Compiled by LVA Research
• November 30, 2015 12:47 Last Call for ArtPop Entries: Today is the final day to submit artwork ideas to the ArtPop project, a collaboration between the City of Las Vegas, Clear Channel Outdoor, and others that aims to promote the work of local artists via vacant billboard space. The judges are looking for thought-provoking and creative concepts that symbolize the energy of Las Vegas -- all styles considered, but no nudity or political/slanderous content, please. Find more info and submit your entry via the official website.
• November 30, 2015 11:20 Strip Gets Sexxy - for One Night Only: We're not sure how/why this is happening but for one night only, this Dec. 11 topless revue Sexxy with Jennifer Romas, currently performing at 7 p.m. in the Westgate's Shimmer Cabaret, will perform at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance start at just $20 (as opposed to the regular $53 GA price); must be 18+.
• November 30, 2015 11:09 High Roller Launches Locals Pricing, Annual Pass: Annual passes are now available for the observation wheel at The LINQ Promenade which, for $79 (adults) covers unlimited standard-rate rides on the attraction for a full calendar year, plus some upgrade options and discounts. In addition, Clark County residents now receive an ongoing discounted ticket rate of $13 day/$18 anytime ride, available for in-person purchase only from any CET Box Office.
• November 30, 2015 10:06 Garth Brooks Announced for New Vegas Arena: The biggest-selling solo artist of all time in the U.S. is bringing his epic three-year world tour to Las Vegas, it's been announced, with a total of four Garth Brooks shows scheduled to take place July 2-4 2016 in* the new Las Vegas Arena, currently under construction behind New York-New York and the Monte Carlo. Brooks' 2015 ticket sales have topped those of any other artist in the world and go on sale for the Las Vegas shows, to take place at 7 p.m. July 2, 7 and 10:30 p.m. July 3, and 5 p.m. on July 4, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, Dec. 11. Unlike the famously fan-friendly performer's previous headlining gigs at Encore, when ticket prices at one point rose to a contentious $253, next year's shows are flat-rate priced at $85 (inclusive of tax/fees), even on Fourth of July; there's a limit of eight per person. For more info visit www.garthvegas.com.
*"In and around" might be more accurate: The cryptic official press release alludes to the shows "taking advantage of the venue's many entertainment spaces, highlighted by the adjacent two-acre Toshiba Plaza," not to mention how the "entire Las Vegas resort community will support Brooks' return through a schedule of specially created promotional events," whatever that may mean. Stay tuned for details, promised to be forthcoming "in the near future."
• November 29, 2015 16:48 SNF Patriots/Broncos: The New England Patriots are -2.5 favorites over the Denver Broncos in tonight's Sunday Night Football game. The total is 42.5.
• November 29, 2015 16:20 Ad Commitments Burdening DraftKings: There are reports that DraftKings' next problem -- as if any DFS company needs a next problem right now -- may be cash-flow related. Despite raising large amounts of funding, the combination of advance ad commitments, reported as being as high as $400 million, and a slowdown in revenue-generation due to the current regulatory uncertainty, may be putting the company in a financial bind. Our new book Fantasy Sports, Real Money contains an in-depth chronology of the rise of the DFS industry, along with extensive how-to-play information. It's expected back from the printer this month.
• November 29, 2015 14:28 New Book for Cosmo: There’s been no official announcement, but joining the Westgate and Red Rock in their recent sports book build-outs will soon be the Cosmopolitan. We’re told that CG Technology (formerly Cantor Gaming), which runs the upstairs book at Cosmo, will open "one of the biggest sports books on the Strip" on the casino’s main floor. Plans call for it to be up and running in time for the Super Bowl.
• November 29, 2015 10:34 Bonus Points at Rampart: Get 5X points on slots and 2X on video poker all day today at Rampart. That's .5% in added return on the casinos good video poker schedules.
• November 28, 2015 15:59 Zuma Coming to Cosmo: The acclaimed Japanese restaurant Zuma, with locations in major international cities such as London and Dubai, along with restaurants in New York and Miami, is coming to the Cosmopolitan. It will move into an unused space on the third floor, but isn't scheduled to take residence till late next year.
• November 28, 2015 13:20 SEXXY at 7: An interesting byproduct of the cancelation of the Cameo residency at Westgate Las Vegas was the moving of the topless show SEXXY to the 7 p.m. time slot. In what's being viewed as an experiment of sorts, SEXXY is the only pure topless revue show to start that early, although Jubilee! at Bally's, which features lots of traditional topless showgirls, also starts at 7.
• November 28, 2015 10:20 T-Mobile Favorite for Arena Name: No announcement has been made, but there's talk that T-Mobile has secured naming rights for the MRI arena behind New York-New York. The Ultimate Fighting Championship was rumored to be candidate, but the smart money is now on T-Mobile. The arena continues to be on track for an April debut.
• November 27, 2015 19:02 Pool Sharks Closing: It's not official, but we hear that Pool Sharks, located on Decatur near Spring Mountain, is closing. With nearly 30 tables, Pool Sharks has been one of the main west-side pool halls since the mid-'80s. Pool-playing action figures to move to Cue-D-'s on Jones, or possibly the Front Row Lounge farther south on Jones or the Dealers Choice Lounge around the corner on Spring Mountain.
• November 27, 2015 16:23 No DFS Decision in NY: A New York judge has declined to make an immediate ruling on whether or not daily fantasy sports companies must cease operations while the New York Attorney General seeks a permanent ban on the activity, leaving the matter in a state of limbo. As of now, FanDuel is not allowing New York residents to play, while DraftKings is. The judge has said that he will make a ruling "very soon." The result in New York is expected to have a huge impact on the future of the DFS industry, though it won't be the last word -- California is considered to be the state with the most DFS participants.
• November 27, 2015 10:26 Oyster Bar at Suncoast: An ad in today's LV Review-Journal announces the opening of Brigg's Oyster Co. at Suncoast. We hadn't heard of it, but assume that it's replaced the casino's former Oyster Bar.
• November 26, 2015 17:12 NFL Thanksgiving Packers/Bears: In the last of today's NFL Thanksgiving games, the Green Bay Packers are -7 favorites over the Chicago Bears. The total is 45.
• November 26, 2015 11:18 NFL Thanksgiving Cowboys/Panthers: In the second of today's three NFL Thanksgiving games, the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers are pick 'em. The total is 44.5.
• November 26, 2015 09:10 NFL Thanksgiving Lions/Eagles: In the first of today's three NFL Thanksgiving games, the Detroit Lions are -3 favorites over the Philadelphia Eagles. The total is 47.
• November 26, 2015 08:58 Happy Thanksgiving: Special Thanksgiving meals are being offered in the buffets and restaurants throughout the city. Get a free apple pie today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam's Town, and Orleans by earning 200 points, which aren't deducted from your account. South Point is awarding 10X points on penny slots, 5X on all other slots, and 2X on video poker. Get 3.3X points on slots and 2X on video poker at all Stations and Fiestas.
• November 25, 2015 14:46 New Life for Evil Dead: The zombie-takeover of the Strip shows no signs of abating, with official word that Las Vegas' only 4-D musical is on the move -- and to a prime-time slot, no less -- in the Tommy Wind Theater. The last show for the 'Army of Darkness' at Planet Hollywood is Nov. 28, reopening in their new abode -- complete with cocktail service and more "intimate" spatter zone -- on Dec. 1, performing nightly Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
• November 25, 2015 10:34 Sinatra Festivities Get ... Festive: As Ole' Blue Eyes' 100th birthday date approaches, suddenly the celebrations are coming thick and fast. An LVA member just alerted us to an upcoming installment of Red Rock's ongoing "In Its Entirety" concert series, which on Friday, Dec. 11 -- his birthday eve -- will feature a complete performance of his seasonal collection, "Sharing the Holidays with Frank Sinatra". Doors at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $19 (plus tax/fees).
• November 25, 2015 10:04 Bob Dancer on Money Laundering and What Happens When Machine Eats Your Ticket: Our resident video poker columnist recently had a new experience, when a video poker machine not only totally ate his $160 ticket but digested it without trace. What happened next? Find out here!
• November 24, 2015 14:38 Another Way to Celebrate Sinatra: The latest Las Vegas entity to cash in on this year's Sinatra Centennial celebrations is veteran tribute show Legends in Concert which, for the first time, is inviting the audience to get interactive with a new "Be the Producer" feature. Accessible via their mobile devices at the start of the show, the new feature will allow audience members to select a song by for Sinatra tribute artist Brian Duprey to perform during the show; future interactive "Be the Producer" contests are promised featuring different legends portrayed in the show and additional song and production elements, too.
• November 24, 2015 14:02 Harsh Winter Weather Hits Nthn. Nevada: It's a nice sunny afternoon here in Las Vegas, but to the north Lake Tahoe is under a winter storm warning and on the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday, thousands of NV Energy customers are without power as a cold front with winds gusting at up to 60 mph (100 mph over ridge tops) envelops the Sierra. The storm warning will remain in effect through 4 a.m. Wednesday, with up to 8 inches of snow forecast at lake level. The Reno area is also under a winter storm advisory through tomorrow afternoon, with up to two inches of snow expected Tuesday afternoon and between four and 10 inches more overnight.
• November 24, 2015 13:35 SkyVue Surrenders - Site for Sale: Las Vegas' other observation wheel project, the one intended by real estate investor Howard Bulloch for the south end of the Strip, has finally thrown in the towel, with Vegas Inc reporting that the the 39-acre site opposite Mandalay Bay intended for SkyVue (and a shopping mall/entertainment complex) is now on the market. Back in 2011, it seemed like Bulloch had a head start on Caesars Entertainment's High Roller and he went as far as purchasing a giant bearing from a defunct Peking Ferris Wheel project and constructing two concrete towers, but the following year funding dried up, work ceased, and the partially built attraction has stood as the south Strip equivalent to Fontainebleau and Echelon and testament to the ambitious dreams scuppered by the Great Recession. You can read about the full saga of SkyVue and its unorthodox promoter in the Question of the Day Archives.
• November 24, 2015 12:38 Rihanna to Bring Anti World to LV Strip: GRAMMY Award-winning platinum artist Rihanna today announced "The Anti World Tour," with guest Travis Scott, and the more than 35 shows in N. America will include a stop at Mandalay Bay on Friday, April 29, 2016. The price for tickets has yet to be announced, but they go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3.
