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Rhumbar to Close at Mirage, We May Know What’s Next

Mirage has announced its Rhumbar lounge will close permanently July 25, 2021, according to a statement from the resort’s owner, MGM Resorts.

The company says Rhumbar will be converted into an “ultra lounge” in winter 2021, but didn’t give any further specifics.

That’s why you have us.

Rhumbar Mirage

Rhumbar opened at Mirage in March 2009. See, not all our photo captions are completely useless.

See, way, way back (Aug. 2020) we shared some industry chatter about a potential retooling of Rhumbar.

The rumor is Rhumbar will become a concept around pop juggernaut Bruno Mars.

Mars is already in the MGM Resorts family, with a string of shows coming to Park Theater at Park MGM (formerly Monte Carlo) this summer.

We’re thinking the deal do a Bruno Mars-centric lounge at Mirage may have been pushed back due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it was nixed altogether.

Rhumbar closing

Thank you, source, who’s name we forgot because this was almost a year ago, so send us a DM and we owe you one.

Srsly, what would you do without us?

Given the number of Bruno Mars hits, rebranding Rhumbar wouldn’t be tough.

Our vote for the new Mirage ultra lounge would be: 24K Magic Ultralounge.

Mainly because Grenade Lounge might be sending the wrong message.

Rhumbar was mainly known for its nine freaky-ass whatever the hell these are.

Other options: Locked Into Heaven Ultralounge, Anyone Notice That Uptown Funk Ultralounge, Just the Way You Are But With Better Lighting Ultralounge.

If there are metal detectors at the doors, maybe Nothin’ On You Ultralounge would be a good fit.

Or perhaps the new lounge will be completely unrelated to the Bruno Mars catalog.

Naturally, Twitter chimed in with Mars Bar.

Squint until you see it. You’re welcome. Now, please grow up.

If the Bruno Mars lounge comes to pass at Mirage, remember where you heard it first. A year ago. Which is one of the reasons we are a treasure.

Oh, like we weren’t going to slip in another reference to a Bruno Mars song.

WSOP Announces Schedule for 2021 Tournament at Rio

The world’s premier poker event, the World Series of Poker (WSOP), is back in 2021, and the schedule of events are official.

The WSOP takes place from Sep. 30 to Nov. 23, 2021 at Rio Las Vegas, and includes 88 bracelet events.

Bracelets are a big deal to poker players, despite them being mostly dudes. We don’t judge.

It’s time for a gratuitous photo of dogs pretending to play poker!

WSOP dogs

In casinos, a “flea” is a low-stakes player who pesters staff for freebies.

The 2021 WSOP follows a weird event last year, as competitors couldn’t play in-person due to the COVID-19 crisis. There was a virtual tournament, but the winners pretty much know their
accomplishments will have an asterisk attached to them.

All due respect, Damian Salas, whoever that might be.

Due to online gambling regulations, the only U.S. contenders in the 2020 WSOP were from Nevada and New Jersey. Like we said, weird.

The WSOP should rebound in 2021, including the WSOP “Main Event.” This is the big kahuna of poker competitions, with a $10,000 entry fee.

The “Main Event,” officially known as the No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, happens Nov. 4-17, 2021.

WSOP chips

The WSOP Main Event prize pool was $80,548,600. This ain’t your grandpa’s poker night.

The first WSOP was held in 1970 at Binion’s. The very first WSOP had only seven players, and the winner was decided by a vote of the seven players. The winner was Johnny Moss.

In 2004, Harrah’s Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment) bought Binion’s Horseshoe. Two months later, Harrah’s sold Binion’s and kept the Horseshoe and WSOP brands.

Today, the WSOP draws thousands of players to Rio and winners take home millions in winnings.

The 2019 Main Event attracted 8,569 players.

If everyone could stop wearing hats and sunglasses indoors, that’d be great.

The 88 bracelet events locked in for 2021 have colorful names, including “Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em,” “Mixed Triple Draw Lowball,” “Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack,” “Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw” and “Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed.”

Of course we know what all of those are, we are a noted poker expert.

Most poker involves: 1) seeing a couple of cards, 2) trying to stay emotionless, 3) pushing chips into the center of the table, 4) using jargon like “big blind” and “bubble” and “check raise,” and 5) losing and having a temper tantrum. (The tantrum thing is mostly that one guy.)

You’re welcome and enjoy your millions in winnings!

The WSOP is a non-smoking event. Dogs don’t play by society’s rules.

Online and in-person registration for the WSOP opens in August.

You can find the complete WSOP schedule on, coincidentally, the WSOP Web site.

