Monday, July 29, 2013 | 3:06 p.m.
After three days of competition in the 2013 Rubik’s Cube World Championships at the Riviera, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia was crowned the new champion on Sunday, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for the intense contest.
There were 15 events and 575 competitors from 37 countries from Friday through Sunday, and Zemdegs, in an orange hoodie, was victorious, completing his 3x3 Rubik’s cube in 8.18 seconds.
Some competitors really put their feet into it, as in completing Rubik’s cubes with their feet, as Donoghue’s photographs show. Meantime, it’s possible that this journalist has never completed a Rubik’s cube in his lifetime — with hands or feet.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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With its glass, star-lit exterior, visitors can't miss the Riviera when driving down the Strip. As the first high-rise to open on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a nine-story hotel, the Riviera has seen more than 50 years as an entertainment destination in Las Vegas. Top bill acts like Liberace, Dean Martin and the long-running Splash revue (closed in 2006) have graced its showrooms over time.
The Riviera still offers its share of entertainment options with topless revue "Crazy Girls," a comedy club and "Illusions," starring Jan Rouven.
The 100,000-square foot casino has been featured in many films like "Casino," "Austin Powers" and "21." Although the hotel has passed through a long list of owners over the years it has always held on to it's unique theme (for Las Vegas) in that it lacks any particular theme. It also features a William Hill Race & Sports Book walk-up betting window right off the sidewalk on the Strip.
The Riviera has dining options well covered, from seafood and steaks at R Steak and Seafood, a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare at Banana Leaf Café to an international cuisine at the R Buffet.