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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 115: Scoop, Sports and Superabundant Suckery

What the hell is happening in Las Vegas?

First, please watch the language.

Second, we’ve got this!

It’s another installment of the podcast guaranteed to satisfy your insatiable cravings for all things WTF.

For starters, we’ve got some incisive (your results may vary) commentary about Area 15 and Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse at Flamingo. Spoiler alert: Love them.

Oddwood Area 15

Oddwood Lounge is at the heart of Area 15, a new mall we haven’t figured out how to describe yet, but we quite enjoyed it, anyway.

In this show, we chat with Howard Barish, Managing Editor and General Manager of Gaming Today magazine. Gaming Today has been around 45 years, so they sort of have the sports betting thing down.

That’s right, it’s a sports thing. On our podcast. You know what they say: If you can’t beat ’em, let a sports guy talk about sports so we don’t have to! Barish shares his thoughts on “music, sex and sports,” but mostly that last thing.

Naturally, we give our two 0.0000017 Bitcoin (yes, that’s two cents as we write this) about Bizarro Vegas. You know, the one where Cosmopolitan and Wynn and The D and others are increasing security because of a spike in boneheads visiting Las Vegas recently.

Cosmo

On the bright side, irksome security measures at Cosmo only make it five percent less awesome.

Our “Listicle of the Week” features some sadness, specifically, “Nine Las Vegas Casinos That Are Still Closed.” In case you have a podcast allergy, and we wouldn’t blame you, here’s the list.

The Las Vegas casinos still closed are: Cromwell, Palms, Rio, Main Street Station (Downtown), Fiesta Rancho (North Las Vegas), Texas Station (North Las Vegas), Fiesta Henderson (Henderson), Eldorado Casino (Henderson) and Eastside Cannery (Boulder Highway).

Otherwise, it’s the usual rambling drivel you’ve come to know and avoid.

Gird your eustachian tube and take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 114: Kamu Karaoke, Pinball Hall of Fame and an Ass-Ton of Yammer

Podcasting is extremely difficult to do well, and this episode is a great example.

As usual, our incredible guests take up the slack.

In this installment, we chat with the owner of Kamu Ultra Karaoke Lounge at Venetian, Jeff Kim.

Kamu Ultra Karaoke is unlike any karaoke you’ve ever experienced in Las Vegas. We loved it, and we hate everything.

Kamu neon room

Our favorite room at Kamu Ultra Karaoke, unless we can have 40 favorites.

Also up is Tim Arnold, owner of the Pinball Hall of Fame.

We met up with Arnold on the site of a brand new Pinball Hall of Fame on the Las Vegas Strip to get all the skinny about this massive new attraction opening in January 2021, three times the size of the original Pinball Hall of Fame.

New Pinball Hall of Fame

The new home of the Pinball Hall of Fame is so sharp, it could put an eye out.

We also talk about recent visits to Heritage Steak at Mirage, Mon Ami Gabi at Paris, Marche Bacchus in Desert Shores and Carlos’n Charlie’s at Flamingo.

Heritage at Mirage

That time Heritage Steak missed a huge marketing opportunity by one dollar.

There’s the requisite Las Vegas news, of course, with a smattering of exclusive scoop you won’t find anywhere else.

You’ll also want to imbibe in our list of “10 Planes We’re Going When We Get Video Poker Bars Back.”

Podcasts can’t take the place of Las Vegas, of course, but they might help kill some time until your next visit.

Take a listen and apologies in advance.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 113: Virgin Update, Discopussy, Lucky Day and More

It’s been a minute since our last podcast episode, but we’re making it up to you with another action-packed installment we can’t really recommend because we have taste.

While we may be unlistenable, our guests are always awesome!

In this episode, we chat with Richard Bosworth, CEO of JC Hospitality and head honcho at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (formerly Hard Rock casino).

Bosworth and his team are in the throes of trying to open a new casino resort in the middle of a metric ass-ton of uncertainty. While Virgin’s renovation and rebrand are on schedule, questions remain about the timing of the new hotel’s debut.

Richard Bosworth

Richard Bosworth shares the inside scoop about Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Yes, there’s just one. Don’t get us started.

We’ve also got an illuminating chat with someone we’ve dubbed the Mayor of East Fremont, Ryan Doherty.

Doherty, the driving force behind the popular Commonwealth and Park on Fremont, gives us a tour of two new venues, Discopussy and Lucky Day.

Get all the inside scoop on these two new spots on Fremont East (in the spaces previously occupied by Red and Vanguard Lounge), as well as what’s in store across the street, including a new entertainment space, Cheap Shot, and bar-slash-ice-cream-shop, We All Scream.