• November 24, 2015 09:44 Stop Shaving!: That's if you want to attend tomorrow's "Whiskers and Whiskey with Jameson" event at Hard Rock Live on the Strip. Those qualified can take part in the "Facial Hair Fashion Show," while everyone can enjoy the appetizers, Irish whiskey-inspired cocktails, and live music. It's all in the interests of raising men's-health awareness and tickets are $30. Doors at 7 p.m.; must be 21+.
• November 23, 2015 16:23 Rooftop Beer Garden for Center Strip: To complement Hofbräuhaus, the existing off-Strip authentic (albeit indoor) Bavarian beer hall and restaurant, and the recent arrival of a beer garden downtown at the Plaza, it's only fitting that the Strip should get in on the action. "Beer Park by Budweiser" will be debuting early next year on the third-story rooftop area above Paris' Hexx and Chateau nightclub venues. The 10,000-square-foot-deck venue will feature an outdoor grill, picnic tables, and more than beers available in 100 draft, can, and bottle form. Towers on each side of the bar will house dozens of high-def TV screens and the menu of "all-American" dishes will all feature a recommended beer pairing, with "concession-style" food offerings to also be available (dim sum-style?) courtesy of roaming carts.
• November 23, 2015 16:12 MNF Patriots/Bills: The New England Patriots are -7 favorites over the Buffalo Bills in tonight's Monday Night Football game. The total is 47.5.
Bars that follow the Bills are Anchor Bar, Johnny Mac’s, Moon Doggies Bar & Grill, Stake Out Bar and Grill, and Time-Out Sports Bar and Grill. No bars currently follow the Patriots.
• November 23, 2015 15:52 Another Vegas Sports Franchise Bites the Dust: With multiple plans for various new sports arenas still failing to make it off the drawing board, a delay in any NHL decision regarding a Las Vegas expansion team, and the demise of the Las Vegas Outlaws AFL team, it's not been such a banner year for Sin City's dreams of becoming a credible player on the sports field; and now comes word that Vegas Sin, the Legends [a.k.a. Lingerie] Football League, will be "suspended" for the 2015 season, "due to poor financial model options with prospective host arenas" and "terrible" fan turnout during the 2015 season (perhaps unsurprising, since the team was obliged to play all its "home" games this year in Ontario...) What the future holds, only time will tell, but apparently there's still hope for a return of the Sin to Sin City, should an appropriate and accommodating arena venue become available.
• November 23, 2015 11:20 More Musical Chairs in Restaurant Land with Temp. Italian-Steakhouse Fusion: In addition to the current merging of J.W. Marriott's Carmel Room with The Rampart's Ceres (see "Today's News" 11/22/15), from Dec. 2 through Dec. 13, South Point will accommodate carnivorous cowboys during the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by temporarily transforming Don Vito's Italian eatery into a "pop-up" extension of the property's Silverado Steakhouse. Both venues will feature the same menu for the duration, with an emphasis on red meat, but with the inclusion of some of the classic Italian dishes ordinarily offered by Don Vito's.
• November 23, 2015 10:49 Iconic Golf Course Will Soon Be Up for Grabs: The historic and storied 18-hole member-owned private golf course at Las Vegas Country Club, on which the FBI landed a plane during its investigation of Country Club resident Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal and which can boast Frank Sinatra, Evel Knievel, and Tony "the Ant" Spilotro among its past members, is about to go on the market, reports the R-J. Reportedly one of only three profitable courses in Las Vegas, the majority of the acreage is protected by deed restrictions that would prevent the course from being converted into anything besides green space, although there are a few less restricted acres in the package that could conceivably be adapted to residential use.
• November 23, 2015 10:32 Cabo Wabo Gets Into Giving Mode with Free Concerts: The Red Rocker's tequila bar in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, known more as a sports bar and home to a giant nacho food challenge, is changing things up with a series of free concerts Tues. The lineup of regular performers includes acclaimed local acoustic guitarist Shawn Eiferman (Tues., Thurs., Sat. 7 p.m.); NBC's "The Voice" finalist Ryan White Maloney (Wednesdays at 7 p.m.); and "electric Filipino pop artist" Rein Garcia, who'll be playing at 7 p.m. on Fridays and noon on Sundays.
• November 23, 2015 10:18 Alibi on the Move: While various problems have dogged interactive walking tour/pub crawl/scavenger hunt/comedy improv/dinner show mashup Alibi Las Vegas, which debuted downtown late last year, the 2.5-hour "theatrical experience" is now relocating to the Strip, reports "Vital Vegas". While some aspects remain a mystery until you embark on the experience, we can reveal that the relaunched Alibi is based somewhere in close proximity to Planet Hollywood - access the official website for more information or to make a reservation (it's $65; must be 21+ as bars are involved).
• November 22, 2015 14:41 SNF Cardinals/Bengals: The Arizona Cardinals are -4 favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals in tonight's Sunday Night Football game. The total is 48.
• November 22, 2015 14:38 Carmel Moves to Ceres: The Carmel Room at Rampart has moved to the Ceres restaurant, where both currently coexist. The old Carmel space will become part of the casino floor with more machines added.
• November 22, 2015 14:03 Books Rocked by Rousey Route: Holly Holm's stunning UFC win over Ronda Rousey last week was bad for the sports books. There was reportedly overwhelming action on Holm -- typical when there's a very big underdog -- who went off anywhere between +600 and +1200, leaving the books in an unbalanced position on Rousey. A line for the rematch has already been made, with Rousey opening as a -400 favorite and being immediately bet down to -300.
• November 22, 2015 12:47 New Bar, Piano Lounge at Mirage: A key piece of the ongoing remodel of the Mirage has finally been completed, with the debut of the Center Bar and Parlor Lounge in the spot formerly occupied by the cashier's cage, casino service lounge, and high-limit slot area. Parlor is an intimate piano lounge (featuring a Steinway grand piano) that's open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tues.-Sat., while Center Bar is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.
• November 22, 2015 09:41 Wynn Buffet Reopening: Right on schedule, the Buffet at Wynn will be back in action on Nov. 23, following a month-long remodel that will see 120 new international dishes added to its repertoire. Note that on Thanksgiving Day, the buffet will offer Holiday Brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by Holiday Dinner from 1 to 10 p.m. Further details and pictures of the new-look venue will apparently be forthcoming very soon.
• November 21, 2015 22:32 Another Sinatra Celebration: Friday's Question of the Day covered all the notable culinary festivities that we're aware of taking place in honor of what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday this Dec. 12, but we just came across a musical tribute that's taking place tomorrow afternoon at the Smith Center. Based on conductor Vincent Falcone's 2005 memoir, Frankly, Just Between Us: My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music, tomorrow's show, which starts at 2 p.m., features both Falcone and long-time Sinatra pianist Frank Laspina, sharing stories and photos/film clips, with renditions of many Sinatra classics. Tickets are $25.
• November 21, 2015 19:38 Alvarez/Cotto Line: In one of the few boxing matches without a fighter named Mayweather that's generating interest, Saul Alvarez is a -320 favorite over Miguel Cotto in tonight's Middleweight Championship fight. The bout is expected to go the distance, with over 11.5 rounds lined at -195.
• November 21, 2015 14:47 Girls Next in Oceans Series: Yet another version of the "Oceans" movie franchise that began with the Rat Pack in Oceans 11 and was resurrected with the George Clooney trilogy is in the works. The big difference is that this time the take-off crew will be all female, led by Sandra Bullock in the Sinatra/Clooney role.
• November 21, 2015 13:45 Gold Mine Party Reminder: Don't forget there's a free shindig at the oldest bar in Henderson tonight, as the Gold Mine Tavern turns 50. See our previous post for all the details.
• November 21, 2015 08:22 Holiday Gift Festival: There's a chance to get some of your Christmas shopping out of the way this weekend, with the annual two-day Holiday Craft & Gift Festival at South Point. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; adult admission is $5 (children 12 and under get in free).
• November 20, 2015 16:39 Cameo: A Non-Event -- It's Official: After many mixed messages over the past few months, but not much else, it's now been officially confirmed that '80s "Word Up" funksters Cameo will NOT be commencing a residency at Westgate Las Vegas. Originally it was announced that the band would be opening October 5; when that date came and went, temporarily all mention of the show vanished from the official resort website, only to be replaced with an update professing a new opening sometime in January, 2016. Today, however, we received an email missive from a Westgate intern instructing us to "Remove Cameo." When we followed up for some clarification, we were told: "We do not have it any more. Please remove it." So we did.
• November 20, 2015 15:57 Smashed Pig on Fremont Street: With a soft opening for dinner tonight from 5:30 p.m., the latest addition to the downtown eating-and-drinking scene is set to debut at 509 E. Fremont Street (next door to the Griffin). Billing itself as an authentic Brit. "gastropub," the venue promises to serve "excellent craft beers" and to bring contemporary pub dining to the neighborhood, with a menu of "exquisite and savory" seasonal dishes.
• November 20, 2015 12:31 Bunkhouse Bounces Back ... Again: Following a checkered recent history, through no fault of its own, downtown's venerable Bunkhouse Saloon is back, with a schedule of upcoming events through early January. Following last night's soft opening, with free gig by City Folk, tonight sees the official reopening event, with the "7th Helping" of Bass Gravy, feat. Bay-area liquid funk sensations Bachelors of Science and a lineup of local drum-and-bass talent. Doors at 9 p.m.; entry's $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after. Tonight's event runs until 3 a.m.
• November 20, 2015 12:01 New World Series Event for Vegas: In addition to the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas has hosted the World Series of Golf (actually that was in Primm), the World Series of Beer Bong, the World Series of Fighting, the World Series of Comedy, the World Series of Chess, and the World Series of Team Roping; in 2016, to this list of credentials the city will be able to add "World Series of Dominoes," with the inaugural event taking place at the Cashman Center Nov. 22-25. The buy-in's $500 (must be 21+), with a guaranteed first place minimum cash prize of $50,000. For more information, and to sign up, visit the official website.
