Summer Cookout Featuring Robert Irvine at Tropicana Las Vegas

If you like barbecue and you happen to be in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 13, make sure to check out the event called Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine. This will be the third annual Summer Cookout event, which has already managed to grab the attention of many food lovers. The cookout will be set at Tropicana Las Vegas, and guests are invited to visit the event and dine out and enjoy the tasty meals. However, they will also take part in increasing awareness and raising funds for the Three Square Food Bank.

Chef Robert Irvine will make sure to provide his guests with an outstanding dining experience. There will be a wide variety of dishes inspired by summer, and guests will have an opportunity to indulge in these specialties throughout the evening. Furthermore, there will be plenty of refreshing drinks. Both food and drinks are provided as a courtesy of restaurants such as Trago Lounge, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen, Robert Irvine’s Public House, and Oakville Steakhouse. Moreover, the guests will have a chance to enjoy competition in an interactive cooking and can take part in a live and silent auction. In fact, there will be plenty of other interesting activities, and if you are interested to check them all out, make sure to visit this event.

One of the main attractions for the Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine will be the special performances of some of the best Frank Sinatra tribute artists who are a part of Legends in Concert.

When it comes to the menu for the day, some of the dishes that you will have an opportunity to try are Wagyu beef sliders with a Public House sauce and micro watercress, baby tomato and creamy burrata with balsamic pearls, a lot of different mini pizzas, orange and chocolate pops, hamachi poke parfait with unagi sauce, hickory smoked dry rubbed baby back ribs with a Public House barbecue sauce, and more.

The main sponsor for the Summer Cookout Featuring Robert Irvine is Golden Road Brewing, but the event will also include a couple of other sponsors such as WAXIE, Moneytree, Fever-Tree, Empress 1908 Gin, and Ambros Banana Whiskey.

When it comes to the ticket prices, you will have an opportunity to acquire regular ones for $50 that enable general admission. However, if you are interested in getting there earlier and meeting with Chef Irvine himself, you can obtain VIP entry tickets for $100 and enter at 6 pm for the meet and greet session with him. The Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine will officially start at 7 pm and last until 10 pm at Robert Irvine’s Public House, which is located at Tropicana Las Vegas. You can buy tickets at the Tropicana box office, or you can call (800) 829-9034. You can also check for the tickets on the web.

Everything that is earned that evening will also benefit Three Square and its effort to put an end to hunger in Southern Nevada. Restaurants in Las Vegas have an opportunity to display their culinary arts during the Las Vegas Restaurant Week and thus contribute to the cause. Three Square has managed to provide more than five million meals for people who struggle with hunger. The Restaurant Week in Las Vegas will start on June 17 and last until June 28. Therefore, if you are interested in helping those in need, you can contribute to the cause and have an opportunity to try tasty meals yourself. That way, you will not only fill your belly but also the bellies that have been empty for some time.

Iowa Is Doing Pretty Well Thanks to Gambling

Iowa’s treasury has been overflowing thanks to the gambling industry, as it received a lot of cash to fill the coffers in 2018. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) published a report recently that shows some really interesting figures, one of them being that the casino industry in the state brought about $1.5 billion to it. This is, by far, the best year for Iowa since 2012. After all the taxes, the share that Iowa’s bank account received was $321.86 million.

What is more interesting at the moment is that the number of people who visit the casinos in Iowa has decreased over the past couple of years. How is it that the revenue from casinos increased, then?

Well, there are a couple of other factors that affected that, and one of the primary factors is that Iowa’s economy has been very stable lately. Up until 2012, everything looked great, but 2013 saw a significant downturn due to the global crisis. People still visited casinos, but the amount of money they were willing to spend on casino games was much lower back then. The economy of Iowa started going up again, and it seems that 2018 was the year the state fully recovered. At the moment, the unemployment rate in Iowa is only 2.5%, which is one of the lowers rates in the entire country. The personal income in the state is up by 5.5% in comparison to 2016.

Iowa has a total of 19 non-tribal casinos, and according to IGRC, the slot revenue from them was $1.31 billion with the final take going to Iowa being $156.80 million. The casino that was definitely the winner in the revenue competition was Horseshoe Council Bluffs venue which is operated by Caesars Entertainment. It offers a total of 1,400 slots and 60 table games which are scattered across a 60,000 sq ft gaming floor. The total amount of tax revenue generated in this casino for the year of 2018 was $37.50 million.

The next casino on the list was Ameristar, which contributed a total of $33.41 million in taxes. Ameristar is actually the only riverboat casino in the state of Iowa, and it offers currently five gaming tables for high-rollers and 51 high-limit slots on the 38,500 sq ft of gaming space.

Iowa actually has a pretty long gambling tradition, and the current state of gambling is as such thanks to the Pari-Mutuel Wagering Act from 1983. Harness racing and greyhounds were introduced only two years after that, and the first riverboat casino was founded back in 1991. Ever since then, the gambling industry in Iowa has been flourishing and thriving. The only time there was a dip was back in 2013, but the state managed to fully recover from that, and the industry is running full speed ahead.

Iowa will also legalize sports betting very soon, it seems. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, signed off on the legislation related to sports gambling. Once up and running, this activity could bring approximately $5 to $10 million annually to the state of Iowa. The IRGC will also be the main regulatory body for sports betting and will oversee it along the way. The Commission still has to make a couple of more additions to the rules before sports gambling officially becomes available in Iowa. Iowa will, therefore, become the 11th state to have approved sports gambling. If everything goes well, the residents of Iowa will have an opportunity to place bets on the new NFL season which start in September.

Narcos – A New Slot by NetEnt Based on a Popular Netflix Show

Pablo Escobar is definitely a person that every single person on the planet Earth knows. The Tsar of Cocaine, El Chapo, El Padrino, El Patrón, El Señor — he had many names, and drug trafficking and smuggling was his profession. Escobar and his Medellin Cartel managed to change the course of history and affected the Americas with their illegal business.

However powerful, he was brought to justice in the end, but his memory, however unpleasant for the majority of people, lingers on. A couple of years ago, Netflix decided to make a show about Pablo and his empire, perfectly capturing the 70s and 80s in Colombia and the entire political (and non-political) struggle of the state. An actor from Brazil named Wagner Moura did an outstanding job at portraying the narcotrafficante, along with a huge crew from Latin American countries.

Being the most popular online slot provider in the world, NetEnt was quick to obtain a license for the show and made an online video slot that could become the next big thing on the web. The slot offers an amazing RTP figure of 96.23% and a standard 5×3 grid layout with 243 ways to win. It was released recently and has already managed to ranks high in the list of the most popular slots by NetEnt, just behind Starburst.

Let’s start with the music. As soon as the first frame appears on your screen, you will start hearing the traditional Latin American music filled with groovy beats that Colombians love to dance to. Trumpets, guitars, and percussions perfectly depict a hot summer day on Medellin streets. It is one such street where the reels are located.

Using a standard 5×3 structure, this slot doesn’t aim for complexity. Instead, it aims for entertainment and simplicity, as the majority of players who want to try this game are not experienced slot spinners. The reason why so many people would want to spin the slot is Narcos’ popularity.

The coin value can be set anywhere from 0.01 to 2.00, and there are ten adjustable levels of bets. The spin button which looks like a revolver barrel is surrounded by the Max Bet and Auto Play options which you probably already know how to use.

The symbols are perhaps the most interesting part of the game as the majority of them are the main characters from the show, including agent Javier Peña, agent Stephen Murphy, Pablo’s crew, flamingos, airplanes, and more. Furthermore, there are four low-paying symbols: J, Q, K, and A — all of them decorated with money and guns. The wild symbol is a special agent badge, and it can substitute any other symbol on the reels except for the scatter symbol and the Locked Up symbol. These wilds could become Walking Wilds and can shift horizontally and stay in the reels after being a part of the winning combination. Furthermore, there is an interesting feature called Drive-By that is triggered randomly and can turn some of the ordinary symbols into wilds.

The Locked Up symbol, which is depicted by the infamous Escobar’s mugshot, is activated when you land three of those symbols on the reels. The symbols are moved together and are assigned anywhere from 1x to 10x of the coin win value. The locked-up feature will then activate, and you will start receiving only Locked Up symbols and Golden Locked Up symbols, thus increasing your opportunity to create big wins.

Apart from the aforementioned features, Narcos also includes a Free Spins feature activated by the Free Spins symbol.

The Venetian to Host Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald is one of those singers whose voices you can remember just by hearing it one time. Every time one of his songs is played on the radio, listeners can immediately tell that it’s McDonald, even if they are hearing the song for the first time. What’s better than listening to McDonald on the radio is listening to his voice live, and people who happen to be in Las Vegas in October will have an amazing opportunity to witness McDonald’s magic inside The Venetian Theater. He will have two consecutive performances as a lot of guests are expected already.

The first performance will take place on Friday, October 11, and the next one will be exactly one day after that, on Saturday, October 12. Both shows will begin at 8 pm, so make sure to be there on time in order not to miss any of the hit songs. If you are interested in visiting this show, you can buy tickets for the starting price of $39.95. The tickets have been available since May 24, so hurry up to book your place before they are sold out. There will also be a limited number of VIP packages. You can buy tickets at Ticketmaster or box offices at The Venetian Resort. You can also call 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469 and buy your ticket via phone.

Who is Michael McDonald?

Michael McDonald is still considered one of the best voices in popular music, having received numerous rewards, including five Grammy Awards. Furthermore, he has received a lot of other accolades, both personal and professional. His voice is definitely something that sets him apart from other singers, and it is often described to have a powerful yet soulful timbre that is very distinctive.

Apart from being an outstanding singer, McDonald is also a songwriter, record producer, and a keyboardist. He has been a member of two popular bands – The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. Some of the hit singles that he wrote with the Doobie Brothers include “Minute by Minute,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “What a Fool Believes,” and more. Other artists that McDonald was associated with also include Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggings, and others.

McDonald in Steely Dan

McDonald became a member of the band named Steely Dan and provided both back and lead vocals for them. He was more of a touring member, but he also contributed to their records. The band collaborated with McDonald for many years, but his primary band at that time was The Doobie Brothers.

McDonald in The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers recruited McDonald back in 1975, and that proved to be a very important milestone in the band’s history as McDonald contributed to some of their very popular songs. He was actually a replacement for Tom Johnston, who became ill during the national tour of the band and had to be replaced. McDonald’s vocals are located on some of the most popular releases from the band, including songs such as “Little Darling, “It Keeps You Runnin,” and more. The song “What a Fool Believes” actually became a #1 hit single in the US, and even managed to earn the band a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1980.

McDonald and Other Artists

During both his solo career and his band career, McDonald engaged in many professional cooperations with other musicians and bands, providing both lead and back vocals for names such as Jack Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Toto, Kenny Loggings, Stephen Bishop, and more. One of the most popular songs from Carly Simon called “You Belong to Me” was actually co-written with Michael McDonald.

Pool Season Returns to Las Vegas – Check Out What The LINQs Offer

Summer is just around the corner, and we are all making big plans for summer holidays. One of the best periods in Las Vegas is when the pool season begins and resorts open their pools for visitors. If you plan to visit Vegas this summer, make sure to check Influence, the POOL at The LINQ. The resort has actually prepared quite a few surprises for people who like pools, so let’s check them out.

The 2019 pool season is definitely a big thing at The LINQ, which has the adults-only pool section where you can now rent a supersized cabana that can take up to 30 people. Furthermore, you can enjoy a fresh Sunday brunch menu that is developed exclusively for the guests of the POOL. Finally, all patrons who are at least 21 will receive complimentary admission.

The desert can be quite exhausting during the long summer days, causing you to sweat and crave for cool pool water, and a margarita in your hand. The air-conditioned space that is offered in The REQ Room at The LINQ will give you shelter from the scorching Sun, where you can enjoy a pool table, five flat screen TVs, Pop-A-Shot, a foosball table, a shuffle board table, and more. This can be rented as a cabana as well for the first time in history.

Speaking of renting, you can also rent a space at The LINQ, which offers both indoor and outdoor activities and offers and exclusive access to a deck from which you can take a look at the LINQ Promenade. Seven-day rental of this space is $1000 (plus additional taxes and gratuity). The space also includes a cocktail server, mixers, and a cabana host.

If you are up for a Sunday brunch, make sure to check out a great place called Influence. Some of the things that make Influence rather special and loved among its visitors include house-pressed juices, as well as a dynamic mixology program. Furthermore, there is an on-location restaurant that is called The Taco Spot, where you can check in for a Sunday brunch. Some of the items on the menu include avocado toast, speciality donuts, breakfast burritos, croissant sandwiches, and more. When it comes to drinks, you can drink bottomless bloody mary from 9 am to 12 pm, in addition to mimosas and micheladas which you can drink all day. All that comes for the price of $75, so if you are really thirsty, you will definitely have a fun time at this venue.

Moreover, Influence has a couple of offers that are special for the summer season of 2019, and they are called #skinny offers. Some of the drinks that are included in it are Skinny Soda, which combines Stoli vodka, lime juice, agave, nectar, club soda, and Truly Lime Hard Seltzer, and the Lime Spritzer that has club soda, Truly Lime Hard Seltzer, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, and Belvedere Vodka. Furthermore, Influence will offer two additional drinks called the Strawberry Splash and the Margarita. If you decide to visit this venue on Tuesday, you will receive a promo called Two for Tuesday at Influence which means that you will receive two drinks for the price of one. Influence offers an escape from the hot summer days in LV and a great view of the High Roller Observation Wheel and the Promenade at the LINQ.

Furthermore, the destination, which is located at the center of the Strip, also features a couple of plasma TVs, a center bar and many other signature cocktails, cold drinks, and draft beer.

Amador County Harrah’s Casino Officially Opens Its Doors

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians officially opened doors to visitors and celebrated it with a grand opening ceremony. This Harrah’s Northern California casino is located in Amador County, and it is a project worth $168 million. The venue also had its soft opening on April 29, 2019, when hundreds of casino lovers rushed in to see what this brand new casino has to offer, creating severe traffic congestions. This 71,000 sq ft venue once again attracted hundreds of visitors for the grand opening.

The celebration took place at the property which is located approximately 32 miles southeast of Sacramento. It is located just south of Ione in the foothills of Amador County. The casino welcomed guests from all over the region, especially because it is the only casino that partnered up with Caesars Entertainment and Buena Vista Rancheria Me-Wuk, thus being a casino affiliated with Caesars Rewards. In fact, it is the only such casino nearby.

The party that happened during the opening incorporated many entertaining things, such as drones creating a light show which was specifically designed for this occasion, and with the Caesars-operated venue in mind. It was followed by a 3D projection which mapped the casino exterior and there was even magnificent pyrotechnics.

Apart from outstanding visual experience, there were a lot of other interesting things to do and see during the grand opening, such as the round-the-clock promotions and giveaways that started on May 17. It was an extension of a sort, and it continued the party that had started during the soft opening of the casino some three weeks before the grand opening.

The Buena Vista Rancheria Chairwoman, Rhonda Pope-Flores, stated that the weekend behind them had not only been a celebration of the casino opening, but also a sort of a way to say ‘thank you’ to the local community and all the guests that had been very supportive of the casino development process. The long history of hospitality is in the veins of the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, and the previous weekend was just a taste of what is about to come. In other words, Pope-Flores stated that the grand opening ceremony was just the start of many celebrations that are planned in order to bring casino lovers together.

When it comes to the casino itself, it features a total of 950 slots and 20 table games. Furthermore, there are three dining options for fast-casual dining, as well as a traditional dining venue called Louie Oliver’s Restaurant & Bar. The casino officials also have big plans for the future, and one of the most significant at the moment is adding a hotel for all visitors who want to stay overnight.

Being 17 miles from the main competitor, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, the new location is likely to become the largest employer in Amador County. It is operated by a federally-recognized tribe of Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, as well as the Mule Creek State Prison.

Apart from offering more than 500 jobs (400 of which are full-time positions), the casino will also offer various other benefits for the local community. In fact, Harrah’s already made a community contribution of $20 million, even before the casino was opened. It is estimated that the venue would pay approximately $8 million in ongoing contributions per year. Furthermore, $1 million would be awarded to the County Community Fund for various projects that will take place in the county. In other words, apart from jobs and entertainment, the casino will be included in the community and make significant ongoing contributions.

The Walt Disney Company Has a Stake in DraftKings Inc.

DraftKings Incorporated is now partially controlled by The Walt Disney Company which has a stake in this daily fantasy sports and online betting giant. This came as a surprise as Disney’s officials are known for their negative attitude towards everything gambling-related, and that also includes sports betting. However, it seems that the tides are turning at the moment and that we are up for a big surprise. Yet, before we jump to conclusions, let’s take a deeper look at this piece of news.

Legal Sports Report published an article which states that the US conglomerate The Walt Disney Company, which is the most powerful entertainment company in the world, has acquired its interest in the gambling firm which has headquarters in Boston. However, this did not happen directly, as there were no talks between the representatives of the two companies. In fact, the entire thing happened due to a complicated network.

Some four years ago, Twenty-First Century Fox managed to obtain a deal with DraftKings and made a $300 million investment, thus buying a stake of the company. Fast forward a couple of years, we have witnessed Disney buying the Twenty-First Century Fox along with its Fox Sports division that has been actively cooperating with DraftKings.

In other words, The Walt Disney Company is now an official owner of the stake that was acquired by one of its subsidiary companies, according to an unnamed source at DraftKings, who stated that for Legal Sports Report. Therefore, Disney will own a part of a company that has big plans related to their industry, one of them being opening a land-based sportsbook that will be located in the state of Mississippi. Furthermore, they play to start a mobile online casino and even an app for sports betting for all bettors who live or visit New Jersey.

According to the Legal Sports Report, Disney’s interest in DraftKings can be described as rather surprising, given that its officials have made some really nasty comments about companies that focus on any form of gambling. One of the reasons why Disney became famous as a company that opposes gambling is their effort to put a stop to legalizing sports betting in Florida last year. Namely, they spent approximately $5 million in order to promote the anti-sports betting agenda in the Sunshine State. Some claim that Disney was afraid that sports betting companies would affect their budget and that the tourists would prefer visiting sportsbooks rather than Disney venues.

However, Disney did not stop there when it comes to their effort to stopping gambling deals and activities. As soon as they acquired Fox, they put a stop to a deal that the newly-bough company arranges with Resorts World Genting, a casino company from Malaysia.

Bob Iger, Chief Executive Officer for The Walt Disney Company, stated in his update for February earnings that the company would not get involved in any type of sports betting or gambling businesses. Furthermore, he added that it would not “facilitate gambling in any way.” He stated that ESPN could go on and provide updates related to sports that bettors would be able to use and that there was nothing to be shy about it. However, according to Iger, providing relevant information for bettors and getting into the business itself are two completely different things.

To sum up, it is going to get interesting in the future, and the public is eager to hear The Walt Disney representatives talk about being a part of DraftKings.

Microgaming Launches New Slot Called Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs

Microgaming is one of the most popular online slot providers in the world at the moment, and one of the reasons why they become a favorite among slot lovers is the sheer quality of their games. However, they are also doing great business-wise as they hold licenses for many shows, characters, video games, and more. In other words, if you see a slot that features some of the popular movies or games, chances are high that they are made by Microgaming.

One such release was actually launched a couple of days ago, and it is called Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs. Lara Croft is the legendary female explorer and adventurer from the Tomb Raider game franchise. Lara is a brave, intelligent, and beautiful protagonist that is often in search of hidden treasures, having to face various criminals, evil organizations, supernatural beings, and bobby traps in her journeys.

This time, Lara is on her way to explore temples and tombs, and you are going to help her in her effort. If you are lucky, you will stumble upon valuable items and share their worth as your reward.

The Gameplay

Being one of the leaders in the industry, Microgaming has set very high standards, and fans usually have great expectations with every upcoming title. Such was the case with Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs, and it seems that fans are not going to be disappointed, as Microgaming did an outstanding job once again.

The game features a standard grid with five reels and three rows. It offers a total of 243 ways to create winnings combos, and it is built using cutting-edge technology that makes it available across a specter of devices.

You can enjoy spinning the reels with everywhere from $0.20 to $20 as you reveal the hidden secrets and pave the way for the possible jackpot which is 5,000x of the stake prize. Some of the symbols you will see on the reels include a grappling hook, a torch, a water flask, an alligator god, Lara Croft, and more.

There is even a scarab beetle that appears on reels 2, 3, and 4, and has the power to substitute all the symbols on the reels. In other words, this is a wild symbol that could help players win hefty prizes. Furthermore, every time you get a wild, you increase your chances of triggering a Rolling Reels play. Once this feature is complete, you will have an opportunity to trigger the Jackpot Feature if you are lucky. In other words, the more wilds you collect, the higher the chance that the feature will trigger. There are a total of three jackpots, Minor (15x), Major (100x) and Grand (5,000x).

The game also features the Free Spins bonus. In order to trigger it, you will have to get at least three Free Spin symbols on the reels during a single spin, and Wilds can also contribute to it which is something that is not usually the case with online slots. In other words, you have increased chances of triggering Free Spins where each triggering way will award you eight free spins. The best thing about this feature is that it can be retriggered.

Whenever you create a winning combo, the symbols from that combination explode and make way for new symbols to fall from the top and give you an opportunity to create even more combos. One interesting thing about this is that every next combo increases the multiplier, which can go up to x5.

Duran Duran to Perform at The Cosmopolitan Once Again

Duran Duran is still huge, and still actively touring the world, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be one of their stops in the upcoming tour. The band will perform two nights at The Chelsea, on September 7 and 8. Tickets are available on sale since May 17, 10 am, and you can obtain them online or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. The prices start at $49, but you need to take into account that there will probably be some applicable fees and taxes in addition to the base price.

Duran Duran Still Has It!

The early 80s were a really interesting period for the music industry, especially in Birmingham, England, where a very vibrant genre of music was being invented, with Duran Duran being one of the leaders of that wave. They did not take much to reach the top of the world with their music and managed to sell more than 100 million records around the globe. Moreover, the band had 18 hit singles in the US, and 20 of their songs topped the charts in the UK.

Needless to say, Duran Duran was awarded some of the most prestigious awards in the music industry, which is a real testament to their success and innovation. Having performed almost everywhere, this group will return to Las Vegas once again, and they have two consecutive performances. Therefore, if you happen to be in Vegas during that weekend, make sure not to miss one of the biggest musical attractions.

Let’s take a look at their amazing biography and how they become one of the most popular acts of the 80s.

About Duran Duran

Music that Duran Duran makes is often described as new wave, synth pop, and dance rock. When they emerged, they were a part of the New Romantic scene, but they managed to distance themselves from other bands from the scene and build a completely unique image.

The band was formed in Birmingham, England back in 1978 by John Taylor and Nick Rhodes, who are its core members even today. Both members were actually working in a night club. John was working at the entrance, while Nick was a DJ who was paid only £10 per performance. They decided to join forces and started rehearsing and playing in that very same night club. The band did not have a drummer until they stumbled upon Roger Taylor, who became yet another core member of the band and is still actively playing the drums for Duran Duran.

The band released their first album in 1981 and named it simply Duran Duran. The album featured a couple of successful songs, one of them being Planet Earth which ended up on number 12 in the UK top 20. However, the biggest hit was definitely Girls on Film, which was followed by an interesting video. The song ended up in fifth place in the UK top 20 chart.

The best thing about Duran Duran and Girls of Film is that the erotic video was made only two weeks after MTV was launched, and it was featured on the TV, capturing viewers’ attention instantly.

The band went on to release 14 studio albums. After their initial success, they became popular worldwide and remained on top to date. Their latest album was released back in 2015 and is called Paper Gods.

This band was heavily influential as well and impacted many younger musicians and their music. Some of the bands and individual artists that created music under the influence of Duran Duran include Beck, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Dido, Franz Ferdinand, and more.

