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Winners From This Year's Global Gaming Awards
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26 October 2015

The Global Gaming Awards is an annual event which is now in its second year. This years’ event took place towards the end of September in Las Vegas. A total of 12 individual categories celebrated the achievements from the past 12 months from both the online and offline gaming industry. The votes were cast by a panel of 50 expert judges, stemming from leading industries and the voting process was officiated by KPMG Gibraltar to provide complete transparency.

Let’s take a look at the winners from each of the 12 categories and we will also reveal the runner up from each category. MGM Resorts International won the Land-Based Operator of the Year award and the runner up in this category was Borgata. Other contenders included Paddy Power, Novomatic, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Las Vegas Sands, City of Dreams Manila, Churchill Downs, Casinos Austria and Bloomberry.

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Business is Booming: Record Numbers Visiting Vegas
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01 August 2014

Las Vegas has set a record-setting pace so far this year.  If it continues, 41 million visitors will travel to Sin City by the end of 2014, easily breaking the previous record of 39.7 million set in 2012, according to the monthly report of The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) released on July 25. 

The LVCVA also reported that Las Vegas posted its best June on record, based on visitor volume, exceeding the previous mark of 3.39 million set in 2012. The visitor increase in June was reflected in greater hotel occupancy numbers.  Hotels posted a 1.8% occupancy increase, while motels showed a considerably bigger jump of 9.2%.  The average expenditure on these rooms also increased.  Visitors to the Strip spent an average of 2.1% more in June, while those staying downtown forked out 3.1% more.

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Loto-Quebec Signs Deal with IGT
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21 September 2013

Loto-Quebec is a provincial lottery operator and government agency which is located in the province of Quebec, Canada. Registered members of a Loto-Quebec-owned gambling portal called Espace Jeux can now log in to their gambling account and they will be able to find a selection of games which have recently been supplied by a software provider called IGT Interactive.

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Everything Vegas
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26 August 2013

Las Vegas is the city of adrenaline that can’t be matched anywhere else on the planet.  A city surrounded by desert, it can only be described as a diamond in the rough where many of us try for the ultimate gamble.  Here is your one stop guide to all that is Las Vegas and how you can join in the fun this year.

All on Red or Black
There are few people who have gambled their entire lives on the spin of a wheel or a hand of poker. The majority of those who have tried have not been too happy with the outcome, but there is one that gambled it all and walked away a winner. Ashley Revell, a Londoner who was fed up with his day to day life sold his entire worldly goods, including his clothes all for one spin of the Roulette wheel in Las Vegas.

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Johnny Chan Academy
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12 October 2012

The Johnny Chan Academy had a turbulent past and was operational for a while, but has since closed down. This section takes a brief look at the Johnny Chan Academy, which was a Casino Dealer School that aimed to teach aspiring croupiers (dealers) the finer details of table etiquette in the casino. This included how to handle the chips in the appropriate manner, how to actually shuffle the cards correctly, how to deal the cards and also taught about standard casino procedures.

The tuition that was available from the Johnny Chan Academy offered extensive knowledge surrounding the most popular Vegas-style cards games, such as Baccarat, Blackjack and various different Poker varieties. This invaluable insight into the world of dealing was aimed at preparing dealers for the inevitable problematic circumstances that could occur while dealing. It also offered potential candidates assistance in finding future employment as dealers.

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Things to look out for in Las Vegas 2012
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10 March 2012

In previous years, Las Vegas has continued to push forward with new changes and 2012 doesn’t look to be any different. There are many new charms and developments in the pipeline which are aimed at tempting back tourists who have previously visited Sin City and to also hopefully attract a new generation of holidaymakers.

For many people, the relatively low prices will be one of the main reasons for visiting Vegas this year and the fact that plenty of new attractions are planned should also hopefully entice new people in their droves.

Singer Rod Stewart will be based in the Colosseum Lounge and will begin part of a two year contract. He is set be a regular fixture here throughout 2012.

There will also be a brand spanking new complex that will consist of eateries, a retail section and of course, Vegas-style entertainment in a complex called the Skyvue Vegas which is quite close to Mandalay Bay.

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Wild things at the Springs Preserve
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09 September 2011

Each year during the months of April, May and June, a little bit of the Roos-N-More Zoo arrives every weekend at the Springs Preserve to entertain visitors who flock here to meet rare and beautiful creatures that they have only ever seen on TV or in photos.

These welcomed weekend guests at the Springs Preserve are otters, lemurs, boa constrictors to name but a few of the many unusual and sometimes endangered animals from around the world that are bought to the Springs for visitors to see and meet them up close, interact with them and get to know something about the little critters that inhabit our planet.

Shows are held twice daily and visitors can learn all there is know about the animals they meet by listening to great tutorials from members of the zoo staff. Just by watching the animals visitors can get to know their personalities as they watch them fool around.

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Vintage Vegas takes another spin
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04 September 2011


Chris Phillips alias Zowie Bowie also known as the man with constant and very obvious fake tan, has been wowing the Las Vegas lounges since 2006 with his wacky performances which he had been doing so expertly along with his then-fiancée.

The gleaming wide smile of the curvaceous Marley Taylor had drawn the crowds in to admire and ogle at the various outfits that both performers dared to wear during their flash performances and to marvel at the dance moves that Marley performed throughout. But then things went a little wrong for the couple as Marley decided to quit to go off with another man who was unfortunately the musical director of their show.

But all is not lost as Phillips has hired a new musical conductor who just happens to be the man that Marley went off with in the first place. It sounds like a story out of the roman era of trickery and deceit, but Phillips is convinced that the three of them will make the performance and therefore the whole show tighter and more intimate than it ever was in the past.

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The World Famous Jabbawockeez
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03 September 2011


The incredible success that the famous Jabbawockeez dance crew has enjoyed over the last few months in Las Vegas has convinced the president of Monte Carlo, Anton Nikodemus,  to rebook them to give more shows at the resort in October 2011 of this year.

He was so impressed by the immediate sell out of the initial performances and clearly appreciated how the now world acclaimed JBWKZ dance show called ‘MUS.I.C.’ added a sensational new option of entertainment to all the guests at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino that he felt the need to do this.

The aptly named show has been described as ‘an audio-visual story of inspiration’ and HBWK clearly bought an enhanced level of thrilling shows to the resort to merit being rebooked. Needless to say Jabbawockee are pretty thrilled to be included as a ‘family member’ of such a prestigious group. Fred Nguyen put it very succinctly when he told the press that the dance crew thought the success they had enjoyed at the resort was one they had always wished would happen, he said they found it to be a ‘truly humbling’ experience.

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The Valley of Fire Tour in Vegas
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02 September 2011


The Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest state park and a trip to this amazing place will take you through some fantastic scenery including incredible rock formations and color reflections on the eroded sandstone through the valley that will simply take your breath away. The sand dunes here are as ancient as time is itself leaving you feeling very small indeed. People call the Valley of Fire an ‘awe inspiring’ and it really is just that.

Just 50 miles from Las Vegas the valley is 150 million years old and was named the ‘Valley of Fire’ because when the sun hits these ancient rocks it often gives the impression that the whole valley is on fire. Touring through it is like going back in time, 3000 years back in fact.

The tour encompasses authentic Pueblos, pottery, baskets, arrowheads, tools along with other ancient artifacts and the Great Anasazi – the ‘Lost City’. Once the spiritual centre of these great people, driving through it you understand why it was, and you will certainly come away having had a spiritual experience yourself. Over centuries nature has carved the sandstone rocks into unbelievable shapes that are a photographers dream.

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The Exotic Driving Experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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01 September 2011


The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is every driver’s dream place. This motorsports facility is bursting at the seams with just about everything you would ever need to satisfy your lust for speed in the car of your dreams. It boasts four driving schools, ten racing venues and seating for over 200,000 speedway fans. There are 1,400 ‘event days’ organized at the speedway every year making it one of the most popular venues for fans and speedway organizers alike.

Being ideally situated close to Las Vegas, it is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc, the leading promoter of motorsports entertainment in the whole of the United States. They incidentally, own a lot more tracks all over the States but the exotic driving experience that is organized at the Las Vegas speedway track offers customers the opportunity of a life time, to drive a fantastic car around one of the best speedway tracks that can be found.

