Check in on North Forty's Facebook page after 9 p. For the third time only in its year lifespan, New Jersey's gambling resort will go dark this weekend, thanks to the threat of Hurricane Irene. Atlantic City's 11 casinos have been instructed to close by noon Saturday, but have all announced plans to shut down by 8 p. Friday following a county directive that the resort city evacuate. Hotel guests with nowhere to go will be permitted to stay, said a spokesman for the Golden Nugget, which hopes to keep its hotel and restaurants operating, but all others are required to leave. The limited-engagement attraction features three Michael Jackson wax figures from various stages of the singer's career and to celebrate its arrival, everyone that shares the same birthday as Jackson is being offered a twofer deal on tickets when they present a valid ID at the box office showing an August 29 birthday.
Flightlinez zipline, the Fender Music Association, and the Fremont Street Experience are hosting a free concert featuring Monkeys at 7 p. Today sees the climax of Venetian and Palazzo's Five-Day Five-Diamond Scavenger Hunt , with the grand prize of a custom-made diamond necklace up for grabs. Click the link for more information and the rules. At least 53 people have been killed in an attack on a casino in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon.
The attack took place at approximately 3: Thursday, when eye witnesses say six hooded gunmen entered the casino firing their weapons, before dousing the venue with gasoline and setting light to it. Officials, who are describing the attack as an act of terror, suspect that the escalating violence between Mexico's drug cartels is behind the massacre; no group as yet has come forward to claim responsibility. The historic downtown casino continues to celebrate its 70th anniversary with a call for entries for the El Cortez Cinema Competition, a challenge to local filmmakers to produce an original short film, three to five minutes in length, that showcases Las Vegas' longest continuously operating hotel-casino in a unique and novel way.
The contest runs from Friday, Aug. In addition to having their films screened during the 70th Anniversary grand celebration on Nov. It's a relatively quiet one, with everyone taking a little breather before Labor Day weekend, perhaps, but when we say "quiet," that's only by Vegas standards and there's still plenty of fun to be had. Here are some of the highlights: As reported in this column Aug. The club will close Sept. Anthony Carleo, sentenced earlier this week to between three and 11 years for his armed robbery at Bellagio was today sentenced to a further six- to year sentence, to be served consecutively, for a previous armed hold-up up the Suncoast.
Animal Planet's new show, "Confessions: Animal Hoarding," tonight features the story of lovebirds given a home by singer Wayne Newton at his Casa de Shenandoah Las Vegas home, where he also keeps Arabian horses, wallabies, penguins, peacocks, sloths, and a host of other animals and birds. Today's R-J reports that the Plaza is holding a very soft opening today, ahead of its official Sept. Tuesday broke the record for the highest temperature on that date, when the mercury topped out at degrees in parts of the valley. The previous record for Aug. It's expected to hit today.
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Those questioned were asked to rank taxis in various categories, including cleanliness, quality of driving, best value, and friendliest drivers. Today's Las Vegas Sun brings the latest in the ongoing on-again, off-again rumors concerning long-time host Jerry Lewis' involvement with the annual MDA Telethon, scheduled to take place Sept. Video poker expert Bob Dancer has posted his weekly column , which this time focuses on the perils of being shut out by the casinos for playing too well McCarran International Airport continues to experience increased traffic, with the passenger count up 4.
Spirit, JetBlue, American, and US Airways have all expanded their schedules, adding additional destinations and flights. Improvements include refurnishing the rooms at Buffalo Bill's like the Plaza, a beneficiary of Fontainebleau's fire sale , the addition of new carpeting for the casino floor, and the replacement of old lighting with eco-friendy, energy-efficient LED light bulbs. Anthony Carleo, the son of a former Judge who robbed a Bellagio crap table at gunpoint last year, was sentenced this morning and will serve at least three years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
He is still to be sentenced for a previous robbery at the Suncoast. Channel 8 News has just reported that all southbound lanes on the I near Baker, California are currently closed to traffic due to an accident, causing major delays. There have also been closures on the I northbound near the Cajon Pass due to California wildfires. This item posted at 4: The popular Arizona restaurant and lottery-ticket vendor that burned down last Friday had no fire insurance and is seeking donations to help rebuild the property.
