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Closed Circuit Viewing Access Available For Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

April 23, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | Comments (15)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (10)

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 | Comments (4)

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 | Comments (10)

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 | Comment (1)

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:

Excalibur

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 | Comments (8)

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 | Comments (11)

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 | Comments (5)

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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MGM Resorts Raising Resort Fees

Where: 89109
December 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (32)

On the heels of a new one-price-fits-all resort fee policy by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts is ending 2014 by adjusting its nightly fees as well.

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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Introducing MyVEGAS Blackjack

October 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (18)

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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Excalibur's Buffet Will Be Closed For The Rest Of The Year

Where: 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (4)

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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