Compiled by LVA Research
• June 18, 2013 11:37 Canadian Uprising at WSOP:
Canadian poker players are taking the World Series of Poker by storm, winning seven bracelets so far this year. It's the most ever by Canada in a single WSOP, and the meet is only halfway through. American players lead the bracelet count with 19.
• June 18, 2013 11:02 EDC Weddings:
Electric Daisy Carnival has teamed up with Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapels this year and will offer overnight ceremonies at the mega-party this weekend. Traditional ceremonies, performed by an Electric Daisy Carnival minister, will be $99 and renewal and commitment ceremonies are free on a first-come, first-served basis. But if you really want to get in the Vegas spirit you can have Elvis perform the wedding and two songs for $179. Get more info here.
• June 18, 2013 09:45 Bob Dancer on Playing for an Entry:
This week's column from Bob Dancer has just been posted and in it, the video poker expert discusses slot and video poker tournaments in which you have to play to earn an entry.
• June 18, 2013 09:43 Big Al's Moving:
Big Al's Comedy Club is moving from the Orleans to the Gold Coast. As of July 3, the show will play in the Gold Coast Showroom, which is a bigger venue than it had at the Orleans. Tickets remain a bargain at $19.95, including one drink.
• June 17, 2013 18:27 New Thrill Ride Proposed: In a timely development, coming weeks after the announcement of the Rio's new zip line, and just days after Question of the Day covered the history of now-defunct Strip thrill rides (see QoD Archives 6/8/2013), the R-J today reports that an outfit called U.S. Thrill Rides LLC has submitted plans to the FAA to build the 650-foot-tall, $100 million "Polercoaster" -- a fusion combining elements of an observation wheel with a roller coaster, from what we can gather.
While all interested parties are remaining hush-hush on the proposed location, apparently the submitted plans included a map that seemed to indicate the Tropicana could be the venue, which would make sense given its proximity to the airport, in terms of the FAA having to assess any potential hazard posed to the planes. We'll keep you posted.
• June 17, 2013 15:04 Boo-Hoo-Hoo! Speed-Oh Run Rescheduled:
What was our most-anticipated event of the year to date, Opportunity Village's inaugural "Ho! Ho! Speedo-Oh!" run, a fundraiser which was to have featured 1,000 scantily clad and most-likely inebriated (there was a two-hour open bar scheduled pre-run) lunatics running through the streets of downtown Las Vegas Tuesday evening, has apparently been postponed, for undisclosed reasons and to an unspecified future date. We aren't even attempting to hide our disappointment.
• June 17, 2013 10:43 Cell Phones for Soldiers:
Today's Industry Monday party at Mirage's Bare Pool Lounge is asking guests to bring along their old cell phones to donate, with proceeds from sales going to a fund to purchase phone cards for soldiers serving overseas as well as providing funds for emergency services for veterans at home. For details about Bare and all the other top "daylife" destinations in town, check out our Cool Pools feature.
• June 17, 2013 10:34 Connecticut Wins Miss USA:
Miss Connecticut, 25-year-old accountant Erin Brady, was named Miss USA 2013 on Sunday during a nationally televised competition at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Miss Nevada was a Top 10 finalist, but was eliminated in the next round.
• June 17, 2013 09:59 LA Times Pegs Vegas as a Bargain:
According to a TripAdvisor report profiled in last weekend's L.A. Times, Las Vegas is the least-expensive getaway destination in the U.S. this summer, while Honolulu came in at the opposite end of the spectrum. The ranking was based on the total cost of a one night stay at a four-star hotel, plus drinks and dinner for two, and a round-trip taxi ride. The total for Las Vegas was calculated as $272.94, while according to the same criteria, a similar trip to the Hawaiian hotspot will cost you $504.94.
• June 16, 2013 13:00 Bellagio Summer:
The summer exhibit is up at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. It features a huge floral assortment, including a 14-foot-tall sunflower, a treehouse, a brick bridge, a waterfall, and a mix of live and artificial birds. Live music performances take place daily from 5 to 6 p.m. The exhibit runs till September.
• June 16, 2013 08:07 Mickelson Favored in Open:
Holding a 1-stroke lead going into the final round, Phil Mickelson is the favorite to win the U.S. Open at +245. He's followed by Charl Schwartzel at +475 and Steve Stricker at +670. The field, which includes Tiger Woods who is 10 strokes back, is +1200.
• June 15, 2013 14:32 Margaritaville Opens in Louisiana:
The Margaritaville Resort Casino opened today in Bossier City, Louisiana. The resort features the usual Jimmy Buffet themed bars and eateries, a 30,000-square-foot casino, and what's touted as the "world's largest indoor volcano."
• June 15, 2013 11:04 Evil Dead Hearts Dads:
Evil Dead: The Musical is offering a 2-for-1 deal for dads this Father's Day when you present this coupon at the Box Office at V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
• June 15, 2013 10:21 PokerStars Pays Again:
PokerStars CEO mark Scheinberg has paid a $50 million fine to the Department of Justice to settle a complaint associated with the 2011 "Black Friday" crackdown on Internet poker sites. It's the latest move in the company's ongoing attempts to open a path into the legal U.S. gambling market. PokerStars forfeited $731 million last year to settle related charges and continues in its efforts to purchase the Atlantic Club in Atlantic City.
• June 14, 2013 17:51 Skywalk Developer Dies:
Las Vegas businessman David Jin, who developed the Grand Canyon Skywalk attraction in northwestern Arizona, died Thursday after a battle with cancer, reports the R-J. Jin had been involved in a protracted legal battle with the Hualapai Tribe, who own the land on which the glass-bottomed walkway was built, over contractual rights (see Question of the Day archives for details).
• June 14, 2013 17:43 Heaven Ends with a Nite-Swim:
Tonight's the final night for KRAVE's Heaven at Hard Rock's Breathe Pool, with a special "Nite-Swim" edition - swim-attire encouraged. No word on the alleged Grand Opening of KRAVE Massive downtown, which was slated for June 15. The last casting call appeared to be canceled, and the club's Facebook page has been strangely evasive about the debut... Drop us a line if you know something we don't.
• June 14, 2013 11:56 More B&B for Venetian:
Vegas Seven magazine reports that Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich will be adding to their trio of venues at Venetian (B&B Ristorante, Otto, and Carnevino) this September with the opening of B & B Burger & Beer (because what Las Vegas really needs is another gourmet burger joint ... although we like B&B for their commitment to eco-friendliness and support of local producers). The casual bar and restaurant will occupy the space that was briefly home to Rattlecan, which features 20 TV screens and a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio facing the Strip.
• June 14, 2013 10:57 Free Pie for Flag Day:
El Cortez casino downtown is celebrating Flag Day by offering a free slice of Marie Callender's apple pie to all slot and table-game players from noon to 6 p.m. today. It's a timely promo, given our recent focus on the venerable property's former owner: Tune in today for Part II of our Jackie Gaughan bio. in Question of the Day (Part I, which ran Thursday, can be found in the archives).
• June 14, 2013 09:53 Demo Due to Block Strip Today:
The center-Strip area around the Cosmopolitan is slated to be blocked by pickets from late this afternoon by members of Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165. The protest is part of an ongoing two-year-long contract-negotiation fight with the resort-casino. The demo is due to start at 5 p.m.
• June 14, 2013 09:22 Accolade for Mob Museum: Downtown's National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, known colloquially as "The Mob Museum," has been named a 2013 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The award was granted in the Historic Restoration/Preservation category; originally constructed in 1933 as a U.S. Federal courthouse and post office the building is listed on both the Nevada and National Registers of Historic Places and is significant for its Depression-era neoclassical architecture.
Don't forget we have an exclusive ongoing discount on admission to the Mob Museum for LVA members at CouponsInVegas.com.
• June 13, 2013 18:12 Accident Closes 95:
A fatal accident involving three vehicles at U.S. Highway 95 and Horizon Drive has closed southbound lanes on the freeway. Drivers are advised to exit U.S. 95 at Sunset or use Boulder Highway.
• June 13, 2013 15:21 Bunkhouse Break:
DailyFiasco.com reports that The Bunkhouse, the venerable dive bar and music venue downtown, will be closing at the end of the months for renovations, courtesy of the Downtown Project. It's due to reopen in September, however.
• June 13, 2013 14:42 Show Shake-Up: In his latest entertainment round-up, R-J columnist Mike Weatherford reports that Broadway Celebration, Dancing Queen, and Shades of Temptation at New York-New York will all be closing at New York-New York July 21 as the venue they've been occupying closes for future absorption into The Park project, which will eventually connect the resort with neighboring Monte Carlo.
Meanwhile, the revolving door that is the entertainment scene at LVH shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, with Music From The Heart with Esteban set to close June 28 and Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show already shuttered. The room will now apparently be dark Tuesdays for the foreseeable future.
• June 13, 2013 12:19 Las Vegas This Weekend: An early Happy Father's Day to all dads -- scroll down for some food 'n booze 'n stripper 'n cigar specials (we know what you like). Plus, here's the best of the other stuff:
- The Thomas and Mack Center welcomes the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (6/13-6/16)
- Jay Leno does stand up at the Mirage (6/14), followed by Seth Meyers (6/15)
- Jeff Dunham's at Caesars Palace (6/14)
- Cheap Trick and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo entertain at the Pearl inside the Palms (6/15)
- Cody Simpson performs at the Hard Rock (6/16)
- The Miss USA 2013 Pageant concludes at Planet Hollywood (6/16)
- And it's Reggae in the Park over at the Clark County Amphitheater (6/15-6/16)
Father's Day Specials:
- Summerlin's new PoshBurger is offering a Father's Day combo for $30 per person. The special includes lollipop Spicy Buffalo Wings, a Kobe Burger, a choice of craft beer, and a homemade berry cobbler.
- Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor is celebrating with a steak and shrimp special priced at $29 per person. Fathers can also enjoy a tequila flight for an additional $15.
- Trevi inside the Forum Shops at Caesar Palace will honor dads with an Italian prix-fixe menu for $45.95, which features a meatball appetizer, a 14 oz. Ribeye steak, and a tiramisu dessert.
- The all new Pizza Lounge at Tivoli Village is giving all Father's a complimentary craft beer with the purchase of any pizza item.
- Michel Richard's Central at Caesars is dishing up a prix-fixe menu for $45 per person from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The 4-course menu includes a choice of crab cakes or Asian tuna carpaccio, crab or onion soup as the second course, Loup de Mer or braised lamb shank as the main course, and chocolate cake or cheesecake to finish.
- Crazy Horse III Gentlemen's Club is having a 'Who's Your Daddy' party this Father's day and the chance to win $500 Diamond Dollars. The gentleman who orders the most bottles will win the Diamond Dollars which are valid toward any purchase at the Crazy Horse III.
- At Rhumbar inside the Mirage Father's can enjoy any signature cocktail and a house cigar for only $20.
- And PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shopswill give away complimentary 22 oz. PBR drafts and mechanical bull rides to all fathers who purchase the half-rack of ribs or the brisket.
• June 13, 2013 10:24 Bet on the Farm:
It's the weekly "Molto Vegas" Bet on the Farm farmers market, from Mario Battali and Joseph Bastianich of B&B Ristorante, Carnevino, and Otto Las Vegas. Support local producers and stock up on fresh, organic, seasonal fare from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Springs Preserve.
• June 13, 2013 09:52 Car Giveaway at the Nugget:
From July 1 to September 21, the Golden Nugget downtown will be offering the chance to win a brand new Chevy Corvette, Silverado, or Equinox, plus $175,000 in cash and free slot-play prizes, in the "$300,000 Great American Cash & Car Giveaway." During the promotion period, guests can earn drawing tickets by playing slots, table games, keno, poker, or wagering in the race & sports book; entries can also be earned with every hotel stay and every Gordie Brown ticket purchased. See the players club for more information.
• June 12, 2013 16:34 Deals Back Up:
Apologies for the earlier interruption in service; we are happy to report that the LVA Deals room and show discount offers are now back up and fully functioning, so check 'em out if you're looking for a great discount on a hotel rate or entertainment. Some are exclusive to LVA Gold members, but if you're not already one of those, it's FREE and joining's as simple as signing up with your email address, so just click the link to get started.
• June 12, 2013 14:21 Voila Food Truck Serving Free Meals:
Voila! Food Truck is a mobile eatery from frozen-food giants Birds Eye, that's currently traversing the nation dishing up free samples and handing out coupons promoting the brand's new "Skillet Meals" range. They're in our fair city of Las Vegas 6/12-23, so follow @VoilaFoodTruck for updates on where to find 'em about town.
• June 12, 2013 14:13 LVA Deals Down:
If you're trying to book one of our Hotel or Show Deals, that portion of the site is currently down for maintenance; we're aware of the issue and are working to restore the pages ASAP, so please bear with us and watch this space for an update once all is back in working order once more.
• June 12, 2013 14:09 Pool-Friendly Beer:
On a happier note to the last post in this column, the good news is that Anheuser-Busch has introduced a new 11.5 oz, reclosable, pool-friendly beer bottle that's being distributed to clubs and pools city-wide. The cans, currently dispensing Bud Light Platinum, is not just sturdier than your average aluminum can, but also chills beer faster. It's being sold in 10-packs in liquor outlets, too, and will hit the shelves nationally later this year.
• June 12, 2013 12:43 Free Male Strip Show:
This Friday, from 9 p.m., the hunks of American Storm, the long-running male Strip/strip show that last had a home at DB's Pong & Pool, following a long residency at V Theater, will be performing for free at the Lounge at the Palms. Tix will be available at the Box Office on the day of the show.
• June 12, 2013 12:13 Boot Camp for Bird Killer:
Justin Teixeira, the University of California, Berkeley law school graduate charged with last year's wanton beheading of a 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl at the Flamingo, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony killing another person’s animal, As part of a plea bargain with prosecutors, Teixeira will attend six-months of boot camp and then serve up to three years of probation. A sentencing date was set for October. (For more on this story, see Question of the Day 5/5/13.)
