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Turning Back the Clock: Desert Inn

January 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM | by | ()

We love Las Vegas and part of that is loving Las Vegasí history. So while we enjoy telling you what we love about Vegas and keeping you up-to-date on what's going on, we would like to take some time to look back at Vegas past. Today, we continue a monthly series on shuttered (but not forgotten) Las Vegas hotels and casinos. We hope you enjoy the stroll down memory lane.

The Desert Inn was the brainchild of Wilbur Clark in the 1950s.†He was a partial owner of El Rancho Vegas and sold his interest in the resort to build his own.†He bought the original 16 acres that the resort stood on in 1946 for a price of $75,000.†He began construction immediately but quickly ran out of money.†As banks werenít inclined to loan money to casinos during that time period, the only loan he could get was from the Teamsters Pension Fund, with the assistance of the Cleveland Mobís Moe Dalitz.

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Vegas A'Twitter: The Best Tweets Of Memorial Weekend

May 31, 2011 at 7:03 PM | by | ()

Usually, we bring you the best drunk tweet of the weekend here, but seeing as how the craziness of The Strip was upped a douchefold by the holiday weekend, we just couldn't stop at one.

From passed out peeps to Wynning tweets (see above and directly below), we wrap up 72 hours of debauchery as only found on Twitter:

Wonder if it's like staring directly into the sun?

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Wynn Weds, Sheen Stays Sober and Flava Flav is Foiled

May 2, 2011 at 8:04 PM | by | ()

You could say it was a Wynning weekend in Las Vegas since Steve Wynn officially got hitched to his girlfriend, Andrea Hissom while the Chateau nightclub at Paris Las Vegas finally delivered on a celebrity--Charlie Sheen.

But to us, this Vegas weekend could've been better.

For starters, Wynn's wedding was entirely eclipsed by OMG RoyalWedding OMG and YES Osama Bin Laden is Dead YES. Then Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood did a photobomb in the official wedding shot.

Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen was the guest of honor at a nightclub. While he stayed out late--reports put him and a goddess at the American Brasserie noshing until 7am--he didn't engage in any of the sort of reckless behavior that started his bender back in January. Boo. The only person who's winning here is the urine sample Charlie Sheen had to give today.

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The Other Royal Wedding That's Happening on Friday

April 27, 2011 at 3:59 PM | by | ()

Grandmas and cat ladies are nearly about to burst with excitement over the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday but here in Vegas, lecherous men and working girls are getting excited over another Royal Wedding taking place on Friday--that of Steve Wynn and his blow up doll British love, Andrea Hissom.

The wedding will take place at The Wynn (of course) but the duo decided to pre-empt their classy nuptials with an Elvis wedding at the Cupid's Wedding Chapel. Steve-O donned a full-on white bedazzled Elvis suit, complete with wig, sideburns and sunglasses while Andrea borrowed an outfit from Barbie that involved a bikini top, a blonde wig and thigh-high pleather, lace-up platform boots.

The ceremony of course wasn't legal and was pretty much a photo stunt as evidenced by the cheesy Elvis poses Steve struck when it was over (directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega.) But they did get TMZ to document it all!

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Wanna Buy A Baseball Team?

Where: 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North [map], 89101
January 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM | by | ()

If the uniform fits...

Anyone out there interested in buying a baseball team?

Not a major league team, but the next best thing is available at the AAA level in Las Vegas. Stevens Baseball Group is selling the Las Vegas 51s after only three years and driving out the Dodgers obtaining an affiliation with the Blue Jays.

The franchise and stadium turn 29 this year and the aging facilities were the largest reason the Dodgers left a couple years back for a brand, spanking new park in AZ. So GM Don Logan has been promoted to executive director in order to focus on new stadium efforts.

With UNLV looking to move their football stadium closer to campus, is there room to partner with the 51s on a multi-sport venue? Being closer to the Strip could certainly help attendance.

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Wynn Hikes Ticket Price for Garth Brooks to a Staggering $225 a Person

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
November 9, 2010 at 3:38 PM | by | ()

Would you pay $225 for this seat? To be fair, he does take requests.

Even if you aren't a country music fan, we bet a teeny part of you probably regretted not getting tickets to see Garth Brooks at The Encore last year after hearing all the gushing reviews.

Which is why we thought you'd get another chance when we saw a new set of Brooks concert dates from Wynn in our mailbox today from December 3 to February 27. But the excitement quickly dissipated after seeing ticket prices are now a staggering $225. Per person. And, that's without the service charge and tax. (Tickets were previously $143.) Oh and we don't think there are any changes to that already-harsh ticket holder policy either.

The Wynn folks must have already anticipated the price hike backlash, because they included a statement from Mr. Wynn himself.

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Joe Francis Will Never Set Foot in Wynn or Encore Ever Again

April 12, 2010 at 7:37 PM | by | ()

Considering that he owes a $2 million gambling debt to Wynn Las Vegas, it was already evident that Girls Gone Wild smut peddler Joe Francis would not be allowed back into the luxe casino property. But now that he's gone off the rails and accused Steve Wynn of threatening to "hit him in the head with a shovel and bury him in the desert," Francis will probably no longer be allowed near the North end of The Strip ever again.

