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Entertainment / Claire Sinclair / Pin Up / Stratosphere / Hart and Huntington Tattoos / Jubilee! / → All Tags
You may know her from Oxygen Network’s “Best Ink.” You may know her from her stunning pin-up photos. Heck, you may just want to see a lovely tattooed dancer strip down to pasties and a G-string. Either way, we won’t judge you as we’re also eager to check out Sabina Kelley as she takes over for the equally stunning Claire Sinclair July 24-31 in Pin Up.
Sinclair, the Playboy model and female lead in Stratosphere's show, will be off in San Diego to promote her new comic book, “Wondrous: The Adventures of Claire Sinclair,” at Comic-Con. Known for her Bettie Page good looks, Sinclair has been at the helm of Pin Up since it opened a year and a half ago.
Fun Vegas / The Adventuredome / The High Roller / Wet N Wild / Cowabunga Bay / Stratosphere / Circus Circus / Attractions / → All Tags
When it comes to amusement parks and one-off thrill rides, Vegas is big on ideas. Execution is another story. For every Ferris wheel, water park, or rollercoaster that goes up, it seems there are three that never make it beyond a press release. And, those that do (eventually) open aren’t guaranteed success. We need look no further than the High Roller observation wheel to see proof of that. It’s not all bad, however, as there are a handful of attractions that have proved successful over the years. So, what makes them work? What does it take to run a successful attraction in Vegas?
Events / Fourth of July / Fireworks / Primm / Boulder City / Henderson / Green Valley Ranch / Red Rock Resort / Caesars Palace / The Linq / The High Roller / Stratosphere / Mandalay Bay Beach / → All Tags
If your Fourth of July celebrations must start and end with a bang (don't go there), Vegas will have plenty of choices for you. Fireworks will be launched on The Strip as far south as Mandalay Bay and as far north as Stratosphere. If you're a local or have wheels, two popular off-Strip casinos will also light up the night sky. If you're not opposed to combining your Fourth with a true road trip, your options grow even larger. Here are 11 spots to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth:
Slot Machines / Gambling / Bridesmaids / IGT / Stratosphere / → All Tags
Do you (insert your name here) take this slot machine in good spins and in bad? For richer and for poorer until a zero balance do you part?
The slot machine based on the 2011 blockbuster movie, Bridesmaids, is finally in Las Vegas after making its debut in a few other markets first. Right now, you'll only find it at the Stratosphere, but we're sure Bridesmaids will soon be spotted all around town just like its real-life counterparts. Casino Journal describes the playing experience as so:
Snapshots / The High Roller / Palazzo / The Cosmopolitan / Elara / Stratosphere / Fontainebleau / Vegas Observations / → All Tags
The VegasChatter staff is super appreciative of resident shutterbug Greg Clarke and, hopefully, as a reader you are, too. Whether
bizzare bazaar construction updates or carefully planned before and after comparisons, the long reach of his lens has kept us all up-to-date while connected to the city's past. And, Las Vegas is full of personal perspectives. From Las Vegas Boulevard looking straight up at the glory of the Harmon Corner marquee, standing on a pedestrian bridge looking across at Cosmopolitan, staring out at the city lights from the Foundation Room, or from peering out of your pod while riding The High Roller, it's all spectacular. Even the latter examples provide multiple contexts, depending on the time of day or night. Well, Greg Clarke has once again pulled out his telephoto lens to provide yet another perspective that could otherwise be missed.
Vegas Observations / Renovations / Room Renovations / Construction / Sad Vegas / Stratosphere / Luxor / Paris Las Vegas / → All Tags
This year, things are really moving on The Strip. The Cromwell and High Roller are off and running, Bally’s is getting Bazaar, and room renovations are (finally) underway at The Quad. And, that’s just center Strip. There’s action at the ends of The Strip as well; rooms are being revealed at The Delano and Resorts World is taking steps towards reality.
In all the excitement, it’s easy to forget about those places that haven’t changed. Here at VegasChatter, we’re keeping track. We think it’s time the three casino-hotels listed below wake from their slumbers and give us something to get excited about.
