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Mariah Carey is Vegas' New 'Sweetheart' With Her Glitzy Debut at Caesars Palace

Where: 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
May 7, 2015 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (7)

Miss Mariah Carey kicked off what will be a two-year residency (over 50 shows) last night at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Mariah #1 to Infinity includes all 18 of Carey’s number one hit singles in chronological order from 1990 to 2008, beginning with Vision of Love. She also debuted a new song Infinity, which she sang live for the first time.

Carey had six costume changes and one hair change during the almost two-hour performance. On-stage entrances included a pink 1950’s style car car for Dreamlover, and a jet ski for Honey (because, of course.) We didn’t attend the show last night (we will at a later date) but we do have spies all over town who attended. Word is she interacted with audience, made fun of herself, walked through the crowd, brought an audience member on stage, and was humble throughout the whole show.

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Poker Player Profile: Tim 'The Trooper' Watts

May 1, 2015 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (8)

What is it like to be a professional poker player in Las Vegas? What it is like to make your living on the felt, doing battle with tourists and locals alike, fighting and clawing for fiercely contested chips in pot after pot, suffering through the bad beats, basking in the glow of making your opponents fold their superior hands, raking in the spoils of your victories, shrugging off the hands that got away, then racking up your soldiers and doing it all again the next day?

Tim "The Trooper" Watts (the nickname is a reference to one of his favorite Iron Maiden songs) knows exactly what it's like.

Since moving to Las Vegas from Jacksonville, Florida last June, Watts has been living the life that many poker players from all over the world have only fantasized about. It is in the poker rooms up and down the Strip where Watts goes about the business of grinding out his living by playing a card game.

Although he did line-up a part time job at a restaurant when he first came to town, Watts recently took a leap of faith and said goodbye to the day job so that he could concentrate fully on poker.

Now with no bosses to answer to and no schedules to follow, each day is an open book. Whether his office is Caesars Palace, the Venetian, or perhaps downtown at the Golden Nugget, Watts enters each day in full control of his own destiny.

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Mariah Carey Arrives At Caesars Palace, Darling

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 28, 2015 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (12)

Shania cantered up by horse. Olivia Newton-John pulled up in a 1940s Ford Mercury Cadillac convertible from Grease. Now, another iconic singer has made a splashy Vegas debut for her residency.

Last night, Mariah Carey arrived at Caesars Palace one week ahead of her limited-engagement run in a pink (of course) 1936 Auburn Boattail (value: $131,500) to a sea of screaming fans.

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Guy Savoy To Host Brunch For Mother's Day

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a nearly unprecedented move, Restaurant Guy Savoy is opening early to put on a prix-fixe brunch for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It's been two years since it's last opened for any brunch event so this is almost like Willy Wonka opening his doors. Almost.

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New Kid On The Block: Searsucker

Where: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
April 22, 2015 at 8:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the opening of his newest restaurant, former Top Chef contestant and Food Network judge Brian Malarkey brings his unique spin on American food to Las Vegas. Occupying the former space of Munchbar, Searsucker adds yet another dining choice to Caesars Palace.

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Falling Rake At Venetian

Where: 89109
April 6, 2015 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (3)

Christmas will be coming a bit early for poker players at the Venetian next month. Beginning May 1, the Strip's largest poker room will begin offering a $2 max rake on all poker games 24 hours a day through May 24. The normal rake at Venetian is a $4 maximum.

To the uninitiated, the rake is, basically, how poker rooms make money. Because poker players do battle with each other instead of against the house, the poker room takes a percentage of the money in each pot. In most poker rooms, the rake is 10% of the pot up to a certain amount and it is taken in $1 increments. The first dollar is taken out when the pot reaches $10, the next dollar is taken out at $20, and so on until the maximum rake is reached. The $2 maximum rake at Venetian is a 50% drop from what they usually take and players will see a nice increase in their bottom line because of it.

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Poker For Hope At Planet Hollywood

April 2, 2015 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Winning money in a poker tournament is always a good thing, but winning money and contributing to a great cause is even better. Folks will be doing just that next weekend when the Poker for Hope charity tournament comes to Planet Hollywood Saturday, April 11.

The event, hosted by World Series of Poker bracelet winner Antonio Esfandiari, benefits Tia's Hope, which provides gifts and uplifting experiences to children who are hospitalized. The charity currently works with the City of Hope in Los Angeles and Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochseter, New York, and is in the process of expanding to more hospitals.

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Casa Fuente Puffed Up With Pride Over Ten Years

April 1, 2015 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (3)

Cigar lounges are few and far between on the Vegas Strip. One of the best known (and just the best) is Casa Fuente which will celebrate its 10th anniversary April 15.

Located in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Casa Fuente was established in 2005 and offers premium cigars in an intimate venue complete with a patio, full-service bar and a boutique carrying cigar accessories.

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Carmine's Wants To Help Ease The Pain Of Tax Day

Where: 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
March 31, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

So there’s good news, and there’s bad news. The bad news is the last day to file your taxes is only a couple weeks away. (Fifteen days to be exact, but who’s counting?) The good news is Carmine’s inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will mark the end of tax season with a whiskey tasting… a free whiskey tasting!

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The Full Menu, With Pricing, Of Graeter's At Caesars Palace

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 27, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (10)

Graeter's, a much-raved about craft ice cream brand by way of Cincinnati, wants to put the cherry on top of your Vegas Strip visit with its first outpost west of the Mississippi now scooping inside Caesars Palace.

New to this writer who has been on a strong McConnell's kick of late (another small batch ice cream producer but this one by way of Santa Barbara), VegasChatter readers were quick to confirm Graeter's was as irresistible as its serving containers proclaim when we shared news of its Las Vegas arrival last week. @misskatherinne stated it was the "best ice cream out there" while @Dan2330 proclaimed the chain as "top notch." So, I knew it wouldn't be long before I was counter side, and it wasn't.

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At Caesars Palace, Searsucker Making Its Debut

Where: 89109
March 26, 2015 at 8:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Strip officially welcomes its newest restaurant, Searsucker, this weekend at Caesars Palace.

The dining spot by Brian Malarkey opens to the public Friday evening, although some lucky luckertons are previewing it tonight. We spied the (almost) Top Chef checking out his newest destination earlier today. The eatery takes over the former Munchbar space adjacent to Omnia and features an eclectic, homey decor, with mismatched chairs, area rugs and rustic woods.

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Celine Dion To Go On At Caesars Palace

Where: 89109
March 25, 2015 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (5)

After taking time off for family and health, Celine Dion will return to the Colosseum stage this August, ending what will then be a year-long hiatus. She made the announcement to fans last night via social media.

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