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Just Ask Julia – Need to Know Las Vegas – S2E70

 

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Julia and Jamey discuss some vital information about Las Vegas as inspired by listener questions.  Included are talks of concierge assistance to the not-so-wealthy, dating players, fun casino games, the best excursions, strip club etiquette & trends, and popular Health spas.

 

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The World Series of Poker Main Event is down to 26 players. The chip leader is Aram Zobian with 41.6 million, followed by Artem Metalidi with 30.8 million and Antoine Labat with 28.4 million. The field has some top players, including former bracelet winners Yueqi Zhu, Eric Froehlich, Ivan Luca, and Barry Hutter, but the big name is 2009 ME champion Joe Cada, who has 8.9 million. Television coverage begins at 9 p.m. PST on ESPN2 and will run till the nine final-table players have been determined.

It’s being reported that the Tropicana has agreed to a labor contract. It’s been a slow one-by-one process, but agreements have come steadily enough to avoid any major unrest thus far.

It’s being reported that the Tropicana has agreed to a labor contract. It’s been a slow one-by-one process, but agreements have come steadily enough to avoid any major unrest thus far.

 

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The Stats Show – Las Vegas Numbers S2E69

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Join Jamey and John as they discuss the vital statistics of Las Vegas.  Also discussed is the Las Vegas 51’s naming transition and their new stadium controversy…and the fate of “Cosmo”!  Also included is a guest question dealing with the failed attempt to unionize concierge.

 

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Even with the Fourth falling on a Wednesday this year, a projected 300,000 visitors will come to town to celebrate, many for an extended trip through the weekend. For a full listing of events and fireworks displays, see our complete round-up at VegasWithAnEdge.com. In addition to the events on that list, several casinos are running gambling promos today. Tuscany is awarding 12X points on reel slots and 6X on video poker. Station and Fiesta casinos have 3.3X points on slots and 2X on video poker. The D and Golden Gate have 5X points on slots. El Cortez has 10X on video reels, 5X on regular reels and keno, and 2X on video poker, along with White Castle hamburgers handed out to players from noon to midnight. South Point is giving away $32,000 today with $100 awards given to players chosen randomly until midnight.

According to John Katsilometes of the LV Review-Journal Britney Spears has signed on for a two-year residency at Park MGM. The starting date wasn’t announced, but she will reportedly be paid a guarantee of $500,000 per show, the highest of any performer in Las Vegas.

The presence of construction cranes in Las Vegas has always been a sign of prosperous times. Now, after several lean years, the cranes  are becoming visible again. While there hasn’t been a lot in the news about the state of the Raiders Stadium, there’s plenty of evidence of progress on the construction site. Several cranes can be easily viewed from I-15 and surrounding areas. Work is in full gear and the bottom parts of the stadium structure are visible. Meanwhile on the Strip, several cranes are also in action at the building site of Resorts World Las Vegas, across the street from Encore.

Thirty-two-year-old competitive eater Miki Sudo from Las Vegas took first place in the Nathan’s hot-dog-eating contest held on the boardwalk at Coney Island every year on July 4th. This was the fifth year in a row that the fan favorite won the women’s contest, by downing 37 franks and buns in 10 minutes. It was four short of her total last year, but nine higher than the second-place finisher. On the men’s side, San Jose resident Joey “Jaws” Chestnut consumed a record 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes (one every eight seconds or so), two more than last year, to take home his 11th coveted Mustard Belt.

 

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Is Las Vegas the Worst Place for your Waistline…amazingly…NO! S2E68

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Julia, John and Jamey discuss how Las Vegas ranks among the worst cities and states of the union for obesity and health.  Included are some shocking fast food statistics, Body shaming traps, Fat Pride dilemmas and the evil secret of the Plus size fashion industry.

 

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Las Vegas esports venue has opened at the Rio. The Wall Gaming Lounge is a 24,000-square-foot space in the Masquerade Village area, featuring 30 high-performance Alienware gaming PCs, along with a number of console gaming stations. Tournaments will include Local Lock In, MOBA, FPS, Battle Royal, FGC, and Twitch. The first phase has a self-serve beverage wall and mobile food/drink ordering; Phase 2, to be completed in the fall, will introduce more food and beverage options.

