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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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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.
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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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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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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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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The first in a series of openings that will bring seven new dining venues to the Strip before year's end has begun.
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Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:
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PlayStudios, known for its MyVEGAS Slots app and Facebook game, has announced the launch of its newest product, MyVEGAS Blackjack. MyVEGAS Blackjack is an entirely new and separate app from MyVEGAS Slots and is free to download and play on iOS and Android devices. Much like the MyVEGAS Slots app, you can sync your points between MyVEGAS Slots, MyVEGAS Facebook and MyVEGAS Blackjack.
The newest offering provides core table games players with the chance to earn real world casino, restaurant and entertainment rewards while enjoying a familiar blackjack experience. With the launch of MyVEGAS Blackjack, PlayStudios hopes to capture an entirely new segment of the gaming market. Blackjack players tend to skew male while slot machine players tend to be female.
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We know. You're probably meeting this news with a shrug, a "who cares," or an "it's okay if it never comes back." But, if you did enjoy Excalibur's buffet for what it was, or as a MyVEGAS freebie, just know that change will be a long time coming.
The hotel has announced that a remodeling, which called for the closure of the buffet on September 2, will last into the New Year. A revamped gorge-fest is expected to debut in January. We asked for details, but reps say there are none
they are ready to provide at this time.
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VegasChatter fan Sharon C. tipped us off to the news of a remodel earlier today. According to Excalibur's Twitter feed, a renovation project will close the
overly exuberantly themed space beginning September 2. The property will offer a "special breakfast set-up at The STEAKHOUSE at Camelot in the mean time."
Men at work.
fantasized wondered about what went on in the dressing room at Thunder from Down Under at Excalibur and thanks to Magic Mike we got a pretty good idea of what that might be. But as it turns out, it's not all flexing, oiling and trying out new thongs. Things can get real backstage at TFDU. Very real.
Last night, a man entered the locker room for the performers around 9pm and began stealing a few items from their belongings. According to the Review-Journal, the performers confronted the man when they saw him with their stuff. The man then pulled out a handgun and a shot was fired during the struggle. No one was hit but one person received a powder burn from the gunshot and was treated at the scene.
The suspect was taken to University Medical Center and appeared to under the influence of meth. He'll be booked on at least a few charges when he's released. Meanwhile, the show is expected to go on as usual tonight.
There's no word on what was included in the stolen belongings but hey, meth dude, you can easily have some stylish thongs shipped to your house. No need to steal the sweaty underpants off of hard-working Australian men.
[Photo: Thunder From Down Under/Facebook]