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18 Review of Vegas nightclub Tabu in the MGM Grand
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28 August 2011


MGM Grand is well known for its night club scene and is always improving the way it presents customers with new ideas to make their nights in Vegas ones that they will never forget. With the opening of the Tabu night club back in 2003, MGM also came up with another way of describing just what it was that they were offering their customers. The word that was on everybody’s lips was ‘ultralounge’. Not to be found in any dictionaries the public were intrigued to find out what MGM meant by this new and intriguing terminology.

Over the years the meaning of the word has been more than understood, it has also been appreciated by all those people who have partied the night away in Tabu. This hotspot night club is very intimate, not at all like the massive clubs close by at all.

It just about takes 400 people to fill Tabu up without it feeling cramped and overcrowded. State of the art technology has been introduced into every aspect of the club, including inclined table tops (?) a mega sound system with interaction videos dotted here and there are the club strategically placed for subtle effects that can barely be noticed by the crowd which is a really nice subtle touch.

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Review of Vegas nightclub Studio 54 in the MGM Grand
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27 August 2011


The MGM Grand hotel is a smart hotel and it boasts one of the best nightclubs in Las Vegas. Studio 54 has left the sound of the 70’s way behind with an upbeat ultra modern club that features state of the art sound that blasts out high energy music with a lighting and video system to match.

It is now one of the hottest night clubs in Vegas with an amazing 22,000 square foot of floor space and with four dance floors, bars and exclusive areas on the upper floor for invited guests only this club really is impressive. There are a few other semi-private lounges to boot that can cater for up to 400 people.

With a dress code that only lets people who are ‘dressed nicely’ into the joint, the club really starts to heat up as the night gets going with infamous parties that will never be forgotten by anyone who is lucky enough to be involved in them.

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Las Vegas Earth Hour
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19 August 2011


For a second time since Earth Hour first started, Las Vegas told the world that it cared about climate change. In startling darkness the normally super-lit city plunged into darkness at 8.30 pm to join forces with other cities all over the globe and on seven continents and be seen (or not) as caring about energy conservation in Nevada.

For many who were just arriving the normally glitzy, illuminated ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas ‘ wasn’t turned on to bid them welcome and this was met with surprise and disappointment, especially because many first time visitors could not take any of the photos they had planned to get of the city.

Many residents knew something was different about Vegas but even though there were many lights turned off at the well known venues and casinos in the city it wasn’t until it was explained to them what was happening that they agreed that it was a good thing for the city to do. Many residents thought Earth Hour in Las Vegas was ‘really cool’ and a few thought the organizers should do it every evening which is if you think about it is a better than good idea.

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How to play craps for the first time in Las Vegas
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18 August 2011

The whole concept of crap is that it is a fast moving game that gets punters on their toes and for those who know and play the game routinely, shouting out their bets and throwing chips on the table for dealers to maneuver to where they need to be placed, it is a really great casino game to play.

Watching dealers seemingly and smoothly whipping the chips away and then stacking a load and pushing them over to a player who has presumably just won, you realize that no -  he hasn’t won - he has just bought into the game. In short to a new comer it looks like organized mayhem that is really hard to understand.

Playing craps for the first time can be a nerve racking experience but there are certain tips and pointers that may help calm those shaking hands and get the dice rolling. The best time to go and chance your luck on the dice table is when it is quiet in the casino, mid-week is usually a good time with hotel rooms costing that much less and with less people around you will not have to wait in line to get anything.

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Famous celebrities who have tied the knot in Vegas
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17 August 2011

Getting married in Vegas is popular, so popular that 120,000 couples do it every year. From the very early days marrying in this glitzy town was favored by the rich and famous and they gloried in the press they received when they left the churches or chapels and hotels that hold the ceremonies.

The press loved it too, and paparazzi from all over the globe waited and will wait forever in anticipation of getting that perfect picture of the rich and famous as they wave and smile for their adoring fans and of course the cameras.

Over the years there have been some strange matches that have taken place in Las Vegas, Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra being a great example of this. But there have been some true love stories for some of the stars who got hitched in Vegas, these are couples like the heart throb Paul Newman and the lovely actress Joanne Woodward.

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A taste of Ireland at McFaddens restaurant
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14 August 2011


When it comes to bringing a taste of Ireland to the States McFadden’s have done so with style and panache. With restaurants in New York City and Chicago, they have fast gained a reputation of being one of the best places to go for a great meal, cheap alcohol and a fantastic night out on the town.

McFadden’s boasts a friendly bar staff and one of the best DJ’s to be found in Las Vegas, to make sure that everyone who arrives at the restaurant and night spot whether they go to grab a bite to eat or enjoy the ‘shots’ that are always on offer at prices you can’t refuse.

Lots of people who visit and eat at McFadden’s rave about the service and love the food that is served in the place which is why it has earned its reputation over recent years so with the Irish element added to the menu it is bound to get even better.

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6 Pool Party season the most profitable time for nightclub operators who dabble in the daylife trend
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09 August 2011

The new trend for day clubs means with the onset of summer nightclub owners and operators who have seen the fashion for young party goers to want to have a good time drinking and dancing in the midday sun are going to be cashing in on a very profitable business.

Las Vegas has got two new pool parties which opened in the spring and with most of the other hotels jumping on the day club band wagon by hosting adult only parties at the weekends which just confirms that everyone in the know feels that this is more than just a passing trend and people coming to the strip want to be able to party just like they did on yachts in St. Tropez.

The trend is more one common in Miami where it has been long accepted that parties start early and finish late morning too, with lots of drinking throughout the whole day and night but since 2004 and the Rehab pool party at the Hard Rock, the trend has taken grip in Vegas too.

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Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas
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07 July 2011

The Reve at the Wynn Las Vegas can only be described as a fabulous, thrilling and visually stunning spectacle which captures an audience’s imagination from the very beginning to the very end. The cast of 85 actors plays to the crowd throughout the performance with their superbly choreographed aerial acrobatics. Their performance immerses the entire audience in their fantasy world of adventure and intrigue and the whole spectacle takes place in a unique aqua theatre-in-the-round that is perfect for the show.

The Reve is the dreamlike work of the internationally acclaimed director Franco Dragone and it is his concept of creating a visual masterpiece whilst giving the audience an impression of being involved with the show that adds to the thrill of being a spectator. His wonderful creative vision allows an audience to enter this dream world that borders on reality and pure imagination.

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Las Vegas International Tattoo 2011 at University of Nevada
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01 July 2011

Choosing to hold the Las Vegas International Tattoo 2011 at the University of Nevada is one of the best venue choices that could have been made. Superstars have played to massive audiences at this venue with great success. Names like Elton John, Billy Joel, U2, Van Halen, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner to name but a few have performed at the University over the past 20 years or so and audiences have gone wild at every event.

The Tattoo 2011 took place in the Thomas & Mack Center which is one of the largest indoor arenas found in Las Vegas. It sits proudly in the grounds of the University of Nevada as is named after two very prominent bankers, E Parry Thomas and Jerome Mack. These two bankers originally funded the feasibility and land studies for the arena project. It is now home to the UNLV men’s basketball team and the National Finals Rodeo is also held in the stadium every year.

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Grand Canyon Rafting Trip from Las Vegas an Unforgettable 15 Hours
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29 May 2011

The Grand Canyon has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. The sheer size of the canyon has awe inspiring views that are out of this world whether you are walking along the top of the canyon or white water rafting down below.

The Colorado River offers the best water rafting in the world and with hundreds of thousands of people enjoying this once in a lifetime trip it is no wonder that many tours are now available. The Colorado River is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and it flows through the Grand Canyon, rafting down this river is an experience that will thrill and enthral you.

The South Rim and the North Rim of the canyon are linked via Las Vegas, Nevada and the Hoover Dam. The Grand Canyon was a favourite hunting ground for President Roosevelt who was a major influence into the entire area becoming a national park.

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Las Vegas Night Strip Helicopter Tour
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21 May 2011

To tour Las Vegas by night in a helicopter, any time of year, is one of the top things to do on your visit to the city.  Tour companies offer spectacular views from six-seater state of the art helicopters.  These jet helicopters are renowned for their excellent manoeuvrability and many passengers have praised them for the smoothness of their flight.  This is an excellent way to see the dazzling Las Vegas Strip and is available between 6pm and 8pm, depending on the time of year.

The flights themselves last around twelve minutes, which may sound comparatively short, but it’s sufficient for you to see all the sights.  You will need to allow around an hour and half for the whole tour, due to loading and unloading plus your special champagne toast before you board.

