Compiled by LVA Research
• October 8, 2015 10:28 FanDuel Bans All Employees from DFS Play: As the whole Daily Fantasy Sports furor continues to unfold, on Wednesday key operator FanDuel, one of whose contests is at the core of the current scandal, announced that it will permanently ban all members of its staff from playing any daily fantasy sports for money. FanDuel is also launching an internal probe into possible impropriety, following reports that an employee of rival DFS site DraftKings may have won a FanDuel contest using proprietary information available to him as an employee of the competitor for which he works, but which had equal applicability to both. In its press release, FanDuel states it's found no evidence, to date, that its contest was in any way compromised, but is proactively implementing the ban in order to restore any loss of public confidence in the integrity of the site and DFS contests in general. The office of New York’s attorney general is also demanding both sites turn over details of any internal investigations in order for it to conduct its own independent probe.
• October 8, 2015 07:46 MLB Division Series Lines: In baseball's 5-game Division Championship series', the Toronto Blue Jays are -260 favorites over the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals are -130 over the Houston Astros in the American League, with both Game 1s played today. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers are -180 over the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs are pick 'em, with both Game 1s played tomorrow.
• October 7, 2015 16:16 Downtown Vegas Gets a Dose of 'Reality': Obviously we use the term with just a hint of irony, since by "reality," we refer to the parallel universe that is MTV's the "Real World" which, as confirmed late last month by Vital Vegas, is now on-location at its new host property, downtown's now non-gaming Gold Spike and its Oasis at Gold Spike hotel. For exclusive photos of the first "stars" of the show acclimating to their new digs, check out local Twitter account @TotesMcGotes.
• October 7, 2015 15:59 Gay Rodeo Finals Come to South Point: For the first time, the Arena and Equestrian Center at South Point is to host the International Gay Rodeo Association’s World Gay Rodeo Finals, which have relocated from their former host town of Fort Worth, Texas. The action takes place this weekend, with events both Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11, featuring the top 20 point-earning LGBT cowboys and cowgirls competing for the coveted title of "2015 WGRF Champions." While some of the more "standard" events include calf and team roping, horse barrel racing, flag racing, and bull, bronc, and steer riding, as the name suggests, this ain't your grandma's rodeo, and some of the more colorful "extras" include "steer decorating," "goat dressing," and the "wild drag race" in which a team of three try to get a fully costumed "drag" queen mounted on the back of a bucking steer -- which sounds right up there with Silverton's infamous Banana Derby event of 2010.
Tickets for the various Gay Rodeo events this weekend are available on the South Point Arena website and start at $20.
• October 7, 2015 15:58 NL Wild Card Line: The Chicago Cubs are -130 favorites over the Pittsburgh Pirates in tonight’s MLB National League Wild Card playoff game. The total is 5.5.
• October 7, 2015 15:52 More Dates for Celine, Santana: Two of Las Vegas' most popular and prominent headliners are extending their commitment to Sin City, with news that Celine Dion, who recently returned to Caesars' Colosseum, has added an additional 23 performances to her residency, with shows running from Feb. 23 to June 4 next year (tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.)
Similarly, the legendary Carlos Santana will continue to perform his Greatest Hits Live show at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues well into 2016, with tickets for dates from Jan. 27 through May 29 also going on sale this Friday.
• October 7, 2015 11:01 Fantasy Faux Pas: News organizations are abuzz over a situation involving a DraftKings employee who may have used proprietary information to win $350K in a daily fantasy sports contest at rival FanDuel. It's bringing comparisons to "insider trading" in the stock market and may portend changes in the way fantasy sports are internally policed, as well as increase the chances that regulation of some type will be imposed on the DFS industry. Based on what's now known, our take is that there's likely been an overreaction to the relationship between whatever "leak" occurred and the big win, but the negative ramifications for the DFS industry based on perception alone could be significant.
• October 7, 2015 10:43 Betting Deal in Mesquite: The sports books at Casablanca and Virgin River in Mesquite are dealing -105 for football on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to midnight. That means you have to bet $105 to win $100, as opposed to the standard $110/$100. The -105 is for sides and totals. Westgate continues its -105 promotion on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to close, but for sides only (no totals).