• November 20, 2015 11:08 In (Semi-)Surprise Move, Caesars AC Partners with Uber: Creases are still being ironed out on the Nevada ride-share scene, with new licensing requirements for indie drivers and an unprecedented number of new cabs approved this week in a bid by the Taxicab Authority to better compete with the flood of new Uber/Lyft drivers; in Atlantic City, however, where the casino industry is still struggling, it's a whole different story. In a move aimed at improving the transit experience and increasing visitation, Caesars Entertainment's three A.C. properties have forged a direct partnership with Uber, which will even adapt its app to allow customers to select a specific casino entrance for pickup. The two companies have launched a mutual-promotion campaign, with CET touting the convenience and safety Uber can offer visitors/residents traveling to and from their resorts while, as an introductory incentive, guests staying at Bally's, Harrah's Resort, or Caesars will be offered their first Uber ride – up to a $20 fare – for free. (This perhaps sheds new light on the fact that for its super-secret team-building junket last month, Uber accommodated all 5,000-or-so of its staff at CET properties: Maybe Atlantic City is merely the testing ground for a more wide-reaching partnership between the casino giant and the app?)
• November 19, 2015 19:35 Nevada Ranked Second-Stupidest State: We've ranked highly in previous national lists for dirtiest, badly dressed, most-depressed, most foreclosed-on, most dangerous to pedestrians, and most allergy-inducing state, but now, thanks to the Washington Post, Nevada can add "stupidest" to its dubious list of credentials. According to this survey by the Post, which factored in average IQ, 2015 SAT scores, 2015 ACT scores, and the percentage of college graduates, Nevada limps in at #49 in the nation, behind only Hawaii. (Iowa, by contrast, actually ranked #8, with Massachusetts claiming the top spot).
• November 19, 2015 16:43 TNF Titans/Jaguars: The Jacksonville Jaguars are -3 favorites over the Tennessee Titans in tonight's Thursday Night Football game. The total is 41.5.
• November 19, 2015 15:52 Historic Henderson Watering Hole Hits Milestone: Henderson's aptly named Gold Mine Tavern, located on downtown's Water Street and a fave among local Boomers and the biker community, is (as many among its regular clientele have already) turning 50 and is makring its golden anniversary with a party this Saturday, Nov. 21. From 7 p.m., the oldest bar in Henderson will feature live music from Coin Slot and Forget to Remember, plus '60s-inspired cocktail specials, PBR specials and samplings from local craft breweries, food trucks, an Apple Watch giveaway, and a raffle with a chance to win your very own shot machine or Fireball mini-fridge.
• November 19, 2015 15:27 Reindeer at Palazzo: While Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Garden remains in "harvest fesitival" mode through Nov. 27, Palazzo's Waterfall Atrium & Gardens has already been transformed into a winter wonderland, with giant suspended snowflakes, a herd of hand-made golden manzanita reindeer above three holiday filigree trees and a family of hand-made golden manzanita reindeer, and a floral explosion of red poinsettias, silver bush, lambs ear, ferns, glitter birch trees, and more, on display through the first week of January 2016.
• November 19, 2015 12:30 Lucky Dragon Not So Lucky: Although construction is well underway at the off-the-Strip boutique Asian-themed hotel-casino project, work could soon stop if the developers can't secure some additional required funding, and fast, reports Vegas Inc. To-date, $60 million of the $139 million project has been funded by foreign investors, plus an additional $24 million in equity from its developers, but a promised $30 million in development financing from a bank is conditional upon raising another $25 million in overseas investment, just as the Chinese economy is slowing markedly, or else by securing some form of "material credit enhancement." Any hopes of the latter appeared to be dashed Wednesday as Las Vegas City Council members outright rejected a controversial request from the Lucky Dragon's developers for a subsidy from the city's Redevelopment Agency to help complete the project. The almost unanimous vote was a victory for the existing-casino lobby, whose representatives argued strongly that this new competitor should not receive public funding. The nine-story hotel tower has already been topped off and if (and it sounds like a big "IF") the crucial completion funding can be raised, the developers see the property being open for business in August; if not, there could be a mini-Fontainebleu/Echelon/SkyVue in the making to the north of the Strip.
• November 19, 2015 11:56 Dotty's Casino Halved (Now Just 'Dot'): We made up the name abbreviation, but in the ongoing controversy surrounding the proliferation of slot-parlor chains, a symbolic blow has been struck against market leader Dotty's, with Las Vegas City Council members this week approving only half a gaming license for the company's location at Hualapai and Sahara, granting permission for a mere seven slots out of the 15 machines applied for. Area casinos are among the powerful opponents of the Dotty's model, arguing that the so-called "taverns" are breaking the rules by earning a majority of their income from gaming, when it should be an "incidental" revenue stream only under the terms of a tavern license, and also setting up in strip malls located within residential communities.
• November 19, 2015 10:55 Some SLS Locals Deals: This December 1-14, members of SLS Las Vegas' loyalty program THE CODE will receive 50% off at all restaurants, casino bars, and Ciel Spa (CODE card and valid Nevada I.D. required and some restrictions apply). And today's Thursday, which means it's the ongoing all-day locals happy hour at the north Strip resort, with $5 wine, beer, well drinks, and select specialty cocktails from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (premium-liquor upgrades available for $1–$2 more. CODE card and valid Nevada I.D. required).
• November 18, 2015 15:27 Celebrity Chef Update: TV for One, Beard for the Other: No, Giada di Laurentiis does not have a hormone problem, but the Emmy Award winner and author will be serving dishes from her eponymous restaurant at The Cromwell at her first official and sold-out dinner at New York's revered Beard House next Tuesday. In other news, celebrated local restaurant entrepreneur Elizabeth Blau will be among the guest judges for three shows in the new series of CNBC's "Restaurant Startup" which begins airing early next year. The series is co-hosted/judged by chef and restaurateur Tim Love with Joe Bastianich, the other 'B' in Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante at Venetian and an exec. producer of the show.
• November 18, 2015 12:49 NY Times on Strip Real Estate Resurgence: Wednesday's New York Times carries an in-depth overview in the "Commercial Real Estate" section examining how property on the Strip is heating up once more, with developers suddenly springing back into action up and down Las Vegas Boulevard, after the protracted hiatus of the Great Recession and its aftermath.
• November 18, 2015 11:53 ONJ Renews Again: What started out late last spring as a "mini-residency" for Olivia Newton-John at the Flamingo has now morphed into a real residency, with word today that the oft-extended Summer Nights production has now been renewed, with additional dates announced through through Dec. 3, 2016. An official pre-sale for Total Rewards members and official Olivia Newton-John and Flamingo Las Vegas Facebook fans commenced nine minutes ago and runs through 10 p.m. tomorrow night; tix go on sale to the public on Friday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m.
• November 18, 2015 11:52 TI 'Mall' Transforming to Marvel Mecca: In a strange development, the giant (40,000-square-foot!) three-story "retail" complex that Treasure Island constructed on the spot where Pirates Cove and its buccaneering shows once wowed the Strip masses has a new destiny. Since debuting earlier this year, the complex has had one sole ground-floor tenant, in the shape of a 12,000-square-foot CVS pharmacy-cum-grocery store. While early discussions apparently centered on ideas including one or more restaurants and/or a car showroom for the space, for months it has remained vacant. But not for much longer, apparently, with the bizarre announcement that TI's owner Phil Ruffin has forged a deal with Victory Hill Exhibitions, which plans to turn the second and third floors into an "interactive, theme park-like experience" by creating self-guided attractions based on giant characters from Marvel Comics’ The Avengers and Hasbro’s Transformers. The new 50-minute combined experience is expected to be open by March and a ticket fee will be charged, although the number has yet to be announced.
• November 18, 2015 10:26 Rascal Flatts Pre-Sale: Talking of ticket pre-sales, there's one underway right now for Rascal Flatts' returning mini-residency at the Hard Rock, first announced at the start of this week. Rascal Flatts Rhythm & Roots will perform nine shows in The Joint on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights commencing Feb. 17 and running through March 5. While tickets, which start at $39.95 (plus fees), don't go on sale to the general public until Friday, but you can score your spot right now by using super-secret pre-sale code HRHRASCAL.
• November 18, 2015 10:20 Pre-Latin GRAMMY Bash at Chateau Canceled: It's been less than a week since it was first announced that Paris' Chateau Nightclub would be hosting a Latin GRAMMYs pre-party tonight, with a special guest performance by popular Latin Group Mi Stereo. If you were hoping to hit it, sorry -- the event has been cancelled (no explanation given).
• November 17, 2015 16:50 Celebrity Poker Tourney at Harrah's Las Vegas: If you have a spare $500 burning a hole in your pocket and are free on Nov. 21, you can consider playing in Harrah's $150,000 Live Your Passion Celebrity Poker Tournament. A partnership between Caesars Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, this second annual event presents an opportunity to play poker against some popular TV personalities while raising funds for the Lili Claire Foundation. Celebs slated to take part include: Kathy Najimy ("VEEP");
Shari Belafonte ("Hotel"); Wallace Langham ("CSI"); Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"); Joshua Malina ("Scandal"); and Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), who happened to make it to Day 3 of the 2015 World Series of Poker and, hence, is not to be underestimated. Visit the official website for more info. or to sign up.
• November 17, 2015 14:24 FREE Celebrity Lip-Sync Throw-down at SLS Tonight: Tonight The Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas hosts a unique one-night show to benefit Shade Tree's Noah’s Animal House, which since 2007 has been providing provide safety, shelter, and support for the pets of victims of domestic abuse. Drop the Mic – The Las Vegas Entertainment Industry Lip Sync Throw-down kicks off with a pre-show party at 10:30 p.m., followed by the 70-minute Drop the Mic show and an after-party through 2 a.m. The event is free to the public (21+) on a first come, first served basis and will feature talent including members of The Chippendales, Jen Romas and the cast of Sexxy, Jeff Civillico, Geechy Guy, Frankie Scinta, Murray Sawchuck and Lefty, Jan Rouven, and others who will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges including Robin Leach, Pia Zadora, Melody Sweets, Anthony Cools, Johnny Kats, and Adrian Zmed, who'll assess the contestants on their lip-syncing skills, dance moves, and overall presentation. It should be a fun night and it's for a great cause.
