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Aria Starts Brewing With The Big Boys

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 22, 2014 at 12:35 AM | by | Comments (2)

Aria has started using the boutique coffee brand, Wolfgang Puck single-use pouch in their room (oddly enough, no hotels in Vegas that have Wolfy's restaurants have his coffee), it's an uncommon thing for anyone to go whole hog in their coffee. There's even very few places in town one could get a Kopi Lewak coffee, the beans famous for making a detour to your cup through a southeast Asian tree weasel's digestive tract.

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Recycling Dreams Are Made Of These

November 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM | by | Comments (4)

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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More Chatter On The NHL And Formula 1

November 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone is starting to put their cards on the table about a bid for a NHL team in Vegas.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports today that National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that he has "met again with a potential ownership group that has expressed an interest in owning a franchise" and even toured the construction site for MGM Resort's forthcoming arena. Recently, MGM officials acknowledged interest in using the arena (due to open early 2016) for a hockey franchise during a company earnings call. As the Star Tribune states:

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The Asterisks of MyVEGAS

November 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM | by | Comments (17)

First, let us just say we're not complaining. We fully appreciate that our comp cup has overfloweth thanks to MyVEGAS rewards. We also know nothing good lasts forever. That's why we weren't all that shocked to see the subject of an email sent in by VegasChatter fan Mr. CDN Vegas.

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New Rumblings About The NHL And Vegas

October 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (9)

Whether you scoff or are the eternal optimist, rumors of a NHL team for Las Vegas continue to capture everyone's attention.

On Friday, VegasChatter fan Joe C. pointed us to new rumblings on Facebook that billionaire William Foley is in "advanced talks with the NHL about bringing a team to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season." The trigger behind the new rumors was an article in the New York Post that day which stated one scenario would be for "Foley to buy the money-losing Arizona Coyotes and move them to Las Vegas." An idea that both an NHL spokesman and a Coyotes co-owner denied when asked by the Post. Foley remained silent on the topic.

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There's A Live Web Cam For The Arena Under Construction Behind New York-New York

October 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (5)

The arena this morning in the 8 a.m. PT hour.

MGM Resorts and AEG have announced they've sorted out $200 million in funding needed to realize a 20,000-seat arena behind New York-New York. With a total cost of $375 million private dollars, the project -- dubbed Las Vegas Arena (until, perhaps, a better, sponsored name comes along) -- is expected to host more than 100 events a year. (And, possibly, an NHL team?)

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MyVEGAS By The Numbers

September 12, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (16)

Yowza, MyVEGAS sure is popular. Any time we have news, there's a flood of comments, both good and bad. MyVEGAS is obviously polarizing and the freemium (free to play, but you can also buy chips to play more) social game by PlayStudios only continues to grow.

Often as a company expands, some moves are meant to attract more customers. Simultaneously, those moves may sometimes alienate the existing base. This happens with music†all the time (i.e., "I used to like that band until they sold out/changed their sound/got all popular.") Right now, MyVEGAS is the big dog. Between MyVEGAS on Facebook and the MyVEGAS Slots mobile app, it's one of the top grossing social games. MyVEGAS isnít just popular, however. Itís addictive. The average MyVEGAS player logs onto the game three times a day for somewhere between 45 to 90 minutes.

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Donít Let Poker Rooms Rake You Over the Coals

September 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (3)

Poker professionals call it the cost of doing business. For amateurs, it can be the difference between a slight win and a slight loss. Of what do we speak? Rake, of course.

If youíve spent any time in Las Vegas poker rooms, youíve seen dealers collect money out of each pot, usually 10 percent, capped at $4 or $5. To put this in quick context of how it affects your bottom line, consider playing two pots heads-up against one other player in a room that takes $5 out of each pot. In both pots, $100 goes into the middle and each of you win one pot. Although, in theory, youíve broken even, in effect each of you has lost $5 due to the rake.

Fortunately, with enough of a skill edge you can overcome poker room rake to be a long-term winning player.

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2014 PRIDE To Be Sleeker, 'Kinky'-er

August 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 yearís 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 yearís PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlandoís GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each othersí kinky boots (Iíll explain that reference later).

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Online Gambling Continues Its Slow Grind

August 18, 2014 at 6:52 PM | by | Comments (3)

It's not news to say the "legal" reemergence of online gambling is off to a slow start. We've said it before and this gambler hopes it picks up sooner rather than later. Unfortunately,†it doesnít look as if online gambling†will pick up drastically in the near future. While Nevada and Delaware have an agreement to pool online poker games, New Jersey has yet to come on board. The Garden State isnít the be-all end-all for online poker's continued growth, but its addition would certainly help.

There were hopes California would be the next state to legalize online poker, but that wonít happen this year as a bill aiming to do so was shelved. Supported by Senator Lou Correa, the lawmaker won't be returning to the California senate in 2015 so the bill's future is uncertain.†While California recently marked the launch of PrivateTable.com, a real-money online poker site, it's run by a Native American tribe, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, and likely won't link with any existing poker rooms in Nevada, or elsewhere.

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A MyVEGAS Mystery? Weíve Cracked It And The News Isnít Good

August 14, 2014 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (33)

Now two years old, social casino game MyVEGAS continues to add new users, new rewards, and new mini-games. Earlier this month, PlayStudios unveiled its latest slot title, China Mystery. New ways to earn those valuable loyalty points are always welcomed, but we were even more excited by the addition of new dining rewards. As we took a closer look at whatís new, however, we were left wishing we could turn back the clock.

Anytime anyone criticizes MyVEGAS they are inevitably met with the same response, so letís get it out of the way. Yes, the game is free. Itís been possible to rack up free hotel stays, dining vouchers, shopping credits, show tickets, and more, all from day one without spending a dime. For those who joined early on, itís been a great ride. Many of us here at VegasChatter are MyVEGAS players and this writer alone has racked up at least $1,000 in rewards. Thatís the good, on to the bad.

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Still Some Concerns For MGM's City Of Rock

July 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM | by | Comments (6)

Despite worries about parking, security, noise and traffic, MGM Resorts' $20 million City of Rock is moving forward.

Last week, government officials gave the project the green light for use permits while acknowledging it still needs to work through the above concerns of nearby stakeholders, from condo owners and residents of Allure and Sky Las Vegas to executives at Wynn Resorts. During a county zoning meeting, commissioners stated that Wynn Resorts had several concerns about the project which would have zero on-site parking spots including the fact that it would have zero on-site parking spots.

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