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Muhammad Ali Celebrates 70th Birthday in Las Vegas


Muhammad Ali Celebrates 70th Birthday in Las VegasOn February 18, Muhammad Ali is celebrating his 70th birthday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The room will be filled with A-list actors, GRAMMY Award-winning musicians, all-star athletes and more. Ali's remarkable career has filled with victories and defeats but he will always be known as one of the greatest boxers of all time. 

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, Jr., was inspired to fight at the age of 12 years old, after his bike was stolen. He told police officer Joe Martin that he wanted to beat up the thief. Martin, who also trained young boxers at a local gym, encouraged him to learn how to fight and started working with Clay. At the age of 14, Clay won the Golden Gloves Championship for light heavyweight novices and three years later won the Golden Gloves Tournament and the Amateur Athletic Union's light heavyweight national title. In 1960, the 18-year-old earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team and returned home with the gold medal. This was just the beginning of Clay's historic career. "The Champ" went on to win his first 19 bouts and knocked out Sonny Liston in 1964 to become the heavyweight champion of the world at age 22.

In 1964, Clay decided to change his name to Muhammad Ali as part of a spiritual search. That same year, Ali refused to acknowledge his military service after being drafted, so the boxing association took away his title and suspended him from the sport for three and a half years.

Ali returned to the ring in 1970, winning his first bout against Jerry Quarry. The following year, Ali fought Joe Frazier in what was called the "Fight of the Century." The fight went all 15 rounds and by unanimous decision Frazier retained the title. After a 1973 loss to Ken Norton, Ali claimed victory in a high profile rematch by split decision, which set the stage for Ali-Frazier II, in which Ali won a unanimous 12-round decision.

The historic "Rumble in the Jungle" bout of 1974 put World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman and former world champion and challenger Ali face-to-face. Ali won by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round, regaining his title.

In the early part of 1975, Ali faced boxer Chuck Wepner in a bout that inspired the original motion picture Rocky. Over the next couple of months, Ali fought formidable opponents, but none as exciting and electrifying as Joe Frazier.  On October 1, 1975, Ali fought Joe Frazier for the third time in the historic fight known as "The Thrilla in Manila" in the Philippines. The highly anticipated fight lasted 14 grueling rounds. At the start of the 15th round, Frazier's trainer threw in the towel and refused to allow him to continue due to his unstable condition.

Regarded as the greatest upset of all time, boxer Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas in 1978 for the heavyweight championship - becoming the only person to take the belt from Ali in the ring.  Ali's other losses were non-title contests.  In a rematch with Spinks just 7 months later, Ali won a unanimous decision becoming the first ever three-time heavyweight champion.  Ali fought eight more times before his final defeat against Trevor Berbick in 1981.

Ali's power, speed and grace led him to achieve great success in all facets of his life. In 1984, he announced that he had Parkinson's disease. Despite the disability, Ali devoted much of his time to world travel and humanitarian work. In 2005, the Muhammad Ali Center opened in downtown Louisville. The center focuses on core themes of peace, social responsibility, respect and personal growth. This is just one of his many charitable initiatives.

The "Only Vegas" event on February 18 celebrating Ali's 70th birthday will benefit the Muhammad Ali Center as well as the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which is close to Ali's heart. Tune in to ABC at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on February 25 to catch all the action inside the celebrity filled event. In the meantime, send Muhammad Ali a personal birthday message by using #Ali70 @Vegas. All wishes are streaming on LasVegas.com.


Spark some romance this Valentine’s Day in Vegas

  Book a romantic Las Vegas getaway this Valentine's Day and enjoy a romantic retreat that will keep your flame burning for that special someone all year long.

 Start with a little soothing of the senses. Las Vegas is also home to the more than 45 unique and relaxing luxury spas. Most spas offer specials for couples, and specialty services such as sport, Shiatsu and Swedish massages; herbal baths; wraps; aromatherapy and reflexology; steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools; and more. You'll be in the lap of luxury and leave feeling invigorated and refreshed.

Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens is the perfect place for an intimate meal for two. Then you'll be ready for a night out just for two. Take a stroll around Fremont Street in the early evening and enjoy the overhead light show of Viva Vision. Then head into the Four Queens Hotel and look for Hugo's Cellar. As you might guess, it's in the basement of the hotel - a rustic, charming and vintage Vegas restaurant awaits you. The food and ambience are top-notch; both complemented by some of Vegas' finest servers. And tradition here is strong, as every lady receives a complimentary rose upon leaving.

If you don't want to dine in a cellar, you can have your head in the clouds instead, overlooking Las Vegas at the Stratosphere's Top of the World restaurant, or experience the ultimate in romantic getaways at Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Great food, piano entertainment and a view of the city - it's a Valentine's Day dinner your partner will never forget. Just across Las Vegas Boulevard, there is no better waterfront dining experience than Le Cirque. Exquisite French cuisine and an extensive wine list will tempt your taste buds as you enjoy the famous dancing Fountains of Bellagio.

Afterward, get cozy and enjoy some of Las Vegas' unique nightlife, including the retro-swagger of Matt Goss at Caesars Palace, or any of the free late-night lounge acts at many Strip hotels. For an only-in-Vegas experience, enjoy late-night cocktails at the Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill on the Strip - mirrored walls, fake flowers and a central fireplace add to the kitschy Vegas experience.

Spark your romance this Valentine's Day in Vegas!

Don’t break your New Year’s resolutions – just delay them a bit

 Everyone makes New Year's resolutions, and most of the time, they don't last. This year, try a different approach: Enjoy a little Las Vegas indulgence first, and then you'll be ready to stick to your New Year's pledges.

The Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas has something for every sweet tooth. For example, if you have a sweet tooth and are committed to cutting back on treats, hey, that's commendable. But before you do, enjoy one last round of delicious desserts at the Sugar Factory inside Paris Las Vegas or Ghirardelli's at Carnaval Court, the outdoor promenade at Harrah's Las Vegas.

Suppose you vow to save money by eating out less this year. Again, that's admirable - but that's no reason to give up your culinary cravings completely, so take a January trip to Vegas and enjoy a few more award-winning restaurants, then start your resolutions in February. We won't tell.

Perhaps you're a sports fan whose significant other claims you are spending too much time in front of the TV so you've promised to cut back on your sports viewing? Well, get one last screen-fest in with football playoffs, college and pro basketball, and hockey all going on simultaneously on huge screens throughout luxurious Vegas sports books.

Your resolutions can wait. After all, you can't break one if you haven't started it yet. So enjoy a little Vegas and then your New Year's commitments will be easier to keep!

Football, basketball and the world’s top Sevens Rugby players. Game on!

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   The pro football championship game - you know the one, with the Roman numeral at the end - is approaching and other than 50-yard line seats, the best place to watch the game is Las Vegas, where you'll always have a great seat for exciting sports action!

Catch every big play throughout the postseason at Las Vegas' luxurious sports lounges. You can also kick your sports viewing experience up a notch at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo. Combine the signature cuisine of Emeril Lagasse with more than 100 HD TVs, luxury boxes, stadium-style seating, billiard tables and an outdoor patio just a few steps from the Strip. Bam! The remodeled sports book at Bally's Las Vegas offers great viewing and plenty of food choices to make the experience as memorable as the game itself.

If you enjoy hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports, the Las Vegas International Sportsmen's Expo, from Feb. 2 - 4, is an event you won't want to miss. Vendors will showcase the hottest products on the market for outdoor enthusiasts at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The USA Sevens International Rugby tournament will again be contested at Sam Boyd Stadium. Watch the world's top Sevens Rugby players get down and dirty Feb. 10 - 12 at the 2012 USA Sevens International Rugby tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium. From the opening ceremonies at the Fremont Street Experience to the International Fan Fest to the fast-paced action, it's the biggest Sevens Rugby action in the U.S. Afterward, head downtown for a night out on East Fremont Street and book a stay at a vintage hotel including The Plaza, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget or, if you're lucky, the popular D Hotel.

