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Off-Strip / Palms / Concerts / Free Vegas / → All Tags
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend that won’t break the bank, head to The Lounge at Palms on Saturday night to see local band Swingin’ Pedestrians. If you can’t tell from the name, the band specializes in swing music plus rockabilly and other classic lounge genres. The group is usually accompanied by several burlesque dancers, which adds another fun and scantily clad dimension.
Lead singer Tony Felicetta is no stranger to the Vegas stage. He’s Ringo in B- A Tribute to the Beatles at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. In Swingin’ Pedestrians, he takes a step out from behind the drum kit to croon his way through hits that will make you want to get out on the dance floor. The last time I caught the band at The Lounge, there were several couples basically putting on a swing clinic. Their dancing was as entertaining as the band and the combo made for a really memorable night. The best part is there’s no cover. The show starts at 10 p.m.
Pools / Pool Scenes / Palms / Off Strip / Charitable Vegas / → All Tags
Feel good? Why should I need to feel good about renting a cabana? I'm on vacation. It's me time, baby! Okay, we get it. But, if you're interested in warming your heart the same time you fry that bod, Palms' "Cabanas for a Cause" will be around once again.
If you're not familiar with the annual endeavor, each pool season Palms rents out cabanas on select Mondays for $100 each. Yep, just a hundred. And, the proceeds go entirely to charity. This year, such local organizations as the Special Olympics of Southern Nevada, Opportunity Village, Aid for AIDS in Nevada, and more will benefit from your summertime indulgence. A full schedule is detailed below. You can also donate additional money, if you so choose.
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If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, chances are you’re already attending viewing parties at whichever friend’s house has the best/newest TV situation. Well, it’s time to up the ante and the screen size.
To get you out of the between-seasons doldrums, the folks behind “Game of Thrones” will be showing the two final episodes of season four on the gigantic IMAX screens around the country, including the Brenden Theatres at Palms.
Vegas Rumors / The Cosmopolitan / Hilton / CONRAD / Palms / The Palms / Caesars Entertainment / Caesars Palace / Flamingo / SkyVue Las Vegas / → All Tags
The VegasChatter inbox has been on fire of late with lots of rumors, both on Strip and off. We decided to round them up and dispel or confirm what we could. Here's what's being buzzed about around town:
Subject: The Cosmo
Rumor: With the sale of The Cosmopolitan to Blackstone, its official alignment with Hilton is just a matter of time. (Blackstone already counted Hilton within its portfolio.) The question has been how it will be affiliated with Hilton. Now, a VegasChatter tipster thinks it might be placed in the CONRAD category after noticing a Las Vegas location listed for the brand, which touts "smart luxury," on an internal (read: employee only) site.
Truth: The validity of this rumor is yet to be seen. The public website for CONRAD does not make mention of a Las Vegas location. You can review Hilton's brand hierarchy here and make your own guess as to where Cosmo might fall.
Events / NASCAR / Awards / Palms / Pearl Theater / Wynn Las Vegas / Encore Las Vegas / The Strip / The Linq / → All Tags
NASCAR and Las Vegas have a deeper relationship than most realize. One of the first few races of the season is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) every year. When there's not an event, visitors can even drive around LVMS at the Richard Petty Experience. While the last race of the season may take place in Homestead, Florida, it really draws to a close in Las Vegas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion’s Week takes place around the valley December 2-5.
An annual celebration, NASCAR Champion’s Week is a chance for racing fans to see and (maybe) meet their favorite drivers. There’s also a very candid event that’s open to the public called After The Lap. The event is a tell-all conversation with the top 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. In previous years, this off-the-cuff discussion has gone from interesting chatter and laughter to WTH when Tony Stewart dropped down to do push-ups or when Jeff Gordon decided that he’d break dance.
VegasChatter Reviews / Eating / Dining / Palms / The Palms / Lao Sze Chuan / → All Tags
The eagerly anticipated Chinese spot at Palms is now open. The trope is almost mandatory now: gambling establishments with over 100 slot machines must have bathrooms, emergency exits, and a Chinese restaurant. But, at least this new dining destination isn't like the dens of grease/MSG many claim and features a proper chef doing proper Chinese specialties.