• November 17, 2015 12:48 Fantasy Furor Continues in NY as Injunction Paper Filed: Now that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed court papers seeking an injunction to stop DraftKings and FanDuel from continued operation in the state, the two leading DFS operators actually have something to appeal (see Monday's coverage in this column). Meanwhile, for an amusing but also succinct and erudite overview of the whole Daily Fantasy Sports fiasco, check out John Oliver on Last Week Tonight.
• November 17, 2015 09:57 Bob Dancer on How NOT To Do It: By "it" the video poker pro is referring to player vs. casino diplomacy and how being smart will almost certainly take you a lot further than being a smartass. Check out this week's exclusive column for some wise words on etiquette -- it should be a matter of common sense, but empirical evidence would strongly suggests otherwise.
• November 17, 2015 09:48 New (Old) Name for Ski Resort: What debuted in 1963 as "Lee Canyon," but since 2003 has officially been known by the less picturesque name of "Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort," has reverted to its original moniker in time for the opening of the 2015 season (which will be sometime in early December, depending on snowfall). The resort is currently in the middle of a huge expansion project which, when it's completed, will have added 50 new trails and 10 new lifts to the facility, but the current management has decided that ID-wise, it was time to get back to their roots and the name by which many long-time locals have continued to refer to the resort.
• November 16, 2015 16:59 MNF Bengals/Texans: The Cincinnati Bengals are -10 favorites over the Houston Texans in tonight's Monday Night Football game. The total is 46.5.
• November 16, 2015 16:26 NY Judge Denies DFS Operators' Requested Restraining Order - at Least for Now: On the grounds that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has merely issued cease-and-desist letters expressing his contention that daily fantasy sports is illegal in that state, but that no move had yet been taken to formally outlaw DFS or its operators, on Monday a New York judge rejected separate requests from DraftKings and FanDuel to issue temporary restraining orders blocking Schneiderman, on the grounds that until the AG's office actually makes moves to prevent the companies from doing business, he couldn’t issue an order to stop such action. The two DFS operators were ordered to return to court Nov. 25.
• November 16, 2015 16:06 New Casino Bug Problems: We're referring neither to the "bed" variety, nor to the "FBI wire-tap" variety, but instead to the plague of flying insects that continue to plague the small Nevada casino center and its tourist Riverwalk, turning Laughlin into "Mothlin." Only recently (11/06/2-15) did Question of the Day tackle the topic of hotel bed bugs once again, with side reference to the separate issue of this year's Burning Man stink bug infestation, and now we learn that due to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to cease stocking the Colorado River with trout, there's been unforeseen fallout in the form of a an explosion in the caddisfly population. The problem of twice-daily (morning and dusk) insect swarms is hurting both indoor and outdoor tourist pursuits, including the casino biz, and is necessitating some urgent and costly trout purchasing in order to restock the river ASAP with the caddisfly's main predator. Check out today's State of Nevada show on KNRP for more information.
• November 16, 2015 15:27 Marriott Now Biggest Hotel Operator in Known Universe: With the official announcement Monday that Marriott has agreed to purchase Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, for a total of $12.2 billion in cash and stock, the world’s largest hotel company has been born, with a combined total of 5,500 owned or franchised hotels, and 1.1 million rooms, worldwide. Whether there will be any implications for Las Vegas remains to be seen, but note that Starwood owns brands including Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis, and the W, which only last week announced a new partnership with SLS Las Vegas.
• November 16, 2015 15:19 Crawl for a Cause: On Nov. 25, the night before Thanksgiving (which, apparently, is the "best bar night of the year," and who are we to argue?), there's a fundraising bar crawl taking place at a half-dozen LINQ venues. During the "Royal Crawl," six participating venues anticipate hosting 1,000+ crawlers, using a special mobile app to score four free drinks at four of the bars, while also playing the built-in poker game for a shot to win some of the $5K in prizes from The LINQ venues, plus a complimentary ride on the High Roller. Advance tix are $25 and a portion of proceeds will go to benefit Three Square Food Bank, which has lots of hungry mouths to feed this holiday season.
• November 16, 2015 11:30 Ethnic Confusion on Flamingo: There have been some changes afoot on the dining scene, with what was previously confusingly (and briefly) a Chinese (not Japanese) restaurant called Edamame having now transitioned, equally confusingly, to another Chinese (not Indian) restaurant called Mala, serving hot and spicy Szechuan cuisine. The location at 5570 W. Flamingo is one of those "troubled" spots that has seen numerous prior bars and restaurants fail, but fingers crossed this one will make it.
In other Asian-food news, the former HK Star (3400 S. Jones), which we liked when we lunched there but which subsequently ran afoul of the Health Dept., is now reincarnated as Imperial One, still specializing in Chinese cuisine.
• November 16, 2015 11:15 Eiffel Tower, LV Supports Red Cross, Fr.: Through the end of today, $10 from each ticket* sale for the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris, Las Vegas, will be donated to the French Red Cross. (*Regular pricing is $14 by day/$19 by night for adults, with a $1 discount for Total Rewards members.)
• November 16, 2015 09:54 Albertson's Makes a Comeback; Sprouts Expands: Following a "great supermarket massacre" that saw all area Fresh & Easy, Food 4 Less, and Haggen Stores close in recent times, while Smith's took over a number of fellow Kroger-family Food 4 Less locations, today comes news that Albertson's is reclaiming three of the four stores that it sold earlier this year to Haggen, in addition to a former Vons store that had been purchased by the group. Sprouts Farmers Market, which originally took over two Sunflower Markets and has since expanded to five area locations, is also to take over a former Vons venue located at 7530 W. Lake Mead Blvd., giving the brand its first presence in the northwest valley.
• November 16, 2015 09:50 Watch Out for Wind: There's an ongoing wind advisory in effect until 10 p.m. tonight, so make sure your garbage is secured and take care on the roads. The good news is that as of Tuesday, the wind will die down and temperatures should rise by a few degrees and continue on that trajectory through the rest of the week.
• November 15, 2015 18:54 No Airport Connection for the Monorail: Don’t expect the monorail to be extended to the airport anytime soon according to monorail officials, who say the economics don’t work. The necessity of running part of the route between MGM Grand and McCarran underground would put the cost at $500 million and require about 25% of all airport customers to use the service, which isn't considered feasible. The more likely next step would be from MGM to Mandalay Bay.
• November 15, 2015 14:30 SNF Cardinals/Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks are -3 favorites over the Arizona Cardinals in tonight's Sunday Night Football game. The total is 43.5.
• November 15, 2015 14:19 Drones at the Western: The long-shuttered downtown dive will open its doors for the first time since 2012 on Sunday, when the former Western casino will host the inaugural Xtreme Drone Circuit (XDC) First Person View (FPV) drone racing event, from noon to 6 p.m., with dozens of drone racing through a specially designed course for prizes of up to $2,500. The excitement taking place inside the building at 899 E. Fremont Street will be shared with outside viewers courtesy of some solar-powered LED video screens, we understand.
• November 15, 2015 09:51 Sunday Funday 22 Poker Tournament at Noon: Registration is now open for our "Sunday Funday 22" poker tournament. Play begins at noon PST/3 p.m. EST today. Prizes are $100 for first; a suite of three of our top poker books for second; Full LVA membership for third, and prizes for all final-table contestants, including books and gift cards. There's also a "bubble" prize for 10th place. See the entire prize pool and register to play at the LVA Casino (once signed in, click on "Poker Tournaments" and register for Tourney ID 9910). 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.
• November 15, 2015 09:41 Marathon Nuptials: As part of today's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon festivities, the Monte Carlo will host a mass Run Thru Wedding, as 156 couples tie the knot, or renew their vows, at Monte Carlo’s BLVD Plaza at approx. 5:40 p.m. A tradition now in its 10th year, the event will include couples from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Germany, and Brazil will partake in the annual tradition.
• November 14, 2015 18:07 UFC Rousey/Holm: Ronda Rousey is a big -1200 favorite over Holly Holm in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Joanna Jedrzejczyk is a bigger -1750 over Valerie Letourneau.
• November 14, 2015 11:47 Sunday Funday Free Poker Tourney Tomorrow: Reserve some time tomorrow to play in our 22nd Sunday Funday online poker tournament. First place gets $100 and everyone at the final table will win prizes. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. EST/noon PST. It's completely free to play, with registration beginning two hours before the tournament at the LVA Casino.
• November 14, 2015 10:52 New Concert Venue at SLS: The former Life nightclub at SLS will become a live-event venue called Foundry Hall. The 1,800-seat theater will be open by the end of December and will book concerts and comedy acts.
• November 14, 2015 08:44 Rock 'n' Run Reminder: There are Rock 'n' Roll Marathon events taking place both today and tomorrow, at various locations up and down the Strip. Check out Friday's Question of the Day answer in the QoD Archives for comprehensive information about what's happening when, and where, especially in terms of road closures, which will be the most extensive for any Las Vegas event (yes, it's bigger than New Year!)
• November 13, 2015 18:24 Las Vegas Eiffel Tower Goes Dark to Honor Parisian Dead: With reports of more than 150 dead in a series of what were reportedly coordinated terrorist attacks on various sites around the French capital, including in the national soccer stadium where a match was in progress against Germany, and at the Bataclan concert venue, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas will remain dark for the remainder of Friday night to honor those killed and wounded.
• November 13, 2015 15:17 Bunkhouse Back in Biz: Almost four months since the venerable downtown dive bar and live-music venue closed again -- not long after it had been re-opened, and re-closed -- by Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project enterprise, as of tonight the Bunkhouse Saloon rides again, with a roster featuring Zach Ryan, Evan Johnson, and Paige Overton. The revamped venue will also feature a new eatery named Bite, serving "fun bar food" from 5 p.m. nightly.
• November 13, 2015 11:58 The Lowdown on the Marathon, Road Closures, Etc: Check out today's Question of the Day for the scoop on this weekend's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon events (of which there are several) and how they will impact Strip traffic (in a nutshell, it's not good, so plan your route in advance if you don't want to get stuck).
• November 13, 2015 11:51 New Local Game Show Seeks 'Talent': "Paid by the Second" is the concept behind a new talent-based game show that's seeking male and female contestants aged 18+ from the Los Angeles and Las Vegas areas. The producers and casting agency are looking for extroverts who possess some amazing or bizarre skill -- just as long as it's entertaining -- and successful participants get paid by the second, up to a max of three minutes of airtime. Local auditions are today and tomorrow, so sign up and submit your talent tape ASAP!
