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Confirmed: Excalibur and Circus Circus Have Raised Their Resort Fees

July 13, 2015 at 6:10 PM | by | ()

When it comes to resort fees, we hate being right. But those rumors that we told you about Excalibur and Circus Circus raising their resort fees are now true.

A tipster emailed us to say that Excalibur officially bumped up their resort fee to $28 a night tax-inclusive, while Circus Circus raised their fee to $20 a night. With taxes, that's about $22.40

Keep in mind that room rates for Circus are currently being advertised for $26 a night. On Sunday, rooms are just $34. Excalibur on the other hand is going for $29 on Wednesday night. #Insane

So, what are you getting for your resort fee increases? Well...

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At Last, These Pedestrian Bridges Will Get an Upgrade

July 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Good news for those who walk the Strip a lot. The four pedestrian bridges at MGM Grand, New York-New York, Excalibur and Tropicana will get an estimated $26 million in upgrades, starting early next year. The LVRJ reports:

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., working with Jacobs as engineer and Studio West as architect, will replace 16 escalators, four at each corner, with state-of-the-art equipment, while installing low-energy glass and air-conditioning units to the elevators. Aesthetic improvements call for placing new tempered glass wind screens and polished aluminum panel cladding along all four bridges.

The escalator work is long overdue, but will the bridges have power outlets? We'll find out when the upgrades are completed in 2017, after the opening of the MGM-AEG arena. Uhhh...yeah that's going to be a pain.

Meanwhile, we still need more pedestrian bridges elsewhere on the Strip, especially at The Linq, crossing over to Caesars Palace. That curb is always overflowing with people who just drank too much stepped out of Margaritaville. Just our two cents.

[Photo: Greg C./VegasChatter]

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Another Round of Resort Fee Increases May Hit The Strip

June 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM | by | ()

Looks like our 2015 Guide to Las Vegas Resort Fees will need to be updated...again.

Two of the lower-end resorts within the MGM Resorts portfolio must think of themselves as rather high-end, at least when it comes to charging resort fees. Yup, you might want to sit down for this one.

Sources say Circus Circus is upping their resort fee from $15 to $20 a night, plus tax ($22.40.) Currently, the Circus Circus site is advertising $26 room rates with $150 coupon savings book to be used for dining, retail outlets, The Adventuredome and "more!"

The Excalibur is also planning on increasing its resort fee from $20 to $25 plus tax. Room rates at the hotel start at $159 a night next weekend. And we thought paying $25 at the Wynn sucked. Paying $25 for a resort known for its dated castle turrets and male dancers will suck even more.

But what's especially egregious--if these increases do go into effect--is that MGM Resorts just made increases to these two properties in December!!! Seriously, how is this rampant and random raising of resort fees still legal?

There is some good news here and that is that the resort fee hikes are not in effect right now. So you will continue pay $15 and $20 respectively at Circus and Excalibur. Reservations through at least October are also using the existing $15/$20 resort fees for the hotel. But you know how it goes with resort fees in Vegas--they can hike 'em up anytime.

And that's not all!

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Closed Circuit Viewing Access Available For Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

April 23, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | ()

In Las Vegas, it’s sometimes difficult to differentiate between PR hype and actual demand that deserves the hype. Before tickets for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight went on sale, it was easy to think that the hype was just hype. Even with a minimum ticket price of $1,500, the fight sold out in one minute. Tickets immediately hit StubHub at a minimum of $5,000. Okay, maybe there’s real demand here. Maybe, this is more than just PR hype.

Where there’s a real sign of demand is in the closed circuit viewing parties. Previous big fights were limited to a handful of viewing locations at different MGM Resorts hotels for under $100 per person. Demand to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is so high, MGM Resorts is charging much more and making the fight available in more places than normal.

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The D Next To Defend 'The Caveman'

Where: 89101
March 9, 2015 at 12:11 PM | by | ()

After promising to be back in February and failing, Defending the Caveman is finally laying its spear down in Downtown Vegas. The one-man show lost its home at Harrah's in January on the cusp of its four-year anniversary at the Strip hotel.

