Bleacher Report is continuing its mission to deliver premium sports betting content for its B/R Betting brand with the debut of a new live interactive game show from the B/R Studio at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Sports Book. The weekly B/R Betting Game Show will be shot in front of a live audience with content distributed across the B/R app and B/R Betting social handles throughout the week. It will feature a rotation of guest hosts starting with former NFL superstar Chad Ochocinco, who will lead the audience in games and contests immediately following the NFL’s Thursday Night Football broadcast for its debut.
The B/R Betting Game Show puts fans at the center of the action by inviting them to participate in a series of fun, interactive games with the chance to win cash and prizes. The repeatable segments include ‘Win or Destroy’ where fans have to show how well they know a celebrity guest for a chance to win valuable memorabilia or watch it be destroyed by an industrial shredder, ‘Champ or Chump’ betting challenges where participants try to predict outcomes of celebrity challenges and athletic contests, and regular on-the-spot challenges within the Caesars Palace Sports Book like ‘Get the Picture’ or ‘Over/Under.’
The addition of a new show to the B/R Betting portfolio comes as video views have increased by four times over the past two months, averaging 13.3 million views per month across all platforms. It will join other series’ including Your Fantasy Fire Drill and the B/R Betting Show, and will be hosted by Kelly Stewart and Cabbie Richards.
“When we launched our partnership with Caesars Entertainment almost a year ago, it was with this type of content in mind. Something that can engage fans at the most iconic sports book in the world, while providing B/R Betting compelling programming that can be distributed to our hyper-engaged fanbase,” said Sam Toles, chief content officer of Bleacher Report. “The B/R Betting Game Show reflects the B/R voice in a unique format that we know audiences will love.”
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 12, 2019) – Jerry Seinfeld, world famous comedian, author, producer and director, will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two additional weekends in 2020 to perform his world famous stand-up comedy. Show dates are scheduled for Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 and Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. PT. The shows are presented by AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment.
Tickets prices range from $82.50 – $165 (inclusive of 9% Live Entertainment tax plus handling fee). Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 866-320-9763 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: “Seinfeld.” The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.
Seinfeld has also starred in, written and produced movies (“Comedian,” “Bee Movie”), directed and produced a Broadway hit (“Colin Quinn Long Story Short”), and even wrote a best-selling book (“Seinlanguage”) and a children’s book (“Halloween”).
Seinfeld directed the off-Broadway production of “Colin Quinn: The New York Story” and the Netflix stand-up special.
Seinfeld made his Netflix debut with the original stand-up special “Jerry Before Seinfeld.” His latest project on Netflix is the Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which has garnered over 100 million views, and which the New York Times describes as “impressively complex and artful” and Variety calls “a game changer.”
Most recently, Seinfeld has been performing at the Beacon Theatre as part of a year-long residency entitled, “Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand.”
Seinfeld resides in New York City with his family. He remains active as a standup comedy performer, continuously touring both nationally and internationally.
“Renegades” featuring Jose Canseco, Jim McMahon, and Terrell Owens will open at Caesars Palace on January 25, 2018. The show will take place at the tiny Cleopatra’s Barge. The idea of a tell-all show with these guys sounds like an amazing train wreck that I might need to see.
You might have access to meeting the guys at the show. Additionally, you might find Canseco in the poker room. There’s more information in the press release below.
New interactive show allows fans to get up
close and personal with sports legends including
Jose Canseco, Jim McMahon, Terrell Owens and Jimmy King
LAS VEGAS (December 20, 2017) – The rebels of sports are taking over the Las Vegas Strip with Renegades, a new interactive and totally unique show. Opening Thursday, Jan. 25 inside Cleopatra’s Barge, the intimate 180-seat theater at Caesars Palace, Renegades gives sports fans an up-close and personal experience with three of their favorite sports stars. No subject is off-limits as legends recount stories from their playing days to tabloid-making headlines and beyond. Hear directly from the greats as they share their eyewitness accounts of the biggest sports stories in history, while getting your chance to play the role of sports reporter lobbing questions at the athletes during the show’s panel roundtable finale.