Memorial Day Weekend to Be Celebrated at The STRAT

Memorial Day is coming closer, and The STRAT Hotel, Casino, and SkyPod is preparing for a great weekend, with a lot of surprises and interesting events happening all over the place. This weekend-long party will focus on two parties which will take place by the poolside. Furthermore, visitors will have an opportunity to visit a new bar called 108 Drinks and enjoy the parties all weekend long. Therefore, the celebration will begin on Friday, May 24 and last all the way through Monday, May 27. If you happen to be in Las Vegas during this weekend, make sure to check in at The Strat Hotel, Casino, and SkyPod in order to celebrate the best Memorial Day of your life.

Even if you are not a hotel guest, you will have an opportunity to visit the two pools that are a part of The STRAT. There are two great cafes by the pool called Elation Pool Café and Bar and Radius Rooftop Pool and Wet Lounge. The latter is available only for people who are 21 or over. People who are not guests of the hotel will have to pay admission fees, but hotel guests will have a complimentary entry. Elation will be open from 9 am to 7 pm from Friday to Monday, and it will have a special menu for that weekend. Visitors of Elation will have an opportunity to try lobster taquitos, cerveza-battered fish taco trio, chilli-lime chicken wings, and more. Moreover, there will be new cocktails galore, including berry mule, frosé, pineapple mojito, and more. The admission fee for this event is $10, and it is applicable to all non-hotel guests of all ages.

Radius is located on floor 24 of the STRAT, and it will be open from 11 am to 11 pm from Friday to Monday. It is a type of European pool with optional tops. Apart from being very stylish, this pool offers a magnificent view of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding nature. Visitors who are not hotel guests will have to be older than 21 and will have to pay an admission fee of $14 in order to enter this great poolside.

Finally, those who are not afraid of heights can visit the Observation Deck, which is a part of the SkyPod. It is located on the 108th level and will have a new full-service bar opened during that weekend. The bar is called 108 Drinks, and visitors can order their favorite drinks there while enjoying the view from which extends dozens of miles around the SkyPod. It is actually a 360-degree panoramic view of not only the city but also the entire valley.

What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day (also known as Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the US. In every state, people who died serving in the US Armed Forces are remembered and honored. This holiday is usually observed every last Monday in May. This year, it is going to be May 27. Apart from honoring the people who served in the army, it is often considered the start of the season of summer vacation. In other words, it is a holiday where people should give their thanks to the fallen soldiers, but also be grateful for being able to live in peace and prosperity in the US. There are certain traditions in some parts of the US that involve visiting graves of the fallen soldiers and honoring them by placing American flags on their graves. This is usually conducted by Memorial Day volunteers.

Arcane Reel Chaos – NetEnt’s Exciting New Slot is Out!

NetEnt’s publishing schedule has been filled with great titles lately, and one of their most recent games will thrill many magic lovers. Fans who like NetEnt’s online video slots are usually blown away by the number of special features, great animations, stunning visuals, and great generosity. However, one of the most important things that made many NetEnt titles stand out from the crowd is the plot.

Now, it is difficult to assume how an online slot could possibly have a plot, but the online casino content developer seems to have found a way to grab the attention of people who consider the story element important in every game.

Arcane Reel Chaos basically follows five very interesting characters, with all of them having some kind of special powers and being immersed in arcane and mysterious teachings. Therefore, you will join Deep Pockets, Flare, Zero.x, Chrono, and Psyop in their battle that could bring hefty prizes to lucky players.

All of the characters have some special features and interesting back stories that made them special. Deep Pockets is an ultimate evil character who was once a businessman that sold a valuable talisman and cursed himself to become an ultimate arcane magic master. You engage in a battle with him if you land three talismans on the reels. Flare is a girl that has her way with fire and can help your reel wins multiply. She uses her powers to stop Deep Pockets from conquering the world.

Zero.x is a very interesting character as he has two heads and can help you fight Deep Pockets by bringing Overlay Wilds into the game. Chrono is a woman who can control time and can help you by granting you respins that retrigger until you find a winning combo. Chrono also fights Deep Pockets by sending him back to the past or to the future. Finally, Psyop is a character much like Charles Xavier from the X-Men, as he uses his mental abilities to fight Deep Pockets and bring you a stack of Wilds to your reels, thus helping you create big wins.

Now that you know all the characters, we should take a moment to focus on the technical side of the slot, which is still the most important part of this type of casino games. Arcane Reel Chaos offers a 5×3 grid structure and a total of 20 paylines which are fixed, meaning players cannot adjust the number of lines. Furthermore, players will have an opportunity to land Wild symbols which substitute all the other symbols on the reels or trigger one of the 4 mini features in addition to progressive Free Spins.

You can set the coin value to a minimum of 0.01 and a maximum of 10.00. Furthermore, the game enables players to trigger the auto spin feature where they can set the number of automated spins that they want to be executed. The number of auto round can be set anywhere from 10 to 1000, but there is also an option to enter the advanced settings screen and set the conditions for stopping the auto spin feature yourself.

The symbols that you can locate on the reels are divided into the low-paying and the high-paying ones. The low-paying symbols are a standard set that includes 10, J, Q, K, and A. On the other hand, the high-paying symbols are characters described above. Therefore, if you are up for some superpower mutants that meddle with arcane knowledge fighting each other, you should definitely check out Arcane Reel Chaos and give it a couple of spins!

Caesars and ESPN to Join Forces for Sports Betting Content

ESPN and Caesars Entertainment will join forces and bring the best sports betting news, as well as sports-related entertainment, to all fans of this activity all over the US. One of the major points in the deal is building a brand new ESPN-branded studio that will be located at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. There, content related to the theme of sports betting will be created and one of the features shows will be one of the popular recent ESPN sports betting-related piece called Daily Wager. Naturally, all the ESPN content made in the studio at The LINQ will also include Caesars branding.

Mike Morrison, VP of Business Development at ESPN, stated that the landscape for sports betting had changed and that the fans of that activity were coming to ESPN more than ever before. Furthermore, he added that ESPN is poised to expand their coverage “in a big way,” and that they were working with Caesars Entertainment category leaders who would help them most relevant and most entertaining content for highly engaged and diverse sports fan base. Therefore, if you like sports, and enjoy sports betting, the content produced as a result of this collaboration might be what you are after and might help you improve your sports betting skills.

The EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Caesars Entertainment, Chris Holdren, stated that he and his company were really excited about the collaboration with ESPN and the long-term value that it will bring to both companies and sports fans alike. Furthermore, he added that starting immediately, the platforms by ESPN would begin featuring valuable information about odds and the main company that would provide those pieces of information would be Caesars Entertainment. Holdren stated that ESPN would position itself as the authority when it comes to sports betting and that millions of sports fans would look to them for content.

He concluded that they were honored have Caesars by their sides and that Caesars was honored to have been one of the primary selections by ESPN as it offered the best odds and served fans well. It is definitely a unique deal as both sides are going to have huge gains from it. ESPN will have an opportunity to have a sports studio which is located in the middle of the gambling capital of the world, and Caesars will gain enormous exposure on this popular sports channel.

The primary purpose of the studio is to be a sort of a Vegas hub for all content that is related to odds. Furthermore, it will contribute to many social, digital, and linear shows, in addition to ESPN.com and the exclusive ESPN app. Finally, both sides predict that the studio will have a vital role during all the major sports events, as well as during the marquee events that are hosted in LV and that are rapidly growing in number. According to both sides, the studio will be completed in 2020 and launched that very same year.

Data related to odds is very important when it comes to creating sports betting shows, and Caesars will become the official odds data supplier for all ESPN channels, including TV and digital. The two sides will create additional activations related to advertising and sponsorships in the months to come.

According to Connor Schell, EVP of Content at ESPN, Las Vegas has become an epicenter of sports culture during the last couple of years, and having a partner such as Caesars is a great way to have a full studio presence in Vegas.

Connecticut Governor Delays Tribal Casino Support

Bridgeport, Connecticut is a town that could potentially become the next big casino place, but that will not happen in the near future, according to the Governor of Connecticut, Ned Lamont. Lamont stated that he was supportive of a plan to build casinos which would be owned by two Native American tribes, but he added that the legislation that would enable the casinos to be built would not be ready in 2019. In other words, the tribes will have to wait for a year in order to see how things would turn out for them and their casino-related plans.

The Governor was taking part in the Connecticut Conference on Tourism, and before this event had started, he was cornered by a group of journalists who wanted to find out his opinion on the subject. The entire event was actually sponsored by two casino resorts that already exist in Connecticut – Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Coincidence or not?

Lamont stated for a report published at the Connecticut Mirror that he and his team were trying to ‘get something done.’ However, he added that they were pretty much in race with time and that there was no way to do it ‘in this session.’ Both the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegan tribes are holding their hopes high when it comes to building a satellite casino that would probably be the main competition to the MGM Springfield which is an integrated resort that was built close to the border that separates Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Although the Governor refused to give more details about the potential collaboration, he addressed the issue later at his speech, claiming that the state of Connecticut had had a very ‘strong bond and contract’ which had lasted for ‘over a generation.’ He added that he would do everything in his power not to do any harm to that contract, and make it ‘stay intact.’ Finally, Lamont stated that the state and the tribes were ‘working together going forward.’

The lawmakers of Connecticut have already given two thumbs up to a bill that would enable the construction of the casino facility, which would be called Tribal Winds. However, there was a problem with MGM and that seems like a very big obstacle at the moment. MGM actually went on to sue the state of Connecticut, as they claimed that the state authorized commercial gambling illegally by enabling casinos to be built in an area which is not controlled by the tribes.

At the moment, there is a certain stalemate which includes not only the tribes but also MGM, the state of Connecticut and the Department of the Interior. All of these sides have to get involved in this issue in order to solve it as soon as possible. Therefore, when talking about the inability to proceed with the plan in 2019, the Governor of Connecticut actually has the situation mentioned above in mind.

In other words, there will be no gambling expansion that will take place in Connecticut in 2019, and even sports betting expansions are not considered. Lamont expressed his wishes to proceed with the plan as soon as possible, stating that he wanted to apply the global solution and get out of the limbo that they are all currently stuck in. He added that he would love to make a deal with the chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe. One of the other issues that are blocking the further development of casino gambling and sports betting in this state is that the tribes have the complete control over gambling and would likely push for complete control over sports betting as well.

Deep Purple to Perform in Tulsa on September 21

The giants of classic rock, Deep Purple, will perform at The Joint, which is located in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa. The band which has managed to define the genre and become popular worldwide now feels that they have to say goodbye to their fans as the tour is called “The Long Goodbye Tour.” Therefore, if you happen to be in Tulsa in September, make sure to check this legendary band out, as you will probably not have an opportunity to listen to them after that. The tickets went on sale on May 10, and their prices start at $79.50. Make sure to buy them as soon as possible, since the hard rock legends are likely to have their performance sold-out soon.

Who Are Deep Purple?

Deep Purple is a band from the United Kingdom that managed to sell over 100 million albums around the world, and they are one of the most active classic rock bands ever. Known for their hard work and dedication, as well as their legendary songs, the band gained cult following, filling entire arenas wherever they perform.

The band also has a very long history, with a lot of members coming and going and a couple of hiatuses in the past. The most successful band lineup, which is remembered even today, included Ian Pace on drums, Roger Glover on bass, the late John Lord on keyboards, and the two most distinctive members, Ian Gillan on vocals and Ritchie Blackmoore on guitar. At the moment, fans who attend Deep Purple concerts have an opportunity to listen to Gillan’s voice, which is still amazing, and enjoy the groove created by Glover and Pace. Sadly, Lord passed away in 2012, and Blackmoore left the band to pursue his other projects, such as Blackmoore’s Night. Other notable members that are also once a part of Deep Purple are Rod Evans, who was the first lead vocal, David Coverdale, Nick Simpler, Glenn Hughes, Tommy Bolin, and Joe Lynn Turner.

Steve Morse is currently the guitar player in the band. He is a popular American guitarist who founded the Dixie Dregs and played guitar in bands such as Kansas and Flying Colors. Furthermore, Don Airey is an active keyboard player in Deep Purple. Airey is an English musician who has been actively touring with the band since 2002 after Jon Lord retired. Airey had a pretty successful career and played with the likes of Gar Moore, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and more.

Deep Purple and Casinos Have a Long History

One of the most famous songs by the band, “Smoke on the Water” actually mentions the Montreux Casino in one line and describes an event that took place in the casino where they were supposed to record their new album. When they arrived in Montreaux, Frank Zappa and the Mothers had a brilliant performance, until somebody decided to shot a flare gun in a closed casino space. The flare went straight for the ceiling which was covered with flammable material. Zappa had to stop the concert and the audience exited the venue as soon as possible. Nevertheless, the casino burned down to the ground, with smoke from the raging fire covering the nearby Lake Geneva, thus inspiring Roger Glover to name the song.

What came after that was a riff that is often the first thing many new guitar players learn to play, impacting generations of rock musicians after them. In other words, Deep Purple is a real institution with dozens of recognizable riffs and skilled musicians who are able to burn the place – not with flare guns, though, but only by the power of their music.

Trump Doesn’t Support Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Casino

A local tribe called the Mashpee Wampanoag in Massachusets was finally given federal support with House Bill 312 (HB 312). According to this bill, the tribe will be given two pieces of land that it previously owned. The land will become recognized as sovereign territory of the tribe, and it is an act that many consider noble. This Native American tribe definitely deserved it, and their plan was to build a casino on it that would attract numerous visitors from the area.

However, it could all be in vain, as there is one major obstacle that they need to overcome in order to achieve their goals, and that is the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Trump has expressed his opinion on this and is set not to provide support for the Mashpee Wampanoag. In fact, he publicly claimed that the will put a veto on the bill as soon as it reaches the Resolute desk. Some would claim that the reason Donald Trump wants to do that is because the entire cause is supported by one of his major political opponents, Senator Elizabeth Warren. However, the problem is much larger than that.

The main problem with House Bill 312 is that it seeks to give an authorization for land given to a Native American tribe that is not listed in the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA). In other words, this tribe was not federally recognized back then, and this could present a major problem for them. The Mashpee Indians managed to receive their designation in 2007, but, according to the US Supreme Court, the federal government cannot allocate land to any Native American tribe that is not recognized by the Indian Reorganization Act.

However, the problem is that there are a lot of cases of exceptions being made in similar situations. In other words, governments managed to bend the rules numerous times, and these exceptions did not have any objections. Furthermore, the land that was planned to be allocated to the tribe is only 312 acres wide. Therefore, it seems like there is too much fuss going on about what seems to be a very minor case of concession.

So what made Trump so interested in (opposing) this case? The problem is that the tribe plans on building a casino that would feature 3,000 slots, 150 table games, and a total of three hotels. Their plan is to join forces with Genting Group in order to complete their casino.

Now, Trump has a lot of powerful friends, especially in the casino industry, and it is very likely that some of them actually persuaded the President not to support this cause. The word is on the street that one of the main people to affect Trump is actually Matt Schlapp, who is a lobbyist and a presidential advisor. Schlapp is also closely associated with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, which is a company that, among others, also operates the casinos located in Rhode Island. In fact, they are the sole operator of licensed casinos in this area, with Lincoln casino being one of them. Now, the problem here is that Lincoln is only a 40 minutes ride from the area which is supposed to be granted to the Indian tribe.

At the moment, Trump seems to have succeeded with his intentions as the Democrats in the House made a decision to postpone voting on the bill so as to come up with a different plan that would allow them to proceed with the bill.

The Owner of Treasure Island LV Wants to Acquire More Properties

The owner of Treasure Island Las Vegas, billionaire Phil Ruffin, stated that he is interested in acquiring another property located on Las Vegas Strip. He added that he was only aiming at the properties that were owned by Caesars Entertainment Corporation and that were going to be for sale in the future.

Phil Ruffin stated his intentions in Las Vegas Review-Journal and added that his company was willing to produce up to $1 billion in cash in order to purchase some of the aforementioned properties. In fact, he added that he was willing to raise even more money and even go into debt if necessary in order to make one such purchase.

According to newspaper reports, the casino magnate is now 84-years old, and he has amassed his fortune mainly by being on the Strip where he developed various properties, including the legendary Treasure Island Las Vegas. Right now, he is closely monitoring Caesars Palace, Harrah’s and Paris as they seem to be his main targets for acquisition. They would generate annual cash flow which is estimated at $300 million.

Ruffin stated in the article that the properties he had set his eyes on had great locations and that he would have a strong interest. He added that his company did not have any kind of debt and that they would be ready to borrow money if they reached a deal with Caesars.

Moreover, Ruffin is very optimistic when he talks about the potential amount of money that his company could borrow in order to acquire Caesars properties. He claimed that they would be able to borrow the amount of money which was six times the amount of annual cash flow of any of the venues he was aiming at. However, according to SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Incorporated, a financial services firm, if such an acquisition were to take place, it would require a financial asking of more than $2 billion.

The billionaire, who was born in Kansas, is said to be worth around $3 billion. However, he has used a huge amount of his personal wealth to buy a Miami casino property last December. Furthermore, he is aiming at expanding the 21-acre venue located in South Florida with an additional $100 million investment. At the moment, he is considering the addition of 300 hotel rooms to that venue, stating that they were able to put as many rooms as they wanted but that somewhere around 200 to 300 rooms would be the limit at the moment.

Ruffin is not the only one who has his eyes set at the Caesars’ properties in Las Vegas. In fact, two additional companies are in the game for now, and they are Boyd Gaming Corporation and Eldorado Resorts Incorporated. These casino firms are very interested in buying the Caesars’ venues located on the Strip. However, neither of the companies have actually expressed an official interest, with everything being more or less at the level of speculation for them. On the other hand, Ruffin is the only one to have talked about the acquisition.

The reason why Caesars’ properties are so inviting for investors is because the company is considering selling them as it has had financial turmoils for the past couple of years. The operator from Las Vegas owns 25 gambling venues, and its shares have dropped by approximately 20% during the past year. At this point, Carl Icahn jumped in to help by becoming the largest individual shareholder in the company. Icahn is known for being very eager to merge his newly acquired properties, and the possibility of Ruffin being a potential buyer is still a valid option.

Mother’s Day Brunch Announced at Beer Park

Mother’s Day is coming closer, and many facilities around the US are preparing special offers that all mothers can enjoy. One of the places to consider visiting during this special holiday is definitely Las Vegas because there is no better way to surprise your mother than to take her on a trip filled with great restaurants, beautiful architecture, and casino games.

Paris Las Vegas includes a couple of interesting things to visit, one of them being the legendary rooftop bar called BEER PARK. The bar has decided to make everyone’s mom feel special on May 12 with their extraordinary offer that everyone should check out. Therefore, make sure to take your mother’s breath away by visiting BEER PARK if you are in Las Vegas.

The bar will feature an electric brunch that will last from 9 am to 4 pm. Every mother that visits the place will receive a special flower during that period. In addition to brunch, there will be a lot of other interesting things going one, with high-energy DJ’s and live performances. Furthermore, visitors can expect many interesting drinks, including bottomless mimosas. Apart from drinks, everyone who visits can enjoy their breakfast favorites such as French toast sticks with honey butter and other additions, a smoked chicken breakfast burrito, roasted salsa and queso, hardboiled egg and avocado toast, including micro cilantro, red onions, and feta, along with many other interesting dishes.

The flower that all mothers will receive as a compliment will be the beautiful Gerbera Daisy. These will be given to moms during the course of the day.

But BEER PARK is not only about live entertainment, food, and drinks. If you are a fan of beautiful sights, you are going to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Bellagio Fountains that are clearly visible from the bar. Furthermore, the venue offers other types of entertainment such as billiards, foosball, and oversized Jenga and Connect Four.

If we were to pick the top 10 best rooftop bars in the world, BEER PARK would definitely be one of them. It is a definition of what a rooftop bar should look like and what it should offer to people who are looking to spend some quality time with either their friends or families. The bar is located on the roof of Paris Las Vegas, and it takes up a total of 10,000 square feet.

The best part of the BEER PARK is, naturally, a great selection of cold beers. However, visitors can also enjoy various cocktails and other tasty drinks. The bar also features an outdoor grill and smoker with picnic tables. It is open for lunch and for dinner as well and features an electric weekend brunch with the all-American menu. The stadium-style cuisine is taken to the next level by excellent chefs who are ready to prepare all kinds of tasty dishes for visitors, one of them being meats cooked on a Budweiser beechwood grill that is custom-made.

There is one more thing why BEER PARK has become so popular – sports. Many sports fans gather in this place all the time to watch their favorite games, drink beer, and support their teams. Furthermore, the bar also enables the visitors to place bets on sports, and it is the only place in the entire Las Vegas where people can place bets outside of a sportsbook. Therefore, if you are a mom who happens to love sports, make sure to check this place not only on Mother’s Day, but also on any other day in order to enjoy the great atmosphere in the bar.

Caesars Plans a Permanent AC Sportsbook

Caesars will debut permanent Atlantic City sportsbooks in a couple of weeks which would be a part of its Harrah’s and Bally’s Atlantic City casinos. The first of the two permanent sportsbooks will debut within weeks, and it will offer visitors of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk an opportunity to place bets on their favorite teams and enjoy watching games with their friends. This piece of news was reported by The Press of Atlantic City, which cited the info from the representatives of the company that are in the city.

The gambling giant from Las Vegas invested more than $11 million in order to develop the two permanent betting properties which would be located at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and as a part of Wild Wild West Casino at Bally’s Atlantic City. Both casinos already offer temporary sports betting services that they launched less than a year ago. In fact, the two casinos, as well as other casinos in AC, were prepared to launch sports betting as soon as the ban was lifted. However, they immediately knew that the solution for this service was just temporary at that moment, so they immediately began preparing the permanent solution.

However, the two casinos are not the only ones operated by Caesars in AC at the moment, as there is yet another one called Caesars Atlantic City. Although it is connected to Bally’s system, this facility actually does not feature the brick-and-mortar sports betting services that are present in other to casinos run by Caesars. As a matter of fact, Caesars Atlantic City is the only casino on the Boardwalk that actually doesn’t offer any kind of sports betting services.

Harrah’s The Book is estimated to start receiving visitors within the next couple of weeks. However, when it comes to Bally’s facility, it seems that sports betting lovers would have to wait until early June to visit this facility.

The Regional President of Caesars Atlantic City, Kevin Ortzman, stated that they wanted to create a ‘category-killer’ in the AC and that they would do their best to deliver what customers and sports betting lovers had been waiting for. The wait was completed after the ban was lifted, and AC visitors were some of the most impatient bunch who were the most eager to start placing bets last summer. As of this month, they will have an opportunity to enjoy full-time permanent sportsbooks at Caesars’ facilities.

Mr. Ortzman also commented on the scale of the sportsbook that is planned to be a part of Bally’s. He claimed that the property would actually be the single largest sports betting service in South Jersey. The area of the sports book will occupy a total of 15,000 sq ft and will feature a big LED video screen that is 18 ft high and 98 ft long. The screen standing would be the central part of the sportsbook, and even people on Boardwalk who are 100 yards away would be able to watch what is going on on the screen.

One of the most interesting features of the sportsbook will definitely be the five fan caves that will offer a personalized viewing experience, including self-serving beer on taps, dozens of leather recliners, and more. The new sportsbook will allow Wild Wild West Casino to extend its offer of games as well, and, according to Mr. Ortzman, games such as beer pong, table games, video games, and shuffleboard are going to find their place in the casino. In other words, there will be plenty of fun for everyone once the sportsbooks open their doors at the casinos that are run by Caesars.

Rival Sons & Stone Temple Pilots to Perform at Hard Rock Las Vegas

Stone Temple Pilots and Rival Sons are planning a tour together, and the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas will be one of their stops. These two legendary bands will join forces and perform at The Joint on Sunday, October 6. Their co-headlining tour is conceptualized as fan-oriented, which is visible from the type of venues they book – all of them are intimate. If you are interested in visiting this show, make sure to check out the tickets as they went on sale on May 3. The price of tickets starts at $59.99 in addition to applicable service fees. You can buy them either online or at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office.

