April 15, 2009
Harrah’s must have been happy with the results of delaying the final table of last year’s World Series of Poker main event, because they’re doing it again. This year’s main event will begin on July 3 and reach the final nine players on July 15. At that point, play will cease for four months, before the finalists reconvene on November 7 to determine the champion (on the 10th). This year marks the 40th anniversary of the WSOP. Play will begin May 27 and there will be a special $40,000-buy-in no-limit hold ’em event to celebrate the milestone.
Skeelz: While on the subject of poker, the skills and gamesmanship that define the game’s top players are on display every Sunday night by way of Annie Duke’s deep run on the TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Annie, considered one of the world’s best poker players, is still going strong, with the field that began at sixteen competitors now down to eight.
New Joint: After a two-month closure, the Joint at the Hard Rock reopened this weekend with concerts by the Killers and Paul McCartney. The casino has announced that it will aggressively seek big-name bands for its revamped live-music venue.
All-Day Dollar: Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, on the east side of Las Vegas, runs a 24/7 happy hour, with $1 beers at all bars.
Free Drinks: In a Las Vegas first, the new M Resort has three drink kiosks where you can get free juice, soft drinks, and water. You don’t have to be gambling to partake of the self-serve beverages.
Answer: Sinatra’s Oscar for From Here to Eternity is displayed in the restaurant Sinatra’s at Encore. The restaurant is pricey, but the statue—along with a Grammy and a gold record—is positioned at the front of the restaurant. All three awards can be viewed easily from the outside, even when the restaurant is closed.
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