SLS Las Vegas got sneaky on us last week. With zero fanfare they released an online poker app called SLS Poker for iPhone and iPad. The Android app is still listed as coming soon on their website, but it might be available anytime now.
SLS Poker is only a game for now so there isn’t a real money option. It sounds basic, but you need other players when playing poker. In three visits over the weekend, there were only a few people playing the free Texas Hold 'Em game. That should change with time as people learn the app is available. When we did find others to play with, gameplay was smooth and just like any other online poker game you’d play. This one just came with SLS Las Vegas branding. The one nice feature is that there's a preview section to explain how to use the app.
VegasChatter reader Greg B. let us in on some updates from one of his favorite spots, Palace Station, which he affectionately said was “voted the casino I want to love again if only they’d stop making weird decisions.” While he seems ok with the carpet upgrade, the changes in the high limit slot area came across as a bit odd.
First, check out the new carpet on the right in the photo below. It’s being rolled out in segments across the casino floor. The machines from the coffee shop up to the oyster bar had been removed to make room for the new flooring on Greg's recent visit.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas when you permanently ink it on your flesh.
VegasChatter reader @YouStayClassyVegas sent us a picture of his tattoo that proves his devotion to our fair city. This isn’t just some tiny tribute, but rather it covers his entire upper arm area and his guns appear to be rather sizable.
Since the advent of car services like Uber and Lyft, our inbox has been getting a lot of inquiries about when they’ll be coming to Vegas. One reader, Russ H., who knew these two hadn’t set up shop yet in Vegas asked about another one he had heard about, but couldn't remember. We recently received a press release about Ride Genie, the app we think he was referring to.
Integrity Vehicle Solutions Company recently announced the launch of the app which lets you hail a car, limo or taxi (taxi portion not available yet) in Vegas. It also includes wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Developed by people in the transportation industry to fill the need of obtaining car service in this technology-driven era, the company says it only employs professional, licensed and commercially insured drivers from established fleets; hopefully, ensuring quality service, or at least somebody who knows the ins and outs of local roads. Rates are said to be in line with other car services only this has the added ease of being an app.
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NASCAR and Las Vegas have a deeper relationship than most realize. One of the first few races of the season is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) every year. When there's not an event, visitors can even drive around LVMS at the Richard Petty Experience. While the last race of the season may take place in Homestead, Florida, it really draws to a close in Las Vegas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion’s Week takes place around the valley December 2-5.
An annual celebration, NASCAR Champion’s Week is a chance for racing fans to see and (maybe) meet their favorite drivers. There’s also a very candid event that’s open to the public called After The Lap. The event is a tell-all conversation with the top 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. In previous years, this off-the-cuff discussion has gone from interesting chatter and laughter to WTH when Tony Stewart dropped down to do push-ups or when Jeff Gordon decided that he’d break dance.
It’s been just shy of two months since the newest resorts on The Strip, SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas, officially opened their doors. In that time, both properties have dealt with their share of setbacks.
At Delano, underwhelming furnishings, housekeeping delays, and a pillow problem (that, somehow, still hasn’t been resolved) are all contributing to a 3-star Yelp score that surely falls short of what the luxury resort was aiming for. At the other end of the Strip, SLS faces challenges of its own. Operation cutbacks and, now, staff layoffs suggest visitorship isn’t meeting expectations. How are these issues affecting room rates? Let’s take a look.
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It's the perfect time of day to indulge in a chocolaty treat at The Chocolate Bar. Which cocktail will you choose? pic.twitter.com/HDVOrpNrIV— NYNY Vegas (@NYNYVegas) September 27, 2014
VegasChatter Twitter follower Mark Sibley (@MLSDC) visits Vegas regularly. We know him as a lover of HOTEL32 at Monte Carlo and of fine food (his Twitter stream makes us drool every time), but we had no idea he was sweet on chocolate, too; that is, until he filled us in on his mission to try all seven chocolate martinis at the walk-up bar. While we initially thought he meant all at once, we soon found out he planned to spread them out over the course of four days. Probably, the better route.
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Gambling is as healthy as anything else you do for hours without moving. Yeah, it's not all that healthy and the habits developed while gambling, like drinking and smoking, only make things worse. That said, gamblers aren’t any less healthy than the rest of the population. This is according to a survey of 2,000 gamblers in England.
The poll found gamblers in England have the same general Body Mass Index (BMI), 27, as the rest of the population. According to the CDC, Americans have a similar BMI. For the sake of commonality among gamblers, let's assume that Americans and English have similar lifestyles, too.
The post -- which you can read in detail here -- places the debut of phase one in 2015.
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What could be a better way to carbo-load for a full day of shopping than ridiculously large portions? We've already filled you in on the upcoming expansion, but now we know one of the restaurant tenants to expect.
Cheesecake Factory is coming to Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. The chain has been approved for a “supper club” permit which is legalese for a restaurant with alcohol. It is proposed to be a 8,861-square-foot space with a 1,613-square-foot patio.
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VegasChatter Facebook fan Taylor R. found a trademark filed by parent company Hakkasan for the name, Omnia Beach Club. A check also found a sister trademark for Omnia Day Club. But, while this week's news reports have highlighted the rooftop garden, nary a word has been uttered about a day life experience.