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• February 8, 2016 10:27 Wynn Releases Details of New Poker Room: Following our report late last October that the poker room at Wynn would be closing and relocating to Encore (see Today's News 10/28/2015) comes an official statement outlining some details about the new venue. Set to debut May 26, the new room will be occupy an 8,600-sq-ft space adjacent to the Encore Players Club, Surrender nightclub, Encore Beach Club, and Andrea’s restaurant, and will feature amenities including USB ports on every table for device charging, a Sports Book window inside the room and 35 65-inch TVs streaming live sporting events. Other features will include in-room restrooms and a spacious high-limit area. The existing Wynn poker room will remain operational until the new location is ready, when the current room is set to be re-purposed as part of the two story "Wynn Plaza" retailtainment complex currently on the drawing boards.
• February 8, 2016 10:12 Tribute Treat for Bowie Fans: Following its role as house band for two upcoming "Tribute to the Music of David Bowie" concerts to take place at Carnegie Hall (3/31) and Radio City Music Hall (4/1), on April 23 Holy Holy will perform an in-its-entirety concert featuring Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" inside The Pearl at the Palms. The band comprises long-time Bowie musicians/collaborators Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti, plus an all-star lineup and tix, which start at $30 (plus tax/fees) go on sale 2/12 at noon.
• February 8, 2016 09:55 Vegas Makes Top 10 List for Valentine's Cities: Personal-finance website WalletHub has conducted an analysis of the "Best and Worst Cities for Valentine’s Day: in 2016 and Las Vegas came in at a respectable #6 on the "Best" list, which took into account factors ranging from the average cost of a restaurant meal, to the number of florists per capita, in the nation's 100 most-populous cities. As an aside, we feel obliged to note that North Las Vegas was singled out for having the least number of jewelers, florists, and restaurants per capita, so residents might be advised to venture further afield in the valley to get their romance on optimally this Feb. 14.
• February 7, 2016 14:59 Super Bowl Line: The Carolina Panthers are -5 favorites over the Denver Broncos in today's Super Bowl. The total is 43.5.
• February 7, 2016 14:17 Sweat the Anthem: Smartphones will be out to time the singing of the Super Bowl's National Anthem. The over/under number on how long it will take Lady Gaga to sing it is 2:20, with under a -245 favorite.
• February 7, 2016 11:51 MRI to Outsource Valet: MGM Resorts International has announced that it will outsource its valet operations as part of its move to charge for parking. Current valets will become employees of SP+, a Chicago-based company that runs almost 4,000 parking facilities.
• February 7, 2016 11:27 Most Romantic Restaurants: Four Las Vegas restaurants are included in Open Table's list of the "100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America." They are Alize at the Palms, Eiffel Tower at Paris, Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens, and Michael's at South Point. More than 5 million reviews were considered to create the rankings.
• February 7, 2016 10:52 Betting Bonuses: None of the books are offering a reduced-juice option for betting the Super Bowl this year, but there are a few add-ons available. Both Arizona Charlie’s will give you a logoed T-shirt for making a $20 parlay or $50 straight bet. Get a T-shirt at Rampart for a $20 straight bet. Cannery and Eastside Cannery are giving a hat for a $25 parlay-card wager. And the best we've seen is at Jerry’s Nugget, where a $20 parlay-card bet gets you a Corona bucket filled with two hats, two T-shirts, two decks of cards, a martini glass, a koozie, and a bottle opener.
• February 6, 2016 18:51 UFC Hendricks/Thompson: Johny Hendricks a -300 favorite over Stephen Thompson in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Roy Nelson is -140 over Jared Rosholt.
• February 6, 2016 17:07 Betting Brisk: The American Gaming Association estimates that $4.2 billion will be bet on the Super Bowl, with 97% of it wagered illegally. But that legal 3% is creating traffic jams at the window, as betting for tomorrow's Super Bowl is heating up. One way around the lines is to use betting apps. Otherwise, you should be prepared to que up, especially if you wait till tomorrow to bet.
