downtown courthouse building for $10 mil at auction, back in October 2013. It turned out that Stevens purchased that building purely as a site on which to construct the Downtown Event Center outdoor venue; what his plans for the Las Vegas Club may entail, only time will tell.
• August 14, 2015 10:04 Today's 'Question of the Day' Images: We were thwarted by technology yesterday, causing the crucial images that support today's concluding episode in the monster Maxim QoD Trilogy to not display, but order has now been restored, we're delighted to report. So, please return at your leisure (provided that's before midnight PST, of course) and view the final part in its full glory.
• August 14, 2015 09:57 Las Vegas Club Sold: It was reported last night by Vital Vegas that the Las Vegas Club has been sold and our inquiries confirm that, although no details have been released. Vital wrote "The buyer of the Las Vegas Club is unconfirmed, but a source close to the deal says the new owner is a known quantity in Vegas and will come as no surprise to downtown enthusiasts once announced." Our money's on Derek Stevens, owner of the D and Golden Gate, the latter of which is positioned directly across the Fremont Street Experience commons from the Las Vegas Club.
• August 13, 2015 18:34 Brunch Switch at Bellagio: Say sayonara to Jasmine's Sunday brunch buffet but hello to a new three-course brunch from Julian Serrano's new Lago restaurant; the former ends, and the latter commences, Aug. 30 (so, for one day only, you can do both!) On Friday, Aug. 14, Lago also joins the swelling ranks of restaurants that serve lunch which it will offer, via prix-fixe menu, from Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., reports "Eater Vegas."
• August 13, 2015 15:07 Las Vegas This Weekend: Here's a list of pretty much everything, aside from Aretha Franklin playing Caesars' Colosseum on Friday, on account of she isn't anymore:
- Mandalay Bay gets its eclectic groove on, with An Evening with Heart at House of Blues (8/13-15) and Graceland Ninjaz at Crossroads in HoB (8/14-15), while Michael Franti and Spearhead play Mandalay Bay Beach (8/15), and Kelly Clarkson takes center stage at the Events Center (8/15)
- The Pond at Green Valley Ranch features live reggae with Band of Bruddahs (8/14)
- The Smith Center hosts An Evening with Reckless in Las Vegas (8/14), followed by Soul Men, starring Spectrum (8/15-16)
- Comedian Dat Phan & Doo Wop Group, The Alley Cats are in the spotlight at South Point (8/14), where James Darren performs the following evening (8/15-16)
- Andrew Dice Clay is back at Hard Rock's Vinyl (8/14-16), while poolside the Friday Night Live tradition continues, with Circle and Fortunate Youth (8/14)
- The Orleans will host the first live tour of Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival, (8/14-15) while CSNSONGS pay tribute to Crosby Stills Nash and Young (8/15-16)
- Red Rock's "In Its Entirety" series rocks on, with showcased albums from ELO and Styx (8/14)
- Late Night Vice and Antimatter play Babes Rockin Sports Bar (8/14), with Smashing Alice featuring Wicked Garden performing the following night (8/15)
- At Brooklyn Bowl, you can catch Motion Potion (8/14-15); Reckless Kelly (8/14); Common Kings (8/15); and The Jesus and Mary Chain: 30th Anniversary of Psychocandy tour stop (8/16)
- Nashville Unplugged returns to Sunset Station with Danny Myrick and Felicia Barton 8/14)
- Slightly Stoopid take over the Blvd Pool at Cosmopolitan (8/14)
- Silverton continues the Summer Rock Series, presented by KOMP 92.3FM, with Crown Avenue (8/14); plus the One Drunk Puppy Wine Tasting event (8/15), and The Vegas Voice Presents "The Spirit of '45" (8/16)
- Town Square's hosting "The Julius Experience," featuring oldies hits and raffle and vacation giveaways at Baobab Stage Theater (10/15)
- Elvis Week continues, with Brandon Bennett's "Elvis My Way" tribute at Suncoast (8/15-16)
- Sante Fe Station welcomes Denise Wise (8/15)
- El Coyote y Su Banda Tierra Santa play Buffalo Bill's Star of The Desert Arena (8/15)
- Phil Vassar performs at Boulder Station (8/15)
- Los Van Van & Los 4 take center stage at Sam's Town (8/16)
- And it's "Live Salsa Music" with Noches Calientes at Gold Coast (8/15)
• August 13, 2015 14:52 Stormy Weather: It's heading our way, as you can tell from the darkening clouds gathering overhead. According to tweets from Vicki Gonzalez, reporter for @News3LV's, the Primm and Anthem areas are "already wet" and there's rain south of the I-15 and I-215, while storms are now approaching Henderson and Boulder City areas. The station will have a full update at 3 p.m.
• August 13, 2015 12:45 Epicurean Eatery Lineup Announced: M.E.N.U.S., the annual fundraiser for the Epicurean Foundation of Las Vegas nonprofit, has confirmed those restaurants that will be participating in the poolside event, taking place at The Beach at Mandalay Bay on Friday, Oct. 9. There will be live music, a silent auction, a DJ, and food and beverage courtesy of such participants as MBay's own Aureole, Fleur, Foundation Room/Crossroads, Border Grill, and STRIPSTEAK, plus representatives from all over the Vegas Valley, from Big Sur Oyster Bar and Zenshin at South Point, to Hugo's Cellar at downtown's Four Queens, to Capital Grille, Joël Robuchon, The Mansion at MGM Grand, and many others. Visit the official website for the complete list of all 25 participating venues (although the link to purchase tickets is dead and no pricing has as yet been confirmed, as far as we know).
