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After what felt like an eternity the MyVEGAS app is here for both Android and iPhone platforms. Thankfully, you no longer have to spend countless hours at work earning loyalty coins for your upcoming trip. Now, you can do it on the go, too.
This writer got a chance to play the beta version as I'm a resident of Canada so I had some early concerns about the full release. But, just over a week after the official launch, I'm happy to report that the game runs much more smoothly than I ever expected it would. Being a regular player of the original Facebook version of MyVEGAS (brought to us by MGM Resorts and PLAYSTUDIOS) since it first broke onto the scene last August, it has been a frustrating, to say the least, experience when the game freezes up or lags significantly. However, the MyVEGAS phone/tablet app has been quick and responsive, especially impressive when running on 3G!
Construction / Openings / MGM Resorts / AEG / New York-New York / Monte Carlo / Stadiums / → All Tags
The 20,000-seat arena is being built as a partnership between AEG and MGM Resorts. Shovels won't hit the dirt until April 2014, however, the first renderings of the $350 million dollar structure were released today. It will host everything you'd expect a stadium to host, from sports matches and concerts to award productions.
Vegas Delays / Construction / Openings / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel / MGM Resorts / Mandalay Bay / → All Tags
While we've got our suspicions about this property actually happening thanks to the dubious history of Delano's parent company Morgans Hotel Group, however -- according to MGM Resorts -- the Delano will open sometime next September or October. That's nearly a year later from the initial opening date set for the hotel.
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The myVEGAS app we’ve all been waiting for is finally here… in America. We were giving the opportunity to play the game ahead of the masses and, we have to say, we’re pretty impressed.
The game play on your mobile device looks identical to the game we’ve all fallen in love with on Facebook. The same slot games are included, but there are new mini-games when you're lucky enough to get three bonus icons on the reels. But, the best part of the app is something not included in the Facebook game; both, by the way, brought to us by MGM Resorts and PLAYSTUDIOS.
Gamemaker PLAYSTUDIOS reveals a mobile version will launch in November and, to ramp up for the release, they've sent out a sneak peek at what it will look like as well as some of the games you will see (see below and above).
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MyVegas has gifted many of us with rewards to MGM Resorts properties and it seems as if earning those rewards are going to become even easier. Since the launch of MyVegas most of us had to play the game on a computer through Facebook. However, MyVegas isn’t available to play on Facebook mobile apps. (Although, some diehards downloaded the photon app to let them play via the Facebook website on their mobile device.)
Well, we’re all going to have the opportunity to play MyVegas on a mobile device shortly. PlayStudios, creator of MyVegas, has announced that there will be an app for the game coming soon. The MyVegas app will be released sometime this fall for both Android and Apple devices in America. Once again, our friends in Canada already have access to the MyVegas app. The app is considered to still be in testing.
Vegas Observations / Budget Vegas / Hotels / Hotel Rates / Hotel Charges / El Cortez / MGM Resorts / Caesars Entertainment / → All Tags
The length of the average stay in Las Vegas is between three and four nights, and that’s exactly what many casino operators want it to be. You might be inclined to think that the house wants you to stay forever. The long-standing myth about pumped-in oxygen designed to keep you awake and gambling certainly suggests as much. It may seem intuitive that the longer you stay, the more the casino will make; but, that’s often not the case. In fact, many casinos have policies in place designed to limit the time you spend at their properties.
El Cortez has the most straightforward policy about over-staying your welcome. Guests who spend more than seven nights a month in the hotel are penalized with an additional nightly fee. Short of sending security up to pack your bags, there’s not a much more direct way to say “go home!”
Vegas Delays / Construction / Openings / THEhotel / Mandalay Bay / Delano Las Vegas / Morgans Hotel Group / MGM Resorts / → All Tags
The new Bagatelle of the south Strip is pushing back its opening once again. Initially set to open this December, the Delano's debut was pushed back to "early 2014" in January to "March 2014" just last month. And, now, it's been moved to summer 2014. This statement by Mandalay Bay President and COO Chuck Bowling was shared with us earlier today:
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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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Last week, we gave you a primer on the upcoming LGBT events in Las Vegas, then scurried off to the gym to prepare for the requisite pool parties. This week, we’re back with some details, several photos, and our dignity intact. (Thank you, steamed vegetables and chicken.)
This year’s PRIDE festivities have come and gone, but it was hardly a 'blink and you’ll miss it' event. In fact, there may have been too many things to do. Las Vegas PRIDE had teamed up with Orlando’s Gay Days and MGM Resorts’ FABULOUS events to make 2013 the biggest year yet. But, the end result was somewhat chaotic.
Social Rewards / Players Clubs / MLife / Top Guest / Topguest / Twitter / Social Media / MGM Resorts / → All Tags
As of August 31, 2013 Topguest members will no longer earn M life points for checking into an MGM Resort hotel. Any points earned through the use of Topguest through this date will be transferred into your M life account. For questions regarding your M life account please visit www.mlife.com/contact_us. For questions regarding your Topguest account, you can reach us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We're back with some helpful hints and tricks for everyone's (it's everyone's, right?) favorite comps earning Facebook game, MyVEGAS. If you aren't playing MyVEGAS by now, you can start immediately by going here.
Previously, I outlined my redemption of vast amounts of
free stuff comps rewards, which have been working out perfectly for my Vegas visits. However, when I went back to do a second round of redemptions recently, I noticed things had changed quite a bit! With increased game play and MGM Resorts' constant expected tinkering with prize availability and loyalty point costs, I noticed it was a little more difficult to get what I wanted. After some digging around, I found a few helpful hints and tricks that could help you get that beloved reward, too.