Caesars Palace’s newest destination lounge, Montecristo Cigar Bar, is proud to welcome football legend Eric Dickerson on Friday, May 13 from 7- 8 p.m. Dickerson will be on-hand for autographs and to take photos with fans.

Dickerson played professionally for more than a decade, and throughout his impressive career, made history, broke records and set new ones, including setting the record for most yards rushed in a single season (2,105 yards). In 1999, Dickerson was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.EricJ

Montecristo Cigar Bar pairs notable cigar offerings with fine whiskeys, small bites and more, in a contemporary, organic 4,000 sq ft environment. The cigar retail shop features a spacious 400 sq ft humidor can store up to 1,000 cigars in a climate controlled environment, one of the largest in the city. Intended to reflect and compliment the fine selection of cigars, Montecristo Cigar Bar offers guests sensible and classic beverages, as well as rare, highly-coveted spirits. Nearly 135 bourbons, whiskies and scotches are featured behind the bar. For connoisseurs, the Captain’s List carries the best of the best, including Pappy Van Winkle vintages, 18 year-old Elijah Craig Single Barrel, Thomas H Handy Sazerac “Antique Collection” and more. Montecristo Cigar Bar was designed by the award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, and executed by Bergman, Walls & Associates.

Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace

Montecristo Cigar Bar is open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday- Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday to Sunday.

Ten years ago, Michelin-starred chef, Guy Savoy, made his American debut at Caesars Palace with Restaurant Guy Savoy. In honor of this momentous occasion, Savoy has created a five-course anniversary menu, available now through May 31.

At $300 per person, the celebratory menu features:

Golden” Osetra Caviar, Langoustine Tartare and Cauliflower Bavaroise

Roasted Turbot, Asparagus and Smoked Sabayon Turbot Rôti

Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup, Toasted Mushroom Brioche and Black Truffle Butter

Veal Chop, Seasonal Vegetables and Black Truffle Purée

Strawberry La Fraise

Caesars Palace welcomed Michelin three-star French chef Guy Savoy in May 2006 to its Augustus Tower, making this the famed chef’s sole U.S. restaurant.  His coveted three Michelin stars are widely recognized as the pinnacle in culinary achievement.  In 1997, he was honored with a “Guy Savoy” entry in the prestigious Larousse encyclopedia.  In 2000 he received the Legion d’ Honneur – his country’s highest honor – from the French Minister of Agriculture, and, in 2009,  was named “Officier” of the Legion d’Honneur.  In 2002 Savoy was awarded his third Michelin star and voted “Chef of the Year” by his French peers.

Keeping up with the Chinese tradition, Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts will host more than 15 customary and lively Lion Dances across the city, beginning with daily performances at The LINQ Promenade on Monday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 14. At each of the nine resorts, additional Lion Dance performances will start at the porte cochère and make their way through the casino from Feb. 12-17.

Lion Dance

Chinese Lion Dance

Lion Dance Schedule

Feb. 8-13
7 p.m. – The LINQ Promenade

Feb. 12

5 p.m. – Caesars Palace
8 p.m. – The LINQ Hotel & Casino
9 p.m. – The Cromwell

Feb. 13

Noon – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
1 p.m. – Paris Las Vegas
2 p.m. – Bally’s Las Vegas
5 p.m. – Harrah’s Las Vegas
6 p.m. – Flamingo Las Vegas

Feb. 14

2:30 p.m. – The LINQ Promenade

Feb. 17

7 p.m. – Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

 

Fit to Flex at Bellagio Spa

Fit to Flex at Bellagio Spa

JUKARI Fit to Flex at Bellagio Spa

If you have ever left a Cirque du Soleil show looking for a more participatory experience, the Bellagio Spa has something that is sure to appeal to you. Cirque du Soleil and Reebok have combined their respective expertise to create a rather unique exercise program called JUKARI Fit to Flex. The Press Release makes the program hard to resist for any fitness minded Cirque du Soleil fan:

Inspired by the strong controlled movements performed by Cirque artists, this cardio-infused program works to enhance flexibility, muscle tone and coordination. Using the specially designed JUKARI Band and set to custom-mixed Cirque du Soleil music, participants get a taste of the training Cirque performers undergo while developing long, lean muscles and powerful core strength.

