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Vital Vegas Podcast, Episode 45: Burlesque, Pig Masks and High-Tech Casino Security

We’ve got an action-packed episode this week, so whip out that loyalty club card with the Slinky leash and take a listen.

This week, we interview cast members of “Majestik Burlesque,” a saucy striptease show just off The Strip at Royal Resort.

Majestik Burlesque

In this week’s show, we learn the history of the merkin. (Not shown, sadly.)

The “Listicle of the Week” is “Six High-Tech Casino Security Measures,” where we share casino security secrets with mysterious names like Angel Eye, NORA and TableEye21.

Fun fact: Everyone knows casinos use surveillance to monitor slot machines to catch cheaters, but did you know they also monitor guest frustration levels? This surveillance allows casinos to provide a better experience for their guests.

We’ve got the latest scoop about the recent robbery at Bellagio, the newest Chick-fil-A in Las Vegas (opens March 30), the Vegas Golden Knights practice facility, an expansion at the Neon Museum and even some baseless speculation about Sigma Derby at The D and the upcoming demolition (notice we didn’t say “implosion”) of downtown’s Las Vegas Club.

Chick-fil-A Rancho

On March 30, 2017, Las Vegas gets its third Chick-fil-A, just a minute from The Strip. Now, you know where to find us.

In our history segment, we talk about the Gaming Control Board (created on March 29, 1955) and Gaming Commission (created on March 30, 1959). By the time we’re done, you’ll be an expert about which is which and who does what.

We also have a chat with Chris of the Faces and Aces podcast, back in the game after a hiatus and once again telling great Las Vegas stories.

We’re throwing a pantless podcast party, and you’re invited.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Episode 44: Axe Monkeys, Escapology, Pop-Up BBQ and More

This week’s installment of the Vital Vegas podcast has so much Vegas, you may have to loosen your belt.

For starters, we chat with one of the co-owners of Axe Monkeys, Barry Tell. Axe Monkeys is something new to do in Las Vegas, involving tossing sharp objects at targets.

Axe Monkeys Las Vegas

Curious where this photo was taken? We thought you’d never axe.

We also take listeners inside another Las Vegas diversion, Escapology. Escapology hosts a collection of escape rooms. Guests must solve a series of puzzles to escape their room in less than 60 minutes.

Escapology

This is about the only photo we could take at Escapology without ruining the surprises in store.

We also chat up Rex Bernales, the chef behind a new BBQ food truck in a unique location on Fremont Street, downtown. The new pop-up barbecue joint is in a demolition site, cleverly wedged between the former Mermaids and Glitter Gulch strip club.

Project BBQ

Time to give your drunchies a smack-down. With just three sandwiches to choose from, you won’t be overwhelmed with options.

Rest assured this episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast is loaded. Specifically, with tons of Las Vegas news and history. In case you thought we meant the other kind of loaded. Which is also entirely possible.

Dive headlong into our girthiest show yet, with exclusive interviews and insider scoop, all with a metric ass-ton of snark, just for good measure.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 43: Neil Sedaka, Big Elvis, Rumors, Speculation and More

It’s time to lube up your aural orifices for another unlistenable installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

In this week’s dog and pony show, we have a special guest, music legend Neil Sedaka. No, really. The man responsible for 90% of the pop hits in the last century is performing at The Orleans, March 17-18, 2017, so we took the opportunity to ask him about his singular career.

Sedaka, of course, is the singer-songwriter responsible for more than 500 chart-topping songs, many covered by talents like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and many others.

Neil Sedaka

Fun fact: When he was in high school, Neil Sedaka dated Carole King. She inspired his hit, “Oh! Carol.” Carole King’s real name was Carol Klein.

Also in this episode, we chat about our pal Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee getting a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars, and the opening of a new eSports arena in downtown Las Vegas.

eSports Arena Neonopolis

The new eSports arena is named “thE Arena.” Which, not going to lie, is aNNoyIng.

We also rattle off the latest Las Vegas news, including scoop about the possible sale of the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, the new Brightside restaurant at Plaza, Born and Raised Craft Pub at Grand Bazaar Shops and a new Las Vegas strip club that accepts Bitcoin, The Legends Room.

We double down on our “Listicle of the Week,” with two lists: “Five Las Vegas Things People Care Too Much About” and “Five Las Vegas Things People Don’t Care Enough About.” Guess which list resort fees, paid parking and 6-to-5 blackjack are on.

