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The KOA Campground At Circus Circus Is Closing Soon

August 15, 2014 at 7:47 PM | by | Comments (14)

In 2012, we thought plans for a pool complex at Circus Circus would wipe out its long, long time RV park. That didn't happen, nor did the pool expansion. But, it seems the clock has officially run out for the campground.

Next month, the KOA Circusland RV Park will close to make way for MGM Resort's City of Rock, a sprawling outdoor festival ground that will debut in May 2015 with the US arrival of Rock in Rio. The Los Angeles Times reports that a smaller RV park could eventually return, but you know how that tends to go in Las Vegas:

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You Can Now Dine At Tahiti Village's 17° South... If You Want

Where: 7200 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89119
August 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM | by | Comments (4)

It's probably something you've never even thought about doing and may not even after you read this, but if you want to dine at Tahiti Village's restaurant, you totally can now -- and not be a guest.

All these years of disinterest and we've never known that we actually weren't even welcome at 17° South (which we believe used to be called Tahiti Joe's). Until this week, the restaurant had only been available to guests of the property, located south of Mandalay Bay. Now, however, anyone can head here for lunch or dinner.

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The High Roller Wheel Is Changing Its Pricing Again

August 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (19)

You're running out of time to save five bucks on The High Roller, although there are still ways to score passes at a discount or even free, including spending some time in a Caesars casino. Especially, if you were going to make your way to a blackjack table, anyway.

Starting September 2, admission for the world's tallest observation wheel will be adjusted as follows:

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The Harley-Davidson Dealership, Store Coming Soon To The Strip Is Still Coming Soon

Where: 5191 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (2)

Soon, there will be a Harley-Davidson dealership as well as a Harley-Davidson Cafe on The Strip.

After a January groundbreaking, work continues to progress on a 50,000-square-foot space located just yards from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Set for a fall opening (a more specific timeline is not yet ready to be announced although October has been bandied about), visitors will be able to purchase and rent hogs on site. There will be a retail store for souvenirs, too, meaning government planners should probably think about creating a pedestrian walkway from the sign over to the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard if they haven't already.

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How ESPN's World Series of Poker Coverage Distorts Reality

August 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (10)

Players are trading bluffs and deep penetrating stares on ESPN’s World Series of Poker telecast, airing now through the final table of the Main Event in November.

But, what you see isn’t always what you get. Televised poker often presents a rather misleading look into the world of tournament poker. In addition to some obvious differences, such as, you know, the fact that drunk who gave away all his chips in that $50 Flamingo tournament wouldn’t ever play the $1 million buy-in Big One for Big Drop at the Rio, you’ll find plenty of differences between what’s myth and what’s reality.

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Omae Reopens For Lunch For A Limited Time

Where: 3650 Decatur Blvd. [map], 89103
August 15, 2014 at 1:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

After opening for a week then closing for nearly a month, Japanese Cuisine by Omae had still garnered quite a buzz. Recently, lunch service opened back up, and there are many reasons to hurry over. Chiefly, the September 3rd end to lunch service!

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Tips For Attending The Midnight Opening Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM | by | Comments (8)

When Sahara closed May 16, 2011, sbe chief executive Sam Nazarian hung a note on the door promising “Be back soon.” At that time, those words seemed like wishful thinking. Yet here we are, three plus years later, counting down the days until Sahara is reborn as SLS Las Vegas August 23.

If you’re as excited as we are to see a new hotel casino on the Strip, then you’ve probably got plans to check it out when the doors open for the first time. VegasChatter will attend the unveiling at midnight, Saturday August 23 (that’s Friday night if you’re unsure) and will share our impressions soon after. If you intend to join in on the fun, here are a few tips and (hopefully) useful information to get you there with minimal headache.

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Coming To Mandalay Bay, A BEER Fest So Good It Apparently Needs To Be In All Caps

Where: 89109
August 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

What do we want? Beer! When do we want it? Now!

