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Classic Magic At The Riviera With Illusions

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Recently, we told you of our affection for the Riviera. We’ve appreciated its old-school charm and vintage-Vegas vibe enough to stay there three more times since January. Even if you prefer to stay elsewhere you should still drop in to experience one of their best offerings, Jan Rouven’s Illusions.

These days, it’s tough for aging Vegas properties to remain appealing. Shiny facelifts will only take you so far (cough...Tropicana... cough) and you can throw just so much at the wall, hoping for something to stick. Downtown’s Plaza has been the worst at that approach, with their mini-golf nightspot Swinger's Club and lingerie-themed Exposed Salon both gone and forgotten. And, that three-month-old Bier Garten has barely caused a ripple.

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How Guests Of The Cromwell Will Get Physical

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM | by | Comments (3)

Behind an unassuming door just steps from The Cromwell's casino floor lies its gym. It's so understated we didn't even know it was there. And, anyway, a gym off the casino floor? Really?

VegasChatter member @paperposter made the discovery today and tells us that if the door hadn't been open when he walked by, he would have been none the wiser, too. But, where there's a will open door, there's a way so @paperposter popped in for a quick look and the snapshots you see in this post.

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Serendipity 3 To Debut Expanded Dining Options Soon

Where: 3507 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM | by | Comments (6)

Starting April 29, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace will be able to sate more of us at once.

Best known for its indulgent hot chocolate, the Strip-side restaurant began an expansion project back in December with the goal of extending its patio while increasing its indoor dining room. Now, construction is almost complete. The new patio will feature a full bar with counter seating while the indoor dining room will be able to accommodate more guests, too. Floor-to-ceiling windows have also been installed.

In celebration of its five-year anniversary on The Strip, Serendipity 3 has also added new dishes to the menu and reinvented others. It's open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight.

(PHOTO: VegasChatter)

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We Experienced Riviera's Men And We Liked It

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (2)

The new male revue at Riviera is certainly an experience. Men the Experience doesn’t vary much from other Las Vegas male revues but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in earnestness.

The five dancers that make up the cast all look like they really want to be there. Granted we went on media night when they were likely to be on their best behavior, but the perma-smiles and enthusiastic crowd interaction (read: they will find you even if you are hiding behind your friends) makes it appear like they really are having as much fun as the audience. With their synchronized dance moves, they look like a finely oiled machine. They are fine and, most certainly, oiled.

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Blackjack At The Cromwell Might Surprise You, But The Rest Of The Casino Won't

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (5)

The Cromwell opened its casino floor Monday afternoon and, boy, did it take us a minute to find a hidden gem! There are two $10 tables that return 3:2 when you are dealt blackjack.

Color this writer surprised that the 3:2 blackjack game we saw over the weekend is available to low limits players. The game is dealt from a shoe and the dealer stands on 17 just like the original picture shows. These are only two of the 66 table games in the casino, but they're definitely worth looking for. Since these tables aren’t in plain view, you may end up at a quiet table. We didn’t see anyone playing this morning and had to ask ourselves before we found it. You'll find them in front of the Drai's construction wall, just to the left of the High Limit nook.

The rest of the gambling is what you’d expect from a Caesars Entertainment property. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Blackjack: $10 minimum, 6:5 blackjack, dealer hits on soft 17; $10 minimum, 3:2 blackjack, dealer stands on 17
Roulette: $10 minimum, double zero
Craps: $5 minimum, 3x-4x-5x odds
Video Poker: 7-5 Jacks or Better (9-6 would be full pay if you’re not familiar with the lingo)

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A New Way To Fire Things Up

April 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas is a unique town and the Vegas Strip unlike anywhere else in the world. Once you step away from the casino (GASP!), you may notice that gun ranges are as common as wedding chapels. You’ll see almost as many signs to shoot guns as you will for DJs spinning at the various clubs. If you’re one of the many people looking to blow off some steam, literally, there’s a new shooting experience available.

