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A Legend Of Zelda Concert Is Coming To The Strip

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
February 26, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (2)

Yes, you read that correctly. There is a Nintendo Legend of Zelda symphony concert series that will be touring the world all year and it will be making a stop in Las Vegas June 10 at Venetian.

The tour, entitled Symphony of the Goddess - Master Quest, celebrates the 28-year-old video game franchise. This sounds both nerdy and quite interesting, at the same time. During the production, The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform orchestral arrangements of music from a variety of games from The Legend of Zelda universe. There will also be video content from the classic game, as well as the most recent addition to the series, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (which is available for Nintendo 3DS).

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Poker Dollars

February 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (4)

There are many factors you should consider when deciding where to play poker during your time in Vegas, such as what games and stakes are offered, how much you receive per hour in comp dollars, tournament offerings, the level of competition, and so on.

Another factor that should not be overlooked is what promotions a given room offers and how much value you are likely to get out of those promotions. Most poker rooms in town offer some sort of incentive for players in the form of high hand bonuses, bad beat jackpots, "aces cracked" bonuses, or hours-based free rolls. What many people don't realize is that the house isn't giving away free money with these promotions, they are simply taking money that players have contributed to a fund and giving it back out in the form of a bonus.

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Our First Thoughts On Venetian's Yardbird

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 30, 2015 at 8:41 PM | by | Comments (4)

If you’re a southern transplant like myself or just love that style of food, Yardbird at Venetian should satisfy your cravings. After attending an evening media event and a Sunday brunch, this writer got a taste of what all the clucking’s been about. I’m happy to report most of the dishes sampled lived up to the hype. The second branch of the Miami-based restaurant has gotten high praise from the likes of Bon Appetit, James Beard Foundation and Southern Living, plus awards for its bourbon selection.

When VegasChatter stopped in for brunch, we were greeted promptly but the ensuing service was quite slow. Presented with a prix fixe experience, dishes came out in a very random order (read: in reverse) or were not ours at all (we were offered another table's dishes at several points during our meal). Though we were told brunch would be served tapas style with things coming out when they were ready, the randomness of it all was a little frustrating. (Especially since we weren't told it would be shared plates until each of us had ordered our own thing, and several of us had already gravitated to the same choices. The good news is that brunch is normally a la carte, although still meant to be shared.) Hopefully, our experience can be attributed to the growing pains of a new restaurant. (They also ran out of coffee cups and ramekins during our visit.) These kinks will likely be worked out with a little more practice (and surplus).

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Will Luck Be A Lady And Keep 'Frank' At Palazzo?

Where: 89109
January 30, 2015 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (4)

Though the now classic tunes of Frank Sinatra used to bring out showgoers in droves, times have changed. What was popular then and still respected now isn’t likely to garner the same numbers. The Venetian|Palazzo’s latest gamble, "Frank - The Man. The Music," is just that. It’s (pretty much) the man and his music. Of course, we’re not talking just any music, but rather the iconic hits of musical legend Frank Sinatra. His heyday was decades ago, but execs are betting his legacy is strong enough to bring in enough ticket sales to cover the cost of that 32-piece orchestra.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the show, which takes place in the expansive 1,733-seat Palazzo Theatre, will have to sell approximately 600 seats nightly to turn a profit. Though the Vegas crowds these days tend to skew toward more modern shows and nightclubs, hopefully there will be enough interest in this high-class tribute show because it really does deserve to be seen.

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Worth It? Breaking Down The Value Of The New Vegas Attraction Passport

January 27, 2015 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (5)

There's a new way to save a few bucks on keeping yourself entertained in Vegas. Today, a press release touted the launch of the Vegas Attraction Passport.

The new offering bundles admission to five attractions that may or may not be on your Vegas list -- Madame Tussauds, Mob Museum, CSI: The Experience, Venetian's outdoor gondola ride, and a one-day, unlimited bus ticket for Big Bus Tours -- at a discount of "over 40 percent." The cost? $79.99. We wondered if we could do better with a few clicks around the Internet or if the passport really does provide some value so we gave it the ol' college try.

