Bellagio racks up 10 wins in What's On poll


LAS VEGAS -- For the second year in a row, Bellagio collected the most wins overall in What's On -- The Las Vegas Guide's annual Visitors' Choice Awards.

Bellagio took top honors in 10 categories, including favorite hotel theme, favorite hotel overall and favorite casino overall. Winners were chosen in a poll of the guide's readers.

Wayne Newton, Lance Burton and Cook E. Jarr won in their respective categories -- favorite headliner, favorite magician and favorite lounge performer, forming an exclusive club of five-time winners.

There also were some first-time winners, including Carrot Top, named favorite comedian; Tabu, which won for favorite lounge; and "World's Greatest Magic Show," which took top honors in the favorite-show-to-take-the-kids-to category.

Toe Rings & Foot Things, a family-owned jewelry store located in the Boardwalk casino was chosen as favorite in the jewelry store category, beating heavy hitters such as Tiffany & Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue.

"They're quite well known [in the city]," said the magazine's marketing director, Rene LiButti. "They offer a selection of modern [merchandise], such as belly-button rings and toe rings. They're an interesting underdog."

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And the top finishers in each category are:


• Favorite roller coaster: Manhattan Express, New York-New York; High Roller, Stratosphere; Speed -- The Ride, Sahara.

• Favorite motion simulator: Star Trek: The Experience, Las Vegas Hilton; Motion Simulator, Luxor; Magic Motion Film Ride, Excalibur.

• Favorite company for extreme sports: Flyaway Indoor Skydiving; SkyDive Las Vegas; A.J. Hackett Bungy.

A hammerhead shark at Shark Reef, Mandalay Bay. Shark Reef took third place in the favorite attraction for kids category. • Favorite attraction for kids: Adventuredome, Circus Circus; circus acts and midway, Circus Circus; Shark Reef, Mandalay Bay.

• Favorite museum: Liberace Museum; Madame Tussaud's Interactive Wax Attraction, the Venetian; Casino Legends Hall of Fame, Tropicana.

• Favorite golf course: Primm Valley Golf Club; Bali Hai Golf Club; Palm Valley Golf Club.

• Favorite wedding chapel: The Little White Wedding Chapel; Little Church of the West; Island Wedding Chapel, Tropicana.

• Favorite free attraction: Fountain show, Bellagio; The Sirens of TI, Treasure Island; Fremont Street Experience.

• Favorite attraction overall: Fountain show, Bellagio; Fremont Street Experience; The Sirens of TI, Treasure Island.


• Favorite buffet: Carnival World Buffet, Rio; The Buffet, Bellagio; Spice Market Buffet, Aladdin.

• Favorite themed restaurant: Rainforest Cafe, MGM Grand; Benihana, Las Vegas Hilton; Planet Hollywood, Forum Shops at Caesars.

• Favorite Asian restaurant: P.F. Chang's China Bistro; Benihana, Las Vegas Hilton; China Grill, Mandalay Bay.

• Favorite French restaurant: Le Cirque, Bellagio; Andre's French Restaurant, Monte Carlo; Drai's at Barbary Coast and Mon Ami Gabi, Paris-Las Vegas (tied for third place).

• Favorite Italian restaurant: Battista's Hole in the Wall; The Bootlegger Bistro; Regale Italian Eatery, Excalibur.

• Favorite Mexican restaurant: Border Grill, Mandalay Bay; Don Miguel's, the Orleans; Bamboleo, Rio.

• Favorite other ethnic restaurant: Olives, Bellagio; Mar-rakech; Nine Fine Irishmen, New York-New York.

• Favorite seafood restaurant: Rosewood Grille; Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans Fish House, MGM Grand.

• Favorite steakhouse: Outback Steakhouse; The Steak House, Circus Circus; Rosewood Grille.

• Favorite gourmet restaurant: Top of the World, Stratosphere; Aureole, Mandalay Bay; 3950, Mandalay Bay.

• Favorite restaurant overall: Rosewood Grille; Top of the World, Stratosphere; Benihana, Las Vegas Hilton and Tony Roma's, Stardust (tied for third).


• Favorite headliner: Wayne Newton, Stardust; Clint Holmes, Harrah's; Celine Dion, Caesars Palace.

