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Hello From Las Vegas! – We’ve managed to squeak along without hitting 110 F all this summer, which has been nice. Although that streak may be ending in a few days. We’ll see. Nights have been extremely warm and temperatures at midnight are routinely above 90. August average high drops to 102 and September averages a fairly (for us) comfortable 94/69 for a high/low.
So You Wanna Move To Las Vegas – We’ve noticed an uptick in reader questions about moving here and real estate, so I’m going to cover a little old ground plus add in some new thoughts. Plus, I’ll detail three other cities you should consider if you are thinking about a move to Las Vegas. Read my latest blog post So You Want To Move To Las Vegas, Is It Right For You?
Let’s Do Away With The TSA – Regular readers know that every few months, I rant about how useless the Transportation Screw-up Safety Administration is at protecting us. Almost anyone associated with aviation can tell you how this show of “security” adds little to safety and plenty to inconvenience. If you are one of those “it’s all OK, it keeps us safer” people, I suggest you view and browse the following:
- Airline Pilot Exposes TSA Security Flaws, Then Gets His Gun Confiscated By Feds (video)
- It’s all a vicious game of ‘Let’s pretend’ (article)
Flying is miserable enough and yet for most of you, it is the only way for you to get to Las Vegas. We need to be looking at ways to ease some of the pain and inconvenience. Having a rent-a-cop with a Federal Badge feeling you up at the airport continues to be the wrong way to go.
3.37 Million – This was the visitor count for May 2011, up over 3% from the previous year. This despite the fact that the convention business continues to NOT be what it used to be and we actually saw a decline in the numbers of drive-in passengers from Southern California.
On the downside for you guys (our core reading audience, the non-convention fly-in visitor), room rates were up by nearly 10%. Which echoes what I told you all of last year: If you were going to take advantage of the (then) obnoxiously cheap room rates and stay in a hotel above the par of what you normally stay in, don’t put it off. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals, punch up the rates for the top properties in town where you’ve only dreamed about staying at and lock those rates up now. Hotel prices are on track to keep rising.
Of note is that we’re going to come just shy of 2006 visitor count this year at well over 38 million visitors. So, is this going to help pull our local economy and extremely high unemployment rate (which is on its way back up) out of the slump? Not really. Las Vegas growth was a pyramid scheme built (no pun intended) on construction. Homes, residential and resorts. We’re awash in cheap homes for sale with very little sales in the new home market. Commercial real estate is dirt cheap. And obviously the construction of no resorts are on the horizon.
However, the uptick might bode well for eventually seeing the completion of the Fontainebleau (the big blue building just north of The Riviera). Not long ago, talk was of deconstructing it and selling off the steel. Which might not be a bad thing. It is way too tall and really clutters up the views from the North Strip. On the flip side, seeing it completed would give us a new resort and the wide coverage of international press for the opening. It would also help the otherwise blighted area. I sincerely don’t think we’re going to see anything done with The Sahara until Fontainebleau makes some kind of move.
Enjoy This Issue!
Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Rick Ziegler
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Guest Wins an Engagement Ring from Slot Machine at Bally’s Las Vegas (with video) – Las Vegas is famous for its “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” mind-set, but for two visiting tourists and a handful of those who witnessed the moment, there is little chance they won’t share the story of this weekend for years to come.
It was a night of surprises for a bride-to-be as her boyfriend, Jim Canfield popped the question at Bally’s Las Vegas with the help of the property’s gaming staff. The couple traveled from San Diego to celebrate her birthday, but Canfield had other plans in store. The famous Colossus slot machine inside Bally’s Casino was arranged beforehand so it would land on the words “Will You Marry Me” when Canfield’s girlfriend pulled the handle.
- Full story/details/info: Guest Wins an Engagement Ring from Slot Machine at Bally’s Las Vegas (with bonus video)
Final Table Set at 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event ‘November Nine’ Features Players from Seven Nations – The 42nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship û commonly referred to as the Main Event û is down to its final nine players. The ‘November Nine’ û a diverse and international group û is all that remains of the massive field of 6,865 players who entered the iconic tournament seeking poker’s most coveted title and a top prize of more than $8.7 million.
The final nine players represent seven countries û the most ever in WSOP and tournament poker history; Ukraine, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, Belize, Great Britain and the United States. The players will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in November to vie for poker’s ultimate trophy û a WSOP gold bracelet û and the lion’s share of the Main Event’s $64,531,000 total prize pool. The winner will receive a first-place prize of $8,711,956, with the other eight players sharing another $19 million-plus.
- Full story/details/info: Final Table Set at 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event
Tacos and Tequila Las Vegas Introduces Savory New Summer Menu Items – Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor Hotel and Casino will introduce five new menu items just in time for summer, guaranteed to amuse and delight the taste buds.
