Compiled by LVA Research
• August 21, 2014 20:54 Las Vegas This Weekend: While the biggest event in town is the "soft" opening of SLS on Saturday, that's not the only string to our bow this weekend, no siree. Check out all this stuff, too:
- Boogie Knights rock Mandalay Bay's House of Blues(8/22), followed by The Presidents of the United States of America(8/23)
- Dave Coulier performs at South Point (822-8/24)
- Air Supply's at the Orleans for a week-long residency, commencing Saturday (8/23-8/31)
- Andrew Dice Clay's back at Hard Rock's Vinyl venue (8/23)
- The Cannery hosts the Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest (8/23)
- Michael Franks will perform out at Aliante (8/23)
- Pianist and vocalist Keiko Matsui will be live in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station (8/23)
- It's your last chance to catch Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Onyx Theatre (8/22-23)
- And John Legend performs in The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan (8/24)
• August 21, 2014 16:14 Restaurant Week Begins: "Restaurant Week," a whole week dedicated to fighting hunger in the local Las Vegas area, begins Friday, August 22 and will last until Thursday, August 28. The public can take part in the week-long event by visiting participating restaurants and ordering prix-fixe items ranging in price from $20.14 to $50.14. Proceeds from each order will go to the Three Square Food Bank, which helps feed thousands of individuals and families each year. Caesars Palace's Mesa Grill, last year’s leading contributor, will kick off the week a day early with a joint 10th anniversary celebration. Tickets for tonight's event start at $75 per person. Visit helpoutdineoutlv.org for an up-to-date list of participating restaurants.
• August 21, 2014 11:33 Star-Spotting Opp at SLS Friday: Friday evening will see a slew of celebrities in town for a red-carpet affair, ahead of Saturday's official Grand Opening of SLS. The eclectic lineup of guests expected to be in attendance at the private VIP party include: Culinary Director and star chef José Andrés, legendary designer and Creative Director of the property Philippe Starck, plus Lenny Kravitz, Sharon Stone, Jamie Foxx, Iggy Azalea, Aaron Paul, Emile Hirsch, Dita Von Teese, Brittany Snow, Jhené Aiko, Adam DeVine, JoJo, Pia Toscano, Shane West, Samantha Ronson, The Righteous Young, Chuck Liddell, Jermaine Jones, and others still to be announced. Arrivals at the porte-cochère are scheduled for 7 p.m., so go grab your star-gazing spot early.
• August 21, 2014 10:31 Bob & John, the Sequel: Bob Dancer, who was mysteriously MIA for a couple of days, is now back and has posted the concluding part to his "Contemplating Foxwoods" article. Does our intrepid gambling expert venture to the wilds of Connecticut to deliver an expert blow to their video poker revenue and attempt to win a brand new Mercedes? The answer, and how he arrived at it on the strength of a single photograph, is interesting.
• August 21, 2014 10:08 Dumb Days and Trash Talk: This whole "National Day" thing is getting out of hand: We just received a press release from a certain popular doughnut chain (don't get us wrong, we love Krispy Kremes, especially free ones) but how annoying and ridiculous is "Talk Like a Pirate Day" going to be, especially for their poor staff? Now, if we had a "National Clean Up Your Act Day," or just a local one, that would be something we could get behind because because frankly, Las Vegas, you are FILTHY, and we're not talking about our collective minds.
The current writer picks up discarded fast food drink containers, wrappers, condiment sachets, sometimes entire meals from her complex parking lot on virtually a daily basis. Not so long ago I picked up 93 cigarette butts, of different brands and lipstick shades, just outside my front door, and in the space of the last week I've gathered empty bottles (plastic and glass), a discarded car-seat cover, and countless other crap from our office parking lot. It's lazy, hazardous to humans and animals, and makes our city look disgusting. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is no oceanic myth: The Eastern Garbage Patch alone, which floats between Hawaii and California, is a dead zone estimated to be twice the size of Texas, and it's OUR FAULT. You like shrimp cocktails? Then throw your garbage in a trash can. Las Vegas used to suck at recycling, but these days you can usefully dispose of plastic, glass, paper, clothing, metal (ferrous and non-ferrous), old computer equipment, phones, confidential documents, Christmas trees, pumpkins, cooking oil -- you name it.
OK, rant over. Thanks for listening. Now DO SOMETHING! Just google Las Vegas recyling if you don't know how or where.
• August 20, 2014 16:46 Summerlin Job Fair: On August 27, Downtown Summerlin (the retail/dining destination formerly known as The Shops at Summerlin), will host a job fair inside the Summerlin Ballroom at Red Rock Resort, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On schedule to open Oct. 9, the giant malls anchor tenants, Macy's and Dillard's, will be recruiting at the event, as will Hot Topic, Victoria's Secret, and White House Black Market, with both full- and part-time positions available. Applicants should bring a current resume and a list of work-related references, with some retailers planning to hold on-the-spot interviews on the day. Others among the 125 stores and restaurants destined to debut this fall require applications to be completed online; visit downtownsummerlin.com/jobfair for more information.
• August 20, 2014 15:42 Flash Floods in Henderson: What's known as a "thin-line thunderstorm" is affecting east Henderson and west Boulder City and has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a precautionary flash-flood warning in those areas, which will remain in effect until 4 p.m., although as yet we've heard no reports of actuall flooding. The Lake Mead Recreational Area was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 3 p.m., with large hailstones falling and winds reaching up to 60 mph, but this storm has now moved further to the east.
• August 20, 2014 15:41 Las Vegas Team in Little League World Series: Amidst the national frenzy surrounding Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old Little Leaguer who was the first girl to throw a shutout in the LL World Series and made the cover of Sports Illustrated, the favorite on the U.S. side of the bracket is the team from Nevada. Today's ESPN-televised game matches the two, with Davis pitching for the Pennsylvania team against Las Vegas' Mountain Ridge. Like it or not, you can find a line on the game at offshore sports books -- Nevada is a -450 favorite.
• August 20, 2014 12:16 Las Vegas Ranks High for Honesty: We may not have made any of the recent U.S. "Best Of" lists for ramen noodles, burgers, beer bars, late-night munchies, or other stuff that we figure we're actually pretty good at (yes, Thrillist*, we did notice and we are hurt), but we're proud to announce that Las Vegas has, perhaps surprisingly, been ranked as joint #5 among the nation's Most-Honest Places, as defined by the National Honesty Index. The recent results were from a survey conducted by the Honest Tea brand, which set up kiosks in major cities in every state and invited customers to voluntarily drop the requested price of a cuppa in the payment box provided -- or not. Honolulu came out on top with a 100% honesty rate, while Rhode Island was at the bottom of the list, at 80%. Sin City's citizens and visitors scored 96%, and we like to think this is due to our innate integrity, and not the fact that we're aware that our every move is being scrutinized from ceilings, light poles, traffic signs, and probably lots of other hidden-camera spots we don't even know about.
(*We note that we did score three out of the Top 21 Strip Clubs in America, although our resident gentlemen's club expert over at our sista [sic] site, ToplessVegasOnline.com, might take issue with your choices, not to mention the absence of any our totally nude clubs. You picked OG over Palomino or Little Darlings? Really? We think you should check out our Best Ofs...)