The starting line-up includes baseball great Jose Canseco and two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over starting Thursday, Feb. 8. **Please note that Terrell Owens will not appear in the shows from January 25 through February 4. The shows will be hosted by comedian Martin Montana, with Eric Jordan Young serving as writer, director and creative director. The Renegades roster will rotate athletes every three months.
A two-time World Series champion, Jose Canseco is best known by millions of fans around the world as the “Godfather of Steroids.” He spent 17 years in the Major Leagues “bashing” baseballs into the upper decks of stadiums and accomplished such impressive accolades as Rookie of the Year, American League MVP, six All Star Game appearances, 462 career homeruns, and became a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. As a controversial best-selling author, reality star, mixed martial arts enthusiast, competitive senior softball player, avid bowler, identical twin, and extreme long drive hitting golf ball philanthropist, you never know what the self-proclaimed “King of Twitter” will say or do next.
Jim McMahon is as well known for his on-the-field performance as he is for his off-field antics, including mooning sports writers when they asked about the status of an injury to his buttocks, and entering his first public event with the Bears holding a beer. Best known at times for being the controversial Chicago Bear who clashed with his coach, Mike Ditka, and NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, McMahon earned two Super Bowl rings in 15 pro seasons with seven teams, the first win with the Bears in Super Bowl XX where he was the starting quarterback, and the second with the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. He was also the star of the Bears’ rap video, “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” in which he proclaimed “I’m the punky QB known as McMahon.” He played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American in 1980 and 1981, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. McMahon retired from the NFL following the 1996 season and has since worked as a restaurant owner and motivational speaker, and is also dedicated to supporting U.S. troops and veterans.
Jimmy King is most famous for his time spent on the famed University of Michigan Wolverines Fab Five, considered by many to be “the greatest class ever recruited” as it was the first time all five starters were freshmen. King, along with Ray Jackson, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship games as freshmen and sophomores. However, most of their wins and both of their Final Four appearances were vacated due to some of the players accepting money and gifts, compromising their amateur status. King played all four years at Michigan and averaged 15 points per game as a senior in 1995, and went on to play 12 years of professional basketball. Besides a having a thriving business career, over the last 20 years Jimmy has spent much of his time working with non-profit organizations that mentor youths in the Detroit area.
Philanthropist, entrepreneur, fitness expert, model, motivational speaker, humanitarian, loving father and the NFL’s six-time Pro Bowler Terrell Owens is a man on a mission. His extraordinary skills on the gridiron and elite athleticism raised the bar for wide receivers in the league. Owens is credited with being one of the most exciting and electrifying players to ever play the game, with 1,078 Receptions, 15,935 yards, and 153 touchdowns during the span of his 15-year career. Owens has garnered countless awards and accolades for his work on and off the field, including six Pro Bowl appearances, five time Associated Press All-Pro, recorded five seasons with 13 or more touchdowns, and the first to score a touchdown in seven straight “Monday Night Football” games. On September 15, 2008 in yet another remarkable Monday Night Game, Owens moved into second place on the NFL’s all-time career touchdown list. While he was one of the best players of his era, Owens also created a significant amount of controversy during his professional career, and also attracted attention for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations and rifts with teammates. Owens’ work on the field is only mirrored by his accomplishments off the field including partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association which is near and dear to his heart.
Martin Montana began his comedy career in Boston, performing at a bowling alley … showbiz! He then spent several years in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles. The co-creator of the web series “Middle Grown,” Martin has also written and acted in sketches on Funny or Die. In 2014 he began voicing the talking orange slice known as “Wedgehead” for the beer Shock Top in a series of hidden camera unscripted ads. The campaign immediately went viral with over 10 million views, expanding into television commercials for both Canada and the U.S., including a Super Bowl commercial in 2016. He can be heard on SiriusXM satellite radio, was a semi-finalist in NY’s Funniest Stand Up Competition, has been featured in the Boston Comedy Festival, and has performed at a Washington Nationals baseball game.
