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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 53: Let’s Talk Vegas Vickie, SLS Restaurant Scoop and the “Dark Side” in Craps

It’s time for the Vital Vegas Podcast, a yard-long slushy for your earholes.

In this installment, we lay down some SLS Las Vegas restaurant scoop you won’t get anywhere else. As predicted, everything about the SLS dining scene is about to change, so best to just roll with it.

Cleo SLS Las Vegas

We’ll soon have to bid farewell to our favorite restaurants at SLS, including Cleo, we wept.

We’ve also got the inside skinny on Vegas Vickie, the vintage neon sign being removed from Glitter Gulch to make way for a new downtown resort.

We also get into the “dark side” in craps, and why you should never bet it unless you like icy stares and unpopularity.

Don't pass craps

Just pass on the “don’t pass.”

As always, we’ve got a perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news, a listicle of the week and all the mindless rambling you’ve come to expect from the eighth most popular Las Vegas podcast!

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 52: Comp Drinks, New Sigma Derby, 18 Fremont Demolition, SLS Sale and More

How much Vegas can a single podcast episode hold? This much.

In this installment of the grossly overrated Vital Vegas Podcast, we interview Albert Tabola of Ardent Progressive Systems & Games, the company installing comp drink validation systems in casinos across Las Vegas.

Tabola shares that comp drinking monitoring, now on about 1,000 video poker machines in Las Vegas, will soon be coming to casino floors as well.

As an added bonus, Ardent’s developing a new game, Classic Derby, likely to give the beloved Sigma Derby a run for its money.

Ardent Classic Derby

Love Sigma Derby? This is what’s next.

Also in this episode, we catch up with Derek Stevens, owner of The D, Golden Gate and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

Stevens shares the latest news about the upcoming demolition of the Las Vegas Club, Glitter Gulch strip club and Mermaids on Fremont Street.

He also provides some insight into the potential fate of the iconic Vegas Vickie sign currently sitting atop the Glitter Gulch strip club.

18 Fremont demolition

A full block, including two Las Vegas Club hotel towers, are coming down. We’ve got all the details.

But wait, there’s more.

Listen in as we share a metric hell-ton of exclusive stories, including more scoop about the sale of SLS Las Vegas. We also clear up a rumor about the demise of the Bellagio fountains.

Our weekly news round-up includes stories about the theft of 30,000 condoms from a Las Vegas sex toy warehouse, new restaurants coming to the Forum Shops (Slanted Door) and Park MGM (Bavette’s Steakhouse) and the shark tank at Golden Nugget.

Our “Listicle of the Week” is inspired by a note from a Brit, Joe, from Birmingham, U.K. We dole out our best tips for people with foreign accents, including our picks of the best happy hour on The Strip, the best buffets and the best hotel for free things to see and do.

107 SkyLounge

You’ll never guess our pick for the best happy hour on The Strip.

Oh, and did we mention we also get to the bottom of how one should pronounce the best gelato flavor, ever?

It’s all this and much, much less in the latest installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

Take a listen and you’re pretty much sure to get a thank-you note from your cochlea.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 51: Palm Restaurant, “X Burlesque” and, Yes, We Went to a Dayclub

We’re back and more rambly than ever!

In this week’s episode, we chat with Larry Close, General Manager of Palm Restaurant. Palm restaurant at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace was recently renovated, and is not to be confused with Palms resort or Palm Mortuary. Don’t laugh, they get that a lot.

Palm restaurant chicken parm

Palm restaurant is home to one of the best chicken parms in Las Vegas and, thus, the world.

Also on the show, we share our enlightening experience at Drai’s Beachclub. No, you’re not being punked. We actually went to a dayclub. Voluntarily, for the most part.

Our further adventures include checking out the expanded footprint at the Neon Museum, celebrating the 15th anniversary of “X Burlesque” (see below) and a stay at Flamingo.

X Burlesque

What, we were going to show you a neon sign when we could share side boob?

In this week’s perfunctory Las Vegas news round-up, we’ve got the latest about the man suing Planet Hollywood for being startled by a mannequin, Resorts World, free downtown shuttles, restaurants opening and closing, Wynn Paradise Park, changes at the World Series of Poker and some thoughts about the guy who jumped into the safety net at the High Roller Ferris wheel.

Wynn Golf Club

We hope you’re not emotionally attached to the Wynn Golf Club, because it’s being swapped out for a water park.

You won’t want to miss our “Listicle of the Week,” as it features Las Vegas things we’d like to have in our house.

