Riviera Implosion Announced

When former Las Vegas Strip resorts are imploded they always draw big crowds even though most are in the middle of the night. People have been wondering when the implosion of the Riviera would be announced well on June 14th at 2am the implosion of the long time Strip property will begin with the implosion of the Monaco Tower. An implosion date for the Monte Carlo tower has not been announced yet but will be forthcoming.

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WSOBP Gets New Home

The annual World Series of Beer Pong tournament is nearly here with it scheduled for July 6th to July 10th at a new home at the Westgate. We have reported on the World Series of Beer Pong before at the Flamingo but with its most recent home at the Riviera now closed its good to see the event has found a new home at the Westgate. The event is in its 11th year and the players are competing for $65,000 in prize money and thats a lot of beer money.

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Big Cat Magic To Return

There was a time in Las Vegas that every big resort would have a magic show featuring big cats in its showroom. Most of this type of show have vanished because of changing audience tastes in Las Vegas as well as lot more variety in the types of shows and acts available with many Cirque shows taking over the big showrooms. One big cat magician that has performed fairly often is magician Dirk Arthur who has performed all over town most recently at the Riviera where he had the bad fortune to open his show there at that property as …

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Buy A Piece Of The Riviera Today

Today is your first chance to buy a piece of Las Vegas history as the liquidation sale of the 60 year Strip landmark the Riviera begins. The sale is being conducted by National Content Liquidators and the admission fee for the first four days when the best selection is available is $10 per person. The items on sale include furnishings from the 2,075 guestrooms and suites as well as things from the casino such as gaming tables, stools and numerous items as well as things such as furnishings and commercial kitchen equipment from the former properties restaurants. The commercial kitchen …

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Still Time Left To Cash In Riviera Chips

Last Monday the Riviera Hotel closed after 60 years on the Las Vegas Strip to make way for more exhibit and meeting space for the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you still have some casino chips left over you can still cash them in if you desire even though the Riviera is closed until September 1st 2015 after which time they will become souvenirs. If you want to cash out those chips take them to the nearby Westgate Las Vegas and redeem them at the casino cage while you still can. Most likely the Westgate is getting a cut of …

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Riviera Close Draws Near

The weekend is not too far away and as it draws near so does the last weekend to visit the Riviera the sixty year old Strip resort that is due to close on Monday. The official time for the visitors and guests to be out of the property is by noon although a slow gradual shutdown of the property is likely to begin many hours before. If you have never been to a resort closing for good it’s an interesting experience albeit a sad one especially for the employees. I have been at the closing of many properties over the …

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Classic Cash Giveaway At Riviera

The Riviera may soon be history as it is due to close next month but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to celebrate their 60th Anniversary this month and as part of the celebration they are giving away cash. The “Classic Cash Giveaway” is open to members of the Riviera Rewards players club {free to join} and. includes $500,000 in cash prices. Players club members get one entry for every 600 in points they earn and a drawing for cash prizes up to $10,000 will be made nightly at 7pm Sunday through Friday. This promotion might be worth checking out …

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Convention Center Expansion

The upcoming coming closure of the Riviera on May 4th means the loss of 2,100 of the least expensive hotel rooms on the Strip to the Las Vegas visitor. The hotel will make way for the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center which is part of the $2.3 billion Global Business District expansion by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority of the facility. The new convention center space will help Las Vegas better compete with cities such as Los Angeles and Anaheim in the race to get the biggest conventions. The LVCVA has said at present they miss …

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Riviera Set To Close May 4th

In last Fridays board meeting of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority the members present voted unanimously to purchase the Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Strip and close it to redevelop the land. The purchase price for the Riviera is $182.5 million with the property due to close May 4th with the redevelopment of this and other nearby land purchased expected to take between five to eight years to complete. The above picture from the LVCVA shows what the replacement building on the Riviera site will most likely look like as part of the $2.3 billion expansion of …

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Riviera’s Time May Be Up

A 60 year old resort fixture on the Strip may be living on borrowed time as rumors about the closing and redevelopment of the Riviera swirl with a possible closing time of May or June. For about the last month their has been talk that the property could be remodeled or redeveloped as a modern Riviera but now comes news that the LVCVA may knock down the property for a expanded convention center. The Las Vegas Convention and Vistor’s Authority has been buying up land around the Convention Center but mainly to the South of the Convention Center for expansion. …

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Blues Festival Coming To The Strip

Another music festival is coming to Las Vegas in this case it’s the Big Blues Bender Music Festival which will be at the Riviera this September. The inaugural festival will showcase blues and blues rock and have BB King and George Thorogood  & The Destroyers as the headliners; Some of the other acts scheduled to appear includes The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Tab Benoit, Ana Popovic and Buckwheat Zydeco. The performances will happen on stages all over the Riviera on September 25 to 29th, right now ticket sales are only open to Las Vegas residents but packages with rooms and …

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Pawn Shop Show Heads To The Strip

The Broadway style stage show based on the hit Las Vegas based television show Pawn Stars has announced it’s moving from its Downtown home at the Golden Nugget to a new home on the Strip; the new home for the show will be at the Riviera in its Starlite Theater. If you are a fan of the show on the History Channel and want to check out the parody stage version it’s called ‘Pawn Shop Live’ and will debut in its new home on April 21st.

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