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Friday, Aug. 31, 2018|2 a.m.
. He won nearly $1 million in Las Vegas’ most famous sports-betting contest. Yet, to gather his earnings at the Westgate Las Vegas after the 2016 NFL season, this Starbucks barista had to take the city bus.
The Westgate SuperContest, a $1,500 buy-in contest that draws in expert handicappers and novices alike, is on speed this season to develop a record for individuals. Numerous will be recreational players like the Starbucks worker, or the farmer from Illinois who just recently took 2nd.
Through Thursday, there have actually been 2,075 entries– or about 300 more than at this point in 2017 when a contest-best 2,748 signed up. The due date is 11 a.m. Sept. 8; the early-bird due date is 4 p.m. Monday.
This reason for the spike is simple, says Jay Kornegay, the vice president of race and sports operations at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
“A lot of novice contestants win the championship. You don’t have to be a highly experienced gamer,” Kornegay stated. “If you assemble a great year, you can be a millionaire. It’s life-changing loan.”
Kornegay remembers when in 2005 they established a record with 505 entries. However with an enormous marketing push, social networks and word of mouth, it’s become a regional initiation rite each NFL season. Contestants make 5 choices weekly versus the point spread, getting one contest point for covering the spread and a half-point for a push.
The winner gets 33 percent of the entry loan, which predicts to be more than $1.5 million this season, Kornegay said. The top 100 finishers earn money.
“The more people are discovering, the more individuals have actually gone into,” Kornegay stated.
The early-bird registration offers individuals entry into the mini-contest, where the participant with the best record over the last three weeks of the NFL season is paid $15,000. All entrants are eligible for a pair of side benefits– $15,000 for having the very best record over the very first four weeks, and $15,000 for having the very best record at the season’s midway point of Week 8.
About 65 percent of the individuals are from out of state, making their selections every week utilizing a proxy service. Kornegay expects more Southern Nevadans to enter for the 2019 season when the mobile technology remains in location to make the weekly selection through a smartphone, hence eliminating weekly trips to the book.
There’s also the winner-take-all SuperContest Gold for a $5,000 entry fee. That contest is in its second year and also on speed to break last year’s entry field, when there were 94 candidates. There are already 77 entries, whereas last year at this time there were just 52.
If registration continues at the same pace as in 2015, Kornegay projects the gold contest will pay $650,000 to the winner.
Kornegay worries that anyone can win either of the contests, which is part of the fun.
“When you see the arise from the last couple of years, you wish to try it,” he said. “… You certainly have to have some luck and things go your way.”
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018|2 a.m.
It’s been 4 years given that timeshare market tycoon David Siegel acquired the hotel and casino previously and most prominently known as the Las Vegas Hilton, a familiar destination with a long legacy of huge Vegas entertainment. He stamped his company’s name on it and promised enormous enhancements and remodellings. New dining establishments showed up and hotel spaces were upgraded and transformed to timeshare systems.
Most just recently, Westgate Las Vegas has actually rolled out an ambitious entertainment lineup, anchored by the return of Barry Manilow to the International Theater– he performed there from 2005 to 2010– and supported by three other brand-new programs getting here given that February. It’s practically too much to keep up with, which is why I decided to have a look at 3 of the Westgate’s offerings in one weeknight extravaganza.
The evening started with the family-friendly appeal of “The Magic of Jen Kramer,” which opened at the Westgate Cabaret in Might. Kramer is an energetic Yale graduate who’s been playing small Vegas places, trips and cruise liner for a few years and has likewise appeared on TELEVISION’s “Penn & & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion.” She engaged the audience with ease, lined up a shuffled Rubik’s Cube behind her back with one hand, satisfied with some streamlined sleight-of-hand card techniques and made a vanished hundred dollar expense appear in a tube of lipstick.
