Compiled by LVA Research
• April 30, 2011 UFC Tonight:
It's a big card for the UFC tonight and several venues are showing the fight (see the earlier posting in "Today's News"). In the main event, Georges St. Pierre continues to be bet up and is a big -450 favorite over Jake Shields.
• April 30, 2011 Jam Back; Ante Out:
Tiger Jam returns to Mandalay Bay tonight. The Tiger Woods-hosted event wasn't held last year. due to fallout from Woods' personal problems. Meanwhile, it's been confirmed that another high-profile event held for the past several years in conjunction with the World Series of Poker will not run this year. The Ante Up for Africa celebrity poker tournament is not on this year's schedule; no reason has been given.
• April 30, 2011 Big Dog's Beer Fest:
It's the second annual Peace, Love, and Hoppy-ness Beer Fest today at Big Dog's Brewing Co. (4543 N. Rancho), from 2-9 p.m., featuring a pay-as-you-go beer tasting, BBQ, live bands, and more. No cover.
• April 29, 2011 Price Hike at Shark Reef:
Shark Reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay will up its cover charges as of May 1, with admission rising to $18 for adults (currently $16.95), $15 for local adults ($13.95), and $12 for guests 5-12 (up from $10.95).
• April 29, 2011 Breakfast Show Folds:
V Theater's brief experiment with Las Vegas' first breakfast show has ended, with the closure of the Breakfast with Bugsy, effective immediately. The show had offered free entertainment and a breakfast buffet to anyone who purchased a ticket to another show in the V Theater.
• April 29, 2011 Rick Thomas To Reopen:
Mike Weatherford reports in the R-J that magician Rick Thomas will be relocating his Magic & Tigers show to the Riviera when it closes with the Sahara on May 16. The show's due to reopen at its new home in the former Splash theater on July 1.
• April 29, 2011 Cabanas for a Cause:
Beginning May 23, every Monday the Palms Pool & Bungalows will offer cabanas for the discounted rate of $100 and donate all proceeds to a different local non-profit each week, starting with the Links for Life children's charity.
• April 29, 2011 Royal Rebrand:
The Royal Resort seems to have re-branded itself as "The Royal House," and is hosting an ongoing line-up of live bands, plus it's launched a regular Friday pool party from 4-8 p.m. "The Bicycle Club" features live music, DJs, drink specials, and food trucks.
• April 29, 2011 A.C. on Pool Scene:
Check out Anthony Curtis on the 2011 "daylife" scene, including some great tips for locals, in the latest edition of Vegas Seven magazine at LVA in the Media.
• April 29, 2011 Food Writers on Radio:
Tune in to 88.9 KNPR's "State of Nevada" at 10 a.m. this morning and catch Eating Las Vegas authors Max Jacobson and Al Mancini sharing their latest thoughts on the local dining scene.
• April 28, 2011 Rick's Cabaret Closed:
Following news that the long-struggling Rick's Cabaret gentlemen's club was up for sale, came word today that the club is now closed. Sure enough, a phone call went unanswered and their website and Twitter are both gone. It's tough keeping up with the gentlemen's-club scene in this town, but you can with our Topless Vegas Pocket Guide, plus Upgrade Package, which will keep you constantly in the loop for a full year.
• April 28, 2011 Sexpresso Returns:
Sexpresso, the former venue on the east side of town housed in a giant coffee cup and featuring lingerie-clade baristas, is returning and looking to hire servers. Interviews are on May 2; click here for details.
• April 28, 2011 Sahara Still Open for Business:
After someone posed a question on our forums, asking if the Sahara was still taking bookings, since their reservation had been transferred to Circus Circus, the Sahara contacted us to say they're still open for business through May 15. Rooms are available for as little as $30/night on their website, with some restrictions applying.
• April 28, 2011 Sneak Peeks at Plaza:
The ongoing upgrade of downtown Las Vegas continues, with the Plaza posting some tantalizing glimpses on Facebook of its all-new remodeled look, with furnishings courtesy of Fountainebleau. Fancy.
• April 28, 2011 NFL Draft Drink Specials:
We've heard surprisingly little so far about promos during the NFL Draft, but we can confirm that PBR Rock Bar & Grill in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will be offering non-stop drink specials from today through Saturday. Revelers wearing their favorite pro football team's jersey during the time of their team's draft will be eligible for various drink specials, which will change up every time a new team is called up for the draft.
In addition, Shuck's Taverns (various locations) are offering 2-for-1 domestic drafts during the first round, which starts tonight at 5 p.m.
• April 28, 2011 Las Vegas This Weekend:
Here are this weekend's highlights, and there are lots of 'em:
-- Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits take the stage for one last show at the Hard Rock (4/27-5/1)
-- Country star Darius Rucker performs at Sunset Station (4/29)
-- Foreigner entertians at Green Valley Ranch (4/29)
-- The Venetian welcomes back David Spade (4/29-4/30)
-- Steve Martin does stand up at the Mirage (4/29-4/30)
-- Sugar Ray takes the stage at the Henderson Pavilion (4/29)
-- The 2011 Tiger Jam featuring Keith Urban and John Mayer takes place at Mandalay Bay (4/30)
-- Ricky Martin perfoms at Caesars Palace (4/30)
--The O'Jays are at the Cannery (4/30) while the Eastside Cannery welcomes ABBA The Concert (5/1)
-- The SpyOnVegas Hot 100 Contest is back at Wet Republic at MGM (4/29)
-- A new "Reload Fridays" pool party kicks off at the Hard Rock Beach Club (4/29)
-- The 6th Annaul Reggae Pool Party takes place at Green Valley Ranch (4/30)
-- Silverton's weekly "Bikinis, Bands & Burgers" party kicks off with the Afghan Raiders and the Red Eye Radio (4/30)
-- The Beatport Beach Party at TAO Beach features Chris Lake and Sandra Collins (5/1)
-- Kaskade makes his return to Encore Beach Club (5/1)
Our top picks for UFC 129 viewing:
-- The Lift will be holding a viewing party for $10 (which comes with a $10 food/beverage coupon good on your next visit)
-- PT's all around town will be watching the fights with $4 Bud Light pints and $3 Jameson shots.
-- For a $20 cover you can view the fight at Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops.
-- Xtreme Couture, Randy "The Natural" Couture’s training gym will be having a party for a $10 cover with pizza, snacks, and drinks included.
-- Station Casinos will be holding UFC 129 viewing parties at Aliante Station, Fiesta Henderson, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Red Rock, Santa Fe Station, and Sunset Station (cover charges range anywhere between $10 and $20).
-- Blondies in the Miracle Mile Shops, which features multiple giant TVs, is getting in on the action with unlimited domestic drafts for the duration of the fight card. Cover $60.
• April 28, 2011 New Retail District Open for Biz:
Tivoli Village, the new retail and dining complex at Queensridge on the west side of Las Vegas, opened its first phase today, with 15 stores and restaurants. Another 15 businesses are expected to be open by the end of the year.
• April 28, 2011 Jackson Attraction Update:
Following word yesterday that the touring concert tribute and then permanent Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson shows at Mandalay Bay would be complemented by an exhibit, comes a report of the scale of the enterprise. According to the Associated Press, the resort casino, in conjunction with Cirque, plans to create a huge entertainment complex that will feature a Jackson-themed lounge, an interactive memorabilia museum, and a theater designed to replicate Neverland Ranch. The report now places the proposed opening for the exhibit as some time in 2013.
• April 28, 2011 Music Awards Downtown:
The "mystery" location of MTV's inaugural "O Music Awards" show has been revealed and it all kicks off at 2:30 p.m. today on Fremont Street, when when Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege starts his attempt to set the Guinness World Records title for the Longest Freestyle Rap. Other performers include Lil B, Lupe Fiasco, Rebecca Black, with Ke$ha, Cee Lo Green, and B.o.B among the presenters. The award show will stream live tonight at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
• April 27, 2011 MJ Festival for MBay:
According to R-J gossip columnist Norm!, who's currently attending a press conference at Mandalay Bay, there will be a Michael Jackson festival at the resort-casino this December, to coincide with the "Immortal" tour's Las Vegas visit. More details as we get them.