Departing from the heliport close to the strip, you’ll start by flying past the large pyramid at the Luxor hotel, with its bright light shining up into the night sky.  You’ll see the magical dancing water fountains of the Bellagio and the legendary Caesar’s Palace, which has hosted many sporting events including World Championship Boxing Matches and Formula One Grand Prix.

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A review of the new Phantom show in the Venetian Las Vegas
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15 May 2011

In keeping with any project or show that hits Las Vegas, the budget for the theatre that houses it’s version of Andrew Lloyd Webbers ‘Phantom of the Opera’ was as grand as the sets themselves. A massive $40 million went into the custom build theatre at the Venetian. Audiences have been mesmerized by this shorter version of Lloyd Webbers Broadway hit which is now called ‘Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular’ and it is not only the show itself that has them raving about the show but the 1,800 seat theatre with its elaborate seta and special effects too.

The theatre has been built to look very like the Opera Garnier in Paris with red seats and curtains, gold statues and carvings with a hand painted ceiling and eighty foot dome and typical private boxes along the sides of the theatre. There are 70 mannequins placed in each of this boxes are constant spectators, they are dressed in authentic period costume and each of these characters is an individual person as not one of looks alike.

In the centre of the theatre is a chandelier which weighs 2,100 pounds and was designed at a cost of $4.5 million. This centre piece of the hall plays a major part in the show. There are nearly 30,000 crystals that were hand strung to this amazing creation. At the start of the show this chandelier appears to be in four pieces that dramatically reassemble themselves into a single light again.

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Absinthe, the show of intoxicating circus and burlesque
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14 May 2011

Caesars Palace is the venue of one of the most extraordinary shows to hit Las Vegas and the show is the amazing Absinthe. This incredible mixture of circus and burlesque is the brain storm of Spiegleworld and BASE International who have come up with a show that offers audiences the old world burlesque, carnival and pure decadence in a performance that will leave them speechless.

The Roman Plaza at the front of Caesars Palace has been transformed into a playground filled with extraordinarily entrancing entertainment. This unique show comes alive as the sun goes down and provides a pure fantasy world for all those who enter into it. There is so much to get involved with as the spectators wonder through a maze of 20th century European décor that captivates the imagination in so many different ways and leads them to the centre piece of the show.

The main attraction takes place in a central wooden tent that is generously decorated with flamboyant mirrors, colorful stained glass windows and opulent velvet drapes. This European feel of decadence is just the beginning of some of the most outlandish acts that unfold in the round theatre. This adult show is a surreal experience for all who take part in the excesses that the cast perform just a few feet away from them in breathtaking acts that will enthrall them.

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Will gas prices hinder the recovery in Las Vegas?
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12 May 2011

With the cost of gas on the increase it has hit Las Vegas pretty hard. The cost of gas has affected everything from the price of gas at the pump to the cost of an airline ticket to getting to Las Vegas. This makes analysts worried about the overall effect it will have on the recovery of the gaming business in this well known city of excesses.

Tourists to Las Vegas use their disposable money for the fun they will have gambling whilst they are visiting Las Vegas for their trips away from home. If their disposable income is reduced by the rising cost of gas then it will automatically affect their decision to visit the gaming rooms in Las Vegas.

Analysts believe that if the cost of gas remains level for the next few months it will encourage the visitor back to Las Vegas where they will want to spend more time and money at the resort. Should the cost of gas continue to increase however, then the affect this would have on the gaming industry in Las Vegas would be quite dramatic and certainly profits for the major casinos will continue to drop in the coming months.

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Will the recession hit Las Vegas more than Atlantic City?
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08 May 2011

Las Vegas and Atlantic City have been hit by the recession but whether one gambling destination has been hit more than the other is a tricky question to answer. Smaller resorts like the casinos that are located near or on Indian reservations, city centre casinos and riverboat casinos have been less affected by the recession as they do not rely so much on people coming for overnight trips as do the larger casino resorts such as Las Vegas or Atlantic City. The recession has made people think twice about travelling further afield to a resort thus it has hit both Las Vegas and Atlantic City in a much more dramatic manner.

In an attempt to attract people to Las Vegas and Atlantic City both of these multi-million dollar areas of the gambling world have increased their comps (free stuff) making a trip there more inviting to the visitor. Some casinos however, will have only increased their comps on slot machines which means that if a visitor wins $100 in one day the casino will increase this fives times to $500. Other casinos tighten their belts when a recession hits and reduce their comps on all levels of gaming.

Unlike the casinos in the Caribbean who rely on the seasons for their revenue in the gambling industry, Las Vegas and Atlantic City need the short term visitor to keep their wheels turning and both of these resorts are not betting on great returns since the recession hit them.

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Britney Spears performs special show in Las Vegas Palms, Rain nightclub
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06 May 2011

Wherever Britney Spears performs anywhere in the world there is always a frenzied audience that greets her and when she appeared on stage in Las Vegas at the Rain nightclub this was no exception. Wearing one of her usual stunningly sexy outfits she sang her first song ‘Hold it Against Me’ as she was surrounded by her sexy male dancers and the audience simply went wild. The whole set was geared up with a wind machine that had her long blonde locks floating away with the lyrics of her song as she pumped up the energy around her.

Britney’s usual lively and energetic performance with her dancers had her fans rocking with her throughout her rendition and the music kept upbeat the whole time as she lunged into her second song ‘Big Fat Bass’. Britney really knows how to grab her fans with her antics and as she danced around the stage, climbing on speakers and literally she sent the crowd into a real frenzy. This track had been remixed to include past hits such as ‘3’, ‘Slave 4 U’ and ‘Gimme More’ which her fans really appreciated as they got louder as Britney strode around the stage.

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The Las Vegas Mob Experience at the Tropicana
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04 May 2011

For a superb lesson in the history of the Mob then the Las Vegas Mob Experience at the Tropicana is one of the best experiences that a visitor will ever have the chance of getting involved in. This interactive experience takes the visitor from the days of Prohibition to Las Vegas and demonstrates the dramatic downfall of the Mafia in a way that will leave them speechless.

Using the most up to date technology that makes each visitors experience unique you can choose which celebrity guide will escort you through the exhibition so whether you would like Mickey Rourke or Tony Sirico as a guide it is up to you to decide making the whole process really personal.

Your guide will take you through a maze of alley ways that lead to a door that leads you into a Speakeasy and then a warehouse that has a hidden exit. You get to play a role through the entire tour and can choose to answer questions and make decisions on whether to join a gang or ‘rat’ on the wise guys who approach you by pointing them out to a cop down the street.

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Review of Shadow Creek Golf Course
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03 May 2011

Shadow Creek is probably the most unique golf course in the entire world. It was created on a desolate piece of land to become a typical Las Vegas feature built out of nothing into an extraordinary landscape. Everything about it is larger than life, from the huge pine trees that line the fairways to the crystal clear lakes that appear to have no boundaries.

It is one of the most exclusive, most expensive and most improbable golf courses in the whole of America. It has a waterfall with a creek that runs down the left side of one of the holes and across the green and offers players a game of golf that no other course in the world will ever offer them.

This 18 hole course was the creation of Steve Wynn, who developed Casinos in Las Vegas. He was responsible for some of the most extraordinary features that have appeared in the city and with his golf course he managed to create something that many people have marveled at since it was first built.

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Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip by Coach, Helicopter and Boat with Optional Skywalk
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08 February 2011

The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders that attract millions of visitors every year. The massive gorge that the Colorado River has formed stretches 500 miles long, most of which is underneath Lake Powel, and the best place to visit the gorge is in the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Although there are various places to visit such as the South and West Rim, the proximity of the West Rim to Las Vegas makes it the ideal location.

The West Rim is on the Hualapai Indian reservation which covers a large area of the Canyon at its deepest point of around 5000 feet and 20 miles wide. The Indian tribe have made this into a tourist attraction with an airfield, visitor centre and ranch that offer over night accommodation. The West Rim is a 2 hour drive down route 93 from Las Vegas or a 15 minute flight by helicopter.

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Black Canyon River Rafting Tour
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14 January 2011

The Black Canyon River is situated in the Lake Mead National Recreation area near Las Vegas, Nevada.  Created by the 500 mile stretching Colorado River the Black Canyon lies just beneath the Hoover Damn, it was used by early Native Indians as a life line to the irrigation of crops until the fickle river made the area uninhabitable some 800-850 years ago.  After much research in the 1920’s to find a suitable Damn location, Hoover Damn was finished in 1935 backing water up to create Lake Mead and one of the biggest water recreation areas’ of the Southwest.

