Nevada gaming revenue reports are fun to read and you don't have to be a nerd to enjoy them. You can learn a lot about people that gamble. How they gamble, where they gamble... it's all fascinating.
When perusing the year-end Nevada gaming revenue reports for 2014 there was a lot of obvious information that most people see on a regular basis. People on the Vegas Strip gamble less than people in Downtown Vegas. This isn’t news as the revenue has been trending this way for over 20 years. However, one bit of information really stood out.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens might be good enough for Gaga, but two of our favorite things (besides pinball... it's a long list) are Vegas on TV and flipping through the pages of Lost Vegas. Put that lost Vegas on TV and our mind is blown quicker than a Clarion implosion.
Riviera / Fun Vegas / Attractions / Pinball / The Strip / Off Strip / Pinball Hall of Fame / → All Tags
One of our favorite non-gambling Vegas activities is to play at the Pinball Hall of Fame (1601 Tropicana Ave., about two miles east of The Strip). There are few places in the world where you can play over 250 pinball machines, from the 1950s to the present. And as an added bonus, all the profits go to charity.
This VegasChatter writer in particular was delighted when Tim Arnold, owner of those machines, was able to create a second mini Pinball Hall of Fame in the Riviera. About fifty pinball and video arcade machines located on The Strip... such convenience!
Betting / Olympics / Sportsbooks / William Hill / South Point / → All Tags
In December, South Point petitioned the Nevada Gaming Control Board to amend regulations to allow wagering on the Olympics in their sportsbook. Last week, that petition was recommended unanimously for approval. A final thumbs up was awarded this afternoon. The decision is effective immediately.
Heidi Hegerich wasn’t your average showgirl. She was 16. Yep, you read that right. Back in 1958, Heidi was approached by her neighbor, a choreographer for Folies Bergere at Tropicana, and went on to dance in several Vegas productions including Minksy’s Follies and Ecstasy on Ice.
As you can imagine, a young girl quite literally thrust into the spotlight definitely has some stories to tell. Heidi recently published a book, Love Target, that tells the story of a fictitious young showgirl. The book, available in print and ebook format, is more or less a memoir of her times in Las Vegas and later in New York City. Below are several photos and some of Heidi’s stories, in her own words:
Headlines / Jaunted / Travel / HotelChatter / → All Tags
Sometimes, you're not headed to Vegas. (#sadface) Sometimes, you need to go elsewhere. But, where should you stay and what should you do? Our brah, Jaunted, reports on the latest in global travel while our big sis, HotelChatter, keeps track of the hotel industry worldwide. Check out what they've been up to lately:
○ You Can Now Earn SPG Points Just By Ordering an Uber
○ The World's Largest Nobu Restaurant to Open Soon at The Four Seasons Doha
○ Hard Rock Orlando is Really 'Amped Up' About Their New Rooms
○ Roberto Cavalli is Working on a Luxury Hotel for DTLA
Music / The Strip / The Legend of the Zelda / Venetian / Palazzo / Entertainment / Concerts / → All Tags
The tour, entitled Symphony of the Goddess - Master Quest, celebrates the 28-year-old video game franchise. This sounds both nerdy and quite interesting, at the same time. During the production, The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform orchestral arrangements of music from a variety of games from The Legend of Zelda universe. There will also be video content from the classic game, as well as the most recent addition to the series, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (which is available for Nintendo 3DS).
One of our readers, Chris, recently asked the following question about setting up a private poker game at a Vegas casino for an upcoming trip:
Help: I'm a daily reader and appreciate the constant Vegas updates. I'm planning a July bachelor party and the groom-to-be is interested in seeing if we can reserve a few tables at one of the casinos to host 20 of us for a private poker game. I don't think I've seen a story on this but would appreciate if you could put your collective heads together.
While it's quite common to see table games such as craps, blackjack, or roulette reserved for certain players, things are a little different when it comes to poker. According to Nevada gaming laws, casinos may not specifically prevent anybody who is lawfully on the property from sitting in any poker game that is taking place in the casino. Many people see the high limit rooms such as Bobby's Room at Bellagio or Ivey's Room at Aria and presume that these are private games. This is not the case. The fact that these games take place in walled off areas of the poker room, often with security personnel lingering nearby, does not mean that your average Joe off the street can't take a seat in the game, presuming he has enough money in his pocket to meet the minimum buy-in.
NHL / Hockey / Vegas News / → All Tags
The movement to score a NHL team for Las Vegas is now 70 percent towards its goal of securing 10,000 season ticket deposits. After the drive officially launched February 10, a just-reached milestone of 7,000 tickets is either hopeful or telling, depending on which news report you read. Five thousand of those deposits were captured in the first two days of the push.
To encourage more sign-ups, notes were sent out to the Vegas Wants Hockey mailing list on Tuesday promising a "free replica jersey" to all who pledge to purchase at least two season tickets. A
not-enough-of-you-bit reminder email was sent out the very next day.
The Strip / Harrah's / Shows / Openings / Menopause The Musical / Entertainment / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
I had a chance to see Menopause The Musical years ago, but I couldn’t get any friends to go with me, even the menopausal ones! I took that as a sign it was a show I could skip. When I realized the show has been running for nine years (after stops at Luxor and the Hilton before that), I figured it was time to put stigma aside and visit the production's newest home, Harrah’s, to see what it was all about.
The showroom where it takes place is wide and not very deep so there’s a good view from most seats. It was clear from the very start this show would be a funny one. A goofy, pun-filled show that's geared to a certain demographic," yes; but, funny, too. If you’re unfamiliar and can’t guess from the name, this is a musical about women (four in particular from different walks of life) who are going through menopause. You might think this is an odd subject for a musical. You’d be right; but, somehow, it works.
Closings / Lost Vegas / Riviera / North Strip / The Strip / → All Tags
For some, it might mean a trip to enjoy a few more hands of $1 blackjack. For others, it will mean loading quarters into a few more pinball machines, or being entertained by some Crazy Girls. Others will book their final (or first) stay. If you'd like to lay claim to being among the hotel's final guests, there's still availability.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Radio City Pizza / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Fremont Street / Fremont East / → All Tags
It has been quiet news among the food and beverage crowd and downtown citizens that the great minds behind The Goodwich are the new management of Radio City Pizza (now Radio City Pizzeria but still RCP, for short) on Fremont Street. Where once there was little more than a simple sports bar-slash-pizza place, now there is some of this city's most adventurous Italian fare and craftiest beers.