Eric Jordan Young first came to Las Vegas in 1993 for the production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s all-roller skating show, “Starlight Express.” He starred in the Las Vegas production of “Rock of Ages” from 2015 through 2017 and appeared in over 2,300 performances of “Vegas! The Show.” Young earned a BFA with honors in Musical Theater, graduating from Ithaca College in 1993 and has appeared in a number of Broadway productions including “Chicago,” “Ragtime,” “Seussical the Musical” and “The Look of Love,” as well as several other off-Broadway and touring companies. Eric is currently the Resident Director of “BAZ a Musical Mash-Up,” now appearing at the Palazzo Resort and Casino and is currently performing in Las Vegas’ newest production, “The Cocktail Cabaret” at Caesars Palace.
Renegades is co-produced by Rich Lenkov, Michael Speyer and Jordan Fiksenbaum. “You think you know these athletes’ stories, but trust me, you have no idea!” said Lenkov. “Renegades will offer the most unique entertainment experience on The Strip, where some of the most infamous names in sports will take you through the highs and lows of their careers in an intimate setting.”
Renegades will be presented Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 25. **Please note that Terrell Owens will not appear in the shows from January 25 through February 4. Tickets are $75 and $100, with a VIP package available for $300 which includes VIP seating, a photo, merchandise and a meet and greet with the athletes in Montecristo Cigar Bar after the show. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. PST and may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. Find Renegades on Facebookand follow on Twitter and Instagram.
Caesars Entertainment has a variety of room styles in every Las Vegas hotel. In addition to different room types, many hotels have multiple towers. The wrong hotel room in the wrong tower can make for a bad trip.
Hopefully, this brief overview of Caesars Las Vegas hotel rooms and casino experience help you choose the best casino-resort for your next vacation. Here are my rankings for the different Caesars hotel rooms in Las Vegas.
Caesars Palace – Just about all of the hotel rooms have been renovated in the past 5 years. Stay in Augustus or Octavius is you want to be away from the casino. The Julius Tower puts you right in the middle of the casino. The Palace Tower is closest to the pools. Augustus is my personal favorite at this massive casino.
The Cromwell – The rooms are small but are pretty and functional. The views aren’t great but ask for a strip view. The other view is looking at the wall of the Flamingo hotel. You also hear music from Drai’s nightclub in these rooms. Overall, the boutique hotel and casino is small but probably my favorite in the Caesars chain. There’s just a fun vibe here.
The Linq – The rooms are tiny but well put together. The small rooms don’t feel as claustrophobic as you might think. The clean rooms, lively and large casino, and center strip location make this one of the best bargainhotels on the Vegas Strip. Upgrade to a suite for a separate bedroom and living room.
Planet Hollywood – The room updates over the past few years are bland and they no longer have the movie memorabilia many people loved. The Miracle Mile Shops give lots of dining options without going outside. The casino is always a party when the sun goes down. The rooms are fine but this is an especially fun place to eat, drink, and gamble. The rooms are okay but the casino and mall make Planet Hollywood a fun place to stay.
Flamingo – It’s amazing to think that the beautiful GO rooms are old. They’re still nice looking hotel rooms. The recently renovated rooms are similar to other new Caesars Las Vegas hotel rooms. The Flamingo’s newer hotel rooms and location next to The Linq and across from Caesars Palace make this a fair property.
Bally’s – The Resort Tower rooms are the high-end of average prices in Las Vegas. The Jubilee Tower (closest to the Vegas Strip) are basic and functional. They’re nice rooms for the price. This casino is a good option for low rollers on the Vegas Strip.
Paris – Paris is one of the highest ranking hotels in the hierarchy of Caesars Las Vegas properties. This isn’t one of my favorite Caesars Las Vegas casinos although it’s one of the most popular. Caesars recently renovated most of the hotel rooms which is a major improvement. If you’re staying here choose one of the newly renovated Burgundy rooms.
