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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 22, 2007

Aladdin's finally Planet Hollywood

By Anthony Curtis

After almost four years the name changeover from Aladdin to Planet Hollywood is official. Several celebrities were on hand at the christening to validate the new Hollywood-glitz focus of the resort, which is expected to compete directly with the Hard Rock, Palms, Mandalay Bay, Rio and, eventually, a remodeled Sahara for the hip-and-cool crowd. The transformation is complete in name only, however, as construction continues on the front of the property, which is being reconfigured and outfitted with billboards. The official grand-opening of Planet Hollywood is set for September.

ANOTHER TRANSFORMATION: A new nightclub from the Light Group called Diablo's Cantina has been announced for the Monte Carlo. The press release for Diablo's states that the club "marks the beginning of a Monte Carlo transformation." They just keep comin'!

STOMPING: Accompanying the new name was the opening of the new show, "Stomp Out Loud" at Planet Hollywood. Seats begin at $50; the best seats go for $110.

SILVERTON SPECIAL: Silverton, the casino located off I-15 on the far south end of Las Vegas, has two excellent 24-hour specials: a 7-ounce steak and eggs for $4.99 and the same steak with fried shrimp for $8.99. The specials are served in the Sundance Grill coffee shop.

Q. Which casinos deal single-deck blackjack that pays 3-2 for naturals? It seems like every single-deck game in town now pays only 6-5.

Downtown's El Cortez was recently named "best place to play blackjack" in the annual "Best of Las Vegas" survey, specifically because it pays 3-2 on its single decks. The Four Queens also deals "old-fashioned" single decks that pay 3-2.

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