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Couple Has Sex on High Roller Ferris Wheel, Ignores Our Advice, Gets Arrested

It was bound to happen, and it’s happened in the biggest possible way. Two tourists have been arrested for sexual acts on the High Roller, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, and it’s all this blog’s fault.

Just kidding. Probably.

Chloe Scordianos of Hicksville, New York and Philip Frank Panzica III of Houston, Texas were arrested when they mounted the High Roller and began smoking, a flagrant violation of the observation wheel’s safety policies.

Oh, and they also got naked.

High Roller sex

At-a-glance, the difference between the reactions of men and women when arrested for having sex in public.

The couple was spotted by High Roller security, who used the ride’s intercom to instruct the couple to put their clothes back on.

The couple promptly ignored the instructions, police were notified, and after the 30-minute ride the two were taken into custody for pretty much doing what people come to Las Vegas to do if they’re doing Las Vegas right.

The complaint against the pair alleges “extensive nudity,” which is much more of a danger to public safety than the other kinds of nudity, and cunnilingus. We are not making this up.

The arrest report claims the couple said they were “just having a good time and didn’t think anyone would notice.” Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

A potentially funny story quickly went pear-shaped when the couple learned public sex acts are a felony in Las Vegas, with the potential of a year in jail. Because sometimes what happens in Vegas ends up at the Clark County Detention Center.

Another uncomfortable aspect of the story is it appears from Panzica’s Facebook page he has a fiance who looks nothing like the woman he was selflessly servicing on the High Roller.

High Roller break-up

The entire Internet just cringed, simultaneously.

Update (2/10/16): According to KTNV, Panzica was in Vegas with his fiance and they had fought earlier in the day. After his arrest, his girlfriend bailed him out for $3,000.

The scandalous story has received extensive news coverage, often including references to one of this blog’s most popular stories, ever, 11 Vital Tips for Having Sex on the High Roller.

Um, thank you?


Here’s the thing, though. These two either aren’t great readers, or they aren’t very good instruction-followers.

Untold numbers of Las Vegas visitors have successfully gotten it on in a High Roller cabin, trust us. The idea is to do it discreetly!

These two rocket scientists ignored our tips (and common sense), and now the High Roller and law enforcement are sort of forced into making an example of them.

They didn’t bring a blanket, they did the deed in broad daylight, they didn’t stay seated. If somebody tells you to stop over an intercom, you stop, because it means your cover is blown and your time yodeling in the love canyon has come to an end. Or something.

Make no mistake, these arrests would never have happened had the couple not been viewed smoking, as that’s a legitimate safety concern in the High Roller pods. Only after seeing the couple smoking were High Roller staff forced to call the police. It’s likely security staff would have turned a blind eye to the nudity and sexual activity, because other passengers did not make complaints, even after the cops arrived.

High Roller Las Vegas Ferris wheel

The High Roller advertises itself as “The Happiest Half Hour in Vegas!” Which is only true if one doesn’t understand the concept of an “escort service.”

While we don’t expect these folks will do any time for this lapse of judgment, their ineptly executed hook-up is definitely causing some chaos in their lives, and the associated lawyering is likely to be very expensive. Enjoy your 30 minutes of fame, kids.

Update (2/12): More details became available via a video made by Panzica and, wait for it, his “big-hearted” fiance. Glorious.

As for the High Roller, this is just about the best thing that could ever happen.

Reps of the observation wheel have expressed concern the story will impact the attraction’s reputation, by which they mean many, many more people will want to ride it. At least that’s what we got from it.

After all, the High Roller’s own advertising is a not-too-subtle tease for those wanting to join the 550 Foot High Club.

High Roller Ferris Wheel

Thank you, double entendre gods.

The arrest of this cavorting couple on the High Roller Ferris wheel is a very public reminder that while Las Vegas flaunts its reputation as an adult playground, there are limits.

Remember, don’t smoke where you’re not allowed to smoke, and always remember to use this incident as a justification to not perform cunnilingus.

At least that’s what we got from it.

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In-N-Out Burger, Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips and Canter’s Deli Coming to Linq Promenade

The Linq Promenade is already a fairly kick-ass place to eat, drink and make sweet love on the world’s biggest Ferris wheel, but it’s about to get even better.

A cavalcade of new offerings are happening soon at Linq Promenade (between Flamingo Las Vegas and the Linq Hotel-Casino), including In-N-Out Burger, Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips and Canter’s Deli.

Please let us know when you’re done swooning so we can continue.

In-N-Out Linq Promenade

You have no idea how many brains just ‘sploded hearing In-N-Out will have a location center Strip. We are not cleaning that up.

