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Christmas will be coming a bit early for poker players at the Venetian next month. Beginning May 1, the Strip's largest poker room will begin offering a $2 max rake on all poker games 24 hours a day through May 24. The normal rake at Venetian is a $4 maximum.
To the uninitiated, the rake is, basically, how poker rooms make money. Because poker players do battle with each other instead of against the house, the poker room takes a percentage of the money in each pot. In most poker rooms, the rake is 10% of the pot up to a certain amount and it is taken in $1 increments. The first dollar is taken out when the pot reaches $10, the next dollar is taken out at $20, and so on until the maximum rake is reached. The $2 maximum rake at Venetian is a 50% drop from what they usually take and players will see a nice increase in their bottom line because of it.
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After promising to be back in February and failing, Defending the Caveman is finally laying its spear down in Downtown Vegas. The one-man show lost its home at Harrah's in January on the cusp of its four-year anniversary at the Strip hotel.
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Chef Kerry Simon is closing the doors at two of his Las Vegas restaurants this spring. Simon has been battling debilitating Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). The incurable disease has rendered Simon unable to speak or eat normally and has confined him to a wheelchair.
As their leases expire this spring, Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place and KGB (Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers) at Harrah’s will close. Simon’s other restaurants in Palm Springs, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic plus Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas will remain open.
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I had a chance to see Menopause The Musical years ago, but I couldn’t get any friends to go with me, even the menopausal ones! I took that as a sign it was a show I could skip. When I realized the show has been running for nine years (after stops at Luxor and the Hilton before that), I figured it was time to put stigma aside and visit the production's newest home, Harrah’s, to see what it was all about.
The showroom where it takes place is wide and not very deep so there’s a good view from most seats. It was clear from the very start this show would be a funny one. A goofy, pun-filled show that's geared to a certain demographic," yes; but, funny, too. If you’re unfamiliar and can’t guess from the name, this is a musical about women (four in particular from different walks of life) who are going through menopause. You might think this is an odd subject for a musical. You’d be right; but, somehow, it works.
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Just when you think the hot flashes have ended and menopause is over, it pops right back up again. We’re talking about Menopause The Musical, of course, and fans will likely be happier to hear of the show’s return than they would be the actual condition.
After closing up shop Sunday at Luxor, Menopause will reopen soon at The Improv at Harrah’s. Preview performances kick off February 3 and a grand opening is scheduled for February 20. The same cast from the Luxor version of the production will appear in the new Harrah’s production. The updated version will feature an expanded stage, upgraded sound and lighting plus a new set and costumes. Despite the new venue being more “intimate” (read: smaller), it sounds like this will actually be an upgrade for the show that’s nearing a decade in Las Vegas.
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Defending the Cavemen was set to celebrate its fourth anniversary in the showroom at Harrah’s, but instead has closed its doors. The show’s star, Kevin Burke, announced the news to friends and family via social media today.
Burke was at the helm of the one-man show for most of its time in Vegas, taking a year off in the middle to spend time with loved ones. In the summer of 2013, Chris Allen took over for a year, but Burke returned last year to reclaim the role he seemed so comfortable in. After refreshing the show upon his return, it appears the show has just run its course.
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Mac King makes plaid cool. The kooky comedy magician who dresses from head-to-toe in plaid and endorses geriatric fave, Fig Newtons, turns on the charm in his afternoon show at Harrah’s. “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” was recently extended for four more years, adding to King's 15-year reign at Harrah’s.
You may have the impression that Mac King’s show is a kids show, but the reality is that it’s fun for all ages. As cliché as that sounds, it’s the truth. Having seen the show a few years ago and again recently, I can definitely attest to the fun adults will have, too. Mac’s humor seems to have gotten a bit more adult over the years as he makes references or simply alludes to double entendres and snicker-worthy innuendos.
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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize they're not as young as they used to be. In Vegas, that realization sometimes hits you in the ears one night in the club. The music, the people and the vibe just are not what they used to be. Even though most Vegas clubs are focused on younger customers, there are still places to go out, have some drinks and dance to something other than oontz.
Recently, I visited the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay for the first time in a while. I found it to be a great fit for someone ready to take the next step in his or her club life. The crowd was made up of a mix of people between their 20s and 40s with the average age probably around mid-30s. Music ranged from '90s artists (Tupac) to hits from today (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). Some danced, others just hung out and enjoyed bottle service. I spent the night drinking outside on a patio with one of the best views in Vegas. You really can't beat that. It struck me as a great place to party when you think you might be ready to move on from Marquee or XS.
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Over the weekend, headliner Jeff Civillico from the Imperial Linq Quad Palace (as he likes to put it) hosted a charity fundraiser for his Win-Win Entertainment organization. The group hooks up entertainers with good causes such as performing shows in children’s hospitals.
Win-Win’s Headliner Bash featured an array of Vegas stars and reminded us of just why we loved some of them. One of the standout performances was from Human Nature (pictured above), the Aussie Motown group who perform at Venetian. When it comes to amazing vocals, these guys are some of the best in Vegas. Their pitch-perfect harmonies and a capella skills are truly impressive. After performing a Motown standard, the group moved to Christmas music from their “Christmas Album” and reminded guests of their upcoming holiday themed shows. If you hadn't heard, their Christmas, Motown and More show runs December 12-24.
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What a difference a year makes. After a shocking reversal on resort fees in 2013, Caesars Entertainment is now hiking the charges at six of its Vegas properties, instituting the same flat rate at all its Strip resorts.
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Fulton Street? Street food? Food hall? Even the name of the newest creative culinary experience at Harrah’s is a little confusing. What exactly is Fulton Street Food Hall? All of the above and so much more is what we’ve deduced so far. After sampling a wide variety of the options at this venue (yes, we’ll call it a venue for now), we are suitably impressed, but feel we should give you a detailed lowdown so you'll be better prepared for your first visit.
Fulton is not a traditional food court nor is it a quite a cafeteria or a buffet, but rather a weird hybrid of the three, kind of like an a la carte buffet. But, then again, it does have a sit-down restaurant component, too, open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. And, a sushi bar, a noodle bar, and a bar bar, too. Oh, don’t forget the self-serve fro-yo station. Or, the bakery case up front. We’re also told there will be a mini-bulk candy station coming soon so it will have a bit of Sugar Factory's essence thrown in because why not?
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Harrah's says it's not a food court, but if it looks like a food court and serves like a food court...
The round-the-clock Fulton Street Food Hall -- termed as a marketplace and to-go cafe by execs and being hailed as a Strip first -- has been described, to us at least, as something akin to what you'd find in a Whole Foods as far as quality and set-up. Guests order what they wish from a range of options and stations and then head to one central register (for the most part) to check-out. Think of it as upscale fast-casual, if you will. However you reference it, the dining experience is now open to all.