Compiled by LVA Research
• December 31, 2010 New Year's Eve:
About 310,000 visitors are in Las Vegas tonight to welcome the new year. Parties are running all over town (check our big list in "Las Vegas Special Events) and the fireworks show at midnight will feature 50,000 effects launched during an 8-minute and 6-second show. Access to the Strip will begin to shut down at 5:30 this evening when I-15 exits and onramps at Tropicana, Flamingo, and Spring Mountain and the Harmon overpass are closed. The Strip will be closed from Russel to Sahara at 6:15 p.m. and re-open at about 3 a.m. The entire police force of nearly 3,000 officers and another 300 from the National Guard will be on duty.
• December 31, 2010 Slayton Back to Hooters:
The "Pitbull of Comedy" will return to his former off-Strip home in the New Year, for an extended run from Jan. 27 through April 2, 2011. The show will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with performances at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $39.95.
• December 30, 2010 Office Hours Reminder:
The Las Vegas Advisor/Huntington Press offices will be closing in approximately half an hour (3:45 p.m.) and will reopen for business at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 6; to repeat our earlier post for those who missed it, the 2011 MRB will not be in-house until Friday, Jan. 7.
• December 30, 2010 Las Vegas Football Update:
Anthony Curtis has posted what will be one of the final Las Vegas Football Updates of the season at LVASports.com.
• December 30, 2010 Sloppi Jo's Hits the Road:
Fellow food truck Fukuburger welcomes the arrival of new kid on the block Sloppi Jo's today, with a joint appearance at 9037 Saon (9037 W. Sahara) from 6 p.m. this evening.
• December 30, 2010 Las Vegas This New Year's Weekend: There are some huge names in town this weekend to ring in the New Year, with Rihanna, Jay Z, Bruno Mars, Kim Kardashian, Nelly, Coldplay, Holly Madison and others all performing at and/or hosting parties. You can find all the details in our New Year's feature in Special Events. But that's not all...
- The House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay welcomes Pitbull (12/31)
- SOS (Society of Seven) featuring Jasmine Trias performs at the Cannery (12/31)
- Thrity Seconds to Mars takes the stage at the Pearl inside the Palms (12/31)
- Comedian Sinbad entertains at the Orleans (1/1-1/2)
- The first and much anticipated Tiësto In Concert event takes place at the Hard Rock (1/1), as the legendary DJ begins his residency there.
- And MGM Grand welcomes UFC 125: Frankie "The Answer" Edgar vs. Gray "The Bully" Maynard.
• December 30, 2010 Vanity Punished for Sins:
The nightlife venue at Hard Rock has been fined a half-million dollars by Gaming Control and ordered to pay $150,000 in fines to Metro and the GCB to cover investigation expenses, following undercover operations that implicated the club and several of its employees in illegal activities, including the selling and taking of drugs and the use of private rooms for sexual activity, reports the LV Sun.
• December 30, 2010 2011 MRB In-House Jan. 7:
As we'd suspected, this year's LVA Member Rewards Book will be in-house a little later than usual, due to unavoidable production delays, compounded by the bad weather that's delaying delivery from the printer. The 2011 books will be available for pick-up from our office on Friday, Jan. 7, when they'll also begin shipping; please don't come to collect your book prior to that date, as we won't be able to help you.
• December 30, 2010 More Chips Discontinued:
In the wake of news that Bellagio's canceling its $25K chips, following a $1.5 million robbery, comes word that another casino is also discontinuing a line of its chips. The Silver Nugget Casino in North Las Vegas has posted notice, as it's legally required to, that it will be canceling chips with the Mahoney's Silver Nugget logo. Under Nevada State Gaming Control Board Regulation 12.070, a casino is required to give fair warning (at least 120 days) to allow holders of the chips to redeem them; in this instance, the casino's giving a four-month heads-up.
• December 30, 2010 LA Times on Mob Attraction:
The "Travel" section of today's LA Times carries a feature on the new Las Vegas Mob Experience, due to open next year at the Tropicana, and the Mob Museum project underway downtown, for both of which Frank Cullotta is consulting.
• December 29, 2010 Holiday Office Hours:
Please be aware that our offices will likely close early tomorrow (sometime after lunch), so call ahead if you're planning to come and sign up for your LVA subscription or pick up some books. We reopen 9 a.m. January 3, at which point we hope to have the 2011 Member Rewards Book in-house, but we can't yet guarantee that so again, call before making a special trip.
• December 29, 2010 Sin City Sober City?:
According to the latest report by The Daily Beast, Milwaukee tops the list of the nation's most drunken cities, with Las Vegas merely occupying the #46 spot in the Top 50.
• December 29, 2010 Bellagio to Axe $25K Chip:
Following the theft earlier this month of some $1.5 million in chips, including those of $25,000 denomination, comes word from the high-end Strip casino that it will be discontinuing the gray-inlaid chips and calling on all gamblers currently holding the chips to redeem them by April 22, 2011. After that date, the chips will be rendered worthless.
• December 29, 2010 Dual Citizenship for Wynn:
Steve Wynn has apparently been granted citizenship of the principality of Monaco by Prince Albert III in order that he can serve as an outside director for a joint venture between the governments of Monaco and Qatar. Wynn has not renounced his American citizenship and remains a U.S. citizen and taxpayer, reports the LV Sun.
• December 29, 2010 More Fontainebleau Fallout:
Buffalo Bill's Resort is the latest beneficiary of Fontainebleau's financial woes, and has apparently scored in the ongoing sell-off of fixtures and furnishings, from which downtown's Plaza has already lucked out. Guests of the Primm hotel-casino can apparently enjoy designer desks, chairs, dressers, night stands, and carpeting all purchased at a knock-down rate from the stalled upscale Strip property, reports today's R-J.
• December 29, 2010 New Year's Visitation Up:
As with the Christmas season, the LVCVA is forecasting an increase in visitors on last year, with about 320,000 revelers expected for New Year's weekend -- up about 10,000 on last year. If you're going to be among them, don't forget to check our Las Vegas New Year's Guide in "Special Events."
• December 29, 2010 Poll Fixed:
Our apologies -- a technical glitch caused our new Reader Poll to not display earlier, but the problem's now been fixed, so please revisit and cast your vote. This is an important survey for us, so we really want to hear your feedback -- spread the word! Thanks.
• December 28, 2010 Recycle Your Tree:
Don't forget that there are more than 20 drop-off points around the Las Vegas Valley where you can recyle your Christmas tree and save it from going to a landfill. The free service is available through January 15 -- click here for more information and locations. For other tips on "green" lifestyle ideas and eco-friendly businesses, don't forget to check out our Vegas Green Guide and follow our @GreenVegas Twitter.
• December 28, 2010 Mt. Charleston Lights Back On:
NV Energy confirms that it's managed to restore power to the remaining houses on Mt. Charleston that had been without electricity since last week, when heavy snow and falling trees brought down power lines.
• December 28, 2010 New Year's Eve in Las Vegas:
Still trying to make plans for New Year's? The economhy doesn't seem to have dampened the festive spirit and there are parties and concerts all over town, with something to suit every taste, so check out our guide to New Year's Eve in Las Vegas in the Special Events section.
• December 28, 2010 Strip Reopens to Traffic:
A section of Las Vegas Blvd. was closed for eight hours this morning after a police chase involving a suspected DUI driver ended in a crash outside the Wynn. The closed portion of the Strip, between Spring Mtn. and Convention Center Dr., re-opened just before 11 a.m. The driver, who hit a light pole, was arrested for evading officers and DUI causing an accident.
• December 28, 2010 Metro Gets Tough on DUIs for NYE:
Metro has issued a YouTube video outlining their zero-tolerance policy towards DUIs for New Year's Eve. The video also explains which roads will be closed at what time and offers suggestions for alternate routes.