• April 27, 2011 Strip Shopping Mall Underway:
The Las Vegas Business Press reports how construction is underway on the new Times Square-inspired "Harmon Corner" shopping and retail complex next to the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. The $100 million, 2-acre mall will apparently feature indoor and outdoor dining options, boutiques, and a large Walgreens pharmacy, plus a $10 million 65-foot-tall by 320-foot long video billboard. The latter is being opposed by neighboring casino properties, who argue that it will be a commercial eyesore on the Strip. The project is expected to be completed in time for Christmas.
• April 27, 2011 Pool Play:
You'll find the annual round-up of the early-season Las Vegas pool scene in the May issue of LVA, which has just gone live; but in breaking news tomorrow the first 100 local ladies at Liquid Pool at Aria receive a complimentary season pass (usual cover for ladies is $10/day).
• April 27, 2011 Extra Cabs for Fight Night:
For the first time, the Nevada Taxicab Authority has approved extra cabs to cover a big fight night weekend, with the upcoming Pacquiao vs. Mosely match expected to draws massive crowds to the MGM Grand May 7. From May 6-8, an additional 80 taxis should be on the streets.
• April 27, 2011 Gambling Flick Filming:
Hollywood stars, including Bruce Willis, who was spotted dining at Strip House last night, are in town for five days of location shooting for new sports-betting movie Lay the Favorite. The film also stars Justin Timberlake, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Rebecca Hall.
• April 27, 2011 Poker Refunds in the Pipeline?:
PokerStars.com, one of the "Big Three" online gambling sites recently shut down by the Feds, today issued a statement saying that, in agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the company has made arrangements with a U.S. bank and today began the process of returning player funds to former customers in the U.S.
• April 27, 2011 Lion King Package:
To celebrate its second -- and final -- birthday on the Strip, Disney's The Lion King is offering a room and ticket special this May, which they're dubbing "Fan Appreciation Month." The "2-2-2" promo includes two nights at Mandalay Bay and two tickets to the show, which closes December 30. Click the link for more details or to book this offer.
• April 27, 2011 LVA in the Media:
Anthony Curtis' weekly Las Vegas digest has been posted at LVA in the Media, where you can also find his new weekly column for Seven magazine (there should be a new issue out later today).
• April 26, 2011 Vegas Airfare Tips:
The online "Travel" section of USA Today has an interesting feature on whether or not fares to Las Vegas are going up (they have) and tips on how to save money on your flight, including who to fly with and precisely when to book your ticket (a topic they've touched on before).
Click the link for LVA's Current Best Vegas Deals, including great offers on show tickets, rooms, airfare, and room/flight packages.
• April 26, 2011 Junefest at South Point:
Saturday, June 11 South Point will present Junefest, in conjunction with 96.3 KKLZ, featuring Three Dog Night, WAR and THE FIXX, with more bands to be announced. Tickets start at $25.
• April 26, 2011 Only in Vegas...:
There was trouble on Vigilante Court (no, we're not making that up) in North Las Vegas last night when a crew from the new "Repo Games" TV show, which debuts on Spike tonight, became involved in an armed altercation with a resident who mistakenly thought they were trying to repossess his car. The whole premise of this series sounds like an accident waiting to happen -- you can read more about it in today's Las Vegas Review-Journal.
• April 26, 2011 New Menu, Location for Brio:
Brio Tuscan Grille, the popular upscale Italian chain that currently has a location at Town Square, will be opening a second venue at the new Tivoli Village at Queensridge shopping center on the west side. The new Brio opens April 28 and will feature the revamped menu that debuted at its sister property earlier in the month.
• April 26, 2011 Bob's Back:
It's Tuesday, which means a new Bob Dancer column's been posted, and the latest is an interesting and instructive account of how the video poker maestro maximized his EV at a recent drawing -- and walked away the top prize!
• April 26, 2011 Jacksons Show at FSE:
It's just come to our attention that there's a free Jackson family tribute performing downtown on the Third Street Stage on Fremont Street, featuring dancers and singers performing a Jackson 5 medley and various hits by other well-known Motown artists, including Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, the Temptations, and Martha and the Vandellas. The show performs three times a night at 8:10 p.m., 9:10 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. through May 27.
• April 25, 2011 Flav Franchise Folds:
Following rumors that Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav would be introducing Flav's Fried Chicken to Las Vegas comes word that the original Iowa location, which was the brainchild of an independent operator to whom Flav granted use of his name/brand, is shutting down amid accusations of incompetence from both sides. Although Flav's Fried Chicken is closing, Flav claims to still have plans to introduce some kind of self-branded entertainment complex to Las Vegas, which might include a dining component.
• April 25, 2011 The Donald Vegas Bound:
Amid speculation of his potential run for the presidency comes word that this Thursday, April 28, Donald Trump will be addressing an audience at Treasure Island at an event dubbed "A Return to the Reagan Revolution, from Ronald to Donald." The event is being hosted by a collection of women's Republican groups, reports today's WSJ.
• April 25, 2011 Lucky's Takeover at Riv:
Gaming columnist Howard Stutz reports in today's R-J that independent race and sports book operator Lucky's is set to take over operations at the Riveria's race ans sports book, pending regulatory approval. Although the company currently operates 16 books statewide, this would be Lucky's debut on the Las Vegas Strip.
• April 25, 2011 Cougar Wednesday at T&T:
This Wednesday, April 27, Tacos & Tequuila at the Luxor is promoting its new Cougars and Cuervo night with the new "Cougarita" cocktail, $5 shots of flavor-infused Jose Cuervo Tradicional, $5 Dos Equis, and giveaways including Botox and personal training session giveaways tickets to Thunder From Down Under, whose cast members will be on hand to pump up the party.
• April 25, 2011 New Breakfast Taco:
Pink Taco at the Hard Rock has extended its hours and now serves breakfast from 7 a.m. daily and is open until 11 p.m. weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends (formerly 10 p.m. and midnight, respectively).
• April 25, 2011 Elton Tix on Sale:
Tickets for Elton John's new show at The Colosseum at Caesars, which opens September 28, go on sale today. Prices start at $55 (plus tax and fees).
• April 24, 2011 New Food Truck:
It's officially a frenzy now, but we're not complaining at the proliferation of interesting food on the streets of Las Vegas. The latest gourmet food truck looking to enter the fray is The Great Boa. It's the baby of a duo of experienced restaurateurs, who'll be bringing their brand of authentic "Boa" or Taiwanese-style pork belly sandwiches, plus Chinese potstickers, to streets of Sin City sometime next month.
• April 24, 2011 More Rides:
The statistic isn't cited often, but taxi rides are up in 2011. According to data compiled by the Nevada Taxicab Authority, the 6.8 million trips in the first quarter of 2011 is a 7.2% increase over the same period last year. Sounds like a positive economic sign.
• April 24, 2011 High Card Wins Seat:
It happened again. After two candidates tied with 328 votes each in a North Las Vegas primary election for City Council, the winner was decided by a drawing for high card. Nevada state law dictates that election ties be broken by the "drawing of lots." The idea is for the winner to be determined randomly and drawing for high card satisfies that objective. Linda Meisenheimer was the winner, drawing a king to beat Tanya Flanagan's 5.
• April 24, 2011 Magic Cake:
Catch Strip magician Nathan Burton this Sunday as the celebrity expert and judge for Food Network's "Last Cake Standing." The contestants were apparently given eight hours to "create a cake that is a magic trick," and then performed live that night with the magician on the Strip. The show airs tonight at 9 p.m./8c.
• April 24, 2011 Happy Easter:
This isn't one of the biggies in terms of Las Vegas holidays. In fact, crowd counts are expected to be down from normal weekends. Still there will be special Easter menus in casino restaurants all over town.