Gay Vegas / Stratosphere / Lounges / Openings / Happy Hours / Nightlife / → All Tags
Last Friday, the Stratosphere premiered a new weekend mood-setter of sorts. Altitude Fridays -- a weekly, early evening mixer -- invites the LGBTQ crowd (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) to loosen their ties and get the party started atop the highest freestanding observation tower in the United States.
Running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Level 107 Lounge, Altitude Fridays offers an attractive destination for the rainbow crowd to enjoy a full evening out, or just have a cocktail (or three) before calling it a night.
VegasChatter Questions / Casinos / Stratosphere / The D / Craps / Gambling / Tips / Survival Strategies / → All Tags
You have questions and we have answers! Timely answers, at that. We were walking through The D the other day and were reminded that many casinos still offer free gaming lessons. This experienced gambler hasn't taken a gaming lesson in a while, but it's nice to see that casinos still offer this kind of education.
VegasChatter Reader Chris R. was wondering if this was still a thing... and where he might get a lesson on the Vegas Strip:
Events / New Year's Eve / Fireworks / MGM Grand / Venetian / Planet Hollywood / Aria / Stratosphere / Treasure Island / Caesars Palace / → All Tags
It's a question we're asked every December and, we get it, it's an important one -- where can we see fireworks on New Year's Eve? Just standing on The Strip is a good idea, but where is an important factor, especially with towering resorts all around.
This year, just like the past two, fireworks will launch from the rooftops of seven resorts: Stratosphere, Treasure Island, the Venetian, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria, and MGM Grand. The entire production will last eight minutes and 23 seconds.
Vegas Observations / Openings / Closings / KISS Monster Mini-Golf / Exposed Salon / Plaza / Rock of Ages / Venetian / Million Dollar Quartet / Harrah's / Pin Up / Claire Sinclair / Stratosphere / Carlos n Charlie's / Flamingo / King's Ransom / Binion's / Sugar Factory / → All Tags
A year ago, we culled a list of 15 spots, surprisingly, still open. A list partial tongue-in-cheek, partial kudos and a whole lotta shock. In drafting a 2013 follow-up, if
Mr. Pappagiorgio hadn't taken a vacation and we'd published just two weeks ago, we would've looked like bonafide geniuses. Goretorium and Heraea are two spots that would've topped the list and have just shut their doors. The Las Vegas Zoo may have even made the cut if we'd looked far enough away from The Strip and downtown. Timing is everything, after all. But, we're up to a challenge and are ready to callout less easy pickin's.
Gambling / Craps / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / The D Hotel / El Cortez / Golden Gate / Las Vegas Club / Riviera / Stratosphere / Binions / Four Queens / Casino Royale / Main Street Station / → All Tags
The best games in the casino aren't always the games with the best odds, but it's nice when they are. Craps happens to be both. The casino only has a house advantage on pass line (or come) bets of 1.41%. This is among the smallest advantages the casinos have on gamblers. We can further minimize that house advantage by playing craps games that allow us to place higher odds behind our pass line bet. Pass line odds come with no house advantage and help shrink the overall house advantage. Why not take advantage of what's technically a free bet?
We'll play craps (or any game) wherever we happen to be, but it's nice to know where the best odds can be found. This helps us plan outings to specific casinos that meet our social and gambling goals. Many Strip casinos have 3-4-5x odds (3x odds on the 4 or 10, 4x odds on the 5 or 9 and 5x odds on the 6 and 8) (good eye rollie) so it often doesn't matter which casino you play at on the Strip. 3-4-5x odds isn't bad, but you can find better if you look for it. There's much more variety in craps odds in Downtown Vegas.
With daily 100+ degree temps, it's something we're all likely doing, anyway. So, why not score a freebie out of it?
Tropical Smoothie Cafe will offer complimentary 24 oz. Jetty Punch smoothies next Friday, June 21. And, all you have to do to nab yours is to wear flip flops. Already got yours on, right? The deal will be available from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. just when
we're the sweatiest it's the hottest and relief couldn't be more needed. TSC operates three locales on the Strip, one at Excalibur, one at Harmon Corner and one that just opened a few days ago at Stratosphere. Off Strip, there are almost 20 additional locations. All will take part.