• December 28, 2010 Free Food!:
Today from noon to 2 p.m., Sloppi Jo's, Las Vegas' newest Food Truck, will be giving away free food as a practice run to going "live". The truck will be located at 3070 W. Post Rd. (south of Russell Rd. off Dean Martin Dr.)
• December 28, 2010 Showgirls Wanted:
Jubilee!, the long-running showgirl spectacular at Bally's, is holding auditions for singers, dancers, and showgirls on January 11 in Orlando, January 13 in New York, and January 23 in Las Vegas. Click here for details. And don't forget there's a 2-for-1 offer for Jubilee!, along with 40 other show deals, in the 2011 LVAMember Rewards Book.
• December 27, 2010 Aria Listens, Adds Signage:
It doesn't surprise us that Aria has evidently had some complaints about being difficult to navigate; what is a surprise is that they listened to the feedback and are now in the process of adding new signs throughout, which should help a lot. Bravo!
• December 27, 2010 CosmoPOLLitan:
We've had a great response to our current Reader Poll about your take on the new Cosmpolitan resort-casino. If you haven't yet cast your vote, you have until midnight tomorrow, when an interesting new poll will go live that we strongly encourage everyone to take part in. Stay tuned...
• December 27, 2010 More Changes Afoot at Hard Rock?
It's been a turbulent year for the Hard Rock casino, with the opening of a new tower in the worst of economic times, the suicide of President and COO Andrew "Randy" Kwasniewski back in March, the October drowning of an intoxicated reveler at the Rehab pool party, and an ongoing lawsuit with the Hard Rock Hotel chain over brand-image issues, among other things. Now local blog Report on Vegas is speculating about what the future has in store for the still popular party property, including rumors that former owner Peter Morton might be interested in buying the Hard Rock back. Click the link for more on this and other related stories.
• December 27, 2010 HP Author Shines Light on Las Vegas' Needy:
Author Matt O'Brien writes about the dark side of retirement in Las Vegas for AARP, explaining why he felt compelled to do something practical to help the characters he's profiled in Beneath the Neon and My Week at the Blue Angel.
• December 27, 2010 Foodie Love for Vegas:
Las Vegas has been named among American's Top 10 Food Cities for Esquire by culinary critic John Mariani, who penned the forward to our Eating Las Vegas restaurant guide.
• December 27, 2010 Casino Workers Claims Snubbed by BP:
Today's USA Today reports how, to date, casino workers in the Gulf have had their compensation claims denied by BP, although many experienced a marked decline in income from tips during the oil spill and its aftermath. However, Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney in charge of the claims facility, says he's sensitive to the workers' claims and that those whose applications have been denied should reapply. Click the link for more information.
• December 26, 2010 Free Food:
Sloppi Jo's, Las Vegas' newest Food Truck, will be serving up free nosh on Tuesday as part of its ongoing trial-run program. The location will be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned...
• December 26, 2010 Rehab Reality Show Axed:
The fourth season of TruTV's "Rehab" reality TV show has been canceled, reports the Las Vegas Sun, apparently as a result of the ongoing lawsuit between the Hard Rock Casino and the hotel chain, which claims that the series featuring the former's notorious summer pool party is damaging the Hard Rock brand image.
• December 26, 2010 Gambling Domains Up for Auction:
Dambling domains specialist Gambling Invest has announced that it will host an online auction featuring over 2,000 domains, covering all key sectors of the gambling industry, including race and sports betting, poker, and the word "casino." The names will be sold off between January 26 and February 2, 2011 via the Proxibid platform. More details of the auction will be announced nearer the time.
• December 26, 2010 Holiday Visitors:
The Las Vegas Convention and Vistors Authority estimated that 260,000 visitors would be in town for this holiday weekend. That's up 4.4% from last year. The estimated non-gaming economic impact is $143.9 million, off of last year's $146.4 million despite more visitors and also below about $160.7 million over the Thanksgiving weekend.
• December 26, 2010 Crazy Horse Too Auction:
The shuttered Crazy Horse Too topless club is headed for a possible sale by auction. After three years of unsuccessful attempts by the government to sell the club to pay debts and fees, a "public sale" has been ordered, which could eventually lead to the auction. The parcel's valuation has reportedly dropped from $35 million to about $5 million.
• December 26, 2010 Cosmo VP Praise:
Good Reports have been coming in on the video poker schedules at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. There a lots of decent 8/6 Jacks or Better games for quarters and 9/6 and 9/5 JoB for dollars and up. We'll have a complete report in the January LVA.
• December 25, 2010 Flier Count Dips:
After last month's upturn in flier numbers at McCarran Airport broke a long streak of down results, the November numbers were down again. A 1.2% decline in November leaves this year's 11-month total at -1.9%.
• December 25, 2010 Merry Christmas:
It's a typical holdiday in Vegas: lots of people in town and special dinners in all the casino restaurants. South Point is awarding 5X points on slots and 2X on video poker today.
• December 24, 2010 Westin Changing Ownership:
Ownership of the Westin on Flamingo just east of the Strip is about to revert to its lenders. It's unclear at the moment where that will land the resort, but it can't wind up much worse than it's been over the past few years. The Westin was originally opened as the Maxim in 1977.
• December 24, 2010 Trop Book Opens:
A temporary sports book has opened at the Tropicana. It's run by Cantor Gaming and its exclusive In-Running wagering (betting while a game is in progress) is reportedly available now. A permanent 42,000-square-foot race and sports book is under construction and expected to open in early 2011.
• December 23, 2010 LVASports Update:
Anthony just posted his latest Las Vegas Football Update at LVASports.com, so check it out.
• December 23, 2010 Las Vegas This Holiday Weekend:
Even Las Vegas takes a little bit of a breather this time of year -- we have to prepare mentally and physically for the impending insanity of New Year's -- but if you're looking for some entertainment this weekend, we won't disappoint:
-- SINATRA Dance With Me continues at the Encore with 7:30 p.m. performances (12/11-1/29), followed by Stephanie Sun at 10 p.m. (12/24-12/25)
-- The Andy Williams Christmas Show's at the Las Vegas Hilton (12/23-12/24)
-- The Kao Lin Fong Holiday Concert takes place at the Orleans 912/25)
-- The Commodores and Morris Day perform out at Buffalo Bill's (12/26)
-- And Jerry Seinfeld makes em' laugh at Caesars Palace (12/26-12/27)
For all other holiday happenings, including light displays, caroling, carriage rides, and more, check out our Christmas Special Events guide.
• December 23, 2010 Last-Minute Gift Ideas:
Looking for inspiration for that special someone on your gift list? If they're a fan of Vegas or gambling, we have plenty of options at ShopLVA.com that you can still get in time for the holidays, including a subscription to Las Vegas Advisor (includes our killer 2011 Member Rewards coupon package); a whole range of eBooks (no special reader required); or how about Bob Dancer's Video Poker for Winners, which is available as an instant download and is absolutely the best (and most fun) tutorial software on the market, for a gift that will actually earn your giftee cold hard cash! Each option comes with a gift certificate to download, so you'll have something to slip under the tree or stuff in their stocking. Happy Hols!
• December 23, 2010 Mt. Charleston Evacuation:
Residents of Mount Charleston are being urged by Clark County officials to leave their homes after three snow slides occurred overnight and some homes were damaged by falling trees, plus the area is experiencing ongoing power outages. An avalanche advisory for Kyle Canyon issued Wednesday has been upgraded to an avalanche warning.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for Mt. Charleston residents at Bilbray Elementary School. Temporary shelter for residents' pets is also available at the school.
