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In case you missed it, last weekend was Fight Night in Vegas. So how did things turn out? Read on for our Fight Night Recap!
Boxer Floyd Mayweather’s unblemished record lives on and has stretched to 48-0. While 48 is a very large number for a boxing win record, it’s one of the smallest numbers you’ll see in reference to the record-breaking weekend Las Vegas just had surrounding the hoopla of fight weekend where Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Hotel rooms cost over $1,000 at many Strip properties, though there was a dip just before the actual weekend so some late bookers were able to take advantage of that. Fight tickets were going for over $40,000 on StubHub and even the closed circuit viewing parties at MGM Resorts properties went for $150 a person.
The fighters look to clear around $300 million in a 60-40 split in favor of Mayweather. The Associated Press is reporting Mayweather has already received a “down payment” check for $100 million, with more coming after the pay-per-view money is tallied.
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The VegasChatter corporate offices went on high alert when actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling indicated on social media that a Vegas trip was imminent. It's always interesting to see what a celebrity will do in Sin City and usually pretty (although, for most, unintentionally) entertaining, too.
While Prince Harry still holds the honor of cheekiest visit to date, Mindy kept fans enthralled through a constant stream of social media updates. After following (obsessively) along, here's a quick guide on how to do Vegas, Kaling style:
1. Pack the appropriate essentials.
Vegas dress? Check. Bling? Check. Multiple bathing suits? Check.
Miley does Vegas.
We all knew it was coming. We just didn't know which club would land her first after the do-what-she-want songstress turned the big 21 on November 23. The answer, it seems, is Beacher's Madhouse.
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We might be leading some readers into uncharted Vegas collecting circles with this update. We previously shared details of Cirque du Soleil's unusual KÀ comic book. Now, word has reached us that today is the release date of a comic book biography of a Vegas Strip star. Not Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, or Donny and Marie, who've all previously been given a four color once over.
To our surprise, Tim McGraw has lived a life big enough to merit an illustrated biography, and the plot explains how he "rose from humble beginnings to win his place as the slickest voice in the West." Just released “FAME: Tim McGraw,” spans 40 pages. We wondered if it makes mention of he and wife Faith Hill's Venetian residency. It does.
Somebody thought of the penguins. We recently provided you the messy details of the forthcoming auction of Wayne Newton's famous Casa de Shenandoah home. The problem for Wayne? He'll still be living on the property when they auction it out from under him. And, until this week, he was joined by 280 living souls including birds, fish, horses, wallabies, sloths, lemurs and penguins. Well, no longer.
According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal article, this collection of beasts was sold to the suitably off-beat sounding Sloth Center Sanctuary & Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Oregon. Price? $27,300. It's not a zoo. They research and protect. Good for them. Sounds like a great home for these animals.
Doyenne of all things domesticated, Martha Stewart, is currently sleeping at the Wynn Las Vegas while in town for her niece's wedding, which is also taking place at the Wynn. How do we know all this? Why, we have Martha on speed-dial. Psych. She's putting it all out there for us to see on Twitter.
And boy is she
getting a serious comp deal from Steve splurging while in Vegas. For starters, she's in a two-room villa at the Wynn complete with a private massage room and a private pool. She and her niece also spent serious time getting prepped for the wedding at the hotel's beauty salon. Lastly, while tweeting a pic of her bedroom she let us know that Steve Wynn is "one of Las Vegas's most famous people." You don't say! Other than that, Martha is taking it rather easy in Vegas. We'll see where she ends up late-night tonight.
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We can't blame Prince Harry for returning to Vegas again this summer (he did a brief stint in Sin City last fall) especially as the pool party season is about to start winding down. His first stop was Wet Republic at MGM Grand where, according to the Daily Mail, he "chatted to a group of girls who had taken the cabana next door and ordered drinks from a menu boasting £65 pitchers of ‘dragonberry’ mojitos." (He did not, however, associate with celebrity party host J.Lo.)
The Mail also reports that a staff member admitted to keeping the water bottle which Harry drank from. Gross. Wet Republic, you need to re-evaluate some of your staffers.
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It's no secret that Vegas loves the 90s, but out of all the famous 90s celebs that have come to town lately, this might be our favorite -- Vanilla Ice.
The white rapper turned home improvement show host will be hanging poolside next weekend at The Flamingo's GO Pool. Aside from lounging, signing autographs, posing for photos and dishing tips on drywall and roofing supplies, Ice will also be performing later that night at the Carnaval Court.
This one seems like a no-brainer but just in case you are planning on hitting the pool during your Vegas vacation, don't do what "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland's boyfriend did and leave $1,200 in cash just chilling in your wallet.
You'd think a "four diamond award winning resort" such as @TheMirageLV has security cameras to catch thieves. Won't ever be staying there.— Sarah Hyland(@Sarah_Hyland) July 17, 2012
Lawrence is not the first celebrity to jump the shark and host. That guy from Jersey Shore, that one who was on The Bachelor and that other dude in that boy band have all taken the gig. But, Lawrence, although a nostalgic throwback, is clearly the most well-known star to join the show as guest. The male dancers do strip, but, spoiler alert, Lawrence only rips apart his shirt to display his 36 year-old frame. For many of his ardent and very vocal fans in the audience, it was enough.
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Friday marked the sixth annual Vegas Uncork'd Grand Tasting at the Garden of the Gods. The signature event sold out for the first time this year as 2,500 hungry foodies sampled their way through the offerings of over 50 chefs. VegasChatter may not have hit each and every station but we came pretty damn close in an effort to collate, count, and confirm the votes for 2012's Grand Tasting Awards.
Not surprisingly all lenses turned toward Gordon Ramsay when he entered the Garden of the Gods. Mr. Ramsay most certainly wins this year's paparazzi award and VegasChatter wasn't immune from the trend.
Ramsay may have been the most snapped celeb chef, but from our observations the most "can I get a picture with you" requests were aimed at the always adorable and approachable Hubert Keller.
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Moments before Chef Gordon Ramsay arrived to meet a press pack in his new Paris casino restaurant, there was a palpable wave of excited anticipation. For a known phenomena in the culinary and showbiz world, this was an unknown situation.
How bold, brash or forceful would Gordon Ramsay crash into this very crowded and very competitive dining arena? He choose to arrive as himself, talk with passion and won us over. It was masterpiece of publicity theater. But, also a genuine insight into the combination of pure charisma and calculated persona that creates a brand. And, a brand that sells.
He's a double digit Michelin Star chef, but with a familiarity that reaches to the flip-flop crowd steps away from his kitchen. His tutelage under Vegas neighbors Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon could have prompted a push to a restaurant of light subtlety and finesse, but we arrived into an immersive environment of steel, reds and branded Gordon all around us. And there, in front of us, the real brash, free talking and highly opinionated Ramsay. But, with a frequent humbleness in his vocal admiration for his past mentors and peers. He had something to prove to the culinary profession. And, to prove something to himself. It was evident that Las Vegas needed to be conquered by Gordon. And, he has come in strong.