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Game Shows / Vegas on TV / Wheel of Fortune / Venetian / Palazzo / Jackpots / → All Tags
If you read the headline with breaths between Wheel! Of! and Fortune! you're exactly who the Wheelmobile is looking for when it spins into Las Vegas this weekend. Wheel of Fortune promotional team members will be auditioning contestants for six weeks of shows to be taped at the Venetian and Palazzo in July and August.
To land a playing spot on the game show, contestant wannabes should show up to the Venetian Theatre this Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, beginning at 11 a.m. to fill out an application. Random applicants then will be plucked to audition in three-hour long simulated Wheel of Fortune shows each day. From there TV worthy contestants will be hand chosen for the real deal later this summer. So bring a pen, personality and your lucky rabbit's foot for a shot at the big time. And, we suggest packing snacks since, when the Wheel rolled into the Venetian a few years back, more than 20,000 Fortune fans were expected to greet it.
Resort Fees / Venetian / Palazzo / → All Tags
It probably wasn't hard to see this one coming.
Venetian and Palazzo have hiked their resort fee five bucks to $25. The increase now puts them on par with a spate of other Vegas resorts including Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, Four Seasons, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, HOTEL32, The Mirage, The Signature at MGM Grand, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Treasure Island, Trump, Vdara, Wynn and Encore.
OpenThread / Vegas Observations / Resorts World Las Vegas / Wynn / The Cosmopolitan / Venetian / Palazzo / Paris Las Vegas / Excalibur / → All Tags
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.
Drinking / Venetian / Palazzo / Drinks2U / → All Tags
We want everything and we want it now. Every day that goes by there is some form of new technology that allows us to have things quicker. Have a question about something and we head to Twitter and Facebook to ask friends. If we forget our wallet at home, we now have apps to buy us a cup of Starbucks.
Casinos aren't the quickest companies to embrace technology, but when they do it's awesome. Last year, Rio introduced cocktail waitresses and waiters that use iPads to let the bar know to bring you a drink. This expedited the process and is awesome. This year, Venetian and Palazzo are trying to expedite drink service. The casinos introduced Drinks2U a few weeks ago on certain slot machines in both casinos.
When you insert your Club Grazie card into a machine that has Drinks2U capability, you can order a drink whenever you want by entering your choice of beverage. The selections are the same as if a cocktail waitress was walking around offering drinks.
Vegas Delays / Construction / Openings / Condos / Venetian / Palazzo / St. Regis Residencies / → All Tags
Once upon a time a time when just about every Strip gaming company thought condos were the greatest things since timeshares, Las Vegas Sands did, too. It even started to build 280 of them atop part of the Venetian/Palazzo. And then, as is wont to happen in Vegas, the brakes were applied and the multi-million dollar project was shelved in late 2008. Or, in this case, draped.
Since then, local government officials have granted the gaming company more time to complete the condos, once dubbed the St. Regis Residences. Recently, a third time extension was approved, allowing construction to stay dormant through January 2015. Interestingly, Sands had requested a three-year delay, but only received two as that is the time increment planning officials normally sign off on.
Closings / Rattlecan / First Food And Bar / The Act / Vegas Rumors / Venetian / Palazzo / Twitter / → All Tags
The Vegas Twitterverse imploded earlier today with talk of the sudden closures of First, Rattlecan (pictured above) and The Act at Venetian/Palazzo. When the rumors settled, two of the three were accurate.
A spokesperson for First Food & Bar and Rattlecan, both concepts by Chef Sammy DeMarco, released this statement in response to the chatter:
Vegas Observations / Coffee / Venetian / Palazzo / Silverton / Starbucks / → All Tags
Coffee is a vital part of our day at a casino. In the morning, it warms the soul and prepares us for the day. Coffee in the afternoon can give the push to get us past the post-lunch drag and a late night cup may offer the punch we need to see the sun rise.
Venetian and Palazzo have at least six coffee shops to buy Illy, Coffee Bean and Lavazza coffee and there are Starbucks popping up quicker than CeeLo's puppets. That's great when we're walking around, but not so helpful when in the zone at the blackjack table or while having a mega video poker session.
Deals / Free Vegas / Happy Hours / Venetian / Palazzo / Tao / Lavo / Drinking / Bars / → All Tags
Happy hour goes down twice a night Mondays through Thursdays (5 to 7 p.m. and after 11 p.m.) with 2-for-1 cocktails and free bites. Guests only need to show a hotel room key to score happy hour specials.
The Year of the Snake continues to impress. We've already covered the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Now, we shift our attention to the Waterfall Atrium at the Palazzo. Last year’s display brought us a fire-breathing dragon and a mob scene on unveiling day with crowds packed ten-deep to see the first burst of flames. This year, the tech is more subtle, but proving quite a hit. A 98-foot blue snake lounging in a peach tree will stare at you, wink and stick out his tongue. All in the name of good fortune.
The peach tree features 193,600 flowers and stands 38 feet tall. It looks amazing. Over by the waterfall, gold and red lanterns hang down and I Ching coins representing wealth are married to the landscape. The effect, while not as vast as at Bellagio, is none the less a tremendous eye-catcher.
Gun Ranges / Beretta / Palazzo / → All Tags
After getting the silent treatment from Beretta earlier this month, we can't say we didn't see this one coming.
Just over a week after we wondered just what was happening with plans to bring a Beretta gun range to the Shoppes of Palazzo, the Las Vegas Sun reports that it's all been scrapped. Last summer, Beretta had announced its intent to bring a multi-level gun range/store to The Strip by this month.
The Sun states that the permit application for the project has been withdrawn and relays that it got the cold shoulder from Beretta, too.
(PHOTO: w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines) on Flickr)
Last summer, news broke that Beretta wanted to build a four-story shooting range-slash-gun store inside the Shoppes at Palazzo. Palazzo and Venetian tried to distance themselves from the WTF nature of the news by reminding us all that the Shoppes are actually run by an independent group. They even joined Wynn to speak out against the idea to local government officials who greenlighted it, anyway.
We play around casinos and Vegas resorts all day and we often come across random numbers that we never thought we would find amusing. Today's random nugget comes from one of the largest hotels in the world -- MGM Grand. How long would it take to stay in every room at MGM Grand?
There are 6,582 rooms at MGM so it would take just over 18 years to stay in every room at the hotel.