• December 23, 2010 Mob Book in Da House:
The latest title from Huntington Press, Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family, is now in-house and available for purchase from the HP/LVA office (we close for the holidays at 5 p.m. today). This is currently the only place this book is available from and it will make a great Xmas gift for any fan of Mob history. Among his numerous illegal activities, Andrew DiDonato, the subject of the book and its co-author, was deeply involved in underworld gambling operations, which took in millions dealing dice and cards, booking sports and horses, and running numbers. In Surviving the Mob you'll find the most in-depth look at Mob gambling ever published -- and some of the secrets revealed will definitely surprise you.
• December 22, 2010 Mt. Charleston Update:
We just heard from a local resident that it could be up to 10 days before Nevada Power can fix the electricity outage. Apparently, there's now about 10 feet of snow.
• December 22, 2010 Avalanche Warning
Clark County has just issued an avalanche advisory for the Kyle Canyon area of Mt. Charleston. The hotel at the bottom of Kyle Canyon is not affected by the advisory and remains open. However, officials are urging residents to evacuate.
• December 22, 2010 Pacquiao vs. Mosley in Las Vegas:
It's being reported that Manny Pacquiao plans to fight Shane Mosley in Las Vegas. Promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com that Pacquiao will take on Mosley for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title on May 7.
• December 22, 2010 Springs Spectacular Cancelled:
The Holiday Spectacular at Springs Preserve has been cancelled for this evening for obvious reasons; the rain is due to subside Thursday, however, so they're hoping the final night of the event wil take place as scheduled tomorrow evening.
• December 22, 2010 NY Times on Downtown LV:
Today's New York Times carries a big feature on the various interesting construction projects underway or completed in downtown Las Vegas, which Mayor Goodman describes as "our mini-stimulus plan."
• December 21, 2010 State of Emergency:
County Manager Virginia Valentine has issued an emergency declaration to deal with threats of flooding in Clark County. Valentine said, "With a declaration in place, we can call upon other public entities for assistance, including the state of Nevada and the federal government, to get resources as quickly as possible to our residents," reports "8 News Now."
• December 21, 2010 2011 MRB List is Live:
We have finalized the 2011 Las Vegas Advisor Member Rewards Book offers -- CLICK HERE to view the complete list. We think it's the strongest package yet, with plenty to offer whether you're looking for dining discounts, buffet bargains, drink deals, show savings, or great gambling offers -- not to mention deals on spa treatments, childcare -- even tattoos! Anthony Curtis will be elaborating on this year's MRB over the next few days, plus the Member Rewards Online program, which we're already building; for now, we just wanted to make the list live so you can see all the great savings and sign up or renew your LVA membership.
• December 21, 2010 LVA Logins, Social Networking:
As you may have noticed, we're making some changes to the home page; it's still a work in progress, but one significant change so far is that the LVA member login is now located top right (instead of in the left-hand nav., as previously). The links to our RSS feed and @LVA_Tweet Twitter are also now located at the top of each page, in the image of Las Vegas.
• December 21, 2010 Half-Off Munchies:
Today through Christmas Eve, mention codeword MIGHT MUNCH at Munchbar at Caesars Palace for 50% off all food and domestic beers. Offer available open to close.
• December 21, 2010 Free Wine at M:
From 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday through Sunday receive 2-for-1 bottles of select wines at M Resort's Hostile Grape wine bar (while supplies last). Plus, show your dining receipt of $100 or more from Marinelli's, Terzetto, or Veloce, dated December 23-3O, and receive a complimentary bottle of wine.
• December 21, 2010 Power Out on Mt. Charleston:
Snow and falling trees have brought down power lines at Mt. Charleston and power's likely to be out for the remainder of the day while repairs are made.
• December 21, 2010 Free Tacos Tuesday:
From 5-9 p.m. today, enjoy two free tacos at any Station or Fiesta Mexican restaurant by showing the following blog post or printing out the coupon at the end of it.
• December 20, 2010 Station Buffet Discounts:
Station Casinos are offering locals discounts at their buffets through December 30(excluding Christmas Day), with $4.99 for Breakfast and $6.99 for Lunch at the Feast Buffet; Dinner and Sunday Brunch $8.99 at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, Santa Fe & Aliante; and Dinner and Sunday Brunch $11.99 at Red Rock Resort & Green Valley Ranch. Prices require valid Boarding Pass. Prices vary at Friday Seafood Nights at Santa Fe and Aliante Station. (Thanks to SaveLV.com for this one.)
• December 20, 2010 LV Still Suffering from Recession:
It'll be of little surprise to anyone living here to learn that, according to a report by Brookings Mountain West, Las Vegas ranked second-to-last among the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas in making an economic comeback through the third quarter, as reported in today's LV R-J. The combination of high foreclosure and unemployment rates, plus reduced tourism, continue to hit the city hard and an economic consultant quoted in the article predicts that barring any large-scale infrastructure job-creation projects, which remain unlikely, the recovery here is going to be "slow and plodding."
• December 20, 2010 Weather Threatens Holiday Spectacular:
Due to the inclement weather, tonight's Holiday Spectacular at Springs Preserve may be canceled. Please call 702/822-7700 before heading down; the festivities are due to continue nightly through Thursday, Dec. 23, from 5-9 p.m.
• December 20, 2010 South Point Celebration:
The south-of-Strip property is celebrating its fifth anniversary this Wednesday, Dec. 22, with free cake and champagne for all guests from noon to 10 p.m., plus live music in the Grandview Lounge throughout the day, 5X points on slots, and 2X points on video poker. All drinks are $2 at all casino bars through December 24, too.
• December 20, 2010 New Parking Downtown:
Twitter account @HenriandOdette just reported that there are 36 new parking spaces downtown on Jackie Gaughan Parkway: Apparently, it's $1 an hour and you can use a credit card or coins.
• December 20, 2010 Total Lunar Eclipse:
Tonight head outside in Las Vegas at 11:41 p.m. to witness a total lunar eclipse. This December solstice eclipse is the northernmost total lunar eclipse for several centuries and won't happen this far north again until December 21, 2485.
• December 20, 2010 A.C. Hilton Fights Foreclosure:
The Atlantic City Hilton, the city's smallest casino. is heading to court tomorrow to try to prevent its lenders from seizing control of the property, which stopped paying its bank loans last July and is now in default on its mortgage, but has so far failed to work out a deal with its lenders. Over the weekend, an attorney for the property's owners told The Press of Atlantic City that there would be a long legal battle before the bank could take over the Boardwalk casino.
• December 19, 2010 Free Rides for Locals:
Now through December 24, the RTC is offering free rides to locals with valid ID on its new Westcliff Express service, which operates between downtown, the Strip, and McCarren airport. Click here for more details.
• December 19, 2010 Bowls Contest:
Station, Fiesta, and Wild properties are running a football contest for the college bowl games. The Last Man Standing College Bowl Edition begins Dec. 28 and has a $25 entry fee (buy four and get a fifth free). There's a $15,000 guarantee and 100% of entry fees are returned as prizes.
• December 19, 2010 NYE Details:
"America's Party 2011" will feature an 8 minute and 6 second fireworks display, eminating from the rooftops of seven Strip casinos. The participating casinos will be MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Aria, Caesars Palace, Venetian, Treasure Island, and Stratosphere. Nearly 50,000 effects will be featured in the show.
• December 19, 2010 Vegas' First Pop-Up Dinner:
If you haven't heard about this new phenomenon, "pop-up" dining involves renowned chefs cooking spontaneous meals at unlikely venues (art galleries, boutiques, rooftops...), often for guests by invitation only. Tonight, Las Vegas combines this with the other hot new trend for food trucks, as Chef Jet Tila collaborates with the Fukuburger food truck, with a mobile pop-up event also hosted by Herbs & Rye, which will provide patrons with beverages and a warm place to enjoy the signature Asian street eats. Tila is the Executive Chef at Encore's Wazuzu and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for preparing both the world's largest stir-fry and the world's longest sushi roll. All dishes are $6, with $1 from each sale going to local charities. Truck windows open at 5 p.m.
