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Casinos make the majority of their money from high rollers. We're talking gamblers in the casino, not the people that like to pop $60,000 bottles of champagne in the club. That’s a different segment of the business. We're talking about the men and women that play baccarat for $50,000 per hand.
Casinos go through great lengths to assure the privacy of these players. Some high rollers don't want others to know that they travel halfway across the world to gamble. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Well, the US government is considering a new law to change the privacy laws and casinos are scrambling.
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This week, we know a little more about this concept and are another step closer to its arrival. IGT, creators of Megabucks and Powerbucks, announced separate deals with Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming to link some of their IGT slot machines to Powerbucks jackpots in New Jersey and Nevada.
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Las Vegas is known for 24-hour gambling, Elvis impersonators on every street corner and lots and lots of lights. The Strip features numerous marquees and bright lights that can be seen for miles. The Luxor's beam of light can even be seen from space. So, what does it take for these lights to take a break?
Earth Hour! Taking place around the world, Earth Hour draws attention to environmental issues. Created in 2007 and organized by the WWF (World Wide Fund for nature, not the fake pro wrestlers), the annual event encourages businesses and individuals to turn off non-essential lights for one hour as a commitment to the planet.
We're officially two months out from the opening of The Cromwell and we've been getting a steady stream of info on the casino, the suites, the restaurant from Giada de Laurentiis and the plans for Victor Drai's night and day club extravaganza. Now, we've got a few tidbits on what being a hotel guest gets you at The Cromwell.
· Privacy: The guest elevators at The Cromwell will be keycard access only. So if you're not a guest, you need to be with a guest to get up to the rooms.
· Complimentary coffee and pastries: We already told you about this but the coffee and danishes on the guest floors are a nice perk. It's no nonfat skinny iced mocha with whip but it's coffee and you can walk out in your robe to get it.
Fees / Amenities / Vegas For Beginners / Artisan / The Palms / Caesars Entertainment / MGM Resorts / Total Rewards / → All Tags
An early checkout after a late night on The Strip isn’t the ideal way to conclude a trip to Las Vegas. That’s why we’re really looking forward to trying out Palms' new 24-hour checkout option. But, what if you’re staying elsewhere in Vegas? Fortunately, Palms isn’t the only place in town offering reservation options. Artisan is our favorite, as its check-in and checkout options are some of the most flexible and easy to understand. When reserving your room online, you can choose an early arrival or late checkout, or even opt for both. There’s no begging at the front desk to get in early. And, they’ve eliminated the need for those hung-over morning calls in which you plead for a couple more hours of sleep. It can all be taken care of online, even before you arrive.
Sky Shop, the retail store for The High Roller observation wheel, is packed with its spin on the Vegas souvenir. Over the weekend, this writer was so focused on trying to catalogue all the different wheel-branded merchandise now available that I skipped right over another offering. That is until an employee told me to go back and take some photos of a small grouping of tees.
Why? That's what I wanted to know, too. The worker quickly informed me that the tees were unique because they featured real felt from Caesars Entertainment casinos. Priced at $25, the shirts had tags that stated:
We're not forgetting that dirty about face regarding resort fees, but this is helping us to be slightly ok with them now.
Construction / Openings / The Cromwell / Caesars Entertainment / Drai's Beach Club / Giada's / Bally's / Grand Bazaar Shops / → All Tags
The gaping hole in The Cromwell (almost Gansevoort, formerly Bill's or Barbary Coast depending how far back you want to go) is finally disappearing while Bally's is smoothing things over as it moves toward construction of its Grand Bazaar.
A visit to The Strip and Flamingo on Tuesday found workers still hoisting pieces of The Cromwell into place. The once aging property was completely gutted and is being re-imagined into a "boutique" hotel. On the property's northwest corner, Giada de Laurentiis' second-floor restaurant continues to take shape. Once a cavernous pit, exterior drywall is now up complete with holes for windows, providing passersby with a better idea of the views it will offer. Meantime, on The Cromwell's south-facing facade, black awning is now starting to appear above guestroom windows.
It used to be that no matter how much money you were willing to put down, you couldn’t get a chance to stay in the ultra-luxurious villas and suites many Strip properties reserve for only their highest level whales. Ironically, these rooms were often comped so it really didn’t matter how much money you were willing to part with, you weren’t getting in unless you had the most elite players card.
It now seems to be a trend for properties to open up this experience to anybody who wants to drop the dough. The Mirage recently announced its swanky villas and suites (pictured above), once reserved only for VIPs, are now open to the public for reservation. The accommodations are being touted as “affordable, yet luxurious, escapes” though it remains to be seen what the starting rates for these posh pads are. Hotel representatives have not disclosed these figures.
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In April of 2013, Venetian and Palazzo upped their resort fee, but gave us an out -- the ability to decline it at check-in or check-out. The only caveat was that we'd be charged for services at regular prices if we did end up using them.
The days of being able to say no to that, however, have sadly ended. A front desk agent told us over the weekend that it's no longer an option.
“NOW, WAIT ONE MINUTE!”
We downloaded the new Play by Total Rewards app for iPhone with a little too much excitement. Caesars Entertainment’s old Total Rewards and Total Vegas apps were scrapped last year for a reason. Common sense would lead one to believe that a new app that did everything a user could possibly want would be made. Not so fast.
The two things that we’d want in a casino or players club app are not allowed. We can’t book hotel rooms directly through the app and we can’t use offers through the app, either. When trying to book a room, the app takes you to the mobile version of totalrewards.com where you have to re-enter your Total Rewards information and begin the booking and offer claim process from the beginning. That kind of makes this app useless.
From the desk of Mr. N. Pappagiorgio, gambling updates from The Strip to afar:
☛VegasChatter reader Mark. B. recently tipped us off to upcoming changes to table games at Harrah's. A floor manager there informed him that progressive table game bonuses are going bye-bye. He furthers reports being told all table games will be made like the "Million Dollar 3-Card Poker" already prevalent at Caesars properties.
What this means for gamblers is that
sucker side bets will no longer land a relatively smaller progressive jackpot and instead will fund a larger landfall that has an even unlikelier (yep, it's like that) chance of winning. Mark also points out this change will double the smallest table bets to $10 per hand leaving Casino Royale with the only $5 tables on the Strip.