• June 12, 2013 12:02 Chocolate War:
It looks like a confectionery battle is about to unleash on the Strip, with the release of artist's renditions of the new Hershey's Chocolate World -- part of MRI's new plaza, The Park -- published by Vegas Inc.. Featuring a giant Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and a giant Hershey's bar, not to mention silver-colored entrances shaped like Hershey's Kisses, the new attraction looks like it will be giving M&M's World across the street a run for its money when it debuts this winter at New York-New York. Funny, but looks like we were coincidentally on to something with our "Casino Chocolat" concept -- one of the tongue-in-cheek casino-theme suggestions we offered up in our previous Reader Poll, which closed Tuesday (results will be posted this Saturday and you came through with some great suggestions of your own so be sure to check it out).
• June 12, 2013 09:41 Fire and Water Warnings: A "red flag" heat-and-wind advisory is in effect virtually state-wide today and Thursday, meaning most of Nevada, plus parts of California and Arizona, are vulnerable to fires. The criteria for the warning is a combination of high winds of 35 mph or above, plus low relative humidity, and extra caution is urged with campfires, cigarettes, etc.
In other news, the National Park Service is still urging people to stay out of the water along an 8-mile stretch of Lake Mead’s Overton Arm, after a "mysterious white foam" and an unusual number of dead carp were spotted at the lake’s northern tip. While the Southern Nevada Water Authority is still testing samples taken from the area, the fact that the deaths were limited to one species of fish indicates a carp-specific virus, as opposed to something inherently toxic in the water.
• June 11, 2013 14:37 Smith on Goodman:
In his column in today's LV Review-Journal, John L. Smith discusses Oscar Goodman's new book, Being Oscar. It's and interesting take, given that Smith wrote our book on Goodman, Of Rats and Men.
• June 11, 2013 11:34 Gambling Win Down:
Nevada's statewide gambling win was flat in April, compared to the same month last year, just slightly down at -.2%. Declines were registered on the Strip (-2.3%) and downtown (-6.9%), while Washoe County (Reno) was up 10.0% and Laughlin increased 11.5%.
• June 11, 2013 09:54 Bob Dancer on Being Vigilant:
This week's column from Bob Dancer has just been posted and in it, the video poker expert emphasizes the importance of paying attention to pay schedules at all times, just in case...
• June 10, 2013 16:38 Pet Theater Back for the Summer:
Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater has returned to its on-off home in V Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops. The show features a cast of trained rescue animals, including house cats, dogs, parrots, geese, and even performing mice. Tickets are currently on sale through December.
• June 10, 2013 16:07 Anniversary Plates:
Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a bill allowing the DMV to manufacture special license plate to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission into the union on Oct. 31, 1864. The plates, which are expected to go on sale in late June or early July, will cost an additional $32.50, $25 of which goes to fund special events for the celebration.
• June 10, 2013 16:05 MRI Building Outdoor Venue:
The LV Review-Journal reports that MGM Resorts International will build an outdoor events venue east of Luxor that will be used to host concerts, festivals, and other events. The as-yet unnamed venue is slated to be completed by September.
• June 9, 2013 16:14 Expansion Plans for Trop:
The "New" Tropicana Las Vegas plans to almost double its current meeting and convention facilities by adding 40,000 square feet to the existing 60,000-square-foot area.
• June 9, 2013 15:53 Half-Price Gas at South Point:
Redeem $25 in points and get a $50 gas card at South Point. The deal is good till the end of June and there are no machine restrictions for earning points.
• June 9, 2013 14:57 Firefighter Applications Open Monday:
Applications for firefighter trainees for the City of Las Vegas open at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, June 10, following a cheating scandal at the last academy that resulted in 14 trainees being barred from graduating. The date for the next academy has yet to be announced, but it's expected to be in a few months; applicants must first pass a written test to be taken in late July, followed by an agility test. Those interested in applying are urged to act fast, since only the first 500 completed, qualified forms submitted through the Employment Opportunities page in the Human Resources section of the City's website will be accepted, after which the application process will be closed. Click the link for more information and to apply.
• June 9, 2013 12:11 Twofer for Dads:
As part of a month-long Father's Day promotion, dads get 2-for-1 rodizio at Pampas Churrascaria Brazilian Grille in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Buy one rodizio meal and the second is free, good for lunch or dinner, throughout June.
• June 8, 2013 20:17 QoD Update:
Many thanks to those readers who wrote in with memories of a couple of former Strip "rides" from years gone by that we omitted. We've added an "Update" to the answer, which lots of people seemed to enjoy, so thanks for all the kind words.
• June 8, 2013 17:13 UFC Nogueira/Werdum:
Fabricio Werdum is a -290 favorite over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Rafael Calvalcante is -230 over Thialgo Silva.
