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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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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 60: So Much Vegas, You May Rupture Your Lap Band

It’s the podcast your mother warned you about, just before she sexted us!

In this week’s hastily slapped-together episode, we make it rain exclusives like we’re at the Cromwell.

We’ve got the latest on the Fontainebleau sale, the end of Vegas Seven’s print edition and augmented reality on the way to the Big Apple coaster at New York-New York.

We chat up an epic human who also happens to be the Director of Hooch (sorry, “Beverage”) at The D and Golden Gate and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, David Rosborough.

David Rosborough Golden Gate

David Rosborough is one of our favorite casino executives, ever, and not entirely because he holds the key to all the liquor. Primarily, but not entirely.

Get the inside scoop about the monster excavator, nicknamed Bronto (for brontosaurus), that will take down the hotel towers at Las Vegas Club.

We pulled Greg Goscenski, General Superintendent for North American Dismantling Corp., off the demolition site to give you the skinny you won’t get anywhere else.

Las Vegas Club demolition

That yellow thing is the base of the bigass excavator (also known as “Bronto”). The orange thing is the crane being used to assemble it.

Naturally, we round up the latest Las Vegas news, and crank out an obligatory “Listicle of the Week.” This time around, we rattle off “12 Places to Satisfy Your Munchies (or Drunchies) in Las Vegas.”

We cap off our 60th episode with a conversation with Markham Anderson. Anderson is the voice actor behind Pappy and Zoltar, the characters inside those ubiquitous fortune-telling and penny-crushing machines around Las Vegas and the country.

With more than 212,000 downloads, we’re feeling pretty feisty, so listen in and revel in the unlistenability of the ninth best podcast in Las Vegas, the Vital Vegas Podcast.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 59: “Circus 1903,” Weekend Box and a Cavalcade of Scoop

In this installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we do what we do best. We apologize for putting out such a mediocre podcast!

While we’re at it, we slap together our thoughts about Circus 1903 at Paris, the new Golden Gate expansion, rumors the Fontainebleu is sold, the passing of Jerry Lewis, Richard Marx at Flamingo, changes at Cromwell and so much less.

Golden Gate expansion

Golden Gate’s new casino area features a tower of TVs reflected by 468 mirrors.

We also dive headlong into The Weekend Box, a virtual buffet of products aimed at “cannabis tourists.”

The fun continues with a plethora of insider skinny and news about all things Las Vegas.

This episode is redeemed by an interview with Rick Spurlock, Director of Slot Operations at Binion’s. The classic casino has relocated its live poker area, and Spurlock shares some intriguing plans for the casino’s former poker room.

Binion's poker room

Take a listen for exclusive details about plans for the former poker room at Binion’s.

You won’t want to miss this meandering, Captain Morgan-fueled episode of the podcast once described as “unlistenable” by an unbelievably astute iTunes reviewer.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 58: Inside Carrot Top

Scott Thompson, better known as Carrot Top, is one of the most successful comedians in the history of Las Vegas residencies.

His began his stint at Luxor back in 2005, and the comic continues to pack them in.

We’ve got an exclusive interview with Carrot Top in this hastily slapped-together episode. Thompson talks intimately about fame, haters and his hilarious show on the Las Vegas Strip.

Carrot Top

Carrot Top’s show at Luxor was recently extended through 2020.

Rounding out this week’s episode is a listicle of useless gambling terms and all the Las Vegas news we could put together in under five minutes, including myriad announcements of Las Vegas casinos investing bajillions in renovations.

Take a listen as we celebrate passing 200,000 downloads, despite lackluster reviews, horrible production values and misguided modesty like you wouldn’t believe.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 57: Corduroy, Robert Irvine and a Metric Hell-Ton of Unsubstantiated Rumors

It’s the podcast everyone’s talking about. And by “everyone,” of course, we mean the criminally insane.

Join them in enjoying our little dog and pony show as we glaze Las Vegas with our hot, sticky blathering.

Get all the skinny about a new bar on Fremont East, Corduroy, and the new Robert Irvine’s Public House restaurant a Tropicana.

Corduroy

For awhile, Corduroy was going to be called The Vault. Thank you for getting your utterly useless information here.

We’ll also scoop the local media with details about O.J. Simpson’s demolished crime scene at Palace Station, the new zombie attraction at Fremont Street Experience, as well as insider exclusives about All Net Arena, the Raiders training facility and the fate of Flippin’ Good Burgers on Fremont.

O.J. Simpson crime scene

This is the site at Palace Station where O.J. Simpson did his asshattery in Las Vegas. Nine years worth, actually.

Naturally, we’ll pummel your ear canal into submission with an epic and gratuitous round-up of Las Vegas news.

The episode reaches the pinnacle of hedonistic ecstasy (actual results may vary) with a listicle, “20 New Things in Downtown Las Vegas.”

It’s all that and much, much less, so take a listen and kill a few minutes you’d otherwise have to spend helping reverse global warming or something.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 56: So Much Vegas, You’ll Need an Extra Suitcase for All the Dopamine

It’s time for another unfulfilling episode of the podcast of the eighth most popular blog in Las Vegas!

This week, we’ve wrangled all the Las Vegas news you need to get the most from your next visit.

Learn more about the demolition at 18 Fremont, the expansion of Golden Gate, the unraveling merger of SBE Entertainment and Hakkasan and more.

18 Fremont demolition

There’s a party happening at the site of the former Glitter Gulch and Las Vegas Club, and we’re the doorman. Or something.

We’ve also got stories pilfered from real journalists! They include tidbits about two new Las Vegas shows, “Revive” and “Opium,” as well as details about SLS snagging 13 Aliante executives, Otheroom opening at the Forum Shops, Ping Pang Pong revealing its expansion at Gold Coast, Downtown Grand’s new hotel tower and a slew of other gems.

Naturally, we’ve got a metric ass-ton of unsubstantiated rumors, as well as the random interruptions of a hooch-fueled prospector.

Take a listen and see why the Vital Vegas Podcast has been called “inspired,” “illuminating,” “transformative” and several others terms we just plucked out of a thesaurus. Yes, those still exist.

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