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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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With less than two months to go to its debut, MGM Resorts' City of Rock continues to take shape across from the SLS on the north Strip. The outdoor festival grounds will launch in May with the two-weekend, mega-concert event, Rock in Rio, set to take place May 8-9 and 15-16.
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It looks like the days of poker players being able to have stacks of cash on the table alongside their chips may be coming to a close, at least at some casinos along the Strip.
Chris Grove of Online Poker Report broke the news last week that MGM Resorts has made the decision to no longer allow cash to play on poker tables at any of their casinos as of April 1. MGM currently operates nine poker rooms in Las Vegas. Among them are two of the most prominent rooms on the Strip at Bellagio and Aria.
There was a time in Las Vegas when cash was king. Although, chips have long been the preferred currency when it comes to table games, it was once quite common to see bets placed in the form of $100 bills. Gamblers used to be able to throw a stack of bills down on the felt, the dealer would announce "money plays," and the bet would be considered live. There is a legendary story of a player walking into Binion's Horseshoe back in the 80s with a suitcase containing $777,000 in cash, which he promptly bet on the don't pass line. He won the bet and walked out onto Fremont Street with his winnings, no questions asked.
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MyVEGAS recently added a new partner and some pretty great rewards while removing other player perks.
If you haven't heard yet, MyVEGAS has partnered with Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air and is now offering a slew of rewards that will save some money to and from Las Vegas.
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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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MGM Resorts and Topgolf have announced a pretty awesome partnership to bring a location to Las Vegas. Topgolf Las Vegas will be located on the MGM Grand compound near Signature condo-hotel towers and Wet Republic. It will open spring 2016 with construction beginning shortly. Even though Topgolf Las Vegas will be located at MGM Grand, it will be a bit of a hike from the main hotel towers (maybe a 10-15 minute walk) so executives are looking into a way to get you there quickly. Golf carts are being considered, but the specific mode of transportation is still up for discussion.
Topgolf Las Vegas will be the company's flagship location. The space will be 105,000 square feet and will be the largest Topgolf location in the country by about 33%. This location is expected to host 2-3 times as many guests as any other location. While most elements of Topgolf Las Vegas will keep with the model they’ve developed in other locations there will be some special touches to make this one more Vegas-y.
A 20,000-seat arena continues to take shape just behind the New York-New York on the Vegas Strip and when it arrives, so might event-based parking fees.
While the plan has always been for arena visitors to either walk in from off the Strip (hence the slew of new restaurants and bars planned for the land between Monte Carlo and New York-New York) or to utilize the parking garages of surrounding resorts (including NY-NY, MC, MGM Grand, Excalibur and Aria), the latter choice might come at a cost.
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It hasn't reached the net yet, but it's headed in the right direction, for now.
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Almost three weeks after VIP tickets for Rock in Rio's Metallica date sold out, another swath of upgraded passes are gone. Organizers now say all the single-day, $498-per-person tickets for its Bruno Mars date have been spoken for as well (4,000 in all).
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After filling you in on the cost breakdown for the NHL season ticket test set to begin February 10, we have more details to share. A new e-blast by the group behind the movement to bring professional hockey to Vegas went out this morning with "pertinent information."
It reveals that 43 home games are planned... if Vegas lands a team. As we've already informed you, season ticket deposits will begin at $150 and climb to $900 a seat. If a team is realized, you'd have to come up with the rest of the costs. If not, you'll get your money back. Also, no changing your mind and wanting your deposit back if a team lands on the Strip. Instead, you'll need to consider a transfer of ownership, find a party who is interested, fill out a form, pay a $250 admin fee, and wait for approval.
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This morning at the ICE Conference in London, GTECH announced that they’ve signed a deal with MGM Resorts for a mobile sports betting and gaming solution. If the name GTECH sounds familiar, it’s because they’ve agreed to purchase American slot manufacturer IGT. The deal isn't finalized yet so this is still a GTECH product.
This is a multi-year agreement that will provide enhanced sports betting technology at ten MGM Resorts properties in Nevada. They are expected to begin a phased deployment in the third quarter of 2015, pending regulatory approvals. In other words this should be available in time for next football season. GTECH will modernize MGM’s sports betting offerings to include live in-play betting, and enable you to place sports betting wagers via mobile anytime, anywhere in the state of Nevada. In addition, GTECH will provide real-money, on-premise mobile casino and slot games.
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Rock in Rio is having a tough time satisfying with its first US lineup. A new round of artists was announced on Tuesday, but the response likely wasn't what organizers had hoped.
Sam Smith, Magic!, Jessie J, Empire of the Sun, Foster The People, Charli XCX, Gary Clark Jr, Echosmith, Hollywood Undead, Ivete Sangalo, Bleachers, Tove Lo, Saints of Valory, Of Mice & Men, James Bay, Mikky Ekko, Sepultura and The Pretty Reckless will all join the two-weekend mega-concert event in Vegas. Those artists will join already announced headliners, No Doubt, Metallica, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Joss Stone, Deftones, Mana, Coheed and Cambria and Ed Sheeran.