The Showgirl Next Door: Holly Madison’s Las Vegas

Holly Madison wrote a book!  Sure this could be the moment in time that marks when books “jump the shark“, but I’d rather look at this moment much more lightly and just enjoy it for what it is.  It’s “Holly Madison’s Las Vegas” and should be taken for what it is.  It’s about Vegas after all! Take a look at the specs.

Holly Madison takes readers on a tour through the glitz and glitter of Las Vegas from the unique perspective of a Strip headliner.

Madison has unprecedented access to high-roller areas and mansion-in-the-sky suites that are closed to all but a privileged few. In a chapter illustrated by dozens of photos, she leads a virtual tour through the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at the Palms, the Verona Suite (former home of Elvis Presley) at the Las Vegas Hilton and many more.

I’ll wait for the DVD.  If you need you some more Holly Madison, click the picture below.

She also takes a look at the wacky attractions on the road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the peripatetic history of this former desert outpost, the evolution of the Vegas showgirl, the restaurants and clubs that pack the city and all of the activities and attractions that make the city so much fun. Holly provides behind-the-scenes looks at Peepshow and her TV reality show, Holly’s World, and provides tips on looking fabulous in the desert, from what to pack to how to keep makeup from melting away in the extreme summer heat.

Daytona 500 Picks

I don’t follow NASCAR like I do baseball, football and basketball so my picks may not have much behind them.  That said I went for Top 3 finishes for 2 different drivers for the Daytona 500 since I don’t think I know enough to pick a winner.  JeffBurton (above) was 7/2 when I picked him and Paul Menard was 12/1 when I picked him.

Furniture From CityCenter Up For Auction

Just saw this on Vegas Chatter and wanted to share ASAP!

Apparently, more than one thousand furnishings from ARIA, Vdara, Mandarin Oriental and Veer are being sold to the highest online bidders this Monday, February 21. A peek at the auction catalogue shows everything from ice buckets, scales and vanity mirrors to lamps, art, sofas and chairs. Most of the notes for each item report minor scratches, broken parts and/or wear, but some are seemingly damage free.

Unlike the Fontainebleau auction where they were only auctioning nuts and bolts to the public this CityCenter auction has stuff we can actually use (and want)!  Check out that chair above!  I’ll be signing up for the auction to see if I can finish furnishing my new joint on the cheap!  Details below.

Daytona 500 Odds

It’s the Super Bowl of NASCAR, Daytona 500, this weekend and odds are out from my friends at sportsbook.com.  The odds are changing regularly, so check sportsbook.com for current odds.

Below are odds for both winners and top 3 finishers.  I don’t know NASCAR very well, so I’ll probably throw something on a top 3 finish like I did a few years ago when I placed Clint Bowyer who came in fourth place.  I’ve called Bowyer “My man Clint” since that day.

My early lean is to Kurt Busch, but it’s still early for me.  I’ll watch ESPN and Speed and probably just tweet any play I make.  Click any driver to get to sportsbook.com.

WINNER

AJ Allmendinger +5000
Bobby Labonte +10000
Brad Keselowski +4000
Brian Vickers +3500
Carl Edwards +2000
Clint Bowyer +1500
Dale Earnhardt Jr +600
David Ragan +5000
David Reutimann +3500
Denny Hamlin +1500
Greg Biffle +2500
Jamie McMurray +1200
Jeff Burton +1500
Jeff Gordon +800
Jimmie Johnson +1200
Joey Logano +2000
Juan Montoya +2500
Kasey Kahne +3000
Kevin Harvick +700
Kurt Busch +1500
Kyle Busch +800
Marcos Ambrose +10000
Mark Martin +3000
Martin Truex Jr +4000
Matt Kenseth +3000
Paul Menard +6000
Regan Smith +10000
Ryan Newman +3000
Tony Stewart +1000
Field (Any Other Driver) +3000

TOP 3

AJ Allmendinger +1500
Bobby Labonte +3000
Brad Keselowski +1200
Brian Vickers +1000
Carl Edwards +600
Clint Bowyer +450
Dale Earnhardt Jr +180
David Ragan +1500
David Reutimann +1000
Denny Hamlin +450
Greg Biffle +750
Jamie McMurray +350
Jeff Burton +450
Jeff Gordon +240
Jimmie Johnson +350
Joey Logano +600
Juan Montoya +750
Kasey Kahne +900
Kevin Harvick +200
Kurt Busch +450
Kyle Busch +240
Marcos Ambrose +3000
Mark Martin +900
Martin Truex Jr +1200
Matt Kenseth +900
Paul Menard +1800
Regan Smith +3000
Ryan Newman +900
Tony Stewart +300
Field (Any Other Driver) +900

Las Vegas Air

A new airline, Las Vegas Air, is set to launch some time this year.  It only will fly from Las Vegas (duh) and New York City (JFK airport, specifically).  Here are some of the details:

LV Air plans to work with nine select hotel-casino properties in Las Vegas to offer a one-of-a-kind experience to customers by consolidating the strength of its nine properties.  LV Air preferred hotel-casino partners will allow customers to have the following inclusive services:

1. “Straight to room” baggage service
2. “Front Desk” check-in for flight departures
3. 24/7 concierge line
4. 24/7 smart phone accessible limo service between properties
5. Smart Phone RFID (recognition software) for VIP treatment ( as guest approaches 100 ft. guest photo will display on front desk/ limousine/ club host display for immediate recognition)
6. Consolidated buffet pricing
7. Consolidated show pricing
8. Restaurant seating preference
9. Night Club booth preference and fixed entry and bottle pricing
10.  Auto reminders, upgrade opportunities and last minute offerings on smart phones daily to all customers traveling on site and outbound

One of my favorite airlines was Midwest Express because they were all first class seats and offered free wine and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.  Unfortunately, all of their flights went through Milwaukee and they’re no longer in business according to Wikipedia.

Las Vegas Air seems like a similar idea with plenty of cool ideas and entry points into the Las Vegas market.  I’m not sure this idea will ever happen, but I love it.  They seem to be partnering with a hotel chain that has 9 properties.  Caesars is closest with 8 properties, so maybe the Palms purchase rumors are true.

Now that I think of it this probably confirms the rumor and could be a great asset to Caesars if they do own the airline.  Looking further, if this is successful look for the airline to expand to Reno and some of the other casino markets after.  I don’t know the airport scene too well, so that will all depend on gate access.

Check Jaunted and Vegas Chatter if you’re looking for more info.

Super Bowl Losers Get Free Vegas Vacation If The Want

400 people weren’t able to watch the Super Bowl last weekend in Dallas, because the NFL sold seats that never actually existed or could be built.  Well, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Stratosphere hotel are looking to a) hook those people up and b) help themselves with a pretty cool offer.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower are offering all 400 ticket holders free passes to three days of NASCAR racing, March 4-6. The hotel will provide free rooms for four attendees, chosen by lottery. The partners hope to attract a third sponsor, an airline that will donate free airfare for several attendees.

This is a publicity stunt, but it’s also a nice offer – especially if they can get someone (Southwest?) to pitch in airfare.  It won’t make up for the NFL’s gaffe, but it’s a gesture.  With airfare included it’s more than the NFL has done.

Out With The Old In With The New

There have been a bunch of restaurant and bar closings in Las Vegas over the past few weeks and the latest is, no surprise to most Vegas nerds, Silk Road at Vdara.  Here are some of the details from Tasting Las Vegas, who was the first I saw to pass on confirmation of this long talked about rumor.

Boo!  The much speculated closing of Silk Road at the Vdara resort at CityCenter is finally coming to fruition.  I’m bummed.  It was a fabulous restaurant in a horrible location; horrible location meaning the Vdara resort.  However, before its closure, the much anticipated Market Café Vdara is scheduled to open on March 1st.  Finally, the so-called residentially-friendly CityCenter is going to have a grocery store.

In addition to Silk Road closing Fontana Bar at Bellagio and Alex at Wynn Las Vegas among others are all closing.  From what I’m seeing most of these places are being replaced with newer, similar facilities.

This is Vegas and this happens – a lot.  Nothing lasts forever.  However, there is only one place I don’t want to every see closed or change and that’s Petrossian Bar at Bellagio.  Petrossian has great drinks and great people watching as well as a great location!

Introducing Your Las Vegas Sin!

Until last week, I never heard about the Lingerie Football League.  Now that I’ve heard of it I have three thoughts:

  1. I’ll look.
  2. I don’t really care.
  3. I’ll look again. Why not?

Next year the Lingerie Football League expands into Las Vegas and three other markets.

Lingerie Football League (LFL) officials are excited to announce LFL Football will be coming to Green Bay, Wisconsin in Fall 2011. Green Bay will be joining the already announced Cleveland Crush and Las Vegas Sin, along with one more market for the 2011 expansion teams.

Well, how about that?  Women in underwear playing football.  That’s fun.  I’ll have ticket info when it’s available.  Why not?!  Enjoy!

 

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The Demise of the Vegas Sportsbook Was Greatly Exaggerated

There was all sorts of rumors in the news and throughout the twittersphere that sportsbooks in Las Vegas lost their, collective, nards on the Super Bowl on Sunday between the Packers and Steelers, but the truth wasn’t really that bad.

Sports books in Nevada hung on to win just over $724,000 from Super Bowl bets despite heavy gambling on the Green Bay Packers and lots of scoring.

The total handle on the game was much less than expected or hoped for (as I detailed on Vegas Chatter last week).

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said Tuesday that $87.5 million were wagered on the NFL’s championship game in 183 sports books across the state.

By comparison to last year the profit was way down, but the amount bet wasn’t too much of an improvement.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said Tuesday that $87.5 million were wagered on the NFL’s championship game in 183 sports books across the state.

All in all, not a good day for the books but not one that will drive casinos out of business, especially as the sportsbook only accounts for about 5% of a casino’s revenue.  The Super Bowl is like Christmas for the sportsbooks, so don’t look for a good year from the sportsbooks, in general and expect cutbacks if you see the same thing during March Madness.

The Dream Is Over

Last week we found out that the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was in foreclosure and that the property would be put up for public auction. This week we come to find that this was much ado about nothing and the lenders and Hard Rock have come to a settlement on the finances and that the auction was canceled.

The agreement removes the need for a last-minute hearing before Nevada gaming regulators to approve Navegante Group to run the property should the lenders have succeeded in foreclosing on the Hard Rock.

Oh well, the Hard Rock will not be changing owners or names or anything.  That’s too bad, I was hoping for a new Ed Hardy Presents: Hard Rock Hotel.  Maybe another time.