The 2000 feet high cliffs from the waters’ edge make this a spectacular rafting area with some of the most breathtaking views of the whole Canyon.  A typical rafting tour of the Black Canyon will consist of; being picked up from your Las Vegas hotel and transported to the Hoover Damn recreational area where you will welcomed on board a purpose built raft.

The raft launch area is at the base of the Hoover Dam and gives you a spectacular view upward of this fete of concrete engineering.  Over 100 people lost their lives in the construction of the damn out of the 5000 people working day and night to complete the build over a 7 year period.  The damn now offers an incredible resource for the surrounding area.

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Romance Package at the Venetian Hotel The Romantic Getaway
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02 January 2011

The Romance Package at the Venetian Hotel is a great experience for couples or simply for people who believe in romance. The package includes a trip to Madame Tussauds museum, followed by a Venice-like Gondola ride with a meal at Zeffirinos thrown in for good measure.

 It is without doubt great value for money. Madame Tussauds is an out of the world experience, almost surreal and one leaves the place with a feeling of déjà-vu.

The tickets are easily available with no long queues to battle.  The Gondola ride can only be booked for the day while Madam Tussauds and the meal can be availed any time during the day. Almost everyone who visits these places comes out with raving reviews and a promise to oneself and others to return soon.

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Las Vegas Tandem Skydiving experience A Thrilling Experience
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31 December 2010

The tandem SkyDive in Las Vegas is an adventurous getaway for those with a penchant for thrills. The diving site is located in Nevada at a height of about 15000 feet. The experience has been aptly termed as the ’Ultimate Las Vegas Adventure.

One starts off on the adventure trip with a short ride from the Strip in Vegas to the Boulder City and is subsequently trained on diving and landing positions. Once the training gets done, the person is ready to be appropriately dressed in safety gear and is all set to go!

The event can best be defined as an exhilarating experience that makes a person wonder the reason for not undertaking that trip to Vegas for the SkyDive earlier. The support staff at the SkyDive Las Vegas makes a person feel safe and one can relax with the knowledge and also the fact that one is constantly under professional and experienced guidance.

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A Review of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk Walking on the Air
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30 December 2010

The Grand Canyon Skywalk and Hoover Dam day trip from Las Vegas is an amazing experience in everyway. If one gets a choice to accommodate the helicopter ride as well, it is recommended that one gets it added, as it is the best way to see the canyon. The helicopter ride and the skywalk is a completely breath taking experience that should be on the must-do lists of every one who visits Las Vegas.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk and Hoover Dam day trip starts with an entertaining bus ride to the site which was nothing but comfortable. The bus picks the visitors at 6.30 AM in the morning and the ride is very entertaining.

One gets ample time to see a minimum of two of the three primary tourists draws on the west rim. The bus driver is generally very chatty and offers a lot of anecdotes and keeps the conversation flowing. The Hoover’s Dam is an added attraction and it is great to be able to view it from such close quarters.

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B - BeatleShow Tribute! At Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino The Fab Four Show
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26 December 2010

The Beatles show provides an hour and a half of great entertainment with singing that almost matches up to the originals and takes one back to the days when Paul, Ringo, George and John made the worst of the days seem better.

The theater is located right across the street from Bellagio and is very convenient to reach; being situated in the middle of the Strip. The vouchers for the Beatles show are easily available from online bookings through Viator and the VIP seats recently re-hauled offer an improved view of the show. It appears like a seamless experience as the tickets are easily handed over on presenting the vouchers at the box office in the theatre.

As for the show itself, the Fab four -- the main singers of the Beatles show -- are superb as they sing and they even look like the original Beatles. For a Beatles fan, it can be described as a delight to the eyes and the ears. The guys perform a few of the greatest hits including "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Hard Days Night", "Twist and Shout", "Sergeant Peppers" and "Hey Jude".

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A review of the Ultimate Las Vegas Nightclub Hopping Package
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18 December 2010

The Las Vegas nightclub hopping package is a concise, very handy tool when one is at his own and is visiting for the first time, with little knowledge of the city's most active night clubs. One can easily book a package on landing at the airport from the booth located right near the baggage collection counter at the check out lounge.

The package is superb value for money as it provides an individual with a number of passes and if one needs to use them all over a weekend, one would need to visit at least 5-6 night clubs every night.

Some clubs also state the specific dates that they are open on, so one can plan in advance on the days that they can be visited. For these, one should not forget to check the terms of his or her Las Vegas nightclub hopping package. The most notable clubs in the package are Lavo, Tryst, Pure, Tao, Ghostbar and Voodoo Lounge.

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A Review of V: The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
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16 December 2010

Taking a break to Las Vegas? Then check out this review of V: The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for information on one of the best sources of entertainment that Vegas has to offer.

This nightly show at Planet Hollywood is not for the faint hearted, with outrageous and high energy entertainers taking to the stage to amaze and astound you with their exciting acts from around the world.

There is a huge assortment of shows and acts, including various performances including comedians, stunt men, magicians and illusionists. Each show has a rotating selection of artists who guarantee ultimate entertainment. You just cannot miss this if you’re visiting Vegas.

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A Review of Las Vegas Double Decker Bus of the Stars Experience
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12 December 2010

For a fun and entertaining even, jump on the Las Vegas Double Decker bus of the stars. You're guaranteed a night to remember. And why is this amusement so popular with so many Las Vegas visitors? Read on to find out...

The evening starts out at Mandalay Bay where you board the London style double decker with 67 other travellers, a great reason to be a part of it. You meet plenty of new friends and have a good giggle leaving you in a great mood to continue your evening.

The bus departs three times daily, so it's nice and convenient for you to choose a time that suits you. You'll travel along the famous Las Vegas strip, a 4.2 mile stretch which is home to many of the world's largest casinos and hotels.

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A Review of Jubilee! At Bally's Hotel & Casino
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11 December 2010

If you’re looking for a grand hotel in Vegas,it doesn’t get much more grand than Bally’s Hotel and Casino on the world famous Las Vegas strip. Vegas, dubbed the adult’s playground is the perfect place to get your glad rags on and have a real good time.

And one of the most fun attractions of Vegas is the plentiful shows for all tastes. Read on for a review of Jubilee! at Bally’s Hotel and Casino.

Bally’s is a gargantuan hotel with 2814 oversized luxurious rooms, each of at least 450 square feet in size. The hotel features a moving sidewalk covered in neon lighting, which transports customers from Las Vegas Boulevard to the entrance.

The hotel has two theatres. One of which, the Zeigfield, is home to the hit show Jubilee! It has been running for just under 30 years and is one of Las Vegas’ most popular shows. Choreographed by Donn Arden, this masterpiece will blow you away.

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City Review of Sunrise Manor
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26 August 2010

City Review of Sunrise ManorOne of the biggest downsides to being located so close to Las Vegas, Nevada is that regardless of what is offered as a standalone territory it’s all overshadowed by the world’s biggest gambling Mecca. This has a positive effect on tourism in most cases, as most people travel to the area and find places like Sunrise Manor on their own, but it also results in a serious lack of identity.

Sunrise Manor is a census-designated place on the outskirts of Las Vegas, located within Clark County, Nevada. This means that it’s not technically its own city; it’s just a designed part of Las Vegas. However, if Sunrise Manor were to ever be incorporated, it would become one of the largest cities in the entire state.

Sunrise Manor is currently best known for two things: its immediate proximity to the city of Las Vegas, and its place at the seat of Frenchman Mountain. With a population of almost 200,000, Sunrise Manor is definitely a popular location to live, with plenty of hotels, restaurants, parks and upscale neighborhoods.

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City Review: Spring Valley, Clark County
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18 August 2010

City Review: Spring Valley, Clark CountyAs far as vacationing in the United States, you’d be hard pressed to find any area with more to do than in and around Clark County, Nevada. Not only is this the home of the famous gambling hub Las Vegas, but it’s also one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations for hikers, ATV enthusiasts, sightseers, history buffs, and much, much more.

The city of Spring Valley is located in the center of all the action. Only two miles west of the main Vegas Strip, Spring Valley receives much of the Las Vegas overflow and also its own tourists due to the hotels and restaurants located there for people who don’t want to spend the money for resort stays or who want to see other sites in Nevada.

