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Accidents / Shows / Cirque du Soleil / Zarkana / Aria / → All Tags
Cirque du Soleil suffered another serious mishap during a performance over the weekend. This time, theater-goers at Zarkana saw one of the performers in the "Wheel of Death" act slip and fall. According to Zarkana's Facebook update, the show was halted and the artist was transported to UMC where he was in stable condition. He was expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days.
For those unfamiliar, the Wheel of Death is a giant set of spinning wheels from which the performers jump off.. jump on.. and do other death-defying acts. The wheels are also featured in KA, and can make a nervous audience member very uncomfortable.
When you take a stroll around CityCenter the word modern likely comes to the forefront of your thinking. From the ridiculously cool architecture inside Crystals to the leaning Veer Towers, MGM's newest property looks like something grabbed from the year 3000.
But, there's one modern marvel just outside Aria that's worth not only visiting, but taking an extra long moment to enjoy.
Slot Machines / Megabucks / Aria / IGT / Bally Technologies / → All Tags
Nevada doesnít have a state lottery. The casinos are good enough.
Well, at least thatís what they tell us. The Megabucks slot machines are essentially a statewide lottery in the form that pleases casinos. The jackpots for Megabucks are linked through those same machines in casinos throughout Nevada in order to build up potential winnings. The casinos win by making the returns on these game lower than most other machines on the floor. The players win by having a chance to hit big dollar jackpots. It seems to happen pretty often in Las Vegas - specifically at Aria.
Now that there is casino gambling in almost every state in America, some slot machine manufacturers are thinking it may be time to connect other jackpots. Slot machine manufacturers IGT and Bally Technologies petitioned the Nevada Gaming Control Board to link their slot machine jackpots to other states with those machines. This would potentially produce, huge multi-million dollar jackpots! If Megabucks is like a state lottery this would be like having a Megamillions-type slot machine.
The other month, we went inside a two-story Sky Villa penthouse at Aria which wowed us with its four bedrooms, full kitchen, private workout room, private salon and killer views all around.
Now, we're showing you another Sky Villa luxury suite, but one that's a little less baller with "only" two bedrooms. But, the killer views remain, as does a full kitchen, a huge living room, a sexy soaking tub and a billiards table. Calling Prince Harry's naked bum!
The other week we asked if you could tell where this penthouse living room was found and ding, ding, ding! Commenter @MarkDC knew the answer right away. It's a penthouse sky villa at the top of ARIA's Sky Suites:
It is an Aria Sky Villa and the picture was taken from the top of the stairway (you can see the handrail in the lower left corner). It is beautiful and even has it's own in-suite elevator for those who can't take the stairs. The master bedroom is bigger than most suites I've stayed in. They are located on the top two or three floors of the Aria Skysuites. How'd I do?
Took a tour of one two years ago as part of Junior Achievement's Charity event "Holiday Suites" they have annually, tours of 6 high roller suites over an 8 hour period with wine and apps at each location and a limo to take you form place to place $100 ticket. 3rd annual will be Dec 14th. Is it OK to plug them here? You should do a story on in! If I didn't get it right, I'll be crushed...
For those of you who won't be participating in that holiday charity event this year, we went inside the sky villa penthouse. The seriously sweet suite features three bedrooms, a private salon, a fitness center and a full kitchen and bar. There's an even a smaller living room at the top of the second floor, right next to the salon (hair not gaming). Not to mention there are tons of windows everywhere with killer views of Vegas. Yes, sh*t be cray.
Wanna check this off your bucket list? Rates start at $3,500 a night. Call 877.580.2742 to book.
We've spent many a
drunken night shouting to the world that we'd like to share the night with a singer in a smokey room, a smell of wine and cheap perfume. But, not all Las Vegas visitors want to go on and on and on and on when that room is a casino. One VegasChatter reader reached out to ask where some will win and some will lose without being overwhelmed by cigarettes:
Are there any casinos on the Strip that have smoke free casinos, or at least part of their casino floor as smoke free? I love Vegas, love the casinos, but I can't stand all the smoke!
