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The arrival of Delano Las Vegas brought an airy-and-bright South Beach style to the dark, contemporary haven that once was THEhotel. If you preferred then to now, you may be surprised to learn you can still enjoy all those warm chocolate tones and pops of orange... just not at Mandalay Bay.
VegasChatter Twitter follower @MLSDC tweeted us after discovering THEhotel's design aesthetic still lived on just down the Strip:
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It's the perfect time of day to indulge in a chocolaty treat at The Chocolate Bar. Which cocktail will you choose? pic.twitter.com/HDVOrpNrIV— NYNY Vegas (@NYNYVegas) September 27, 2014
VegasChatter Twitter follower Mark Sibley (@MLSDC) visits Vegas regularly. We know him as a lover of HOTEL32 at Monte Carlo and of fine food (his Twitter stream makes us drool every time), but we had no idea he was sweet on chocolate, too; that is, until he filled us in on his mission to try all seven chocolate martinis at the walk-up bar. While we initially thought he meant all at once, we soon found out he planned to spread them out over the course of four days. Probably, the better route.
Located in front of the attraction's casino floor entry, the six-stool drinking spot is short on seating, but long on ways to
get drunk on chocolate indulge your sweet tooth like few can around Vegas.
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For most, 9/6 sounds likes the odds offered on a bet at a Vegas sportsbook, but for video poker players it’s the hard-to-find, nearly break-even game found only in limited spots around the Strip.
What’s 9/6? Those are Jacks or Better games that pay nine credits for a full house and six for a flush. Games that pay 8/5, or even 7/5, are much more common, and offer correspondingly worse odds – the house edge is less than half a percent on a 9/6 game with optimal play. (Some casinos, including Stratosphere, once offered a few machines that paid 10/7 and had a slight edge for the player, but finding one of those in 2014 is about as likely as finding a leprechaun and a pot of gold on Las Vegas Boulevard.)
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The ever-changing Vegas dining scene bids goodbye to a sports fan fave while welcoming two new off-Strip options.
It's game over for The Sporting House at New York-New York. The restaurant, which used to be an ESPN Zone before its most recent incarnation, has been closed to make way for Shake Shack and Tom's Urban at the resort. Both are expected to debut this December.
Before the debut of Hershey's Chocolate World at New York-New York, some scoffed about buying chocolate which would only melt away in the desert heat as visitors continued their trek up or down The Strip. If that's you, there are four reasons to drop in, anyway: free samples, freshly made goodies you should really eat on the spot, a plethora of non-candy souvenirs and the chance to snap your photo with a costumed character that won't demand money before you walk away. (And, probably, the cleanest ones you'll find in Vegas, too.)
Officially one week old, the two-story monument to Hershey's is a direct in-your-face to M&M's World across The Strip (as well as neighboring kiosk, IT'SUGAR, which should probably just fade away now). And, to this writer at least, Hershey's is more spacious (M&M's World has more floors but is way too narrow) and offers more than enough merchandise diversity to be the clear winner in that candy war.
An official grand opening is set for this Tuesday, June 3, but you don't have to wait that long to satisfy your sweet tooth.
At New York-New York, Willy Wonka would be proud. Hershey's Chocolate World will soon sweeten up the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, but not before making it clear that fantastical indulgence is the name of the game.
Before the break of dawn, workers carefully hoisted an 18-foot Reese's Cup into place on the hotel-casino's Strip-front facade. It joins a tumble of oversized Kisses as well as an impressive video screen. Soon, a ginormous Hershey's Bar will join the drool-worthy display.
If you love King Size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Officially opening in June, the chocolate wonderland's ginormous representation of two great tastes that taste great together will join an 64-foot Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar as well as oversized Hershey's Kisses (see tweet below).
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The project's reboot was announced last week. Full details can be read here. Essentially, executives will give the main road leading to Monte Carlo's porte cochere a serpentine twist to add new structures to the south side of Monte Carlo. They've also greatly enlarged a promenade on the north side of New York-New York while providing additional eateries on that side as well.
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When there's a big pay-per-view boxing match in town, none of the casinos will show the fight for free in their sportsbook. In fact, the only casinos where you’ll find the fights being shown are affiliated with the host casino. Since either MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay host most of the pay-per-view boxing matches (occasionally Wynn will host a fight that takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center), you’ll usually find the fight showing in an MGM Resorts property.
Here are the viewing parties on the Vegas Strip where you can watch this Saturday's Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana fight:
Aria: Bristlecon Ballroom viewing party is $75 general admission. Food and beverage is extra.
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Always seen as a response to The Linq (the new outdoor mall between Flamingo and The Quad by Caesars Entertainment), the changes taking place to Monte Carlo and New York-New York, more specifically the land between them, have received a major reboot.
While the transformed facades of both resorts are expected to soon see three new walk-up additions in the form of Nevada's first Hershey's Chocolate World (still taking shape in front of New York-New York), the first Strip Sambalatte (a popular locals' coffee shop attached to Monte Carlo) and the still yet-to-be announced BLVD Creamery (also at Monte Carlo and which recently polled patrons about their interest in gluten-free, sugar-free, hormone-free, low-calorie, low-fat, non-GMO, and organic ice cream), it was clear something was up with the original plans when MGM Resorts recently announced that Shake Shack would be moved from the land between the two to where the Sporting House currently resides and that it would be joined by Tom's Urban. Our inquiries as to what was to happen to the acreage where the old CityCenter condo sales building once stood went unanswered but a new announcement today clears that up.