This unforgettable tour of two forces of rock will last through September and October. Dan De Leo of Stone Temple Pilots made an announcement, claiming that they were really excited about the upcoming tour. Furthermore, he added that the band was grateful for sharing the stage with a great band like Rival Sons.

The tour will feature both bands playing their full sets. They are both considered some of the best live acts in the world of rock music nowadays, and seeing them both live will definitely be an unforgettable experience. Scott Holiday of Rival Sons stated that they were delighted to perform together with the DeLeo brothers from Stone Temple Pilots. Furthermore, he added that he was looking forward to playing their music in some of the greatest venues in the US. Holiday added that Stone Temple Pilots made the ‘soundtrack to his childhood,’ and stated that he would be very happy to see them perform their hit songs live during the tour.

Who Are Stone Temple Pilots?

Stone Temple Pilots (which are often referred to as just STP) are a band from San Diego California. They have been active ever since 1989, making great music which is classified as alternative rock, grunge, hard rock, and neo-psychedelia. The root of this band is brothers Dean DeLeo on guitar and Robert DeLeo on bass and backing vocals. The third member that was a part of the band from the start is the drummer Erik Kretz. The original vocal was Scott Weiland. However, the band replaced him with the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Part at one point, and the current singer in the band is Jeff Gut. They have released a total of seven studio albums, with the latest one being released in 2018. It is their first album with Jeff Gutt, who will be the singer at the upcoming tour with Rival Sons.

Who Are Rival Sons?

Rival Sons is a rock band that comes from Long Beach, California. They haven’t been around for a long time, but they managed to gain quite a popularity in less than one decade. In fact, 2019 will be the year they celebrate their first decade. Their current members are Jay Buchanan, Scott Holiday, Mike Miley, and Dave Beste. Beste replaced Everhart on bass back in 2013. The band also features one tour member called Todd Ögren who plays keyboards, percussion, and provides backing vocals. The type of music this band makes is often described as blues rock or even hard rock. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out this band, make sure to do that right now, especially if you like classic rock bands such as Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin since those bands are some of their biggest influences.

Mother’s Day Special Buffet at Cleo SLS Las Vegas

Mother’s Day is usually celebrated on May 12, and it has become an integral part of American culture. There are already several interesting traditions connected to this day, but the most important of them all is to simply show appreciation to our mothers and honor mothers all over the world. Las Vegas is the city that pays special attention to Mother’s Day as several resorts, bars, and restaurants are going to have special offers.

If you want to show your mother a good time and tell her how important she is to you, you can buy her a trip to Vegas and let her have the time of her life. One of the best offers in the city will be at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. In fact, there will be a special buffet at the award-winning restaurant called Cleo which is a part of this resort. Cleo sent an invite to all guests who want to celebrate Mother’s Day in this facility to enjoy their buffet-style menus filled with delicious dishes. The restaurant will work all day and will offer brunches and lunches for all guests who decide to visit between 10 am and 8 pm.

If you visit the restaurant between 10 am and 2 pm you will have an opportunity to enjoy brunch, which is further enhanced by extraordinary jazz musicians performing live during this period. From 2 pm to 8 pm the guests will receive menus with lunches and dinners that are offered for that day and will have an opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day by trying delicious food at Cleo.

The buffet menu will cost $55 in total, and it will include drinks such as bottomless champagne, Bloody Marys, and mimosas during brunch. However, as soon as menus switch to lunch and dinner, drinks that are going to be offered will include rosé champagne as well as red and white sangria. Since this is a day that celebrates mothers from all over the world, the entire event will be family-friendly, which means that visitors will be able to bring their kids and those aged three to ten will be able to dine for only $10.

On May 12, visitors will also be able to check out the all-day menu which will include dishes such as chilled shellfish, oysters, shrimp cocktail, and more. Furthermore, there will be a carving station that will serve roasted salmon fillet with brown sugar and stone mustard glaze, fig-and-balsamic-laced pork tenderloin, and herb-crusted prime rib. Finally, visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy a made-to-order candy station.

Once the lunch period of the day beings, make sure to check out roman flatbreads, merguez, and mushrooms. Furthermore, lunches will include some of the classic Cleo dishes such as brussles sprout hearts, chicken tagine, Moroccan fried chicken, and more. Make sure to make room for the desserts that have become a signature of this location, such as baklava, citrus olive oil cake, and others.

Cleo is definitely the place to be for Mother’s Day, and this amazing restaurant is famous for its pyramid-shaped entrance, an oven covered with bricks, and an open kitchen. It will instantly transport every visitor into an enchanting world of great aromas and delicious food. Therefore, if you thinking about celebrating Mother’s Day with your family and you want them to have the time of their lives, make sure to visit Cleo and try some of the best dishes in Las Vegas. If you don’t feel like eating, you can always visit casinos nearby and test your luck!

Harrah’s Northern California Casino Opened on Monday

A new casino located in Amador County was filled with thousands of guests who wanted to witness the soft opening of this brand new facility. Harrah’s Northern California Casino is scheduled to open and start working in the second half of May, but the soft opening was a reason good enough for lovers of land-based casinos to visit this casino. In fact, the number of guests that showed up was way more than the casino allowed, so hundreds of people were simply turned away by the California Highway Patrol.

As soon as cars reached the Coal Mine Road, which is the place where they were hoping to enter the casino, CHP officers greeted them with a disappointed smile on their faces as the visitors had to turn their cars around and go back.

Although the casino is already popular, some of the locals are worried that it is going to make traffic congestions in the area. This may not happen every day, but it is possible that the traffic may be increased during holiday seasons.

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s North California, JC Rieger, stated that they had anticipated congestions and that is why they had partnered up with California Highway Patrol in the first place. However, locals are not sure whether this is going to help them in the future.

Harrah’s North California is a big casino with more than 900 parking spots. However, that was just a number during the soft opening as every single spot was occupied only a couple of minutes after the casino opened its doors at 4:30 on Monday. Nevertheless, Rieger stated that it wouldn’t always be like that and that the operation levels would level that out.

More than 400 full-time jobs will be offered at the casino, and it had already brought in $20 million before it was opened. Furthermore, it is estimated that the casino will bring in $8 million every year now as soon as it starts working full-time.

The soft opening of the casino gave visitors a taste of what is to come. The majority of visitors were happy with what the casino had to offer in terms of games and other services, but some of them did not like the crowd during the soft opening. The officials believe that the crowds will shrink down in just a couple of weeks and that it was just the opening hype that brought so many people to the casino on Monday.

If you are brave enough to visit the casino during its official opening weekend, you can do that on May 17. The festivities will last all the way through May 19. On the other hand, you could wait a couple of days and they pay the casino a visit as the crowds are going to level down after a while, and you will be able to experience the casino as well as all the services and games offered in it.

The casino features a total of 20 table games where you can play California Roulette, pai gow, and craps. Furthermore, there are 950 gaming machines such as slots, progressive slots, poker machines, and more. It is open 24/7 and offers self-parking. It is located on a 71,000 sq ft and features restaurants such as Louie Oliver’s and The Marketplace, where you can order Mexican, Asian, and American food. The casino came to life as a result of a partnership formed between Buena Vista Rancheria Me-Wuk Indians and Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

The Venetian Las Vegas Prepares to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

The Venetian Las Vegas is already making huge plans for the celebration of its 20th anniversary, which is planned for May 3. The celebration will start with an act of honoring the 650 ‘founders’ of this legendary facility. The ‘founders’ are actually all team members to have ever worked for this company ever since it was founded back in 1999.

There will be plenty of other interesting and exciting activities that the visitors of this celebration will have an opportunity to enjoy. First of all, a huge exhibition of a sort is planned which will be featured on exterior marquees of the facility. This will actually be a tribute to all the founders of the company who were active during the last two decades. Their photos will be displayed here and everyone visiting the celebration will be able to walk past their photos.

Furthermore, the team also plans to take a group photo in the Waterfall Atrium. There is a wonderful LOVE installation that is a perfect place for a photograph. Therefore, the plan is to take the photo in that area.

Finally, the organizers also planned a gala event which is called ‘Founders Ball.’ It will be a ball held in the founders’ honor, but it will take place later this summer.

In addition to the official events that are listed above, there will be a couple of things guests should pay attention to as well since they will receive special treats.

In fact, guests who take a ride with The Venetian Gondola indoors or outdoors will have an opportunity to receive a special Venetian Rose on May 3. This special type of rose was actually introduced to the floral community back in 2015, and it was bred exclusively for the resort located in Las Vegas. In other words, if you want to have a flower which is unique to this resort, make sure to take a Gondola ride on its anniversary.

Furthermore, guests who pass by the check-in point on May 3 will be surprised by team members of The Venetian who have prepared some really special treats that will commemorate the occasion.

The resort in Las Vegas will actually start its ‘Year of Celebrations’ by celebrating its 20th anniversary. In other words, they will offer groups of visitors a special way to celebrate. Everyone who decides to visit The Venetian will have an opportunity to enjoy its beauty and events. They even have a special team which is responsible for planning celebrations in The Venetian, and they can adapt their offer to any type of celebration, including small-group and intimate celebrations, or even huge bachelorette parties and similar events.

A Short History of The Venetian

The original idea to build The Venetian came up in 1996 when Sheldon Adelson announced his plans about this resort. It was completed by 1999 and opened officially on May 3, 1999. The resort features a total of 120,000 sq ft of gaming space, and the Grand Canal Shoppes Sands Expo is one of its signature attractions. At the moment, the number of rooms in its hotel is 4,049 which means that it is one of the largest resorts in Las Vegas at the moment. Needless to say, it is designed to resemble the Renaissance period in Venice which was one of the most culturally advanced cities in European history not only during the Renaissance but also during the entire human civilization, with brilliant minds such as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci being its part.

IGT Releases MegaJackpots Wheel of Fortune on Air

Online casino lovers who prefer playing IGT online video slots now have an opportunity to check out a brand new slot game by this provided called MegaJackpots Wheel of Fortune on Air. This somewhat confusing title comes as a result of the fantastic features contained within the slot. If you like the wheel of fortune type of games and you prefer slots with jackpots, you are definitely going to enjoy this masterpiece as the team that creates slots at IGT outdid themselves once again.

First of all, let’s take a look at some of the basic features of this game. MegaJackpots Wheel of Fortune on Air features a total of five reels and three rows which enable players to use 20 paylines. You can place bets which are anywhere from $0.40 to $800.00 and receive hefty prizes.

If you like to play games that are visually stunning, you will be blown away with this one which is based on the popular Wheel of Fortune show. It has this showbiz vibe with modern design and the reels resembling the board from the popular TV show. The symbols on the reels are also somewhat connected to that show, and they are divided into the low-paying and the high-paying ones. The low-paying symbols are J, Q, K, and A which is a standard set for many online slots. On the other hand, the high-paying symbols include various luxurious items such as yachts, diamond rings, and sports cars. The most rewarding symbol on the reels is actually a private jet, which will reward lucky players with up to 7.5x their bet if they make a combo of five.

Furthermore, the game also features the wild symbol, which has the usual role of replacing all the other symbols on the reels in order to help you make combos. If you land five wilds and make a combo out of them, you will receive a prize which is 30 times your stake.

This game also features a Wheel of Fortune Wheel feature as it is heavily based on the show. In order to trigger the Wheel, you must land three or more Scatters on the reels. The number of scatters you land will determine the type of wheel that you will receive. For example, if you have three scatters, you will have an opportunity to spin an ordinary wheel. However, if you receive four scatters, you will get to spin the Super Wheel. Finally, five scatters will help you spin the Ultra Wheel. All wheels have some features such as multipliers or other bonuses.

Therefore, this game offers a lot of additional exciting features that can help you create big wins. If you trigger the Mystery Transform feature, you will have an opportunity to add 6, 11, or 14 new mystery symbols to the reels which will help you create bigger wins. You can also trigger the Wild Reel feature where the reels 3, 4, 5 become entirely wild. There is also a Respin feature where you get to respin reels up to five times with sticky wilds. Finally, you can trigger the Multiplier feature which will grant you a certain number of multipliers that can go up to 250x.

To sum up, this is quite an enjoyable slot, especially for people who like watching Wheels of Fortune. Apart from the progressive jackpot, this game also offers a set of other interesting features that will not only help you create big wins but also entertain you for hours.

The Cosmopolitan to Host Interpol in October

One of the most popular rock bands from New Your, Interpol, will perform in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at The Chelsea Stage on October 4. Everyone interested to see this event is able to buy tickets which have been available for sale since April 26, 10 am PT. The tickets are available online, as well as at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. You can also order tickets via Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. The basic price of tickets is $39 per ticket in addition to all applicable taxes and fees. Furthermore, if you want to reserve a seat, you will have to pay a starting ticket price at $59 plus all taxes and fees that are applicable.

If you like modern rock music, you probably know about Interpol, as they are currently one of the biggest live acts not only in New York but also all over the globe. Let’s take a closer look at who Interpol really are and how they become one of the most significant bands in the American rock scene.

Who Are Interpol?

If you type ‘Interpol’ into Google, you will get results related to the International Criminal Police Organization. While this international police shares the same name with the band, it seems that it is the only thing that these two entities have in common.

The band Interpol was created by Greg Drudy and Daniel Kessler after Kessler looked for a perfect band mate for a very long time. The two band members were joined by Paul Banks and started performing together in New York City. After managing to gain initial fans, the band had to come up with a name, with Interpol being the most captivating option.

The band released their first EP in 2000 when Drudy left the group and was replaced by Sam Fogarino on drums. Soon, the band signed a contract with Matador Records, which was a Beggars Group member. Their next EP was also named Interpol, and eventually their released their first studio album in 2002 named Turn On the Bright Lights which was recorded in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in a studio called Tarquin Studios. Their debut album started as an incognito release, but the band eventually managed to sell over 300,000 copies in less than two years. By 2004, they were already big among rock music lovers, especially those who enjoyed post-punk bands, Joy Division being one of them.

Soon after that, the band got together once again to record their second album called Antics, which was released in 2004 and was even more popular than the first one, being sold in more than 350,000 copies. Needless to say, the band became extremely popular in the UK as their music was heavily influenced by genres such as Britpop and post-punk. In fact, their second album reached the golden status in the UK way before it did in the US.

The rest of the band’s history has been filled with a lot of great music and tours all over the world. They managed to record four more studio albums: Our Love to Admire (2007), Interpol (2010), El Pintor (2014), and Marauder (2018). Marauder was their latest album, which they are currently promoting.

Interpol’s importance for the American rock culture is huge, as they are perhaps one of the most popular Indie rock bands of all time. Therefore, if you enjoy listening to alternative rock and enjoy exploring new music, make sure to give Interpol a try. Furthermore, if you happen to be in Las Vegas in October, make sure not to miss out on their live performance as they are currently one of the best live acts in New York.

Online Betting Passed by Tennessee’s House of Representatives

It seems that online sports betting will come to Tennessee as the House of Representatives passed a piece of legislation recently that will legalize this type of activity on the web. Tennessee could become one of the few states that gave two thumbs up to betting on sports online.

The Tennessean newspaper published a report stating that a body consisting of 99 seats approved House Bill 1. 58 voted in favor while 37 opposed the bill, with some of the opposers being pretty loud in their protest against it. According to them, legalizing online sports betting could pave the way to a big increase in gambling addiction.

The legislation regarding online sports betting was written by a Democratic Representative in Tennesse, Rick Staples. It will be sent to the Tennessee State Senate, and if they pass the bill, we could witness online sports betting in Tennessee very soon. The legislative piece was also approved by the Finance Committee, which consists of 33 members. Finally, the Governor of Tennesse, Bill Lee, will have to say his words in the end and put a signature so that everything can be set into motion.

According to Staples, Tennessee is in a unique position right now and it has huge potential to generate revenue from online sports betting. Namely, Staples argues that all the neighboring countries, including Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, and Arkansas do not allow this type of activity, which means that many people would visit Tennessee to enjoy activities such as sports betting. Furthermore, he added that sports betting operators would use cutting-edge geo-location technology which will allow aficionados from the neighboring states to enter the so-called ‘Volunteer State’ and be able to place wagers.

According to The Tennessean, if House Bill 1 is ratified, it would allow everyone who is located in the state of Tennessee to take part in legal online betting on sports. The only boundary would be that they are of minimum gambling age which is 21 ins this southern state. Punters will have an opportunity to place wagers on both professional and collegiate sports.

On the other hand, the bill doesn’t include land-based sports betting facilities. In other words, everyone who wants to place bets will have to do that exclusively at online platforms. Furthermore, the bill suggests that $50 million in tax revenues will have to be allocated to the local government, gambling addiction programs, and education.

Furthermore, there are a couple of prohibitions that will take place if this legislative piece becomes active, and it is mainly aimed towards prohibited punters. People who are registered as athletes, referees or team owners will be strictly forbidden to partake in online sports betting as it is believed they could compromise the integrity of sports and entier leagues.

House Bill 1 was introduced as a consequence of the invalidation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May last year. This act was largely responsible for the fact that sports betting was largely unavailable in the US for the past two decades. In fact, only Nevada offered sports betting services before PASPA was invalidated. However, some states were ready and welcomed this decision made by the United States Supreme Court. At the moment, sports betting services are available (or being actively discussed) in Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. Furthermore, 31 additional states are currently considering this option and its advantages and disadvantages. States such as Iowa, Washington, and Indiana are some of the states that are very likely to make the first step soon.

New Florida Gambling Deal Encounters Several Issues

The state of Florida and the Seminole tribe are actively taking part in negotiations over what has been a couple of years of disagreement. The Sunshine State and the Native American tribe—which is one of the most successful organizations in the casino industry—have been on the opposing sides when it comes to the tribe’s casinos. Governor Ron DeSantis decided to be a mediator between the two warring sides who are required to make a new gambling deal and sort things out.

The legislative session between Florida and the Seminoles has a deadline, and it should be in two weeks, but the two sides have encountered a couple of issues regarding sports betting and table games that may become an obstacle to reaching an agreement. DeSantis expressed his skepticism as well, as he stated that he did not like some of the provisions made in the deal. He added that he would like to ‘get a deal’ as soon as possible, but that he would like to do everything that was right for Florida.

It has been several years now since the state and the officials of the tribe started arguing and failing to sign a new gambling-related contract. The first agreement between the two sides was reached back in 2010 but all the key terms were set to last five years. In other words, the key terms expired in 2015 when the revenue to the state was put in danger.

The former Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, had a temporary solution at hand. The two sides reached a temporary agreement that allowed the tribe to hold exclusive rights on blackjack in exchange for millions in shared revenue from this game. Once again, it was just a temporary solution, and it seems that the real solution was nowhere near. This one will expire on May 31 when things can get quite complicated unless there is a deal in sight. If the two sides do not manage to reach a deal, the state risks losing more than $350 million in gaming revenue.

One of the Problems is Sports Betting

Many reports reveal that the outline of the draft that Gov. DeSantis and his team currently review included sports betting authorization in the state. The Seminoles would act as sort of a hub for placing bets at pari-mutuels in Florida. According to the provision, in-play betting would also be authorized at professional sports venues. However, Gov. DeSantis believes that this could affect games’ integrity, and he doesn’t seem too happy about it. Furthermore, he stated that he must consider in-play betting and whether it should be limited only to sports arenas or be legalized across the state.

Long story short, the Governor has not really ‘put forth opposition’ to the idea of gambling on sports in this state, but that he is willing to further discuss this idea with both sides.

The Problem With Card Games

Card games have been one of the main reasons for disagreement between the two sides, and the draft suggests a possible new deal that proposes a drastic change in the way card games are played at pari-mutuels. This change will make the game entirely unprofitable for pari-mutuels of the state. Furthermore, these facilities will be allowed to run operations related to sports betting but the revenues made from wagering will have to be shared with the Seminoles.

All in all, the lawmakers of the state will receive up to $400 million annually from the Seminoles, with potential to go up to $500 million. This is certainly an improvement, compared to $350 they paid to the state, but the lawmakers believe they could have done a much better job here.

NetEnt Launches Brand New Slot – Dead or Alive 2

The long-awaited Dead or Alive sequel is finally here as fans of NetEnt game will have an opportunity to enjoy this action-driven online video slot inspired by the Wild West and its heroes.

The first Dead or Alive game was published back in 2009, and it instantly became a huge hit, gaining a cult following in a matter of days. Nowadays, it is considered a legendary online slot, and many players still actively play it not only because of its generosity, but also because of the impeccable gameplay, smooth animations, and great design. Now that the game is exactly one decade old, NetEnt has decided to launch a sequel in order to honor one of their most popular slots.

Although it is pretty different from its predecessor, this game does share a lot of similar traits. First of all, both games have identical Return to Player figure which is 96.8%. Furthermore, their setup is pretty much the same as they both have a 5×3 grid structure along with nine paylines.

The setting of the game is something that fans of Dead or Alive are also going to love. The reels are set in a corner of a typical small town in the Wild West, looking at a deserted main street. Furthermore, the music is also very interesting and captivating, featuring a slide guitar that perfectly depicts the atmosphere of this period.

Despite similarities, there are also a lot of differences, especially when it comes to the looks. Dead or Alive 2 is 10 years younger, and it was only natural that it looks way more sharp, with great animations, astonishing design, and perfect gameplay. NetEnt is the current leader when it comes to online video slots, so nothing less was expected from them.

Bonus Features

If you manage to land three or more scatter symbols on the reels during a single spin, you will activate the Free Spins feature which is a tad more complicated than the one in the original Dead or Alive. On the other hand, it is more rewarding as well. When activated, the free spins feature will offer you one of the three possible choices called Train Heist, Nigh Noon Saloon, and Old Saloon.

If you choose Train Heist, your free spins game will begin with a multiplier that increases whenever you manage to land a wild symbol on the reels. Furthermore, you will also get one additional spin for every wild. If you manage to reach x16 multiplier, you will get awarded with five extra spins.

Players who opt for the Old Saloon game will have all winnings multiplied by two with all wilds locking in positions until the end of the game. If you land all five outlaws, you will get five extra spins as well. This is a pretty similar option to the first game.

Finally, if you choose High Noon, you are up for a treat as it is the most volatile option in the game. The ‘MAX’ concept developed by NetEnt is actually available by this option where you can win as much as 100,000x your stake which is more than most of the jackpots and progressive jackpots at the moment. This feature works just like the Old Salon feature except for the fact that landing more than one wild will result in them multiplying. That is to say, if you land two wilds, they will become a 2x multiplier (3 wilds will become a 3x multiplier, and so on).

To sum up, this is a perfect blend of the original Dead or Alive game and brand new looks and features that will make you fall in love with the game once again.

A New Entryway Sculpture Revealed at the STRAT

The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod continues to amaze with great projects and new and exciting additions to the facility, with the latest one being a sculpture which is located at the entryway of STRAT. In fact, the sculpture is located on the corner of West Bob Stupak Avenue and South Las Vegas Boulevard. The STRAT celebrated the sculpture a couple of days ago.

It is an amazing work of art which is bound to take breaths away from the people passing by. The sculpture consists of three ascending figures, each of them made of stainless steel. The sculpture was made by three local artists who live and work in Las Vegas, and their names are Nick Stiley, Adin Fly, and James Talbert. All of them had separate jobs to do when it comes to the sculpture. Stiley had an opportunity to handle design and fabrication, while Fly was responsible for creating the artistic concept. James Talbert made a final touch with CAD design and fabrication. The sculpture was ordered by Blake L. Sartini who is a chairman, president, and CEO of Golden Entertainment, the STRAT’s parent company. Sartini asked Kevin Barry Fine Art to make a sculpture that would honor the legendary tower nearby.

Furthermore, Sartini stated that the STRAT was located at the entrance to the Las Vegas Arts District and it was a testament to the great creative talent that they have in Las Vegas. The sculpture, which is called “LOOK!”, and other new pieces of art that have been commissioned by the property are proof that the STRAT is ready to support local artists and help them showcase their work on the Las Vegas Strip.

