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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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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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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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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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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.
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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This Vegas-based writer has family members who were Broadway producers yet I’ve never seen a show on Broadway, or even been to the Big Apple yet. For now, I’m obviously curious about what NYC has to offer, but I’m more than happy with the Broadway-caliber singers and dancers who grace the stages of various Las Vegas shows nightly.
A sucker for powerful voices and exuberant smiling faces, I’ve long been a fan of Eric Jordan Young, a former lead vocalist in VEGAS! The Show. In that role, he took on a wide range of songs from famous singers like Sammy Davis Jr. and Sonny Bono. Since leaving VEGAS! The Show, Young has kept busy with various projects including prepping for his new show: Shakin' - Classic Vegas Remixed with a Twist.
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It's been almost a month since our last resort fees story so, you know, it's time. And, not to disappoint, we have updates for you from both sides of The Strip.
The first came to us from VegasChatter tipster Duane D. who writes:
I just booked a room at Harrah’s through Expedia and found out later that they will want another $24.64 PER DAY up from the $18.00 shown on your list. This is a big rip off so I will (be) cancelling the room until they smarten up.
It is not the costs that is the problem, but to quote one price and then virtually double it for very dubious reasons makes it unethical. Even if they have covered their themselves legally, which they have, does not make it right. Whatever happened to the theory of just getting people there and then hosing them in the casinos – we all know that happens and are prepared for it but to expect more in other ways is just too much.Good luck to them.
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No matter your tastes or your interests, it seems as if Las Vegas will have a festival just for you before year's end. And, we've three more options for you to ponder while trying to decide which events are can't miss and which should be shuffled over to the 'maybe next time' pile. We've already mentioned a few here on Chatter, but have compiled them all together in an at-a-glance format before. The three fests we've yet to mention have been highlighted in blue.
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The Vegas PR machine was in high gear today cranking out entertainment news from up and down The Strip. From the coming end of Twain's resident twang to another new show for the Riv, here's a roundup of what's closing and what's just ahead:
○Shania Twain will stop stealing the limelight from Celine Dion by year's end. (Twain was recently named best resident performer by a Vegas publication so you know sh*t was getting serious.) Her two-year residency at Caesars Palace will officially mark its last night December 13. Tickets for the final 16 shows -- ten dates in October and six in December -- are on sale now. She's also here for a short run beginning tomorrow. Catch Shania July 22-23 and 25-26 if you can't wait that long to see her feel like a woman. Tickets begin at $55.
7.28 Update: Once due to premiere July 28, this production will now debut Monday, August 11 at 7 p.m.
It's probably not a good sign when the link provided for a new Vegas show opens up to a Go Daddy page.
Viva Veracruz! The Show will open at Planet Hollywood in the PH Showroom on July 28. Tickets will go on sale July 14. It's touted as the American debut of a "window to the beautiful and magical folklore of Veracruz, Mexico." That's cool and all, but it's also a window into the increasingly random nature of Planet Hollywood's bookings. The resort came out strong with PH Live and Britney as well as subsequent concerts and mini residencies but now apparently wants to us to know it has culture!... puppets!... and hot babes, too!