It’s always exciting when a new casino opens its doors. The grand opening of Downtown Grand isn’t for another couple weeks (11-12-13) but they decided to have a soft opening to work out some of the kinks. The only kinks I ran into at Downtown Grand was the awkward valet and parking and 80 MPH wind that kept knocking power out.  Really, Downtown Grand is a beautifully designed casino. Check out their website to see for yourself.

One door softly opens and more are getting built. It’s never too early to look ahead at the next casinos that will be opening in Las Vegas. SLS Las Vegas is scheduled to open sometime late next year and Resorts World Las Vegas is scheduled to open a couple years later. While SLS will be a modest boutique-type hotel Resorts World has grand plans which include a water park, bowling alley, movie theater and more. Vegas Chatter has details on what’s planned. For the time being let’s just enjoy Downtown Grand for a while.

Doors open. Doors get built. Sometimes doors close. Casino doors that is. Casino MonteLago on Lake Las Vegas closed its doors for the second time in less than 4 years. I don’t know many people that made it out to Las Vegas to know much about this casino. Vegas Inc. has more information if you’re curious about specifics.

Las Vegas is known for being a place to see big names and strange things on stage. While Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have the big name entertainment covered for The Venetian, Panda! will cover the latter category at sister property The Palazzo. Panda! is described as “an unprecedented theatrical spectacle”. To be honest I don’t even know what to expect from this show but after looking at the photo gallery featuring tons of people in panda suits I’m intrigued. Tickets go on sale November 1st and this seems like a must see for anyone into strange entertainment.

If you enjoy non-traditional entertainment and you happen to be in Vegas November 9-16 you might want to dabble in Cirque Week. USA Today details the sneak peak behind the Cirque curtain that you’re allowed during Cirque Week. This sounds like a must for any hardcore Cirque Du Soleil fans.

Continuing with the non-traditional entertainment in Las Vegas, the newest club Rose.Rabbit.Lie has announced that they will be partnering with Spiegelworld. Spiegelworld is the production company that brings us the twisted comedy circus Absinthe. The Rose.Rabbit.Lie show will be called Vegas Nocturne. Expect the club and performance to be unique. USA Today has more details on Rose.Rabbit.Lie.

Even though Disney doesn’t have a casino or hotel in Las Vegas they are changing the future of Las Vegas. Last week Disney announced that they will not be renewing any slot machine licenses for their Marvel characters. This means no more Spiderman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Iron Man slot machines once the contracts expire.

Speaking of gaming the World Series of Poker is about to crown it’s annual champion when the November 9 kicks off on Monday, November 4. The event will conclude on Tuesday, November 5. Entry to the November 9 is free at the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio. If you’re in town this is a spectacle to experience, even if only for part of the final table.

Last but not least the popular MGM Resorts Facebook game, MyVegas, finally has an app for you to play the game on your mobile devices. The app isn’t an exact replica of the Facebook game. Vegas Chatter has all of the details on the app as well as links to download it for your Apple or Android devices.

Seriously, last but not least – Holly Madison returns to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sun has details. I just couldn’t leave this weeks news without mentioning Holly Madison’s return to Vegas.


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