• August 13, 2015 11:08 Excessive Heat Warning for this Weekend: We've been lulled into a false sense of security this summer, with mainly bearable temperatures, but don't get caught by surprise by this weekend's prediction of excessive heat, especially on Sunday and Monday, when the forecast is for temperatures to reach between 106 and 111 degrees (and that's in the shade). An official excessive heat watch will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday for the non-mountainous areas of Clark County and southern Nye County and we assume some cooling stations will be brought online, although we have yet to see any details confirming that.
• August 13, 2015 11:04 Single-Day Life is Beautiful Tix Now Avail: One-day, General Admission tickets, which start at $115, are now on sale for Life is Beautiful, which takes over downtown Sept. 25-27, with headliners including Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons, Snoop Dog, Duran Duran, Weezer, and many others, plus a culinary roster of top chefs and other "lifestyle" dimensions to explore.
• August 13, 2015 10:43 Packer Steps Down at Crown: James Packer, son of the late Australian media mogul and notorious high roller Kerry Packer, has quit his role as Chairman and CEO at Crown Resorts Ltd., in which he is the majority shareholder. A fellow board member close to Packer has stated that the decision was driven by personal considerations, with Packer wishing to spend more time with his family in L.A., and that he intends to remain on the board of the company and will stay on as co-chairman of the company's subsidiaries Melco Crown Entertainment in Asia and Alon Resort, coming to Las Vegas on the site of the former New Frontier; the move, however, comes in the wake of Crown Resorts reporting a 41 per cent fall in profit to $385 million, hit by its struggling investments in Macau and a significant write-down in the value of its overseas investments, including being forced to take substantial hits from abortive efforts to enter the Las Vegas' with investments in Fontainebleau and Cannery Resorts.
• August 13, 2015 09:59 $1 Sliders at Morton's for Filet Mignon Day: It's National Filet Mignon Day and Morton's the Steakhouse is celebrating by offering $1 petite filet mignon sandwiches at all 70 properties nationwide, including our own on E. Flaming, all day until closing (note: special is served in the bar area only).
• August 12, 2015 19:04 Dine with a Mobster Tomorrow: Thursday, Aug. 13 sees the official launch of the Mob Dinner Club, and interactive charity event hosted by real-life mobster Sal Polisi. Not only do you get to dine with a real-life member of the Mob and hear him spill some secrets but, thanks to the open-style kitchen at the mystery off-Strip venue that's hosting tomorrow' inaugural dinner, you can possibly pick up some Mafia cooking tips, too. The event's produced locally by Pinched Productions and the $75 ticket includes limo transports to/from the "luxury mansion location" known as the Sinatra Club, plus dinner (inc. dessert and beverages). A portion of the ticket proceeds for each event will go to benefit the Lincoln County School District to support the TXT2BSAFE app program and the event runs from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. For more info (note: there's not much), visit the official website.
• August 12, 2015 15:36 Penn Has Big Plans for Trop: What already markets itself as the 'New Tropicana,' following several recent upgrades, including a $20 million remodel that concluded in 2014 (minus the promised $100 million shopping mall), is to receive a massive $200 million+ shot in the arm from new owners Penn National Gaming. Still, expect no significant investment in the property for a couple of years, pending completion of a players club upgrade-project and the addition of new slot product to the casino floor, which apparently take precedence. A spokesman for Penn has also indicated that the company will be looking for input from customers regarding what types of improvement they'd like to see at the Trop, which is now the oldest surviving casino on the Strip and is to be among the beneficiaries of a planned $26 million pedestrian-bridge upgrade at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, set to get underway next year.
• August 12, 2015 12:22 Red Rock Extends Classic-Album Tribute Series: The "In Its Entirety Concert Series" at Red Rock, which showcases an entire classic rock album in Rocks Lounge on the second Friday of each month, has added a performance of "Chicago IX – Chicago’s Greatest Hits" to its ongoing schedule, with tix going on sale this Friday for the Sept. 11 show, which will feature special guest the Lon Bronson Band horn section. Other upcoming tributes will feature a double bill of Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" and "The Best of Heart" on Oct. 9, followed by Rush's "Moving Pictures" and the "Best of Yes" on Friday, Nov. 13.
• August 12, 2015 11:11 Current Reader Poll Clarification: To everyone who's already voted in our new survey, sincere thanks -- but please don't write in to tell us how much you miss the old Binion's coffee shop -- we'll be polling on specific classic eateries that you miss in the near future, but today's new poll is all about concepts and traditions, not individual eateries. Thanks! (We'll save all the Binion's/shrimp cocktail/Stardust steakhouse emails until we poll on defunct restaurants.)
• August 12, 2015 10:26 Mississippi Casino to Close: Isle of Capri Isle of Capri Casinos this week announced its intention to close its property in Natchez, Mississippi. Apparently, the property is being purchased by Casino Holding Investment Partners, LLC, the parent company of Magnolia Bluffs Casino, for $11.5 million, in a transaction expected to close this October. For the time being, Isle Natchez is expected to remain fully operational.
• August 11, 2015 13:21 Hotel Rooms, Resort Fees, Your Thoughts Wanted!: Our current Reader Poll is canvasing your input on what's important when booking your Las Vegas hotel room: the bottom line; amenities; convenience; familiarity; resort fee/absence thereof; all/none of the above? Cast your vote before midnight tonight to let us know -- we're listening!
• August 11, 2015 12:31 KOMP Kegger Returns; New Home at SLS: Continuing its proactive efforts to hook the locals crowd, SLS Las Vegas is the new home of the infamous KOMP 92.3 FM's infamous Kegger party, with Chevelle, which will be hosted Saturday, Sept. 4, poolside at Foxtail. The catch is, the only way to score a ticket is to win one, so you'd better tune that dial to 92.3 if you want in.
