Category Archives: Vital Vegas Podcast

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 77: Neon Brilliance, Mob Museum Moonshine and More

It’s all the Las Vegas you can fit into your tympanic cavity!

In this week’s episode, we review the new show at Neon Museum, “Brilliant.”

“Brilliant” brings 40 defunct signs back to life through the miracle of projection mapping. Yes, it’s a miracle, and this 30-minute show will make you fall in love with Las Vegas all over again.

Neon Museum Brilliant show

Amazingly, not a single bulb on these signs actually works. “Brilliant” is right!

Next up, we dive headlong into a new offering at Mob Museum, The Underground.

The Underground is a Prohibition-inspired speakeasy and features a working distillery.

On the show, we chat up a master moonshiner about turning corn mash into hooch, then we make our way to a new exhibit at Mob Museum, the “Use of Force Training Experience.”

Mob Museum distillery

Yes, moonshine’s made from corn, which sounds healthy, but still.

The rest of the show is an inebriated blur of Las Vegas rumors, news, a list of our favorite neon signs and self-serving drivel. What’s not to love?

Take a listen and learn why our podcast was named the 11th best podcast in Las Vegas, and that was probably being generous.

Vital Vegas Podcast Ep. 76: Ellis Island’s Birthday, Skill-Based Slot Machines and More

In this week’s installment of the Vital Vegas podcast, we share all the latest Las Vegas news and prove, once and for all, people have extraordinarily low standards for entertainment!

What we lack in podcasting talent, we make up for with great guests.

First, we chat up Christina Ellis, Director of Marketing at Ellis Island Casino. The diminutive casino celebrated its 50th birthday on April 13, 2018, and we dropped by for some scoop, including news about the new Front Yard.

Ellis Island Front Yard

Ellis Island will mark its 50th year with a new place to test your liver, the Front Yard.

We also interview Paul Steelman, a well-known casino architect whose company, Competition Interactive, is making a go of skill-based slot machines.

Steelman talks about his new game, Running Rich Racing. The new game is being field tested at Planet Hollywood, The D and the Venetian.

We played the game at The D and we were awesome. Again, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.

Running Rich

Running Rich Racing is the only evidence we’ve seen skill-based slot machines don’t suck.

Also on the show, we share a “Listicle of the Week” featuring Las Vegas resorts that never happened. Some of the names you’ll know, like Alon and Echelon Place. You’ll also learn about the Caribbean Casino, Playboy Hotel and Casino, Montreaux Resort and (wait for it) Titanic Resort.

No, really.

Yes, podcasts might be boring, but they’re better than being alone with your thoughts! Take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 75: “Opium” at Cosmo, Hard Rock, SLS and Copious Ire

It’s the podcast The Man doesn’t want you to hear!

Get ready to take part in intimate relations with the most exciting city on Earth, San Bernardino.┬áJust kidding, it’s Vegas. Seriously, it’s right there in the name of the podcast.

Take a listen to our humble podcast for all the Vegas scoop we can squeeze into your ear holes.

We talk “Opium” at Cosmopolitan, sales of the Hard Rock and SLS, a rumored Strip location for Chick-fil-A as well as a playoff berth for our Las Vegas puckball team.


This is a photo related to the “Opium” thing, not the hockey thing. Please try and keep up.

Thanks to our pal, Erik Kabik, for the “Opium” photo.

This episode also features copious ire. Learn more about CNF charges (boo), nightclub venue fees (hiss) and triple zero roulette (WTF).

It should be noted Copious Ire would make a great band name.

While we’re at it, learn which casino company decided you can’t get a garnish in your comped cocktail anymore. Deep breaths.

We’ve got a metric ass-ton of scoop you simply won’t hear anywhere else. Unless somebody’s reading our blog posts or Tweets and repeating what they see. But, what are the odds of that happening?

The theme of this episode is, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” Because, hey, Las Vegas could use a new slogan.

Push play, already.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 74: Rumors, Reflection and Copious Humbuggery

It’s the podcast that’s been described as “unlistenable,” frequently and very recently.

In this episode, we shovel all the latest Las Vegas scoop against the advice of our team of lawyers.

There you’ve got your SLS sale. There you’ve got your Hard Rock sale. There you’ve got your Gwen Stefani residency, your Lucky Dragon bankruptcy and your Las Vegas Walk of Stars disintegration.

SLS Las Vegas

The SLS sale is finally going through, and we call dibs on a vest.

Learn more about the comp drink monitoring system on the casino floor at Westgate, and get the latest about plans for the El Portal and more.

As a special bonus, prospector and part-time marshal Pappy provides his thoughts about Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox claiming he knew nothing about the sexual misbehavior allegations about Steve Wynn.


If you don’t listen to this podcast, you’ll break the heart of a noted frontiersman and penny crusher. Long story.

It’s the one Las Vegas podcast you can live without, and no, we didn’t inadvertently leave a word out of this sentence.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 73: The Latest in Vegas WTF

Despite a quarter million downloads under our belt, we’re still not sure you should listen to our podcast. Fair warning.

If you do, you’ll hear news and opinions and quite possibly things that will get us sued. The things we do for you.

In this episode, we share our experiences at three new downtown restaurants: Eureka on Fremont East (pictured below), Flock & Fowl at the Ogden and Good Pie at Pawn Plaza.


Eureka’s management informed us we couldn’t take photos inside the restaurant. Eureka’s management can suck it.

We round up all the latest scoop about Steve Wynn and his mind-boggling fall from grace in recent weeks, including news about what Wynn Resorts projects are likely to move forward (Wynn Paradise Park, but without a hotel) and which could be shelved.

We’ve also got exclusives about Lucky Dragon and SLS Las Vegas. Somebody has to. Have exclusives. In case that wasn’t clear.

This lowly podcast has all the skinny you need to stay in the loop about what’s opening when (The Drew Las Vegas), who’s building what (MSG Sphere) and what else is coming down the pike (upgrades to the Fremont Street Experience).

MSG Sphere

Mark our words, the MSG Sphere is going to put somebody’s eye out.

The Vital Vegas Podcast has “vital” right in the title, so kick back, push the play button and long for a simpler time when broadcasters had to actually know something about broadcasting.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 72: The One About Wynn, Mostly

We’re under the weather, but that won’t stop us from bringing you the 11th best podcast in Las Vegas!

In this week’s episode, we break down the Steve Wynn sexual harassment scandal, chat about our first Vegas Golden Knights puckball game and ramble incoherently about adopting a child in India.

We also share a new Lego product featuring the Las Vegas skyline.

Lego Las Vegas architecture

Mandalay Bay and Encore? It would be hard to make this more awkward. We’re getting one, anyway.

There’s also some talk of the bleak outlook for Lucky Dragon, plus the new attraction coming to Las Vegas, Wreck Room.

Join us for a podcast like the ones back when the mob ran Las Vegas. Or something.