July 16, 2007

Venetian Poker Room Review


This morning, we came across a very nice review of the Poker Room at the Venetian written up by Pokernews.com. We have not had the chance to visit the venetian's poker room, but it sure sounds like a lovely place.

The Venetian's poker room is one of three high-end, luxury poker rooms in Las Vegas, the other two being the Wynn and the Bellagio. The Venetian was designed with appearance in mind, having 21 large-screen plasma televisions, beautiful tables, extremely comfortable, adjustable chairs, richly appointed décor, and a very tasteful, muted, coordinated color scheme to the room – giving it an air of luxury that's unmatched in Las Vegas rooms.

Read the full review over at the Poker News.

Visit the Venetian Main Site

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July 11, 2007

Art We Can All Love: A Gallery of Casino Carpeting

Alot of work goes into choosing the look of a casino. And a large part of that look, is in the carpeting on the gaming floors and elsewhere. Well, someone has finally put some attention to this aspect of casnio beauty. Behold, a collection of carpet galleries:

New York, New York, Las Vegas

Wynn, Las Vegas

MGM Grand, Las Vegas

See oh so many more at The Die is Cast Casino Carpet Galleries
Found via Boing Boing

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May 2, 2007

Luxury Bowling Lanes Open at the Red Rock in Las Vegas

Red Rock Lanes

Red Rock Lanes has opened up at the new Red Rock casino and resort in Las Vegas, and the word is, its bowling like you've never done it before.

Here's the skinny from the Casnio City Times:

Red Rock Resort's newly opened 72-lane bowling alley isn't the largest in the Las Vegas Valley. But in a town already popular for bowling tournaments, the lanes are becoming significant elements of casinos as they market themselves as all-ages entertainment centers.

"This is the next step up," said Dennis Mathews, Red Rock Lanes' bowling operations manager. Mathews has been playing host to bowling operators from across the country who are buzzing about the obvious differences with the center's lower-rent peers.

There's the deluxe bar with a carpet that glows under a black light. There are the gun metal and wood-inlaid chairs, with ne'er a plastic chair in sight. There's the printed screen above each lane featuring Red Rock Canyon, reminding bowlers of the beauty of open desert (without the drawback of scorching heat).

But the real reason for the buzz lies beyond a doorway of hanging metal beads, where 12 bowling lanes await in a separate room resembling a jet - set lounge. The space can be divided into three rooms of four lanes each, with each boasting a nightclub-quality sound system, special-effects lighting and 120-foot-long projection screens that can display music videos, movies and television shows.

Nearby meeting rooms feature laptop hookups and 65-inch plasma TVs.

Renting four lanes for three hours will set you back about $1,500 - not including catered food and bottle service.

Wow, this is both hot, and cool! Sure, the price is high for the primo-lanes, but surely a swanky night wouldn't be complete without some sweet action on the old oiled wood ...*cough*.

We wonder what Jack Colton will think of this place.

Visit the Red Rock site for more info.

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April 25, 2007

New Mystery Las Vegas Casino, Valued at $2.8bn

Billion you say? What happened to the good old days when casinos were only in the millions?

According to the Gambling Planet, Las Vegas is about to get a brand new $2.8 BILLION casino / mega resort. This new mystery casino will be owned by a private company called Fontainebleau Resorts.

The company, majority owned by Turnberry Associates principal Jeffrey Soffer, quietly broke ground on the 9.91 hectare site north of the Riviera hotel-casino in February and has kept its plans secret until Monday.

"It’ll be a contemporary design and it will blend what’s current and what will endure in contemporary art, striking design, world-caliber architecture, new technology and hip music," Fontainebleau CEO Glenn Schaeffer said. "It’s not about the past, it’s about the future."

Wow, we love surprises, especially 2.8 billion dollar surprises.

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March 22, 2007

Casino Demolition: A VideoParade

With the recent destruction of the Startust, we were just thinking back on all of the lovely casinos that have been blasted away to rubble in the recent past. Then we thought, gee, think any videos can still be seen on You Tube? Happily for us, if you dig around, the answer is yes.

Now we present, a parade of destruction, a view of new Vegas, an orchestra of exploding casinos:


We're not sure which one this is:

Desert Inn / Wynn Parking Garage Explosion

Grand Casino in Biloxi MS

Alladin Hotel and Casino

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March 13, 2007

Stardust is DUST!


