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On Monday, Day 1 of the final table of the World Series of Poker took almost 10 hours to go from the November 9 to the November 2. The WSOP final last night was a heads up showdown between 23 year old poker pro Ryan Riess and 29-year-old Las Vegas club promoter Jay Farber. The last two players went heads up for almost 3 hours until Ryan Riess came out WSOP Champion. He’ll take home a prize of over $8 million dollars and a $500,000 gold bracelet. Jay Farber, who rocked a Hakkasan lid during both nights of the final table, will receive over $5 million as runner up. Not too shabby.
Ryan Riess, from East Lansing, Michigan, becomes the sixth consecutive player under the age of 25 to capture poker’s top crown. He also becomes the sixth consecutive poker professional to win the title. Michigan seems to be a hotbed of poker stars as this is the third time a player from Michigan has won the event, the most recent being Joe Cada of Shelby Township in 2009. Poker Hall of Famer and Grand Rapid’s Tom McEvoy was first to accomplish the feat in 1983.
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We’re still waiting on Rio’s new VooDoo Zip Line. Originally scheduled to open in August, VooDoo’s most recent projected opening date was early November. Confident that this time they finally got it right, we made a trip over to Rio to have a look (and catch a little WSOP action). What we found didn’t surprise us, but left us disappointed once again.
For a zip line that is supposed to be opening right now, there’s a discouraging lack of line upon which to zip. The latest construction update is full of flashy cuts featuring people using tools, telling us that something is happening, but what? Where are the ride vehicles? Where is the zip line’s line?
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The field is comprised of eight professional poker players and one amateur player. The oldest (36) and most famous poker pro at the final table, JC Tran, has the chip lead with 38 million. The winner of the WSOP this year will earn a prize of $8,361,570 while the top seven finishers will become millionaires as well. The first player to lose at the final table at the WSOP tonight will earn $733,224. Not too shabby for a couple months of work.
The other week we told you about the only tower we thought you should book at Rio, with a mention that the newly introduced Samba Suites would be the ones to seek in the Masquerade Tower. Well, seek them out, we did. For just $49 for the night, we were safely ensconced in one of these "festive" suites. Which is good because elsewhere in the Rio is kind of dull.
We arrived on a Wednesday afternoon, just a few minutes past the 4pm check-in. (Valet drop-off, too.) Good thing, otherwise we would have had to pay $20 to request an early check-in. The line moved pretty fast and soon we were on our way to the 12th floor.
The Samba Suites feature brand new carpeting and some new furniture, including a pull-out couch but there isn't much else that's new or innovative here, particularly on the tech front. For instance, we had to unplug a floor lamp to plug in our laptop. Always a pain. We also didn't see any of the fancy new plug panels that allow you to charge multiple gadgets or use a USB port. The rooms still use the old phones (which come with instructions on how to use voice mail), but there are flat-screen TVs in place. Phew!
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We joked about SkyVue offering pre-sale tickets as a way to finish funding a second observation wheel in Vegas. Little did we know that we'd be writing about this seriously just a few days later. Not for SkyVue, though, but for Rio's VooDoo Zip Line.
Yes, the sky-high, sit-and-ride attraction once due to open in August (and then September and now November from the sound of things), has fired up an indiegogo crowd-sourcing page for "final funding," as first reported by Vegas Rover on Facebook.
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Recently, we looked at Caesars Palace and explained how to choose the right tower when booking a stay. Now, we turn our attention to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino and put its two towers up against one another in attempt to determine which is best. Is it the hotel’s original Ipanema Tower which opened in 1990? Or, is the more recently added Masquerade Tower the better bet? And, when staying at a hotel that boasts that all of its 2,500+ rooms are suites, does it even matter?
Well, choosing the right tower absolutely does matter because, at Rio, a suite is not always a suite. Rio was the first hotel in Las Vegas to utilize the “all-suite” concept and, during its opening run in the ‘90s, it was the place to be. Its standard accommodations were nearly double the size of typical Las Vegas hotel rooms and were appointed with things like double vanities, living room areas, and refrigerators that were hard to come by elsewhere. Jump ahead to today and many of the amenities remain unchanged. The all-suite concept is no longer exclusive to Rio and competitors in the suite-hotel marketplace like Venetian have surpassed Rio with larger sizes and more luxurious furnishings. Today, it’s arguable as to whether Rio’s oldest rooms really deserve the “suite” designation. They are still spacious but, after more than 15 years without significant upgrades, they're rooms you want to avoid.