• November 13, 2015 09:42 How to Avoid Getting ID'd: "You want to look like you're going to a casino not to have fun, but because you're a degenerate. I think the ideal look when going into the casino is to look tired, unshaven, and miserable, like you don't even want to be there. Casino personnel, especially pit bosses, love that look; it relaxes them." That's just one among myriad pieces of advice from James Grosjean in his latest post at Beyond Numbers, in which this acknowledged master of hiding in plain sight shares some professional tips about how to stay under security's radar.
• November 13, 2015 09:32 Christmas Comes Early: Santa arrives at Town Square this evening at 7 p.m., accompanied by the Nevada Ballet Theater, with a tree-lighting ceremony and flurries of "real" snow. As of Saturday, photo ops with Mr Claus will be available, plus there will be more snow, regular concerts, and more. The holiday drive-thru light show at Las Vegas Motor Speedway also kicks off tonight; it's $20 per carload to drive the 2.5 mile course. Meanwhile, the cacti have already been illuminated at Ethel M's Chocolate Factory in Henderson, with free admission from 5 to 10 p.m., plus performances by local choirs and visits from Santa Fri-Sun, from 5 to 9 p.m..
• November 12, 2015 16:55 TNF Jets/Bills: The NY Jets are -2.5 favorites over the Buffalo Bills in tonight's Thursday Night Football game. The total is 41.5.
• November 12, 2015 15:09 DFS, Skill or Chance? The Debate Gets Serious: Justin Gowker today posted an interesting overview for LegalSportsReport.com of the current state of play in the turbulent world of daily fantasy sports. Here are a couple of quotes:
"the investigation found that both companies consistently use deceptive advertising to lure consumers into an unregulated online gambling operation that, while marketed as a game that anyone can win, in fact distributes the vast majority of winnings to a small subset of experienced, highly sophisticated players. These winners constitute roughly 1% of all players on the two sites." (New York AG Eric Scheiderman)
"It appears that Schneiderman is mounting a defense against his own position. If a small minority of experienced, highly sophisticated players are winning guaranteed prize pools, then it should lead to the conclusion that skill heavily dominates over chance." (Univ. of Florida Professor of Sports Law/Forbes contributor Darren Heitner)
• November 12, 2015 14:43 Get Wild (& Scenic) on Friday 13th: On Friday, Nov. 13, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival fundraising event at the Clark County Theater, with various food trucks in attendance to feed the hungry and beers courtesy of downtown's Banger Brewing. Admission's $12 and the film program kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
• November 12, 2015 14:32 Las Vegas This Weekend: With beer, bands, brawling, and bras all on the menu, it's a typical weekend in Sin City. Below are some of the highlights; for complete listings see our searchable Event listings.
- There's a diverse line-up at the Hard Rock, with kickboxing (11/13), boxing (11/14), and the Rock Star Beer & Music Festival (11/14)
- Diana Ross returns to the Venetian (11/13-14)
- Comedians Wayne Brady & Daniel Tosh are back at the Mirage (11/13-14)
- Whoopi Goldberg's next door at Treasure Island (11/13)
- Deadheads can catch Grateful Dead Tribute Catfish John at the Brooklyn Bowl (11/14), with Motionless in White and The Devil Wears Prada taking center stage the following evening (11/15)
- For one night only, catch La Semesienta (topless Mexican Cinderella adaptation) at the Westgate Las Vegas (11/13)
- Godsmack plays The Pearl at the Palms (11/14)
- Mayday Parade take over Hard Rock Live (11/15)
- Village People invade Las Vegas at the
Y.M.C.A.Golden Nugget (11/13-14)
- It's "Guitars & Country Stars" at Silverton (11/14)
- South Point continues to host the Las Vegas National Horse Show (thru 11/15), with Chubby Checker also performing (11/13-15)
- It's Richard Cheese & Lounge Against Machine at Sunset Station (11/13)
- The Commodores (minus Lionel) play Eastside Cannery (11/14)
- Suncoast hosts the official Blues Brothers Revue (11/14-15)
- And Sam's Town hosts Adal Ramones - Tour Monologos (11/15)
• November 12, 2015 12:38 Pig-Eating Contest at Palms: On November 14, from 5-10 p.m., ten chefs from around the Las Vegas valley will compete in Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival's Extreme Bacon Bite Challenge for the chance to win a prize package worth $4,000. The event, which will take place inside the former Rain nightclub venue, is open to the public and will also offer bacon from Berkwood Farms, bacon-inspired bites prepared by participating chefs, an Elvis-costume competition, a bacon-infused wedding ceremony by the United Church of Bacon, EDM, and more.
• November 12, 2015 12:31 Readers Weigh in on 'Comp' Question of the Day: As expected (and hoped) we've been receiving some email feedback from readers to the new Question of the Day, in which the "Queen of Comps" Jean Scott discusses the merits/demerits of earning comps at machines vs with table game play. Today's reader query was specific to Caesars properties, but feel free to email us with comparable experiences you've had at MGM Resorts, Station Casinos, Boyd properties, etc. (QofDayAThuntingtonpressDOTcom).
• November 12, 2015 11:17 'America's Got Talent' Wants YOU: Season 11 of the hit reality show is to hold open-call auditions in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 6. The fifth stop on the latest quest for the nation's hidden talent, the event is being hosted at The LINQ Hotel and Casino; those interested should register in advance online at AGTAuditions.com (where you'll also find details of how to audition online, if you're unable to make it to any of the live events).
• November 11, 2015 16:10 Stratta Scraps Small Plates Concept for Southern Comfort Cooking: Out with his Tivoli Tapas concept, just a half-year after it debuted, with confirmation from chef Alex Stratta that the westside location will now become home to Salt & Pepper, with a makeover commencing this weekend. Teaming once more with Louis Kirkland of db Brasserie and Marche Bacchus, Stratta notes his partner's "extensive background in Southern style cooking" in a conversation with "Eater Vegas", explaining how he hopes the new restaurant will cater better to the taste and pockets of local clientele, with appetizers for $10 and under and entrees -- like chicken 'n shrimp jambalaya or BBQ pork ribs -- all under $20.
• November 11, 2015 14:22 Florida Politicians Back Daily Fantasy: Just as New York moves to ban daily fantasy sports, two prominent Republican Florida lawmakers have rushed to the defense of DFS, with Sen. Joe Negron and Rep. Matt Gaetz asking legislators to pass a bill that would exempt fantasy sports from the state’s gambling laws and making it clear that betting on fantasy sports is legal. "I don’t think we want to criminalize that kind of activity," stated Negron Tuesday night, while in a statement Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said: "I have played fantasy football since I was a freshman in high school, and I have never felt the need for protection from the government."
• November 11, 2015 12:54 Ruffin Revealed as (a) Mirage Mystery Bidder: Although back in July industry insiders pegged Starwood Capital as the alleged buyer of the Mirage resort on the Las Vegas Strip, according to neighboring Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin, he also put in a $1.3 billion offer for the MGM Resorts property in October. Ruffin claims his bid was politely rejected shortly before the company's REIT plan was announced.
• November 11, 2015 12:00 Fontainebleau for Sale: It's been a busy week or two for the derelict north-Strip property, but following a long and deafening silence on the Fontainebleau front, the unfinished resort is once again hitting the headlines following news that it's being listed by commercial real estate firm CBRE -- the same company that's also currently listing a 57-acre undeveloped plot south of the Strip, owned by Station Casinos, for $40 million. Fontainebleau owner Carl Icahn, who purchased the bankrupt project five years ago, is apparently looking for approximately $650 million for the property, according to the Wall Street Journal, with CBRE putting a sales spin on its incomplete state as providing "flexibility" to any potential future owner.
• November 11, 2015 08:49 McKeehen Wins WSOP Championship: Joe McKeehen, a 24-year-old professional player from Pennsylvania, is poker's new World Champion after winning the World Series of Poker's Main Event last night and the $7.7 million first prize. McKeehen began the final table with the chip lead and never relinquished it, the first to do so since Jonathan Duhamel in 2010. On the final hand, McKeehen had A-10 against runner-up Josh Beckley's pair of 4s and caught a 10 on the flop, which held up. Beckley got $4.5 million and third-place finisher Neil Blumenfield took down $3.4 million. The 24-year-old McKeehen is the eighth consecutive Main Event winner to be in his 20s.
• November 10, 2015 18:06 NY Attorney General Bans DFS: In letters sent Tuesday to leading daily fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman instructed the companies to stop taking players in that state on the grounds that their contests constitute illegal gambling and are essentially games of chance, rather than skill. FanDuel responded accusing Schneiderman of seeking press attention and claiming that its games are legal, a matter currently being deliberated by New Jersey gaming regulators, whose ruling is expected to have wide-ranging implications for the future of the DFS business and its operators.
• November 10, 2015 16:29 Veterans Day in Vegas 2015: The annual Veterans Day Parade takes place downtown from 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, with the main reviewing stand located at 4th and Ogden. Click for an interactive 2015 Parade Route Map. Other events include the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center Car Show & BBQ from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. which will include live entertainment plus services including flu shots, blood pressure screenings for registered vets, and more. The event is family-friendly and free to all to attend. Hard Rock Cafe at the Hard Rock Hotel is also hosting a free Vettes for Vets car show today, with 15% off their check (with valid ID) to active members of the military and veterans. Then on Saturday, Nov. 14, the third annual Salute the Troops Concert takes place on Fremont Street's 1st Street Stage from 7:30 p.m.
Notable Food & Drink Freebies (and More) for Vets on Wednesday:
- Enjoy a complimentary buffet meal at any Station/Fiesta property, and at Aliante Hotel + Casino and South Point.
- Members of El Cortez players club receive free White Castles from noon to 6 p.m. today while playing.
- All active duty military and veterans can receive a complimentary drink (including margaritas and beer) at Red Rock's Mercadito.
- BLT Burger at the Mirage is offering 50% off for parties of 2 or less (25% for parties of 3 or more) and BLT Steak at Bally's is offering 25% off the check for all parties on Veterans Day.
