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The Strip's About To Get Lit Up In A Fancy Way

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM | by | Comments (2)

Bally’s couldn’t let The High Roller have all the glory as a colorful addition to the Vegas skyline. The hotel's Grand Bazaar Shops will sport a sparkly attraction of its own. The outdoor mall was initially scheduled to open this month, but you should now expect a February debut.

The already ridiculously colorful project is upping its visibility game even more with the addition of a Swarovski crystal starburst. Last Friday, the sparkly structure was delivered and installed. The structure is 14 feet in diameter and was a collaboration between Swarovski and The Young Electric Sign Company, better known as YESCO.

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Get To Know Pachinko

December 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM | by | Comments (8)

If you’ve never been to a casino outside of America, you may not have played one of the fastest-growing gambling games in Asia. Pachinko originated in Japan and was originally used as a recreational arcade-style game. More recently, Pachinko is being used as a rival to slot machines in America.

A Pachinko machine looks like a vertical pinball machine without flippers. The game is played with a large number of small metal balls. Like slot machines, it's a fairly mindless game as it simply fires balls into the machine. The balls rush down through a maze of of pins and, hopefully, fall into certain slots. The object is to have as many balls as possible captured. Captured balls may set off sequences of events that trigger more balls being released. These balls can then be exchanged for prizes. In the gambling version of Pachinko, you can exchange the prizes for money.

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The Show Will Go On At the Penny Pibbets Show

December 17, 2014 at 2:28 PM | by | Comments (4)

Star of Absinthe and sock puppeteer extraordinaire Penny Pibbets recently took to crowdsourcing in search of cash to free herself from the Gazillionaire's clutches and launch The Penny Pibbets show. Her now closed campaign topped its nearly $20,000 goal, garnering support from the likes of Neil Patrick Harris and Holly Madison along the way (but, most importantly, prompting Penny to call Vegaschatter awesome friends).

Which means the show will go on! The Penny Pibbets Show debuts this Sunday, December 21 at the Art Square Theater inside downtown's Art District. The show is billed as a live TV talk show with a variety of guests. "Like a stripper in a dollar bill cage, you'll never know when she's going to go nuts." For now, it runs through January 6, 2015 but we're, of course, hoping she gets an extension we can get behind. Especially, since she was "fired" from Absinthe.

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At Mandalay Bay, A Glimpse Of The Future?

Where: 89109
December 17, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (6)

First, it was the Four Seasons. Then, it was THEhotel's turn. Now, Mandalay proper will see the arrival of renovated digs.

The New Year will bring a new look for the resort's gleaming Y-shaped hotel tower. Back in August, we told you how a room remodel was on the books for 2015. The goal is to have revamped accommodations by the time that huge convention center expansion is complete.

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Hakkasan Group To Drop $36 Million For Light Group

December 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM | by | Comments (5)

What was rumored over the weekend is now official.

Hakkasan Group will be able to use the tagline, "now with more oontz," come January when its purchase of Light Group for $36 mil is expected to be finalized. The buyout will mean the assimilation of Light nightclub at Mandalay Bay, 1OAK at The Mirage and The Bank at Bellagio, as well as the lounges and most of the restaurants under the Light Group domain.

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Mirage Poker Room To Go On Hiatus, Return Smaller

Where: 89109
December 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (4)

One of the oldest poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip is about to be dealt a new hand.

The poker room at The Mirage will reportedly close for renovations January 24, with a tentative reopening date set as May 15. When the new room emerges it will be noticeably smaller in size, clocking in at 12 tables, down from the 19 that are currently in use. The new room will be located in the same general area that it currently sits, however the elevated portion that is usually reserved for high-limit games will be removed. The casino’s main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker room’s footprint. A source inside the poker room reports that all dealers will be laid off during the roughly four months of renovations and will then be rehired based on seniority.

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The Harmon Lawsuit Settled Before Trial Begins

December 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (7)

This photo, taken last week, shows the current progress of the dismantling project.

That was fast! No we’re not talking about coming and going of a 4 p.m. show in downtown Vegas but rather the settlement of The Harmon lawsuit. MGM Resorts International’s ill-fated would-be crown jewel at CityCenter never got to open its doors due to construction defects.

