Venetian Macao resort on China's Cotai Strip is
modeled after its Las Vegas sister hotel and features
largest casino in the world with over 550,000 square
feet of gaming. This year's events include a party
at Blue Frog bar and grill and shows at the ZAIA Cirque
du Soleil theater.
Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is the largest AAA Five-Diamond
rated Resort in the Americas. This Venice-themed luxury
hotel and casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip
in Paradise, Nevada, on the site of the old Sands
Hotel. The Venetian is owned and operated by the Las
Vegas Sands Corporation.
The Venetian has 4,049 suites and a 120,000 sq ft
(11,000 m2) casino. It is located on the east side
of the Strip, between Harrah's and the The Palazzo.
Combined with the adjacent Sands Expo Convention Center
and The Palazzo Hotel and Casino Resort, The Venetian
is a part of the largest hotel and resort complex
in the world --- featuring 8,108 hotel rooms and suites,
outnumbering the MGM Grand.
November 26, 1996, 8 years after it was bought by
Sheldon Adelson, the Sands Hotel was imploded to make
way for The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Ground was
broken April 14, 1997.
The resort opened on May 3, 1999 with flutter of white
doves, sounding trumpets and singing gondoliers, with
actress Sophia Loren joining The Venetian Chairman
and Owner, Sheldon G. Adelson, in christening the
first motorized gondola. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion,
it was one of the most expensive resorts of its kind
when it opened. A brief time line of the hotel's history:
September 24, 1997 — Announcement that the Venetian's
Grand Canal Shoppes will be managed by Forest City
November 14, 1997 — $1,000,000,000 financial
August 18, 1998 — Venetian Resort tops out.
August 24, 1998 — Venetian begins accepting
room reservations, by phone and on-line.
May 3, 1999 — Grand opening of first phase of
October 7, 2001 — The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum
opened within the resort, featuring its first collection:
Masterpieces and Master Collectors: Impressionist
and Early Modern Paintings.
August 30, 2002 — The museum opened its second
collection: Art Through the Ages: Masterpieces of
Painting from Titian to Picasso.
May 15, 2003 — Museum opens third exhibit: American
June 27, 2003 — The Venezia at the Venetian
opened as an additional tower, adding 1,013 suites
and a new wedding chapel.
November 7, 2003 — Museum opens exhibit: A Century
of Painting: From Renoir to Rothko, featuring paintings
by Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, van Gogh, Renoir, and
March 19, 2004 — "The Nevada Gaming Commission
Thursday reluctantly imposed an agreed-upon $1 million
fine on The Venetian for rigging contests and violating
state gaming regulations but only after chastising
other state agencies for not pursuing the case more
vigorously. Chairman Peter Bernhard and Commissioner
Art Marshall, who called the violations the "most
serious" they have dealt with during their tenures
on the commission, criticized the state attorney general's
office and the Gaming Control Board for taking a year
to bring the eight-count complaint before the commission.
... "This is the most serious complaint I've
seen since I've been on the commission. The issues
go to the heart of the integrity of the industry,"
Bernhard said. ... The Asian high roller at the center
of the case, who was also the big loser in the casino
over the Chinese New Year weekend in 2002, was preselected
to win a Mercedes-Benz. The complaint said a Venetian
executive who rigged the drawing with a cohort hid
the winning ticket in his shirtsleeve and pretended
to draw it randomly from a batch of entries before
announcing the "winning" ticket."
October 10, 2005 — Blue Man Group officially
opens at the Blue Man Theatre.
June 24, 2006 — Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular
opened at a new theatre at the Venetian.
the Venetian was the subject of an episode of the
Various Venetian locations were the setting for the
introductory scenes of the 2001 movie, Rat Race.
A suite from the Venetian is featured as a location
in the 2005 movie Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
The exterior of the Venetian is portrayed in the movie
Resident Evil: Extinction. There is a dramatic zombie
attack scene which takes place on the Venetian's replica
of the Rialto Bridge.
Casino and other attractions
Casino at the Venetian offers more than 122 casino
games. In addition to slot machines and table games,
there is a state-of-the-art sports lounge.
One of the largest and busiest poker rooms in Las
Vegas is located in the Venetian.