• April 23, 2011 Cirque du MJ Confirmed for MBay:
The Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show that was announced at this time last year will eventually settle at Mandalay Bay in 2013. Cirque's eighth Las Vegas show will replace The Lion King.
• April 23, 2011 Jazz in the Park:
The annual free al fresco music festival at the Clark County Amphitheater kicks off the 2011 season tonight with a performance by saxophonist Paul Taylor. Doors at 7 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m.
• April 23, 2011 Rock the Block:
It's the annual music fest downtown on Fremont East, featuring Kotton Mouth Kings, Ganja Daze, 420 Celebration, Everlast, and others. Doors at 5 p.m.; tickets $25 in advance, $30 on the door.
• April 23, 2011 Rockabilly Weekend:
It's the annual Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend at The Orleans through Sunday, featuring a car show, burlesque contest, fashion show, pool party, vendors, and more. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
• April 22, 2011 Big Flight Sale Ends Sunday:
VisionAirlines' sale, with fares to/from Vegas starting at $39 on select routes, ends Sunday and seats are going fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.
• April 22, 2011 Caesars Gets More Social:
Caesars Entertainment has added a new dimension to its social networking efforts, with the introduction of the Topguest platform to reward visitors at nine of the company's locations, including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, and Paris Las Vegas, with Total Rewards Bonus Rewards credits when they check in via Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, or Gowalla on their mobile devices. Sign-ups will get 50 Total Rewards credits for every checkin on one of those social media platforms, with the chance to win 500 Bonus Reward Credits for those who check in before May 9.
• April 22, 2011 Food Network Filming:
Las Vegas Food Truck fans head downtown tomorrow: Food Network is descending on the El Cortez for some surprise filming from 4 to 10 p.m. Expect the odd Eating Las Vegas author or two to be in attendance...
• April 22, 2011 Country Stars on CBS Tonight:
"Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country," a charity fundraiser featuring female giants from the world of country music and filmed live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 4, airs at 9 p.m. tonight on CBS.
• April 22, 2011 Latest Online Poker News:
As you will see if you log on to their sites, as reported, FullTilt.com and PokerStars.com sites' have been restored in a limited capacity, with the expressed purpose of returning U.S. players' account balances. Both home pages carry some explanation about their current status, but PokerStars.com has a fuller explanation, including a link to an FAQ for U.S. Players.
• April 22, 2011 Celebrity Bunny:
We just learned that Ellen Degeneres will be appearing as a guest celebrity Bunny at the Playboy Club at the Palms from 9 p.m. tonight. Who knew?
• April 22, 2011 Chicken for Charity:
On Easter Sunday, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will donate 100 percent of its profits from all five Las Vegas locations to the local March of Dimes chapter, which helps save newborn babies in Nevada. The restaurant will also be raffling off a free year of Raising Cane's at the Charleston & Decatur location, where children will be able to have complimentary photos taken with the Easter Bunny from 1-3 p.m.
• April 22, 2011 Bridal Show:
Tomorrow the JW Marriott hosts the annual Summerlin Bridal Show, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, which is free to attend, features over 200 local wedding-service providers, plus prize giveaways, and entertainment by the Men of Sapphire.
• April 21, 2011 Las Vegas This Weekend:
It's Easter weekend, of course, with some fun family events, plus plenty of poolside party action and some big names in music.
-- Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits is back at the Hard Rock for one of its last runs at the Hard Rock (4/20-4/24)
-- Superstar Janet Jackson takes the stage at Ceasars Palace (4/22-4/24) [SOLD OUT]
-- The twice-monthly Nashville Unplugged event is at Green Valley Ranch (4/22)
-- The Cannery welcomes the Little River Band (4/23)
-- Comedian Paula Poundstone performs at the Suncoast (4/23-4/24)
-- The Annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend takes place at the Orleans (4/21-4/24), with all kinds of events, including "burlesque bingo"
-- The Broadway Bares AIDS benefit show takes the stage at Planet Hollywood (4/24)
--And the "Rock The Block - Ganja Daze 420 Celebration" takes place on Fremont East (4/23)
-- AnnaLynne McCord hosts at Wet Republic at MGM (4/23)
-- The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever takes place at TAO Beach and will be hosted by Laura Croft and Angel Porrino (4/23), followed by Beatport Beach Party Sundays with DJ Dan and Tatiana Fontes (4/24)
-- Calvin Harris debuts at the Sunday International Waters Party at Encore Beach (4/24)
Easter Sunday highlights:
--The Annual Easter Egg Hunt and celebration takes place out at The Village at Lake Las Vegas
-- There's a special 4-course Easter brunch at Marche Bacchus from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for $49
-- Mon Ami Gabi at Paris will be serving a special Easter Brunch from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
• April 21, 2011 Dessert Menu Coming to Metro:
Lulu's On the Move, the gourmet food truck operated by a former chef from Bouchon, which specializes in fresh-baked breads, pastries, breakfast, and sandwiches, will soon be introducing a full dessert menu (check out the mouthwatering photos on Facebook to all locations of Las Vegas favorite Metro Pizza.
• April 21, 2011 Bellagio Bandit Pleads Not Guilty:
Anthony Carleo, who is accused of robbing Bellagio of $1.5 million in poker chips in an armed hold-up last December, today pleaded not guilty to charges of armed robbery, assault, burglary, and weapon charges. A trial date has been set for January 2012.
• April 21, 2011 Temp License for LLV Casino:
Henderson City Council has granted a temporary business license to Casino MonteLago, the Lake Las Vegas casino that's been closed for more than a year. The Nevada Gaming Commission has not yet approved the gaming license.
• April 20, 2011 Aborted Casino Heist:
An armed robber apparently tried to steal poker chips from the Stratosphere last night, but dropped them and fled when confronted. Nothing was stolen and no one injured in the attempted heist.
• April 20, 2011 Battle of the Bands:
Starting Sunday, May 1, Cabo Wabo Cantina in the Miracle Mile Shops will host 12 weeks of "Sammy's Battle of the Bands," hosted by X-107.5, with the hottest local bands competing for prizes, include the chance to open for Holiday Havoc 2011 and $5,000 in Sam Ash merchandise.
• April 20, 2011 Poker Domains Being Restored?:
It's being reported that the Feds today restored the domains for Full Tilt and Pokerstars in order to facilitate the sites issuing refunds to players. To date, we have no confirmation of this and, if it's correct, we're not sure if the sites are expected to refund winnings or deposits only. We just checked, and FullTilt.com no longer has the FBI warning page that appeared on Friday, but instead has a statement from the company lamenting recent events, stating that it still believes online gambling to be legal, and will still be offering peer-to-peer games outside of the US market; Pokerstars still carries the FBI warning at the time of this writing.
• April 20, 2011 New Topless Show:
A new adult revue called The Viper Vixens is currently in rehearsals and due to open later this month at O'Sheas. We'll be reviewing it for Topless Vegas, of course -- pick up the handy Pocket Guide Plus Updates package for just $12.90 and stay up to date with the Vegas skin scene for a whole year! 2011 European-style pool revues coming soon to the Online Update, with Moorea back in the topless camp, the Rio's new topless pool, which opened too late in the season last year for us to review, the renamed Naked Pool at Artisan, and lots more. Stay tuned.
• April 20, 2011 Wyrick Rumor:
Reliable gossip columnist Robin Leach is reporting that magician Steve Wyrick, whose foray into owning his own showroom in the Miracle Mile Shops was less than a success (see "Today's News" 12/11/2009), will be opening in the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton Memorial Day weekend. We'll keep you posted.
• April 20, 2011 Deep Purple Promo:
If you're a fan of Deep Purple, here's a promo code for advanced ticket sales for their June 23 gig at the Palms. Visit Ticketmaster.com and use code: PURPLE.