- Tribute show Legends in Concert at the Flamingo is offering free tickets for the 9:30 p.m. show on Wednesday with a valid military ID, while admission to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is free through Nov. 15. There are discounts to be had for "CSI: The Experience" at MGM Grand and for Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef exhibit, too.
- From 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, participating Westgate resorts -- including Las Vegas, for the first time -- will be giving away 2,500 free three-day vacations to the first eligible service members who complete the military appreciation form that will be posted at www.westgatedestinations.com/thankyoumilitary.
• November 10, 2015 10:25 Should You Be a Gambler?: Answer Bob Dancer's eight-point questionnaire -- honestly -- and you will have the answer! (It's not even a comprehensive check list, but it's more than enough to address the question Bob poses in this week's column.)
• November 10, 2015 09:39 eSports Party at Downtown Grand: The term 'gaming' won't be a euphemism this Nov. 21-22, when Downtown Grand hosts the official live Las Vegas viewing party (21+) for Intel Extreme Masters (IEM), the annual international contest for the top players of "Counter Strike" and "League of Legends". The two-day event will take place in the Fremont Room, with a giant projection screening of the live competition, with Cosplay hostesses from the Summoner’s Café, surprise guests, giveaways, a junk-food buffet, from 2-6 p.m. Tickets start at $20/day. (There will also be an all-ages viewing party at The Commissary Market & Café on property for $10/person.)
• November 10, 2015 08:06 Poker Champ Crowned Today: The World Series of Poker Main Event champion will be decided today. The chip leader continues to be Joe McKeehen, who's in a commanding position with 128,825,000. Neil Blumenfield is second with 40,125,000 and Josh Beckley has 23,700,000. Original plans were for play to begin heads-up today, but they may have been altered due to McKeehen's big lead, which would put the match in danger of an instant finish with only two players. Tom Cannuli finished in 6th, Ofer Zvi Stern was 5th, and Max Steinberg was 4th. Play begins today at 6 p.m. PST and will be broadcast on ESPN beginning at 6:30 p.m.
• November 9, 2015 16:36 MNF Bears/Chargers: The San Diego Chargers are -3.5 favorites over the Chicago Bears in tonight's Monday Night Football game. The total is 49.5.
Bars that follow the Bears are A Slice of Chicago, Brando’s Sports Bar, Inn Zone (S. Rainbow), Inn Zone (St Rose Pkwy.), La Piazza, Rosati’s Pizza (S. Rainbow), Shuck’s Tavern (N. Durango), Timbers Bar & Grill (W. Cheyenne), and Windy City Beefs N Pizza. Bars that follow the Chargers are Shooters Bar & Grill, Surf City Bar & Grill, and Timbers Bar & Grill (N. Gibson).
• November 9, 2015 15:26 Yet ANOTHER Vegas Eating Challenge: This one will bring the current total number of eating challenges around the valley, according to our reckoning, to just a couple shy of 30, but the new Epic Unholy Huevos Rancheros Challenge from Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is only available for a limited time, so tackle it while you can. Weighing in at approximately five pounds, this 12-inch diameter, six-in tall breakfast tortilla monster includes a dozen eggs, plus chorizo, black beans, cotija cheese, avocado tomatillo sauce, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, avocado lime sauce, and bacon and, if you can finish the whole shebang in 30 minutes, it's on the house. Fail/wuss-out, and it's $45. For the complete (and epic) list of other gastronomic gauntlets that have been thrown down by Las Vegas eateries, check out the Question of the Day Archives (10/15/14).
• November 9, 2015 14:13 Good Buffet-Comp Opportunity: Check out Jean Scott's latest post at Frugal Vegas for the lowdown on how to score a complimentary buffet meal at either the Rio's Carnival World, or Planet Hollywood's Spice Market Buffet, now through the end of the year (just be sure to pay heed to her cautionary reminder).
• November 9, 2015 14:07 Britney Reschedules December Date: Due to a scheduling conflict (we're not sure whether with the artist or The Axis venue at Planet Hollywood), the performance of Britney Spears' Piece of Me that had been due to take place Dec. 26 has been postponed until Dec. 28. Automatic ticket transfers to the new show are available, as are full refunds from the original point of purchase.
• November 9, 2015 11:02 Mini-Residency for Billy Idol at HoB: Next Spring will see former punk bad boy Billy Idol headlining at House of Blues, with a mini-residency that will see him play a dozen gigs at the venue inside Mandalay Bay from March 16 through May 14, 2016. Tickets for Billy Idol: Forever start at $79.50 (plus taxes and fees) and go on sale this Friday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m.
• November 9, 2015 10:54 Fashion Show Facelift Continues: It's been a year since a 22,000-square-foot Strip-side addition -- or "new front door" -- was announced for Fashion Show Mall. Designed to accommodate five new dining spaces, Fashion Show Plaza has already debuted a new Kona Grill location, with more eateries, plus a half-dozen new free-standing retail spaces and a big expansion (via a relocation upstairs) for clothing store Zara, all also in the works. To-date, only the $1.5 million Kona Grill location has opened restaurant-wise, but this week its joined by Luke's Lobster Vegas, which aims to bring "a touch of Maine" to the Las Vegas Strip, courtesy of its lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls, chowders, and bisques. Luke's is one of the more casual dining additions coming to the new plaza, which will also be home to the new "Cloud Bar." According to PR Plus, the whole project is on track for completion before the end of this month, although end-of-year was the last official estimate we saw.
• November 9, 2015 10:25 SLS Tower to Transition to a W: Following news last week that SLS Las Vegas' relationship with Hilton Worldwide had come to an end, comes an official announcement that the 289-room tower at the boutique north-Strip resort, currently operating under the 'SLS LUX' brand, is to be managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts as a 'W Hotel' - Las Vegas' first, after some abortive past attempts. The transformation will involve a complete conversion of the rooms and public areas, with W Las Vegas currently expected to debut sometime in Q3 2016; it will join four other Starwood-operated hotels in the valley. According to the terms of the agreement, SLS Las Vegas will become part of Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio, launched earlier this year, and of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, although the other two hotel towers, along with the casino, restaurants, and nightlife venues, will remain under the purview of SLS Las Vegas' COO Scott Kreeger.
• November 9, 2015 07:42 McKeehen Extends Lead: With six players left, Joe McKeehen has extended his lead in the World Series of Poker Main Event. McKeehen has nearly half the chips, with 97,450,000, followed by Ofer Zvi Stern with 32,400,000 and Neil Blumenfield with 31,500,000. Patrick Chan, Federico Butteroni, and Pierre Neuville have been eliminated.
• November 8, 2015 21:52 Two Out in WSOP Final: Patrick Chan finished 9th and Federico Butteroni is out in 8th on the WSOP Main Event final table. Joe McKeehen retains the chip lead with 77,375,000 and Pierre Neuville is the short stack with 4,800,000.
• November 8, 2015 17:11 SNF Eagles/Cowboys: The Philadelphia Eagles are -3 favorites over the Dallas Cowboys in tonight's Sunday Night Football game. The total is 51.
If you want to sweat with Anthony Curtis and Frank B, they'll advance to the Final Four in the Golden Nugget's "Friday Football Showdown" (see 11/6 post in this space) with a win tonight. They have the Eagles -2.5. Regardless of the result, they're on the right side of the line, natch!
• November 8, 2015 14:22 WSOP Final Table: Play on the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event begins today at 5 p.m. at the Rio. First prize is $7.6 million and the champion will be decided on Tuesday. Today's action will be televised beginning at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.
• November 8, 2015 10:46 Freeway Closure Tonight: Northbound U.S. Highway 95 near Henderson will be closed tonight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The late hour scheduling shouldn't result in significant delays; however, traffic will be detoured from the freeway.
• November 8, 2015 09:43 Herringbone Opening Announced: The next big restaurant at Aria, Herringbone, has announced that it will open on Dec. 28. The restaurant will feature an "ocean-to-table concept," including a daily "Oyster Hour."
• November 7, 2015 19:58 UFC Belfort/Henderson: Vitor Belfort is a -315 favorite over Dan Henderson in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Glover Teixeira is -450 over Patrick Cummins.
• November 7, 2015 15:16 New Strip-side Dining Plaza for Fashion Show: Details remain scant, but the first tenant of a new Strip-side grab-and-go-style dining plaza at Fashion Show Mall has been confirmed as being Luke's Lobster Vegas, which will commence serving lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls, plus chowders and bisques, any day now (the first official press shindig is on Tuesday, Nov. 10). We've been promised more details about this mysterious new venue early next week, but additional tasty bites for weary shoppers are in the pipeline -- of this much we have officially been assured, so stay tuned to this column on Monday!
• November 7, 2015 10:44 Last Hurrah for Tryst: Tonight (well, more accurately, at some point in the wee hours tomorrow) will see the finale of a final three-day party at Wynn's Tryst nightclub, which will then be shuttered for some months pending a complete remodel, and rebirth, as a brand-new nightclub concept dubbed Intrigue.
• November 7, 2015 07:48 FREE Museum Admission: This weekend marks another opportunity to enjoy the Bank of America-sponsored "Museums on Us" promo, which grants free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide (upon presentation of your BoA or Merrill Lynch credit/debit card, plus valid photo ID). The number of participating attractions in Nevada seems to diminish with each event, we note, but this time around still included are Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Discovery Children's Museum, and Las Vegas Natural History Museum, details for all of which can be located in the Activities section of our Las Vegas Visitor Guide.
• November 6, 2015 13:50 Casinos Being Sold All Over the Place: Starting closest to home, the Nevada Gaming Control Board has granted a preliminary green light for the purchase of Henderson's diminutive Club Fortune by Nevada Gold, a $15.4 million deal (in cash and shares) first announced back in May, with the final decision to be rendered Nov. 19. If approved, it will -- ironically -- give the Nevada Gold brand its first casino in the state of Nevada (it currently operates nine in Washington, plus a slot route in South Dakota).
Further north, Gaming regulators unanimously approved the purchase by Eldorado Resorts of Circus Circus Reno, for $72.5 million, and of MGM Resorts' remaining half of the Silver Legacy, cementing the latter's total exit from the Reno gaming market. The move puts Eldorado in control of almost a third of Reno's hotel inventory but the GCB stated that it does not consider this a monopoly scenario.