• August 20, 2014 10:17 MGM Resorts Wants A.C. License Back: While others are exiting the New Jersey casino market, MGM Resorts International is in the process of attempting to have its gaming license in the jurisdiction reinstated, with a Gaming Control Board hearing scheduled for September. The company, together with majority shareholder Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp. will collectively pay a $225,000 settlement in lieu of a formal complaint being filed by Atlantic City regulators over the prior continued involvement of Kerkorian's long-time personal attorney, a one-time board member, even after he had been convicted of illegally tapping the phone of his client's ex-wife. Another issue involves MRI's involvement in Macau with Pansy Ho, daughter of controversial Asian gambling tycoon Stanley Ho, who is widely suspected of connections to Chinese organized crime.
MGM Resorts Int'l is a 50 percent owner of Atlantic City's Borgata resort but surrendered its gaming license back in 2010 and placed its share into trust, pending a sale that never took place. The company also owns additional land adjacent to the property.
• August 19, 2014 18:16 Wendy Williams Returns: Following her sold-out debut performance back in July, which launched Venetian's all-female comedy lineup for the LIPSHTICK stand-up series, it's just been announced that Wendy Williams will return for two more dates this Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets, which start at $57.50, are on-sale now.
• August 19, 2014 17:19 Palms Pool Freebie Offer Continues: The Palms is continuing its free-entry deal for the popular Ditch Friday pool party, but this week the offer extends to Saturday, Aug. 23, too. The normal entry fee on both days is $10 ladies/$20 gents, but if you sign up here with a valid email address, you'll receive complimentary entry, plus a free cocktail.
• August 19, 2014 16:01 Craziness at Crazy Horse Too: Just when it seemed that the most controversial gentlemen's club in Las Vegas had opened a new chapter, it's all gone a little haywire again over on Industrial. The latest bizarre turn of events is, however, the polar opposite of the bad old days of Rick Rizzolo, with its bouncer beatings, shootings, racketeering, prostitution, FBI raids, and that severed head in the desert; no, the latest twist in the establishment's checkered history comes in the form of an open letter from new own Mike Galam, posted on the club's Facebook page, in which he takes the unprecedented step of apologizing for his inability to run the club and for all the headaches he's caused to his staff, the dancers, the Las Vegas Business Licensing Dept., the Fire Department, and Metro (could anyone imagine the previous owner apologizing to the cops?!). "It is unacceptable that I have dropped the ball more than once," he admits, explaining that the passing of his wife and his responsibility to raise three young children has proven, not surprisingly, to be incompatible with the managing of a strip club. He gives high praise to his successor, the current Director of Operations Craig Franze, which is also extremely refreshing, and we offer Mike our condolences for his bereavement and a standing ovation for having the kahunas to own his shortcomings so candidly. Good luck to you, and to the club.
• August 19, 2014 14:26 Closing Dates Set for Three Atlantic City Casinos: New Jersey authorities have granted permission for Atlantic City's Showboat to close at 4 p.m. on Aug. 31. Revel will close on Sept. 2 and Trump Plaza will close on Sept. 16.
• August 19, 2014 10:07 Credit Card Processor Down: Authorize.Net, our credit card processor, is having technical issues and currently cannot process any transactions, which means our store, ShopLVA.com, is currently down for anything other than PayPal transactions. Authorize.Net is aware of and is working on the problem, which is likely affecting thousands of online merchants; we're following their official Twitter for updates, and customers wishing to purchase from us can do the same.
• August 18, 2014 18:06 Celine Substitutes Rumored: As heads continue to spin following Celine Dion's abrupt cancellation of all shows for the foreseeable future, there are now multiple rumors afoot as to what big-name performers might possibly fill her boots on the multiple empty dates now stretching into the Colosseum's future. Gossip columnist extraordinaire Robin Leach always has his ear to the ground and has a solid track record when it comes to breaking stories before they're confirmed; so, for what it's worth, the Las Vegas Sun columnist is sharing speculation on a list of names that currently includes Mariah Carey, Adele, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Diana Ross, and Madonna. While none of them has been confirmed, nor is likely to sign up for a major residency, it will be interesting to see how many legends from the Leach list do end up performing at the venue. Stay tuned!
• August 18, 2014 17:33 New Show for the D: Joining the ranks of singer-entertainer Frankie Scinta, comedy magician Adam London, Prince tribute Purple Reign, and long-running dinner show Marriage Can be Murder, comes an addition to the D's entertainment lineup, with the debut Aug. 19 of Ja-Makin’-Me Laugh,. The show features the ventriloquism/puppetry act of Patrick Murray and his animated sassy Jamaican sidekick, Matilda. Murray was formerly part of the acclaimed Second City improv group that had a long Vegas career prior to closing at the Flamingo back in 2008.
The new show will perform in a matinee spot daily at 2:30 p.m., although it's for adult-only audiences, with GA tix available now for $19.95.
• August 18, 2014 17:14 Plan Approved for I-15 Upgrade: A massive road-widening project for the section of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl, utilized by more than a quarter-million vehicles daily, has been approved. The project will cost an estimated $400 million in construction expenses, but will total an estimated $1.2 billion when other costs, including right-of-way acquisition, are factored in, reports the R-J. Completion is expected by 2020 and should improve road safety for the stretch of freeway, which currently averages some 1,000 accidents per year, while also helping the economy by easing congestion for commercial traffic.
• August 18, 2014 14:28 Spearmint Rhino Deal Down: The excellent lunch specials at the Spearmint Rhino gentlemen's club has been discontinued. The specials that included a hamburger and beer for $5 had run for several years, but the only "deal" offered now is a $9 burger. This information was originally posted at our new ToplessVegasOnline.com.
• August 18, 2014 11:55 New Restaurant at Tivoli: Made.LV opens today at Tivoli Village. The new restaurant from Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla, who recently opened the acclaimed Honey Salt in the same area, is described as a "modern American tavern."
• August 18, 2014 10:01 New Restaurant at Delano: Della's Kitchen will open with the new Delano Las Vegas on September 1. It's another farm-to-table concept, concentrating on fresh ingredients, some from Delano's own greenhouse.
• August 17, 2014 15:55 Ted Binion Flick: The indi movie "Death in the Desert" (based on the book of the same name, by our Killing of Tupac Shakur author Cathy Scott) was shot in Las Vegas earlier this year and will soon begin making the rounds of the film festivals. The movie starring Michael Madsen as Ted Binion isn't yet scheduled for theatrical release, but the producers say it will be in theaters by the summer of 2015.
• August 17, 2014 15:37 New Restaurant at Tahiti Village: A new restaurant called 17 Degrees South has opened at Tahiti Village. Of interest in this opening is that Tahiti Village, located on Las Vegas Blvd. about three miles south of MBay, is a vacation club whose restaurants have been closed to the public until now.
• August 17, 2014 13:02 SLS Opening: For those who want to be among the first in, the public opening of SLS Las Vegas has been announced for midnight on August 23. There will be a private party Saturday evening prior to the doors opening to the public.
• August 17, 2014 10:03 Sunday Funday 7 Free Poker Tourney at Noon: Registration is now open for our "Sunday Funday 7" poker tournament, co-sponsored this month by Ellis Island Casino and Brewery. Play begins at noon PST/3 p.m. EST today. Prizes are $100 for first; a two-night stay at Ellis Island for second; $50 in free-play at EI for third; and prizes for all final-table contestants, including LVA membership, a suite of our top mob books, two EI steak dinners, and a copy of our new book, The Moneymaker Effect, signed by Chris Moneymaker. 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 5817). 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 17, 2014 08:45 Boyd Opens Pick the Pros: Boyd Gaming will again run its Pick the Pros football contest this season. A staple in the Las Vegas Advisor Top Ten, this free contest awarding $10,000 every weekend is a must-do for football fans. Get details in our football-contest listings at LVASports.com.