The “LOOK!” sculpture varies in shape and size, as each figure is unique in its own way. The smallest figure is eight feet tall, and it weighs a total of 800 pounds. Furthermore, the middle figure is 11 feet and 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 850 pounds. The third is the largest one, and it is 15 feet tall and weighs a total of 1,1000 pounds. The sculpture’s heads reveal a view which is directed to the SkyPod and SkyJump.

The tree artists revealed the sculpture along with a couple of other people, including Chris Fiumara, the Vice President and General Manager of The STRAT, Bob Coffin, Las Vegas City Councilman, Cedric Crear, Las Vegas Councilman, and John Barry, Principal of Kevin Barry Fine Art.

Barry even made a short statement about the sculpture, claiming that in order to come up with the origin of that marvelous piece, an artist had to be inspired by the sheer force that the STRAT Tower stood for. Furthermore, he added that the artists also had to recognize the natural tendency of passers-by to raise their heads and be in awe of this great Las Vegas Strip building. Finally, he concluded that the sculpture had to inspire all bystanders so that they could ‘LOOK!’ up at the STRAT. In other words, he believes that the sculpture stands for much more than an ordinary cool-looking piece of art.

If you are a type of person who likes art and wants to explore all the works by local artists, you can take a look at the additional pieces that artists from Las Vegas created and that are displayed all over the STRAT, especially at the BLVD & MAIN Taphouse, The STRAT Cafe, and View Lounge. Therefore, next time you are in Vegas, make sure not to miss the amazing sculpture along with all other interesting pieces of art in the area.

Caesars Palace to Host Legendary Blues Guitarist Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa is keeping the blues flame alive and well, being one of the greatest blues musicians nowadays. This blues-rock titan has won two Grammies, and people who like this genre of music and enjoy great guitar playing will have an opportunity to witness his show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on October 27. His performance there is just one out of many that promote his latest studio album called ‘Redemption’.

People who want to participate in this show will be able to buy tickets at a starting price of $64 starting April 26 at 10 am PT. Given the popularity of this blues-rock guitarist, the tickets will probably be sold out pretty fast, so make sure to get yours on time at ticketmaster.com. Furthermore, the fan club presale will take place a bit before that, starting on April 23 at 10 pm PT. The presale will last until April 25, 10 pm. The access to the presale which will last from 10 am to 10 pm on April 25 will be available to all Caesars Rewards members, as well as the members of the Caesars Entertainment loyalty program.

Joe Bonamassa Redefined the Blues Rock Genre

Blues is a very specific genre of music which, many would agree, is slowly being cast out of the mainstream. Every once in a while, there comes a performer that returns it to the center, reminding us why blues is the roots of all modern music. In the 80s, the torch was borne by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and today, Joe Bonamassa, along with a couple of other popular blues musicians, is the guitar player and singer we all need in our lives.

However, he doesn’t act on his own, as his band consists of some of the best blues performers in the states and beyond. Anton Fig will follow him on drums. Fig has gained a lot of popularity by playing in David Letterman’s show. Michael Rhodes will play the bass, as he has gained a reputation for being one of the most sought-after studio musicians. The organ and piano will be played by Reese Wynans, who is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a former member of the Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble! Bonamassa’s band will feature a brass section as well, with Paulie Cerra on saxophone and Lee Thornburg on trumpet. What makes his shows unique is a group of powerful background vocals.

Bonamassa is nowadays regarded as one of the best live performers as the amount of skill and sheer enthusiasm he is able to share with the audience is tremendous. In fact, he is internationally recognized as one of the best guitarists of his generation, and he managed to put a different and modern perspective on blues and rock. Apart from being active in the studio, Bonamassa is actually very actively touring, being on the road for 200 days of the year, and having performances all over the world.

His album Redemption made it to the #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart and this is his 21st time to top the chart with his songs. In fact, Bonamassa has released more than 30 studio and live albums, and Redemption is considered his most ambitious project so far.

Apart from making his songs, Bonamassa is also known to be a great fan of some blues legends such as Albert King, BB King, and others whose songs he likes to perform, among other blues standards. The classic rock influence is clearly visible in Bonamassa’s work as he also performs songs from the likes of Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin.

James Adducci Won A $1.19 Million Bet on Tiger Woods

Sometimes, gambling is not only based on luck and requires some skills in order to maximize the probability of winning the main prize. In fact, there is a clear division on games of luck and games of skill, although games of skill often include the luck factor. But where does sports betting belong?

Betting on sports certainly requires that you know a lot about the sport that you bet on in order to make the most out of it, but the real fun begins when you step into the unknown and start placing bets that you wouldn’t usually place. In fact, there are two types of bettors – those who like to play it safe and those who like to play it bold. Which one of them is James Adducci?

Mr. Adducci has been the main focus of the news for the last couple of days. Gold magazines, sports magazines, and sports betting platforms all wanted to find out more about this punter and his background, as he managed to win a total of $1.19 million on a bet he placed. Let’s take a closer look at that bet and how James decided to place it.

Adducci’s Bet

The Masters Sunday tournament wrapped up with Tiger Woods being the winner, but it seems he wasn’t the only one celebrating his victory, as James Adducci also managed to profit from his success. Namely, Adducci decided to place a wager on Tiger winning the tournament, investing a total of $85,000 for a single bet. He managed to turn it into a lucrative sum which made Adducci a millionaire overnight as SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino paid him his prize of $1,190,000.

Adducci placed the bet on Tuesday, April 9. The odds for Tiger Woods winning the tournament was set at 14/1 (which is +1400). Adducci chose William Hill Sports Book which was a part of SLS Vegas. The win that the lucky punter managed to achieve was the single highest payout that the William Hill Sportsbook made on a bet placed on golf. People bet on golf often, but other sports are way more popular among active enthusiasts, who mainly bet on basketball, soccer, horseraces, hockey, baseball, football, and more.

Paul Hobson is the President and General Manager at SLS Las Vegas, and he stated that they were very excited to see such a life-changing bet taking place there. Furthermore, he added that their partnership with William Hill sportsbooks was an important part of their growth strategy and that they enjoyed the thrills that came with sports betting services.

Nick Bogdanovich, the US Director of Trading at William Hill, stated that it was great to see Tiger Woods coming back, but that it was a ‘painful’ day for William Hill as they had to pay such a big prize to the lucky winner.

SLS Las Vegas did a great job partnering up with William Hill, which is currently one of the most popular sportsbooks in the world. Together, the two companies offer state-of-the-art wagering technologies which are designed in such a way that all guests could enjoy the sports betting offer. All guests of the sportsbook also have access to the cutting-edge mobile betting platform which is currently available for all Android, iPad, and iPhone devices. The land-based sportsbook also features a huge HD video wall where sports lovers will be able to watch their favorite sports events and place bets in an entirely automated in-play wagering environment.

Airbnb and Las Vegas Strip – an Ongoing Battle with No Winner in Sight

Airbnb is popular worldwide as it offers a great alternative to hotels, and it has become quite a problem on the Las Vegas Strip as it continues to affect the revenue that hotels in this area make. Las Vegas’ budget has been filled by two main things for a very long time – accommodation and casinos. However, the former seems to be losing control as tourists choose to stay in private apartments offered by individuals on Airbnb.

In other words, Airbnb may be useful in areas where there are few or no hotels, which is basically everywhere in the world except for a couple of places that make a living out of hotel accommodation, one of them being Las Vegas. Sheldon Adelson has recognized this problem, as his company is being affected by Airbnb up to a certain extent. It is only a matter of time before he starts a campaign against this accommodation platform and finds a way to make the service illegal in the area of Las Vegas (or maybe even wider).

Since he has taken a look at the latest findings that suggest Airbnb is taking the revenue away from casinos and hotel rooms in the Strip, Adelson is bound to try to find a way which would make the online service illegal.

Telsey Group Advisory is a research firm which is based in New York, and its members conducted research which suggested that Airbnb affected the revenue at the Las Vegas Strip area by approximately $150 million. In other words, what tourists could have spent on hotel rooms went straight into the pockets of individual homeowners who offered their rooms and apartments to the visitors of the Entertainment Capital of the World. The reason why the visitors of Vegas from all around the globe started massively using Airbnb is mainly the cheaper accommodation prices that people offer when compared to hotel rooms.

Brian McGill is one of the researchers at Telsey Group Advisory, and he has stated that Airbnb had seen amazing growth in Las Vegas over the past couple of years. Furthermore, he added that, according to search trends in Google, the popularity of the service would continue to rise in the future, as people often search for Airbnb in Las Vegas for accommodation. According to McGill, Airbnb could present a real threat during the peak of the season as more people would opt for cheaper accommodation.

The research predicts that the number of tourists in Las Vegas who will use Airbnb in 2019 will go over a million, which would be a 300,000 increase in comparison to 2018.

The prices of rooms in casino and hotels resorts are quite high, and the majority of visitors agree with that. Hotel rooms cost on average between $100 and $200 with additional resort fees which can sometimes go up to $50. In other words, by choosing Airbnb, visitors get to save up to $100 per night in Las Vegas.

On the other hand, Airbnb is still not that big of a player in Vegas as its accommodation takes up to 1.7% in this area. Therefore, they are still unable to have a huge impact on casinos, at least in the short run. However, when we take into account that there are tourists during the whole year, the impact is felt by casinos.

McGill concluded that events such as the Super Bowl and other important happenings in Vegas usually resulted in increased Airbnb bookings in Vegas as people were tired of being charged for everything when they stayed in a hotel.

5 Casino Openings and Expansions We Can Expect Soon

Casino resorts open every once in a while, creating an additional stream of income for the budget of a state in which they are built, and, more importantly, giving people an opportunity to have fun and perhaps win a hefty reward. Land-based casinos are still very popular, and people love visiting these facilities in order to play their favorite casino games and hang out with friends.

Therefore, many casino operators build new and extend existing casinos, and here are the most anticipated ones that we can expect very soon. Read on!

The Trago Lounge at Tropicana Las Vegas

Tropicana Las Vegas has gotten a brand new bar and lounge that was actually opened in March. The venue is open 24/7 and offers non-stop entertainment with a lot of drinks available on the menu, including whiskey, scotch, tequila, and more.

The name of this bar and lounge is Trago Lounge, and it features 24 seats, 10 TVs, 22 poker machines, and more. The lounge will be able to accommodate a total of 120 guests in a 3,500 sq ft space. The Vice President and General Manager of Tropicana Las Vegas, Aaron Rosenthal, stated that they were thrilled to revamp food and beverage offer all over the property by opening this brand-new place called Trago Lounge.

Room Reservations at Encore Boston Harbor

The resort—which is worth $2.6 billion and is located in Everett, Massachusetts—is scheduled to open in June 2019, and it is already accepting room reservations for a hotel that will be a part of it. According to Robert DeSalvio, President of Encore Boston Harbor, they built completely functional guest room models and made the design and lighting perfect in them. He added that they had paid attention to every small detail, including drapes, furniture, carpets and more. In fact, he was so assured that guests would want to relive the experience offered in their hotel and that many would decide to come back.

Sycuan Casino Expansion

Sycuan Casino announced an expansion which is worth $260 million, and it is open to the public as of March 27. What they expanded was a luxury tower which has 12 stories and included more than 300 guest rooms and 57 suites. Moreover, the resort in California decided to expand its offer of foods and drinks by adding 10 additional bars and restaurants. Finally, one of the most exciting additions to the casino is an outdoor pool venue which they decided to name Retreat Pool and Cabanas, Bull and Bourbon, and Elicit Bar & Lounge.

Harrah’s Northern California

If you live in Amador County and you are up for playing some casino games, you will have an opportunity to visit the highly anticipated Harrah’s Northern California, which is scheduled to open later this spring. In fact, the grand opening is planned from May 17 to 19, and guests will have an opportunity to witness a great opening weekend. The construction of this property began back in April 2018, and it was regarded by many the most anticipated casino in the US. The entire destination will be approximately 71,000 sq ft with a total of 950 slot machines and 20 table games.

Furthermore, visitors will be able to enjoy a full-service restaurant with three additional dining places. If you plan to visit this facility, make sure to learn more about the Caesars Entertainment loyalty program and about Caesars Rewards, along with all the perks that they bring.

North Carolina Takes Next Step in Sports Betting Legislation

North Carolina is putting in a lot of effort in order to stay up-to-date with some other states and to legalize sports betting. Last week, the Senate of North Carolina approved a piece of legislation that aims to allow two casinos in this American state to add sports betting services to the list of offerings.

The name of the bill is Bill 154, and it was approved by a 50-seat body with a total of 43 people voting for and seven voting against the bill. The bill is now presented to the House of Representatives of North Carolina, and if everything goes well, we could see sports betting services in two Native American casinos very soon.

Senate Bill 154 is actually the work of Jim Davis, who is a Republican State Senator. It was introduced to the lawmakers back in February since the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians requested it. The tribe would be allowed to add sports betting as one of the Class III services that are already offered in the two casinos – Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

According to Casino.org, which published a report related to the North Carolina bill, Davis proposed only land-based sportsbooks which would offer sports markets that are related to professional and college sports. However, the bill doesn’t say anything about mobile or online sports betting platforms. If this is indeed the case, it would be a huge let-down as online sports betting is way more popular at the moment compared to land-based sportsbooks in the US.

The PASPA Consequence

The Senate Bill 154 was proposed right after the United States Supreme Court invalidated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which was one of the main acts responsible for the reason why sports betting was illegal in the states. After the act was invalidated, many states started preparing laws to accept sports betting and include it as a part of casino offer both on the land and on the web. Some of the countries that were pioneers in offering sports wagering services were New Jersey, Delaware, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Rhode Island. Apart from these, there are talks in 30 more states about legalizing sports betting, and many states are already making wise legislative moves so as to enable their citizens to place bets on sports. Some of the states that are currently considering what to do are Washington, Indiana, and Arizona.

One of the most important perks of sportsbetting is not the fun that it brings to people who love this type of entertainment, but additional revenue streams that would fill in states’ budgets. Davis told North Carolina Senate that casinos run by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians already filled in the state’s budget. The Cherokee Indians managed to build a hospital and fund a lot of social programs in North Carolina. Therefore, allowing them to offer sportsbetting services would further strengthen the relationship between the casinos and North Carolina. Furthermore, a total of annual gaming revenues in this state could go up to $14 million with approximately $1 million going to North Carolina.

Davis stated that table games and slots were already legal in North Carolina and that sports wagering would just expand the number of possibilities for people who like visiting casinos. Furthermore, he added that sports betting is already legal and that it is a great reason to give an opportunity to the Eastern Band to offer that service as they were already very grateful to North Carolina and had been ‘good stewards of money.’

New Jersey Sportsbooks Set New Record in March

Online and retail sportsbooks have set a new record in March as they finally managed to go over a $2 billion mark that was made in bets ever since the legalization of this type of gambling. This near-record handle for March happened mainly due to the fact that there was the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which attracted a lot of bets from the residents of New Jersey, according to analysts who work for PlayNJ.com.

Dustin Gouker, who is a lead sports betting analyst for PlayNJ.com state that the first week of March Madness had generated more betting even than the Super Bowl. Furthermore, he added that the First Fout games were enough to match regular NFL weekend bets. Gouker claimed that the number of bets placed on college basketball clearly displayed the massive success of this sport and that punters loved placing bets on it. In other words, college basketball affects the Northeast’s sports betting market in a great way.

All the retail and online sportsbooks that are located in New Jersey managed to accept a total of $372.5 million in bets in March, which is quite similar to the amount recorded in January – $385.3 million, according to the official reports. In other words, ever since the legalization of sports betting in June 2018, the sportsbook in NJ managed to collect a total of $2.3 billion in bets. This is a huge deal for them, as sports betting is clearly getting increasingly popular in the US.

The revenue for March was $31.7 million, which is almost 150% more compared to the revenue achieved in February when a total of $12.7 million was earned in the sports betting facilities. If online casinos are taken into account, the state of New Jersey can say that more than $70 million in revenue was achieved in March.

According to Gouker, the sole fact that they managed to get more than $2 billion in bets in just nine months is a clear display of how legal sports betting should have existed in New Jersey before as people were clearly interested in this type of gambling. Gouker added that the next milestone should definitely be set at $3 billion, and he is more than positive that the sports betting facilities in New Jersey would reach it even before they get to celebrate their first birthday which would be on June.

It seems that online sportsbooks are the most popular way to place bets in New Jersey since 80.8% of all bets in March were conducted via online platforms. In other words, the total amount of bets accepted in March is $298.3 million. This is a clear display that the future is on the web and that people do not feel like visiting retail sportsbooks as often as they visit land-based casinos.

The most popular online sportsbook was FanDuel Sportsbook/Pointsbet, as they managed to beat the second-place DraftKings Sportsbook. FanDuel made a total of $13.3 million in gross revenue which is almost 100% more compared to February. Furthermore, DraftKings had a total of $7.3 million in gross revenue which is also a significant improvement compared to $3.7 million in February.

When it comes to land-based sportsbooks, FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands topped the list with a total of $4.3 million in gross revenue in March. An improvement is visible here as well since they had a total of $1.5 million in February. The next one in line was Monmouth Park which earned a total of $986,251.

Top Workplace Award Goes to Rivers Casino Schenectady Again

Some casinos simply know how to do things right, and according to the Times Union, Rivers Casin & Resort Schenectady has continued to top their workplace award list, receiving the award for the second straight year. Being recognized by the Times Union with the Top Workplace award is a huge thing, and this recognition is based only on surveys which were given to employees of casinos. In other words, it is the workers themselves who feel the happiest while working at this extraordinary casino and resort.

As previously stated, this is the second straight year that Rivers has been crowned with this prestigious award, and it is a great way to further boost its popularity. The casino celebrated a full year of operation back in February, and it seems that the year was pretty successful for them.

Justing Moore, the Acting General Managed or Rivers Casino, stated that the casino was a very diverse and exciting place where people love to work and that they were very proud to have received the distinctive recognition that the Top Workplace award stands for. Furthermore, he added that the award was a testament to the unmatched commitment that Rivers make to become the best place to work, resulting in an outstanding service for guests who decide to visit this popular casino resort.

The honor was received at an event called the Times Union’s Top Workplaces event, which took place at the Albany Capital Center located in downtown Albany, NY. The event happened on April 9, and team members of the Rivers Casino were there to accept their reward, enjoying their stay with other winners and nominees from the Capital Region.

At the moment, there are more than 1,000 team members that are actively employed by the Rivers Casino. Those workers earn approximately $43 million in wages annually. Apart from hefty salaries, the company also provides various other benefits such as tuition reimbursement, paid time off, retirement plans, health insurance and more. In other words, it is a place many people dream about.

Kate McMahon is the Vice President of Human Resources at Rivers Casino. She stated that the award they had received was all about the extraordinary team members that Rivers had, and who did their best every single day in order to provide casino’s guests with the best possible experience. Furthermore, McMahon added that Rivers was the place that celebrated diversity and that encouraged every type of growth, both professional and private. She stated that the casino was focused on enriching the lives of all team members as well as their families so that they didn’t feel like an actual job.

According to Evelyn Tyson, who is a wardrobe supervisor at Rivers Casino, all casino team members have an amazing experience working there. Tyson stated that she would never have thought of becoming a supervisor, but that Rivers Casino helped her realize her dream. Tyson now has a professional and stable career with a lot of opportunities available while she works for Rivers Casino. She added that she had learned a lot during her time at Rivers and that the most important thing of all is that she was able to provide for her family and live a good life.

One of the secrets of the Rivers Casino is that everything is centered around people who work there, as the company does its best to enrich the lives of its team members, making the whole thing more than just a job. Together with the team members, the company is an active participant in many charitable organizations and causes in the Capital Region, thus enabling its workers to connect with each other on a deeper level.

Hard Rock Las Vegas’ The Joint Celebrates 10 Years

If you happen to be in Las Vegas on April 17, make sure to check out the party that will happen at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, as one of the legendary venues in this property celebrates 10 years of existence. The Joint is considered by many Las Vegas visitors and residents to be the most sophisticated and most dynamic venue of that kind in the world, as it has seen hundreds of shows and performances ever since it was opened. Apart from being dynamic, the Joint is known for its authenticity as there is no similar venue in the world. If you had an opportunity to visit it, you probably know what it looks and feels – the feeling is indeed a unique one.

The celebration will start on April 16, one day before the actual anniversary. The main stars for that day will be a legendary pop-rock band from the UK called The 1975. They come from Manchester, and their music can be further described as indie pop, indie rock, and even electropop. Matthew “Matty” Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald, and George Daniel are four unique individuals, making unique music, and having unique performances. All of that fits perfectly the unique interior of The Joint. There is just a small problem with their show right now – it is sold out.

However, if you are up for live performances and you are in Vegas during the second half of April, you will have an opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary performance of Slightly Stoopid on 20 April which is the date that The Joint celebrates with their 420 Party. If you understand the 420 reference and April 20 is a significant date for you, then you want to be a part of this event, enjoying the music of Slightly Stoopid, which is a great band from San Diego, California, which combines psychedelic rock, reggae, dub, and even blues and fold. In other words, they are a perfect match for the celebration of this date.

History of The Joint

If we were to track the original history of The Joint, we would have to go back to 1995 when the venue was opened for the first time. However, it underwent a complete makeover in April 2009 which is now regarded as the date of its new beginning. The makeover included transforming the legendary showroom which was doubled in size ten years ago. After that, many artists and performers had an opportunity to be a part of the joint and play their music there, including the likes of Paul McCartney, KISS, Drake, Tiesto, Kenny Chesney, Imagine Dragons, and more.

However, musicians are not the only ones who passed through The Joint. In fact, many other events took place here as the venue proved pretty versatile for various kinds of happenings. Combat fights, comedy shows, and even world-class entertainers had an opportunity to enter this legendary venue.

What’s more important than the history of this venue is its future. Being a part of a successful hotel and casino resort, The Joint is bound to host numerous other performers and entertainers who will make the stay of hundreds of tourists better. After all, Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps, and if you don’t feel like sleeping, make sure to visit The Joint, as there is something happening in the venue all the time. Furthermore, make sure to check out the entertainers who will perform in 2019 in The Joint, as you are definitely going to find a show that you should not miss.

Seminole Tribe and Florida Officials to Discuss New Compacts

The lawmakers of Florida and the Seminole Tribe have been in strong disagreement over a key provision when it comes to a former compact related to gambling that has expired five years ago. The two sides definitely needed to sit down and talk about new compacts, and it seems that the solution is actually closer than we might think. The resolution is out there, and the new compact would probably include provision expansion in Florida.

According to their previous compact, which became active back in 2010, the Seminole tribe owned an agreement about revenue sharing. In other words, part of their revenue would go to the state of Florida, which means that the Seminole tribe basically paid hundreds of millions of dollars directly into the coffers of the Sunshine State. The compact had to be renewed in 2015, which was pretty difficult since both sides were unable to reach an agreement. Governor Rick Scott somehow managed to convince the Seminole tribe to renew their compact, despite the fact that they were not really content with it. Therefore, their revenue sharing agreement continued to live on while the two sides were searching for some better options in order to create an equilibrium where they are both happy.

Therefore, the loose agreement that they came upon in 2015 will expire in May, and they are bound to come up with a new one sooner or later. This fact alone will cause the loss of up to $350 million in 2019, and the Senate has already imposed high taxes in order to secure the state budget, should they do not reach an agreement with the tribe.

One of the main reasons why such an agreement was not possible in the past is that the tribe claims that the state has violated previous compacts. In fact, 2016 was pretty much a turbulent year for the Seminoles tribe which took the state of Florida to court claiming that Florida officials were not allowed to introduce blackjack at pari-mutuel tracks, as Seminoles had an exclusive right to this card game. The court actually agreed on this and sided with the Seminoles. This escalated in a full-time hatred between the two sides, with Seminoles threatening to put an end to the revenue-shared system which would severely affect Florida’s budget. All of this tension was later approached by Scott who made both sides cooperate once again, making a short term deal which would expire soon.