It will be great to see poker the way Mother Nature intended again! Specifically, lots of people crammed into Rio’s Pavilion Room taking part in endless hours of mind-numbing tedium punctuated by moments of high-stakes OMFG.

Let’s shuffle up and tantrum again!

Peter Luger Steak House Coming to Caesars Palace

A legendary steakhouse, Peter Luger Steak House, is coming to Caesars Palace, according to Las Vegas food critic John Curtas.

The well-connected Curtas shared the scoop on Twitter.

The original Peter Luger Steak House is in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York.

Fun fact: Peter Luger died in 1941. Which makes us think we’re probably using the word “fun” wrong. (Pic via PeterLuger.com.)

Peter Luger gots its start in 1887, making it the third oldest steakhouse in New York City. The two other oldest steakhouses are Keens and Old Homestead Steakhouse.

Which brings us to the awkward part of this story.

Because Caesars Entertainment already has Old Homestead Steakhouse.

Which is a steakhouse.

No, there’s no rule a casino resort can’t have two steakhouses.

Golden Nugget has Saltgrass and Vic & Anthony’s, for example.

But if we were a betting person, which we happen to be, we’d bet Caesars Palace isn’t going to have two steakhouses.

Which is a bummer, because Old Homestead is an awesome steakhouse.

But things change, especially following the recent merger of Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts.

It could just be time for a refresh, as Old Homestead has been at Caesars Palace since 2011.

Whatever the fallout, the arrival of an old-timey steakhouse would be another good fit for Caesars Palace.

In a fun twist, the Peter Luger Steak House in New York City is owned and operated by women.

We didn’t bother asking Caesars Entertainment to confirm the rumor, as they don’t do that, which is one of the reasons we have hypertension. Hey, better to blame it on Caesars than all the red meat.

Look forward to an official announcement about Peter Luger Steak House from Caesars Palace soon.

Resorts World Rounds Out Restaurant Roster With Carversteak

No self-respecting Las Vegas megaresort would be complete without a world-class steakhouse, so Resorts World has announced Carversteak, set to open in December, 2021.

Resorts World opens June 24, 2021, and we’re giddy as a schoolgirl about it.

Sorry, schoolperson.

Let’s take a look at Carversteak, a pretty badass steakhouse coming to Resorts World. A little late to the party, but meat, so all is forgiven.

Carversteak Resorts World

Carversteak looks hotter than the flame of an unclosed, wood-fired grill, a phrase we’re only using to give the appearance of us knowing anything about cooking.

Carversteak will be a massive 14,500-square-feet, and is being touted as “the city’s largest luxury steakhouse.”

The new steakhouse comes from Carver Road Hospitality, the brain child of Las Vegas nightlife veteran Sean Christie, who has worked at pretty much every nightlife company and venue in town: Light Group, Drai’s, Wynn, MGM Resorts and others.

Let’s just say Sean Christie knows things.

While Christie has a lengthy list of professional accomplishments, his biggest contribution to pop culture would have to be “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” He was the one who wrangled film projects for Wynn Las Vegas at the time. Don’t laugh, it was great exposure for Wynn and the movie is much better than you’d expect.

Moving on.

Carversteak was designed by design studio DesignAgency, which clearly knows how to make pretty things.

The news release says, Carversteak “boasts a mid-century modern aesthetic with a rich palette inspired by Las Vegas landscape.”

News releases gonna news release.

Carversteak

Does making a reservation six months ahead of time make us look desperate?

The steakhouse will have a 70-foot “honed quartzite stone” bar, and as everyone knows, all the best quartzite is honed AF.

As for the food, the news release continues, “Thick dry-aged American cuts will headline the steak program, accentuated by global artisan beef producers and Japanese-certified Wagyu cuts. Guests can expect signature dishes such as a 12-hour Slow-Roasted Prime Rib and Lobster Thermidor en Croute, and playful items like Caviar Poppers and Wagyu Mini Cheesesteak
Bites. Sumptuous vegan offerings will also abound.”

Carversteak sounds incredible despite the vegan part trying to rain on everyone’s parade.

The restaurant’s beverage program, helmed by Carver Road Hospitality’s Vice President of Beverage and Hospitality Culture Francesco Lafranconi, “will feature an extensive collection of approachable wines.”

Which are so much better than stand-offish wines. Who even invited those wines? They need to have some wine and loosen up, this is Las Vegas.

The Carversteak logo is simple but sharp.

Carversteak will join more than 40 (that’s not a typo) food and beverage outlets at Resort World.

The sheer number of restaurants at Resorts World is mind-numbing and should keep guests and bloggers busy until sometime in 2022.

Here’s a look at the restaurants and bars at Resorts World.

