Sunday, March 24, 2013

E-85: Trip Report - 360 Vegas Vacation

Random Vegas
The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on earth when looked at from space (@vegas_only)

Vegas Mate Review of the Week
Mark’s March 22nd Review of CUT at Palazzo – 5/5 chips
Impressed. The steak at CUT is as good as STK but I didn’t enjoy the sides as much.  I did learn just how different various types of beef can taste and it was awesome.  Staff was fantastic, found my favorite type of steak and Wagyu tastes amazing, unlike any other steak.

Twitpic of the week

Matt’s picture of the strip from a place I’ve seen a million times but have never captured on film before.  It’s a photo of the east side of the strip taken from the tip of the crosswalk at Caesars Palace.  This pic is a panorama that grabs Flamingo, Bill’s, Bally’s and a bit of Paris and it is stunning.  It’s one of the few times I’ve seen a picture and became a little disoriented because I didn’t immediately know where it was taken from.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

360 Vegas Podcast: Bill's Gamblin Hall & Saloon Summer 2011

Bill's Gamblin Hall & Saloon opened in 1979 as the Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino.  It was built by Michael Gaughan at a cost of $11.5 million. Within a few years Gaughan formed Coast Casinos Incorporated and owned several other properties within Las Vegas.
In 2005, Boyd Gaming purchased Coast Casinos and in 2007, in a rare financial move, Boyd traded the Barbary Coast to Harrah’s Entertainment in exchange for a 24 acre piece of land for the now stalled Echelon Project.

The hotel closed on February 27th 2007 for 3 days and underwent a super fast rebranding and opened as Bill’s Gamblin Hall and Saloon in honor of the company’s founder Bill Harrah.  As with all Harrah’s properties, the Casino is now owned by Caesars Entertainment.  Bill's Gamblin Hall closed Feb 4th, 2013 so it could undergo a $185 million dollar renovation.  Plans are to renovate virtually every inch of the property as including changing the name as well as adding a 65,000 square foot rooftop pool & dayclub.  Plans are to reopen in early 2014.

Mark & Keren Rate - 3/5 chips

Saturday, March 9, 2013

E-84: Caffeinated 7up

Random Vegas
The actual Caesars Palace suite used in “The Hangover” movie does not exist, but you can find the fictitious room number 2425 in the hotel’s Augustus Tower, where all the movie’s elevator and hallway scenes were shot. (strictly slots)

Vegas Mate Review of the Week
This week’s review is Nick Papagorgio’s March 3rd review of Bistro Buffet @Palms 4/5 chips

Twitpic of the week

This week’s winner is from last week’s winner, @S1kness this time for his picture only featuring the MGM Lion.  If you recall last week, his picture also featured the MGM Lion but looking past it to NYNY.  This time, he took a great photo of something we’ve all seen and probably taken, directly in front of the lion with the whole former lighting display and even grabbed the MGM Marquee sign.  Again, it appears some post-production was put into the photo, which really pulls the colors out and just makes it look epic.  Again, this is what Vegas looks like in my happy place.


Coming Attractions
Beyonce - 6/29   Wayne Brady - 5/31 - 6/1   Guys and Dolls - 3/29

The Osmond’s - 5/10 - 12   Widespread Panic - 7/12-13

360 Moneyline - March Madness 2013