• February 6, 2016 14:43 Last Call for Jubilee!: There's less than a week remaining to catch the last surviving "classic" Las Vegas showgirl spectacular, with the final performance of Jubliee! at Bally's to take place Feb. 11 after a 34-year run. However, the good news is that beginning in June, fans of vintage Vegas will be able to see an exhibit celebrating Folies Bergere, including original costumes from the show that enjoyed a long run at the Tropicana, thanks to a collaborative project currently underway between the Las Vegas News Bureau and Nevada State Museum. Stay tuned for more details.
• February 6, 2016 09:48 Fashion Show at Boca Park: Eccoci Boca Park, a boutique located in the retail plaza on the west side of town, is hosting the "Super Bowl of Fashion" from noon to 4 p.m. today to showcase their latest fashions, with live music, refreshments, and a fashion show modeled by 2016 Mrs. Nevada-America contestants. An exclusive sale event will also be available to all attendees following the show.
• February 5, 2016 17:32 Free Museum Day Saturday: Once again, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch will be hosting a "Museums on Us" event Saturday, Nov. 6, which in Las Vegas means free admission -- on presentation of your credit or debit card -- to Springs Preserve, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and Discovery Children's Museum tomorrow.
• February 5, 2016 17:13 Chinese New Year - the Lowdown: February 8 ushers in the Lunar New Year of the Monkey, so get ready for lots of monkeying around, from traditional dragon dances and festive foods, to ornate displays and "lucky" art installations. Here's our guide to Chinese New Year in Vegas, 2016:


  • Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical gardens will be celebrating the Year of the Monkey from Jan. 8 through March 12, with giant I-Ching coins, a 12-foot-tall lantern, and a 21,000-gallon pond filled with live Koi, among other features. Live music performances will take place in the South Garden from 4:30-6 p.m., nightly.
  • Wynn and Encore will welcome guests to the atrium with symbolic sculptures symbolizing the Year of the Monkey and Chinese-inspired floral displays, including more than 8000 red and yellow chrysanthemums, with 100+ fruiting tangerine trees on display throughout the resort.
  • Guests at Venetian/Palazzo will find 78 hand-crafted monkeys, each with a unique painted face, plus the atrium is currently home to a five-foot-tall, 300-pound Monkey King, seated at the base of the 38-foot wishing tree, whose 8,000 golden branches are housing 28 young and mischievous monkeys -- all numbers chosen for their auspicious nature.
  • The Shops at Crystals in CityCenter are home to a first floor Flower Carpet, with a 12-foot-tall illuminated golden monkey atop a bed of gold coins. There's also a Buddha sculpture surrounded by 50 citrus trees and 500 orchids, with a total of 1,000 bromeliads, red and yellow mums, and birds nest ferns used throughout the two-garden display.
  • The Forum Shops at Caesars sees a return of its 22-foot-long 12-foot-high illuminated dragon, on display from today throughout the festival.


  • The annual Chinese New Year in the Desert/Las Vegas Spring Festival will again take place from Feb. 8-14, featuring multiple locations including: The LINQ Promenade; Downtown Container Park; Fashion Show Mall; Las Vegas Natural History Museum; The Forum Shops; the Boulevard Mall, and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School (check with individual venue websites for details). Central to the celebrations, the LINQ will see live dragon and lion dance performances nightly at 7 p.m. (except on February 14th, when the display will take place at 2:30 p.m.), plus an eye painting ceremony, and an International Vendor Village featuring Asian food and arts and crafts, in addition to cultural presentations from various Asian entertainers on The LINQ Promenade Stage.
  • On Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chinatown Plaza will again host the city's largest New Year celebration, with authentic Asian cuisine (Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Japanese, Hong Kong, Hawaiian, and more), plus lion and dragon dances, martial arts and acrobatic displays, fortune tellers, arts and crafts, and more.  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for Children ages 6-12.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m., McDonald's will again host the Spring Festival Parade in downtown Las Vegas at 4th Street and Gass Avenue, featuring extravagant and colorful floats.
