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Las Vegas visitor hits $1 million prize at Flamingo casino

Veera Devabhaktineni holds his million-dollar winning six-card diamond royal flush along with his check for $1 million on April 15, 2017. (Source: Caesars Entertainment)Veera Devabhaktineni holds his million-dollar winning six-card diamond royal flush in addition to his look for $1 million on April 15, 2017. (Source: Caesars Entertainment) Veera Devabhaktineni holds his million-dollar winning six-card diamond royal flush along with his look for $1 million on April 15, 2017.( Source: Caesars Entertainment). LAS VEGAS( FOX5)-. Let’s call this the “Tax Day Wonder.

” Caesars Home entertainment revealed Monday a winner of its table games-exclusive$ 1 million prize at the Flamingo hotel-casino on April 15. According to the resort business, San Diego resident Veera Devabhaktineni struck a six-card Royal Flush in diamonds during a hand of Crazy 4 Poker. With a $5 side bet on the hand, Devabhaktineni struck the $1 million prize after an hour of play.

Caesars provides the static $1 million prize on all poker-based table video games at its Las Vegas Strip gambling establishments. The six-card Royal Flush pays $1 million if the player’s hand and a set of side cards make the hand in diamonds. For all other suits, gamers win $100,000. A $5 side bet for each hand makes a gamer eligible for the payment.

Last year, Caesars’ table video games promotion made 8 gamers into millionaires.

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Michelle Obama to visitor on Colbert'' s ' Late Show ' on Sept. 28

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015|8:18 a.m.

New York City– First girl Michelle Obama is set to visit “The Late Program With Stephen Colbert.”

CBS states she’ll be a guest on the program’s Sept. 28 edition.

Mrs. Obama will highlight “Let Girls Learn,” which aims to assist the more than 62 million women worldwide participate in school and finish their educations.

She also will resolve her “Reach Higher” effort, an effort to motivate students to take charge of their future by finishing their college.

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights on CBS at 11:35 p.m. EDT.

Visitor column: The best ways to prepare to end up being a franchisee

While there many methods to become a business owner, entrepreneurs can delight in special chances by acquiring a franchise.

Running regional franchises of a bigger business has numerous advantages, consisting of bring in clients with brand acknowledgment, taking advantage of the business’s marketing efforts, and utilizing the company’s proven, structured operating procedures. Depending on the business, running a franchise also can include getting in-depth training that can be beneficial for any sort of business enterprise.

Becoming a franchise owner, however, frequently is not an easy task, and there are lots of elements to think about when pursuing this course.

■ Pick a brand that interests you. Running a company can be life-consuming, so it is important you enjoy your company so you don’t end up being miserable or burned out.

■ Examine the threat of various franchises. Some smaller business might be less expensive to invest in, however they may not provide as lots of advantages as a larger corporation with national or global resources. Elements that can affect danger include your liability for the franchise home, how renowneded the business’s brand is in your area and just how much training and additional support the brand will provide when you become an owner.

■ Identify programs to quicken the process. Some business provide programs that can accelerate the process of ending up being a franchise owner, specifically if you already have a connection to the business. For example, McDonald’s offers training programs for team members to work their method up to owner-operator positions. It also provides a Next Generation program for the children or partners of McDonald’s franchise owners to end up being owner-operators.

■ Research the application procedure and financial requirements. Some companies have highly competitive application procedures for individuals outside of the business, which can consist of rigorous monetary requirements. McDonald’s application requirements usually consist of showing liquid assets of at least $750,000.

■ Full corporate training. It is hard to run a franchise without a comprehensive understanding of the brand’s operations. A lot of companies require future franchise owners to undergo training.

At McDonald’s, training consists of working for totally free at a restaurant and serving in every position to extensively comprehend every element of the company. I worked 39 hours a week for 15 months.

■ Join a relevant association. The McDonald’s Greater Las Vegas Operator Association includes 25 franchisees who possess almost 80 percent of McDonald’s 100-plus Southern Nevada restaurants.

Kellie Vander Veur is an owner-operator of a McDonald’s franchise.

Visitor column: Risks, advantages of hiring outside the household

Family-owned businesses comprise a dominant share of businesses in the United States and are a foundation of Las Vegas’ small-business neighborhood.

Household companies are defined by their access to intangible family-based resources along with barriers and restrictions owing to their domestic nature. As such, successfully leading a household business owner may, in many cases, run afoul of traditional ideas of company management. A considerable example of this occurs as a household company grows and its creators are faced with the choice of keeping management in the household or employing expert nonfamily managers.

A current research of more than 7,000 household companies from throughout the nation, performed by researchers at UNLV, Mississippi State University and the University of North Carolina, explores this relationship. The information gathered recommend that while expert managers might have remarkable capability, they take positions that potentially could be filled by member of the family. Therefore, they might not only threaten the familial nature of the business but, in the long run, boost barriers to successfully grooming family successors, inhibiting a business’ ability to prosper ownership to later on generations.

