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Texas Station / Off Strip / Poker Rooms / Poker / Station Casinos / Red Rock Resort / Green Valley Ranch / Aria / Santa Fe Station / Palace Station / Boulder Station / → All Tags
As its name implies, Texas Station is one of the many Station Casinos you'll find spread out around Las Vegas. According to US Poker even though this is the second Station poker room to close this year (Sunset Station is the other) we shouldn’t expect to see moves like this at other sister locations. If Station is your casino in Las Vegas and poker is your game, that means you can still play poker at Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort and Santa Fe Station.
Sure, Texas Hold’em is the game du jour of poker, the focal point of the vast majority of cash games and tournaments, but don’t you sometimes get tired of playing it?
Yeah, this writer too.
Fortunately, if you, like me, prefer to branch out into other forms of poker you do have some other options in Vegas; though, not as much as you may like.
Eating / Dining / Restaurant Week / Restaurants / Fine Dining / Milos / The Cosmopolitan / Aquaknox / Venetian / Prime / Bellagio / Sage / Aria / → All Tags
Las Vegas' Restaurant Week is coming up shortly, and with it a chance for diners to loosen their belts a few notches. A spot out there you've been meaning to try? A dish you've been hearing so much about? Here are just a few of the best spots to make the most of this Restaurant Week now underway through August 28.
One of the best ways a Restaurant Week dining menu can benefit you is by putting a typically expensive restaurant back into your price range. For example, Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan is notoriously expensive, but their $50.14 three-course dinner is an incredible steal. Just the entree of grilled Mediterranean sea bass is knocking on the door of fifty, but with a salmon tartare and their famous grilled octopus as appetizers, this is a deal. A sommelier wine pairing with your courses is $30 more.
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Some poker players like to be recognized for having great skill while others would rather remain anonymous. it looks, however, as if there might be more people in the former category than the latter based on Aria's latest partnership.
Global Poker Index (GPI) has teamed up with the CityCenter resort to recognize its best players. A leaderboard now tracks the performances of the top players in the casino's poker room. GPI is poker’s ranking authority and owner of the world’s largest live poker database, The Hendon Mob. GPI will now track the results of daily tournaments hosted at Aria.
Dining / Michael Mina / BARDOT Brasserie / ARIA / Cafes / Gastropubs / Mixology / American Fish / Closings / Openings / → All Tags
After the announcement that BARDOT Brasserie would be taking the spot of American Fish at Aria, many questions surrounded the motivations behind changing Michael Mina's American gastro-pub concept into a French Brasserie. Even more questions swirled around how it would define itself from others and be a unique concept.
We at VegasChatter were lucky enough to wrangle the celebrity chef for a spare moment to straighten a few things out, and to illuminate the dark corners surrounding this much-anticipated opening.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Off Strip / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / The Strip / FIVE50 / Aria / Sage / Pizza Rock / → All Tags
A common occurrence for Vegas lovers is seeing novice friends going to the same ill-advised spots while ignoring the amazing food scene the city has cultivated. It's as if they do not consult the experience of extremely handsome food critics! In this new series of articles, we bring you two restaurants, both alike in dignity. One will be good, the other, not quite as good as the first.
Pizza places seem to be the go-to for many who are asked the cliched questions regarding dining out on a budget in Vegas. Does that mean no more than $30 a person? Three for a dollar hot dogs? Who knows! Pizza is a fairly good way out of this conversation without being drawn into it like a fly on a monkey. It rarely goes above $20 a head (without drinks), no one really dislikes pizza, yet not all are created equal.
Gambling / Poker / World Series Of Poker / Binion's / Aria / Venetian / → All Tags
The World Series of Poker wound down last week. The nine remaining players in the Main Event (CardsChat.com takes an in-depth look at them here) will return in November to play for $10 million. As the brass at Caesars Entertainment closed the doors to the Amazon room at the Rio convention center, it represented the end of nearly two months of poker nirvana for both amateur and professional players alike –- unless, like this writer, you were quickly shown the door with a meager bankroll and a string of bad luck.
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There will be no shushing here, Aria. The secret is out. What was once City Bar on Aria's casino floor will emerge this fall as Alibi Cocktail Lounge. VegasChatter reader Alexandra K. tipped us off to the news over the weekend and an official media listing went out earlier today.
Construction / Openings / The Strip / Restaurants / Dining / Chili's / Hawaiian Marketplace / Aria / → All Tags
We first told you the news back in November. The chain restaurant, currently taking over more than 8,600 square feet at the strip mall, will boast an outdoor balcony when complete. Our @sammasseur captured new images of the construction over the weekend.
Closings / Drinking / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Aria / City Bar / American Fish / Michael Mina / Bardot Brasserie / → All Tags
On the center Strip, Aria is preparing to close both a bar and a restaurant. To come? Another restaurant and -- maybe -- another bar.
City Bar, the drinking spot you walk by to get to the casino, a restaurant, Zarkana, or your hotel room, will close this Sunday, June 22. We're told a new concept will be announced in the coming weeks. Rumor has it a new lounge is on the way. We couldn't confirm that, but we'll pretend to be surprised when we see the announcement.
Poker / World Series of Poker / WSOP / Rio Las Vegas / Aria / Venetian / Wynn / Hotel Rates / Room Rates / Survival Strategies / Tips / → All Tags
May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.
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Bottle service poolside is nothing new in Vegas, but usually those bottles aren't filled with wine.
Aria, however, is making sure there are no sour grapes with its pool guests and is now offering a poolside vino service. Order a bottle and have it delivered straight to your lounger. To combat the heat, the wine is presented in a carafe cradled in an eight-inch block of ice.