• June 8, 2013 12:53 Vegas StrEATs:
It's the monthly food-truck-and-streetwear fest downtown tonight at Jackie Gaughan Plaza (by the El Cortez), and tonight there's an iPad Mini being raffled, in conjunction with Tabeso, the event-listing app. To get a raffle ticket, simply stop by the Vegas StrEATs/Tabeso booth from 6-10 p.m. and show that you're following Vegas StrEATs on Tabeso and receive one raffle ticket. Once you're at the booth they'll let you know other ways to bag tix, too. Plus, there's an after-party at Commonwealth, running until 3 a.m.
• June 8, 2013 11:48 Belmont Odds:
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the morning-line favorite at 3-1 for today's Belmont Stakes. He's followed by Revolutionary at 9-2 and Preakness winner Oxbow at 5-1. The long shots are Frac Daddy, Giant Finish, and Midnight Taboo, all at 30-1.
• June 8, 2013 09:41 Summerlin Poolapalooza:
The Life Time Athletic Summerlin (10721 W. Charleston Blvd.) outdoor aquatic center is hosting a pirate-themed Poolapalooza summer pool party for the entire family from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, with lots of kids' activities like treasure hunts, face painting, water games, and a "dive-in" movie showing of Peter Pan. Members are encouraged to bring friends and family (free one-day guest passes are available by calling 702-214-6118).
• June 7, 2013 19:26 Volunteers Still Needed:
Two open spots remain for volunteers on the Downtown Revitalization initiative that's taking place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Those who sign up will be put to work painting hydrants, installing benches, picking up trash, and other useful things to generally improve the environment for all. Thanks to everyone takes the time to take part!
• June 7, 2013 17:28 DUI Checkpoint Tonight:
Metro has warned that there's going to be a sobriety checkpoint at an unspecified "high-traffic" area on the west side of town tonight, operating from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., so be responsible and stay safe. If you're impaired, or even think you might be, call a cab, or a friend, or Designated Drivers: 702-456-RIDE (7433).
• June 7, 2013 17:11 Miss America Meet & Greet This Evening:
To preview the return of the 2013 MISS USA Pageant to Las Vegas, the D downtown is hosting a meet and greet this evening, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event, which is taking place on and around the 3rd Street Stage, is sponsored by RAIN Cosmetics and all 51 contestants will be present to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.
• June 7, 2013 14:55 Life is Beautiful Selling Out:
As we posted on Tuesday, tix went on sale today for downtown's much-anticipated Life is Beautiful music/food/arts festival; the "Early Bird" options have already sold out, but you can still bag a weekend pass, starting at $159.50, for this Oct. 26-27 extravaganza. New artists continue to be added to the lineup; follow @LifeIsBeautiful for updates.
• June 7, 2013 11:10 Topless Vegas 6.0: We have just released v.6.0 of our Topless Vegas eBook guide which has been fully revised and updated to include reviews and details of the newly reopened The Horse gentlemen's club (formerly Crazy Horse Too) and the brand new Sapphire Pool & Dayclub, plus all the other developments that have taken place since v.5.2, like Coco Austin's starring role in Peepshow, the Pinup burlesque cabaret at Stratosphere starring former Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair, and much more.
If you're at all interested in any aspect of the adult-entertainment scene in Las Vegas, this comprehensive electronic guide is a must-have, at just $6.95, with invaluable insider tips on etiquette, saving money, and how not to get ripped off, in addition to comprehensive and candid (often hilarious) reviews and a newly updated map.
If you've formerly purchased any of the packages we offered that included the "Update" upgrade -- giving the reader online access to the latest version of Topless Vegas for an entire year -- then v.6.0 will serve as the final "Update" and you'll be receiving an email from us today with a link to download the new version. Moving forward, we are taking the best of Topless Vegas, the eBook, and transitioning it into Topless Vegas Online, a website that will also feature lots of new elements and will be fully interactive. The build-out is already in process and it's looking great, so sign up for email updates so we can keep you in the loop about the launch.
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• June 7, 2013 10:53 New Show, Punctuation for LVH: About to join the ranks Jubilee! at Bally's, with its annoying exclamation point, and the former Making %@it Up stand-up act from comedian Wayne Brady, is what we believe to be the first Las Vegas show to officially feature an asterisk in its title (although approximately the 117th* to be suffixed with "The Musical.")
From the creator of Menopause: The Musical, which moved from the former Hilton to Luxor, comes The D*Word, which is scheduled to open July 10 at LVH's Shimmer Cabaret after Rich Little closes July 1. Standing for "Ditched, Dumped, Divorced, and Dating," it's apparently an attempt to expand on the Menopause concept and appeal to a broader (read: "younger") demographic, writes Mike Weatherford in the R-J.
*Okay, we made that number up, but there are, and have been, a lot of them.