The Venetian has an extensive indoor retail mall called
the Grand Canal Shoppes, which covers 500,000 square
feet (50 000 m²).
In addition to the lake in front of the casino, canals
on the second floor of building, in the shopping mall,
are used to provide gondola rides. The hotel also
hosts the Las Vegas Madame Tussauds wax museum. There
are usually two wax figures outside of the attraction.
The celebrity figures outside rotate to new celebs
several times a month.
Dining, Amenities and Entertainment
Venetian hosts 17 acclaimed restaurants, including
Bouchon, which is the vision of Time Magazine's “America's
Best Chef”, Thomas Keller and Piero Selvaggio's
Valentino, featuring the Italian cuisine from James
Beard Award-winning Chef Luciano Pellegrini. Because
the hotel is composed of suites, the hotel contains
an upscale specialty store that sells produce, meats,
and other items for cooking.
In addition to shopping at the Grand Canal Shoppes,
The Venetian offers plenty of other things to do,
Blue Man Group — an explosive show in the 1760-seat
Blue Man Theatre
Wayne Brady: Making %@it Up - a comedy improvisation,
song and dance revue starring Brady, improv partner
Jonathan Mangum, singers, dancers, and a four-piece
Canyon Ranch SpaClub — a 69,000 sq ft (6,400
m2) health spa and fitness center
Convention space — 1.9 million sq ft (180,000
m²), including the 1,200,000 sq ft (111,000 m2)
Sands Expo convention center
A new production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical The
Phantom of the Opera entitled Phantom – The
Las Vegas Spectacular, which runs 95 minutes long
and new special effects only seen at the Venetian.
The Phantom Theater was custom built to resemble the
Pool Deck — a 5-acre (20,000 m2) deck above
the fourth level of the Venetian Tower, featuring
3 pools and a hot tub
Tao Nightclub — 10,000 square foot (1,000 m²)
high-energy nightclub located within the Tao “Asian
Temple” Entertainment Complex.
Aquaknox - a medium sized quaint and elegant restaurant
that specializes in seafood. (Credit:
Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
poker weekend on tap, by Andy Samuelson - 17th April
(Credit: Las Vegas Sun)
a big weekend for Las Vegas’ poker scene.
Jennifer Harman’s third-annual Charity Poker
Tournament kicks off at 5 p.m. in the Venetian poker
event, which benefits the Nevada Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), includes past World
Series of Poker main-event champions Doyle Brunson,
Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, and Jerry Yang.
pros that plan on playing the $330 buy-in, $100 rebuys
an add-ons tourney include Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu,
Barry Greenstein, Eli Elezra, Andy Bloch, Maria Ho,
and Tiffany Michelle.
winner grabs a seat at the 2009 World Series of Poker
main event and a Curtis and Co. watch. The top 10
finishers also win prizes.
Saturday, the World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship
kicks off at the Bellagio.
$25,000 buy-in tournament is the last stop of Season
VII and will air on Fox Sports Net.
Chiu beat out 545 entrants last year, including Full
Tilt Poker pro Gus Hansen, to claim the $3.4 million
top prize. Hansen snagged $1.7 million for second
as 100 players finished in the money.
London Times reported Sunday that Harrah's Entertainment
hired Mitch Garber, the former PartyGaming CEO.
his role hasn’t been defined, speculators say
Garber could head a new division of Internet gambling
as well as the WSOP.
to PokerListings, Harrah’s CEO Gary Loveman
said at the 2007 Global Gaming Expo that the WSOP
may branch into online formats in Europe.
in the United States prevent such a situation, but
a U.S.-based company can offer online services in
there's plenty of support brewing for legalization
and regulation of online gambling in the United States,
it's not a done deal yet," wrote Lou Krieger,
the editor of Poker Player Newspaper, on a recent
Garber's hiring puts Harrah's out in front of the
curve should UIGEA be set aside, and Garber's presence
would give Harrah's a hand up the ladder in the US
online poker market."
Las Vegas Sands Seeks Help in Asia - 7th November
Vegas Sands Eyes Macau Big-Time
Fantasy meets economic reality - 7th November 2008
house take grows 23% to $8.9b, by Lisa Murray and
Bloomberg - 24th January 2007