  • Feb. 8 at 5 p.m., M Resort will host a traditional Chinese dragon and lion dance, performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin, featuring a team of 30 dancers, plus decorations throughout the casino, including festive banners and orange trees decked with with red envelopes and Chinese lanterns. Studio B Buffet will serve a variety of Asian favorites beginning Feb. 8th through Feb. 23rd.
  • The Cosmopolitan welcomes Lucky Cat, a 9-foot-tall interactive-art exhibit based on the fabled Japanese cultural icon of good fortune, maneki-neko. Lucky Cat dispenses a fortune card to all who place their hand on its paw and, for the select ("extra-lucky"?) few, this fortune will function as a golden ticket to a variety of experiences at The Cosmopolitan (so it's kind of like Chinese New Year meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by the sound of it).


  • Feb 8, 3 p.m. The Venetian & Palazzo – commencing at The Venetian porte-cochere and proceeding through the casino to Palazzo
  • Feb 8-13, 7 p.m. The LINQ Promenade – full team of lions, dragons and martial artist
  • Feb 8, 5 p.m. M Resort – hotel lobby
  • Feb 8, between 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Palace Station
  • Feb 8, 3 p.m. Aria – main porte-cochere/valet and through the casino
  • Feb 9, 1 p.m. The Shops at Crystals – Entrance near Todd English Pub
  • Feb 9, 3 p.m. MGM Grand – main lobby and through the casino
  • Feb 10, 6:30 p.m. Bellagio – main porte-cochere and through casino
  • Feb 12, 8 p.m. The LINQ Hotel – The LINQ Hotel lobby
  • Feb 12, 9 p.m. The Cromwell
  • Feb 12, 5 p.m. Caesars main entrance
  • Feb 12, 6 p.m. Wynn – starting at south valet entrance
  • Feb 13, 11 a.m. Downtown Las Vegas – beginning at the intersection of Fremont and 11th Street, ending at entrance of Downtown Container Park
  • Feb 13, 11 a.m. Downtown Las Vegas – beginning at the intersection of Fremont and 11th Street, ending at entrance of Downtown Container Park
  • Feb 13, noon Planet Hollywood – through casino floor
  • Feb 13, noon Treasure Island – throughout the casino floor
  • Feb 13, 1 p.m. Paris – Paris hotel lobby
  • Feb 13, 2 p.m. Bally’s – Bally’s north entrance
  • Feb 13, 6 p.m. Flamingo – Flamingo’s Southwest entrance
  • Feb 13, 5 p.m. Harrah’s – Harrah’s hotel Lobby
  • Feb 14, 2:30 p.m. – The LINQ Promenade
    Feb 17, 7 p.m. Rio – hotel lobby
    Feb 18, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Gold Coast – on the casino floor
• February 5, 2016 11:38 New Cosmopolitan Sports Book Unveiled: Following on the heels of the WestGate's SuperBook, and just making it online in time for Sunday's Super Bowl, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has unveiled its upgraded and relocated Race & Sports Book, which is powered by CG Technology. More than twice the size of the original, the new book features state-of-the-art LED video walls screens; multiple hi def TVs; lounge seating; private VIP viewing areas; mobile wagering; and betting windows open from 8:30 a.m. Mon.–Fri. and from 8 a.m. Sat./Sun. There's also a new adjacent 24-hour sports bar has also opened, featuring shuffleboard, foosball, billiards, and bar food, and a new sports-themed table games area, offering blackjack and roulette.
