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JANUARY 2013

January 1, 2013

Caesars Entertainment to Convert Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon to a Boutique Lifestyle Hotel and Club

Caesars Entertainment Corporation has announced its previously arranged $185 million, seven-year senior secured credit facility will fund the conversion of Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon to a boutique lifestyle hotel and casino. The conversion includes the complete remodeling of the guest rooms, casino floor and common areas, the addition of a new second floor restaurant and the construction of the 65,000 square foot rooftop pool and dayclub/nightclub. Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon will temporarily close on Feb. 4 to accommodate the remodeling.  The renovated hotel and casino is expected to open in early 2014, under a new name, while the rooftop club will open later that year. For more information, contact Gary Thompson, Caesars Entertainment, (702) 407-6131.

 

Inaugural Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge Brings Major League Soccer to Las Vegas

Major League Soccer will soon come to Las Vegas when the Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge brings the Colorado Rapids and Chivas USA to Sam Boyd Stadium Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The inaugural Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge will be hosted by USA Sevens, LLC and the City of Las Vegas with the goal of growing the event into an annual occurrence. The event will coincide with the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Showcase, which provides youth teams the opportunity to play before college coaches and recruiters from around the country and adult teams the chance to compete in a world-class setting. For more information, contact Jeff McDowell, USA Sevens, LLC, jmcdowell@usasevens.com.

 

Roseanne Barr Begins Residency at Laugh Factory Las Vegas

Comedy superstar, award-winning actress, best-selling author, recent presidential candidate and the original domestic goddess Roseanne Barr will be performing at the World Famous Laugh Factory starting January 14, 2013. Performances are scheduled for Saturday through Thursday evenings at 7 p.m at the Laugh Factory inside the Tropicana Las Vegas. For more information, contact Alex Glyman, Tropicana Las Vegas, aglyman@troplv.com.

 

Remodeled ARIA Buffet Now Open

ARIA Buffet has opened. The completed remodel includes updated interior and exterior décor elements along with new culinary offerings, sure to please the eyes and taste buds. For more information, contact Heather Yuille, MGM Resorts International, hyuille@mgmresorts.com.

 

The Palazzo Unveils The Palazzo Rose

Amid a display of 6,500 roses, Chris Harrison, host of ABC-TV's "The Bachelor," led the unveiling of the newest variety of red rose, called The Palazzo Rose, after the Las Vegas resort.  The ceremony was held in the resort's picturesque Waterfall Atrium & Gardens and was attended by representatives of the flower's breeders and growers, which was developed in the Netherlands. The new breed of roses features deep crimson red petals and a large amount of beautiful foliage, offered exclusively at the resort for one year, including the resort's famed Las Vegas wedding program. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Palazzo, keith.salwoski@venetian.com.

 

Legends in Concert to Celebrate 30 Years on Vegas Strip With New Home at Flamingo Las Vegas

After a record-breaking four-year engagement at Harrah's Las Vegas, Legends in Concert, the most acclaimed tribute show in entertainment history, will celebrate the beginning of its third decade on the Las Vegas Strip with a new long-term home at Flamingo Las Vegas beginning Feb. 2013. For more information, contact Molly Cornyn, Caesars Entertainment, mcornyn@caesars.com.

 

Sammy Hagar to Perform at Cabo Wabo Cantina's Third Anniversary Celebration

Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will host a blowout anniversary celebration with a free special performance by the Red Rocker, himself, on Saturday, Feb. 9. Cabo UNO, his house band from the original Cabo Wabo in Cabo San Lucas, are flying in to kick off Sammy's Third Anniversary Bash on Feb. 6 and perform nightly through Saturday, Feb. 9.  In true Cabo Wabo fashion, Sammy has announced plans to make a guest appearance on-stage with the UNO's on Feb. 9. For more information, contact Hannah Rickards, Wicked Creative, Hannah.rickards@wickedcreative.com.

 

Bellagio Announces 2013 Epicurean Epicenter Series

Bellagio has announced the 2013 Epicurean Epicenter Series, continuing the tradition of unforgettable culinary experiences coupled with perfectly paired wines. The resort's chefs, along with Master Sommelier and Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith create a lineup of events that provides guests with exclusive dining experiences. For more information and a complete list of events, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.