Fit to Flex at Bellagio Spa

Fit to Flex at Bellagio Spa

Fit to Flex at Bellagio

Fit to Flex at Bellagio

Fit to Flex

Fit to Flex

Cost: $40 per person Time Length: 50 minutes; Wednesday – Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Indoor Hike at Aria

While it is not uncommon to feel that the walk from your Vegas hotel room to the Strip is the equivalent of a long walk through the wilderness, in terms of walking distance, not scenery. Aria has turned this seemingly negative aspect of a  humongous hotel casino complex into a more positive and healthful experience. The Spa and Salon at Aria offer The Indoor Hike which takes participants throughout the CityCenter Complex. This is a real workout as the Press Release details:

This heart-pumping workout focuses on the whole body as guests perform yoga and various exercises along the way. This exhilarating workout focuses on the whole body with a sprint through the convention center, jumping jacks in front of HAZE nightclub and pushups in the garden areas. While working out, guests also have the chance to admire ARIA’s art collection, one of the largest public art programs in the world.

Of course we would augment the Hike with a few more exercises in the casino areas, such as: sprint through the Cashier’s Cage, I doubt Casino Security would be thrilled with that addition, and perhaps push-ups in the Poker Room would be a bit distracting, but you would think Jumping Jacks by the Wheel-Of Fortune machines would be amusing for one and all.

Cost = $50; Time = 60 minutes

Yoga with Dolphins at the Mirage

Yoga with Dolphins at the Mirage

Yoga with Dolphins at the Mirage

For something on the more tranquil side, with just a hint of new age mysticism, The Mirage is offering a Yoga with Dolphins experience. The Yoga Class takes place in the underwater viewing area within Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. In addition to their preternatural smiles Dolphins are conscious breathers. The close proximity of these ‘smiling’ conscious breathers seemingly enhances the breath-work espoused in the Yoga class. Yoga mats, water and towels are provided for the 60-minute session which ends with a delicious smoothie to help kick-start the day.

Cost = $50; Time = 60 minutes Friday- Sunday 8:30am

Shania Twain fans should prep their voices and study their Shania lyrics, as one lucky winner will receive a trip to Las Vegas to see the multi-platinum artist‘s new show, SHANIA: STILL THE ONE, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The winner will also be given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on his or her own for up to a week in a Caesars Entertainment venue on the Las Vegas Strip.


Fans will be able to audition by singing their favorite Shania song in a custom-designed singing space in Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards booth at the CMA Music Festival June 7-10. The booth will be located in Fan Alley off Broadway and 4th Avenue, and will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. June 7, 8 and 9 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 10.

Shania kicks-off her highly anticipated Las Vegas residency show SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Dec. 1, 2012. With STILL THE ONE, Shania joins fellow Canadian national-treasure Celine Dion, and international superstars Elton John and Rod Stewart as resident headliners at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Total Rewards

Total Rewards

Island Shirts for Jackpot Winners in June

Throughout June, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive a free El Cortez logo Island Shirt. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.

Free Slice of Fresh Marie Callendar’s Apple Pie– Thursday, June 14 at El Cortez

El Cortez Hotel & Casino will serve free slices of fresh Marie Callendar’s apple pie in honor of Flag Day for all Club Cortez members on Thursday, June 14 from noon to 6 p.m.  Club Cortez members can enjoy the treat game side while playing slots and table games.

Free Daily Slot Tournament at El Cortez – now automated 24 hours a day

Any Club Cortez member earning 500 Club Points in a single day is eligible to play in the daily slot tournament the following day.  Available 24 hours a day, players insert their Club Cortez card in any tournament machine, play the session and check their standing beginning at 10 a.m. the following day.  New Club Cortez members staying at the El Cortez also get a complimentary entry into the slot tournament.  Highest daily tournament point winner receives $250, the second highest receives $150 and the third highest $100.  The daily top ten players receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  See Club Cortez for additional details.

Weekly Saturday Night 42” LCD HDTV & $2,000 Cash Prize Drawing

Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win a 42” LCD HDTV or one of four $500 cash prizes every Saturday.  During the week, players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on video poker ten-cent or higher denomination machine, or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno are awarded one entry for the Saturday night drawing at 8 p.m.  Winners have two minutes to claim their prizes at the Club Cortez Booth from the time each winning ticket is drawn.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information.