• June 7, 2013 10:47 NCAA GOYs at GN:
Translation: The Golden Nugget will open its 2013 college-football Games of the Year betting today. This is a big event for professional sports bettors, as it provides them their first shot at the college schedule. The scene is worth taking in just to watch the betting frenzy and to follow the numbers moves on the board as the pros pound the lines into place. About 250 games will be up when the windows open at 1 p.m.
• June 7, 2013 10:05 QoD Update:
Thanks to the reader who wrote in with a personal reminiscence in connection with today's Question of the Day [thanks!], which is on the subject of 24-hour buffets and whether Las Vegas has, or has ever had one. We've added some extra info, and photos, since the answer went live this morning, so check back if you're already read it.
• June 6, 2013 20:13 Casinos Markers: Pros & Cons:
There are advantages and disadvantages to using casino credit; get the lowdown from a professional gambler in this week's exclusive article from video poker guru Bob Dancer.
• June 6, 2013 16:17 Cooling stations Open:
With temperatures expected to reach or exceed 110 degrees today through Sunday, cooling stations will be open to the public through the weekend in an effort to help the homeless and other individuals stay out of the heat and keep them hydrated. Visit the Fox5 News website for a list of locations and opening times.
- Andrew Dice Clay's back at the Hard Rock (6/5-6/9)
- Rodney Carrington does stand up at MGM Grand (6/6-6/12)
- Comedian, Heather McDonald is at South Point (6/7-6/9)
- The Olreans welcomes Howie Mandell (6/7-6/8)
- Ray Romano makes 'em laugh at the Mirage (6/7-6/8)
- Tim Allen keeps the laughs going over at the Venetian (6/7-6/8)
- Bill Maher entertains at the Palms (6/8-6/9)
- The Suncoast welcomes Ronn Lucas (6/8-6/90)
- It's that First Friday time-of-the-month again downtown (6/7)
- And it's the 10th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival at the Cannery (6/8)
- Ludacris takes over Ditch Fridays at the Palms Pool (6/7)
- Pepper performs at the "Nectar" Music Series at the Hard Rock Beachlife (6/8)
- And the Beach Concert Series at Mandalay Bay Beach welcomes Grace Potter and The Nocturnals (6/8)
• June 6, 2013 14:29 New Jeff Mitchum Gallery for MGM: Renowned landscape photographer Jeff Mitchum, who currently has a gallery at Bellagio, will debut a new exhibit space at MGM Grand on July 4, showcasing more than 300 award-winning images -- including "Third Day," the artist's famed $1.2-million showpiece, and "Power of Love," which features Las Vegas' Frank Gehry-designed Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health -- together with a collection of never-before-seen sculptures.
The Gallery is located in the District area at MGM Grand and will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight. Mitchum’s art will also be displayed in MGM Grand's SKYLOFTS and The Mansion, the property's exclusive accommodation for high rollers. For more information and to view an awesome slideshow, visit jeffmitchum.com.
• June 6, 2013 09:59 Specialty Nights at Stations:
Station Casinos' introduction of "Specialty Nights" last month at the Feast Buffets at Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch (Seafood on Friday for $24.99, with Boarding Pass; Prime Rib on Saturday for $14.99) evidently proved to be a success, because the group has now rolled out the "Specialty" concept at all of its Las Vegas buffets (excluding the Fiestas), with a new Prime Rib & Shrimp Night on Saturdays for $10.99 (with players card; regular dinner the rest of the week is $7.99).
• June 5, 2013 19:35 AC Casinos Ban Google Glass:
New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement has given the OK to Atlantic City's casinos to ban Google's new hi-tech eyewear, known as "Glass." The James Bond-style computerized spectacles are equipped with a tiny webcam and wireless computer that enable the wearer to take pictures, shoot video, and surf the 'net, giving cheaters the potential ability to spy on other player's cards during a poker game and collude with third parties, for example. Caesars Entertainment has banned Glass from all its gaming floors nationwide, citing regulations outlawing the use of computers or recording devices while gambling, although New Jersey is the first jurisdiction in the country to take formal action allowing casinos to ban the Google eyewear.
• June 5, 2013 19:21 Join Jon Taffer On the Rocks:
The host of Spike's "Bar Rescue," who happens to reside in Las Vegas, will be hosting a three day bar/nightclub/pool-party extravaganza this July 12-14, featuring some big names (Tiesto, Max Vangeli, Rebecca & Fiona, Lil Jon, etc., etc.), pretty much every nightclub and party pool in town and, of course, Jon Taffer. One-day tix start at $75; visit the On the Rocks website for more info.