You know we’ll be covering the opening of Resorts World extensively, so bookmark this site and follow us on Twitter for all the latest scoop.

There’s nothing quite like new casino smell, and with the addition of Carversteak, more sensory stimulation is yet to come.

Iconic “Crazy Girls” Booties Exit Planet Hollywood

The iconic bronze “Crazy Girls” statue has been removed from Planet Hollywood.

The statue, a fixture at Riviera for decades, is being put into storage until the show can find a new venue.

“Crazy Girls” found itself without a home following the closure of several venues by Caesars Entertainment.

We were unable to confirm if the statue was removed through a back door.

The “Crazy Girls” statue was removed from Planet Hollywood at 8:00 a.m. on June 15, 2021.

We wanted to get up to capture the momentous occasion, but did we mention it was at 8:00 a.m.? Do you know this blog at all?

Big thanks to Jason C. on Twitter for the photo.

The “Crazy Girls” statue has a long and storied history, including an urban myth one of the women in the statue is actually a man. That’s a nope.

The dancers in the bronze “Crazy Girls” statue (left to right) are Karen Raider, Debra Sill, Pat Lumpkin, Kim Baranco, Angela Sampras-Stabile, Michelle Sandoval and Chris Zytko.

Crazy Girls

Here’s the statue in its original location at The Riv.

If you recognize the name Angela Sampras-Stabile, that’s because Angela Stabile is one of the producers (with her husband Matt Stabile) of the topless “X” shows in town.

Their show, “X Rocks,” also closed with the shuttering of Caesars Entertainment venues. The pair still has “X Burlesque” at Flamingo and “X Country” at Harrah’s.

“Crazy Girls” closed at Riviera on May 1, 2015, and the statue was moved to Planet Hollywood.

That move wasn’t as early in the morning, so we got some pics.

Crazy Girls

The “Crazy Girls” statue weighs about 1,540 pounds, although it’s not polite to mention a woman’s weight.

We trust “Crazy Girls” will find a new venue soon, as it’s been a mainstay of adult entertainment in Las Vegas since it opened in 1987 at The Riv.

It’s been a tough year for shows in Las Vegas due to the pandemic, and “Crazy Girls” got a double whammy as it learned the Sin City Theater, its home since 2015, would be closed.

Another show sharing the space, “Tenors of Rock,” has yet to announce its new location.

With the “Crazy Girls” statue in storage at an undisclosed location, visitors will have to find other objects to rub for good luck.

We’ve got you covered with our 10 Things You Can Rub for Good Luck in Las Vegas Without Getting Arrested. Temporarily, nine.

While “Crazy Girls” has faced some challenges recently, if you don’t think it’ll be back and better than ever, you must be on crack.

We’ll wait.

Wynn Rewards Loyalty Club Offers Tier Matching

Wynn Las Vegas rolled out a new customer loyalty club card on Dec. 21, 2020. Now, for a limited time, the company is offering tier matching.

Until recently, players at Wynn and Encore could join the Red Card program, but it didn’t have tiers.

Tiers are a big deal to gamblers, because the higher the tier, the better the perks.

At Wynn, the perks include free play, comp dollars and exclusive room offers.

Hard to beat this threesome. Unless it’s an actual, you know.

After the launch of Wynn Rewards in Las Vegas (it had been around awhile at Encore Boston Harbor), players could attain three tiers: Red, Platinum and Black.

With tier matching, a player can use an existing loyalty club card from a competing casino to get a comparable tier level at Wynn Las Vegas.

For example, a Chairman level player at Golden Nugget gets a Platinum card at Wynn. A Diamond player at Caesars gets a Platinum card at Wynn. A Noir player in the M Life system (MGM Resorts) leapfrogs to the Black tier at Wynn Resorts.

You can see all the details on the Wynn Las Vegas Web site, or just get eye strain trying to read the following chart.

This is the tallest graphic we’ve ever had on our blog. The sacrifices we make for you.

Tier matching is a common practice among casinos, as it’s a way to acquire new players who are loyal to their favorite resorts.

Here’s the tier matching information for MGM Resorts, and here’s more from Caesars Entertainment.

If you’re dumping your Red Card for Wynn Rewards, recycle! The card makes a great “crumber.”

We have a virtually limitless supply of stupid ideas. Check out more alternate uses for your players club cards.

This is the first time Wynn’s loyalty club has offered tier matching, do don’t miss out. It’s a great way to make your favorite casino jealous, and you can never have too many dining and spa credits, free play or other goodies.

The opportunity to tier match ends August 31, 2021, so don’t procrastinate. You know how you are.