• August 11, 2015 12:16 Queen of Soul Tired, Cancels Friday's Caesars Gig: Citing the effects of exhaustion from her recent U.S. road tour, Aretha Franklin has canceled her concert at Caesars Colosseum, scheduled for Aug. 14, saying in her official statement that she "extends [her] sincerest regrets" to all the fans who'll be disappointed by this (extremely short-notice) announcement. If you purchased tickets with a credit card, your account will automatically be refunded; other refunds may be obtained at the original point of purchase. But if you booked a room/flight especially to catch Friday's concert, note that hotel and travel expenses are not covered by the artist, the venue, the ticket vendor, the hotel, or anyone else. There's no word of rescheduling this show -- it sounds like a flat-out cancellation, not a postponement.
• August 11, 2015 12:05 Riv to Be Demolished: Surprise! Well, it's hardly a surprise that the closed-and-sold casino is going to be demolished, but today's unanimous vote from the LVCVA committee, means that the demolition job -- which has been estimated as costing in excess of $40 million -- will take place ASAP, although in practical terms that means no sooner than six months time.
• August 11, 2015 11:43 Las Vegas Film Festival Gets Underway Downtown: The 8th annual Las Vegas Film Festival gets underway today, hosted by various cool downtown venues through Aug. 16, kicking off with a series of shorts screening from 3 p.m. today at Inspire Theatre (and seeing the welcome return of the CineVegas brand). It looks like it's too late to purchase individual-event tickets online (can you buy at the door?), but full-festival passes are still available, starting at $125.
• August 11, 2015 10:25 America's Got Talent Live Headed to Planet Ho: The AXIS Showroom is to host three nights of America's Got Talent Live this fall, with the headliner to be announced, and tickets to go on sale, after the winner is announced during the Season 10 finale on Sept. 16, so stay tuned, "Talent" fans! The Live shows are scheduled for Oct. 22, 23, and 24. (And don't forget you can catch Season 9 winner Mat Franco a few doors down at The LINQ.)
• August 11, 2015 10:03 Dancer Gets Philosophical: In his latest weekly musings, video poker guru Bob Dancer gets to waxing metaphysical about casino promotions, in a way that perhaps only he could. As usual, there's method in his madness, so check it out.
• August 10, 2015 16:04 Cafe Cortez Coupon Clarification (It's GOOD News!): Cafe Cortez may be a thing of the past at downtown's El Cortez, but the property's new coffee shop, Siegel's 1941, is continuing to honor the twofer entree deal in the Las Vegas Advisor 2015 Member Rewards Book, which we appreciate and figure you do, too! (Click that link to find a complete list of all the offers in the 2015 MRB, together with full terms and conditions.)
• August 10, 2015 16:01 STOP THE PRESSES: Departing DJs Downtown RIGHT NOW Supporting Worthy Cause: Las Vegas' X107.5 FM morning-show DJ team Dave, Mahoney, and DK, who have announced their plan to leave Las Vegas and relocate the show to X107.5's sister station in Houston, are making one last community gesture for Las Vegas and have teamed with downtown's Slotzilla zip line to host a fundraiser today until 6 p.m. We only just heard the news, but you still have time to get down to Fremont Street and zip for a cause -- apparently 100 percent of ticket sales taken for the ride today will go to St. Jude's Ranch for children and families from abused or neglected households, which recently announced financial problems due to a drop in donations. To add to the event, local celebs including Forrest Griffin, TJ Lavin, and Chumlee from "Pawn Stars" should be down there, so go have some fun and help out this deserving cause. (Save time and reserve your Slotzilla tix in advance at www.vegasexperience.com or at 1-844-ZIPVEGAS.)
• August 10, 2015 11:01 Not-So-Secret Pizza and More Heading to Pawn Plaza: The latest upcoming additions announced for Rick Harrison's (of "Pawn Stars" fame) Pawn Plaza development downtown include Inna Gadda di Pizza, from the creators of Cosmopolitan's famed "Secret" Pizza, and Pawn Donut & Coffee, which will join the ranks of Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern, Smoke’s Poutinerie, and Rita’s Italian Ice, all of which are set to open when the Rubik's Cube-inspired venue debuts this fall. (With a lineup like that, is Harrison a gastronomic Europhile or what? We're concluding, from his culinary offerings, however, that a health nut he is not.)
• August 10, 2015 10:29 Reprieve, Second Wind for Suffolk Downs: The Massachusetts race track, which announced last September that it would be closing following its partner Mohegan Sun's failure to win the sole casino license allocated to the area (which was instead awarded to Wynn Resorts), has been given formal approval by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to host a three-day meet this fall. Live horse racing is now slated to take place on Sept. 5, Oct. 3, and Oct. 31, with the regulatory panel also OKing distribution of a total of $1.2 million for Thoroughbred purses for the three days from the state's new Race Horse Development Fund. The three 2015 events will be marketed as "festivals of racing," complete with family entertainment and complimentary children's activities, a concept never-before tried in New England but which organizers hope will help to turn the limited racing calendar into a shot in the arm for the sport and help to spur its ongoing life in New England.
• August 10, 2015 10:15 Rocker Rod Renews Residency: Indomitable Scottish rocker Rod Stewart is extending his sporadic residency at Caesars' Colosseum into a fifth year, with tickets going on sale this Friday, Aug. 14, for new shows just announced on select dates in March and April of next year. The final 2015 performances of at the venue of Rod Stewart: The Hits are imminent, with the last shows scheduled for Aug. 12, 15, and 16.
• August 10, 2015 10:10 Air Quality Advisory in Effect: Secondhand smoke from California's Willow Fire has caused Clark County to issue an air-quality advisory for the Las Vegas Valley, in effect until Tuesday, Aug. 11, with the usual precautions applying, especially to the elderly or anyone with allergies or respiratory disorders. If this is you, you're recommended to stay indoors whenever possible and to take preventative steps, like wearing a mask, if you have to step outside for any prolonged period of time.
