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Pouring the Inaugural Beer at the Brand New O’Sheas

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There are few spots on The Strip that are adored equally by locals and tourists.  O’Sheas at Imperial Palace was one of those spots for 23 years.  And then, on April 30th 2012, it was gone.  But now as part Caesars Entertainment’s ridiculously awesome Linq project… O’Sheas is back, bigger and better than ever.  And that, of course, means that everybody’s favorite Las Vegas Leprechaun is back, Brian Thomas… aka Lucky (pictured below).

I was honored to be asked to pour the first beer at the grand opening of the new O’Sheas at 9am.  By 10am, I was playing Lucky in beer pong.  I love my job.  I love my job.  I love my job.


If this whole comedy juggling thing doesn’t work out….

I got a nice shout-out on’s blog too!  They wrote a nice article on the opening: A Bit of Irish returns to the Vegas Strip with O’Sheas opening at The Linq


Still confused why Lucky got down on one knee

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Hash House a Go Go Show & Dinner Combo

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One of the tastiest dining options center-Strip has got to be Hash House a Go Go, on the second floor of The Linq. The cuisine is called “twisted farm food,” which also translates as “plates as large as trampolines.”

I’ve partnered up with Hash House to offer our guests an incredible deal: 30% off their meal (including alcohol!) as long as they sit down between 3 and 5pm, Monday-Friday.

Please don't bring a plunger to dinner. That's weird.

Please don’t bring a plunger to dinner. That’s weird.

Now, that’s a deal!

Just print the ad above (click on the pic for a larger version) and present it at the restaurant with your “Comedy in Action” ticket stub, and they’ll lop 30% off your bill. Hash House is already a great value, but a 30% discount makes it even more irresistible.

Hash House was even nice enough to add the “including alcohol” part, so what’s not to love? It’s Las Vegas!

If you’re not familiar with Hash House a Go Go, this 30% discount offer means it’s a great time to check the place out! It’s been featured on shows like “Food Paradise,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” Rachael Ray’s “Rachael’s Vacation,” “Chefs vs. City,” and the Vegas location was even featured on “Man v. Food.”

Hash House a Go Go is a great place to bring the whole family after seeing my show! Kids love the big portions and the eye-popping presentations of the dishes.

Find out more about Hash House a Go Go at The Linq, and read more on Yelp, too.

Check Out “Divas” at The Linq, 10PM!

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The LinqThe Linq has seen numerous successful headliners come through their theater, but only one show, Frank Marino’s Divas, has brought them such an incredibly star studded cast. Where else on the strip, no… in the world, would you ever be able to witness such a conglomeration of timeless female singers ranging from Celine, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, all the way to Brittany Spears, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga? Oh right… There is only one catch… these beautiful female performers aren’t really women at all!

The star studded cast takes full advantage of all the Imperial Palace theater has to offer.

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The Linq’s Part in the Linq Project

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The Linq is preparing for major changes, including renovation, rebranding and relaunch due to a mutual consensus among Caesars Entertainment Inc. executives and a group of business analysts that building another hotel-casino is not financially feasible in the current Las Vegas economic downturn.  That conclusion is the foundation theory for Project Linq, a compilation of $550 million and another type of rebranding effort—concerning the entire Las Vegas Strip.  Project Linq represents a hopeful future vision of Las Vegas, being the first major development project on the Strip since 2007.The Linq

The Linq will not only survive the process, but integrate the soon-to-be demolished O’Shea’s Casino into its reconfiguration. Caesars Senior Vice President Jan Jones sums up her new philosophy clearly: “We don’t need another big box. Las Vegas needs a new experience.”

The private street that winds in-between The Flamingo and The Linq will become the new home for The Linq, featuring a 550-foot observation wheel with dozens of see-through spherical cabins accommodating over 2,000 passengers during each scenic 30-minute rotation.

The project will also facilitate 30-40 entertainment, dining and retail destinations, with a large majority featuring bars and restaurants.

The innovative concept bets on Las Vegas being ready to transition from a casino-centric focus to the more natural type of entertainment evolution seen in best form in cities such as New Orleans and Los Angeles.  Interest is already being generated from outside investors willing to integrate their franchises into the Vegas environment, and The Linq’s part remains to be fully unveiled, with great curiosity arising from what possible form its new identity will take.

