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With April Fool's Day and Easter now behind us, we're already thinking about the next holiday coming up -- Memorial Day Weekend. Around the country, that means the unofficial kickoff of summer. In Vegas, it's the official kick off of the pool party season (even though many pools open long before that).
Clearly, this is one of the best holidays to celebrate in Vegas. The weather's warm, the bathing suits are small and the pool water is not so dirty (we tell ourselves). But, there are a bunch of other holidays that are made for Vegas visits. We've listed a few of below. Any holidays you particularly love celebrating in Vegas? Let us know in comments below.
Labor Day (one last chance to say goodbye to summer)
Halloween (because slutty outfits are not discriminated against here)
Christmas (sometimes the holidays can be lonely, but how can you feel alone in a crowded casino?)
New Year's Eve (no explanation needed!)
Valentine's Day (everyone should get a little freaky in Vegas at least once)
St. Patrick's Day (beer, beer, beer and more green beer)
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OpenThread / Vegas Observations / Resorts World Las Vegas / Wynn / The Cosmopolitan / Venetian / Palazzo / Paris Las Vegas / Excalibur / → All Tags
Every casino has a concept which may or may not be seen as a theme depending on how obvious it. Wynn, Aria and Cosmopolitan have a concept behind the design, but these casinos are not seen as themed because it's not as
cartoonish obvious as the Eiffel Tower at Paris or the castle turrets surrounding Excalibur. There hasn't been an obviously themed casino in Las Vegas since The Venetian and The Palazzo were completed in 1999 and 2007, respectively. That could all be changing with Resorts World Las Vegas.
Resorts World Las Vegas is set to open in 2016 and will have a heavy Asian influence throughout the $2 billion property. Resorts World Las Vegas will include a series of bronze and gold glass towers flanking Asian-style red pagodas, lagoons and fountains. There is even plans for a replica of the Great Wall of China and discussion on whether or not they will have a panda exhibit. The inclusion of a water park definitely makes Resorts World Las Vegas the first outwardly family friendly casino on The Strip in years.
As much as we like to chatter on about Vegas, we love to hear from you, too. Whether it's tips, unexpected finds, queries or Vegas tales, they're all read, responded to and greatly appreciated it. Recently, @John_Nissan on Twitter offered up a great idea for our long-running OpenThread series where we pose a question and ask the VegasChatter community to weigh in. John thought it would be fun if we all chimed in with the Vegas opening we were most excited to see.
It could be something as huge as the debut of Cirque's ONE Michael Jackson show or something as seemingly minor as the opening of a Starbucks inside CityCenter (the first coming March 8, btw). Below, we list some of the major milestones still ahead, just to jog your memory before you add your pick to the comments below. Or, feel free to go with something entirely of your own!
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Recently, we looked at some low roller gaming options on The Strip in light of the closing of Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon. While cheap blackjack can be found from one end of The Strip (Stratosphere) to the other (Luxor), they may not come with the best odds.
More often then not, if you play $5 blackjack on The Strip, you will encounter a game that pays 6:5 for blackjack and has a house advantage of about 1.8%. If you play a $5 blackjack game, like the game at Casino Royale, that pays 3:2 for blackjack the house advantage is about .44%. The 1.4% difference may not seem like a lot, but it's almost 5 times more of a house advantage for the casino.
Back in the summer, we asked whether you preferred "drinking" or "cocktailing" in Vegas. Obviously, that was an easy answer (both!), and now we want details.
We're wondering: What's your poison of preference in Vegas? A yard of beer around the neck on the Strip? A mix-o-logical Cosmo at Vesper? Ping-pong flavored Bud at Bill's? By the way, anyone else miss O'Sheas?
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Ask ten people what the top hotel in Vegas is and you'll likely get ten different answers. With so many choices out there, choosing what's best in Vegas is more of a personal preference. Maybe the room's basic, but the location is fab. Or, maybe what makes your fave hotel the best is that the room is a comp. Today, Conde Nast Traveler released its annual Reader's Choice Awards for the top 15 hotels in Las Vegas and while some are expected, there's a few surprises in there, too.
