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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.
We saw the writing on the wall last year. Today, it's official. Sporting House is on the way out at New York-New York. The sports bar/restaurant will be replaced with not one but two new dining experiences, including an already familiar coming soon brand.
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The grandeur of Vegas can jade people pretty quickly, one thing after another raising the bar and making incredibly cool things seem mundane. But, nothing rekindles appreciation like a long night of drinking. Or, so we've heard. After indulging in a few during a recent bachelor party weekend, this writer found himself intoxicated
in with Vegas. Here were a few of my favorite sights:
Go-Go Dancers at Flamingo
Strolling past beautiful women in Vegas is nothing new, but for some reason, I couldn't resist the moving bodies I saw out of the corner of my eye while passing the Flamingo. Like a bug to a light, my shoulders turned, slowly closing the distance and stopping to stand in the entryway, my left shoulder on the edge of the doorway. Careful: Limit staring to five minutes, lest you draw attention from security or, worse, fall in love.
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Get ready to go green! We're less than a month from St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 17, and to say Vegas will be rocking would be an understatement. Cheap whiskey and green beer will be on the menu and most specials run not just on Monday, but throughout the entire weekend leading up to the official day.
We've compiled a list of special events already announced, but be sure to check back, though, as we will update it as more are announced.
New York-New York's annual Celtic Feis festival will take place March 15-17 and will features Irish bites from Nine Fine Irishmen, celebratory cocktails and live entertainment. The event is complimentary and open to guests 21 and over. Libations will include $10 cocktails, $7 domestic beers, $8 import beer and $7 shots.