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Shake Shack Is Money And Other Interesting Notes From MGM Resorts

February 19, 2015 at 12:56 PM | by | ()

In our book, MGM Resorts' quarterly earnings call is a must listen. Beyond a reciting of dollars and cents, it's always filled with fascinating insight into what's really popping for the gaming company, and what's on the horizon. Here's what we learned from the latest call that took place earlier this week:

Shake Shack is so money: Everybody knows cult burger fave Shack Shack opened at New York-New York late December. You may have even stopped in by now. What you probably don't know is the Las Vegas location is "already the highest-grossing Shack Shack in the portfolio's history, second only to Times Square."

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Poker Dollars

February 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | ()

There are many factors you should consider when deciding where to play poker during your time in Vegas, such as what games and stakes are offered, how much you receive per hour in comp dollars, tournament offerings, the level of competition, and so on.

Another factor that should not be overlooked is what promotions a given room offers and how much value you are likely to get out of those promotions. Most poker rooms in town offer some sort of incentive for players in the form of high hand bonuses, bad beat jackpots, "aces cracked" bonuses, or hours-based free rolls. What many people don't realize is that the house isn't giving away free money with these promotions, they are simply taking money that players have contributed to a fund and giving it back out in the form of a bonus.

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Two Casinos With Very Different $5 Blackjack On The Strip

February 5, 2015 at 1:36 PM | by | ()

If you’ve been on the Vegas Strip anytime in the past year or so there’s a good chance you’ve seen that New York-New York has at least one $5 blackjack table open throughout the day. If things get busy, they’ll open a second. It’s more difficult every day to be a low roller on the Vegas Strip so any $5 game is a welcome sight for many. These tables are almost always packed with people waiting to get on them.

Unfortunately, these aren’t the games for those looking for low-rolling blackjack with good odds. You’re paid 6:5 when you are dealt blackjack, making returns on this game about three times worse than a traditional game that pays 3:2. You won’t find many games on the Vegas Strip that are under $15 or $25 that pay 3:2. Howevuh, if you're at New York-New York, you’re across the street from one of the best blackjack games on the Strip.

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Cashing In On Super Sunday Poker Promotions

January 29, 2015 at 7:51 PM | by | ()

There are a plethora of ways to spend Super Sunday in Vegas, most of which we've detailed in our Big Game Party Guide, but another way to enjoy the game is at one of the many poker rooms that are offering special promotions for the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at some of the goings-on around town this Sunday, February 1:


The festivities at Excalibur get running four hours prior to kick-off. All cash game players will earn raffle tickets that will be used for various drawings during the event. Every field goal will be worth $50, touchdowns will be worth $100, and a safety will reward a lucky winner with $400. One hundred bucks will be given away at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters, and $200 will be rewarded at the end of the 4th quarter. Should the game go into overtime, there will be a drawing for $300. Players can earn addition drawing tickets at the beginning of each quarter during the game.

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Another Take On Excalibur's Buffet Revamp

Where: 89109
January 27, 2015 at 6:44 PM | by | ()

Earlier this month, our @sammasseur dished his first thoughts on the Excalibur's remodeled buffet after a breakfast visit. So, we wondered what another 'Chatter writer would think after dropping in a few weeks later for dinner service. Our Mitchell Wilburn reports back from the land of all-you-can-eat:

As the long march to a utopian food society continues, one by one buffets are receiving an update. It started with top dog, Wicked Spoon, and the trend continued with Bacchanal Buffet, The Buffet at Aria, so on.. and so on. Now, even Excalibur is getting into the game with a top-down total overhaul.

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Dishing Our Thoughts On Excalibur's New Breakfast Buffet

Where: 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 9, 2015 at 1:32 PM | by | ()

In the past few years, Strip casino buffets have separated themselves into two distinct categories: 1) so pricey they may as well be fine dining establishments, or 2) affordable, but with the likelihood of spoiling your appetite. Excalibur’s infamously awful Round Table Buffet once fit squarely into the latter category, but a pricey three-month renovation (along with a generic renaming) revealed an entirely new dining experience last month. Is The Buffet at Excalibur worth a visit to the Castle?

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Food Court At Caesars, Buffet At Excalibur Return After Renovations

December 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | ()

The first in a series of openings that will bring seven new dining venues to the Strip before year's end has begun.

Today, the Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace returned after a months-long renovation which gifts hungry patrons with five new eateries.

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