• August 16, 2014 17:25 UFC St. Preux/Bader: Ryan Bader is a -190 favorite over Ovince St. Preux in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Ross Pearson is -175 over Gray Maynard.
• August 16, 2014 16:38 Game Back at Sonny's: One of the better bar video poker games is back. After removing its 9/5 Jacks or Better game last month, Sonny's Saloon is dealing the game again. The return with perfect play is a decidedly unbarlike 98.45%.
• August 16, 2014 11:46 LVA Teams with Ellis Island for Sunday Funday 7: Reserve some time tomorrow to play in our 7th Sunday Funday poker tournament. This month we've teamed up with Ellis Island, and along with a $100 first prize, there will be EI rooms and free-play up for grabs. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. EST/noon PST, so you can play while you watch the World Cup final match. It's completely free to play, with registration beginning two hours before the tournament at the LVA Casino.
• August 16, 2014 11:37 Revel Closing Moved Up: The closing date for Atlantic City's Revel has been moved up one week to September 1. The resort had been seeking a buyer to keep the doors open, but all options have apparently run out.
• August 15, 2014 17:18 Fire Rains on Cosmo's Parade: After earlier good news about the Strip property's recent economic turnaround, comes word that this afternoon that the Clark County Fire Department was called to the Cosmopolitan Friday afternoon. First reports were of multiple rooms on fire on the 18th floor, but in fact there was just smoke, caused by a trash-can fire in a guest room that resulted in approximately $10,000 in damage, but no injuries.
• August 15, 2014 14:17 National Roller Coaster Day Tomorrow: August 16 is National Roller Coaster Day, and Las Vegas' coasters are all offering specials:
- The bone-shaking Desperado ride out at Buffalo Bills (Primm), one of the fastest roller coasters in the nation, will be offering two-for-one rides between 12:15 and 9:45 p.m.
- The re-named (again!) Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York will offer twofer rides from 10:30 a.m. till noon, plus the first 100 riders receive a commemorative T-shirt.
- And both the Canyon Blaster and new El Loco rides at Circus Circus's Adventuredome will offer 2-for-1 deals from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday.
And, speaking of the Adventuredome, it was today announced that it's annual Halloween transformation to Fright Dome will this year be themed for Texas Chainsaw Massacre in a collaborative effort with director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel. Be afraid; very afraid!
• August 15, 2014 12:42 LVASportsBoards Open to All: Formerly a pay site for $24.95 per month, we're opening our LVASports message board this year for the NFL season. The board is led by sports-betting expert Frank B and moderated by Anthony Curtis. All you need to do to gain access is go to LVASportsBoards.com and follow the registration procedure (either by email, or by phone during regular business hours).
• August 15, 2014 12:41 Bikini Beer Fest: This Labor Day weekend, celebrate downtown as Picnic, the rooftop pool at Downtown Grand, hosts the second annual Bikini Beer Festival, featuring live music, DJs, and the chance to sample some of the top craft beers on the market, including representation from homegrown breweries like Big Dogs and Barleys. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $30 for General Admission. Visit the official bikinibeerfestival website for more details.
• August 15, 2014 12:20 Date Set for New Ray Charles Show: GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles, is a new tribute to the legendary performer that will open at Venetian September 18. Stay tuned for more details!
• August 15, 2014 09:47 Cosmo on the Up: According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week, the Cosmopolitan is finally turning things around, reducing Q2 losses to $13.6 million, versus $25.2 million for the same period a year ago, while revenue grew by almost 17 percent. The Strip property, which quickly gained a name for its restaurants and nightlife, consistently failed to attract essential casino action and has operated in the red since it debuted in Dec. 2010, but according to CEO John Unwin the property has grown casino revenue by 40 percent in the past six months, to more than $100 million.
• August 14, 2014 18:05 Addition to Vegas Webcam Quota: We know, thanks to our own site analytics and the regular submissions we receive on the subject to Question of the Day (check the QoD Archives), that webcams are a surprisingly popular content features. So, for those seeking a little vicarious Vegas action, we're happy to announce our discovery of the SLS construction cam, now added to our comprehensive list of Las Vegas webcams (located in the Visitor Guide section).
Whether this camera, which offers live HD streaming from various angles, with navigation and zoom options, plus timelapse and an archive (select "Image Archive: whole site" for continuous timelapse of the entire transformation to SLS, which is pretty cool and takes just 20 minutes. Wow.). Whether this will remain in place once the property debuts Aug. 23 remains to be seen (The LINQ cam turned out only to be for the duration of the attraction's construction phase, but perhaps they'll install a new one for the Quad transformation...). Other options include: the ironic Skyvue "construction" cam (hang on to your hats: you might actually see a moving vehicle behind those two static concrete posts!); soothing fishy visions streaming live from the Silverton aquarium; the Bellagio conservatory display, and fountain show (the latter courtesy of the Jockey Club's rooftop cam); general tourist tomfoolery at the "Welcome" sign; and, of course, totally nude strippers live on stage (and off), courtesy of Little Darlings (because this is Las Vegas but that definitely is #NSFW). You can gatecrash a total stranger's wedding and not get caught (but you don't get any cake either), courtesy of Treasure Island's wedding chapel cam, or catch the latest drunken debauchery on Fremont Street thanks to Boyd's various casino cams.
• August 14, 2014 18:00 Border Grill Job Fair Reminder: Tomorrow sees the first of two hiring events for the new Border Grill coming to the Forum Shops at Caesars. NOTE: The job fairs are both taking place at the Mandalay Bay location (see previous Today's News item for more details).
• August 14, 2014 15:45 Two Casinos for SLS: When it debuts later this month, in addition to main casino floor and William-Hill operated race and sports book, the new boutique SLS Las Vegas will feature the small, nighttime-only Bazaar Casino, and adjunct to chef José Andrés' dinner-only Bazaar Meat restaurant. Similar in concept to the former Aladdin's London Club (as opposed to, say, the raucous beer pong environment of O'Sheas at the Quad or the dealer eyecandy-centric Playboy Casino previously at the Palms), this casino-within-a-casino plans to be sophisticated but lively, offering no slots, but a handful of 6-deck (3:2) and single-deck (6:5) blackjack games, plus a double-zero roulette wheel. Bazaar Casino will also feature a cocktail bar and serve small plates from its neighboring restaurant.
• August 14, 2014 15:11 Grim Prediction for A.C. Casinos: It seems bad enough that during the course of 2014, New Jersey's brick-and-mortar casino count will almost certainly be down from 12 to seven, with the Atlantic Club already shuttered, and Revel, the Showboat, and Trump Plaza each having announced imminent closure. But according to a Deutsche Bank report released today, the days could also be numbered for Trump Taj Mahal. "By 2017, we foresee Atlantic City to have two center-boardwalk casinos (Caesars and Bally’s), the Tropicana, and three casino hotels located in the Marina district (Borgata, Harrah's, and Golden Nugget)," the report states. "Our revenue expectation for AC in 2017 is $1.8 billion", which would represent an approximate 36.5% decline from year-end 2013.
In the light of the spiraling economic crisis, which collectively will leave some 7,500 former casino workers without a job, has prompted Gov. Chris Christie to convene a bipartisan crisis summit of state and local leaders September 8 to address the future of Atlantic City and initiate a working group to address the challenges confronting the resort destination and the rapidly changing landscape arising from both internal and external factors.