Szechuan food is characterized by two ingredients: chili oil and Szechuan peppercorns. Both play a heavy part in the food at Lao Sze Chuan, especially in the Spicy Szechuan Rabbit appetizer ($7.95). This is a dish for those looking to satiate that peppercorn addiction, applying almost medical-grade numbing to every surface in your mouth. If you wanted to scare away a novice, this would be the dish to do it with. The dish, served cold, is quite tasty, just watch out for the many sharp bones and don't start popping it in your mouth like this writer did.
Players Clubs / Palms / CG Technology / Club Palms / Gambling / Off Strip / → All Tags
About a year ago, Palms totally revamped its players club so it must be time to tinker with things again. The biggest change to Club Palms last year was the addition of multiple tiers based on how much money is spent. This year, the players club has received a mild makeover which seems aimed at making sure anyone who has any kind of status is a consistent spender.
Earning 400 points still gives you $1 in free slot play and you must earn 2,000 points ($5) before you can spend it. In addition to earning points from gambling, you can earn 1 point for every dollar you spend in the restaurants, hotel, spa, salon and gift shop. The first changes you’ll notice are the requirements for each tier.
Football / Contests / Sportsbooks / Westgate / Station Casinos / William Hill / Palms / → All Tags
We’re just weeks away from kickoff of football season and the sportsbooks are getting ready for the most popular sport for bettors by hosting a variety of football contests. Besides typical wagers on individual games, Las Vegas casinos offer contests at different price points to give gamblers a shot at making some, potentially, big bucks. Registration has opened for the following contests:
SuperContest at Westgate (Formerly LVH, formerly Las Vegas Hilton, formerly The International, formerly just sand)
The SuperContest is easily the most popular football contest in Las Vegas and that popularity is only getting bigger. Entries for this year's SuperContest are already ahead of last year which sent the grand prize winner home with over $500,000! Entry for this football contest is $1,500. Unlike other contests, you don't have to live in Nevada to participate, but you do have to register in person. If you want to participate in the SuperContest, but don't live in Nevada you can hire a proxy to submit your weekly picks. FootballContest.com has info on what a proxy can do for you.
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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.)
All good things must come to an end, but this was a bit faster than even we would have expected.
Earlier this year, executives at the Palms had us cheering over two out-of-the-box guest programs. In March, we were impressed with the launch of a 24-hour checkout policy that allowed guests to leave (with a few strings attached) 24 hours after they arrived instead of at the usual pre-set time. A few weeks later, execs had us toasting the introduction of a Beverage Butler whose sole goal was to bring the bar to guests waiting their turn at check-in.
Betting / Venetian / Palazzo / The Cosmopolitan / Tropicana / Hard Rock / Palms / M Resort / Silverton / Sportsbooks / NFL / Sports Betting / CG Technology / Cantor Gaming / → All Tags
Most of us are getting ready for March Madness or the first pitch of the Major League Baseball regular season. Football isn't front and center with most people that bet on sports, but that hasn't stopped Cantor Gaming (CG Technology) from looking forward to the NFL season. It's the first sportsbook operator to post season win totals for the next pro football season.
Over the past couple seasons, Cantor has become the first sportsbook operator to release NFL season win totals but this marks the earliest they've posted them to date. In fact, this is the earliest any sportsbook operator has released season win totals. Ever. Free agency hasn't begun yet and the NFL Draft is weeks away, but if you can see into the future maybe you're ready to place bets on how teams will perform. Take a look:
Slot Machines / Walking Dead / Gaming / Casinos / Palms / Bellagio / The Mirage / Arizona Charlie's West / → All Tags
The Walking Dead return to televison February 9, but you need only to shuffle into a Vegas casino to get your fix now.
The Walking Dead slot machine has finally begun its invasion of Sin City. The game can now be found at Bellagio, The Mirage, Arizona Charlie's West (on South Decatur) and the Palms. Keep an eye on this website to keep track of new locations to play dead (har) in Vegas.