For those unfamiliar with In-N-Out Burger, what rock have you been hiding under? In-N-Out Burger has legions of rabid fans, and is considered a must-visit for many Las Vegas visitors.

The chain is known for the quality and freshness of its ingredients, and the service is universally prompt and friendly.

Las Vegas has a number of In-N-Out Burger locations, but this will be the first on the Las Vegas Strip.

The restaurant’s allure includes a “secret” menu, but in fact it’s about as “secret” as “Secret Pizza” at Cosmopolitan (so, not very). Some “Not-So-Secret” options include “Protein Style” (lettuce instead of a bun), “Animal Style” (mustard-cooked patty, extra spread, grilled onions), “3×3” (three patties), “4×4” (take a wild guess) and the grilled cheese sandwich. Read more.

The new In-N-Out Burger is expected to be on the lower level of the wildly popular Brooklyn Bowl, and will be the perfect addition to the already-great dining options at Linq Promenade.

Next up, rumors of the demise of Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips appear to have been premature, something about which we know a great deal, thank you very much.

Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips was put on hold as some existing Linq Promenade businesses struggled to find a footing, but plans for Ramsay’s new restaurant are once again in motion.

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips Linq

Gordon Ramsay fans were disheartened to hear the project might be nixed. Now, they can be heartened again, if that’s an actual thing one can be.

The restaurant is described as “grab-and-go British comfort food,” and will be the fourth Las Vegas restaurant for the “Hell’s Kitchen” star. Gordon Ramsay’s other restaurants are BurGR at Planet Hollywood, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.

Gordon Ramsay

Chef Gordon Ramsay isn’t yelling at you, he’s spurring you on to greatness. There’s a difference.

As the name implies, fish and chips will take center stage at Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips, but other English pub-style fare will also be available such as bangers and mash, sausages, seafood chowder and chicken planks.

And who doesn’t enjoy a good plank when they’re in Las Vegas, if you get our drift?

Also on the way to the Linq Promenade is the return of a Las Vegas outpost of Canter’s Deli, the famed Jewish-style delicatessen in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, California.

Canter's Deli Linq Las Vegas

Canter’s serves what’s referred to as a “metric ass-ton” of meat in its sandwiches.

Canter’s Deli originally opened in 1931 in New Jersey and has been frequented by many show business luminaries. We would provide the names of some of these celebrities, but that would require “effort” and “research,” and if you think we’re doing either of those things, you don’t know this Las Vegas blog very well at all.

The Canter’s in California is a 24-hour joint, although it’s unclear whether that will be the case when Canter’s comes to the Linq Promenade.

This isn’t the first time Canter’s has had a location in Las Vegas. A previous location at Treasure Island closed in 2012, the result of some changes to the hotel, rather than any lack of success.

Canter’s is known for its large portions and variety of traditional Jewish foods, including lox and bagels, corned beef and matzoh ball soup. Think Carnegie Deli at the Mirage or Du-Par’s at Golden Gate. You know, a deli type restaurant thingy.

An interesting part of the existing Canter’s is the Kibitz Room, a cocktail lounge with an epic history of live entertainment. This would seem to have some serious potential in Las Vegas, but specifics of the restaurant aren’t available yet, so whether the restaurant will feature entertainment remains to be seen. Fingers crossed.

Our friends at Eater Vegas are reporting Virgil’s Real Barbecue will be joining the restaurant line-up at Linq Promenade in summer 2016.

Virgil's BBQ Linq

Virgil’s comes from the team behind Carmine’s, the Italian joint at the Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace.

All these new restaurants mean there’s going to be a flurry of construction activity at Linq Promenade in 2016, and In-N-Out Burger, Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips and Canter’s are expected to open mid-year. How far the Linq has come since it opened in March 2014.

High Roller Las Vegas Ferris wheel

The High Roller Ferris wheel at Linq Promenade is truly a work of art, but unlike many works of art, you can drink inside it, which makes it even more awesome. Get with it, other art.

The Linq newness doesn’t stop there. Also in the planning stages are new crepe shop and Amorino Gelato, the latter in the former Koto space.

Watch for more changes in the retail and bar landscape (Kitson will close, Purple Zebra will be downsized, Polaroid Fotobar has become Photo & Go, AmeriCAN recently opened), and other surprises are also expected in 2016.

Linq Promenade is clearly upping its game, including bringing in a new management team to roll out the new restaurants in the pipeline.

The addition of In-N-Out Burger, Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips and Canter’s will certainly generate buzz for the shopping and dining district, and buzz equals increased foot traffic and foot traffic equals giving The Park, the competing shopping and entertainment district under construction down the street between Monte Carlo and New York-New York, a run for its money.

