Month: December 2017

Boom: Ten of Our Biggest Las Vegas Scoops of 2017

Find Search for: It’s been a wild year, and we’re drunk (again), so it’s time to brag about our blogging prowess under the pretense of reflecting upon some of the biggest Las Vegas stories of 2017. These are but a small sampling of our scoops that rocked Sin City during 2017, the stories that sparked conversation online and off, and leaks that gave public relations departments high blood pressure and traditional news outlets episodes of erectile dysfunction. Told you we’re drunk. This isn’t the kind of scoop we’re talking about, but now you know what an analogical juxtaposition is. Here, then, are our biggest scoops of 2017. Which we already probably said in the title of this article, but you’re skimming and probably missed it. 1. SLS Las Vegas Sold Boom is right. When a casino gets sold in Las Vegas, it’s big news, and we had the jump on the sale of SLS Las Vegas (formerly Sahara) by a mile. While the sale has since turned sour, we’re still hopeful a deal can be had and this struggling casino will get another chance at success under new ownership. These sex toys were once sold in an adult novelty store at SLS. The mind reels. 2. Fontainebleau Sold The abandoned Fontainebleau was reported “90 days away” from being purchased for two years, but we were the first to share...

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Fascinating Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Roulette

Roulette is one of the most entertaining, and accessible, games in a Las Vegas casino. Even seasoned roulette players will be surprised by some of the fascinating aspects of the game we’ve unearthed. Ah, roulette being roulette. Let’s start with a couple of names for things we didn’t know had names. First, there’s a term for when a roulette dealer gathers and restacks chips, it’s called “mucking.” Also, another name for the object used to mark a winning number: It’s called a “dolly.” Roulette markers, or dollys, come in all shapes and sizes. It’s also worth noting a roulette dealer is also called a “croupier.” Are we having fun yet? Here’s a surprising fact about roulette: Just as people are left and right-handed, there are also right-handed and left-handed tables. If you’ve played roulette, you’re probably more familiar with the right-handed table. The wheel sits to the right side of the dealer. We’re going to pretend Hard Rock reserved this right-handed table for us. Just go with it. Here’s a left-handed roulette table. If you guessed the wheel is to the left of the dealer, you’re well on your way to a job as an elected official. The left-handed layout can cause confusion with players. Especially those who are well-lubricated, if you get our drift. Here’s relatively useless fact: On roulette tables in the U.S., the ball spins in...

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Naked City Pizza Takes Over for Pizza Lotto at El Cortez

Pizza Lotto is out at downtown’s El Cortez casino, Naked City Pizza is in. Pizza Lotto always hit the spot, even with superior pizza in the neighborhood at Evel Pie and Pizza Rock. Pizza Lotto was never able to deliver on its promise of providing lottery-style scratch-off discount cards, but has now has moved on to that big pizzeria in the sky. Without skipping a beat, Naked City Pizza has opened in the Pizza Lotto space. We dare you to tell the difference between Pizza Lotto and Naked City Pizza, even with the naked. By our layperson’s estimates, Naked City Pizza spend roughly zero dollars to move into El Cortez. Virtually nothing in the space has changed, beyond the removal of a couple of symbolic video poker machines. Naked City Pizza is a known quantity in Las Vegas. The chain has been featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” While Naked City Pizza has been well received at its other locations, our first visit to the El Cortez location was decidedly forgettable. Our cheese slice was 90% cheese, reminiscent of the awful Chicago-style “pizza” at Giordano’s. And not in a good way. The one benefit of the disappointing pizza was it gave us the opportunity to test the “pull” of the cheese. The cheese pull is a big deal in the pizza world, a long-standing advertising trope where a slice...

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Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak Live” to Close at Luxor Las Vegas

After a 10-year run that provided a smackdown to his legions of haters, magnificent lunkhead Criss Angel will close his “Mindfreak Live” show at Luxor in 2018. Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak Live” ends its run, and sometimes strained partnership with Cirque du Soleil, on Oct. 28, 2018, according to reports. Despite the odds, and a profound lack of personality or talent, Criss Angel survived and, and various times thrived, on the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas Weekly’s Brock Radne was the first to share the surprisingly successful show is closing. Angel’s show opened as “Believe” in Oct. 2008 to scathing reviews. Sorry, “BeLIEve.” Trust us, the weird “lie” affectation was the least of its problems. While the removal of Cirque elements improved the show somewhat, production costs and declining ticket sales forced Angel and his team to close “Believe” on April 17, 2016. A trimmed down “Mindfreak Live” opened May 11, 2016. The revamped show didn’t exactly win over Criss Angel’s haters, but it allowed the show to continue through the end of his contract with Cirque du Soleil. No, we didn’t take this at Madame Tussauds. Criss Angel is just a really odd dude. We saw “Mindfreak Live” and, beyond the random, pointless shouting of its star, we thought the show was reasonably entertaining. Angel seemed to enjoy himself, and his use of self-deprecating humor was refreshing given the...

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