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A Simple MyVegas Tip to Ensure You Receive the Best Rewards Available

May 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (11)

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 thatís 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. Itís 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 donít differ based on where you play the game but the same isnít true for the MGM Resorts rewards. Hereís a sample from Aria last night.

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New York's Italian Restaurant Darling, Carbone, to Open at Aria in October

May 13, 2015 at 9:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

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 ďCaptains", 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 ďRat PackĒ 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.

[Photo: Carbone]

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Up For Grabs In Vegas Sweepstakes: Cash, Cars And A Paul Blart Luggage Set

April 30, 2015 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (2)

Big events and busy weekends for Vegas are on the way. Events like this weekendís 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 elseís dime really is the best way to do Vegas.

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Closed Circuit Viewing Access Available For Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

April 23, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | Comments (25)

In Las Vegas, itís 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 thereís real demand here. Maybe, this is more than just PR hype.

Where thereís 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 wasnít 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 Minaís 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.

Iíve 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. Itís classy and refined. Me? Not so much. Shake Shack is more my scene. But, when I'm given the chance to try something new, Iím 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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