Miss USA? Miss America? Alyssa Campanella Has Red Hair

I follow the Vegas media because every now and again they’ll have something useful to say.  Unfortunately, there was nothing relevant to my life this weekend besides random girls in bikinis.  Who am I not to look at a picture of a pretty girl?  I understand that it’s the medias job to cover what’s happening in the city but sometimes they do such a good job that things get lost in the ether with their over-zealous tweeting/covering some events.

One of the things that got lost in the shuffle was the overbearing coverage of the Miss Whatever pageant.  Thanks to the Pulse of Vegas blog I now know that the pageant was Miss USA and Miss California won.

Other things I learned is that Miss USA has a name: Alyssa Campanella.  She has red hair.  After I learned these things I stopped and just looked at pictures.  In fact, the photo above is from the Pulse of Vegas blog.  Check the blog if you need or want more information.  They usually do a good job of passing on useful information.

Maloofs Own Only 2% Of Palms

Last week I passed on info that Palms, in Las Vegas, received an injection of cash to help settle some of their debt problems.  Just a few days after the report that TGP Partners injected some money we all learn how much they and the Maloof‘s actually own.

The Maloof family will soon own just 2 percent of the Palms Casino, its trendy Las Vegas property, according to regulatory documents filed in Nevada….

….In an interview late Thursday, Maloof said the family could regain a more significant share – up to 20 percent – under buyback options granted by the creditors who are taking control…

….The casino’s creditors, investment firms TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners, will own 49 percent each.

The Maloof’s seem to be only part of Palms in name, with a chance to still only be a part of it in name.  If each partner gives up 9% interest so the Maloof’s reach 20%, they’re still the smallest shareholder.

I’m not sure that Caesars Entertainment running the show at Palms will lead to profits, but it still seems as if it’s the next move when looking at TGP Capital’s (and Leonard Green & Partners) partners.

Plaza Re-Grand-Soft-Opening August 24

The Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas has scheduled their grand soft re-opening for August 24, which is just under a year from when they closed.  Their grand-grand opening is a week later.

The Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas will reopen to guests Sept. 1 after an extensive overhaul of the 40-year-old property.

The Plaza’s rooms have been refurbished with new wall coverings, furnishings, floors and fixtures, all purchased at a discounted price from the halted Fontainebleau project on the Strip.

The Plaza website is taking reservations for the reopening, with rates starting at $44 for a standard room, but as high as $119 for some weekends in September.

Prior to its grand reopening, the Plaza will host a soft opening on Aug. 24 for its casino.

I understand needed to maximize public relations, but I’m so tired of two tiered openings I didn’t even want to pass this info on.  OK, I’m done venting.

The rooms will be with new furniture and the hotel will be with a new restaurant as the kinda famous Firefly won’t be re-opening for a very sensible reason.

Firefly owner John Simmons said last week the restaurant wasn’t “making any money.”

Bottom line for a business is to make money.  I’ll just have to visit the Firefly around the block from me next time I have a hankering for Sangria.

Palms One Step Closer To Caesars Management?

Yesterday Palms got a little help with their finances in exchange for controlling interest of their casino, hotel and spa in Las Vegas when the announced a partnership with TGP Capital (the folks who helped Caesars go private a few years back) and Leonard Green.

The deal between TPG Capital and the Palms has been rumored for months but not confirmed until today. In January, Bloomberg reported that the firms had acquired most of a loan for the casino last year and sources close to the deal said the company may take an equity stake in the first quarter as part of the restructuring.

TPG Capital, along with Apollo Global Management, took Caesars Entertainment (then Harrah’s Entertainment) private for $30.7 billion in January 2008.

Nothing in the initial releases points to takeover by Caesars, but it has been speculated for a while (initially by Steve Friess and The Strip Podcast) that a sale/partnership/takeover could end up with Caesars taking control of the property.

In this case it seems to reason that the money guys will bring in their favorite casino partners, Caesars, to help run day to day operations.

Of course, this opens the question of how soon will the “loosest slots in town” and great video poker pay tables switch to the mediocre Caesars numbers uses.  I think we have time here, but get ready.

Daniel Tosh Breaks Down Batman Beatdown on the Vegas Strip

By the time I saw the clip of the video of a dude beating up Batman on the Las Vegas strip, I was already bored by it.  As soon as anyone saw it someone would pass the video on with some kind of comment.  Some funnier than others.  Last night on Tosh.0, Daniel Tosh broke down the video with some funny commentary.  I know I’m not funny, so I’ll leave the fun to the professional.