• August 10, 2015 09:55 Rough Weekend for Outlaws: Any glimmer of hope offered to the local franchise by the recent AFL takeover of the Las Vegas Outlaws was dashed this weekend, with the league announcing Sunday its decision to cease operations, effective immediately, meaning that the team would not be participating in the upcoming playoffs. The news came after the Outlaws suffered a 51-34 defeat Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center, at the hands of the Spokane Shock, in front of a crowd of just 4,114 fans, only 12 percent of whom had actually paid to attend, according to the venue.
• August 9, 2015 16:27 NFL Hall of Fame Game Line: The NFL returns tonight, opening the exhibition season with the annual Hall of Fame Game, in which the Minnesota Vikings are +3 favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The total is 35.5.
• August 9, 2015 15:29 Wine Deal at Triple George: Order an entree and all bottles of wine are half price on Mondays at Triple George Grill. The deal is good though out August; maximum two bottles per table.
• August 9, 2015 15:02 Herringbone Coming to Aria: A new restaurant called Herringbone has been announced for Aria. Herringbone is overseen by Brian Malarkey, who recently opened Searsucker at Caesars Palace. It will feature a daily "Oyster Hour" when it opens later this year.
• August 9, 2015 11:15 MRI Denies: In an earnings call, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren stated that the Mirage "is not on the market" in response to reports here and from other sources that a sale may have already been made. Such denials can't always be counted on and we still see indications to the contrary, but as of now, the Mirage is officially not for sale.
• August 9, 2015 08:38 Fright Dome Hiring: Halloween may seem like a long way away, but they take their terrorizing seriously at Circus Circus, so for this 13th anniversary conversion of the Adventuredome into is scary alter ego, the hiring process starts early, as in on Saturday Aug. 22. There are more than 400 seasonal positions up for grabs including for guides, actors, sideshow and strolling entertainers, stage hands, and "unique hires" who will fit the bill for what's required, which is the "creepiest cast ever." (Has the owner tried checking out Fremont Street lately? Job done!) Interviews will take place in various time slots on the weekends of Aug. 22-23, 29-30, and Sept. 12-13 in the Skyrise Casino on the main level at Circus Circus. Must be 18+ with valid government-issued ID and social security card.
• August 8, 2015 15:44 UFC Teixeira/Saint Preux Ovince Saint Preux is a -115 favorite over Glover Teixeira in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Michael Johnson is -155 over Beneil Dariush.
• August 8, 2015 15:03 New Habit: The first Las Vegas location of the Southern California-based Habit Burger Grill will open on Aug. 12 in the Howard Hughes Center off E. Flamingo. There are plans to open several other outlets throughout Las Vegas.
• August 8, 2015 14:26 Station Betting App Bonus: Station Casinos is running a good sign-up special for its Sports Connection mobile betting app. New sign-ups get $50 in betting credit, up from the standard $25 bonus. The bonus is being offered for a limited time, the expiration of which is not specified.
• August 8, 2015 10:14 Gold Strike Name Change: The former Gold Strike in Jean has changed its name to Terrible's Road House. The biggest change so far (even the signs haven't been switched out yet) is the buffet has been replaced with a Denny's.
• August 7, 2015 17:06 Sports Books in Mesquite: For an excellent round-up of the sports-betting scene in Mesquite -- where there are two independent books and a new football contest -- check out the just-posted report at LVASports.com. With football season approaching, Frank B will be putting up lots of information there that you won't find at any other sports site.
• August 7, 2015 16:47 Party Like You're a Strip Club DJ -- Yes, Really!: If you happen to have $3,500 burning a whole in your pocket, and a yearning to experience the rush of being a DJ demigod, then Sapphire Pool & Dayclub has just what you need, with their new "60 Minutes of Fame DJ Party Package." Get to truly live out all your Tiesto-sterone fantasies with an experience that not only sees you dominating the decks at the only gentlemen's club pool in town for a full hour, but also gets your face plastered on digital billboards "all over Vegas," plus a VIP Bungalow with 5 bottles of bubbly to
waste shamelessly spray and a $2.5K food-and-beverage credit, a private bar and pool, oh and a souvenir video, photo, and T-shirt (just in case you party so hard you have no recollection of your big moment, we guess -- or in case all the friends back home who weren't in your private cabana keep insisting that you Photoshopped the whole thing). This pool is ToplessVegasOnline's pick for the Best Topless Pool in town, and with good reason, so click here for more info and to book your dream package.
• August 7, 2015 15:29 Las Vegas Marathon Marathon!: It's been announced that five-time Grammy nominee Kid Rock will be the headlining attraction at this year's Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, taking place Sunday Nov. 16. The full event line-up, which includes pre- and post-marathon parties, plus traditional highlights like the Run-Thru Wedding service and the Running Elvi, takes place over the whole Nov. 12-16 weekend and actually shuts down the Strip at night. This year will also see the return of the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K, presented by SLS Las Vegas, on Saturday Nov. 14, enabling the super-fit/clinically insane to compete in a body-punishing double whammy. For more information and to register, visit runrocknroll.com/las-vegas.
• August 7, 2015 12:16 Beer & Poke Pairing Party Tonight (We Likes!): Don't be late for this one, because if you blink (really slowly), you'll miss it, and no it's not anything to do with Facebook -- not that kind of "poke." Here's the skinny: From 7-8 p.m., Banger Brewing will be hosting a tasting/pairing event in conjunction with Zia Food Co. Hawaiian food truck. As Bad Beat just tweeted us, "For $18 you get 4 beers and 4 poke dishes paired together. Eat and drink them. Then be content." Amen. The poke provider will only be at Bad Beat (7380 Eastgate Rd #110, in Henderson) until 8 p.m. however, after which they'll be doling out the ono treats at Huntridge Tavern (1116 E. Charleston, and one of our fave dive bars) from 9 p.m.