• October 6, 2015 20:46 Uber: The Poll - Vote Now!: Following some unexpected and somewhat bizarre recent happenings, if you haven't yet voted in our current Reader Poll you may now find you have more of an opinion, or something you'd care to express, so jump in while you still can 'cos voting closes at midnight!
• October 6, 2015 17:40 Sam Nazarian Calls it Quits at SLS: It comes as no great surprise, not least in light of the recent sale of his Las Vegas home, that R-J gaming columnist Howard Stutz today reported that Sam Nazarian is to sell his 10 percent stake in SLS Las Vegas to Stockbridge Capital Partners, which already owns the other 90 percent. While no financial figures have been disclosed, it was announced Tuesday that under the terms of the deal, Nazarian's SBE Entertainment will be paid a licensing fee for continued use of the SLS name and those of the property's remaining venues that are under its ownership. Still, expect further changes down the line, with a spokesman for Stockbridge pointedly remarking upon how the new scenario will "give the SLS Las Vegas flexibility to introduce new brands or restaurants from time-to-time to further improve guest experience and strengthen financial performance."
Operations-wise, the official departure of Nazarian is unlikely to cause many ripples, since he's been obligated to maintain a totally hands-off role at the struggling north-Strip property, following revelations during his casino-licensing investigation concerning drug and alcohol abuse, not to mention some dubious prior business associations.
• October 6, 2015 16:41 AL Wild Card Line: The Houston Astros and New York Yankees are pick ’em in tonight’s MLB American League Wild Card playoff game. The total is 7.
• October 6, 2015 16:01 Professional Gamblers - Good Husband Material, or Not So Much?: That depends on a lot of factors and constitutes the focus of Bob Dancer's new column (which, while making a lot of sense, will probably make any applicable bachelors out there happy in the knowledge Bob has no kids, making it unlikely that they'll ever be on the receiving end of his "potential-father-in-law" interrogative technique). Hypothetical scenarios aside, at their core Bob's probing questions are really about cutting through any self-deception or naivety and establishing whether a self-styled pro a) genuinely has the requisite skill set and discipline to be profitable over the long haul and b) has a realistic shot at being able to pursue their chosen career path indefinitely, which again can depend on an array of factors that Bob touches on. (He does not, we note, venture into more subjective areas, like where this potential beau may rank on the nerd scale, but we concur that that's a matter better determined by the potential bride.)
• October 6, 2015 15:39 Rudner Doubles Up at Red Rock: Due to popular demand (and tix half the price of her previous long-running gigs on the Strip), comedian Rita Rudner has added a second date to her already-confirmed Oct. 16 show in Red Rock's new Comedy Rocks series, for which she is the debut artist. Rudner will now perform 8 p.m. shows Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17, with both performances hosted by Carla Rea of KKLZ's "Morning Show," and tickets priced at $25 and $35.
• October 6, 2015 13:40 Rock 'n Roll Marathon Time: You have a little over a month to get in shape for this year's Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and 1/2 Marathon events, both of which kick off, late afternoon on Nov. 15 from Mandalay Bay. Plus, this year sees the return of 2014's inaugural 5K event, sponsored by SLS Las Vegas, with the addition this year of a new 10K run. The former begins and ends at Las Vegas Festival Grounds (opposite SLS), while the latter begins in the same vicinity, with its finishing line at the Mirage.
Registration's currently running (no pun intended) at $75 for the 5K or $85 for its new big-brother event, while both the marathon and half-marathon carry a $165 price tag -- but note that all four events are likely to sell out and that entry fees are liable to increase.
In addition to all the running, there's a full line-up of events Nov. 12 through 15, including a three-day free-to-attend Health & Fitness Expo, with 80 "lifestyle" exhibitors offering everything from free health-food samples, to showcasing the latest in sports apparel, plus concerts from headliners including Kid Rock and live entertainment the length of the course to spur you on to the finish line.
