Monday, June 17, 2013

Aces Casino Blog: The Latest Dirt on SkyVue v. High Roller, The Las Vegas Version of "Wheel Of Fortune"

Here at Aces Casino, we love being known as the "Go-To Guys" when it comes to two distinctly different topics -- The Orange county casino night party scene, and off-beat news stories and videos.  Hey, It's who we are.  I mean, who else in the Orange county casino party company business in SoCal do you know that publishes a twice-weekly blog like this?  Exactly.  (Ed. Note: Yes, and we're the only ones goofy enough to do it, as well, but that's a story for another day.)

Today, in the Aces "Parakeet Paper," we thought it best to return to the ongoing saga of the Las Vegas version of "Wheel Of Fortune," namely, the battle between "SkyVue" and "High Roller," two warring factions of Ferris / Observation Wheel construction crews currently racing to build and operate the first of its' kind in Glitter Gulch.  For those Aces Casino Blog readers that haven't kept up with the "breakneck pace" of news surrounding this story, you can find our links to past Pulitzer-worthy prose on the subject from our blog here. (Ed. Note: This is actually our third article on this particular subject, which must mean we're all out of original ideas.)

First up, the Challenger -- SkyVue, who, as they say in horse racing lingo, "broke slowly from the gate" when certain financial troubles surfaced that caused some contractors to threaten lawsuits over non-payment late in 2012. (Ed. Note: Believe me, nothing turns you into the 'Challenger' around here faster than a short stack.)  But that was then, and this is now.  Let's take a picturesque look at how the ol' SlyVue is coming along, shall we?  First up, here's a picture of the SkyVue construction site from January of this year...

We've nicknamed this site the "SkyVue Base-Jumping Site."

Those two lil' guide posts, or whatever you want to call 'em, have been basically the body of work, as far as we could tell, up to that point six months ago.  Now, let's take a look at what's happening at SkyVue Camp today, courtesy of the now-ready and fully-functioning "SkyVue Webcam."  Check it out (Ed. Note: While you CAN, if you know what I mean), if you look closely at the WebCam site, you can see automobile traffic flowing to and fro in the background, and on the day we wrote this, there were actually people up on one of the posts, doing something....

This picture was taken from the WebCam TODAY.

Now, I'm usually one of those optimist-types, a "glass-is-half-full" kind of a guy.  But I have to tell you, I can't see too much of ANYTHING happening in today's webcam broadcast that wasn't already done in late 2012.  Let's turn to the Aces Casino "Game Theory, Odds and Probabilities" Division for their input on this situation... In their expert opinion, at the going rate of contraction now taking place at their construction site, our team predicts that the SkyVue Observation Wheel will be 100% completed by late October, 2063. 

Uhh, yeah, we're suddenly a little less optimistic concerning our chances of riding this thing any time soon.   So, the first question that came to THIS reporter's mind was, "Why is construction moving so slowly on SkyVue?  I see people up there on the top of the site...What are those construction workers DOING up there?"  Well, never let it be said that the top Orange County casino party company on the West Coast doesn't do the follow-up.  We sent an Aces Casino reporter up in the SkyVue elevator with a camera to see just what was going on.  Here's his exclusive footage, courtesy of our buddies at YouTube....

I knew they were doing SOMETHING up there.

OK, so much for SkyVue...Let's move on to the High Roller, the "Crown Jewel" of Caesars Entertainment's new construction site to be known as "The Linq."  Progress on the High Roller Observation Wheel, as well as the $550M "Linq" project, can be tracked at the "Linq," provided here.  Let's post a picture taken from that website, taken thru their WebCam system, earlier today....

 Looks like things are progressing nicely.  Where's my ticket?

We're taking a sabbatical out to Las Vegas later this month to do a little business for the company (Ed. Note: Yeah, like schmoozing with your buddies on company time), so we'll do our best to get some pics and footage of these two monsters in person, to see how things are going.  Also, I'm sure that Scott Roeben of "Pulse of Vegas Blog" fame has some insight on this story, as well.  WE'll ask.  So far, so good, we can't wait to ride one of these observation wheels.  Our pick to win this race is still the High Roller, but you never know....

That's all from the Aces Blog today.   We'll return to this story when it looks like one of the two wheels "starts going with the spokes."  That's when things will begin to get interesting.   Before then, we've got Thursday's upcoming edition of the Blog, which is sure to have very little in the way of useful info.  We'll see you then, have a good week!

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