• August 7, 2015 11:02 MBay Going Big on Beer: There's a lot on the upcoming Mandalay Bay event calendar, if you're into your brews. Tomorrow (Aug. 8) from 5 p.m., House of Blues/Foundation Room hosts the "Local Brews, Local Grooves" event, with 44 craft beers represented, including local offerings from Banger Brewing, Ellis Island, Big Dogs, Tenaya Creek, Bad Beat Brewing, Crafthaus, Chicago Brewing Company, and more, plus 12 live bands and a bunch of food pairings. Today's the last day to snag a $10 early bird discount (day of event, tix go up to $50), which includes GA admission and an unlimited beer-tasting wristband.
Then, later this month, the Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project three-day craft-beer-and-barrel festival heads to Mandalay Bay, in partnership with Back Bar USA. Running Aug. 28-30, festivities will include a VIP reception and pop-up pub experience, with food and beer pairings, live music, and special guest brewers, distillers, and chefs (VIP ticket-holders only). Other events during the festival will include seminars and panel discussions, poolside tastings from international beer and distillery vendors, gourmet cuisine from select Mandalay Bay chefs/restaurants (including Hubert Keller and Shawn McClain, a Sunday brunch feast, and live entertainment. Single-event tickets start at $30, or it's $199 (plus tax/fees) for an all-weekend VIP pass. Find more info on the official LVBeerBarrelProject website.
• August 7, 2015 10:26 Sunset Station to Host Songwriting Festival: The popular Nashville Unplugged series at Sunset Station has joined forces with songwriting community SongTown to launch the "Sunset Songwriting Festival," a three-day music-immersion event to connect songwriters, publishers, and producers via workshops, performances, and networking opportunities. The festival will take place Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 through Sunday, Oct. 11 inside Club Madrid at Sunset Station, with ticket packages starting at $199 (plus tax/fees). To register for workshops, fill out the submission form and see official rules and regulations, visit sunsetsongwritingfestival.com.
• August 7, 2015 09:56 Morton's Seeks Meat-Loving Football Fans: Morton's the Steakhouse knows that football season is almost here and, as the company's Snr. VP of Operations puts it, "We know many football fans are strong meat-eaters and Morton’s is the beef expert." So, putting these concepts together, the company has launched a nationwide contest for a chance to win The Ultimate Tailgating Experience. To enter, upload a photo of your best tailgating experience to the steakhouse's Facebook page anytime from Aug. 10 through 31, with two lucky winners to score a gourmet tailgate for up to 15 people (apps, entrees, and desserts), catered exclusively by Morton’s, at any NCAA or NFL football game within 35 miles of a Morton’s location in the 2015-2016 season.
• August 6, 2015 16:45 Las Vegas This Rockin' & Rollickin' Weekend:
- Downtown hosts a Summer Artwalk-themed First Friday presented by Unhinged (8/7)
- Centennial Hills Park Amphitheater hosts the Ward 6 Back-to-School-Fair & Movie in the Park (8/7)
- Andrew Dice Clay's back at Hard Rock's Vinyl (8/7)
- Big Daddy's Hayride, featuring James Intveld, is center stage at Backstage Bar & Billiards (8/7)
- Mandalay Bay offers dishes up Boys of Zummer, featuring Fallout Boy and Wiz Khalifa at the Events Center; while the Local Brews, Local Grooves III festival is at the House of Blues; and Fleur hosts the Chalk Hill Wine Dinner, with Chef Hubert Keller (8/8)
- A Celebration of the King's Feat, starring Johnny Fortuna, will perform at Eastside Cannery (8/7-8)
- Comedian Dennis Miller'd at the Orleans Showroom (8/7-8), while and the "Super Freestyle Explosion - '80s Flashback" invades the Orleans Arena (8/7)
- It's Friday Night Live at the Pool, with The Wailers, at the Hard Rock (8/7)
- Brooklyn Bowl hosts Reggae Bowl with Maoli (8/7), followed by Everclear and Fuel Toadies American Hi-Fi the following night (8/8)
- Melissa Etheridge takes over The Pearl at the Palms (8/7)
- Sunset Station welcomes Nashville Unplugged with Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano (8/7), followed by Guitars and Country Stars, with James Otto (8/8)
- Silverton continues the Summer Rock Concert Series presented by KOMP 92.3FM, with Empire Records (8/7)
- Sam's Town hosts The 3rd Annual Kumukahi Ukulele & Hula Festival, for a weekend of music and dance (8/7-8)
- Tony Orlando performs at South Point (8/7-9)
- Cool Jazz by James Baker is poolside at the Suncoast (8/8)
- The Cromwell welcomes Capital Cities (8/8)
- Babes Rockin' Sportsbar welcomes Children of the Grace (8/7), with Smells Like Nirvana and Sin City Sinners the following evening (8/8)
- Green Valley Ranch hosts Live Reggae Music with Band of Bruddahs at The Pond (8/7) and Mirage - Visions of of Fleetwood Mac perform at the Events Center (8/8)
- The Vegas Tour Elvis Tribute,starring Justin Shandor, will perform at M Resort (8/8)
- Urban Jazz icon Najae performs at Aliante (8/8)
- The "Move Live on Tour" starring Julianne and Derek Hugh, take center stage at The Venetian Theater (8/8)
- Downtown Grand will host a poolside concert with Journey Unlimited (8/8)
- And at the Gold Coast, there's The Funky Soul Dance Party (8/7/) with Noches Calentes "Live Salsa Music" on (8/8)
• August 6, 2015 15:13 Free Root Beer Floats ... in Boulder City: The nearest A&W location to Las Vegas is at 1410 Nevada Hwy. in Boulder City (with another location in Baker, if you're Cali-bound), but if you're there or headed that way, you can score a small-but-perfectly-formed free root beer float from now through closing, with what you would have paid going to benefit Wounded Warriors.