Both sides are quite aware of this fact which is the reason why they sat down last week trying to figure out everything and come up with a deal that would be beneficial for both sides. Senator Wilton Simpson is the one who is currently leading the discussions as the two sides have a very tight deadline that they must not cross. In other words, we will have an opportunity to hear the news about a potential agreement very soon, as days, if not hours, are left for them to complete their talks.

Florida has been pretty active when it comes to gambling, as voters decided in a poll that they should be the ones in charge when it comes to controlling gambling in the state. A ballot in November 2018 put all activities related to gambling in the hands of the residents of Florida who will also decide on things such as expansions. On the other hand, many officials of Florida, including Governor Ron DeSantis, do not feel like giving the Seminole tribe more autonomy when it comes to gambling. In other words, this fight might be far from over.

7th Annual BBQ Fest Announced by Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun is preparing once again to attract barbecue lovers from all over the world who will have an opportunity to enjoy this unusual festival. If you consider yourself a foodie, and you fall in love with barbecue more often than with people, then you should definitely consider this a romantic festival, as it will contain a lot of food, hand-crafted cocktails, cold beer, and more. To put a cherry on the top of this barbecue cake, there will be live music and many other interesting events that will follow up the festival which will take place for the 7th time in Mohegan Sun.

So, what can one exactly do at such a festival? Well, first of all, you can always enjoy food, and even take a sample bite from the People’s Choice Competition in order to find your favorite barbecue. There will be many barbecue teams from all over the US who will compete in order to win the prize for the best BBQ. Tough competition is expected once again, as it will be very difficult to decide who makes the best barbecue. Furthermore, there will be an annual Wing and Rib Competition which brings a lot of meat lovers to one place.

There will also be a professional barbecue competition which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. 50 teams are expected in total, and there will be $25,000 which will be given as prize money to the best barbecue teams in the US.

The entire event will take place on June 1 and 2 in the Winter Parkin Lot of the Mohegan Sun. If you happen to get tired of eating barbecue, you can always check out other types of entertainment offered by the Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort, such as numerous interesting casino games, spa, restaurants, golf games, and more.

If you are interested in visiting this event, you should take into account that ticket prices will be charged either $5.00 per day of $8.00 for the entire weekend. They are on sale at the moment at Mohegan Sun Box Office. However, kids who are six or under will receive free admission. Furthermore, admission tickets and an additional $1 tickets for food and drinks will be charged at the entrance of the festival.

If you are interested in taking part in the People’s Choice Contest, you will have an opportunity to rate 20 BBQ teams who are all part of the Kansas City BBQ Society. All teams will offer samples of their work which you can try for $2.00 all weekend long. Once you try them all, you will be able to vote for what you think was the best barbecue in the festival. All visitors will be able to vote from Saturday 11 am to Sunday 3 pm after which the winners will be announced at 4 pm.

We also mentioned the Rib and Wing Challenges, where you will have an opportunity to taste up to five ribs and wings for $5.00 and vote for your favorite option. Liberty Bank will present the winners of this competition on Saturday before the firework show begins.

The fireworks will begin at 9:15 pm and live music will be on the Main Stage during the entire weekend to keep the party going on. Therefore, if you happen to be nearby on June 1 and 2, make sure to drop by as there will be a lot of things to do as a part of this big BBQ festival that happens for the seventh consecutive year.

Don McLean to Perform at Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa

The iconic singer and songwriter who managed to write one of the best songs in American history called “American Pie” will perform this song and his other hits at The Joint, which is located in the legendary Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa. The show is scheduled for July 3, so if you happen to be nearby, make sure to check out Don McLean as you will have an opportunity to witness history unfold in front of your eyes.

Tickets will be available for sale on April 11, and their prices start at $19.50. Due to the popularity of this musician, it is assumed that all tickets will be gone in a couple of days, so we advise you to obtain them as soon as possible before it is too late.

Who is Don McLean?

Don McLean is a singer/songwriter of Scottish descent. His family moved to the USA, where Donald was born and exposed to early influences such as Frank Sinatra and Buddy Holly. He was interested in folk music as well, and the Weavers were one of his favorite bands back then.

McLean had asthma as a kind, and he missed school often due to his condition. However, his love of music flourished, and his undeniable talent was set in motion when he decided to buy his first guitar. McLean began making a lot of contacts with other musicians and managed to befriend the likes of Erik Darling and Fred Hellerman.

Don’s father died when he was 15, and he decided to finish his Preparatory School since that was the wish of his father. He enrolled at university after that but attended it for four months only. He soon managed to get an agent of his own and started actively performing at various venues and events.

The Early Success

McLean was rejected a total of 72 times by record labels for his first album, called Tapestry. It was finally accepted, and it had moderate success due to the fact that it was released by a minor record label. However, United Artists Records released his second album—called American Pie—which as a real cultural milestone in US history and defined popular music that we know today. It was the American Pie album that contained two of his major hits – American Pie and Vincent.

After this album, everything skyrocketed for Don McLean, who started world-wide tours. Furthermore, he continued recording songs, and he is active even today, with his latest album released in 2018. In fact, Botanical Gardens was his 21st album, which puts him on a list of the most productive artists in the world.

American Pie

Although written in the 70s, American Pie is still a huge hit today, and it was a chart-topper for a very long time. The song basically tells a nostalgic story of the author’s grief about the death of the “Holy Trinity” of rock’n’roll – Ritchie Valens, JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and Buddy Holly (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost). It lasts for almost ten minutes and is filled with metaphors and allusions to many popular celebrities and political figures that were popular back in the day.

McLean’s concerts are very popular as he loves performing famous songs from his favorite artists, including Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra. In other words, if you are a fan of the good old folk, rock, blues, and jazz tunes, make sure to check out Don McLean in Tulsa if you can!

Sportsbook Opened in Hard Rock Hotel Atlantic City

The Hard Rock in Atlantic City has started the second phase of sportsbook development by opening a 3,800 sq ft space with fifty seats, 60 TVs and a bar where punters can enjoy various sports betting activities along with some of the popular Video Poker slots.

Joe Lupo is the President of the Hard Rock Hotel Atlantic City, and he stated that it was a very exciting time for the property as it was opening up the second phase of the sportsbook which amplified that amenity for all visitors, especially those who love baseball and want to spend a weekend in HRH Atlantic City. Lupo added that the unveiling was just one of many other positive changes that took place in the property as they made final preparations for the summer which was expected to be filled with exciting events in Atlantic City.

If you happen to be in Hard Rock, you will have an opportunity to place bets on various sports, including soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball, college sports, and more. You can either go to the sportsbook section of the Hard Rock Hotel, or you can visit their website at hardrocksports.com and place bets via their online platform which is available for the residents of New Jersey.

You can access the site either via your PC or mobile devices. The site is available both via iOS and Android as there are dedicated apps made by Hard Rock for this purpose. All you have to do is visit the App Store to download the app if you own an iOS device. However, Google Play often changes its policies regarding betting apps, so the best way to download an Android app is to visit the Hard Rock site and download the .apk file to your mobile phone.

Sports Betting in the US

Placing bets on sports is a fairly new activity to the US as it has been banned for a very long time. The legislators from America lifted the ban in 2018, making it available for every state to choose whether they want to add sports betting as one of the luck-based activities. Prior to this ban, only Nevada had some sort of sports betting services that were severely controlled by various regulatory bodies and not many options were available.

All of that changed in 2018, and New Jersey was one of the first states to respond by making sports betting legal. All casinos in Atlantic City were eager to hear this and started preparing for offering various sports betting services, Hard Rock Hotel being one of them.

If you are not familiar with sports betting and you live in New Jersey, you should definitely experience it first-hand by visiting one of the available sportsbooks in your area. Although there are not many of them yet, their number is bound to grow as citizens of the US are known to be really hard-core sports fans, and betting on sports has been an inseparable part of watching sports in many countries in the world. Although it seems like a simple activity at first, there are professional punters who take this activity very seriously by analyzing data, actively watching a single sport and placing custom bets to increase the odds. In other words, there’s an entire science behind sports betting that is yet to reach the US.

Placing bets on sports, just like every other gambling activity, is regulated by official bodies which make sure that everything is in order. Therefore, Hard Rock Hotel and other casinos in the area can offer great sports betting services which are legal and regularly audited.

12th Annual Grand Poker Series to be Hosted by Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Golden Nugget Las Vegas will host the Grand Poker Series for the 12th time. The series will commence on May 28 and will last until July 8. The venue where all the games will take place will be the Grand Event Center. There will be more than 90 poker tournaments which will last for 42 days and which will range in terms of buy-ins and poker games.

The most popular poker variant, No Limit Hold’Em, will be available across 21 events, with stand-alone events such as Omaha 8 or Better, Stud, Pot Limit Omaha, Short Deck, and Big-O. Moreover, visitors will have an opportunity to mix it up a bit and enjoy mixed game formats such as Stud 8 or Better, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha 8 or Better, Stud, Razz, 2-7 Triple Draw, and more.

Andy Rich is the Director of Poker Operations at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, and he stated that they were excited to host the 12th anniversary of this great poker event at Golden Nugget. Furthermore, Rich commented on the entire tournament, stating that there would be something for everyone, including affordable buy-ins and exciting mixed events with daily guaranteed prize pools which are over $3 million. In other words, this year’s Grand Poker Series will probably be the biggest event of this kind to date. Finally, Rich stated that there would be a limited number of free parking spaces, and urged people to arrive on time before the lot is full.

Buy-ins for this tournament start at $100. There will be three events every day, with each event starting at 11 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm. Therefore, make sure to choose the time which suits you the best and enjoy some high-quality poker games located in a pleasant environment. You should pay attention to $150 buy-in events that have guaranteed prize pools of $25K and will happen every day at 1 pm in June.

Important Events

Of course, apart from the daily events, there will be several highlighted ones which are definitely worth your attention if you are a poker lover.

The 9 Flight $200 buy-in event that will start on May 30 and end on June 1 will offer $300K in guaranteed prizes up for grabs. The same event was set at $150K last year, and it drew a record number of entrants. 2,516 poker player joined this event and managed to create a prize pool of $276K. The entire thing turned out to be quite successful, and the winner managed to win $20,000. This year, even more entrants are expected to join this event.

You should also pay attention to the 9 Flight ‘Ultimate Re-Entry’ event which requires a $200 buy-in. There will be $250K guaranteed prize pool and the event will actually take place three times, on June 6-8, June 20-22, July 4-6. In other words, there will be two events, which means that players will have three times more opportunities to compete for the first prize. This event was also very popular last year as it managed to offer players a prize pool of $400K created by a total of 2,781 players. The winner of the event won $90,000.

Finally, you should pay attention to the 3 flights Championship Event which will last June 27-30. The buy-in for this event is $600, and the guaranteed prize pool is $600K. This was also a popular event that managed to attract 1,577 players last years who created a prize pool of $788K, with the winner taking $132,000.

MGM Grand to Host The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will host an exciting exhibition in May which is based on a popular movie/book franchise called The Hunger Games. The name of the exhibition is The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, and it offers a fully-immersive experience from the movie, including archery training, and many other interesting interactives, costumes, props, and more. The exhibition is actually on tour and has already visited Australia, San Francisco, Louisville, and New York. Las Vegas is the next stop, and it is going to be one of the best exhibition in this city, especially for those who consider themselves fans of the movies and the books.

The Hunger Games is a three-part movie from Lionsgate that managed to gross over $3 billion worldwide. Moreover, it managed to gain a cult following, with thousands of people around the globe discussing the film and visiting conferences and exhibitions related to it. The exhibition is entirely family-friendly, and it is the second exhibition made by Cityneon Holding Limited company and Victory Hill Exhibitions, which is its subsidiary company.

Some of the interesting things you will be able to see during the exhibition include a couple of galleries devoted to the movie such as the Hall of Justice, the office that belongs to President Snow in the movie. Furthermore, visitors will be able to take a look at the Tribute Train, District 13, and other cool areas features in The Hunger Games.

The archery training ground is definitely the most important part of the exhibition as it will be set in a digital training lab that is interactive and 60-foot wide. This kind of exhibition is the first of its kind to take place on the Las Vegas Strip.

About The Hunger Games

The original story was written by Suzanne Collins, who is an American novelist. Suzanne managed to inspire the filmmakers who turned her novels into a feature film that consist of three parts: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.

The genre of the film is a dystopian science fiction which follows the life of a young woman called Katniss Everdeen who lives in a post-apocalyptic nation called Panem that is located in present-day North America. The people of this nation are divided into districts, all of which are heavily supervised by a couple of people in power, much like in Orwell’s 1984. Every year, a couple of young people are selected to take part in the Hunger Games, which is an event that takes place in The Capitol, the city that basically has all the power over the districts.

However, things get quite interesting as Katniss turns out to be quite a rebel who managed to stand up against such a corrupted system and shake the foundation of Panem, making a lot of other districts stand up to fight for themselves in their struggle to achieve equality and destroy the evil empire that rules over them.

All three books and movies are a great homage to many legendary dystopian novels such as “1984” by Orwell and “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. Therefore, if you are interested in dystopian fiction and enjoy good action movies set in the future, make sure to check out The Hunger Games trilogy and then check out this amazing exhibition that will take place in MGM Grand.

Welby Altidor, who is the Group Chief Creative Office of Cityneon Holdings and Victory Hill Exhibitions stated that they were thrilled to collaborate with Lionsgate and to expand their portfolio to Las Vegas as well.

Bellagio Fountains Set on Fire by Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows ever, and the last season—which will air starting April 14—will mark the end of an era which was dominated by dragons, white walkers, kings, queens, priests, and warriors. Adapted from the popular book series by George RR Martin called A Song of Ice and Fire, the show managed to win the hearts of millions of people around the world, inviting them to the magnificent world of Westeros, Essos, and other mythical places. If you are one of the people who has never seen a single episode of GoT, make sure to give it a try – it’s definitely something you will be hooked on after watching the first episode as the show mixes elements of family drama with epic fantasy. In other words, it offers something for everyone!

The show basically depicts ice and fire as the two dominating elements, and one of the ways to promote it was to set fire to a fountain. The iconic Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas seemed to be the most appropriate place for this interesting marketing experiment. The entire fountain show includes a four-minute-long water choreography combined with music and video projections from Game of Thrones.

The entire display starts with quiet music from the piece “Winter is Here,” which was composed by Ramin Djavadi, the mastermind behind the soundtracks of Game of Thrones and Westworld. What follows is a projection on the water that looks like silent snow falling. Everything suddenly becomes very loud, and the memorable opening theme of Game of Thrones kicks in. The first visible thing is the logo of the show, which is followed by silhouettes of dragons and the Night King.

The whole thing is followed by fountains taking various shapes, some of them being the crown, the Iron Throne, and even the Wall which guards the realms of men from the long night. The display culminates with pyrotechnics which is in sync with water, thus combining fire and ice, in a way. One of the projections that was visible during the display included the final scene of the last season which featured (spoiler alert) the Night King riding an undead dragon that breathes blue fire.

The company which made this work of art possible is called WET Design, and they collaborated with Ramin Djawadi in order to create the display. Djawadi was more than happy to have taken part in one such project, saying that the Bellagio Fountain is iconic. He told the press that the whole thing was ‘quite a spectacle’ and that he had enjoyed putting the two together.

The choreographed fountain display has only just started and will run every night until April 13 which is the last day before the Episode 1 lands on HBO. If you happen to be in Las Vegas during that period, make sure to visit the iconic fountain to witness this amazing Game of Thrones display.

The Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Fountains are part of the Bellagio resort which is located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada and owned by MGM Resorts International. These dancing water fountains have become the most recognizable part of the resort with thousands of tourists visiting them every night. Every now and then, there is a display made with water that can take your breath away. It is a unique type of fountain that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. It is definitely worth visiting them if you plan a trip to Las Vegas.

Apart from the gaming facility, restaurants, and other facilities related to hospitality, you can also visit the conservatory and botanical gardens, as well as the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts.

Rivers Casino to Host Criss Angel’s Show in June

When Criss Angel appeared on the world stage, everyone was kind of shocked. If the name sounds familiar to you, then you probably know why people were amazed at his skills and surprised by this extraordinary individual. If Criss Angel doesn’t ring a bell for you, you missed a whole lot of magic in your life. Lucky for you, there is a chance to compensate for that if you happen to be in Las Vegas in June as Rivers Casino will host one of his shows.

In case you didn’t google his name, let us tell you a thing or two about this magician (or even a wizard, if you will). When you type his name in the YouTube search bar, you will find titles such as ‘Chris Rips Bodies Apart.’ Luckily, he is not a serial killer, and all of that is a part of his well-staged magical performance which took magic tricks to the next level. Of course, not all of his tricks include ripping bodies apart, but the majority of them are pretty unusual.

Therefore, if you are up for some exciting magic tricks, make sure to visit the Event Center at Rivers Casino on Sunday, June 9. The show will start at 8 pm, and the tickets are already available for sale with the price starting at $70.

The name of the show is Criss Angel RAW – The Mindfreak Unplugged, which means that we are going to see some serious tricks that will mess with our minds after all. He will provide a unique magic experience that you have never seen before, and that is based on his street performances and mentalism. His illusions are all intimate and will make you shocked and even scared during some tricks.

Prepare to have your mind blown as Criss Angel and his friends perform tricks that are downright shocking and adrenaline-pumping. There is a good reason why his shows are called MINDFREAK, as he is the perfect magician who knows how to perform his tricks flawlessly.

Who is Criss Angel?

Criss’ real name is actually Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, and he is a professional American magician of Greek descent. He is one of the most popular personalities connected to magic tricks who gained popularity doing some really interesting and life-threatening magic tricks.

His first TV appearance was back in 1994 when he was a performer on a show called Secrets on ABC. Criss supported Clive Barker and his series, and the two decided to make a film called Lord of Illusions. Angel also cooperated with various other celebrities back in the day, including musicians such as Klayton with whom they released the album called Musical Conjurings from the World of Conjuring.

One of the tricks that made Criss Angel popular worldwide happened back in 2002 when he decided to spend 24 hours in water. This trick required a lot of preparation and Criss risked a lot by being a part of it, one of the things at stake being his life. He was inside the tank for 24 hours and allegedly changed 16 oxygen tanks while underwater. However, his skin reacted to being in the water for too long, and he was hospitalized after that, suffering from severe dehydration.

This trick skyrocketed his career, and he is now one of the most famous magicians around the world. He hosted many magic shows and actively tours across the US. Therefore, if you happen to be in Las Vegas in June, make sure not to miss Criss’ show which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you should enjoy.

Table Mountain Casino Celebrates A Huge Cash Jackpot

Casinos often celebrate when someone lands a big cash jackpot in their gaming floor because it is something that all sides should celebrate. Casinos have gained the reputation of being generous in order to attract more players to test their luck on the games that they are offering. Furthermore, people who win the jackpot should obviously celebrate as they have become a lot richer and their lives might be turned around.

Every now and then, someone lands a huge cash jackpot at one of the casinos in Las Vegas, and the Table Mountain Casino has now had an opportunity to claim one winner who managed to win a massive jackpot of $92,649.31.

Oftentimes, jackpot winners want to remain anonymous to the public, and that is something we completely understand. However, this time the winner did not hesitate to talk about the huge win. Her name is Samantha, and she comes from the community of Clovis, which is located near the casino. Samantha sat in her car for a short drive to the casino in order to take her mom out as her mother is a huge bingo fan, and there was a bingo event happening at the Casino’s Event Center.

In other words, this excursion was not because of Samantha but because of her mom, but Samantha is a casino fan herself, so she decided to kill some time spinning slots as she waited for her mother. She sat down by her favorite penny machine called the Geisha, and as soon as she spun it, the exploding dynamites filled up the screen and a shiny animation covered the slot stating that she managed to win the highest prize for that slot.

The name of the jackpot in the Geisha is called Massive Cash Jackpot, and Samantha was quite aware that something like that is a part of the game. Therefore, as soon as she faced the animated screen stating that she had won the jackpot, Samantha immediately knew what was happening, but she was in disbelief at that moment as she never expected to win the jackpot, nor had she played with the intention to win it. It took some time for the reality to kick in, and Samantha finally became aware that she had become richer by $92,649 in just a couple of seconds. This life-changing jackpot is something truly rare, and Samantha was not hesitant to share the news and the excitement with everyone.

Samantha even gave a brief statement for reporters, saying that she felt ‘excited and blessed.’ Furthermore, she stated that she planned to use the money she had won towards a house down payment.

Naturally, the casino officials were pretty excited about the jackpot as well, and the President and General Manager of Table Mountain Casino, Rob Goslin, said a few words on Samantha’s win. He stated that the team members of the casino and other guests had been very excited about the win that Samantha managed to achieve. He added that Samantha had been an active player at Table Mountain Casino for more than a decade and that they were so pleased that she had chosen their casino as her favorite place to spend her leisure time.

The Massive Cash Jackpot is the favorite of the Player’s Club, and it can be anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000. This jackpot can be won only at Table Mountain Casino slot machines, and it is a type of progressive jackpot which resets back to $50,000 whenever someone wins it.

Films and Documentaries Announced by Las Vegas Film Festival

The Las Vegas Film Festival is scheduled for 2019 for the 12th time, and it will feature some really interesting films and documentaries that the visitors will have an opportunity to watch during the festival.

The official lineup for the 2019 Festival was announced, and if you happen to be in Las Vegas from April 28 to May 5, you may want to check out some movies when you rest from having fun in casinos and other interesting facilities. The largest part of the Festival will take place in Downtown Las Vegas, but some will take place at the Brenden Theatres, which is a part of The Palms Casino Resort.

The lineup is pretty interesting as it features both feature films and documentaries that were a part of many festivals worldwide, as well as films and documentaries that are somehow related to Las Vegas. For example, one of the interesting movies is called The Amazing Johnathan, which is a movie by Robin Greenspun and tells the story of Amy Ayoub, a local businesswoman. Another movie that caught our attention was Knock Down the House, which follows the struggle of four women who stood against incumbents in the elections that happened last fall.

Milo Kostelecky is the President of the Las Vegas Film Festival, and he said that they were thrilled to announce the list of initial ten films that visitors would have an opportunity to watch during the 2019 Festival—which he believes has the potential to be one of the best festivals so far. Furthermore, Kostelecky added that the lineup of feature films and documentaries would offer something for everyone and that they were looking forward to announcing more movies and events in the weeks to come.

Films & Documentaries

We will mention some of the films that were included in the lineup for the 2019 Festival. Let’s take a look.

The Farewell is a story of a family who finds out that their mother has lung cancer. Instead of telling her the bad news, they decide to make a family reunion with her as they travel to China where they intend to attend an unplanned wedding that the lung-diagnosed grandma longs to see. The film features both English and Mandarin languages.

Ms. Purple is a story about Kasie, a low-life karaoke hostess who reconnects with her brother after their father becomes terminally ill.

Ray & Liz is a film from the UK which takes place in Birmingham and follows a family that lives an odd life and has some really unconventional ways. The film is shocking but also filled with strange humor, depicting a family that lives in a Black Country council flat.

American Factory is a documentary that focuses on post-industrial Ohio which becomes a playground for a Chinese billionaire who decides to open a factory in the area which was once owned by General Motors. The conflict arises when working-class US citizens clash with modern China.

Hail Satan? is a documentary which follows a group of people who advocate religious freedom through clever ideas and a wicked sense of humor.

Walking on Water is also a documentary that follows Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, who achieved international success with Jeanne-Claude as both of them were immersed in creating environmental works of art. After Jeanne-Claude passes away, Christo is off to complete the project that the couple had started a long time ago. The project involves a large-scale installation which is a walkway over Lake Iseo in Italy.

At the moment, people who want to visit the Festival will be able to obtain the VIP ALL ACCESS PASS for an early price of $200. However, the price will go up to $300 after April 5.

Would Eldorado Make A Mistake by Acquiring Caesars?

The merger talks are still not official, but rumors have it that Eldorado and Caesars are going to merge sometime in the future. These rumors are far from arbitrary, as Carl Icahn has managed to acquire a huge part of shares of Caesars, which has not been doing well lately. In fact, Icahn has a long history of buying companies that have had financial problems and pushing them to merge with another company, and it is very likely that he is trying to do the same with Caesars at the moment.