Be a part of the vision and visit the The Linq.

Other Good Eats at The Linq

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The Linq‘s fifth floor flavors not tickling your tastes buds? Not to worry, this casino has plenty more amazing places to choose from!

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Pastry craving or internet withdrawals? Betty’s Diner & Cyber Cafe is the perfect place to get your sweet and/or electronic fix. The Linq’s diner also has simple lunch foods (like hotdogsand cold sandwiches) available for purchase, as well as an assortment of different Blue Bunny ice cream flavors to assist you escape the heat! Closing in on a deadline that can be solved with an email? Luckily there are computer stations payable by the hour to help you out of such a jam!

Breakfast for dinner? How about lunch and snack as well? The Linq’s Hash House A Go-Go makes it so you can enjoy your favorite first meal eats at any time of the day! Located in the middle of the casino, these meals are plated beautifully and the portions are big enough to share. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and tummy!

The Linq still not doing anything for your your appetite commands? There are TWO more awesome places where you can get your grub on.

Past the construction, up the escalators, and around the corner you can experience a buffet from around the world! The Linq’s Emperor’s Buffet let’s you sample tasty treats from around the orient without even leaving the Las Vegas Strip.

Straight down the hallway from the buffet is The Linq’s very own Burger Palace! American top notch choices, from pizza to the obvious -burgers, and even nachos smothered in jalapeño cheesy goodness. This palace is hidden in the waaay corner, but definitely a treasure that will cure your hunger.

The Linq is full of delectable options for great eats, never leave hungry!

History of the The Linq – Part 3

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The Linq, by 1953, had created over 2,500 jobs and had its own 24-hour medical center, catering to the well-being of staff, their families and hotel guests.  Four years later, operations expanded out-of-state with the The Linq in Biloxi, a partial duplicate of the original with nearly half as many rooms and a floating casino.

In late 2002, after an inspiring battle against the cancer spreading relentlessly in his system, Ralph The Linq Engelstad, sole builder of The Linq, owner and operator of one of the largest resort facilities on the Strip, passed away.  Ralph was respected by colleagues and beloved by friends and family, which he felt included every member of his staff. His refusal to lay off staff or reduce benefits in wake of the 9/11 disaster was a rarity in the Las Vegas resort sector. Six month after his final departure, The Linq broke a new mold with the introduction of innovative “new” blackjack pits. With no shortage of champagne, attire inspired by the “Rat Pack” era and celebrity impersonators in the dealer pits, the casino had tapped into and honored the father-spark of modern Vegas.

The Linq participated in the historical opening of the Las Vegas Monorail in June of 2004, lending a typically magnificent hand with the extravagant addition of a Hotel Access main entrance.

True to form, the approach to the resort hotel features its intricate Asian architecture, though the entire trip consists of seven stops with diverse and engaging scenery.  The Palace’s rich quarter-century of history has ensured a proper legacy, but looking forward, it’s most likely just begun.

Look further in to what The Linq has to offer for your next Las Vegas adventure!

The Linq Show On Vegas Message Board

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The Linq Show is starting to get some buzz online. Check out this post from by user sammasseur: imperial palace

Jeff Civillico to Headline The Linq

“Starting May 26th, he’ll be performing 7 days a week in the main showroom at The Linq in Las Vegas at 2PM.

He previously had a gig at the Planet Hollywood Restaurant, and is a regular featured performer in Nathan Burton’s show at Flamingo.

I think the guy is terrific – high energy, lots of physical comedy and audience interaction. Hope he does well.”

Glad to see my new The Linq show is already drawing some buzz!

Fifth Floor Foods at the The Linq

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The Linq has a hidden cove on the fifth floor that holds four amazing restaurants that will surely satisfy any craving you have, -Quesadilla, Ginseng 3, Pizza Palace, and Embers.I love trying new foods out, and on the fifth floor at The Linq I get the perfect amount of flavorful options!

The Linq's Mexican Cuisine

Quesadilla at The Linq

Are you searching for fiesta feast you can enjoy with some compadres? The Linq’s Quesadilla has the menu that can fulfill any loco hunger you may be having. They also have a variety of margaritas that you and your amigos will love to sample along with your chips and guac!

