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The Plan Is For Suzanne To Sizzle At Westgate

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
March 25, 2015 at 8:43 PM | by | Comments (9)

Las Vegas has seen celebrity residencies, restaurants, hotels and even salons. But, aside from Nobu hotel and restaurant, big names rarely venture outside of their small ponds, sticking to the discipline they know best. In May, that will change when Suzanne Somers, best known for her ditzy role as Chrissy on Three's Company, launches a residency at Westgate. And, opens a spa there. And, debuts a cafe, too.

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A Close Shave For The LINQ

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 25, 2015 at 7:36 PM | by | Comments (5)

We picked The LINQ Hotel as the best opening of 2014, but fact is, the debuts have yet to stop.

A new pool experience launched this past weekend (we're touring it tomorrow) and, just before that, new shops, food & beverage spots and a Club Tattoo parlor all opened to the public. Still to come is a new cafe, spa and the Strip debut of a popular local barbershop.

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All About That Ultimate Poker X

March 25, 2015 at 4:54 PM | by | Comment (1)

Video poker is a funny thing. Most players fall in one of two categories: theyíre either a slave to only playing the best pay tables or they donít care about them at all.

I care about pay tables about 80% of the time and usually only play the best available. The other 20 percent? I donít care. I will play a game that features a random bonus round, one that sits atop a bar where I want to drink, or one that has a twist, like Ultimate Poker X. Nickel and penny video poker games often have awful pay tables so I didnít even bother looking when I first pull up a seat at a 3-play nickel Ultimate X game, which takes 30 credits.

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Reminder: Paul Blart To Ride All Over Wynn April 17

March 25, 2015 at 3:51 PM | by | Comments (4)

In a world of movies not featuring Wynn, one shall rise above them all. (read in your best Movieline voice)

If you've forgotten, Wynn Las Vegas is about to make its theatrical debut in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Yes, the Wynn resort has never agreed to be featured in a film, until now. We guess returning star Kevin James isn't the King for nothing.

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Celine Dion To Go On At Caesars Palace

Where: 89109
March 25, 2015 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (5)

After taking time off for family and health, Celine Dion will return to the Colosseum stage this August, ending what will then be a year-long hiatus. She made the announcement to fans last night via social media.

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Check Out The New Le Central At Paris

Where: 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 24, 2015 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (2)

Last week Paris opened their renovated and expanded lobby bar, Le Central. I happened upon the newly revealed change by accident when meeting a friend after the first day of March Madness. The poor staff were slightly overwhelmed by the amount of people in the bar Thursday night. Bartenders had to remake new drinks on the menu and had a difficult time accommodating orders from the waitresses and folks sitting at the bar. That said, everyone was very nice and I ended up with a couple of fine drinks. Then again, I'm pretty simple -- beer, vodka, coffee. Done.

The first thing you notice about the new Le Central is the large circular bar next to Le Toilets and the check-in area. The bar has TVs all around with bar-top video poker. VP players shouldnít be surprised by the typically bad Caesars pay tables. What you might be surprised about is the minimum denomination is 50 cents.

The inside of the bar is a couple of steps up from the casino floor so you have tall bar stools on the outside and chairs on the inside. Those bar stools shown above are nice, but can only be found at the bar.

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First Tenants For The Pawn Stars' Coming Pawn Plaza Revealed

Where: 725 Las Vegas Boulevard So. [map]
March 24, 2015 at 2:08 PM | by | Comments (4)

Pawn Plaza, a shipping container shopping center being constructed just south of the cable-famous Gold & Silver Pawn by owner Rick Harrison, has announced its first three tenants. And, surprise! They're all dining spots!

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The Strip To Go Dark For Earth Hour Once Again

March 24, 2015 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (7)

Las Vegas will dim its lights on Saturday for the second time this year.

After going dark for Tark in February to mark the passing of iconic UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, resorts and business both on and off the Strip will turn off the lights this weekend as part of a now annual Earth Hour tradition.

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Boyd Gaming Makes A Lot Of Money From People Visiting From This State

March 24, 2015 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (7)

If you donít follow the business side of the casino industry, you may be surprised by this piece of information. In the past 10+ years, Boyd Gaming's three casinos in Downtown Vegas, Main Street Station, The California, and Fremont, have generated anywhere from 60-65% of their revenue from people visiting from Hawaii.

How much is that? Well, in the third quarter of 2014 alone, Boyd stated its downtown properties had net revenues of $53.4 million. Thatís an increase of 1.3% from the same quarter a year ago.

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Step Aside Super Bowl, First Weekend Of March Madness Best Sports Weekend In Vegas

March 23, 2015 at 8:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hyperbole has taken over the web in the past couple of years, just about everything is the best ever or the worst ever. This weekend, I ran into a best ever moment in Las Vegas, but it wasnít hyperbole. The first weekend of March Madness in Vegas was probably more than anyone could have imagined. It is now the biggest sports weekend in Vegas. Sorry, Super Bowl, but you can move to the back seat.

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Will Cosmo Charge A Resort Fee On Your Comped Room? It Depends

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 23, 2015 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (16)

In a previous VegasChatter article, one of our readers and Twitter friend Dave R. (@LasVegasSO) was unhappy because The Cosmopolitan charged a resort fee on a comped room. Since he reported this, I've stayed there twice, each time comped, without getting charged a resort fee. So, obviously, it can happen either way.

As I've shared in the past, Cosmo has been comping me rooms, because of my savvy excessive video poker play. Since I reached platinum status in its player club, I've received an offer for a comped room about every two months. I haven't yet been charged a resort fee on a comped room, but I also don't want to start! Out of naked self interest altruism, I wanted to find out what the criteria was for who gets charged a resort fee on comped rooms. So, I put on my investigative reporter hat and starting asking around. I asked the people at the slot club desk. I asked a nice lady that answered the phone at reservations. I asked a casino host. I even asked the head of VIP reservations! None of them would give me a direct answer. They all said the same thing, "it depends on your offer."

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Changes At PH Poker Room, Sportsbook

March 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM | by | Comments (9)

From the "in case you missed it" department, we recently learned the poker room at Planet Hollywood has changed locations. Thanks to reader Mario F. for the heads up and the photos.

Formerly located right in the heart of the casino floor, situated between some blackjack tables and slot machines, the old setting wasn't as much of a poker "room" as it was a poker "area." The new location, now sandwiched between the Earl of Sandwich (couldn't resist) and the sports book, is a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the main casino and the result is a much calmer, quieter setting. The old location was just feet away from the casino's raucous party pit, which gave the poker room the reputation as one of the noisiest in town after the sun went down and the go-go dancers started doing their thing. Some people don't mind a noisy room, but if you're like me, a little peace and quiet goes a long way when it comes to doing battle at the poker tables. The new room doesn't have the library-like feel of the room at the Wynn, but it is quite a bit more mellow in its new spot.

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