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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 66: Palms Plans, Casino Sale Rumors and Three Times an M Resort Robber

This blog contains a mere trickle of Las Vegas news, but this week’s podcast is a gusher!

In our latest installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we dive with reckless abandon into the Las Vegas WTF with scoop about the just-announced Fly Linq ziplines, progress at the Las Vegas Club demolition, O.J. Simpson’s well-deserved ban at Cosmopolitan and more.

We also go deep into all the newness coming to Palms, and there’s a metric ass-ton of it.

Palms

Virtually everything’s changing at Palms, including the marquee.

We’ve also got the latest about a Las Vegas pastor who attempted to rob the M Resort three times. With a fake gun.

You won’t want to miss what we’re hearing about MGM Resorts looking to buy the Cosmo, and what’s holding up the sale of SLS Las Vegas.

We’ve got three interviews in this episode: One with a representative of the self-driving shuttle company that made worldwide news in Vegas this week (for all the wrong reasons), another with the beverage manager of The D and Golden Gate, and a third with a fascinating couple who claim to listen to this podcast. Yes, voluntarily.

Driverless shuttle accident

They’re going to make beautiful babies together.

There’s also the usual cavalcade of news, as well as a fully-engorged discussion about the Love Store, a chain of shops in Las Vegas with stimulating contraptions galore.

It’s all that and a virtual limitless supply of “Don’t you have a million things better to do than listen to a podcast?” Enjoy.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 65: Wynn Paradise Park’s Thrust, Monte Carlo Transitions to Park MGM and More

Of all the podcasts about all the towns in all the world, you have sadly stumbled upon this one. It’s time for another lackluster installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast!

In this episode, we tackle all the Las Vegas scoop you need to keep you in the know, including the latest about Wynn Paradise Park.

Casino tycoon Steve Wynn recently revealed new details about his waterpark, and we’ve got all the glorious WTF. The Wynn Golf Club closes Dec. 22, 2017 and construction of Wynn Paradise Park begins Jan. 3, 2018.

Wynn Paradise Park will have a carnival theme, and will feature a white sand lagoon, a 47-story hotel tower, bumper cars, fireworks, a carousel, float parade and ziplines.

We are not making this up.

Steve Wynn SlotZilla

Steve Wynn is so serious about having ziplines at his Wynn Paradise Park, he rode one downtown. No, really.

Also in this episode, we get granular about the transition of Monte Carlo to Park MGM.

The “Listicle of the Week” includes 10 venues that have closed at Monte Carlo, as well as our incoherent memories of each. For example, we hung out with Wang Chung for hours at The Pub. And, yes, everybody had fun.

Here’s a look at the facade of Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo Park MGM facade

There’s still time to say goodbye, but not much.

We’ve got a metric hell-ton of perfunctory Las Vegas news, of course.

Lowlights include Caesars Entertainment charging Nevada residents for self-parking, Charles Barnard (designer of the Stratosphere and Vegas Vickie) has died, David Copperfield and Tao Asian Bistro are raking in the bucks, Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10 closes at the end of 2017 and other juicy tidbits.

Get your ears in gear and get your Vegas fix with the Vital Vegas Podcast!

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 64: You Say Drunken Rambling Like It’s a Bad Thing

As if to prove things are beginning to normalize in Las Vegas, it’s another drivel-fueled episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast!

On this week’s show, we have lots of surprises in store, the majority of which we can’t entirely recall because rum.

A highlight of the show is a completely random conversation with Coolio. Yes, that Coolion.

Coolio

Our chat with Coolio is proof just because a podcast has “Vegas” in the title doesn’t mean it’s about Vegas.

We also drop some major skinny about a variety of Las Vegas topics including the cardless slot system being rolled out by Station Casinos, Gold Diggers closing at Golden Nugget and far too much sports-related scoop involving the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the 51s, the Las Vegas Lights, the Raiders and the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars.

Station Casinos app

Loyalty cards, schmoyalty schmards. Go cardless.

As is our way, we round up a metric hell-ton of Las Vegas news, and plow through the listicle of the week: “10 Reasons the North End of the Las Vegas Strip is About to Explode.” That’s right, we’re suddenly bullish on projects like Resorts World, All Net Resort Arena, Wynn Paradise Park and a slew of others.

Join us as our Las Vegas pendulum swings its way toward maximum optimism!

Wrangle a squat, push “play” and luxuriate in a bubbling hot tub teeming with so much Las Vegas you’ll need a salve. Or something.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 62: “Tape Face,” Vanishing Fountains, Resorts World and a Tipsy Bronto

We’re pretty much┬ádespondent about the recent tragedy here in Las Vegas. So, we have a couple of options. We can wallow, or snark on. Guess which one we’re going to do.

This week’s episode of the podcast went live a mere hour or two before the horrendous shooting that left hundreds injured and dead on Oct. 1, 2017. At the time the show was recorded, Las Vegas was fun and carefree. It will be that again.

In the meantime, we’re going to write what we write and podcast what we podcast, although now it all seems absurdly trivial.

But, you know what? Life and Las Vegas are, it turns out, absurdly trivial. It’s all trivial. So, hug your kids, pour yourself a drink and revel in the triviality. Because we’re all lucky to be here, triviality and all.

In this week’s trainwreck of a show, we share the inside scoop on everything you need to know about the most exciting city in the world, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. We also talk about Vegas a little.

We cover all the drama around a Samsung Galaxy Studio opening on the Caesars Palace fountains, rumors of a zipline at Linq promenade, Kaaboo coming to Vegas, “Tape Face” at Flamingo and the latest from Resorts World and more.

Tape Face

Based upon how much fun we had at his show, expect Tape Face to soon be a staple on The Strip.

Also on the show, we give you the juicy about a mishap with Bronto, the high reach excavator at the Las Vegas Club demolition.

There’s also news about Carbone at Aria, Surrender nightclub, downtown’s Carson Kitchen, Wynn Plaza’s reveal, a Culinary Road Trip at Downtown Grand and double murderer O.J. Simpson’s release from the big house.

Carbone

Carbone at Aria isn’t just a restaurant, it’s foreplay.

Beyond the news, we’ve got a listicle that spells out “10 Things You Miss When You Leave Las Vegas.”

Shove some Vegas in your ears! There’s nothing else going on in there.

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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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