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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 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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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.
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.
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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If you haven't started your holiday weekend already, tell your boss that VegasChatter said you need to get up out of there! But, before you do, check out four new experiences making their Strip debut this Memorial Day weekend. We'll see you back here on Tuesday! Have a safe one!
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May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.
We’re less than a week away from the beginning of the 45th World Series of Poker at Rio. This marks the 10th year the WSOP will be at the off Strip casino. The tournament -- really numbering 65 over a six-week period -- takes place May 27 through July 14. It all culminates with the largest poker tournament of the year, the $10,000 No Limit Hold ‘em Tournament more commonly known as the Main Event.
The Main Event takes place July 5-14 during which time a field of thousands will be whittled down to a final table of 9. The final table, also known as the November Nine, returns November 10-11 inside the Penn & Teller Theater. The prize pools are based on how many people enter, but this much is clear -- the Main Event winner is guaranteed to take home $10 million!
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Will the Rio's delayed VooDoo Zip Line finally open this Friday, May 23?
Signs are hopeful with an inside source telling our friends at Vegas Rover today that this weekend is still a go with either a Friday or a Saturday, May 24 debut. Test riders were spotted flying between the off-Strip resort's hotel towers throughout the weekend. VegasChatter reader Henry M. reports visiting family at the Rio who had a "great view of the loading zone." He tells us single riders were taking multiple trips all Saturday afternoon. Henry snapped the pictures you see at the top of this post as well as just below.
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We know, promises, promises. We hear that Naked Eyes song from way back, too. But, our friends over at the Vegas Rover Facebook page have it on good authority (read: a worker) that the much-delayed VooDoo Zip Line at Rio will open in just over a week.
The second installment of the The Big One For One Drop will return to the World Series of Poker at the Rio in just over a month. You may be familiar with The Big One For One Drop tournament because of its huge buy-in and jackpot. The Big One For One Drop is a $1,000,000 buy-in, no-limit hold’em charity poker tournament limited to just 56 players willing to put up the highest entry fee in any public poker game.
There will be no rake or house fees to operate the event. Also, $111,111 of each buy-in will be taken out as a charitable donation to One Drop meaning $888,889 will go directly to the prize pool. With the new 56-player cap, the first place prize has the potential to reach in excess of $20,000,000 (yes, $20 million) if every seat is filled.
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It could be tunnel vision, but ever since Venetian switched low limits blackjack to pay 6:5, the games are virtually empty. In fact, besides on the weekend, all of the low limits tables that aren’t craps seem eerily quiet. The high limits 3:2 blackjack games, however, have been doing brisk business as usual. Nothing has changed there.
While walking towards the beautiful sportsbook recently, this writer noticed the Dealers Angel blackjack machine. This video blackjack machine has seats for five players, but nobody was playing when I walked by. A quick check of the rules showed that this video blackjack game paid 3:2 for blackjack and that the dealer stays on 17. These are great rules for the player. Even better is that the minimum bet is $5. This video blackjack game is one of the best low limits blackjack games you’ll find anywhere in Vegas.