Discopussy

We were going to show you Discopussy’s octopus, but we opted for the restroom because it’s awesome.

You can also catch Ryan Doherty on the Plaza’s podcast, “On the Corner of Main Street,” where he’s given the time and professionalism he so richly deserves.

As always, we’ve got a cavalcade of Las Vegas news, some of it not depressing.

Fill your earholes with the latest about Caesars Entertainment keeping the change, Cheetah’s strip club being stripped of its signage, the downtown welcome arch, reopening dates for Mirage, Trop and Cromwell, Circa’s bars, the Stardust app, MSG Sphere’s construction, the closure of Vickie’s Diner, LVCVA’s eyeballing of the monorail and a lucky bastard’s $3.9 million jackpot at Bellagio.

It’s all the Vegas you can handle, with an extra dose of awkward related to that thing we aren’t at liberty to talk about at the moment.

Take a listen!

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 112: Bizarro Vegas and Derek Stevens Tells All About Circa

Don your flashiest Vegas-themed earbuds, it’s another rambly installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

In this episode, we badger casino owner Derek Stevens into sharing some amazing stories about his new downtown resort, Circa.

This is easily the most in-depth interview Stevens has ever given about Circa Las Vegas, which opens Oct. 28, 2020.

Stevens, who also owns The D and Golden Gate, talks about challenges his team faced during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as some first-in-Vegas innovations coming to the new casino resort.

Circa Las Vegas

They were originally going to name this new resort “Badass,” but that’s already a nickname of a certain Las Vegas blog.

Fun fact: One of Circa’s restaurants (8 East) won’t open along with the others, because on Oct. 28, Stevens says there will still be a construction crane going through it.

We’ve also got our perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news, including the latest about Cirque’s bankruptcy, how Vegas botched being an NHL hub city, what’s going on with the four Station Casinos that haven’t reopened yet and the official debut of Resort World’s 100,000-square-foot video screen.

You’ll also get the latest about the reopenings of Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Delano, Aria and Waldorf Astoria, a Las Vegas hotel with a fancy name but no casino, so meh.

We’ll also tease two new venues downtown, Discopussy and Lucky Day.

Discopussy

Discopussy has destination restrooms.

You know we’ve got a spectacularly slapped-together listicle, too, inspired by news Las Vegas could be the site of the first video game-themed Atari Hotel.

All that and less, so listen up and Vegas a little.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 111: Vegas is Open-ish

Las Vegas casinos are open again, and we’ve got all the scoop about this surreal chapter in Sin City history.

We check out a number of newly-reopened casinos to see what’s changed temporarily and what may be here to stay. From temperature checks to Plexiglas dividers at table games, you’ll get the inside skinny on how new protocols are altering the Las Vegas experience.

Masks Las Vegas casinos

Masks have been banned in casinos forever. Now, not so much.

This episode features an interview with Jonathan Jossel, CEO of Plaza Las Vegas.

Plaza is one of our favorite places to play downtown, and we highly recommend a podcast Jossel and his team put out, On the Corner of Main Street.

Jonathan Jossel deftly takes on our annoying questions and provides insights into what it’s like to reopen a Las Vegas casino following a lockdown, and also shares what’s next for the Plaza.

Plaza Las Vegas

You know the place, now, meet the guy.

We also speak with the co-host of Tipping the Odds Las Vegas podcast, epidemiologist Dr. Kevin Maki.

Maki has participated in more than 250 clinical trials and observational studies as an investigator, consultant or statistician, and he’s our go-to for translating data into plain English.

There’s also the usual pointless crap we slapped together at the last minute, so gird your loins and take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 110: Let’s Vegas Again

Let’s talk about the reopening of Vegas, finally!

There’s so much good news, we’re going to have our podcast let out. What does that even mean? Who the hell knows? The bottom line: We get to gamble again!

In this episode, we chat with Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, about giving away 2,000 free flights to Las Vegas.

Derek Stevens

Thanks to Derek Stevens for being on our podcast and sorry about the parts where we talk.

We also get a sneak preview of plans for Ahern Hotel, formerly the Lucky Dragon.

Chef Marc Sgrizzi talks about his new restaurant, Chef Marc’s Italian Steakhouse, and also tells us how to pronounce his name.

Chef Marc's Italian Steakhouse

Ahern Hotel has some sexy stuff in store.

We’ve got all the latest scoop you won’t hear anywhere else, and some scoop we heard elsewhere but changed just enough to avoid getting into too much trouble.

Don’t miss our hastily slapped-together listicle, “11 Things We’re Doing on June 4.” Hint: They all involve gambling and drinking. Shocker.

It’s the podcast your mother would’ve warned you about if she weren’t so busy reading your diary.

Take a listen!