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Lately, lots of folks have been feeling less-than-loved by MyVEGAS...especially for the reduction in awards being offered by MLife (the MGM Resorts loyalty program) and Cirque du Soleil. Well, for one weekend in September, Southwest Airlines has come up with a way to feel more “LUV” (that's a SW reference) from MGM and Cirque. They’re calling it “The Ultimate Vegas Experience”. And if you meet some specific criteria, you can have this all-inclusive luxury weekend without spending a single dime.
A lot can change in a few weeks, especially in
Turnover Sin City. And a lot more of the Harmon Hotel has disappeared in a few weeks too.
Above is what the Harmon Hotel looked like in mid-June. And here's what it looks like this week, thanks to these drive-by snapshots from VegasChatter's man on the streets, @PaperPoster.
Looks like this hotel will be gone in another few weeks' time.
[Photos: Greg C and @PaperPoster]
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It seems like every time we hear people talking about MyVegas, it’s not because there’s good news. Devaluation of points, outright elimination of rewards, and added restrictions on those that remain are now regular occurrences. And, while a few vocal optimists continue to remind us that we can play for free, MyVegas isn’t making it easy.
The three-rewards per 30-day period limit has been the biggest obstacle that free users face when attempting to cash in their points. Many players are caught by surprise, as the limit isn’t well advertised. Even more hidden is the murky path to increasing one’s redemption limit. Making in-game chip purchases is known to bump the number to 4, 5, or even more, but MyVegas reps won’t clarify just how many purchases are required, or how much you need to spend, in order to get the desired result.
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]
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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:
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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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.