Sunday, December 8, 2013

3. Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace is a luxury hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, an unincorporated township in Clark County, Nevada, United States in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Caesars Palace is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Caesars is located on the west side of the Strip, between the Bellagio and the Mirage. The hotel includes a convention facility of over 300,000 square feet. Caesars has 3,960 rooms in six towers: Augustus, Centurion, Roman, Palace, Octavius, and Forum. The Forum tower features guest suites with 1,000 square feet of space.

Caesars has opened the Plaza, an open-air area with celebrity chef Bradley Ogden's eponymous restaurant and the Colosseum, where CĂ©line Dion (A New Day...) and Elton John (The Red Piano) were regular performers. The Colosseum was specifically built for Dion's show, A New Day..., a spectacular produced by former Cirque du Soleil director Franco Dragone. Dion's show was also notable for having some of the highest ticket prices for any show in the city, with seats as high as $220 each; nonetheless, the show regularly sold out.
Caesars Palace opened the Augustus Tower in August 2005 (designed by Bergman Walls Associates). It stands 26 floors high and is perpendicular to the Strip. In 2005, Harrah's Entertainment acquired Caesars Entertainment, Inc. and became the owner of Caesars Palace. In 2006, the hotel held a total of four Michelin stars for their restaurants. Two stars for Restaurant Guy Savoy and one star each for Bradley Ogden and Mesa Grill.

Over the years, the hotel has been owned by various companies, including Sheraton and The Hilton International Corporation, Caesars Entertainment bought the property in 2001 before it merged with Harrah's in 2005. That year, Caesars Palace was affected by a large flood. Caesars Palace is the flagship property of the current Caesars Entertainment. With the success of the Augustus Tower, Caesars Entertainment Inc. was planning to expand by building a new hotel Octavius Tower and sports complex.
The sports complex would replace the events center. The project cost $1 billion and Harrah's planned to open it in summer 2009. In January 2009, Harrah's said it would postpone the opening of the new tower, citing a lack of demand for hotel space. In September 2011, Caesars announced that it would open Octavius Tower in January 2012.

Caesars runs a good poker room. Plenty of tables, pretty good dealers, lot's of different price points and times for the Texas Holdem games. Lot of foreigners play here, but the dealer is good at making them speak English only at the table....that is very much appreciated when you don't understand the language they are speaking. Doesn't look like they have a lot of "regulars" either, which makes it fun to play a tournament style game.
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a 4,296-seat entertainment venue, originally built for Celine Dion's show A New Day.... The venue has since hosted performances by numerous other artists. In May 2007, Bette Midler was announced as Dion's formal replacement. Midler will reportedly only perform about 100 shows a year, with Elton John continuing to perform his popular Red Piano show 50 nights a year while Midler is on hiatus. When Midler opened at the Colosseum, the sold-out show debuted at No. 1 on's Weekly Ticket Grosses.

After taking a three-year hiatus, Cher, following her Farewell Tour, returned to Caesars Palace with a three-year contract, performing 200 shows beginning May 6, 2008. The Mexican superstar Luis Miguel performs several shows every September since 2007 to celebrate the Mexican Independence Day. Gloria Estefan performed a special seven-day concert in 2003 for the launch of her album Unwrapped. The show was titled Live & Unwrapped, and all the concerts were sold out.
Stevie Nicks performed a special four-night stint at The Colosseum in May 2005. Her show was called "Dreams", and was sold out. Nicks also played one night exclusive shows at The Colosseum again in August 2005 and December 2006. She performed another four-night stint in March 2007. On May 26, 2009, U.S President Barack Obama performed in the Colosseum in the one-night show A Good Fight alongside Sheryl Crow, Bette Midler and Rita Rudner to fundraise for Nevada's senator Harry Reid re-election campaign. Several streets were closed and the Augustus tower was blocked as security precautions by the Secret Service during the visit.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a 2nd-century BC marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). Since 1884, it has been prominently displayed at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. H.W. Janson described it as "the greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture."
Pure is a popular nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The venue is 40,000 square feet and is the host of The Pussycat Dolls Lounge. The club is frequented by celebrities hosting invite only parties. The club is operated by Angel Management Group. Pure offers three separate partying spaces, each with their own DJs: the dance area, lounge and terrace. The club is known to pay significant appearance fees for celebrities to attend events at the club. During the fall of 2009, Scott the Engineer of The Howard Stern Show made an appearance as a "celebrity" DJ.
 Many top international performers, such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Cher, Bette Midler, Liberace, Liza Minnelli, Elton John, George Burns, Pilita Corrales, Pat Cooper, Diana Ross, Paul Anka and Odia Coates, Julio Iglesias, Judy Garland, David Copperfield, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan, Phyllis Diller, Luis Miguel, Janet Jackson, Shania Twain, Jerry Seinfeld, Harry Belafonte, Eric Tsang, Hins Cheung, Louie Anderson and Mariah Carey have performed at the hotel.