• August 14, 2014 10:50 Las Vegas This Weekend: Here are the big attractions (and it doesn't get much bigger than an audience with Scarface):
- "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Milan is live at The Pearl at the Palms, The Pearl (8/15) where funny man Mike Epps: After Dark will perform the following night (8/16)
- Fallout Boy with special guests New Politics are poolside at Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool (8/15)
- Yes, with special guest Syd Arthur, will be live at The Joint at the Hard Rock (8/15), where ZZ Top & Jeff Beck will also share the stage (8/16)
- It's fight night at Mandalay Bay Events Center, with Big Knockout Boxing: Bryan Vera vs Gabe Rosado
- Veteran Vegas headliner Don Rickles brings his stand-up act to the Orleans 8/16-17)
- Hollywood superstar Al Pacino makes a rare solo stage appearance, bringing his Al Pacino: One Night Only show to the Mirage (8/16)
- Kottonmouth Kings rock the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip(8/17)
- And Mighty Mighty Bosstones take center stage at the Brooklyn Bowl (8/17)
• August 14, 2014 10:21 Original Sugar Factory Closing: Sugar Factory, the candy store beloved of celebrities that has multiple Las Vegas venues, is closing. The original location, which opened in 2009, at the Mirage is set to close at the beginning of September with plans on moving to a bigger and better location. The store is offering 25% off the everything from now until they close so hurry on in and get yourself some signature Couture Pops.
• August 13, 2014 15:58 Final Performance for Aussie Topless Revue: The new topless production from Down Under, Sydney After Dark, which was scheduled to enjoy an extended run in the Planet Hollywood Showroom will, as we reported last week, close before it's even out of previews, with the final performance set for this Sunday, Aug. 17. While the consensus from those who got to see the show seems to be that the cast has talent, that's about all that got a thumbs up, with the costumes, choreography, production values/structure and, in particular, the large showroom venue all coming under the gun. There's talk of efforts to salvage the show, with a reduced cast and scaled down approach, but a suitable more intimate venue will need to be found, and fast, before the cast pack up their bags and head home.
This is just the latest in a swirl of recent flops and surprise closures, from Shania and Celine, to Mamma Mia! and Viva Elvis!, to DreamGirls/Angels and Pawn Stars LIVE, to name just a few. In a climate of such uncertainty, many hotel showrooms are clinging to any proven concept, hence a proliferation of impersonator/tribute acts and "dinosaurs of rock" concepts. While we have our own theories, we're interested to hear your take on the state of Las Vegas entertainment, hence it's the subject of our brand new Reader Poll.
• August 13, 2014 14:19 A Value Guide to Strip Club VIP Rooms: Our new 18+ entertainment site, ToplessVegasOnline.com, shares the same ethos as Las Vegas Advisor, in that it's a wholly independent consumer-info site and its primary purpose is to provide authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date coverage of the legal adult entertainment options in Las Vegas, from gentlemen's clubs (it's primary focus), to intimate neo-burlesque revues, and from to "European-style" pools to major Strip-casino topless production shows. In addition to detailed profiles and candid reviews of the venues/shows, you'll find all kinds of "Survival Guide" tips, from safe parking to the recommended attire when receiving a lap dance. You'll find the skinny on the law and on house rules, not to mention some common-myth busting, and a complete calendar of regular and one-off events.
With the same LVA agenda when it comes to finding the most economical bang for your buck, the author of TVO recently posted the definitive lowdown on private dances in, Las Vegas Strip Club VIP Rooms — A Value Guide. In addition to this in-depth investigation into "the price of privacy," you'll find this guide complemented by another recent survey of the Best Vegas Strip Club Private VIP Rooms, plus the lowdown on Cameras in the VIP Rooms: Why are they there? Who sees you? Is it possible to dodge their watchful gaze?
• August 13, 2014 09:52 Border Grill Hiring: Las Vegas' second Border Grill, opening in the Forum Shops at Caesars, is to host a job fair from 1-4 p.m. on August 15 and 22. The hiring session will take place at the Mandalay Bay location, with openings for managers, servers, bartenders, host/hostess, bussers, food runners, line cooks, and prep cooks.
• August 13, 2014 09:47 Table Game TV Drawing at Silverton: Every Wednesday during this month, Silverton Casino is holding the "Aces in August" giveaway, with 20 60" flat-screen TVs up for grabs each week, or the choice of $1,000 in cash. There are different criteria for earning tickets in the drawing, depending on your game, so check with a pit supervisor, plus earn double entries from 3 to 8 p.m. Ten winners will be picked at two drawings, held at 8 and 9 p.m. (must be present to claim your prize).
• August 13, 2014 08:25 Celine Cancels All Performances: In a surprise move, Celine Dion has canceled all of her remaining shows at Caesars Palace, including dates scheduled in 2015. Dion had pulled out of recent shows because of a throat ailment, but says this decision relates to her husband/manager's health issues, and her desire to devote full attention to helping his recovery following recent surgery. While a press release indicated that shows would be discontinued "until further notice," a plan for a return to Caesars was not addressed. Advance-purchase tickets will be refunded.
• August 12, 2014 20:36 Transportation Poll Closes at Midnight: You have approx. 3 1/2 hours to get your vote(s) in, if you haven't already: Our current survey of your Las Vegas transportation habits, pet peeves, fears, and secret tips will close at 12 a.m. PST, to be replaced by an all-new singing-and-dancing (yes, really!) Reader Poll.
• August 12, 2014 19:47 Art in the Park: Boulder City's 52nd Annual Art in the Park event will take place this October 4-5. One of the largest outdoor juried art festivals in the Southwest, it features hundreds of original artists and contemporary craftsmen/women and draws more than 100,000 visitors. It's free to the public to attend, plus space is still available for artists to sign up. Visit the official website for more details.
• August 12, 2014 12:20 Cantor Upgrades Mobile Wagering App: Las Vegas-based CG Technologies, which operates the race and sports books in eight Las Vegas casinos and was a pioneer in the field of mobile wagering, has just launched an upgrade of its sports-betting app. First introduced back in 2012, the latest incarnation features 10 new features, based on a customer survey of the apps user base of 20,000 sports bettors. New options include: parlay cards; future betting lines; an offer/counter-offer feature that allows customers to increase/decrease the size of any bet; and continuous markets that allow for wagering on changes to the money line, spread, or total during live games. In addition, other prop bets will be offered on individual games, while the existing "in-running wagering" feature, which lets customers place bets on the outcome of plays or events during an in-progress game, remains a part of the package.
The app, which CG Technologies reports is now responsible for 60 percent of its action, accepts wagering on professional and college games and events, only operates within Nevada state boundaries, where mobile sports betting is legal, and is for all Apple, Android, and Windows PC devices.
• August 12, 2014 12:01 Buyer-less Revel to Close: Having failed to find a viable buyer, Atlantic City's bankrupt $2.4 billion resort will close September 10, with the loss of more than 3,000 jobs. Despite reported interest from a half-dozen potential purchasers, on Monday the company's board made the decision to shutter the property, although a buyer will still be sought. Citing a crippling "non-controllable expense structure" and the failure of various last-ditch efforts to improve Revel's lackluster performance, it was deemed that the only option was to put an end to the financial hemorrhaging that has seen the luxury resort operating at a substantial loss since the day it opened, a little over two years ago.
