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At Rio, Serial Casino Robbery Suspect Shot, Killed

Where: 3700 West Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
December 8, 2014 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (2)

Over the weekend, a suspected serial casino robber was shot dead just off the casino floor at Rio.

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Of Course, Duck Dynasty The Musical Is (Reportedly) Coming To Vegas

November 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (6)

On the heels of the much raved about and successful Pawn Stars-inspired production, Pawn Shop Live, it's no surprise to hear another popular reality TV show is (possibly) making its way to the Las Vegas stage. (Yes, today is opposite day. Or, sarcasm day. They're interchangeable, regardless.)

The New York Times is reporting that the Duck Dynasty family is planning a musical for Vegas about, yep, Duck Dynasty.

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Martin Jacobson Wins World Series of Poker Main Event

November 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (2)

Ladies and gentleman, your new World Series of Poker champion, Martin Jacobson.

The Swede came out on top in a nearly 15-hour final table played over the past two days at the Penn and Teller Theatre at Rio. Jacobson, 27, wins $10 million for his first-place finish.

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Who Ya Got? Betting Odds For Poker's November Nine Released

October 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM | by | Comments (4)

Who’s your man? Mark Newhouse? Felix Stephensen? Jorryt van Hoof?

The final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker will take place in the Penn & Teller theatre at Rio November 10-11. The designation of favorite belongs to chipleader Jorryt van Hoof, whose odds were set at 57/20 (roughly 2.85 to 1) by online sportsbook Bovada this week.

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On Syfy, It's War For Vegas Wizards

Where: 4700 S Maryland Pkwy #8 [map], 89119
August 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM | by | Comments (3)

Tune in Tuesday to see what these magicians are up to.

Debuting Tuesday, August 19, the SyFy show, Wizard Wars, will be the magic equivalent of Project Runway. The reality series, featuring Vegas magicians and Rio headliners Penn & Teller, will challenge the magically inclined to "come up with magic made from things you’d never expect.” Sounds like a fun "unconventional" challenge on a certain aforementioned show, right? Well, make it work designers.. umm.. magicians.

Penn & Teller serve as celebrity judges and executive producers of the competition-style show and the show's online description sums it up neatly:

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How ESPN's World Series of Poker Coverage Distorts Reality

August 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (10)

Players are trading bluffs and deep penetrating stares on ESPN’s World Series of Poker telecast, airing now through the final table of the Main Event in November.

But, what you see isn’t always what you get. Televised poker often presents a rather misleading look into the world of tournament poker. In addition to some obvious differences, such as, you know, the fact that drunk who gave away all his chips in that $50 Flamingo tournament wouldn’t ever play the $1 million buy-in Big One for Big Drop at the Rio, you’ll find plenty of differences between what’s myth and what’s reality.

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Trek Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Best Dressed At Rio's Star Trek Convention

Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd [map], 89103
August 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

Another Star Trek Convention at Rio has come and gone, and with it the hundreds of dedicated fans who "assimilated" (a Trek term) the off-strip property from July 31st through August 3rd. The annual sci-fi gathering is famous for celebrity meets-and-greets, entertaining presentations, parties, concerts, film screenings and vendor booths. This year’s event even had a first-time-ever Star Trek-themed wedding, presided over by a convincing "Lt. Commander Data." But, the one thing Star Trek conventions are most famous for? Those wild and elaborate costumes worn by attendees.

Yes, Star Trek fans are a dedicated lot. As so wonderfully spoofed in the Sigourney Weaver comedy, Galaxy Quest, Trekkers proudly wear their geek-dom on their sleeves... and Starfleet tunics, Borg implants, blue antennas and Klingon ridges. While this writer, a lifelong Trek fan, has yet to participate in the regalia (a logo tank or “Starfleet Security” T-shirt have gotten me by so far), some fans spend weeks, months and sometimes years perfecting their creations.

Star Trek conventions always have a Best Costume contest, and this year was no exception. Leading up to the competition were presentations by various experts in the fields of makeup and costuming. Exhibitors in the vendors area offered tips and supplies for next year's hopefuls. It's estimated that nearly 1,500 costumed enthusiasts filled the halls last weekend, hoping to catch the attention of celebrity and expert judges alike.