Meanwhile on the East Coast, Atlantic City's shuttered Showboat should, in theory, gain a new owner on Monday; however that transaction is mired in legal spaghetti, over which rival developer Glenn Straub has been sprinkling some of his special Parmigiano Revelgiano. For the full picture, check out this recent synopsis courtesy of the Press of Atlantic City, but in a nutshell, the property is subject to two conflicting covenants, one of which requires the site to continue operating as a casino, and another which expressly forbids this. In addition, while Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein is supposedly excited to close on his purchase of the property from Stockton University, Revel owner Glenn Straub continues to claim that he has first dibs on the Showboat, thanks to an earlier (uncompleted) deal and furthermore expects the property to supply power to his utility-challenged luxury skyscraper. Discussions of the tight-lipped and behind-closed-doors variety remain ongoing between the (multiple) vested interests.
• November 6, 2015 13:44 New Home, New Show for Jabbawockeez: Dance crew Jabbawockeez, which rose to prominence after winning MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" talent show and has been resident on the Strip since 2010, has now returned to its original home at MGM Grand and and is marking the occasion with a new show, JREAMZ, the third revamp since debuting with PRiSM, which subsequently transitioned to MÜS.I.C.
The family-friendly production performs Thurs-Mon. at 7 p.m. (with additional 9:30 p.m. shows on select nights) in the same theater as Beacher's Madhouse and while tickets officially start at $64, significant discounts are available.
• November 6, 2015 12:02 Root for Team LVASports on Today's Friday Football Showdown!: It's the next-biggest football contest after Westgate's SuperContest, featuring the biggest buy-in in town, and LVASports has made it to the final eight of the "Friday Football Showdown" staged by the Golden Nugget, which will now be decided by head-to-head play. Our team has proven to be a powerful double act thus far, with the combined expertise of veteran tournament player Anthony Curtis and sports-betting pro Frank B, so tune in at 2 p.m. to "Las Vegas Sportsline" on ESPN Radio (1100 AM) for this week's match up.
• November 6, 2015 10:19 SLS and Hilton Part Ways: In what is probably to be considered another blow to the troubled north-Strip property (although both sides are claiming the decision was mutual), as of Nov. 4 SLS Las Vegas abruptly ceased to be a part of Hilton Worldwide's prestigious "Curio" collection of affiliated properties, reports Vegas Inc.. The split came to light only via chat forum flyertalk.com, where several Hilton Worldwide customers posted that they had attempted to book a room at the boutique Las Vegas property only to be told that the resort was no longer affiliated with Hilton and, hence, their reservation could not be honored nor would HHonors program points be accepted at (or awarded by) SLS, effective immediately. (We note, however, that as of this writing Hilton had yet to update its own website to reflect this and still lists SLS as part of the Hilton Honors program, along with other Las Vegas Strip hotels including the Tropicana, Elara, and Hilton Grand Vacations both at the Flamingo and on the Strip, plus various off-Strip properties). SLS had been the sole Las Vegas member of Hilton's elite Curio collection, which to-date includes less than 20 properties worldwide, the majority being in N. America. The hotel remains part of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection, however, along with Wynn, Red Rock, and Green Valley Ranch.
• November 5, 2015 17:03 Paid Parking - the LVA Opinion Survey: It's time to vent! Or not... Share your thoughts about the concept of paying for parking on the Strip in our new Reader Poll.
• November 5, 2015 16:49 TNF Bengals/Browns: The Cincinnati Bengals are -13 favorites over the Cleveland Browns in tonight's Thursday Night Football game. The total is 45.5.
• November 5, 2015 11:39 National Donut Day - Again: Not that we're complaining, although we were a little confused until we verified that indeed there was already a "National Donut Day" on June 5. (Evidently, donuts are just so good they "Day'd them twice.") To score a freebie, just head on over to your nearest Dunkin' Donuts location (there are six in the Las Vegas Valley, mainly sprinkled on the west side), purchase a beverage of your choice, and they'll hand you a complimentary donut. Sweet.
• November 5, 2015 11:38 Las Vegas This Weekend: There's much afoot downtown, plus some big names on the Strip, and off. Here are some of the highlights; for the full rundown, check out our Event Calendar
- The Smith Center welcomes Clint Holmes, with Earl Turner, in the Cabaret Jazz Theater (11/6-8), plus A Balanchine Celebration: From Tchaikovsky to Rodgers & Hart to Gershwin in Reynolds Hall (11/7-8)
- It's the penultimate First Friday arts-and-culture celebration of the year in and around the downtown Arts District (11/6)
- The Golden Nugget features Foghat (11/6)
- Downtown Las Vegas Events Center continues its campaign to bring boxing to the masses with "Time 2 Shine: Les Sherrington vs Antoine Douglas" (11/6)
- Tankcsapda is center stage at Backstage Bar & Billiards (11/6), followed-up by LVCH Punk Rock Reunion Gig #3 (11/7)
- The Soul Train Awards will take place at the Orleans (11/6), while the Soul Train Weekend Concert with R Kelley and special guest Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds is at Mandalay Bay Events Center (11/7)
- Diana Ross is back at the Venetian (11/6-7)
- The Dandy Warhols are center stage at Brooklyn Bowl (11/6), followed by Moon Taxi (11/8)
- Hard Rock brings us "Soulfly - We Sold Our Souls to Metal Tour" at Vinyl (11/6), while Smash Magazine presents "Viva Ska Vegas 2015," with Hub City Stompers (11/7)
- South Point continues to host the 2015 Indian National Finals Rodeo (thru 11/7), while there's also comedy from Jay Mohr (11/6-7)
- Sunset Station hosts "The Voice" season seven champion Craig Wayne Boyd (11/6)
- Bottles for Barks animal-shelter fundraiser features a "Schnapp's for Spots" theme out at Lake Las Vegas Resort (11/7)
- Suncoast brings funnyman Lavell Crawford into the spotlight (11/7-8), plus there's the Women's Holiday Expo (11/7)
- Los Lobos will perform at the Henderson Pavilion (11/7)
- Green Valley Ranch welcomes "Stealin' Chicago -- a Tribute" (11/7)
- Paul Revere's Raiders are at the Cannery (11/7)
- And Town Square hosts One Run 2015 (11/7)
• November 5, 2015 10:34 Hockey on Hold: Hopes that a decision might be forthcoming before the end of the year from the NHL as to whether Las Vegas is to be awarded an expansion team look to be dashed, following word from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly that the issue is still being discussed. "Expansion will not be voted on in December" wrote deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an email to the Las Vegas Review-Journal this year, meaning that Bill Foley and the Maloofs (the team leading the "Vegas Wants Hockey" campaign) and Quebec City, which is also angling for a team, will have to wait until the New Year for an answer.
• November 4, 2015 16:33 Rock to Rio?: No, this post is not about any future "Rock in Rio" music fest, but rather about the (unconfirmed) rumor, courtesy of @JohnnyKats (who we trust), that Rock of Ages will likely be relocating from Venetian to the Rio early in 2016. The only question now remaining, from our* point of view, is: "Will it be playing in the venue currently known as Village Seafood Buffet, or in the spot that formerly housed Martorano's?" (*Note: We are joking, obviously.)
• November 4, 2015 16:24 It's Another 'Lose One' on the Italian-Restaurant Front: Martorano's is out at the Rio, but still has its newer venue at Paris.
• November 4, 2015 15:25 Cameo Makes a Comeback; Cinderella Loses Her Bra: Just when we thought it was all over for the "Word Up" guys, Westgate Las Vegas has updated its entertainment section and it appears that Cameo will now be debuting sometime in January, with balcony seats now available for the knock-down bargain price of $79 (which at least is inclusive of taxes and fees). Meanwhile, for one night only this Nov. 13, the off-Strip resort will host La Semesienta, a Mexican adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, in which the heroine loses not a shoe, but her bra. The official blurb notes that "the dancing in the show is not traditional, but an exotic table dance with topless mild nudity." Hence, admission (which starts at $40), is for those 18+ only. We can't wait!
• November 4, 2015 12:36 More Craziness from Glenn Straub: The eccentric realtor who purchased Atlantic City's Revel Resort had become our go-to person for off-the-wall amusement but all has been disappointingly quiet on the Straub front since he announced last summer that it was giant kamikaze seagulls that were to blame for smashing the resort's windows and littering the site with crabs: "You folks have got some giant seagulls here — some of them look like they're 60 pounds," he said, back in August.
Today, however, LVA's casino-business blog, Stiffs & Georges, reports that Revel's owner has yet another new plan for the derelict building (which he's previously considered converting into a university for geniuses, an equestrian center, an indoor water park, and a futuristic health clinic). According to the latest announcement, Glenn Straub would like to use the 47-story skyscraper as a hostel for Syrian refugees -- until he can come up with a better idea or a buyer for the ill-fated $2.4 billion resort (for which Straub paid just $82 million back in April). It's a proposal that does not seem to be meeting with much support, judging by some of the comments posted to the report by the Press of Atlantic City, which include: "Someone please medicate Glen [sic] Straub ... Quickly"; "This guy went from possibly being a big help to the city straight to being a fruit cake. He is bat crap nuts if he thinks this will fly"; and "And the Syrians said...'Ahhh, thanks but no thanks.'"
• November 4, 2015 12:34 Another Interesting Re-Purposing of Defunct Casino: First we learned of how the former Riviera building was being used as a training ground for SWAT teams and the FBI; now comes word that the shuttered Western Casino downtown is to host "the world's first competitive drone race through a former hotel-casino" (some PR hype which, in this instance, we can fully believe is accurate -- unless the Secret Service clandestinely raced some drones through the Riv, that is). Having done nothing with the historic casino since it was shuttered back in 2012 the owner -- Tony Hsieh's Las Vegas Downtown Project -- has apparently finally found a use for the building and is partnering with others to launch the Xtreme Drone Circuit (XDC), a league "dedicated to the exciting, high-adrenaline sport of First Person View (FPV) drone racing." The inaugural event is scheduled to take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, and will feature dozens of racing drones "flying at fantastic speeds through a specially designed course" for prizes of up to $2,500. It sounds as if the public will be able to watch the events taking place inside the building at 899 E. Fremont Street courtesy of some solar-powered LED video screens.
