Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 | 5:18 p.m.
To celebrate their 20th anniversary in Las Vegas, Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller plan to turn back the clock Friday night. I’ve learned exclusively that their 25-minute mini-show at their Rio home will be material they performed here at Bally’s when they arrived on The Strip in 1993. Two of the three pieces from 20 years ago haven’t been seen in Las Vegas since. I also can confirm our earlier scoop that Caesars Palace and Rio President Gary Selesner will announce their astounding six-year contract extension from the stage. It will be followed by a celebration hosted by the ...
Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.