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Not All Games Award Players Club Points Equally, Or At All

November 20, 2014 at 2:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

We read the players club websites and brochures and usually have a good idea of how to earn points with a players club card. The information is spelled out in black and white. Unfortunately, things are always changing in the casino world and don’t make it online or into the brochures.

Take the video roulette game pictured above, for example. In some casinos, you may be able to earn players club points for the money you load into this game. In most casinos, including Boyd Gaming properties, you won’t. When this video roulette game was introduced, some players decided to try and game the comp system. Casinos pay attention and change the rules on the fly to counteract any weaknesses. Since these protective moves can be seen negatively by customers, they may not promote something like this prominently on their website or brochures. They’ll just leave stickers on the machine.

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Inside a Parlour Suite at The Cromwell

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
November 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM | by | Comments (8)

The other week, HotelChatter showed off a different kind of jackpot in Las Vegas -- the deep soaking tub inside a Parlour Suite at The Cromwell. The rest of the suite isn't too shabby, either.

The room decor at The Cromwell is eclectically detailed, mixing a lot of modern with a bit of faux-vintage items. HotelChatter was impressed with luxury touches like the welcome beverages that are given to all guests (including sangria), the high-tech Toto Neorest toilet (the seat lid rises to "greet" you), the Eataly snacks in the pantry, and the flat iron in the vanity.

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Layoffs For Caesars, Ultimate Gaming Calls It Quits, And More

November 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM | by | Comments (11)

Harrah's New Orleans.

With talk of a January bankruptcy filing, being almost out of cash, and raising the resort fees of six of its properties, Caesars Entertainment wins the award for being in the news this week for all the wrong reasons.

As we cash out for the weekend, here are more headlines on Caesars as well as a look at what else is making news in Las Vegas:

Caesars layoffs to be ‘spread out evenly’ among properties, won’t exceed 680 workers (Vegas Inc.)
One Reason Caesars Entertainment (CZR) Stock Continues to Spike Today (The Street)
Caesars Entertainment's Bankruptcy Deal: Is This a Scam? (The Motley Fool)
Nevada’s 1st online poker company, Ultimate Gaming, shutting down (Vegas Inc.)
Las Vegas tourism officials see more visitors, money (Las Vegas Sun)
Uber’s legal case against Las Vegas’ uber-powerful taxicab industry (Las Vegas Sun)

(PHOTO: Juliana S.)

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Sirio Closing, Maloof Family Linked To NHL Bid, And More

November 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

Aria isn't done shaking things up on the verge of its fifth anniversary.

The resort has announced that Sirio Ristorante (pictured above) will close December 6. The promenade-level restaurant will be replaced with another, as-yet-unannounced dining destination. The Italian restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. if you'd like to experience it all over again, or for the first time, before its final service. To check out the other changes happening around the resort, click here and scroll through our Aria archives.

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Caesars Entertainment Enacts One-Price-Fits-All Resort Fee

Where: 89109
November 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (49)

What a difference a year makes. After a shocking reversal on resort fees in 2013, Caesars Entertainment is now hiking the charges at six of its Vegas properties, instituting the same flat rate at all its Strip resorts.

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Don’t Let Poker Rooms Rake You Over the Coals

September 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (3)

Poker professionals call it the cost of doing business. For amateurs, it can be the difference between a slight win and a slight loss. Of what do we speak? Rake, of course.

If you’ve spent any time in Las Vegas poker rooms, you’ve seen dealers collect money out of each pot, usually 10 percent, capped at $4 or $5. To put this in quick context of how it affects your bottom line, consider playing two pots heads-up against one other player in a room that takes $5 out of each pot. In both pots, $100 goes into the middle and each of you win one pot. Although, in theory, you’ve broken even, in effect each of you has lost $5 due to the rake.

Fortunately, with enough of a skill edge you can overcome poker room rake to be a long-term winning player.