CNN has the goods on today's newest sad demise of a grand old dame of Vegas history.

The Stardust is now just a memory.

The casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip was imploded early Tuesday in a hail of fireworks to make way for Boyd Gaming Corp.'s $4.4 billion megaresort Echelon.

Hundreds of people partied beneath tents and on makeshift patios before Boyd chairman Bill Boyd's four grandsons pushed a plunger to detonate the building. The blast generated a massive dust cloud that chased the revelers into cars, buses and nearby casinos. (Watch famous landmark go down Vegas style -- with flash and panache Video)

"It hurts. We cried," said Sheila Navarro, 51, a school supplies buyer from Oxnard, California, who took shelter in the nearby Frontier casino-hotel. She came with three sisters, her mother, an aunt and a brother-in-law to say farewell to the casino she's gambled at for more than 30 years.

The above image of the now blasted casino came from the website of the Architecture Studies Library of UNLV May students long remember her grace and charm!

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February 12, 2007

Stanley Ho Unvails the New Grand Lisboa Casino

As all casino lovers know, Macao is the new Vegas. And in a bid to continue to out-do its western sibling, Macao Billionaire Stanley Ho has unveiled plans for his latest casino, the new Grand Lisboa.


Thousands queued for a sight of the Grand Lisboa's casino, shaped like a giant neon lotus flower. Dr Ho's new landmark on the waterfront towers over its 1960s predecessor, the original Lisboa, which had been eclipsed by newcomers such as the Sands, the world's biggest casino.

Read more over at the Sydney Morning Herald
Learn about Stanley Ho at Wikipedia

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January 17, 2007

Spamalot To Open at the Wynn


It looks like Wynn has scored a big one, getting the broadway hit Spamalot to come to its Las Vegas resort. We think the show will be as fantastic a success in Vegas as it has been elsewhere, and we can't wait to see it on our next trip!

With SPAMALOT, Eric Idle has created a deliriously funny live spectacle which tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail. The show features lusty maidens, dancing divas, a killer rabbit and the only legless knight appearing on the Las Vegas Strip.

Monty Python's SPAMALOT will star John O'Hurley, best known as J. Peterman on Seinfeld. O'Hurley was the ultimate champion on season one of Dancing with the Stars and is the new face of Family Feud. O'Hurley, who has worked on stage throughout his career, starred on Broadway in Chicago, as Billy Flynn.

Read the news article at the Casnio City Times

Also check out the Wynn website and the Spamalot website

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December 20, 2006

Vegas for the New Year


If you're going to head somewhere special for the new year, you may as well do it Vegas Style.

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Parties Where are you going to be when the clock strikes 12 on New Years Eve. Hopefully I can help you find the New Years Eve Party that fits you and your budget. Remember, just because you can drink at all hours of the day does not mean you should. Pace yourself, I once started a little too early and I passed out right on Fremont street before the party really got started. (I was young and did not understand Las Vegas on New Years)

That is About.com's opening paragraph for Vegas New Year's and that writer is not lying. New Years in vegas is a serious event.

If you think you have what it takes to rock it hard on December 31st, then read all about the fabulous venues coming up:

About.com's New Year's Events

Vegas.com's New years page

Las Vegas Online's Party Listing

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December 13, 2006

Employee Walk out Coming to Foxwods?

It seems that some employees are hopping mad at their treatment by the Foxwoods Resort and Casino. Connecticut's Channel 8 has mentioned the site, albeit briefly, and the site seems to have some serious traction with current and former employees.

Time will tell if New Year's Day at the Woods is actually affected, or if this is just empty complaining. A quick "WHOIS" shows that the anonymous source who made the website, was at least smart enough not to register the site with their own name:

[whois.namesecure.com] Registrant: mad at mad at 20 mad foxwoods, CT 06339 US

Registrar: NameSecure.com
Created on 12-02-2006
Expires on 12-02-2007

Administrative Contact:
mad at
Phone: 8603123232
E-mail: madatfoxwoods@yahoo.com

Technical Contact:
Namesecure Inc.
Phone: 570-708-8418
E-mail: support@namesecure.com

Name Servers:

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