• December 18, 2010 Video Poker Survey Results:
Be sure to check out the results of our latest poll on Las Vegas' best video poker. The poll summary includes some excellent leads to the good games around town.
• December 18, 2010 Two-Dollar Drinks:
South Point is at it again with $2 drinks 24/7 throughout the casino until Dec. 24. The deal is good on all drinks and they're just $1 when you buy with club points.
• December 18, 2010 Meet the Authors:
The three food critics behind our Eating Las Vegas restaurant guide will be hosting a book signing today at 3 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store located at 3860 Maryland Parkway.
• December 18, 2010 Open House at Neon Museum:
The Neon Museum will open part of its famous Boneyard for visitors and locals alike from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (doors close at 1:30 p.m.). Cameras are permitted to take snapshots but no extra equipment is allowed. Admission's $5 and the entrance is on McWilliams Ave., with parking available behind the Reed Whipple Center at 821 Las Vegas Blvd North.
• December 17, 2010 Rain Closes Magical Forest:
Opportunity Village's Magical Forest is closed due to the weather; it will reopen at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, weather permitting. For all the other holiday attractions around town, check out our feature in Special Events.
• December 17, 2010 Weather Delays Flights:
The inclement weather is causing some flight delays in and out of McCarran International Airport this afternoon; check the "Flight Status" option in the Useful Info section in Transportation for updates.
• December 17, 2010 Dancer's Car Found:
Channel 8 reports that Metro's located the car belonging to missing 31-year-old Fantasy dancer Debbie Flores-Narvaez, who's been missing since Sunday. Police say they still have no suspects in the case.
• December 17, 2010 Last Few Hours for Mob Offer:
Don't forget that today's the last chance to take advantage of the pre-sale offer for our newest title, Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Family, so make sure to place your order before 5 p.m. PST today.
• December 17, 2010 New Year's Details Released:
Details of this year's "American's Party" Strip fireworks display have just been announced. The firing locations will include MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, TI, The Venetian, and Stratosphere and the eight-minute program will be choreographed to Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" and Katy Perry's "Waking Up in Vegas," we understand.
• December 17, 2010 Steak 'n Shake Debuts:
The popular Illinois-based restaurant opened its first venue in Las Vegas today at South Point, as part of that casinos expansion project. It's open from 11 a.m.-midnight daily (1 a.m. on the weekend), serving gourmet burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes.
• December 17, 2010 Cloud Nine Balloon No More:
We've just learned from their website that the Cloud Nine balloon attraction, which only recently took to the skies once more after a prolonged hiatus due to wind damage, has now closed permanently.
• December 17, 2010 Robosaurus Returns:
The giant car-eating robot is back eating cars in the Hooters parking lot today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.
• December 17, 2010 Hookers on the March:
Today is "International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers" and at 6 p.m. a vigil will be held at the Erotic Heritage Museum, after which Las Vegas prostitutes will march down the Strip, carrying red umbrellas, calling for an end to discrimination against sex workers and more legal protection.
• December 17, 2010 Happy Hour at Screwballs:
If you're looking for cheap beer tonight, head over to Screwballs Sports Lounge tonight, where they'll be serving 25-cent Coors Light drafts from 5-11 p.m. tonight. The Coors Light girls will be there from 7-8 p.m., too.
• December 17, 2010 Mayweather Arrested:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is apparently in custody at the Clark County Detention Center following his arrest last night for his misdemeanor battery warrant. Metro was apparently alerted after the boxer was spotted by security at an unnamed Las Vegas casino.
• December 17, 2010 Foxwoods Loses License:
After four years, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board finally lost patience with the Foxwoods casino project this week and in a move that reportedly shocked Foxwood's attorneys, commissioners voted 6-1 Thursday to strip the project of its $50 million slots license. It's the first time that state has revoked a gaming license and with no precedent and no clear provision in Pennsylvania's gaming laws, no one's quite sure what will happen next, but there's a chance the license may be auctioned off across the whole state.
• December 16, 2010 Herbst Family Out of Gaming:
What was started by three Herbst brothers in 1987 as a company to service the slot machines in Terrible Herbst's gas stations, grew into the second-largest slot route in Nevada, and expanded to include 15 casinos in three states, is out of the family's hands. Following the takeover by a new company, the Herbst family will no longer have management or board positions.
Herbst Gaming has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy for a year and had been expected to emerge by now, but there have been objections by some bondholders about the terms, according to today's LV Sun. The bondholders have filed suit in federal court and a hearing's scheduled for Monday in Las Vegas.
• December 16, 2010 Get Happy with Wolfgang:
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina has introduced a new "Happy Hour Every Hour" bar menu, featuring a selection of signature appetizers, plus cocktails, wines, and beer all for under $7 each. The menu will be served daily, from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday–Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
• December 16, 2010 Thanks for the Twitter Love:
Today we reached two milestones, passing 700 followers at @GreenVegas and 5,000 followers at @LVA_Tweet. Thanks and welcome to all our new followers -- much appreciated! And look out for our new Facebook pages, coming soon...
• December 16, 2010 Fantasy Dancer Missing:
Metro has issued a missing persons report for Debbie Flores-Narvaez, a dancer in Luxor's Fantasy revue who's been missing since Sunday. Click here for a photograph and family contact details if you have any information relating to this case, or contact Metro's missing person unit at 702/828-2907.
Debbie was last seen leaving her home near Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana Ave about 7 p.m. on Sunday evening. She drives a maroon 1997 four-door Chevrolet Prism with Maryland license plate 73547CD.
• December 16, 2010 Mob Offer Expires Tomorrow:
Friday, Dec. 17 is the last chance to take advantage of our special publisher's discount on our new title, Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family. Pre-order now and get the e-Book download for free, so you can start enjoying your new read immediately; we'll even throw in free shipping when the paperback's in house, which should be any day now.
• December 16, 2010 Group Moves to Block Sports Arena:
A group backed by casino heavyweights, inclduing MRI and Boyd Gaming, filed a lawsuit Wednesday aimed at blocking the construction of a major new sports venue on th Strip on land donated by Caesars Entertainment. The group, which fears the new venue would take away from their business, alleges that "rampant fraud" occurred in the collection of signatures in support of the project and the petition should be considered invalid.
• December 16, 2010 Free Wings at Hooters:
Hooters Casino Hotel will be giving away 10 free wings per person to memebers of the Owl Rewards Club from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, plus you'll have a chance to see Robosaurus performing in the parking lot (he's a giant Transformer-type beast who crushes cars and breathes fire). Patrons who enjoy the free wings are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item to Three Square food bank or a new un-wrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
• December 16, 2010 Cosmo:
Our first look at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas left us impressed. The building's compact footprint requires that the resort's various elements be segmented on different floors. All of the casino and most of the bars are on the first floor, retail is on the second, the restaurant enclave and more bars are on the third, and the pool area is on the fourth. Most impressive is the restaurant line-up. We sampled some fantastic fare, but these places won't be cheap. The buffet, called Wicked Spoon, looks amazing and is priced under $30 for dinner. A quick run through the casino turned up reasonable (for the Strip) 9/5 Jacks or Better and 7/5 Bonus video poker. The pit offers a big mix of the "carnival" games, e.g., Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em, Crazy 4 Poker, Blackjack Switch, War, Three Card Poker, etc. Cosmo will be covered in-depth in the January LVA.