• October 5, 2015 18:12 Wine Amplified Goes Big for 10th Anniversary: This Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10, Rock ‘n Roll Wine will present the tenth annual Wine Amplified Festival, this year hosted by MGM Resorts' Las Vegas Village (on the Strip, across from the Luxor), with the "Rock 'n Roll" component featuring performances by Panic! at the Disco, 50 Cent, Sublime with Rome, Passion Pit, and many others, plus more than 150 wines from 60+ wineries available to try, both "by the taste" and "by the glass." For the non-wino music lover, there will also be a craft-beer garden, specialty cocktails, and "popup" festival venues including a New Amsterdam Speakeasy, the rave & barrel room, and restaurant row. One-day GA tix start at $59 -- find more details about the whole event on the official website.
• October 5, 2015 16:12 MNF Seahawks/Lions: The Seattle Seahawks are -10 favorites over the Detroit Lions in tonight's Monday Night Football game. The total is 42.5.
Seahawks bars are Scooter’s Pub, Timbers Bar & Grill (W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy.), Crown & Anchor (Spring Mountain), and
Old School Brewing Company. Lions bars are Cheers Bar and Crowbar (W. Flamingo Rd.). The hometown specialties tonight in Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo will be baby arugula with toasted garlic crostini's ($15) for Seattle and Coney Island hot dogs ($9) for Detroit.
• October 5, 2015 15:19 Run Curtailed for Sinatra-Tribute Show: Originally slated to run at the Palazzo from Jan. 24 toApril 30, only, but later extended through the end of the year, FRANK: The Man, the Music, the extravagant Sinatra tribute starring Bob Anderson and a 32-piece orchestra, is now closing Nov. 28, reports John Katsilometes in the Las Vegas Sun, meaning it won't quite make it to celebrate Ol' Blue Eyes' 100th birthday on Dec. 12, as Anderson had hoped. He's now looking for investors, with hopes of either transferring the show to Broadway or else taking the show on the road for a national tour, according to "The Kats Report."
• October 5, 2015 14:21 Tryst Readies for Grand Farewell: As reported back in early September, despite making #18 on the 2015 Top 100 list of biggest revenue-producing nightclubs in the U.S., Tryst at Wynn is gearing up for trio of "Final Affair" parties the weekend of Nov. 5-7, before closing for what's expected to be a six-month remodel. Visit the official website for more details or to purchase tix.
• October 5, 2015 11:23 Uber Revealed as Host of Secret Vegas Parties: Controversial ride-share service Uber, which currently operates in cities across more than 60 countries worldwide, has been revealed as the host of multiple private parties that took place in Las Vegas last week, culminating (we assume, although we have read no confirmation of this) in a private concert by Beyonce at the Palms Pool. What the U.K.'s Daily Mail tabloid describes in its "exclusive" as a week-long "team-building junket" involved an all-expenses paid trip to Sin City for 4,800 Uber employees (not to be confused with the freelance drivers who operate using Uber's app) from around the globe, who were accommodated at various Caesars Entertainment properties and treated to "secret" events held poolside and in some of the city's top nightclubs, including, apparently, The LINQ Hotel's equally "secret" rooftop Vortex venue.
Cameras were forbidden -- a directive that was evidently amazingly well enforced, although the odd snapshot and video clip has leaked out here and there -- as was the use of any transportation other than the company's own buses, and guests were guided to their private events by members of Uber's staff who directed them with cryptic signage that simply displayed "x X". With Beyonce's performance alone costing a reported $6 million (see LVA's Question of the Day 10/2/15) -- and we note that this has not even identified in the Daily Mail piece as being an Uber event, but it would seem to be the most logical conclusion to draw and the crowd shots we've seen indicate that there were thousands in attendance -- we can only marvel both at how much the whole enterprise must've cost, and at how tight Uber's security is to have kept it so closely under wraps.
