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Changes At Caesars: New Sportsbook Bar And Food Court Renovations

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM | by | Comments (6)

Construction walls surround the former Cypress Street Marketplace at Caesars.

Caesars Palace, the sprawling compound that it is, has gotten a sports book facelift and is undergoing renovations to its food court, previously known as Cypress Street Marketplace. The former food court always had steady traffic and especially long lines whenever this writer wanted to pop in for her beloved BBQ pork sandwiches, mac & cheese and creamed spinach at the Bar BQ outpost.

Granted Mesa Grill, Rao’s and Nobu are also at Caesars and clearly in a different class, but the various Cypress Street offerings were solid food court options for those with less time or a smaller budget.

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Three New Gambling Shows Hitting TV This Week

September 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

Watching television doesn’t get much better than when we get to see Vegas on TV. Ok, we may be a little biased, but you'll probably agree, regardless! We may not, specifically, get Vegas on TV this week, but we’ll be getting something pretty close.

One of the first things anyone thinks about when he or she ponders Las Vegas are the casinos. Second after that would probably be gambling. This week, we get a few new shows featuring both on the Discovery Channel. “Hustling the House”, “Casino Secrets” and “Poker Underground” are all set to debut this Wednesday, September 10. Each will offer something different and have a hint of Vegas even if they don't take place here. Here’s a breakdown of each show as per Discovery:

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A Casino Extortion Plot Is Headed To The Big Screen

August 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hollywood may have promised the third dip in the Hangover pool would be the last, but don't presume that means director Todd Phillips isn't against dragging the wolfpack back into the desert. No, Hangover 4 hasn't been greenlit (yet), but Phillips is teaming up with that jungle cat Bradley Cooper again.

According to The Wrap, Phillips and Cooper are joining forces to direct and produce, respectively, a movie retelling the 1980 extortion plot at Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino (now known as Harvey's Lake Tahoe).

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The Rise Of The Smaller Casino

August 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (4)

Casino openings in Las Vegas are a blast. There are so many new things to do, see and touch. With every new property opening we see the entire hotel and casino concept evolve. Operators follow the money so it's no surprise to see the spread of smaller casinos. When The Cromwell opened earlier this year, few were surprised to see the low-rollin' property become a nightclub that also had an intimate hotel and casino.

It's not news when we say the majority of revenue on the Vegas Strip has been coming from non-gaming outlets. Last year, when Sam Nazarian spoke about his now open SLS Las Vegas, his goal was to reap 70% of its revenue from non-gaming sources. When it was revealed SLS would open with nine restaurants and three clubs it wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone.

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You Can Turn The Heat Up At The Craps Table, But Should You?

August 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM | by | Comments (13)

If you’re not a craps player, you’ve probably walked by the table in a casino and witnessed the hooting and hollering that make the game so much fun. Some play it for the excitement, others do so for the relatively small house advantage and many do it for both.

If you’re an experienced craps player, you probably play a certain way based on the game's original bets. With the introduction of 6:5 blackjack a few years ago, casino operators have been adding side bets to find a way to make more money off the game. Fire bets aren't new, but really seem to be picking up steam in Las Vegas casinos of late. “Lemme get a YO!” used to be the phrase you heard most by craps players. Now, we're starting to hear “Let's get some FIYUH” a lot at the tables.

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A Timeline For Harrah's New Food Hall, Casino Bar

Where: 89109
August 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

The newest changes at Harrah's will arrive sooner than you might have guessed.

Earlier this week, we told you about the new food hall and casino bar that were under construction; last night, VegasChatter reader Jeff C. filled us in on just when to expect them.

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What Kind Of Gambler Are You?

July 30, 2014 at 4:54 PM | by | Comments (15)

Generally, there are two types of gamblers. There are the serious gamblers who will only play casino games where they have an advantage on the casino or minimal disadvantage. There are also casual gamblers who come to Las Vegas for a good time and don’t really care about the house edge. They just want to have fun. While not adversarial, the two types of gamblers don’t always understand how the other thinks.

Casual gamblers are simply in the casino for entertainment. The money they are risking at casino games is thought of similarly to the budget they’d use for dinner and a show, for example. Gambling is their way of having a good time. Instead of a good meal and Celine, they’ll find fun at 3 card poker or another game with a relatively large house edge for the casino. The fun gambler may even head over to a bar and play the worst odds video poker games anyone will find just so they have a closer proximity to drinks.

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The SLS Las Vegas Casino Looks Like It Will Live Up To Its Promises

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM | by | Comments (14)

SLS Las Vegas opens in a month on August 23 and this gambler gets more and more excited with each bit of news he hears about the casino. And, now I'm hearing SLS could have the most player friendly gaming on The Strip!

Last May when SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) shared that it wouldn’t open with a poker room (execs will reconsider if there is demand) or a traditional sportsbook, I was slightly concerned about the kind of gaming that might be offered. A combination sportsbook-slash-restaurant sounds like a very modern way to extract revenue as opposed to offering an amenity to guests.

Earlier this year, however, promising details were revealed about the SLS Las Vegas casino itself. I became cautiously optimistic given the tagline, "generous pay tables you love." When details were revealed on Bazaar Casino (an evenings only gaming concept), I was pleased to learn there would be some very playable blackjack games available.

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What Would You Do With A $100 Gambling Budget?

July 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (28)

When we looked at the average Las Vegas visitor, a few things that stood out. Some commenters were surprised so many people (15%) still book Las Vegas visits through travel agents while other commenters were surprised that some visitors (13%) had a gambling budget between $0 and $99. Today's average Las Vegas visitor isn't quite the same as we remember from Vegas Vacation.

People reached out directly to discuss the subject of gambling budgets since I’m a gambler. According to research by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 80% of visitors who gamble do so on the Vegas Strip. Those people may not be spending as much money on gambling as they did 30 years ago, but they’re making their gambling budgets last all day. The report indicates 54% of those gamblers play slot machines and the Vegas Strip might not be the best place to get the most bang for their buck.

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The Numbers Behind The Average Casino Customer

July 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (9)

Every business wants to know who their customers are. Made up of casinos, game manufacturers, suppliers and others, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is one of the leading voices of the commercial casino industry. Each year, AGA surveys casino customers to see who's visiting and what they're doing. Unlike the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority (LVCVA), the AGA works with casinos across all the United States. Here are some random facts about the people who visit casinos:

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Is A British-Themed Casino Coming To The Vegas Strip?

June 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (8)

It was good for a chuckle, but a Daily Mirror article stating that the first English-themed gaming resort was headed to the Strip is more fiction than fact. The Mirror is well-known as a tabloid overseas. Type "is the Daily Mirror" into Google and the site will suggest the word "reliable" to complete your search.

Still, it was an enjoyable read, if better suited for the Onion. The Mirror's fantasy casino was dubbed Ye Olde England Casino and touted over-the-top kitsch as its main draw:

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Casino Games Going Away

May 23, 2014 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (6)

We can see with our own eyes that the casino floor has changed a lot over the past 20 years, but now we have specific documentation as to how. What goes up, must come down and that is true for more than our bankroll. (sigh)

Casinos expanded almost every year from the 60s until the mid-2000s. Now, the action on the floor is shrinking as the focus falls to adding pedestrian-friendly new restaurants or easy-to-grab, overpriced cups of coffee. Here's how casino floors have evolved throughout Nevada over the past 20 years (from 1994) according to UNLV's Center For Gaming Research:

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