• December 15, 2010 Food Truck Update:
The 2010 Food Truck trend continues, with a new one joining the ranks just before the end of the year, we've learned. Sloppi Jo's Roving Eatery will feature a menu "designed around Hatch green chiles," apparently and will bring the total number of active food trucks in the valley to ten, according to our latest reckoning (although Flow Rider Truck is now out of commission until the New Year).
• December 15, 2010 Garth Cuts Back:
Today's LV Sun reports how Garth Brooks revealed on last night's "Larry King" show that he will not be performing more than the dozen weekends he's contractually obliged to at Encore next year; this year, he actually performed an additional three weekends and all dates sold out immediately, but the singer wishes to prioritize spending time with his family.
• December 15, 2010 HP Author Supports Food Drive:
X107.5 and the UFC are collaborating today and tomorrow with the "Fight Holiday Hunger" food drive in support of local non-profit ThreeSquare. The event, which is taking place in front of the Walmart at Rainbow and 215, will be accepting donations today and tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and author Al Mancini and Huntington Press have donated 20 copies of Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants, which Dave and Mahoney, the hosts of X107.5's "Morning Show," will hand out to those making generous donations.
• December 15, 2010 Ameristar Off the Market:
Las Vegas-based casino company Ameristar, which has been the subject of sale speculation since the death of founder Craig Neilsen in late 2006, is definitely not on the market, announcing in a board meeting Tuesday that alternatives to enhancing stockholder value are under consideration, but a sale "is not in the best interests of the company and its stockholders at this time" and is no longer one of the options being looked at.
• December 15, 2010 Cosmopolitan Time:
The much-anticipated opening of the new Cosmopolitan Las Vegas resort-casino takes place, with a poolside concert by Brandon Flowers of Vegas band The Killers. The resort says dice will roll for the first time around 8 p.m. to a crowd of VIPs and social media contest winners.
The Cosmopolitan is the subject of the new LVA Reader Poll, so share your thoughts and cast your vote, if you haven't already.
• December 14, 2010 AC on TV:
Expect to see our fearless leader all over the TV for the next couple of days; they're knocking down our doors to interview him about the Bellagio robbery (so if we're behind on finalizing the 2011 MRB package, you can blame the guy in the bike helmet). There will be local news coverage tonight, plus you can catch him on "Good Morning America" tomorrow.
• December 14, 2010 Cosmopolitan Sneak Peak:
Get a video tour of the Strip's new 2,995-room room, $3.9 billion resort, wich is due to open tomorrow, with the R-J's video tour.
• December 14, 2010 Holiday Offer for Kids:
Kids accompanied by a paid adult will receive free admission to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve these holidays, from Monday, Dec. 20 through Jan. 3, 2011, a saving of $4.95 per child for locals and $10.95 for non-residents.
• December 14, 2010 Bellagio Update:
Metro's now revealed that this morning's Bellagio robber may have got away with as much as $2 million in chips from the crap table he held up. The same person is suspected of being the culprit in a similar robbery that took place at Suncoast last week.
• December 14, 2010 Seasonal Restaurant Closures:
Harrah's just posted on their Facebook/Twitter accounts with an update of seasonal restaurant closures: The Café will be open 6 a.m.-2 p.m. until December 24; visit the Oyster Bar for evening and late night dining. Also, Ming's will reopen on December 23; KGB will reopen on December 27; and the Starbucks locations on the Promenade and in Carnaval Court will reopen on December 26.
• December 14, 2010 Bellagio Robbery:
The location used for Ocean's Eleven experienced a real-life robbery last night, reports "Fox5 News." Apparently, around 4 a.m. a gunman whose face was covered with a motorcycle helmet robbed a pit area at Bellagio and took an undisclosed amount of money, before fleeing on a motorcycle westbound on Flamingo. No one was hurt during the incident.
• December 13, 2010 Lingerie Football League:
Meet the ladies of the Lingerie Football League tonight at the Sporting House Bar & Grill at New York-New York for Monday Night Football. For a list of all the MNF parties around town, and which are the best/worst, visit LVASports.com.
• December 13, 2010 Job Fair:
Hussong's Catina at Mandalay Place is hiring servers, bussers, and front desk staff tomorrow through Thursday this week, from 9-11 a.m. daily.
• December 13, 2010 Dining Shock:
Thai Spice, a long-time Las Vegas staple that's nine times been voted "Best Thai Restaurant" in Vegas by readers of the R-J, has closed. The sign in the window says "Closed for remodel; opening again asap" -- the interior has been completely gutted since we last got lunch from there last week.
• December 13, 2010 MO Gets Festive:
CityCenter's non-gaming Mandarin Oriental resort is getting into the festive spirit and has decked out the Mandarin Tea Lounge for the holiday season, with touches including a hand-crafted gingerbread pagoda created by Executive Pastry Chef Gianni Santin. Also, commencing Wednesday, Dec. 15 through Christmas Eve, you can enjoy some of Las Vegas' premiere high school choirs performing from 3-5 p.m. daily in the Lounge, which is located on the 23rd floor and offers great views of Las Vegas.
For our complete listings of Holiday activities, displays, and events, check out our feature in Special Events.
• December 13, 2010 More Cuts at Binion's:
A year after the historic downtown hotel closed its hotel, coffee shop, and keno lounge, Binion’s Gambling Hall has closed its valet area and eliminated 10 full-time employees, reports "FOX5 News". Apparently, employees will no longer be provided meals, either, but will instead be paid for one meal per shift.
• December 12, 2010 Sinatra Fix:
Today's LV Review-Journal contains a couple of good pieces reminiscing about Sinatra, who's birthday was today. Norm Clark's column names several remaining Las Vegas haunts that the Chairman of the Board made famous (Sahara's Casbar Lounge, the Musician's Union building on Tropicana, Golden Steer Steakhouse, etc.). And Mike Weatherford's entertainment column relates interesting comments about Sinatra from Steve Wynn.
• December 12, 2010 H&M Opens in Forum Shops:
A new H&M clothing store has opened at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. At 60,000 square feet, it's the largest in the 2,000-store H&M international chain and almost twice the size of the Fifth Avenue store in New York City, which was the previous largest. It's in the spot that was formerly home to FAO Schwartz.
• December 12, 2010 Soaked Santa:
Here's something different. Santa will be hanging out underwater today in Silverton's 117,000-gallon aquarium, from 10 am to 1 pm. An elf outside the aquarium will convey gift requests from kids who come to see wet Santa.
• December 11, 2010 St. Pierre/Koscheck:
Georges St. Pierre is a 4-1 favorite over Josh Koscheck in tonight's big UFC match. Palace Station is showing the entire card in the Louie Anderson Theater for a $10 admission. Doors open at 6 p.m. It's also being aired for free at the Sierra Gold bar at 215 and Jones, and Rampage Jackson will be there at 6.
• December 11, 2010 Coast Connection in R-J:
The monthly Coast Connection magazine came out in yesterday's LV Review-Journal. It contains a $10 matchplay for Orleans, along with some food discounts and lots of information on Coast Casino promotions.
• December 11, 2010 Last-Chance Book Signing:
Best-selling Huntington Press author Matt O'Brien will be signing copies of Beneath the Neon and My Week at the Blue Angel today at 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (3860 S. Maryland Parkway, 89119). It's his last signing before Christmas, so make sure you head over if you'd like to pick up a personalized gift for the Vegas fan in your life.
• December 11, 2010 Food Truck Throwdown:
There's a cook-off between @slidertruck and @HANSHIKTACO at Lee's Discount Liquor (7411 West Lake Mead Blvd) from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm today; may the best truck win!
