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VegasChatter Questions: What Is A Host And What Can They Do For Me?

October 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM | by | Comments (13)

We’re always here to help when you have a question. VegasChatter reader Rob R. was just assigned a casino host for the first time and turned to us on Facebook for clarity and advice:

So I have a question that maybe someone can help me with... I'm a Diamond member with Total Rewards. I have been assigned a "Casino Host". What exactly is he/she and what kinds of things can they do for me? Am I supposed to tip him/her? I rarely even see him but I do have his cell phone number." -- Rob

Let’s first look at what exactly a casino host’s job entails and that's to create a relationship with players so that they become loyal to the casino (or casinos) they work for. In other words, the host works for a casino with the purpose of making customers happy during and in-between visits.

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Bellagio Is Putting The Squeeze On Rival Beverage Programs

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (7)

Palazzo may have had the first dedicated juice spot on the Strip with tenant, JuiceFarm, but Bellagio is doing it one better by creating cold-pressed juices on-site.

Within the next few weeks, the resort will begin selling its own line of organic juices at a number of venues, including Palio, Gelato, Snacks, and Jean Philippe Patisserie.

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Silverton Reels In Another Resort Fee Hike (But, We're Kinda Ok With It)

Where: 3333 Blue Diamond Road [map], 89139
October 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (9)

Where once it had a tiered resort fee, Silverton has rolled out a one rate fits all (accommodations) policy.

The off Strip casino-hotel used to charge $4.99 for standard rooms and $9.99 for its suites. Now, the resort fee is a flat $9.99 (not counting tax), no matter the spaciousness of your room type. The policy change quietly went into effect September 1. Here's what the website says guests receive for their money:

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Remember: What Happens In Vegas Must Stay There

October 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (9)

That water cooler didn't stand a chance.

In what could be a bizarre deleted scene from Office Space, Las Vegas reminds the world to keep its lips zipped about what happens in Vegas. In a new 30-second spot, an office water cooler gets destroyed in a fit of panic when Vegas vacation details are about to be revealed. Note to self: the quiet nerdy one around the water cooler might have more issues than you realize.

In the new commercial, a man's co-workers are coming over for traditional “water cooler talk” when he thinks fast and eliminates the water cooler, thus ensuring his secrets stay secret. Is that how what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas?

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For Resorts World, The Animation Comes Before The Activity

Where: 89109
October 10, 2014 at 9:29 PM | by | Comments (9)

Once expected to restart construction at the stalled Echelon construction site this past summer, work on Resorts World Las Vegas has yet to begin. The only eye-catching change over the past few months was the arrival of colorful ads in May.

Yesterday, a video posted on Vimeo -- first reported by our East Coast Gambler on his EDGe Vegas blog -- sparked interest for containing the first animations of the planned $4 billion resort. Warning: the accompanying commentary is sleep-inducing.

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Just One Dish: Carne Asada Chilaquiles at Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re looking for breakfast options around the center Strip, Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Quad (soon-to-be The Linq Hotel) is a solid choice.

Breakfast dishes, served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., include Dragon’s Breath Chili Cornbread Benedict, Chicken Fried Bacon Biscuits & Gravy and Maple Bacon French Toast. While those are all interesting options, we recommend the Carne Asada Chilaquiles.

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Try To miX In One More Taste Of This Vegas Classic

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
October 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (4)

Delano Las Vegas debuted September 1, but the infusion of new has yet to reach the 64th floor where miX will eventually evolve into French Chef/Restauranteur Alaine Ducasse’s third Rivea restaurant as well as a yet-unnamed integrated lounge concept.

While some of us at VegasChatter feel the time for miX has passed, this writer recommends you plan at least one more visit (or your first one) before this restaurant/nightclub toasts its final sunset.

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What Will Happen Next With The Harmon Hotel

Where: 89158
October 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (8)

A 3.6 earthquake just outside Las Vegas on October 5 jolted quite a few residents in Southern Nevada and also served to shake loose a host of Harmon jokes, too. While the condo-hotel stood strong, the failed building -- deemed a hazard due to construction errors and -- will continue to come down, just in a more controlled and very precise way.

Demolition of the property began in May with the removal of scrap metal, construction materials and other debris from the interior. It was in June when most passersby registered the renewed activity on the site. That's when protective materials began going up, from coverings for the adjacent pedestrian bridge to netting around the building, and the facade's pretty blue-hued glass started coming down. In August, a crane was erected to assist in lowering materials to the ground.

A MGM Resorts representative tells us the project is now in the final stages of removing equipment from the roof of the building. The photos above and below detail the current state of the project as captured by VegasChatter photographer Greg C. earlier this week. The photo gallery details the demolition's progression so far.

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Does The Plaza Now Offer The Best Video Poker In Downtown?

Where: 1 S. Main St. [map], 89101
October 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (5)

While we were preparing to check out the new slot machines and games at G2E, the Plaza made a big proclamation for video poker players.

The Main Street hotel-casino announced it was downtown’s best place for video poker. There are a lot of great video poker games to be found downtown so this is a bold statement. But, is it true? That’s up for discussion, but they do have a great selection of video poker games, according to vpFREE2.com.

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In Three Weeks, The Quad Will Be A Vegas Footnote

Where: 89109
October 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM | by | Comments (19)

On October 30, the hotel-casino currently known as The Quad (and, before that, as the Imperial Palace) will take on its newest moniker -- The LINQ Hotel & Casino.

No one will be sad to see the Quad name disappear as it was pretty much universally reviled, but we're not totally in love with The LINQ, either. We understand why, but we're getting a bit tired of explaining ourselves around town. No, not the Signature hotel, the air terminal. No, not the Public House at Luxor, the one in Venetian. No, not Downtown as in Vegas, but as in Summerlin. Let's go to the Linq. No, the mall, not the hotel. Oy.

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Big & Rich Will Look At You, Especially At The Cromwell

Where: 3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
October 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM | by | Comments (2)

Is it just us or do Big & Rich already kind of look like a parody of themselves? It only makes sense that their music video for “Look At You” would be a cheesy nod to Vegas. It shows off the suites at the relatively new Cromwell.

In a scene that doesn’t look super contrived, at all, a trio of hot ladies checks into The Cromwell and encounters an also attractive solo man who says he’s there on business. This will surely give false hope to many a tech nerd planning CES trips for January. What happens in music videos isn’t what usually happens in Vegas.

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More Online Poker Coming To Nevada

October 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (3)

Whether there’s a need for another website to play online poker in Nevada isn’t the question. That’s because the Silver State is getting a new online poker website next month, whether it's wanted or needed.

HDPoker will be launching in a different manner than potential competitors, Ultimate Poker, WSOP.com and Real Gaming. HDPoker will launch with only social poker in 2014. As the website develops a following, it plans to offer real money poker in 2015.

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