Archive for May, 2012

World Tea Expo

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The World Tea Expo will be in Las Vegas this week, from June 1st to June 3rd. This is the largest global event for the tea industry, and the event is being held in Las Vegas. Locally based World Tea Media is hosting the event. The question on everyone’s mind is if tea is as big as coffee?

If Las Vegas’ Mayor has anything to say about it, it would be that tea is the winner, as Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman officially proclaimed that June is “World Tea Month”, and this proclamation is made in honor of the event’s 10 year anniversary.

The Mayor’s official proclamation is “In honor of World Tea Expo’s vision to develop the tea community and bring greater awareness to the tea industry, we declare June to be World Tea Month, to support World Tea Expo’s mission to strengthen the message of tea.”

With the World Tea Expo kicking off shortly, it should also be mentioned that the National Iced Tea Month is also starting up as well, and features a special Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony, hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The World Tea Expo covers every aspect of tea, from the leaf, to the cup, to even tea pots. There will be over 200 vendors set up, and plenty of tea as well as baked goods to enjoy.

WSOP Kicks Off Today

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Today is a special day for poker players, as the World Series of Poker kicks off today. Drawing thousands upon thousands of poker fans each year, Las Vegas is going to be especially busy this week. This year, the World Series of Poker is being held at the Rio Hotel and Casino just off the Las Vegas Strip.

Poker players are playing for millions of dollars, 61 championship bracelets, the coveted gold bracelet, and the ultimate poker player title. This year’s buy-in for players is $1,500, and more than 2,000 players have entered the three day tournament. Players get chips worth $5,000, and from there, they can not cash out. The aim of the tournament is to stay in as long as possible without going bust. Players aim to make it to the final rounds this Wednesday, and from there, champions will win their bracelets that are given out during the series. Besides the bracelets, there is also several hundred thousand dollars paid out, but only to participants that make the final top 10 percent of players.

Poker champions like Phil Ivey, Allen Cunningham and Daniel Negreanu are just some of the poker players participating in this year’s event.

Poker fans can watch the games for free, and the finals will be held in October.

Elton John Cancels Three Shows

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Elton John has been forced to cancel three of his shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, due to a respiratory infection. Two of the shows were scheduled during the Memorial Day Weekend and unfortunately, Elton John needs a break.

Several published reports along with a posting on Elton John’s official website confirm that he has been suffering from a serious respiratory infection that he has not been able to shake since his May 20th performance at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

As the week went on, Elton John’s condition worsened, and he was forced to be admitted into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles early Wednesday morning. He underwent a battery of tests, and the attending physician recommended that he not perform for a week to treat his infection with antibiotics.

Elton John expressed in a statement “It feels strange not to be able to perform these ‘Million Dollar Piano’ concerts at the Colosseum. I love performing this show, and I will be thrilled when we return to the Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts soon to be scheduled. All I can say to the fans is sorry I can’t be with you. I hope to see you soon at this wonderful theatre at Caesars Palace.”

In the meantime, ticket holders for the shows that have been cancelled can get a refund or exchange their tickets.