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MyVEGAS Hosting A Shaq-tastic Party

April 20, 2015 at 8:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Want to party in Vegas with Shaq? Well, not with him but at least in the same nightclub?

MyVegas is offering up just that to players who jump through a few hurdles. For each slots challenge you complete in the online social game, you will receive a certain number of stars. Each star is representative of one entry (bronze star=1 entry, silver star=2, gold=3). MyVEGAS states up to 300 entries can be earned. That is obsession dedication.

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See Mayweather, Pacquiao At MGM For $10 (Insert Asterisk)

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 20, 2015 at 4:09 PM | by | Comments (12)

Tickets for the much anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao aren’t available for purchase yet even though the fight is a few weeks away. Ticket prices are rumored to be starting at $1,000 and there’s word that tickets may never go on sale to the public due to such high level of demand.

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Just One Drink: Black Magic At Hard Rock Cafe

Where: 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
April 20, 2015 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sadly, it doesn't come with the whole bottle of tequila.
The bartender was just accommodating my photo request.

When I was last at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip, a certain drink caught my eye. It wasn’t because of a flashy garnish or interesting glassware, but rather how it was prepared.

The Black Magic cocktail ($14.99) isn’t just muddled, it’s pressed in a French press, a.k.a. a coffee press. There is no coffee to be found here, just fresh berries and tasty tequila. The drink is a new addition to the menu; eventually, it will come with the option of buying the Hard Rock café logo coffee press along with the drink. That would make for a fun souvenir you could remember your Vegas trip with as you sip your morning coffee.

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Don't Forget Fight Day Is Also Derby Day

April 20, 2015 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (5)

Two weeks....

Posted by Kentucky Derby on Saturday, April 18, 2015

May 2 will likely go down in Vegas history as one of the busiest days ever with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao that evening and Cinco de Mayo festivities getting started a little early. These other events shouldn’t overshadow another major annual event: the Kentucky Derby.

Rockhouse at Venetian/Palazzo is celebrating with a derby party designed to get you off your couch and out enjoying the race with friends. On the menu are mint juleps and plenty of Kentucky bourbon. Guests are encouraged to wear their most off-the-wall hats to keep with derby culture. There’s a $50 all-you-can-drink open bar special, plus a mechanical bull if you think the crowd would rather watch you ride that than the jockeys ride their horses.

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Check-Out Folio: Papillon Flies Away With A Milestone, And More

April 17, 2015 at 9:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 13:

50 Years and Counting: What do you do to celebrate your 50th anniversary? Add a new Airbus H130T2 helicopter to your fleet. Papillon is celebrating its golden anniversary with a golden bird. It was blessed by the Hualapai Nation and christened earlier today. Papillon is the world's largest and longest-running helicopter touring company. Head to its website for a list of tours and pricing. Grand Canyon flights start around $359.

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MyVEGAS'ing Over To Green Valley Ranch

Where: 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson, NV [map], 89052
April 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM | by | Comments (9)

Our tour of MyVEGAS hotels available to Las Vegas locals continues with a recent visit to Green Valley Ranch. I live minutes from Red Rock Resort so the 30-minute (plus) drive to GVR made this really feel like a getaway.

When approaching Green Valley Ranch, it really does feel as though you’re not in Vegas. And, that's because, technically, you're in Henderson. Driving around the grounds, it almost feels as though an estate was lifted and moved from Connecticut or a Florida housing complex. It’s really beautiful and different to see.

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Before You Hit The Vegas Tables For Your 21st

April 17, 2015 at 7:11 PM | by | Comments (18)

So you or someone you know has just turned 21 and you want to get out there and have some fun gambling in Vegas. Every year, thousands of people come to Vegas for their 21st birthday to drink, party and, of course, gamble legally for the first time. But, a good question is where do you take a first-time player to ensure they get the most bang for their buck?

I have been a casino dealer for about five years and, when I gamble, I look for the best odds with the best limits. When friends and family hit the big 21, they always ask me to take them out for a night of lucky chance. I love to gamble! Some might think, “wow, this guy has a problem!” Not at all, actually; I play smart and never put myself in financial harm. So, with that in mind, here's my personal guide to how to go all in for the big 2-1:

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Blue Man Group Is Still Worth Some Green

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 17, 2015 at 4:47 PM | by | Comment (1)

Blue Man Group is one of those Las Vegas shows that's always been around (15 years in Vegas) and has moved around a bit (most recently from Venetian to Monte Carlo a couple years ago), but rarely seems to land atop a majority of must-see lists. While I'd seen a Boston version several years ago, I couldn't have said the same for the Vegas installment until a couple recent events changed that.

Visiting friends who had also seen the Boston blue men were excited to see the Monte Carlo show and loved it. They relayed that, while the concept was the same and several show bits similar, enough was different to keep it fresh. Not long after, Blue Men Group announced some new bits to their Vegas show. So, it was time to finally see if it was Pappagiorgio-worthy.

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Planet Hollywood's New Sportsbook Restaurant, Ringer, Off To A Good Start

April 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (7)

The Planet Hollywood sportsbook had undergone some renovations this past March, including some major ones to the bar area. (I first noted it a few weeks ago as a tip to VegasChatter. I am now one of the team's newest contributors.)

During that same trip, my friends and I were able to check it out and see how they were faring during their first weeks of operation. The weekend that we were there was the first round of the NCAA 2015 tournament, and the new restaurant, Ringer, and book were undergoing a trial by fire, as the crowds associated with March Madness and spring break were present in full force.

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Plenty Of Unique Chips To Be Found In Poker Rooms

April 17, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (10)

VegasChatter reader Jim L. recently asked a question about which casinos in Las Vegas use different chips in their poker rooms than in the rest of the casino. The question stemmed from his discovery of the cream-colored $1 chip (seen below) during a visit to The Mirage poker room. This chip differs from the blue $1 chip which is found elsewhere in the casino.

When it comes to $1 chips, to the best of our knowledge, The Mirage is the only casino in Vegas that uses a specific chip set just for the poker room. If you were to play blackjack or other table games at The Mirage, you would see the blue chips. In the $3-$6 limit game that regularly runs in the poker room, you would see the cream-colored chip.

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Little Tony's Opening Next Week At Palace Station

Where: 2411 West Sahara Avenue [map], 89102
April 16, 2015 at 8:39 PM | by | Comments (3)

Another week, another new pizza joint is about to make its Vegas debut. Recently, we've seen the openings of Pizza Rock at Green Valley Ranch (the valley's second location) and Pizza Forte at Sunset Station. Now, Little Tony's, a sister concept to the popular Pizza Rock brand, will start dishing it out at Palace Station next week.

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Rudy To Talk 'Rudy' At The Smith Center

April 16, 2015 at 4:55 PM | by | Comments (3)

The 1993 movie, Rudy, consistently rates as one of the best sports movies of all-time and still earns a deserving spot in any man cave more than two decades after its release. The film, about current Las Vegas resident Rudy Ruettiger, chronicles a 5' 6", 165-pound underdog who dreamt of playing Notre Dame football in the 70s.

The film and Rudy's story remains so popular that the sixty-something Ruettiger continues to be a motivational speaker today. His current show, Voices of Rudy: The Journey to the Movie, hits The Smith Center April 25.

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