Some Vegas magic heavyweights were in the audience, consisting of the fantastic Mac King from Harrah’s and David Copperfield manufacturers Chris Kenner and Homer Liwag, and they appeared highly captivated by Kramer’s act. There are comparable threads between Kramer’s and Copperfield’s programs; there are differences in the scope of impression and production however both focus on linking on a human, psychological level and motivating sentimental marvel. Kramer pulled it off by adding pieces to a puzzle without increasing its size. She absolutely likes her task and her brand-new Westgate gig, provided at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
title=” Click to expand picture “> Jennifer Romas stars in “Sexxy.” Catching the last trick caused me to miss out on the opening number of “Soundtrack “at the International Theater, a magnetic musical production combining longtime Las Vegas favorites Clint Holmes and Earl Turner. Together with their flexible, impressive eight-piece band under the instructions of Christian Tamburr together with astonishing vocalist Serena Henry, the guys rattle on and roll through hits from everyone’s famous artists and share their own musical backstories, never ever slowing down or missing out on a beat. Holmes shines when bouncing off the band in an efficiency of a track off his Grammy-nominated album “Rendezvous” while Turner gets extremely smooth during acoustic covers of The Beatles’ “The Other Day” and Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Both performers can do it all and have been doing it all for decades, making “Soundtrack” a must-see. We’re more than midway through 2018 and I don’t see anything coming along that can challenge this treasure for the title of Finest Brand-new Program this year. It plays at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday when Manilow’s not in town.
I closed my night back at the Cabaret with Jennifer Romas’ “Sexxy,” the topless revue that’s been running here given that Romas, a dancer and choreographer with a lot of Vegas experience, developed and released the show for the Westgate in early 2015. It’s been doing so well that the casino simply signed “Sexxy” for four more years and it’s easy to see why: the energy level is off the charts, the performers are appealing and animated, there’s funny and strong singing from Gabriella Versace and even a daring aerial act. “Sexxy” wastes no time at all differentiating itself from comparable Vegas shows and is clearly a terrific enhance to the Westgate’s entertainment landscape. This place has all of it.
Check out all Westgate shows at westgateresorts.com.
But exactly what was your first music? The very first record I can remember paying attention to– yes, vinyl– was “This One’s for You” by Barry Manilow, which he launched in 1976, the year I was born. I ‘d sit on the floor in front of my moms and dads’ stereo and pay attention to “Daybreak” and “Appears like We Made It.” Very first music.
I’m not the only one whose pop music consciousness wases established on Barry Manilow. And I’m not the only person to explain that to Barry Manilow.
“I couldn’t be happier that my music has actually stood up to time and had that type of effect on individuals,” states Manilow, who starts his new residency at the Westgate resort today. “Due to the fact that what happens to all young artists that end up being effective over night is I was getting killed by the critics. I mean, eliminated. They tried to annihilate me and my music. And after that as the years pass things begin to change, and then I hear things like this, that while I was getting killed there was a whole batch of individuals who were caring exactly what they were hearing. While it was occurring, I didn’t realize that.”
In spite of early criticism, of course, Manilow went on to end up being one of popular song’s most prolific and successful songwriters and recording artists, notching 47 Leading 40 singles and 12 No. 1 hits. He hasn’t truly ever stopped, releasing his 30th album “This Is My Town: Tunes of New York” last year following two albums in 2014.
Manilow says his imaginative procedure hasn’t changed much over the years. He remains concentrated on tune even if today’s radio hits are more rhythmic.
“I miss the melodies on the radio. Sure, there’s a couple of now and then but these days it’s all about rhythm and it’s fantastic, tempting,” he states. “My writing style is the exact same as it constantly been. I aim to create as great a tune as I can and as excellent a lyric as I can. The hardest feature of writing a song is always the concept. What is it about? Exactly what do you want the song to say? When you figure that out, composing the tune is fun and that hasn’t altered.”
Manilow carried out at the Westgate from 2005 to 2010 (when the off-Strip resort was still known as the Las Vegas Hilton) then moved over to Paris Las Vegas for a two-year run. He’s excited to be carrying out in Las Vegas once again, specifically at the Westgate which has actually seen a fair bit of renovation and activation however left its historical showroom, the International Theater, intact.
