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Winning And Near Winning About The Same (To Our Brain)

April 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (2)

Everybody loves winning in the casino. Duh. But it’s the near-win that often keeps us coming back. We can often taste the next big jackpot if it just misses. It doesn’t matter if we’re one card shy of a royal flush in video poker or one Megabucks logo away from $12 million, we think that just missing a win means our next win won’t be far away. A recent study shows there's some truth to that. Near wins and actual wins feel almost the same in our brain:

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SNL Thinks There Are Too Many Heel Rats In Vegas, Too

April 14, 2014 at 8:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hillary Clinton was delivering a speech at Mandalay Bay last week when someone threw a shoe at her. It missed, but that was enough fodder for Saturday Night Live to hit Vegas with a zinger about its shoeless masses.

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Peeking Into The Cromwell

Where: 89109
April 14, 2014 at 6:35 PM | by | Comments (5)

The still under construction Cromwell still has a bit to go to get from this:

And this:

To this:

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Downtown Slots Pay Back 11.61 Percent More (In 2010)

April 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (8)

All gamblers care about returns. We all want to get the most bang for our buck. Unfortunately, that's becoming more and more difficult. Casinos on the Vegas Strip continue to increase their profit margin from blackjack by offering more low limits 6:5 blackjack than ever before. You'll even find some off Strip casinos only offering 6:5 blackjack if you play for less than $100 per hand. Gah!

If you look away from the table games on The Strip for other gambling options, you might think that some casino operators have slot machines that aren't paying out like they once did. Tight slots aren't a myth and slot machines payouts are getting tighter all over the country. What's a gambler to do? Head to Downtown Vegas.

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Three New Spots To Shop On The Strip

April 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (2)

There's nothing like shopping in Vegas, amiright? While we're all still anxiously awaiting Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops, Tropicana's shops, TI's shops, and shopping at other coming soon shops, there are now three new retail venues to check out while on The Strip.

Marvel at a pop-up shop for Ink and Vector at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. We're actually a bit geeked out over this one. Fans of brands ranging from Marvel Comics and The Walking Dead to My Little Pony, Transformers, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars should head here immediately to check out merchandise they would otherwise need to purchase online.

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LOOKing Into A New Beauty Experience Not Far From The Strip

Where: 6539 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89119
April 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

The newest addition to the Las Vegas beauty scene isn’t located in a swanky Strip spa, it’s in Town Square, the outdoor mall south of Mandalay Bay. LOOK Style Society touts itself as “the most comprehensive beauty venue in Las Vegas” and it very well may be. When its Medspa opens in the coming months, it will truly be a full-service beauty bar.

Dr. Orna Fisher is a local plastic surgeon who won’t be doing full surgical procedures at LOOK but rather doing fillers and other non-surgical procedures to improve the look and texture of your skin. Located on the second floor of the venue, there will be a private elevator to allow guests privacy as they have their procedures done because nobody wants the world to know they’ve had work done.

The other components of the beauty smorgasbord are already open for business. The beautiful facility makes you feel like you’re at a trendy boutique and not a salon. Fun white leather furniture just begs for selfies to be taken. High fashion art on the walls gives inspiration for makeover looks.

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Just One.. Err.. Six Drinks At Yusho

April 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM | by | Comments (3)

Straight out of Chicago, Yusho is the latest restaurant to call Monte Carlo home as the resort's Strip-facing exterior continues to evolve. The Japanese street-style fare offers plenty of things that make you go yummmm that we'll review next week. Today, we'll just get the weekend started with a quick peek at its cocktail program.

Chef/Owner Matthias Merges had already teased us that his bar program was going to "kill it" so we had to take that challenge during a restaurant preview last night. The menu features seven specialty cocktails ($15) and half a dozen draught cocktails ($13).

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Ready For Mega Megabucks? Powerbucks Is Nigh

April 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

We first learned about Powerbucks last year before it even had a name. This mega Megabucks concept where multiple states would pool slot machine jackpots had potential to make for huge wins. 

This week, we know a little more about this concept and are another step closer to its arrival. IGT, creators of Megabucks and Powerbucks, announced separate deals with Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming to link some of their IGT slot machines to Powerbucks jackpots in New Jersey and Nevada.

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$500 Challenge: Wynn Golf Club vs. Shadow Creek

Where: 3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Nestled behind the Wynn and Encore resorts, intersected by fish-filled streams and ponds and surrounded by enough plant life to provide an intimate and private setting resides Wynn Golf Club (WGC), one of the few American golfing destinations brazen enough to carry a $500 price tag.

Opened to the public in 2005 on the site that used to house the old Desert Inn Golf Course, WGC is the second collaboration between casino mogul Steve Wynn and world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. The first partnership between the duo resulted in the 1989 opening of Las Vegas' Shadow Creek, the city's top-ranked golf course and a track many believe serves as Fazio's greatest achievement in the sport.

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The Mirage Begins Work On New Dining Spot

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 11, 2014 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The signs state that new dreams are under construction at The Mirage and that's especially true if you've ever lamented the loss of Caribe Cafe.

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We'll Soon Be Able To Cowgirl Up At Binion's

Where: 128 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Elvis has left the building, but soon Binion's will have a new attraction for guests -- a second walk-up bar on Fremont.

Construction began on the Cowgirl Up Cantina in late February and now it's almost ready for its debut.

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The Vegas That May (Or May Not) Come To Be

April 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's no shortage of ways to spend a buck on Vegas. From shows and slots to restaurants and clubs, the money we spend is keeping someone's door open. But, while we can choose to spend money on $25 pizzas or $5K tables up in da club there are plenty of other ways to throw money at Vegas without even having to step foot here.

Browsing through three of the most popular crowdfunding platforms, Kickstarter, Indiegogo and RocketHub, we found Vegas campaigns of all shapes and sizes.

In the world of crowdfunding, the bigger the idea or even just having a big name behind the campaign, doesn't always relate to the bigger the score. You may recall that the Rio turned to Indiegogo requesting money for the (still) coming Voodoo Zipline. Their $75,000 goal fell short, collecting just under 6%, about $4,300, by the end of its campaign. The Linq's Polaroid Fotobar sought funds for its Polaroid Museum and, while that is happening (it's opening later this month), it only secured $5,825 of $100,000 (also under 6%) of it's Indiegogo goal.

Whether crowdsourcing examples like these are considered flops or successes in the minds of their creators is an individual call. We were curious, though, about the Vegas dreams currently waiting for dollars to bring them to life:

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