Lines were extremely long on the first day (people waited more than three hours to get inside) but social media bragging has been kept to a minimum. In fact, below are pretty much the only photos we saw on Instagram. (You can peruse the full catalog of items for sale here.)
One thing that's not for sale? The Riviera sign. The iconic marquee has made its way to the Neon Musuem. No word on when it will actually be seen inside the museum's gates though, since the museum reports that it will keep the sign in storage until they have enough space to actually display the sign. We hope they can find a spot for The Riviera soon. In the meantime, we'll just have to fondly remember the way The Riviera would always auto-tweet us anytime we mentioned where to stay in Vegas. Sniff.
And now, here are the Instagram images of the sale that we found. Got your own photos to share? Send 'em to us.
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Welcome to Tales from Inside The Pit. Because sharing (gambling tips) is caring (until you win really big, then you'll keep that stash for yourself), our pit insider has a few tricks (but no cards) up his sleeves that he'd like to show you. Pay close attention. Or if you're already at the table and too drunk to read this, well, just bet it all and pick up a free drink before you leave.
Let's talk a little bit about sucker bets. Just about every table game in the casino has a “bonus” bet attached to it. I know that I might catch heat from some of you, but you should be betting a few of these.
Experts will tell you to avoid these bets at all costs because they favor the casino with a high house advantage. These bonus bets do favor the house, but if you're just gambling for your own entertainment, you might as well try to win some big money out while you're at it.
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Want to use your MyVegas rewards on your next trip to Vegas? Secure them BEFORE you roll into town.
MyVegas is an excellent way to supplement your trip to Las Vegas with a few discounted items and even some freebies. The rewards MyVegas offers today may have been better when the game first launched but that’s a story for another day.
When the game first launched many of the rewards, specifically from MGM Resorts, were geared toward tourists. Indeed, when you look at the MGM Resorts rewards offered for players in Nevada, you'll see that they're different than those offered to people playing MyVegas in other states.
But then last year MyVegas added rewards from Station Casinos, in part, to offer Nevada locals some rewards that they might find useful. Those are the only rewards that this Las Vegas local looks at regularly. It’s always nice to extend the weekend by a day with a complimentary room every now and again.
The rewards you can get from Station Casinos don’t differ based on where you play the game but the same isn’t true for the MGM Resorts rewards. Here’s a sample from Aria last night.
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“Tyson Beckford Is In The House!”.
You may have caught some of the media blitz surrounding the actor/model’s limited hosting gig (Thurs.-Sun. through May 24th) at the long-running Chippendales male revue. Actually, it’s been hard to miss with all of the hype and his numerous talk show appearances. What you may not know is that Beckford arrived during a nearly top-to-bottom (heh heh) revamping of the production. While the hard-bodied hit has always featured current music and cutting-edge dance moves, the latest relaunch is taking male sex appeal to new extremes.
There, we've got your attention. Should you be at McCarran International Airport tomorrow, DoubleTree Hotels, they who run the Tropicana are handing out free chocolate chip and walnut cookies to anyone checking in at Virgin Atlantic (Hmm, another opportunity to woo The Brits?)
The cookie handout is a part of the hotel brand's celebration of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. As is usual for DoubleTree hotels, chocolate chip cookies are handed out when guests check-in. But tomorrow, DoubleTree will be handing out cookies at over 415 properties around the world to folks with and without a reservation. So if you're not on Virgin Atlantic tomorrow at McCarran, and you aren't checking into the Tropicana, go find a DoubleTree near you and get that free cookie, dammit. Or you know, just find a cookie shop somewhere and treat yo' self.
[Photo: DoubleTree Hotels]
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While there will be plenty of poker action at the host hotel--The Rio Las Vegas--there will be more players than normal at all of your large poker rooms on the Strip. There will even be a few more players heading Downtown's poker rooms.
Most of the big poker action is on The Strip but you can still find competitive games in two or three Downtown Vegas casinos. We say two or three because not everyone considers the electronic poker tables at Plaza a viable option.
Keep reading for a quick tour of poker rooms in Downtown Vegas:
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In Vegas, we’ve got festivals on the brain. Rock in Rio’s second weekend is coming up and next weekend, PBR Cowboy Spring Break will hit the MGM Resorts Village festival grounds down at the opposite end of the Strip across from Luxor. That three-day event over Memorial Day weekend features pool parties, music from Garry Allan, The Band Perry and Montgomery Gentry, plus bull riding.
