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Las Vegas continues to nudge those hated resort fees higher and higher.
Since our annual guide to resort fees dropped in mid-Janaury, five hotels (Palms, Quad, Flamingo, Bally's, Plaza) have increased their nightly charges while one Downtown Vegas holdout (El Cortez) switched gears and joined the fee frenzy.
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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:
Everyone’s favorite business reality show is coming to Las Vegas to find new participants. Shark Tank features business pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs to a panel of potential investors, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The show has been on ABC since 2009 and has just entered syndication so, if you get on, you might see yourself on TV for years to come.
How can you vie for a spot? Shark Tank will be holding open auditions at 3 p.m. on February 20 inside Veil Pavilion at Silverton.
The off-Strip Silverton wants to build two new towers. And, make them timeshares. Once we checked our calendar to confirm it was, in fact, still 2013, we continued reading the agenda for a November 6 County Zoning hearing for more details.
Apparently, Silverton wants to build two, 20-story towers south of its existing parking garage where a surface parking lot can now be found. One tower would face east/west, the other north/south. Both would be connected by a walkway which would extend to the Silverton's porte cochere. Each would offer 400 guest rooms with 20 accommodations per floor.
While on a weekend visit to Silverton, which is definitely one of this writer's favorite Las Vegas casinos, I stopped to admire the aquarium as usual. One of the most awesome free things in Vegas, this tank is filled with various kinds of fish, stingrays, plant life and, on occassion, beautiful women dressed as mermaids.
As I made my way around the aquarium, I discovered an art gallery against the back wall featuring, you guessed it, mermaids! Local artist Wil Cormier has painted a whole series of mermaid paintings, called Mermaids of Atlantis. Cormier’s attention to detail is stunning. The mermaids are painted sitting on trees or rocks, coyly covering their naughty bits. Check it out:
Look at the naughty mermaid with her little bird!
Video Poker offers some of the best returns in the casino. Depending on where you play, you can find returns where the advantage is with you and not the house. According to vpFREE2.com, Circus Circus still has some Aces & Eights games that have 100.25% returns with perfect play.
While we all have our favorite video poker games, playing it all the time can get a little boring. If you're like this writer who mostly plays Jacks or Better (the most boring video poker game with the easiest strategy), you need a little spice in your video poker life. Thankfully, there are many varieties in casinos now. I often trade a few percentage points on returns for fun, the price to pay for a little excitement.
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Whether baseball is just a filler for football's offseason or your primary sports drug of choice, MLB's trading deadline is an annual milestone Monday morning quarterbacks everywhere take note of. It coincides with the end of most fantasy baseball periods that determine whether your team is going..all...the...way or simply dumping useful players to a college buddy for his championship run. This year it also marks the suspension of several players for their primary drug of choice.
Whether you're riding the Reverse Cowgill to victory or putting the Mauer Patch Kids to bed, it's time to put the baseball brain in cruise control and get ready for some football. That means 'tis the season for some football contests! Here are the ones we know about. We'll add more as we discover them
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Last week, we ventured into various casinos like we always do. However, we did so on a couple of special days. We happened into several off Strip casinos during promo days.
Promo items used to be thrown around like they cost casinos nothing. But, as the Vegas Strip became corporate, casinos became resorts and offers of sweet memorabilia lessened. Thankfully, we can still find awesome casino promo items at Downtown Vegas casinos and at off Strip locals casinos.
After stopping into the Silverton recently, we ran into a couple of friends who had just won the sweet American Flag watches you see above after earning enough points from playing a little video poker. It's possible that these were leftover from a July 4th promotion, but we didn't bother asking for more information.
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Today marks day four of the World Series of Poker Main Event as 6,352 players continue to play down to one. That's down from last year's count of 6,598, but still good enough for a $8,359,531 first place payout. And, since we're sitting here writing this story, we're obviously not in the running for even one dollar of that. Rather than waiting for next year, we started poking around for news on poker rooms elsewhere in the city.
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Despite the coming streak of consecutive 100-degree days and our usual unwillingness to quote country songs, things just might get hotter as the sun goes down on the Vegas pool scene.
While most hotel pools close between 5 p.m. and sunset, a few stay open late by means of concerts and special events bringing a whole new meaning to the idea of "suiting up" for a night out in Sin City. For your nightlife needs, check out these wet and wild pool parties happening across town this summer:
Night Swim at XS: Don your swimsuit (but keep it under a classy wrap until you get there, tho) and watch the pool turn into a dance floor at Wynn/Encore's Sunday late-night pool bash. Doors open at 10 p.m. and table reservations can be made by calling 702-770-0097.
“Party Like It’s $19.99!” at Sway Pool Lounge: Silverton Casino is hosting this poolside summer concert series featuring cover bands from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The $19.99 ticket includes entry and two drinks (well cocktails or domestic beers), or you can buy a $15 ticket that does not include beverages (which would be silly). The concerts are held mostly on Saturdays and doors open at 6 p.m. You can see the full schedule here.
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Vegas offers some unusual ways to tie the knot, from drive-thru chapels to ring-dispensing gumball machines, but an Austrian couple plans to partake in perhaps the town’s most unusual ceremony: an underwater wedding in a 117,000-gallon aquarium at the Silverton on April 18.
Donning a weighted bridal gown and tuxedo along with full scuba gear, the couple will exchange vows underwater as friends and family watch and listen via microphone. The sharks, stingrays and tropical fish that call the tank home round out the guest list.
Talk about a wet and sloppy first kiss.
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When we stayed at the Silverton a couple weeks ago, we noticed a lot of strange things for the first time. Our special room rate was booked before Caesars Entertainment and South Point announced their resort fees so, at the time, finding that there was a $4.95 resort fee attached to our reservation was a bit surprising for a mid-tier, off-Strip hotel. Like most resort fees there is no mention on the hotel website until you click to reserve a room and, even then, there's no detail on what you get for the $4.95.
When we checked in, the desk agent informed us that WiFi was not included in the resort fee and that we could purchase it for an additional $11.95. WiFi is free throughout Silverton... except for the rooms. We were also advised that we could come to the lobby and use the WiFi on one of their couches or chairs. So, we grabbed a cup of Starbucks and took them up on that offer. No big deal.