• December 10, 2010 Cameron Cirque Collaboration Confirmed:
Early last month, we reported a story from Nerdlocker.com that cited a rumored collaboration between Avatar director James Cameron and Cirque du Soleil (see "Today's News" Nov. 8, 2010). The following day, Nerdlocker contacted us to say the story turned out to be a hoax, so a retraction was duly posted. However, today's LA Times reveals that there was indeed substance to the story and that next year, Cameron will executive-produce a feature film directed by Andrew Adamson (Narnia, Shrek), that will include sequences from six of the Cirque du Soleil shows currently playing in Las Vegas: O, KÀ, Mystère, The Beatles LOVE, Zumanity and Viva Elvis.
• December 10, 2010 Designated Drivers Seeks Driver Adoptors:
The Las Vegas Designated Drivers Foundation is seeking people to take part in their "Adopt A Driver" program, which pays for their annual Home for the Holiday's free-ride program. Last year over 2,000 clients were driven home safely in their own cars by authorized drivers and the program's been credited with reducing DUI-related fatalities in the Las Vegas Valley to zero three years in a row. Still, we were shocked to learn last year that of 2,000 local nightlife-related businesses approached for donations, not one responded, meaning the duration of this year's program has been cut to 500 rides over a nine-day stretch, down from an anticipated 2,300 rides in 17 days. The fee to adopt a driver is $50, or two for $90.
• December 10, 2010 Shake-Up at Gaming Control Board:
Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander has announced that he will not seek a new term in the position that he's held since 2001, while fellow board-member Randall Sayre revealed that he's been told he will not be reappointed to the seat that he's held since 2007. It falls to Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval to appoint two new regulators to the three-person regulatory panel.
• December 10, 2010 Caliendo to Close:
After a year-long run at the Monte Carlo, comedian/impressionist Frank Caliendo is leaving the Las Vegas Strip to "focus on family" and other projects, it was announced today. The show, which has received mixed reviews from LVA readers, will perform, its final show this sometime this spring.
• December 10, 2010 The Chairman of the Board Returns to the Strip:
The showroom at Encore debuts the new song-and-dance tribute, SINATRA, Dance With Me, tonight at 7:30 p.m. The show will perform for a limited run Monday to Saturday, through January 29, 2011.
• December 10, 2010 Bank Sues Big Vegas Development:
JPMorgan Chase Bank is trying to force the $1.55 billion KB Home development in Henderson into bankruptcy, accusing the builders of mismanaging the project and employing a "hostage-ransom strategy" to avoid liability for a $585 million loan, reports Bloomberg.
• December 10, 2010 Massive Prostitution Bust at Macau Casino:
In the early hours of Friday morning, police raided the Sands Venetian Macau and arrested 110 alleged prostitutes and 22 suspected pimps, reports Forbes.com. The operation busted Friday morning is thought to be part of a larger prostitution ring and protection racket.
• December 9, 2010 Las Vegas Weekend Highlights: It's really still all about the NFR this weekend, plus we're in full festive swing -- check out our latest Spotlight on and Special Events features for details on concerts, autograph signings, holiday attractions, and more. In the meantime, there's also some cowboy- and Christmas-free musical entertainment to feast your ears on, with an eclectic lineup of headliners this weekend:
- Planet Hollywood welcomes Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds (12/10-12/11)
- Leonard Cohen performs at Caesars Palace (12/10-12/11)
- Sam Adams and LA Riots play at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay (12/10)
- The Black Crowes take the stage at the Hard Rock (12/10)
- Comedian Aziz Ansari does stand up at the Palms (12/11)
- And Encore debuts SINATRA Dance With Me (12/11-1/29/11)
• December 9, 2010 Football Update Posted:
You can catch Anthony Curtis' latest update on the Las Vegas football situation -- contests, parties, and more -- at LVASports.com.
• December 9, 2010 LVA Holiday Guide:
It's still early days, and we'll be adding to the events and attractions in the upcoming days, but most of Las Vegas' biggest Christmas attractions are now up and running, and many of the headlining events and family activities have been announced, so check out our Christmas Guide in "Special Events" for ideas on how to get into the festive spirit.
• December 9, 2010 Reefer Love:
A big shout out to Huffington Post for promoting our Reefer Gladness book signing this evening. You can meet best-selling author and all-around nice guy Michael Konik at Book Soup tonight from 7 p.m. (8818 Sunset Blvd.), signing copies of the book about which the venue says: "It's an entertaining, elegant, and consistently heady study of a simple weed with the power to change American society. Konik's pungent prose provides a literary contact high. His vivid characters, the regular (and irregular) people from every stratum of society who make marijuana a part of their lives, blaze off the page."
• December 9, 2010 More Good News for Downtown:
After a 28-month run of gaming win decline for downtown's 19 casino, the trend was broken in October with a 10.3 percent gain posted and a win of $44.5 million. Statewide, the win was up 11% for the month.
• December 9, 2010 Locals Love from Rio:
Locals who are members of the Total Rewards program can enjoy a wide range of discounts at the Rio, including 25% off at all restaurants and 50% off at all casino bars. Click this link for more details and to download the coupons.
• December 9, 2010 Finally a Plan for Lady Luck?:
It sounds as if the much mourned (by LVA readers, anyway) Lady Luck, which has been shuttered for a half-decade now, might finally make its comeback. As reported in today's Las Vegas Sun, the owner of the property has plans for a major upgrade, including a complete makeover for the look of the property, a new swimming pool, and new restaurants and shops. A spokesman for the project said expected the property to reopen in the third or fourth quarter of 2012. Experience has taught us not to hold our breath when it comes to the LL, however. Here's a quote from a Question of the Day that we wrote back in March, 2008:
"The idea is to coordinate the debut of the mob museum with the reopening of Lady Luck. According to the stories we've seen, this probably won't happen until at least 2009, and may spill over into 2010."
• December 8, 2010 Ciao to Ciao Ciao:
The popular pizzeria on the west side of town, which made it into the list of "Best Pizza" in Eating Las Vegas, has closed unexpectedly. Check out previous LVA Reader Polls for the word on the Best New York-style Pizza and Best Chicago-style Pizza in Las Vegas.
• December 8, 2010 MRI Sale Expiring:
The exclusive 72-hour room-rate sale at various MRI Strip properties expires at midnight tonight, so check out the deals and make your reservation now, to avoid disappointment. Offers include a $56/night rate at MGM Grand and Aria from $106/night -- the absolute lowest we've seen for that property.
• December 8, 2010 Zowie Bowie Update:
According to the band's Twitter, singer Marley Taylor is back with Zowie Bowie, and you can catch the reunited band live this Friday night at 11 p.m. at Red Rock -- no cover.
• December 8, 2010 Sushi Sweepstakes:
It's week 7 of the national POM Chef Series 2010 Sweepstakes and this week's prize is dinner for two at YellowTail in Bellagio, which is named as one of the "50 Essential" restaurants in Eating Las Vegas. If you live in the Las Vegas area, click this link for more information and to fill out the form for a chance to win.
• December 8, 2010 Eating Authors on Air:
This morning's edition of KNPR's State of Nevada features the three authors behind our acclaimed new dining guide, Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants. You can catch the show right now at 88.9 FM, and it's repeated this evening at 8 p.m.
• December 7, 2010 Go Gaga at Madame Tussauds:
Don your favorite Lady Gaga outfit this Thursday, Dec. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. for the unveiling Las Vegas Lady Gaga doppelganger, as part of the Madame Tussauds Lady Gaga Global Launch.
The first 20 people who RSVP to email@example.com will also be eligible to participate in the Global Lady Gaga Launch and will be entered to win two tickets to the sold out Lady Gaga Monster Ball concert Friday, March 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Must be present at the launch and dressed in Lady Gaga costume to win.
• December 7, 2010 Still Have Tix Left:
Call our office before 5 p.m. tonight (702/252-0655) if you'd like to attend tomorrow's screening of Casino Jack at Planet Hollywood. Kevin Spacey, who plays Jack Abramoff, will be there, and so can you! Just call to claim a pair of free tickets -- but you have to be an LVA member to qualify.
