Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 5:06 p.m.
Casino Confidential on TLC
TV executives at TLC are saying that Thursday’s new series “Casino Confidential” filmed at Binion’s Downtown will be a “high-octane, no-hold’s-barred” docu-soap rather than regular reality TV programming. They say it will expose extraordinary events and crazy characters as told from the perspective of Binion’s staff. TLC says viewers can expect to watch unruly high rollers, all-night partygoers and bachelor parties gone rogue.
Admittedly, it will bring amazing publicity to the ever-growing Downtown, but skeptics are already questioning whether it will be beneficial. The network suits defend it, saying it will not be another “Sin City Rules” fiasco. However, Vegas DeLuxe has learned that scenes in the first back-to-back episodes airing Thursday push shenanigans to the next level.
A wild bachelor party has security on alert, and a sexy young blackjack dealer has to sober up and learn how to run a poker table in time for the hotel’s fifth annual classic tournament. In the second half-hour episode, security has to deal with a drunken flasher and his unruly pals. The cameras also film senior staff ditching their suits in favor of T-shirts to win younger customers. They sponsor a 16-year-old car-racing prodigy to compete in Binion’s name, but, despite her confidence, her pink-rimmed Camaro spins out of control.
Plus, one of the casino employees, a former farm girl, seems to fail at every job the casino throws at her. We’ll check ratings and critical and audience reaction and report them next week.
MORE TV: Local entertainer Tony Sacca starts a new televised “Las Vegas Rocks” variety show Friday, and it’s free admission for the audience at Shimmer Cabaret in LVH. Each week, Tony’s cameras film the 4 p.m. show, which is then edited and airs the following Saturday.
Tony tells me that his premiere guests are guitarist Esteban and his daughter Teresa Joy, comedian Anthony Padillo and Plaza headliners The Phat Pack. The Gregg Peterson Band is his guest house musicians this debut week. Tony says it will be his modern version of “The Ed Sullivan Show” but solely focused on Las Vegas.
FIVE YEARS: Internet radio hosts Robert and Paco celebrate the fifth anniversary of their Hook Jaw Radio Network show Friday with “Pin Up” at The Stratosphere headliner Claire Sinclair. Past guests have promised to show up at the regular weekly live broadcast from PBR Rock Bar at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and there will be a red carpet for arrivals.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.
Binion's Gambling Hall has been a landmark in downtown Las Vegas for more than a half a century. The 80,000 square foot casino opens up to Fremont Street Experience and features 80-plus gaming and poker tables and about 800 slot and video poker machines.
Benny's Bullpen Sports Bar and Cigar Lounge is an old fashioned saloon featuring a full-service bar that serves handcrafted beers, a fine selection of cigars, 10 plasma TVs broadcasting live sports and video poker machines.
The Top of Binion's Steak House is open at 5 p.m. and is located high above downtown Las Vegas on the 24th floor.
The pool area is located on the 25th floor, affording a view of downtown and the Strip. It is also available for concerts, special events and weddings.
The property is made up of three historic buildings: The Apache Hotel, The Boulder Club and The Mint. Benny Binion bought the Apache Hotel in 1951 and renamed it the Horseshoe Club. Benny Binion's sons completed the existing footprint in 1988 when they bought Del Webb's Mint Hotel.