Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 61: Virtual Reality, Inside Skinny and Cheating Las Vegas

It’s time for another installment of the podcast even our closest friends listen to on double speed.

This week, we wrangle all the Las Vegas news you need to make the most of your next visit.

Michael Symon is coming to Palms (not confirmed, but not denied), while just about everything at the resort is shutting down for renovations and rebrands, including N9NE Steakhouse and Ghostbar, China House, The Lounge and Social (the casino bar).

Monte Carlo, too, is changing up all its venues as it transforms into Park MGM, including the closures of Hit Lounge, Yusho, BLVD Creamery, The Pub at Monte Carlo, Brand Steakhouse, D.Vino and Dragon Noodle Co.

The 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is going as well, but it will relocate to New York-New York. See them when they were shiny and new, all the way back in 2014. Hey, that’s 30 years in Vegas time.

D.Vino wood-fired pizza

D.Vino is one of the casualties at Monte Carlo, but there’s lots of newness on the way.

Also in the news: EDC is changing its dates from June to May 18-20, 2018, Lotus of Siam is closed for roof repairs, Bin 702 at Downtown Container Park is expanding to a new location, feuding siblings Donny and Marie hit 10 years at Flamingo and more.

We also chat about two massive new projects coming to Las Vegas, and almost do so with a straight face. One is an extreme sports park called The Edge, another is a science fiction-themed entertainment venue called Area 15. In the words of Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, “Even though I don’t understand it fully, everyone is very excited.”

Bottom line on those efforts: Don’t hold your breath.

Other perfunctory news includes the end of The Parklet, the opening of Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum, “Twilight Zone” mini-golf coming to Bally’s, the demise of Planet Dailies and the return of the Age of Cleavage Renaissance Festival.

Age of Chivalry Las Vegas

Yeah, like we were going to share a photo of a knight.

For our “Listicle of the Week,” we cleverly rehash “11 Casino Dice Security Measures to Keep Players From Cheating.” Read it.

Thanks to KNPR for letting us play portions of a recent interview. Here’s the whole shebang.

Join us for a Captain Morgan-fueled cavalcade of WTF, and marvel at the fact we’ve managed to slap together 61 episodes of this dog and pony show.

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7 thoughts on “Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 61: Virtual Reality, Inside Skinny and Cheating Las Vegas

  1. Matt

    I know you love the Captain and I as well for many years. If you haven’t tried Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum I highly recommend it. It higher proof more bang for your buck and it’s got a great taste. I tried it once and can’t go back to the Captain.

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  2. Photoncounter

    Thanks for a great podcast! MGM is sure ripping Monte Carlo out. Sorry to see the Hit Lounge go, they had an incredible selection of bourbon, whiskeys and scotches. Very friendly tarbenders there, had many of their bourbon and scotch flights, which for an extra $20 gratuity brought out the top shelf and generous pours.

    Bet “The Park” will be the penultimate douchebagarama with over priced, under whelming (hear me D. Vino?) restaurants and additional fees. Surely there will be a $2 free bottle of water fee, $4 slot machine seat fee, $5 ante bet for blackjack and all table games, $6 ogling the go go dancers fee at the bar near the entrance and fees if you want to use the bathroom, all discounted if you have the MGM Titanium Black Gold MasterCard of course. Look to MGM to enhance the player experience because it is Capitalism!

    Send pictures when finished so I can see what it looks like inside…

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