Harrah’s – All of the hotel rooms at Harrah’s Las Vegas have been renovated. The Valley Tower rooms were the first to receive the makeover. The property is the personification of mediocre. Everything is average but nothing is amazing or awful. That said, the location is great if you want a value property near the center-north end of the Vegas Strip.
Rio – The lone Caesars Las Vegas property off the Vegas Strip has all suites. The casino feels old and hasn’t been renovated in a while. That said, it’s cheap for such a large room. This is a good option for groups just looking for a cheap place to crash.
There are about as many good cheapblackjack games on the Vegas Strip as you might have expected. In other words, there aren’t many. Where you do find good cheap blackjack you should expect that there are only one or two of these tables at most of the casinos listed below. They should be easy to spot since you’ll probably see a large crowd at these tables so you might have to wait for a seat.
For simplicity, I’m using $15 as the cut off for cheapblackjack and just listing the house edge of the games. I’m also listing the casinos alphabetically, and not by the smallest house edge. You can see the full survey here. The list is great and has information on all blackjack at every casino in Las Vegas.
Bally’s – House Edge: 0.57 Caesars Palace – House Edge: 0.57 The Cromwell – House Edge: 0.57 Excalibur – House Edge: 0.66 Flamingo (and Margaritaville) – House Edge: 0.57 The Linq – House Edge: 0.57 Harrah’s – House Edge: 0.55 New York – New York – House Edge: 0.48 Paris – House Edge: 0.57 Planet Hollywood – House Edge: 0.57 SLS Las Vegas – House Edge: 0.48 Treasure Island – House Edge: 0.46 and 0.48 Tropicana – House Edge: 0.57
I’m not a cigar smoker very often but every now and again friends visit and look to light up a stick. I’m always happy to partake and there’s a new bar opening where we can light up.
Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace looks pretty sweet. The opening date hasn’t been made official but it should be open before March ends. Here are some details and renderings:
In its golden anniversary year, Caesars Palace continues to expand the empire with the addition of Montecristo Cigar Bar, expected to open March 2016. The cigar lounge will pair notable cigar offerings with fine whiskeys, small bites and more, in a contemporary, organic 4,000 sq ft environment, designed by the award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, and executed by Bergman, Walls & Associates.
“Caesars Palace is in the midst of a beverage and nightlife renaissance with the refurbishment of our iconic Lobby Bar and Sports Book bars, the addition of the cutting edge VISTA Cocktail Lounge, and of course we are home to OMNIA nightclub, arguably the most important club in the world. These new outlets pair perfectly with our incomparable lineup of stars, celebrity chef offerings and luxury amenities,” said Caesars Palace Regional President Gary Selesner. “Montecristo Cigar Bar is a continuation of this renaissance, and will offer our guests the finest in cigars, whiskey and other fine beverages, while in a contemporary and inviting space featuring a walk-in humidor and cigar store, unlike anything else in the city. Our ambition is for Montecristo to be the best place in Las Vegas to smoke a cigar with a drink, while watching a stirring sporting event or, by special arrangement, as part of a gourmet meal from Old Homestead, Nobu or Restaurant Guy Savoy. We think this unique new offering is the perfect marriage of two world-famous brands, Caesars Palace and Montecristo.”
Cigar aficionados will appreciate the cigar retail area and humidor, offering renowned brands like its namesake Montecristo, Romeo Y Julieta, H. Upmann, Padron, La Flor Dominicana, Arturo Fuente, Ashton, San Cristobal, La Aroma de Cuba, Mi Amor, Las Antilles and My Father, as well as a variety of others. The retail shop and humidor are comprised of two intersecting circles with custom curved glass walls and shelving. In the retail shop, floating wood and glass jewel cases create an elegant display for the cigars. Top-of-the-line accessories will also be available for purchase, including S.T. Dupont. The spacious 400 sq ft humidor can store up to 1,000 cigars in a climate controlled environment, one of the largest in the city. The transparent walls visually connect the shop and humidor with the bar/lounge, highlighting the relationship between the three areas.
