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Last-minute buzzer beaters, underdogs pulling off huge upsets, hitting that six-team parlay to make up for the money you blew at the craps table... these are all of the things that make March Madness one of the most exciting times of the year to be in Las Vegas. When you aren't busy hanging out at the sportsbook watching all of the tremendous basketball action, there will be plenty going on in the local poker rooms. Here's a look at some special tournaments series being offered this month:
Developer and whisky enthusiast Mahesh Patel is returning to Vegas and bringing another year of the finest whisky experience the world has to offer. It's literally a smorgasbord of only the the best spirits, and as much as you'd like. There is hardly an event like this in the world, and on March 11-14, whisky lovers will come from all over the globe to convene at Wynn|Encore.
No matter how much money you wager in fantasy sports, it’s not considered gambling (see why here). However, if you do wager money on fantasy sports, you might want to check out the Fantasy Sports Combine coming to Wynn July 17-19. Tickets to this event start at $895 so consider it for serious fantasy sports
gamblers players only.
The inaugural event will offer a collection of fantasy experts who may be able to help you gain an edge after you listen to their insights and strategies on how to win daily, weekly and season-long leagues.
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For this installment of Magical Mondays, we’ll get to know another of the Las Vegas magicians on SyFy’s Wizard Wars. Shimshi is a magician who got his start in his native Israel and now performs regularly at corporate events and private gigs at Wynn and Encore. After appearances on America’s Got Talent, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and now Wizard Wars, Shimshi is continuing to develop plans for his own Las Vegas stage show.
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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. 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 February 9:
Downtown brews up a new bar: Hop Nuts Brewing will mark its grand opening in the Downtown Vegas Arts District tonight. Located at 1120 S. Main Street (suite #150), the bar has been quietly serving up brews since New Year's Day. Stop by and find 12 beers on tap, ranging from an Hop Nuts IPA (7.4% ABV, 65 IBU) to an Hop Nuts Imperial Stout (8.5% ABV, 75 IBU). The brewery is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday until 4 a.m. Tours are available, upon request. Call 702-816-5371 to inquire.
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By now you probably (hopefully) know the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champs, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. The point spread in the game went off in many Las Vegas sportsbooks as a pick ‘em so the Patriots covered the spread. The game also went over the total which was somewhere between 47 and 48, depending when and where you wagered. The win and total score ended up in a four-way teaser win for bettors. Usually, when sports bettors win, the result is bad for casino sportsbook operators. In the case of the Big Game, it wasn’t entirely good for bettors or bad for the sportsbooks.
With a huge menu of prop bets available sportsbooks may have been able to eek out an overall win. Prop wagers make up the majority in Big Game bets at the Westgate SuperBook while they only make up about 15% of Big Game wagers at Wynn. Every sportsbook operator offers a different number of prop bets so the results will vary. William Hill released almost 700 and here are some of the results of their more popular prop bets:
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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?
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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.
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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.