Deals / Drinking / Riviera / Cheap Vegas / Budget Vegas / Bars / → All Tags
The suits in the executive offices of the Riviera have seemingly been working on more than tying that perfect windsor knot in under four minutes. Some old spaces have been shuttered, one more than once. But, in other areas of the casino, everything old is new again.
After giving the theater a refresh, they've doo-wopped the entertainment lineup, adding Motown acts and mo'. The ol' casino lounge, Le Bistro? New again. And, the Riviera will be buddying up with the spawn of those Pawn Stars come April. Of course, Girls still be Crazy at the Riv and Men are getting into the
act Experience now, too.
The best recent news to come out of the Riviera PR machine for us? An announcement of the Riviera's 3-2-1 drink special which may just be the best on the Strip, happy hour be damned.
Openings / Fremont East / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Inspire Theater / Fremont Street Experience / Fremont Street / Events / Entertainment / Shows / Bars / Drinking / → All Tags
Not long ago, we marveled at the amazing video marquee above the now-open Inspire Theater in Fremont East (on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard). Ever since, we've been chomping at the bit to get a look inside. Well, recently, we not only got through the doors, but took in one of the venue's first shows. Was the theater inspiring enough (cough, cough) to give it a thumbs up?
While Caesars Entertainment shows us there are still things we will never see coming by selling four of its resorts to itself (huh?), we're finally able to retire the use of "may," "rumor has it," and question marks in our posts about the remodel of The Quad's accommodations.
Vegas For Beginners / MLB / Baseball / Gambling / Sportsbooks / → All Tags
MLB Spring Training is underway and professional baseball games are on the board and available to bet at sportsbooks. The two most popular sports to bet on, football and basketball, are most often bet using point spreads. Baseball is the third most popular sport for bets and that's possibly because people are simply confused about how to do so. Most bets on baseball use a money line where you just have to pick a winner.†The money line can be intimidating because just about every game is different, but it's really quite simple.
The money line is based on bets of $100. For example, +200 means you will win $200 on a $100 bet. On the other hand, if the money line is -200, you must bet $200 to win $100. Itís always easiest way to explain money line betting with an example:
Events / Golf Courses / Shadow Creek / Michael Jordan / Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational / MJCI / → All Tags
The greatest basketball player of all time and his star-studded collection of golfing buddies are once again set to tackle one of the country's most iconic golf courses, as the 2014 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational returns to Shadow Creek April 3-6.
Downtown Vegas is trading a courthouse for concerts. Before the sounds of music fill the air, however, the sounds of demolition must cease and there's still some work to do before that goal is reached.
Construction / Openings / SLS Las Vegas / The Cromwell / Double Barrel Roadhouse / Treasure Island / → All Tags
From Sahara down to Tropicana, things continue to change on The Strip. On one end, SLS Las Vegas is painting the
town towers. On the other, Double Barrel Roadhouse will debut in a matter of days. Here's a quick look at where things stand on the Strip (photos taken on Sunday, March 2):
SLS Las Vegas (formerly Sahara)
Opening: Labor Day Weekend
Vegas Moves / Closings / Openings / Pawn Shop Live / Pawn Stars / Riviera / Golden Nugget / Shows / Entertainment / → All Tags
After officially opening at the Golden Nugget on January 21, Pawn Shop Live! -- the Pawn Stars parody -- is already moving. Beginning April 21, the show will call the Riviera home with performers taking to the stage daily at 4:30 p.m. inside the Starlite Theatre (where illusionist Jan Rouven performs at night).
Video Poker / Royal Flush / Gambling / Odds / → All Tags
When we play video poker, we all want the Royal Flush. The Royal Flush in video poker pays exponentially more than any other hand. Itís possible to win in the short term without getting a Royal Flush, but those extra credits go a long way to making us happy.
To non-video poker players, all the games look the same but they arenít. Payouts are different, giving each game different odds and volatility. The Royal Flush may pay the same 4,000 credits in most games, but it may not come up as frequently from one game to another. Each video poker game has a different Royal Flush cycle meaning youíll only see a Royal Flush every so often. Hereís a look at the breakdown:
Sky Shop, the retail store for The High Roller observation wheel, is packed with its spin on the Vegas souvenir. Over the weekend, this writer was so focused on trying to catalogue all the different wheel-branded merchandise now available that I skipped right over another offering. That is until an employee told me to go back and take some photos of a small grouping of tees.
Why? That's what I wanted to know, too. The worker quickly informed me that the tees were unique because they featured real felt from Caesars Entertainment casinos. Priced at $25, the shirts had tags that stated:
The Linq / The High Roller / Sky Shop / Openings / Attractions / Shopping / → All Tags
After walking into Sky Shop, the retail store for The High Roller observation wheel, we can only imagine that the merchandise meeting went something like this -- What can we brand with the wheel? Okay, that sounds good. Let's do it all.
If you can imagine it as a High Roller souvenir, chances are you'll find it within the newly opened Sky Shop. Magnets, keychains, cups, mugs, tumblers, shot glasses, tanks, tees, stuffed animals, bottle openers, beer cozies (koozies?), wallets, playing cards, picture frames. And, that's just what we noticed after a quick walk-around over the weekend.
Openings / The Linq / Bella Scarpa / Ruby Blue / Ghirardelli / Chilli Beans / Yard House / Sky Shop / KOTO / Starbucks / O'Sheas / Chayo / Purple Zebra / Haute Doggery / Goorin Brothers / 12AM RUN / Polaroid Fotobar / Titled Kilt / Flour And Barley / BLVD Cocktail Company / Sprinkles / Brooklyn Bowl / FAME / Kitson / Vanity Style Lounge / → All Tags
It's not even fully realized yet but The Linq has already accomplished its main goal. It's rerouting the flow of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip.
This weekend, phase two of the outdoor
mall dining and retail destination located between Flamingo and The Quad revealed itself to the public and this writer watched as lots of passersby chose to veer off Las Vegas Boulevard and stroll down the promenade to discover what was inside. The construction wall preventing folks from traversing the full-length of the promenade has finally been removed, allowing full access from The Strip to The High Roller. There's still not much in terms of open venues. In addition to the six tenants that debuted right before year's end -- KOTO, Starbucks, O'Sheas, Chayo, Purple Zebra and Haute Doggery -- Bella Scarpa and Ruby Blue (both boutiques for the ladies); Ghirardelli (chocolate shop); Chilli Beans (Brazilian eyewear brand); Yard House (a chain bar/restaurant); a Concierge Services office; and Sky Shop (the retail shop for the High Roller) all made their debuts over the weekend.