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Back in October, we shared rumors that the Rio was in for a facelift. Now, the first rooms to get a remodel are being introduced to guests.
A few days ago, the Rio revealed its newly renovated Samba suites to its social media followers. At 600 square feet, Rio describes the room's new decor (renderings below and above) as incorporating "energizing hues of teal and orange," seen through brightly colored headboards, throws, bolster pillows and patterned carpeting. Dark furniture, 32-inch flat screen TVs and "upgraded" bathrooms complete the transformation.
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It's been almost a year and a half since McFadden's abruptly closed at the Rio. At the time, VegasChatter was told chances were good that the brand would live to see another day in Las Vegas. Now, we can confirm it will, indeed, return.
A source tells us that McFadden's is planning to open very soon within Town Square, the open-air shopping mall located a few miles south of Mandalay Bay. While a specific opening date has not been declared, a hiring fair is set for May 16-18. With that in mind, it's probably safe to assume an opening month of June. We'll keep our ear to the ground, though, and once we hear something official, we'll share it with you.
Strap in for yet more exclusive, up-to-the-minute VooDoo Zip Ride news. It's the so crazy it just might work attraction destined to fly you between the twin towers of the Rio and then back again... backwards. Three hundred and fifty seven feet up in the air. And, up to 33 miles an hour. We have the very latest details and also a video preview from the company building the ride.
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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.
Buried in an audio recording of a Paradise Town Advisory Board meeting, we received confirmation of a story we've been tracking. And, it’s pretty wild.
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Watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and just wish it had more action? Here’s your tip for the best free event in town this weekend. On Friday and Saturday at the Rio, the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge will feature 70 pooches jumping, diving and weaving and competing their hearts out. And, it’s free.
The barking athletes will compete in six categories to prove their worth as top dog. Competition challenges include “agility, frisbee, diving dock dogs, Jack Russell hurdle racing, flyball and dual weave course racing.” We’d really wish they include the amazing art of sheep herding, but that’s us. Most of the dogs have been invited to show off their explicit skills and, with only two other national events this year, it all sounds prestigious.
The plan for this year's World Series of Poker (WSOP) event is out. The WSOP setup is usually similar to previous years with a few tweaks to make it better. This year, the WSOP will take place May 29 through July 15. Once again, it will be spread out through the Rio convention area with a record 62 events.
One of the bigger changes to this year's WSOP is that the massive Big One for One Drop with a $1 million buy-in will be scratched and replaced with two, smaller One Drop events with smaller buy-in's. The payout still may be over $1 million, but that isn't guaranteed. Here are some highlights besides the Main Event (That's the one on TV):
One of city's longest-running free attractions is about to become a piece of Lost Vegas.
Rio's Show In The Sky will mark its final performance on Saturday, March 30 at 11 p.m. Reps aren't saying why it's being shuttered, but we do know that the cast was informed last night. Show in the Sky has been a part of many a Vegas must-do list for some 16 years now. We hear that it's suffered cutbacks in both crew, performers and nights leading up to this news.
The final table (formerly known as the November 9) of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event began Monday and, after a break, resumed last night. The final three players of the Main Event at this year's WSOP took their time and finished just before 6 a.m. this morning with Greg Merson winning it all after nearly 12 hours of play.
Greg Merson from Laurel, MD captured the gold bracelet and over $8.5 million at the Rio. He outlasted a total Main Event field of 6,598 players who each entered the tournament, paying fees of $10,000 each, for the chance to win poker’s most prestigious title. Merson survived a marathon final session of play that spanned almost exactly 12 hours, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday and concluding at 5:44 a.m. Pacific on Thursday in what turned out to be the longest final table in WSOP Main Event history, spanning 399 hands.
A VegasChatter fan recently wrote us with a rant, and a plea, for hotel execs:
We love receiving questions and tips from you and we recently were asked whether Rio's hotel rooms were being renovated.
I had heard that Rio has begun a gradual remodeling or refreshing all of their rooms. I was told that the Impamena Tower was up first and would be completed within a year, followed by the Masquerade Tower over the next two years.
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Penn and Teller have been Vegas fixtures for eleven years, but continue to push their personal and professional evolution. Ostensibly a couple of magicians -- the tall one who talks and the small one who's silent -- they run a show with a blend of performance art, vaudeville skills and political and spiritual commentary.
Always a brainy anachronism for this, or any city, they have enough showbiz bravado to fit perfectly in Vegas. And, they keep adding elements to their act. So much so, the show we saw at the Rio might not be the one you'll get to see. Currently, there's a bunch of new tricks being rotated into the show, frequently mixing up the content. And, if its been a couple of years since you've seen the magic duo, this might be a good time for you to return.