Drunk History Does Las Vegas

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This isn’t news, but something I just want to share. Sometimes I’m a little slow to catch on to things. One of the recent things that I’ve been slow to embrace was the TV show “Drunk History” on Comedy Central.

The show is a mellow kind of fun which I generally don’t have patience for. However, in the past 10 days, I watched the last 2 seasons and will watch the rest soon. I didn’t like the show my first few times watching a couple of years ago but have come to really like it.

Here are two of the three segments from the episode of “Drunk History” devoted to Las Vegas. You can watch full episodes of “Drunk History” at CC.com.

Buy on Amazon: Seasons 1 & 2 are $10 and Season 3 on DVD is $20.

BUGSY SIEGEL GETS IN HOT WATER WITH THE MOB

 

VEGAS’ FIRST DESEGREGATED CASINO

 

Here’s some information about the show from Comedy Central: Based on the popular web series, Drunk History is the liquored-up narration of our nation’s history. Host Derek Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of actors and comedians, travels across the country to present the rich tales that every city in this land has to offer. Booze helps bring out the truth. It’s just that sometimes the truth is a little incoherent.

Buy on Amazon: Seasons 1 & 2 are $10 and Season 3 on DVD is $20.

Here Are The Las Vegas Fireworks As 2015 Became 2016

Las Vegas Fireworks

 

Las Vegas Fireworks
Photo Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

Here are all 8 minutes of the Las Vegas Fireworks show that were live from the Vegas Strip last night. Each song was in the playlist was tailored to a specific casino but I don’t really understand it. I don’t think KTNV Las Vegas aired the footage in sync with the actual choreography plan.

Anyway, fireworks in Las Vegas are always awesome. Enjoy.

Happy New Year!

Holy Frijoles Tacos – “Burglars Just Want Tacos”

Burglars Just Want Tacos…Frijoles Tacos

Frijoles Tacos
mmmmm…carnitas

Frijoles Tacos in Las Vegas made the best from a robbery when they made this fun, now, viral video Called “Burglars Just Want Tacos.” Seriously, who doesn’t want tacos? This is really a making lemonade out of lemons situation.

Read more about the video from Ad Age “Vegas Taco Joint Gets Burglarized, Makes Amazing Viral Video Ad From Security-Cam Footage.”

Photo: Frijoles Instagram

VEGASCAPES: A Las Vegas Timelapse Trip

Las Vegas Timelapse

Las Vegas Timelapse

by Dustin Farrell makes some beautiful videos that are well choreographed to music. You can find them on Vimeo.

This video is particularly phenomenal. I’ve seen and shared a lot of beautiful Las Vegas videos and this is one of the best.

The video is crystal clear and I recommend viewing the video in full-screen mode with the biggest screen you can find.

Amateur videographers might want to watch his tutorial on timelapse films.

Here’s a pretty great reel of his work featuring landscapes and humans.

Tweet me with other great videos of Las Vegas you’ve found and I’ll share them. You should also feel free to post them on the Facebook page. Just make sure they’re beautiful like this one. 😉

Hat Tip to @Dribbleglass for the find.

Ocean’s Eleven + Empire Strikes Back = Ackbar’s Eleven

Ackbar’s Eleven

Ackbar's Eleven
Ackbar’s Eleven

The idea of mashing up “Ocean’s Eleven” and any kind of “Star Wars” (“Empire Strikes Back” in this case) is enough to make me chuckle. The idea of “Ackbar’s Eleven” is funny enough but I let out a huge yelp it when they mentioned Frank Catton.

This is probably the best 5 minutes of my day. At least before I finish this cup of coffee.

Casinos Are An Ariana Grande or Metallica Song Away

Ariana Grande and Metallica Master of Puppets

I was getting in my car to drive home from Suncoast casino the other day when “Love Me Harder” by Ariana Grande and The Weeknd came on the radio. I drove home by the before the song was over. I never noticed songs traveling to and from Suncoast before. Here’s the song for reference to how quick that trip was.

I listen mostly to rock music in some form when I’m not dorking out to cheesy pop jams or old school hip hop. The rock station here plays a lot of Metallica but one song stands out to me. I’ve probably gotten into my car at the beginning of “Master of Puppets” and exited about 15 times on my way to and from Red Rock Resort.

Red Rock is a little farther drive than Suncoast. Here’s the song to compare.

That’s all, I just have these drive time songs to and from casinos in my head. Sometimes I’ll pick which casino I visit based on the song playing when I turn on my car.

This is just a dumb thing rattling around my head and wanted to share. My next casino visit will be somewhere in Downtown Vegas. That’s 2 or 3 songs away. Enjoy the jams.

Buy Master of Puppets by Metallica
Buy My Everything by Ariana Grande

Here’s How To Know What Beer Is Right For You

What Beer Is Right For You?
What Beer Is Right For You?

There are a lot more types of beer available in Las Vegas than ever before. If you haven’t explored the different kinds of beer you may not know what’s right for you. This chart can help you narrow your options.

While this a cool infographic it might not be entirely accurate. It matched me with a barrel-aged stout this morning. I’m not much of a stout fan.

Another note: If you’re a beer snob you’ll get a chuckle from answering yes to the first question.

Photo: Cool Material

Five NFL Stadiums That Could Use Casinos

Earlier this year I was fascinated when I found out that the New York Mets wanted to have a casino as part of Citi Field. That’s two things I love in one place – baseball and casinos. That got me to thinking what other pro stadiums could use a casino.