Shoot Las Vegas, which bills itself as a mobil shooting range, says its high-caliber shooting experience focuses on entertainment as much as guns. The majority of the guns available have been seen in popular and award-winning movies and television shows, including “Dirty Harry,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Taxi Driver,” “Wyatt Earp,” “xXx,” and more. Each firearm is located next to a corresponding poster outlining movies it was featured in, specific make and model details, and the actors who used it. Shoot Las Vegas also features hard-to-find firearms like an Italian-made double-barrel 45, Tommy Guns and a Gatling Gun.

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Where A Mega-Resort Once Would Have Reigned, A City Of Rock Will Arise

April 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM | by | Comments (6)

Once upon a time, MGM Resorts (or MGM MIRAGE as it was known at that time) had hoped to bring two new mega-resorts to Las Vegas. CityCenter arrived, but plans to turn a vacant plot of land next to Circus Circus (and across the Strip from what is soon-to-be SLS Las Vegas) into a second tourist destination died when the economy went south. That multi-billion dollar mega-resort was to have been a partnership with Kerzner, the company best known for its Atlantis resorts.

If everything had gone as planned, that resort would have debuted in 2012. It didn't. Fast forward seven years and that acreage is still a wasteland. But, not for much longer. MGM Resorts plans to custom build a $20 million, 33-acre "City of Rock" on the site as part of plans to host the US debut of Rock in Rio (RiR), one of the world's biggest music festivals.

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So, They Really Are Filming Mall Cop 2 At Wynn

Where: 89109
April 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM | by | Comments (5)

When we first heard about it, we thought yeah, right while executing one of the most dramatic eye rolls ever. Sure, we could see Mall Cop 2 filming in Las Vegas... at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. But, at one of the most prestigious resorts on The Strip? LOL!

Well, the joke's on movie-goers us as filming for Mall Cop: Blart 2 is now underway at Wynn. The slapstick sequel, which will receive $4.3 million in tax credits for filming in Nevada, centers around -- naturally -- a hotel heist with actor Kevin James returning for the lead role of Paul Blart.

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Sending Champagne And Caviar To This Guy

April 21, 2014 at 7:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away there was a show titled Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. And, its host offered "champagne wishes and caviar dreams." That man, of course, was Robin Leach, now resident and scribe of Las Vegas' exclusives wicked whispers and racy rumors. Ever present at all the biggest galas and openings while pressing everyone else aside in search of his next big interview.

Leach's legacy hasn't been forgotten by the New York Times which came to Vegas recently to see how he wobbles rolls nor has he been forgotten by big-name celebrities from the 80s, as evidenced by the pilot episode of Alan Thicke's semi-scripted reality sitcom Unusually Thicke. Thankfully, Thicke's garage sale customer says what the rest of us have all been thinking.

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A View From The Top: Time Lapse From The High Roller

Where: 3545 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (4)

VegasChatter reader Sully appreciated our coverage of the new High Roller observation wheel at The Linq and shared a video to add to our ongoing reports. If you’re wondering just how slowly this wheel goes around, check out his time-lapse video above.

Remember, this isn’t an amusement park ride; it is an observation wheel. A quickie trip around wouldn’t allow riders a very good chance to take in the sights of the Las Vegas Strip. Each of the 28 cabins holds up to 40 people and the trip around takes about a half an hour, allowing for plenty of observation time and photo ops.

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The Cromwell To Have 3:2 Blackjack (In Some Form)

April 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (11)

While 6:5 blackjack may not be the worst bet in the casino, let's face it -- we'd all prefer 3:2. And, the good news is The Cromwell, which is expected to soft open on Monday, will have it. At least, in some variation.

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Grand Bazaar Beginning To Take Shape As Cromwell Readies For Soft Opening

Where: 89109
April 18, 2014 at 10:08 PM | by | Comments (7)

With a debut set for late this year, we should begin to see increased progress at the site of Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops.

A check of the construction site earlier today found that the steel framework for the outdoor mall is starting to take shape. Caesars Entertainment completely erased Bally's Strip-facing frontage, including its fountains and non-moving sidewalk, so that 150 shops and eateries could be installed. If you've not seen the renderings yet for what's to come, you can view them here.

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