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There are a lot of things we'd love to find in our Vegas hotel room -- chocolates, a welcome fruit basket, a personal note from management inviting us to a free meal at their finest restaurant. (That last one may be a long shot.) We'll pass, however, on what two recent Vegas visitors found inside their accommodations -- condoms. And, while one VegasChatter fan found the unused variety (mostly), another found one in a way that would make you seriously consider bathing immediately in bleach.
First, Tony describes his find at The Quad. (Oh, yes, you could have guessed this hotel, right?):
...I visit Vegas every couple of months. I always stay at Harrah's or The Quad. Well I stayed at The Quad last Monday. Here are a few housekeeping tips: Do not think they offer free condoms. Upon entering the room the first thing I do is check all the drawers. This is what I found.
My friend called the front desk and asked if it was customary to give free condoms. They said NO SIR. ”Then why are there 3 in my drawer and one opened?” They sent someone up to clean it up. The guy that came said it’s a shame but “Hey this is Vegas." I said screw Vegas. It is a maid's JOB to clean the room entirely whether it be Wisconson or Utah. CLEAN THE BLOODY ROOM. Later my friend said they offered us a different room. I just about fell to the ground and said, "Why didn’t you take it?"
After checking out, I asked to speak to a manager. Just to get my frustrations out. He said "Sir, I can give you a complimentary breakfast worth $30 on us.' I said I had checked out already. He said “Just check back in and it will be valid only for today." UMM, first day of the biggest convention in Vegas (CES). So, I have to pay $200 for a room to get a $30 dollar breakfast. I DON’T THINK SO.
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Well, that didn’t last very long. Just a week after we brought you details on LVH’s The D*Word, the show went dark. Now, LVH is bringing in acts with broader appeals to sell seats in its Shimmer Showroom. First up is Mo5aic, an a cappella vocal group that is music to our ears.
Also new on the roster is clean comedian Carlos Oscar, a “comedy treasure” according to the legendary Bill Cosby. As we made our way towards the LVH showroom last Friday night, posters reminded us of Mr. Cosby’s opinion over and over again. Inside, we took note of the abundance of children and families in the audience and recalled that this is the same theater that was once home to Andrew Dice Clay.
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The NFL SuperContest at LVH is the largest and most popular football contest of them all. The contest's popularity stems from its ease of play (you pick five games against the spread), prize pool and national media attention. The SuperContest has received record-breaking entries each of the past few years and the prize pool is now in the million dollar range. Since all of the proceeds are returned to participants, the winner of this year’s contest will likely see a grand prize somewhere around $500,000 with a total of $1 million to be shared among the top 30 entrants. Not too shabby for a contest.
The LVH has long said that they’d like to see the entrants and prize pool grow similar to the way World Series of Poker has grown. That may not happen until sports betting is legal in other states, but the SuperContest is reaching some form of critical mass right now. There are more amateur sports bettors joining the contest in hopes of winning big money than ever before. The growing prize pool and mainstream media’s acceptance and promotion of sports betting (Fox Sports 1 is now promoting games with point spreads) will only help the SuperContest.
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The newest residents of LVH's entertainment scene is a cappella vocal group Mo5aic. As you can probably tell from the fancy alphanumeric name, the group consists of five guys (no, not the hamburgers) whose voices blend together to create a musical mosaic.
But, what makes Mo5aic so special, as this writer found during a media preview, is how they're able to create a harmonic melody that sounds much closer to a four piece band than it does to five men with just microphones. During any given song, they have a lead singer, two backup vocalists, a guy who sings bass lines, and a human beat box. And, when the sounds mix, you instantly forget there is not a single instrument involved.
And, what makes the group close to magical is the "percussionist." He makes drummers who use sticks and drums look incompetent for needing an entire set to produce sounds he can recreate using just his voice.
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We have it on very good authority that Starwood is interested in LVH which was ditched by Hilton in January 2012. And, it's so interested that reps have been in town and on-site checking it out in recent weeks.