• February 4, 2016 17:53 Las Vegas This Weekend: Check out today's Question of the Day for some picks -- including on/off Strip, downtown, and neighborhood options -- for Super Bowl viewing parties; meanwhile, here's some of the other stuff going down this weekend:

  • Smith Center's diverse line-up includes comedy Panties In A Twist (2/5-6); Clint Holmes (2/4-6); Pink Martini feat. The Las Vegas Philharmonic (2/6); and the Symphonic Rockshow presents The Best of British Rock (2/5)
  • For more of the latter, check out the The British Invasion Tour in The Joint at the Hard Rock (2/6)
  • First Friday returns, with a 'Back To Our Future' theme (2/5)
  • The Big Game 10k Road Race Festival takes over Downtown (2/7), or try the Color Vibe 5k Run at Craig Ranch Regional Park (2/6), or both!
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears, featuring Bo Bice, will perform at the Golden Nugget (2/5)
  • MGM Grand welcomes AC/DC to the Garden Arena (2/5), followed by UFC 196: Werdum vs Velasquez (2/6)
  • Mariah Carey returns to Caesars Palace (2/5-6)
  • The Foundry at SLS presents AWOLONATION (2/5), with Lil Wayne with Method Man & Redman the following night (2/6)
  • Comedians Bob Levy and Mike Foley are center stage at South Point (2/5-6)
  • And Sinbad's in the spotlight at the Orleans (2/5-6)
• February 4, 2016 15:41 Mexican Changeover at Red Rock Complete: Libre Mexican Cantina, the latest offering from CliQue Hospitality that's taken over from the short-lived Mercadito at Red Rock Resort, is now open for biz, serving dinner from 4-11 p.m. daily. In addition, to celebrate the launch, Libre is hosting Taco & Tequila Tuesdays with all-you-can-eat tacos and tequila shots for $24, plus a contest to win free tacos for a year. An ongoing daily Happy Hour, with $5 cocktails and $4 draft beers, will run from 4-6 p.m.
• February 4, 2016 14:20 Cox/Channel 8 Dispute Resolved: Area Cox cable subscribers won't be forced to watch Sunday's Super Bowl in Spanish, or to try and find a stool in their neighborhood bar (although if it's a viewing party you're after, check out today's Question of the Day for lots of tips and suggestions), with official word that the two parties have reached some kind of agreement and that normal service should be resuming shortly.
• February 4, 2016 14:04 SuperBook Upgrade Complete: Just ahead of Sunday's "Big Game," Westgate Las Vegas has announced the completion of its multi-million dollar race and sports book upgrade. At 25,000 square feet , the world-famous SuperBook is the world's largest and now most technologically advanced in the world, featuring 4,488-square-foot HD video screens that together comprise the world’s largest indoor LED video wall, plus more than than 400 comfortable seats and 19 wagering windows, new private booths and the "Ultimate Fan Cave" smoke-free viewing lounge, a new bar, interactive player wagering terminals, and expanded betting menu, and an upgraded VIP section.
• February 4, 2016 11:21 New Vegas History Exhibit at Plaza: Joining ongoing Museum of Gaming History displays downtown at the Mob Museum and El Cortez, today a third exhibit, featuring additional historic and vintage artifacts on loan from members of the Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors' Club (Las Vegas branch) will be unveiled upstairs at the Plaza. Evidently Tamares' recent sale of sports memorabilia from the Las Vegas Club got their vintage-appreciation juices flowing and inspired the collaboration with the Museum of Gaming History project from the CCGTCC, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of gaming history. For more about the Plaza exhibit, currently contracted to be on display for at least a year, check out promotional video.
• February 3, 2016 18:26 Ferrall at the D: ESPN sports-radio host Scott Ferrall is doing his nightly radio show from the Vue Bar at the D through Friday. The show airs from 7 to 11 p.m., and it's easy to get a seat and play the good progressive video poker at the bar. Ferrall will also preside over the D's outdoor Super Bowl viewing party on Sunday.