The high rise was slated to be a non-gaming boutique hotel with residences as well. The main contractor was the Perini Corporation that hired various subcontractors. During the construction process in 2008, it was discovered that flaws in the steel rebar would render the building unsafe in the event of an earthquake. After 15 stories had been built with this flawed steel construction, the plans for the building were altered to scrap the condos and cut its height in half. Eventually it was decided the entire building would never be safe as it was and construction halted. Demolition of the building began this summer and is expected to continue through the middle of next year. We’ve been documenting its demise, if you would like to check out the progress here.

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Just One Dish: Diamond And Gold Lasagna

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

When a dish costs $100 by itself, you probably expect angels to start singing spontaneously when you take your first bite. Or, for it to be brought out on a unicorn. Neither of those things happen with the Diamond and Gold Lasagna at Portofino in The Mirage, but perhaps our expectations were unreasonable with the unicorn and all. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a delicious dish. Is it worth a hundy? Well, that’s for your dining budget to decide. It’s easy to say there’s not much worth that high price, but for the discerning palate, with the luxury budget to match, it’s certainly worth your time.

I'm often a victim of ridiculously high expectations. Sometimes, the idea of something gets so built up ahead of time that it has no chance to hold up in reality. This was sort of the case when I tried this limited time dish likely meant more for the press than the palate. They’re definitely going for the attention-grabbing headlines this dish will inspire, but it shouldn’t detract from the high-caliber ingredients and excellent execution.

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When Sleeping On It Makes You Want It Even More

December 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

When most visit Las Vegas, they use their room for at least one or two things. Not everyone who visits Las Vegas will shower, but at some point, just about everyone will go to sleep. They may not plan to sleep but it happens, even if for just a few hours. Depending on your condition, the bed may not matter. If you’ve had a few too many, just about any spot will do. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation, you probably care a little bit more about a comfortable bed.

Recently, some of the Chatterers here have found themselves on staycations. Some of us were giddy about the lush pillows they found while others were loving the linens on the bed. Coming home to normal bedding didn’t offer quite the same sleeping pleasure. Well, thankfully, it's easier than you think to recreate the feeling at home.

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Can't Help Falling In Love With Spirit Of The King

Where: 202 Fremont Street [map], 89101
December 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Shows in Downtown Vegas often seem to close faster than the time it takes to get from the ticket window to your seat. For the ever-changing 9 p.m. roster at Four Queens, that hasn't necessarily been something to cry over. We’ve endured some real disasters there for the sake of our readers (exhibit A and exhibit B). The current late-evening offering is an Elvis tribute, Spirit of the King, starring Steve Connolly. Will it make you want to stick around after the 7 p.m. Mike Hammer Comedy Magic show? You bet your blue suede shoes.

Tribute artists rarely receive the praise they deserve. In an era where some Vegas performers can get away with lip-synching and stumbling their way through a hit residency, the lowly celebrity impersonator has to wow you with genuine musical or comedy talents while simultaneously trying to convince you they’re somebody else. Even when impersonators use pre-recorded audio tracks (as is the norm for drag performances), they’re sometimes more entertaining than the real deal. If you doubt that, check out Derrick Barry’s stunningly convincing Britney Spears impersonation at Divas Las Vegas or Share Nightclub.

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At The Linq, Two New Venues Are Just Days Away From Debut

Where: 89109
December 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Still not at full capacity, The Linq shopping promenade will at least fill in two more storefronts in the next few days.

We hear flip flop shop, Havaianas, will open this Friday, December 19. It will be located between Bella Scarpa and BLVD Cocktail Company.

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Will Vegas' (Possible) NHL Team Be The Black Knights?

December 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM | by | Comments (6)

While lots of names have been (jokingly) bandied about, could the NHL team possibly|probably (possably?) headed to Vegas be dubbed the Black Knights?

Canada's Sports Net recently interviewed Bill Foley, the face of Vegas' potential ownership group, and discovered he loves the name due to its -- and his -- association with West Point. Foley admits, however, that there would be a naming contest if things reach that point. That's a relief because I can't be the only one who immediately thought of Martin Lawrence, right?

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