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Details On The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week This December

October 16, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (2)

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.

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Lao Sze Chuan Cranks Up The Heat At Palms

Where: 4321 W. Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
September 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Mild Makeover Of Club Palms

Where: 4321 W. Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
September 9, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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Are You Ready For Some Football... Contests? Here's Your 2014 Roundup

August 14, 2014 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Vegas Is Better With Break-Even Jacks Or Better

August 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (6)

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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Palms Suspends 24-Hour Checkout Program, Limits Beverage Butler

June 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM | by | Comments (8)

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.

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Cantor Releases 2014 NFL Season Win Totals

March 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

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:

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In Las Vegas, The Walking Dead Slot Invasion Has Begun

January 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (3)

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.

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Palms Reveals A Revamped N9NE

Where: 4321 W Flamingo [map], 89103
January 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

N9NE is looking fine (Whee! Rhymes!) at Palms after closing for a quick remodel.

The off-Strip steakhouse is back with a stylin' new decor, a revamped menu and the addition of Center Table (seen above). Described as a "semi-private dining experience with prime location in the heart of the restaurant," Center Table is encased in sheer drapes so we're going to call it the 'look at me.. no, don't look at me' table. Meanwhile, a redesigned lounge (pictured below) provides a better view of the restaurant as a whole.

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Drifting Away At Palms' Drift Spa

Where: 4321 W. Flamingo Road [map], 89103
December 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM | by | Comments (4)

Yesterday, we reviewed a Studio Suite inside Palms Place Hotel and Spa. Today, we get to the “and Spa” part by spending a few hours inside the Drift Spa and Hammam. And, while we were surprised by the peacefulness inside the Palms Place tower, it was Drift Spa that gave us new ways to “enhance our calm.”

This writer knows his way around a fitness center or two. While not necessarily popular to the casual Vegas visitor, fitness centers are commonly available inside most Vegas resort spas. The spa area, though, is where more people tend to gravitate, sipping cucumber water and lounging in robes between dips in bubbling pools. Whether you want to work out your biceps or some post-partying toxins, Vegas has dozens of spas to choose from, however, Drift was the first in the city to incorporate a hammam, and it provided my first experience with one as well. More on that in a bit.

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The One Thing We Regret After Staying At Palms Place

Where: 4321 W Flamingo Rd [map], 89103
December 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM | by | Comments (5)

Have you ever tried a hotel for the first time, then kicked yourself for staying there? Happens all the time. But, how about scolding yourself for not trying a place sooner? That’s how this writer felt after a recent stay at Palms Place Hotel and Spa. After avoiding it for so long, I finally caved and booked a Studio Suite for two nights. Now, I wish I hadn't waited.

This VegasChatter contributor usually avoids the “party” resorts like Hard Rock Hotel or Cosmopolitan. (Those days are disappearing in the rearview mirror.) But now, with many recent changes (along with the fickle tastes of the hip crowd), Palms isn’t as popular as it once was. Recent visits for dining and a preview of Zowie Bowie’s short-lived show (at the quickly shuttered Heraea sports bar/restaurant), made me realize just how much Palms has fallen out of favor, or out of touch. With that in mind, I decided to give in and try a few nights, but played it safe by booking the non-gaming Palms Place tower. And, once I checked in, I didn’t want to leave. Seriously.

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Yet To Live The Suite Life In Vegas? Here's How To Live It Up (For A Day)

November 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

While many look for the lowest rate when choosing a Vegas accommodation, others splurge to ensure a suite getaway. But, if you've never been able to enjoy a high-end accommodation, or just wanted to funnel your Vegas vacation funds to other parts of your stay, you'll soon have a chance to make this one suite holiday season.

Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada will give you access to five of Las Vegas' swankiest suites for just $100. Now, now, don't get too excited. We said access, not the keys! Still, if you want to see how over-the-top accommodations can get in Vegas, there's really no better way as Junior Achievement also provides complimentary shuttle service to each hotel as well as in-suite tastings and beverages at every stop along the way.

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