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Arizona Coyotes Rumored to Be Bringing NHL to Vegas

July 1, 2015 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (13)

The NHL might be sticking it to the Arizona Coyotes, reportedly arranging a sale of the team to billionaire William Foley, who plans on moving the team to Las Vegas.

The NY Post has the details of the unofficial play, which would see the NHL team installed into the new MGM Arena for the 2016-2017 season. Apparently, Foley was able to collect 10,000 season ticket deposits, enough to justify a franchise in Sin City. (You can read more about what to expect from Vegas NHL tickets here.)

But check out what the spokesperson for the Arizona Coyotes had to say to the Post:

, “The Coyotes are committed to playing in Arizona.” When asked for how long, the spokesman reiterated the team was committed to playing in Arizona. “Period.”

Ouch. Similarly, NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, called the report "garbage" and said the team was staying put. Or are they?

We think the writing is on the cave wall for the Coyotes since the city council in Glendale, Ariz., voted to terminate the team's lease agreement last month. Whether that means a move to Vegas, we aren't sure but we'll be on standby for the official NHL announcement shortly.

[Photo: Greg C./VegasChatter]

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Mandalay Bay's Colorful New Rooms Are Now Available to Book

June 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM | by | Comments (8)

We tried to get a sneak peek of the designs back in December, but we no longer have to snoop around. Mandalay Bay is now going public with the first phase of its $100 million, 3,000 room and suites renovation.

The casino hotel Tweeted and FB'd a pic of the new rooms today, accompanied by a press release that stated "reservations for select remodeled rooms are now available for stays beginning July 2015" which is like, tomorrow.

We scurried over to MandalayBay.com and checked reservations for this weekend, which is admittedly a very busy weekend for Vegas and MB in particular, thanks to their fireworks show. Rates start at around $242 a night but there was no distinction between the old rooms and the new rooms. So you may have to beg ask nicely at check-in to get placed in a new room.

But overall, we're liking the new look. It's way more colorful than the old rooms and keeps in line with the hotel's island vibe (and the aquarium downstairs, #amirite.) Previously, the rooms were pretty much swathed in faded beige with little to no pops of color.

Now, these rooms are on par with Mandalay Bay's high-design Delano tower and the equally design-forward Four Seasons tower.

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The Harmon Hotel is Down to Just a Little Nubbin

June 25, 2015 at 8:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

For all you deconstruction fetishists out there, can you spot The Harmon?

MGM Resorts may have deprived us of an implosion with regards to the never-opened, potentially unsafe Harmon Hotel but it's still fascinating to see them tear down this failed venture piece by piece.

VegasChatter photographer extraordinaire, Greg C., has captured the hotel recently--from all angles. Here's how the Harmon looked earlier this year:

And below is how the deconstructed building looks today (mixed in with some close-up shots from when the takedown began last year.)

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Need Some D in Your Life? You Can Now Order it Online

June 25, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

The D is the latest Las Vegas casino-hotel to offer merchandise from their property for purchase online. The new merch store called The D Shop (like the store in the casino) offers a variety of items from art you'll find in the hotel rooms to more traditional merchandise with their logo like t-shirts, coffee mugs and hats. In all, there are 26 items available for purchase on The D Shop online.

Purchasing items from The D hotel rooms isn't new but you haven't been able to purchase them online. If you really love The D you can buy a swag pack for $50.

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M life Members Can Now Cruise the High Seas, Thanks to Celebrity Cruises

June 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (4)

We already know how much you like to cruise Las Vegas but if you like cruising on the high seas, your Vegas trips may actually be able to pay for your next ocean cruise...so long as you stay and play with MGM Resorts.

The casino and hotel company just announced a new partnership with Celebrity Cruises that allows M life members to enjoy special perks and VIP experiences on Celebrity Cruises and vice versa for members of Celebrity's Captain Club. Such perks include complimentary cruises for qualified M life Platinum and NOIR members and room discounts and special check-in areas for Captain's Club members.

Complimentary cruises! That's a pretty sweet deal if you're Platinum or NOIR. (Speaking of Noir, someone needs to slip that into Titus Andromedon's Pinot Noir.)

Here's a full list of all the perks for Captain's Club and M life members:

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Checking In Again on The Las Vegas Arena Construction

June 24, 2015 at 7:35 PM | by | Comments (6)

We took an up close and personal look at the forthcoming Las Vegas Arena in early May but already, lots more work has been done.

VegasChatter's resident lensman, Greg C. was able to capture some of the construction progress that's been made on the arena. Is is just us, or is anyone surprised by how much this looks like the Viva Elvis Zarkana Theater at Aria? In case you've forgotten, or you're just finding out about this for the first time, the Arena is rising in behind New York, New York to the south of Monte Carlo.

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New York-New York is Bringing 'Bad Blackjack' to The High Limits Room

June 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (20)

Historically, the majority of gamblers in Las Vegas play lower limits games. Think about the split similar to the pareto principle of 80/20. In this case, 80% of gamblers are low rollers and only 20% would be considered high rollers by the casino. When talking about blackjack we often refer to low rollers as those who are playing games under $25 per hand.

The lower limits games are usually the first to be affected with altered odds. The rules in lower limits blackjack have been deteriorating in Las Vegas faster than ever. Worse rules equates to a larger house edge for the casino and worse gambling for the player. The smaller the house edge, the longer your bankroll should last. It seems like every time we find a good blackjack game, it goes away minutes after we write about it.

And now, this trend has crept into the high limits room at New York-New York as well. We just received the following heads up (from @paperposter) that I’ll paraphrase:

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Has MyVegas Hit Rock Bottom?

June 17, 2015 at 5:23 PM | by | Comments (27)

We’ve featured a lot of stories about MyVegas, some good and some bad. Even though the games are a great way to kill some time and rack of comps and rewards, there always seems to be a number of issues associated with it.

We recently got an email from Wayne, all the way from the UK, about his recent problems with MyVegas.

This is what he said: (Pardon his accent. We've also edited his rant to make it easier to understand.)

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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)

We’re 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. Let’s start with the chip that’s 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 that’s 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. It’s 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 don’t differ based on where you play the game but the same isn’t true for the MGM Resorts rewards. Here’s 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 (46)

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 won’t 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 Don’t Know Why, But These Hotels Really Want to Give You a Free Meal

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

We’re 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 don’t 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 year’s 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. What’s prompting these promotions now? Your guess is as good as ours, but we’re not going to complain about a free meal.

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