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VegasChatter 2014 Awards / VegasChatter Awards / Shows / Entertainment / Absinthe / Caesars Palace / ShowStoppers / Wynn / Encore / The Strip / → All Tags
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.
Can a show set in the ever-changing landscape of Las Vegas performing for today's immediate gratification and 'what have you done for me lately' crowd really land a Best Show award for the fourth year in a row? A year ago we thought another Spiegelworld production would at least give Absinthe a run for its money, but the demise of the super but short-lived Vegas Nocturne eliminated that debate.
VegasChatter revisited the tent long-term parked in front of Caesars Palace this month in the interest of fairness and to ensure Absinthe wasn't resting on its
lack of competition laurels at this point. Was Absinthe still fresh or had it gotten stale?
Celebs in Vegas / Mindy Kaling / Vegas Hot / Sexy Ladies / Wynn / Encore / Andrea's / Society / The Beatles Love / Cirque du Soleil / The Mirage / LAVO / Venetian / Palazzo / Off Strip Adventures / Chanel / The High Roller / Gordon Ramsay Steak / Paris Las Vegas / → All Tags
The VegasChatter corporate offices went on high alert when actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling indicated on social media that a Vegas trip was imminent. It's always interesting to see what a celebrity will do in Sin City and usually pretty (although, for most, unintentionally) entertaining, too.
While Prince Harry still holds the honor of cheekiest visit to date, Mindy kept fans enthralled through a constant stream of social media updates. After following (obsessively) along, here's a quick guide on how to do Vegas, Kaling style:
1. Pack the appropriate essentials.
Vegas dress? Check. Bling? Check. Multiple bathing suits? Check.
Entertainment / Music / Events / EDC / Electric Daisy Carnival / Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Life Is Beautiful / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Wynn / XS / Tryst / Surrender / Encore Beach Club / → All Tags
The three-day, dusk-to-dawn brain melt more commonly referred to as the Electric Daisy Carnival returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 20-22. Earlier this week, the 400,000 people expected to attend the sold-out, Alice in Wonderland-like experience were treated to the highly anticipated 2014 lineup, which includes mega acts like Calvin Harris, Avicci, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and Afrojack.
Las Vegas' other big music festival, Life Is Beautiful, will once again take over Downtown Vegas October 24-26. This year, event organizers are teaming up with the nightspots of Wynn to offer a more exclusive VIP experience. XS, Tryst, Surrender and Encore Beach Club will help staff new table and cabana packages. If that has your name all over it, email email@example.com for details, pricing and reservations. Tickets for this year's fest have not yet been released.
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May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.
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It’s not just anywhere that you can sit outside and eat or drink the night away. Even though it can get chilly or sweltering hot in Las Vegas, when the sun goes down, almost any night can still feel like a beautiful evening to be outdoors. In the summer, sitting outside in the warmth of a 95 degree evening beats sitting inside in a sweater because casino air conditioning is too cold.
VegasChatter Reader Curtis B. likes to dine under the stars and tells us he had a delicious meal outside at SW Steakhouse. Now, he would like more ideas:
coming from the cold North (snow here again today) in a month and looking for new ideas (or just fresh ideas for me) for a nice higher end restaurant that has outside seating. We ate at SW at the Wynn last year, was very good, nice setting, food was great and so nice to eat outside at night in the warmth rather than in cold AC restaurant.
Well, ask and ye shall receive. There are a quite a a few restaurants that offer a similarly great meals, outdoors, on the Vegas Strip.
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The Devil will direct a Las Vegas stripper show for charity.
Stick with us. This will all start to make sense in a moment.
Las Vegas is very much like a cruise ship. Thousands of tourists hop on board for a few nights of partying, dining, and frolicking before returning to their everyday lives. And, just like on those seafaring vessels, talented performers from around the world provide the entertainment.
