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So, Apparently Vegas Really Is Getting A 'Duck Dynasty' Musical

February 11, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (7)

Another popular reality TV series has set its sights on the Las Vegas stage.

The parody based on the Pawn Stars may have closed up shop at Riviera last year, but that's not stopping the off-Strip arrival of DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL, based on a book about Duck Dynasty's Robertson family, at Rio this April.

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World Series of Poker 2015 Schedule Released

February 2, 2015 at 3:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

The 46th Annual World Series of Poker at Rio is less than four months away, and poker fanatics were given a taste of what to expect this summer with the official release of the complete schedule of events.

The festivities will kick off on Wednesday, May 27th with a casino employees event, which is traditionally the first event of the series. The final event, as always, will be the $10,000 main event which, this year, begins on July 5th and goes all the way through July 14th, at which point the final nine players will go on hiatus and return in November to play down to a winner. There are plenty of other events during the seven weeks in between that should provide something for just about everybody, including the massive Colossus tournament which is predicted to be the largest live poker tournament ever.

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Searching For Anything But Hold 'Em

January 23, 2015 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (4)

Ever since the start of the "poker boom" back in 2003, when an unknown accountant from Tenessee with the unlikely name of Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, no-limit Texas Hold 'Em has been the game of choice among poker players everywhere.

It's easy to forget that, in the grand scheme of things, no-limit hold 'em is a relatively new game. If you were in Las Vegas back in the 90's or earlier, you would be much more likely to be playing a game like 7 card stud or even a variation of draw poker. While most poker players today are content playing no-limit, there are many who long for the days when this variation of the game didn't have the near monopoly it seems to have on the poker world today. The good news is, if you look hard enough, there are still places in Las Vegas where you can find some alternatives. Here's a look at some poker rooms around town that offer up a bit of variety for those looking to mix things up:

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Check-Out Folio: Lasers, Souvenir Cups And A Trivia Challenge

January 9, 2015 at 6:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. Starting today and continuing each Friday, we'll take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 5:

All of the Lights: XS Nightclub at Wynn has stepped up the oohh, dropping $10 mil on new, state-of-the-art technology, from a new pyro system and lasers to movable LED screens.

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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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