The clown princes of basketball are bringing their unique brand of skills and humor to Vegas on Feb. 15 - catch the one and only Harlem Globetrotters at The Orleans. More hoops excitement follows in the coming weeks with the men's and women's college basketball championship tournaments, so make your plans now to be a part of the sports madness in Vegas!

Help launch Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2012 in Vegas

 It's the most anticipated publishing event of the year, so what better place to celebrate the release of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2012 than Las Vegas!

Make your way to Las Vegas Feb. 14 - 16 for your chance to mingle with the most beautiful women in the world, as the supermodels who grace the pages of this year's SI Swimsuit edition descend on Vegas as part of the magazine's launch week.

There will be autograph sessions, meet and greet opportunities, and other special events all over the city, so make your plans now to be a part of it and keep your eye on LasVegas.com and our official blog for more details.

Be a part of the SI Swimsuit 2012 launch in Vegas!

Head north of the Strip for thrill rides, shopping and culture!

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     You know all about the excitement on the Las Vegas Strip. But did you know there's plenty to do north of that famed stretch of road?

Get all the thrills you want and then some at the Stratosphere Tower.     For starters, just look up - 1,149 feet, to be precise - at the Stratosphere Tower. Along with great restaurants such as Top of the World and indoor and outdoor observation decks providing an unparalleled view of Las Vegas, you can experience four extreme thrill rides - the SkyJump, the Big Shot, The X Scream, and Insanity.

    In downtown Las Vegas you'll find some of the best deals and room rates in town.  Check out new suites at the historic Plaza Hotel, Golden Gate Hotel, and Golden NuggetMain Street Station, The Vegas Club, California, the D Hotel and the El Cortez offer amazing deals and are located in the middle of all the vintage Vegas action.  The Four Queens Hotel is centrally located and in the basement is a hidden gem - Hugo's Cellar is an old-school steakhouse with a decades-old charm!

     You can also find some unique arts and culture downtown at the Fremont East District, adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience. You'll find comedy clubs, blues and jazz nightclubs, a piano bar and even the InsertCoin(s) Videolounge Gamebar. You can also see work from every kind of artist imaginable at the Emergency Arts Building.

     If you like shopping, you can find amazing deals at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. Shop more than 150 designer and name brand outlet stores offering savings of 25 to 65 percent every day! Or just browse the classic signs of yesterday direct from the Neon Boneyard Museum - it's a collection of Vegas' most famous and memorable neon signs up and down the Fremont Experience.

     There's plenty to do north of the Strip, so be sure to experience everything Las Vegas has to offer!

Give yourself a gift – sooth your senses at a Las Vegas luxury spa


     Don't forget to take care of the most forgotten person on your list this holiday season - you! Indulge yourself in Las Vegas with a relaxing treatment at a luxury spa.

Relax and rejuvenate at a Las Vegas spa.     Enjoy a soothing spa treatment at Sahra Spa and Hammam inside The Cosmopolitan. Or head to Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian for a European-style thermal treatment. Spa by Mandara at Paris Las Vegas offers a eucalyptus steam room and full-service salon, while inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, the stunning Spa and Salon at Encore offers 61,000 square feet of personal comfort.

     Surprise your significant other with a gift  you can enjoy too - enjoy the Swedish couples massage at The Spa at Red Rock inside Red Rock Resort or relax with a Jamu Asian spa ritual at The Four Seasons Spa atop Mandalay Bay. Mandarin Oriental provides a private two-person ultimate experience in the Dragon Suite with hydrotherapy soaking tubs and a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip - quiet, peaceful, and the perfect place for Zen in Vegas!

     You'll find relaxation and rejuvenation anywhere you look, so give yourself a treat at a Las Vegas luxury spa!


Vegas has everything you need for the ultimate guys’ getaway


     Sometimes, guys just need to be guys. Get your group together and experience the ultimate Bro Weekend in Vegas!