More news to come, so check back often. But not too often, that’s stalkerish.

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High Roller Pretty Much Lied About FAA Objections to Dimming Lights During Tarkanian Tribute

Right up front, we’ll say two things. We were against the dimming of lights on The Strip to honor basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. (Given the short list of luminaries for whom this honor was previously bestowed, a basketball coach doesn’t make the cut.) Also, we used to work at Caesars Entertainment, the company that owns the High Roller Ferris wheel.

That said, just about everybody on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown played along when there was a groundswell of support (at least among UNLV students and alum) for dimming the lights on The Strip when Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian died on Feb. 11, 2015. Almost everybody.

Watching video of the Strip going dark on Feb. 18, there was one prominent structure that remained fully lit during the Tarkanian tribute. It was the High Roller Ferris wheel. The world’s tallest observation wheel was fully lit and bright red. Watch.

Dimming lights on such occasions is voluntary, of course. So, why is it a big deal that High Roller officials decided to leave the wheel lit? Because when questioned about it, a High Roller representative said, “FAA regulations prevented the High Roller from going dark last night. In lieu of that, we opted to shine Rebel Red to honor the late great coach.”

This is, to put it poetically, utter horseshit.

High Roller wheel

The alleged horseshit.

For months, while the wheel was being built, and before its full lighting array was installed, the structure used what are known as “obstruction” lights to satisfy FAA recommendations. Those are the little red lights you see on buildings and towers.

On the night of the Jerry Tarkanian tribute, High Roller officials could’ve used those lights and dimmed the rest of the wheel. Instead, a conscious decision was made to leave the lights on, creating a rare situation where the wheel would be the most eye-catching part of the Strip for the duration of the widely-reported tribute.

When we inquired with the FAA, the Public Affairs Manager of the FAA’s Pacific Division confirmed what we suspected, “We are not aware of any formal FAA objection to this proposed dimming.”

He went on to explain that while the FAA has marking and lighting recommendations for tall structures, they’re just that–recommendations. The FAA “can object to a proposal to turn off lights or to not light something, but the FAA does not have the authority to enforce lighting or marking requirements.”

So, yeah, had the High Roller wanted to fully take part in the Jerry Tarkanian tribute, it could have dimmed the lights.

To do that, though, according to a High Roller rep, the wheel would have to be “parked,” and no passengers would be allowed on the wheel during the time the wheel was dark. That’s a costly proposition, and in that light, it’s more understandable why the High Roller made the decision it did. While the small “beacon” lights meet the FAA’s lighting guidelines, they won’t suffice when the wheel has passengers.

But let’s be clear: The FAA didn’t stop the High Roller from dimming during the Jerry Tarkanian tribute. It was a business decision.

So, is “lie” the right word? Maybe not. We just can’t think of a better one. We attended a public school.

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In a Stroke of Marketing Genius, High Roller Observation Wheel Offers “Free Mustache Rides”

It’s the most overtly sexual marketing campaign in recent Las Vegas memory: The High Roller Ferris wheel is offering guests “free mustache rides” during the month of November.

We’re not kidding. And, yes, this blog’s jaw has spent the better part of the afternoon on the floor as a result.

Mustache rides High Roller

Offering mustache rides is ballsy, even in Las Vegas, where marketing is known for pushing the limits.

Our hero Tim Dressen, of the must-listen Five Hundy By Midnight podcast, pointed us in the direction of this risque offer, and we still can’t believe the High Roller went there.

Caesars Entertainment owns the High Roller Ferris wheel at the Linq shopping promenade, and because its customers tend to be older, Caesars is pretty conservative in its marketing messages. We know, this blog used to work there.

Here’s the exact text as it appears on the High Roller observation wheel’s Facebook page: “Grow those ‘staches. Free #MustacheRides throughout the month of November when you donate $5 to Movember USA!”

We’ll overlook the fact somebody might not have the firmest of grasps when it comes to the definition of “free.” That’s missing the point.

The High Roller is flat-out saying riders will receive complimentary oral sex in the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. Talk about an elevated level of customer satisfaction!

And people laughed when this blog provided tips for having sex on the High Roller observation wheel. Doesn’t sound so far-fetched now, does it? (Our post has had 38,000 views. Conclusion: People are freaks.)

High Roller

It’s easy to find the High Roller. Just look for the big O.

While there’s some peril in using such a saucy euphemism in a marketing campaign, the buzz it’s already created surely offsets any potential risk.

Good for Caesars for pushing the envelope. It should be noted, of course, that envelopes require licking. We’re just saying.