 

Weekly High Noon “Wheel and Deal” Drawing

Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win $500, $300, $200 or $100 in promotional chips.  There will two $100 prizes offered in total for fourth and fifth place.   During the week, entry tickets in the drawing can be earned during blackjack, roulette and baccarat.  During blackjack, tickets are distributed to players when the dealer receives a blackjack, during roulette, tickets are distributed to players when a 0 or 00 is hit, and during baccarat, players receive a ticket every time a “tie” hand is dealt.  Double tickets will be given to players every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Players can only win one prize per drawing.  There is no limit to the number of entries a player may submit.  Winners are drawn every Saturday at 12 p.m.  Winners have two minutes to redeem their prize.  Promotional chips may be placed on any even money bet on blackjack, roulette or baccarat.  Please see Club Cortez for additional details.

El Cortez Sign

El Cortez Sign

Fans of the popular show are invited to watch the two-night season premiere event asaward-winning chef Gordon Ramsay spices up the 10th season of Hell’s Kitchen with 18 new competitors on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5 on FOX.  The newly opened restaurant Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas will be the site of thelife-changing grand prize: a head chef position working under Executive Chef Kevin Hee. Viewers can enjoy a properly cooked beef Wellington, the dish Gordon Ramsay calls the best measure of a cook’s ability, while watching the fiery chef instruct the culinary hopefuls in proper technique and cooking time.

 

June 2, 2012 at KGB Harrah’s Las Vegas
11 a.m. – midnight: Special anniversary drinks available
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.:  Sammy Hagar and Kerry Simon celebrate at KGB

In celebration of KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers’ second anniversary, the restaurant will serve four specialty cocktails made with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, created by “The Red Rocker,” Sammy Hagar. Each cocktail is available for $6 throughout the day to guests 21 years or older. Chef Kerry Simon and Sammy Hagar will be at the restaurant to commemorate the occasion from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Simon and Hagar, as well as indulge in the following specialty cocktails:

  • Raspberry Blueberry Mojito
  • Mango Dreams
  • Hagar Collins
  • “Red Rocker” Adult Milkshake

 

Kerry's Gourmet Burgers

Kerry's Gourmet Burgers


World Series of Poker

World Series of Poker

 

Play begins at the world’s largest, richest and longest-running poker tournament.

The action kicks off Sunday, May 27 at noon for the annual Casino Employees Event – a unique event that brings all casino employees around the country together under one roof.

On Memorial Day Monday, huge crowds of poker players will descend on Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament that serves as the first official open WSOP gold bracelet event.

The World Series of Poker is the gaming industry’s premier event, each year drawing tens of thousands of poker enthusiasts from around the globe toLas Vegas to compete for millions in prize money and the game’s most coveted trophy – a World Series of Poker Champion’s Bracelet.

Rio Hotel and Casino

Rio Hotel and Casino

 

Steve Martorano poses with Miss USA Florida and Miss USA Pennsylvania

Steve Martorano poses with Miss USA Florida and Miss USA Pennsylvania

On Monday, May 21, Steve Martorano hosted all 51 of the 2012 Miss USA contestants along with the reigning Miss USA for dinner at his famous Italian restaurant at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The girls enjoyed a special three-course menu including Martorano’s famous homemade meatball and South Philly salad. Halfway through the dinner, Martorano stole the show himself by manning the DJ station and started a spontaneous dance party that took over the entire restaurant. After a few songs Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011, started a Conga line that weaved through the restaurant.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella at a table before dinner at Martorano’s with some of the 2012 Miss USA contestants

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella at a table before dinner at Martorano’s with some of the 2012 Miss USA contestants

The 2012 Miss USA contestants break out with a dance party in the middle of dinner to Martorano’s DJ skills.

The 2012 Miss USA contestants break out with a dance party in the middle of dinner to Martorano’s DJ skills.

If you ever thought, “I wish a Professional Boxer would launch a Skin care Line” well you’re in luck. Victor Ortiz will launch a Skin Care Line at the Rio in Las Vegas on May 26.