• February 3, 2016 15:24 René Angélil Tribute to Stream Live Tonight: Celine Dion's tribute to late-husband René Angélil, taking place at Caesars' Colosseum tonight from 7 p.m. PST tonight, will stream live via
• February 3, 2016 13:19 Strip Headliner to Host New TV Show: Jeff Civillico, whose family-friendly Comedy in Action variety act performs at the Flamingo, will later this month begin hosting a weekly entertainment and news show live from The LINQ Promenade in a portable set built from a re-purposed shipping container. "Las Vegas Good News" will shoot in front of a live audience fromn the fountain stage every Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. in a format that Civillico describes as, "Think "Good Morning America" meets "The Tonight Show" meets "The Price Is Right" and at launch will air weekends on Channel 13, as well as in-room throughout all Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment properties and other hotels, including the Palms and Treasure Island, with plans for regional/national distribution if the format is a success.
• February 3, 2016 11:59 QoD Update - Monkey Chips at Hard Rock!: An LVA customer (and chipper!) just informed us that the Hard Rock will also have limited-edition $5-denomination chips in celebration of Chinese New Year, and a call to the casino's cage has confirmed this. Here's the skinny: Like Venetian/Palazzo, the casino will not be offering these chips by request at the cashier's cage ("because that's a violation of Gaming regs") but the chips are due to be released at 10 a.m. specifically on the crap tables. Obviously once the chips are in circulation, they'll filter around the casino onto other gaming tables, but for the best chance of bagging these commemorative collectibles, you'd be advised to be in the crap pit at 10 a.m. Friday.
• February 3, 2016 11:51 Life is Beautiful Returns: Downtown Las Vegas will once again host the three-day music-and-lifestyle festival this fall, with dates confirmed as Sept. 23-25. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will go on sale Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m.
• February 3, 2016 09:46 Boyd Goes Big on Dining: The locals-oriented casino operator has announced that the ongoing upgrade of its Las Vegas and regional properties is to continue, with a further $100 million earmarked for upgrades and renovations, primarily to its dining product, with the addition of 20 new restaurants nationwide. In Las Vegas, an already-accomplished remodel of the Orleans' 1,900 hotel rooms is to be followed by the imminent debut Adler & Birch Cocktails and Fine Dining and the March opening of Ondori Asian Kitchen, with three other new restaurants slated to come online later in the year at a total cost of $30 million. The Gold Coast and Sam's Town will also each receive new eateries, while a major overhaul of downtown's California Hotel continues, with the promise of two new restaurants in addition to major upgrades for the casino and public areas during the course of 2016.
• February 3, 2016 09:38 MGM Resorts to Outsource Valet Parking: It was announced Tuesday that, following news of MGM Resorts' plans for a $90 million parking revamp in Las Vegas, that will see the introduction of paid parking for property guests and visitors, that the group's valet parking services are to be contracted out to company SP+, which operates almost 4,000 parking facilities in North America. MGM's current Strip property valet staff will be retained and their current terms of employment matched, according to the contract.
• February 2, 2016 17:25 Groundhog Deal at Sonic: Cheeseburgers are half-price today at Sonic. We just learned of this Groundhog Day special, but there's still time to take advantage if you're near one of the "participating" restaurants.
• February 2, 2016 17:23 Stratta's Salt & Pepper Shuttered: Alex Stratta's done it again, or rather not, with word (via Eater Vegas) that the reinvention of the chef's Tivoli Village eatery, which started out as Tapas by Alex Stratta and then re-debuted last November as Salt & Pepper, has vanished without warning or trace, both physically and in cyberspace.
• February 2, 2016 14:18 Righteous Brothers Residency?: It's been announced that commencing March 23, legendary singing duo Bill Medley and Bucky Heard will return to the stage at Harrah's Las Vegas, with performances Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. The duration of the show run has yet to be announced, but tickets -- starting at $39, plus taxes/fees -- go on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5.
• February 2, 2016 11:14 And the Bartender of the Year Is ... in Vegas!: Huge congrats to Nectaly Mendoza of Herbs & Rye (3717 W. Sahara) for winning the most-prestigious honor of "Bartender of the Year" in the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Awards. Kudos! Herbs & Rye is also home to "Nectaly's Ribeye" -- one of Sin City's most onerous eating challenges* that comes not with a free t-shirt, but a prize of $200, if you can finish this meal-for-eight in 40 minutes or less. Las Vegas was also honored with the Sports Bar of the Year accolade, which went to Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo.