• October 5, 2015 10:16 Downtown Grand 'Not for Sale': Rumors have long been swirling that the former Lady Luck, which has been struggling and recently closed a couple of bars, while re-configuring the casino floor and de-emphasizing table games, but a recent job fair at Downtown Grand seemed to give the lie to any thought of closure and today on KNPR's "State of Nevada" radio show, Betsy Fretwell, city manager of Las Vegas, confirmed that last week she received a letter from the owners, stating that property is definitely not on the market. (Other sources that LVA is familiar with beg to differ, however, and maintain that a buyer is still actively being sought. Time will tell.)
• October 5, 2015 09:58 October Promos Posted at Frugal Vegas: Jean Scott has posted her regular monthly round-up of top casino promotions and tidbits at Frugal Vegas, with her usual focus on off-Strip and locals properties (where the best deals generally tend to be found), but which this month's entry also featuring in-depth information on the players club at Circus Circus, which is not a member of MGM Resorts regular M life program, but operates its own independent players club that applies only there and at neighboring Slots-A-Fun, and which is currently in a state of flux pending a total revamp in the New Year, apparently.
• October 4, 2015 16:37 SNF Cowboys/Saints: The New Orleans Saints are -3 favorites over the Dallas Cowboys in tonight's Sunday Night Football game. The total is 48.
• October 4, 2015 12:26 Price on Perfection: South Point has put up a proposition on two NFL teams having perfect records this season. The prop is for the regular season only, meaning the team has to finish with a 16-0 record. The prop is the same for either the Green Bay Packers or the New England Patriots at No -2000 (bet $2,000 to win $100) and Yes +1200 (bet $100 to win $1,200).
• October 4, 2015 12:11 Inferno Challenge at Mint Indian Bistro: What in our humble (but informed) opinion is the best Indian restaurant in town is holding the Second Annual Inferno Curry Challenge throughout the month of October, with daring (or foolhardy) diners invited to take the ultimate heat challenge, featuring ingredients marinaded in the hottest chilies in the world -- you have to sign a waiver before you're allowed to accept this gastronomic gauntlet. The meal comes with the option of three preparations -- veggie, chicken thigh, or boneless lamb -- and is available from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily (but we don't recommend ordering too close to bed time). To date, more than 1,800 have dared to attempt this, with a mere 30 of them succeeding; should you join their ranks, however, the prize is a $50 gift card for the restaurant (so you can return for a meal you will actually enjoy), plus an entry for a chance to dine free for a year.
• October 4, 2015 09:22 National Taco Day: October 4 is National Taco Day, so here are a couple of ways to celebrate in Sin City. On the Strip, Cabo Wabo Cantina in the Miracle Mile Shops will be wheeling their street-style taco cart out onto the patio and serving a variety of made-to-order tacos, including beef, chicken, pork, and al pastor, with all the fixin's, for $3 each. Off the Strip, Michoacan (7870 West Tropical Pkwy) will be hosting its regular "First Sunday" brunch (offered, as the name suggests, on the first Sunday in the month only), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The all-you-can-eat extravaganza features a different array of chef's specials each month, but for this Sunday will include plenty of taco options (including pescado, carne asada, and aguacate) and is just $12.95 for adults, or $6.95 for kids under 12. Plus, for just $7 more you can enjoy bottomless house margaritas and champagne mimosas.
• October 3, 2015 18:10 UFC Cormier/Gustafsson: Daniel Cormier is a -285 favorite over Alexander Gustafsson in tonight's UFC main event. In the other featured match, Rashad Evans is -140 over Ryan Bader.
• October 3, 2015 15:56 PokerStars Licensed in New Jersey: After being blocked in several attempts to enter the legal U.S. online space, it looks like PokerStars will soon be back in business. New Jersey has issued an interactive license to Amaya, Inc., the parent company of the PokerStars and FullTilt brands. Both sites are well known to U.S. players and are expected to provide a boost to the sluggish New Jersey online industry when they open. Amaya, however, has not yet indicated when that will be.
• October 3, 2015 13:34 SEC Boots DFS: Following the deluge of DFS advertisements since the start of the football season, the SEC Network has banned daily fantasy sports giants FanDuel and DraftKings from advertising during their telecasts. The decision came in response to a request from the Southeastern Conference Commissioner that the ads be refused due to questions regarding whether or not DFS should be considered gambling.
