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If you keep an eye on the casino business, you may have seen the repeated domination of baccarat in recent months. The casinos continue to make more money every month from baccarat. In March, all casino gaming revenue increased by $60 million over the same period last year and baccarat accounted for $35 million of that. There's a small house edge for casinos in baccarat, but since the limits are so high there is money to be had by both players and casinos.
Baccarat used to be a game of great mystery and was once only found in luxury resorts as part of hidden high roller rooms. That's no longer the case. Baccarat is becoming so popular that you can find it expanding out of the luxury resorts like Wynn and Bellagio and into downtown. The D already offers baccarat for its high rollers and, last week, the Golden Nugget added a baccarat pit
in the hallway heading towards the Rush Tower.
College football will take center stage in Vegas when the Golden Nugget releases point spreads for what they consider the biggest games of the season. Golden Nugget has been the first casino sportsbook to release point spreads on college football for seven years in a row now and that tradition continues when they open up betting on Friday, June 7.
The dominos have been set in motion.
After long being a haven from those hated resort fees we're probably on the verge of seeing the second Downtown Vegas hotel add them. The Plaza started billing resort fees, for your convenience, back in July of last year. And now, it seems as if Golden Nugget is on the verge of charging them, too.
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Most of the country is battling the back and forth weather that comes along with April and the transition from winter to spring, but it's never to early to start thinking about summer. Memorial Day is the official kick off in our eyes, and those making plans to visit Sin City in celebration should begin to stake their claim before you'll need to go with plans B, C, or even, D. The Golden Nugget, for example, is already sold out on Sunday, May 26.
Here's a glimpse at the starting rates at a selection of hotels. All rates are as of April 9 and, as always, are subject to change:
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Even though Electric Daisy Carnival isn't until the end of June (June 21-23), hotel rates are already significantly higher than they were for EDC this time last year.
If you're planning on attending this year's party, be sure to act quick! We've collected the initial rates below from some of the hotels we recommended last year. EDC also did everyone a solid when they partnered with a few of the bigger hotels, including Luxor, New York-New York, MGM Grand, Aria, and the Bellagio. You can check the discounted rates here. As of now, some of them are cheaper than the hotels below. For example, Circus Circus is cheaper if you go through the EDC website at $87/night, and a room at the Luxor is $135/night.
By the way, three-day passes to EDC are still available. They're priced at $500 for those over 21. Single day admissions aren't being offered this year, but a lay-a-way plan is!
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Unfortunately, unless you're super spontaneous, time has run out for you to make an appearance in the Big Easy next month. Vegas, however, has you covered with plenty of drink specials and events. We're still looking for the big bash that's going to rival Bourbon Street, but the Golden Nugget is bringing back its Masquerade Ball. Both, the Silverton and M Resort report that they won't be hosting any special parties this year. Otherwise, you're stuck sucking down Hurricanes and cans of PBR. Here's a glimpse of what's happening, or not happening, during the week of Mardi Gras:
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Another Vegas buffet has the remodeling bug. The Golden Nugget has shuttered its buffet through January 23 for a refresh. And, in this case, we hope it's bug as in 'let's jazz this joint up' and not the kind that recently made headlines and closed other restaurants at the downtown resort.
No word yet on just what's being done, but as with the re-do of The Buffet at Aria, let's hope it's a rework of both the space and the cuisine. Especially after reading Golden Nugget Buffet Foursquare comments warning of "horrible food" and "worst food ever." And, then there's the guy who said he liked Circus Circus' buffet better. Eeek!
Thanks to VegasChatter fan sammasseur for the tip.
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A month ago, it debuted newly remodeled Gold Club accommodations in the Rush Tower. Accessed by key card only, the new digs now offer a more manly palette of dark brown, tan and crisp white. (See what they looked like before here.) Rooms also feature plasma screen televisions, too. A standard room is shown above while a suite and a bathroom can be seen below.
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We've never seen this comedian-singer-impressionist before and had formed an erroneous opinion he was performing one of those George Burns, Kermit and Louis Armstrong, "and now me" shows. We were wrong. And, when offered a media invite check it out, we didn't know we'd be so surprised. Somewhere along the way it appears as if Gordie decided to put on a fun show that made him happy. He became self aware. And, it's a bizarre mix of strange jokes and odd directions. A thoroughly entertaining mix.
A talented singer, with a tight backing band and, yes, a true talent for mimicry, a main feature of the act is spinning impressions into parody songs. The best description we heard was if "Weird Al" Yankovic did impersonations. They often turn surreal in content. The lyrics of Coldplay's "Clocks" are turned into a song about having a cold. Because they are 'playing' with a 'cold.' But, how many others do an impersonation of Chris Martin? He currently fits into a generational midpoint between Terry Fator and Rich Little. We saw all three this year and Gordie was our favorite. At the very least, he has to be the only performer out there who bridges his crowd's age and cultural interests by singing as R.E.M., Green Day, Alanis Morissette, Ray Charles, Randy Travis, Eminem and Tony Bennett. That last one's a real keeper. He has Paul Simon doing a stand-up comedy act. Willie Nelson? The pot jokes and tax jokes write themselves.
New Year's Eve / Hotel Rates / Sweet Suites / Signature at MGM / Golden Nugget / The Palms / The Cosmopolitan / Hard Rock / → All Tags
Yesterday, we took you through what it would cost to get a semi-last minute standard room at various Vegas hotels on New Year's Eve, but we know you've got more flash in you than two beds and a sink.
New Year's Eve rates at Circus Circus ($478) might incite a raise of an eyebrow so how about a one-bedroom balcony suite for two nights at Signature for a few dollars more? Given that rates for the 1st of January always drop way low, you can easily come out on top if you play your cards right. Time is running out to get creative, but here are a couple sweet suites that are still available:
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Good thing there's lots of options for eats in Downtown Vegas with more on the horizon (just check the right of your screen) because one just fell off the list -- Golden Nugget's 24/7 Carson Street Cafe. Not that it was actually on the list. But, it could have been added at the last minute. Maybe. But, now that ain't happening.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that city health officials closed the cafe down on Tuesday, as well as the employee dining room, "for numerous code violations including pest infestation." Pest infestation? We don't even want to know what exactly is meant by that. Ok, we actually, do want to know, but it wasn't reported. If we hear, we'll share. Right now, we're picturing some type of Hoarders situation. We knew we shouldn't have watched that marathon.
It can't get much worse than being charged three times for a Vegas vacation that only happened once, right? Wrong.
After relaying the plight of a recent Vegas visitor on Wednesday and warning future guests of the Golden Nugget to keep an eye on their credit and/or bank statements, we thought our next update would involve the final erasure of duplicate charges and a statement from the Golden Nugget on just what the heck was going on.
Well, this post does do that.
But, not before VegasChatter fan Rachel K. was charged a fourth time by Golden Nugget. The day after our story ran. And, yes, for the same original stay.