Hard Hats & Dreams – Watching the Building of a Las Vegas Resort – S2E72

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Join Jamey and John as they discuss their very unique experience of watching and being a part of the construction of a Las Vegas Resort Hotel & Casino.  They briefly look at all of the phases from training through the problematic opening night.

 

Vegas Gossip

The big Mega Millions lottery jackpot was hit Tuesday by a single winner for $522 million. The winning ticket for the 11th-largest U.S. lottery prize in history was purchased in San Jose, California, with the numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 29, and Mega Ball 20. If the lump-sum payment option is chosen, the winner will receive $303 million.

John “Johnny World” Hennigan and Mori Eskandani have been voted the 55th and 56th members of the Poker Hall of Fame. Hennigan is a 5-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and has racked up more than $8 million in tournament winnings.

Three restaurants at Venetian and Palazzo that are partially owned by Mario Batali have closed. Carnevino, B&B Ristorante, and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria all closed last weekend, almost a week earlier than planned, after sexual misconduct allegations against Batali prompted Sands Corp. to part ways with owners B&B Hospitality. A new Italian restaurant out of L.A. called The Factory Kitchen is expected to take one of the spaces, while Carnevino, at least, will seek another location.

Excessive heat warning has been issued for this week, with temperatures expected reach as high as 114 degrees on Thursday. The normal high for this time of year is 105, which temperatures are expected to return to by the weekend.

A new Tiki bar has opened in an unlikely place. Tiki di Amore is located in a space behind the Casa di Amore restaurant at 2850 E. Tropicana. Billed as Las Vegas’ only outdoor Tiki, it’s open daily, except Tuesdays, from 5 to 11 p.m. The décor is highlighted by a giant octopus known as the “Tikipus.”

South Point says that in 2017 it sold 215,142 hot dogs from its sports book cart. That’s 589 per day, or more than one per minute.

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