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2014 PRIDE To Be Sleeker, 'Kinky'-er

August 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.

If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).

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Online Gambling Continues Its Slow Grind

August 18, 2014 at 6:52 PM | by | Comments (3)

It's not news to say the "legal" reemergence of online gambling is off to a slow start. We've said it before and this gambler hopes it picks up sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if online gambling will pick up drastically in the near future. While Nevada and Delaware have an agreement to pool online poker games, New Jersey has yet to come on board. The Garden State isn’t the be-all end-all for online poker's continued growth, but its addition would certainly help.

There were hopes California would be the next state to legalize online poker, but that won’t happen this year as a bill aiming to do so was shelved. Supported by Senator Lou Correa, the lawmaker won't be returning to the California senate in 2015 so the bill's future is uncertain. While California recently marked the launch of PrivateTable.com, a real-money online poker site, it's run by a Native American tribe, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, and likely won't link with any existing poker rooms in Nevada, or elsewhere.

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Does Caesars' Best Rate Guarantee Actually Work For Anyone?

July 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (17)

We all love Vegas, but that's not to say that some things don't get under our skin. That's why we created Vegas Rants to let you get it all off your chest, heave a big sigh and move on to the next fun thing.

Best rate guarantees aren't anything new for the hospitality world. But, when they're offered, you pretty much expect them to work as implied. Finding there are strings attached isn't unexpected, either. Finding there are so many strings that it becomes impossible to secure the cheaper rate, however, almost makes you want to unpack your bags and call the whole trip off. This is the frustration recently experienced by VegasChatter fan Joe M. who found the only thing guaranteed by Caesars Entertainment's Best Rate Guarantee program was a headache.

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Have You Discovered Online Check-In At Flamingo?

Where: 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 16, 2014 at 6:58 PM | by | Comments (4)

We don’t ask for much when it comes to Las Vegas besides an amazingly memorable experience. This writer used to have an iPod playlist made specifically for final descent into McCarran Airport. My first thought upon landing was that it was time to get busy.

When thinking about different ways technology could improve a hotel stay in Las Vegas, the first thing on my wish list was mobile check-in. After grabbing a Red Eye from Starbucks at the airport and a cocktail at the hotel, there’s nothing worse than spending 45 minutes in line to check-in. It looks as if Caesars Entertainment has heard our plea for speediness. A friend received the following email before checking into Flamingo last week:

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Property-Wide WiFi Coming To The Linq Hotel (That's The New Quad)

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
July 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (4)

A couple of weeks ago, the a long-rumored change in hotel names came true for The Quad which will become The Linq Hotel as of October 30. Hidden deep in the press release was the fact the renamed hotel-casino would have free, property-wide WiFi. That includes all common areas, hotel rooms and on the gaming floor. Everywhere. The Linq mall promenade already has free WiFi so this will allow guests to stay connected seamlessly between the two.

The Linq Hotel will be the first Caesars Entertainment hotel in Las Vegas to offer free property-wide WiFi. Back in February, we reported that Caesars would be rolling out free WiFi for all its properties throughout the year.

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Vegas Resorts Prepare For Overturn Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

July 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (4)

Las Vegas has been long known as the wedding capital of the world. With marriage licenses extremely easy to get (bringing a completed short form to the Clark County Marriage Bureau can get you a license within minutes), dashing to Sin City to tie the knot is an institution. But, with marriage rates dropping nationwide and campy Elvis-style ceremonies falling out of fashion, Vegas weddings may have peaked. By this fall, however, that could change.

You may have noticed an increase in the number of times we’ve mentioned the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer) community here in recent months. A new focus by hotel executives has resulted in LGBTQ-themed nightclub events, pool parties and social mixers, annual Pride and GayDays events, and Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino. And yet, Las Vegas is still playing catch-up to the rest of the country on the issue of same-sex marriage. (Note: the term "gay marriage" is largely frowned upon within the LGBTQ community as it reinforces inequality and separatism.)

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