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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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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.
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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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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.
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.
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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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: