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Head's Up Chip Collectors: Better Grab These Chips Before They're Gone

May 19, 2015 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

Weíre issuing an alert for casino chip collectors. There is one limited edition chip that will be out of circulation any day now and one that you have time before the casino switches out all of their chips. Letís start with the chip thatís available now but only for a limited time.

The Plaza recently printed some limited edition chips featuring former Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman. The chips are available now in all denominations from $1 to $100 and will only be available for a limited time. There's no end date to their availability so the limited edition chips can disappear at any moment. Oscar Goodman has had close ties with the Plaza over the years often appearing at the hotel. Oscar's name is firmly entrenched with the in the hotel's steakhouse.

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A Simple MyVegas Tip to Ensure You Receive the Best Rewards Available

May 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (11)

Want to use your MyVegas rewards on your next trip to Vegas? Secure them BEFORE you roll into town.

MyVegas is an excellent way to supplement your trip to Las Vegas with a few discounted items and even some freebies. The rewards MyVegas offers today may have been better when the game first launched but thatís a story for another day.

When the game first launched many of the rewards, specifically from MGM Resorts, were geared toward tourists. Indeed, when you look at the MGM Resorts rewards offered for players in Nevada, you'll see that they're different than those offered to people playing MyVegas in other states.

But then last year MyVegas added rewards from Station Casinos, in part, to offer Nevada locals some rewards that they might find useful. Those are the only rewards that this Las Vegas local looks at regularly. Itís always nice to extend the weekend by a day with a complimentary room every now and again.

The rewards you can get from Station Casinos donít differ based on where you play the game but the same isnít true for the MGM Resorts rewards. Hereís a sample from Aria last night.

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Which Casino Will Be The Next One to Change or (Gasp!) Close?

May 13, 2015 at 6:37 PM | by | Comments (45)

Only in Vegas are closings just as big as openings, especially when implosions are involved. So we have to wonder, who's next?

In 2011, one of the legendary icons of the Vegas Strip,The Sahara, closed its doors to transform into the SLS Las Vegas.

Recently another historic hotel and casino on the Vegas Strip closed its doors. But unlike the Sahara, Riviera wonít be renovated and a new casino resort won't take its place. Instead, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has purchased the Riv and will demolish it to expand the convention center once the insides are sold off in a liquidation sale.

Now, Monte Carlo name looks to be next on the chopping block. MGM Resorts is currently renovating the hotel and according to VegasInc, is mulling a new name to go with the new look.

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We Donít Know Why, But These Hotels Really Want to Give You a Free Meal

May 7, 2015 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (11)

Weíre not quite sure why, but summertime always seems to bring out hotel offers that are all about dining credit. We saw it last year, mainly at the Downtown hotels that donít contain pools, and suspected that it might be a way to compensate guests for the lack of an important summer amenity.

Now, many of last yearís deals are back, pool season is well underway, and quite a few new names are getting in on this type of offer as the summer season winds up. Whatís prompting these promotions now? Your guess is as good as ours, but weíre not going to complain about a free meal.

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On The North Strip, Stage Almost Set For Rock In Rio Concert Event

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April 30, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (7)

With the US debut of Rock in Rio just seven days away, the festival grounds where it will take place are almost done taking shape on the north Strip.

The two-weekend mega-concert event is set for May 8-9 and 15-16 on what, until recently, had been a long abandoned plot of land at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara, across from SLS. (Vegas geeks will remember when plans for the acreage once called for a mega-resort.) VegasChatter photographer Greg Clarke captured what the space looks like now. Gone are the tumbleweeds and in their place are stages, turf, a zip line, a DJ platform resembling a mechanical spider, an expansive VIP tent (capable of holding up to 4,000) and curving, white speaker towers. He did not, however, see the promised Ferris wheel, though. There's still some time, however, to erect that, too.

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CG Technology Halts In-Game Wagering

April 27, 2015 at 2:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

CG Technology (formerly Cantor Gaming) recently decided to halt the service that put them on the map. Las Vegas Advisor was the first place we saw with the information that CG Technology decided to stop offering in-game wagering. Since that initial report, Matthew Holt, Vice President of Business Development for CG Technology, confirmed via Twitter that in-game wagering was put on hold for the time being.

CG Technology hopes to launch a new, more robust in-game wagering product by the fall prior to football season. They expect the the new service to have a much larger menu than anything offered in Nevada before.

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Closed Circuit Viewing Access Available For Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

April 23, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | Comments (25)

In Las Vegas, itís 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 thereís real demand here. Maybe, this is more than just PR hype.

Where thereís 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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Venetian Latest Poker Room To Banish Cash

April 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

As of May 1, the Venetian will be the latest casino to disallow cash from being used to wager at the poker tables. The move comes several weeks after MGM Resorts announced it would be banning cash from the tables at all nine of its Strip poker rooms. The Wynn has since instituted the same policy. Under these new guidelines, players will be required to convert their cash to chips before the money is considered in play.

As we outlined in our previous report, the reason casinos are moving toward cashless tables is so that they can more closely track how much players are buying in for at the tables. The Bank Secrecy Act requires casinos to file a Currency Transaction Report for any player who buys in for more than $10,000 in chips. At table games such as blackjack and roulette, casinos have required that bets be placed with chips rather than cash for many years now. This makes it easy for casino personnel to track how much a player buys in for. At poker, however, the permission of players to bet with cash has made it easy for individuals to slip under the radar and conceivably go over the $10,000 threshold without the casino being aware of it.

A sign in the Venetian poker room (seen below) states that anybody purchasing $2,000 or more in chips will be required to do so themselves at the casino cage rather than using a chip runner. It is likely that players who approach the $10,000 threshold will be asked for identification, including a social security number, if they do not already have one on file.

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Tickets For Mayweather vs. Pacquiao (Finally) On Sale Today

April 23, 2015 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (11)

The day is finally here. You will be able to buy tickets to see Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao in person at MGM Grand or via closed circuit viewing parties at any MGM Resorts properties starting today.

Hereís how it breaks down: Tickets for the live event will be priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500 (plus applicable service charges and tax). Tickets go on sale at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. Tickets to see the fight in person are limited to four per household. You can charge by phone or with a major credit card by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.

UPDATE: The fight sold out in one minute.

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Rock In Rio Now Offering Single-Day Tickets

April 10, 2015 at 5:38 PM | by | Comments (4)

Rock in Rio wristbands being shipped out now.

With less than a month to go, organizers for Rock in Rio seem to be looking to ramp up ticket sales with the release of single-day admissions.

Until now, only single-day VIP entry had been on offer for the mega-concert event which will span two weekends in May (8-9, 15-16). General admission had been set at a mandatory two-day spend. Both options were pricey at $498 and $298, respectively. Yesterday, however, single-day admissions were made an option at a price point of $169. Fans on the event's Facebook page expressed their displeasure at the late release, and enquired about exchanges. (The answer was no.) Reps are hoping to sell at least 50,000 to upwards of 85,000 admissions each day.

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MGM Resorts Tightens MyVEGAS Hotel Redemptions

March 31, 2015 at 7:40 PM | by | Comments (30)

It's no secret MyVEGAS isn't what it once was. While popularity remains high, players of the online loyalty game that deals out real-world comps keep finding new asterisks here and there. Today, they're discovering one of the biggest changes yet is set to kick in tomorrow:

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The Strip To Go Dark For Earth Hour Once Again

March 24, 2015 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (7)

Las Vegas will dim its lights on Saturday for the second time this year.

After going dark for Tark in February to mark the passing of iconic UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, resorts and business both on and off the Strip will turn off the lights this weekend as part of a now annual Earth Hour tradition.

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