On the other hand, the owner of Eldorado Resorts seems to be gathering cash for something that everyone thinks will be a merger.  Fertitta made offers to Caesars before, having valued them at $8.1 billion dollars, which was an offer that was unanimously rejected by the board of Caesars Entertainment. In other words, Fertitta will have to offer a lot more than that in order to make a successful merger and make both sides happy. However, that could turn out to be bad for Eldorado Resorts, and many wonder whether they would make a mistake if the merger really takes place.

Simply put, Eldorado merging with Caesars could be the end for Eldorado as we know it, and it may even cease to exist in the future by destroying itself from within. This would be a similar case to Caesars, which managed to dig a hole for itself back in 2008 when they struck a deal with Apollo Management after throwing away a total of $18.4 billion dollars that were eaten away by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company. In other words, Caesars has made some really bad decisions, and the management took some wrong steps that resulted in the company sinking deep and barely making it back.

They are on the verge of making the same mistake once again, and people who follow the industry are kind of tired of watching Caesars being the protagonist of stories that include making bad deals.

On the other hand, Eldorado is not on the top of the mountain either, as they are also struggling with some debts from the past. If they buy Caesars, they would bite off more than they could chew, and if they encounter a problem, even a minor one, they would be in a lot of trouble and unable to handle it properly. The numbers tell all for Eldorado, which has $4.22 billion in total debt and an additional $3.26 billion and $959 million in financing obligations to GLPI. Their market cap at the moment is $3.84 billion, which means that their leverage has already reached 110%. In other words, Eldorado is a relatively small company that already has a lot of problems in their home court, and adding the problems that come with merging with Caesars will definitely result in the end of an era and both companies being at the brink of extinction.

The pressure from Carl Icahn is high, and it seems that Fertitta is feeling that pressure at the moment, with Eldorado being the most obvious choice for merging. But Eldorado is small and has problems of its own that they can barely fight at the moment.

All of these things are based on speculations that the two companies discuss merging. However, all information is still strictly confidential, and the future is quite unpredictable at the moment. Will these two companies manage to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, or is it dark all the way through?

New Sportsbook Celebration at the STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Sky Pod has managed to enter a historical partnership with one of the biggest sports betting companies in the world, William Hill. They launched the all-new William Hill Sports Book as a part of this facility. The visitors of the STRAT now have an opportunity to enjoy some of the finest sports betting services in the world. Therefore, if you are located nearby or you plan to visit the START, make sure to check out William Hill and enjoy some of your favorite sports, as you might even earn some hefty cash rewards if you are lucky enough.

The William Hill Sports Book, which is not a part of the STRAT, is available for all visitors of this venue so that they can enjoy the latest betting technology in a 110-foot setting that includes a high-res LED screen and additional 12 HDTVs where all sports fans can watch various sports events and follow results. The facility features a total of 88 seats as a part of the Sports Book. However, there are an additional 98 seats that are located in the View Lounge. This lounge overlooks the sports book and visitors can enjoy various drinks and food there while watching games on flatscreen TVs. Furthermore, their access to the Sports Book is made easy, as they can get down to place bets in just a couple of seconds.

Steve Arcana is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Golden Entertainment, and he stated that the William Hill Sports Book at The STRAT was now their flagship sportsbook and that they could not be happier to see it come to life and attracting new customers. Furthermore, he added that the opening of the Sports Book was a central element in their plan to upgrade and renovate the STRAT. Finally, he stated that they were looking forward to cooperating with William Hill and adding sports betting services in their additional properties in the future.

Naturally, every new opening is celebrated with a party but also with promotions. Therefore, William Hill decided to offer limited-time exclusive promotions for all visitors of The STRAT. These promotions are available through Thursday, May 31. Therefore, make sure to visit the facility as soon as possible and register on their website with a special promo code to receive the promotion and enhance your sports betting experience.

The CEO of William Hill US, Joe Asher, also made a brief comment about the partnership, stating that their friends at Golden Entertainment had done a wonderful job with the new Sports Book at The STRAT. He added that the new facility was something that fans who love sports would love to check out especially during big games and important tournaments.

About William Hill

William Hill is a bookmaker (sports book) from Wood Green, London, England. It is currently one of the most popular sports betting services in the world. They are available in dozens of countries in the world, but they are the most popular in their home country – the United Kingdom.

The company has a long and successful history, as it was established back in 1934 by William Hill himself. Hill was a pretty successful businessman and bookmaker although gambling was not legal back in the day. The company changed several owners since then and is now run by Gareth Davis and Philip Bowcock. Their net income for 2019 was £716.1 million 8, while their gross revenue was £1.6 billion for the same time period.

Hard Rock Hotel In Tulsa Hosts Hank Williams Jr.

Country music history is filled with amazing artists who have done a great job to contribute to this exceptional genre that is popular not only in the US but also in the world. One of the best-selling artists of the country music ever is Hank Williams Jr., and the visitors of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa will have an opportunity to listen to this legendary artist perform on June 21.

If you are interested in going to this show, you will be able to obtain tickets starting March 28. The starting price will be $79.50.

Randall Hank Williams, who is known in the music industry as Hank Williams Jr., was born on May 26, 1949. His music is often described as a blend of traditional country, blues, and even Southern rock. What’s interesting about this artist is that his father was also a very popular country music musician who was also called Hank Williams. Moreover, Hank Williams Jr. is the father of Hank Williams III and Holly Williams, both of whom are actively playing music.

Hank Williams Jr. had a very interesting life and career that began with him following his father and covering his songs. It was obvious that his father was a person he wanted to follow, but he managed to find his unique expression which resulted in some memorable songs by this artist. Nowadays, people have an exact idea of what Williams Jr.’s songs and voice sound like due to his unique style, music, and performance.

That was not an easy task for him. In fact, Williams Jr. struggled for some time in order to find his place under the sun and become as big of a star as his father was. It often happens that people’s perspective of the world changes when they face a near-death experience, which is something that happened to young “Bocephus,” who fell off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana back in 1975. This experience was nearly fatal for him, and since then his music was different—in a good way.

As a matter of fact, Willimas Jr. challenged the traditional notion of country music by introducing various other genres to it. As he was recovering from the fall, he was influenced by other musicians, mainly from rock and blues, which are the two genres most present in his music after country.

The 80s were his years, as he managed to achieve the biggest success during that period, and he has remained one of the most popular country musicians in the US. He was received both within and outside the country music lovers and was also respected by his colleagues for being an multi-instrumentalist. Apart from guitar and singing, Williams Jr. Also plays steel guitar, banjo, dobro, keyboards, sax, fiddle, harmonica, drums, and upright bass.

His career is filled with popular songs that music enthusiasts have been able to enjoy for more than forty years. His song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” was even the opening tune for Monday Night Football from 1989 to 2017.

After the album “Family Tradition,” Williams Jr. published “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound,” which is an album that sold in more than a million copies worldwide. It was an event that rose him from being a popular country singer into being a country-rock superstar with millions of fans. Many hits followed this release, including “Texas Women,” “A Country Boy Can Survive,” Born to Boogie,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have and Settled Down).”

The $450K Vegas Vacation Everyone Talks About

Many online news platforms have been pretty obsessed with one unusual vacation related to Las Vegas. If you follow the news about Sin City, you probably already saw some headlines talking about a Vegas vacation that costs “only” $450,000. What is so special about it? Let’s take a closer look at this spectacular and luxurious vacation.

So, if you happen to have that money just laying around, you now definitely know where to spend it. The package is offered by The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, and it is considered a unique VIP package that includes a private jet flight, four-night stay in a luxurious location, and much more. The best thing about it is that $450k is the starting price, and it can go up should you decide to include some extra offers in it.

The name of the package is “Want the World,” and the name itself suggests that the whole experience is not meant for everyone. The majority of the people would rather spend that amount of money elsewhere, but those who decide to take over the world will definitely enjoy this unusual and expensive trip.

First of all, you are provided with private jet transportation which will bring you to McCarran Internation Airport. Once you arrive there and get out of your fancy jet, you will be greeted by luxurious ground transportation which will take you to the Maybach Resort, where you will have an opportunity to spend four nights in the presidential suite in The Venetian. Your stay there is a complete one, and you will even get a private butler who will take care that everything is perfect while you are staying in the suite.

There was no information included about free gambling markers, but we assume that they would not hesitate to give you some money that you can use to play your favorite games in the casino. In other words, you will have to find out yourself whether free gambling markers are included in the offer or not.

Other Expensive Things You Can Do in Vegas

This trip is just one of the many other expensive things that you can buy in Las Vegas. In fact, Casino.org made a list of things you can do to spend a lot of money in this city. For example, Fleur at Mandalay Bay offers a hamburger that costs $5,000 that includes black truffles and foie gras. Furthermore, wealthy visitors can have an opportunity to control fountains at MGM’s Bellagio for “only” $250,000. Finally, if you are looking for a place to stay, you can check in at the Empathy Suite in The Palms, where one night costs $100,000. However, The Palms also includes a private chauffeur, a private butler, and $10,000 in credit for the casino.

Vegas Is For Everyone

The beauty of Las Vegas is that you can have the same amount of fun for a lot less. You can stay at great hotels and visit casinos and many other attractions with a minimum budget. This is the reason why people love Vegas, as it is not only about the vacation; it is about the adventure.

According to Casino.org, you can have a hotel room on the Vegas Strip for as low as $34 per night which is an absolutely fantastic deal. On the other hand, this is a rate without all the additional fees and taxes, which would increase a cost to $75 per night. Nevertheless, it is still a great offer!

Las Vegas Days Rodeo Invites All Cowboys Out There!

Las Vegas Days is a popular annual cowboy-themed event that is celebrated in Las Vegas. Formerly known as Helldorado Days, this festivity pays tribute to the Wild West and all the popular cowboys that were an inseparable part of this era. One of the most important events will be a rodeo, which will happen over the course of two days in the new Core Arena. The event will take place on May 10 and 11, which is the time when Helldorado Parade will take place as well. The event also has sponsors, including Las Vegas Continental and Plaza Hotel and Casino. Therefore, the entire event will be free for visitors, so make sure to hurry up to Las Vegas and don’t miss this spectacle.

The thing with this event is that it has been going on for 85 years straight. In fact, it has become one of the events that are an inseparable part of the tradition of Las Vegas. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will make sure that all rodeos are in order and will oversee the entire event. Rodeos will take place on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 7 pm on May 10 and 11. The rodeo will include a couple of activities which are usually related to the Wild West and cowboys. Apart from the traditional bull riding, visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding, and saddle bronc riding. The best thing about these competitions is the prizes that will be given to the best competitors. A $40,000 prize pool is available, and the winners will take the biggest part of it. Furthermore, there are a couple of additional prizes prepared for the champions, including custom belt buckles.

George Taylor is the PRCA Chief Executive Officer, and he stated that it was great to see the Las Vegas Rodeo turn 85 in 2019. He added that they were happy to welcome Las Vegas Days to the PRCA’s fold once again.

About the Parade

Every community member who wishes to take part at the Helldorado Parade can do that at no charge by submitting entries. All schools, car clubs, civic groups, nonprofits, equestrian groups, local businesses — all are welcome to join this magnificent parade that will turn Las Vegas into the Wild West for two days. The parade will start on Saturday, May 11 at 10 am. It will start on Fourth Street and the participants will walk from Gass to Stewart avenues. The best thing about the parade is that professional judges will award the best entry, best theme, most creative theme, best float, best car club or motor vehicle, best equestrian entry, and even the best walking group. In other words, there will be prizes galore, but fun is what comes first during this parade.

The theme of every entry should somehow relate to the heritage of the Wild West. Furthermore, they can also relate to the birthday of Las Vegas and the Helldorado Days tradition. If you want to take part in the parade, you need to submit your application by April 19.

As we already mentioned, the parade will be free of charge, and high school marching bands who decide to take part in the parade will receive $1,000 for participating. Furthermore, high school groups that decide to build and enter a float which is themed on the western heritage or Las Vegas birthday will get $1,500. All schools will be limited to two entries per school.

Guest Experience Enhanced at Plaza Hotel and Casino

New executives are arriving at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, and they have one job: upgrade the guest experience in one of the most popular properties in Las Vegas. It has undergone several important changes since Jonathan Jossel was appointed CEO back in 2015, and that has resulted in significant growth.

Recently, Jossel has decided to further upgrade guest experience in his casino, and by recruiting new leadership for several key departments, he wants to include a better overall offer. New leaders will be appointed in the marketing/operations, brand management, and food and beverage departments. Jossel said that he wanted to recruit new leaders who have a lot of experience and skills who would be able to help the property grow and build success on top of what they had achieved so far. This action is a part of his effort to grow offerings at the Plaza and attract more customers.

The Team

One of the key people to join the Plaza as the vice president of marketing and operations in the casino is John Janicky, who has been in the industry for more than 25 years and is considered a veteran of the gaming industry. Janicky worked at SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and Aliante Casino Hotel and Spa. He will have a very important job at the Plaza, which would include focusing on technology and developing marketing programs that would bring innovation to the casino and enhance the experience of visitors.

Another important person to be appointed the leader of the food and beverage program is Ryan Rowland, who will elevate offerings of this property and upgrade dining experience which will be unmatched in Las Vegas. Rowland also has a very detailed and long resume of successful positions, including Spago Las Vegas, Michael Mina Bellagio, Jean-Georges Prime Steakhouse, and StripSteak at Mandalay Bay.

Michael Vakneen was selected as a concept developer, food and beverage analyst, and as the director of special projects. He is one of the co-founders of a popular food place called Pop Up Pizza, which turned out to be one of the first gourmet pizzerias located on the casino floor of the Plaza. Vakneen has a lot of experience in commercial real estate and restaurant development, as he managed to open nine restaurants and bars over the course of three years.

Last but not least, the newest member of the Plaza team is Bronson Olimpieri, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry related to hospitality. One of his biggest successes is TCB Strategic, which is a company he owns and operates. TCB Strategic focuses on marketing and branding. It is a very popular branding agency, which turned out to be the main reason why Olimpieri was invited to join the team. He will work on brand management and will focus on developing new concepts and creative initiatives for the Plaza.

Jossel on the Team

Naturally, Jossel was more than happy with the newest additions to the company, and he stated that John, Bronson, Michael, and Ryan would bring unparalleled experience to the Plaza and help it advance its offerings and improve the guest experience by taking things to a whole new level.

It seems that the future of the Plaza is in the right hands as the facility is only going to improve from this point on. Las Vegas is defintiely a place to be next summer and visiting the Plaza is highly recommended for the ultimate Vegas experience.

Summer in Las Vegas: Get Ready for Pool Parties

Summer is the time of the year to be in Las Vegas, as there are plenty of things to do and create memories of a lifetime. The best thing about this place is that it offers something for everyone. People who want to party and enjoy the nightlife filled with clubs, casinos, concerts, and other types of entertainment will definitely enjoy the loud side of the city, but it also offers a quite side for those seeking peace and tranquility to rest from their every-day life.

Poolside Parties

Some of the resorts, such as Aria Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and The Mirage, will have plenty to offer, including wild pool parties that will feature some of the leading DJs nowadays such as Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Zedd, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and many more. If you are the type of person that loves dancing in a pool and drinking cocktails by the bar, these places are definitely worth checking out during the summer. Once you get tired from all the parties, you will find plenty of other ways to have fun, including visiting the casino, eating at restaurants, and more.

Las Vegas pool parties

If you like dancing in nightclubs, you are definitely going to enjoy at Marquee Night & Day Club which is located at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The officials of this venue have announced a great summer season which will also include pool parties and best recording artists in the world. People who want to soak up some Sun can do that at the dipping pools are one of the two pools that are a part of the aquatic adult playground.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is also offering top-notch entertainment for the summer, especially for the pool-goers who can enjoy at the Daylight Beach Club in this facility. They always push the daylight entertainment one step further, offering open-air parties with huge VIP stage tables and cabanas. Great performances, great cuisine, and cool cocktails are all it takes to enjoy your stay at Mandalay Bay.

We should not leave out Flamingo Las Vegas, which has 14 cabanas and a lot of daybeds at their GO Pool that will host a number of popular performers. They planned a lot of country concerts, with many musicians who will perform by the pool for people who like this genre of music. Furthermore, they plan on introducing daily themes which should provide additional entertainment for all the visitors.

If you prefer to relax rather than party, you can do that at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, which includes eight poolside cabanas where you can enjoy the Sun and enjoy your drinks. This place is simply perfect for all the people who do not plan to visit parties by the pool that have loud music and a lot of people.

Finally, we should not leave out The Venetian Las Vegas, which has planned parties that will hype you up and maximize your energy levels with all-star DJs and themed events that will happen during the summer season. Their luxurious cabanas and daybeds inspired by Asian culture will make you feel welcome and ready to party.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are a lot of pool parties planned for the summer ahead of us, with all kinds of music available. Furthermore, people who seek to just lay there on the Sun and enjoy cold drinks will also have an opportunity to do that at some pools. Therefore, start planning your summer Vegas trip, as it is going to be lots of fun!

Keith Sweat to Perform at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center will have an opportunity to host legendary R&B singer Keith Sweat on June 14, 2019. Tickets will go on sale starting this week, and the starting price will be $40. People interested to see this amazing performance will be able to obtain tickets either online or at the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady. The doors will open at 7 pm, and the show will begin at 8 pm. If you have a trip planned in June and Rivers Casino is nearby, make sure to buy tickets for you and your loved ones as Keith Sweat will make you fall in love with music all over again.

Who is Keith Sweat?

Keith Douglas Sweat is a singer and songwriter from the US who also had an opportunity to work as an actor and record producer. Some of his most popular hits include songs “Make It Last Forever,” “I Want Her,” “Get Up on It,” “Make You Sweat,” “Nobody,” and many others. He has released a total of 13 solo albums and was a member of LSG, which was an R&B supergroup.

Keith had a very interesting life that started in Harlem, New York, where he spent his childhood being exposed to various musical influences. He showed his determination in the jobs he did before he became a musician, working his way up from a night stock boy at Macy’s to a brokerage assistant in the New York Stock Exchange in just a couple of years.

But it seems that Sweat’s first and primary love was for music. He started performing as a member of a band called Jamilah in 1975, where he learned a lot about performances and music in general while performing all over the tri-State area. Nine years after that, he decided to leave the group and start his solo career when things finally kicked off for him. After performing at nightclubs in NYC, he finally managed to land a record deal for Stadium Records, recording “My Mind Is Made Up.”

His career continued going upwards after Vincent Davis discovered him and offered him a deal that included recording an album at Vintertainment Records. Sweat finally released his first solo album called Make It Last Forever which was sold in three million copies. “I Want Her” instantly became a huge hit and topped the R&B chart. Some of the songs from the album were also nominated and won a couple of awards.

At this point, it was clear what an undeniable talent Keith was, and he decided to record another album which also turned out to be a chart-topper. From that point on, everything went upwards for him, and Sweat managed to gain thousands of fans all over the US, actively touring the states.

Sweat also had a very interesting contribution to music by being one of the pioneers of the new jack swing, which is a fusion genre of music which was popular back in the 80s.

Finally, Sweat also managed to discover two groups called Kut Klose and Silk. He produced one of Silk’s albums and even helped them with singing and songwriting, creating their famous hit “Freak Me.”

His achievements also include winning the American Music Award (AMA) in the category of Favorite R&B/Soul Artist back in 1997. Furthermore, he received AMA’s Soul Train Lifetime Achievement in 2013 and is currently a radio personality, hosting a show called “The Keith Sweat Hotel.”

NetEnt to Supply Casino Content to Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has been at the center of attention for the last couple of months due to gambling laws being redefined and providing opportunities for new casinos to open. NetEnt is a popular casino software provider which has been awarded a license from this state, and they will have an opportunity to share their content with casino lovers from this state.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board provided a conditional license for NetEnt so that the company can supply content in the newly regulated market of this state. In fact, the company has had the honor to be the first one to supply online gaming products to Pennsylvania, and it has been licensed by the local regulators even before the official market opening.

NetEnt was also quick to submit the application for an Interactive Gaming Manufacturer Conditional License in September 2018, as soon as the changes took place in the US state. This is not the full license but a conditional one which enables NetEnt to provide products to local gambling operators. The full license process is underway and will not be completed until their application is examined in detailed and reviewed by the officials.

Pennsylvania actually legalized online gambling during Q3 and Q4 of 2017, but it is a process that takes time, and legal online casino services are still not live in the state. The state is actually undergoing a gambling industry revolution of a sort which takes time — it is a slow but effective process that would bring additional revenue from gambling taxes and fill the state’s budget. In fact, online casinos are expected to go live during 2019, according to some of the comments made by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regarding this topic.

All of the changes were a consequence of a revised opinion of the Wire Act made by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, which made all the difference and overturned a 2011 opinion that only imposed limits to sports betting. According to the new interpretation, this would affect all forms of online gambling.

This is one of the main reasons why the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board got scared, along with a couple of regulators from other states where online gambling was legal. The new interpretation really threatened to put an end to the regulated online gambling industry. Therefore, the gambling regulator in Pennsylvania had to make sure that operators are in full compliance with the new opinion on the Wire Act.

What about NetEnt?

NetEnt has inked a content distribution deal with a couple of casino operators while they were waiting for the conditional license to arrive from the Gaming Control Board. One of the deals they signed first was with Penn Online Entertainment, LLC which is a division of Penn National Gaming operator. Another deal that they have managed to sign was with Parx Casino which will go live with Parx Online once the Pennsylvania officials sort everything out.

The Managing Director of NetEnt Americas LLC, Erik Nyman, stated in a press release that they were pleased to have been selected in the first round of licenses. He also said that the expansion fit their strategy related to their live products and that they were happy to be there on the first day of opening.

2019 is definitely going to be very interesting, not only in Pennsylvania but across the entire US as some important changes are taking place regarding sports betting and online gambling. For now, it seems that Pennsylvania is doing a great job and the first result of their effort will be visible mid-2019.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Plans St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and many casinos in Las Vegas plan to celebrate this huge holiday in style, with a lot of people and suitable entertainment. Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady issued a list of their plans for this big day as they are making final preparations in order to pay tribute to this Irish holiday.

Some of the popular events will include several live music performances, most of which are somehow related to Celtic music and the Irish culture. One of the bands to perform there will be The McKrells, which play Celtic tunes that people enjoy dancing to. The venue will also host a U2 tribute band called Unforgettable Fire, as well as a tribute band that plays the 80s hard rock music called Mullet that will perform during the weekend.

However important to Irish culture and St. Patrick’s Day, music is not the only thing that will decorate this event, as the organizers did their best to provide food related to Ireland. Irish-themed food will include delicious dishes such as Duke’s Chophouse, Flipt, and Van Slyck’s. Naturally, special drinks will also be a part of the menu that people will be able to enjoy during the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Finally, people who visit such events probably want to buy something that will remind them of the wonderful time they had while celebrating 2019 St. Patrick’s Day, which is why the organizers prepared a specter of authentic products that visitors will be able to shop at the Lennon’s of Schenectady’s pop-up shop. It will be located across the Event Center which is only a couple of feet away from the main Casino floor of this facility.

Details about the Celebration

Rivers Casino Director of Marketing, Rob Christopher, stated that they had an exciting weekend celebration which was planned for St. Patrick’s Day and that they were thrilled to host Lennon’s of Schenectady pop-up shop. He added that they had thought it would be a nice addition to the weekend festivities and that they were always happy to bring local businesses into fitting events and help them.

Lennon’s is a popular store located on Jay Street in Schenectady, and it offers a wide variety of Irish products such as food, gifts, clothing, jewelry, and even food. Furthermore, a part of Lennon’s is reserved for popular Irish sweets that visitors will be able to enjoy during the celebration.