• August 12, 2014 11:51 Dancer on DDS: In this week's column, video poker expert Bob Dancer presents Part I of a two-part tale, following a tip he received from a trusted source. Apparently, a large tribal casino on the East coast, not known for its player-friendly machines, was offering an obscure game, with a base return of more than 100 percent, and in $5 denomination; if all the variables were as presented to him, the game would be worth $200/hour (nice work, if you can get it) -- and some regular trips to Connecticut. But could it possibly be for real? You'll have to read Bob's post to find out...
• August 12, 2014 11:28 High Roller Locals Discount Adjusted: Another week, another pricing scheme for the High Roller at The Linq, though this one affects only locals. The discount for the Tuesday "Bloq Party" has been adjusted from 50% to 30%, which raises the ride price from $10 during the day and $17.50 at night to $14/$24.50. The giveback is it comes with a free drink, which actually works out a little better (if you'd have bought one anyway) during the day and about breakeven at night. This is on Tuesdays only and you must show local ID. The price for non-locals remains $19.95 and $34.95.
• August 11, 2014 11:05 Rudner Returns: Following a Las Vegas headlining career that has already spanned well over a decade, and least four properties we can think of (including Desert Inn, New York-New York, Harrah's, and Venetian), the word on the street a few years back was that comedian Rita Rudner would be moving back to California to retire, and that her Vegas days were numbered. Not so, it transpired, as not long thereafter Rudner extended her ongoing (if minimalist, date-wise) gig at the Venetian into this year, followed by a recent stint in the lineup of the property's ground-breaking "queens of comedy" series, LIPSCHTICK, A Different Shade of Stand-Up.
Now there's even more good news for fans of the comedienne, who will be bringing her signature one-liners back to Harrah's beginning Wednesday, Sept. 17, where Rudner will perform on select Wednesdays and Saturdays (at 8:30 and 7 p.m., respectively). Tickets, which start at $59.99 (plus tax/fees) go on sale Friday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. local time.
• August 11, 2014 10:53 Celebrate Nat'l Smile Week with Happy Doughnuts: On a Monday morning, the concept of having to smile for an entire week may seem like a challenge of Herculean proportions; however, if anything can help bring joy to the Vegas Valley this National Smile Week, it's the special-edition Fun Face doughnuts available from participating Krispy Kreme outlets, including the venues in Excalibur and Circus Circus. They're not free (our apologies for getting over-excited in an earlier post) but smiley they certainly are, and sure to spread mirth (and girth) wherever you may take them.
• August 11, 2014 09:50 Yellowman Gig Tonight Postponed: Apologies for the short notice, but Smash Magazine has announced that reggae star Yellowman, who was scheduled to perform tonight at Backstage Bar & Billiards (601 E. Fremont St.) has been rescheduled to Friday, September 26 at 8:30 p.m. All tickets for tonight's show will be honored, or patrons can request a refund at point of purchase. Tickets for the rescheduled show, featuring supporting artists Ras Kronik and Najja Dread, are still $16 in advance, or $21 day of show (plus applicable fees) and are on sale now from smashmagazine.com or ticketfly.com.
• August 11, 2014 09:46 Free Bloomin' Onion: This is the first of several (well, at least two that we can think of) food freebies this week, this one coming courtesy of Outback Steakhouse and NASCAR driver Kevin "Happy" Harvick, who finished in the top 10 this weekend, thus triggering the Aussie restaurant's established promo the following Monday. So, just say "Bloomin' Monday" to your server and receive the signature appetizer on the house all day Aug. 11.
• August 10, 2014 18:58 Supermoon 2: The second of this summer’s three "supermoons" will show up tonight. The full moon will look unusually big and bright, due to its close approach to Earth. The third supermoon will be on Sept. 9. Many believe a full moon, not to mention a supermoon, has a positive bearing on their gambling prospects, but it doesn't.
• August 10, 2014 11:56 GameWorks is Back: GameWorks, the arcade that operated on the Strip near MGM Grand until 2012, has reopened at Town Square. The 7,000-square-foot venue features an 8-lane bowling alley and a social-gaming zone with 80 PCs for local area network multi-player gaming and "e-sports" tournaments.
• August 10, 2014 10:54 California Online Bill Shelved: The most prominent bill aimed at legalizing online poker in California has been pulled off the table. The bill sponsored by Sen. Lou Correa was withdrawn due to concerns that there's not enough time in the legislative session to push it through. A second bill is still active, though it's not expected to proceed, meaning legal online poker won't materialize in the Golden State this year.
• August 10, 2014 09:49 Downtown Motel Getting Makeover: The Ferguson, one of Fremont Street's many shuttered motels, may soon be renovated to become a retail center that includes an outdoor amphitheater, office space, and three taverns. Located at Fremont and 11th St., the Ferguson is owned by Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project, which also owns the Alicia, Travelers, Peter Pan, and Downtowner motels, all in the same area.
• August 10, 2014 08:09 McIlroy Favored in PGA: With a one stroke lead going into today's final round of golf's PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy is the -115 favorite. He's followed by Rickie Fowler at +525 and Phil Mickelson at +785.
• August 9, 2014 19:40 Arena Scorecard: Credit to the LV Review-Journal for a listing today of the six major "plans" for big-time arenas in Las Vegas (we'd lost track). "The Sure Bet" is the MRI project at NY-NY being built in tandem with The Park. "The Plan that Melted" is the aborted ice rink at the Plaza. The others are somewhere in-between.
• August 9, 2014 17:07 Aliante Football Contest: Aliante is bringing back its Airin' it Out football contest. This was last year's best contest in terms of player equity and should be good again this year with a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. Entry fee is $25 and if you buy three you get one free. Enter by Aug. 31 and get a free T-shirt.
• August 9, 2014 14:29 The Venue: Construction has begun on "The Venue," described as a "multifaceted special-event and entertainment facility that will feature three stories of indoor and outdoor space." The Venue will be built downtown at the corner of Fremont and 8th, and is scheduled to debut in February 2015.
• August 9, 2014 10:14 New Restaurants for Galleria Mall: The expansion and renovation of the Galleria Mall in Henderson continues to broaden in scope. Formerly host to only two restaurants and a food court, the mall is adding six new restaurants, including Bravo!, Larsen's Grill, and a Sugar Factory (the three others are still undetermined). What was originally a $7 million upgrade that was scheduled to be completed last year now stands at $25.5 million and will run into the spring of 2015.
• August 8, 2014 16:11 Golden Gate Raises Shrimp Price: Ugh. One of the all-time great Vegas values is a little less so. The price of the Golden Gate shrimp cocktail has been boosted a buck to $3.99. After decades at 50 cents and then 99 cents, the price has moved steadily upward in recent years. It's still terrific, but that bargain label is getting stretched a bit. The shrimp is available 24 hours in the Du-par's coffee shop.
• August 8, 2014 13:07 Stratta's Back: Celebrated chef Alex Stratta, who's life has taken some radical new directions in recent years, on both the professional and personal fronts, has emerged not only with a new svelte physique, but now with plans for two -- and possibly more -- restaurant ventures in the Vegas Valley. A long-time marquee chef for various Wynn properties, Stratta's latest projects include an Italian steakhouse (possibly with more to follow), to be located in the once-mothballed but now-revived community development planned for the area surrounding the 215 near Russell Road. Known as The Gramercy, after the New York park, it will feature residential, retail, and dining components, with DW Bistro, Bachi Burger, and Ferraro's also reportedly signed up as tenants. As far as Stratta's concerned, it's now been announced that he's buying the recently sold Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar at Rainbow and Trop, and plans to continue operating the martini lounge and restaurant as a casual neighborhood-style eatery.
