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Las Vegas Hits the Road


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In Las Vegas, there’s something to please everyone. But you don’t have to travel to Vegas to get a taste of what Sin City has to offer. Many of Vegas’s most celebrated performers and players tour the U.S. to share their talents with a wider audience. Below are three Vegas regulars who are touring the country this fall.

Terry Fator
A talented ventriloquist, singer, and impressionist, Fator got his big break when he was chosen as the winner of America’s Got Talent’s second season in 2007. Now, Fator is a Vegas headliner. His shows are appropriate for the whole family, and feature a cast of original and celebrity puppets. Fator’s main puppet includes Winston the Impersonating Turtle — the puppet who helped him to win America’s Got Talent — who has helped Fator to impersonate famous musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Roy Orbison.

He updates his cast of characters regularly, but some of his current celebrity puppets include Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, and Elton John. Some of his past puppets have included Elvis and Cher.

Fator kicks of his tour of the U.S. and Canada in Honolulu at the Hawaii Theatre Center on Nov. 4. Following that show, he’ll have shows in Michigan, Ontario, Connecticut, New York, and Florida. His last show will be on Dec. 30 at Dr. Phillips Center – Walt Disney Theatre in Orlando, Florida. Ticket prices vary depending on the location, but typically range from roughly $35 to $150.

Chris Moneymaker

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In 2003, Chris Mokeymaker rose to poker stardom when he won the World Series of Poker Main Event, after qualifying through an online tournament that cost him just $86 to enter. In a clever nod to his own origin story, Moneymaker is traveling across the U.S., holding $86 poker tournaments. Moneymaker is hosting no-limit hold’em tournaments at locations throughout the country, offering poker players the chance to qualify for the $25,000 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas from Jan. 6-10, 2019.

The tour started on Aug. 4 at Stones Gambling Hall in Sacramento, California, and will continue through November, with the last leg of the tour running from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11 at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Some other stops on the tour included Gardens Casino in L.A., Live Casino and Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, and Run It Up Reno in Reno, Nevada. Not all Moneymaker tour events are eligible for entry to PSPC. The winner of each eligible event will win a $30,000 Platinum Pass, which includes the $25,000 entry fee to the PSPC in January, plus six nights at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau and $2,000 in travel expenses.

Penn & Teller

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This duo is a must-see: They are the longest-running headliners in Las Vegas. Their magic and entertainment act focuses on Penn’s storytelling — which often focuses on sarcasm and discussion of controversial topics — as Teller mimes or performs stunts. They’re known for revealing elements of magicians’ secrets and tricks, while also providing a twist to ultimately fool the audience. Just like the magicians you’re used to, Penn & Teller like to include audience participation in their shows to help carry out their tricks.

From 2003 to 2010, Penn & Teller had a Showtime documentary series, “Bullshit!”, which focused on their general skepticism of many popular beliefs or fads. They’ve appeared in many TV shows and movies, including “Fantasia 2000,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Hollywood Squares.”

Penn & Teller’s next show is on Nov. 9 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California. Other stops on their tour include: Seattle, WA; Rancho Mirage, CA; Oxon Hill, MD; Bethlehem, PA; and Atlantic City, NJ. Ticket prices vary depending on the location of the show, but start at roughly $50.

If you can’t make it to Vegas any time soon, check out the above events to see if a slice of Vegas will be coming to a town near you.

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