Tosh.0
Tags: Tosh.0 Videos,Daniel Tosh,Web Redemption

Buy Sahara Leftovers (Bring Your Own Sanitizer)

As newly appointed Mayor of Sahara, I’ve been asked how people may obtain certain items from the casino ranging from the blackjack table above to items as large as the roller coaster.  I joked that everything was sold to be recycled, but truth is there is a liquidation sale starting June 16th.  Here are the details.

EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!
2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada
SALE STARTS JUNE 16TH AT 10 A.M!
Continues Daily 10-7 Monday – Saturday & 12-5 Sunday Until Sold Out!
FEATURING:

1720 Guestroom & Suite Furnishings including: Color TV’s, King & Full Size Beds, Armoires, Nightstands, Dressers, Pedestal Tables, Lamps, Pictures, Mirrors, Uph. Chairs, Sofas, Loveseats, End Tables, Coffee Tables, Sofa Tables, Flat Screen TV’s, Dining Tables & Chairs, Chandeliers & Sconces, Wet Bars, Bar Stools and 100′s more!  Also, Sahara Memorabilia, Commercial Kitchen Equipment, Bar & Restaurant Furnishings, Ice Machines, Lobby Furnishings, Casino Tables & Chairs, Slot Stools, Neon Signs, Fountains, Pool & Patio Furniture, China, Glassware, Flatware, Theater Equipment, Stage Lighting, Banquet Tables & Chairs and 1,000′s more!

Call our corporate office at 800-955-7253 for more information
* $10 Admission Charge the First Four Days of the Sale *

The sale won’t be available to you worldwide so you must be at the sale in person and, I’m assuming, prepared to take what you buy.  I don’t care enough about Sahara to pay $10 to shop for old, dirty material even if there are some gems in the lot.

Thanks to the Vegas Tripping board for the heads up!

Just Call Me Marc: Mayor of Sahara!

After Sahara closed I noticed that it was still open for check in on foursquare.  Being the jokester that I am, I decided to randomly check in with some witty commentary every now and again.  I was sitting a traffic light in front of the Sahara when I checked in last Friday and I became Mayor of Sahara on Foursquare .  Everything about becoming Mayor was silly, but I could do it from my couch (anywhere really) and that made me laugh a little.  Actually, I laughed more than I should.

Social Media can be a great tool for marketing, but foursquare has positives and negatives with anyone being able to check in anywhere from anywhere at any time.

Sure, it’s great to be able to check in somewhere when your home if you’ve forgotten so you can let your friends know where you’ve been, leave a tip, etc.  It’s also kind of silly in the example I’m showing here.

Further, foursquare can be used and abused.  Think about Caesars relationship with Topguest where you can get 50 points every time you check into one of their Las Vegas properties.  If I was sinister, I could check into five Caesars properties, every day and earn 250 Total Rewards points from my couch.  In the grand scheme of things this isn’t much, but over a year that adds up.

I was just having fun with Sahara, but if you wish to ride the roller coaster – the answer is no!

Vegas Prepares For WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

From what I read people seem to find the countless rumors of a Ferris Wheel on the Las Vegas strip funny.  I’m not sure if it the Ferris Wheel or the same idea being repeated over and over that’s funny.  It’s probably a bit of both, but it seems as if the first straw has been drawn in the great Ferris Wheel battle.

The Clark County Commission approved the Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel project in March, and today with various public officials in attendance, groundbreaking ceremonies celebrated the clearing of the 11-acre site at Las Vegas Boulevard and Mandalay Bay Road.

The Ferris wheel is being touted as the largest in the Western Hemisphere and third tallest in the world. The project is also planned to include 200,000 square feet of restaurants, retail and entertainment uses.

I’m not sure this will ever be completed but the best thing about this, specific, project is that it’s on the south end of the strip.  I’m not a kid person and I expect this will be a haven for kids (again, if it’s ever finished).

On a business side, this would be great for that area as that end of the strip is littered with middle to low end properties that are affordable for families.  On the personal side, this only gives me reason to avoid that end of the strip – again, if it’s ever finished.

Carmen Electra + Pussycat Dolls + Planet Hollywood

If you follow me on twitter you know I often say “Who’s having fun?” Carmen Electra at the opening of the new Pussycat Dolls Saloon at Planet Hollywood is nothing but fun!

Sex symbol Carmen Electra will be the guest striptease star to open the exotic and erotic Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at Planet Hollywood on June 4.

Wow! This is going to be one super-sensual lounge at the new Gallery Nightclub complete with stripper poles, a bejeweled fairground carnival horse, a seductive swing and a diamond-studded bathtub. Even the Pussycat Dolls name is emblazoned in rhinestones at the bar for the dancers to cavort their curves.

I can’t lie, I dig some Pussycat Dolls songs and I’ve played a little blackjack in the Pussycat Dolls pit at Caesars Palace before.  Sometimes a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do.