• June 5, 2013 17:27 Accident Snarls Spaghetti Bowl:
Posting this a little after the event, so hopefully it's clearing up by now, but we just learned that an earlier rollover accident near the Spaghetti Bowl, involving a four-door Toyota and a flat-bed semi, resulted in a one-lane restriction southbound on the I-15, just ahead of rush hour. The accident took place just before 4 p.m. and Nevada Highway Patrol was urging drivers to seek alternate routes.
• June 5, 2013 13:06 Football Contest Season Begins:
LVH has posted the rules and projected prizes for the 2013 LVH SuperContest (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton SuperContest), plus details for out-of-towners or those on the road about using the LVH proxy service to get your picks in.
• June 5, 2013 11:21 Bad Week for Sports Bettors: Senate Bill 416, aimed at stopping restricted gaming licensees, like video poker bars and mini slots-only casinos, from housing stand-alone kiosks that act like mini automated race and sports books, was signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval Tuesday. 84 kiosks Valley-wide will now absolutely be set for by July 1, as anticipated (see "Today's News" 6/2/13 and 5/23/2013).
Meanwhile, in unconnected but related news, a bill that sought to legalize sports betting in California in venues that already carry legal gambling, including Indian casinos, card rooms, and race tracks, has stalled in that state's senate, failing to move forward by last Friday's deadline. Even had Senate Bill 190 successfully passed this stage, for legalized sports betting in the Golden State to have become a reality would still have been dependent on federal action to amend the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which made sports wagering illegal in all states, with the exception of Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana.
• June 5, 2013 10:45 Vegas Restaurant for Guy Fieri:
UNLV catering alumnus, chef, and Food Network host Guy Fieri, a frequent visitor to the city for shows like "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", is to cement his relationship with Sin City with a new Las Vegas restaurant. Located in The Quad, with views of the Strip, the restaurant has yet to be named and its core theme was not specified in the R-J interview with Fieri that we read, but he did promise the venue, scheduled to open before year's end, will feature "an eclectic mix of food in a real fun environment" and will include a "really good Bloody Mary Brunch program," so that all sounds promising. We'll keep you posted.
• June 4, 2013 19:32 How Do You Experience Las Vegas?
(Other than soaked in sweat -- see previous post...) That's the question being posed by USA Today in the Traveler Poll just posted on their newly launched interactive Experience Las Vegas micro site. There are several different profiles to choose from, including the money-savvy "Wallet Watcher," as encapsulated by our publisher Anthony Curtis, or the "Newbie," with contributions from LVA blogger David Stiffs & Georges McKee. So, pick your type and start planning your "Vegas Experience"!
• June 4, 2013 19:11 Here Comes the Heat: The National Weather Service issued an excessive-heat watch for the Mojave Desert this afternoon, and watch is expected to peak in the Vegas Valley this weekend, with temperatures in the 106 to 109-degree range expected through the weekend. Out at Lake Mead, it might be even worse, with a high of 113 degrees anticipated, so Mt. Charleston could be your only escape.
For those in need, Catholic Charities provides a summer day shelter at 1151 Las Vegas Blvd. North for up to 100 men at a time, with showers, toiletries, and water provided. The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. We'll post details of co-ed or women-only facilities as soon as we have details.
• June 4, 2013 13:11 Speedway Closed:
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is officially closed from today until June 27, while the seating and staging is constructed for this year's Electric Daisy Carnival, which takes place Friday June 21st, through Sunday June 23rd, and will then require a few days for break-down and clean-up purposes.
• June 4, 2013 11:01 Life is Beautiful: That's not just a happy statement for a Tuesday morning; no, the lineup for downtown's inaugural "Life is Beautiful" music and cultural fest has now been released, and to say it's pretty impressive is a massive understatement. A tiny taste of the many headlining bands and artists includes the Killers, Beck, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon and, Cirque du Soleil; and talking of tastes, celebrity chefs involved include: Rick Moonen, Scott Conant, Jonathan Waxman, Tom Collichio, Nobu Matsushita, Susan Feniger, Paul Bartolotta, Kerry Simon, Mary Sue Miliken, Michael Mina, Hubert Keller... Okay, you get the picture, right? Like, don't even consider making a reservation in an expensive "celebrity-chef"-owned restaurant anywhere in the nation on Oct. 26 or 27, because anyone who's anyone in the culinary world will be dishing up and getting down at Life is Beautiful.
While we just gave you a tantalizing tease of what's in store, we really recommend that you click that link to see the cool video the organizers have put together, featuring cameo appearances from many of the "names" involved, which gives a flavor of what they're anticipating this two-day extravaganza to deliver. Tickets for the festival, which go on sale Friday, June 7, start at $99.50 with the Early Bird Weekend Pass, going up to $999 for the "Serendipity VIP Package."
