A Vegas legend passed away this week. Jackie Gaughan passed away at 84 years of age. Mr. Gaughan has been a staple in the Las Vegas casino business since the 50’s but you may probably know him for his ownership of the El Cortez, where he resided until his death on March 12. Mr. Gaughan was a regular in the El Cortez poker room until it closed earlier this year. The Stiffs & Georges blog looks back on his life.

The Elvis exhibit at Binions, King’s Ransom, will be closing at the end of March. The exhibit opened at Binions in August charging $10, then became a free exhibit and will soon be gone. Since King’s Ransom was previously at Imperial Palace (not The Quad) it could relocate again but there are no rumors. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.

Taylor Hicks will also be “Leaving Las Vegas”. His residency at Paris ends on April 8th so there’s still a few weeks to catch the show. Sheryl Crow will not be leaving Las Vegas. She’s actually coming to Las Vegas and will be performing outside at the new Downtown Container Park on April 4th. There will be under 1,000 tickets available and they’re under $40 on Eventbrite.

If you’re in Downtown Vegas the weekend of April 4th you might want to head over to the Golden Nugget for the sixth annual Spring Wine Fest. There are a variety of dining and tasting options available. Vegas News has details on the different packages and prices.

Casino visitors from all around America should be excited to hear about the new marketing partnership forged between Pinnacle casinos and MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. The partnership begins on April 1st and will allow members from each players club to get rewards from the other. The Wall Street Journal has the press release and there’s little more information. Expect details to be revealed in April.

There are some parties coming to the Vegas Strip. The Saint Patricks Day celebration returns to O’Sheas from March 15 – 17. The party will bring drink specials, music and more. The Total Rewards blog has details. The following week, March 25, Paris Las Vegas will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the original Eiffel Tower. Vegas News has details.

One of the best coffee shops in Vegas, Sambalatte, is opening it’s 3rd outlet at Monte Carlo soon. The original location near Red Rock Resort is always packed and this will be a savior for those of us looking for a unique coffee experience that the chains on the strip can’t provide. Vegas Eater has a couple renderings and more details.

Also opening soon at Monte Carlo is Japanese grill and noodle house Yusho. If the name sounds familiar you may know about the original Chicago location. No opening date has been set but it should be open within a month.

Last but not least if you’ve never seen someone win a million dollar slot machine jackpot and were curious about the process we have some details. The Las Vegas Sun spoke with a one of the employees who handles all of the jackpots. It’s simple, yet fascinating.

 

Marc

Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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