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By Burt Davis

Photos by Burt Davis or Dianne Davis unless otherwise noted

Plaza Opens Rooftop Pool in Downtown Las Vegas


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The refurbished pool deck at the Plaza
Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos

The Plaza will celebrate the opening of its refurbished pool deck on July 2 – 4 with fireworks, bands, and a DJ. The completely refurbished pool deck is located on the fifth floor of the south tower. The area contains approximately 70,000 square feet and can accommodate over 900 guests making it one of the largest spaces in downtown Las Vegas.

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Private rental cabanas
Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos

I enjoyed a pool preview on June 23. The refurbished area includes a redesigned pool, lily pad daybeds as well as a 12-person hot-tub. The area contains a new cocktail bar, stage for live entertainment, and six private rental cabanas equipped with televisions, fans, refrigerators and a safe.

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The Food Truck was hoisted to the fifth floor
Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos

Food delivery is available from Pop-Up Pizza and Zabo's Mexican Grill located in the hotel. It can also be purchased from the Food truck located on the pool deck. In May, the truck was lifted with great fan fare from the street to the pool deck. It is headed by Shawn Giordano who has over 20 years experience in the culinary industry. It will feature a unique menu of seaside street food. I sampled their ahi tuna lettuce wraps at the pool preview and really enjoyed this hot weather offering.

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There are gaming tables as well
Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos

The recreation area is unique. Besides a tennis court, it offers 16 dedicated Pickleball Courts. At the preview event, Plaza Las Vegas CEO Jonathan Jossel told the crowd that the Plaza is the only hotel/casino in Las Vegas with dedicated courts for this newly popular sport. He also commented that the Plaza plans to hold Pickleball tournements at the pool.

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Former Mayor Oscar Goodman and current Mayor Carolyn Goodman attended
Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos

The pool preview event was hosted by former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and current Mayor Caroline Goodman. They both commented that the pool renovations were just one more step in the revitalizing of Downtown Las Vegas.

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Frankie Scinta

Frankie Scinta, one of the Scintas entertained with some Vintage songs. The Scintas appear two weekends a month at the Plaza.

The pool deck will be open daily from 8 AM until 800 PM. Admission is free for hotel guests and locals. Other will be charged $10. The pool is a nice way to keep cool during the Nevada summer.

Did I mention the lovely ladies?


2016 WSOP Has Reached Halfway Point and Continues To Grow In Popularity

The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) returned on May 31 to it yearly home at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The WSOP consists of 69 separate poker events with a variety of games and is designed to attract serious poker players of all levels of expertise. Buy-Ins range from $565 to $50,000.

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Players and Viewers file into the Rio

The Main Event, starting on July 9, is the feature of the of the competition. It requires a $10,000 entry fee and attracted 6,420 participants last year. This play continues until July 18 when the field is narrowed down to 9 players. The Final Nine will return on October 30 to compete for the prestigious main event title. Joey McKeehen, last year's winner, won $7.6 million.

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International Event

The WSOP continues to attract huge numbers of participants. To date, after the completion of 35 of the 69 games, 59,507 entries have been tallied. Participants have collected a total of $69 million for placing high enough in these events. The WSOP is truly an international event as players from 98 countries have participated in this years events.

“It’s great to see poker alive and well in Las Vegas this summer,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.  “Paying out 50% more places this summer and continuing to sprinkle in some new and unique events while bringing back the stalwarts has proven to be a successful recipe at the WSOP.  Everyone seems to be having fun this summer and with several new and exciting events in the back half of our schedule, we remain confident that players will find some great poker playing options the rest of the way.”

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Books, special sun glasses, financial services , WSOP merchandise - All for sale

You don't have to be a poker pro to enjoy the World Series of Poker. Visitors can get close to all the players and enjoy the action and excitement of the games as well as checking out the vendors with Poker related merchandise available for purchase.You have until July 18 to visit The Rio.

The 2016 WSOP official has just over three weeks remaining, and among the highlights left on the schedule is as follows:
 
·Wednesday, June 29 – Event #50 - $1,500 buy-in Shootout No-Limit Hold’em  -- 11am
·Wednesday June 29 – Event #51 – $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Championship – 3pm
·Friday, July 1 – Event #54A/B - $888 buy-in Crazy Eights Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (new event) ($888,888 guaranteed 1st place prize) – two starting flights, 10am & 4pm
·Saturday, July 2 – Event #54C/D - $888 buy-in Crazy Eights Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (new event) ($888,888 guaranteed 1st place prize) – two starting flights, 10am & 4pm
·Saturday, July 2 – Event #55 - $50,000 buy-in Poker Players’ Championship 6-Handed (8-game variants to determine poker’s all-around top player) – 3pm
·Monday,  July 4 – Event #58 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels; two-day event) – 11am
·Wednesday, July 6 – Event #61 - $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em – 2-4 person teams. New Event, Entry fee is per team. 11am
·Wednesday, July 6 – Event #62 - $25,000 buy-in High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed (4-day event) – 3pm
·Friday, July 8 – Event #65 - $10,000 buy-in Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship (Ladies receive 90% discount on buy-in price) – 11am
·Friday, July 8 – Event #66 - $1,000 buy-in WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em (only online WSOP gold bracelet event of the year, via WSOP.com Nevada software) – 1pm
·Friday, July 8 – Event #67 - $111,111 buy-in High Roller for ONE DROP Charity No-Limit Hold’em (5% of entry pool donated to ONE DROP organization) – 1pm
·Sat. July 9/Sun. July 10/Mon. July 11 – Event #68 - $10,000 buy-in Main Event World Championship (3 starting flights) – Now with 50,000 starting chip stack. Expected to pay 1,000 places – 11am
·Tues. July 12/Wed. July 13/Thurs. July 14 – Event #69A/B/C - $1000 buy-in Little One for ONE DROP ($111 add-on to double starting chip stack) – All $111 would go to ONE DROP as charitable donation – 3pm

 

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