It’s Sh*t You May Have Missed for the week ending April 7th, 2017.
Hey, peeps! Michael Movestro filling in for BigAZMarty this week as he is actually IN Las Vegas! I’m looking forward to the stories he’ll share upon return, always good stuff. And now here’s some of that Vegassy goodness news for the week.
1. From the Las Vegas Sun – Las Vegas oddsmakers are favoring the Cubs to repeat this year. If the Cubs do win the World Series this year, they would be the third team to do so in MLB history. It’s a bit premature to make this bet, but that’s what the oddsmakers would like you to do. “The city’s sports books like the team to win it all, with some making the Cubs a 7-2 favorite. Other favorites are the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers.” Read here.
2. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal – Phil Ruffin, the owner of Treasure Island had dinner and a sleepover at the White House. Ruffin and Trump have been business partners for a long time. “Over the years, Ruffin’s ties with President Donald Trump have mixed business and friendship — and later politics. Ruffin is a co-owner of the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.” I’m curious if they discussed finally getting a gaming license for Trump International in Vegas. Read here.
3 . From Vegas Report – Gordie Brown is heading back to the strip. Starting May 9th, Gordie will be performing at The Cabaret Theater at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. Gordie’s show is based on impressions of celebrities from around the world. Read here.
4. From Vegas Reports Newswire – Jarret and Raja opened their new show “Magician vs. Maestro” at Hooters Hotel and Casino. Magician vs. Maestro is a dinner show with magic, music, and comedy.
5. MGM loves parking fees so much that they are raising their parking fees effective April 12th, even at Circus Circus. For a complete list of changes, visit MGM’s parking website at mgmresorts.com/parking -or- check out this article by Marc Meltzer at Travel Vegas where he breaks it down by the hour, here.
6. Eater Vegas reports that renovations are complete for Parasol Down at Wynn, and is now open again for business, just as Parasol Up completed renovations in January. Read here.
7. Access Vegas has a price of Unami Burger’s Limited Edition Burger and Cocktail by Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber. Proceeds from each burger ($14) and cocktail ($11) benefit the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Read here.
8. Eater Vegas reports that Hard Rock’s 35 Steaks and Martinis will close on April 29th. The closure is to make way for the new MB Steaks which will open in May of 2017. Read here.
9. Vital Vegas has a look at the Golden Knights Practice Facility. Scott takes his drone for a fly around of the construction activity and lists the details of the facility including the number of locker rooms, the sauna, steam room, and massage room. Plus loads of other details, read here.
10. According to the LVCVA, Millennials accounted for a third of all Las Vegas visitors last year. In 20 15, Millennials equaled a quarter of all visitors. “Visitor spending is on the rise in multiple categories including food and beverage, local transportation, shows and entertainment, shopping, and sightseeing, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA’s) 2016 Visitor Profile Study. Additionally, 27 percent of visitors were in Las Vegas for the first time, an 11 percent increase from 2015.” For more, read here. You can download the study in PDF format, right here.
11. From Eater Vegas, A Speakeasy and Distillery is coming to the Mob Museum. “With a planned 15 seats at the bar, design touches include historically accurate bottles and lighting, flocked wallpaper and vintage film clips played behind the bar.” And there’s so much more to it that I can’t wait to go see it for myself when it completes. Read here.
12. Vital Vegas has a 25 point breakdown of the LVCVA report we mentioned earlier. SO if you don’t want to download and read the whole report, you can read his article to save the time. It’s called “25 surprising facts About Las Vegas Visitors, 2016 Visitor Profile Study Edition” It saved me a lot of time. Read here.
And now for the stories we brought you this week on Vegas Bright.
13. The week started off on Sunday with Episode 32 of the Vegas Bright podcast. I talked about how our April Fool’s gag went viral, and Vinnie did his “Vegas Gone By” segment where he took us back in time to The Desert Inn.
14. I wrote an article explaining Caesars Entertainment’s parking fees.
15. Blonde4ever shares Part 1 of her Las Vegas Trip Report from October of 2016.
16. I shared a room review from my stay in a Stratosphere Strip View Room.
17. Michelle Di Palma was there in Vegas when all hell broke loose during the Pig Mask robbery and the bus gunman stand-off.
18. And of course, this article you’re reading right here (no worries, BigAZMarty is back next week).
That’s it for this week, we’ll see you next week starting on Sunday with the Vegas Bright Podcast where Vinne will take us back to….*drumroll* The Stardust!
[Cover Photo: Michael Movestro]