The Linq's Oriental Front

Ginseng 3 at The Linq

If you’re feeling a more oriental flavor, just go right next door to Ginseng 3, where this amazing restaurant offers Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisine. Bring the entire family as these servings were made to share! With a welcoming and friendly service, and such a cosy setting at The Linq’s Ginseng 3, you will be convinced you visited the oriental front during your meal!


Still not satisfying to your hunger needs? No worries, The Linq’s fifth floor has plenty more to choose from!


The Linq's Pizzeria

Pizza Palace at The Linq

Pizza Palace at The Linq offers a more easy-going mood for pizza and Italian food lovers. Styled as any pizzeria should be, the different options for toppings and sides will thrill any person, ahh that’s amore!!!


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Embers Steak House at The Linq

These fine places still not doing it for you? Are you feeling a fancified, intimate atmosphere where you can find the perfect steak? Well at The Linq, Embers is your finest bet! When you dine, there is a feel of perhaps a secret society because food like this should be for the privileged! Embers gives you full confidence and a full stomach.

The Linq has four options for amazing eats just on the fifth floor, visit a taste and experience the fun!

History of the The Linq – Part 2

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The Linq saw the arrival of the world-famous Auto Collection museum in late 1981.  It kicked off a focused effort to identify and diversify the location’s potentials, eventually proving it to be capable of drawing the casino crowd and cultivating an environment designed to retain their interest.  250 constantly rotating classic and special model cars prowl the showroom floor, many of which are available for purchase.  Engelstad managed a show of community and compassion in the meantime; the annual Senior Citizen Christmas Party served up free Christmas dinner and a show for indigent and disabled seniors.

The Linq soon expanded to 1,500 rooms and celebrity tribute show “Legends in Concert” began its memorable 20-year run.  Its success served to attract credible entertainment and further branded the resort as all-purpose pleasure center.  Expansion continued in 1986, with hotel rooms reproducing at a frantic rate, Tower IV making an appearance and 15,000 square feet of gambling space introducing itself to the casino.

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Not content with the already epic scale, Engelstad cooled off The Linq’s guests with a swimming pool, heated spa, multi-story waterfall and strategically-placed libations.

Another tower sprung up owned by The Linq, with 547 rooms, and the front of the hotel soon bulged out to the very sidewalks of the Strip.  The Linq now had its own nightclub, a fitness center, an administrative wing and sports betting.  Gamblers at the racetrack were blessed with glorious color TV in every seat of the grand six-tiered facility.  Soon guests were playing Pac-Man, getting married, attending gambling school and exchanging international currencies.

Visit the The Linq website to see what else this eclectic venue has to offer.

History of the The Linq – Part 1

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The Linq is located in the heart of the Strip and features a staggering total of 2,640 rooms as well as 75,000 square feet of gaming facilities.  It stands as a testament to the rare breed of business owner that held sole possession of an elite Las Vegas hotel-casino resort.

Ralph Engelstad operated as a general contractor from the mid-50s until 1971, when he positioned himself to purchase the Flamingo Capri Hotel, already a famous landmark and soon to be an even more famous entertainment nexus. The Linq

The The Linq began its ascent when Englestad contracted himself to erect a number of low-rise buildings while dealing out 250 new jobs.

A short year later, gaming operations commenced, followed in 1974 by the opening of the east and north buildings as well as the Shangri-La Pool.  The legendary casino followed in 1979 and the The Linq was then employing well over a thousand workers.

Engelstad revealed his personal vision and implemented an Oriental architectural design, based on Japanese temples and including numerous materials imported from overseas.  The grounds, facilities and interior décor all reflected his theme to maximum effect as visitors would encounter grand carved dragons, wind chime chandeliers, an authentic dining experience, and even tailored employee apparel.

The Imperial Theatre showroom invested in the The Linq’s bright future the following year, opening with 850 seats and attracting some of the city and country’s top entertainers.  By 1981, the resort had risen to 19 stories, with well over 800 rooms, though its expansion had barely begun.

Discover the rich history of the The Linq and book your stay today!