• August 8, 2014 12:26 Las Vegas This Weekend: Here are this weekend's entertainment highlights:
- Hiroshima performs at Sunset Station (8/8)
- Funny man Jay Leno does stand up at the Mirage, Terry Fator Theatre (8/8), followed by Kathy Griffin (8/9)
- Justin Timberlake performs at MGM Grand (8/8)
- Rob Schneider makes 'em laugh at South Point (8/8), and tattoo/craft beer/classic car/burlesque fans, be sure to check out the 3rd Annual Las Vegas ArtNInk Festival (8/8-10)
- It's a big weekend at Mandalay Bay, with Dirty Heads and Pepper live as part of the summer beach concert series(8/8), while Jake Owens rocks out on (8/9), Aries Spears brings his stand-up actto The House of Blues (8/9), and Counting Crows are poolside (8/10)
- Lynyrd Skinner performs at the Golden Nugget (8/9)
- 38 Special takes the stage at Eastside Cannery (8/10)
- And dance crews from 36 countries compete in the World Wide Hip Hop Dance Championship at the Orleans (8/10)
• August 8, 2014 10:01 Another Construction Blunder: After the infamous case of CityCenter's half-built Harmon Tower, first compromised in scale and now currently being demolished due to inherent structural defects, comes word that the new tower at McCarran International Airport will suffer a construction delay of as much as one to two years, due to the misapplication of chemical coating that prevents the spread of a toxic fungus that causes flu-like symptoms and that has been a problem not-uncommon to large public buildings in the valley since the problem was first detected here in the late 1990s.
• August 7, 2014 18:02 AC on Radio Tonight: Anthony Curtis is the guest on tonight's "Gambling with an Edge" radio show with Bob Dancer and Richard Munchkin. It airs from 7 to 8 p.m. PST on 1230 AM in Las Vegas, and can be heard from anywhere at klav1230am.com.
• August 7, 2014 14:36 Sydney After Dark ... Goes Dark: According to official statements, following a reassessment of the venue size ("too big," for which read: couldn't fill the seats), Sydney After Dark, the new topless revue from Australia that just opened at Planet Hollywood and had its press night scheduled for Friday, will close any day now. That marks the second Sin City erotic-revue casualty in less than a week, with the abrupt (if unsurprising) closing of Dream Angels on Aug. 3, while Nocturne, the covered but sexy improv "happening" formerly at Rose.Rabbit.Lie., is evidently suing its former Cosmo landlord, which producer Spiegelworld blames for sabotaging the show's chances of success.
• August 7, 2014 10:16 (Tentative) Green Light for SLS Casino: After a lengthy session, Nevada gaming regulators Wednesday recommended gaming-license approval for the redeveloped property occupying the shell of the historic Sahara, but with several provisos, including the stipulation that Sam Nazarian, the CEO of SBE Entertainment, the minority share-holder in this joint venture with San Francisco-based property developers Stockbridge Real Estate, receive no income from gaming revenue, nor have any involvement in casino operations, until he has personally been approved for a license by the state. The north-Strip property is scheduled to open Aug. 23, but regulators have not yet completed the comprehensive background check that any new licensee must endure, describing the hospitality-industry mogul's businesses and company structure as "very complex."
• August 7, 2014 10:09 Revel Sale Delayed: The fate of Atlantic City's Revel resort-casino remains up in the air for at least one more week, with owner Revel AC Inc. having postponed by one week the bankruptcy auction scheduled for today, Aug. 7. The sale has been moved to Aug. 14 to give the seller more time to analyze the terms of the multiple purchase offers that have reportedly been submitted for the $2.4 billion, twice-bankrupt property.
• August 7, 2014 09:30 More Days Off for Celine: Celine Dion's show continues to be dark, pending clearance to perform from her doctors. Dion is suffering from a throat ailment and is not expected to return to the stage until at least August 15.
• August 6, 2014 17:11 Question of the Day on Ziplines: Oops, the LVA elves have been multi-tasking like whirling dervishes and some things evidently spun off our radar, like missing National Oyster Day yesterday (aw, shucks!) and forgetting to send out the email reminder for today's Question of the Day, which is a cool one about zip lines. Of course, QoD has been where it always is all-day long, since midnight, when the new one posted, but we know a lot of readers think it won't be there if they don't click the "magic link" in the daily email, so, just to reassure you all, it's still there, just click the first link in this post. Any non-members have seven hours in which to enjoy our prose; thereafter, it shall be relegated to the sanctity of the QoD Archives, where only a secret handshake (or $37 -- we're flexible on that) will grant you access across the carnivorous gecko-infested moat and behind the hallowed steel doors.
• August 6, 2014 13:11 Twofer Buffets at Silverton: The Silverton is offering 2-for-1 buffets, or 50% off for singles, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August. The deal is good for any meal. Must be a Silverton Rewards Club member.
• August 6, 2014 12:53 Palms Pulls Football Contest: We've just confirmed that after nine years, the Palms will not run its "Pigskin Payoff" football contest this year. It had been one of the few independent contests in town, meaning that it was a single-casino event. Perhaps the best indi contest in town at Aliante has announced details, as has the most popular at Station Casinos. We're putting up contest details as we get them at LVASports.com.
• August 6, 2014 11:41 Pawn Shop Flop: After much excited hype about the launch of a revamped, renamed version of the production show based on Gold & Silver Pawn, the Las Vegas pawnbroking business upon which History Channel's "Pawn Stars" reality-show hit is based, it was officially announced today that PAWN SHOP LIVE! The Lost Episode, will close at the Riviera Aug. 21, after less than six weeks.
• August 6, 2014 10:48 Job Fair Downtown: Tony Hsieh's "Downtown Project," the umbrella "community-development" entity under which the Zappos tycoon and others are attempting to affect a social transformation in downtown Las Vegas, has announced a hiring event this Thursday, Aug. 7 and Friday, Aug. 8 for an existing eatery, plus a new grocery store and a restaurant and bar, both slated to open later this year.
Hiring for The Market, The Perch, and Nacho Daddy is scheduled for the Gold Spike (217 Las Vegas Blvd. North) from 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. Positions available collectively across the three businesses include general manager and assistant general manager positions, chefs, assistant chefs, supervisors, servers, bartenders, dishwashers, cooks, baristas, food runners, cashiers, barbacks, and servers. Those unable to attend the open events, or who are in need of additional information, should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• August 6, 2014 10:28 Trump Sues A.C. Casinos Over Name Use: In what could be considered an ironic move for a publicity-courting entrepreneur, notorious for putting his name on everything he owns, and whose business and personal lives have both had their distinct ups and downs, Donald Trump is suing the two Atlantic City casinos that still bear his name. Although The Donald ceased to have any business interests in the New Jersey casino market five years ago, two resorts there still bear his name, thanks to a licensing agreement. But according to an interview with the Associated Press, he says Trump Entertainment Resorts is in breach of the terms of that contract, on account of having allowed Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal to fall into disrepair, tarnishing his personal brand and confusing customers. "I want [the name] off both of them ... It’s not us. It’s not me," he stated.
• August 5, 2014 18:06 New Elvis Show Debuts Downtown Tonight: When we say a "new" show, by that we mean a new presentation from a veteran Vegas Elvis impersonator, who will be attempting to buck the trend of failed entertainment offerings from the Four Queens. And, with more than 4,500 Vegas appearances logged to date, including gigs at Fitzgeralds, MGM Grand, Aladdin, Bally’s, and Riviera, not to mention two consecutive "Best Elvis Impersonator" awards from the R-J, Steve Connolly definitely has a good shot at success. The show's at 9 p.m. and tix are $25; for more on this story, check out VegasChatter.
