Gambling is enough entertainment at Lucky Dragon
December 13, 2016 3:01 AM
by Monti Rock III
Welcome to the Lucky Dragon, a boutique hotel that not only has a Chinese theme/décor – but is Asian oriented in their food and gambling choices.
Except for the opening festivities, there is no entertainment, we were told, the Chinese and Asians perceive gambling as their entertainment. The food is prepared Eastern style. It only has about 300 rooms and will be frequented by our large Asian local community.
I predict that with the new non-stop flight into McCarran Airport from Beijing on Hainan Airlines, this hotel will be a hot spot and very successful. I went incognito to the property and was overwhelmed by its Asian uniqueness. There will be more to come on this new venture.
SLS adds a W
Yes, the W made its 50th hotel here last week! It was not a true first class opening, just a simple ceremony that marked a new venue for the SLS by merging their space with the W, which is owned by Marriott International.
The W is worldwide now – it started in NYC in the theater district – not far from the original Studio 54. The hotel is handled by Ian Schrager of the Rubell-Schrager partnership from Studio 54 in my disco days.
The National Finals Rodeo just concluded its annual 10-day competition at the Thomas & Mack. Did you see all those cowboy hats, bowed legs, tipped boots and lariat ties? Do not think these are just plain old cowboys – these are the rich ranchers and stars of the ever growing rodeo circuit in the USA.
The NFR brings in a great deal of economic growth to our city – and we almost lost them to Orlando! They still wanted their Vegas. The Cowboy Christmas show for presents was a total success. I went home and played my own country western album – Achy Breaky Heart – from years back. Some people who like Randy Travis say I actually sound like him. Is that a plus sign or a minus? Don’t know.
A Biscardi and coke
This weekend I was invited by Tom Biscardi (Bigfoot Productions of California) and his lovely wife Joan to Oscar’s Booze and Broads at The Plaza. The great steaks is a reminder of our old Vegas. When you think of the Plaza and their showroom, it has some problems – it has not been able to get a real, long-running show.
I stayed around a few hours investigating the property and to my total amazement was charged $6 to self-park! This brings up the new parking regulations and rules that are damaging our free parking system.
Everyone is going for the pay-for-parking idea, which is not good. When you come to a hotel by car and are going to gamble, eat, spend money or stay at the property – you should not be paying to park! Not only will the guests suffer, but the valet crew! When you have to pay a hefty ($20 area) amount to valet your car – you are going to cut that easy $5 tip to the valet parker. Hotel managements sometimes make wrong decisions as far as certain policies.
My holiday tour
The first one on my shopping list was Legends In Concert Christmas show at the Flamingo and the second was Human Nature (The Venetian) for the holidays. Then, you have the final touch – the Kennedy Center Gala for the arts. Al Pacino was finally honored along with the extremely great and everlasting, James Taylor and the two remaining musicians from the Eagles.
The Kennedy Center is a special place in the United States for performances that are truly above all the rest. The entire show will air Dec. 27 on CBS at 9 p.m. Oh by the way, CBS extended its contract with the Kennedy Center show through 2025.
Missing in reality action
Whatever happened to Caitlyn Jenner? The Kardashians – please! It is time to pull the plug on them – they had their 15 months (felt like 15 years) of fame. They have all become their own person and rich. Mama Kris Jenner did well for them – sort of like Gypsy Rose Lee. Her prodigy’s are all successful on their own.
Also among the missing is Ryan Seacrest. Since leaving “American Idol,” and three television shows, he has vanished.
What can we say about Kelly Ripa that has not been said before? This search for a co-host to replace Michael Strahan is taking forever. I still believe Anderson Cooper would have been great, but she couldn’t get him. And Andy Cohen, not one of my favorites, is below her.
Not booking Kathy
Kathy Griffin – not one of my favorites at all – has written another book. Is New Year’s Eve going to be with Anderson Cooper and Kathy this year? I sure hope not! Mr. Rock is being judgmental – it is part of my nature. Wouldn’t it be cool to have Cyndi Lauper and Margaret Cho as co-hosts for the event? Wow – what a concept! Two New Yorkers – at Times Square – counting down to the New Year! Ho, ho Cho!
First, holiday opening parties and now making my resolutions – be happy, grateful, kinder, and looking to do more in life, for life turned and blessed by the kindness of others. It is time to pay it forward. I will now finish my film, my book, and all those promises that were in the works. I concentrate on the now, instead of the what-if or future. I have learned.
Blessings from the Reverend.