The Vegas Rover Facebook group has scored an update from the company behind the high-flying experience as to just when an opening might occur. Until recently, a debut of August (checking calendar.. yep, this month) had been touted. At least, until the ride's social media chatter went silent earlier this month.
New Capital Ventures issued the following statement to Brad Baker of Vegas Rover regarding its launch:
The above photo was taken on Friday by VegasChatter'er sammasseur and enforces what we've failed to see every time we've driven by recently -- zip lines. Now, we're no zip line engineers, but we're just thinking that actual lines will need to be strung and, you know, test zipped in order for the ride to debut this month and being as it's already August 12... Well, let's just say that we don't need to connect the
towers dots for you to see where this is going. Or, not going, we guess.
This is a rendering of what the ride will look like when complete:
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Among the quieter amenities in Las Vegas are the various free hotel shuttles that ferry guests to and from the Strip, McCarran Airport, and a few other points along the way. While they may not be the most popular of Vegas pastimes, these shuttles can erase worries over getting long-hauled or simply figuring out directions.
These shuttles, in general, are intended for guests of a specific hotel-casino, though, drivers will often allow non-hotel guests to board, if there is room. While they may not be as frequent as the city's public transportation options or as quick as a taxi or rental car, they can be an awesome way to chat with visitors and locals and, possibly, find a new Vegas fave.
So, just where can you go on a hotel shuttle in Vegas? We highlight what's offered by Boyd Gaming and Caesars Entertainment below. Several other free shuttle routes include stops at Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, and additional areas of interest. Also, a number of the chain properties offer airport and Strip shuttles including select La Quintas, Hampton Inns, Best Westerns, etc. (And, an interesting note to keep at the back of your mind, sometimes those shuttle can be utilized by reward members, even if they aren't hotel guests. The best thing to do is call and ask.)
Did you know more than 80 Star Trek celebrities are about to disembark in Vegas? Of course you did, you Trekkie, you. You've probably already stayed at the Star Trek Suite at Planet Hollywood and were crushed when the the Starship Enterprise failed to land on Fremont Street, but have you shaken hands with the men and women of the fleet?
The 12th Annual Star Trek Convention at the Rio will give you the chance. The four-day event from August 8-11 will gather the aforementioned 80 stars and include a large track of programming that focuses on the science of Star Trek, fan panels, auctions, vendors and trivia competitions. Fans can also bring a souvenir from home to get signed so be sure to get those action figure boxes cleaned up and ready to shine.
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Construction of the Voodoo Zip Line that will connect two Rio towers has apparently ..err... zipped right along. Three months after we first reported news of the coming thrill ride, we now have an opening month. August. We'll let that sink in for a second.
A few weeks ago, a 357-feet-high ride from the Masquerade to Ipanema Towers was a photoshopped pic away from imaginable. Now, the opening of the Voodoo Zip Line is just around the corner. (Fingers crossed.) Seems awfully fast to us, but we're not zip ride operator experts. We just hope they've measured twice and cut once. Oh, and sent a few
hundred test riders soaring to Ipanama before that August opening. We're not fond of being guinea pigs. Just sayin'.
The World Series of Poker has had on-going tournaments since May 29, but the WSOP that most people know, the Main Event, started this weekend and continues today in three stages. The Main Event will run through July 15 where the final table will be decided. That final table will, once again, return later this year to play in the November 9.
The WSOP Main Event begins with so many participants (around 6,000 this year) that the beginning is staggered into three days and three flights. Each day of poker action is kicked off with a famous poker player giving the order of "shuffle up and deal" to the dealers. Saturday began with defending champion Greg Merson saying "shuffle up and deal" and Sunday's command was given by poker legend Doyle Brunson. Brunson changed his mind and decided to play in the Main Event after saying he wouldn't earlier this year. He finished Sunday with 80,000 chips. Not too bad.