T&T will introduce to its already delicious menu, three tasty torta sandwiches; the carnitas torta, carne asada torta and the chicken tinga torta. All three are served on fresh, baked-to-perfection bolillo bread and are topped with shredded lettuce, house-made pico de gallo, jalape±o aioli, guacamole and a spicy black bean puree, served with fresh baked potato chips. Guests can enjoy the sandwiches with a Mexican twist for $13 or for the same price, pair a half sandwich with soup or salad.
- Full story/details/info: Tacos and Tequila Las Vegas Introduces Savory New Summer Menu Items
Relax Poolside With Soothing Spa Treatments At Caesars Palace, The Rio, and The Flamingo – Experience tranquility and luxury starting this summer with poolside pampering from the city’s top spas. Spa-lovers can soak in the sun and enjoy the relaxing pool atmosphere in tandem with refreshing spa services poolside at Caesars Palace, The Rio, or The Flamingo.
- Full story/details/info: Relax Poolside With Soothing Spa Treatments At Caesars Palace, Rio, and Flamingo Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas Accepts Bets on the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold ’em Poker Main Event Championship for the first time in gaming history – Odds are set on the nine players participating in the November final table – The Race and Sports Book at Wynn Las Vegas is now accepting wagers on the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold ’em Poker Main Event Championship to be held November 5 û 7 in Las Vegas. Wagers can be placed on each of the final nine players to win the event or on the top two finishers (quinella).
New Nevada gambling regulations this year allow casinos to offer wagering opportunities on non-sporting events. On July 15, the Nevada Gaming Control Board provided approval to accept wagers on the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold ’em Poker Main Event Championship.
- Full story/details/info: Wynn Las Vegas Accepts Bets on the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold ’em Poker Main Event
PBR Rock Bar and Grill Las Vegas Now Offers Daily Bottomless Domestic Draft Specials For Patrons – PBR Rock Bar & Grill has rolled out a new deal guaranteed to please revelers day and night. Patrons can now enjoy bottomless domestic drafts from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., and again from midnight until close, priced at $20 for each daily special.
- Full story/details/info: PBR Rock Bar and Grill Las Vegas Now Offers Daily Bottomless Domestic Draft Specials For Patrons
El Cortez Las Vegas Hotel and Casino August Promotions and Food Specials –
Food and Beverage Promotions
- CafÚ Cortez Dinner Specials
- Visit CafÚ Cortez for prime rib dinner for only $7.95. Meal includes choice of soup or salad. CafÚ also offers a fajita dinner for just $8.95. Try the vegetarian offerings including a veggie burger, veggie fajita and veggie Chow Mein. CafÚ Cortez also offers a full Chinese menu served from 4 to 10 p.m.
- Graveyard Specials
- CafÚ Cortez serves a limited graveyard menu Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Specials include:
- Two eggs with choice of bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and toast for $4.75 plus tax.
- Ham and two eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast for $7.25 plus tax.
- Martini Madness û daily 2-for-1 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. û at all casino bars (martini menu only).
- Full story/details/info: El Cortez Las Vegas Hotel and Casino August Promotions and Food Specials
Hoover Dam By Tour Trekker Tour û Travel in style and comfort aboard a luxury custom Tour Trekker to the Hoover Dam, Nevada’s number one sightseeing attraction and the tallest structure of it’s kind on the world. The talented guides will answer questions and share points of interest along the way.
Experience breathtaking views of the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. While visiting the dam, you will have the opportunity to go on the Discovery Tour (included) which includes a trip inside the dam and many fascinating exhibits.
What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy
- Cocktail Culture – The Lucky Ray Cocktail – Double Helix owner Ray Nisi and bartender Jennifer Ehara whip up a Lucky Ray at Double Helix in the Shoppes at the Palazzo.
- Mystere by Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas Show Review – Mystere by Cirque du Soleil at the Treasure Island has been a Las Vegas show for 14 years. It’s extravagant and exhilarating display of the modern circus is a sure bet for anyone looking for top notch Vegas entertainment.
- Garfield’s Restaurant at Desert Shores – GarfieldÆs Restaurant is known as the Crown Jewel of Restaurant Row on Lake Jacqueline at the Desert Shores community in Summerlin. This unique, lakeside restaurant has embraced the same ‘slow food movement’ that has graced the vegetable garden at the White House.
- Jersey Boys ‘Frankie Valli’ Star Travis Cloer – On this episode of Talktails, vocalist Travis Cloer of the widely successful Jersey Boys talks about his experience playing Frankie Valli, what shows he likes in Vegas, and his expanding solo career. Get an inside peek at what it is like to star in a Las Vegas show!
Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!
I know you have talked about condos for sale before. Are there any real estate agents you can recommend and that you trust? Also, some good areas to purchase a condo.
Everybody living here will tell you that their part of town is the best. They have to justify why they chose it!
Quick access to The Strip áand downtown (Fremont Street, Arts District, Pawn Stars shop [just kidding on that last one] is important to me. I don’t want to drive 15-20 minutes (more with traffic) every time I want/need to hit the tourist areas vital to my job…
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