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Football parties abound in Las Vegas

                                The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s 2019 fall display “Indian Summer” celebrates the culture of India and features a 28-foot enchanted talking tree.


    The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s 2019 fall display “Indian Summer” celebrates the culture of India and features a 28-foot enchanted talking tree.

With football season comes the usual batch of football bashes in Las Vegas. On weekends, the casino sports books are packed with all the games showing on the big screens. The biggest weekend parties are at the Westgate, where the games are aired both in the SuperBook and in the showroom, and at Beer Park, a big second-­story indoor/outdoor venue at Paris Las Vegas. On Mondays, the best party in town is at South Point, where a big crowd gathers in the showroom for $1 hot dogs, $2 draft beer and drawings for $1,000. Other good Monday-night parties convenient to the Strip are held at Ellis Island, Gold Coast and Orleans, while the action downtown is in the Triple 7 Brewpub at Main Street Station. You also can’t go wrong watching in a Station Casinos sports book, where hot dogs and beer are $1 each.

Casinos changing hands:Caesars Entertainment has sold the Rio for $516.3 million to a New York-based real estate investment group called Imperial Companies. Not much is expected to change in the near term, as the deal calls for Caesars to continue to operate the property for a minimum of two years. The World Series of Poker was not part of the deal and will remain at the Rio at least through next year’s tournament. The question is whether or not the Rio will continue to operate as a casino resort. Analysts speculate that the property could be transformed to have a non-gaming focus — possibly a residential complex or even another stadium suitable for professional sports.

Dim sum: Tim Ho Wan, the long-awaited dim-sum restaurant from Hong Kong, has opened at the Palms. The original restaurant earned a Michelin star for offering “the world’s most approachable and affordable dim sum.” Tim Ho Wan is also a late-night play, closing as late as 4 a.m. depending on demand.

Revolving whiskey: A big new bar and restaurant called Whiskey Licker has opened on the second floor of downtown’s Binion’s casino. The 10,000-square-foot venue features a bar situated on a revolving platform for a changing view of the Fremont Street Experience. Two open-air balconies also have seating and standing room for new and unique views of the street below.

Circus Circus too?: While it hasn’t been officially announced, it appears that MGM Resorts International has agreed to sell Circus Circus to TI owner Phil Ruffin. The sale’s details aren’t known, but it’s believed that the adjacent Las Vegas Festival Grounds are included in the deal.

Bigger park: Beer Park, the second-­level rooftop bar at Paris, has opened a big expansion, most of which is indoors. The new area features dozens of high-def TVs, arcade games (Skee-Ball, foosball, darts, billiards) and 100 varieties of beer.

Autumn at Bellagio: The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden has unveiled its 2019 fall display, which celebrates the culture of India. “Indian Summer” features 20,000 preserved roses decorating floral arches, royal elephants, an Indian wedding scene and a 28-foot enchanted talking tree. The exhibit is open 24/7, and free to view.

Chicken nugget: A Chick-Fil-A is coming to the Golden Nugget downtown. The fast-food eatery is expected to open in the Carson Tower sometime this winter. Another Chick-Fil-A outlet will open slightly earlier at Planet Hollywood.

Question: Is the story about the Houston furniture salesman betting millions on the World Series legit?

Answer: Absolutely. “Mattress Mack” is using sports books to hedge his furniture-store promotion that will have him refunding millions of dollars to purchasers if the Astros win the World Series. He has almost $4 million wagered to date. The story is detailed in a dedicated Mattress Mack blog at the website listed below.

Q: Has the new dolphin at the Mirage been named?

A: Yes. The female dolphin born six weeks ago at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat has been named Lady Ace to honor the hometown WNBA team.

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