The Global Gaming Expo or G2E as its known begins today at the Sand’s Expo and Convention Center and will run through October 2nd. Two highlights of the show are today at 4:30pm when Las Vegas casino owner legend Steve Wynn takes the stage for a keynote; the second highlight is tomorrow also at 4:30pm when Sheldon Adelson another famous Las Vegas casino operator takes the stage in a second keynote. G2E is a trade show for the casino operators and companies producing products that they can sell to them including products such as slot machines, card shufflers, table games etc.

The above video shows the concerts as part of the ‘9th Annual Pure Aloha Fall Festival’ coming to the Rio on Saturday October 4th; Ticket prices for the concert are $30 pre-sale or $38 the day of the event or $100 for VIP, for more information contact the Rio box office. (Video is courtesy of vizzunent)

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The Purple Zebra that is located inside the Linq entertainment district is having a drink special today in celebration of Mexican Independence with their 32 oz specialty drink the ‘Ultimate Zebrita’ on sale for $20. The ‘Ultimate Zebrita ‘is a fishbowl filled with three frozen Margaritas with Patron and Grand Marnier because their is nothing sexier to the opposite sex than a person with their face in a fishbowl okay maybe not.

IMG_20140130_093642Over the last few years the MGM Grand has been undergoing a huge remodel with updated rooms, restaurants, night clubs and even the sprawling casino’s carpet; In recent months the construction and changes have slowed down but one change going on right now is that the longtime stable of the MGM Grand, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House closed down after the Labor Day weekend on September 2nd for a remodel of the eighteen year old restaurant. But gumbo or fish fans don’t worry the restaurant and menu just go a little face lift with the updated restaurant opening last Friday and the grand reopening scheduled for October.

SLSWhen the new SLS stated that they were going to cater to locals as well as tourists many may have wondered how they were going to do that as locals generally go to their local casino most of the time than fight the tourists and traffic of the Strip; Well one way to market to the locals market is give them specials to draw them to the resort which is what the SLS is doing via its players club called The Code. Locals with the card get $5 drinks property wide from 5 to 8pm Sunday through Thursdays as well as 2 for 1 buffet deals which should draw some locals in to check out the property. The former Sahara was hurt by being surrounded by empty lots but if the new SLS at the same location can draw in more locals in with deals until the surrounding area gets built up over the next few years the property could do okay.

Cosmopolitan TowerAs part of Mexican Independence Day events the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan is holding ‘The Original Margarita Festival’ at 7pm with mixologists showcasing their takes on a Margarita. Some of the mixologists due to take part are from venues such as Vesper, Veleteen Rabit and Herb and Rye as well as many more local bars. The entrance fee for the event is $40 and, apart from unlimited Margarita’s you also get to vote on which ones you like with the top three going on to compete head to head and having to incorporate secret ingredients as they battle head to head. The winner of the event who is judged by Las Vegas drink experts gets an educational tour to Tequila, Mexico. If you plan on attending the event you must be 21 or older with a valid id aand a trip to Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan first (non very Mexican but oh well) to have something in your stomach before drinking all the Margarita’s might not be a bad idea.

The annual San Gennaro Feast is underway this weekend celebrating Italian culture and runs through Sunday night on Grand Canyon Drive just South of Flamingo. The event has Italian food and drink vendors as well as carnival rides and live music. Entrance for the event costs $9 for adults and for more information visit their website sangennarofeast.com

New Westgate Las Vegas momument sign

New Westgate Las Vegas momument sign

The changes at the former LVH continue as another show has closed at the property as the property becomes the Westgate Las Vegas a timeshare property with a casino; The latest show to close is the Las Vegas Tenors which follows past shows that have closed recently Comedy After Dark and MO5AIC. As of right now that leaves the property with two shows The King which is an Elvis tribute act with Trent Carlini and Raiding The Rock Vault. It will be interesting to see how far the new owners will go in cutting costs and if the two remaining shows remain open, apart from being a timeshare resort the property also does a large convention business because of its location next to the Convention Center. The convention goers might want to see a show when staying at the property so having some kind of show option might be a good idea but running five or six shows might not be worth the cost. As the transition from full hotel resort to timeshare resort we will have to see what other changes the Westgate Las Vegas makes in future months.

Kardasian Khaos the boutique fashion  store at the Mirage has announced it will close on October 30th to make way for a coffee shop. In recent times coffee shops were cutting hours or closing so this is a double win a new coffee shop plus one less place to see the overexposed Kardasian’s. In the video above they talk about themselves of course as well as the soon to close Kardasian Khaos store. (video is courtesy of mlifetv)

El Cortez Front

The El Cortez in Downtown in recent years has been big on free food promotions and the free Klondike ice cream bar promotion is now going on on Wednesdays in September. You have to be a Club Cortez players club member (free to join) and then if you hit a jackpot of $25 or more with the card in you get a free Klondike bar. For more details see the Club Cortez players booth and maybe get something for your sweet tooth.