• October 3, 2015 10:25 Annual Island-Culture Festival at the Rio: Vizzun Entertainment continues to host the 14th Annual Pure Aloha Festival at the Rio through Sunday, with live music, food vendors, a carnival, and more. General admission is $8; visit the official website for all the details.Plus, for our complete round-up of all this weekend's many live music concerts, sporting events, food festivals, and more, check out our regular Weekend Events round-up, posted each Thursday in this column.
• October 3, 2015 08:46 Art in the Park: Boulder City hosts the 53rd annual Art in the Park festival today and Sunday, with in excess of 300 juried fine art, fine craft, and traditional craft artists selling original artwork, jewelry, sculptures, textiles, glassware, ceramics, and more, plus more than 25 food and drink vendors. There are children's activities, demonstrations, live music, raffles, and more and it's always a fun day out and a good opportunity to get some holiday shopping done early. The event draws more than 100,000 visitors, so a shuttle service operates from a parking lot on the outskirts of town. Visit the official website for details on transportation and more.
• October 2, 2015 18:47 'If I Ruled the World' - by Bob Dancer: By "world," we mean "slot department," since this is Bob Dancer's latest column to which we're referring, in which the video poker pro muses on how he would run a casino slot department (with the assumption that it's his job to be profitable, as opposed to catering to his own predilections, which would obviously get him fired pretty fast and/or bankrupt the joint, although it would be a fun ride while it lasted). While such a hypothetical exercise might at first glance appear to be nothing more than an interesting diversion, in fact the numerous points Dancer hits upon, when considering them from the perspective of the "house," will give you, as a player, some really handy insights into how to select the best place to wager your hard-earned cash.
• October 2, 2015 14:51 Eggslut Seeks, Um, Egg Enthusiasts: Yesterday, Eater Vegas announced that former food truck-turned-cult-L.A.-eatery Eggslut, which celebrates the humble oeuf via an extensive range of gourmet comfort-food preparations, is rolling into Vegas with its first outpost destined for the Cosmopolitan. And, as Eater suggestively just posted, "Eggslut Vegas is Hiring All Positions." So, whether you're a crack(ed) chef, an eggspert barista, a hard-boiled hostess, an eggcellent cashier, or a devil of a dishwasher, scramble together that resume before someone else poaches all the best gigs.
• October 2, 2015 13:40 Janet Jackson Cancels Again, Relocates: Having pulled out of the recent iHeart Radio festival at the very last minute, Janet Jackson has now cancelled her two upcoming shows at Planet Hollywood, slated for Oct. 9 and 10, suggesting that "Unbreakable" might not have been the optimal choice when naming her current world tour. Ms Jackson plans to perform for one night only at MGM Grand on May 14, however, barring any future ailments. Since the venues are operated by rival casino companies, tickets for the Axis shows at Planet Ho are not transferable and will be refunded. Fans who purchased them are, however, promised first dibs on the MGM tickets, with a pre-sale window starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 14, according to R-J entertainment columnist Mike Weatherford; remaining tickets will become available to the general public on Oct. 16. No word as yet on pricing for the 2016 concert.
• October 2, 2015 13:03 Pete Rose Opens Strip Restaurant: The controversial former Major League Baseball star Pete Rose has opened his first restaurant concept on the Strip, in partnership with Magic Wok founder David Wu. The expansive memorabilia-festooned eatery seats 250 inside, with room for an additional 100 on the patio, and is located across Las Vegas Boulevard from Aria. Open 24/7 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu features an array of bar-food staples, plus some "Pete Rose Specials," like "Cincinnati Chili on spaghetti" and a "Philly Cheese Steak" topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. There are also 32 hi-def TVs broadcasting sports around the clock.
• October 2, 2015 11:37 Mini-Residency for Fogerty at Venetian: Legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Fogerty will perform an eight-show Peace, Love and Creedence mini-residency at the Venetian between Jan. 8 and 23, 2016, celebrating the music and culture of the '60s. Featuring both Creedance classics and solo hits, the intimate production will be embellished with exclusive footage and Fogerty's personal stories and recollections of a pivotal era in rock history. Tickets start at $59.50 (plus fees) and go on sale Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. PDT.