In 1982 Ronnie Vannucci, now playing in Las Vegas-based The Killers, became the youngest musician to play with a band at age six in a lounge in Caesars Palace. Magician David Copperfield was a headliner for several stints in the Circus Maximus Theatre.
Comedian George Burns had performed there a number of times in the early 1990s and had stated that he wanted to perform there on his 100th birthday but could not due to failing health. In 2011 Celine Dion announced a three-year commitment to perform; a number of the songs will form part of her 2013 album Water and a Flame. Dion has already stated she will perform a series of Duets with the likes of Stevie Wonder on "Overjoyed" and lesser know artists including Sarah Collis.
The Divine Miss M. has been taking the Las Vegas strip by storm for the past year with The Showgirl Must Go On currently playing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

In mid-1996, a new venue known as "Caesars Magical Empire" was created on the property, showcasing major magicians such as Michael Ammar, Jon Armstrong, Lee Asher, Whit Haydn, TC Tahoe, Jeff "Magnus" McBride, Scott and Jenny Alexander, and Alain Nu. This development coincided with the 1990s campaign to reinvent Las Vegas as a destination for family vacations, by creating attractions appropriate for children as well as adults. The "Empire" was an extravagantly themed immersive dining and entertainment experience, housed in a 66,000 sq ft specially built building constructed with 800 tons of steel.
Guests with ticketed reservations entered through the "Celestial Court" to the "Chamber of Destiny", which, through elaborate effects, appeared to be a magical elevator which transported them underground to a "subterranean catacombs." In reality the guests didn't descend at all; the walls of the room were raised by a large electric winch and the floor of the room shaken by pneumatic actuators. "Roman gladiators" led the guests through winding dimly lighted passages, assuring them of their safety, and then humorously pretending to have taken a wrong and dangerous turn.

Sashimi from Nobu at Caesars Palace. Nobu is an ideal destination to be seen and socialize. The first-ever Nobu hotel, restaurant and lounge will offer a stylish new experience of luxury and hospitality, appealing to returning Caesars Palace guests and attracting new visitors to Caesars Palace. The 11,200 square foot Nobu restaurant and lounge, located in the heart of the Nobu Hotel, will offer several teppanyaki tables, sushi bar and private dining area along with a large lounge and bar boasting 327 seats.
Caesars Palace has played host to a number of professional wrestling events throughout the 1990s, the most notable of which is WWE's Wrestlemania IX in April 1993 which capitalised on the Roman theme of the venue. Billed as the "Worlds Largest Toga Party" it remains to this day the only Wrestlemania with a particular theme. WCW also held a series of events at Caesars Palace, including Clash of the Champions XXX in January 1995 as well as COTC XXXII and an episode of WCW Monday Nitro, each in January 1996.

The arena also held one of its more interesting events during the summer of 1991: a pre-season game between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. A rink was laid out over the parking lot and held firm despite 85-degree temperatures. Behind a goal from Wayne Gretzky, the Kings came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 5-2 before a crowd of over 13,000. The game served as a predecessor to both the Frozen Fury (the Kings' annual preseason game in Las Vegas that began in 1997) and the Winter Classic (the annual regular season game played outdoors on New Year's Day that began in 2008).

Stay Safe

Given the city's lure of easy money and "Sin City" reputation, Las Vegas naturally attracts a lot of unsavory characters, as evidenced by its rather high violent crime rate: 647.0 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants in calendar year 2011 (according to the FBI's Crime in the United States report). This is substantially higher than big cities like Los Angeles and New York, where the comparable numbers were 405.4 and 406.0 in 2011. Naturally, the crimes that drive Vegas's numbers so high are robbery and aggravated assault. Be vigilant and do not leave any valuables visible in your car. If you are lucky enough to win a large jackpot, you can ask the casino to hold your winnings in its safe or to pay you with a check so that you are not walking out the door with a large amount of cash. If you insist on receiving all your winnings in cash, all casinos have security personnel available to escort you to your car or room upon request. Like most large tourism destinations, the Strip has its share of pickpockets and purse snatchers, so keep your wallet in a front pocket or keep a tight hold on your purse.

Major casinos are generally very safe. Casinos take security very seriously and have cameras recording almost every square inch of their property, as well as uniformed and plainclothes security personnel patrolling at all times. Make sure your hotel door is closed safely at night and use the deadbolt if one is provided. If there is knocking on the door at night, don't open it unless you are sure of the good intentions of the persons that knocked. They might just be drunk, but there could be more serious trouble. Remain calm and call security when necessary. Numerous people along Las Vegas Boulevard will attempt to hand you fliers advertising adult entertainment or prostitution services. Simply ignore them and they won't harm you, although they are profoundly annoying. Others will try to give you cards for free entry and/or drinks in the various clubs scattered throughout the Strip hotels. They usually work in groups, and if you accept cards from them, they will demand a tip.

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