• April 20, 2011 Happy 4/20:
If you haven't already, today's a great day to pick up a copy of Michael Konik's Reefer Gladness! It's a really interesting and informative read, whichever side of the marijuana fence you're on. Click here to read an excerpt. If you're looking for something to do this evening, head down to the Beauty Bar on Fremont East for some reggae, dub, and Slidin' Thru munchies.
• April 20, 2011 WSOP Reversal:
Following Monday's report of a seemingly knee-jerk reaction by Disney to scrap all poker programming, including ESPN's airing of the World Series of Poker, comes news that the televising of this event, which is run by Caesars Entertainment and is not directly affiliated to any of the indicted online gambling sites, will go ahead as scheduled. It's likely that the crackdown on online poker will significantly affect the size of this year's field, however.
• April 20, 2011 Cosmo Sports Book Closed:
The sports book at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas closed quietly a couple weeks ago, just shortly after its debut. We're told there are some structural flaws at the Cantor Gaming book that resulted in minor flooding. Repairs are being made, though we aren't privy to a scheduled reopening date.
• April 19, 2011 Online Poker Poll:
Think online gambling's dead? Not necessarily, by any means. It will be interesting to see how the next chapter unfolds... In the meantime, whichever side of the fence you're on (or even if you're sitting on it), there's still time to vote in our Reader Poll, which closes at midnight.
• April 19, 2011 Porrino Premieres:
Ex-Peepshow co-star Angel Porrino debuts her new role in Absinthe at Caesars Palace tonight. Look out for our review in the upcoming issue of the Las Vegas Advisor newsletter (hint: we really dig it).
• April 19, 2011 Kudos for Cosmo:
While financially the Strip's latest resort may be having a tough time, there's some good news for The Cosmopolitan's designers, with Lodging Hospitality's judges honoring it among five properties to receive their 2011 Design Award.
• April 19, 2011 Celebrity Host for Gameshow Production:
Now through April 30, Drew Lachey is hosting The Price is Right Live! at Bally's.
• April 19, 2011 Digital Music Awards Vegas-Bound:
MTV is will bring the inaugural O Music Awards, a show honoring the digital music world, to a "mystery location" in Las Vegas on April 28, the network announced today. Apparently, the hour-long show will feature rapper Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege of the hip-hop group Chiddy Bang trying to enter the Guinness World Records for longest freestyle rap ever, while other scheduled performers include Lupe Fiasco, Lil B, Matt & Kim and Mumford & Sons.
Apparently, awards will feature categories including "must-follow artist on Twitter" and "best fan cover." Voting is by fans, with almost 2 million votes cast to date.
• April 19, 2011 Sports Books Recruiting:
Today's Las Vegas Review-Journal reports how the city's race and sports books are on a hiring drive ahead of football season, so all you sports fans looking for work should get your resumes out there.
• April 19, 2011 A.C. in NYT:
Anthony Curtis is quoted in the New York Times' Dealbook blog today, which examines The Cosmopolitan's difficulties luring the base of gamblers necessary to make it a viable concern as a resort-casino. The item describes how owner Deutsche Bank has been paying up to 30% over industry standard to lure qualified executives from other properties.
• April 19, 2011 Disney Axes WSOP:
ESPN, which is owned by Walt Disney Co., announced Monday that it is removing all poker advertising and programming, including the World Series of Poker, from its schedules, following last week's federal indictment against gambling websites that sponsor televised tournaments.
Disney's stock fell with news of the decision, as did that of News Corp., which owns Fox Sports Net, broadcaster of "World Poker Tour,", Comcast (NBC's "Poker After Dark" and "National Heads Up Championship"), and DirecTV and Sony Corp., (co-owners of Gameshow Network, which airs "High Stakes Poker"), although only Disney has so far made any statement about its intentions with regard to poker programming.
• April 18, 2011 Openings at McD's:
It's National Hiring Day at McDonald's, with 50,000 positions to fill all over the nation, including plenty in Las Vegas. Click the link for details and to search other areas.
• April 18, 2011 Kudos to Local Writers:
Following its 2009 win of the Pulitzer Prize for public service comes word that two LV Sun journalists were named today as finalists in this year's awards. Former Sun reporters Marshall Allen and Alex Richards were named by judges as finalists in local reporting for a series on hospital care -- or the lack thereof -- in Las Vegas.
• April 18, 2011 Playmate at Bettie Page:
This Friday, April 22, Bettie Page inside Miracle Mile Shops will host a meet-and-greet from 1 to 5 p.m. with Claire Sinclair, the face of Bettie Page Clothing and soon-to-be-named Playboy 2011 Playmate of the Year.
• April 18, 2011 Elton Back to Colosseum:
Although he apparently said the first time around bored him, singer-songwriter Elton John will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with an all new show, "The Million Dollar Piano," beginning September 28 for sixteen shows -- the start of a three-year residency. Tickets, which start at $55, go on sale at all the usual outlets on Monday, April 25. There's a limit of 8 tickets per customer.
• April 18, 2011 Tax Day Reminder:
Here's a re-run of the item we ran over the weekend, reminding you of today's Tax Day promos around town:
- From noon to 8 p.m. today Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay will host its annual Tax Day promo -- skip the line at the Post Office and get a free pass to the attraction, valid through May 25
-- McCormick & Schmick's is hosting the Procrastinators' All Day Celebration today, which includes $10.40 entrees and drink specials.
-- P.F. Chang's will give diners 15 percent off today.
-- Hooters is having a buy 10 wings, get 10 free deal.
-- Chili's is offering a free appetizer or dessert today.
-- All RA Sushi locations will offer an extended happy hour from 3 p.m. - close
-- Blue Martini is also offering an extended happy hour, from 4 - 9 p.m.
• April 18, 2011 Bellagio Exec Serious About Sustainability:
The current subject of the R-J's "Nevadans at Work" feature profiles the "B Green Team" leader at Bellagio, who highlights the property's significant recycling and conservation initiatives. If sustainable practices are important to you, check out our unique Las Vegas Green Hotel Guide, where we list the city's more eco-friendly properties and what they're doing -- you might be surprised.
• April 18, 2011 Tough Times for Slot Companies:
Today's Las Vegas Review-Journal reports how prospects remain gloomy for slot-machine manufacturers, who've seen sales on an ongoing downward trend for the past three years. The replacement market has taken a big hit, with existing slot floors holding on to old hardware for as long as possible, while hopes of new markets opening up in Texas, Massachusetts, or Florida are fading.
• April 17, 2011 Primm Promo:
Primm Valley Resorts is offering free attraction rides to Las Vegas residents throughout Spring Break, from April 18-22. The pass is valid on all rides, including The Desperado rollercoaster.
• April 17, 2011 Cure Your Tax Day Blues:
Monday, April 18th from 12-8 p.m., Shark Reef will again host its annual Tax Day promo, offering taxpayers the chance to skip the long lines at the post office and drop off their federal tax returns at the special Shark Reef Station located in the parking area outside the aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Convenient drive-through lanes for tax return drop-offs will be located near the entrance and the Postal Service will set up a special mobile postal station. Taxpayers who take advantage of this service earn one complimentary admission to the attraction, valid through May 25.
-- McCormick & Schmick's is hosting the Procrastinators' All Day Celebration on Monday, which includes $10.40 entrees and drink specials.
-- P.F. Chang's will give diners 15 percent off tomorrow.
-- Hooters is having a buy 10 wings, get 10 free deal.
-- Chili's is offering a free appetizer or dessert on Monday.
-- All RA Sushi locations will offer an extended happy hour from 3 p.m. - close
-- Blue Martini is also offering an extended happy hour, from 4 - 9 p.m.
• April 17, 2011 Rehab Returns:
The Hard Rock's infamous pool party kicks off the 2011 season today with $100,000 in cash and prize giveaways and sounds by Eric D-Lux and Shift. Other pools continue to open around town, including M Resort's Daydream Pool Club, which began its season yesterday.
