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On July 1, the Plaza will debut a new players club called Royal Rewards. The main difference between the current players club and the coming one will be that rewards will be different based on tiers like many other players clubs. Royal Rewards will offer new members instant tier matching from any other Las Vegas casino players club and promises to reward players with the fastest tier advancement and more free slot play.
Depending on your status level, you can get things like free room upgrades (view, junior suite, adult suite), dining discounts or VIP parking for those that drive to The Plaza. You can see a full list below.
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A "genuine Las Vegas stage pioneer" and "the Strip’s first must-see female impersonator."
That's how Las Vegas press are remembering Kenny Kerr after learning of his passing over the weekend at the age of 60. Best known for his Boy-lesque revue, Kerr appeared at the Silver Slipper, the Sahara and the Plaza, among other Vegas casinos over a more than 30 year span that began in 1977.
To learn more about Kerr and his place in Vegas history, read one of these tributes:
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A spate of new show announcements may have you making some changes to your Vegas list. Or, not.
At Luxor, we finally know when Jabbawockeez will break it down in a new, built just for them showroom. Their also new production, PRiSM, will launch May 18. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 19 and will start at $55. Purchase via luxor.com. A whole new show is promised. This will be Jabbawockeez's third home in Vegas having performed at Monte Carlo and MGM Grand previously.
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One of our favorite pastimes lately is keeping tabs on Vegas casting calls. That's how we discovered we should call a buddy and tell them about the upcoming Pawn Shop: The Live Show. And, recently, the listing of two more productions have also caught our eye.
The first is for Centerfolds of Magic. Current job postings around the Internet are looking for dancers who are willing to be topless. No need to say more, right? That's good because no theater or starting date was mentioned. A search of Facebook, however, found a newly created Centerfolds of Magic page sporting a logo (see below), a synopsis ("the most beautiful women in the country performing the most spectacular illusions") and a location of 1 South Main -- the address of the Plaza. Coming soon to downtown Vegas? We'll let you know when we uncover (hee) more.
The second casting call to snag our attention was for Canadian singer-slash-impersonator Véronic DiCaire who is looking "for female dancers for a new show in Las Vegas." DiCaire is best known for her Celine and has even gone on tour with the diva. Here are the two channeling Adele:
DiCaire spoke about her plans for a Vegas show back in 2011:
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You know something is a big deal when former Mayor Oscar Goodman officiates it and that was the case when William Hill unveiled their new sportsbook at the Plaza. The space itself is huge -- probably the largest downtown -- but it has been neglected and in disrepair for years. Enter William Hill who bought in plenty of blue paint to brighten up the dark space. They also brought plenty of seating and 75 brand new TVs.
The main viewing area has two rows of short cocktail tables and two rows of bistro tables featuring four bar stools a piece. Pop Up Pizza is a 10-second walk from the sportsbook and this would be a great place to bring a pie over any enjoy the games. We were treated with balloon and mini basketballs at the opening. Our basketball wanted to play some video poker, but had problems finding money.
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Don't know how we missed this one. How'd you like to get married by the former hizzoner Oscar Goodman? Vegas' favorite, controversial, thrice-elected official is now officiating wedding ceremonies at the Plaza, for anyone willing to pony up the extra bucks.
We actually had to dig around to find the cost, but The "Mobster Ceremony" includes the wedding and the chance to "enjoy a specialty martini toast for up to 12 guests." Oscar really, really enjoys Bombay Sapphire gin martinis. Cost of becoming part of Vegas lore? $3,000. That's an add-on to their regularly priced wedding packages. But, you'll have an anecdote that rates a step higher than a fake Elvis minister in our book.
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All the single ladies (and single men) in Vegas looking for love and dreading February 14 should consider spending V Day at downtown's Z Bar. The new casino bar at the Plaza (formerly Anthony Cools'
Swingers Club Drink), Z Bar will host a free speed dating session on the most romantic (or painful) day of the year.