• Favorite comedian: Carrot Top, MGM Grand; Rita Rudner, New York-New York; Wayne Brady.

• Favorite magician: Lance Burton, Monte Carlo; Siegfried & Roy, the Mirage; David Copperfield, MGM Grand.

• Favorite lounge act: Cook E. Jarr, Harrah's; Dueling Pianos, Harrah's; American Pop, New York-New York; Boogie Knights, House of Blues; Veronica Valdes, Caesars Palace; Pete Vallee as "Big Elvis," Barbary Coast (last four tied for third).

• Favorite Elvis impersonator: Trent Carlini, Las Vegas Hilton; Steve Connolly, Fitzgeralds; Jesse Garon.

• Favorite celebrity impersonators: "An Evening at La Cage," Riviera; "Legends in Concert," Imperial Palace; Danny Gans, the Mirage.

• Favorite showgirls: "Jubilee!" Bally's; "Folies Bergere," Tropicana; "Crazy Girls," Riviera.

• Favorite comedy room: The Improv, Harrah's; The Comedy Stop, Tropicana; Riviera Comedy Club.

• Favorite show to take the kids: "World's Greatest Magic Show," Sahara; "Tournament of Kings," Excalibur; Circus acts, Circus Circus.

• Favorite afternoon show: "Bottoms Up," Flamingo; "Viva Las Vegas," Stratosphere; "The Magic of Rick Thomas," Tropicana.

• Favorite production show: Cirque du Soleil's "O," Bellagio; "World's Greatest Magic Show," Sahara; "Mamma Mia!" Mandalay Bay.


• Favorite bingo room: Sam's Town; Palace Station; Gold Coast.

• Favorite casino for keno: Caesars Palace; MGM Grand; Bellagio and Stardust (tied for third).

• Favorite casino for slots: Harrah's; Caesars Palace; MGM Grand.

• Favorite casino for table games: Caesars Palace; Bellagio; Harrah's.

• Favorite casino for video poker: Palms; Caesars Palace; Flamingo.

• Favorite poker room: Binion's Horseshoe; Bellagio; the Mirage.

• Favorite race & sports book: Caesars Palace, Stardust; Las Vegas Hilton.

• Favorite casino overall: Bellagio; Caesars Palace; MGM Grand.


• Favorite hotel theme: Bellagio; the Venetian; New York-New York.

• Favorite hotel lobby: Bellagio; the Venetian; the Mirage.

• Favorite hotel marquee/signage: MGM Grand; the Mirage; Paris-Las Vegas.

• Favorite hotel staff: Bellagio; Caesars Palace; Harrah's.

• Favorite hotel pool: Mandalay Bay; Caesars Palace; Bellagio.

• Favorite hotel spa/health club: Spa Mandalay, Mandalay Bay; Bellagio Spa, Bellagio; Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the Venetian.

• Favorite hotel overall: Bellagio; the Venetian; Caesars Palace.


• Favorite bar: Planet Hollywood; Coyote Ugly, New York-New York; Studio 54, MGM Grand.

• Favorite dance club: Studio 54, MGM Grand; Ra, Luxor; House of Blues, Mandalay Bay.

• Favorite after-hours club: Drai's, Barbary Coast; Tabu, MGM Grand; Studio 54, MGM Grand.

• Favorite lounge: Tabu, MGM Grand; Risque, Paris-Las Vegas; VooDoo Lounge, Rio.


• Favorite apparel store: Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show; Hard Rock Store, Hard Rock Hotel; Dillard's, Fashion Show.

• Favorite shoe store: New Balance Las Vegas, Grand Canal Shoppes, the Venetian; Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show; Leonard's Wide Shoes.

• Favorite jewelry store: Toe Rings & Foot Things; Tiffany & Co., Bellagio; Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show.

• Favorite specialty store: Foot Efx; The Antique Mall; Halloween Experience.

• Favorite mall or shopping center: The Forum Shops at Caesars; Fashion Show; Las Vegas Outlet Center.


• Favorite off-Strip destination: Hoover Dam; Grand Canyon; Laughlin; Red Rock Canyon.

• Favorite sightseeing company: Sightseeing Tours Unlimited of Nevada; Las Vegas Tour and Travel; All American Adventure Tours.

To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .

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