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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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The Best Sportsbook Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

For the longest time, whenever someone asked us to point them to the best sportsbook in town, we were like, bam! Lagasse's Stadium. But, this year, we started crushin' on another venue right across the Strip. It was older, but knew just how to make us happy. And now, we're ready to pledge our love publicly.

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World MMA Awards Returning To Venetian

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hosts Brian Stann and Nicole Dabeau from last year's ceremony.

When we’re used to seeing our favorite MMA fighters dressed in sweats and workout gear, it can be a bit of a system shock to see them in gowns and tuxes. The Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards aims to give fighters a night in the spotlight and likes to call itself the Oscars of MMA. While it’s not quite to that level, despite the immense popularity of the sport, it is nice for fighters, their coaches, trainers and other industry affiliates to have a moment to reflect on the past year’s events.

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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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Celebrate National Hangover Day With The Stars Of The Movie, Sort Of

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you’re unaware because maybe you’re too hungover to cruise the Internet on New Year’s Day, January 1 is National Hangover Day. In honor of this holiday so many of us end up “celebrating” whether we would like to or not, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian is debuting The Hangover Experience.

Even if you don’t end up having an epic night that ends with Mike Tyson and a tiger, you can still immerse yourself in all the debaucherous glory that is The Hangover. Opening to the public at 4 p.m. New Year's Day, the exhibit will feature a 1,100-square-foot replica of the movie’s now famous hotel room, a smashed replica of a Las Vegas Metropolitan police car and a wedding chapel. No word yet on if there will be replicas of Stu’s missing tooth added to the gift shop when this opens.

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Where To Party When You're Over The Normal Nightclubs

December 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (9)

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize they're not as young as they used to be. In Vegas, that realization sometimes hits you in the ears one night in the club. The music, the people and the vibe just are not what they used to be. Even though most Vegas clubs are focused on younger customers, there are still places to go out, have some drinks and dance to something other than oontz.

Recently, I visited the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay for the first time in a while. I found it to be a great fit for someone ready to take the next step in his or her club life. The crowd was made up of a mix of people between their 20s and 40s with the average age probably around mid-30s. Music ranged from '90s artists (Tupac) to hits from today (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). Some danced, others just hung out and enjoyed bottle service. I spent the night drinking outside on a patio with one of the best views in Vegas. You really can't beat that. It struck me as a great place to party when you think you might be ready to move on from Marquee or XS.

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Ultimo: Venetian's Culinary Bacchanalia

Where: 89109
December 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

Replacing its annual winter festival, but still benefiting the Lou Ruvo "Keep Memory Alive" Center, Ultimo is about to launch at Venetian|Palazzo. Three gargantuan events are planned for December 5-7.

Where last year's La Cucina festival -- especially, the Grand Banquet -- was the ultimate in food events for 2013, Ultimo is shoring up to blow last year out of the water. For a dinner that included food by Mario Batali and Dario Cecchini, Clint Holmes singing Christmas classics and a live reading of Dante's Inferno, that is not an easy task.

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