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Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This yearís gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.
If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last yearís PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlandoís GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each othersí kinky boots (Iíll explain that reference later).
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It's not news to say the "legal" reemergence of online gambling is off to a slow start. We've said it before and this gambler hopes it picks up sooner rather than later. Unfortunately,†it doesnít look as if online gambling†will pick up drastically in the near future. While Nevada and Delaware have an agreement to pool online poker games, New Jersey has yet to come on board. The Garden State isnít the be-all end-all for online poker's continued growth, but its addition would certainly help.
There were hopes California would be the next state to legalize online poker, but that wonít happen this year as a bill aiming to do so was shelved. Supported by Senator Lou Correa, the lawmaker won't be returning to the California senate in 2015 so the bill's future is uncertain.†While California recently marked the launch of PrivateTable.com, a real-money online poker site, it's run by a Native American tribe, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, and likely won't link with any existing poker rooms in Nevada, or elsewhere.
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Now two years old, social casino game MyVEGAS continues to add new users, new rewards, and new mini-games. Earlier this month, PlayStudios unveiled its latest slot title, China Mystery. New ways to earn those valuable loyalty points are always welcomed, but we were even more excited by the addition of new dining rewards. As we took a closer look at whatís new, however, we were left wishing we could turn back the clock.
Anytime anyone criticizes MyVEGAS they are inevitably met with the same response, so letís get it out of the way. Yes, the game is free. Itís been possible to rack up free hotel stays, dining vouchers, shopping credits, show tickets, and more, all from day one without spending a dime. For those who joined early on, itís been a great ride. Many of us here at VegasChatter are MyVEGAS players and this writer alone has racked up at least $1,000 in rewards. Thatís the good, on to the bad.
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Last week, government officials gave the project the green light for use permits while acknowledging it still needs to work through the above concerns of nearby stakeholders, from condo owners and residents of Allure and Sky Las Vegas to executives at Wynn Resorts. During a county zoning meeting, commissioners stated that Wynn Resorts had several concerns about the project which would have zero on-site parking spots including the fact that it would have zero on-site parking spots.
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MyVEGAS brought new rewards on board for Vdara, the non-gambling, non-smoking hotel in CityCenter. This writer was especially happy to see a spa discount offering a 80-minute service for the price of a 50-minute booking. Hopefully, this will spur similar rewards at other properties and, maybe, a complete freebie at a higher loyalty point tier in the future.
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Las Vegas has been long known as the wedding capital of the world. With marriage licenses extremely easy to get (bringing a completed short form to the Clark County Marriage Bureau can get you a license within minutes), dashing to Sin City to tie the knot is an institution. But, with marriage rates dropping nationwide and campy Elvis-style ceremonies falling out of fashion, Vegas weddings may have peaked. By this fall, however, that could change.
You may have noticed an increase in the number of times weíve mentioned the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer) community here in recent months. A new focus by hotel executives has resulted in LGBTQ-themed nightclub events, pool parties and social mixers, annual Pride and GayDays events, and Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino. And yet, Las Vegas is still playing catch-up to the rest of the country on the issue of same-sex marriage. (Note: the term "gay marriage" is largely frowned upon within the LGBTQ community as it reinforces inequality and separatism.)
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As MGM Resorts and PlayStudios continue to add more games, more rewards and more players to their ever-growing, uber popular MyVEGAS Facebook game, it begs the question of what (if anything) can they not link to the game.
MyVEGAS has been steadily adding new partners. Sugar Factory, the Las Vegas Monorail, Wolfgang Puck, House of Blues and Vdara have all climbed on board. Are there others on the way? It's probably a safe bet.
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On a barren stretch of property tucked behind Monte Carlo and New York-New York resorts, stood luminaries of the sports world, media members and local VIPs this afternoon for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the MGM Resorts and AEG Las Vegas Arena, a 20,000-seat indoor venue scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.
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Once upon a time, MGM Resorts (or MGM MIRAGE as it was known at that time) had hoped to bring two new mega-resorts to Las Vegas. CityCenter arrived, but plans to turn a vacant plot of land next to Circus Circus (and across the Strip from what is soon-to-be SLS Las Vegas) into a second tourist destination died when the economy went south. That multi-billion dollar mega-resort was to have been a partnership with Kerzner, the company best known for its Atlantis resorts.
If everything had gone as planned, that resort would have debuted in 2012. It didn't. Fast forward seven years and that acreage is still a wasteland. But, not for much longer. MGM Resorts plans to custom build a $20 million, 33-acre "City of Rock" on the site as part of plans to host the US debut of Rock in Rio (RiR), one of the world's biggest music festivals.
In 2007, MGM Resorts created a hospitality arm to take its most high-end/recognizable brands -- Bellagio, SKYLOFTS and MGM Grand -- and bring them to cities around the world. Now, that goal will include the Hakkasan brand, too, as the two unite to create MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.
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When booking a room over the phone with an MGM Resorts hotel, a $10 fee is now attached. A VegasChatter reader bought the charge to our attention last week. Now, we have a statement to share from MGM Resorts on why the fee was enacted:
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There are probably not that many people that reserve hotel rooms by phone, anymore. And, when it comes securing reservations in Las Vegas, there will be even less.
VegasChatter reader Ken R. informed us that a new fee has popped up on the websites for MGM Resorts' properties. It's a $10 fee for phone reservations. Instead, website visitors are urged to "avoid" it by booking online. We found the fee cited on the websites of Bellagio, MGM Grand, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, and The Mirage.