For the record, Steve Wynn has told TMZ that he's never met Joe Francis is in his life. Sorry, Joe. We're strictly Team Wynn for the Wynn on this one.

Here's what else is going on in Vegas:
· Hugh Hefner turns a really, really, really old age and celebrates at The Palms. [Huffington Post]
· Android Barbie nearly melts at opening day of Liquid at Aria. [NY Daily News]
· The Super Bowl was probably good for gambling business in February. [Daily Finance]
· Paris Hilton and Reggie Bush play with sparklers at Tao while Kim Kardashian is at home broken-hearted, ripping out her fake eyelashes. [Daily Mail]
· The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is opening in December and already, they are hiring for a few positions. [CareerBuilder]

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This is Steve Wynn's Favorite Drink

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], 89109
January 28, 2010 at 6:25 PM | by | ()

The next time you find yourself in the Eastside Lounge, the sexy lounge just off the casino, that overlooks the pool area at Encore Las Vegas, order yourself one of the Berry Infusion drinks. Why? Well, apparently it is Steve Wynn's favorite drink (so said our cocktail waitress.)

As you can imagine, the Berry Infusion is an incredibly fruity drink. It consists of Skyy Vodka and peach schnapps infused with fresh pineapple, blueberries and strawberries and costs $14. But hey, if it is good enough for Steve Wynn, it is good enough for you. 'Nuff said.

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The High-Low Appeal of Garth Brooks at The Encore

December 14, 2009 at 1:22 PM | by | ()

After we took this photo, Purple People yelled at us.

If you find yourself strolling around the Wynn and Encore properties these days, chances are the one and only song you will hearing blaring from the Wynn's outdoor speakers is "Friends in Low Places." And yes, that's because country superstar Garth Brooks has officially kicked off his semi-permanent residency here. (Wynn might be playing his other songs but the four different times we were outside the hotel, it was that ultimate bar crowd pleaser playing.)

We were invited along with several other Vegas media folk to attend the 10:30pm showing of Garth's concert on Saturday night, his second night in town.

With tickets at a healthy rate of $143 (including tax) for any and all seats, front row or back row, we're here to tell you exactly what you're gonna get. Well, not exactly since Garth might be taking different requests when you go. Yes, he takes requests.

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Beyonce To Make Nearly a Million Bucks a Show at Wynn?

December 8, 2009 at 12:59 PM | by | ()

According to sexiest male gossip columnist alive, Norm Clarke, word on the Strip is that Wynn Las Vegas is courting superstar Beyonce to do a longterm show. While we already find it shocking that Beyonce would consider setting up semi-permanent shop in Vegas, what's completely wild is the figure being thrown around for Beyonce's paycheck: $750,000 per show..

Now, this wouldn't be a six nights a week, double performances on Fridays and Saturdays kind of gig. It's probably something similar to Garth Brooks deal which is strictly weekend shows for month-long stretches. And we surmise that Queen B will fill in when Garth needs some time off.

Still, $750,000 a show? With a hefty paycheck like that, ticket prices are sure to be high and never discounted.

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Steve Wynn Goes Shopping at Art Basel, Comes Home With Stallone Painting

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 4, 2009 at 2:54 PM | by | ()

Art has never been the first thing we seek out in Vegas, although we bet the galleries at the Bellagio and Wynn are decent places to escape when the sound of the slot sonatas starts to send us batty. But the news of Steve Wynnís latest acquisition has us rethinking our art aversion. While in Miami for Art Basel this week, Wynn purchased a painting by Sylvester Stallone. Uh huh. Rocky. Rambo. Sly. Judge Dredd. He paints.

Apparently, Stallone has been a part-time painter for 30 years, but his foray into the Art Basel world puts him in the professional category. What else do you call it when you sell your painting to one of the most famous collectors in America for $40,000? Wynn took a shine to an abstract piece, while another art gallery bigwig bought a Stallone self-portrait for $50,000.

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Garth Brooks Confirms Vegas Dates; Steve Wynn Wears Cowboy Boots

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
October 15, 2009 at 7:38 PM | by | ()

Earlier today, Garth Brooks and Steve Wynn were on a stage in Western gear confirming Garth Brook's new gig at the Encore Theater. The show will run for 16 weeks, starting in December and Garth will be doing this sort of weekend stint for the next five years.

The Kats Report says specific dates for the first batch of shows are Dec. 11-13, Jan. 1-3, Jan. 22-24, Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 26-28. Show times start at 8pm, with a second show on Saturdays at 10:30pm. Prices for all seats will be $125 but there will be no "tiered" ticket pricing.

To which we say, WTF? We pay $125 even for the worst seats in the house? Hmm...we bet there's gotta be a way around that. Tickets go on sale October 24. And that's the biggest news in Vegas today. Here's what else is on:

· CityCenter's Aria will get a fantastic looking sculpture designed to make us think about our water consumption. [LV Sun]
· Tweens of drinking age can party with the Twilight vampires at the TAO Halloween Bash [Jaunted]
· Versace opens in Caesars Palace [Twitter]
· Yet another round-up of high roller suites in Vegas [Dallas Star Telegram]
· The best Garth Brooks joke of the day via Fox8NewsDesk:

Just realized, Wayne Newton + Garth Brooks. "Wayne and Garth" on the Vegas Strip!