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Poker / The Strip / Venetian / Caesars Palace / Golden Nugget / Bellagio / Fremont Street / → All Tags
What is it like to be a professional poker player in Las Vegas? What it is like to make your living on the felt, doing battle with tourists and locals alike, fighting and clawing for fiercely contested chips in pot after pot, suffering through the bad beats, basking in the glow of making your opponents fold their superior hands, raking in the spoils of your victories, shrugging off the hands that got away, then racking up your soldiers and doing it all again the next day?
Tim "The Trooper" Watts (the nickname is a reference to one of his favorite Iron Maiden songs) knows exactly what it's like.
Since moving to Las Vegas from Jacksonville, Florida last June, Watts has been living the life that many poker players from all over the world have only fantasized about. It is in the poker rooms up and down the Strip where Watts goes about the business of grinding out his living by playing a card game.
Although he did line-up a part time job at a restaurant when he first came to town, Watts recently took a leap of faith and said goodbye to the day job so that he could concentrate fully on poker.
Now with no bosses to answer to and no schedules to follow, each day is an open book. Whether his office is Caesars Palace, the Venetian, or perhaps downtown at the Golden Nugget, Watts enters each day in full control of his own destiny.
VegasChatter Reviews / Dining / Eating / Restaurants / Fremont East / PublicUs / Fremont Street / → All Tags
Downtown is not only growing up, but also growing out. As the area becomes safer, cleaner and filled with more resources, businesses are becoming more and more comfortable with their general distance from the epicenter that is the Fremont Street Experience. PublicUs is pushing that boundary, and is doing so with some of the hippest food off the Strip.
PublicUs is located on a very nondescript corner of Fremont East, "way" down at Maryland Parkway (Google map here). From the outside, it is very minimal; inside, it is a palace dedicated to hipness. Custom-warped wood benches, modernist wall treatments, and a centerpiece of a giant, beautiful espresso machine. This machine and all things coffee are manned by Cole McBride, one of the most awarded competitive baristas in the world. This man practically has a PhD in coffee. The restaurant even boasts laboratory-grade water treatment equipment.
Eating / Dining / Future Vegas / Restaurants / Siegel's 1941 / The Flame / Openings / Fremont East / Fremont Street / → All Tags
Sometimes you just happen to be at the right place at the right time. Last Wednesday afternoon, while
nursing a hangover enjoying a nap at Oasis at Gold Spike, I was awakened by an email alert with a tempting offer. It was an invitation to head over to El Cortez for a taste of the menu to come for the not-yet-open, mobster-inspired Siegel's 1941.
Siegel's 1941 -- replacing the old school (and sorely missed) Flame -- once targeted a winter opening. Unfortunately, it's still under construction and playing catchup after various delays. A May 28 opening is now in the crosshairs, and the staff I spoke to seem to think they'll make it this time. Siegel's Executive Chef Aaron Neeley (who honed his skills inside restaurants at Caesars Palace, Venetian and Monarch Bistro of Houston, TX) is using the down time to try out some new dishes on diners at Cafe Cortez.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens might be good enough for Gaga, but two of our favorite things (besides pinball... it's a long list) are Vegas on TV and flipping through the pages of Lost Vegas. Put that lost Vegas on TV and our mind is blown quicker than a Clarion implosion.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Radio City Pizza / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Fremont Street / Fremont East / → All Tags
It has been quiet news among the food and beverage crowd and downtown citizens that the great minds behind The Goodwich are the new management of Radio City Pizza (now Radio City Pizzeria but still RCP, for short) on Fremont Street. Where once there was little more than a simple sports bar-slash-pizza place, now there is some of this city's most adventurous Italian fare and craftiest beers.
Couples in search of an unconventional way to say 'I do' have found it for years in Las Vegas. Here, you can exchange vows on a pirate ship, while dressed in medieval garb a la Game of Thrones, with Elvis at your side, or even aboard the world's tallest observation wheel. Back in 2013, lovers in love received another spot for matrimonial bliss -- Denny's on Fremont.
Vegas on TV / Magic / Wizard Wars / Penn & Teller / The Strip / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / The LINQ / Fremont Street / Fremont Street Experience / → All Tags
Wizard Wars, a magical reality competition series, returns to SyFy January 29 and the first episode will feature a pair of Vegas street performers. Going up against the "wizards" will be Greg Dow and Sean Scott, two performers who make their living entertaining tourists for the most part. While both do corporate and private events, they can also be found regularly on the Strip at The LINQ and Fremont Street. Read on to find out more about their careers before you tune in on Thursday night, or decide to track them down in real life.
VegasChatter: How did you get your start in magic?
Greg Dow: I got a magic set when I was a kid and couldn’t figure it out and got frustrated and then went to video games and didn’t pick it back up until I went to college. I always liked magic. I liked watching it. I bought some magic tricks and brought them back to my friends in college and they started getting impressed. After a few months of doing that, someone asked me to do a show. I did a pretty bad show but it was fun. I learned more magic and, when I moved back to Chicago, I started doing magic in restaurants and enjoyed doing that for awhile while I was working day jobs. I moved out to Vegas about 12 years ago and I started working for one of the big magic shops. I sold magic tricks and taught people how to do magic tricks for about 10 years. About three years ago I stopped that and went to performing full time which makes me much happier.
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The annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas is more than just a race. A week-long celebration leads up to a race weekend set for Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 this year.
Reader Ryan K. asked if we could keep him up-to-date on NASCAR week events. Since most won't be announced until after the Big Game we’ll start today and continue to update this list as driver appearances, specials and other events are announced.
Vegas Observations / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Fremont Street / The Strip / Slots / Gambling / Gaming / → All Tags
Visitors doing Vegas on a budget often head downtown to get more for their money. There’s no denying that when compared to the Strip, downtown is full of bargains. Average room rates are about half of what you’ll find ($66 vs. $126 in 2014). Dining downtown is easier on the wallet as well, with the priciest downtown buffet coming in at just over $20. That’s a deal when compared to the more than $50 you would spend on The Strip. A commonly repeated piece of advice suggests that in addition to these savings, downtown offers better returns than the Strip when gambling, especially at slots. That seems to makes sense, given that everything else downtown is cheaper, but is it true?
Events / New Year's Eve / Fremont Street / Fremont Street Experience / Music / Entertainment / → All Tags
This New Year's Eve, thirty bucks is all it takes to jam out to Van Halen, Queen, Duran Duran, Aerosmith, and more on Fremont Street. Or, rather the music of all those groups as rock classics will delivered all night long by tribute bands.
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The restaurateur who was at the helm of EAT, one of the earliest successes of Downtown Project, will be opening her second restaurant soon. Chef Natalie Young will open a late-night combination Southern fried chicken and Chinese takeout concept in former boxing gym space located at 1020 E. Fremont Street.