This puts numerous household businesses between a rock and a tough location; it is the desire of the founders to do everything in their power to optimize the performance and growth of their business owner to make it a favorable source of employment, wealth and pride for future relative, but the restricted managerial abilities of family members may lead business instead to count on know-how supplied by expert nonfamily supervisors.

The conclusions of this research study validate the idea: that no matter performance, age or market, businesses with greater degrees of household ownership and more powerful intentions for transgenerational succession are less most likely to employ nonfamily supervisors.

That being said, the dangers facing household business owners concerning employment of nonfamily managers weaken as the business grows.

Las Vegas family businesses facing this issue may gain from this research by putting greater factor to consider into their expansion strategies. While it possibly might result in short-term success, an overreliance on expert management in more youthful and smaller companies might put up long-lasting barriers that inhibit family managers from having the ability to successfully get in, and potentially even succeed ownership of, business.

These findings recommend a household business owner definitely need to not turn down the concept of professionalizing its management outright, but instead must incorporate professional management gradually as business grows, guaranteeing its ability to retain and gain from its family-owned nature.

Robert Randolph is an assistant teacher of management in the Lee Business owner School at UNLV.

<aMelissa Nguyen, Level II sake sommelier: Providing visitor experiences the 'Wynn way'.


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Melissa Nguyen, Level II sake sommelier, at Andrea’s in Repetition Las Vegas.

Monday, July 13, 2015|3:56 p.m.

First Anniversary of Andrea’s
Skylar Grey, Andrea Wynn and Sean Christie attend Andrea's first-anniversary celebration Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Encore.Introduce slideshow “

Andrea’s Grand Opening at Encore
Stacy Keibler, Maria Menounos and Kate Upton attend the grand opening of Andrea's at the Encore on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.Launch slideshow “

Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach ends his trip to Costa Esmeralda on Sardinia to invest a week outside Rome in Santa Marinella on the coastline before moving onto his traditional summer getaway under the Tuscan sun in Italy, numerous of our Strip characters have advance in his absence to pen their words of wisdom.

We continue today with Rick Harrison of the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” and among the few sake sommeliers in the world, Melissa Nguyen of Andrea’s at Steve Wynn’s Repetition Right here’s Melissa with stimulating sake desires!

I want to begin by thanking Robin Leach for welcoming me to contribute this column while he is on a well-deserved summer holiday. It is such an honor!

It was an outright pleasure recently meeting and serving supper to Robin and other media at an unique sake-pairing occasion at Andrea’s. I was beyond thrilled to see his enthusiastic reaction to our sake program and am happy for the chance to share my love of sake with his readers.

For many years, I have actually witnessed sake gain in appeal and stimulate the general public’s interest more and more. It’s an extremely interesting time to be a part of the interesting world of sake.

I have actually remained in the service industry for 16 1/2 years and would state the most gratifying part of my experience, without a doubt, is being part of a motion to help to remove the stigma sake when held.

One would simply state the word “sake,” and it would summon bad memories of his/her regional sushi place, the firewater and the agonizing headache that followed the next day. The fun part of my job is having others experience what a really exceptional drink sake is and getting rid of that worry.

My interest for education and development, and desire to be a part of the city’s ever-evolving food-and-beverage market, is why I chose to pursue my Advanced Sake Expert Course Level II.

(Editor’s Note: The Level II certification, provided by the Sake Education Council, symbolizes a significantly “greater level of understanding of and familiarity with all things sake, including production methods and their variations.”)

When I started working at Andrea’s, the innovative certification seemed within reach given my experience working at other top Strip resorts. When I chose that it was time to pursue a Level II Accreditation, the Andrea’s, Wynn and Encore group couldn’t have been more supportive. The test is just as soon as a year, in February, in Japan.

This happens to be one the busiest times of the year in our market in Las Vegas. It had actually constantly concerned me to leave my group throughout our peak season. Fortunately, with assistance and support, I was able to put in the time needed to study and move forward in achieving my 2nd accreditation.

After intense studying including a wide variety of flash cards, drawing maps, memorizing kanji (ideographs) and blind tasting, I got on an airplane to travel outside the nation alone for the first time in my life headed straight to Tokyo (completely similar to “Lost in Translation”).

I was at work exactly one week after I had flown back from Japan when I received the e-mail mentioning that I had actually passed the test and turneded into one of 180 individuals on the planet to have this accreditation! To this day, I couldn’t be prouder of the achievement.

I have actually been able to take all my experience and training to work collaboratively with the fantastic staff at Andrea’s providing the very best visitor experience in the “Wynn method.” At Wynn, it is vital that we all uphold the highest standards and supply the finest, most authentic service, which is expected at a Forbes Five-Star Hotel.

Our sake program at Andrea’s is so comprehensive that it’s simple to discover the ideal choice to pair with any of executive chef Joseph Elevado’s delightful Asian dishes. I advise light with light, rich with rich. If you plan to have primarily sushi and sashimi, select a sake that is clean, sophisticated, refined and on the drier side to not overpower the delicate freshness of the fish.

