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At Last, These Pedestrian Bridges Will Get an Upgrade

July 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Good news for those who walk the Strip a lot. The four pedestrian bridges at MGM Grand, New York-New York, Excalibur and Tropicana will get an estimated $26 million in upgrades, starting early next year. The LVRJ reports:

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., working with Jacobs as engineer and Studio West as architect, will replace 16 escalators, four at each corner, with state-of-the-art equipment, while installing low-energy glass and air-conditioning units to the elevators. Aesthetic improvements call for placing new tempered glass wind screens and polished aluminum panel cladding along all four bridges.

The escalator work is long overdue, but will the bridges have power outlets? We'll find out when the upgrades are completed in 2017, after the opening of the MGM-AEG arena. Uhhh...yeah that's going to be a pain.

Meanwhile, we still need more pedestrian bridges elsewhere on the Strip, especially at The Linq, crossing over to Caesars Palace. That curb is always overflowing with people who just drank too much stepped out of Margaritaville. Just our two cents.

[Photo: Greg C./VegasChatter]

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New York-New York is Bringing 'Bad Blackjack' to The High Limits Room

June 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM | by | ()

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:

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Closed Circuit Viewing Access Available For Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

April 23, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | ()

In Las Vegas, it’s sometimes difficult to differentiate between PR hype and actual demand that deserves the hype. Before tickets for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight went on sale, it was easy to think that the hype was just hype. Even with a minimum ticket price of $1,500, the fight sold out in one minute. Tickets immediately hit StubHub at a minimum of $5,000. Okay, maybe there’s real demand here. Maybe, this is more than just PR hype.

Where there’s a real sign of demand is in the closed circuit viewing parties. Previous big fights were limited to a handful of viewing locations at different MGM Resorts hotels for under $100 per person. Demand to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is so high, MGM Resorts is charging much more and making the fight available in more places than normal.

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Hot Doggin' It At New York-New York

Where: 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 21, 2015 at 12:07 PM | by | ()

Hey Phil, if you're gonna spew, spew into this.

Sure, we've all said we're stuffed at one time or another, but try shoving 61 hot dogs down your throat in ten minutes. Now that's stuffed. Ah, yes, it's that time of year again when Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest returns to New York-New York's Brooklyn Bridge and passers-by stop to gawk while trying not to vom.

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

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

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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Pac 12 Tournament Returning To Las Vegas In 2016

March 16, 2015 at 11:29 AM | by | ()

The Pac 12 Conference doesn’t have a college or team based in Las Vegas, but that doesn't stop them from bringing their end-of-year college basketball conference tournament. The tournament is played at the MGM Grand Garden Arena which holds just under 13,000 people (12,916 to be exact) for basketball. The Pac 12 conference tournament is thriving in Las Vegas and sold out almost every session of games this year. That success will keep the tournament in Las Vegas at least for another year as the Pac 12 announced has announced a contract extension with MGM Grand.

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St. Patrick's Day Three Ways On The Vegas Strip

March 11, 2015 at 8:39 PM | by | ()

The green beer will be flowing in just a few days and, on the Las Vegas Strip, no three spots will get their Irish on more than O'Sheas at The LINQ, Rí Rá at Mandalay Place and pretty much all of New York-New York. Here's a rundown of what to expect at each for St. Patrick's Day:

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Cirque du Soleil Wants You To Rediscover Zumanity

Where: 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
March 3, 2015 at 4:24 PM | by | ()

After many successful years on The Strip, the brains behind New York-New York's Zumanity decided to “reinvigorate" their production (see also: fired some cast members, hired some new cast members, and altered and added some scenes). They invited us along to a media night to rediscover the show.

If you haven’t seen Zumanity before, the show is unlike the other Cirque Du Soleil shows in town. The others are family friendly, they’re safe, and the cast members don’t try to… ya know, prod you with questions about your sex toy preferences. Zumanity, on the other hand, Is like that one weird person we all know that’s a little dark, a little unpredictable, and a little shall we say, “off." Basically, Zumanity is not for everyone. It’s sexual. It’s raunchy. And, its risqué. So, if you aren’t in to that, you might not like it. If you are, like me, then the show is an absolute must see!

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Check-Out Folio: Hard Rock Ready For Pool Season, Zumanity Heads Outdoors

February 20, 2015 at 8:45 PM | by | ()

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 February 16:

One pool that will be rockin' hard: Hard Rock will dive back into pool season starting March 6 when Rehab as well as Nirvana and Breathe pools open once again. Entertainment on tap for Rehab includes 3OH!3 March 21 and Sammy Adams March 28. Tickets for both start at $20 for ladies, $30 for gents.

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Shake Shack Is Money And Other Interesting Notes From MGM Resorts

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

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 | ()

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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Two Casinos With Very Different $5 Blackjack On The Strip

February 5, 2015 at 1:36 PM | by | ()

If you’ve been on the Vegas Strip anytime in the past year or so there’s a good chance you’ve seen that New York-New York has at least one $5 blackjack table open throughout the day. If things get busy, they’ll open a second. It’s more difficult every day to be a low roller on the Vegas Strip so any $5 game is a welcome sight for many. These tables are almost always packed with people waiting to get on them.

Unfortunately, these aren’t the games for those looking for low-rolling blackjack with good odds. You’re paid 6:5 when you are dealt blackjack, making returns on this game about three times worse than a traditional game that pays 3:2. You won’t find many games on the Vegas Strip that are under $15 or $25 that pay 3:2. Howevuh, if you're at New York-New York, you’re across the street from one of the best blackjack games on the Strip.

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