• October 2, 2015 11:20 North Las Vegas Gets an Amphitheater: Craig Ranch Regional Park Amphitheater, a 3,000-seat outdoor venue set in the 170-acre North Las Vegas Park at 628 W. Craig Road, is about to be open for business, with a fall concert lineup that kicks off Oct. 9 with Beatles tribute Yesterday. Other confirmed acts include WAR on Oct. 10, southern rock/country artist Sammy Kershaw on Oct. 23, and comedian Paul Rodgriguez the following night, plus a lineup of future events that include everything from a car show to "Zombie" and Star Wars-themed charity runs.
• October 1, 2015 16:47 TNF Steelers/Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens are -3 favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers in tonight's Thursday Night Football game. The total is 44.
• October 1, 2015 16:37 There's an Extra-Terrestrial Downtown: Well, not yet, but there will be in a couple hour or so when Downtown Container Park screens E.T. for this week’s free Family Movie Night. The show starts at 7 p.m. and it's free and open to all ages, but seating's limited so bring something comfy to sit on and note that no outside food or drinks are allowed but there are plenty of snacks available for purchase from vendors including Chillspot, Cheffinis Hot Dogs, Las Vegas Kettle Corn, and Sweet Spot Candy Shop.
• October 1, 2015 16:32 Big Price Hike for Dolphins, Tigers: As of today, the cost of entry to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage has been upped by five bucks, meaning it's now $22 for adults and $17 -- the former adult price -- for those aged 4-12.
• October 1, 2015 15:00 Big Elvis Hospitalized: Only yesterday we posted the good news that Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee was back performing in Harrah's Piano Bar, following a prolonged hiatus due to ill health and exhaustion, but today a reader posted on our forums that following last night's show, Vallee was apparently involved in a car accident that landed him in hospital. According to a post on his Facebook page, which confirms this news, Pete is "awake and alert" but that's all we know. Our thoughts are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery.
• October 1, 2015 14:35 Las Vegas This Weekend: EDC and Life is Beautiful may be out of the way, but don't for a moment think that means there's nothing going on this weekend - au contraire!:
- The Rio hosts the 10th Annual Pure Aloha Festival (10/1-4)
- Mandalay Bay features BIGBANG 2015 World Tour "Made is USA"at the Events Center (10/2); with Hemlock (10/2) and The Tragically Hip (10/3) performing at House of Blues
- Flogging Molly returns to Cosmo's Blvd Pool (10/2), with Counting Crows' "Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour" with Citizen Cope the following evening (10/3)
- The Orleans presents "Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales" (10/2-4)
- Mike Love (10/2) and Nashville Unplugged (10/3) play the Brooklyn Bowl in The LINQ Promenade, while by day it's Oktoberfest at The LINQ Hotel pool (10/2)
- Pitbull - Time of Our Lives is in the spotlight at the Axis, Planet Hollywood (10/2)
- MGM Resorts Village hosts Route 91 Country Music Festival (10/2-4), while MGM Grand will host Frozen Fury XVII: LA Kings vs Colorado Avalanche at the Garden Arena (10/3)
- Downtown, The Smith Center continues to play host to Book of Mormon (9/22-10/18); plus Barry fans can catch the Music of Manilow tribute starring Mark OToole (10-/2); while Ann Hampton Callaway presents "From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project" (10/3)
- First Friday celebrates 13 years of Las Vegas Arts and Culture Downtown (10/2/), with R & B Dance Party and DJ Ultra hosting the "largest dance party after hours" at The Place on 7th (10/2)
- And, also downtown, Marty Friedman's center stage at Backstage Bar & Billiards (10/2)
- If you're venturing off the Strip, Hard Rock continues to host the Friday Night Live at the Pool series, with LIVE (10/2), with the Hard Rock Cafe Car Show in the parking lot (10/2)and Jim Jefferies' Freedumb Tour inside The Joint (10/3)
