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Weird Al's Back And This Time It's Mandatory

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
January 21, 2015 at 7:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

Weird Al Yankovic finally managed to top the charts (Billboard’s top comedy albums and top 200) with his newest album, Mandatory Fun. Despite this being his first chart-topping album, the kooky comedic singer has been cranking out silly and beloved hits for the better part of the last four decades. New videos released last summer made waves on the interwebs including "Foil," his parody of Lorde’s “Royals.”

Now that their accompanying album has come out, Weird Al is hitting the road in support of it with his aptly named tour, the “Mandatory World Tour.” If you missed his previous Vegas shows at The Cannery, you’ll have to cough up double or triple the price to catch him this time around at Planet Hollywood. He'll kick off his world tour in Las Vegas May 12-16 with showtimes at 8 p.m.

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Recycled Percussion Leaving The LINQ Hotel

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
December 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM | by | Comments (3)

Recycled Percussion's time at The Linq is almost over, according to a post on their Facebook page. Christmas Day will be their last show in the venue they’ve occupied for the past two years. After 500 shows, they are downsizing to the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops. (Inside Baseball: David Saxe produces the Recycled Percussion show.)

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Closing Out 2014 With Two Poker Shindigs

December 23, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you wake up the day after Christmas just itching to play some poker (and, really, who doesn't?), Planet Hollywood and Venetian have got you covered with the latest installments of their popular tournament series.

The PHamous VII Poker Weekend kicks off Friday, December 26 and features a $500 buy-in no limit hold'em tournament with a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The event offers two different starting days, Friday and Saturday both at noon. Those fortunate to survive the first day will reconvene on Sunday at noon when the tournament will play down to an eventual winner. This is an unlimited re-entry tournament, which means if you bust out at any point before start of play at noon on Sunday you are free to pony up another $500 for a fresh stack of chips and another shot at fame PHame and glory. If $500 is a little more than you're looking to spend, satellites will be offered throughout the weekend for just $70.

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Five Useful Vegas Valet Hacks

December 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (6)

Not all Vegas hotel porte cocheres are created equally. Sometimes, you can leave your car with valet, grab your bags and quickly get where you need to go. Sometimes valet is on the opposite side of the property and entirely inconvenient for your visit. It's not fun lugging yourself through the casino until you get to whichever part of the property you want to be in. Here are some valet tips for visitors who prefer to drive themselves, but don't know Vegas quite as well as they'd like to yet:

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What To Expect From Jeff Dunham's Residency At Planet Hollywood

Where: 89109
December 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

Having never seen Jeff Dunham’s show or TV performances before, this VegasChatter writer wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. All I knew was he was famous for a puppet named Achmed the Dead Terrorist and people had said he used a lot of racial humor in his act.

In his newest stage production at Planet Hollywood, “Not Playing with a Full Deck,” the ventriloquist and stand-up comedian definitely does employ racial humor. It’s nothing overly offensive, in a stand-up context at least, but do be prepared for some off color remarks, or rather, about color remarks.

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Murray Sawchuck To Reappear On Vegas Strip

November 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | Comments (4)

After being bumped from Tropicana, comedian-slash-magician Murray Sawchuck looks to be having the last laugh.

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Caesars Entertainment Enacts One-Price-Fits-All Resort Fee

Where: 89109
November 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (49)

What a difference a year makes. After a shocking reversal on resort fees in 2013, Caesars Entertainment is now hiking the charges at six of its Vegas properties, instituting the same flat rate at all its Strip resorts.

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At Planet Hollywood, A Hike, A Search, And A Surprise

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
November 10, 2014 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (11)

I want to introduce myself. I'm George Addams, a frequent traveler to Las Vegas. I'm middle aged, I'm from the middle of America, and I'm a middle roller (green chip blackjack and dollar video poker). I like gambling, and all the kitschy things Vegas offers. I'm delighted to have been invited to write for VegasChatter. I plan to share stories of my Vegas adventures, hotel and restaurant reviews, and perhaps some tips on gambling and comps, too.

I'm currently at the diamond level in the Total Rewards players club offer by the casinos of Caesars Entertainment. As a member, I received an email for three comped nights at Planet Hollywood in a Hollywood Hip room, which is their least expensive room. I had never stayed there before, but I knew that as a diamond, if I stayed mid-week and not at high season, they'd likely have some extra empty rooms and I had a good chance to score a complimentary upgrade.

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Club Tattoo Bringing Ink Options To Already Colorful LINQ

Where: 3545 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
November 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (3)

If you want to impress us with your Vegas devotion via permanent body art, you’ll soon have your chance to be one of the first to get a tattoo at the new LINQ Hotel at the actual LINQ. Club Tattoo recently announced it will open up shop at the newly renamed (again) hotel in “early 2015.”

The new studio joins the other outpost at Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops. The decidedly different and brightly colored façade of The Linq Hotel & Casino would make for some fun designs either on its own or perhaps framing a drawing of the High Roller. Think of how YouTube famous you could be for a second.

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Eric Jordan Young Is Officially Shakin' Up Planet Hollywood

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re wondering what’s Shakin’ at Planet Hollywood these days, head to Sin City Theatre on the mezz level to find out. Broadway performer and most recently a cast member of VEGAS! The Show, Eric Jordan Young, has set out on his own with his new production, Shakin'.

The high-energy show allows Young a chance to run through a laundry list of his favorites ranging from “Proud Mary” to “Old Black Magic,” which was one of his standard numbers from VEGAS! The Show. He runs through some Rat Pack classics like “Under My Skin” and pays special tribute to his idol, Sammy Davis Jr. with songs like “Candy Man.”

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Things Get Shakin' A Little Later Than Expected At Planet Hollywood

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM | by | Comments (2)

We'll have to wait a tad longer to see what singer and dancer Eric Jordan Young’s got “Shakin’” in the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood. Young’s new show has been pushed back a week to get all the details finalized. It will now open Saturday, October 4.

The former Vegas! The Show standout will now have his own show. Expect a live band and modern renditions of popular pop, rock, funk, R&B and jazz songs as Young puts his own spin on classic hits with the help of other Broadway-caliber co-directors and technical crew.

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Millionaire Chess Coming To Planet Hollywood

September 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

Las Vegas is known for being home to gaming tournaments with large prize pools. The World Series of Poker is probably the biggest tournament in Las Vegas in terms of money and length of time. We’re still two months away from a champion being crowned at WSOP. It’s football season and the SuperContest at Westgate may be the current focus for most big gamblers. Well, there’s a new million-dollar tournament coming to Las Vegas and it doesn’t even involve a casino game.

The Millionaire Chess Open (Millionaire Chess) is different from other open chess tournaments. The first seven rounds of every section will be a qualifying period to determine who plays the finals on what will be called Millionaire Monday. (Has a nice ring to it like WSOP's November Nine!) Four finalists will move on to play two knock-out rounds to determine who wins the top prize. The last two rounds of the open section will also be played on Millionaire Monday to determine who wins 5th place and under, as well as to give players a chance to acquire norms. In the other sections, the tournament will be officially over by Sunday night, October 12, for players who did not make it to Millionaire Monday.

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