Professional boxer Victor Ortiz will host a meet-and-greet and autograph signing to launch his new skin care line for men, “VO,” at Rio Spa & Salon on Saturday, May 26. Rio Spa is the exclusive retailer of the anti-aging products which include a skin care kit and shave care kit. Guests who purchase either product from the VO line during the event will have an opportunity to get autographs and take photos with the famed athlete.  3 – 5 PM Penn & Teller lobby across fromRio Spa & Salon Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Victor Ortiz

Boxer Victor Ortiz

Press Release:

Following the music awards last night, R&B artist Ray J and model Sophie Monk hosted a launch party for Prince Reigns at The Voo inside VooDoo Beach at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The duo was recently named the celebrity faces of the ingrown hair removal product which is exclusively sold at Rio Spa & Salon. Ray J’s sister Brandy, DJ Paul from Three 6 Mafia and the Rio’s own premiere male revue, Chippendales, were there to support the event.

 

The faces of Prince Reigns, R&B artist Ray J and model Sophie Monk, pose on the red carpet for the product launch party.

The faces of Prince Reigns, R&B artist Ray J and model Sophie Monk, pose on the red carpet for the product launch party.

Singer Brandy stopped by the event to support her brother Ray J.

Singer Brandy stopped by the event to support her brother Ray J.

Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul on the red carpet.

Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul on the red carpet.

 

John Rivera, Jace Crispin and Chaun Thomas of the Chippendales supported the cause before their show at Rio.

John Rivera, Jace Crispin and Chaun Thomas of the Chippendales supported the cause before their show at Rio.

Photo Credit for all photos: Scott Harrison/Harrison Photos

Las Vegas experienced its second winner of the Caesars Entertainment exclusive $1 million Three Card Poker 6 Card Bonus™ table game on Friday, May 11. Dennis Hart, a retired Ford factory worker, won the $1 million grand prize off of one hand.

Not only was Hart lucky, he was generous too:

Hart gave each of his three fellow players a $500 chip and generously tipped his dealer $20,000.

 Picture of Poker Jackpot Winner at The Flamingo

From left to right: Casino Shift manager Bobby Harris, Dennis Hart, Heather Hart, Margaret Hart and Vice President of table games at Flamingo, Mark Kelly.

Elton John released “Rocket Man” forty years ago. The song is a favorite at the European Space Agency (ESA), astronaut André Kuipers had made a special point of playing “Rocket Man” over the airwaves of the International Space Station (ISS) on the song’s 40th anniversary. This past April Elton played the song during his show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” at The Colosseum at CaesarsPalace in Las Vegas, and later sent a recording of that performance to the astronauts at the European Space Agency. The ESA has since created a video combining images from the space station with Elton’s live version of “Rocket Man,” and it can be viewed here on YouTube: video of ISS playing Rocket Man

Hearing about “Rocket Man” being played in space, Elton sent the following special message to ESA, Kuipers and the crew of the ISS:

“When I was a boy, ‘Dan Dare’ was a comic book hero, and space travel just a romantic idea, not a reality. I was 14 years old when Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space; my song writing partner Bernie Taupin was just 11. Bernie and I did not meet until 1967, and two years after we met, Neil Armstrong became the first man to step onto the moon.

“Our generation was smitten with the glory and excitement of space travel. ‘Rocket Man’ – and indeed ‘Dan Dare’ on the Rock of the Westies album – came from those boyhood dreams of travelling beyond the stars and looking back on Earth.

“Not long after the ‘Rocket Man’ single was released, my band and I were invited to the NASA headquarters in Texas and shown around by Al Worden, Apollo 15 command module pilot. It was thrilling to find that real astronauts liked our song, ‘Rocket Man,’ which was about an imaginary astronaut.

“Now, 40 years later, it’s amazing to hear from the astronauts at the European Space Agency that they like the song and that it has been on the playlist on the International Space Station. I send my best wishes to ESA and all the crew, and my thanks for keeping those boyhood dreams alive.”

 

WSOP 2012 Bigger, Better and Louder

The staff of “Vegas What’s Up” participated in a WSOP Conference Call with Tournament Directors Jack Effel and Ty Stewart. Take-Aways.

  • The WSOP and Caesars Poker Tournaments are now fully integrated with the casinos’s Total Rewards system.
  • The 2012 WSOP will have the most number of poker tables ever at the Las Vegas event. 92 additional tables, approaching 470 Tournament Tables.
  • The WSOP 2012 will encourage more table talk, players will not be admonished for loudly celebrating winning hands.
  • Talking rules changed to allow looser verbal exchanges, as long as you don’t reveal your cards.
  • In Nevada Men are technically allowed to play in “Ladies Only” events.
  • Banners of “Shamed” past champions will still be displayed.

