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Closed Circuit Viewing Access Available For Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

April 23, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | Comments (7)

In Las Vegas, it’s sometimes difficult to differentiate between PR hype and actual demand that deserves the hype. Before tickets for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight went on sale, it was easy to think that the hype was just hype. Even with a minimum ticket price of $1,500, the fight sold out in one minute. Tickets immediately hit StubHub at a minimum of $5,000. Okay, maybe there’s real demand here. Maybe, this is more than just PR hype.

Where there’s a real sign of demand is in the closed circuit viewing parties. Previous big fights were limited to a handful of viewing locations at different MGM Resorts hotels for under $100 per person. Demand to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is so high, MGM Resorts is charging much more and making the fight available in more places than normal.

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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 wasn’t 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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No More Cash On The Poker Table For MGM Resorts

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 16, 2015 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (3)

It looks like the days of poker players being able to have stacks of cash on the table alongside their chips may be coming to a close, at least at some casinos along the Strip.

Chris Grove of Online Poker Report broke the news last week that MGM Resorts has made the decision to no longer allow cash to play on poker tables at any of their casinos as of April 1. MGM currently operates nine poker rooms in Las Vegas. Among them are two of the most prominent rooms on the Strip at Bellagio and Aria.

There was a time in Las Vegas when cash was king. Although, chips have long been the preferred currency when it comes to table games, it was once quite common to see bets placed in the form of $100 bills. Gamblers used to be able to throw a stack of bills down on the felt, the dealer would announce "money plays," and the bet would be considered live. There is a legendary story of a player walking into Binion's Horseshoe back in the 80s with a suitcase containing $777,000 in cash, which he promptly bet on the don't pass line. He won the bet and walked out onto Fremont Street with his winnings, no questions asked.

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Poker Tournament Madness This March, Too

March 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last-minute buzzer beaters, underdogs pulling off huge upsets, hitting that six-team parlay to make up for the money you blew at the craps table... these are all of the things that make March Madness one of the most exciting times of the year to be in Las Vegas. When you aren't busy hanging out at the sportsbook watching all of the tremendous basketball action, there will be plenty going on in the local poker rooms. Here's a look at some special tournaments series being offered this month:

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At Aria, Sky Suites Getting Into The Swim Of Things

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89158
March 4, 2015 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (5)

2015 may be the start of the "just for you" pool.

Delano Beach Club is expected to debut later this year at Mandalay Bay exclusively for guests of Delano Las Vegas. In its former incarnation as THEhotel, patrons shared Mandalay Bay Beach with guests of the larger hotel complex. Meanwhile, over at sister resort Aria, those who indulge in a stay in a luxe Sky Suites will be invited to dive into their own piece of exclusivity this season.

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Opening Dates Announced For LIQUID, Bare Pools

Where: 89109
February 24, 2015 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (2)

Two more party pools will get back into the swim of things in just a few weeks.

Bare at The Mirage and LIQUID at Aria have announced respective opening dates of Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. The former will return with five newly refurbished cabanas while the latter will feature new daybeds and banquettes.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Poker Dollars

February 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (4)

There are many factors you should consider when deciding where to play poker during your time in Vegas, such as what games and stakes are offered, how much you receive per hour in comp dollars, tournament offerings, the level of competition, and so on.

Another factor that should not be overlooked is what promotions a given room offers and how much value you are likely to get out of those promotions. Most poker rooms in town offer some sort of incentive for players in the form of high hand bonuses, bad beat jackpots, "aces cracked" bonuses, or hours-based free rolls. What many people don't realize is that the house isn't giving away free money with these promotions, they are simply taking money that players have contributed to a fund and giving it back out in the form of a bonus.

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At Aria, A First Taste Of BARDOT Brasserie

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89158
January 27, 2015 at 1:57 PM | by | Comments (5)

After much anticipation, Michael Mina’s newest creation BARDOT Brasserie officially opened its doors inside Aria January 16. We've already told you about what to expect at the new French restaurant and a little about some of the dishes. I was excited to receive a media invitation to try it out, but also, if I'm being honest, nervous.

I’ve eaten at my fair share of exquisite restaurants (I've even worked in a few), but there is something about Parisian cuisine that has always intimidated me. It’s classy and refined. Me? Not so much. Shake Shack is more my scene. But, when I'm given the chance to try something new, I’m in!

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Searching For Anything But Hold 'Em

January 23, 2015 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (4)

Ever since the start of the "poker boom" back in 2003, when an unknown accountant from Tenessee with the unlikely name of Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, no-limit Texas Hold 'Em has been the game of choice among poker players everywhere.

It's easy to forget that, in the grand scheme of things, no-limit hold 'em is a relatively new game. If you were in Las Vegas back in the 90's or earlier, you would be much more likely to be playing a game like 7 card stud or even a variation of draw poker. While most poker players today are content playing no-limit, there are many who long for the days when this variation of the game didn't have the near monopoly it seems to have on the poker world today. The good news is, if you look hard enough, there are still places in Las Vegas where you can find some alternatives. Here's a look at some poker rooms around town that offer up a bit of variety for those looking to mix things up:

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A Sneak Peek At BARDOT As It Prepares For Its Aria Debut

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
January 8, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (4)

Coming soon!

If you’re counting down the days until you can get a modern take on the French brasserie experience, all without leaving ARIA, the wait is almost over. Michael Mina's BARDOT Brasserie is set to open January 16. We walked by last night and snapped the exposed entry (shown above, initial rendering below) which features some fun bright blue trim on the façade.

The hotel operator we spoke with stated doors officially open January 16 and that an earlier soft opening is not anticipated. In this final week leading up to the debut, it looks like the staff is putting the finishing touches on the design and lighting elements.

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MGM Resorts Raising Resort Fees

Where: 89109
December 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (32)

On the heels of a new one-price-fits-all resort fee policy by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts is ending 2014 by adjusting its nightly fees as well.

Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:

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Aria Starts Brewing With The Big Boys

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 22, 2014 at 12:35 AM | by | Comments (3)

Aria has started using the boutique coffee brand, Wolfgang Puck single-use pouch in their room (oddly enough, no hotels in Vegas that have Wolfy's restaurants have his coffee), it's an uncommon thing for anyone to go whole hog in their coffee. There's even very few places in town one could get a Kopi Lewak coffee, the beans famous for making a detour to your cup through a southeast Asian tree weasel's digestive tract.

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