• April 16, 2011 Brunch Back:
Now through the end of June, the Springs Preserve has reintroduced Sunday Brunch at the Cafe by Wolfgang Puck, featuring an eco-friendly à la carte menu that's $21 for adults and $12 for kids.
• April 16, 2011 Four Square Food Truck Fest:
Plantworld on W. Charleston hosts a Four Square food drive today, with up to 16 food trucks from around the valley plying their wares, while collecting cans and other non-perishable edibles for a good cause. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. Come hungry.
• April 16, 2011 Macka's Coming to MGM:
Sir Paul McCartney will play his first U.S. gig of 2011 on June 10 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on his "Up and Coming Tour." Tickets, on sale now from Ticketmaster, start at $105, plus tax and fees.
• April 16, 2011 Greenfest:
Celebrate Earth Day at Town Square today with the 2nd Annual GreenFest, featuring "green" vendors, live music, food samplings, a farmers market, and lots of information about sustainability and recycling. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
• April 16, 2011 Casinos Walk Away from Online Poker:
The websites for PokerStars, Full Tilt, and Absolute Poker are now all down and it appears the the fallout will be widespread. Both Wynn Las Vegas and a group led by the Fertitas from Station Casinos say they will dissolve pending deals to work with PokerStars and Full Tilt, respectively.
• April 15, 2011 Las Vegas Ghost Adventures:
In case you missed it the first time, the episode of Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures" featuring Huntington Press "mob" author Dennis Griffin airs again today at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
• April 15, 2011 New Nightclub Debuts:
Tonight sees the opening of the latest new nightlife venue on the Strip, Gallery at Planet Hollywood. Kourtney Kardashian will be there to host the festivities.
• April 15, 2011 Online Poker Latest:
Ostensibly, FullTilt.com and PokerStars.com are both still live, although we've heard reports of players being locked out of their accounts; ub.com, ultimatebet.com, and absolutepoker.com are now definitely in lockdown -- here's the F.B.I. warning page you'll see if you try to log on.
• April 15, 2011 Casino Collectibles Show:
Saturday's the First Annual Southern Nevada Collectors Show, hosted by Victorian Casino Antiques (4520 S. Arville). The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission's $5, which includes a one-day membership to the Southern Nevada Casino Collectibles Club and a $5 commemorative chip.
• April 15, 2011 Highland Games Downtown:
Tonight and tomorrow see the 7th Annual Las Vegas Highland Games downtown. The Vegas-style Ceilidh featuers free concerts and five-block parade of bagpipes. The Celtic festivities kick off at 7 p.m. both nights and run till midnight.
• April 15, 2011 Casino-ology 2 Shipping:
Bill Zender's much-awaited follow-up title, Casino-ology 2 is in-house and shipping. Written by a veteran of both sides of the gaming tables, this title is a must-read for casino executives and advantage players alike.
• April 15, 2011 Skywalk Facelift:
The Grand Canyon Skywalk, which opened four years ago, is having a new custom-made glass bottom fitted. The renovation of the attraction, which offers unique views of the Grand Canyon and has apparently weathered some 1.5 million pairs of feet since it opened, is expected to be completed by the end of next week.
• April 15, 2011 Liberty Stamp Slip-Up:
It's come to light that the face of the Statue of Liberty on a new U.S. stamp is not that of the original on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, but rather the replica at New York-New York. Since the stamp is already in circulation, there are no plans to recall it, and a spokesman for the Postal Service was apparently quoted as saying that they liked the design and would choose the same image again, even if they knew it wasn't the original statue.
• April 15, 2011 Poker Raid Update:
Here's a link to the offical FBI News Release, which names the principals in this case, two of whom were arrested this morning, and outlines the charges they face and attendant sentences they could face, if found guilty.
• April 15, 2011 Pool Party at the Monte Carlo:
Though not usually open to the public, the pool at the Monte Carlo, which is among the city's top pools, is hosting a "Foam Party" tomorrow, with a bikini contest, drink specials, DJs, and ... foam. You need to RSVP via their Facebook page, then wristbands for free entry will be available for pickup from the concierge tomorrow.
• April 15, 2011 DoJ Raids Major Poker Sites:
In a breaking story that we're sharing courtesy of Pokerati, the Department of Justice is raiding the offices of online gambling sites Full Tilt, Pokerstars, and Absolute Poker. Apparently, the indictment is against the founders of the three sites and includes the seizure of 75 bank accounts used by the sites and payment processors.
We've read reports of these sites having been shut down to U.S. traffic, but at the time of this writing we were able to get onto all of them, and UB.com, so we're unsure what the current status is. We'll keep you updated as this story develops.
• April 15, 2011 New Open Pool:
By chance, we just came across a blog comment indicating that Bally's has opened its pool to the public, which we've verified via their website. Apparently, they quiety renamed the facility the BluPool last season and opened it to non-guests, with a $20 cover for men/women locals/non-locals. We'll be adding it to our Cool Pool listings.
• April 15, 2011 New Gamer Bar Downtown:
Tonight sees the opening of Insert Coin(s), the new vintage video arcade/bar concept that's the latest addition to the hip Fremont East nightlife scene.
• April 15, 2011 HHAGG Reno Coming:
As reported back in January (see "Todays News" 1/31/11), popular Las Vegas eatery Hash House A Go Go will debut its newest location inside Harrah’s Reno on Thursday, April 28.
• April 15, 2011 Boyd Sues Over Stardust Name:
Boyd Gaming is suing an Austrian-based online gambling site over misuse of its Stardust brand name. The company this week filed a trademark infringement complaint in U.S. District Court for Nevada against the owner of stardustgaming.com and stardustgaming.net. Although the iconic Stardust casino is no more, Boyd continues to use the Stardust brand for various venues within its remaining casino properties.
• April 14, 2011 Beneath the Neon on NPR:
Beneath the Neon author Matt O'Brien, along with former Las Vegas tunnel resident Rick Cobble, is the subject of NPR's "The Story" with Dick Gordon this evening. The show airs locally at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on 88.9 FM KNPR. If you can't catch it live, here's a link to the MP3 download from The Story's website.
• April 14, 2011 Las Vegas Weekend Highlights:
The weather promises to be nice, which is good, as there are plenty of outdoor activities this weekend, not least the grand opening of some of the biggest party pools. Here's the lowdown:
-- The Pure Aloha Concert & Festival kicks off today at the Silverton (4/14-4/17)
-- Ray Romano does stand up at the Mirage (4/15-4/16)
-- Funnyman Dana Carvey's at the Orleans (4/16-4/11)
-- Vegas homeboy Brandon Flowers performs at Mandalay Bay (4/16), followed by the PBR Last Cowboy Standing competition (4/16)
-- Bruce Hornsby takes the stage at Red Rock Resort (4/16)
-- Making their debut Las Vegas performance as Voices 3, Bill Fayne, Chris Coyne, and Teddy Davey entertain at the Suncoast (4/16-4/17)
-- Support FourSquare food charity day at Plantworld on W. Charleston -- bring a can/non-perishable food item to your favorite food truck -- there will be 16 and counting! (4/16)
-- Kim Kardashian hosts at Wet Republic (4/16)
-- Encore Beach Club has its opening ceremony, hosted by 14-time Gold Medal winner Michael Phelps (4/16), followed by the debut of Afrojack's summer residency (4/17)
-- Liquid at Aria celebrates not just the Grand Opening today, but the kickoff to Industry Thursdays, with a special DJ set by Fedde Le Grand (4/14), followed by a special DJ set by Treasure Fingers (4/15)
-- Last but certainly not least, Rehab debuts at the Hard Rock on Sunday, with $100,000 in cash and prizes and Eric-D-Lux and DJ Shift on the decks (4/17)
• April 14, 2011 Liquid Pool Opens for Biz:
Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria officially opens for the summer season today, with a season Grand Opening party featuring DJ Fedde Le Grand.