The new Margaritaville Casino due to open in the Flamingo this October is not holding a traditional job fair, but has started to take applications for positions. According to the R-J , you can apply online, but the Flamingo Careers section currently only lists two bartending jobs for Margarittaville Casino, so we're not sure where to apply for the other positions. You can also apply in person at the Caesars Employment Center. We'd love to tell you where that is, but when we called the corporate office to ask, they told us they didn't know.
Visitation to Clark County Detention Center has been suspended effective immediately due to contraband issues and safety concerns. The suspension is expected to remain in place for approximately four days, but official business, including attorney visits, will continue. Guests will receive their first cocktail on the house, plus there will be giveaways and an appearance by the man himself. Click here for the Twtvite.
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Visit the 24 Karat Booth inside the casino for details on how to earn entries. Due to "unforeseen circumstances" the club isn't ready yet , the scheduled Labor Day Weekend grand opening of Chateau Gardens at Paris, which was to feature a rooftop performance by Thirty Seconds to Mars on Saturday, Sept. Nelly and Akon will still perform inside the club, as scheduled. Caesars Entertainment's Las Vegas properties have partnered with Topguest to allow Total Rewards members to earn Bonus Reward Credits for every 'check-in' into any of the casinos via their mobile device using social media services including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, and Gowalla.
Customers who sign up for Topguest topguest. Visitors and guests will have the chance to win prizes, including include a two-night stay at Venetian or Palazzo, show tickets, dinner for two, and the top prize of an exclusive karat white gold and white diamong pendant, by finding the day's "diamond" hidden somewhere different each day throughout the two resorts. You have to follow PalazzoLasVegas or VenetianVegas on Twitter in order to receive the clues; click here for more details.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning, in effect from late Wednesday morning until Thursday evening. Las Vegas can expect one of the hottest weeks of the summer, with temperatures predicted to hit between and degrees in Las Vegas, rising to as high as at Lake Mead and Laughlin. People are advised to drink plenty of water and stay in air-conditioned environments whenever possible. Anyone in need of a cooling station should dial from any pay phone to find the nearest location, or visit www.
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Penny Pibbitets, the female lead in Absinthe at Caesars Palace, takes a break from the day job to perform at downtown's Beauty Bar with her band Fish Circus tonight, fo9llowed by a gig at Artifice tomorrow. Both nights will be hosted by The Gazillionaire. Tonopah's historic Mizpah, once the tallet building and most elegant hotel in Nevada, reopened Saturday after being boarded up for 12 years.
Located on Highway 95, halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, the owners hope to cash in on increased visitation from gold mining, solar energy projects, and other initiatives in the area. Encore Beach Club hosts the "Beauty of the Beach" contest Monday, August 29, in search of the "most desirable girls of summer. Details are being released for this year's football contests and a number have either downsized or, like those at Wynn and South Point, been scrapped altogether. It's part of "Nina Blackwood's Absolutely '80s" concerty series. The concert begins at 9 pm.
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So be smart and responsible and don't drive under the influence: The pair are expert aquarium makers, based in the southwest valley. They specialize in manufacturing spectacular acrylic tanks for private and commercial use, including a recent installation for the Las Vegas Mob Experience at the Tropicana, which will be featured in tonight's episode of "Tanked. Rosie's Den, a popular location for Las Vegans and tourists looking to purchase Arizona lottery tickets, was destroyed by a fire that broke out in the early hours of Friday morning.