“I’m so pleased they have not touched the display room,” he states. “If you put long tables in that room instead of the theater seating, it would take you back to the days of Sinatra and Dean Martin. Showrooms simply don’t appear like that any longer and they even kept the name. Barbra [Streisand] opened it followed by Elvis, and everyone from Aretha Franklin to Michael Bublé has played that phase. Even when I go out for soundcheck, it really does seem like an extremely unique place.”
When Manilow takes that stage again for his very first show on Thursday, expect to hear all the hits, from “Mandy” to “Can’t Smile Without You” to “Copacabana.” He’s booked into October however is hoping this Vegas show will last much longer.
“I’m planning on being there forever,” he chuckles. “We started at the Hilton for one year and wound up with five years, so who understands exactly what occurs. If no one comes, they’ll toss me out.”
“Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Get back” will be presented at the Westgate International Theater (3000 Paradise Road, 888-796-3564) at 8 p.m. May 24-26, June 14-16 and 21-23, July 19-21 and 26-28, and October 4-6 and 11-13. More information can be found at westgateresorts.com.
Friday, May 4, 2018|2 a.m.
Persistence pays. Simply ask Jennifer Romas.
The veteran Vegas dancer and choreographer created “Sexxy,” the topless revue at the Westgate Cabaret, almost overnight after satisfying the casino resort’s owner, David Siegel, throughout the 2014 ribbon cutting event marking the historical residential or commercial property’s transition into its current type.
“He said, ‘So you’re the one who’s been emailing me,” Romas remembers with a laugh. She had been trying to connect with different production business and hotel home entertainment departments, looking to break through as a producer. “It was an aggravating time however I kept pushing, and I had sent him a lot of videos and things I had actually done as a choreographer.”
After fulfilling the president of the timeshare resort company and discussing entertainment possibilities for his new acquisition in Las Vegas, Romas went to work on exactly what would become “Sexxy.”
“He wished to open something in time for the CES weekend so that gave me about three months,” she says. “I went home that night and started going through my closets and outfits and props and pulling music from different numbers I ‘d done over the years. I researched names to see exactly what was taken. And I went back in the next morning with a game plan, and they stated, ‘Let’s do it.’ The next day I posted auditions, the next day after that we started rehearsals. It took place that fast.”
That little burlesque show she pieced together opened in January 2014 and has been going strong since. Now Romas has actually signed on for 4 more years of “Sexxy” at the Westgate, supporting an ever-diversifying entertainment lineup at the property as soon as known as the house of Elvis Presley and Liberace as the International and the Las Vegas Hilton.
Over in the International Theater, longtime Las Vegas favorites Earl Turner and Clint Holmes are collaborating for their brand-new “Soundtrack” show, and the Westgate just revealed the return of Barry Manilow later on this month and a brand-new magic show from Jen Kramer to share the Cabaret area with “Sexxy.”
Romas could not be more thrilled about the modifications at Westgate and is over the moon about her brand-new deal.
“The team there is unbelievable and extremely entertainment-driven, and there are numerous amazing new things happening on the home,” she says. “I’m really pleased there. I don’t believe anyone prepared things to be like this, however they didn’t understand me. I’m extremely driven. I’m a perfectionist and extremely old-school. I go out there and pound the pavement every day and discover ways to get the word out there.”
It’s that old-school, do-it-yourself drive that helps distinguish her program from the other female revues on and around the Strip.
“Due to the fact that I’m in the show, not just the producer, it’s different. I’m onstage every night. I don’t give myself a break,” Romas says. “I make certain and surround myself with people who have the very same stability I do, the very same energy and exact same soul who believe in the program and think in me. It’s so near me, I believe it’s simply different. I’ve never done anything less than full-out and I expect that of my team and they bring it to the table every day and night.”
“Sexxy” is on at 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the Westgate Cabaret (3000 Paradise Roadway, 702-732-5111) and more information can be discovered at sexxyshow.com.