• August 6, 2015 12:29 Open Mic Showcase Celebrates at Fiesta: Take the Stage, the open mic talent showcase hosted by Sherry Gordy (daughter or Motown legend Berry), is celebrating its second anniversary tonight, and an apparent TV gig (courtesy of Tony Sacca), with a party at Fiesta Rancho's Club Tequila from 6 at 8 p.m. For the show itself, the cover's $5 at the door before 9 p.m. or $10 thereafter.
• August 6, 2015 11:33 Rí Rá Raises Pint to Int'l Beer Day: Rí Rá Las Vegas, the Irish Pub at Mandalay Place, will hold its annual Beer Day party this evening from 6 to 8 p.m., where attendees can enjoy a free pint of Guinness and complimentary appetizers. The first 15 guests to arrive at the celebration also score a free beer flight. Plus, there will be raffle prizes throughout the evening, including a $50 gift card to the pub. It's a free event, but RSVP is required by emailing RiRa@kirvindoak.com.
• August 6, 2015 10:45 SLS Steps Up with Bunkhouse Series: It was in late July that the owners of downtown's venerable Bunkhouse Saloon live-music venue announced that the venue was closing abruptly, although an extensive future roster of gigs had already been scheduled. Now comes word that SLS Las Vegas, which is pursuing efforts to tap the locals market, is stepping up and hosting the "Bunkhouse Series" in its Sayers Club, through a collaboration with venue's talent buyer Mike Henry and Life Is Beautiful founder Rehan Choudhry. Most of the scheduled shows displaced by the recent closure of the historic Saloon will be hosted by SLS, beginning this Saturday, Aug. 8, with Dawes. Tickets for this and all future scheduled shows are on sale now, and range from $8-$20.
• August 6, 2015 10:29 Thrillist Profiles Vegas' Most Notorious Casino Host: The big-daddy national edition of Thrillist features a front-page profile of Steve Cyr, long-time Las Vegas casino host, media personality, and the subject of Whale Hunt in the Desert. The feature is by Cigar Aficionado gaming columnist Michael Kaplan, and as is his usual style, Steve holds nothing back: "I love losers, and I tell that to my players’ faces."
• August 5, 2015 21:58 National Oyster Day: If you're looking for some shuck-and-suck action today, in honor of the latest culinary commemoration, here are some suggestions of where to indulge your bivalve habit:
- Double Barrel Roadhouse, at the Monte Carlo, is inviting guests to celebrate National Oyster Day with the restaurant’s signature BBQ Oysters, served alongside Applewood-smoked bacon, bourbon, and barbeque sauce, for $14.
- Both of chef Brian Massie's Hearthstone venues (Red Rock Resort, and W. Charleston) are offering a special today: Get a bucket of oysters and a beer for $20.
- Other Mama (3655 S. Durango) serves the prized delicacy for a buck apiece, daily, and Anthony Curtis (who's still mourning the passing of PJ Clarke's and their oyster happy hour) rates 'em.
- MKRT Sea + Land at Aliante is all about fresh and homegrown, so the herbs used in their Oysters Rockefeller come straight from the in-restaurant vertical herb garden. They're even sharing their recipe, via the Las Vegas Sun, if you fancy trying this at home.
- If you can't make it out tonight, or if today merely gives you a bigger craving for more, then head out to Lake Las Vegas, where on Fridays oysters are always $1.50 all day long at Sunset & Vines. Served on the half shell, they're accompanies by a choice of cocktail sauce, 3-vinegar mignonette with shallots, or pico de gallo with a splash of ponzu. Or, if you don't fancy going raw, try them baked with garlic-lemon herb butter.
• August 5, 2015 14:32 Juggleboy to Remain at Flamingo: What was first intended to be a temporary move to Bugsy's Cabaret at the Flamingo, while his former home at The LINQ was adapted to co-house magician Mat Franco, but Jeff Civillico has just announced that now his move to the Flamingo will be a permanent one, with the comedian and juggler explaining that Bugsy's is a "killer room" for his act. Currently, Jeff performs twice daily and his 2 and 4 p.m. schedule will continue through Labor Day Weekend. Following a short break, "Juggleboy" will then be back at the Flamingo on September 20th with a 5:30 p.m. show. ("I'll be a 6:15 p.m. show before you know it!!", he quipped in the official announcement.)
• August 5, 2015 13:01 Mayweather/Berto Opening Line: After the official announcement that Floyd Mayweather's next opponent will be Andre Berto, Mayweather opened at prices ranging from -2500 to -5000. After a quick consolidation, the prevailing line is currently -3000.
• August 5, 2015 10:39 Starbucks, with a Twist, Headed to Strip: Just as Fremont Street is home to an unusual Denny's, the only one that offers a full bar and wedding services, and Las Vegas Boulevard has the massive 24-hour Viva McDonald's, with its signature decor, emphasis on technology, and general un-McDonald's-ness, now center Strip is about to get an atypical Starbucks, with the R-J reporting that the upcoming arrival to the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's will debut the coffee chain's first stadium-style "grandstand" seating (allowing for lots more customers per square foot) and Starbucks' first movie screen. There will be other unique design touches, too, and some signature drink offerings and preparations. The new venue is slated to open in eight to ten weeks.
• August 5, 2015 10:35 New Football Contest at Station: The long-running "Great Giveaway" football contest from Station Casinos has been replaced by the "Gridiron Glory" contest. The new contest has a new format and adjusted pay schedules, but the biggest change is that it's now free to enter. Prior it had been $25, with the entry fee returned if you played every week of the season. We'll be posting details and analysis of all the contests as they're announced at LVASports.com.
