Pool sharks get their shot

Jul 17, 2001 7:27 AM

Amateur pool players who would like a shot (or two) at their favorite champ will get their chance this Wednesday at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

With proceeds going to charity, “ordinary” players can pony up a few bucks to challenge players such as Buddy Hall, Robert Byrne, Raymond Ceulemans, Jim Rempe and, on the distaff side, Karen Corr, Allison “The Duchess of Doom” Fisher and Jeanette “Black Widow” Lee.

The “Challenge the Stars” will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Rooms 259-261 of the Convention Center on Paradise Road.

The charity event kicks off the three-day Billard Congress of America International Trade Expo, which is expected to attract 8,000 attendees.

Reserve begins changeover to Fiesta

The Reserve has started construction to transform the hotel/casino into The Fiesta, Henderson by the end of the year. The $12 million project will change The Reserve’s interior and exterior jungle theme into the more festive Mexican one.

“All the dark wood and cloudy skies in the Reserve are going to be transformed into something much more bright and festive. We will include things like fiber optics running through the ceiling and hanging lanterns,” said Bart Pestrichello, Reserve vice president and general manager.

Congo Jack’s Restaurant, which will become the Baja Beach Café, will retain its crashed airplane although it will undergo décor renovations.

“Instead of having the airplane crash in the jungle, it will have crashed on a sandy beach with palm trees,” Pestrichello said.

Other restaurant renovations will include Tusk’s becoming Fuego with a similar menu; the Grand Safari Buffet will be the Festival Buffet; Serengeti Spaghetti Co. will be replaced by the MacKenzie River Pizza Co.; the Funky Monkey will become Coco Loco and Monsoon Mary’s will be the Cerveza Cantina and feature the Cerveza Beer Factory with a 24-hour conveyor belt circling the bar displaying hundreds of bottles of exotic beers.

The Nils Lofgren Guitar Bar will have an expanded schedule from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m., July 13-14 and July 20-21, while Wasimba’s will be closed until July 26.

The changeover will be made in 35 modules, each of which will include a part of the interior. Two modules will be remodeled at a time every 10 days until November 2nd when the first floor is scheduled to be complete. The second floor renovation will begin after Thanksgiving.

Pestrichello said that some of the animals that guests have grown to like, actual-size and larger-than-life monkeys, birds and hippos, some stuffed and some made of brass, will be auctioned September 4-5 to guests who earn special Auction Bucks by playing their favorite games during August.

Starting Aug. 1, guests can earn one Auction Buck per point by playing their favorite games. Drawings will be held each Monday in August where they can win additional Auction Bucks, cash and Reserve memorabilia such as African art and other decorative items that will not be included in the auction.