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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 89: Reckless Speculation and “Winner Takes All”

It’s time for the podcast your mother would’ve warned you about were she not so busy trying to delete your browser history.

In this installment, we chat with someone who’s actually interesting: Christina Binkley, author of “Winner Takes All.”

“Winner Takes All” is a must-read, and Binkley indulges our inane questions about three titans of Las Vegas: Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman and Steve Wynn. But mostly that last guy.

Winner Takes All

A book so good, we read it twice, and we haven’t read a book since 1992.

If you’re going to buy the book, get it on Amazon using this link so we get a piece of the action and you can legitimately say you’re supporting someone’s Wheel of Fortune habit.

Christina Binkley is an award-winning journalist who’s been at The Wall Street Journal for more than two decades. A hefty portion of that was spent covering Las Vegas and its larger-than-life personalities.

We chat about the current state of Las Vegas, some of the people who made it what it is and what may be next for disgraced visionary Steve Wynn.

Naturally, we balance our our fascinating interview with an award-winning journalist by rambling incoherently about Wynn Plaza, being kicked out of SLS Las Vegas and how some Vegas resorts are bailing on resort fees.

Wynn Plaza

Wynn Plaza, being all “Grammable” and whatnot.

Mix in some rumors, speculation and hastily-slapped-together news updates, and you’ve got a solid way to kill an hour you might otherwise foolishly spend feeding the poor or helping elderly people across busy streets.

Take a listen and prove you don’t always do the smart thing, as if your brood of illegitimate children wasn’t already proof enough.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 88: Luckiest Episode, Ever

It’s time for another episode of the podcast guaranteed to be more pleasant than an intestinal parasite infection, but just barely.

In this installment, we take full advantage of 88, a number considered one of the luckiest in Chinese culture. We also talk about other numbers that are considered lucky and unlucky, and sometimes both.

There’s a metric hell-ton of updates about the latest news in Las Vegas, from Britney Spears’ new residency at Park MGM to the renovations at SLS and so much exclusive scoop you’ll have trouble fitting it all into your earholes.

We also give the inside skinny on a new lobby lounge at Bally’s, mainly as an excuse to chastise overzealous security guards who have it in for people with big cameras. Don’t get us started.

Bally's lobby lounge

Due to strict rules against photography at Bally’s, we are unable to share this photo of the new lounge.

Man, alive, is there a lot of Vegas news to catch up on.

Red Plate restaurant and Ghost Donkey opened at Cosmo, “Legends” is moving from Flamingo to Tropicana, Celine Dion announced her final shows, Sphere at Venetian broke ground, “Friends The Musical Parody” opened at The D, Downtown Project rebranded to DTP Companies, Mob Museum welcomed its two millionth visitor, Rehab closed for good, Harrah’s is de-theming, “Bat Out of Hell The Musical” is coming to Venetian, “Marilyn” isn’t coming anywhere, Donny and Marie are done at Flamingo next year, Rio’s getting a new venue (DB172), Don’t Tell Mama is moving to Neonopolis, Catch opened at Aria, Zoe escape room opened at Bally’s, Plaza is building a permanent outdoor equestrian center and TI is about to open a new sports bar.

Donny Marie feud

Donny and Marie were supposed to be at Flamingo for six weeks. When they’re done, it’ll be 11 years.

Are you not entertained?

Don’t attempt to do Las Vegas without stuffing your gullet full of WTF. Take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 87: The Bestish of Las Vegas

Gird your loins for another wildly disappointing installment of the podcast even less valuable than a roulette chip at a cashier cage.

In this episode, we take on the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards. Some of the awards nail it, while others give our WTF muscles a strenuous workout.

Bestish of Las Vegas

This year’s Best of Las Vegas awards got 3.1 million votes, many of them not completely insane. We’re looking at you, whoever voted Rollin’ Smoke BBQ “Best Dessert” in Las Vegas.

We also dive into what makes Las Vegas so much better than everywhere else. Hint: It’s a very long list.

Examples of things that suck about other places: There’s nothing to do, everything closes early, humidity is awful, there are too many people and toll roads, and you’ll rarely find room values like you do in Las Vegas, even with those annoying resort fees.

There’s also a quick review of “A Mob Story” at Plaza, a show we fully expected to hate but didn’t, because great choreography. And stories told by a former “made man.” And butts.

A Mob Story

Oh, there will be whacking.

Learn more about A Mob Story at Plaza, and see it while you can.

Sure, you’re very busy, so shove a Las Vegas podcast into your earholes because it’s not like you’re eating with them. Or something.