Spring Valley also contains quite a few middle class to upper class residential neighborhoods and boasts an economy independent of Las Vegas, as evidenced by the nearly 120,000 permanent residents of this small city.

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City Review of Winchester, Nevada
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08 August 2010

City Review of Winchester, NevadaWinchester, Nevada is one of the many standalone towns and cities around Las Vegas that have the misfortune of being categorized as simply “Vegas.” That’s not to say that Las Vegas is a bad place, but since postal addresses only recognize Vegas in Clark County, Nevada, some tourists may never find out about locations like Winchester.

The city of Winchester is small in comparison to the rest of the cities in Las Vegas’ metropolitan area. Winchester is located directly south of Vegas and contains much of Sin City’s Strip. As a result, there are hordes of restaurants, motels and other attractions in Winchester that should interest anyone planning on vacationing in the area.

One of the biggest positives of visiting Winchester if you’re also visiting Las Vegas is that you can stay in Winchester and beat some of the traffic on both the roads and in the hotels. Since a lot of vacationers are preoccupied with wanting to stay in luxury resorts, this leaves Winchester’s hotels and motels open and available most of the year.

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Nevada Attractions - Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest of Spring Mountains
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17 July 2010

Nevada Attractions - Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest of Spring Mountains In recent years, Las Vegas has started to earn a reputation for the wild countryside in very close proximity. Most people think of the area round Vegas as a sprawling desert, but the southern border of Nevada is also a mountain range, and the Spring Mountains provide a lot of tourism potential, including Red Rock Canyon and other parts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Due to its higher elevation and abundance of natural springs, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF) is a stark contrast to the surrounding desert only mere miles away. The mountain range is expansive and the declared national forest encompasses 6.3 million acres of green forestland and is the largest National Forest in the country outside of Alaska.

One of the most unique aspects of Vegas’ National Forest is that it’s not a continuous stretch of mountain. Instead, the entire forest area is spread out all over the southern part of the state and even parts of eastern California. All in all, there are 10 separate ranger districts scattered across miles, including the popular Santa Rosa Range.

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Major Attractions Surrounding Las Vegas - Bitter Springs Back Country Byway
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15 July 2010

Major Attractions Surrounding Las Vegas - Bitter Springs Back Country BywayNevada is absolutely jam packed with hundreds of tourist destinations, especially around Las Vegas. The desert oasis full of casino resorts is great for the gambling types out there, but Vegas and the surrounding area presents a tourist’s paradise in terms of scenery and historic locations. Driving the Bitter Springs Back Country Byway, tourists get to see a lot of what the area offers.

Anyone planning on venturing to Nevada to cruise this strip of land should know that it’s an unpaved road that can get a bit rough at times. It’s certainly not a drag strip and all motorists should take it easy and enjoy the scenery. It should take anyone about 2 hours to fully enjoy the scenic tour, although the byway isn’t that long.

Also, your run-of-the-mill rental car probably isn’t going to make the trek. This byway is something that needs to be planned out and not simply a route you can stumble across. You should have a high-clearance vehicle, a truck or an ATV, and you should make sure to bring some supplies just in case of a breakdown.

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Las Vegas Attractions - Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park
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04 July 2010

Las Vegas Attractions - Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical ParkEvery major tourist attraction city in America has some type of zoo or botanical garden facility. It’s a family-friendly and informative experience for people of all ages, and Las Vegas is no exception. Although Vegas’ zoo has a fancy name, the Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park, it’s still a basic zoo and operates as a nonprofit organization.

With all the many casino resorts in Las Vegas, one might expect any zoo in the city to be a large, lavish piece of property with thousands of exotic animals from all over the globe. However, the Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park only covers a very small 3 acres and is a relatively small facility that mostly houses animals that can thrive in the dry climate.

From the outside, the zoo is very whimsical and even a bit outdated in terms of everything that surrounds it. The low faded walls are painted yellow and green, and the actual “Zoo” sign looks like something from a 1960s casino on The Strip. The inside of the facility is kept nicer, at least, and the animals are cared for by well-trained staff.

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Biography Of The Singer And Film Star Liza Minelli
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19 June 2010

Biography Of The Singer And Film Star Liza MinelliLiza Minnelli was born on March 12th, 1946 in Hollywood, California to Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. Her parents were both active in the film industry her father was an acclaimed film director and her mother was successful in both film and music. While in High School she went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts in New York.

At the young age of three Minnelli first appeared on film in a movie with her mother called In The Good Old Summertime. It wouldn’t be until 1963 that Minnelli would first start performing professionally on a regular basis. She won the Theatre World Award for her performance in The Best Foot Forward in 1963.

Minnelli was also active in the music industry when she was 19 she made her debut as a nightclub singer at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. In the years to follow she would appear in stage performances in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and even New York City. It would be this success that would give her the opportunity to record a number of albums for Capitol Records including Liza! Liza.

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Top Las Vegas Shows - Sin City Comedy at the V Theater
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12 May 2010

Top Las Vegas Shows - Sin City Comedy at the V TheaterApart from gambling, nothing quite says Las Vegas like a good, old-fashioned comedy show. Many try their hand at entertaining the tourists with humor, but only a very few actually succeed. One of the lucky ones, able to weed through the muck, is the comedy-slash-burlesque show Sin City Comedy.

There’s certainly nothing flashy about the name, but it’s ironically poignant in a classic Vegas sorta way. With the city itself, you would be hard-pressed to find any comic not taking shots at Vegas, but Sin City Comedy doesn’t get by on selling the same old cigarette-smoking senior citizens routine.

Playing at the V Theater on the Miracle Mile in Planet Hollywood, Sin City Comedy deals with three comics (subject to change at any time) delivering both separate sets and partnered skits. As the show starts, the comics make it clear that self-deprecating humor and Las Vegas certainly go hand in hand.

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Top Vegas Shows - Ultimate Manilow: The Hits at The Paris Theater
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14 March 2010

Top Vegas Shows - Ultimate Manilow: The Hits at The Paris TheaterFans of the standards haven’t had much to look forward to in recent years, and this is especially true if they’ve been venturing out to Las Vegas in hopes of catching a classic crooner delivering a legitimate concert without the over-the-top bells and whistles. The truth: contemporary music is going the way of the dodo, but Barry might save the day.

Barry Manilow is the top-selling contemporary artist of all time, with over 80 million albums sold to date. In that world, he’s as big as Elvis or the Beatles in rock and roll, and is certainly able to pack folks into the Paris Las Vegas to see a show from a bygone era with Ultimate Manilow: The Hits.  

There’s something about Barry that drives women wild, and that’s primarily what his audience is made up of. Well, that and husbands who were dragged against their will. Even still, Vegas is the world’s biggest tourist trap, and enough tourists happen to be contemporary music fans to make Manilow’s show one of the biggest in the city.  

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Top Las Vegas Shows - Terry Fator and his singing puppets
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08 March 2010

Top Las Vegas Shows - Terry Fator and his singing puppetsVentriloquists have long had their place in show business. Of course, some are better than others, and it doesnt take but a slip of the tongue literally - to go from the top of the world to the bottom of the dummy heap. For Terry Fator, his has been a road paved in gold, it seems, with TV spots, big-time endorsements, and an ongoing Vegas show at the Mirage.

Terry Fator is one of the most unique ventriloquists working in the entertainment world today. Not only is his delivery nearly flawless, with every dummy he uses having a distinct personality and voice, but Fator also adds singing into his act. This is something that no other famous ventriloquist has ever tried on this level and been successful.

Fator won the hit TV show Americas Got Talent in 2007 by wowing the judges with his impressive singing talent. Terry is able to keep completely tight-lipped while belting out such classics as I Got You Babe and, his show-winning number and Etta James mega hit, At Last.

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Top Vegas Shows - Free Beer! The Improv Show
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05 March 2010

Top Vegas Shows - Free Beer! The Improv ShowComedy shows have always had a tight grip around the neck of Las Vegas. Even famous acts like The Rat Packfeaturing Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra - offered guests a lot more than crooner classics. Their shows delivered some great comedy sketches and even some legitimate improve. Following in those footsteps is Vegas Free Beer! The Improv Show.

