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In Downtown Vegas, An Inside Look At Casino Cheats

April 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's such a fascinating topic that even Hollywood can't resist it -- cheating the casino. Odds are you've never done it, but have you wondered about it? The answer is likely yes. And, if that's you, the Mob Museum's next speakers series has your fingerprints name all over it.

On May 21, the downtown attraction will host, "Beating the Odds, An Inside Look At Casino Cheating." The title pretty much says it all, but it becomes even more interesting when we hear that a "former card counter, a casino surveillance director and (the) Nevada Gaming Control Board Chief" will all take part. Here's a brief look at the panelists:

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What You Can Expect When Riding The High Roller Observation Wheel

April 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM | by | Comments (11)

The High Roller. You want to ride it, but you're not sure what to expect other than killer 360-degree views from 550 feet above Las Vegas.

Well, for starters, tickets cost $24.95 a person during the day and $34.95 a person at night. (Yes, you pay more for the city lights.) There's also an involved boarding process to go through before actually stepping in the pod and riding dirrty high in the sky.

This VegasChatter'er rode The High Roller last week during the day and was a bit surprised by all the hoopla guests had to go through before getting in a pod. Granted, it all went pretty fast since I went at 1 p.m. and there was hardly a line outside, but if it had been crowded at night with drunk people everywhere, I may not have liked it as much.

Here's what to expect, step-by-step, when riding The High Roller (located at the Linq mall between Flamingo and The Quad):

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VegasChatter Questions: The Views Of A High Roller

April 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

You asked and your fellow readers have answered.

Quite a few VegasChatter fans wanted to know which Vegas hotels offered the best views of The High Roller observation wheel so we put out the call for help. Not only did we receive detailed answers, but fans shared photographic proof, too.

Jackie H. offered the view from her FAB Deluxe accommodation (room #12125) at Flamingo:

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High Roller Observation Wheel Officially Opens, Tickets Now On Sale

March 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (5)

The free ride is over.

After giving complimentary spins to employees of Caesars Entertainment as well as to visitors to The Linq over the weekend, the tallest observation wheel in the world -- The High Roller -- makes its official public debut today at 1 p.m. PT.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here. (There will be multiple purchase points at The Linq, too. Tip: If lines are too long, we were told guests also can purchase them at the Linq's little known Concierge office.) As we've been reporting, pricing will be between $25 and $35, however, flex, express pass, and multi-day options will range from $44.95 to $59.95.

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Linq Visitors Being Treated To Free Rides On High Roller

Where: 89109
March 30, 2014 at 1:44 AM | by | Comments (3)

Lucky passersby found themselves on top of the world Strip Saturday night.

While the first rides on The High Roller observation wheel are going, primarily, to employees of Caesars Entertainment this weekend, visitors to The Linq on Saturday were surprised with the opportunity to climb aboard as well. And, get this, for free!

Our friends at Vegas Rover on Facebook were in the right place at the right time and discovered themselves 550 feet above it all without having to spend a cent. They were told that free rides will also be available on Sunday. We don't have specific hours to share so just keep those fingers crossed if you decide to drop by and maybe have a plan B of camping out across the way on the Yard House balcony to keep an eye on things if your timing is off.

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First Video From Inside A High Roller Pod

Where: 89109
March 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (2)

This video will probably be pulled from YouTube a blink of an eye, but for now it's the first we've seen from inside one of The High Roller's passenger cabins as the wheel spins. (We did, however, video the video as a precaution so resistance is futile.)

A YouTube description says the clip was filmed by a group of engineers and technicians (hence, the day glo safety vests), or by a "bunch of dudes" as it's more eloquently stated in the video. Although short, the clip provides a better sense of the room we'll find inside the pods as well as the fantastic views the attraction will provide.

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First Rides On High Roller Underway, Employees Spinning First

Where: 89109
March 27, 2014 at 8:09 PM | by | Comments (14)

The High Roller is one step closer to its public debut, rumored to possibly be Monday. Today, it was announced the attraction had received its official operating permit.

Employees of Caesars Entertainment now have the honor of receiving the first rides on the world's tallest observation wheel. They began redeeming their complimentary experiences this afternoon at 2 p.m. PT and will continue riding through 8 p.m. tonight. New rounds of employees will then ride tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, between the same hours for the most part.

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At Venetian, da Vinci Returns With Less Art, More Inventions

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
March 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

Two summers ago Venetian opened a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition that explored the mechanics, scribbles and fear of a genius. More than 200 pieces and artifacts filled several rooms comprising what sponsors labeled the "most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's work ever created." We labeled it an impressive museum/art gallery that opened up worlds of da Vinci previously unknown to us. And, we didn't have to venture to New York, Boston or San Francisco to see it. An exploration of da Vinci's inventions and creations had been brought right here to Vegas.

Now, da Vinci has returned to the Venetian for a second run. The current exhibit explores the various phases of the Renaissance man's life, taking guests on a focused journey through his studies of anatomy, art, science, mathematics and nature. Da Vinci: the Exhibition is presented through 65 of his inventions and machines. For those that visited in 2012, a handful of pieces will look familiar, complementing a deeper study of his fascinations with the subject of war, flight and robotics. His artwork is still a component, but on a smaller scale with just over 20 of his pieces on display.

Guests are first introduced to an overview of the life of Leonardo. A map details where in Italy he lived throughout his years and hints at how his surroundings may have influenced his various fields of study.

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At Binion's, Elvis Will Soon Leave The Building

Where: 128 Fremont St. [map], 89101
March 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM | by | Comments (5)

Elvis fans need to head over to Binion’s soon to view some of the entertainer's prized possessions before they leave town. Vital Vegas and Las Vegas Advisor have discovered that the King is about to leave the building.

We all have that friend who claims to have a water bottle from Bono or a pen Katy Perry touched. (We all have friends like that, right? No? Just us?) In fact, this writer is in possession of an earplug from Benji Madden of Good Charlotte. I know, kind of gross, but what’s a diehard fan to do? And, when it comes to diehard fans, Elvis’ are among the most loyal.

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A New Spin On Vegas Souvenirs

Where: 89109
March 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The Underbelly Of The High Roller Pods

February 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (8)

Are you Linq'd out yet? No? Good, because we're not done yet with telling you what's still to open at this new mall retail and entertainment district sandwiched between Flamingo and The Quad.

All eyes are on the sky in this area thanks to The High Roller observation wheel, but here's what the underbelly of its pods looks like up close. So futuristic! The powers that be say 40 people can fit inside at once.

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Now At Springs Preserve, The Sol Of The Desert

Where: 333 S. Valley View Blvd. [map], 89107
February 18, 2014 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a land-locked town in the middle of the desert, it is especially important to utilize natural resources. With the sun beating down on us most days, Las Vegas has the ideal climate for harvesting solar energy.

In fact, did you know UNLV has a Solar Decathlon team? Not only that, but the team’s award-winning skills are being used to show the rest of the world how solar forward Las Vegas can be. The team placed second in the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition that pits teams of college students against each other to come up with the most attractive, affordable and efficient solar-powered homes.

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