Take a listen and get all the Vegas you’ve got coming to you.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 86: So Much Vegas You’ll Need Expandable Waist Pants

It’s time to gorge on a virtual buffet of Las Vegas news, insider scoop and reckless excogitation, whatever that might actually be.

In this episode, we share the latest about confirmation of our story about Chick-fil-A coming to Planet Hollywood, who bought Mandarin Oriental, a shake-up at Windows Theater inside Bally’s and what Planet Hollywood has in store when Criss Angel moves in.

Criss Angel casino chip

Criss Angel is on the move again!

We also talk Block 16 Food Hall at Cosmopolitan, Lucky Dragon’s upcoming closure, that time Blue Man Group sued “Opium” for using a black light and some significant WTF as Dick’s Last Resort at Excalibur institutes a charge for tap water.

Fill your plate with the latest about Life is Beautiful, Ballsfest, Bellagio’s fall display, Hussong’s Mexican Cantina and Golden Gate’s new high limit room.

Ballsfest

It’s all about branding. Learn more.

But wait, there’s more.

We’ll get you up to speed on all the Vegas action, including Mac King’s contract extension, the new Electra lounge at Palazzo, Linq’s new sports book, downtown’s new cannabis museum, Golden Steer’s 60th birthday, the Westin’s sale for an ungodly amount of money, Las Vegas Review-Journal’s paywall and a new world record for twerking.

This podcast is a free way to keep birth and death from slapping together, so take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 85: Rumors and Speculation Spectacular

You can get Las Vegas news just about anywhere, but we’ve got the scoop you won’t hear anywhere else.

We’re your source for Vegas WTF, and that goes for our wildly disappointing podcast, too.

In this episode, we talk about the demise of Fright Dome, a flaming tiki accident at Hell’s Kitchen, drone problems at Caesars Palace, Mat Franco’s third anniversary at Linq, struggles at Palms and the upcoming closures of AquaKnox and Public House at Venetian.

Vital Vegas Podcast

We spent upwards of $25 for this logo, so we’re damned well going to use it.

There’s a cavalcade of show and restaurant news, of course.

“Inferno” closed at Paris, “Baz” closed at Venetian and “Masters of Illusion” at Bally’s and “Imaginarium” at Tropicana will soon close as well.

Six new offerings are in the works at Cosmopolitan’s new food court, sorry, “food hall,” opening Aug. 31, 2018.

We also share scoop about W getting the boot at SLS, Aerosmith’s residency at Park MGM and the return of Diablo’s Cantina, once a fixture at Monte Carlo.

It’s the podcast your mother would warn you about if she knew what the hell a podcast was. Take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 84: Sex Worker Date, Barry Manilow, MGM Resorts PR Nightmare and More

It’s all the Vegas you can shove into your gaping gullet!

We’ve recklessly slapped together another episode of our humble podcast, so buckle up for exclusive rumors, perfunctory news and questionable behavior galore.

On this week’s show, we share details of our evening in the company of a sex worker. It’s rough work, but somebody’s got to do it.

You’ll also get a review of Barry Manilow’s new show at Westgate.

Plus, hear more exclusive scoop than is legally allowed by most federal agencies: Red nightclub changes hands (Wendoh Media is rumored to be taking the reins), Downtown Grand pulls the plug on its Quad project (but a new hotel tower begins construction in September), the owners of Stratosphere buy two Laughlin casinos and the Taxi Authority enforces a dress code sure to thwart those infernal rideshare services—collared shirts.

Red nightclub

Red nightclub on Fremont Street doesn’t look like much, and it’s exactly what it looks like.

We also share juicy rumors, including one about Jennifer Lopez jumping ship at Planet Hollywood for a residency at Park MGM.

And we dive headlong into MGM Resorts’ recent public relations nightmare. Bottom line: WTF were they thinking?

There’s news about Canter’s Tivoli Village closing, three Mario Batali restaurants in Las Vegas closing at once (July 22), a rumored soft opening for the new Wynn Plaza (Oct. 11) and more.

B&B Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sands Corp. made a clear statement about Mario Batali by showing his three restaurants the door. Eataly is still in the works at Park MGM, however.

The rousing climax to this week’s episode is a listicle of “10 Things You Should Do On Your Next Visit to Las Vegas.” Use our list to save time, but definitely not money, to make your Sin City experience utterly unforgettable.

Take a listen and Las Vegas is your oyster. Although, with slightly less salinity. Just listen, already.