That’s the question we asked over a year ago after Hilton revoked its brand and left LVH with little more than its initials. LVH is still alive and kicking, making the answer (so far), yes. While the hotel is up and running, its TripAdvisor score has plummeted to an abysmal 47% as of this morning. To put that into perspective, consider that The Quad, previous recipient of our worst hotel award, ranks just below with a 44% rating. That’s a long way to fall for a property that was previously ritzy enough for the likes of Elvis and Barry Manilow.
We went inside LVH and reviewed a room just prior to the name change. While we weren't overly impressed, we also didn't think things were too bad. LVH seemed like an adequate choice for visitors on a budget. The most recent guest reviews, however, don’t seem to be in agreement. The headlines tell the story:
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It's football season and that means it's a busy time in the sportsbook. Yesterday, we gave answered why sportsbooks will or won't show certain games. Strange enough, it makes sense. Now, we answer the often-asked question of which sportsbook has the best odds and point spreads. Some sportsbooks have better odds for some games, but there isn't a "best odds sportsbook." Sportsbooks often have similar odds, but since the odds are based on the amount of money bet, you'll see some noticeable differences.
Sportsbooks that cater to Vegas Strip tourists tend to have worse odds on teams from large cities. So, for example, you'll see that Caesars and MGM sportsbooks may have worse odds on teams from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago since there are so many tourists from those cities that place their wagers on The Strip. Caesars and MGM properties make up the majority of casinos on The Strip so you may see the Lakers with shorter odds to win a title or larger point spreads on a game at these properties than you would at, say, a Cantor Gaming-operated sportsbook.
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Ladies, we've all been there, haven't we? (Men, don't get scared away by the women talk.) Digging out of the rubble of an imploded relationship with the help of our girlfriends and a music list of the greatest break-up and move on songs? The cast of The D*Word at the LVH sure hopes so.
For those who can't guess from the the tag line of "ditched, dumped, divorced, and dating," The D*Word is all about women and the pursuit of love. Sorry, guys, this one really isn't for you, although, you may
get dragged to see it.
Written by Jeanie Linders, who also wrote Menopause the Musical which is currently lighting the stage at Luxor, The D*Word seems like a natural progression for a woman who found much success in delivering a tongue-in-cheek send-up of "the change." While this writer hasn't seen Menopause yet, the rave reviews for it made me excited to see what exploits I'd be taken on during The D*Word's 90-minute run time.
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With the 2013 World Series of Poker's Main Event now airing weekly for two hours on ESPN and a 24/7 Poker Entertainment Network scheduled to debut in December, one could be tempted to say that interest in the game is up this week. Patrons of at least one Las Vegas casino may beg to differ after the closure of its decent sized poker room.
In what seems to becoming a monthly trend we again poke our heads around Vegas card rooms to stay up-to-date on the poker scene.
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Football season is upon us and so are football contests and specials, but there is one contest in Las Vegas that stands above the rest. The LVH SuperContest has garnered national recognition by ESPN and other mainstream media outlets and offers prizes that make the contest worthwhile for people all over the country. Registration for the LVH SuperContest has been open since July 1, but it's not too late to get involved.
Last year, LVH introduced SuperContest Weekend to give gamblers, handicappers and football fans a place to congregate and talk football. This year's SuperContest Weekend takes place August 23-24 and includes free seminars, a golf outing and welcome reception. Here are the details:
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That was quick.
That newly opened poker room... err, poker pit... at LVH that debuted on July 12 has already folded. Temporarily, at least. It made it one full week before shutting down... for retooling. Poker newsie @WriterJen tweeted that the room closed suddenly last Friday and expects it to re-open in one week.
LV poker: LVH poker room shut down abruptly on Friday, Bonnie Leinhos fired, hired is former Riviera manager, LVH to reopen in 1 week.— Jennifer Newell (@WriterJen) July 22, 2013
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Today marks day four of the World Series of Poker Main Event as 6,352 players continue to play down to one. That's down from last year's count of 6,598, but still good enough for a $8,359,531 first place payout. And, since we're sitting here writing this story, we're obviously not in the running for even one dollar of that. Rather than waiting for next year, we started poking around for news on poker rooms elsewhere in the city.