Its always extremely difficult to describe an improv show in any type of general terms; i.e. good, bad, entertaining, etc. This is due to the nature of improvisation comedy: theres never any set stage or routine, per se; there are simply some talented improvisation comedians who feed off of one another and deliver original skits.

For Free Beer! The Improv Show in particular, its very similar to the UKs and Americas hit show Whose Line is it Anyway, where a cast of comedians, directed by a host, take audience suggestions and play out different scenarios on a whim. The spirit of Free Beer is certainly along those same lines.

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Real Interactive Entertainment in Las Vegas - Tony And Tina's Wedding
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10 February 2010

Real Interactive Entertainment in Las Vegas - Tony And Tina's WeddingTaking a trip to Las Vegas today is like visiting some dreamscape wonderland, packed full of the biggest and brightest lights your mind could ever imagine. Most of Vegas is vastly new and improved, hoping to usher in a new generation of entertainment for a new generation of tourists and gamblers.

However, you can still find some tried-and-true traditional favorites if you look in the right places. One of Las Vegas biggest hits today has been a big hit for a long time, Tony and Tinas Wedding.

This show has been going on for years. Its basically an interactive wedding, inviting guests in to sit with either the bride (Tina) or the groom (Tony) and their respective families played by some really funny and talented actors. The shows success comes from its utter realness.

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See A Darker Side to Sin City With The Vegas Mob Tour
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05 February 2010

See A Darker Side to Sin City With The Vegas Mob TourLong before Las Vegas became well known as the place to catch every washed-up act from sea to shining sea (as well as some great ones, mind you!), the common consensus was that the mob pretty much controlled much of the day-to-day activities. Going to Las Vegas these days, youd be hard-pressed to find signs of any gangster-style mafia activity.

The big-shot entrepreneurs proved that money talks and intimidation walks. But this is actually a good thing. Mob activity is much kinder and gentler when its fictionalized; and if you want to get close to the mob, minus the concrete boots, the Vegas Mob Tour is available in Sin City, showcasing the best - or worst, depending on your disposition - of what the mob had to offer.

The Vegas Mob Tour is carried out via bus and takes around two and a half hours from start to finish. During this time, youll be chauffeured around to many locations where the mafia and organized crime in general once had a firm grip on the landscape.

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Top Vegas Shows - V: The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood
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04 February 2010

Top Vegas Shows - V: The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet HollywoodIn Sin City, its not a far leap to assume that the V in Vegas could easily stand for Variety. After all, this is the city that declared gambling wasnt enough of a guilty pleasure to keep people coming back. So they equipped the city with $5 pig-out buffets, legal brothels, the all-night liquor stores and, of course, the lively shows to keep you entertained.

Dont let anyone tell you different, Vegas is all about variety. Speaking of variety, Planet Hollywood currently has the aptly titled V playing in their V theater. Vegas loves that V, apparently.

The Miracle Mile Malls theater inside of Planet Hollywood is called V, and V: The Ultimate Variety Show is its namesake production. Many Las Vegas shows at other hotels and casinos stick with a certain theme. For instance, Cirque du Soleil has their acrobatics. Sin City Bad Girls have their rock tunes and bare breasts.

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Top Vegas Shows - The Sopranos' Last Supper
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27 January 2010

Top Vegas Shows - The Sopranos' Last SupperThe mafia is a big hit around the world, no pun intended. And perhaps no mafia rendition in history drew the fanfare that HBO’s The Sopranos did. Beginning in 1999, the Soprano family drama followed the life of north Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano and his many problems with his own emotions, family (both families) and law enforcement.

The show ran for eight successful years, and after the disappointing 2007 series finale, talks of a spinoff show or even a big-budget movie were in the works. However, nothing ever panned out, and the original cast hasn’t been back. This didn’t stop Las Vegas from picking up on the theme, though, with their version of the hit show, The Soprano’s Last Supper.

The Soprano’s Last Supper is currently playing at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, but this is the show’s third home. While the real show was still fresh on everyone’s mind, the Vegas spoof version wasn’t doing nearly as well.

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Top Vegas Shows - Steve Wyrick's Real Magic
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20 January 2010

Top Vegas Shows - Steve Wyrick's Real MagicThere are really countless types of “magic” show out there. It all depends on what you’re after. Luckily, Las Vegas seems to have at least two of each, so even the pickiest person can show up and have a great time.

You can find the traditional magic shows, with no bells and whistles. You can find the larger-scale shows, featuring an assortment of dancers and singers and sexy assistants to entice your entertainment sensibilities. Or, if you’re in the mood for grandiose, you can find a show like Steve Wyrick’s Real Magic. This show is huge, featuring giant illusions, Broadway-like sets, and plenty of lighting effects, women and loud music to keep your adrenaline flowing throughout.

Truthfully, there’s a lot to be said just about the size of the show here. Take David Copperfield for example. In his most famous illusion, the masterful magician made the entire Statue of Liberty disappear. Of course, in actuality, he only had his volunteers sit on a rotating platform, and after the curtain rose, he spun them around to a blank view of the harbor, the Statue still in place at their backs.

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Top Vegas Shows - The Haunted Vegas Tour
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08 January 2010

Top Vegas Shows - The Haunted Vegas TourLas Vegas is packed full of dozens of shows to see on any given night, ranging from family fun to shows of an adult-themed nature. However, going indoors to sit during a show isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some like to be out and about while on vacation, and this is where the Haunted Vegas Tour and Séance can really do the trick.

Instead of buying a pricy ticket and packing into an auditorium, the Haunted Vegas Tour takes you on a tour of the city. Except, of course, these aren’t just any regular locations you’re visiting. These locations are supposedly haunted.

With American hit TV shows dealing with the paranormal like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures and Paranormal State, ghost-lust is at an all-time high. Outside of the usual bright-light appeal of Vegas lays a dark, dreary desert. Ghost fanatics claim this is a prime location for other-worldly activity.

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Ka - Another Spectacular Show From Cirque Du Soleil in Vegas
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06 January 2010

Ka - Another Spectacular Show From Cirque Du Soleil in VegasCirque du Soleil has been putting on incredible shows in Las Vegas for decades. The wide-ranging troupe has a vast collection of shows, ranging from whimsically themed shows suitable for children to adults-only expositions, showcasing the classic Vegas-esque showgirls.

At the MGM Grand in the heart of Vegas, Cirque puts on a nightly display with their long-running variety show Ka. To newcomers and hardcore Cirque fans alike, Ka seems to stand alone as a greatly intense display of acrobatics, stage mechanics and even audience seating positions. It’s a sensory experience the likes of which only Cirque can bring.

Ka is an Asian-inspired production, deviating greatly from the original Cirque show-pony productions that made them famous. The stage is unique here; instead of having a solid stage for performers, two giant platforms and five smaller, moveable platforms give an appearance of floating.

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Top Vegas Shows - Mesmerized by Marc Savard
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18 December 2009

Top Vegas Shows - Mesmerized by Marc SavardThere probably aren’t too many among us who aren’t at least a little susceptible to suggestion. I mean, don’t you want to buy popcorn in the movie theater? What about sinking your teeth into a juicy burger after seeing it advertized on television?

This is suggestion hard at work, enticing your decisions. Of course, it’s not the kind of suggestion that Marc Savard brings to the table in his hit Las Vegas show Mesmerized. No, no, Savard is a hypnotist who makes sure to give the audience a thrill at the expense of a few (un)lucky volunteers.

With any hypnotist show, half the fun is in playing along. A lot of people enter with their pride front and center, claiming that they can never be hypnotized. Lo and behold, after they sit down and let the host work his twisted voodoo, they’re singing God Bless America with their pants around their ankles wearing a red clown nose.

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Top Vegas Shows - Mystere from Cirque Du Soleil
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15 December 2009

Top Vegas Shows - Mystere from Cirque Du SoleilCirque du Soleil is as synonymous with Las Vegas as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, or even gambling. Currently, Cirque performs six resident (full-time) shows at various locations. At the Treasure Island in Vegas, the acrobatic troupe entertains fans with their delightful show Mystere.

First debuting in 1993, Mystere quickly won over nearly every critic, and the show has been running ever since. Mystere isn’t overly original for a Cirque show, as many have been styled after his highly successful production, but the blend of circus-like skills, operatic music, comedy, well-choreographed dance and elaborate stage sets make Mystere stand out as one of the troupe’s finest accomplishments.

