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Where to Watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby In Las Vegas

February 14, 2018

The Kentucky Derby is the best-attended horse racing event in North America, but if you can’t make it to the 2018 running at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 5, why not watch it all unfold live in Las Vegas?

As a major betting event, it would only be fitting to take in the big race somewhere on the Vegas Strip, which after all, is the spiritual home of gambling. What a great second prize to being in Louisville.

William Hill has Bolt d’Oro at the head of the 2018 Kentucky Derby antepost betting, just ahead of Good Magic. Who will add their name to the illustrious roll of honor in this world-renowned Group 1 stakes contest for three-year-old colts and fillies over 2km (one-and-a-quarter miles)?

These iconic Vegas venues are well worth a visit if you want to enjoy an exciting atmosphere for the Kentucky Derby.

MGM Grand

The MGM Grand is synonymous with great sporting events in Las Vegas and betting on those through their specifically designed Race and Sportsbook venue. With seating for over 100 guests in front of 60 plasma screen TVs, you can keep an eye on the Kentucky Derby in style and comfort.

If you’re feeling really lavish, there are also some skyboxes you can rent out to watch all the action unfold. One even comes with hospitality staff to serve beverages.

How about a bite to eat while the horse racing takes place? The MGM Grand’s Sports Deli also has screens for viewing while you tuck into New York style cuisine, including sandwiches, hotdogs and bagels.

Caesars Palace

Another world-famous Vegas venue is Caesars Palace and their racebook contains 65 private booths where bettors can watch their fancied horses get on via flat-screen TVs in complete comfort and privacy. It is attached to their sportsbook, which has been voted the best Las Vegas betting destination for four consecutive years.

There are 13 betting windows for you to place your stakes and large-screen HDTVs throughout the Book. Within the Caesars Palace complex, there are also 17 restaurants to tickle your fancy including Hell’s Kitchen – a restaurant of Scotland’s celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

The Mirage

Watch the Kentucky Derby on 85-inch HD projection screens or interactive tablets you can hold in your hand at The Mirage and bet on account based player terminals in their Race and Sports Book.

There’s VIP seating with unlimited beer and cocktails, you can come and go throughout the day starting from $50. If you after some live entertainment, then The Mirage has the world famous Cirque du Soleil circus performing.

Treasure Island

Since 1993, Treasure Island has been so much more than a pirate novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. You can plunder booty of your own at the race and sportsbook by watching the Kentucky Derby on this hotel and casino’s 60-inch LED video wall.

Qualified bettors will receive complimentary cocktails on the house and they’re open from 7:30 am through til midnight on the day of the big race. Treasure Island has nine restaurants and a number of other bars, eateries and lounges. These places all offer you the chance to see the Kentucky Derby in real style and comfort.

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Undead in Las Vegas: Zombie Activities and Attractions

February 8, 2018

Zombie Activities and AttractionsWhen you think of Las Vegas, you think of glitz and glamour – you think of somewhere high rollers and celebrities flock to for a weekend of indulgence and excitement. You don’t normally think of flesh-eating zombies. But the ties between the living dead and living it large actually run fairly deep. There’s a whole host of zombie themed activities in Las Vegas, and the ties between the city of lights and zombies continue into popular culture. Let’s explore!

Adventure Combat Ops

There are a fair few zombie themed activities in Las Vegas, including the Adventure Combat Ops, which allows players to dress up as special ops and form the last line of defense against a marauding zombie army. The simulation recreates a post-apocalyptic city and advertises itself as a completely immersive experience. Players are transported into a world of the near future, where zombies have wiped out most of civilisation. The game also serves as a life lesson as to how the special ops might operate, with state of the art equipment used and information provided on tactical manoeuvres. Not only that, for those who are bitten by the zombies, shallow graves are promised off the beaten path in the desert – they’re kidding of course, but that only amps up the excitement.

The Zombie Vegas Connection

In fact, the tradition of zombies and Vegas isn’t a new one. The sandbox zombie game developed by Blue Castle Games, Dead Rising 2 is set in Las Vegas. Protagonist Chuck becomes stuck in a series of malls that make up the entertainment complex in the 2010 Xbox 360 game, and his trips to various casinos are an integral part of collecting anti-zombie medication and defeating villains. Moreover, the Betway Lost Vegas online slot carries on the tradition, with the slots themed around an outbreak taking place in Vegas. Even films have capitalised on the juxtaposition of the city of Las Vegas and the zombie outbreak, with the 2016 film It Stains the Sand Red, distributed by Dark Sky Films, focusing on a zombie apocalypse occurring in the desert around Vegas. The film received a 58% score on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

Fear the Walking Dead

The AMC sponsored Fear the Walking Dead Survival Attraction, which is part of the Vegas Experience also allows aspiring zombie slayers out into a post-apocalyptic zombie world. This time, as part of a multisensory experience, players are locked in an escape room as a 4D “thrill attraction”. The game then opens up to be both part of a maze, and part of an interactive video game experience. The attraction takes the immersive and scary aspects of the AMC show and combines them with a skills based multiplayer game and a live skills based game. The attraction takes the core theme of escaping zombies in the near future and uses both physical and digital means to create an atmospheric experience.

Escape or Die

Escape room game Escape or Die also continues the theme, with even signing up to the marketing and connecting on social media embracing the post-apocalyptic theme. Located just off the illustrious and renowned Las Vegas Strip, the game features three levels of scariness and difficulty: The Next Civilisation, Zombie Takeover, and Biohazard. Each adventure lasts one hour and tickets range between $35-$40, with regular sales promotions offering $10 off, allowing the zombie apocalypse to be avoided at a reduced rate.

