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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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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."
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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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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There are a plethora of ways to spend Super Sunday in Vegas, most of which we've detailed in our Big Game Party Guide, but another way to enjoy the game is at one of the many poker rooms that are offering special promotions for the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at some of the goings-on around town this Sunday, February 1:
The festivities at Excalibur get running four hours prior to kick-off. All cash game players will earn raffle tickets that will be used for various drawings during the event. Every field goal will be worth $50, touchdowns will be worth $100, and a safety will reward a lucky winner with $400. One hundred bucks will be given away at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters, and $200 will be rewarded at the end of the 4th quarter. Should the game go into overtime, there will be a drawing for $300. Players can earn addition drawing tickets at the beginning of each quarter during the game.
Not the most ideal traffic setups even before construction got underway in 2014 for an arena and a host of new dining experiences, visitors who arrive at New York-New York or Monte Carlo via something other than their own foot power have found they need to be especially aware behind the wheel.
Traffic lanes leading into and out of the resorts have been closed, switched to just one way, or completely moved, depending on where you are. Even the straightaway that was Rue de Monte Carlo now boasts a new serpentine shape as well as a new name, Park Avenue. The new moniker is a nod to the experience still to come which will add new dining spots between the two resorts leading up to the new arena. Some will be attached to the southern side of Monte Carlo, others will be closer to the northern flank of New York-New York.
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Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:
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The patio at Monte Carlo has gotten a lot of attention in the past few months for some new dining options, but one of the property’s more long-running standbys shouldn’t be overlooked. Nestled in the culinary corner between d.vino and Yusho is Dragon Noodle. With its quirky décor featuring floating baby heads, dancing bok choy (why not?) and more traditional Asian touches, it can almost make you feel like you’re not in a Vegas sushi spot.
Now, Dragon Noodle is offering a Sushipalooza special so there’s even more reason to check it out. On Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., guests can enjoy 50% off sushi in all parts of the dining room. The special also can be redeemed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the tiki bar and sushi counter areas only Sunday evenings.
O-M-effin-G. You're going to freakin' flip. Monte Carlo's BLVD Creamery has new seasonal ice cream flavors that are sooo basically basic. And, we can't wait to grab a selfie with one... umm.. taste one. We can't wait to taste 'em. #LikeSeriously
Stop by the walk-up ice creamery this fall for your choice of four seasonal non-alcoholic flavors: cranberry sorbet, pumpkin spice, sweet potato or pecan pie. Or, indulge in one of six alcoholic options: Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Ace Pumpkin Spice, Blue Moon Pumpkin Spice, Shipyard Pumpkin Ale, Warsteiner Oktoberfest or Firestone Oaktoberfest. (You know which ones you should focus on, tho.)
What was once one of our favorite free attractions in Las Vegas has now gone the way of the Sirens show at TI and this fact has us feeling a little blue. The Blue Man Group processional that used to wind its way through Monte Carlo has run its course. According to a hotel official, the last procession took place less than two weeks ago.
About 40 minutes before the first show of the night, a procession of the show's musical props, robots and custom-built, light-up vehicles used to wind its way through the casino floor, stopping people in their tracks. The light spectacle was a great promotional opportunity to get the word out about the show so guests milling about who may have seen posters, marquees or other imagery finally had a clue what the show was actually all about.
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We’re less than four weeks away from football season, the most wonderful time of year for many sports fans and an event that's amplified in Las Vegas. There’s more money bet on football in Las Vegas than every other sport combined. That’s serious biz. While the NFL and other leagues don’t consider fantasy football to be gambling, it’s pretty close since many fantasy leagues have fees and winnings associated with good gameplay.
Since Las Vegas is home to betting on football it might as well be home to fantasy football drafts. Here are our picks for getting your fantasy football season going in Las Vegas as well as a list of other special events.
As Vegas bakes under an excessive heat warning (it was 112 yesterday while today saw a high of 111), it's a good time to remind you (and inform those whom haven't yet heard) there's alcohol-infused ice cream at Monte Carlo.
The new(ish) BLVD Creamery, one of the food & beverage spots added to Monte Carlo's Strip-facing facade, features spiked ice cream along with the regular variety. There's so much of the good stuff inside each specialty flavor -- Suds Sorbet, made with Shock Top beer; Black Cab, yep, that kind of cab; and Tipsy Bubbles, with Prosecco -- that you have to show ID confirming you're 21 or older before they'll even scoop it up. (Pro tip: take advantage of free samples.) There's also a rotating seasonal flavor which is currently a very rum-y Horchata Mama.