To date, the show has run well over 12,000 performances and the awe-inspiring production continues to sell out. Treasure Island does very well because of this working relationship; however, Mytere’s critics cite an inability for the show to connect with them on a storytelling level.

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Top Vegas Shows - The Rat Pack Is Back
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25 November 2009

Top Vegas Shows - The Rat Pack Is BackSammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Frank “The Chairman” Sinatra, those other two guys - wow, has there ever been a better act in the history of Las Vegas than The Rat Pack!?

Sure, the king of them all, Elvis Presley, is famous in Vegas. There’s also Wayne Newton, Tony Bennett and Celine Dion, to name a few more. The Rat Pack’s success and reverence crushes the entire lot however; the 4-man group (sometimes 3-man) has become the true archetype of Vegas excess.

The Rat Pack is Back is considered to be the best tribute going to the now-deceased members of the original group. It wasn’t well received at the start, and it has now been through two different hotels, currently playing its third - and if the guys of the group have anything to say about it, this will be the last stop for a while.

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Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular
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02 September 2009

Phantom - The Las Vegas SpectacularThe Phantom of the Opera is one of the most loved opera dramas of all time. Andrew Lloyd Webber produced an absolute masterpiece that will continue to generate positive ratings and revenue for the next 200 years. It started as a novel and then hit the big screen before showing up on actual stage.

Bringing this show to Vegas was not an easy task at all. The Venetian picked up The Phantom of the Opera and changed the name to Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. Their first order of business was renovating the theater to make it resemble the Palais Garnier, the famous 2,200-seat Paris opera house.

Phantom finally reunites Webber with Hal Prince, the show’s director, and Gillian Lynne, choreographer. The trio transformed Phantom into a 95-minute thrill ride that will feature every song from the original production. As far as over-the-top “Vegas” goes, this show is pretty tame.

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A review of Zumanity, Cirque du Soliel's other side
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05 January 2009

A review of Zumanity, Cirque du Soliel's other sideWho knew that Cirque du Soleil had a sensual side? If you’ve ever watched a Cirque production like “O” then you’re well aware of the high-flying, insanely precise, entertaining brand of acrobatics that only Cirque can bring you. For audiences of Cirque’s newest show playing at the New York, New York hotel and casino, Zumanity may be too much for your senses.

It’s a racy and sometimes raunchy adults-only show that explores human sexuality for over 2 hours. The performers are gorgeous and just as talented as you’d expect any Cirque du Soleil performer to be. And just like you’d imagine a dirty Vegas show - yeah, it’s that provocative.

As soon as the curtain lifts, you get a full idea of why this show is labeled “adults only”. This tribute to human sexual expression pays homage to Las Vegas’ nickname of “Sin City,” and does so extremely well. But while some acts in the show are worthy of the Cirque name, others have a tendency to appear amateurish and seem like they’d be seen in strip clubs or cheesy bars.

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Do you Believe? A Criss Angel Show
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04 December 2008

Do you Believe? A Criss Angel ShowWe’re all a little excited about seeing magic. When that guy at a party does a card trick, you immediately ask, “How’d you do that?” Of course, he never tells you. And the truth is you don’t really want to know.

Every magic fan in the world knows who Criss Angel is. As the star of his own hit television show Mindfreak, Criss has done everything from walk on water to making pedestrians disappear.

His entire career is based on an extremely rare ability to make us question what is possible in the world. You watch Criss and know that it’s just a trick, but you’re not sure how it’s not real. Team Angel’s immense talents up with Cirque de Soleil and you have the makings of one of Vegas’ greatest shows: Believe.

According to Criss, he’s been planning this show for around 15 years. When you see it, you’ll see that his time was extremely well spent. Believe is playing at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, and the beautiful theater does the show justice.

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Penn & Teller in Las Vegas Headliner Magicians
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21 November 2008

Penn & Teller in Las Vegas Headliner MagiciansConspiracy theorists debunked, holistic remedies found to be fraudulent, and the words “Holy cow” were proven to be offensive. Who are the detectives on the case? It’s none other than Vegas’ own Penn & Teller.

Their hit Showtime late night series “Bullshit” is a number-one rated comedy for the magically talented duo. Penn, who’s the tall and talking member of the duo, is sure to tell outlandishly loud tales with Teller, the short and silent “other” half of the duo sets up and carries out most of the tricks.

The two are currently playing at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Their show doesn’t have some catchy name - they’re Penn & Teller, they don’t need one.

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A Review of the Las Vegas Show Danny Gans at the Danny Gans Theatre
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17 November 2008

A Review of the Las Vegas Show Danny Gans at the Danny Gans TheatreFor people not overly familiar with Las Vegas, you may not know who Danny Gans is. If not, he’s a singer-slash-comedian who was once a professional baseball player. Danny’s been called “the man of a thousand voices,” “the ultimate impersonator,” and even “the most famous actor who never appeared in Bull Durham,” (an ironic pun to the fact Danny appeared in the hit Kevin Costner film but ultimately had his scenes cut) but is also a very accomplished and funny comedian. Any man who has a theater in Las Vegas named after him must be doing something right. And if you’re feeling the need for a good laugh, Danny Gans is currently at the Danny Gans Theater.

The reigning Entertainer of the Year in Las Vegas welcomes the audience in with some warming commentary before going straight into his act. Although, many have seen his show multiple times and claim Danny has a propensity to switch it around some.

However, a lot of his material, such as the singers he impersonates, remains the same. If you’re looking to be blown away by any showgirl-type kicks or high-flying acrobatics, then you’ve better cancel in advance.

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Folies Bergere at the Tropicana Review
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13 October 2008

Folies Bergere at the Tropicana ReviewFans of Las Vegas, Nevada can agree - there’s a little something for everyone. No matter what you’re into, you can find something to do in Vegas. It’s truly the land of a million options, although most only arrive for one or two. One Vegas attraction that some are unaware of is the Folies Bergere show at the Tropicana.

Critics of the show agree that Folies Bergere is the glamorous spark that takes Las Vegas back to a long-removed golden era. This timeless musical show personifies “sexy” Vegas, and provides classic entertainment that proves to be a much appreciated break from magic and mayhem. The show takes its name from The Folies Bergere, a Parisian music hall which was extremely popular throughout the late 1800s to around 1920. It’s still in business today.

For lovers of all things music, dance and entertainment, Folies Bergere has a seat reserved just for you. It contains all the elements that a great Las Vegas show needs to succeed: singing and dancing, gorgeous scenery, gut-busting comedy, and the crème de la crème of Las Vegas - the showgirls.

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The Number One Illusionist of all time is David Copperfield
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04 October 2008

The Number One Illusionist of all time is David CopperfieldBefore Chris Angel and David Blaine came along with their edited for TV magic, David Copperfield reigned supreme as the top illusionist in the world. This master magician has made the Statue of Liberty disappear - enough said.

He plays 500 shows a year and constantly tries to top himself. David has been playing Las Vegas for years, and his magic show always prevails as one of the top entertainment destinations, not only in Las Vegas, but in all of America.

He is hailed by both fans and critics alike as the greatest illusionist of all time. If you’ve never seen David Copperfield perform, there’s no better time than right now. The man has walked through the Great Wall of China, flown through the air, and even made audience members disappear. He’s truly one of a kind.

Of course, he can’t recreate every televised trick for the Vegas audience, but he does demonstrate similar and equally impressive illusions by using objects a bit more suitable for a stage setting. For example, Copperfield pays homage to his Great Wall walk-through by using a large sheet of metal and effortlessly walking through it.

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A little background on the MGM Grand Las Vegas
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22 September 2008

A little background on the MGM Grand Las VegasThe MGM Grand Las Vegas is a hotel/casino located on the Las Vegas Strip. The MGM Grand is truly that, grand. It’s the second largest hotel in the world and the second largest in the U.S. behind The Venetian. MGM Grand is owned and operated by MGM Mirage, a publicly traded company.

The main building is 30 floors and 239 feet high and features five large outdoor pools, waterfalls and rivers, all covering 6.6 acres. It also has a 380,000 square foot convention center; the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Grand Spa, and CBS Television City are all housed on location. And if that’s not enough for you to take in, MGM also has 16 restaurants, two food courts, and one of the largest casinos in Vegas.

Kirk Kerkorian purchased the Marina Hotel in 1990 to obtain the site that would eventually become the home of MGM Grand. During that time, the Marina was commonly known as the MGM-Marina, and the site was closed on November 30, 1991, and the ground was broken on October 7 the same year.

