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Here's a little background information, for readers who are uninitiated in the secrets of strip club culture. At strip clubs nationwide, the dancers do not receive any formal training in the art of stage dancing. Instead, dancers are expected to choreograph their stage performances on their own.
Newly hired dancers watch the other girls dance, and imitate their moves. They check out routines on the internet, and they practice them in their spare time. They sometimes practice pole tricks on an empty stage during slow times at the club. Or, as many unimpressed customers have witnessed, many strippers just don't know how to dance very well, and they just walk around the stage with one hand on the pole.
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It’s a tad early to be discussing Halloween (what are we saying? It's never too early!), but this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball. To celebrate, they are taking the festivities one step further by introducing the Fetish And Fantasy Lifestyle Expo.
The three-day convention (October 29-31) promises to showcase all things adult and erotic. There will be a variety of performers including fetish models and theatrical acts, and a multitude of products, clothing, and toys on display. There will also be health and sexuality experts and educators. It will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel as well as at the nearby Alexis Park hotel. Anyone open-minded (and over 18) can attend and
let their freak flag fly explore their sexuality. And, if you're already wondering what to wear, you can wear street clothes or break out the fetish or fantasy attire. Even lingerie will be acceptable.
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If you’re a Pizza Rock fan, you now have another place to enjoy Tony Gemignani’s delicious creations: Little Tony’s at Palace Station. Several of his classics like the popular Cal Italia and the ginormous Dillinger have made the move, but the menu also offers a lot more like specialty pasta dishes not seen at his other two restaurants in downtown and at Green Valley Ranch.
The design elements are more like Tony’s San Francisco restaurants. There’s no giant semi truck in this location, sigh. Comfy leather booths and red brick give an old school pizzeria charm. New to this location are also the cast iron pizzas plus several pizzas not available in his other Nevada restaurants.
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This weekend is all about Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao and the Kentucky Derby for sports fans in Las Vegas. Before we get to the fight and the big race, the NFL will begin its draft of college players into the league this Thursday, April 30.
Football is the most popular sport to bet on and the NFL draft makes for entertaining television. If there's one thing we've learned over the year, it's that sportsbooks are always open to doing something (anything) related to football. Enter the NFL Draft which isn't more than a television show without any legal US gambling (you can wager on the NFL draft online, but not in Nevada casinos.)
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Elvis is back in the building. That’s the slogan Westgate Las Vegas is going with, though, they seem to forgotten about headliner Trent Carlini who performed as Elvis for a long run before the new "Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience." Their newest, multi-faceted Elvis extravaganza has gotten the stamp of approval from Graceland and both Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley were on hand for opening night.
The full experience includes the new Elvis Presley’s Graceland wedding chapel (featuring wedding and vow renewal packages) and the first permanent Elvis exhibition outside of Graceland. More on the exhibition in a forthcoming post. The third part of the Elvis overload is a stage production show. On the 59th anniversary of Elvis’ first performance in the building, then the International, the new show kicked off.
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Fight weekend. If you read that with more dread than excitement (especially when combined with Derby madness and Cinco de Mayo celebrations), there are two more off-beat events set for the same weekend that will get you off the Strip. Way off the Strip. Avoid the masses due to overrun Las Vegas Boulevard by hitting the highway and motoring 80 minutes north to Mesquite or 30 minutes southeast to Boulder City.
For at least the last three years, as shown here, here, and here, rumors of room upgrades, an alignment with a national hotel brand, and pool improvements have swirled around Hooters Casino. And, in three years, not much has happened. So, on my most recent visits to Hooters, I asked multiple employees (including table game supervisiors and casino hosts) what the latest secret plans are for Hooters Casino.
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This is the 22nd year Casino Player magazine has released national results for loosest slots in America. They gather public slot information from various local gaming commissions for a 12-month period and report where the casinos with the loosest slots can be found.
Without going too deep into the definition of "loose slots", a term created by Casino Player, the looser the slot machine, the more money it returns to players. Loose slots doesn't mean the player has an advantage. The casino still has a house edge, but looser slots offer better returns. While there isn’t public information on which specific machines offer the best returns, this research is still helpful by pointing players in the right direction.
May 2 will likely go down in Vegas history as one of the busiest days ever with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao that evening and Cinco de Mayo festivities getting started a little early. These other events shouldn’t overshadow another major annual event: the Kentucky Derby.
Rockhouse at Venetian/Palazzo is celebrating with a derby party designed to get you off your couch and out enjoying the race with friends. On the menu are mint juleps and plenty of Kentucky bourbon. Guests are encouraged to wear their most off-the-wall hats to keep with derby culture. There’s a $50 all-you-can-drink open bar special, plus a mechanical bull if you think the crowd would rather watch you ride that than the jockeys ride their horses.
Our tour of MyVEGAS hotels available to Las Vegas locals continues with a recent visit to Green Valley Ranch. I live minutes from Red Rock Resort so the 30-minute (plus) drive to GVR made this really feel like a getaway.
When approaching Green Valley Ranch, it really does feel as though you’re not in Vegas. And, that's because, technically, you're in Henderson. Driving around the grounds, it almost feels as though an estate was lifted and moved from Connecticut or a Florida housing complex. It’s really beautiful and different to see.
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Another week, another new pizza joint is about to make its Vegas debut. Recently, we've seen the openings of Pizza Rock at Green Valley Ranch (the valley's second location) and Pizza Forte at Sunset Station. Now, Little Tony's, a sister concept to the popular Pizza Rock brand, will start dishing it out at Palace Station next week.
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At Westgate, Elvis left the building, returned, left again, and is about to stage another comeback.
The former International->Las Vegas Hilton->LVH property has long had an association with The King after Elvis Presley headlined there in the 60s and 70s. Next week, a new, permanent exhibition by Graceland will, can't help it, grace the property.