Vegas Virgins / Mandalay Bay / Luxor / Excalibur / Sherwood Forest Bar / Pure / Tropicana / MGM Grand / Carnaval Court / Aria / → All Tags
We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another of VegasChatter's writers, who pens stories under Jproz, to tell us about his.
My first visit to Vegas was doomed to be an absolute gong show and disaster from the minute we departed! First off, this trip was orchestrated as my birthday celebration and involved about 14 people. We found a discounted trip out of an airport about 4.5 hours from home and decided to take it. (Home is Canada.) The problem was that the flight left at 6 a.m. so midnight found us all piling into cars and fleeing from our better judgement. Oh, and did I mention we were all virgins?
Boxing / Aria / Mandalay Bay / The Mirage / Monte Carlo / New York-New York / MGM Grand / Grand Garden Arena / Planet Hollywood / Blondies / → All Tags
Boxing and Las Vegas have had a connection for years. Almost every big fight in boxing's recent history has taken place in Las Vegas. That tradition continues on September 14 when Floyd Mayweather takes on Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. This is the most anticipated boxing match in a few years and tickets sold out quickly. Unlike most sports, you can't just walk into a casino sportsbook and watch a fight (boxing or UFC) for free. Matches are only shown at a few select places. This changes depending on the fight and is always a question we get in the weeks leading up to the face-off:
"Where on the strip would Vegas Chatter recommend as a place to go to watch the big fight next month?" -- Eric S.
Vegas News / Openings / Closings / Aria / Papillon / Hour Passion / USA Sevens / Echo and Rig / Tivoli Village / Sugar Factory / Town Square / FIZZ Las Vegas / Caesars Palace / → All Tags
The Vegas PR machine is furiously churning today, firing out a slew of press announcements. Here's what you need to know:
●Remember two weeks ago when we told you Aria's handbag shop, Papillon, had closed? That's now press release official. Aria says Hour Passion, a watch boutique by the Swatch Group, will open this fall in its place.
Vegas Scaffolding Chatter / Construction / New York-New York / Monte Carlo / Golden Gate / Binion's / PRESS / Four Seasons / Free WiFi / Aria / Papillon / Slotzilla / Oscar's / King's Ransom / → All Tags
We joke that VegasChatter has become more like Vegas(Scaffolding)Chatter, but it's one of those yuks where you sort of grimace and shake your head as you say it. So, it's probably no surprise that seven of these eight updates involve, you guessed it, construction. Here's the latest news you can use (or not) from Las Vegas Boulevard to Fremont Street. The plus side is, no hard hat is required!
1. Work It Out For Free
We've been so focused on the tasty bites, yummy drinks and comfy outdoor patio of Four Seasons' new lobby bar, PRESS -- and with good reason, we might add -- that we failed to notice the sweet workstation set-up inside.
Drinking / FIVE50 / Aria / Pizza / Beer / Happy Hours / → All Tags
The extensive craft beer menu puts the bar in Pizza Bar, but it's the mysterious Happy Hour that often gets feet in the door. Before we pull back the curtain on this particular Happy Hour, let's talk numbers.
Drinking / Aria / Flamingo / Mandalay Bay / The D Hotel / Encore / Margaritaville Casino / El Cortez / Red Rock Resort / Palazzo / Drink Service / Vegas Observations / → All Tags
Besides friends -- new and old -- and good times, there's one thing that goes with a gambling session in the casino and that's a decent drink. Or, five. Recent sessions have reminded us that size matters when it comes to drink service. Bigger isn't always better. In fact, bigger usually isn't better when it comes to having a few cold ones.
Playing blackjack at Mandalay Bay†recently reminded us how big that casino actually is. It struck us for two reasons: 1) It took us a while to find an open table with rules and minimums that fit the bill (3:2, $15) and 2) it took forever to get a drink. The slow drink service wasn't entirely the cocktail waitress' fault. She was the only waitress for a busy pit of tables. These things happen. It was a good thing that we just finished dinner with bottomless wine (!) at Charlie Palmer Steak and didn't really need more drinks.