Palms Renovation Nears $700 Million

The ongoing remodel of the Palms by Station Casinos was originally budgeted at $485 million but that price tag has soared to $690 million. The reason for the price increase is the rising cost of materials as well as a tight labor market but the construction is on track to end by the third quarter of next year.

Even with the extra cost for Palms remodel i think its likely money well spent for Station Casinos for a property that’s not too far from the Strip and, especially if the rumors of a new hotel or arena at the nearby Rio come to fruition.

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New Club Opens At Rio

Rio, Las Vegas

A club named DB172 has opened at the Rio in the former space of Cafe Martorano in a 7,000 square foot with a music, dining and drinking venue. The unusual club names meaning is the loudest sound ever recorded which was the eruption of the volcano Krakatoa in 1883 that had a sound level of 172 decibels thus the name 172DB.

DB172 is going to showcase lesser known local bands with ticket prices starting at a bargain $10 plus the usual fees and taxes.

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America’s Got Talent Auditions

Rio, Las Vegas

Last month was the start of the auditions for America’s Got Talent thirteenth season with auditions for new acts taking place in nine cities across the country including Las Vegas with auditions to be held next Wednesday December 13th at the Rio. The producers are looking for the best amateur acts and its a open call to anyone interested eighteen and older just click on the link to the website below to sign up. If you are not able to make it to the Rio next week you can also submit an online video through the website link.

Website Link

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BK Whopper Bar At Rio Has Closed

The more upscale version of a Burger King the BK Whopper Bar at Rio has closed to make room for Smashburger which is due to open in the properties Masquerade Tower as Caesars Entertainment broadens its relationship with Smashburger. The former BK Whooper Bar which we reviewed in the past was known for traditional Burger King fare but with things such as more exotic toppings on a build it itself burger. Smashburger is one of the numerous higher quality burger chains that have exploded in recent times and have looked for Las Vegas outposts such as long time West Coast favorite In and Out Burger as well as never entrants such as the Shake Shack and The Habit. The deal with Smashburger also includes a location at Harrahs Laughlin and if the Rio location works i wouldn’t be surprised if a location opens at one of the numerous Caesars Entertainment properties on the Strip.

World Series Of Poker Starts Today

The 46th World Series of Poker gets underway today at the Rio with events running through July 14th and then of course the final main event table in November. This year’s event will have 68 different events with buy in’s ranging in different amounts from $565 for the May 29th debut of Colossus to $111,111. Even though the popularity of poker may have dropped from its peak as the television shows have mostly gone away the WSOP is always extremely popular and, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a huge amount of entrant’s maybe the most ever. If you are heading to the event and, not driving or taking a taxi the shuttle to the next door Gold Coast might be an option as the Rio shuttle is likely to be busy.

Friday Show Pick: Penn & Teller

There was a time in Las Vegas where every major resort would have would have a magician act usually with exotic animals but over recent years the number of magic acts in Las Vegas has declined especially as more and more Cirque type shows were added. Yes there are still magic acts around town notably David Copperfield with his long residency at the MGM Grand and Criss Angel with his long running de themed Cirque magic show at the Luxor. One magic show that has lasted an amazing 21 years and is always near the top of our recommended shows to see in Las Vegas is the Penn & Teller Show at the Rio. This show isn’t your standard magic act as instead of animals and huge elaborate illusions this is a very funny show where some of the walls of magic are broken down as Penn will tell you how some of the tricks are done. The show is entertaining and humorous with a much more laid back approach with the stars interacting with the audience instead of the sometimes too serious magicians. The magic is clever and amusing and well worth checking out when you are in Las Vegas. The theater is big for an off strip property with 1,475 seats and the performers have a meet and greet after the show.  The show runs Saturday through Wednesday with ticket pricing starting at $82.50 plus the usual taxes and fees and no its not inexpensive but well worth the money. The show starts at 9pm and, is children friendly which isn’t always the case for night shows for more information or tickets contact the Rio box office at (702) 777-2782 or visit their website. [Video Courtesy of Rio Las Vegas and Caesars]

Pure Aloha Festival At Rio

The above video shows the Pure Aloha Festival which returns to the Rio parking lot today and runs through the weekend showcases the best in Hawaiian food, shopping and music as well as carnival rides. If you are looking for something different and maybe a break from the casinos this might be an inexpensive option for you as general admission tickets are only $8 or $6 for children ages 5-10 or $5 for military with id. The event runs from 5 pm to midnight today and tomorrow and then noon to midnight Saturday and from noon to 10 pm on Sunday night. The Rio does have a free shuttle that runs between Bally’s and Harrah’s on the Strip to the property that runs from 10 am to 1am every 30 minutes or so although if you plan on using it you might want to take it earlier in the evening as it gets busy at night. The Rio is near the Strip and if you don’t have a car or are not planning on taking the shuttle, you could walk although its a bit of a hike across two on ramps to the Interstate a better option may be a short cab ride from the Strip. {Video courtesy of Vizzunent}

Aloha Concert At Rio

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)

Aloha Fall Festival Returns To LV

Rio Tower and Sign

The ‘9th Annual Pure Aloha Fall Festival’ is returning to the Rio and will take over the Rio parking lot between October 3rd through the 5th in a celebration of island culture. The event will include traditional live entertainment as well as concerts every evening and an expected 100 specialty food and retail vendors. General admission to the festival is $8 or $50 if you want the all access pass wrist band which includes midway rides in their carnival area. If you are in town and want to check out the festival the Rio is off Strip but still close to the Strip with the Rio, Gold Coast and Palms nearby if you want to stay close to the festival.

Hash House A Go Go At Rio

Corned Beef At Hash House A Go Go

Today i took a visit to Hash House A Go Go’s new location at the off Strip Rio. The new location replaces the former coffee shop which is down a hallway towards the Penn & Teller Theater, Rio Spa and their convention rooms. The hours are from 6am to 3pm daily which is similar to the former coffee shop that it replaced. Hash House A Go Go if you are not familiar with, has become famous for huge portions as you can see from the picture above. The service at this location like the other locations at the Quad on the Strip and the Plaza Downtown is friendly and attentive. The food itself is really good quality i had the corned beef hash which comes in flaky strips instead of the cubed variety many might be familiar with and was really tasty. The breakfast shown was $14 which isn’t bad for the quantity and quality although $4 for coffee seemed high but it is Las Vegas. The chef also must like pine trees because part of a tree was holding my bread together a little strange but okay. If you want to add a cocktail to go with your breakfast most of the specialty cocktails seemed to be in the $14 range each. I like tradional coffee shops but in this case i think replacing it at the Rio with a Hash House A Go Go was an upgrade.