Gordon Ramsay Steak to Open at Paris on May 11

Sign: Gordon Ramsay Steak

Sign: Gordon Ramsay Steak

Press Release:

Acclaimed chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay brings his flair for exciting cuisine to Paris Las Vegas in one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2012. Gordon Ramsay Steak is a high-energy restaurant which playfully transports guests from theParis resort to the London atmosphere via a unique Euro-tunnel-like entryway. Set in the heart of the Paris casino, the modern steakhouse will celebrate Chef Ramsay and the city of London while boasting a creative cocktail program in a lively bar and lounge area. Guests will enjoy mouth-watering steakhouse selections such as savory bone-in rib-eye and the classic Porterhouse. Signature Ramsay dishes ranging from the popular beef Wellington and fish and chips to numerous fresh seafood selections will be offered. The menu is dynamic, the space is one-of-a-kind and the experience is unforgettable.

Gordon Ramsay Steak Beef Wellington

Gordon Ramsay Steak Beef Wellington

Gordon Ramsay Steak Royal Longbone Ribeye Chop

Gordon Ramsay Steak Royal Longbone Ribeye Chop

Gordon Ramsay Steak Yellow Fin Tuna

Gordon Ramsay Steak Yellow Fin Tuna

Caesars Palace Poker Room Presents the World Series of Poker Warm-Up Series

Caesars Palace Press Release:

The 2012 World Series of Poker Warm-Up Series set to begin Friday, May 4. Thirty-three events, with more than $365,000 in guaranteed prize pools, will be played across 17 days, culminating in a final Wild Card Weekend tournament with at least one $25,300 seat to the Big One for One Drop Mega Satellite event guaranteed. For every additional $25,300 in the prize pool, one extra seat will be awarded to the satellite held at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Saturday, June 30.

“It’s almost that time of the year again!” said Andy Rich director of poker operations at Caesars Palaceand Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  “The WSOP Warm-Up Series hosted at Caesars Palace is the pre-season of the World Series of Poker. With at least $20,000 in guaranteed prize pool for each noon tournament, the stakes are high and it’s the perfect time for players to start tuning up their game for what will be another huge summer for poker.”

 

Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill Launches “Red Cup Solo” Ladies Night Every Thursday

Starting Thursday, May 3, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill will be hosting ladies night every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. All ladies are invited to party country style at one ofLas Vegas’ most popular and recognizable bars. For $10, ladies will receive a “Red Solo Cup,” made famous by Toby Keith’s hit song “Red Solo Cup.” With the purchase, ladies receive free refills on well drinks, Coors Light and Miller Lite draughts until 2 a.m. Live music begins at 9 p.m.

Teller Shares Some of His Tricks With The Smithsonian

Teller, the mute half of the Penn and Teller Magician Duo, shares some of his secrets in the March 2012 edition of Smithsonian Magazine. If you ever wondered how Penn and Teller did their cockroach trick on David Letterman, Teller tells all, mostly.

 

Dancing with The Stars is now Live at The Tropicana

 

Shows will be eight times a week.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” Hotel Experience (Promo Code: RDWTS12)

“Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” Hotel Experience – VIP Star Experience (Promo Code: RDWTSVP)

Bizarre Foods Comes to Las Vegas

Andrew Zimmern from the Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods was in Las Vegas to film his special 100th episode. Robin Leach spent some time with Andrew while he was in Las Vegas and provides details of the visit in his column in the Vegas Sun. Including the following, to be expected, exchange:

I turned down Andrew’s kind offer of crispy, fried buttered worms when we met to talk poolside at the Bellagio! Robin Leach in Vegas Sun 2-17-12

Burning Man Coming To Vegas, Sort of

Not exactly Burning Man, but the Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that a 20 foot tall wooden sculpture “Lucky Lady Lucy” will be set ablaze on March 2 at in a vacant lot in the Las Vegas Arts District downtown. The event is set to coincide with the First Friday music festival. Burning Man is the annual festival in Northern Nevada, Black Rock Desert, that attracts tens of thousands of participants, that do…read the above link to find out what people do at Burning Man.