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Diana Ross. Venetian. OMG.

January 26, 2015 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (3)

Venetian is seeing Caesars' Mariah Carey residency announcement and raising it with a supreme diva of its own, the incomparable Diana Ross.

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Searching For Anything But Hold 'Em

January 23, 2015 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (4)

Ever since the start of the "poker boom" back in 2003, when an unknown accountant from Tenessee with the unlikely name of Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, no-limit Texas Hold 'Em has been the game of choice among poker players everywhere.

It's easy to forget that, in the grand scheme of things, no-limit hold 'em is a relatively new game. If you were in Las Vegas back in the 90's or earlier, you would be much more likely to be playing a game like 7 card stud or even a variation of draw poker. While most poker players today are content playing no-limit, there are many who long for the days when this variation of the game didn't have the near monopoly it seems to have on the poker world today. The good news is, if you look hard enough, there are still places in Las Vegas where you can find some alternatives. Here's a look at some poker rooms around town that offer up a bit of variety for those looking to mix things up:

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A 'Suite' Look At Venetian's New Rooms

Where: 89109
January 19, 2015 at 11:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

The new look of Venetian's Luxury Suite.

The home of the "world's largest standard guest room" according to the Guinness Book of World Records may want to petition to add two more words to that accolade: newly renovated.

Venetian quietly undertook the massive task of renovating its 3,000 suites last summer. The remodel focusing on listening to guest requests for "brighter" rooms so executives made sure to increase light levels, both in accommodations as well as guest hallways. They did so by using new, energy-efficient bulbs that require less electricity while still increasing light output.

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Check-Out Folio: Lasers, Souvenir Cups And A Trivia Challenge

January 9, 2015 at 6:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. Starting today and continuing each Friday, we'll take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 5:

All of the Lights: XS Nightclub at Wynn has stepped up the oohh, dropping $10 mil on new, state-of-the-art technology, from a new pyro system and lasers to movable LED screens.

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Palazzo's Trying To Do It His Way With New Sinatra Show

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 7, 2015 at 3:28 PM | by | Comments (3)

Over the course of many years of writing about Las Vegas entertainment, this VegasChatter writer has often been asked something akin to, “where can I find a good Frank Sinatra act?” Since the legend passed in 1998, the best we can hope for is a solid tribute act. As with most tribute acts, there is a wide variety of quality, degree of physical and vocal similarity and, of course, overall production value.

Matt Goss at Caesars Palace was sort of like the second coming of Sinatra on the Strip in that his voice could mimic Sinatra’s well and he has the good looks and swagger similar to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Steve Wynn produced a dance-centric “Sinatra: Dance With Me” back in 2011 featuring a live orchestra. “Shades of Sinatra,” last at the Clarion, was a well-received show that lived up to its title.

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At Madame Tussauds, A Hangover Without Ill Effects

Where: 3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 6, 2015 at 8:33 PM | by | Comments (2)

Madame Tussauds at Venetian celebrated National Hangover Day on January 1 (it's ok if you're still shaking it off...) with the reveal of its newest exhibit, The Hangover Experience. The new vignette offers recreations of the movie's infamous hotel room and wedding chapel, but visitors will be most excited by the addition of another member of the wolf pack.

A wax figure “Alan,” famously played by Zach Galifianakis, can now be found at the popular attraction. He joins “Phil” (played by Bradley Cooper), who was already part of the museum's life-like creations.

General Manager Stephan Degan, who proudly presented the new exhibit to the media in typical Vegas fashion with two statuesque models, stated the museum worked in conjunction with Warner Brothers for over a year to bring the scene to the Strip.

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The Best Restaurants Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (3)

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

2014 was a year filled with great restaurant openings. A whole new crop have shown their colors and, based on what we've tasted, we couldn't just limit it to just two nods. The Vegas Strip has seen the debut of new celebrity chefs while, off Las Vegas Boulevard, some serious chefs have cast out into the wild blue yonder to make a name for themselves. There are many that have made their mark, but here are the ones that did so most indelibly:

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