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The game’s, perhaps, most popular player and a stalwart tournament director will be the two newest inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame.
A 41-person panel of existing HOF members and poker media members chose Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland to enter the hall. An official induction ceremony will be held at Binion's at 7:30 p.m. on November 9, a day before the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event takes place at Rio. The festivities will take place in the Longhorn Room. Formerly known as Benny’s Bullpen, the room was home to the final table of the WSOP for the bulk of its existence.
Wear your best costume, but be careful when raising Dracula. That player is out for blood. The Poker Gives charity group will host a Monster Mash Halloween Bash poker tournament and costume party at Binion's November 1 at 5 p.m. (Yes, not on Halloween, but the night after giving us one more reason to keep our costume on. The other, of course, being the hangover from the night before.)
Half of the money will go to the prize pool and half will be divided up between four charities: Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation, Special Olympics Nevada, Step by Step Foundation and Wish Upon a Hero Foundation.
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The World Series of Poker wound down last week. The nine remaining players in the Main Event (CardsChat.com takes an in-depth look at them here) will return in November to play for $10 million. As the brass at Caesars Entertainment closed the doors to the Amazon room at the Rio convention center, it represented the end of nearly two months of poker nirvana for both amateur and professional players alike –- unless, like this writer, you were quickly shown the door with a meager bankroll and a string of bad luck.
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There's more happening in Downtown Vegas than fast-changing drinking laws. (Although, if you haven't heard yet, there's another you should be aware of.) Here's a roundup of what's taking place, from remodels to new spots to sip and sup:
Mermaid's is getting a substantial refresh. Its snack bar is up and running again after a week-long renovation according to our @sammasseur who also spied new casino carpeting, new slot chairs and even new slot machines themselves. Sam was told the casino bar along with the cashier cage are next in line for an update. The biggest news is that the casino will covert its slot machines from coin to TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) in about two months time.
Free self-parking options are quickly disappearing in downtown Las Vegas. With Main Street Station and The California now charging for parking and El Cortez's formerly “free lot” charging for “event parking,” it may be time to just accept the fact parking will come at a price.
VegasChatter friend John Mehaffey sent us this photo of the new parking restrictions at Binion’s. Once home to the last machine where anybody could walk up and get a parking ticket validated, Binion’s is changing its tune. As of June 15, parking validation is only available to guests who are actively gambling or dining inside the property.
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Another tentative deal has been made between a downtown casino and the Culinary and Bartenders Unions.
This morning, it was announced that an agreement had been reached with The D; although, its sister casino, Golden Gate, is still among a shrinking number of downtown casinos with expired union contracts. Also in that group:
Four Queens, Binion's, Plaza and Las Vegas Club... no one.
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Will workers at nine Downtown Vegas hotel-casinos walk off the job this Sunday, June 1?
That's the deadline set by the Culinary and Bartenders Unions after negotiations with The D, Four Queens, Binion’s, Fremont, Main Street Station, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez, and Golden Gate have failed to yield new contracts.
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Downtown union workers could walk off the job at 5 a.m. on June 1.
The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have set that timetable for a strike against nine downtown casinos: The D, Four Queens, Binion’s, Fremont, Main Street Station, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez, and Golden Gate. Each of those properties have expired union contracts.
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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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This one's been a long time coming, but Binion's has finally begun work on a second Fremont-side bar.
We shared the rumor that Binion's might be providing us with another way to liquor in the front before we poker in the rear almost a year ago. This morning, VegasChatter reader Charlie U. let us know that the Cowgirl Up Cantina is officially on the way.
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The new, improved and larger cafe made its debut on Friday. We stopped by on Saturday and found hungry patrons once again claiming stools at the counter and filling tables, too.
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It won't be long now before Binion's reveals an all-new cafe.
Our @sammasseur stopped in for a peek at the renovation underway (as well as a bite inside its temporary location downstairs) earlier this week and found rust-colored paint on the walls and a brick-lined facade taking shape. Sam's cashier reports that the re-opening should be a week, week and a half away.