At some point in time everything great in Las Vegas becomes a trend. A few of years ago, it was difficult to find a good beer. That’s finally changed as more and more bars and restaurants expand their menus to include imported and craft beers. Now there’s a beer revolution in Vegas.

September 12-14, Mandalay Bay will host its first-ever BEER Weekend, a three-day beer-ganza featuring special events and menus. Events will include a dinner at miX with acclaimed brewmasters; a beer brunch at Fleur; a beer festival at Mandalay Bay Beach; and, a craft beer panel discussion led by Sarah Johnson, the first woman to be certified as a cicerone (beer expert) in Nevada and who also serves as the resort's Food & Beverage Director.

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My Vegas: Joe Fortenbaugh

August 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM | by | Comments (7)

Wynn Golf Club, L-R: Shooter McGavin, Bob Barker, Joe "Chubbs Peterson" Fortenbaugh, Mr. Larson.

Next up in our resident writer My Vegas series is Joe Fortenbaugh. Joe's fortes (oh hey, look at that) include sports, mini-burgers and busty cocktails. As a member of the VegasChatter team, he's been a roller coaster crash test dummy and an EDM guinea pig. As our resident golf guru, Joe has played more Nevada holes than Tiger Woods. Not one to shy from a fight, he even wrote our guide to boxing in Vegas.

You can catch up on all of Joe's mostly golf stories here. If you're more about the pigskin than the bogey, he also moonlights as a non-golf writer at National Football Post. Now that you know the man behind the club, here is Joe Fortenbaugh's My Vegas:

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Make Sure To Bring Your Appetite, And A Few Friends, to Bazaar Meat At SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
August 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

At Bazaar Meat, get ready to open wide.

The much anticipated Bazaar Meat, the José Andrés "beyond the steakhouse" concept within SLS Las Vegas, will offer patrons interesting, and sizable, entrees. Guests will have the option of ordering large-format meat dishes to feed whatever large group (or ambitious food adventurer) cares to try them.

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Are You Ready For Some Football... Contests? Here's Your 2014 Roundup

August 14, 2014 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re just weeks away from kickoff of football season and the sportsbooks are getting ready for the most popular sport for bettors by hosting a variety of football contests. Besides typical wagers on individual games, Las Vegas casinos offer contests at different price points to give gamblers a shot at making some, potentially, big bucks. Registration has opened for the following contests:

SuperContest at Westgate (Formerly LVH, formerly Las Vegas Hilton, formerly The International, formerly just sand)

The SuperContest is easily the most popular football contest in Las Vegas and that popularity is only getting bigger. Entries for this year's SuperContest are already ahead of last year which sent the grand prize winner home with over $500,000! Entry for this football contest is $1,500. Unlike other contests, you don't have to live in Nevada to participate, but you do have to register in person. If you want to participate in the SuperContest, but don't live in Nevada you can hire a proxy to submit your weekly picks. FootballContest.com has info on what a proxy can do for you.

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A MyVEGAS Mystery? We’ve Cracked It And The News Isn’t Good

August 14, 2014 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (30)

Now two years old, social casino game MyVEGAS continues to add new users, new rewards, and new mini-games. Earlier this month, PlayStudios unveiled its latest slot title, China Mystery. New ways to earn those valuable loyalty points are always welcomed, but we were even more excited by the addition of new dining rewards. As we took a closer look at what’s new, however, we were left wishing we could turn back the clock.

Anytime anyone criticizes MyVEGAS they are inevitably met with the same response, so let’s get it out of the way. Yes, the game is free. It’s been possible to rack up free hotel stays, dining vouchers, shopping credits, show tickets, and more, all from day one without spending a dime. For those who joined early on, it’s been a great ride. Many of us here at VegasChatter are MyVEGAS players and this writer alone has racked up at least $1,000 in rewards. That’s the good, on to the bad.

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