Flames were reported at 3: While some have been and gone already, the Las Vegas food-truck explosion could be more than a fad. Don't worry, the truck will stay in Las Vegas. It's been a big week food-truck-wise, with Slidin' Thru announcing Click here for the complete list. Privilege, the new gentlemen's club occupuying the building that was formerly home to Badda Bing! We just had a long chat with their marketing person and apparently the club has undergone a total remodel and is now "like a castle" inside.
There's a new staff, new dancers, and the club will feature all manner of specialty acts, including fire and go-go dancers, Cirque-type acts, burlesque, and specialty pole dancers, including grinders. There's a full kitchen and it's very couples-friendly. Look out for a full review soon in Topless Vegas. Batali is a strong advocate of supporting local producers and the second annual Cuisine in the Country event will feature an Italian-inspired casual menu using locally grown fruits and vegetables, plus locally produced meats.
And click here for our unique guide to eco-friendly Las Vegas restaurants. R-J gossip columnist Norm! The vote in favor of the project, which would involve constructing a massive master-planned community with 7, housing units on an area that's long been a strip-mined wasteland, apparently followed hours of debate and years of public opposition from groups of existing area residents who oppose the proposal.
Click here to hear a rare interview with Jim Rhodes for "8 News Now," where he puts his side of the argument. Wednesday's vote does not necessarily constitute a green light for the project, but only that the developer can move forward and conduct impact studies. For reviews of Fantasy and all the other topless entertainment options in town, check out the latest edition of Topless Vegas , newly revised and updated. Caesars Palace just tweeted that when Jerry Seinfeld performs at the Colosseum this Friday and Saturday, he'll become the longest-running continuous headliner in Caesars' history.
We're not sure, but assume this deal is good for online bookings only; you can try it over the phone and see what happens, though. Adele's Saturday gig at The Cosmo sold out in minutes, so sorry to any disappointed fans; but there's plenty of other stuff going on to distract you: The restaurant will be open will be open from 6 to 10 p.
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The free VegasTowers app for iPad or iPhone allows gamers to build a Las Vegas metaresort from scratch, and then compete with a fan base that currently numbers more than 50, to manage your suite of hotels, casinos, restaurants, shops, clubs, and other entertainment venues, with constant upgrades and refinements to keep ahead of the curve. Wynn took gold in the bed-making event; Monte Carlo took gold in the mop relay; and Mandalay Bay, whose team had been practicing by doing laps around the building, took their second straight Olympic gold by finishing first in the vacuum race.
Executives from Caesars Entertainment unveiled more specific details of Project Linq Wednesday, the most significant of which was news that the Imperial Palace will undergo a complete remodel, renovation, and rebranding, and that the adjacent O'Sheas will be demolished and the space it currently occupies incorporated into the new adjoining property. The Flamingo will also get a new pedestrian entrance connecting it with The Linq, which will feature 30 to 40 retail, dining, and entertainment attractions in a ,square-foot open-air marketplace. The pool at Bally's, renamed Blu this year, is offering a locals special on weekdays now through October.
Guests must present a valid local I. The offer's good from 8 a. Some mediocre oysters at the Palm in the Forum Shops last night reminded us to remind you about our current Reader poll. Under the terms of the deal, which was agreed upon by both parties in order to avoid costly litigation, the Las Vegas property will have the exclusive right to use the "Tropicana Las Vegas" and the "Tropicana LV" names and marks within 50 miles of its hotel-casino on the Strip, online, and for advertising purposes, while Icahn's Tropicana Entertainment Inc.
Bellagio has unveiled the first of its newly remodeled rooms, incorporating new color schemes, sustainable materials, increased energy efficiency, and " percent improvement in air circulation. A big thanks to Thrillist for once again making Topless Vegas , our newly updated "bible of nude Vegas", a top pick for anyone wanting to get the most out of what Sin City has to offer.
