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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements and happenings around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 19:
○Dirk Arthur will bring even more Wild Illusions to Riviera beginning February 21. That's when matinee performances of his magically cheesetastic production will be added. Look for 4 p.m. shows to take place Saturday and Sunday. Tickets begin at $40. Children must be at least five years old to attend and anyone under 15 will need to be with an adult. Call 800.634.3420 to purchase. The show also runs at 7 p.m. Saturday through Thursday.
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Folks disappointed to hear that The Harmon would not be imploded now have not one, but two explosive events to choose from this February in Vegas.
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Ever since the start of the "poker boom" back in 2003, when an unknown accountant from Tenessee with the unlikely name of Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, no-limit Texas Hold 'Em has been the game of choice among poker players everywhere.
It's easy to forget that, in the grand scheme of things, no-limit hold 'em is a relatively new game. If you were in Las Vegas back in the 90's or earlier, you would be much more likely to be playing a game like 7 card stud or even a variation of draw poker. While most poker players today are content playing no-limit, there are many who long for the days when this variation of the game didn't have the near monopoly it seems to have on the poker world today. The good news is, if you look hard enough, there are still places in Las Vegas where you can find some alternatives. Here's a look at some poker rooms around town that offer up a bit of variety for those looking to mix things up:
Las Vegas is finally getting a White Castle. IKEA's opening is slated for next year. So, why shouldn’t we also get a Cracker Barrel so people can stop teasing us for the major chains we lack? While Vegas is more of a destination and not just a stop along the way as many towns with Cracker Barrels are, ours may not be on the Strip but rather in North Las Vegas.
Unlike the transformation of the Sahara to SLS Las Vegas, Westgate never closed. So guests and visitors have watched as new ownership added Purple Reign and Sexxy. (yes, with a period) to the entertainment roster and opened Sid's Cafe, a 24-hour cafe that now resides in the old high limit gaming area.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 12:
○Downtown: Now With More Mob: The Mob Museum is on the move in Downtown Vegas. Kinda. A traveling exhibit, basically a 1972 Jaguar XKE convertible once owned by John Gotti, can now be found at the Plaza through June 30.
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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.
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If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, chances are you’re already attending viewing parties at whichever friend’s house has the best/newest TV situation. Well, it’s time to up the ante and the screen size.
To get you out of the between-seasons doldrums, the folks behind “Game of Thrones” will be showing the two final episodes of season four on the gigantic IMAX screens around the country, including the Brenden Theatres at Palms.
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An empty poker room, a soon to be closing poker room, and an electronic poker room highlight this look at what's currently going on in the Las Vegas poker landscape. Shuffle up and deal!
The poker situation at Silverton has pretty much been in limbo for the past two years. The off-Strip property's room closed back in early 2012 only to pop back up near the end of 2012 as part of Cantor Gaming's new sports book. Word was the cards would start flying once the sports book opened, but that day came and went and the poker room has yet to see any action. A recent visit to Silverton confirmed that, yes, the five-table poker room is still there in all of its painfully bright red glory, but it still is not open for business.
Westgate promised renovated rooms in 2015 and, lo and behold, it now features some.
Earlier this month, Las Vegas Sun columnist John Katsilometes reported that Westgate now boasts 1,200 remodeled rooms. A trip to its website reveals the off Strip's Signature category of accommodations was the focus of the refresh:
The west side is about to get a lot sweeter with the arrival of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt. The new ice cream shop will be located at 10170 West Tropicana Avenue, at the intersection of Tropicana and Hualapai (about a 15-minute drive from the center Strip). If you’ve never heard of the brand before, you’re probably not from Ohio. The first Handel’s opened in Youngstown, Ohio 70 years ago. Much like the arrival of Blue Bell ice cream last year, the news of Handel’s opening is music to the ears of those who grew up enjoying it.
The first Vegas outpost is owned by Patrick Frank, a Youngstown native and local VIP host for the past nine years. He missed this delicious part of his childhood so he decided to bring it to his new home.
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If you’re looking for a unique off-the-Strip experience, Green Dacha Grill and Hookah is a one-stop-shop for great food and a quirky atmosphere. Since Las Vegas is home to a good number of European dancers and other performers, ethnic restaurants, particularly Russian ones, pop up from time to time. On any given night you can find Cirque performers at one of these venues like Café Mayakovsky on the east side and Forte European Tapas on the west side. Green Dacha Grill and Hookah has now popped up on west Tropicana, very close to Palms and a short cab ride from the Strip.
The unassuming restaurant looks like a little house from the street with a brightly colored logo that looks more hippie store than Russian/Ukrainian restaurant. Once inside, the restaurant retains that house feel with exposed beams in the ceiling. Christmas decorations are still up though Orthodox Christmas just took place on January 7, so that's understandable. Comfortable bench seating along the perimeter invites patrons to stick around and transition from dinner to late night hookah.