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Westgate Is Promising Renovated Rooms By Early 2015

August 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM | by | Comments (3)

When our monthly LVH Westgate e-newsletter pinged into our in-box today, the headline immediately caught our interest:

Exciting new changes are happening!

We already knew new owner David Siegel was promising big things in regards to the aging off-Strip property, but curious as to the focus of this particular excitement, we clicked through to find the answer:

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How To Handle A Tight, and A Loose, Poker Table

August 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (2)

We’ve all been there, especially if you’ve played enough hands of poker in Las Vegas card rooms. We're talking about when you find yourself at a table full of “rocks” who only play the best hands or at the wild and crazy table full of buzzed gamblers ready to tear it up on a hot Sin City night. How do you handle these situations? You’ll certainly have to make adjustments if you want to come out a winner.

The makeup of a no-limit Texas hold’em game can vary greatly from table to table depending on the lineup of players in each setting. Often, the addition of just one reckless player can cause the entire game to change, from a relatively tight and conservative match to one in which all the players begin to loosen up and the chips start to fly in an attempt to win the money of the reckless player. Here are some characteristics of tight and loose games:

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When The Adventuredome Is A Fright (On Purpose)

Where: 89109
August 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (2)


While the masses of excited children and quasi-drunk tourists who regularly pass through The Adventuredome at Circus Circus are a tad scary, it’s time for something truly frightening as the metallic pink dome shifts into Halloween mode with Fright Dome. Opening Friday, October 3, Fright Dome will celebrate the 40th anniversary of classic horror flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by dedicating one of its six haunted houses to the theme.

Horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel are teaming up with Fright Dome to, hopefully, deliver quite the terrifying haunt. Attendees will see scenes from the flick as well brave the over-the-top sets and eerily accurate actors Fright Dome has become known for.

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NHL In Vegas: A Done Deal?

August 27, 2014 at 1:13 PM | by | Comments (6)

Las Vegas has long wanted a place in the big leagues, but could this be the decade it finally happens?

A plan to lure MLS to Downtown Vegas is still alive and kickin', at least for another week while city officials ponder how much, if anything, they want to chip in. A proposal to build an NBA-worthy arena next to SLS recently won the green light, if it can find enough green to build it, that is. (Seeing a theme?) And today, new buzz about the likelihood of Vegas' own NHL team.

Canada's The Province reports "sources" as indicating Vegas is a lock:

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Why We're Heading For The Bar At CarneVino

Where: 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
August 27, 2014 at 3:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

CarneVino has, for quite some time, had one of the best bar programs on The Strip. Old-school bartender class and new-school mixology wizardry are combined with fantastic steaks for quite an experience. But, if you're not in the mood for a 100+ day, dry-aged ribeye, they now have a bar-only "Cicchetti" menu.

Basically, an Italian version of true Spanish tapas, cicchetti are little bites laborers in Venice get with their beer in the afternoon. They'll get up to the bar, order a brew, and in the time it takes to shuffle over to the ice chest, open it, and exchange Euros, the patron will take a toothpick and nibble on a pepper-stuffed onion, an anchovy-stuffed olive, a little charcuterie. You get the idea. Simple, lovely, and great for both the patron and the bar.

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At SLS Las Vegas, Will Sayers Club Be As Cool As They Say?

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
August 26, 2014 at 9:18 PM | by | Comments (4)

It's nice to kick back and enjoy live music on the Strip.

Being an east coast transplant who hasn’t become completely jaded (yet) by the bright lights of the Strip, this writer is occasionally still in awe of nightclub and lounge culture. Aside from the obvious amazement over women who choose to wear shoes and clothes that look so uncomfortable in order to fit in at some of these venues, I still get excited about live music in nightclub/lounge settings.

That is why, on what turns out to be my nine-year Vegas-versary of when I arrived in Sin City, I’m excited Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas is finally open. I am especially hyped after hearing about Sayers Sessions at the outpost in LA and also the one-off events held at sister venue, Hyde Bellagio, featuring the Sayers Sessions band.