Ryan Lyons is one such individual. A native of Windsor, Ontario, he relocated to Las Vegas in 2005 to help launch Le Reve - The Dream at the soon-to-open Wynn. After nine years and more than four thousand performances, many original cast members have disembarked and moved on to other adventures. But Lyons, a gymnast and tumbler who represented his homeland in international competitions, has made Las Vegas his permanent residence.
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This summer, the NHL Awards will return to Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. This will mark the fifth time the NHL has honored the best hockey players in the world and the top performances of the season in Las Vegas and the second year its done so at Wynn.
The ceremony -- which will be hosted by a Canadian television and radio broadcaster with the longest last name ever, George Stroumboulopoulos -- will honor the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including Most Valuable Player (Hart Trophy), Outstanding Goaltender (Vezina Trophy), Outstanding Defenseman (Norris Trophy) and Outstanding Rookie (Calder Trophy). The Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the Most Outstanding Player as voted by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), also will be presented.
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When we first heard about it, we thought yeah, right while executing one of the most dramatic eye rolls ever. Sure, we could see Mall Cop 2 filming in Las Vegas... at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. But, at one of the most prestigious resorts on The Strip? LOL!
Well, the joke's on
movie-goers us as filming for Mall Cop: Blart 2 is now underway at Wynn. The slapstick sequel, which will receive $4.3 million in tax credits for filming in Nevada, centers around -- naturally -- a hotel heist with actor Kevin James returning for the lead role of Paul Blart.
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Poof! Some of the best and affordable blackjack on the Vegas Strip is gone!
Last week, Venetian and Palazzo changed the payouts for most of their blackjack games under $100. The majority of blackjack games now pay 6:5 for blackjack instead of 3:2. This affects about 50 blackjack games between the two casinos. The house advantage on a 6:5 blackjack game is 1.39% higher than a 3:2 blackjack game. That may not seem like a lot on the surface, but it adds up over time.
Before March Madness, Venetian and Palazzo had some of the best blackjack games you could find on the Vegas Strip for under $25. Today, they’re no better than most. You’ll still find a few games that pay 3:2 for blackjack at each casino. There are a few double deck, Super Fun 21 and video blackjack games under $100 that pay 3:2 for blackjack, but those are in the minority.
Vegas Confessions / Behind The Scenes / Le Reve / Tours / Wynn / Wynn Las Vegas / Shows / Entertainment / → All Tags
Recently, we told you about the upcoming backstage tours at Le Reve: The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas. What we didn’t explore was the fact that “we” is actually a “me.” And, while reporting on the new attraction, I was struggling to keep my Clark Kent glasses in place and my secret identity concealed. You see, I am the world’s biggest Le Reve freak (or geek?). Not even sure what to call myself.
I want to revisit the day of my advance personal tour. Not as @sammasseur, writer for VegasChatter, but as Sam Novak, Le Reve’s most extreme fan. Unashamed, unabashed, and ready to let my geek-dom shine. This is how my dream came true.
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The Wynn Las Vegas aquatic spectacular Le Reve - The Dream has set itself apart from its Cirque du Soleil roots from the very beginning. With an up-close and intimate theater-in-the-round setting and the use of contemporary music, English language lyrics and identifiable characters, the show is something much grander than just a cousin to "O."
After a rocky start and many changes by director Franco Dragone, choreographapher Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Steve Wynn himself, it is now among one of the best tickets in town. Starting this month, Le Reve will pull back the curtain and uncover the inner workings of its world of dreams. And, this is one new Vegas attraction you won’t want to miss.
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During its original ten year run, the swashbuckling performance served as one of the greatest examples of the city’s family friendly era. Its more recent rendition, full of scantily-clad women and poorly crafted jokes, could be viewed cynically as a representation of the party pits and 6:5 blackjack payouts that many Strip casinos are now known for. With one of Vegas’ most iconic attractions no longer in action, we thought it an appropriate time to check up on the remaining free Las Vegas Strip shows.