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Friday, April 27, 2018|12:50 p.m.
Barry Manilow is all set to gamble again on Las Vegas. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter revealed today on CBS’ “The Talk” that he’s returning to the Vegas stage next month at Westgate Las Vegas for a brand-new production program dubbed “Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home.”
“They wanted me to come back and I have nothing but great memories of my five years there so I stated yes,” Manilow said on “The Talk.” He performed in the Westgate’s International Theater from 2005 to 2010 when the resort was still called the Las Vegas Hilton, and more just recently played for 2 years at Paris Las Vegas on the Strip. However the Westgate is the location that feels like house for Manilow. “It’s gorgeous now, but the space is among my favorite places to play. I’m usually on the roadway playing for 10,000 individuals and it’s terribly interesting but I enjoy this space. It’s still huge, 3,000 people, but for me, it makes love. I attempt to connect with people and it’s tough with 10,000 people. This room, I just like it.”
“Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Get back” opens May 24 and tickets go on sale May 2 at barrymanilow.com and westgatelasvegas.com. Tickets will range from $20 to $330 and Manilow fan club members and Westgate Resorts owners will have access to a presale that started today. Show dates going on sale will be May 24-26, June 14-16 and 21-23, July 19-21 and 26-28 and October 4-6 and 11-13.
Long a Vegas favorite, Manilow has actually sold more than 85 million albums around the world and has actually notched fifty Top 40 songs throughout his profession. Billboard ranks him as the No. 1 Grownup Contemporary artist of perpetuity.
The residency is another home entertainment expansion at the Westgate, which recently arranged performances from Alan Parsons on June 9, Yes on September 1 and John Prine on December 12, along with the musical production program “Soundtrack” starring Clint Holmes and Earl Turner.
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017|2 a.m.
Jason Tenner has actually taken his “Purple Reign” Prince homage program to so many locations around Las Vegas throughout the years, it’s hard to keep track. But the show has actually never ever been to the Tropicana, till tonight.
After a successful three-year run at the Westgate– including the last year and a half in the historical International Theater– “Purple Reign” begins its brand-new residency this week in another timeless Vegas space, the Tropicana Theater that was once referred to as the Tiffany Theater and house for nearly 50 years to “Les Folies Bergere.”
“Hopefully some of that magic will rub off on ‘Purple Reign’ and we’ll have a show that will last there for a long time,” states Tenner. “I think it’s a testimony to Prince and everything he was an artist that our show has such appeal for people, and can hold down spaces of that size in Vegas. If we deliver it well, it has remaining power.”
Plainly, Tenner and his crew have been providing. “Purple Reign” is among Vegas’ preferred tribute programs and has been around (and explored the country) in some variation for nearly two decades, and Tenner is eagerly anticipating bringing it back to the Strip and assembling with the most recent remodellings at the Trop.
Current modifications to the program will see full bloom when it opens in its brand-new house. A bigger, multi-tiered phase set in usage at Westgate will make the move, and Tenner has actually added 2 brand-new guitarists recently along with additional female entertainers, leading to the addition of a Vanity 6 sector of the show. “Purple Reign” had long consisted of a tribute to Morris Day and the Time, and now the Vanity 6 part recognizes the other act immortalized in the 1984 film “Purple Rain.”
“We have actually included some numbers we didn’t do in the past, things with more choreography we could not do without the ladies like ‘Cream,’ upgraded costuming, and we’re wanting to add some brand-new video elements to the show that should be in prior to completion of the year,” Tenner states. “I don’t want to do a lot of dancers like the typical Vegas thing because I want to keep it all about the music, all performed by this live ensemble, but we are intensifying the production.”
Homing in on the music is essential to maintaining the spirit of Prince. The middle part of the program will be a time to play it loose and experiment, and sometimes even take demands. “We wish to have the ability to do what Prince would do,” he says. “I’ll state, ‘Exactly what do you desire?’ and we’ll take demands. Somebody screamed out ‘Free Bird,’ and we played it. We keep it enjoyable.”