Star Trek: Voyager star Garret Wang (right) was impressed by "Lt. Ilia."

Several photo-op stations were set up in the promenades amongst the various halls (even a red carpet with the Official Convention Logo backdrop), and they kept flashbulbs popping. I spotted a few party-crashers from the Star Wars universe muscling in on the action, like Wookies, Storm Troopers and lightsaber-wielding Jedis. This may be due to the fact that director J.J. Abrams is now actively involved in both the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises.

This year's competition took place last Saturday, with a $1,000 prize winner crowned that evening. Naturally, I sat in on the prejudging to note audience reactions, but it was much more fun to stroll through the Rio Convention Hall to pick my own favorites. How else would you get to share Klingon Warnog beer (which made its world debut at the convention) with a Romulan or plot to pillage a planet with the Cardassians (no, I didn’t mean “Kardashians,” although they're known for doing the same).

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Why You Should Attend Rio's 2014 Star Trek Convention

Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
July 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s warp speed once more as Star Trek fans from around the world beam into Las Vegas for the 13th Annual Official Star Trek Vegas Convention July 31-August 3. For the fourth consecutive year, it’ll be held at Rio.

You don’t have to be a Trekkie (or Trekker as some prefer to be called) to enjoy the four-day adventure. As an ardent fan attending for the third year, this writer can assure you that Star Trek conventions aren’t just for geeks and nerds. There are plenty of reasons to check it out, especially if you’ve never attended a fan convention before.

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The WSOP Don't Mean A Thing If You Ain't Got This Bling

July 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

The big event of the 2014 World Series of Poker is well underway at the Rio. Not the Big One for One Drop which netted one player $15 million and over $4.5 million for charity. The big one in this case is the Main Event which is currently on the second of two Day 2's that will eventually play down to one winner going home with $10 million dollars. And, if that hasn't sufficiently confused you yet, we're going to throw some facts and figures out now for what has been a bigger and better record-breaking year for the WSOP:

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MJ Live At Rio Celebrates Second Anniversary And Now We Know Why

Where: 3700 W Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
July 3, 2014 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (12)

In Vegas as in life, don’t judge a book by its cover. Or, a show by its venue. We’ll admit, we had reservations about the MJ Live show at the Crown Theater inside Rio. While the show itself sounded as appealing as any other tribute show, more so possibly because of the appeal of Michael Jackson’s music, the venue has been a bit cursed in recent years. It transformed from Club Rio in 2006 to Prince’s (well, the symbol’s) 3121 Nightclub for a few months before reopening as ND’s Fuego in 2009 (which didn’t last very long, either). Now, the round venue has regained a new life as a theater and is home to MJ Live and The Rat Pack is Back. But, enough with the Rio history lesson. The point is this venue has settled into its own and makes for a very comfortable theater. To celebrate MJ One’s second anniversary, it was high time we checked out the show that is enjoying more longevity than many of its competitors.

Not to be confused with Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil over at Mandalay Bay, MJ Live is a tribute show with live singing (duh, it says so in the name). While ONE is an amazing, big-budget Cirque production with spectacular choreography and elaborate sets, this writer actually found MJ Live to be more entertaining overall.

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Let's Use Reports Of Room Thefts At Rio As A Safety Reminder

Where: 3700 Flamingo Road [map], 89103
June 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (10)

It’s almost become an annual tradition like the World Series of Poker that accompanies it. It wasn’t even a week into this year’s WSOP before reports of hotel room thefts at Rio started popping up.

Professional poker player Lauri Pesonen says says a laptop was stolen while his roommate and fellow poker pro Joni Jouhkimainen reported some other items that were stolen. Another poker pro Manh Nguyen says $35,000 in cash was stolen from his room at Rio.

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Amaze Your Friends With More Than 30 WSOP Facts

May 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (3)

This (and millions of dollars) is why they play the WSOP.

The World Series of Poker kicked off this week at the Rio. There will be 65 poker tournaments taking place in the Rio convention space over the next six weeks and there’s a lot to know. You have all the basics for a great time at the WSOP so now it’s time to blow you away with useless amazing WSOP facts that will help you win any meaningful trivia contest. Here are some quick and useful facts about previous, current and future WSOP tournaments.

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