In February I called on baseball expert “Betting DorkGill Alexander to come up with 5 Major League Baseball stadiums that could use a casino and now I’m calling on Joe Fortenbaugh from National Football Post for the NFL version of that list. Thankfully he had a few minutes before the NFL draft to contribute his thoughts.

Like me, Joe likes to eat steak, gamble and drink but he also knows way more about football then anyone else I know. Joe covers Las Vegas and gambling for NFP and is a great read and follow on twitter (@JoeFortenbaugh). On to 5 NFL stadiums that could use a casino…

1. Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)

Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL

In 2006, I attended four games at Ray Jay during the Bucs’ forgettable 4-12 campaign and can honestly say that I’ve never had a better time in the face of consistent defeat. Under the sun-drenched Florida sky amidst the laid-back party atmosphere, Buccaneers games are more like a cocktail party than a sporting event. And when you really think about it, is there a better place for a casino in all of a professional football than the $3 million, 20,000 square foot pirate ship located in Raymond James’ north end zone? The damn thing screams “Treasure Island” and would be so much fun to play at that I wouldn’t bat an eye at the 6/5 blackjack payouts.

Photo: Wikimedia 

2. Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)

Cowboys Stadium Arlington, TX

If NFL venues were Las Vegas Strip properties, then Jerry Jones’ $1.2 billion ode to extravagance would no doubt be the Lone Star State equivalent of the Wynn. From the $40 million jumbotron to the onsite Victoria’s Secret, Jones has made it perfectly clear that he wants Cowboys Stadium to be regarded as the gold standard for modern sports arenas. With 85,000 seats, Jones can afford to turn the six elevated platforms behind the end zones from standing room “Party Pass” sections into blackjack and dice games with an elevated view of the field. Just don’t expect to find any $5 tables. Tony Romo’s $108 million contract isn’t going to pay itself.

Photo: Wikimedia 

3. O.Co Coliseum (Oakland, CA)

O.Co Coliseum Oakland, CA

Calling the Coliseum a dump would be an insult to waste disposal facilities all across America. The Raiders haven’t posted a winning season since 2002 and have ranked dead last in attendance in three of the last four years. Between the fan bases’ lack of interest in showing up to witness yet another loss and the state of California’s never ending budget crisis, building an onsite casino makes too much sense for an inept state legislature more concerned with taxing their citizens into an early grave. Just go ahead and convert the entire upper deck into a pleasure pit of gambling decadence. It’s not like anybody is using those seats to watch the Raiders play football.

Photo: NFL.com 

4. Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA

There was absolutely no shot in hell that we were going to do an article on stadium-casinos and leave the most morally compromising, utterly decedent and insanely delicious city in the league off the list. The Big Easy: Where willpower takes a backseat and the right foot never lets off the gas. Where alcoholic beverages are served by the gallon, Johnny Law turns a blind eye and the human spirit is free to push the limits of debauchery. It’s this type of atmosphere that has aided the Saints in their production of an impressive 29-11 (.725) home record since 2008. The only problem with a Superdome casino is that you’d probably be forced to cut-off drink service for close to 73% of the gambling population.

Photo: Blog.NewOrleansSaints 

5. Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)

Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA

Try as you might, you’ll never be able to convince me that there’s a better tailgate in all of professional football than the one that takes place at Qualcomm on Sundays during the fall. The weather is so immaculate and the atmosphere so lively that as a Chargers season ticket holder in 2005, I was a lock to enter the stadium 30 minutes after kickoff because I didn’t want the party in the parking lot to end. The best way to rectify that problem would be to build a casino in the upper deck, where fans can gamble away the afternoon in 76-degree weather while watching the Powder Blues go about their business. The Chargers would have a natural gaming partner in Viejas Casino, which is located just 29 miles from Qualcomm.

Photo: Butterfunk 

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Jets Cover Photo: Flickr

5 Major League Baseball Stadiums That Could Use A Casino

I’m always excited when I have contributors to the site. It’s something I don’t do often enough but that will change in the future. This week Gill Alexander, AKA Betting Dork, offers a little fun to the site.

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that the initial proposal for the New York Mets Citi Field came with a casino attached to it. That proposal was shot down by New York City before it even reached Major League Baseball for approval. Gill looks at a few Major League Baseball stadiums that could use the addition of addition a casino.

Even though some of his takes seem tongue and cheek a lot of what he has to say rings true. You can download the awesome Betting Dork Podcast (If you follow me on twitter you know how much I enjoy this podcast) or visit Dr. Bob Sports to learn more about Gill and follow his baseball picks.

Miller Park – Milwaukee Brewers 

Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park

According to court papers in the NCAA v Christie New Jersey sports betting case, Bud Selig’s shocked, appalled, and in disbelief that people bet on baseball? Well now that daughter Wendy’s not around to snitch, he’d never, ever believe the video poker machines on the back of every seat at his old team’s ballpark.

Photo: MNArtists

It’s Freezing In Las Vegas Today

I’m from New York City and I don’t have blood as thick as someone from Buffalo but I’m rarely cold. This morning I received a freeze warning on my iPad. This is Las Vegas and freeze warnings aren’t really normal. I worried that I may be getting weak when I went outside for the first time. I was cold. Then again, I was still in my sleepwear with no socks.

When I left my house this morning in my hoodie and shorts I wasn’t cold. However, the locals around me were all wearing winter gear as if there was a snow storm looming. It reminded me of this scene from Seinfeld.

It’s supposed to be in the 40’s if you plan to visit Vegas this weekend. It’s not a big deal if you’re casino hopping as long as it doesn’t get too windy. If you’ve never seen snow in Vegas, check out this pic from when I moved to Las Vegas two years ago. The roads were dry by lunch.

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

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