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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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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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If you’ve been getting excited for pool season, prepare to mark your calendars as we share the first of many opening dates.
Luxor's LGBT pool party, Temptation Sundays, has released its debut for the 2015 pool season. The party will kick off May 17, the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re looking to get on the guest list, just text VEGAS to 77948.
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Defending the Cavemen was set to celebrate its fourth anniversary in the showroom at Harrah’s, but instead has closed its doors. The show’s star, Kevin Burke, announced the news to friends and family via social media today.
Burke was at the helm of the one-man show for most of its time in Vegas, taking a year off in the middle to spend time with loved ones. In the summer of 2013, Chris Allen took over for a year, but Burke returned last year to reclaim the role he seemed so comfortable in. After refreshing the show upon his return, it appears the show has just run its course.
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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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It's hard sometimes to look beyond the surface of Las Vegas what with the shiny, bright lights and all. Most view our neon-laden hotels as beacons of excitement and possibility, but don't realize many of those glimmering lights have an energy efficient shine these days and that some of those buildings are so green they're among the most eco-responsible in the country. (See: Aria, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Veer, Venetian and Palazzo.) Heck, even the famed Welcome to Las Vegas sign went solar if you hadn't noticed yet.
While those are the most prominent, the greening of the Strip also takes place in numerous other small ways, from turning used cooking oil into biodiesel to converting old linens into cleaning rags. There's more happening on the Strip than meets the eye and it's enough to swell a certain heart three sizes this day.
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The parking lot across from Luxor that went from hosting employee cars to fun-lovin' partiers has dropped its hipster moniker of The Lot to go with the much more
confusing official designation of MGM Resorts Village. (It also was known as the Luxor Festival Grounds for a brief moment, too.)
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Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.
If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).
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If you've ever wanted to hang with Carrot Top (and have some cash to spare), your time is now.
Luxor now offers meet-and-greet sessions for the red-haired comedian who has been headlining at the pyramid-shaped
resort casino so long this writer tends to forget he's there. For $49, you can chat with Carrot Top and even take a photo with him about an hour prior to showtime Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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In with the old and in with the new? This seems to be iHeartRadio's plan this year as the newly announced lineup reflects a few acts who have previously graced the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena along with some first time performers.
This fourth edition of the two-day, multi-genre music festival includes performances by Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki. The acts will be spread out over September 19 and 20, with a detailed schedule still to come.
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For fans of the Rock ‘n Roll Wine Amplified Festival who have been in years past, expect big changes October 10 and 11 as the fest crosses the Strip to The Lot (the parking lot turned events center across from Luxor) for the first time. Formerly held at Mandalay Bay Beach, the festival’s main event was a rock concert and wine tasting preceded by a special champagne and desserts night called Bubbles and Chocolate. While the bubbles night is no longer its own separate event, the owners of RnR Wine promise there will be plenty of champagne and sweet treats rolled into their new festival which has grown to two full eight-hour days of booze and music.
The event’s founders, Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton, took a few minutes to discuss the changes with VegasChatter. In response to the reason for expansion, Barton had this to say:
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Las Vegas has been long known as the wedding capital of the world. With marriage licenses extremely easy to get (bringing a completed short form to the Clark County Marriage Bureau can get you a license within minutes), dashing to Sin City to tie the knot is an institution. But, with marriage rates dropping nationwide and campy Elvis-style ceremonies falling out of fashion, Vegas weddings may have peaked. By this fall, however, that could change.
You may have noticed an increase in the number of times we’ve mentioned the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer) community here in recent months. A new focus by hotel executives has resulted in LGBTQ-themed nightclub events, pool parties and social mixers, annual Pride and GayDays events, and Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino. And yet, Las Vegas is still playing catch-up to the rest of the country on the issue of same-sex marriage. (Note: the term "gay marriage" is largely frowned upon within the LGBTQ community as it reinforces inequality and separatism.)