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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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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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Mark Your Calendars: Here's When The Las Vegas Arena Will Open

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada [map], 89109
May 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (16)

April 30, 2016. That's the new official opening date of The Las Vegas Arena (or according to the countdown clock on the Arena's website--361 days, 11 hours, and 50 minutes. MGM Resorts International and AEG broke ground almost exactly a year ago and they have hundreds of staff members working extra hard to meet the finish date deadline on time.

During a recent construction update, we were able to get a tour of the facilities (wearing hard hats, construction vests, and all. Serious stuff). The Las Vegas Arena is located behind New York New York and to the south of The Monte Carlo. But despite the heavy construction going on, the Arena is taking shape and looking good.

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Blue Man Group Is Still Worth Some Green

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 17, 2015 at 4:47 PM | by | Comment (1)

Blue Man Group is one of those Las Vegas shows that's always been around (15 years in Vegas) and has moved around a bit (most recently from Venetian to Monte Carlo a couple years ago), but rarely seems to land atop a majority of must-see lists. While I'd seen a Boston version several years ago, I couldn't have said the same for the Vegas installment until a couple recent events changed that.

Visiting friends who had also seen the Boston blue men were excited to see the Monte Carlo show and loved it. They relayed that, while the concept was the same and several show bits similar, enough was different to keep it fresh. Not long after, Blue Men Group announced some new bits to their Vegas show. So, it was time to finally see if it was Pappagiorgio-worthy.

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Just One Dish At BLVD Creamery

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (3)

Monte Carlo has been busy the past couple years adding more flavor to the Strip's restaurant lineup. Double Barrel opened its house up to the road closing in on a year ago and Sambalatte has been brewing up good cups of coffee for almost a year Strip-side, too. 800 Degrees was heating up pizzas here before it added a second location north at SLS, but the coolest experience that debuted was BLVD Creamery.

Boozy flavors garnered all the initial attention, however more traditional, kid-friendly tastes won out recently in Just One Dish that we created ourselves.

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New Arena Will Be Coke Venue, Toshiba To Get Its Plaza

April 7, 2015 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (7)

The new arena as of today.

Execs aren't saying how much money crossed hands to make it so, but the new arena under construction behind New York-New York will be all about Coca-Cola and Toshiba.

It was announced today that both brands will be founding partners of the arena. Coca-Cola will keep visitors in perfect harmony, exclusively. It will also host at least four fan events a year. Meanwhile, Toshiba's name will grace the arena's adjacent two-acre plaza.

Toshiba Plaza (what did you expect?) will offer 75,000 square feet of entertainment space that will be programmed even on non-event days. Expect to find just about anything anyone can think of there, including "community events, concerts and music festivals, awards show pre-functions, fan festivals, fashion shows, charity events, holiday celebrations, convention-related activities and food and wine festivals among others." All the digital displays and screens, both inside the arena and out, will be Toshiba products as well.

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Check-Out Folio: Absinthe Turns Four, Blue Man Group Supports Autism Community

April 3, 2015 at 9:15 PM | by | Comments (9)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of March 30:

Four Years Later...: You don't have to tell us Absinthe is worth seeing. We've awarded it as the Strip's best show each year of its existence. The Spiegelworld production celebrated its four-year anniversary and 2,000th show April 1. Here's to four more years, and then some.

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Just One Dish: d.vino's Gnocchi a la Bolognese

March 30, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (3)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

While the Monte Carlo plaza restaurants like Yusho and Double Barrel Roadhouse are getting more attention these days than their interior counterparts, these older restaurants are not to be forgotten.

After a recent visit, Italian restaurant d.vino proved it shouldn’t be overlooked. With tasty pizzas and other delicious appetizers like the Italian Fritters (a.k.a., goat cheese balls), there’s a lot to love. There was definitely one dish, however, that stood out: the Gnocchi a la Bolognese ($20).

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Yusho Will Attempt To Break A Sake World Record And You Can Watch

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
February 23, 2015 at 8:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

This has potential to be pretty epic! This Thursday, February 26, Yusho at Monte Carlo will attempt to achieve the world’s longest sake bomb train.

The current record is a 167 sake bomb train held by Santa Cruz restaurant, Mobo Sushi. C‘mon, this is Las Vegas. Alcohol is what we do! We have to break this record. Challenge accepted, Mobo Sushi! If you don't know what a sake bomb train is, behold:

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Shake Shack Is Money And Other Interesting Notes From MGM Resorts

February 19, 2015 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (10)

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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Will MGM Resort's Arena Bring Parking Fees?

February 16, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (13)

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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Getting The Most Out Of Your Poker Dollars

February 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (4)

There are many factors you should consider when deciding where to play poker during your time in Vegas, such as what games and stakes are offered, how much you receive per hour in comp dollars, tournament offerings, the level of competition, and so on.

Another factor that should not be overlooked is what promotions a given room offers and how much value you are likely to get out of those promotions. Most poker rooms in town offer some sort of incentive for players in the form of high hand bonuses, bad beat jackpots, "aces cracked" bonuses, or hours-based free rolls. What many people don't realize is that the house isn't giving away free money with these promotions, they are simply taking money that players have contributed to a fund and giving it back out in the form of a bonus.

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