Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Local Gamblers Leaving Las Vegas

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

April 15, 2011 was officially deemed “Black Friday” by the poker world. What happened? Three major online poker sites were shut down and their CEOs were indicted on counts of money laundering and bank fraud. Anyone in the U.S. who made a living playing online poker was simply out of luck.

While many of these local online gamblers were single, they contributed much to the local economy and spending money was no problem. But now the single players as well as those who are married who have been providing for their families simply through online poker are now having to make a choice: move to another country that allows internet gambling or find another job. For the unattached crowd, the option is simple and tantalizing, move.

Many gaming analysts believe that poker’s “Black Friday” will have serious consequences especially to the World Series of Poker held each year at the Rio in Las Vegas. Many players qualified for the tournament through online winnings. Now that that has been shut down, the entries are projected to reduce from 8,000 to around 2,500, a significant decline. If the numbers are down and the viewers are less, big name sponsorship will drop as well. With those kind of bleak stats, all aspects of Las Vegas’ economy will inevitably take a hit.

Now that nearly 90% of the online gaming community has disappeared, things are bound to change and not for the better unless you’re Costa Rica, Canada or Mexico – countries who still allow online gaming. Local casinos will have to get creative and up the anti to entice poker players to stay and play at actual tables.

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Fun Friday: Las Vegas Greek Festival

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Skip breakfast and lunch today because you’re going to need all the extra room for some of the best Greek food in Las Vegas. This weekend marks the 39th year for the famous festival. Three days of Greek goodness!

AND THE DANCING! The festival entertainment with the Greek dancers from children to adults is really where all the fun and laughter starts. Dine and then dance along.

Here are the details:

September 23-25th (Friday – Sunday)
St. John the Baptist Green Orthodox Church (at El Camino & W. Hacienda)
$6 for adults (children 12 and under are free)

On the main menu:
Gyros, Kebabs, Dolmathes, Pastitsios, Spanakopitas, Tiropitas and more!

On the dessert menu:
Loukoumathes, Diples, Koulourakia, Kourambiethes, Melomakaronas, Kataifi, Bougatasa and of course Baklava and more!

Don’t know what’s in a Pastitsio or what a Kataifi tastes like? Check out the Las Vegas Greek Festival for more information.

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Marine Corps Ironman Comes to Henderson

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Ironmen and Ironwomen have begun to arrive at McCarran International Airport. This weekend the city of Henderson, Nevada will be hosting the 5th annual Marine Corps Ironman World Championship 70.3. (Yes, 70.3 total miles). The race is relocating this year from it’s previously home in Clearwater, Florida having been there since it’s commencement in 2006.

The world’s finest and strongest triathletes will be competing for top honors as well as a split of $100,000. Beginning at 6:30 am on Sunday September 11th, competitors will swim Lake Las Vegas, run the Henderson streets and bike through Lake Mead’s National Recreational Area.

After 70.3 miles of water and road, athletes will cross the finish line at the Henderson Pavilion. Spectating is free and residents and visitors alike are encouraged to come out and cheer on these dedicated Marine Corps men and women!

As with any race that comes to town, delays are expected. Check the Henderson Live Website for event schedules and times as well as detours and road closures.

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Sahara Las Vegas Liquidation Sale: Buy a Little History

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The grand Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip closed it’s doors at the end of last month after being a hub of historic activity for 59 years. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to anymore.

Starting tomorrow, June 16th 2011 the Sahara will reopen to sell pieces of it’s rich history. For 60 days or until the place is empty, the doors will be open to Las Vegas real estate residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Word was spread all over the country especially to companies in the hotel and casino business and word on the street is there will be people from all over the country coming to town to take advantage of this incredible sale.

From fountains to the front desk, bar stools to blackjack tables, it’s all for sale. With 1,700 furnished guest rooms, there will be much to choose from. If you don’t want bedroom items, there were restaurants galore inside which gives you another hundred thousand items to choose from. Are you a chef? All kitchen equipment must go too. Chances are you’ll find something – a deck of cards maybe? For the most part if it was in the Sahara and can be sold, it will be EXCEPT for the roller coaster.

The Details:

Sale Starts: Thursday, June 16th 2011
Time: Monday – Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday Noon-5pm
Duration: 60 days or until everything is gone
Admission: $10 a person

For more information including a summary of items for sale and purchase information, visit the National Content Liquidators website.

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Memorial Day Family Fun: The Pool at Ravella Lake Las Vegas

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Take a look at the Las Vegas Memorial Day Event Guides around town and nearly every guide is void of anything for families. Interestingly enough, Memorial Day is about remembering and celebrating those who have served our country, the majority of which have families. While the Strip will be full of singles and young couples headed to the hippest and most swank of clubs, anyone with children under the age of 21 will not be able to attend or celebrate Las Vegas style.

This is a constant question and at times stimulates heated discussions as to whether or not Las Vegas is a good place to raise a family. Regardless of the opinions, I do in believe that Las Vegas could do a better job at promoting families through events, races, and family-friendly spaces including hotels.

If you are looking for something fun for the family in Las Vegas, Ravella at Lake Las Vegas is celebrating families this Memorial Day weekend. They want to draw from the local crowd by making it a 2-day party with the cost added to a special overnight hotel package.

In true Las Vegas style, the hostess of the party is a former Playboy playmate turned mother. There will be a Caribbean themed BBQ, various children’s games and entertainment and fun food and drinks for all ages around the magnificent pool. Best of all, everyone in the pool will have their bathing suits on. This party will be family friendly. For more information visit

Happy Memorial Day Friends!

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