When it comes to food, all Irish-themed specials will be available as a part of the offer. One of them that stands out is Duke’s Chophouse, which consists of corned beef shank, mashed potatoes, and cabbage. This specialty will be available for $30 a meal.

The music is the most important aspect of this celebration, and the first band to start the show will be Unforgettable Fire, who will hit the stage at Event Center at Rivers Casino on Friday, with doors being open from 7 pm. If you haven’t had an opportunity to enjoy one of the biggest Irish bands of all time live at a concert, this is the next best thing as their performance will make you feel like you are actually listening to U2. However, this show will be available only for Rush Rewards members who will receive the complimentary ticket to the show. The seating is limited, and it will be a first-come, first-served type of distribution, so make sure to be there on time not to miss this outstanding band.

Music shows will end with The McKrells performing on Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Events Center, so make sure not to miss this premier Irish band that will make you get up on your feet and dance to traditional tunes.

Caesars Introduces Progressive Jackpots to Table Games

Caesars has been an innovative casino company for a long time, setting trends that other operators all over the world also applied later. Jay Bean is the Vice President of Caesars Enterprise Table Games, and he has announced some really exciting changes that could revolutionize the way table games work in Caesars’ casinos.

Bean admitted to being envious of all the video slot games with progressive jackpots that eventually became an essential part of many slots. Whenever you play a progressive jackpot slot, you get an opportunity to win a huge prize which is the product of many people placing bets. As long as nobody wins a progressive jackpot, the final prize will continue to rise. At the moment someone wins the jackpot, the prize resets to the lowest set value and continues to grow once again as new players come to play.

Bean stated that table games had always been a very simple product that involved only cards, dice, and chips. Unlike slots, which are continually being upgraded, table games pretty much remained the same with a couple of variants that were offered to the players. According to Bean, table games were never able to offer a life-changing sum of money to lucky players.

However, the officials at Caesars decided to put an end to such a division and, in a way, revolutionized how table games work, making them more inviting to the casino game lovers. This huge change has been happening for more than a year as Caesars has slowly been introducing progressive jackpots to table games. This concept was always associated with slot machines, but it seems that it has found its way into table games as well, and Caesars officials are very happy with how things are going when it comes to this novelty.

The History of Table Games Progressive Jackpots

The first progressive jackpot in table games was introduced after Caesars unveiled a Fortune Pai Gow Poker Progressive Jackpot all over Nevada last years. Not long after that, they did the same for all their blackjack games as well as poker derivative tables. In other words, progressive jackpots at table games were all over Nevada starting 2019.

The expansion was pretty quick and, at the moment, they have approximately 270 table games that have progressive jackpots. There is a total of 140 poker derivative tables, 90 blackjack tables, and 40 pai gow poker tables. These are spread across 12 properties in the state, becoming the biggest linked table network in the country.

If you are looking for a casino where you can play progressive jackpot table games make sure to check out Harrah’s Laughlin Casino & Hotel, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino, Harrah’s Reno, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, The Cromwell, Flamingo Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Bally’s – Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and Caesars Palace.

Bean also added that the officials at Caesars loved the new addition to their table games as players really seemed to enjoy it and as they couldn’t be matched by other competitors. Furthermore, he added that smaller places such as Reno and Laughlin had a huge benefit as they would never be able to make a $2 million progressive jackpot on their own. Now that they are a part of this huge casino network, the progressive jackpot created by all players from all Caesar casinos will be accessible even to the players who visit those properties.

A couple of players were also lucky enough to win the progressive jackpot, and the three luckiest ones managed to win jackpots which were over a million.

Carl Icahn Becomes the Largest Shareholder at Caesars

The stake that Carl Icahn has at Caesars Entertainment has been upped by the investor, who has now become the largest shareholder at the Las Vegas casino operator. It seems that the sale of this company is now more likely than ever.

Carl Icahn has purchased shares of Caesars Entertainment Corp. through entities related to him for a total of $38.9 million. By doing so, the billionaire investor from New York has become the single largest shareholder of this casino company, which has seen some turbulent times recently.

Icahn said on Friday that he owns a total of 15.53% in company stock at the moment, which is more than 5% up from the 10% that he had managed to amass over a certain period. The 83-year old businessman is a direct response to the news from last week where Caesars officials announced giving Mr. Icahn board representation. Courtney Mather, James Nelson, and Keith Cozza, CEO of Icahn Enterprises, were all given seats at the Board of Directors at Caesars, replacing three now-former members.

On the other hand, a completely unrelated piece of news last week stated that two companies that were shareholders at Caesars sold a huge part of their shares for a total of 36.7 million. Apollog Global Management LLC and TPH Capital now have a total of 5.7% of the owner’s stock of the casino provider.

Both Apollo and TPG managed to acquire Caesars in 2008 during a leveraged buyout, which resulted in the company’s debt being more than $25 billion. Caesars officials saw no other option but to put the company under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2015. They eventually managed to emerge from bankruptcy two years after that and have been actively looking for investors who would further help the company.

Icahn Proposes Sale

Icahn has been actively suggesting that Caesars should sell itself or merge with another company as a possible solution to end the turbulent period of the company. This is now more likely to happen than ever since he has the largest stake in the company. Icahn even published an official statement where he announces the three new board directors for Caesars, where he said that the best path forward for the company required a strategic process to merge it with another company or sell it. Furthermore, Icahn stated that he was willing to help Caesars to further develop the strong regional presence that it already has.

The thing with Icahn is that he has a long history of pressing a lot of businesses to either sell or merge, so his behavior and relationship towards Caesars is not out of the blue. However, now that he has the largest stake in the company, it seems that he is about to succeed in his endeavor and that the company is likely to sell or merge anytime soon.

In fact, Caesars already received a couple of sound offers for selling and merging, with one of the most prominent offers coming from Tilman Fertitta, who approached the company with an offer to merge with his hospitality and casino brand Landry’s, which is the owner of Golden Nugget casino chains.

Although Caesars declined the offer, Fertitta has purchased shares in the company and is still interested in merging it with his business. In other words, it seems that if Icahn and Fertitta strike a deal, the merging of the company would become inevitable. At the moment, it is unknown what Mr. Icahn thinks about this offer. One thing is certain — Caesars has an exciting future ahead of it.

Rivers Casino to Host The Ohio Players in May

The Ohio Players is a popular R&B band which has a huge tour in front of them, and The Event Center at Rivers Casino will be one of their stops. Their performance is scheduled for May 4 at 8 pm, and tickets are already on sale, starting at $25. If you happen to be near Rivers Casino at that time, make sure to check out their performance which is bound to leave you mesmerized, especially if you consider yourself an R&B and funk lover. Their catchy tunes, smooth basslines, and funky groove will not only put everyone to their feet but will also make them move their hips all the way through the show.

Who Are the Ohio Players?

The Ohio Players play music which is related to funk, soul, and R&B. Their peak popularity was back in the 70s when they made songs such as Fire and Love Rollercoaster. Some of their best performing singles also include songs such as Funky Worm and Skin TIght. One of their biggest achievements actually happened back in 2013 when they were introduced to the R&B Music Hall of Fame at the University of Cleveland, Ohio.

The band was formed in Dayton, Ohio way back in 1959, and their original name was Ohio Untouchables with initial band members Robert Wand on vocals and guitar, Marshall “Rock” Jones on bass, Clarence “Satch” Satchel on saxophone and guitar, Cornelius Johnson on drums, and Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks on trumpet and trombone. At the time they were formed, they started touring as a backing group to The Falcons, who had some popularity back in the day.

After initial vocalist Robert Ward walked out, the group decided to keep on working, adding two more singers instead of Ward. They were Bobby Lee Fears and Dutch Robinson. During that time, the band was renamed to The Ohio Players and adopted a music format which they play even today. In 1967, they decided to add another vocalist, Helena Ferguson Kilpatrick, only to disband in 1970.

They did not take long to reunite with new band members, and after a couple of singles that were popular locally, they managed to publish Funky Worm, which peaked on the Billboard R&B and even made it to the Billboard Hot 100 in the Top 20 list. Soon after that, they signed with Mercury Records and band’s career skyrocketed.

From 1973 to 1976, the band had a couple of singles that all made it to various top lists, including their popular hit Love Rollercoaster which topped both R&B and Pop charts.

Band members who formed the Ohio Untouchables are not among the living anymore, but their music and their ideas live on with the Ohio Players who have dozens of songs up their sleeve and still continue to actively tour all over the US. Despite their age, the funky rhythms and groovy basslines are still there, as they are still able to rock around the clock.

Their music is very similar to Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic as they all belonged to the same period when this type of funky music was making a revolution in the music industry. Songs such as Love Rollercoaster really made the difference back then.

Bill Keena is the General Manager of Rivers Casino, and he stated that the Ohio Players had a classic R&B sound that was incomparable. Furthermore, he added that they were really excited to have them perform at The Events Center.

Women’s History Month Celebrated by MGM Resorts

March is celebrated as women’s history month, and in order to honor women all over the world, MGM Resorts International decided to temporarily transform their logo of a lion into a lioness. The logo is called Leo, but it is now called Leona and represents the female struggle to achieve equal rights. MGM wants to honor achievements by women around the globe in all spheres of life, including social, economic, cultural, political, and more.

However, this is not just a sign of respect, since MGM Resorts has been one of the leaders when it comes to promoting gender diversity and equality on the Las Vegas Strip. They were the first to appoint two women presidents and had the first woman who was Executive Chef in the food and drinks industry. The first president was Ann Hoff, who is the President & COO of Excalibur Hotel and Casino. She was promoted as one of the MGM Resorts’ three Group Presidents. In fact, it’s enough to mention that Forbes recognized MGM Resorts as one of the Best Women Employers in 2019 as it has 50.8% of women in the domestic workforce and 43.8% women in domestic management workforce. This recognition and data give clear insight into MGM Resorts’ effort to promote gender equality and diversity.

The eighth of March is celebrated as International Women’s Day, and Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International, stated that it was fitting to acknowledge the contribution that women made to human civilization. Furthermore, James added that they were paying respect to women and their “enduring strength as cornerstones of our communities.”

Moreover, James stated that they were thrilled to put their efforts toward the upcoming 13th annual Women’s Leadership Conference, which is one of the leading conferences dedicated to female leadership and advancement of women in all walks of life. The conference is scheduled this year for August 5 and 6 and will take place at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. In other words, MGM will once again be the host for women ready to push their position forward.

Why We Celebrate March 8 as International Women’s Day

The international women’s day is a beautiful thing. It is a concept that was popularized by communist countries, yet its roots date back to the United States. It all began on March 8, 1857, in New York, when women garment workers stood up to protest working conditions for women. Although this was considered a myth by some researchers, it was a reason good enough for the Socialist Party of America to start celebrating Women’s Day on February 28.

The Soviet Union adopted this tradition in 1917 after imposing a communist system in Russia, and March 8 was celebrated in all communist countries as International Women’s Day until being adopted by the United Nations in 1975.

The problem with this day is that it is still not celebrated in most countries in the world, including the US. However, MGM is doing its best to celebrate it and make it a permanent holiday, as its importance is very high and has an important role in reminding us how women play a very important role in our society.

To sum up, MGM Resorts is all about women these days, and their efforts to improve their position in the US should be applied everywhere in the world in order to honor women and help them improve their position in the world, as there are many places on our planet where women are still underprivileged.

Ronald Burkle Interested in Acquiring Caesar’s Las Vegas Resort

Ronald Burkle has been a member of the three comma club for quite a while now as is the major driving force behind Soho House, which is a chain of private member clubs. Reportedly, this billionaire had contacted Caesars Entertainment Limited and expressed his wish to buy one of their resorts located in Las Vegas called Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

PageSix.com is a platform for celebrity news and gossip, which is why this piece of news should be taken with a grain of salt. They published an article in which they state that the 66-year-old billionaire, who is also the manager for The Yucaipa Companies private equity and venture capital firm, has set his eyes on Las Vegas.

On the other hand, Caesars Entertainment Limited is a Las Vegas-based company which currently operates 25 casinos all over the US, and one of their most important resorts is the one located in Las Vegas called Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The thing with this facility is that its shares have fallen by 30% during last year, which is a perfect opportunity for people such as Burkle to act and acquire it, should both sides agree to it.

However, Burkle is not the only investor who has set an eye for this Caesar’s property as a couple of others expressed their desire to obtain it, one of the most prominent investors being Carl Icahn, who is already a holder of 10% stake in Caesars. Icahn was successful in his effort, naming three new board directors. These new executives have big plans for Caesars and even plan to offload it or merge it with some of the rival firms such as Eldorado Resorts Incorporated and MGM Resorts International.

Burkle’s Intentions

According to PageSix’s article, the Yucaipa Companies were established in 1986 by Burkle and have managed to become very successful, being dedicated to revitalizing fortunes of companies that are underperforming. At the moment, they have stakes in many retailers such as Barneys New York Incorporated, Tesco, and more.

If the acquisition takes place and the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino becomes a property owned by Burkle, he plans to name Scott Sibella a new boss of the property. Scott Sibella has a lot of experience in managing and leading casinos, as he has recently quit his job as President and Chief Operating Officer for MGM Grand which is located near Burkle’s possible future casino.

Who Is Burkle?

Ronald Wayne Burkle was born in November 1952 and is currently 66. He is one of the most popular American investors and philanthropists, and his major company is The Yucaipa Companies, LLC, which he co-founded and manages to-date. His net worth is estimated to be approximately $2 billion at the moment, which puts him on the 633rd place on the Forbes’ list of the richest people in the world.

Furthermore, Burkle has been a political activist for quite a while now, supporting the Democratic party and being a fundraiser.

Some of his most important work includes merging and acquiring supermarket chains such as Fred Meyer, Ralphs, and Jurgensen. Furthermore, he even had stakes in 35 companies but eventually reduced that number by merging companies.

The future of Caesars is definitely at stake, and it will be interesting to follow how things are going to work out for this casino company and all the 25 casinos that they own.

Caesars Entertainment Casinos Published Report with Excellent Results

Caesars Entertainment Casinos has been doing an excellent job for the past year, and that is clearly visible in the unaudited financial results for 2018 that they had recently published. One thing that stands out is the year-on-year increase of 2.7%, which resulted in net revenues of approximately $8.39 billion.

The casino corporation published a report on Thursday as a part of an official press release which states that they managed to collect $224 million in enterprise-wide net revenues. One of the main reasons for those outstanding results is purchasing Centaur Holdings, which is an operator from Indiana. According to the firm, its Las Vegas operations managed to record a year-on-year rise of 2.5%, which translates to takings of approximately $3.75 billion. Moreover, other businesses of Caesars Entertainment Corporation which are located inside the United States managed to have a 4.2% rise which resulted in about $4.04 billion.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows

The company from Nevada stated that the results may look good on the surface, but that the reality is a little bit different. When Centaur Holdings and Las Vegas are taken out of the picture, other businesses they own in the US actually show a drop of 1.6% in year-on-year comparison. They stated that the main result for this drop was the “increased competition” that had appeared in places such as Atlantic City. AC is definitely one of the most competitive places at the moment as casinos there are all doing a pretty good job in attracting new customers and promoting their services and products. Nevertheless, they are likely to overcome this problem as all other results show a significant improvement.

Frissora is content

Mark Frissora, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, is known all over the casino industry as a very outgoing person who is always happy to discuss business with everyone. He stated that the results that were received for 2018 actually represent the fourth year straight where the corporation managed to have higher net revenues.

In his statement, he said that Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s solid performance was a result of further improvement of labor productivity and over $140 million of marketing efficiencies. Furthermore, he added that their casino properties, including the ones in Las Vegas and Indiana, had also performed pretty well.

All things considered, the company has managed to gain a net income of $303 million, which is a huge improvement given that they had a deficit of $368 million in 2017. Firssora stated that 2019 would be the year when Caesars Entertainment Corporation would implement more efficiency, as well as growth initiatives such as expanded sportsbetting services. Furthermore, he stated that the company would make additional value-added investments and that one of the targets for investments would be Caesars Forum meeting center which is located on the Las Vegas Strip. In fact, Frissora said that the priority of the company for the next couple of years would be to de-lever the balance sheet.

There is no doubt that some turbulent times are behind Caesars at the moment, but the future is unpredictable and could bring a lot of potential hardships. Officials will have to put a stop to any issues and take the right steps in order to help Caesars remain what it is today – one of the most popular casino companies in the world. It is also true that competition had been stronger than ever in the USA and that it takes both efficiency and creativity to outsmart them and remain in the leading position.

Christie Brinkley Returns to the Musical Chicago

Christie Brinkley will return as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago once again due to the fact that the audience loved watching her performances as the character. Her mesmerizing voice really reached people’s hearts. This Tony Award-winning legendary musical will return to The Venetian Theater, which is located inside The Venetian Las Vegas. It will be a limited engagement that will consist of seven shows in total and will be available from April 10-14. The first one will start on April 10 at 7:30 p.m., but there will be an additional two matinee shows that will start at 2 p.m on April 13 and 14.

However, Christie Brinkley will also star as Roxie Hart after the first seven shows that are planned to happen at the Venetian Las Vegas. She will return as this memorable character for a total of four weeks and will continue to her performance starting April 18 and to May 12. Chicago is also available right now at the Ambassador Theater in New York, and it is the longest-running musical to take place on Broadway.

You can buy tickets for the engagement at The Venetian Theater for the price of $75, plus all applicable fees. The date when the tickets are planned to go on sale is March 8 at 10 a.m. PT. You will also have an opportunity to purchase the tickets online or in person at the box offices of The Venetian Resort. Furthermore, you can call and reserve tickets by phone at 702.414.9000 or 866.641.7469.

Who Is Christie Brinkley?

Brinkley is a supermodel and actress who received various awards several times in her career and received critical acclaim for appearing in Chicago in 2010 as Roxie Hart. Every time she appeared, the musical was sold out, and she continued to play the role in London’s West End. She returned to the stage once again in 2012 to appear on Broadway.

She was also a part of “Celebrity Autobiography,” a hit comedy which is based on memoirs which were documented by actual celebrities. Needless to say, Brinkley was phenomenal once again and had success with the play. Another important role of hers was Gayle Gergich, who was a character that appeared in the hit comedy TV show Parks and Recreation on NBC.

Christie Brinkley is a true artist who is celebrated not only for her acting and singing skills, but also her overall contribution to the world of entertainment. Apart from being an actress and a supermodel, she is also a writer, photographer, designer, philanthropist, environmentalist, and even a political activist.

Furthermore, she founded a beauty company called Brinkley Beauty which revolves around a couple of skin care products that are very successful among the fairer sex. Therefore, it is safe to say that Brinkley has been doing a pretty good job as an entrepreneur.

To sum up, Brinkley may be a lot of things, but her talent as an actress is definitely her biggest perk, and her being a part of Chicago once again is something worth watching. If you happen to be in Las Vegas in April, make sure to buy tickets on time and witness one of the greatest Broadway musicals unfold in front of your eyes.

Chicago is a musical created by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and it is based on a book written by Ebb and Bob Fosse. It revolves around criminal justice, corruption, and celebrities, all set during the jazz-age in American history.

Facility of the Year Award Goes to South Point Arena

The “Facility of the Year” Award was presented to South Point Hotel Casino and Spa’s Arena & Equestrian Center by the League of Agricultural and Equine Centers (which is also known just as The League). This reward is a recognition of the commitment made by the center to the equestrian industry. Furthermore, it recognizes the excellent results and overall excellence when it comes to the operation and management of this equestrian facility.

Jennifer Bexley is the Chairman of the Board of the League of Agricultural Centers, as well as the Chairman of the Awards Committee. She said that the Facility of the Year Award is presented to a facility that showed not only service to the community, but also safety, security, professional development, and operational excellence. This is a very prestigious award that really acknowledges the effort of the awarded facility and paves the way for its further development.

Steve Stallworth, General Manager of South Point Arena and Equestrian Center, stated that Michael and Paula Gaughan had a very clear idea about the property as soon as it had been opened. They wanted to make a unique facility which would not only help the equestrian industry grow but also serve as a second home to many participants and their lovely animals. Furthermore, he added that it was a great honor to receive that award on behalf of his team and that they were looking forward to the future where they saw themselves as an integral part of a remarkable industry that the equestrian industry represents.

South Point Arena is definitely one of the most popular facilities of this kind and, thanks to exceptional management, they have managed to stay on the top for a very long time. Moreover, it seems that they also plan to stay the best for a very long time, working hard to make their facility even better for both visitors and participants.

About South Point Arena

Being one of the premier equestrian facilities currently leading the industry, South Point Arena has more than 240,000 sq ft of space for events. Arenas are climate-controlled and feature a total of 4,500 seats that span across the Main Arena as well as two additional arenas that are located in the Priefert Pavilion.

One of the interesting areas that are also featured as a part of the South Point Arena is the vet clinic. Furthermore, you can find a feed store, as well as Cinch Saloon. The fact that they are doing a great job is embodied in the way they positioned their horse valet, which is located adjacent to 1,200 stalls that are climate-controlled and is a great way to have unlimited access to the stables on your way to check into the show or hotel. Finally, in order to secure the stall area, they introduced the 24/7 monitoring which would allow guests to focus on the show instead of worrying about their horses and their well-being.

One of the latest additions is LED lighting that is present all over the arena and in barns. Furthermore, the facility features cutting-edge Daktronics video board and 25 acres of horse trailer parking. These additions are just some that are planned in their multi-million dollar expansions. The facility also has huge short-term plans as they stated that they will host approximately 40 weeks of equestrian events in 2019. In other words, the award is more than deserved, and the facility has a tendency to further improve to provide the ultimate experience for its guests.

Eiffel Tower Light Show Debuts at Paris Las Vegas

The Las Vegas strip was illuminated by the powerful lights that came from Paris Las Vegas, which debuted a $1.7 million light show that was a part of the Eiffel Tower. This happened on February 27, as the show was supported by Guy Savoy, one of the most popular chefs in the world, along with Line Renaud, a famous French actress and singer. Furthermore, the debut light show was supported by Jim Gibson, Clark County Commissioner.

Paris Las Vegas saw a total of $92 million being invested over the course of one year in order to improve their offer and elevate the experience offered to guests who decide to stay in this resort. Some of the upgrades conducted include 1,600 guest rooms that were renovated, as well as Voie Spa & Salon, which is a brand new addition to the resort.

The main reason for this investment and upgrade lies in the fact that Paris Las Vegas is celebrating their platinum anniversary, which is a huge accomplishment.

About the Lights

The main inspiration for the light show was obviously the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which has extraordinary lighting. The attraction in Paris Las Vegas will feature a free show which will actually consist of numerous colored lights that would be choreographed so as to provide an amazing experience to those who decide to watch this light show.

Visitors of the Strip will be able to enjoy this show during the night time as there will be a lot of interesting twinkling lights that will make everyone’s stay at Las Vegas better. The whole thing is done after Paris Las Vegas partnered up with Vision Sign Inc. These two companies agreed on installing more than 300 light fixtures as well as 800 white strobe lights on the exterior of the tower.

If you happen to be in Las Vegas, you can enjoy the nightly show every half an hour during the night time from sunset to midnight. It is definitely an interesting thing to witness, and it will leave you mesmerized with all the interesting choreography and twinkling going on.

Gary Selesner, Regional President of Paris Las Vegas, stated that as they celebrate the 20th anniversary, Paris Las Vegas will continue to offer the same level of romance, sophistication, and spirit that the European City of Lights gives off to tourists. He added that besides the light show, the resort would also offer world-class accommodation with redesigned guest rooms and many other interesting culinary and entertainment options.

The iconic symbol of Paris was replicated in Las Vegas back on September 1, 1999, and it is the tallest replica of the Eiffel Tower. This landmark is only half of the height of the real Eiffel Tower, but it is still one of the biggest attractions in Las Vegas. This attraction includes almost 5,000 tons of wielded still and visitors can visit it every day from 10 am to midnight. The landmark features the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, which you can climb to in order to get a good view of the city, and knowledgeable Ambassadors can help you recognize certain landmarks of Las Vegas while you are up there.

