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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)
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It's a dump. It's a place where the regular Joe could feel comfortable. It holds some of your best Vegas memories. Or, some of your worst.
O'Sheas is, was, many things to many people. Poll ten random Vegas visitors and probably get ten different responses. Slated for closure to make way for The Linq, O'Sheas still has one more month of life but folks are already bidding adieu. Here are a few of the best posts we've seen that remember O'Sheas for what it was... To them:
●We Come to Bury O'Sheas Before We Raze It [Grantland]
●Loss of a Las Vegas Little Guy Casino Isn't Improvement [My San Antonio]
●The Implications of Closing O'Sheas [Neon Dice]
●10 Things We'll Miss When O'Sheas Closes [Pulse of Vegas]
(PHOTO: @_Lucky45 on Twitter)
If you close your eyes, it's almost like you're laying out poolside in Vegas. Almost.
Wise Buys Liquidators in Northern California recently bought hundreds of
used like new pool chairs from the Venetian. And, after hyping up the Vegas angle, quickly sold out of their entire stock -- close to 900 chairs.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the chairs cost more than $300 a piece originally, but were sold for just $9.98. The company is calling other Vegas resorts in the hopes of getting their pool castoffs, too. Our big take away here is that it sounds like Venetian has new pool chairs!
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We're all for hanging out with our moms and having a good time, maybe even getting a little tipsy on rose at dinner but we're not so sure we'd like to have her partying with us in Vegas. So it's a good thing that Kathy Hilton is Paris Hilton's mom and not ours.
Paris has been celebrating her 31st birthday for the past two days in Vegas at the Hard Rock and judging from this tweet, Kathy has joined her:
@Parishilton Happy Happy Birthday Paris, We love you ! See you in Vegas! Love Mom & Dad
Oh Kathy, you are no Kris Jenner. On the bright side, perhaps having her parentals around will keep Paris out of trouble.
Here's what else is going on this weekend in Vegas: