Monthly Archives: January 2009

Las Vegas Sports Books Favor Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl

The Pittsburgh Steelers are favored by 6 ½ to 7 points over the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIII arizonacardinalscontest at Tampa, Florida.  Most of the early wagering at Las Vegas sports books has been for the underdog Cardinals. 

Wynn Las Vegas has the Steelers has a 7-point favorite. The Las Vegas Hilton has moved the line to 6 ½ and minus- 110.   Lucky’s sports books lowered Pittsburgh’s money-line price to minus-215 and, to attempt to dramatically boost the Super Bowl handle, posted about 165 proposition bets at seven sports books. 

The ‘dog is definitely receiving the lion’s share of wagering action. 

But there is no speculation about the Cardinals-Steelers matchup drawing a much needed $100 million revenue haul for Nevada.  

A Super Bowl-record $94.5 million was wagered in Nevada in 2006, when the Steelers upended the Seahawks, 21-10.  Nevada’s total wagering for last year’s game was $92.1 million.

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1930s Trailer Living Becomes En Vogue in Las Vegas

What goes around comes around.  Especially in Las Vegas, a city that continually reinvents itself by offering a blinding array of kitschy, hip, and retro alternatives to delight its visitors.  The newest opportunity:  You can plunk down $45 for an overnight trailer stay smack dab on The Strip in an asphalt campground.  It’s not any trailer.  Oh no. Rather, you get to enjoy ol’ time nostalgia living in a 25-foot classic silver-bullet Airstream trailer.  airstream

Airstream has delivered 10 of its snazzy period travel trailers to the Kampgrounds of America parking lot of Circus Circus in Las Vegas.  They’re available for immediate overnight rentals.  Think of it- could even make for a great honeymoon suite. 

With the prices of mid-level and lower-tier Las Vegas resorts plummeting, it could actually be cheaper to stay at a regular hotel.  But is economy what you really want for your vacation (or your honeymoon)? Consider that by staying in an Airstream you’ll have a bevy of gaudy red plastic flamingos hanging out in your asphalt yard.  Kids won’t be running up and down your hallways.  You will have a full galley, so you can cut down your costs of eating out.  And you won’t have housekeepers banging their vacuum cleaners against your door at an ungodly early hour when you’re otherwise predisposed.  

However, if grilling burgers in the rare air of Vegas or the haunting flamingos get too much, just pull the blinds and hole up inside of your Airstream with some Twinkies and Ho Hos and watch some cable-TV on two Toshiba flat screens.  (Yeah, I know, that doesn’t quite go with the feng shui of the 1930s ambiance, but after all it is Las Vegas.) 

The fact is that you may go so ga-ga over the whole experience that you might want to dig deeper in your pocket and pop for $50,000 for one of your own.  Maybe even a full-time abode?

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Wedding Postponed in Las Vegas

The very popular off-Broadway Las Vegas hit, “Tony n Tina’s Wedding,” will close at the Rio this Saturday, January tonytina31.  The show that spoofs Italian weddings plans to reopen on February 6 at Planet Hollywood at what was the London Club, a second-floor loft area that previously hosted high-limit gaming.  The move was done to update the script, provide greater marketing resources, and offer a larger venue.  Seating capacity will increase from 275 to 450.   The show plans to also feature a weekly guest star, a successful audience draw trend that started in New York.

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UFC Blood Fest in Las Vegas on Saturday

Preparation is a key for success- even for sedentary beer-hoisting football fans.  You might want to consider pre-ufcgame practice for the hard-pounding gridiron action by watching on Saturday night, January 31, at 4:15 p.m. the UFC premiere fight between warriors BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre.  The duo will be smack-talking and raising their fists and feet for what will surely be an Octagon butt-kicking Blood Fest at UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Garden arena.  

And if you can’t make it down the MGM Grand, you might consider heading down to the Hawaiian Tropic Zone in the Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood Resort.  They’re offering a fight special to watch the UFC  action on a big screen for $25 admission, with a minimum of $40 for food and beverage. 

Nevada, retaining the “lucky” persona rubric, is fortunate to host this contest. Many states, like New York, outlaw UFC fights.  

Some sports writers are predicting the Penn-St. Pierre match will be the biggest UFC fight ever.

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Las Vegas is THE Place for Super Bowl Partying

superbowlThere is no better place to take in all the football gridiron action this Sunday at Super Bowl XLIII then to watch and join in on the many parties in sunny Las Vegas.   There are lots of options to choose among before the kickoff between the Arizona Cardinals and the favorite Pittsburg Steelers.  (But for a championship game like this you can throw out favoritism, as anything can, and usually does, happen.)

Action kicks off not on game day Sunday, but Saturday when Kenny “The Snake” Stabler, who led the Raiders to a Super Bowl XI victory in 1977, and Jim Plunkett, who led the Raiders to two Super Bowl victories in the ’80s, will be on hand to greet and mingle with fans at the Sportsbook Bar and Grill at The Palazzo.   

Then, Notre Dame football legend and motivational speaker Dan “Rudy” Ruettiger will be appearing at the Orleans on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The Las Vegas Hilton plans to offer Super Bowl viewing on many 25-foot HD TVs using their state-of-the-art sound system at the Hilton Theater.
 
Not to be outdone, the Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub will host the game with a 100-ounce super-yards mega-cocktail. 

The New York-New York Casino will offer many delectable foods while having game action show on 165 televisions placed throughout the ESPN Zone restaurant.

After the victor is declared, there will many Las Vegas hotspots entertaining until the wee hours of the morning.   The new Encore will have partying going all hours in their new XS nightclub, as will non-stop action at the LAX at the Luxor, Pure nightclub, and the Rain nightclub at the Palms. 

Also, at the Palms rocker Bret Michaels and his “Rock of Love” girls will have an 8 p.m. performance at the Pearl. 

 

For a little comedy infusion after the game, consider attending the “Improv All Stars” showcase at MGM Grand.  Jerry Sienfeld, Drew Carey, and a host of top name entertainers will be on hand for their Super Bowl of Comedy.

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Resorts Continue to Build in Las Vegas

Despite our economy, there still is much casino and hotel room construction going on in Las Vegas. In fact, nearly 13,000 hotel rooms remain under construction in 2009.

The $2.9 billion Fontainebleau mega-resort is planned to open late this year.  It features 3,815 rooms and suites; 27 restaurants and bars; a 7-acre pool deck with four pools; a 350,000-square-foot shopping area called the Runway; and a spa with 55 treatment rooms.  That’s a mouthful.

The Silverton Casino Lodge is undergoing a $130-million expansion including adding pools, a high-limit gaming salon and 800 slot machines.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino expects to add 950 guest rooms and expand the pool, while adding more meeting space.

The $1-billion M Resort is heading toward a March 1 opening of its 390 guest rooms and a 100,000-square-foot pool that gives the feel of being in a canyon.

Finally, construction continues on Las Vegas’ 900-lb gorilla, CityCenter, an $8.6-billion development slotted to open in late 2009.  Hotels in the project include the 4,000-room, 61-story Aria Resort & Casino; a 400-room Mandarin Oriental, the first in Las Vegas; and Vdara, an all-suite condo/hotel project with more than 1,500 units. Structural issues have delayed the opening of CityCenter’s Harmon Hotel.

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World Series of Poker Adds $40,000 Buy-In Game in Las Vegas

The 40th edition of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas at the Rio will begin play May 27 and include a one-time commemorative $40,000 buy-in no-limit hold ’em tournament to mark the tournament’s 40th anniversary. 

The $10,000 buy-in World Championship No-Limit Hold’em Main Event will begin play on July 3 and reach its final table of nine players on July 15.  Then the players will wait four months before returning to the Rio on November 7 through 10 to play for the championship that will be televised on ESPN on a same-day taped delay. 

Officials from Harrah’s Entertainment, which has owned and operated the World Series of Poker since 2004, hope the 2009 tournament will exceed the record-breaking revenue of the 2008 event, which had 58,720 players from 124 countries participating and awarded a prize pool of more than $180.7 million and awarded 55 gold bracelets for individual championships.

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