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Another day, another diva residency announced in Vegas.
The latest lady to take the stage is Jennifer Lopez who will kick off her Vegas residency on January 20, 2016 at Planet Hollywood in the AXIS Theater. Rumors have been swirling about a JLo residency since 2012 but this time, it's really happening. And the timing is good as American Idol, JLo's most recent gig, just got cancelled.
"I've been preparing for this moment my entire life,” said Lopez. “The show is going to be a multifaceted high energy Jenny from the Block party, mixing all aspects of what my fans and I love - Dance, Hip Hop, Latin and Pop. It’s going to be the show I’ve always dreamt of creating.”
The show plans on featuring all her hit songs, along with a live band and dancers and of course, extravagant costumes. No word on whether Pitbull makes an appearance.
Tickets for the first 20 performances will go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. PT. American Express® Card Members can actually purchase tickets today starting at 10 a.m. PT through Friday, May 15 at 10 p.m. PT. An exclusive pre-sale for Total Rewards members will also be available starting Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. PT.
Here are the dates for the show should you want to plan your next trip about JLo. Every show will start at 9pm and run nearly two hours. This will also be your only chance to see Lopez perform live in North America during this time.
The spot has been open for just under a year and a half, but it has already become a fairly regular stop for this contributor and my friends if we are at PH or are in that center-strip area during the daytime hours. With an entrance that leads directly to it from the sportsbook, the smell of freshly baked pizza also provides quite a lure when we are there getting some action in on games.
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UPDATE: Fox5 reports that the truck wasfound but the items inside were missing.
Yesterday, the iconic "Crazy Girls" butts statue outside The Riviera was taken down and moved to Planet Hollywood where the show (and butts) will live on. That's the good news. The bad news is that someone apparently stole the Crazy Girls costumes and props in the early hours of Monday morning.
According to the show's Facebook page, a white truck with a flatbed was caught on a security camera driving away with a big black box. The show's publicist, Wayne Bernath, told Fox5Vegas that following the show's final performance at the Riviera on Friday, all items were placed in a truck (not the one pictured here) and stored at Stage Crew Productions near Paradise and East Sunset roads. Apparently, the thieves broke a window on the truck and then hotwired it, thus driving off with all the show items, over $300,000 worth.
Who wants "Crazy Girls" costume items? We have no idea. Maybe they were hoping the butts were in the truck. As the investigation and recovery efforts continue (the show's producer has put out a reward for the items return), word is the show's debut at Planet Hollywood, set for May 13, may now be delayed. Eek.
[Photo via Crazy Girls/Facebook]
Well, the day has come. No, not "May the 4th Be With You" (although that's happening for you Star Wars nerds today too.) No, we're talking about saying goodbye to another long-standing casino on the Strip.
VegasChatter resident lensman Greg C. has snapped a few shots of the nearly emptied-out joint yesterday. We'll have more updates on the last moments inside The Riv for you tomorrow.
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Just a quick note to everyone that you should stop by the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay if you get a chance. Many visitors tend to overlook the high-end lounge since it is over on the south side of the Strip and sometimes feels either too far out of the way or otherwise unapproachable, but let me tell you that it is worth the time to make it up there, even if just to enjoy the view.
Recently, I took my first trip up there, and while I had read @East Coast Gambler’s 2014 story about his first time up, I had to take his advice and check it out for myself. All I can say is, it did not disappoint.
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The Planet Hollywood sportsbook had undergone some renovations this past March, including some major ones to the bar area. (I first noted it a few weeks ago as a tip to VegasChatter. I am now one of the team's newest contributors.)
During that same trip, my friends and I were able to check it out and see how they were faring during their first weeks of operation. The weekend that we were there was the first round of the NCAA 2015 tournament, and the new restaurant, Ringer, and book were undergoing a trial by fire, as the crowds associated with March Madness and spring break were present in full force.
“Letters, we get letters"... or so news columns used to say in the era of snail mail. These days, we have an in-box instead of a letter box, but we're always thrilled to see it filled with comments and ideas from VegasChatter readers.
Recently VC fan Martin offered this suggestion:
I would love to see sammasseur do an article on the male pleasure pit dealers at Planet Hollywood. This is the only casino I have seen them at. I talked to some of them and they all have interesting stories.
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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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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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Unless you gamble frequently, you may not realize it isn’t all the same. To the non-gambler, blackjack is blackjack is blackjack. Gamblers know that isn’t true. Not only do many casinos offer different rules, odds and returns for games, you may even find different rules and odds for the same game under the roof of a single casino.
A casino may offer blackjack with different odds depending on if you're by the door, in the high limit room or in the party pit. This can be the case with other forms of casino gambling, from betting on sports to video poker.
Formerly located right in the heart of the casino floor, situated between some blackjack tables and slot machines, the old setting wasn't as much of a poker "room" as it was a poker "area." The new location, now sandwiched between the Earl of Sandwich (couldn't resist) and the sports book, is a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the main casino and the result is a much calmer, quieter setting. The old location was just feet away from the casino's raucous party pit, which gave the poker room the reputation as one of the noisiest in town after the sun went down and the go-go dancers started doing their thing. Some people don't mind a noisy room, but if you're like me, a little peace and quiet goes a long way when it comes to doing battle at the poker tables. The new room doesn't have the library-like feel of the room at the Wynn, but it is quite a bit more mellow in its new spot.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of March 2:
You've Got Some More Eating To Do: Las Vegas Restaurant Week returns June 15-26 and only for those dates this year. The event will no longer take place twice yearly with spring and fall dates. During the week, restaurants across the city join together to offer special prix fixe meals ranging from $20.15 to $50.15 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local food bank Three Square.