“The sheer size, elegance and commitment to customer satisfaction will make Montecristo Cigar Bar unique in the Las Vegas landscape,” said partner Michael Frey. “It will be a true sanctuary for cigar lovers to enjoy a great cigar and libation.”
Intended to reflect and compliment the fine selection of cigars, Montecristo Cigar Bar offers guests sensible and classic beverages, as well as rare, highly-coveted spirits. For connoisseurs, the Captain’s List will intrigue and delight. Highlights include Pappy Van Winkle vintages, 18 year-old Elijah Craig Single Barrel, Thomas H Handy Sazerac “Antique Collection” and more. The Louis XII Perfect Pour will be offered tableside, served in crystal Riedel glassware. Cigar pairings and suggestions will also be a feature, taking out the guess work to provide guests a sensational combination.
Throughout the entire Montecristo Cigar Bar space is a state-of-the-art ventilation system, ensuring guests a comfortable and fresh visit. The 100-seat bar/lounge and gaming area offers guests four distinct experiences to enjoy a smooth cigar and libation– the signature bar, the library, the courtyard and the vault room. The centerpiece of the bar/lounge is a round bar volume featuring bar-top gaming and plush seating upholstered in light and dark neutral hues. Wood paneling on the walls and ceiling add warmth to the space. The library’s neutral material palette is both industrial and luxe, and gives the space a residential feel. An oversized video wall made up of nine television screens will bring sporting events to life, making it a premier spot to watch big games.
The courtyard space envelopes the back portion of Montecristo. Lush green design elements, a variety of seating groupings and skylight feature create an environment that blurs the line between indoors and outdoors. The 10-seat vault is the most intimate area in Montecristo, and will be highly coveted for groups looking to have their own space to enjoy the view.
“We are excited to be working once again with Caesars Palace,” said Shawn Sullivan, Partner, Rockwell Group. “We conceived Montecristo Cigar Bar as a modern and luxurious loft space with outdoor elements influenced by tobacco farms.”
Montecristo Cigar Bar will also serve guests a selection of dishes to compliment the space and its offerings, to include: a selection of domestic and imported cheeses, charcuterie, spicy pork rinds and house-made vegetable chips. Lavazza coffee will also be available, including tableside French pressed coffee.
Montecristo Cigar Bar will be located adjacent to Old Homestead, across from Nobu Restaurant and Lounge.
Years ago Virgil’s BBQ was one of my favorite restaurants in New York City. There wasn’t much if any, barbeque in NYC at the time so Virgil’s felt almost like a delicacy.
I have many many fond memories and fuzzy times at Virgil’s in New York. For that reason alone I can’t wait for Virgil’s BBQ to open at The Linq.
Ever since Carmine’s opened at Caesars Palace a couple of years ago there have been rumors about Virgil’s opening since they’re operated by the same company. It looks like the rumors will finally come true. The rendering above looks cool. I can’t wait to see the real thing.
Here are details and the press release:
Alicart Restaurant Group will expand the company’s presence in Las Vegas with the addition of Virgil’s Real Barbecue at The LINQ Promenade, opening in the summer of 2016. Boasting locations in New York City and at Atlantis in the Bahamas, Virgil’s will expand west, joining Carmine’s NYC’s Legendary Family Style Italian Restaurant, which the company opened at The Forum Shops at Caesars in 2013.
The Las Vegas location of Virgil’s will span 14,000 square feet and be highlighted by live music programming nightly, private dining rooms seating up to 300 guests and three outdoor spaces, including a poolside patio at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.
“The success of Carmine’s in Las Vegas laid the groundwork for expansion in this market,” said Alicart CEO Jeffrey Bank. “We are excited to bring barbecue and Virgil’s to the city and have found an ideal location at The LINQ.”
