Finally, Some Good Las Vegas Updates!

It’s Getting Better!

The Best Signs that Las Vegas is coming back to life is when they start to release the opening dates for the summer pool parties! The second best sign Las Vegas is coming back to life is when they announce that some of the most popular Las Vegas shows have opening dates that are really soon!!  And that has now happened!


The recent announcements of COVID restrictions for public gatherings are being eased as we roll into spring and summer was a sweet thing to hear. So that means that there is a chance for the people behind the parties and shows to actually begin to maybe come out of hiding, a chance for them to get some money in the bank to fund the parties to make money, pay their long unemployed staff, and to actually sell tickets to you, the Vegas Tourist. (we like that idea!)

What to Know before you go to the pool

Starting Monday, pool clubs in Las Vegas can open at 35% capacity. State officials anticipate capacity limits will rise to 50% on March 15.

Guests can expect the health and safety guidelines in the age of COVID-19 are as follows: Lounge chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart. Masks will be required at all times – unless in the water or actively eating, drinking, or smoking.

Please understand that most pools are not allowing general admission. Only invites and reservations!  Please check with individual Resorts on reservation requirements to attend the pool parties.

March 5

Wet Republic – MGM Grand
EBC / Encore Beach Club
Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay
The Pool Marque at the Cosmopolitan

March 12

Liquid Pool Party at Aria

MGM Goes All In

MGM is bringing all of their Las Vegas Resorts to be open 24/7 starting March 3
That means they are reopening Mandalay Bay, Park MGM, and the Mirage to full-time status

Nascar Returns

Good News!! NASCAR will return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway!  This time, they will have fans in the stands!  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series March 5, NASCAR Xfinity Series March 6, and Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 7.  No word on if they plan to have the usual Hauler Parade down the Las Vegas Strip.

Vegas Shows Opening

It seems like every other day, more Las Vegas best shows announce new opening dates. And that’s a good thing!

  • Australia’s Thunder from Down Under – Open
  • Australian Bee Gees – March 15
  • Absinthe – March 17
  • Carrot Top – Open
  • David Copperfield – March 21
  • Fantasy – Open
  • Jabbawockeez – Open
  • Magic Mike Live – March 26
  • MJ Live – March 18
  • Tape Face – Open
  • Terry Fator –   March 18
  • The Rat Pack is Back – Open
  • Piff The Magic Dragon – Open
  • Show Tickets and Information on What’s Open


Virgin Las Vegas about to open

Photo Courtesy our friend Tom Donoghue @photomanlv

Virgin Gets a New Date

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas recently announced their new opening date is now March 25.  The Virgin Resort is the formerly Hard Rock Resort, totally reimagined and looking great!


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247 Wayne Newton’s show plus other Vegas Tourist Tidbits

Welcome back to The Vegas Tourist Podcast. This week, Mark and Debbie talk about watching the PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing, the Vegas Golden Knights and their review of Wayne Newton’s newest show at the intimate Windows Showroom at Balleys.

  • New posting of The Vegas Tourist Travels, On The Road – Older stuff on places we have been to just never posted yet…
  • We attended the PBR Last Cowboy Standing as guests, not media.  A new experience after 10 years as media.
  • The Vegas Golden Knights giving the San Jose Sharks a run for the Stanley Cup
  • Vegas Golden Knights sold out 2018/2019 Season tickets
  • Oldest Gondola on display at Venetian
  • Wayne Newton “Up Close and Personal” at Balleys Windows Showroom
    He takes questions from the audience, sings a little, plays a little and talks a lot. He has great stories from his career and all the wonderful Vegas performers he has met and things that have happened to him along the way.  If you love Wayne Newton, if you love hearing stories of “Old Las Vegas” you want to be up close and personal with a living legend of Las Vegas and the music industry, this is the show for you!


The Gazillionaire is Holding Open Casting Call for Absinthe, Feb 6

One of the truisms of Las Vegas is that we know how to separate you from your money better than any other city in the world.  We’ve been doing it for over 100 years.  Also, if you ever want to learn the art of marketing, Mad Men style, come to Las Vegas.  Nothing is done here without first thinking about the marketing.  From the placements of the slot machines to the cut of the cocktail waitress uniform.  It’s all part of the marketing.

Shows that come to Las Vegas and don’t understand the marketing, will quickly close.  Those that get with the program, stick around awhile.