• December 7, 2010 Special Offer for LVA Members:
We've got a really special perk for LVA members -- the first of what we hope to be many added benefits to our membership program in 2011.
Tomorrow night there's a private screeing ofthe new Kevin Spacey movie Casino Jack, about notorious lobbyist Jack Abrammof and we have five pairs of FREE tickets to give away for the event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood. We have confirmation that Kevin Spacey will be in attendance and the first five people to call our office on 702/252-0655 (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) each get a pair of tickets, once we've verified that you're an LVA member, so you can be there too! Tickets will be held for pick-up at the Total Rewards center at Planet Hollywood. Here's a link to the trailer, which looks cool.
• December 7, 2010 Angel Casting Call:
Angel Management Group, the new force in Las Vegas nightlife, is holding an open casting call tomorrow for a new hush-hush venue called Savile Row (named for London's famous street of bespoke tailors). The new nightspot will take the place of the Noir Bar at Luxor, but the casting call's at LAX, from 2:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8. Positions they're looking to fill include bar backs, bartenders/mixologists, cocktail servers, porters, and VIP hosts. Email your resume to email@example.com. Savile Row is due to open New Years 2011.
• December 7, 2010 Future Bright for Gambling:
According to a report released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers, all of the world's gambling markets can expect to experience growth over the next four years, with the one exception being Atlantic City. Nevada gaming is anticipated to return to pre-recession levels in 2014, after a slow 2011, but it's predicted that MRI and Caesars Entertainment will likely sell off assets in Vegas and other parts of the country. Other predictions include Singapore overtaking Australia and South Korea as a gaming market in 2011, plus continued robust growth for Macau, which is expected to almost match U.S. gambling revenues by 2014.
• December 7, 2010 More Dining News:
Popular chain Smashburger is opening a fourth Las Vegas location December 15. The new restaurant will be located at 4725 S. Maryland Pkwy., next to UNLV.
• December 7, 2010 Dining News:
Gossip columnist Robin Leach reveals in his Vegas Deluxe column today that fiery-tempered Brit. chef Gordon Ramsay will be opening a steakhouse at Paris, in the place of Les Artistes, which will close at the end of January. Ramsay's bistro is set to open June 1.
Meanwhile, chef Hubert Keller has reopened Fleur (formerly Fleur de Lys) at Mandalay Bay with the promised tapas menu, while Charlie Palmer's Aureole is currently closed for a remodel.
• December 7, 2010 Resorts Sale Finalized:
The sale of Resorts Atlantic City was finalized on Monday. The property was bought for $31.5 million by veteran casino executive Dennis Gomes and New York real estate developer Morris Bailey. The pair plan to re-brand the casino with a Roaring '20s theme to take advantage of interest in "Boardwalk Empire," the HBO series about Prohibition-era Atlantic City. A grand reopening is planned for Memorial Day weekend. Resorts was the first casino to open in the U.S. outside of Nevada.
• December 6, 2010 Mob Experience Seeks Staff:
The soon-to-debut Las Vegas Mob Experience attraction at the Tropicana will be hosting a job fair Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Tiffany Theater Showroom, seeking to fill 75 positions, including retail sales, box office agents, character guides, and security. Previous experience at a major attraction and knowledge of foreign languages preferable. The LV Mob Experience is due to open either late this year, or early 2011.
In the meantime, if you need a fix of "mob," check out our soon-to-be-released new title, Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family, which we're hoping will ship in time for the holidays (it should be available for in-house pick-up by Dec. 17 -- watch this space for updates).
• December 6, 2010 Monday Night Reminder:
If you haven't already checked out our newest Las Vegas Advisor Top 10 Value, tonight's half-price night at Hard Rock's Rare 120° steakhouse -- check out Anthony Curtis' review in the December issue of the LVA newsletter.
• December 6, 2010 Mindfreak Store Folds:
The official Criss Angel "Mindfreak" merchandising store at Circus Circus has closed; you can still catch Criss in Cirque du Soleil's substantially revamped Criss Angel BeLIEve at Luxor, however, where there's a separate Criss Angel store.
• December 6, 2010 Terrible's Tenth:
There's a real good 10th Anniversary party going on today at Terrible's. Along with giveaways all day and free cake and champagne from 4 to 7 pm, there are several of Terrible's good gambling promotions in play. They include 10X points on slots, $100 in free-play for four 10s on 25-cent and up video poker, and a great deal in blackjack that pays a $10 bonus when your first two cards equal 10. Clever as always; the deals run till 10 p.m. tonight.
• December 6, 2010 Welcome to Fabulous Las ... Cakes:
TLC's "Fabulous Cakes" series pays tribute to some of Sin City's more sinful delights as it profiles three of the top pâtissiers in tonight's episode, titled Above and Beyond. Caked Las Vegas, Bellagio, and Las Vegas Custom Cakes get to show off their sugary skills this evening at 10:15 p.m. This is the second time the show's honored Las Vegas -- a previous episode already featured Caked, plus long-time locals favorite Freed's Bakery, and Vincent Pilon, Executive Pastry Chef for Mandalay Bay.
For additional suggestions about where to find the best desserts in Las Vegas, check out our recent LVA Reader Poll, and compare with the experts' opinion in Eating Las Vegas.
• December 6, 2010 New Eating Formats:
For those of you who've immersed yourselves in the digital age, we have good news: Our acclaimed Eating Las Vegas guide is now available in e-Book format both as a pdf download and for the Barnes & Noble Nook device; a version for the Amazon Kindle is to follow.
• December 6, 2010 More Palms News:
Catch the Patriots vs. Jets game tonight from 5 p.m. at the latest of the Playboy Club's Monday Night Football parties. No cover. For ideas about the other best (and worst) places for MNF parties, check out Anthony Curtis' free weekly Las Vegas Football Update at LVASports.com.
• December 6, 2010 Job Fair at the Palms:
The hip off-Strip resort-casino is recruiting again, with a job fair this Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m-6 pm. in the ballroom; apply online to secure an interview.
• December 6, 2010 Holiday Love for VP Software:
Online gambling news site CasinoCityTimes.com has named Bob Dancer's Video Poker for Winners tutorial software among the Top 10 gifts for gamblers this holiday. We couldn't agree more, unless you want to upgrade to our money-saving Ultimate Video Poker Bundle, which includes the VPFW software, plus Dancer's excellent Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner title, and a complete set of all nine handy pocket-sized strategy cards, covering all of your favorite video poker games, for the knock-down price of $90 (reg. $125).
• December 5, 2010 Station Buffet Deal:
All Station casinos are running reduced-price buffets in December. Breakfast is $4.99, lunch $6.99, dinner and Sunday brunch $8.99 ($11.99 at GVR and Red Rock). Must have Boarding Pass card.
• December 5, 2010 American Country Awards Debut:
Tomorrow the first-ever American Country Awards show debuts at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The event will be broadcast on Fox5 and fans are invited to cast their vote at the show’s website.
• December 5, 2010 Marathon Time:
Here's your reminder that the Las Vegas Strip and other streets around town will be closed from the wee hours into this afternoon for the Zappos annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon events. See the item in this column on Friday for a link to the course map.
• December 4, 2010 Springs Holiday Spectacular:
Las Vegas Springs Preserve celebrates its annual ongoing Holiday Spectacular, staring from today. The exhibit is decorated with thousands of eco-friendly LED lights, while nightly seasonal entertainment takes place from 5-9 p.m., featuring seasonal treats, holiday arts and crafts, photos with Santa Claus, train and reindeer (pony) rides for kids -- and snow! All activities are included with the full admission price to the attraction (or pay $8 adults/$4 children ). Nightly entertainment will include performances by high school madrigal singers. All visitors bringing canned or non-perishable food items will receive $1 off admission.