For “This Week in Vegas History,” we explore the history of the aforementioned Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas. The resort opened March 10, 1995.

The Vital Vegas Podcast is everything a podcast should be and much, much less. So, strip down to your Spanx and revel in all the Las Vegas you can carry without herniating yourself.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 42: Food Critic John Curtas, Exclusive Scoop and Predictions from Pappy

It’s time to go ears deep into the latest episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

First, we congratulate ourself on reaching our first 100,000 podcast downloads! It’s more like 108,097, but who’s counting?

Also on the show, we share tons of scoop about construction commencing on the new 18 Fremont resort project. Demolition of two shops marks the official beginning of what will become a resort taking up a full block on Fremont Street, including the closed Las Vegas Club casino, Glitter Gulch strip club and Mermaids casino.

18 Fremont construction

Many great Las Vegas resorts have sprung from humble beginnings. This qualifies. Demolition of two shops has carved a path from an alleyway to Fremont Street. There’s a lot more to come.

You’ll also hear from veteran food critic John Curtas, co-author of “Eating Las Vegas,” the definitive guide to 50 essential Las Vegas restaurants. On his Web site, EatingLV.com, Curtas speaks his mind like few others in Las Vegas, and shares his picks for the best dining in Sin City, including his five favorite steakhouses.

As usual, you’ll get an earful of Las Vegas news and history, and the “Listicle of the Week” features 10 predictions about your next Las Vegas visit from special guest, Pappy.

Pappy

Think Zoltar, but more prospectory. Which may or may not be a word.

This week’s show has even more WTF than the Oscars, so break out the earbuds and roll around naked in a giant pile of Vegas.

Or something.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 41: “Puppetry of the Penis,” Gambling Tales and Vegas Exclusives

It’s our girthiest episode yet of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

Get the naked facts about “Puppetry of the Penis” at the Erotic Heritage Museum with an exclusive interview with its stars, Robert Ryan and Jamie Morris.

We also chat with Jared DeBehnke, owner of Jared’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs & Hamburgers at Pawn Plaza.

Jared's hot dogs and hamburgers

To be clear, this is not a photo from “Puppetry of the Penis.”

Hot dogs! See? There’s almost a theme to this week’s show. That’s some quality podcast entertainment right there.

Also in the mix is a metric ass-ton of insider skinny about all the latest Las Vegas news, including stories about Chick-fil-A’s third Vegas location, drama at Du-par’s, a hefty grant for the Neon Museum, Caesars Entertainment’s resorts getting a resort fee bump, Cosmopolitan’s new blog, the crash at Speed Vegas, “Hell’s Kitchen” and a new music festival downtown, Las Rageous.

Neon Museum storage

A $425,000 grant means the Neon Museum will be able to take a number of classic signs out of storage, including some with our favorite design flourish, Googie stars.

We serve up not one, but two, listicles of the week, “10 Alternate Things ‘Puppetry of the Penis’ Could’ve Called Itself” and “11 Casino Gambling Devices and Their Surprising Names.”

We’ll regale you with gambling stories, listener collisions, Las Vegas history and so much less.

Lean in, listen up and fill your earholes with everything Vegas.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 40.5: A Chat With Five Downtown Casino Bosses

It’s not our typical episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, and that can only be a good thing.

This week, we share an uncensored panel discussion with five downtown casino bosses: Jonathan Jossel (Plaza), Seth Schorr (Downtown Grand), Derek Stevens (The D, Golden Gate), Jim Sullivan (Fremont) and Joe Woody (El Cortez). Patrick Hughes, President of Fremont Street Experience, moderates.

Five casino bosses

From left, Jonathan Jossel, Seth Schorr, Derek Stevens, Jim Sullivan and Joe Woody.

The discussion ranges from challenges for downtown, upcoming casino projects, the importance of non-gambling amenities at Las Vegas resorts and the fact downtown casinos have managed to outpace 12 other markets in Nevada in terms of year-over-year gaming (a fancy word for “gambling”) revenue.

Full disclosure: This blog’s day job is at Fremont Street Experience, a downtown marketing umbrella for several Las Vegas casinos including The D, Golden Gate and Fremont casinos. Our opinions are our own, unless we’re intoxicated, then our opinions are Captain Morgan’s.

Take a listen and learn more about the people behind the neon and tassels in downtown Las Vegas.

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