The Las Vegas Connection



May 28, 2012

Tickets Available for “Queen of Soul” Arethra Franklin’s Colosseum Concert 

Pop icon, Arethra Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” will be appearing in concert at The Colosseum inside Caesars Palace on Sunday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $49.50, $79.50, $99.50 and topping out at $155.00 All prices include the 10% Live Entertainment Tax. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit, (keyword “Arethra Franklin” or stop by the box office.


MGM Resorts Invites Guest to “Satisfy Your Cravings” with May Buffet Per Stay Promotion 

Guests staying a minimum of two nights at 10 participating MGM Resorts between now and December 20, 2012 will receive two complimentary buffets during their stay. MGM properties offering the free eats include ARIA (855) 788-6762), Vdara (866) 745-7767, MGM Rand (855) 788-6765, The Signature at MGM (877) 727-0007, Mandalay Bay (855) 788-6769, THEHotel at Mandalay Bay (855) 788-6769, The Mirage (855) 788-6770, Monte Carlo (855) 788-6772, New York-New York (855) 788-6774 and Luxor (855) 788-6775.


Lucky Visitor Cashes out $1 Million Jackpot at Flamingo!

A retired gentleman from Florida went home a very wealthy man after snagging a $1 million jackpot at the Flamingo. And no, this was not on a slot machine. He actually hit a royal flush in diamonds at one of the resort’s Three Card table games. He had placed four bets of $5 each and received an ace, king and queen of diamonds and then watched the dealer expose his hand which held the jack, 10 and 9 of diamonds. He kept the generosity going by tipping the dealer a healthy $20,000 and another $500 to each of the other three players at the table. This was the second six-card bonus pay of the year. In February, a Woodland Hills, California player hit a royal at Paris Las Vegas for $1 million.


Card Sharks Battle it out in 43rd Annual World Series of Poker at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino 

In play now through July 16 is the Grand Daddy of them all, the 43rd Annual World Series of Poker at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The event is opened to any one who is at least 21 years of age. This year an additional 92 poker tables will be set up bringing the total number of tables to 470. Throughout June, the weekends will offer affordable buy-in, No Limit Hold’em tournaments for WSOP gold bracelets at $1,500 on Saturdays and $1,000 buy-ins on Sundays. July 4-5 will feature a multi-day start $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The $10,000 No-Limit championship (Main Event) gets underway July 7 and will eventually end up with nine players at the final table on Monday, July 16. All events will be held in Rio’s 55,000 square-foot Pavilion Ballroom, the 39,000 square-foot Amazon Room and the 20,000 square-foot Brasilia Ballroom. If you are interested in signing up you can view the entire schedule at All Caesars properties will be offering reduced hotel rates for WSOP entrants. At Rio, the host hotel, rates begin at $69, Imperial Palace rates start at $35, and Bally’s, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Paris and Caesars you will find rooms from $45 to $110 per night.

PBR Rock Bar Kicks off Summer with Beer Pong Tournaments and other Weekly Specials 

PBR Rock Bar and Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood has come up with some fun weekly activities to keep their patrons busy. Even if your favorite hoops team didn’t make the NBA Finals, they will be showing live coverage for those teams still in it from June 12-26 on their 105 flat-screen TVs. Fans wearing their team’s jerseys during the game can order $3 well drinks and drafts.  Every Monday it’s time to show your skill in the Rock, Paper, Scissors challenge as you play against the sexy staff to save 50 percent of your bar tab, beginning at 6 p.m. It’s Two-For-Tuesdays for drinkers all day until midnight. PBR has designated College Wednesdays for all students with valid ID (21 and over) a chance to enjoy an all-you-can-drink bar package priced at $5 for the gals and $20 for the guys. On Thursdays, it’s Ladies Night with drinks available for $1 from 10 p.m. to midnight. In honor of the upcoming Summer Games, daily beer pong tournaments begin Friday, June 1 with Gold, Silver and Bronze medal bar packages and up to $500 in cash and prizes being awarded. Also on June 1, PBR will be celebrating National Doughnut Day by offering cinnamon, chocolate or vanilla glaze doughnuts for just $3 each. The tasty treats are normally $4.95.


Riviera Taking on Huge Renovation 

Another sign that the Vegas economy is on an upswing is the announcement that the Riviera is embarking on a $20 million to $30 million renovation to spruce up the historic Strip property. The upgrades to the exterior are just about finished and now work will begin on the interior structure.