Celine Dion Cancels Lots of Shows

Due to inflamed vocal cords Celine Dion has canceled all her show dates until June. Her next scheduled set of appearances is set for June 9 through August 19.

Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace to Close Soon, or so they say!

First there was speculation, then there was assured predictions, and now there must full  blown bewilderment, complete with egg(free ranged organic)-on-face for some leading Vegas food bloggers about Guy Savoy. John Curtas at Eating Las Vegas predicted back in August 2011 that Guy Savoy was closing in October 2011, failed prediction. Then Al MaNcini received seemingly bullet proof information that Guy Savoy was closing January 2, 2012. Al describes in detail how this information was obtained, complete with confirmation from the PR people at Caesars Entertainment. When the research team at Vegas What’s Up called Guy Savoy on January 14 to check that it had indeed closed, it was surprised to learn it was still alive and kicking and still taking reservations. After bumping the query about Guy Savoy’s future up a few levels, we did receive confirmation that Guy Savoy is indeed closing, but no last date has been set. So, if you have always wanted to eat at Guy Savoy, time is quickly ticking away.

For more information on Guy Savoy at Caesars check out this listing on MavensVegas.com 

Elvis Will No Longer Viva at Aria

The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that MGM has asked Cirque du Soleil to replace the Viva Elvis show at Aria. This the first time that Cirque du Soleil has been asked to close a show in Las Vegas. Cirque’s first show in  Las Vegas was Mystere at Treasure Island, TI, which opened in 1993.

As the review on Vegas Mavens details, Viva Elvis was different than the other Cirqud du Soleil shows on the Strip in that it was much more of a song and dance show and rather light on spectacular acrobatics. while Viva Elvis was a good show in many respects, it just fell short of what people have come to expect from Cirque du Soleil.

Maloofs Down to 2% Ownership of Palms

Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that the deal will eliminate $400 in debt, and leave Maloof ownership at 2%. Depending on future performance, the Maloof Family will be able to raise their ownership stake to 20%. TPG Capital will have a 49% stake in the Palms, TPG is a major stakeholder in Caesars Entertainment. The article quotes George Maloof as follows:

“I don’t think operationally you’ll see much change — I think we always want to look at ways to do things better,” Maloof said. “That’s the intent.”

Tell that to the Playboy Bunnies that were fired back in November!

Magician Burt Wonderstone At Ballys

Burt Wonderstone is the character played by Steve Carell in a comedy currently being filmed in Las Vegas at Ballys. The cast also includes Steve Buscemi, who plays Wonderstone’s sidekick Anton Lovecraft, plus rival Street Magician played by Jim Carrey, and Sopranos star James Gandolfini and Olivia Wilde. Some 400 Las Vegans will participate in the film as extras.

The Daily Mail has a bunch of great on location photos, plus other film details, hats off to those Brits.

Visit to Aria Buffet Leads To Rant about Cable TV Pricing

Gavin Palone (Hollywood Producer plus Agent and Manager for Larry David and Conan O’Brien)  likes buffets, and the one at Aria is his second favorite buffet in Las Vegas, Wynn being first. As he describes in his essay in New York Magazine, he has rather fussy eating requirements, not the least of which is his desire to have limited human interaction while eating:

 I’m a vegetarian who tries to stay away from refined carbohydrates, so piling a plate with salad, stir-fried tofu, and vegetable sushi works well for me, as does any process that limits my interaction with other humans.

The waiter stopped by to ask Gavin, there is some human interaction even at buffets, if he wanted Red or White Wine and further inquired if he was interested in having a serving of Lobster. He declined both due to his dietary restrictions, but then took a look at his receipt and noticed the buffet was $6 more than he was used to paying at Aria. His first foray into the higher priced Weekend buffet at Aria.

While annoyed at having to pay $6 more for Lobster and Wine he doesn’t consume, his train of thought, or annoyance, jumps to his monthly cable bill.

If you don’t watch sports, you’re really being overcharged, because sports networks command the largest fees from providers: ESPN, the lobster of this cable meal, currently receives $4.69 in affiliate fees for each of their 100 million-plus subscribers.

While not the point of  Polone’s essay, it does serve to remind one that the first rule of optimal buffet eating in Las Vegas is to go light on the Cheap Carbs, and load up on the pricey Crustaceans, Prime Meats and Smoked fish and you’ll feel like you got a bargain regardless of the surcharges.

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