As for the upcoming Rock in Rio shows, if you haven’t already heard, there’s been a line-up change. Sam Smith had to drop out of Saturday’s show for medical reasons. He was set to go on right before headliner Bruno Mars and now John Legend has gotten the bump to the main stage to fill the void. Singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne will fill Legend’s slot. In case you were only in it for Sam Smith, friends are reporting they have been able to easily get refunds for tickets they already purchased.
When people ask us what to do in Vegas, we always have to remind them about The Adventuredome. Maybe it’s because you don’t get a $5 dollar off coupon for it every time you check into a hotel (cough, cough, High Roller). Or, maybe it’s because Circus Circus is all the way up in no man’s land. The bright pink structure catches the eye, but unless you’re staying at Circus Circus or are rocking in Rio, there’s not much of a reason to be in the area. The ‘Dome has been thrilling and chilling for more than twenty years, however, and there’s never been a better time to visit.
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Amid rumors swirling of who would fill recently vacated Sirio spot in Aria, this morning it was finally announced that the space would be filled by recent New York City hotshots, Carbone. With a budget of over $3 million, they are sure to bring an already unique concept to great heights.
Carbone opened in 2013 in Greenwich Village to excited reviews regarding their old-school feel and tableside treatment by their “Captains", waiters nattily dressed in burgundy tuxedos, designed by Zac Posen.
With a menu pulled from the early 20th century "red tablecloth" Italian restaurants (think Lobster Fra Diavola, Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Parmesan and Octopus Pizzaiolo) and a service that harkens back to the glamorous years of fine dining, Carbone is coming to Vegas not to simply make a copy of themselves, but to apply the same concept to mid-century Las Vegas glory days.
Tableside service is a big part of Carbone, and everything from freshly pulled mozerella, flambe desserts, and Caesars salads will be part of the showmanship. Where Carbone NYC is a somewhat cheeky version of the mobster era, the Vegas version is going to go for a “Rat Pack” kind of vibe. It is sure to be an interesting experience, and since the restauranteurs themselves have already tested their mettle in Manhattan, the Vegas scene is likely to be a similar challenge.
Carbone is expected to open in October.
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Only in Vegas are closings just as big as openings, especially when implosions are involved. So we have to wonder, who's next?
Recently another historic hotel and casino on the Vegas Strip closed its doors. But unlike the Sahara, Riviera won’t be renovated and a new casino resort won't take its place. Instead, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has purchased the Riv and will demolish it to expand the convention center once the insides are sold off in a liquidation sale.
A new documentary produced by the online poker company Poker Stars promises to bring viewers an in-depth look at one of the game's most popular and intriguing figures.
Kid Poker is the name of the soon to be released flick, and it focuses on the outspoken and always entertaining Daniel Negreanu.
Even if you've watched just a little bit of poker on television over the past ten or so years, odds are you've seen Negreanu at some point. In addition to being #1 on the list of all-time tournament money winners (his total winnings are close to $30 million), the Canadian card shark is one of poker's most entertaining players to watch.
Although the moniker "Kid Poker" may no longer be as relevant as it once was for a man who hit the milestone age of 40 last year, it's refreshing to see that Negreanu has lost none of the lightheartedness and boyish charm that set him apart from most other players when he first burst upon the scene.
Another day, another diva residency announced in Vegas.
The latest lady to take the stage is Jennifer Lopez who will kick off her Vegas residency on January 20, 2016 at Planet Hollywood in the AXIS Theater. Rumors have been swirling about a JLo residency since 2012 but this time, it's really happening. And the timing is good as American Idol, JLo's most recent gig, just got cancelled.
"I've been preparing for this moment my entire life,” said Lopez. “The show is going to be a multifaceted high energy Jenny from the Block party, mixing all aspects of what my fans and I love - Dance, Hip Hop, Latin and Pop. It’s going to be the show I’ve always dreamt of creating.”
The show plans on featuring all her hit songs, along with a live band and dancers and of course, extravagant costumes. No word on whether Pitbull makes an appearance.
Tickets for the first 20 performances will go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. PT. American Express® Card Members can actually purchase tickets today starting at 10 a.m. PT through Friday, May 15 at 10 p.m. PT. An exclusive pre-sale for Total Rewards members will also be available starting Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. PT.
Here are the dates for the show should you want to plan your next trip about JLo. Every show will start at 9pm and run nearly two hours. This will also be your only chance to see Lopez perform live in North America during this time.