Head there starting at 7 p.m. to make a possible love connection and to enjoy free-flowing booze specials. The Plaza will try to find your perfect match until 11 p.m. that night. After that, you'll be on your own. Or, on your way to an awesome night of public sex and a morning after walk of shame. Not that we would know anything about either of those.
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Downtown's Neonopolis is enjoying a resurgence on the coattails of its Fremont neighbors. After years of morphing into a
teenage Vegas wasteland, the neighborhood has produced stores, restaurants, exhibits, and bars that are anything but a drag. However, when Denny's, complete with its own wedding chapel, was announced as the newest anchor tenant, popular opinion was that of one giant step backward toward downtown's roots of cheap eats, dirty dining, and cheese that only a mid-westerner could love.
Bets were made as to which VegasChatter writer would be drunk, desperate or both enough to land there first for an up close and personal. In other words, expectations were low, low, low, low. But, then a funny thing happened after a foodless night at Commonwealth. One starving writer entered, one impressed patron left.
Denny's on Fremont was a super clean, super friendly restaurant with a full bar, photo booth, gift shop and the same super cheap prices we're all familiar with. Yes, it was just a Denny's like every other Denny's yet nothing at all like any other Denny's. We became believers. Even the not-yet-built-but-rumored-to-still-be-on-the-way wedding chapel started to sound like a winning idea. Okay, we didn't go quite that far. But, Denny's on Fremont has inserted itself into our eating, drinking, and people watching rotation. Denny's on Fremont, a.k.a. the one with a bar, isn't gourmet, but is a solid downtown option open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just like every other Denny's. Just expect it to be anything but.
Would free baggage transport make you switch hotels for a convention (or any other time) in Las Vegas? The Plaza is now the first hotel in Las Vegas to offer free baggage transport to and from McCarran Airport via Bags Inc.
Bags Inc. works with MGM Grand, Harrah's and four other hotels in Las Vegas, but The Plaza is the only hotel in offering the service for free. The service is only available to if you are flying Southwest, Delta, United, American, US Airways, JetBlue, WestJet or Virgin Atlantic. This service would be especially handy if you're traveling to Las Vegas for a convention with a lot of baggage.
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Sometime over the last few weeks, American Storm quietly left the Plaza. The male revue will now rage on at Miracle Mile. We know, you instantly thought Saxe but, no, they will perform at DB's Pong + Pool on Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. starting tonight.
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It was a show we always talked about wanting to see
if it weren't at the IP, but now we've lost our chance when it comes to Human Nature.
The Aussie singing group held their final performance Sunday at Imperial Palace (soon to be The Quad). It had been their home since 2009. Caesars Entertainment says the group will now tour Florida before returning to the outback. No word on whether this was a mutual decision or more of a 'well, it's been nice having ya.'
Earlier this month, Vegas entertainment columnist John Katsilometes foretold HN's departure, and pegged Recycled Percussion (formerly of the Tropicana) as their replacement. It's not official just yet but, according to Kats, it is a certainty. Here's what else is making headlines about Vegas:
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We would like to welcome our brand new VegasChatter contributer, Nick Holliday. A recent transplant from Chicago, Nick is firmly settled on the east side of Las Vegas. Nick spends most of his time and dollars as far from The Strip as he can since he works there all day. That means you can expect coverage of both off Strip and downtown finds. Nick loves punk rock, craft beer, decent whiskey, casinos, dive bars, and being comped which is fitting because, for his first post, he shows us how to turn nothing into something at the casinos of downtown Vegas.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to how a Vegas vacation will turn out. Maybe you win big and take some of the casinos’ cash with you. Maybe you “break even.” Like the majority of thrillseekers, you will probably party and gamble nonstop until your vacation bankroll is spent. There is always something going on in this town, so what’s a visitor with hardly any cash in their pocket do when they want to have a little fun in Las Vegas?
Fremont Street offers a ton of opportunity for the average small-time gambler. The great promotions, cheap food, and cheesy neon reminds us of a Las Vegas that we have only read about. Where the Strip is full of luxury resorts and high-end shopping malls, Fremont is all about the gambler. That sits right with this low roller.