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A New High Roller in Las Vegas

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We all know that high rollers get the perks in Las Vegas. They're also known as "whales" according to some of the TV shows. You may not have enough money to BE a high roller, but maybe you'll be able to afford to RIDE a High Roller.

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Depending on when you plan your next visit to Sin City you may just be lucky enough to catch a ride on the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world. It will cost a few bucks but it will probably be worth it. At least it should be cheaper than a helicopter ride over the city. Last word set the price of the 30 minute ride at about $30. It could be less, but more likely a bit more. Whatever the price it will be an impressive experience.

If you have read about, seen pictures of, or perhaps ridden the London Eye then you have some idea of what to expect. Just realize, however, that the High Roller is much higher than the London Eye. More than 100 feet higher!

A few facts, according to Wickipedia:

High Roller is a 550-foot tall (167.6 m), 520-foot (160 m) diameter giant Ferris wheel announced in August 2011 as the centerpiece of Caesars Entertainment Corporation's $550 million The LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip. Construction was originally scheduled to begin in September 2011 with completion expected in late 2013. In February 2013 it was reported that the project was behind schedule and not expected to open until the second quarter of 2014. The outer rim of the wheel was completed on September 9, 2013.

When completed, High Roller will be taller than the current world's tallest Ferris wheel, the 541 ft (165 m) Singapore Flyer, which opened to the public in March 2008. Arup Engineering, which previously worked on the Singapore Flyer, is responsible for High Roller's structural plan.

High Roller is currently under construction on Las Vegas Boulevard, across from Caesars Palace, behind The Quad Resort and Casino (formerly the Imperial Palace) and the Flamingo Las Vegas on the site of the former O'Sheas Casino. A full rotation of the wheel is expected to take about 30 minutes.

Keep an eye on news of the opening and buy your tickets before you arrive - they might sell out quickly on certain days and this is an experience you might not want to miss. Check the slide show for artist conceptions and actual photos. Enjoy the ride and the view and . . . . Keep on Traveling!

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