• August 4, 2015 16:59 MasterChef Wants You! (If You Can Cook, That Is): Season 7 of "MasterChef" is on the lookout for new contestants and, to that end, the Casting Team is headed to Las Vegas to host an open call on August 22nd at Alexis Park (375 E. Harmon) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hopefuls are required to bring at least one prepared dish to serve to the judges (note that you'll have three minutes to plate your offering, but there are no on-site facilities to cook or warm things up. The official instruction is to "come prepared!", which we're not sure how to interpret, but we suppose it means bringing your portable stove, or a Bunsen burner, or some candles, or something, and probably resisting the urge to showcase your killer soufflé, although a fondue might work... A fruit salad or ham-and-cheese sandwich would likely have to be pretty spectacular to hit the right note.) Good luck, Vegas foodies!
• August 4, 2015 12:29 Turbulent Times for Allegiant: The Las Vegas-based budget airline has been obliged to make three emergency landings in two weeks, with the R-J reporting that a flight from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to Richmond, Va., made an emergency landing at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro yesterday due to engine trouble. Last weekend, an Allegiant flight bound for Fresno returned to McCarran International Airport due to an engine problem, while last week and an MD-80 jet made an emergency landing in Fargo, N.D., after the pilots (both of whom were Allegiant executives) reported that the plane was low on fuel.
• August 4, 2015 10:20 NASCAR Renews: Las Vegas has been scoring big in the sporting-event arena, with long-term contracts recently signed for PBR and Rugby Sevens, and now NASCAR has renewed its partnership to hold its Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas, which has been its home since 2009. Prior to that, New York had hosted the Champion's Week celebrations for almost three decades. This year's events will run Dec. 1-4, with key events taking place at the Mirage and Wynn.
• August 4, 2015 10:08 GN Sets Rousey/Justino Line: In a rare posting of a line on an event that hasn't even been scheduled yet, the Golden Nugget has opened Ronda Rousey as a -300 favorite over Cristiane Justino, better known as "Cyborg," if the two meet in a woman's UFC match. The take-back is +250 on Cyborg. For action, the fight has to take place before Aug. 1 2016.
• August 4, 2015 10:00 Professional Athletes vs. Professional Gamblers: Inspired by a comment by Colin Cowherd (and no, not the one about baseball players from Dominican Republic), in this week's column, Bob Dancer considers what elite gamblers may have in common with professional athletes. His musings may save you a lot of money!
• August 3, 2015 22:00 Where to Celebrate Nat'l Watermelon Day in Las Vegas: It's hot. Cool down with some refreshing watermelon to celebrate its national day. Here's how and where to do it with a twist -- this is Las Vegas:
- Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo is serving a new chilled watermelon soup menu item all day today for $7.
- All Hash House a Go Go locations (inside The LINQ, the Rio, the Plaza, and the original venue on W. Sahara) are serving their signature Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade today for $1. (Add a splash of your choice of booze for an additional kick ... and cost.)
- At downtown's El Cortez, August's "drink of the month" is the Firecracker, made with Fireball whiskey, triple sec, and watermelon lemonade and being served at all bars for $5.
- Pink Taco at the Hard Rock recently debuted range of new food and beverage options, including the Watermelon Cielo ($15), a mixture of Patrón Silver tequila, Grand Marnier, chamoy sauce, and fresh watermelon.
- And last but not least, db Brasserie at Venetian offers both a watermelon gazpacho appetizer and a watermelon mojito sorbet dessert option.
• August 3, 2015 21:59 Bingo! Rock Shot Spreads to Red Rock: And try saying that after you've imbibed a few adult beverages on bingo night! Just as Green Valley Ranch celebrates the 1st birthday of "Bingo with Balls," Station Casinos has extended Rock Shot party nights to its Red Rock Resort bingo room, with a DJ, dim lighting, guest emcees, and shots of liquor for any bingo winner -- and their tablemates. Prizes include up to $1,000 in cash, plus pool passes and free cabanas and hotel rooms, plus each event features special theme, such as rock ‘n’ roll, beer, or pizza, with associated "wacky" board patterns to make. Sessions cost $25 and include two free drinks and 10 electronic games, with a total of 30 cards per guest.
Rock Shot Bingo takes place at 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at GVR and the fourth Thursday of the month at Red Rock (check with the bingo room for some exceptions in Nov./Dec.). In addition, Red Rock recently introduced Daubing After Dark, a new late-night electronic bingo session held every Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m., for $25, with a chance to win up to $500. The novelty nights feature a "party-like atmosphere" with music, that same dimmed lighting, and free glow necklaces for players.
For more on "novelty" bingo sessions around town -- in and out of the casinos -- including drag queen bingo and Spanish bingo, plus sessions where you can score free pastries, complimentary cocktails, and craft beer on the house, check out Question of the Day (2/17/2015).
• August 3, 2015 17:43 BRIO Toasts 16 Years with Perks and Treats: BRIO Tuscan Grille locations (Town Square and Tivoli Village) are celebrating their "Sweet 16" anniversary this month with a "Cheers to 16 Years" promo running through Aug. 16. Perks for guests include: $16 off for BRIO rewards members when they purchase $50 in food, while all guests who dine in during the promo period will receive a scratch-off reward card bearing one of three discounts, including $10 off with the purchase of two entrées or $16 off with a $50 purchase. New celebratory menu items being debuted include a raspberry ricotta cake, with a $1 donation for each one purchased going to the No Kid Hungry campaign.