• April 14, 2011 Playmate Guest for CHP:
Playboy Playmate Claire Sinclair, who's rumored to be the new Playmate of the Year, will return to guest in MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris April 20 through 27, reports Mike Weatherford in the R-J. For reviews of all Las Vegas' topless revues, check out Topless Vegas with online updates.
• April 14, 2011 Street Food Throwdown:
A reminder that tonight's the Street Food Throwdown Pig Out on Trop event, with four Las Vegas food trucks vying for top ranking, as determined by the authors of Eating Las Vegas.
• April 14, 2011 Ronson Residency:
DJ Samantha Ronson will kick off a residency at Paris' new Chateau Nightclub on April 29.
• April 14, 2011 William Hill Buys Leroy's:
British bookmaking giant William Hill is to purchase American Wagering Inc., owner of the Leroy's sports books, reports VegasInc. The purchase price reportedly includes approximately $18 million for American Wagering, plus about $21 million for the Club Cal Neva Satellite Race and Sportsbook Division in Northern Nevada.
• April 14, 2011 Kerkorian to Step Down:
Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian has announced that he will step down from the board of MGM Resorts International this June. In an interview from his home, he 93-year-old founder of the coumpany said he was was tired of attending board meetings, which "got to be very lengthy," but he'll continue to be a senior adviser to the company and its first director emeritus.
• April 13, 2011 New LV Air Carrier:
LV Air is a start-up Las Vegas-based air carrier that plans to lease 767 jets, announced this week that it's considering offering direct service to Palm Beach International Airport. Its plans also include non-stop flights from JFK to McCarran, plus possible service from airports in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.
• April 13, 2011 Serendipity Anniversary:
On Tuesday, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace celebrated both its second anniversary and the sale of its 100,000th signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. The lucky 100,000th guest, a local lady, won free Frrrozen Hot Chocolate for life.
• April 13, 2011 Village Seafood Joins Buffet of Buffets:
For an additional $15 on top of the regular $44.99 price for the Caesars Entertainment "Buffet of Buffet" pass, diners can now also enjoy a discounted price at the Rio's Village Seafood Buffet (previously excluded from the program; regular price #38.99/person).
• April 13, 2011 Weather Warning:
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from noon to 9 p.m. today for southern Nevada, as a Pacific storm brings in strong winds and isolated showers. Drive carefully.
• April 13, 2011 Operation Blue Takeover:
Details remain sketchy, but from what we've been able to gather via Twitter, at 11 a.m. today the Fashion Show Mall will be the scene of "Operation Blue Takeover," which will involve the unveiling of a 15-foot statue of the Blue Man Group, who will be in attendance, and a Twinkie cake from Freed's Bakery.
• April 13, 2011 Street Food Throwdown:
The Las Vegas mobile-food craze continues to gather momentum, with new gourmet and events mushrooming all over the valley. Tomorrow evening features the next Street Food Throwdown at the E. Tropicana Metro Pizza location, and the three authors of our Eating Las Vegas restauarant guide will be judging the winner. Should be a fun event.
• April 13, 2011 D.C. to Offer Online Gambling:
The Associated Press reports that The District of Columbia will become the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, including games of both skill and chance. The move was submitted as part of the 2011 budget and a 30-day period for Congress to object expired last week. Officials were not sure how long it would be until the program, which will be operated through the DC lottery, would be up and running. Online gaming will be available only to gamblers within the borders of the district.
• April 12, 2011 Strip Club Sale:
Rick's Cabaret has announced that it's selling its Las Vegas venue, which has consistently failed to make money since the company bought it back in 2008. "We do not believe the Las Vegas market itself will return to its former strength in the near future," said Eric Langan, President and CEO of Rick's Cabaret.
• April 12, 2011 New Bellagio Exhibit:
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art debuts a new exhibit beginning this Saturday, April 18. "A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney" is organized in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and will showcase landscapes by artists including Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Robert Rauschenberg, Christo, Vik Muniz, and others.
• April 12, 2011 More on New Breakfast Show:
The V Theate at the Miracle Mile Shops has released more details about its new -- and Vegas' first-ever -- morning show, Breakfast with Bugsy, which features breakfast and is free with the purchase of any other V Theater show ticket.
This is the second new "mob"-themed attraction to be announced recently, following news of the launch of the Las Vegas Comedy Jail Bus Tour, scheduled for April 29.
• April 12, 2011 Some Good News for Vegas:
Today's LV Sun reports that, using data from Moody's Analytics, personal finance magazine Kiplinger, has included Las Vegas on its list of "11 Comeback Cities for 2011," with predictions including an almost 3 percent growth in employment in the coming months.
• April 11, 2011 USA Today on LVA:
Travel writer Kitty Bean Yancey cites the annual Las Vegas Advisor room-rate study in last weekend's USA Today, revealing that ticket prices are on the up, despite the recession. For the whole article, see LVA in the Media.
• April 11, 2011 New Burger Bar:
Burger King's new Whopper Bar debuted at the Rio on Friday, featuring 22 different burger toppings, delivered by a bevy of "Whopperistas." Look out for a review in an upcoming issue of LVA.
• April 11, 2011 Hourglass Specials at Cosmo:
French brasserie Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan is offering a nightly happy hour and reverse happy hour in the lounge adjacent to the bar. From 5 to 7 p.m. enjoy "Hourglass" drink specials, then from 10 p.m. until close, the Reverse Hourglass features half-price menu items, including the signature Comme Ça burger, roasted beef bone marrow, and crème brûlee, in addition to items from the Raw Bar, including the Grand Plateau – a two-tier assortment of fresh Maine lobster, king crab legs, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and oysters.
• April 11, 2011 Celebrity Chippendale:
On weekends from May 5 through June 12, Jeff Timmons, founding member of 98 Degrees, will join the cast of the Chippendales as a special guest and emcee.
• April 11, 2011 Tillerman Closes:
One of Las Vegas' long-operating restaurants, the Tillerman, has closed. It was one of the vanishing supper-house-style restaurants that were popular in the '80s and '90s.
• April 10, 2011 Multiplier at ECan:
It's 4X points every Sunday in April for both slots and video poker at Eastside Cannery. On weekdays, get a free buffet for earning 200 points on machines, playing two hours at a $10 average bet on table games, or four hours of poker. No points are deducted.
• April 10, 2011 Visitation Up:
Once again, the decline in gambling win wasn't correlated to a decrease in visitors. Year-over-year visitor volumn was up by 1% in February. It was the 12th consecutive month of increases.
• April 10, 2011 Masters Odds:
Rory McIlroy is the big favorite at -200 (bet $200 to win $100) to win the Masters going into today's final round. KJ Choi is the second favorite at +910 and Angel Cabrera is third at +1000. Tiger Woods is +2300.
• April 9, 2011 Sahara Memories:
Check out today's poll results for some terrific information about the Sahara. The casino will close next month, but a lot of people have fond memories, which are shared in the poll-results comments.
• April 9, 2011 Vegas StrEATS:
Don't forget tonight's the second Vegas StrEATS food-truck festival downtown, featuring even more of our ever-growing family of gourmet mobile food outlets, plus DJs, local streetwear vendors, and more. We checked it out last month and it was a blast. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and runs till 2 a.m. and it all takes place opposite the El Cortez.
• April 9, 2011 Day Club Gets Jump:
The Las Vegas Sun reports that Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas' Marquee Day Club pool opens today. The 22,000-square-foot venue was scheduled to open next week, so we don't have the admission details, but we'll post them when we get them.
• April 9, 2011 Tiger Roaring:
Going into the third round of the Masters, Tiger Woods, sitting in third place, is the second-favorite to win the tournament. In offshore betting, Woods is +325, slightly behind leader Rory McIlroy's +303.