We’ve also got a ton of suggestions from Twitter about how to change up your luck in a Las Vegas casino.

It’s so much Las Vegas, you’ll need to loosen your belt a little. Take a listen.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 50: Interview With a Las Vegas Escort and More

For our 50th episode, we go deep into the world of Las Vegas escorts. Our guest is Nikki, who tells all about the business, culture and lingo of being a sex worker in Sin City.

Nikki breaks down how hooking up with a Las Vegas escort works, from first contact to happy ending and everything in between.

Wax your back and break out your W-2, we’re in for a wild ride.

Las Vegas sex harness

Sin City has “sin” right there in the name, so stop blushing, already.

We’ve also got a metric ass-ton of news, history and pointless rambling that definitely suffers by comparison to learning about “strap-on action.” We soldier on, anyway.

This week’s listicle is “12 of the Best Things at 12 Las Vegas Resorts.”

Cleo at SLS Las Vegas

Topping our list is Cleo restaurant, our favorite thing at SLS Las Vegas. Besides the go-go dancers. Because we’re evolved like that.

We’ll also share some epic iTunes reviews, because as far as we’re concerned, there can never be too much us.

This week’s episode is the final episode of our first season (subject to change without notice), so don’t miss it.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 49: Ellis Island, Derek Stevens and O’Sheas Memories

Get your Vegas fix with the latest, and possibly longest, installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

This week, we chat with Christina Ellis, Director of Marketing at Ellis Island. We’ve got all the scoop you won’t hear anywhere else, including details about the Front Yard construction project, the casino’s recent hotel acquisition and room renovations, changes inside Ellis Island’s casino and more.

Ellis Island casino

For a little casino, Ellis Island has a lot going on.

Also on the show, we’ve got an interview with Derek Stevens, owner of several downtown casinos as well as our heart. Stevens talks about the demolition of the Las Vegas Club, expansion at Golden Gate and how the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is now, unquestionably, a thing.

But wait, there’s more. Possibly too much more.

Hear our review of the Impossible Burger, a new burger at Andrea’s inside Encore that uses zero percent cow.

Impossible Burger Andrea's

The Impossible Burger at Andrea’s inside Encore is pretty good for a burger, but it’s spectacular for a veggie burger. Some assembly required.

We also provide some buzzed bloviating about the latest Las Vegas news: Palms will lose its Hooters, Gordon Ramsay’s bringing Hell’s Kitchen to Caesars, The Commissary at Downtown Grand has closed, the Raiders paid $77.5 million for a stadium site in Vegas, Giada may take Payard’s space at Caesars, Tao Nightclub offers a VIP “tablesharing” service, Fontainebleau is getting a wrap (see below), Wynn Paradise is approved and much more.

Fontainebleau wrap

There’s been talk of a Fontainebleau wrap for two years. This time it’s different, because rendering.

Don’t miss our “Listicle of the Week,” specifically, “10 Places in Las Vegas Where We’ll Probably Never Go Again.”

We’ll also share a slew of O’Sheas memories (the original O’Sheas Casino closed five years ago) and obviously forged iTunes reviews.

The Vital Vegas Podcast is just the thing to distract you from the nagging sense the universe is empty and meaningless. It is, of course, but let’s not get bogged down in details.

Listen until your ears hemorrhage! Medical science will make you new ones.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Episode 48: Circus Circus Makes a Splash, Dean Martin Croons

Are you ready for some Vegas? Oh, you will be.

In this week’s dog and pony show, we share what gets us in the mood for Sin City, including one of the most Vegas songs, ever. Thanks, Dean Martin.

We also share an update from the Circus Circus pool expansion site, including details about a five-story-tall water slide that almost makes us want to step outside. Almost.

Circus Circus pool expansion

The 50-foot tall water slide being built at Circus Circus is three slides in one. They’re going to have to pay gravity some serious O.T.

This week’s news includes stories about the Las Rageous “music” festival, All Net Resort, cornhole and darts tournaments at major Las Vegas casinos, “Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Straight Man” coming to Paris Las Vegas and rumblings Amazon might pull the plug on Zappos.

Zappos headquarters

Not going to lie, downtown’s Zappos headquarters is a little on edge right now.

This week’s history segment covers Elvis Presley’s first stint in Las Vegas, in 1956, considered by many to be an unmitigated flop.

We’ve also got a listicle, “10 Things Infinitely More Entertaining and Profitable Than eSports.”

Help your earbuds fulfill their destiny and take a listen to the Las Vegas podcast your mother would’ve warned you about were it not for the fact she has a life and doesn’t have time to listen to podcasts.

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