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The new location of the slot machines that were once inside the Riviera was revealed about an hour before the casino closed its doors on May 4th at noon. Not too many people saw or heard the news as it happened since it was revealed during a live video tour by part-owner of the Riviera, Derek Stevens, who was sharing with his followers through Periscope.
If you’re the kind of dork that has to be up on the latest everything in technology like this writer you may have been one of the few hundred people watching and listening Stevens' last walk through the casino while it was open.
Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s currently available to those who use Apple iOS mobile devices like an iPhone or iPad (Android versions are being worked on). The company that created Periscope was purchased by Twitter for approximately $100 million in March last year but the app wasn’t released until earlier this year. The technology of live video streaming isn’t entirely new but this new version of live streaming links directly with the operators twitter account and with their followers through the app on their mobile devices. You can learn more about Periscope here.
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Last week, we told you about a $20,000 wager made by Derek Stevens, owner of the D and Golden Gate casinos in Downtown Vegas. It was placed on Michigan State to win the NCAA basketball tournament could have netted him a cool million bucks.
Stevens was on just about every media outlet you could imagine talking about the “Million Dollar Bet” until game time where he hung out at Long Bar inside the D to watch the big game. If you were at there over the weekend, you could have even taken a photo with a giant replica of the ticket (shown above).
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After promising to be back in February and failing, Defending the Caveman is finally laying its spear down in Downtown Vegas. The one-man show lost its home at Harrah's in January on the cusp of its four-year anniversary at the Strip hotel.
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If you’re under 30 years old you may not remember the days when video poker and slot machines only paid out in coins. When I first started visiting casinos, each cashier window had a stack of wet wipes to clean the change off. Things changed in 2001 when, after a year of testing, IGT introduced the ticket in, ticket out system (a.k.a. TITO) that you see in most casinos today. Ahhhh... no more filthy fingers. TITO is now the standard on all machine games. We can just grab the ticket and redeem for cash at the cashier or TITO machine.
But, have no fear if you love casino history or just miss the clanking of change. There are still a handful of casinos in Las Vegas where you can find coin-operated slot machines. As a bonus we also found one just under an hour away in Jean.
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It seems like every time we post an article about what's happening in the sportsbook, the number one question, regardless of the topic, is "Can I get drink tickets there?" After posting last week’s article about getting seats are the Venetian sportsbook on Facebook, the question about where someone can get drink tickets with their wagers was raised again by VC reader Sarah B.
The short answer is that policies are rarely the same -- even in the same casino at the same time. There are no longer hard and fast rules about drink tickets at any sportsbooks besides CG Technology (Venetian, Cosmopolitan, etc.) In the past, you could expect a drink ticket with your sports bets. This was a time when casinos didn't mind if you sat around watching a game and not spending money. Things have changed over the years and drink tickets are no longer the norm when placing your bets.
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The next time we see Prince tribute band Purple Reign, we may slip a tracking device onto the group's lead performer, Jason Tenner.
The much-loved but constantly on the move lounge act will pop up at Westgate's Shimmer Cabaret beginning October 1, according to the Las Vegas Sun. This after just moving to the D in July. And, that after spending a few months at Planet Hollywood. And, if you're really a fan of the act, you may remember them at Boardwalk, Monte Carlo, House of Blues, South Point, Hard Rock, and Hooters, too. And, yes, we've left a few out.
We couldn't find any listing for the show on the Westgate website just yet so ticket prices are unknown.
(PHOTO: Jason Tenner on Facebook)
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The era of the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) is about to begin. You may remember last year when Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, purchased an old Vegas courthouse. Now, after its demolition and the creation of an outdoor festival lot, DLVEC is about to hold its first events.
The venue, located behind the D on South Third, will become home to everything from live entertainment to themed festivals. It's capacity, however, might surprise you. The lot is capable of hosting around 15,000 so there will be plenty of room for big concerts, food fests and even fights. The first three events touch on each of those categories:
Sometimes, the best entertainment is when it's stripped down to its bare necessities, amirite?
While the Men of the Strip can now be termed reality stars thanks to a docu-soap on E!, Las Vegas -- the city these sexy sexersons have aligned themselves with since the start -- has only had one brief moment to
ogle see them in the flesh. That will change for the upcoming holiday weekend when Men will labor away at The D as part of a limited engagement.
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Earlier this year, we wondered if the Purple Reign was coming to an end at Planet Hollywood. A few weeks later, we also reported on the likelihood Jeff Dunham would become PHamous this November as part of a Las Vegas residency. We can now confirm both.
Recently, VegasChatter readers have been curious about what's going on at two construction projects around Downtown Vegas. Since our friends at Vital Vegas practically live on Fremont Street, we turned to them for the lowdown.
VegasChatter fan KLASphotogNICK sent us an email filled with pictures of construction underway at the D yesterday. A PR rep tells us they're modifying the area around the hotel-casino's valet off Carson and Fourth in conjunction with the debut of DTLVEC (DownTown Las Vegas Events Center). Vital Vegas goes one step further by reporting that execs are taking out an annex in order to create "a five-lane porte-cochère as well as an eye-popping gateway to the shiny new events center." An opening timeline for the downtown outdoor events space, set on the grounds of a demolished courthouse, has not yet been released.
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The fastest two minutes in sports is just a few weeks away and we’ve got you covered if you plan to celebrate the annual Run for the Roses from afar.
If you’re more of a hands-on sort of person, you can always play your own version with Sigma Derby at the D downtown and MGM Grand on The Strip. Otherwise, drink specials and betting lectures will be happening all over town. We aggregate them below, and will update this post as new events are announced. The Kentucky Derby takes place May 3.
It’s no secret that we at VegasChatter have an
addiction appreciation for the classic coin-operated horse racing game known as Sigma Derby. We’ve mentioned it more than a few times, and even teamed up with The D to send five lucky readers to the casino's Sigma Derby tournament last year. The Derby is this writer’s favorite casino game. It’s got the lively atmosphere of a craps game with the budget-friendly stakes of penny slots. Despite the high house edge (typically around 15%), the pace is slow enough that a few bucks go a long way. So, when outside of Las Vegas, how is a VegasChatter writer supposed to get his racing fix? By tracking down the nearest Sigma Derby game, of course!