August 2 at Neonopolis downtown, the Cannabition Cannabis Museum will feature multi-sensory exhibits on cannabis art, education, and culture, including a 360-degree theater (trippy visuals, anyone?). The museum’s centerpiece will be a 22-foot-tall bong.

The Golden Knights have filed a lawsuit against StubHub, the giant eBay-owned ticket reseller. The suit stems from the ticket site’s “demand” that StubHub be allowed to resell playoff tickets, contravening the team’s efforts to limit those sales through its Vow program. The suit claims that StubHub’s “ultimatum” threatened to turn the Knights’ “historic inaugural season from an experience that encouraged fan loyalty and hometown spirit into a scalping money-grab.” In contention is $1.5 million in ticket profits that the Knights organization claims StubHub unilaterally reduced to $255,000, splitting the rest with AXS, the team’s primary ticketing site.

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Fan Challenge – Finding the Positive – S2E67

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Join Jamey and John as they take up the challenge of one of the shows fans, and find the positive influences of the Venetian Resort and beyond.  Included are talks of architecture, historical significance, art form, jobs creation and parking.  Also included on the show is a discussion of concierge travelling with their VIP guests. #crankyjohn

 

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Following suit with Caesars Entertainment, Culinary Union members from MGM Resorts International properties have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new five-year labor pact. There are now approximately 14,000 union members from other properties still working without a contract, though there are still no signs of walkouts.

In an interview with the LV Review-Journal, Wolfgang Puck indicated that he’s trying to negotiate a parking-fee discount for locals who eat at the new Spago at Bellagio.

Smith & Wollensky has announced that it’s reopening in a two-story “female-friendly” space that formerly housed Zeffirino’s at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. Construction is expected to begin sometime in the fall, with an opening date next spring.

If you haven’t experienced Rehab at the Hard Rock, this summer will be your last opportunity. After 15 years, the pool club that started the whole Dayclub phenomenon will close after this season as part of the rebranding to Virgin.

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The Weapon of Choice for the AI revolt…Slot Machines! S2E66

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Jamey, Julia & John discuss the negative effects of slot machines on the human brain and the “Machine Zone.”  Also on the show…How hard is it to stay healthy in a town like Las Vegas? and Is there a marked difference in respect and tipping between male and female concierge?

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The LV Review-Journal reports that multiple trademark applications have been filed by the Las Vegas 51s minor league baseball team for the name Las Vegas Aviators. While the filings seem to suggest that Aviators will be the new name, team representatives say that it’s a preemptive move to prevent cybersquatting and that several names are still in the running.

There’ve been no official announcements regarding overall participation in this year’s World Series of Poker, but judging from the two big lead-off tournaments, its down significantly. The $565 buy-in Colossus drew 13,070 players. That’s big, but a whopping 28% off last year’s 18,054. And while the drop wasn’t as dramatic in the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker, its 7,361 participants was down 5% from last year’s 7,761.

Derek Stevens has purchased an 11-story office building across the street from the D for $39.7 million. Plans for the property haven’t been disclosed, but the building also has its own parking garage.

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Is Las Vegas Too Trendy for It’s Own Good? – S2E65

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Jamey and John discuss if Las Vegas has forgotten it’s locals within the new marketing campaigns.  Also on the show, has Vegas gotten too trendy…plus listener questions.

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MSNBC.com has identified the most iconic foods in all 50 states. Nevada’s is the Shrimp cocktail: “The Golden Gate Hotel-Casino in downtown Las Vegas introduced it to the gaming public in 1959 and it quickly became a lure to entice folks to visit casinos. And it still does today. Served in a tulip-shaped glass and nestled on a bed of lettuce with spicy cocktail sauce, it’s a classic.

A woman from Wisconsin hit for $1.5 million playing a Million Degrees slot at the Golden Gate. It’s the largest jackpot ever at the casino.

Are you ready for another casino fee? You can buy a pass for $10 to skip the line at the Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon Buffet. Caesars’ Bacchanal Buffet has a $25 skip fee. A better strategy might be to go when it’s not busy.

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Brothels, Churches and Walmarts…Which ones might leave Nevada? – S2E64

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Join Jamey, John and Julia for discussions of why millennials think Vegas is depressing, why brothels may be on their way out and a little bit of what it is like to be a casino host.

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The Rio has quietly discontinued its Seafood Dinner Buffet after years of being the only one of its kind.

