The former Imperial Palace which as rebranded the Quad while the public areas where under construction has now opened under the new name called the Linq Hotel. The former name was okay but just not that exciting but the new name makes a lot more sense especially since the property is attached to the Linq entertainment district. 

SLSThe new SLS resort on the North end of the Strip made a big deal about its LIFE Nightclub before the properties opening but so far it seems the club isn’t drawing the attention it needs in a crowded Las Vegas night club scene. The properties location away from most of the Strip resorts also doesn’t help the club draw traffic although if they could draw some of the nightclub crowd to come check it out it could find its niche. One way the club is raising its profile is by the recent signing of a resident DJ in this case Steve Angello one of the top electronic dj’s  who will be launching his new concept at LIFE called ‘Reflections’ on November 22nd. The signing of a resident dj is a good move and with the huge Rock In Rio event happening next year across the street from the club could do well in the long run.

 

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The second Border Grill in Las Vegas at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is now open in the former PJ Clarke’s space. The opening of this location has been looked forward too by many and is open for lunch and dinner and features the popular Border Grill food you may have tried in the other Las Vegas location or in Los Angeles. The restaurant has a demonstration kitchen a private dining room, cantina lounge, ceviche bar and a normal bar as well as great food so you might want to add it to your ever growing list of restaurants to try in Las Vegas.

IMG_20140131_072937Caesars Entertainment said they would hold many events at The Linq outdoor entertainment center and since its opening they have done that; the latest event is 2014 Red Bull Global Rally cross championship finale scheduled for November 4th and 5th. Rally cross if are not familiar with it is an off road auto race with high performance usually small production type cars. The races in Europe where the sport is most popular take place through forests and up mountains on asphalt roads as well as dirt tracks. The Red Bull event returns for the third time in a row to Las Vegas with Andretti Sports Marketing producing the event. The event at the Linq is being held at the properties event lot at Koval and Winnick Avenue and, is most likely to feature a manmade dirt course with lots of jumps.

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MGM Resorts International has announced they have sold Gold Strike their Jean, Nevada property to Jett Gaming a slot route operator. If you are not familiar with Gold Strike its the resort off to the right of the Interstate from California between State Line and Las Vegas. The property was part of the purchase when MGM bought the resorts at State Line which they sold but Gold Strike wasn’t sold as part of that deal. As MGM Resorts has opened more upscale properties the Gold Strike kind of operated on its own with its own players club that wasn’t part of the M Life players card. This may not be a shift to just upscale properties as MGM still operates properties such as Circus Circus, Excalibur  and Luxor and hasn’t shown an interest in changing them; This may be more that MGM is getting rid of a non core property and also one that has been rumored to closed down in recent times so hopefully the new operator will help the property.

 

Downtown GrandThe Downtown Grand offers a complimentary shuttle for its hotel guests to get around Downtown and visit some of the attractions. The hotel offers two lines the blue line starts service at 10:30am and runs about every 30 minutes from the Downtown Grand to the Premium Outlets (north) and then to the Container Park before returning to the property. The blue line service last shuttle leaves at 2:45 and then at 5pm the Orange Line begins service with stops at the same places as well as one stop at the Neon Museum At 6:40pm as well as stopping at the Smith Center For The Performing Arts many times. If no performances are scheduled at the Smith Center then only the 5:00pm service on the blue line will run. For more information on the shuttle service check with the Downtown Grand.

IMG_20140131_084124If you are a fan of white truffles and have more than a travel reporters budget, okay a lot more you might want to check out Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesar’s Palace. The restaurant right now has a six course meal including the celebrated fungi at $420 per person as well as menu items which are available a la carte.

Wicked a different version of the Wizard Of Oz seen in the movie returns to Las Vegas with a run through November at the Smith Center For Performing Arts in Downtown. I have seen the show in Los Angeles and its well worth checking out if you are looking for something a little different than the usual Las Vegas stage shows. (Video Courtesy KTNV Las Vegas)

The large Surrender nightclub at Encore is adding a huge glass dome with solar panels over the pool area at the club. The new dome is costing $2 million and is scheduled to open October 22nd and will help the outdoor area stay warmer so it can operate during the colder Winter months.

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.