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There's seeing a show in Vegas and then there's being among the first ever to see it. Soon, three new productions will make their Strip debuts and, for two of them, you can still scoop up opening night tix. And, while opening night is sold out for a third, tickets are still available for its second night of life.
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If you read the headline with breaths between Wheel! Of! and Fortune! you're exactly who the Wheelmobile is looking for when it spins into Las Vegas this weekend. Wheel of Fortune promotional team members will be auditioning contestants for six weeks of shows to be taped at the Venetian and Palazzo in July and August.
To land a playing spot on the game show, contestant wannabes should show up to the Venetian Theatre this Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, beginning at 11 a.m. to fill out an application. Random applicants then will be plucked to audition in three-hour long simulated Wheel of Fortune shows each day. From there TV worthy contestants will be hand chosen for the real deal later this summer. So bring a pen, personality and your lucky rabbit's foot for a shot at the big time. And, we suggest packing snacks since, when the Wheel rolled into the Venetian a few years back, more than 20,000 Fortune fans were expected to greet it.
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Most of the country is battling the back and forth weather that comes along with April and the transition from winter to spring, but it's never to early to start thinking about summer. Memorial Day is the official kick off in our eyes, and those making plans to visit Sin City in celebration should begin to stake their claim before you'll need to go with plans B, C, or even, D. The Golden Nugget, for example, is already sold out on Sunday, May 26.
Here's a glimpse at the starting rates at a selection of hotels. All rates are as of April 9 and, as always, are subject to change:
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It probably wasn't hard to see this one coming.
Venetian and Palazzo have hiked their resort fee five bucks to $25. The increase now puts them on par with a spate of other Vegas resorts including Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, Four Seasons, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, HOTEL32, The Mirage, The Signature at MGM Grand, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Treasure Island, Trump, Vdara, Wynn and Encore.
Move over Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, "flamboyant, fun" is on its way. When the Soul2Soul duo wind up their residency at the Venetian Theatre this April, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the musical, will take over. And, over a year after it was first rumored to be heading to The Strip.
Tickets are now on pre-sale for this limited June 18 to August 31 engagement. They go on sale to the general public tomorrow. Grazie loyalty card members have a secret code word that will let them buy tickets right now at this link. And you can sign up for Grazie here, if you'd like to get that prime seating jump start. The 8 p.m. shows, dark on Tuesdays, range in price from $83.35 to $183.80 including taxes and fees.
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Every casino has a concept which may or may not be seen as a theme depending on how obvious it. Wynn, Aria and Cosmopolitan have a concept behind the design, but these casinos are not seen as themed because it's not as
cartoonish obvious as the Eiffel Tower at Paris or the castle turrets surrounding Excalibur. There hasn't been an obviously themed casino in Las Vegas since The Venetian and The Palazzo were completed in 1999 and 2007, respectively. That could all be changing with Resorts World Las Vegas.
Resorts World Las Vegas is set to open in 2016 and will have a heavy Asian influence throughout the $2 billion property. Resorts World Las Vegas will include a series of bronze and gold glass towers flanking Asian-style red pagodas, lagoons and fountains. There is even plans for a replica of the Great Wall of China and discussion on whether or not they will have a panda exhibit. The inclusion of a water park definitely makes Resorts World Las Vegas the first outwardly family friendly casino on The Strip in years.
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We want everything and we want it now. Every day that goes by there is some form of new technology that allows us to have things quicker. Have a question about something and we head to Twitter and Facebook to ask friends. If we forget our wallet at home, we now have apps to buy us a cup of Starbucks.
Casinos aren't the quickest companies to embrace technology, but when they do it's awesome. Last year, Rio introduced cocktail waitresses and waiters that use iPads to let the bar know to bring you a drink. This expedited the process and is awesome. This year, Venetian and Palazzo are trying to expedite drink service. The casinos introduced Drinks2U a few weeks ago on certain slot machines in both casinos.
When you insert your Club Grazie card into a machine that has Drinks2U capability, you can order a drink whenever you want by entering your choice of beverage. The selections are the same as if a cocktail waitress was walking around offering drinks.
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After reading about 2004 World Series of Poker Champion Greg Raymer’s prostitution bust earlier this week, we were reminded of the explosion of poker that he helped herald in. During the period after everymen Raymer and Chris Moneymaker took home WSOP bracelets after winning seats in online poker satellites, every Vegas casino jumped to get poker rooms in place.
A decade later, thanks to the current illegality of online poker, interest in the game has waned. It is impossible for US players to win seats into bigger tournaments online. Poker rooms have begun to close around town. With less players, less of a rake is generated. There is little reason for many casinos to keep funding a room that merely breaks even, when they could just fill the area with slot machines.
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We might be leading some readers into uncharted Vegas collecting circles with this update. We previously shared details of Cirque du Soleil's unusual KŔ comic book. Now, word has reached us that today is the release date of a comic book biography of a Vegas Strip star. Not Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, or Donny and Marie, who've all previously been given a four color once over.
To our surprise, Tim McGraw has lived a life big enough to merit an illustrated biography, and the plot explains how he "rose from humble beginnings to win his place as the slickest voice in the West." Just released “FAME: Tim McGraw,” spans 40 pages. We wondered if it makes mention of he and wife Faith Hill's Venetian residency. It does.
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In the past year, slot machines have been leaving the casino floor making way for bigger and better (?) machines. The Venetian has been leading the way by introducing new multi-player, table-style games from Aruze Gaming to the casino floor, one at a time. They've actually carved out a portion of the slot floor for these huge gaming machines between the table games and the Bourbon Room.
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Once upon a time a time when just about every Strip gaming company thought condos were the greatest things since timeshares, Las Vegas Sands did, too. It even started to build 280 of them atop part of the Venetian/Palazzo. And then, as is wont to happen in Vegas, the brakes were applied and the multi-million dollar project was shelved in late 2008. Or, in this case, draped.
Since then, local government officials have granted the gaming company more time to complete the condos, once dubbed the St. Regis Residences. Recently, a third time extension was approved, allowing construction to stay dormant through January 2015. Interestingly, Sands had requested a three-year delay, but only received two as that is the time increment planning officials normally sign off on.
You may have noticed that The Venetian has been renovating its casino over the past year, revealing sections one at a time. After the beautiful new Sands Poker Room was unveiled, construction crews set their sites on renovating the Sands High-Limit Slots room. Renovations are now complete and the new salon is now open.
The High-Limit Slots Salon continues to offer a comfortable respite from the Venetian's casino floor. The major changes to the room are the four parlors, each with four slot machines, a sofa, and a 55-inch LED television screen. Games here allow bets up to $5,000 a spin. Venetian says customers here also have the ability to "request their favorite branded machines." A private high-limit cashier cage is also available.