Derek Hough, “Dancing with the Stars” Champion Celebrates Birthday at MGM Grand’s Tabu 

Derek Hough, three-time “Dancing with the Stars” champ will be celebrating his 27th birthday at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino’s Tabu on Saturday, June 2. Hough invites club goers to join him on the dance floor to the sounds of DJ Kid Jay while enjoying signature cocktails served by sexy servers. The doors open at 10 p.m. For table reservations and/or bottle service, call (702) 891-7129. A dress code is strictly enforced and all guests must be 21 and older.


Kodak Moment at SkyVue Las Vegas 

Bring your cameras and capture the development of SkyVue Las Vegas now under construction across the street from Mandalay Bay. Last week, 12-semi-trucks from Los Angeles delivered the massive steel support cables for SkyVue which will be the largest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere featuring 32 climate-controlled glass-walled gondolas. Also at the site will be a 20,000 square foot convention space and 140,000 square foot multilevel shopping center with retail stores, dining and entertainment options. SkyVue is expected to be completed sometime next year.


Affordable Room/Show Packages at the South Point 

A one night, two day room/show package at the South Point is a great deal through December. Rates for Sunday-Thursday stays begin as low as $90 and Friday or Saturday arrivals begin at $130. Along with deluxe room accommodations, guests will receive $20 in food credit and two tickets to the show. Some of the future headliners include Debbie Reynolds, June 1-3; Anjelah Johnson, June 8-10; Moonwalker, June 15-17; Partridge Family alumni David Cassidy, June 29-July 1; comic Ralphie May, July 6-8 and James Darren, July 28-29. For reservations, call (866) 791-7626.


Cabo Wabo Cantina to Host Free UFC Viewing Parties 

A big month of UCF action will be televised at Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops throughout June. On Friday, June 1, the headline fight is between Jake “The Juggernut” Ellenberger and Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann. Admission is free and the doors open at 4 p.m. The following Friday, June 8 is the free match up between “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall. Doors open at 5 p.m. The final fight of the month is scheduled for Friday, June 22 with a Lightweight competition featuring Gray “The Bully” Maynard mixing it up with Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. This evening’s entertainment will also feature the debut of Dan Miller against Ricardo Funch (what, no catchy middle names?) in the main event. The doors for this fight open at 4 p.m., and of course, it’s free. In honor of National Iced Tea Day on Sunday, June 10, Cabo Wabo will offer the Rockin’ Hard Iced Tea all day long for $10. With the purchase, patrons will take home an original souvenir mason jar cup.


Downtown’s Commonwealth set to Open this Summer 

Commonwealth, a trendy new two-story, 6,000 square-foot cocktail bar and social house is set to open sometime this summer at 525 East Fremont Street. The new venue, modeled after a vintage, East Coast-style pub will pour a wide variety of original and classic cocktails, with indoor and outdoor patio space and nightly entertainment. One of the unique features will be a 700-square-foot speakeasy-style bar with pre-Prohibition drinks available. Guests can enjoy the lighted 2,000-square-foot rooftop where guest DJs will spin the latest tunes.


Imperial Palace Debuts new Family Show 

World champion juggler, Jeff Civillco opened a new afternoon show last week at Imperial Palace that is suitable for all ages. No newcomer to the Strip, Civillico has appeared as a regular guest in “Nathan Burton Comedy Magic” at Flamingo Las Vegas. His talent was so impressive that he got his own headline show within a year. Showtime is daily at 2 p.m. in the Imperial Palace Showroom with tickets priced at $30 and $40, plus tax and fees. For reservations, call (702) 794-3261, visit or stop by the box office.


Silverton Leading the Pack with June Gaming Promotions 

Silverton Rewards Club members are in for some big payouts in the resort’s June giveaways. Every Saturday (June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) during the month, the property will be having two $112,500 Double Your Luck Drawings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Entries can be earned by casino gaming through Saturday, June 30. On Fridays, (June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29), the Silverton will be presenting their $50,000 Free Play Frenzy Card-In Cash-Out promotion for all cub members who play a minimum of one-cent on a slot or video poker machine between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the promotional day. These players will be entered into a drawing for a shot at winning $100. During these hours on Friday, 100 winners will be randomly selected to win $100 Free Slot Play. Check with the club booth for complete details.


Check with resorts for all current offers published. Hotels have all rights and may cancel or modify at anytime. On your drive up to Vegas tune your radio to The Highway FM 98 & 99 for my up-to-date Las Vegas reports. GOOD LUCK!


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