CNT readers voted Wynn and Encore as the number one hotel in Vegas. (Yes, we know, it's really two, but there it is.) Their second choice? Four Seasons. The rest stack up as so:
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There's a lot to cover in Las Vegas and your faithful VegasChatter crew aim to bring all that's worth printing to the web on a daily basis. Except weekends when we're out collecting even more Vegas tales. We like to listen as much as we like to talk about Vegas so we always want to hear from you, our readers. Not because the site would otherwise be a black hole devoid of content but because VegasChatter readers have great stories to share! What should you share with us? We've got ideas for that.
No one ever forgets their first time. Once the pain and shame has healed, tell the world about that awesome f'ing time spent breaking your Vegas cherry.
Vegas, for many, is a destination to unwind, indulge and, in some cases, become someone else. What if bringing out that alter ego literally meant stepping into another's shoes for a day? If you were forced, bribed, convinced, or volunteered to spend a day in the life of _______, which Vegas job would you choose?
The quintessential Las Vegas table dealer that we love, hate and love to hate. The combinations are endless just from simply deciding craps or blackjack to which dealer personality to exhibit. The quiet unassuming, but deal 'em fast before they know what hit 'em dealer? The outgoing, friendly having a great time dealer rooting for your
tip win big? Or, would you play the part of bored falling asleep on your feet stiff? Dancing dealer? The no-no-no dealer from the Caesars know when to quit commercials?
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When an artist's tour schedule is released, many music fans first look for one of two dates. When is the tour coming to their hometown (it's in your head now, isn't it?) or is Las Vegas on the route? Possibly, both. Vegas stops are often a mix of locals and tourists who have coordinated their trip around a favorite or popular band. Any excuse, we say.
People who love Vegas LOVE Vegas so why wouldn't that apply to the performers themselves as well? It seems reasonable to expect concert experiences dialed up to eleven here compared to Topeka, Kansas. (Sorry, Topeka you're probably swell.) Often we notice a "travel day" around the Vegas stop. First-time performers are usually
hungover jazzed up to play here on and off the stage and some shows have even been literally climactic. Unless their musical idol has a tendency of rejecting Rock N Roll Hall of Fame noms, fans tend to expect a solid if not perfect performance no matter the city, venue, time, or circumstance. Reality may differ, of course, but it's easy to forget the human aspect of a show.
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Casinos have taught us very well that drinks and gambling are seen together as often as Ozzie Guillen and apologies. A recent
intellectual conversation amongst friends contemplated exactly what types of drinks go best with which games. Actually, it probably stemmed more from a comment like no pink cocktails at the craps table, Sally. But it got us wondering if craps and Courvoisier pair up better than beer and blackjack. Some friends pick the same poison for every occasion while others have a flair for variety. But what if we lived in a world where each game only offered one cocktail? We've been consumed by this question between requisite naps so we made an exercise out of it.
Since we talk gambling often, the subject of where we gamble comes up a lot, too. Much like everything in life, it really depends on our mood. On a regular basis, we'll play anywhere our mood takes us since our sessions are generally short.
While we don't go too deep into planning, we're kind of neurotic when planning for Vegas and gambling is usually atop any Vegas vacation plan. We don't like to plan a complete trip from day to night because things happen in Vegas and we don't always follow through. The first thing we do is stay at a casino where we like to gamble. Players clubs be damned, we'll always play more where we stay.
When looking outside the casino we kind of force ourselves to visit certain places where we want to hang out by making dinner reservations. During 22 hours of a day in Vegas, we don't need to always hang with our friends. But, by planning a dinner at or near our favorite place to gamble, we can ensure a few hours of good times with our friends as well as a little gambling at the places we love.
It's been decided and mentally booked: A trip to Las Vegas is in order. Maybe, it's the first time. Perhaps, it's an annual tradition. It might be with a large group of guys or gals. It may be a solo trip for business or mysterious pleasure. Whatever the reason and number of traveling companions, the work now begins.
For some, the preparation is half the fun, especially when you mix in the anticipation of the lighted landscape flying in and discovering everything new and old the city has to offer since the last trip. Researching, reading (VegasChatter, of course), researching more, re-reading, and drafting an agenda, written or not. Others may dread the planning, though, and would prefer someone else to take care of the details. The just tell me the plan when we get there guy. Or, the do all the work and I'll yay or nay your ideas
pain in the ass guy.