• April 8, 2011 Local Bank Fails:
Nevada Commerce Bank, which has posted three consecutive years of losses, was seized this afternoon by regulators, making it the 10th Nevada bank to fail since 2008. City National Bank will assume the bank's deposits, which are insured up to $250,000 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
• April 8, 2011 Free Night at the Spike:
Throughout the month of April, the newly remodeled Gold Spike downtown is giving away a room a night. Just book direct with the hotel and you may find your room is on the house. Click here for more details.
• April 8, 2011 Extended Run for X Burlesque:
X Burlesque, the topless revue at the Flamingo that celebrated its fourth anniversary this week, has just had its contract extended for a further two year and has added five new numbers. For our review of this, plus all the other adult reviews, gentlemen's clubs, and European-style pools in town, check out our guide to Topless Vegas, available with a year's worth of online updates.
• April 8, 2011 Double Dose of A.C.:
Anthony Curtis now pens not one but two weekly columns, one for local magazine Seven, and one that's nationally syndicated to various publications. You can catch both of his latest articles at LVA in the Media.
• April 8, 2011 Chip Thief to Stand Trial:
The R-J reports that Anthony Michael Carleo, the man accused of stealing $1.5 million in chips from Bellagio last December, will stand trial on multiple felony counts, including robbery with use of a deadly weapon, assault with use of a deadly weapon, and burglary. An arraignment hearing has been set for April 21.
For information about other major casino heists, successful and otherwise, check out today's QoD and the QoD for 4/5/2011.
• April 8, 2011 New Resort in the Works?:
VegasInc, the newly launched business magazine from Greenspun Media, reports that Marriott has possible plans to build a 3,500-room resort across from the Las Vegas Convention Center, in the lot formerly occupied by the Beach nightclub. In the meantime, the owners of the site have sought permission to operate another "trailer station" casino on the site on April 27 in order to preserve its gaming license.
• April 8, 2011 New Breakfast Show:
V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops has just alerted us about a new morning show, Breakfast with Bugsy, that's due to open April 16. Tickets to all of V's other shows will include a complimentary ticket for this new breakfast show when it opens. We'll bring you more details as they're released.
• April 8, 2011 Secret Garden Price Hike:
Admission prices to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat have been raised by $2 for adults and kids, raising the cover to $17 for adults and $12 for those aged 4-12.
• April 7, 2011 National Beer Day:
Apparently, it's National Beer Day, so here's a link to our guide to Las Vegas Pubs & Microbreweries.
• April 7, 2011 Las Vegas This Weekend:
Here are some of this weekend's highlights:
-- Dennis Miller's at the Orleans (4/8-4/10)
-- TI welcomes back Bill Engvall (4/8)
-- Kevin Hart does stand up at the Mirage (4/8-4/9)
-- Tim Allen makes 'em laugh at the Venetian (4/8-4/9)
-- Chicago takes the stage at the Las Vegas Hilton (4/8-4/9)
--The twice-monthly free "Nashville Unplugged" event takes place at Green Valley Ranch (4/8)
-- Pete Yorn entertains at the Palms (4/8), followed by Brian McKnight (4/9)
-- David and Cathy Guetta's legendary international party, F*** Me I'm Famous, kicks off a 26-week run at Wet Republic (4/10)
-- And the second monthly VegasStrEATS food-truck street fest takes place downtown, hosted by the El Cortez (4/9)
• April 7, 2011 Facelift for Borgata:
Atlantic City's Borgata is investing $50 million to renovate its 2,000-room main hotel. When it opened in July 2003, the $1.1 billion resort-casino was the most expensive ever built in Atlantic City.
With an annual profit of $174.6 million, the Borgata claimed the biggest profit among Atlantic City's 11 casinos last year, and well over 25 percent of the total collective figure of $535 million, which was down by almost 28 percent on the previous year (see "Today's News" 4/6/2010).
• April 6, 2011 Dotty's Decision Threatens Valley Taverns:
Clark County commissioners have reached a controversial conclusion that could change the way that Las Vegas tavern owners do business, or force them to close altogether. The decision comes after county commissioners accused Dotty's of violating state law by making a majority of their profits from gaming and not dining. The new rules include taverns now having to have at least eight slots machines at a full service bar, a kitchen serving food, and seats for 25 diners. Attorneys for Dotty's say they are considering a lawsuit against the county.
• April 6, 2011 Police Checkpoints Tonight:
Metro will conduct two voluntary traffic checkpoints at 9 p.m. tonight near the 3100 block of North Tenaya Way in a search for witnesses in the slaying of 22-year-old Michael Portaro, who under stage name Mikey P was a member of rap outfit Ekoh. The former Faith Lutheran quarterback was shot in the parking lot of the Tenaya Creek Brewery on March 30 while selling tickets to an upcoming Ekoh show.
• April 6, 2011 Sintra Show to End:
SINATRA Dance With Me, the musical at Encore that's enjoyed two extensions to its limited run, will now end Saturday, April 23, a week earlier than previously planned due to the show's upcoming national tour. Tickets, which are $95 plus tax and fees, are available by calling 888/320-7110 or visiting wynnlasvegas.com.
• April 6, 2011 WSOP Rematches:
In what promises to make for some riveting television, former WSOP Main Event champions are gearing up for a rematch of the final head-to-head play. On June 2 at the Rio, Chris Moneymaker facing off against Sammy Farha, over whom he was the surprise victor in 2003. Phil Hellmuth will also take on runner-up Johnny Chan, who had two consecutive main event wins when he lost to Hellmuth in 1989. The pairing for the third rematch will be voted for by fans on the WSOP Facebook page. ESPN will televise the games on July 26.
• April 6, 2011 Moorea Topless Once More:
Moorea Beach club, which was one of Las Vegas' first "European-style" pools, but which switched to a non-topless policy when Angel Management Group took over last year, is now back to being "toptional" once again. For information about all Las Vegas' topless pools, and all the other top pools in town, check out Cool Pools.
• April 6, 2011 Santana Shrine:
On Tuesday, April 12 at 11 a.m., the Hard Rock will dedicate a new memorabilia case to legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, featuring items from his show's successful two-year run at The Joint.
• April 6, 2011 New Roll for Porrino:
Gossip columnist Robin Leach just reported via his Twitter that Angel Porrino, understudy and popular occasional fill-in for Holly Madison in Peepshow, is leaving that production to star in Caesars' new outrageous adult circus show Absinthe, which is reviewed in the May issue of Las Vegas Advisor.
• April 6, 2011 Rave Headed to LVMS:
It's been confirmed that Insomniac Events will move Electric Daisy Carnival, the largest rave in the U.S., from L.A. to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year. The event takes place June 24-26. Visit insomniac.com for more details. Last year's event drew 160,000 attendees.
• April 6, 2011 Dancers Sought:
Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas, the impressionist drag-queen show at the IP, is seeking dancers and choreographers. Visit Backstage for more information and to submit your resume.
• April 6, 2011 Freedom Riders Freebie:
On Friday, April 29, Vegas PBS and MRI will host a preview of "Freedom Riders," an original American Experience documentary, followed by a live discussion with original Freedom Rider and Congressman John Lewis, (GA) at 4 p.m. at The Mirage. The film follows the story of the 1961 protests against racial inequality in the Deep South and the two-hour event is free and open to the public.
• April 6, 2011 Mayoral Race Down to Two:
The Las Vegas mayoral race is down to two, with candidate Chris Giunchigliani achieving a 15-vote win over fellow Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, meaning she'll now face Carolyn Goodman in a head-to-head runoff.
• April 6, 2011 Rockers to Rock Red Rock:
Mötley Crüe and Poison, with special guests punk forefathers the New York Dolls, will perform together for the first time at the Amphitheatre at Red Rock Resort on Saturday, June 18. Tickets, which start at $65, go on sale Saturday, April 9 and can be purchased at all Station and Fiesta casinos or at ticketmaster.com.