• August 5, 2014 16:14 Food and Ink Fests: As far as the latter is concerned, we're not talking ink as in squid, but ink as in tattoos, with a reminder about this weekend's Third Annual Art 'n' Ink Festival, hosted by South Point. While the emphasis is on body art, there's pretty much something for everyone (at least everyone 18+), with a three-day smorgasbord of craft beers, burlesque, body painting, bikes, and even bingo (so, pretty much anything cool that begins with a 'b,' plus other stuff like art vendors and classic cars). Tickets are $18 at the door Friday or Sunday, or $25 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, for the foodie crowd, tickets are on sale for the VegasFood&Wine festival, hosted by Red Rock Resort Sept. 5 and 6. GA tix are $75 (plus tax/fees) and a host of renowned Las Vegas eateries and chefs will be represented, from gourmet casino offerings to some of our best-loved neighborhood brands.
• August 5, 2014 16:00 Desert Hops Update: Vegas Seven has posted all the details for the 2014 Desert Hops beer fest, hosted by Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool, including a teaser video, so check out the official page on the Seven website. Plus, stay tuned for information about some other upcoming festivals...
• August 5, 2014 12:35 Million Dollar Hiatus: Million Dollar Quartet, the hit musical performing at Harrah's that focuses on an extraordinary and "accidental" jam session that took place one night featuring legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, will be dark Aug. 11 through Aug. 24, it's just been announced. The normal performance schedule will resume Monday, Aug. 25, with 5:30 and 8 p.m. shows.
• August 5, 2014 12:32 MGM Resorts Outdoes Wall Street Predictions: Although U.S. casino operators in Macau are finally experiencing a decline in high-roller action in the Chinese gaming enclave, MGM Resorts Int'l had a good domestic Q2, beating analysts' predictions by more than 100 percent, or 21 cents per share. This compares with a 19-cent loss for the same period in 2013 and is attributed both to increased gambling revenue in the U.S., and a 6 percent uptick in room revenue on the Las Vegas Strip.
• August 5, 2014 10:10 Dancer on Thinking Like a Casino Manager: Sometimes in life, it's a useful exercise to put yourself in someone else's shoes and try to understand the world, and their behavior, from that perspective. For gamblers, a great case-in-point is to get inside the head of the casino manager, who puts together player promotions for his or her property and, thanks to Dancer, you don't need to read The Art of War or Machiavelli in order to achieve this; simply read his latest weekly column for LVA!
• August 4, 2014 18:03 Celebrity Cat at LINQ Tuesday: Grumpy Cat, the belligerent feline whose furry frown and acerbic take on life has made her famous, will be at Kitson at The LINQ Promenade on Tuesday, Aug. 5th, promoting The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat. She requests that you don't show up but if you must, she may or may not pose for a photo, likely depending on whether or not you pre-purchased a copy online at shopkitson.com (hey, Friskies ain't cheap and a cat's gotta eat). If you do, it'll be available at the venue from noon tomorrow.
• August 4, 2014 17:38 Post-Rain Traffic Headaches: The roads are a mess, with closures all over the place following the earlier heavy rainfall. We recommend following @TotalTrafficLV for updates about the problem areas and when they clear.
• August 4, 2014 15:59 Crown Announces Strip Casino: James Packer's Crown Resorts Ltd. will build a megaresort on the site of the former New Frontier. Crown paid $280 million for the land and plans to partner with former Wynn Las Vegas president Andrew Pascal. It's at least the third attempt by Crown to set up shop in Las Vegas, with prior failed attempts involving a buy-out of the Cannery casinos, a 20% stake in the Fontainebleau, and plans for another north-Strip casino on the old Wet 'n Wild site. Construction on the new unnamed casino is expected to begin in 2015, with a hoped-for completion date in 2018.
• August 4, 2014 14:56 Happy Birthday Boulder: On Saturday, Aug. 23, Boulder Station will celebrate its 20th anniversary, but the locals' casino on the Boulder Strip is launching a month-long party, with drink, dining, entertainment, and gaming specials and promos throughout August. Some highlights include:
- A month-long "2 for $20" menus at Pasta Cucina and Cabo Mexican Restaurant, with two guests able to each choose an entrée from select choices, which also come with a choice of soup/salad plus unlimited breadsticks, or rice and beans, plus chips and salsa, respectively, for $20. In addition, diners may split an appetizer or dessert, all for $20.
- The Broiler will be offering a "20 for $20" wine list, while The Railhead live-music venue will serve $20 buckets of Bud or Bud Light
- The actual anniversary weekend will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 21, with complimentary cake and champagne for guests, while there will be an additional $10,000 bonus cash ball on Aug. 24 at both the 7 and 9 p.m. sessions.
For more on the entertainment lineup, which includes performances from Grammy Award-winning blues and country artist Johnny Lang and Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, visit the official Boulder Station website or inquire at the Boarding Pass kiosk.
• August 4, 2014 12:23 Delaware Racing Takes a Hit: Delaware Park race track, near Wilmington, has cut horse-racing purses in the middle of a racing season, for the first time since slot machines were introduced to the venue almost two decades ago. The new purses, which represent an approximate 15 percent (or $5,000-$6,000 cut) will take effect on Saturday, Aug. 9, and are the only means by which the track will be able to complete its 81-day race schedule, track officials have announced. The move follows an earlier cut to that schedule, to the tune of 19 days, but a steady decline in slot revenue, which subsidizes horse racing in both Delaware and Pennsylvania, is forcing some tough decisions.
• August 4, 2014 12:14 Bids in for A.C.'s Revel: Today sees the deadline for final bids on Atlantic City’s $2.4 billion Revel casino resort, already in its second bankruptcy despite debuting a little over two years ago. According to the city mayor, there are up to six potential buyers in the race for Revel, but while no official asking price has been announced, a figure of $300 million was recently declared as too high, both by Wall Street analysts and by some casino executives.
Caesars Entertainment's Showboat property, which is also up for sale, apparently has some potential interest, although to date, no buyers have come forward with any interest in Trump Plaza.
• August 4, 2014 09:42 Infamous Casino Cheat Apprehended: Although his name does not appear in the so-called "Black Book," the Nevada Gaming Control Board's Excluded Person List of cheats, people with known connections to organized crime, and so on, Jubreal Chahine has apparently been a nationally known cheat for a decade and a half, earning him a place on the NGCB's "most-wanted" list but successfully eluding capture. That was, until July 19 when, according to the LA Times, Chahine was arrested at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., having signed up for a players card using his real name and birth date! Nevada authorities now want the card sharp and sleight-of-hand master extradited to Nevada to face prosecution on 21 outstanding felony charges.
• August 3, 2014 17:54 Thank You, Cat Angel: Whoever the anonymous benefactor was who left a package of cat food on our doorstep for the small feral colony that LVA looks after, our heartfelt thanks for your kindness. We have a mother and son (spayed and neutered, respectively) and granddaughter (just returned after long absence and not yet caught), who have been fixtures for some five years now, while there's a gentlemen who feeds other colonies down the street, come rain or shine.
As you may have read in a recent "Today's News" item, Las Vegas is home to some 200,000 stray cats, and just as many dogs. The situation with the latter has reached a crisis point, with the Animal Foundation at capacity for canines and now facing hard decisions re humane euthanasia, particularly of Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas. In an effort to save doggy lives, they are reducing adoption fees through Aug. 10, so if you're able to give a good long-term home to a furry friend, please do so. Thanks.
