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Every casino has a concept which may or may not be seen as a theme depending on how obvious it. Wynn, Aria and Cosmopolitan have a concept behind the design, but these casinos are not seen as themed because it's not as
cartoonish obvious as the Eiffel Tower at Paris or the castle turrets surrounding Excalibur. There hasn't been an obviously themed casino in Las Vegas since The Venetian and The Palazzo were completed in 1999 and 2007, respectively. That could all be changing with Resorts World Las Vegas.
Resorts World Las Vegas is set to open in 2016 and will have a heavy Asian influence throughout the $2 billion property. Resorts World Las Vegas will include a series of bronze and gold glass towers flanking Asian-style red pagodas, lagoons and fountains. There is even plans for a replica of the Great Wall of China and discussion on whether or not they will have a panda exhibit. The inclusion of a water park definitely makes Resorts World Las Vegas the first outwardly family friendly casino on The Strip in years.
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In Vegas, not every live music act requires payment and accompanying service fees. Here's where to rock out without having to pull your wallet out. Unless, of course, you can't talk your friends or that hot stranger into buying you drinks...
*Click on the name of the performer, group or band to hear them first before you head on down.
Commonwealth (Fremont East in Downtown Vegas)
Live Music Sundays
March 24: Love Hate Away
March 31: Donacat
April 7: Life Is Beautiful Music Showcase to include: Moondog Matinee, The Dirty Hooks, Avalon Landing, and more; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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The closure of Bill's Gambling Hall makes Casino Royale one of the last low roller casinos remaining on The Strip. Whether you want $1 beer or you're in the mood for a Cinnabon or if you just want to play $5 craps, Casino Royale has it all. While many casinos on The Strip offer poor odds for most casino games, Casino Royale has some of the best inexpensive gaming. That said, they're not the only place you can gamble for cheap, nowadays.
You won't find low roller limits on The Strip at newer casinos like Aria or Cosmopolitan, but you will find $5 and $10 blackjack at a variety of other casinos up and down The Strip. Availability on these games depend on the day and time you visit, but $5 or $10 blackjack can be had at Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Bally's, Harrah's, Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Riviera and the Stratosphere.
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Not everyone is worthy enough to take home a big check for beer money which leaves the rest of us practicing the art of small ball until the next World Series of Beer Pong. For many, that equates to retreating to the sticky confines of a frat-stanked basement. But, unless you're a rebel, that means finding above-ground practice grounds in Las Vegas.
The ultimate beer ponging stomping grounds, of course, used to be O'Sheas until it closed up shop and shipped their tables over to Bill's. But, now that Bill's is no more where's a guy (or gal) to go when they need to unwind and sink the ball in the cup?
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The mega-hotel chain is working to make complimentary WiFi available in all the common areas of each of its hotels, "including pools, casinos, lobbies, and restaurants." It's also upgrading the WiFi systems at all its resorts. If they have them. If not, it will finally bring WiFi to its properties which have only offered guests wired Internet service until now. Yes, wired.
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Mention the words locals casino and natives think Station Casinos, Boyd (Suncoast, Orleans, Gold Coast), M Resort...and Excalibur? According to a couple marketing emails that landed in our inbox titled "Your Room is Less Than a Cab Ride!," execs at MGM Resorts would like to locals to consider both Excalibur and Luxor as their home away from home.
Police in Las Vegas now know who is to blame for Friday night's murder-suicide on the Vegas Strip, but they're still trying to piece together the why.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that 31-year-old Edward Brandt of Lake Forest, Illinois shot concierge worker Jessica Kenny before turning the gun on himself. The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. in the hotel's lobby. Kenny did not survive the attack.
@fiercesport I'm in my room in Vegas at the Excalibur and some guy shot the concierge am then shot himself I heard.All I heard was gun shots— Alexa Shepich (@PCMalexa18) December 15, 2012
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Excalibur's new and improved food court is just over a week old. If not, all the way complete. But, we don't care because it's a billion times better. Seriously. And, still so sparkling clean you could eat off the tables and the floors. Although, we'd definitely advise against that.
Dubbed Castle Walk, Excalibur boasts that it now has the largest food court on The Strip, spanning 28,000 square feet. Ordinarily, we'd also advise against bragging about that, but this is now one of the best places to chow in Excalibur. Outside of this, there's the buffet, Buca Di Beppo, Dick's Last Resort, The Steakhouse at Camelot, Baja Fresh and American Burger Works (if it continues to stay open). Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ is still closed, now entombed in a blank construction wall, although, the lights (strangely) are still on.
Late last month, American Burger Works and Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ closed their doors at Excalibur after filing for bankruptcy. Later reports indicated that both restaurants, under the same ownership, were evicted by Excalibur for failure to pay rent. A lawsuit was filed to reverse the eviction and that's the last we heard of it.
So, imagine the surprise in our sauce when we walked by an open and operating American Burger works this past Sunday. The restaurant's Facebook page still hasn't been updated since the closure so we couldn't glean any hints from there when the grills were fired back up or if a deal was reached with Excalibur.
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We're sure this isn't going to choke up too many people (if any), but we'll still take this moment to pause in memory of six Vegas restaurants that are no more (or close to it).
News broke earlier today about the sudden shutter of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ and American Burger Works at Excalibur. The Las Vegas Sun says the restaurants filed for bankruptcy protection and closed yesterday. Neither had been open a year.
Let’s paint a scenario. You’re in Las Vegas. You’ve done all of the obvious touristy things, but you want to know something not-so-obvious to do. Something fun and different. This series will walk you down The Strip, a few properties at a time, offering one fun and different thing to do at each. We hope you enjoy it and find something new to check out the next time you are in town.
Last time on One Fun Thing, we had finally got to the southern end of The Strip and crossed Tropicana Avenue. Today, we are back with the last few Strip resorts and an area of the Strip that was once known as Mandalay Mile. Without further adieu, here’s one fun thing at Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay.
So you say you've got a case of Saturday Night Fever? It happens to the best of us. Sometimes even on a Tuesday. Just hopefully not on a Friday. The Australian Bee Gees are dark that day.
The Bee Gees tribute band formed in 1996 and has performed all over the world. Now, they are a permanent fixture in the
Australian Pride Theater Thunder From Down Under Theater at Excalibur.