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The Bellagio 'O' by Cirque du Soleil
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30 July 2008

The Bellagio 'O' by Cirque du Soleil

Translating to Circus of the Sun, Cirque du Soleil is an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was founded in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberte, and Daniel Gauthier. The original name was Les Echassiers, and they toured Quebec in 1980 as a performing troupe.

Le Grand Tour Du Cirque du Soleil was a success in 84, and after securing a second year of funding, Laliberte hired Buy Caron from the National Circus School to recreate Cirque du Soleil as a proper circus. Their popular rapidly grew, and Cirque du Soleil went from a handful of employees in 1984, to over 3,500 today. Among their Big Top Touring shows are Alegria, Quidam, Dralion, Varekai, Corteo, and KOOZA. The list of resident shows includes LOVE, KA, Mystere, La Nouba, Zumanity, and the show currently featured at the Bellagio, simply titled “O”

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How Las Vegas was founded
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11 July 2008

How Las Vegas was founded

Las Vegas, which in Spanish means “The Meadows,” was named by Spaniards in the Antonio Armijo party, who used water from the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In 1844, John C. Fremont traveled into the Las Vegas Valley, while it was still part of Mexico.

He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts, and other observers for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. In 1855, Brigham Young assigned 30 missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the area in attempts to convert the Paiute Indian population to Mormonism. A small fort was built near the current downtown area, serving as a stopover for weary travelers along the “Mormon Corridor.”

Las Vegas was then established as a railroad town in 1905, when 110 acres was auctioned off in what is now downtown Las Vegas. Las Vegas was part of Lincoln County until 1909, when it became part of newly established Clark County.

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The Fremont Street Experience
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03 July 2008

The Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience is a pedestrian mall and attraction in download Las Vegas. The FSE occupies the westernmost 5 blocks of Fremont Street, including the area known for years as “Glitter Gulch,” and also portions of other adjacent streets.

The attraction is a barrel vault canopy, which stands 90 feet high at its peak, and covers approximately four blocks. Las Vegas is known for never turning the outside casino lights off, so each show begins by turning off the lights on all buildings under the canopy, giving views of the FSE show the full effect of the lights.

Fremont Street has a storied history. It held many Las Vegas firsts, including the first hotel, first telephone, first Nevada gaming license, the first elevator, first traffic light, and the first high-rise. For many years, the western end of Fremont Street was the area most commonly portrayed whenever producers wanted to display the lights of Vegas.

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The History behind the Bellagio Hotel and Casino
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25 June 2008

The History behind the Bellagio Hotel and Casino

The Bellagio is an AAA Five-Diamond rated luxury hotel and casino in Las Vegas, located on The Strip. MGM Mirage holds ownership of this luxurious hotel and casino, and it was built on the site of the demolished Dunes hotel and casino.

Inspired by the Lake Como resort of Bellagio in Italy, Vegas' Bellagio is famed for its elegance. One of the most notable features of the Bellagio is an 8-acre artificial lake between the hotel and the Strip, which holds the famous Fountains of Bellagio. The Bellagio has been one of Vegas' most famous resorts since its inception. It employs approximately 10,000 people, and is visited by millions each year.

The Bellagio was conceived by Steve Wynn, an American casino resort developer, and built by his company, Mirage Resorts, Inc. Wynn is often considered as the man who changed Vegas. In 1989, his first major Strip casino, The Mirage, opened, setting a new standard in Vegas, making immediate history.

With his second project, the 1993 Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Wynn proved once again that his vision for Vegas was different. The $450 million dollar resort was another instant smash with the public.

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A mini-bio on Steve Wynn
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30 May 2008

A mini-bio on Steve Wynn

Stephen Alan Wynn was born on January 27th, 1942 in New Haven, Connecticut, and is best known for being an American casino developer. He was thought to be responsible for the efforts of reestablishing Las Vegas in the 90s, spearheading the resurgence and expansion of the Vegas strip.

His companies refurbished and built some of the most widely recognized resorts in Las Vegas to date, such as the Golden Nugget, The Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, and Wynn. Wynn currently lives with his wife in a suite at Wynn Las Vegas, awaiting completion of their Highlands Golf Club home. He has two daughters, Kevyn and Gillian. Wynn suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, which affects his peripheral vision.

Wynn's father Michael Weinberg ran a host of bingo parlors in the United States. In the late 40s, he changed his name to “Wynn”, a marketing strategy and an attempt to counter anti-Jewish bias.

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Is it a good time to invest in real estate in Las Vegas?
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22 May 2008

Is it a good time to invest in real estate in Las Vegas?

In the real estate market, you often hear teams like “peak” and “max”, as if there's an imaginary ceiling that's going to stop it. And over the past few years or so, the big buzz has always been about when exactly real estate is going to max out. This is a theory that has been circling around since early 2002.

It's nothing more but a reaction to the substantial increases in real estate values around the country. This fuel-fed paranoia has mostly been doused by media types and loud mouths who really don't know a thing. The thought of real estate reaching its peak seems to be based on nothing more than the collective fear that real estate values through the USA may drop.

However, there is no fact-based reasoning put forth to support this fear. So, reasonably and rationally, it's still safe to purchase real estate in hot-spots through the U.S. like Las Vegas. Your property will continue to have value.

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The oldest casino in Las Vegas, The Golden Gate Casino
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21 May 2008

The oldest casino in Las Vegas, The Golden Gate Casino

When you're in Las Vegas, odds are you're there to gamble. Not many people pay attention to other aspects of Vegas. To stop and look at Vegas as a whole, many would notice that it's dry, dirty, hot, and extremely expensive.

The euphoric rush which takes over while gambling and partying often blinds individuals to the current state of affairs. But let's face it, we all love to gamble. And some places in Vegas do have more appeal than others.

Though some people may rather stay in places like the Bellagio and Caesars Palace, the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino really tells the sordid story of Vegas, and people still frequent its small quarters.

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The Rise of the Cirque Du Soleil Circus in Las Vegas
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10 March 2008

Eight time winner of the Las Vegas Best Production Show for Mystére, Circque Du Soleil is also winner of several other awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards, a Bambi Award and three Gemini Awards.

The Cirque Du Soleil Circus currently is operating five permanent shows in the city of Las Vegas with plans for three additional Las Vegas productions. Considering that the first of the permanent Las Vegas productions did not open until the year 1993, the phenomenal success of the company is laudable.

Prior to Las Vegas, the company had several years of struggle and financial setbacks. Several times, Cirque Du Soleil (literally Circus of the Sun) narrowly escaped financial ruin. To go from those beginnings to a estimated annual revenue of $600 million. In Las Vegas alone, the existing Cirque Du Soleil performers play to over 9000 people daily. That's about one in every twenty people who visit the city daily.

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Top Ten Things to Do in Las Vegas
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10 March 2008

Dozens of things to do in Las Vegas means there is fun for the entire family not just those with blue hair. Traditionally, Las Vegas is known for a mixed bag of things to do including getting married, getting divorced, gambling and watching a few of the headline entertainers at a floor show. That has all changed now and changed for the better. Here are some tips for enjoying Las Vegas with the entire family:

1. Gamble

A major activity in Las Vegas will always be gambling. Everything from slot machines to World Class Poker Tournaments can be found in the 24 hour day casino hotels.

2. Gambling classes

If you don't know your way around a deck of cards or a roulette wheel, why not learn as part of your activities in Las Vegas. Most of the large casinos will be happy to enroll you in a class to top off your knowledge of one or more of the games of chance.

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Supermodel Joanna Krupa Plays Regularly at Titan Poker
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18 September 2006

Supermodel Joanna Krupa Plays Regularly at Titan Poker

Titan Poker, (http://www.titanpoker.com), one of the fastest growing online poker rooms, has recently teamed up with Joanna Krupa, considered by Playboy Magazine to be the "World's Hottest Swimsuit Model."

Joanna Krupa who serves as Titan Poker's official Spokesmodel, plays exclusively at the online poker room, making weekly appearances at Titan Poker's scheduled tournaments and ring game tables.

Joanna Krupa recently shocked poker fans by outlasting most of the other celebrities and professional players participating in this year's WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. Sporting a Titan Poker t-shirt and bearing an awesome poker concentration, Joanna played through 11 grueling hours of poker on Day Two before she was knocked out of the competition.

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