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It seems as though gambling becomes more of a losing proposition every week on the Vegas Strip.
A couple weeks ago, we were tipped off to New York-New York taking their house edge tweaks in blackjack to the high limits room for the first time. Now we get word from numerous sources, including the photo above from tipster @PaperPoster that the last two casinos on the Vegas Strip that didn’t offer 6:5 blackjack--Aria and Bellagio--have joined the growing trend.
This isn’t a small change to blackjack at Aria and Bellagio. @John_mehaffey reports that there are now a total of 40(!) blackjack tables that say “Blackjack pays 6-5" between the two properties. The difference from the traditional 3:2 blackjack is that you're getting paid $12 for a $10 wager on a 6:5 game vs. getting paid $15 for a $10 wager on a 3:2 game.
But wait...there’s more.
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The D is the latest Las Vegas casino-hotel to offer merchandise from their property for purchase online. The new merch store called The D Shop (like the store in the casino) offers a variety of items from art you'll find in the hotel rooms to more traditional merchandise with their logo like t-shirts, coffee mugs and hats. In all, there are 26 items available for purchase on The D Shop online.
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VegasChatter reader @PaperPoster reports that the Deuce no longer has deuces to give, er, that it is closed and boarded up. No word yet on what will go in the space but we'll keep you posted.
Interestingly, that's not the only closure for Aria--Gold Lounge, which also opened on Aria's big opening day as a lounge just off the Viva Elvis theater (now Zarkana) has also closed, according to several eyewitnesses. Indeed, Aria has removed both Deuce and Gold Lounge from their website and visiting the Gold Lounge website just redirects to the Light Group (who took over Aria's nightlife in 2009) and there's no mention of Gold or Deuce there. To be continued...(Update: Eater reports that Gold Lounge will get a complete makeover.)
Meanwhile down at the far, far, far end of the Strip, SLS Las Vegas has added a new lounge area near the Center Bar, overlooking the roulette machines. Once again, @PaperPoster was on the scene and snapped this pic.
Well, we can't argue with more places to sit and look pretty.
Heard of any other closings or openings in Las Vegas? Let us know!
[Photos: VegasChatter and @PaperPoster]
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Want to use your MyVegas rewards on your next trip to Vegas? Secure them BEFORE you roll into town.
MyVegas is an excellent way to supplement your trip to Las Vegas with a few discounted items and even some freebies. The rewards MyVegas offers today may have been better when the game first launched but that’s a story for another day.
When the game first launched many of the rewards, specifically from MGM Resorts, were geared toward tourists. Indeed, when you look at the MGM Resorts rewards offered for players in Nevada, you'll see that they're different than those offered to people playing MyVegas in other states.
But then last year MyVegas added rewards from Station Casinos, in part, to offer Nevada locals some rewards that they might find useful. Those are the only rewards that this Las Vegas local looks at regularly. It’s always nice to extend the weekend by a day with a complimentary room every now and again.
The rewards you can get from Station Casinos don’t differ based on where you play the game but the same isn’t true for the MGM Resorts rewards. Here’s a sample from Aria last night.
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Amid rumors swirling of who would fill recently vacated Sirio spot in Aria, this morning it was finally announced that the space would be filled by recent New York City hotshots, Carbone. With a budget of over $3 million, they are sure to bring an already unique concept to great heights.
Carbone opened in 2013 in Greenwich Village to excited reviews regarding their old-school feel and tableside treatment by their “Captains", waiters nattily dressed in burgundy tuxedos, designed by Zac Posen.
With a menu pulled from the early 20th century "red tablecloth" Italian restaurants (think Lobster Fra Diavola, Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Parmesan and Octopus Pizzaiolo) and a service that harkens back to the glamorous years of fine dining, Carbone is coming to Vegas not to simply make a copy of themselves, but to apply the same concept to mid-century Las Vegas glory days.
Tableside service is a big part of Carbone, and everything from freshly pulled mozerella, flambe desserts, and Caesars salads will be part of the showmanship. Where Carbone NYC is a somewhat cheeky version of the mobster era, the Vegas version is going to go for a “Rat Pack” kind of vibe. It is sure to be an interesting experience, and since the restauranteurs themselves have already tested their mettle in Manhattan, the Vegas scene is likely to be a similar challenge.
Carbone is expected to open in October.
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Big events and busy weekends for Vegas are on the way. Events like this weekend’s fight and the rapidly approaching WSOP as well as holidays like Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day, mean hotel rates will be at their highest. Scoring a reasonably priced stay is still possible, but will require a bit more work than usual. Alternatively, you can sink a few minutes into entering the online contests below, cross your fingers, and hope to become a lucky winner. After all, a vacation on someone else’s dime really is the best way to do Vegas.
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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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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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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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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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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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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.