• June 3, 2013 18:37 MRI Teams with Southwest:
Southwest Airlines and MGM Resorts International have launched a joint marketing alliance between Rapid Rewards and M life enabling members of both programs to accrue Rapid Rewards Points toward free flights for qualifying stays, with VIP perks (including room upgrades, pre-sale concert tickets, etc.), at MRI's Las Vegas properties. The alliance is kicking off with a special promo, with all members receiving double Rapid Rewards Points for all valid reservations booked between May 31 and June 30 for future visits to participating Vegas hotels.
• June 3, 2013 10:45 Job Fair for New Shake Shop:
For Goodness Shake, a new milkshake, smoothie, shaved-ice concept that's opening later this month on the west side at 4220 S. Grand Canyon Drive, will host a hiring fair this Thursday to recruit its "Shake Squad." They're looking for candidates with "big personalities" and a sense of community (the company donates a share of each milkshake and smoothie purchased to the Three Square Food Bank). The fair will take place at the store's location from noon to 3 p.m. June 6.
• June 3, 2013 10:44 Another New I.D. for Ravella:
Ravella, the casino-less property at Lake Las Vegas which originally opened in 2003 as the Ritz-Carlton, is now the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.
• June 3, 2013 09:55 Fight Nights at Texas Station: Commencing July 12, leading boxing promoter Top Rank will begin presenting ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the Dallas Events Center inside Texas Station. The first televised main-event will feature super bantamweights Chris "The Hitman" Avalos (21-2, 16 KOs), of San Diego, CA, and Drian "Gintong Kamao" Francisco (23-1-1, 18KOs), of Agoncillio, Philippines, in a 10-round battle.
Tickets, which are $25/$50, are available now from any Station/Fiestas Reward Center, online at sclv.com/concerts, or from all Ticketmaster outlets. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the first bout at 5 p.m. and the televised portion of the card beginning at 7 p.m. Guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
• June 3, 2013 09:41 KRAVE Massive Hiring??:
Allegedly, the "world's largest gay nightclub," which announced a June 15 opening date, is holding an open casting call for all positions from 2-6 p.m. today at its sister Drink 'n Drag property downtown. However, the Facebook page they direct prospective hires to for more information is down, and the club has Tweeted since last Wednesday. If anyone knows something we don't, please drop us a line...
• June 3, 2013 09:24 Bourbon Street in Reno:
The Reno area's former Silver Club will be reopened as a slots-only casino called Bourbon Street. The casino, located in Sparks (across the street from John Ascuaga's Nugget), hopes to open some time in July.
• June 2, 2013 15:02 Mayweather/Alvarez Fight Set:
Floyd Mayweather has signed to fight Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand on September 14. Both fighters are undefeated, and Alvarez opened as the smallest underdog to Mayweather in more than five years, with Mayweather at -250. The line has moved up since the opening and Mayweather is currently -285.
• June 2, 2013 12:25 Bubba Day Party:
Barley's Casino & Brewing Company is holding a "National Bubba Day" party today. Get 50% off Bubba's IPA and 25% off all other Barley's Brews, along with $5 food specials, starting at 1 p.m.
• June 2, 2013 12:14 Sports-Betting Kiosks Declined:
Remote sports-betting kiosks in bars have been outlawed by a bill that passed the Nevada Assembly by a vote of 41-0. The kiosks, which were run by William Hill and Cantor Gaming, will likey be removed by July 1.
• June 2, 2013 12:10 The Horse Debuts:
The former Crazy Horse Too topless club held its grand opening last night, opening its doors as "The Horse." It's the second name change for the club in a week, as it originally announced that it would open as "Crazy Mike's," then had second thoughts. A legal dispute over the name Crazy Horse Too has necessitated the name changing. By design, the club is virtually unchanged from its former incarnation and is small by comparison to the new mega-clubs, such as Sapphire's and Spearmint Rhino. There are plans for expansion.
• June 2, 2013 09:55 WSOP Event Sets Attendance Record:
The World Series of Poker's new "Millionaire Maker" tournament drew more than 6,000 players, smashing the record of 3,929 for a $1,500 buy-in event. The no-limit hold 'em event that gaurantees a first prize of $1 million will conclude on Monday.
• June 1, 2013 18:50 WSOP Online Jumps the Gun:
The World Series of Poker website, expected to be the next legal online poker site, accidentally went live on Wednesday for a brief period. Varying reports say that from two to seven players were able to get into the site and play live. The glitch that allowed entry was quickly repaired.
• June 1, 2013 11:00 New Blackjack Mini:
The Stratosphere is holding blackjack mini-tournaments on Saturdays in June. Registration for today's tournament runs till noon. The entry fee is $40 and the prize pool is $2,500.
• June 1, 2013 09:59 Blues & Brews at Springs Preserve:
Head over to Springs Preserve today where the Blues & Brews Festival will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. The focus is beer sampling, accompanied by live music and food booths. Tickets are $40, which you can easily recoup if you sample enough.