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A Fresh Batch of Discoveries at The Linq

Las Vegas is a newness machine, and we’ve gathered a few new offerings at The Linq shopping promenade, including girthy public art, a free museum, Chinese tacos and more.

First up, murals! Apparently, the Linq has partnered with a group called I.S.I. Group (Industry Supporting Industry), and they’ve arranged for a number of murals all along the Linq’s promenade. While it’s likely they were commissioned to make unoccupied storefronts more appealing, they actually add a nice element to the district.

Linq murals

Proof that public art is sometimes polarizing.

I.S.I. Group is a local arts collective, whatever that might mean. Here’s an interview with one of the founders of I.S.I. Group if you’re into that kind of thing.

Linq mural

This is as close as you’re going to get to a political statement in The Linq’s mural collection, and we’re not even sure what the statement might be.

There’s nothing too edgy about the murals at The Linq, but middle-of-the-road is probably best given the vast swath of humanity that meanders its way down The Linq to see, and sometimes even ride, the High Roller, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.

Linq Las Vegas murals

See all the murals we could find in our photo gallery, below.

As we were doing our own meandering, we stumbled upon another new offering at The Linq, a sort of Caesars Entertainment fun book. Caesars Entertainment is the company that owns The Linq and the surrounding hotel-casinos.

The coupon book has offerings from The Quad, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flamingo and The Linq. The deals range from 2-for-1 and other cocktail discounts, match play and even a free admission to the Auto Collections at The Quad, an attraction that’s highly recommended for people who love cars or the people who love car lovers.

Linq fun book

Maybe we should have put “fun” in quotation marks.

If you don’t see people distributing the fun books, stop by The Linq’s concierge office. They seem to know everything.

Speaking of free museum admissions, because “segue” is our middle name, the Polaroid Fotobar store at The Linq has made the wise decision to drop the fee for its upstairs Polaroid Museum.

While we couldn’t recommend this lightweight exhibit when there was a charge (even at five bucks), we can heartily recommend it for free.

Fotobar Museum Las Vegas

Sorry, but Fotobar has no actual bar. Insert sad trombone here.

The museum has several classic Polaroid cameras and some history of this formerly-popular form of photography.

Polariod camera

There’s also this big-ass camera. It’s a Polaroid 20×24 camera, and if you try to lift it, you will get an instant hernia.

There’s also some weird enclosure with foil balloons floating around. We are a blog, not an art critic.

Polaroid Museum

Do not head scratch anywhere near this installation. It will telegraph the fact you failed art appreciation in college.

Here’s more information about the Polaroid Museum.

Moving on, there have been some changes to F.A.M.E. (Food, Art, Music, Entertainment), the Asian food court. Apparently, some of the Asian food wasn’t going over all that well, so F.A.M.E. now serves up pizza and tacos.

In an Asian food court.

FAME Asian food court

Quite possibly Sin City’s first Asian taco stand.

We’ve tried both the Chinese food at F.A.M.E. and the pizza, and we actually recommend the pizza. Las Vegas doesn’t live by society’s rules.

Pizza Buddha

Damn tasty stuff. You go, Asian pizza chefs.

Check out our photo gallery to see the menus at Pizza Buddha and Gangnam Taco Bar. We are not making those names up, and we really, really hope they’re being ironic.

Pizza FAME

Note: Serving pizzas in woks doesn’t make it Asian fare.

Also on the food front, there is absolutely nothing new to report at Tilted Kilt. We just needed to mention Tilted Kilt so we can share this photo.

Tilted Kilt

The aforementioned kilts.

Newness at The Linq often takes the form of street performers. You never know what you’ll see. There are often Taiko drum performances outside F.A.M.E., as well as random dancers and musicians who appear to have no set schedule.

Linq dancers

This Las Vegas blog does love it some free.

Our final find during our most recent visit to The Linq wasn’t actually at The Linq.

At the south end of Flamingo (that’s the Cromwell side), we discovered a young woman, Timmea, selling High Roller tickets. While the lines aren’t especially long at the High Roller a lot of the time, when they are, this is a convenient way to skip the ticket line at the High Roller ticket office.

High Roller tickets

We’d much rather get our High Roller ticket from Timmea than stand in line, any day.

Timmea said there are remote ticket-sellers outside Flamingo from noon to 8:00 p.m. Handy, and a great way to market the wheel to folks who might not necessarily turn into The Linq.

The Linq seems consistently filled with visitors, so we trust it’s been successful overall (albeit with a few unfortunate hiccups in the mix).

If you haven’t been to The Linq yet, check out our walk-through. There’s a lot to see and do and drink. And especially that last thing.

Murals at The Linq and More

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