Marks First Time In Tournament History It Will Be Held In A City Outside The Standard Six-City Rotation

The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is proud to announce that it is the location for the 2014 North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament August 30 – September 1, 2014.  This event is rich in history and tradition and this will mark the first time that this tournament will be located outside of its standard six-city rotation.  Although San Francisco is technically the host city for 2014, they have chosen to have the tournament at the Westgate Las Vegas for their turn.  This marks the 70th year for the tournament.

The North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament is held every Labor Day and features men’s and women’s teams with nine players per side. All teams must have at least 2/3 of the players on the court at all times who are 100% Chinese in order to participate.  The remaining 1/3 of the team’s players must be of Asian descent (originating from Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam).  The court is 33’ X 66’, three feet wider and six feet longer than a traditional court.  The net is seven feet eight and half inches high compared to the standard eight feet.  There is no rotation as in standard volleyball, no 10-foot line, no blocking over, blocks count as hits and only three members on a team may serve.  All of this makes for a very fast-paced and exciting game.

The tournament has an amazing history, developing out of the need for Chinese laundry workers in the late 1930’s to find something to do in their few off hours from work where they could meet and socialize with their peers.  The main purpose for the games was to develop understanding and friendship among those in their own culture.  The first games between cities were not tournaments but, eventually, the first North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament was held in Boston in 1944.  The games broke down barriers of distance between cities and barriers of class between laundry workers and privileged students.  A milestone for the tournaments came in 1976 when women played for the first time.  Women’s participation was official the following year at the Toronto tournament when six women’s teams competed for a women’s tournament championship.

Over the years, the tournament has grown and evolved, yet it still retains the central purpose of bringing communities closer together and providing a recreational outlet for young people.  Volleyball represents continuity in the culture and offers the building of ties not only among communities but among generations, as well.

The North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament will be held in the Paradise Event Center at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.  The tournament schedule can be found at www.thelvh.com/nacivt-event-schedule. For more information or to book accommodations at the new Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to www.westgatelasvegasresort.com.

The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, a legendary world-class destination, offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market, incredible restaurants, endless entertainment, more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space and the world’s largest race and sports SuperBook®. The Westgate Las Vegas provides a range of culinary adventures including exhibition-style Japanese cuisine at the world-famous Benihana, fine steaks at TJ’s Steakhouse, Mexican specialties and fabulous margaritas at Vince Neil’s Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina, mouth-watering burgers at Burger Bistro, Pan-Asian dining at 888 Noodle Bar, authentic Japanese sushi at Teru Sushi, a traditional buffet that features tastes from around the world and more. The property boasts a strong entertainment schedule led by “Raiding the Rock Vault” in the main theater, as well as a variety of on-going headliners, comedy and production shows in the Shimmer Cabaret. Its proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center and its designation as a Monorail station (connecting it to the Las Vegas Strip) makes it the ideal hotel for conventions and visitors alike.  For more information or to book accommodations, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to www.westgatelasvegasresort.com.

Photos: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Unveils Wax Figure of Marvel’s Super Hero, Thor

Madame Tussauds




Earlier today (May 14, 2013), Madame Tussauds Las Vegas unveiled a wax figure of Marvel’s Super Hero, Thor, for a limited engagement.

The launch of Thor is part of ‘Marvel Month of May’ celebrations as six Madame Tussauds locations welcome a variety of different Superheroes to their attractions. Locations include New York, London, Blackpool, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

The wax figure of Thor was created following a two-day sitting with Thor actor Chris Hemsworth to ensure an authentic likeness. Madame Tussauds also worked very closely with Marvel Studios throughout the creation process, including reviewing detailed references for the hair and costume. Thor’s famous hammer features a vacuum metalized finish, giving it a metal plated effect.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas offers guests the unique opportunity to “interact” with incredibly life-like iconic figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports and politics. With more than 100 wax figures, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas allows you to take pictures, touch and get up close and personal in a themed setting. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is located on the Las Vegas Strip at The Venetian. The attraction is open 365 days a year from 10AM. For attraction hours and pricing, please call (702) 862-7800 or visit online at www.madametussauds.com/lasvegas.


Thor Launch 1 Thor Launch 2 Thor Neon Boneyard 1 Thor Neon Boneyard 2


Launch photo credit: Patrick Gray

Neon Boneyard photo credit: Erik Kabik

Sushipalooza rolls into Dragon Noodle Co.

SushiPalooza Rolls into Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar
at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
Extended sushi hours and specials announced

Hoist your feast pants. Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar today announced it is expanding its sushi hours and launching SushiPalooza weekend days.

The new hours for sushi service are: Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – close; Friday: 4 p.m. – close; and Saturday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – close.

In addition, Sushi Chef Paul is offering SushiPalooza every weekend from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy 50 percent-off classic and specialty rolls and sushi. Some of Chef Paul’s most popular creations include the Jalapeno Popper Roll with Unagi and eel sauce; Bacon & Egg with soy braised pork belly, topped with a fried quail egg; Spicy Ocean with spicy crab, topped with spicy tuna, sliced jalapeno and sweet soy; and the homage to the restaurant’s location, the Monte Carlo, with toro, softshell crab, crispy ika sesame and eel sauce.

On Sundays from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., guest who sit at the sushi bar also receive 50 percent-off sushi rolls.

“Its summer and Chef Paul wanted to create something special for our guests coming for sushi,” said Helen Cheung, general manager of Dragon Noodle. “It’s a great deal and we expect it to become our most popular special.”

Dragon Noodle Co. offers 10 Chefs Specialty rolls, nearly 10 Classic Maki Rolls and 10 types of sushi.

For more information, visit http://www.mcchgroup.com/.

About Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar:
Prepare to enter palace of hunger satisfaction. Located inside Monte Carlo Resort and Casino,
Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar is the place to go for traditional Hong Kong-style Chinese food, sushi and a dining experience guests are sure to remember. The restaurant instantly transports diners into another world, one where floating baby heads, dancing bok choy, leaping koi fish and other quirky interior touches are ready to greet you. Menu favorites include Hong Kong chow mein noodles with seafood, house-made dim sum, house-made BBQ pork buns—and just about everything off the sushi menu from our sushi bar. Dragon Noodle is open daily at 11 a.m. For more information, please visit: http://www.mcchgroup.com/; on Faceboook: www.facebook.com/dragonnoodlelv; and on Twitter: www.twitter.com/dragonnoodlelv; or call 702-730-7965.