Sunset Station betting seminar soon, while Golden Knights look for anthem singers
August 15, 2017 3:06 AM
by Eileen Di Rocco
ATTENTION SONGBIRDS: There is much to do to get a brand new team ready for its first game, from signing players to ordering uniforms to hiring coaches, right down to details like who will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at home games.
And right now the Vegas Golden Knights are accepting applications from individuals and groups interested in singing the national anthem for the team’s 2017-18 inaugural season.
Jonny Greco, the team’s VP of entertainment and production, said, “We want to showcase all the talent we have here in Vegas, so we will have multiple singers performing throughout the season and serving an integral role in Golden Knights game entertainment.”
Interested? You can apply at https://www.nhl.com/goldenknights/info/nationalanthem until August 28. You will be required to provide a link to a previous singing performance as they are looking for candidates with experience, and special consideration will be given to those who have performed the U.S. and Canadian anthems in the past.
Then during the week of Sept. 4, those who make the initial cut will be invited to attend a live audition at T-Mobile Arena. From there, select performers will be placed into a pool of candidates to sing the national anthem throughout the season.
SUNSET SEMINAR: The first week of the NFL preseason is in the books. Did you have some winning bets? Sure hope so. Right now we are simply observing and will probably do so until the regular season begins.
But before that first wager we will attend some of the seminars that will be held around town, especially the one at Sunset Station, to get as much information as possible about the early regular season games.
Sunset has a great panel lined up for the Tuesday, Aug. 29, event to be held in Club Madrid from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Of course Brian Blessing, host of Sportsbook Radio (1400 AM, KSHP), will be moderating along with Chuck Esposito, Sunset’s director of race and sports.
The panel will include the legendary Bruce Marshall of The Gold Sheet, GamingToday’s very knowledgeable Andy Iskoe (not Hank Goldberg as we reported in our last column) and the always entertaining Bernie Fratto.
NEW LOCATION: Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending (www.crescent.edu) recently announced the opening of a second location in Las Vegas at 3275 S. Jones Blvd., to complement its current campus on Sandhill Road on the eastside of town.
The school originally launched in 1983 in New Orleans, added two Mississippi campuses at Gulfport and Tunica Resorts in the early 1990s, then came to Las Vegas in 2001.
According to Ricky Richard, one of the owners, “gaming and bartending (are) growing at a faster rate than most industries and… the demand for well-trained casino dealers and bartenders has never been better.”
We’re not sure if they teach those moves Tom Cruise used in “Cocktail,” but they do have a three-week course on mastering the art of mixing drinks and a 12-week beverage management course that includes the business aspects of running a bar.
On the gaming side, Crescent offers a two-game training program, as well as a comprehensive program where students learn to deal five games including blackjack, poker, craps, baccarat and roulette.
See you around town.