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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.
Resort Fees / Venetian / Palazzo / Treasure Island / Total Rewards / Caesars Entertainment / → All Tags
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.
Last year at this time, Caesars Entertainment confirmed some major changes to its Total Rewards players club. Nobody was particularly happy with the largest players club in America. At the same time, people rolled with the punches as benefits continue to decrease at all players clubs. While the changes required more points to reach higher tier levels, they also brought bonus credits:
*Earn 500 Tier Credits in one day and receive an additional 125 Tier Credit bonus
*Earn 1,000 Tier Credits in one day and receive an additional 1,000 Tier Credit bonus
*Earn 2,500 Tier Credits in one day and receive an additional 5,000 Tier Credit bonus
VegasChatter Awards / VegasChatter 2013 Awards / Gansevoort Las Vegas / Caesars Entertainment / Goretorium / Eli Roth / → All Tags
It's time for the fourth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin to bring you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2013 -- the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling.
In Vegas, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see a lot of things coming. For every grand opening, there's a very predictable grand closing just off in the wings. Some things are announced and you just know there is no way in H-E-double hockey sticks they are going to become reality. But, the biggest Vegas surprise of 2013 was a true shocker, happening out of the blue and over a weekend, no less.
WSOP.com, Nevada’s second real-money online poker site to launch this year, is just over two months old. Competitor Ultimate Poker got a five-month head start by getting cards in the air, so to speak, back in April. Its launch was a bit subdued and relied on in-house advertising resources. WSOP.com, owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, is taking a more explosive approach in trying to sign up new players and take control of the online poker market. If you have a Total Rewards account, step foot in a Caesars hotel room, or even watch TV in the state of Nevada, Caesars is going to let you know about WSOP.com.
Online, Caesars is promoting WSOP.com through many of its own websites. WSOP.com staff are reaching out to gamblers elsewhere on the web and regularly post on poker message boards. Additionally, WSOP.com targets existing Total Rewards members with a rewards system that connects to their accounts. Although the levels don’t match up exactly, it is possible to advance your casino status through online play and vice versa. Credits earned online can also be converted to credits for use at Caesars properties.
Total Rewards is the largest casino players club and has taken steps to, possibly, be the best. Their algorithms may be confusing and the rewards may not entirely make sense, but they do make it easy to earn and keep reward credits.
Total Rewards credits expire after six months of inactivity so you'll have to visit a Caesars property every six months to keep your points alive. Well, you used to have to visit a Caesars property. Total Rewards now has a few ways to earn Reward Credits (not Tier Credits) to keep your account active without stepping into a casino. It's a nice perk for people that can't make it to Las Vegas as often as they'd like.
Earlier this year, Caesars introduced a new Total Rewards credit card that offers many benefits including a Platinum Total Rewards upgrade along with Reward Credits, a Buffet o' Buffet pass and more. One of the sneaky benefits of the Total Rewards credit card can be found when browsing the Frequently Asked Questions page.
On Monday, Day 1 of the final table of the World Series of Poker took almost 10 hours to go from the November 9 to the November 2. The WSOP final last night was a heads up showdown between 23 year old poker pro Ryan Riess and 29-year-old Las Vegas club promoter Jay Farber. The last two players went heads up for almost 3 hours until Ryan Riess came out WSOP Champion. He’ll take home a prize of over $8 million dollars and a $500,000 gold bracelet. Jay Farber, who rocked a Hakkasan lid during both nights of the final table, will receive over $5 million as runner up. Not too shabby.
Ryan Riess, from East Lansing, Michigan, becomes the sixth consecutive player under the age of 25 to capture poker’s top crown. He also becomes the sixth consecutive poker professional to win the title. Michigan seems to be a hotbed of poker stars as this is the third time a player from Michigan has won the event, the most recent being Joe Cada of Shelby Township in 2009. Poker Hall of Famer and Grand Rapid’s Tom McEvoy was first to accomplish the feat in 1983.