Zombie Burlesque

For something slightly different, yet in keeping with the zombies in Vegas theme, Zombie Burlesque offers the immersive zombie experience but without the fear factor that the other events and activities promise. The comedy musical, from the brains of the people who created Vegas! The Show, crosses zombies with the circus, with traditional burlesque for an entertaining show. Vegas is known for its high energy performances and Zombie Burlesque allows zombie fans to indulge in the living dead without having to leave their seats.

Las Vegas is a city of many talents, from hosting world class performers with Vegas residencies, to attracting clientele from across the world to sample the lifestyle that the city has to offer. The zombie connection is just another layer in the multi-faceted city of Las Vegas. With so many ways to indulge your passion for zombies in Vegas, it really is the perfect weekend destination.

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On This Date: January 17, 2008 Palazzo Opens in Las Vegas

January 17, 2018

Palazzo Opened on January 17, 2008

The Palazzo is a luxury hotel and casino located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip at 3325 Las Vegas Blvd South between Wynn and the Venetian hotels. Many tourists believe that the Wynn, Palazzo and the Venetian are the best Las Vegas hotels in Las Vegas. The Palazzo has 3068 rooms and 105,000 sq. ft. of gaming space and cost over $1.8 billion to construct.

The soft opening of the Palazzo opened at 7 pm on Sunday, December 30 and the official grand opening took place on January 17, 2008.

Upon its completion, The Palazzo total floor area covering is 6,948,980 square feet beating the Pentagon as the largest building in the United States in terms of floor space, by about 383,000 square feet. The Palazzo is reported to be the eleventh largest building in the world in terms of available floor space and is also currently the second-largest building in the Western Hemisphere. The Palazzo property is LEED Silver Certified; making it the largest LEED certified building in the nation. For more information on The Palazzo, including restaurants, pictures, maps, and more, head over to The Palazzo at World Casino Directory.

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On This Date: January 15, 1990, The Rio Opened in Las Vegas

January 15, 2018
The Rio in Las Vegas

The Rio in Las Vegas with the original  Ipanema Tower on the right and the Masquerade tower on the Left

The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino opened on January 15, 1990, also known as the Rio, as a locals casino. When the hotel orginally open it only had one wing of the Ipanema Tower . This is an off Strip property located on West Flamingo across the street from the Gold Coast.  A 20-story expansion wing was added to the Ipanema Tower in 1993. The Masquerade Village, a hotel tower and casino expansion (large rounded tower) including the Masquerade Show in the Sky, opened in 1997, at a cost of over $200 million. The Rio was purchased by Harrah’s Entertainment in 1999 for $888 million.

The Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater was the host venue of the 30th Anniversary Special for the hit CBS game show The Price Is Right and has been used for “Live! With Regis and Kelly,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and numerous Penn & Teller television projects. The hotel hosted the World Series of Poker in 2005 and since has been the home for the tournament that used to be hosted by Binion’s.

The Rio and is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Inc. The Rio was the first all suite resort in the Las Vegas area. It was named after the city of Rio de Janeiro, and is influenced by Brazilian culture.

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Las Vegas Panoramic Sky from Downtown Las Vegas Jan 12, 2015

January 12, 2018
Las Vegas Downtown Sunset Jan 15, 2014

Las Vegas Downtown Sunset – January 12, 2014

Looking over the Symphony Park Development, maybe a stadium one day or not.

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On This Date: January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley Was Born

January 8, 2018
Viva Las Vegas Love in Las Vegas

“Viva Las Vegas” 1964 Movie Poster

Elvis Presley  was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, and was one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, “the King”

Here is a list of Elvis engagements in the Vegas heyday  1969 – 1976.

April 23 – May 9, 1956, Elvis made his first appearance in Las Vegas at the New Frontier Hotel in the spring of 1956. Audiences in Las Vegas gave Elvis a cool reception.

July, 1963, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret are in Las Vegas filming what would be Presley’s 15th film, “Viva Las Vegas.” The movie was released in June of 1964.

July 31 – Aug. 28, 1969, The King is back, Elvis returns to Las Vegas. He is booked for a four-week, 57-show run at the newly built International Hotel (later the hotel name changed to the Hilton Hotel then to the Las Vegas Hotel). The show breaks all existing Las Vegas attendance records. Elvis’ first live album is recorded during the shows.

January – February, 1970, Elvis returns to Las Vegas for a month-long run at the International Hotel. Once again, Elvis breaks attendance records.

Aug. 10 – Sept. 7, 1970: A month-long appearance at the International Hotel. MGM films some of the rehearsals and stage performance for its documentary “Elvis – That’s the Way It Is.”

January – February, 1971, A month-long appearance at the International Hotel.

Aug. 9 – Sept. 6, 1971 Elvis returns to Las Vegas and appears at the International Hotel to record audiences. During his month-long appearance he is given the Lifetime Achievement Award presented each year during the Grammy Awards. Elvis was 36 years old.

1972 – 1975 Elvis performs a few months per year in Vegas for the over the next 3 years at the International.

August 18 – September. 5, 1975 Elvis opens at the Hilton (now called the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino), but ends his appearances on Aug. 20, 1975, when he is flown to Memphis and hospitalized due to illness.

December 2-15, 1975, Elvis returns to the Hilton to make up for shows that were cancelled because of his ill health.

December 2-12, 1976, Elvis appears at the Hilton for a two-week engagement. It turns out to be his final Las Vegas appearances.

August 16,1977, Elvis dies at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. In Las Vegas, fans and friends mourn the passage of an entertainment and Vegas legend.

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