Casino Resort Opens with Celebrity-Studded Ceremony
LAS VEGAS -
David Schwimmer, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tyra Banks, Samuel L. Jackson,
Chris Webber, Ali Landry, Caprice, Dennis Rodman, and Matt Williams
were just a few of the stars checking out Las Vegas' newest place
to see and be seen, the Palms Casino Resort, on November 15.
Over 7,000 people
including celebrities and VIPs tested their luck at the ultra-chic
hotel and casino, which boasts such eclectic restaurants and entertainment
venues such as Rain in the Desert, Little Buddha Cafe, and Ghost
Hilton arrived to the event Thursday night wearing a Cornell Collins-designed
corset and gown, inlaid with $1 million worth of gaming chips. Italian
painter Filippo Ioco exhibited his artwork - an interpretation of
the Palms' atmosphere painted on nearly nude models stationed throughout
Located on Flamingo
Road, a half-mile west of the Strip, the Palms is Las Vegas' first
boutique hotel, with 455 deluxe, oversized rooms, plus:
- A 95,000
sq. ft. casino with the most comprehensive Race & Sports Book
in Las Vegas, complete with the "Sports Express'' drive-up
window to place bets.
- Brenden Theatres
is a 14-screen plush theater Cineplex with couple's loveseats.
- Little Buddha
Cafe from Paris, Nine from Chicago, the Blue Agave Oyster and
Chile Bar with more than 350 margaritas and 150 tequilas, Ghost
Bar, an indoor-outdoor lounge on the 55th floor with a 275-degree
view of the glittering skyline.
- Rain in the
Desert is a multi-level, nightclub/concert venue with a computer-programmed
river of water, private booths with water sofas, skyboxes with
private booths with water sofas, skyboxes with private balconies,
and flames shooting down from a ceiling superstructure at dancers
new Palms hotel-casino stands in Las Vegas. The small, off-the-Strip
hotel tries to avoid the "theme" resorts that have been the rage
in Las Vegas.
- Spa at the
Palms is a 20,000 sq. ft., three-story spa featuring candlelight
Yoga classes, Botox/Collagen parties, and more than 20 types of
fun and fruity body treatments.
Resort, opened November 15, marks the newest project for the Maloof
family, who manage successful business ventures in the fields of
banking, hotels, and sports. The Fiesta Casino, developed by the
Maloofs in 1994, enjoyed two expansions and financial success under
the operation of George Maloof.
The B.B. King Dance & Nite Clubs In January
- B.B. King and Foxwoods
Resort Casino plan to open the B.B. King Dance & Nite
Clubs, featuring adjoining entertainment venues that will
offer dancing in the larger of the two and a smaller jazz,
blues and comedy venue on January 11, 2002.
a logical pairing of the world's best casino and the top blues
artist on the planet,'' said Tom Cantone, vice president of
entertainment at Foxwoods.
"We already offer the most headliner entertainment of any
casino in the U.S., and these two clubs will double the number
of our existing clubs for the benefit of those who visit Foxwoods
to club hop and take in the very best entertainment.
to opening the club, B.B. King will play several times a year,
jamming with up-and-coming talent, Cantone said.
agreement is a first for the award-winning casino owned and
operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which opened
in 1992 on the tribe's reservation in southeastern Connecticut
and quickly grew to become the world's largest.
the first time anything at Foxwoods
has carried an outside name,'' said Bill Sherlock,
Foxwoods president and CEO. "Foxwoods
is already synonymous with entertainment in the Northeast,
and it's only appropriate that for our first venture with
an outside name that it be with someone with the star quality
B.B. King. He's a winner and we're proud to be associated
on Pequot Trail in the heart of the Casino's Theater District,
the clubs will accommodate nearly 700 patrons and will offer
a combined 13,000 square feet of entertainment space. The
Dance Club, the larger of the two, will feature an Art-deco
motif, a theater-style entrance marquee. With a centerpiece,
700 square foot stage, the room will also have two bars, a
d.j. booth and a dance floor. It will accommodate 429 patrons.
The Nite Club portion of the complex is half the size of the
Dance Club and will provide for 245 patrons. It will sport
a converted warehouse design motif, a fiber-optic illuminated
glass block along with a granite and copper bar. B.B. King
memorabilia and a custom portrait will also greet fans.