“Purple Reign” debuts at the Trop on Nov. 1 and plays at 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. To find out more, check out troplv.com.
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LAS VEGAS( FOX5 )- Two levels and the gambling establishment flooring at the Las Vegas Westgate Resort and Casino were left after a fire broke out on a terrace Saturday afternoon. Clark County Fire Department Chief John Steinbeck stated the fire stemmed on an outside veranda situated on the third floor of
the hotel. He added that the fire extended to the very first floor. The flames were rapidly snuffed out by the mix of the hotel’s lawn sprinkler and the firemens’ water system outside the building, stated Steinbeck.
Steinbeck validated that levels 3 and four, including the gambling establishment floor, were evacuated by officials.
The following statement was launched by the Westgate:
” Westgate Las Vegas Resort & & Casino experienced a separated small fire on a lower floor of the hotel. The Fire Department reacted immediately and is on website resolving the situation. All employee and visitors have actually been evacuated from the afflicted location. There are no injuries. The property is cooperating with authorities and keeping the safety and security of our visitors and staff member as the priority.”
Authorities said no injuries were reported. The cause and damage quotes are under investigation, authorities included.
Stay with FOX5 for updates.
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Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017|2 a.m.
. The Westgate Las Vegas is presenting lots of entertainment, casino promotions, food specials and more this month for its 40th Tribute to The King, commemorating Elvis Presley’s death on August 16, 1977.
The greatest pieces of the tribute are two performances of “The King Lives! Donny Edwards’ Elite Tribute to Elvis,” taking place on August 11 and 12 at the International Theater, the showroom where Presley performed 837 sold-out programs in between 1969 and 1976 (when the property was referred to as the International Hotel and then the Las Vegas Hilton).
Amazingly, it will be the first time the Las Vegas-based Edwards– the one and only Elvis tribute artist to have actually been given permission by Elvis Presley Enterprises to perform his show on the spiritual premises of Graceland– has actually had the possibility to sing on that stage.
“It’s probably the second-biggest thing I have actually done, after Graceland 4 years back,” states Edwards, who relocated to Las Vegas in 2003. “I have actually been in that display room a couple of times to see other acts. To be selected by the Westgate with the crew I work with to do the show we’ve been doing all around the world for this 40th anniversary is big. This is exactly what every Elvis tribute artist dreams of, to be on that stage.”
Edwards is understood for the authenticity in his efficiency, something he believes sets him apart from other homage performers and impersonators. Amongst his numerous regional gigs are his recent work at the South Point and a three-year stint carrying out at the Elvis-A-Rama Museum just west of the Strip, which closed in 2006.
“The [museum] was an actually distinct experience, particularly as a young person just entering into this organisation and doing it a certain way,” he says. “They were fantastic about letting me go in there and practice as much as I required and work on my abilities, and offering access to a great deal of footage many people don’t have. I attempt to pick up all the little nuances, the different variations of how he sang tunes.
“One issue I have is I prefer to do things the way Elvis did, even if the majority of his fans never ever saw him do it. I’ll do something and they’ll say Elvis never ever did it that way, however in fact he did and here’s the video footage. That’s taken place a couple times.”
Edwards is continuously looking into, particularly because his show doesn’t adhere to one era of The King’s achievement. He progresses through the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, ripping through around 30 songs with a 10-piece band. When he performs at the Westgate, the show’s final act will have him using the exact same attire and singing the same tunes Elvis did in that extremely space decades ago.
“When you go to Graceland you feel something there, and this has that very same feeling. It’s really sort of insane,” Edwards states. “This is the location he carried out the most throughout the world. It’s going to be a different sensation than any other stage, and I’m eagerly anticipating the honor of getting to do it there.”
“The King Lives! Donny Edwards’ Elite Tribute to Elvis” will exist at 7 p.m. August 11 and 12 at the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas. Tickets begin at $22, any ages are welcome and more details can be found by calling 800-732-7117.