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With the WSOP in town from the end of May to the middle of July, I always spend a lot of time at the Rio during those weeks.

Recently I was at the Rio for a different reason. Yes, I was there playing some cards, but was there for a business dinner. No better way to discuss business than over a huge juicy steak at VooDoo Steak located at the top of the Rio.

Many people forget the VooDoo has a split personality – a fine steakhouse as well as a popular Night Club. Upstairs from the Steakhouse is the VooDoo Lounge, which is Rio’s go to nightspot. Located on the roof of the Masquerade Tower, you can party inside or out. This is one of the best views of the Las Vegas Strip and you can dance under the stars.

There were six in our party and we all had steak. The only difference is some had the 20 oz. Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye and some of us had the 30 oz. Bone-In Tomahawk Ribeye. Yes, you know which one I ordered. Go Big or Go Home.

Before the steak you need some appetizers. A couple guys went with the Coconut Shrimp and enjoyed these rather large prawns dipped in batter, rolled in Coconut and served with a Pina Colada dipping sauce to complete the Island feel.

Another guy had the Lobster Bisque, which he said was quite good and the rest of us had the French Onion Soup, which was exceptional.

The great part about going to a steakhouse with a group of people is the side dishes are always so big everyone can order something different and taste a little bit of everything. We went with two orders of the Truffle Mac & Cheese because everybody loves it.

We also went with the Grilled Asparagus with a Lemon Aioli sauce. Finally, for a potato we ordered the Cajun Shoestring Fries. We polished off all the side dishes with no problem.

Our steaks were great and cooked to perfection at just the temperature we ordered. We made sure to get every bit of the meat off those bones, which is the best part of the steak by far.

Now how do you make a great meal even better? No, not with dessert, although that is always a great option. But we were all too full plus some of the guys wanted to get back to the poker tables. At VooDoo Steak and all the restaurants inside the Rio, if you have a Player’s Card and are a local you will receive 25% off of your entire meal.

It’s amazing how many don’t know about the locals discount. So if you have family or friends in town and want to show them a great night on the town I highly recommend going to VooDoo Steak; then hit the nightclub afterward.

I know my 25% discount made everyone happy and the dinner meeting was even better. I’ll have more information about that in the coming weeks.

As you would expect at a fine steakhouse the wait staff was exceptional and the food was even better. I give VooDoo Steak a rating of 3.75 Forks out of 4.

Marco D’Angelo co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].

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