If you remain in the mood for steaks or saucier meals, choose sake that has more body, earthiness and effectiveness to hold up to those tastes. Simply as with wine, you want to match and enhance the sides of the pairing.

I want to have the chance soon to direct readers of this column through the sake-ordering experience at Andrea’s.

Have a look at our other visitor column today from “Pawn Stars” hero and reality-TV star Rick Harrison. On Tuesday, try to find our guest columns from magician Nathan Burton and Terry Fator’s beautiful onstage sidekick and ex-wife Taylor Makakoa.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” fame has actually been a reporter for more than 50 years and has actually invested the past 15 years providing readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.

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Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the design and positioning of the logo design– and it’s just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sibling of Wynn.

Found steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the exact same roof, Encore’s fanciful and intimate atmosphere differs from anything anywhere, with an environment that is distinctly Wynn and definitely Encore.

Steve Wynn spared no information in his most recent equipment when designing Repetition. The gambling establishment floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers welcoming guests in the casino atrium.

Luxury does not end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impressive visitor rooms and suites. The basic suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites determining in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites visitor rooms include plasma screen Televisions, high-end bath items, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and bed mattress, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you cannot get enough.

Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger’s great Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger’s, Sinatra’s and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.

Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore’s French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your environments appear to change prior to your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic bars, see Andrea’s, the latest dining experience at Repetition.

XS headings Repetition’s nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans looks after humor and entertainment. Repetition also includes 2 of the most renowned night life experiences in Vegas, XS Club and Give up. Both feature main space dance floors that flow outside to pools, outdoor patio areas and video gaming locations.

When the temperature level increases, do not miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features 3 tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity swimming pools.

Repetition Esplanade showcases 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star day spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site greens, which is surrounding to the Wynn.

3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109

Andrea’s This new upscale restaurant in the Encore is named for Steve Wynn’s other half, Andrea, who ensures Las Vegas journalist Robin Leach that she’s going to be hands on with the restaurant and night life lounge at the Repetition. “Andrea has described it as vibe dining, an expression coined by Bagatelle’s British creator Jonathan Segal for his global group of successful dinner clubs,” Leach wrote. “Andrea states watch out for pictures of her eyes, shot throughout a modeling session, that will certainly watch over customers from the back wall of the bar in the 6,200-square-foot location. The hot zone of this certain-to-be popular playpen will be the raised center dining dais, a see and be-seen spot for platinum celebration people.” Chef Joseph Elevado brings his mastery of Asian tastes to the dining establishment. DJ Steve Angello serves up the musical beats in the hip, high-energy setting. The 2 of them in February 2013 developed three delightful courses of food, beverages and vibes at the advising of Las Vegas Weekly’s Brock Radke.
3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109

Visitor column: Franchising is another opportunity for entrepreneurs

Sunday, July 5, 2015|2 a.m.

. Lots of people forget that franchising is timeless entrepreneurship.

The keynote is that franchise system sponsors, or franchisers, share their understanding about running a company. Obviously, that is not complimentary. The the franchisee consents to pay a one-time fee and ongoing royalties, and add to umbrella marketing programs. In return, they get to make use of the franchiser’s established brand and company design.

Anyone interested in buying a franchise needs to do the homework. A great beginning point is the International Franchising Association website (IFA.org). Keep in mind, though: It is a trade association, so its view on the industry will be overwhelmingly positive. IFA likewise sponsors franchising programs around the world and takes positions on legislation that affects franchising.

A fantastic financial investment for possible franchisees is attending an IFA show to meet with companies and collect info.

Franchise systems make comprehensive use of written agreements, which govern all aspects of business relationship. Historically, contracts have resolved mainly the rights of the franchiser. Recently, some systems (e.g. Taco Bell) have presented more well balanced and much shorter written agreements. Researches have revealed that franchisees commonly sign agreements without legal representation and wind up regretting it.

There are a number of helpful websites for people considering franchising. UnhappyFranchisee.com presents a hesitant take a look at the market. There are links on the site to franchise attorneys and a message board. Bluemaumau.com (named after a fish) has a variety of material, consisting of lists of franchisee failure rates.

Recently, the market has been attempting to entice franchisees with rewards such as fee waivers or programs such as IFA’s VetFran, which focuses on military veterans since of their strong work principles, analytical abilities, capability to take charge and lead, and desire to follow orders. If veterans stick to the franchiser’s proven methods, they have a great chance to be successful. Anytime Fitness currently has a program for veterans.

IFA likewise has an effort called NextGen, aimed at young franchisees.

Another problem in franchising is failure rates. The industry frequently estimates 5 percent, which is low compared with small business in basic. Franchisee screening and training contribute to the lower rate. Nevertheless, many academic studies poke holes in the 5 percent figure. The market usually does not count “turnover” as failure, and many places do turn over.

Overall, franchising is an excellent compromise between the corporate world and independent business. A franchisee truly is a “semi-independent” businessperson.

James Cross is a marketing teacher at Lee Company School at UNLV. He has a doctorate from the University of Minnesota and has taught franchising courses in Southeast Asia.