One of the better marketing for shows in Las Vegas is the show Absinthe at Caesars Palace.  Absinthe has been one of the best in Las Vegas in creating media catching promotions for their long-running extravaganza out under the tent in front of Caesars Palace.  Not to mention that the show itself is pretty out of the ordinary in a town filled with copycat originals.

So when their latest Press Release came out, I just had to post it.


LAS VEGAS (January 19, 2018) – The Gazillionaire is holding an open casting call for Las Vegas-based specialty performers to join his stable of talented artists at Las Vegas’ #1 show, ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Auditions will be held for selected applicants at an undisclosed location in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

“I usually fly around the world every year on the look-out for hot new acts to add to my hit show,” said The Gazillionaire, host and producer of ABSINTHE. “However, my private jet is in the shop for extended maintenance so I thought maybe the world’s best talent is sitting right here under my nose. So, show me what you’ve got Vegas!”

How to Audition: Las Vegas-based specialty performers who are interested in auditioning for ABSINTHE should send an email to by Friday, Feb. 2 with supporting materials, including a photo, video of their act, bio, and details of any technical requirements for their act. Selected applicants will be contacted with an audition time and location.

“I have to say, the idea of a full day of acrobat auditions makes me sick,” shared The Gazillionaire. “So I will probably have my casting assistants step in while I take a few naps. With the jet out of action and my acrobats’ caravan commune already full, anybody auditioning must already live in Las Vegas. And one other thing… definitely no Silks!”

ABSINTHE performs Wednesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. with no shows on Monday or Tuesday.

(Photo Credit: Erik Kabik)


Go See Absinthe! Click for Tickets

235 Talking About Half Naked Men and Other Shows

In This Podcast:  Mark Anthony and Miss Debbie heads west for her birthday. We go in search of some western parts of Route 66, see her childhood memories and went to see Magic Mike Live Las Vegas show at the Hard Rock…

For an overview of our trip, see Road Trippin’ Vegas to LA

  • Route 66/ Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch
  • Mitla Resturant/First McDonalds location
  • Finding the original terminus of Route 66
  • Visiting Aquarium of the Pacific


  • Magic Mike Live Las Vegas
    A room filled with bridal parties and other drunk women and only 3 men not part of the staff.  Very talented athletic men who dance, great story line and plenty of activity coming from all directions, even into the audience.  Yes, very interactive, raunchy and funny even for those of us who never saw the movie the show is based on.Being one of only a handful of men not on the staff, it was fun to watch, very good for the voyeur in all of us to see the women in their uninhibited party mode with plenty of peer pressure to get even further into party mode!

>>>> Get Tickets to See Magic Mike Live Las Vegas


The Vegas Territory Interview

This episode is more informational.  Hearing from three marketing executives from three of the top show producers in las Vegas and what they have to offer meeting planners and destination managers.

Courtney Parker
SPI Entertainment

Website:  SPI Entertainment
See: Podcast 222 – Vegas Girls Night Out – Talking with a Vegas Native 

  • Thunder From Down Under – Real men from Australia – Excalibur
  • Boys 2Men – Like audience to participate – Mirage
  • Human Nature – Original boy band from Australia – Venetian
  • Frank Marino – Diva’s Las Vegas Female Impersonation – Linq
  • Australian Bee Gees – with a dance floor! – Excalibur
  • Sex Tips for the Straight Woman by a Gay Man – Paris
  • Vegas Girls Night Out – Women’s Concierge Service


Terry Fator Show

Website: Terry Fator

  • He was the $1 million winner of Season 2 of America’s Got Talent
  • Headlining at Mirage since 2009
  • Show is open to adults and children 5 and above
  • No issue with guests taking photos and posting to social media


Lindsey Hall
Base Entertainment

Website: Base Entertainment
Phone: 702.281.7796

  • Matt Franco – America’s Got Talent Winner – Magic for children and adults – Linq
  • Magic Mike Live Las Vegas – Stage is in the center – Hard Rock
  • Absinthe – Old World Burlesque – Caesars
  • Legends in Concerts – Tribute show – Harrahs



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Ricky Martin Comes to The Park Theater – MGM

MGM keeps adding star power to fill their soon to be opened Park Theater at Monte Carlo. So far announced acts for the opening season are performers like Stevie Nicks, Bruno Mars, and Cher.  Adding to all that will be a residency by  latin sensation Ricky Martin.


Ricky Martin’s Las Vegas residency dates are:

April: 5, 7, 8, 11, 14 & 15

June: 23, 24, 27 & 29

July: 1-2

Sept.: 12, 15, 16, 19, 22 & 23