• December 4, 2010 Super Seven Saturdays:
Today kicks off the first Super Sevens Saturday at Santa Fe Station, with $7 specials throughout the casino. Deals include 7X point on slots (not video poker), $7 for two Belvedere martinis in 4949 Lounge, and $7 appetizers in Charcoal. The appetizer deal looks good, with usual $10-$14 appetizers all reduced and you can set up at the bar in this cool restaurant to partake. Super Sevens will run every Saturday in December.
• December 4, 2010 New Playboy Casino:
Playboy's new $7.5 million casino in the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Cancun is due to host its soft opening today with a private party, then open to the public Sunday. The 1,200-square-meter casino will offer slots, sports betting, and table games, including roulette, poker, Caribbean stud, and blackjack.
• December 4, 2010 Lost Treasures Up for Auction:
Each year, millions of dollars worth of coins, jewelry, bonds, and other valuables that have been abandoned in safety deposit boxes, casino safes, and with insurance companies are finally auctioned off. Items that have been in limbo for two years or more go up for auction today at noon at the Grant Sawyer Building. Registration begins and 9 a.m. and among the items up for grabs this year include a rare nineteenth century gold pocket watch and millions of dollars worth of jewelry, checks, and more.
• December 4, 2010 Great Santa Run:
It's an athletic weekend in Las Vegas, with the annual 5K Las Vegas Great Santa Run setting off from Town Square at 10 a.m. today and the Zappos annual marathon tomorrow. Registration for the former is $35 for adults and $25 for kids aged 2-12, with funds going to benefit Opportunity Village.
• December 3, 2010 Jerry's Nugget Decision:
The court decision involving a video poker player evicted from Jerry's Nugget has stimulated a lot speculation within the gambling community about what it will lead to. We're not sure, but we've obtained a copy of the judgement, which you can view here and form your own conclusions.
• December 3, 2010 Lingerie Bowl VIII Coming to Vegas:
It's been announced that the Thomas & Mack Center will host Lingerie Bowl VIII on Feb. 6, 2011. On Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the new Sporting House venue at New York-New York, team members from the LFL's Las Vegas franchise will unveil specially designed uniforms for Lingerie Bowl VIII and announce details regarding plans for the newly formed Las Vegas franchise.
• December 3, 2010 Kangaroo Cocktails:
Rhumbar cocktail lounge at The Mirage welcomes the Seaworld Outreach Program and its newest kangaroo, Jirra, today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Photo opportunities will be available and a Seaworld representative will be onsite to answer questions about the organization’s wildlife and conservation efforts.
• December 3, 2010 Fallout from Macau Decision:
Las Vegas Sands Corp. voluntarily halted trading of shares of its Sands China subsidiary on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Thursday after Macau authorities denied the company's application to build casinos on two of its Cotai Strip parcels, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The surprise decision caused the company's shares to fall more than 6 percent on the New York Stock Exchange at one point yesterday. LV Sands Corp. has 45 days to appeal the decision to Macau's courts; the two parcels of land in question are rumored to be being eyed by controversial rival casino mogul Stanley Ho.
• December 3, 2010 Road Closures for Marathon:
Sunday sees the annual Zappos Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half-Marathon event, which begins and ends at Mandalay Bay. Between 3 and 5:30 a.m., police and event personnel will implement road closures along the race course, which includes the Strip and downtown -- click for the course map. Streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed.
• December 3, 2010 More Trump Layoffs:
Trump Entertainment Resorts CEO Bob Griffin announced that the company has laid off about 250 employees at its Atlantic City casinos. Those laid off include executives and hourly workers at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Trump Plaza Hotel, and Casino and Trump Marina Hotel Casino; the cuts follow earlier layoffs, including top Trump executives, since Griffin took the helm at the struggling properties back in November.
• December 3, 2010 Cabo Wabo Anniversary:
The Las Vegas outpost of rocker Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina, located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, celebrates its first-year anniversary tonight with food and drink specials, autographed memorabilia giveaways, and a "Red Rocker Look-Alike Karaoke Contest" at 9:30 p.m.
• December 2, 2010 Koi Toys:
As of December 1st, receive a complimentary sake, glass of champagne, or holiday cocktail of your choice at Koi in Planet Hollywood for every unwrapped children's book or toy you donate ($10 min value). All toys and books collected will be donated to 8 News NOW for Toys for Tots, benefiting children in Southern Nevada.
• December 2, 2010 Casinos vs. Players:
In what could eventually turn out to be a very important decision, a municipal court in North Las Vegas has ruled to dismiss a trespassing complaint brought by Jerry's Nugget against a skilled video poker poker. It means that the ejected patron not only has the right to be on the premises, but also cannot be prevented from playing video poker. If so, this could challenge the whole concept of 86ing players based on skill in playing the games. You heard it here first. More tomorrow.
• December 2, 2010 New Football Update:
Anthony Curtis' weekly round-up of the best of the Las Vegas football scene just went live at LVASports.com.
• December 2, 2010 Slayton Back to Hooters:
Bobby Slayton, dubbed the "Pitbull of Comedy" and whose previous run at Hooters ended in March 2009, will be returning to the off-Strip property for a limited engagement from Jan. 27 through April 2, 2011. We don't yet have details of the the schedule or ticket prices.
• December 2, 2010 Eating Book Signing:
On Thursday, Dec. 2 Marche Bacchus, one of the restaurants included in the "Essential 50," will be hosting a book signing with the authors of Eating Las Vegas from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, but space is limited, so call 702/804-8008 to make a reservation if you'd like to attend.
• December 2, 2010 Strip to Close:
From 2 p.m. this afternoon the Strip will be closed for a NASCAR Victory Lap parade led by champion Jimmie Johnson. The Parade, emceed by Robin Leach, will begin outside Planet Hollywood, with Terry Fator singing the national anthem. The parade will conclude at the Hard Rock on Paradise.
• December 2, 2010 Give Blood, Get Tix:
Now through Dec. 17, donate blood at any of Las Vegas' four United Blood Services locations and get two complimentary tickets to see Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas at Imperial Palace.
• December 1, 2010 Zappo's Goes Downtown:
It was officially announced at today's Las Vegas City Council meeting that popular online shoe retailer Zappos will move its corporate headquarters from its current home in Henderson to the soon-to-be-former City Hall building downtown, a move that's seen as a potentially powerful boost to the downtown economy. The city's due to be fully moved into its new building by April 1, 2012.
• December 1, 2010 Five Years for South Point:
South Point will celebrate its five-year anniversary on December 22nd and is marking the occasion with a $2 special on all drinks at all casino bars from December 13th through 24th. In addition, also through December 24th, slot patrons can purchase anything from a meal to a spa treatment to entertainment at 50% off when using their points to pay. The anniversary celebrations will also coincide with the opening of the recently expanded property's newest restaurant, Steak 'n Shake.
• December 1, 2010 NFR 2010:
Tomorrow sees the kickoff of the annual National Finals Rodeo event in Las Vegas, and lots of properties around town are getting in on the cowboy action. Check out all the events in our current Spotlight on feature.
• December 1, 2010 Coins in the Fountain:
The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood is honoring World AIDS Day today by encouraging visitors to drop their spare change into the fountain/rainstorm attraction, which has been specially colored red, throughout the month of December; all money received will be donated to local HIV/AIDS charity Golden Rainbow.
• December 1, 2010 Palms Hosts MMA Awards:
For the second consecutive year, tonight the Pearl at the Palms will play home to the World MMA Awards, hosted by Randy Couture. Octagon girl and model Arianny Celeste hosts the official after-party at the Playboy Club.