Name Changes / The Lot / Luxor / MGM Resorts Festival Grounds / MGM Resorts Village / City of Rock / → All Tags
The parking lot across from Luxor that went from hosting employee cars to fun-lovin' partiers has dropped its hipster moniker of The Lot to go with the much more
confusing official designation of MGM Resorts Village. (It also was known as the Luxor Festival Grounds for a brief moment, too.)
Slot Machines / G2E / Global Gaming Expo / CES / Technology / Friends / Mad Men / Wonder Woman / WMS Gaming / Bally Technologies / → All Tags
The annual Global Gaming Expo (a.k.a. G2E) is just a couple of weeks away. The expo is where businesses with products and services related to the casino industry show off their goods to prospective buyers. While the newest ATM technology and seating options are cool to look at, most of us are concerned about new casino games.
Another nickname for G2E is the "slot machine convention." Slot manufacturers take up almost as much space on the expo floor as every other business combined. G2E is where just about all new slot machine technology and themes debut.
And, you get a .Vegas domain! And, you get one! And, you! And, you!
Yes, anyone interested in affixing .Vegas to the end of (insert the name of your business or Vegas idea here) can do so beginning today at noon PT when general availability opens to all. Some might grab a domain to make sure no one else uses an address similar to their own while others will build it out, fire it up and hope Lady Luck will generate some online interest and, more importantly, revenue.
College football season just kicked off, but we’re already planning for the end of the season. It all begins December 20 with four bowl games. One of the biggest is the Las Vegas Bowl. Last year, the game found a new sponsor and is officially known as the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl now.
Once again, it will take place at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 20 at 12:30 p.m. local time. Last year’s game between the Fresno State Bulldogs, champions of the Mountain West Conference, and the USC Trojans, from the Pac-12 conference, drew the second largest crowd in bowl history with over 42,000 in attendance.
Baccarat / Club Grazie / Palazzo / Gambling / → All Tags
The Palazzo will be home to the third annual Grand Dragon Master Baccarat Championship later this month and again in October. Entrants will have the opportunity to win a share of $10 million. The tournament is actually 2-in-1 and entry is anywhere from $0 (yes, free) to $250.
The Golden Dragon Baccarat Tournament will take place September 26-29 and October 3-6. The tourney features a $30,000 daily cash prize pool. Grazie Members receive one complimentary entry per day. Each player is allowed unlimited re-buys for $50. The top three daily finishers will automatically advance to a semi-final round on October 12.
Events / Music / Entertainment / The Cosmopolitan / The Strip / Boulevard Pool / Die Antwoord / → All Tags
Quite possibly one of the strangest musical acts in pop culture since Ozzy ate a bat, Die Antwoord is difficult to describe. The facts are: They are South African, they are ghetto fabulous, and they are coming to the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan September 28.
Since their explosion on to the scene in 2009, Die Antwoord (which translates into "the answer") has popularized the niche genre of "zef-rave rap." (Zef is named after the Ford Zephyr which became synonymous with the African working class and is considered derogatory slang.) The group makes themselves into a parody of over-the-top "commodity rap" braggadocio while still sending their message about how absolutely bizarre it is live and be raised in South Africa.
The other day, we received this offer in the mail from Wynn, a property that we haven't stayed at for about a year now. Valid from November 1 to March 31, 2015, the two-night Wynn Getaway offer starts at $299 and includes the following:
The retail scene in Las Vegas (and its suburbs) is rapidly changing at the moment. With Downtown Summerlin poised to open and Fashion Show Mall expanding its façade, it’s time for the outlets to keep up with the Joneses. They seemed to weather the economic downturn easier than other retail outlets with a steady stream of tourists cabbing it over to the Premium Outlets on either end of the Strip to scoop up outlet-priced clothing and accessories.
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, located downtown near The Smith Center, will be wrapping up a 150,000-square-foot expansion May 2015. The project is expected to welcome 34 new stores including an already announced Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. The last expansion in 2008 added a new parking garage on the north side and 30 new stores.
You may have listened to them during your 90s ska obsession, or your kids could be current fans of their children's show projects (The Aquabats! Super Show or lead singer Christian Jacob's Yo Gabba Gabba). Either way, the band known for wild stage shows, in-character superhero antics, and putting out inhumanly catchy songs for going on twenty years is coming to Hard Rock Live on The Strip.
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From the alternate universe files: Bellagio will dive into The Strip's obsession with superstar DJs (albeit a few years late) with the debut of a new fountains production featuring an "exclusive three-song medley" by Tiësto.
The new show will premiere September 17 at 7 p.m. As a press alert details:
VegasChatter Reviews / Bunkhouse / Bars / Eating / Dining / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont East / → All Tags
Downtown's dining scene is still in its infancy, trailing behind the already mature cocktail scene. Among the many openings of the last few months, Bunkhouse -- which has grabbed headlines as a live event venue -- has been under-appreciated as a food spot. You don't usually hear about it unless some hip band or seven-foot tall clown is doing a show, but when you do make it down there (there being Fremont & 11th), check out the outdoor take-away counter. And, even when there's not live entertainment, you should consider heading here for some of the best bar bites in town.
The space is quite different without the entertainment, quiet and much brighter. It almost looks like it's still an underground-ish locals bar, something like a cleaner Double Down Saloon. The inside is less hip and Instagram-y than the outside (which hosts a 59' Dodge D100 truck turned into booth seating and a "music listening tree"), but at least it comes off as very authentic.
While art fans continue to duke it out over how much Sin City needs/deserves/should have/should support museums, lovers of fine art can still visit Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (about to get Fabergé with it) and see fun pieces at CityCenter, Wynn Las Vegas and The Cosmopolitan, among other spots on The Strip. Another fun art attraction is the Polaroid Museum above the Polaroid store at The Linq.