“The LINQ Promenade has become the epicenter of the famous Las Vegas Strip offering the most dynamic selection of restaurants, bars and retailers. It’s the perfect location for the first West Coast location of Virgil’s,” said Bob Morse hospitality president for Caesars Entertainment. “The restaurant offers a unique atmosphere for our visitors that will truly enhance The LINQ Promenade experience.”
The menu from Executive Chef Neal Corman, author of Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook, features the world famous BBQ tastes of Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolina’s and Missouri to offer a true sampling of barbecue in its many and varied regional interpretations. The menu was developed after extensive research in the back roads of the south and highlights the best of the local styles including Memphis pork ribs and chicken, Carolina pulled pork and Texas beef brisket.
Virgil’s meats are smoked at a low temperature over indirect heat for up to ten hours with a unique mix of hickory, oak and fruit woods in order to impart the most flavor and to keep the meat from drying out. To complement the main menu of BBQ specialties, Virgil’s also offers a generous selection of traditional sides like barbecue beans, coleslaw and cheese grits and Southern-style desserts like banana pudding and Key Lime and sweet potato pies.
Caesars Cyber Week traditionally offers their best sale prices of the year. Links and details for each hotel are below. This year Caesars is adding additional 5% off for Cyber Monday.
Details from Caesars: The Year’s Biggest Hotel Savings Are Here! Take advantage of Caesars Entertainment’s limited time-only Cyber Sale. From the iconic Caesars Palace to value rates at lively Harrah’s, warm up your winter with these hotel room discounts. Rates as low as $30! Book Today.
Marriottannounced that they will be buying Starwood Hotels this morning. This comes on the heels of Starwood announcing that SLS Las Vegas will be a part of their Tribute Collection last week (see article on Travel Zork). Part of the SLS connection is that Starwood would be changing the Lux tower at SLS into W Las Vegas.
A Starwood sale wasn’t a secret but Hyatt was becoming the favorite to buy them (see article on Travel Zork). This deal was made because most of Marriott’s rooms before the purchase were in the United States. About 2/3rds of Starwood hotel rooms are outside of the United States. Marriott now has 1.1 million hotel rooms around the world.
Back to Vegas.
Starwood’s biggest connection with Vegas is through its current affiliation with Caesars Entertainment. The SLS program will begin in December and W Las Vegas will open mid-late 2016. Marriott’s current Vegas Strip affiliation is with the Cosmopolitan. Since the Cosmo was sold last year it’s been rumored that they will eventually join Hilton in some way.
Might the Cosmopolitan become a Starwood hotel? I know at least one person that will lose his mind if that happens.
Details on the merger of the programs haven’t been released yet. The press release is more financially driven. It’s possible, but unlikely, that Starwood and Marriott will remain separate brands that would keep their individual loyalty programs.
The deal isn’t expected to be completed until sometime in 2016. Unless relationships change these are the hotels on the Vegas Strip that will become Marriott hotels:
SLS Las Vegas
W Las Vegas
Marriott would be the hotel partner for almost half of the hotels on the Vegas Strip (12 of 26 or so).That’s kind of a big deal. Look forward to more information to follow next year.
PS: Starwood Hotels and Starwood Capital are not the same company. This old rumor is probably just be a coincidence.
Grandissimo was the name of a hotel and casino that Jay Sarno, founder of Caesars Palace and Circus Circus, was thinking about when he retired. The dream never came to fruition and was over after he passed away in 1984.
Gambling Invest’s domain monitoring service uncovered that at the end of July, The D Las Vegas casino became the new owner of several “grandissimo” domains, including grandissimo.net, grandissimovegas.com and grandissimolv.com.
…The whois details of the three domain names were updated in July this year when The D Las Vegas casino replaced Dickinson Wright as the listed owners, but Gambling Invest believes that the Michigan law firm had registered the domains on behalf of Derek and Greg Stevens, the Detroit brothers who control The D and that in January 2014, Dickinson Wright helped obtain a trademark for Grandissimo in relation to restaurant, hotel and entertainment services.