 

Kim Vo Opens New Flagship Salon at Palms Casino Resort

Kim Vo, one of the most sought after color experts in the world, has moved his Las Vegas flagship salon to Palms Casino Resort and is now open for business. With celebrity clients ranging from Kate Hudson and Katherine Heigl to Britney Spears and Dakota Fanning, as well as hundreds of magazine articles and TV shows featuring his expertise and warm, charismatic personality, Kim Vō is a celebrity in his own right and a recognized hair, beauty and style expert to a global audience of millions. For more information, contact Alex Acuna, Palms Casino Resort, alex.acuna@palms.com.

 

8th Annual World Series of Beer Pong Returns to Las Vegas

The 8th Annual World Series of Beer Pong will be held Jan. 1-5 at the Flamingo Las Vegas to determine which team's focus will leave the last cup standing and take home the $50,000 grand prize. This year's total prize pool has been increased to $70,000, including $5,000 in costume prizes. The 2013 World Series of Beer Pong is expected to draw more than 500 teams from at least 48 states and more than a dozen countries. For more information, contact Megan Fazio, Neon Public Relations, megan.fazio@neonpublicrelations.com.

 

Human Nature to Headline The Venetian Las Vegas

Human Nature, Australia's vocal group sensation, has announced a new headlining residency at The Venetian Las Vegas. The new show, titled Smokey Robinson presents Human Nature: The Motown Show, will begin on Jan. 19.  For more information, contact Steve Flynn, Langdon Flynn Communications, steve@langdonflynn.com.

 

SCORE!, The Ultimate Interactive Fan Attraction, Opens at Luxor

SCORE!, a 10,000-sq.-ft. interactive sports fan exhibit, has opened at the Luxor Las Vegas. SCORE! is the ultimate sports fan attraction featuring historically significant memorabilia from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, Boxing Hall of Fame, U.S. Soccer Federation and more, along with cutting-edge interactive sports experiences that make SCORE! more than an ordinary exhibit. For more information, contact Stephen Miller, Preferred Public Relations, stephen@preferredpublicrelations.com.

 

 Miss America Returns to Las Vegas

The 2013 Miss America Pageant promises to be a vibrant, colorful and exciting event. The final night of competition will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on Jan. 12 on ABC. Celebrity judges evaluating the competition include: Bradley Bayou, fashion designer; Cheryl Burke, an award-winning dancer, choreographer and television star; Sam Champion, anchor of ABC's Good Morning America; Mary Hart, host of Entertainment Tonight;  Daymond John, star of ABC's Shark Tank;  McKayla Maroney ,  Olympic gold medal gymnast; and Katie Stam Irk, Miss America 2009. For more information, email pr@missamerica.org.

 

Casino Royale Named a Best Western Plus Property

Best Western International announced the opening of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Casino Royale, the only chain hotel in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, located at 3411 Las Vegas Boulevard South. Owned by Thomas Elardi, the hotel features 149 guest rooms and three guest suites. Hotel amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, and 24 hour fitness center. There are several on-site restaurants including Denny's, Outback Steakhouse and a food court. Each room is equipped with a 32" LCD flat screen television, mini refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker and free wireless Internet access. For more information, contact Juan Garcia, (702) 650-4705.

 

D Grill Debuts at The D Las Vegas

D Grill at The D Las Vegas is now open. Located inside the recently transformed downtown property, the casual restaurant serves an extensive menu of contemporary American classics and signature dishes 24 hours daily, just steps from the iconic Fremont Street Experience. Taking the space formerly occupied by Courtyard Grill on the D's second floor adjacent to the Vintage Casino, D Grill offers convenient dining inside a freshly remodeled venue. Each meal at D Grill is prepared completely from scratch using only fresh, never frozen ingredients. With a diverse menu offering more than 75 breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert items, there is something to please every appetite. For more information, contact Kaley Briesmaster, Kirvin Doak Communications, kbriesmaster@kirvindoak.com.

 

Dates Announced for 2013 Las Vegas Restaurant Weeks

Locals and tourists will once again have the opportunity to help out by dining out at some of Las Vegas' best restaurants when Las Vegas Restaurant Week returns - March 8-15 and August 23-30. Taking part in Las Vegas Restaurant Week is simple. Diners can visit any participating restaurant during the specified dates and enjoy a multi-course, prix fixe menu specially created for Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Each restaurant will create their own delicious menu offering at price points ranging from $20.13 to $50.13, with a fixed portion of the proceeds benefiting Three Square and the fight against hunger in Southern Nevada. Starting in late February, visit http://www.helpoutdineoutlv.org/ for an updated list of spring Las Vegas Restaurant Week participants and menu details. For more information, contact Cheryl Kaopua, Three Square Food Bank, ckaopua@threesquare.org.