• April 6, 2011 A.C. Profits Plummet:
Gross operating profits were down by more than a quarter for Atlantic City's casinos last year, reports the WSJ. Competition from casinos in neighboring states, on top of the recession, is considered the principal reason for the 28 percent drop.
• April 5, 2011 New Dancer column:
The third and final installment of video poker guru Bob Dancer's 3-part article on the subject of How Much Stress Should There Be in Gambling?, is now posted and ready to read.
• April 5, 2011 Think You Have the Voice?
Insurance provider, Aflac, is holding open auditions today from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. Think you have what it takes to be the new voice of the Aflac Duck? Then head over to 5670 Wynn Rd.
• April 5, 2011 Blue Man Auditions:
Here's a reminder if your life's ambition is to be a Blue Man. The Blue Man Group will hold an open call at the Venetian, tomorrrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Can be male or female, height between 5'10' and 6'2', and should have a "good sense of rythm."
• April 4, 2011 Championship Line:
Connecticut is a 3-point favorite over Butler in tonight's NCAA Basketball Championship game, after being bet down from an opener of -4 (that means money has come in on Butler). The total is 129.5.
• April 4, 2011 WPT Announces Its Biggest Tourney:
This May 18-19 the World Poker Tour will stage the inaugural High Roller Event during the World Championship series at Bellagio. The $100,000 buy-in will be the largest in WPT history.
• April 4, 2011 Some Good News:
Following all the doom and gloom about unemployment and foreclosure stats comes some good news from the Southern Nevada Index of Leading Economic Indicators, which reported one of the highest monthly gains in its 30-year history in March, gaining more than 1 percent, thanks mainly to a jump in travel and tourism.
• April 4, 2011 Wynn Named Top CEO:
Barron's financial magazine has named Steve Wynn among the world's Top 30 CEOs in its annual list of the world's best chief executives. Apparently, this year it took into particular account how each candidate was approaching Asia and other developing markets, and Wynn's success in Macau made him a new addition to the list.
• April 4, 2011 Holly Back in Peepshow:
Holly Madison returns to Peepshow tonight after a short break. For reviews of this and all the other adult revues currently performing in Las Vegas, check out the online upgrade to the Topless Vegas Pocket Guide, which keeps you constantly up-to-date for a whole year.
• April 4, 2011 Great Lakes to Drop Vegas Route:
Starting May 15, Great Lakes Airlines will discontinue its service from Kingman Municipal Airport to McCarran. In its place, the airline will provide daily non-stop service to Phoenix Sky Harbor International. The airline cited the fact that the drive from Kingman to Las Vegas is quick, plus the demand from business and government travelers for easy access to the state's capital.
• April 4, 2011 MGM China Planning IPO:
Today's Wall Street Journal reports thyat MGM China Holdings Ltd., the joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Pansy Ho, is planning to raise around US$1 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange in May. This announcement comes in the wake of the settlement of an apparent family feud between billionaire Stanley Ho and members of his family, including Pansy, earlier this year, in which the casino tycoon claimed various children and ex-wives were trying to usurp his empire.
• April 4, 2011 Maloof Addresses Britney Rumor:
In the light of rumors of a Las Vegas relevancy, following her surprise concerts at the Palms last Friday, owner George Maloof said a headlining gig would make sense "someday, maybe," and that it's been discussed, but nothing is imminent.
• April 3, 2011 Absinthe is Strong:
We checked out the debut of Absinthe at Caesars Palace and rate it as one of the strongest new shows in years. The specialty acts are amazing and there's a good mix of comedy. It's also racey, so be forewarned. Tickets are priced high, beginning at $93.30, but you can get them for $80.83 by using our discount code. There will be a complete review in the May issue of LVA.
• April 3, 2011 Lottery Winner Shared by Seven:
The single-ticket winner of the $319 million Mega Millions lottery was held by a group of seven players, who will get $19.1 million each after taxes. Some of the regular players from the group apparently opted out of the play, which raised the take for the seven, but made for a Mega-bad-beat for them.
• April 3, 2011 ACM at MGM:
The 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards takes place this evening at MGM Grand, hosted by Reba McIntyre and Blade Shelton. Tickets start at $150 but there's also a more modestly priced "Fan Jam" companion concert at Mandalay Bay, which will also feature in the live CBS broadcast.
• April 2, 2011 Southwest Mass Cancelation:
Southwest Airlines is taking 81 Boeing 737s out of service Saturday for inspections, after one of its planes lost a piece of its fuselage in the skies over Arizona, reports Channel 8. The airline expects to cancel approximately 300 flights, including several out of McCarran. The hole that opened up in the cabin roof was described as being the result of a mechanical failure, not an act of foul play.
• April 2, 2011 Final Four Lines:
In today's first game of the NCAA Basketball tournament's Final Four match-ups, Butler is a 3.5-point favorite over Virginia Commmonwealth and the total is 132.5. In the second game, Kentucky is a 2.5-point favorite over Connecticut and the total is 139.
• April 2, 2011 South Point Shootout:
Championship Bull Riding presents the Tuff Hedeman Vegas Shootout at the South Point Equestrian Center from 8 p.m. this evening, featuring legendary bull rider Tuff
Hedeman. Tickets are $15-$60.
• April 2, 2011 ELV Signing Op:
Just a reminder that the authors of Eating Las Vegas will be signing copies at the UNLVino Grand Tasting from 7-10 p.m. at Paris tonight.
• April 2, 2011 TAO Beach Debuts:
The Venetian's hot party pool opens for the 2011 season today, hosted by supermodel Irina Shayk. Admission this year will be free during the week, with a $20 cover Friday and Sunday and a $20 ladies/$30 men cover on Saturday
• April 1, 2011 Penultimate Pitbull:
Bobby Slayton, the so-called "Pitbull of Comedy," ends his run at Hooters tomorrow night, so catch him while you can. This show is not for the sensitive or politically correct, but we have to say we had a blast when we checked it out back in 2008 (prior to his temporary move to the Trop).
• April 1, 2011 Strip Show Shuffle:
According to entertainment columnist Mike Weatherford, DAO: The Asian Celebration, closed last Sunday after a 45-week run; there are rumors that magician Rick Thomas, who had been performing at the soon-to-close Sahara, may fill the void in the showroom. Watch this space.
• April 1, 2011 New Club Debuts:
Posh, the new boutique nightclub at the Playground, debuts tonight, with guest host Playmate Jayde Nicole.
• April 1, 2011 Vegas Turning Blue:
Several resorts, including New York-New York's Chrysler Building and the Hard Rock, will change their exterior lights to blue tonight and tomorrow in observance of the fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day.
• April 1, 2011 UNLVino:
Through Sunday, April 2, Las Vegas continues to celebrate the 37th Annual UNLVino Wine Festival and as part of the festivities, you can meet the authors of Eating Las Vegas, who'll be attending the Grand Tasting at Paris, which takes place from 7-10 p.m. tomorrow, and signing copies of the book.
• April 1, 2011 First Friday:
We can't believe a whole month has gone by, but it's time for the First Friday arts festival downtown again tonight, with new nightlife venues to check out and an array of Food Trucks, plus all the usual galleries, street vendors, and more.
• April 1, 2011 Santana Relocates to Vegas:
Guitar legend Carlos Santana, whose Supernatural Santana show returns to the Hard Rock in April, has already relocated to Las Vegas himself, but now also plans to move all of his business operations here from the Bay Area. While the move doesn't represent a huge difference in terms of job creation or economic stimulation, it is seen as a significant symbolic move that could encourage others to follow suit.
• April 1, 2011 Travel Wars Continue:
Following American and Delta Airlines' decision to pull their flights from various online travel agents, comes an announcement from Enterprise that they're doing the same. Enterprise Holdings, which operates Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Alamo Rent-A-Car, and National Car Rental, will end its relationship with Orbitz starting April 1 and pull its entire 1 million-strong fleet from the OTA, citing "unacceptable commission rates" and the fact that Orbitz had decided to drop the Alamo and National brands.