Having struggled for many years with an image that depicted the epitome of inner-city decay, the much revitalized Fremont Street area of downtown Las Vegas gets some big love from today's USA Today , which picks it as one of the Top 10 Great Urban Neighborhoods in the U. We just posted the latest weekly column from video poker expert Bob Dancer and, as usual, it's full of excellent info for any video poker player.
Saturday's New York Times carried a feature examining the groundswell of support for intra-state online gambling among cash-strapped states looking for new sources of income. A study commissioned by the Jockey Club predicts a dire outlook for the future of horse racing, reports today's WSJ. If current trends continue, the research firm estimates that by the fan base for thoroughbred racing will be only 64 percent of what it was in , with the betting handle down by 37 percent and attendance at racetracks down by 30 percent since The study will apparently now form the foundation of a multi-million-dollar series of initiatives over the next several years to turn things around, although no specific plans have been detailed as yet.
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There are apparently plans to open a table high-limit casino area in November. The proposal comes as little surprise in the light of the still unfinished building's checkered history, which has seen the original number of stories halved in the light of structural problems, followed by a recent report from Clark County's Building Division that claims it could completely collapse in an earthquake. Joint owner MRI is currently in a lawsuit with construction company Perini over whether bad design or poor construction is to blame for the building's structural flaws; Perini still maintains that Harmon is salvageable.
Al Mancini will be doing a live segment at 9 a. He will be talking about the plethora of Vegas chefs currently on reality shows. This is a lower-profile card, so there aren't a lot of parties tonight. The main event between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle is pick 'em. The party features food and drink specials all day and night, including one free Miller Lite beer per guest from 7 to 8 p. The "Neon Boneyard" downtown is being inundated with tour requests and is looking for additional volunteer guides.
Click here for more information. Don't forget, the hour deal on 2-for-1 Las Vegas Monorail tickets ends at The south-Strip village-style shopping center, which has seen a turnover of restaurants since if first debuted, today gained a new British-style pub named English's, which features a menu of classic pub fare, including bangers and mash and fish and chips. English's will serve daily brunch and high teas, then transform by night into a "gastropub. Big Dog's on W. Sahara is hosting a Summer Beer Dinner from 7 to 10 p.
Click here for the menu and to make your reservation. Radio talkshow hosts Robert and Paco will be broadcasting live from Rockhouse on the Strip tonight, with guest Vinnie Favorito , whose comedy show performs at the Flamgino. The internet radio show will air live from 6: Enjoy a free steak dinner at Hooters casino today through August 14 with an out-of-state ID and a players card. The offer runs from 11 a. The world's largest Star Trek convention is underway at the Rio and runs through the weekend, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the popular sci-fi brand. If you can't make it in person, it's streaming live from the convention website.
There's comedy indoors, music and munchies outdoors -- take your pick! The promotion runs through August 31 and is available on all room types, with no minimum-night restrictions, but it does not apply to bookings made prior to the launch of the offer. Not only does he have some new upcoming TV appearances see today's "Question of the Day" , but Anthony Curtis was just interviewed by Dave Berns of the Las Vegas Sun about how the economy has affected local business and what his personal strategies have been for riding out the storm.
Click the link to read the full article. Viper Vixens , the adult revue at O'Sheas that featured topless performers armed with weapons, has closed after a three-month run. No word as yet as to what, if anything, will take its place. A new computerized system for betting on horses is currently being assessed by state regulators and, if approved, will remove the human element from placing a wager, allowing gamblers to place their bet, watch the race, and collect any winnings online. Far from cooling its heels, the recent Chapter 11 announcement only seems to have spurred Hooters into a burst of activity.
First there was news of the new topless revue Raack N' Roll , and now we've just learned that Dixie's, formerly Dixie's Dam Country Bar, is now closed for a complete remodel. The bar's new incarnation is being kept a surprise, but it's due to reopen in a couple of weeks. Having now concluded that the road surface does not need to be replaced, NHP has reopened all southbound lanes of the I in the vicinity of Lake Mead Blvc.
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