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Just a quick note to everyone that you should stop by the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay if you get a chance. Many visitors tend to overlook the high-end lounge since it is over on the south side of the Strip and sometimes feels either too far out of the way or otherwise unapproachable, but let me tell you that it is worth the time to make it up there, even if just to enjoy the view.
Recently, I took my first trip up there, and while I had read @East Coast Gambler’s 2014 story about his first time up, I had to take his advice and check it out for myself. All I can say is, it did not disappoint.
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The Planet Hollywood sportsbook had undergone some renovations this past March, including some major ones to the bar area. (I first noted it a few weeks ago as a tip to VegasChatter. I am now one of the team's newest contributors.)
During that same trip, my friends and I were able to check it out and see how they were faring during their first weeks of operation. The weekend that we were there was the first round of the NCAA 2015 tournament, and the new restaurant, Ringer, and book were undergoing a trial by fire, as the crowds associated with March Madness and spring break were present in full force.
“Letters, we get letters"... or so news columns used to say in the era of snail mail. These days, we have an in-box instead of a letter box, but we're always thrilled to see it filled with comments and ideas from VegasChatter readers.
Recently VC fan Martin offered this suggestion:
I would love to see sammasseur do an article on the male pleasure pit dealers at Planet Hollywood. This is the only casino I have seen them at. I talked to some of them and they all have interesting stories.
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Christmas will be coming a bit early for poker players at the Venetian next month. Beginning May 1, the Strip's largest poker room will begin offering a $2 max rake on all poker games 24 hours a day through May 24. The normal rake at Venetian is a $4 maximum.
To the uninitiated, the rake is, basically, how poker rooms make money. Because poker players do battle with each other instead of against the house, the poker room takes a percentage of the money in each pot. In most poker rooms, the rake is 10% of the pot up to a certain amount and it is taken in $1 increments. The first dollar is taken out when the pot reaches $10, the next dollar is taken out at $20, and so on until the maximum rake is reached. The $2 maximum rake at Venetian is a 50% drop from what they usually take and players will see a nice increase in their bottom line because of it.
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Winning money in a poker tournament is always a good thing, but winning money and contributing to a great cause is even better. Folks will be doing just that next weekend when the Poker for Hope charity tournament comes to Planet Hollywood Saturday, April 11.
The event, hosted by World Series of Poker bracelet winner Antonio Esfandiari, benefits Tia's Hope, which provides gifts and uplifting experiences to children who are hospitalized. The charity currently works with the City of Hope in Los Angeles and Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochseter, New York, and is in the process of expanding to more hospitals.
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Unless you gamble frequently, you may not realize it isn’t all the same. To the non-gambler, blackjack is blackjack is blackjack. Gamblers know that isn’t true. Not only do many casinos offer different rules, odds and returns for games, you may even find different rules and odds for the same game under the roof of a single casino.
A casino may offer blackjack with different odds depending on if you're by the door, in the high limit room or in the party pit. This can be the case with other forms of casino gambling, from betting on sports to video poker.
Formerly located right in the heart of the casino floor, situated between some blackjack tables and slot machines, the old setting wasn't as much of a poker "room" as it was a poker "area." The new location, now sandwiched between the Earl of Sandwich (couldn't resist) and the sports book, is a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the main casino and the result is a much calmer, quieter setting. The old location was just feet away from the casino's raucous party pit, which gave the poker room the reputation as one of the noisiest in town after the sun went down and the go-go dancers started doing their thing. Some people don't mind a noisy room, but if you're like me, a little peace and quiet goes a long way when it comes to doing battle at the poker tables. The new room doesn't have the library-like feel of the room at the Wynn, but it is quite a bit more mellow in its new spot.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of March 2:
You've Got Some More Eating To Do: Las Vegas Restaurant Week returns June 15-26 and only for those dates this year. The event will no longer take place twice yearly with spring and fall dates. During the week, restaurants across the city join together to offer special prix fixe meals ranging from $20.15 to $50.15 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local food bank Three Square.
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March Madness is almost here so you know what time it is... party time!
Our annual rundown of March Madness viewing parties is here and can be found below. We'll update the list as we discover new offerings, but if you don't see the venue you're interested in right now, the best advice is simply to call them and inquire. Don't wait. The March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook group (which now boasts some 3,700 members) is already reporting parties at The Pub at Monte Carlo and Lagasse's Stadium at Venetian|Palazzo are sold out.
What was teased Tuesday on social media was revealed on the same medium early this morning.
Planet Hollywood took to its Facebook and Twitter accounts yesterday to tease followers about the purpose of an enormous crane parked out front of the resort. We thought the answer would
logically be revealed today by the hotel, but fans only received another 'wait and see':
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Weird Al Yankovic finally managed to top the charts (Billboard’s top comedy albums and top 200) with his newest album, Mandatory Fun. Despite this being his first chart-topping album, the kooky comedic singer has been cranking out silly and beloved hits for the better part of the last four decades. New videos released last summer made waves on the interwebs including "Foil," his parody of Lorde’s “Royals.”
Now that their accompanying album has come out, Weird Al is hitting the road in support of it with his aptly named tour, the “Mandatory World Tour.” If you missed his previous Vegas shows at The Cannery, you’ll have to cough up double or triple the price to catch him this time around at Planet Hollywood. He'll kick off his world tour in Las Vegas May 12-16 with showtimes at 8 p.m.
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Recycled Percussion's time at The Linq is almost over, according to a post on their Facebook page. Christmas Day will be their last show in the venue they’ve occupied for the past two years. After 500 shows, they are downsizing to the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops. (Inside Baseball: David Saxe produces the Recycled Percussion show.)