     Guys like their automobiles - so come get your engine revved up at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, where you can drive in a NASCAR-style 600 horse power stock car at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Also at the speedway is the Shelby Automobiles sports car museum, and don't miss the Auto Collections at Imperial Palace, home to more than 250 classic cars.  Looking for high end sports cars - check out the Wynn-Penske showroom at Wynn Las Vegas - featuring a collection of brand new and pre-owned Ferrarri's and Maserati's!

Get behind the controls of some major-league machinery at Dig This!     If speed isn't your thing, but power is, then check out Dig This! Get behind the controls of the big Cat machines and dig - dig - dig to your hearts delight! Speed - Power - not enough?  Head for the Silverton Hotel and check out the newest lineup of watercraft, fishin' boats, and speedcraft at Bass Pro Shops, then make some waves out on scenic Lake Mead.

     Afterward, it's time for a hearty meal. Try the gourmet burgers at Le Burger Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas or Mexican cuisine and rock 'n' roll flair of Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor. Catch great sports action in a unique atmosphere; combine Emeril Lagasse's signature cuisine with more than 100 HDTVs, luxury boxes and an outdoor patio at Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo.

     Then, it's time to relax before a big night out - start with a Gentlemen Only Facial at The BATHHOUSE at TheHOTEL at Mandalay Bay.  Then, join the ultimate boy's club and dine at DJT - that's Donald's place.  Fine dining, exclusive atmosphere, and just steps from the Las Vegas Strip, Trump International Hotel is the starting point for the real men about Vegas.

     It's Showtime! Direct from Paris, the girls of Crazy Horse at MGM Grand always deliver a sensual show - and the new sexy rock show RAAck & Roll undresses nightly at Hooters Casino & Hotel. Then it's time to experience some sizzling nightlife including The Bank at Bellagio, Tao Nightclub at The Venetian, LAX at Luxor, Revolution Lounge at Mirage, HAZE at ARIA, and after hours at nightlife innovator Drai's inside Bill's Gamblin' Hall.

    How's that sound, Bro?

By the time your favorite sitcom is over, your secrets may be out

     There's a reason we like to remind you that What Happens Here, Stays Here. It's because even the things you tell people in confidence often find a way of leaking out.

     The next time you sit down to watch your favorite half-hour sitcom or reality show, think about this: If you've just told a girlfriend about your latest Vegas experience and she doesn't #knowthecode ... around the time your show is over, there's a good chance someone else will know about it, according to this story.

     That's why it's imperative you get ALL of your friends to take the oath and Protect the Moment.

     Otherwise, someone is likely to further compound the issue by sneaking onto your Facebook page to enter some "life event" on your timeline. Some things simply should not be overshared!

     So be cautious about who you are telling secrets. You certainly don't want to tell this person:




Tune in to Vegas for reality programs, game shows and celebrity stars

    Las Vegas has always been prominent on the small screen - but nothing beats the real thing, so plan your next trip to see TV stars in person!

     If you're a fan or reality TV, take a ride by the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard in Downtown Las Vegas, and you'll see the location of the hit show, "Pawn Stars." Just look for the line of people waiting to get in - this place is popular!

     Do you watch TV game shows? Well, in Vegas, you can be the star! Check out stage productions of "Name That Tune Live!" at Imperial Palace, an up-to-date and fast-paced version of the iconic program. Or come on down to Bally's Las Vegas, where you could be the next contestant on "The Price Is Right."

     Celebrity stars from television are all over Las Vegas, too, including ‘70s variety show icons Donny & Marie, headlining at Flamingo Las Vegas; "Holly's World" star Holly Madison starring in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood; "Mindfreak" star Criss Angel starring in Criss Angel: BELIEVE at Luxor and former "America's Got Talent" winner Terry Fator at The Mirage. Oh, and if you're lucky, get a hot ticket to Penn & Teller at the Rio Hotel, stars of the hit Discovery show "Penn & Teller Tell a Lie."

     Dial in to a Vegas getaway and see stars from TV up close and in person!

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