Marijuana sales set a record in March, raking in $41 million, the most since it was legalized last July. A little more than $7 million of the total for the month went to taxes. For the nine months since legalization, sales have totaled $385.99 million, with tax revenues of nearly $50 million. Bud accounts for 50% of sales, concentrates 25%, edibles 13%, pre-rolled joints 10%, and the rest “other.”

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7 Las Vegas Superstitions…Happy 113th Birthday Vegas! – S2E63

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Jamey and John celebrate the 113th Birthday of the City of Neon…Plus a look at some interesting superstitions, their origins and scientific relevance.

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The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have voted overwhelmingly in favor of sanctioning a walkout if new five-year labor contracts aren’t in place by June 1. About half of the 50,000 eligible workers participated, with 99% voting “Yes” to approve a strike. It’s not a certainty that a strike will be called even if contracts aren’t in place during the deadline, but if it is it would affect as many as 34 resorts on the Strip and downtown, causing a significant disruption in operations.

The Las Vegas Walk of Stars project, which honors Las Vegas entertainment personalities with stars embedded in Strip walkways similar to the sidewalk stars in Hollywood is getting a new home. After more than half of the stars were taken out during Strip construction, a deal was made to move them to the Linq Promenade. The stars will reside in an area near the High Roller wheel.

After dominating in the boxing ring, the prospects are reversed for Floyd Mayweather if he wants to take on Connor McGregor in the octagon. The Westgate opened with McGregor a -1000 favorite over Mayweather should the two meet in an fight with MMA rules. You can get +650 on Mayweather. The fight is only speculation at the moment and bets will be returned if it doesn’t take place by September 2019.

The first serve-yourself cocktail kiosk on the Strip has closed after less than a year in operation. The Hop kiosk was located among the restaurants shops at the Harmon Corner and offered beer and wine dispensed directly to customers.

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Mysteries of the Las Vegas Clefs d’or…and other fan questions! – S2E62

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Jamey and John discuss the realities of Las Vegas concierge and the mystery of Le Clefs d’or.  Also on this episode are talks of the sluggish Q1 and Q2 as reported by MGM and Caesar’s and what changes are causing this down turn.

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According to Jeremy Aguero, Las Vegas’ top economic analyst, Nevada’s population growth was nearly three times the national average and Las Vegas’ was the second fastest in all 50 states in the past year. Aguero estimates that an average of just under five people every hour have moved to Las Vegas in the previous 12 months, of whom 34% are from California. The Las Vegas metropolitan area has a population of nearly 2.3 million.

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is unconstitutional. The 6-3 ruling opens the door for the legalization of sports betting in all 50 states.

According to the Case Shiller Home Price Index and the latest Fitch Ratings, Las Vegas is the most overvalued housing market nationwide. Home prices are 21.30% above fair market value and increasing at nearly twice the countrywide rate (11%). Las Vegas has plenty of company; of the 400 markets Fitch rates, 72 (17%) areas overvalued, with housing prices more than 10% above what income, population, and rent growth indicate they should be.

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Rage Rooms & Ghost Towns – Hidden Vegas – S2E61

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Join Jamey and John this week as they discuss the hidden and unique treasures of Las Vegas…including Ghost Towns, Fine Art Exhibits & Rage Rooms.

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Yesterday was the first 100-degree day of the year, with the temperature topping out at an even 100. It’s a bit early, as the average first day to hit triple digits is May 24, but last year’s first 100 degrees was May 5, with 85 more to follow.

The transition from Monte Carlo to Park MGM is official. Press releases were sent out today announcing the change in identity for the 22-year old 3,000-room resort, including new signage on the building. Work is ongoing, however, on the $550 million upgrade and rebranding that includes a 292-room hotel-within-a-hotel. NoMad Hotel Las Vegas and two more high-end restaurants are scheduled to open later this year.

A new system that monitors machine-play on the casino floor to determine drink comps is being tested in Laughlin. Similar systems are already in place at some casino bars, but this would expand the monitoring to all machines. No firm plans to bring the new system to Las Vegas have been announced, but it seems only a matter of time.

Megabucks was hit last weekend at Paris for $11.2 million by a gambler who did not want to be identified. The last Megabucks jackpot was hit in September at Fiesta Henderson.

 

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