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The new High Roller in town

Vegas is world-renowned for its great number of lucky players, but its reputation is about to be smashed by a new permanent player – the High Roller – the tallest observation wheel in the world! Think London Eye only bigger. Caesars Entertainment Corporation has invested $550 million in the construction of this structure, including the new shopping and eating area leading up to it. Due to open some of its doors on February 28, 2014, this new addition, collectively known as the LINQ, is bound to attract some well-deserved attention.

Although the High Roller itself is still undergoing some last-minute finishing touches, crowds can already get an idea for its splendor from the LINQ’s passageways, shops, and restaurants. The difficulty is in finding the entrance to this new area, located between the Quad and the Flamingo. Those well-versed in casino path-finding will most likely get there first. For the rest of us, comfortable shoes may be the way to attack this labyrinth. Once inside, one can find a variety of nourishment (such as gourmet hotdogs, sushi, and ice cream) and retail shops, not to mention a 32-lane bowling alley and concert hall. Last but not least is the High Roller itself, which is rumored to open sometime in the spring.

The specs:

  • Height: 550ft, making the High Roller the biggest Ferris wheel in the world (look out, Vegas, New York has recently approved a plan to take over the record with its own Wheel, planned to open in late 2016)
  • Number of viewing pods: 28, each pod capable of holding up to 40 standing passengers and providing a 360-view of the city and mountains
  • Duration of full rotation: 30 minutes
  • Number of LED lights: 2000
  • Price: between $20-35 per ride, depending on time of day
  • Other: pods can be reserved for private functions, with a paid option to add an open bar

For more information regarding the opening of the High Roller or to make reservations for the restaurants, refer to the LINQ website.

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