- John Mueller's Dance Party, the tribute to Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, returns to South Point (10/2-4)
- The theme for Bottles for Barks is Pints and Paws at The Village, Lake Las Vegas (10/3)
- For something else a little different, The Sci Fi Center on Arville hosts "Scream Until Midnight", a pre-Halloween "ghost show revival & horror extravaganza" (10/2-3)
- Eagle Crest Golf Course will host a Glow Ball Night Golf Event 10/3)
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the 2015 Rhino Linings 350 Camping Truck Race (10/3)
- Charlie Wilson will perform at Primm Resorts' Star of The Desert Arena (10/3)
- Chuck Negron is at the Cannery (10/3)
- Village Square on the west side hosts a Coffee and Beer Festival (10/3)
- It's the Tommy Rocker Band's End of Summer Beach Party at Suncoast (10/3)
- Springs Preserve will welcome the Grape & Hops Festival (10/3)
- The theme for Bottles for Barks is Pints and Paws at The Village, Lake Las Vegas (10/3)
- Silverton hosts The Great Garage & Antique Sale (10/3)
- Warren Hill's at Aliante (10/3)
- And Henderson Pavilion is home to the finish line for the 2015 Ironman 70.3 Silverman Race (10/4)
Phew! We don't know about any racing; we're exhausted just posting this.
• October 1, 2015 13:09 Enjoy Some Grand Laughs at Palms Tonight: Brit. comedian and emcee Paul Scally brings his "Grand Laughs Comedy Show" to the lounge at the Palms tonight, with a lineup including Kathleen Dunbar Geechy Guy, and Tyler, and a free (with ticket stub) after party at Ghostbar. Paul's a cool guy as well as being funny and the show's been getting great reviews (it played downtown for awhile), including from Anthony Curtis. Doors are 8 p.m., the show starts at 9 p.m., and there's some confusion over ticket pricing but we're pretty sure its $10. If we hear anything to the contrary, we'll let you know.
• October 1, 2015 13:05 A Big Apple Bar Crawl ... in Vegas!: We think this is something new -- it's certainly the first we've heard of it -- but apparently New York-New York is now offering a bar crawl experience that doesn't require leaving the property. Locations involved include: Pour24, Coyote Ugly, Nine Fine Irishmen, The Chocolate Bar, Bar at Times Square, and Center Bar and it's $39.99 per person, which includes expedited line passes, where applicable, and one drink per person, per venue. For more information, or to book your crawl, contact the Concierge at New York-New York.
• October 1, 2015 11:33 Gaming Revenue Takes Another Hit: While August visitation was up by 1.6 percent on the same month last year, at nearly 3.6 million, gaming revenues continued their downward slide with a 1.4 percent decrease on July's numbers. Once again the Las Vegas Strip fared the worst, posting gaming revenue of $527.4 million for August, which represents an almost 5% decrease on July's figure and includes a 16.4 percent drop in table game revenues, mainly attributable to a lack of action on the baccarat tables. The only bright spot was a 12.1 percent increase in slot revenues.
Downtown the picture was a lot rosier, thanks in part to a boost from Life is Beautiful, with 15 percent increase recorded in gaming revenue, and both North Las Vegas and the Boulder Strip also fared well, with revenues up by 21 percent and almost 30 percent, respectively.
• October 1, 2015 10:18 Skyfall, Rivea Open at Delano: Alain Ducasse's new offerings at the Delano both debut today, in the lofty (literally) spots previously occupied by the acclaimed chef's miX restaurant and lounge. With 180-degree views of the city, Rivea aims to bring a taste of the French Riviera to the Las Vegas desert, with a menu of French and Italian coastal cuisine and a casual vibe featuring a palette of white and "maritime blues" and decor including a glass "Wave Wall" designed to mimic lapping water. Skyfall Lounge, which the official site describes as "perched in the heavens," will feature a more club-like party vibe, with mixologists, DJs, and some special events.
Both venues are open nightly, with Rivea serving dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) and Skyfall is open from 5 p.m. until midnight (1 a.m. on the weekend), with a DJ from 10 p.m. to close.