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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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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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