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Plaza Is Ready For 'Limelight'

Where: 1 Main Street [map], 89101
August 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (7)

Sex sells and burlesque seems to sell even better at the moment with Vegas resorts all looking for their moment in the “limelight.” And soon, at downtown's Plaza, that will be with a capital "L."

Ridicula Imitatio is cashing in on the post-Great Gatsby remake buzz and lingering Roaring Twenties nostalgia by presenting a show by that name -- also the name of one of Charlie Chaplin's films -- starting next month at Plaza. Limelight’s website promises the production will take “the audience on a journey where contemporary burlesque meets old time ‘flicks.’” Think black-and-white silent films juxtaposed with modern burlesque and music... with a Chaplin and a Betty Boop impersonator thrown in.

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Dream Away The Time In Downtown Vegas

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave. [map], 89106
August 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

In Downtown Vegas, The Smith Center is a very classy place, known for bringing the stage to Sin City. Whether it be a hilarious, but blasphemous comedy, a Broadway show that brought kinky boots to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or just something that can only be described as "Shrektacular," the venue's Art Deco halls offer something for everyone, but are rarely graced by high-profile fine arts. Despite our image as a city of wild abandon and debauchery, we do have stunning jazz, philharmonic orchestras, and the incredible Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) troupe.

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Three Casinos With 3:2 Blackjack Just Off The Vegas Strip

August 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

The hunt for good blackjack games in Las Vegas never ends. The expansion of 6:5 blackjack on the Vegas Strip means there are less 3:2 games available, which offer better returns and are more desirable to play. Experienced visitors and blackjack players know where to find the better games in town.

VegasChatter reader MinnesotaPhats recently emailed us to remind everyone that there are better alternatives if you venture off the Strip:

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Interstate Slot Machine Jackpots Are Here

August 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM | by | Comment (1)

In 2013, Bally Technologies and IGT petitioned the Nevada Gaming Commission to expand the pool of linked slot machine jackpots beyond the state's borders. That proposal to create a large network of progressive slot machines was approved in November, but there were no plans for when the big jackpots would go live as the slot manufacturers had to get the system up and running first.

Then, earlier this year, IGT revealed a deal with Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming in regards to its PowerBucks jackpots. Still, there was no date attached as to when we'd see the new progressive slot machines.

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At SLS Las Vegas, Monkey Business Is Part Of The Biz

Where: 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
August 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM | by | Comments (3)

One of our faves is this little guy marking SLS on a fun map on guestroom desks.

If you’ve looked closely at the SLS Las Vegas logo, or were already familiar with SLS chain’s love of monkeys, you probably already know to expect some fun monkey-themed items around the new Vegas hotel and casino. Monkey business is apparently an actual business, if you’re Sam Nazarian or sbe!

During our coverage of the opening week’s festivities, we snapped a few pics of the primates we found throughout the resort, some are easily spotted while others are more subtle. Here's a gallery of some of our faves:

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Why You Should Head To Fashion Show Mall For A 'Generous Pour'

Where: 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
August 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM | by | Comments (3)

If you haven’t been to the Capital Grille at Fashion Show Mall on The Strip, you’re missing out. Yes, it’s a “chain steakhouse” if you care to look at it that way, but it’s so much more. The rapidly expanding brand has outposts in various cities now and if you’ve tried the food, you may agree it is a solid option when looking for a steakhouse experience. In Las Vegas, there’s the added benefit of a Strip-side view. If you were ever thinking of trying Capital Grille, now is the time because the annual Generous Pour wine event running through August 31.

Wine lovers and the wine curious can make use of the promotion which allows guests to tack on a sommelier-selected wine pairing to their meals for an additional $25. If you look at the wine pairing menus at comparable Strip restaurants, it’s easy to see this is a deal. While certain restaurants offer cheap (or free/included) pairings, the house wine is often of the Welch’s grape juice “varietal.”

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