• August 3, 2014 15:24 Football is Back: The NFL season begins today, if only the first preseason game. In the Hall of Fame Game, the Buffalo Bills are -3 over the NY Giants. The total is 37.
• August 3, 2014 14:11 Ellis Island Gets Rooms: Formerly separate entities, we've learned that Ellis Island has purchased the adjacent Super 8 motel. Nothing has been announced officially, but there's been a lot of sprucing up on the outside and we assume there's also an indoor renovation of some type in progress. This development gives EI more promoting power and should be an important improvement for one of our favorite casinos.
• August 3, 2014 11:14 Dollar Daze at DG: The Downtown Grand has initiated a "Dollar Daze" promotion, with $1, $2, and $3 specials in the restaurants and bars. Deals include $3 cheeseburgers, $2 domestic beers, and $1 hot dogs. After coming out of the gate very stingily, the Downtown Grand has been offering some very good deals of late.
• August 3, 2014 09:05 August Casino Promos: Jean "Queen of Comps" Scott has posted her regular monthly round-up of notable Las Vegas casino promotions, players club point specials, and other useful tidbits (particularly for locals and seniors); you can find it at her Frugal Vegas blog, exclusive to LVA. For more great tips for low rollers, check out the other items available under Jean's "Frugal" brand at ShopLVA.com.
• August 3, 2014 08:37 Celine Sidelined: We learned from Norm Clarke's column in today's LV Review Journal that due to a sinus infection, Celine Dion's show will be dark this week. It's due to resume Aug. 8.
• August 2, 2014 17:00 New Name for United Coin: Overshadowed by recent big developments in the slot industry, Nevada’s leading slot route operator has changed its name from United Coin Machine Company to Century Gaming Technologies. The company created the Gamblers Bonus slot club system that’s in place in many bars throughout Nevada.
• August 2, 2014 16:18 The Attic Closes Again: The Attic, the vintage-clothing store made famous by its appearance in a Visa commercial that first aired during the final episode of "Seinfeld," has closed. The store closed once before in 2012, then resurfaced in a new location on Main St., but wasn't able to reach the level of popularity it had in its original location in the arts district.
• August 2, 2014 10:27 Second Strip Arena Plan Assessed: Former NBA player Jackie Robinson has put the finishing touches on his ambitious plans, announced at the end of last year, to bring a $1.3 billion hotel-and-arena complex to the north Strip site formerly occupied by the original Wet 'n' Wild water park, between the new SLS and the abandoned Fontainebleau properties. If given a green light by Clark County Commissioners during next Wednesday's zoning hearing, Robinson says the 22,000-seat stadium could be completed in 2016, but the project is facing opposition, including from its potential neighbors in the Turnberry Place and the Las Vegas Country Club communities, who question the congestion effects that the additional traffic would bring to their already overloaded access roads, while others question whether Las Vegas Boulevard needs, or can support, two new arenas, with construction already underway on the MGM Resorts/AEG collaboration at the other end of this tourist corridor.
• August 2, 2014 10:03 Free Kittens: The Animal Foundation's "FreeFURAll" Adoption Weekend continues through Sunday, Aug. 3, with adoption fees waived on kittens and, due to the success of Friday's event, now on mature cats, also. Discounted adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, and up-to-date vaccines, although a $10 city license fee may apply. Still, that's a big saving for a great cause -- the Las Vegas Valley is home to an estimated 200,000 feral and undomesticated/stray cats and kittens -- just don't do something rash that you can't sustain. A cat is for life and potential adopters must complete a counseling process to ensure their suitability and commitment. The Animal Foundation's adoption centers are located at 655 N. Mojave Road and PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center at 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Call (702) 384-3333 x131 for more information.
• August 1, 2014 19:07 Las Vegas This Weekend: A belated posting for this one -- we confess, we just plain forgot! Still, better late than never, here are the highlights:
- First Friday returns to downtown, after a one-month hiatus (8/1)
- Red Rock pool welcomes Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtery, with special guest Plain White T's (8/1)
- Herman's Hermits, starring Peter Noone, perform in the South Point Showroom 8/1-3)
- There's a treat for old rockers, as Journey and Steve Miller Band take center stage at Mandalay Bay Events Center (8/1) or and relive the good "oldskool" days of rap, with Legends of Hip Hop at The Joint at the Hard Rock (8/2)
- The phenomenon that is Lady GaGa brings her inimitable thing to MGM Grand (8/1), which also welcomes Aerosmith (8/2)
- Funny man Ron White is in the Terry Fator Theatre inside the Mirage (8/2)
- And Russell Peters' unique blend of comedy is live inside The Pearl at the Palms.(8/2)
• August 1, 2014 18:49 Bleak Forecast for Mt Charleston: The region, already ravaged by flood waters earlier this week, faces more of the same today, with a flash flood warning in place for Mount Charleston and the far northwest portion of the Las Vegas Valley. Flood waters are likely down Kyle Canyon Road and towards the northwest portion of the valley, between I-215 and the U.S. 95.
• August 1, 2014 16:54 Happy International Beer Day: So far, the only venue we've heard about that is celebrating this auspicious date is Rí Rá Irish pub in Mandalay Place, which is hosting an #InstaGUINNESS party from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to toast to the worldwide celebration with a free pint of Guinness and complimentary appetizers. Plus, the first 15 guests to arrive at the party will also receive a free beer flight and there will be raffle, with prizes given away throughout the evening. The only "catch," such as it is, is that you need to RSVP, so get an email off to email@example.com ASAP!
If we hear about of any other good celebrations and promos taking place today, we'll post 'em as we find 'em; with so many brewpubs in town these days, we can't believe that this is the only party...
• August 1, 2014 14:02 (Another) Mega Gaming-Company Deal Announced: It was announced Friday that Scientific Games Corp., the lottery-manufacturer colossus, is to purchase Bally Technologies, the slot-machine giant, in a $5.1 billion deal. Scientific Games also recently acquired WMS Industries, another slot-maker, for $1.5 billion.
Today's news follows on the heals of a similarly high-profile transaction last month, almost mirroring the $6.4 billion purchase by Italy's GTECH lottery company of U.S. slot Italian lottery company of U.S. slot company IGT in July. But that's not the biggest coincidence in all this, as far as we at LVA are concerned, anyhow: Perhaps it's mere chance that the Las Vegas Advisor Question of the Day on 11/11/14 comprised a comprehensive (and surprising) history of Bally Gaming, and that an even-more-recent QoD answer (7/29/14) contained much reference to Scientific Games; but perhaps not! If this this spooky phenomenon continues, we may have to consider renaming our most-popular feature "Question of Tomorrow," or "Question of Next Week," but they don't seem to have quite have the same ring, so we're hoping the psychic thing is just a passing phase.
P.S. With regard to the two aforementioned QoDs, both of which can be found in the Archives, we should point out that the former was penned entirely by LVA Stiffs & Georges casino-business blogger David McKee, while the latter, more of a joint effort, still owes much to his considerable contribution. You can read McKee's take on today's announcement in his recent post, When Titans Wed.
• August 1, 2014 09:52 Packer Poking Around: Aussie billionaire casino man James Packer has "acquired a portion of the loan" on the 34.5-acre Strip site where the New Frontier used to stand. The land had been earmarked for a $5 billion resort called the Plaza, but that plan was abandoned during the economic crisis. There's speculation that Packer may be planning to build a resort, though there's nothing solid to support that at this time.