• August 3, 2015 16:11 Local Businessman Profiled by Inc.: Inc., the magazine for and about small-business owners, is currently conducting a tour of small businesses across the country, with an emphasis on highlighting the imagination, diversity, and resilience of American enterprise and today's profile is of Nick Kallos, the Vietnam vet from Nebraska who founded and runs Las Vegas' Casino Gaming School, which to date has trained some 11,000 casino dealers. It's a nice portrait of Nick, who's an old friend of LVA and co-hosted several episodes of the "Vegas Challenge" TV show, filmed at the Sahara back in 2002, with Anthony Curtis, while the feature also provides some interesting insights into the world of casino dealing and what kind of training goes into training a top Vegas dealer.
• August 3, 2015 16:00 Meatball Monday Soiree at Capo's Tonight: Capo's Italian Speakeasy (5675 W. Sahara) is hosting a "Meatball Monday" event at 7 p.m. this evening. An intimate gathering of friends, old and new, with cocktails and special menu items, including the restaurant's signature balls, plus shrimp tortellini with a Diablo mascarpone sauce. There might be something going on to do with pajamas, too, but we're not sure about that... For the uninitiated, the secret password to join the shenanigans is #TeamMeatball.
• August 3, 2015 15:44 Life is Beautiful Ticket Giveaways: Commencing Thursday, Aug. 13, downtown's Commonwealth will be holding weekly ticket giveaways for the annual Life is Beautiful music-and-lifestyle event, which this place takes Sept. 25-27. For a shot at winning one of the 3-day passes, valued at $200, guests will be required to write down on a specially provided postcard why they believe life is beautiful; the entries will be reviewed by some as-yet unspecified authority, and winners will be chosen at the end of each weekly event.
• August 3, 2015 15:18 Suzanne Fizzles: Suzanne Somers has announced that she won't be returning to the Westgate in September as planned and is discontinuing her show, Suzanne Sizzles. No specific plans for a replacement have been announced, though it's presumed that Dirk Arthur, who begins performing at the Westgate this month, will be a part of the plan.
• August 3, 2015 11:24 Brandenburg Profile: There's a good profile of Mark Brandenburg, part-owner of the Golden Gate, in today's LV Review-Journal. Mark has been a good friend and supporter of LVA for years and was one of the first people Anthony Curtis met and hung out with when he first came to town. In fact, Mark used to give Anthony the key to his office to use at night when AC was working on early issues of LVA.
• August 3, 2015 09:44 Rugby Renewed: The contract for the USA Sevens Tournament held annually in Las Vegas has been renewed for four years. As a condition of the renewal, the field at Sam Boyd Stadium had to be widened to meet official rugby specifications, which required the removal of 860 seats. The next tournament will run March 4-6.
• August 2, 2015 18:12 Gas Deal at South Point: South Point is running another one of its good promos for gamblers. Redeem $25 in points and get a $50 gas card, which is like getting 2X points redemption. The deal is good till the end of August and applies only to points earned this month.
• August 2, 2015 17:48 Big Elvis Update: Further to our recent "Question of the Day" concerning Big Elvis and his current whereabouts/status following a prolonged but little-mentioned hiatus from his regular nightly gig in Harrah's Piano Bar, our mate VitalVegas, who's a fellow fan of Pete Vallee's act and evidently has an "in" to information, having previously been the official blogger for Caesars Ent. in Vegas, reports that the supersized performer is feeling better and is preparing to return to his gig on the Strip on September 7. Vallee, who's long struggled with weight issues and their side-effects, also recently reported that he'd been excited about working on some new material, so expect some new material when this very popular free show returns.
• August 2, 2015 16:56 Longer Odds for Powerball: Haven't won the Powerball lottery yet? Your chances are about to get slimmer. With the goal being to create bigger jackpots, the multi-state lottery game is altering its drawing procedure in a manner that will raise the probability of winning the top prize from 1 in 175,223,510 to 1 in 292,201,338. The change will create more rollovers and bigger prizes. However, it will also increase the chances of winning a $4 prize (tickets are $2) from 1 in 111 to 1 in 92.
• August 2, 2015 14:07 Bingo Bomb: The Dual Cash Ball bingo jackpot was hit this week at Texas Station for $102,293. It was the largest Dual Action payout in Station Casinos’ history. Local player Arturo B. is the dude who cracked it.
• August 2, 2015 08:56 Bowling for a Cause at Sam's Town: Today sees the "Out of the Gutters" celebrity bowling tournament at Sam's Town, raising funds for the local branch of the NSPCA. The animal-rescue fundraiser is open to all, with a tournament-registration fee of $30 at the door if you haven't signed up in advance (or $80 for teams of five). The celebrity red carpet's at noon, with bowling commencing at 1 p.m.
• August 1, 2015 18:36 UFC Rousey/Correia Ronda Rousey is a prohibitive -2000 favorite over Bethe Correia in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Mauricio Rua is -200 over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
• August 1, 2015 12:16 Gambling Soldiers: A new report indicates that the U.S. government takes in more than $100 million per year from slots operating on military bases. The report says there are currently 3,000 slot machines on 800 military bases around the world. A 2005 New York Times article indicated that the military machines return an average of 94%. Last month the Senate approved the creation of a Governmental Accountability Office to "assess what can be done to improve or fix problem gambling" in the military.
• August 1, 2015 11:07 Sin City Subway Sandwich Showdown: At 1:15 p.m. today, a gathering of almost 2,000 sandwich "artists" will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people making sandwiches simultaneously, as part of the Subway chain's 2015 convention, currently taking place at Palazzo. The key number, 1,965, is both the number of participants and the year in which Subway was founded; the subs created in the record-breaking attempt will sub-sequently (geddit?) be donated to the Salvation Army, Three Square Food Bank, and Homeless Helpers.
• August 1, 2015 09:14 El Cortez Pie Reminder: Don't forget, there's complimentary Marie Callender's strawberry pie for all players at El Cortez today, from noon to 6 p.m. or while supplies last. It's delivered to you while you play at either tables or machines.