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While May 21 is the official debut date, The Cromwell could soft open in just days.
We're hearing from multiple sources that a transformed Bill's will be revealed as a swank boutique this Monday, April 21 at 4 p.m., specifically. Again, this is not official, but our tipsters say it's legit. From their physical appearances, we don't expect Drai's rooftop pool or Giada's restaurant to open until May, though.
Here's a sneak peek of a room that was posted on Instagram earlier today:
Now, a look at what else is becoming the talk of the town around Vegas:
This sign can be found downtown at the old site of the Ambassador Motel. The complex was torn down in 2007. The motel welcomed guests from 1952 to 1996. The land is now being used as a parking lot, for the most part. The llama reference refers to the land that the Downtown Project owns and the shape it sorta resembles. (It's a hipster thing, as photographer Greg Clarke concurs.)
As we put another week to bed, here are a few articles to keep you busy until we return
One of those rumored acts on the way to The Axis at Planet Hollywood is already official. This morning, the Backstreet Boys announced a tour of the US and Canada this summer. Their schedule reveals a two-night stop at The Axis May 30-31. Avril Lavigne will be their opening act.
From the desk of Mr. N. Pappagiorgio, gambling updates from The Strip to afar:
☛VegasChatter reader Mark. B. recently tipped us off to upcoming changes to table games at Harrah's. A floor manager there informed him that progressive table game bonuses are going bye-bye. He furthers reports being told all table games will be made like the "Million Dollar 3-Card Poker" already prevalent at Caesars properties.
What this means for gamblers is that
sucker side bets will no longer land a relatively smaller progressive jackpot and instead will fund a larger landfall that has an even unlikelier (yep, it's like that) chance of winning. Mark also points out this change will double the smallest table bets to $10 per hand leaving Casino Royale with the only $5 tables on the Strip.
Britney's still months away from taking the stage in her Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, but that's not stopping media outlets from seeking
Amy stories. Before we leave you for the week, we thought we'd share a few of the more interesting ones. Left on the editing floor, the articles where Brit Brit says she'll sing live. Happy reading. We'll see you back here on Monday!
●The Value of Overpaying Britney Spears in Las Vegas (Forbes, 10.04)
●Céline Dion Offers Britney Spears Words of Wisdom for Las Vegas Residency: "Try to Find an Emotional Balance" (E! Online, 10.2)
●Britney Spears and the New Allure of a Las Vegas Residency (Analysis) (Hollywood Reporter, 10.3)
●Viva Residencies: 19 Music Superstars Who Rocked Las Vegas (Hollywood Reporter, 10.3)
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It's been ten days since our last Downtown Vegas construction roundup and we agree. It's been way too long. We trod from the Plaza to the Western and back again earlier this week. Here's your latest updates on where all those endless construction projects stand now:
Yes, Downtown Grand has quite a glow around it. As well as a old-timey casino sign (shown above) and striped canopies (below).
There isn't anything new to report about The High Roller observation wheel, but VegasChatter fan @sammasseur (with a wide-shot assist from the Linq's live webcam) is giving us another reason to gape at how tall it's getting thanks to updated snapshots.
Ice loves Coco, Vegas loves Coco and Coco loves everyone back.
Reality starlet Coco has agreed to let us keep peepin' her Peep in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood for another four months. That extends her residency through July 28. Coco took over for a preggers Holly (due soon) back in December. And, we quickly named her our fave Vegas celeb of 2012. Of course, instant scandal didn't hurt.
Right now, you can catch Coco Sundays through Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at PHo.
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It's no surprise that Megabucks is one of the most played slots. Nor, is it shocking to hear that Wheel of Fortune ranks right up there, too. But, we didn't expect to hear that the King of Pop is the King of Slots, too.
Vegas Inc. reports that those three slots were the top games for the fourth quarter of 2012. (WoF ranking first and the other two tying for second.) The news should make Mandalay Bay extremely happy as it prepares to launch Las Vegas' newest Cirque du Soleil production which just so happens to celebrate Michael Jackson.
We made it through another apocalypse, everybody! We're going to celebrate by getting off Facebook... err, we mean, packing it in at work.. hitting a few Fremont Street bars because you know how we love us some drinking, umm, downtown Vegas and then having one amazing four-day holiday weekend.
We hope you have an amazing time as well filled with love and laughter. If you're still trying to figure out what to do in Vegas for the holidays, either Christmas or New Year's Eve, just check out our links below, in handy bullet point format. We'll see you back here on Wednesday!
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It was a show we always talked about wanting to see
if it weren't at the IP, but now we've lost our chance when it comes to Human Nature.
The Aussie singing group held their final performance Sunday at Imperial Palace (soon to be The Quad). It had been their home since 2009. Caesars Entertainment says the group will now tour Florida before returning to the outback. No word on whether this was a mutual decision or more of a 'well, it's been nice having ya.'
Earlier this month, Vegas entertainment columnist John Katsilometes foretold HN's departure, and pegged Recycled Percussion (formerly of the Tropicana) as their replacement. It's not official just yet but, according to Kats, it is a certainty. Here's what else is making headlines about Vegas:
It seems we're not the only ones with a love for lost Vegas.
Today, LIFE published a 23-photo gallery on "Vintage Vegas: Rare Photos of a Desert Boomtown." It starts with the photo shown above and only gets better, with a coming soon sign for the Tropicana and, our personal favorite, a hotel lot for sale for $3 million dollars. Check out all of the images here, and don't forget to read the accompanying story, especially for it's reference to a 1955 article that wondered if Vegas had "pushed its luck too far."
Here's what else is making headlines about Las Vegas:
●Nude vacationing? There's a (Vegas) convention (and a name!) for that [stltoday.com]
●Elton John throws hissy fit (and water) onstage in Las Vegas [Advocate.com]
●Las Vegas Sands is the latest casino operator to say why not Toronto, eh? [TheStar.com]
●Steve Wynn purchases New York City penthouse for $70 million [Las Vegas Sun]
(PHOTO: Loomis Dean—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images via life.time.com)