Music / Vegas Talent / Entertainment / Events / Hard Rock Live / The Strip / → All Tags
Friday, Hard Rock Live on The Strip will host the regional finals of its global battle of the bands, Hard Rock Rising. Hundreds of acts from around the world hope to emerge victorious at the finale set for July in Barcelona. Two previous rounds were held at the Paradise Road Hard Rock Cafe location, where 12 bands fought it out onstage to advance to the regional finals and, potentially, much more. Around the world, similar events were held in Malta, Helsinki, Johannesberg, New Delhi, and dozens of other locations, as well as every major American market.
Sometimes, you're not headed to Vegas. (#sadface) Sometimes, you're headed elsewhere. But, where should you stay? What should you do? Our brah, Jaunted, reports on the latest in global travel while big sis, HotelChatter, keeps track of the hotel industry worldwide. Check out what they've been up to lately:
○Hilton Garden Inn Coming To All 50 States With Hawaii Plans In 2016
○The First All-Inclusive in 20 Years Is Headed to Haiti
○We've Just Found The Perfect Hotel Room Light Switch
○Amazon is Now Taking Your Hotel Bookings
MGM Resorts / Aria / Mandalay Bay / The Mirage / New York-New York / Luxor / Excalibur / The Strip / Floyd Mayweather / Manny Pacquiao / Boxing / Events / → All Tags
In Las Vegas, itís sometimes difficult to differentiate between PR hype and actual demand that deserves the hype. Before tickets for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight went on sale, it was easy to think that the hype was just hype. Even with a minimum ticket price of $1,500, the fight sold out in one minute. Tickets immediately hit StubHub at a minimum of $5,000. Okay, maybe thereís real demand here. Maybe, this is more than just PR hype.
Where thereís a real sign of demand is in the closed circuit viewing parties. Previous big fights were limited to a handful of viewing locations at different MGM Resorts hotels for under $100 per person. Demand to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is so high, MGM Resorts is charging much more and making the fight available in more places than normal.
Poker / Venetian / MGM Resorts / Wynn / WSOP / Rio / Caesars Entertainment / → All Tags
As of May 1, the Venetian will be the latest casino to disallow cash from being used to wager at the poker tables. The move comes several weeks after MGM Resorts announced it would be banning cash from the tables at all nine of its Strip poker rooms. The Wynn has since instituted the same policy. Under these new guidelines, players will be required to convert their cash to chips before the money is considered in play.
As we outlined in our previous report, the reason casinos are moving toward cashless tables is so that they can more closely track how much players are buying in for at the tables. The Bank Secrecy Act requires casinos to file a Currency Transaction Report for any player who buys in for more than $10,000 in chips. At table games such as blackjack and roulette, casinos have required that bets be placed with chips rather than cash for many years now. This makes it easy for casino personnel to track how much a player buys in for. At poker, however, the permission of players to bet with cash has made it easy for individuals to slip under the radar and conceivably go over the $10,000 threshold without the casino being aware of it.
A sign in the Venetian poker room (seen below) states that anybody purchasing $2,000 or more in chips will be required to do so themselves at the casino cage rather than using a chip runner. It is likely that players who approach the $10,000 threshold will be asked for identification, including a social security number, if they do not already have one on file.
The Strip / miX / Delano Las Vegas / Rivea / Dining / Fine Dining / Eating / Restaurants / → All Tags
During a recent stay at Delano Las Vegas, we were able to speak with staff members at miX on when the long-running fine dining destination with a view would officially close for good. We knew the time was coming, as we've mentioned previously, but there was no set date as to when the restaurant would serve its last meal. A server now tells us the last day miX will be open is May 30th.
Caesars Palace / The Strip / Guy Savoy / Eating / Dining / Fine Dining / → All Tags
In a nearly unprecedented move, Restaurant Guy Savoy is opening early to put on a prix-fixe brunch for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It's been two years since it's last opened for any brunch event so this is almost like Willy Wonka opening his doors. Almost.
The Strip / Delano Las Vegas / Delano Beach Club / Pools / Pool Scenes / Mandalay Bay / Just One Dish / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Usually at pools and beach clubs the food is pretty basic. The menus include classic staples like burgers, sandwiches, fruit platters, chicken strips etc. Nothing extraordinary. When I visit pools, the last thing on my mind is the food. Iím usually more interested in the drinks (donít judge). So, when I recently visited Delano Beach Club, the last thing I expected was to be blown away by a food item on their menu. But, I was.
My guest ordered the Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich and I initially cringed. The sounds of crab and shrimp salad didnít appeal to me, especially in the heat and while drinking the beach clubís sweet, sugary drinks. I was wrong about the sandwich, though, and pleasantly surprised. It was fantastic!
The day is finally here. You will be able to buy tickets to see Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao in person at MGM Grand or via closed circuit viewing parties at any MGM Resorts properties starting today.
Hereís how it breaks down: Tickets for the live event will be priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500 (plus applicable service charges and tax). Tickets go on sale at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. Tickets to see the fight in person are limited to four per household. You can charge by phone or with a major credit card by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.
UPDATE: The fight sold out in one minute.
With the opening of his newest restaurant, former Top Chef contestant and Food Network judge Brian Malarkey brings his unique spin on American food to Las Vegas. Occupying the former space of Munchbar, Searsucker adds yet another dining choice to Caesars Palace.
For at least the last three years, as shown here, here, and here, rumors of room upgrades, an alignment with a national hotel brand, and pool improvements have swirled around Hooters Casino. And, in three years, not much has happened. So, on my most recent visits to Hooters, I asked multiple employees (including table game supervisiors and casino hosts) what the latest secret plans are for Hooters Casino.
Gambling / M Resort / The Palms / Silverton / Sam's Town / Boulder Station / Arizona Charlie's / Boulder Strip / Off Strip / Slot Machines / Loose Slots / → All Tags
This is the 22nd year Casino Player magazine has released national results for loosest slots in America. They gather public slot information from various local gaming commissions for a 12-month period and report where the casinos with the loosest slots can be found.
Without going too deep into the definition of "loose slots", a term created by Casino Player, the looser the slot machine, the more money it returns to players. Loose slots doesn't mean the player has an advantage. The casino still has a house edge, but looser slots offer better returns. While there isnít public information on which specific machines offer the best returns, this research is still helpful by pointing players in the right direction.
Football / NFL / Westgate Las Vegas / Superbook / Sportsbooks / → All Tags
Whether youíre a gambler or a fan, thereís no more popular sport than football. Over the past few years, the NFL has stretched their off season so that we donít go more than a few weeks without talking about the league.
This almost daily NFL calendar may be a little overbearing for some, but the majority of people seem to love any excuse to talk football. Heck, the media is talking about a 3rd string quarterback signing a one-year contract like itís big news.