In other words, this replica is one of the biggest attractions in Las Vegas, and it is the closest to Paris that you can get without actually going there. If you like France and plan to visit its capital, you can have a similar experience by visiting the Paris Las Vegas resort and enjoying all the interesting facilities included in it.  With the new light show, you’re sure to have an incredible experience that will make you feel just as spoiled as if you were actually in France!

Plaza Hotel and Casino Prepares St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

The legendary dome entrance of the Plaza Hotel and Casino will be decorated and host a free party on March 16 at 7 p.m. in order to honor the annual holiday of St. Patrick’s day, which is celebrated on March 17. Plaza prepared a lot of interesting things for the day, one of which is fireworks for several locations on the property that will be fired after the show starts. Since green is the official color of this holiday, the fireworks will be green as well, and they will be fired at 10:30 p.m. which is when the party should reach its peak.

This is planned to be an outdoor festivity that will feature a DJ as well as other exciting things to do. Those who like taking photos of themselves will have an opportunity to test the photo booth that will be placed nearby. Furthermore, people who like drinking and playing games will enjoy beer pong and flip cup, which are just some of the activities planned for the evening. Every good party needs food, and because St. Patrick’s day is an Irish holiday, it will bring the guests of Plaza Hotel and Casino certain food and drink specials such as a $5 Banger on a Bun and Irish Slider. If you are up for some Irish fun and you happen to be in Vegas around March 16, make sure to visit this event and create memories for a lifetime.

If you enjoy fireworks and don’t want to miss the chance to see the sky turn green, Plaza is offering several views where you can enjoy the light show. These view spots will be all over the dome and Fremont Street.

The party will not last for one day only, as it runs throughout the weekend (beginning on March 15 and lasting until March 17).  Plaza is preparing a lot of other interesting surprises for visitors such as numerous drink specials at the casino bars. Some of the available drinks will include Jameson Mules and Irish Car Bombs that you can buy for only $7 and Jameson Shots and Grey Goose Le Melons that you can buy for $5. If you are not feeling like drinking liquor, you can always buy Guinness beer in cans or pints for $5 and enjoy St. Patrick’s day like a true Irishman. Although not obligatory, it is always advised that you wear something green for the party in order to have Irish luck and avoid getting pinched!

Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick is an Irish saint who introduced Christianity to Ireland. He used a three-leaf clover to explain to them the concept of the Holy Trinity, which is why they use this type of clover as one of the main symbols to represent the holiday.

Although originally celebrated only in Ireland, many Americans of Irish decent decided to bring these traditions when they moved to the New Continent.  As a result, Saint Patrick also became popular all over the US and was celebrated not only by the Irish but by other Christians as well. Just like Christmas, this holiday has gained mainstream popularity and is now an integral part of the popular culture in the US, and people absolutely love celebrating Saint Patrick’s day.

The green is worn because that’s Ireland’s national color due to the fact that it is a very green country. Irish people love dressing in green, especially during St. Patrick’s day. Another integral part of celebrating this festival is Irish music, Irish dance, and Irish beverages.

Whether you always celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or this is the first year you’re considering it, be sure to check out the celebration at the Plaza Hotel and Casino if you’re in the area!

Caesars Inked a Partnership Deal with DraftKings

One of the biggest casino operators that focuses on land-based casinos, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, has announced that they are about to sign a deal with DraftKings Incorporated that will help DraftKings have increased market access for their sportsbetting and daily fantasy sports.

The firm, which has headquarters in Las Vegas, issued an official press release on Monday, which explains in detail how the alliance between DraftKings and Caesars could benefit both companies. It will give Caesars an opportunity to use DraftKing’s gaming products across certain states where Caesars operates land-based casinos. The deal is a multi-year arrangement that aims to provide benefits not only for companies but also their customers. Furthermore, according to the deal, the relationship between the two companies will be “subject to the passage of time.”

The Executive Shared Their Thoughts

The Chief Executive Officer and President of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Mark Frissora, stated that the deal was made in such a way that Caesars received “equity” in DraftKings Incorporated. In other words, Caesars will be listed as the official casino resort partner of this Boston-based innovator and that the two companies will collaborate in the states where this type of collaboration is possible.

Furthermore, Frissora added that the agreement reached between the two companies was described as a multi-state partnership and that it would bring the established leaders from the daily fantasy sports and sportsbetting industry that would help provide customers with more options. Frissora explained that the alliance was the result of the initiative by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which had a goal to capitalize on their database, generate additional revenue streams, and raise their profile when it comes to sports. One of the additional ways to do that is to create brand new sport-themed experiences for guests at Caesar’s resorts all over the USA.

Finally, Frissora said that the partnership would allow his firm to continue offering their own branded online casino and sportsbetting apps in every jurisdiction where it was allowed. Furthermore, they would continue maintaining their primary access in every state as regulated under the agreement.

DraftKings was the first company to incorporate sports betting activities into their offer aster the sportsbetting ban was lifted. It was available for punters who live in New Jersey, and CEO Jason Robin was eager to expand their influence to other states as well. Therefore, one of the key steps that they have taken includes joining forces with Caesars in order to improve their offer. In other words, they have an opportunity to work with one of the most important land-based casino operators in the world, which is not a chance that many companies get. Robins stated that the deal with Caesars would help their “national roll-out process” happen much faster. The services offered by DraftKings will have an opportunity to reach potential customers in the parts of the US where that was not possible before.

Robins also issued an official statement where he said that they were looking forward to collaborating with Caesars Entertainment Corporation in order to create some of the most engaging and entertaining sports and customer-oriented events.

Two powerful companies are now working together and they have huge plans for the future. Both Caesars and DraftKings are eager to go all the way and revolutionize the way we perceive and engage in sports betting and casino games. For now, they are going to work closely together and see how to improve their businesses for the best, thus improving customer experience. Stay tuned to see how these two companies are going to work together in the future and what possible products can come out of this relationship.

Lawmakers in Virginia Said Yes to Casinos!

Virginia is on the brink of entering a new era by legalizing casino gambling in the state. That would be a huge step forward for this state as it could bring many new potential streams of revenue and attract thousands of tourists.

Last Saturday, the General Assembly approved a gambling bill which allows the construction of casinos in a couple of areas in Virginia. There’s only one thing that is left before the construction can begin, and that is the signature of the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam.

That doesn’t seem to be a problem for the governor, as he already stated that he was willing to sign everything needed for the construction to begin. In other words, if he didn’t change his mind in the past couple of days (which is highly unlikely), it seems that Virginia is about to legalize gambling and begin building casinos. The reason why the governor supported this bill was his intention to create more income, and, above all, more jobs for the people of Virginia, especially in those areas of the state that are currently suffering from huge deficits.

The bill is called Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 1126, and it did not have trouble making it through both the House and Senate. According to this bill, casinos are going to be built in Bristol, Danville, and Portsmouth. However, these three cities would still have to approve building the casinos on their land, and it seems that the residents of those cities are going to decide whether they are ready to accept a casino. Furthermore, according to the bill, two additional places can be included for building casinos—Norfolk and Richmond—which are mainly targeted by Pamunkey Indians who want to build tribal casinos in those areas.

Virginia Is One Step Away from Building Casinos

Virginia has had its ups and downs when it comes to gambling, as there were many attempts to offer a gambling market, but none actually succeeding as much as SSB 1126. In other words, it seems that they have made huge progress since all the previous attempts have failed. However, before everything is approved, the Legislative Audit and Review Commission of Virginia will have to conduct a couple of studies which are related to possible impacts on society and economy that casinos could have in this state. The latest findings are expected to be published by November 1, which is the time when the whole thing can move forward.

The Virginia Lottery Board will be the body responsible for rules and regulations in the casinos of this state. They are expected to begin working on the rules by January 1, 2020, and present them by June 30, 2020. A day after that, the board is expected to meet and decide who would get the licenses for building and operating the future casinos of Virginia. When it comes to the taxes proposed by the bill, it seems that Virginia would take 13-15% of the total gambling revenue.

Finally, the bill also introduced the self-exclusion program for the people who show signs of addictive behavior. They will be able to pull themselves away with this program, which would help them overcome their problem.

One could argue that Virginia is very close to hosting a couple of casinos, but there are these extra steps that need to be taken so that they can be completely approved by everyone. However, it seems that this time they are about to succeed in their effort.  Having casinos in the state is sure to boost the economy and attract many new people, which will help the tourism market.  There’s no set timeline for when the potential new casinos might be open for business, but there’s sure to be a push to get them built quickly so that the state can begin capitalizing on them.

Peter Frampton Finale at Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut

Legendary guitar player Peter Frampton will perform with his band, the Peter Frampton Finale, at Mohegan Sun Arena on September 2, at 7:30 p.m. This performance is a part of the tour which is called The Farewell Tour with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening presented by SiriusXM.

If you are interested in watching this show, you can buy tickets starting on Friday, March 1, with the lowest price being $39, and the highest being $59. The tickets could be obtained via the platform called Ticketmaster. You can either log in online or call them in order to buy a ticket. Furthermore, people who live nearby will be able to buy the tickets for the show at the Mohegan Sun Box Office, starting March 2 at 10 a.m.

Apart from Peter Frampton and his band, the son of the late legendary drummer of Led Zeppelin, John Bonham, will also be a part of this performance. Jason Bonham has inherited a huge talent from his father who is considered the best rock drummer of all time.

Peter Frampton Is a Living Legend

Peter Frampton is a name which is often associated with two bands — Humble Pie and The Heard. However, Frampton became one of the most influential rock guitarists only after he had left his “group” career and decided to devote to his solo projects.

The first album he made as a solo artist was named Frampton Comes Alive, which sold eight million copies and was an instant success. This was pretty unusual at the time since it was a live album. After that, he continued on releasing successful albums and has collaborated with numerous other stars including Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron. Furthermore, Frampton also worked with or toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, and more. At one point, he was the leader of the Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus which included many famous artists such as Buddy Guy, BB King, Larry Carlton, Don Felder, Dan DeLeo, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, and many others.

Some of the popular songs that Frampton wrote include “I’m in You,” “Do You Feel Like We Do,” “Show Me the Way,” and “Baby, I Love Your Way.” These remained classic hits on many radios focused on rock music to date. Furthermore, Frampton also participated in a couple of TV shows and appeared as himself in Family Guy and The Simpsons.

This amazing talent and legendary artist has also won numerous accolades for his work. Recently, he has received the “Les Paul Innovation” Award which was given to him at the 2019 NAMM Show’s 34th annual TEC Awards.

Apart from being an amazing musician, Frampton is also a great colleague who respects other talented musicians, and one of them is the late singer Chris Cornell. Frampton was a part of the group called “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell,” with whom he toured and actively performed in order to pay tribute to one of the best vocals in rock history.

Sadly, the reason why Peter Frampton has named this tour “The Farewell Tour” is due to the fact that he has received a diagnosis of inclusion body myositis. This is a disorder which causes muscle inflammation, weakness and eventual atrophy. In other words, people who enjoy classic rock, blues and guitar spectacles will have the last opportunity to see this amazing artist perform and Mohegan Sun Arena at Connecticut is one of his stops where he will say goodbye to his fans and rock followers!

These States Likely to Propose Sports Betting Legislation

The news about sports betting being legalized all over the US is being spread all around the world. Some states have acted immediately after the federal ban was lifted and introduced this type of gambling activity to their casinos.

However, other states recognize the potential of sports betting, and many of them are working hard to make this activity available for their sports betting aficionados. Let’s take a look at some of the states that are most likely to introduce this activity next.

Washington DC

The capital of the USA will soon make it possible to bet on the Capitals and the Nationals, and the Redskins and the Wizards as well. As a matter of fact, sports betting is likely to be completely legalized in this state by September 1.

They are currently having trouble sorting out who the sports betting provider would be, as Intralot—the provider initially selected—is already the lottery provider for this state. The regular voting process was bypassed, and Intralot was awarded a license that is now under a 60-day review.

IowaSports Betting

A bill to legalize sports betting was introduced recently in Iowa, and it seems that the residents of this state will have an opportunity to place bets on sports very soon as the bill has been gaining a lot of momentum.

A total of 19 casinos, as well as some other gambling-related facilities such as horse tracks, would be able to open sportsbooks sections. They will be able to create online apps, but people who want to bet on sports would have to be physically present at the betting site to register for an app and place bets via their mobile devices.

Indiana

Indiana is very close to legalizing sports betting as Senate Bill 522 has passed through the first Senate committee. This bill is filled with various changes that are related to the gaming laws that exist in this state. Apart from allowing sports betting activities in Indiana, this bill also proposes the construction of two casinos and relocating the existing ones. The bill was created as a response to declining revenues in the gambling industry in this state. In other words, the officials of Indiana want to improve gaming in their state as they fear people might lose interest over time.

Kentucky

The state of Kentucky has proposed a betting bill that will not only allow sports betting, but also pave the way for online poker and even fantasy sports. The racetracks in Kentucky that want to obtain sports betting fees would have to pay $500,000 to obtain a license and then pay a $50,000 annual renewal. The bill allows using apps for betting, but only if you are on site. According to some estimates, sports betting would bring up to $48 million annually for the budget of this state.

Minnesota

Minnesota is still in the process of consideration when it comes to a sports betting bill. They have an act called the Safe and Regulated Sports Gambling Act of 2019,  and its one goal is to establish the so-called “sports pools.”

Just like in Mississippi, this bill would allow sports betting at 18 tribal casinos. However, the 11 federally recognized tribes must play their part, which means that the success of this deal depends heavily on them. If they reach an agreement, there will be plenty of room to explore all the possible option and eventually introduce sports betting to Minnesota.

The Last Beam Placed at Casino Del Sol’s Hotel

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is building a new hotel as part of Casino Del Sol.  The hotel has been under construction, but it has reached a very important milestone as the final beam of steel has been installed on the top of it. In other words, that means that the construction of the hotel is officially halfway done. It also means that the structural phase of the construction of the hotel is completed.

The 17-foot long beam was signed by the construction team at McCarthy, team members of the Casino Del Sol, and the members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. This 17-foot long beam was then lifted to the top of the hotel’s framework in order to signify a completed phase of construction.

The CEO of Casino Del Sol, Kimberly Van Amburg, stated that reaching that milestone was something all sides had been looking forward to. Furthermore, he added that if it weren’t for the team’s hard work, they would have been in the home stretch. Finally, he stated that the signatures of all the people who had helped to build the hotel would be the permanent part of the hotel structure.

About the Hotel

The name of the hotel is Estrella at Casino Del Sol, and it sits on 2.2 acres of land adjacent to the Casino venue. The hotel will have a total of six floors with 151 rooms that have a breathtaking view of the Sonoran Desert landscape where this property is located. In other words, visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy beautiful sights from their hotel rooms while they are resting from the various activities located nearby.

Some of the amenities that are also planned to be a part of Estrella at Casino Del Sol include an arcade, a fitness center, and a meeting room. Furthermore, the hotel will also include a pool which is family-friendly and has two poolsides — one for kids and the other one for adults, containing a bar as well.

The hotel will match the casino with its Sonoran Desert design, but there will be a modern touch to it, making the whole area look refreshed and modern. The colors of the building will be complementary when compared to the mountain backdrop of the desert, making the building a really pleasant sight both inside and outside. The fresh and clean interior and exterior are particularly welcoming towards the newcomers who want to stay at this hotel.

Robert Valencia is the Chairman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and he stated that Estrella at Casino Del Sol is a representation of how the commitment of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe resulted in world-class hospitality and one of the best hotels and recreation facilities in Tuscon. He added that topping off the new hotel was a great achievement that signifies that the door-opening day was approaching and that they should prepare to welcome new guests to their new hotel.

However, the hotel is not the only projects related to hospitality that is planned as a part of Casino Del Sol. In fact, there is a 75-space RV park which is planned as an expansion of the Casino Del Sol’s meeting space, and an Event Center that will be called the Sunset Room. The event center will be a sister property to Casino of the Sun. The projects broke ground at the time the hotel building commenced, and significant progress has been made so far. In other words, Casino Del Sol will have a lot to offer when the hotel and other projects are finished. The opening date is set to be sometime during November 2019.

Alejandro Fernández to Perform at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

In order to celebrate the Independence Day of Mexico, Latin music legend Alejandro Fernández will have another performance at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Events Center on Sunday, September 15. The show will begin at 8 p.m.

At the moment, the prices of tickets are ranging anywhere from $69 to $299. The applicable service charges are not included in this price. People who want to buy a ticket to this extraordinary performance will have an opportunity to make a purchase starting February 22 at 10 a.m. PT. If you are interested in attending this event, you need to buy tickets online. Furthermore, Live Nation members, M life Rewards members and customers of AXS were able to access the tickets pre-sale starting February 20, 10 a.m. PT.

Alejandro Fernández Is a Living Legend

Alejandro Fernández is an artist who can not only make the crowd get up and dance but make their hearts melt with some of his biggest hits. His music is a perfect combination of traditional Mexican music and modern music in his home country. His songs are adored not only across the Spanish-speaking world, but also in the English-speaking countries, and Fernández has a huge fan base in the US as well. Some of his most popular songs are “Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti,” (which he did together with Christina Aguilera) “Contigo Siempre,” “Me Dedique A Perderte,” “Como Quien Pierde Una Estrella,” and more.

Fernández started pursuing his career in solo music after he had initial success with a song called “Amor de Los dos.” He recorded it with his father, Don Vicente, back in 1992. He became the leader of the Ranchero genre of music with his debut album breaking all records and being immensely successful in the Spanish-speaking countries. His innovative approach to the traditional music of Mexico was a real refreshment back at the time, which made him instantly popular both in and out of his home country.

In his career, Fernández managed to record a total of 16 studio albums and six live ones, selling more than 30 million copies across the globe. Apart from receiving numerous accolades for his work such as Latin Grammys, Latin Billboards, and more. Fernández also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making him an ultimate star in the US.

Fernández is also a very devoted colleague, actively hanging out with other musicians all over the world. He collaborated with many famous artists, including Marc Anthony, Juan Gabriel, Nelly Furtado, Beyonce, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Jose Carreras, Vincente Fernandez, and many others.

He visited more than fifteen countries with two million fans being able to see him perform live in his Confidencias World Tour, and fans in Las Vegas will have the same opportunity at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

At the moment, Fernández has more than 14 million followers on his social media accounts and maintains a connection with his fans worldwide, actively touring Mexico and other countries. He has released a new album called “Rompiendo Fronteras” which also marks a milestone of a sort — celebrating 25 years of actively creating music and performing as a solo artist.

If you happen to plan a trip to Vegas at that time, this show is definitely worth checking out. Make sure to obtain tickets on time, as they will probably sell out quickly due to the immense popularity that this singer and songwriter has in the US.

Soboba Casino Resort Opening Today

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians is opening a new casino resort in southern California. With gaming operations that are a part of this 474,000 sq ft resort, they will be plenty of room to play casino games and enjoy various other activities.

The Press-Enterprise newspaper issued an article stating that the tribe, which is federally recognized, decided to build the Riverside County complex back in February 2017. Furthermore, the report states that they plan to welcome guests to the hotel on Friday. The hotel is a part of this brand new venue and will have a total of 200 rooms available for visitors.

Apart from the casino and the hotel, the resort will also feature various venues such as a lobby bar, a sports bar, meeting & events space, cabaret lounge, and more. Furthermore, people who like to live a healthy lifestyle will be able to enjoy the fitness center, and golf-lovers can even attend the Soboba Springs Golf Course. There are also a couple of restaurants, including a noodle restaurant, a food court, a cafe, and a coffee shop.

The Competition Problem

The Soboba Casino Resort is mainly planned to replace the small facility that the tribe had that was not big enough to be competitive. Their main competitor is Pechanga Resort Casino, which was recently subject to a $300 million expansion. Pechanga was expanded with a second hotel tower, a pool, and an events center.

Another competitor is San Manuel Casino, which is also located in the proximity of Soboba and has a $550 million expansion plan that would introduce a parking garage, a 450-room hotel, and an entertainment facility with 3000 seats, and is currently one of the best casino offerings for California residents.

The Vice-Chairman of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, Isaiah Vivanco, has stated that the gaming floor inside the casino would offer approximately 2,000 slots and about 32 gaming tables. He also explained how to reach the resorts, stating that it is an 85-mile drive east of downtown Los Angeles. Furthermore, Vivanco stated that the resort would also feature a cabaret lounge as well as banqueting facilities. The food service space would have 22,000 sq ft and would feature a noodle restaurant, a coffee shop, a 24/7 cafe, as well as a food court.

Moreover, Vivanco stated that Soboba Casino Resort was located on 37.5 acres of land which is one mile away from the existing casino of the tribe. Finally, there will be a conference space which will take up 15,000 sq ft, as well as a fitness center with a bar and a huge pool complex.

The Old Casino is Closing

The Soboba Casino Resort opening means closing the old facility. Vivanco said the old venue was owned by Soboba Economic Development Corporation and that they would decide what to do with it. He added that they were still discussing what would be the best use for the property where the old casino is currently located.

To sum up, the new Soboba Casino Resort is opening today, and starting Friday, people will be able to visit it and enjoy most of the services available in it. They are certainly on a good path to stay competitive and attract many people who are looking forward to spending quality leisure time that not only includes playing casino games but enjoying various other activities offered in the resort. It will be open 24/7 and the casino part will include all the popular casino games such as slots, roulette, blackjack, and more on a gaming floor which takes up 83,500 sq ft.

Steve Earle to Perform at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa

Famous singer and songwriter Steve Earl will perform his songs live at The Joint which is located inside Hardrock & Casino – Tulsa. The show is to take place on May 8 when the Grammy Award winner is expected to visit the city and share positive vibes with his fans.

People who are looking to buy tickets for Earle’s show can do that starting Hard RockFebruary 21. Ticket prices start at $19.50. If you happen to be in Tulsa during May, make sure to check this famed musician and some of his famous hits such as Copperhead Road, Guitar Town, and others.

Music which Earle plays is often associated with both country, rock, and folk. He has released a total of 15 studio albums and was three-time Grammy winner. Moreover, he is one of the owners of a prestigious Americana Music Awards called “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award which he received back in 2004. Finally, this superstar has been working together with many other popular musicians and artists including Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, and more.

In Search Of His Childhood Hero

He was born back in 1955 in Ft. Monroe, Virginia, although his family comes from Texas. They returned to their homeland before Steve turned two, where he lived in the San Antonio area.

He first came in contact with an instrument at the age of 11 when he began learning to play the guitar. Not long after that, Earle entered a talent contest at his school and became rebellious, running away from home to search for his idol — Townes Van Zandt. All of that resulted in him dropping out of school when he was only 16 and him moving in to live with his musician uncle who was 19 at the time. They lived in Houston where Earle had a chance to meet his idol finally.

Steve Earle the Musician

His career as a musician began when he was 19 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he worked a lot of different jobs during the day and played music during the night. Earle did his best to release his first EP in 1982 when things started going well for him. His breakthrough album Guitar Town was released in 1986. From that point on, everything went upwards, and although no other album managed to peak the chart the way Guitar Town did, all of them were pretty popular, and he has managed to gain millions of fans worldwide.

The performance at the Hardrock & Casino – Tulsa is a part of his 2019 in which he promotes his latest album called “Guy.” The album features Earle covering popular songs by another popular musician and Earle’s mentor, Guy Clark. There are a total of 16 songs on the album, and all of them were written by Clark. Some of the popular songs that were written by Clark and are featured on Earle’s cover album are “LA Freeway,” “Desperados Waiting For A Train,” “Old Friends,” “Heartbroke,” and “The Randall Knife.”

Apart from being popular, most of the songs on the album influenced Earle to create some of his best songs and helped him get through difficult times in his life. This way, Earle wants to thank his mentor and friend for beautiful songs he had left behind. Clark died back in 2016, having released a total of 13 studio albums, the last one being My Favourite Picture of You in 2013.

It is expected that Earle will perform many songs from his “Guy” album at his show in Tulsa.