*Note: We have news of a new gastronomic gauntlet that's being thrown down by a most-unlikely venue. Stay tuned, gros gourmands of the Vegas valley!
• February 2, 2016 10:17 Dancer on a 1-in-16,215 Proposition: "If you draw three cards to a suited 'KQ', which is more likely--a royal flush or a K-high straight flush?" That is the question; for the answer, check out the new  column just posted by our resident video poker pro, Bob Dancer.
• February 2, 2016 10:04 Sharps vs. Squares -- Sports Illustrated Does the Super Bowl: Want the inside scoop on Sunday's "Big Game", from the best parties to the best prop bets? Sports Illustrated just posted an in-depth feature on the Super Bowl, which itself features multiple insights from both Las Vegas Advisor publisher Anthony Curtis and professional sports bettor and LVASports editor Frank B. Anyone with any interest in the action should definitely check it out.
• February 1, 2016 14:50 Beer-Bucket Deal at Arizona Charlie's Boulder: Perhaps this is old news, but we just discovered that Arizona Charlie's Boulder has an ongoing deal for $8 buckets (five bottles) of Bud/Bud Light at all casino bars. Puts the $25-$30 beer-bucket "deals" touted on the Strip into perspective (especially when a "bucket" sometimes = a mere four bottles on the Boulevard).
• February 1, 2016 14:15 Big Game 10K Downtown: It's okay, it's not a lion hunt for Fat Cats on Fremont Street, it's a charity road race for a great cause, sponsored by Downtown Grand and taking place on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7), with ancillary festivities hosted by venues including Downtown Container Park, the Learning Village, Turntable Health, Nacho Daddy, the Gold Spike, and the Bunkhouse Saloon, all culminating in a free Big Game viewing party. There are multiple events, including 5K and 10K races and Kids' Fun Run, with proceeds benefitting the Las Vegas-based Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, which provides disadvantaged children and
kids in crisis with new shoes and socks. Register online before midnight Thursday to avoid escalating entry fees -- get the full lowdown on the official website.
• February 1, 2016 13:07 Crazy Horse III Debuts the 'App' Dance: Evidently, there really is an app for just about everything, with word that topless gentlemen's club Crazy Horse III has teamed up with HBO "sexpert" and AVN Hall of Fame inductee Katie Morgan to launch the club's new mobile tool on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Soon to be available in the Apple Store, the app apparently facilitates making table reservations and ordering the club's complimentary limo service, ordering bottle service packages, browsing dancer profiles, and even booking a hotel room prior to arrival at the venue. Launch-party attendees can take advantage of an open bar from 9 to 11 p.m. and members of the club's loyalty program will be able to reload their diamond dollar member card through the new app.

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• February 1, 2016 10:44 Casting Call Wednesday for New Pool Club at Trop: Perhaps the third time will be a charm for a beach club at the Tropicana, following the failure of the Nikki Beach experiment, which folded after six months back in 2011, and the similar fate of the Bagatelle brand in 2013, as today brings news that new owners Penn National Gaming will introduce an as-yet-unnamed 21+ daylife venue this April, in addition to re-launching DayDream Pool Club at sister property M Resort (we weren't aware that it had gone anywhere, but still...)

As far as the Tropicana's pool offerings are concerned, there will be a casting call Feb. 3 for both the main resort pool, famed for its swim-up blackjack, and for the new party pool, with positions available for lifeguards and supervisors, party pit and swim-up blackjack dealers, security guards, food runners, barbacks, and "model" servers and bartenders (who must audition in swimwear). Interested candidates should apply online in advance at (click on the "careers" link at the bottom of the page); the job fair will take place inside Havana Room from 9 a.m. to noon, with a second session from noon to 5 p.m.

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