Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 17, 2006

In This Issue: Toni Braxton New Flamingo Headliner, Tropicana Sold, Playmate Autograph Signing, Blue Man Group Launches New Album, Siegfried & Roy To Receive Medals, Headlights & Tailpipes At Stardust, Celebrity Impersonators Convention, Le Reve Photos, more ….

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Hello From Las Vegas! Just as Celine joined the ranks of permanent Las Vegas headliners so she could be home every night to raise her child, Toni Braxton is doing the same with her new “permanent headliner” status at The Flamingo where she replaces Aretha Franklin.

After a fierce bidding war, The Tropicana has finally been sold. Just as I have predicted repeatedly in our free streaming broadcast/podcast (click to listen to all archives), the Trop is going to be around for a while. New owners Columbia Sussex Corp. hint at quite a bit of construction and upgrading, but no plans to implode and start over.

This is great news for budget travelers who have enjoyed the hotel’s great location and lower priced rooms. For those of you that prefer more upscale accommodations, don’t worry: Las Vegas has about 40,000 hot, new high-end rooms coming online in the next 4-5 years.

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Book Signing – Our good friend Brian Rouff, author of the best-selling Las Vegas novels “Dice Angel and “Money Shot,” will be signing books at Rejavanate Coffee Lounge, 3300 E. Flamingo Road, on Sunday, June 4, from 2 – 5 PM (Google Maps link). These are two great books. If you have a copy, stop by and get it signed. If you don’t, these are required Las Vegas based fiction reading.

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Toni Braxton The Flamingo’s New Headliner – Six time Grammy award winner Toni Braxton will soon be headlining at The Flamingo. The 37 year old R&B singer starts performing there August 3. She replaces long-time crooner Wayne Newton who wraps up his headlining run in the Flamingo Showroom next month. Click to Read The Full Story … (plus streaming video from KVBC Las Vegas).

Tropicana owner agrees to be sold to Columbia Sussex for $2.75 billion – Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corp. became the apparent winner of the two-month long bidding war for control of Aztar Corp. on Friday. The president of the privately held company, however, said he won’t be so quick to shut down the prize of the $2.75 billion deal, the Tropicana Las Vegas. Click to Read The Full Story …

Palms Casino Resort Hosts Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour And June 2006 Playmate, Stephanie Larimore, Signs Autographs – Playboy Magazine’s June 2006 Centerfold, Stephanie Larimore will introduce Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour on Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, June 17, in The Lounge at the Palms Casino Resort. Show times are 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. Meet and greet and autograph signing prior to the shows from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Palms Casino Resort is hosting Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour on June 10 and 17, 2006 featuring the following: Click to Read The Full Story …

Siegfried & Roy To Receive Ellis Island Medals Of Honor – Famed illusionists Siegfried & Roy will accept their Ellis Island Medals of Honor recognizing their remarkable commitment to entertainment and conservation. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 13, 2006 on Ellis Island. While their run of legendary performances on the Las Vegas Strip has ended, they remain the world’s most iconic entertainment figures whose work in charity and conservation continues as strongly as ever. Click to Read The Full Story …

Blue Man Group Launches New Album Live At The Venetian — Las Vegas In June – Blue Man Group Records will release Live at The Venetian Las Vegas in June 2006, with the single and video for “Rods and Cones” available in advance of the full album. Inspired by music industry advancements in distribution, the critically acclaimed Blue Man Group will digitally release the new live recording of their ongoing Las Vegas production at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on iTunes. Click to Read The Full Story …

Playboy Playmates Lauren Anderson and Barbara Moore Featured in “Headlights & Tailpipes” at the Stardust Resort & Casino – ValCom, Inc. announces the inclusion of two Playboy Playmates, Lauren Anderson and Barbara Moore, in the red-hot adult revue, “Headlights & Tailpipes” at the Stardust Resort & Casino. The Playboy Playmates will heat up the stage in a show that beautifully celebrates fast cars, motorcycles and women. Click to Read The Full Story and Ticket Info …

Wanted In Las Vegas: More British Business – British vacationers have for years crossed the Atlantic to trade London fog for a brief run of Las Vegas sun and fun. And now that England’s leisure travel connection is thriving locally, Las Vegas leaders hope the buttoned-down lot of British businessmen and businesswomen will soon chart a similar course. Click to Read The Full Story …

Celebrity Impersonators Turn Heads in Las Vegas Imperial Palace Hosts 6th Annual Convention of Look-Alikes – Dean Martin is at the bar with cigar-chomping George Burns. Rodney Dangerfield laments how he gets no respect and Judy Garland belts out a chorus of “Swanee.” Double-take. Times four. Are you now suddenly a ghost whisperer? A person with The Sixth Sense? No, you’ve just seen some of the look-alikes attending the 6th annual Celebrity Impersonators Convention Sunday, May 28, to Wednesday, May 31, at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Click to Read The Full Story …

Pass This One Around – The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook recently posted their ever popular NFL games of the year. This includes all the Sunday night, Monday night, and other marquee match-ups throughout the entire season. The SuperBook also posted the entire first week’s schedule just a month ago. More than 95 games were posted early. “This gives our guests the opportunity to wager on a particular game even though they might not be in Las Vegas on game day,” says Jay Kornegay, executive director of the Superbook.

These lines will remain open for wagering throughout the entire season with the SuperBook staff updating them every Sunday once the season starts. In this case, maybe the early bird does get the worm.

Staggering Teacher Shortage in Clark County (Las Vegas) – The teacher shortage in Clark County has reached staggering levels and now the school district is pleading for help. As of this week, the district has made more than 1,200 offers, more than 500 accepted. But even so, the school district believes they may start the next school year with more than a thousand vacancies. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – Regis’ Cash Club – with Victor H. Royer. It had to happen as well. “Mr. Showbiz” has his own slot machine. And what a game it is. Not only is this game a progressive, but it combines a multi-line reel slot machine with a video slot machine and video bonus screens – four bonus screens, to be exact! Plus, of course, the progressive jackpot which starts at a respectably “cool” $1 million. The machine itself is very tall and very distinctive and you can’t miss it. Here’s how the game works: Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Steve Wynn Talks About The Vision To Build Bellagio (1994) Dunes implosion highlights with Steve Wynn talking about the plans to build Bellagio Las Vegas (originally planned to be named Beau Rivage) on New Year’s Eve 1994-1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Special appearance by Siegfried and Roy. Steve Wynn Talks About The Vision To Build Bellagio (1994) Video: Broadband (only)

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Le Reve – An aquatic spectacular performed in a domed theater in the round, Le Reve Las Vegas. A small collection of imperfect dreams, is the first of its kind in Las Vegas. Uniquely intimate and spectacularly personal, no seat is more than 40 feet from the action. The show is a completely new form of staging and artistic performance, where the theater and water are alive with a translucent energy.

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