• November 4, 2015 12:20 Some Action at Alon Site: While a whole lot of nothing seems to have been going on at the Resorts World site since ground was finally broken back in May, some minimal activity has been spotted at the Alon site to the south, reports Vegas Inc.. While the owners of the site plan to remain mum until the new year, apparently, when they will deign to speak with the media, for the time being there's some surveying and cleaning in progress at the site of the former New Frontier, following the granting of various permits last month by Clark County commissioners (click the link for a slideshow).
• November 4, 2015 11:25 Online Poker Site to Fold: On Nov. 12 Poker Heaven, an online poker site that's been operating for a decade, will shut down, reports PocketFives.com. Citing "increased market regulation across Europe and other environmental factors" as the reasons why it's closing, PokerHeaven.com announced via its website that players will be able to withdraw their funds from the Cashier until Nov. 19, after which any players with outstanding balances will need to email email@example.com with their account details; the site is encouraging all players "to withdraw prior to 19 November to ensure the quickest withdrawal times possible." Players are also advised to use any tournament tickets they have prior to Nov. 12, when they will expire. Apparently, Poker Heaven's loyalty program ended on Nov. 1 and all outstanding loyalty-program payments have already been made.
• November 4, 2015 10:46 Bob Dancer on When a Mistake is a Mistake (and When it Isn't): "The great American philosopher Lawrence Peter Berra --- better known as Yogi --- used the phrase 'we made too many wrong mistakes' to describe a particularly hapless game his New York Mets had just played ... I don't have any idea of the difference between a 'right mistake' and a 'wrong mistake,' but I decided to 'borrow' it for this column." So begins this week's article by video poker pro Bob Dancer, who goes on to apply the concept to his gambling game of choice and examine some of the mistakes players make, what those errors cost them, and how to avoid making them.
• November 4, 2015 10:45 Long-term Deal for Boyz II Men: The GRAMMY Award-winning R&B vocal group that's been performing at the Mirage since April 2014 can now consider themselves a pretty permanent fixture, with today's announcement that the band has inked a three-year contract in the Terry Fator Theater. The previous extension had seen Boyz II Men performing through the end of this year, but now the first set of dates for 2016 have been released, with shows on select weekends starting Feb. 26-28 and running through June 10-12. Tickets start at $39.99 (plus tax/fees) and go on sale this Thursday at 10 a.m.
• November 3, 2015 18:41 What Type of Gambler Are YOU?: Our current Reader Poll ends at midnight tonight, so get your vote in now! Tomorrow, we launch a new survey -- and it's sure to press some buttons!
• November 3, 2015 16:07 MGM Resorts Websites Down: We're currently experiencing "timed-out" errors on all MGM Resorts Las Vegas websites. We'll keep you posted if there's a major problem; hopefully it's just down to some major server upgrade or somesuch, and nothing more drastic or sinister...
• November 3, 2015 14:25 It's a (W)rap for Fountainebleau: Obviously, the project itself has been kaput for years, but now as with Las Vegas Sands' St Regis Residencies (on the right, with its "million-dollar tarp") and the (since-abandoned) plan to put Echelon Place/Resorts World literally "under wraps," the LV R-J is reporting that owner Carl Icahn may be forced by Clark County commissioners to place a giant "cosmetic wrap" over the abandoned and rusting Strip resort, recently described (*somewhat anachronistically) by Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani as "a mini-Beirut on the north end of the Strip." (*Beirut today looks like this, and not as pictured here almost a decade ago. A case of right concept, wrong war zone, Commissioner Giunchigliani, unless she was referring specifically to the Fountainebleu-like blue-glass Sama Beirut skyscraper, but we're pretty sure that project has actually been completed now...)
• November 3, 2015 12:00 Not Even a Cameo for Cameo at Westgate?: The long-promised residency for '80s funksters Cameo, slated to kick off at the Westgate Las Vegas at some point in October and which when last we checked actually had performance times and (insanely expensive) ticket prices, has now quietly vanished altogether from the official website (we suspect perhaps when the Entertainment Department came to realize that the band only has one song, which makes for a pretty short set?) Should the show gets reinstated, we'll let you know.
• November 3, 2015 11:03 National Sandwich Day in Las Vegas: We wrote in this column yesterday about the promo being run by Capriotti's today, with the chance to win free subs for a year. Other offers and happenings we've since learned of include:
- The launch today of a limited-time-only Sweet Black Pepper Bacon Breakfast Sandwich by Dunkin' Donuts. The sweet-and-savory combo features an egg, a slice of American cheese, and four strips of bacon coated in a brown-sugar-and-black-pepper seasoning. It's also available as a Wake-Up Wrap.
- Follow @portofsubs_lv on Twitter today (if you aren't already stalking them) for details of times and locations of where to score a coupon for a free sandwich.
- Rival chain Subway is running a "Buy One, Give One" promo giving customers who purchase any 6-inch or Footlong Sub, plus a 30 oz. drink, the chance to "pay it forward" and treat a friend.
- At downtown's El Cortez, enjoy any option from the "Nation's Best Sandwiches" portion of the menu at Siegel’s 1941 for $5 (comes with fries, chips, or coleslaw).
If we come across any other notable offers, we'll let you know.
• November 3, 2015 10:51 CET Pulls Out of Ohio: Having earlier this year sold its minority stakes in the Horseshoe Cleveland, Horseshoe Cincinnati, and the ThistleDown Racetrack casino properties to Detroit-based Rock Gaming, Caesars Entertainment has announced that it will now pull out of the Ohio gaming market altogether by handing over operations to its former partner (with whom CET still has an ongoing relationship at Horseshoe Baltimore, at least for the time being). The consequences of this move will include the removal of the famous 'Horseshoe' name and, for players, the transition of existing Total Rewards points to Rock's own loyalty program, since the properties will no longer be associated with CET in any shape or form.
• November 2, 2015 17:38 Italian Restaurants - Win One, Lose One: While it's been announced that the latest in a long line of changes on the dining scene at Westgate Las Vegas will be the arrival of a new "fine-dining" concept, Fresco Italiano, on November 9. The new restaurant will offer "hearty Italian favorites served family-style" on a nightly basis as on next Monday.
Meanwhile, further to the recent news that TV chef Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho concept will open a second restaurant early next year, to be located inside the Rio, comes word from various LVA readers who've recently stayed at the Rio, is that the word on the ground is that Fieri's new project will take over the space currently occupied by veteran and popular (although we confess, we never understood why) Italian seafood restaurant Búzios. The latter will be closing right after NFR week, if the rumors we've heard are correct.
• November 2, 2015 16:54 MNF Panthers/Colts: The Carolina Panthers are -5 favorites over the Indianapolis Colts in tonight's Monday Night Football game. The total is 45.5.
• November 2, 2015 10:46 Capriotti's Offering Free Sandwiches for a Year: In honor of National Sandwich Day November 3, tomorrow Capriotti's is running a contest offering free subs for a year for the lucky random winner who orders on Nov. 3 using the CAPAddicts app, which rewards sandwich fans with loyalty points towards future free sandwiches, plus birthday surprises and other random giveaways, such as this one. Note: To qualify to use the app, you must be both a bona fide human being i.e., no corporations, LLCs, trusts (or dogs/extraterrestrials, presumably) and be aged 13 or older.
• November 2, 2015 10:34 Wind Advisory in Effect, Cold Snap Coming: In southern Clark County, plus parts of Mohave County in Arizona, a wind advisory has been issued and will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Monday. High winds are expected in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and snowfall on Mt. Charleston is possible. Evidently, there's a cold front headed our way (and fast!), with temperatures predicted to drop to the high 50s or low 60s on the Las Vegas Valley floor beginning Tuesday and likely remaining at those levels for the next few days.
• November 2, 2015 09:56 Blackjack Standoff in Florida: Following the expiration of a five-year deal that allowed blackjack (and other card games) to be dealt in the Seminole Tribe of Florida's casinos (in contrast to the stricter regulations applied to dog and horse-racing tracks, which may only offer poker), state gambling regulators on Friday filed a federal lawsuit, contending that the games are now illegal and must be shut down immediately. This follows the expiration of a grace period that should have seen banked card games phased out starting last summer, after the two sides failed to reach mutually acceptable terms. However, the Seminole Tribe, which among other casinos operates the Hard Rock properties in Tampa and Hollywood that are the subject of the current controversy, disagrees, however: On Monday, a counter suit was filed by the tribe, accusing the state of not negotiating in good faith and arguing that the tables can stay on account of Florida regulators having violated the original deal by permitting South Florida race tracks to offer electronic versions of the same card games.
• November 2, 2015 09:21 November Casino Promos Posted at Frugal Vegas: Jean Scott has posted her monthly round-up of the best off-Strip casino promotions, with the spotlight on Boyd this month, with news that the "Be Loyal to the Royal" promo will be ongoing for a third straight month, plus Orleans and Gold Coast have now teamed up to offer a mutual/reciprocal all-day buffet pass, much like the one that operates between Excalibur and Luxor. (Previously, as we covered in a recent Question of the Day dedicated to the subject, Orleans was lone amount Coast properties to offer an all-day pass. Check the QoD Archives for details on all the other properties around town that offer a similar deal, whether by themselves or group-wide.
• November 1, 2015 15:57 SNF Broncos/Packers: The Denver Broncos are -2.5 favorites over the Green Bay Packers in tonight's Sunday Night Football game. The total is 46.
• November 1, 2015 15:55 World Series Game 5 Line: The New York Mets are -140 favorites over the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the baseball World Series. The total is 7.
• November 1, 2015 11:21 Irish Pubs Get More Irish: The three Sean Patrick's Pub & Grills in town are making moves to become more pub-like. Irish food specialties have been added to the menu, several Irish beers are available, and all have pool and shuffleboard tables. They're also airing all English Premier League soccer games.
• November 1, 2015 08:34 Change Your Clocks: Don't forget to move your clocks back one hour for the end of daylight savings time. Relax, you have an extra hour to get your NFL bets in today.
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- The Smith Center welcomes Clint Holmes, with Earl Turner, in the Cabaret Jazz Theater (11/6-8), plus A Balanchine Celebration: From Tchaikovsky to Rodgers & Hart to Gershwin in Reynolds Hall (11/7-8)