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More Online Vegas Freebies, And No Need To Be A Poker Ace To Apply

August 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (3)

Recently, we profiled GoldenNuggetPoker.net and its plentiful freebies. Let’s also take a peek at what you can find at Stratosphere's AcePlayPoker.com, where you can win a great variety of freebies.

Similar to Golden Nugget's free-play online poker site, this one lets you play cash games or tournaments for fun, with the chance to use the points you earn to buy in to tournaments offering real-world prizes.

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From The Resort Fee Department: Increases And The Disappearance Of An Opt-Out

August 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (24)

It's been almost a month since our last resort fees story so, you know, it's time. And, not to disappoint, we have updates for you from both sides of The Strip.

The first came to us from VegasChatter tipster Duane D. who writes:

I just booked a room at Harrah’s through Expedia and found out later that they will want another $24.64 PER DAY up from the $18.00 shown on your list. This is a big rip off so I will (be) cancelling the room until they smarten up.

It is not the costs that is the problem, but to quote one price and then virtually double it for very dubious reasons makes it unethical. Even if they have covered their themselves legally, which they have, does not make it right. Whatever happened to the theory of just getting people there and then hosing them in the casinos – we all know that happens and are prepared for it but to expect more in other ways is just too much.Good luck to them.

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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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Sabina Kelley Bringing Tattoos And Pasty Bling To The Strat

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89104
July 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

You may know her from Oxygen Network’s “Best Ink.” You may know her from her stunning pin-up photos. Heck, you may just want to see a lovely tattooed dancer strip down to pasties and a G-string. Either way, we won’t judge you as we’re also eager to check out Sabina Kelley as she takes over for the equally stunning Claire Sinclair July 24-31 in Pin Up.

Sinclair, the Playboy model and female lead in Stratosphere's show, will be off in San Diego to promote her new comic book, “Wondrous: The Adventures of Claire Sinclair,” at Comic-Con. Known for her Bettie Page good looks, Sinclair has been at the helm of Pin Up since it opened a year and a half ago.

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What Does It Take To Succeed As A New Vegas Attraction?

June 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (11)

When it comes to amusement parks and one-off thrill rides, Vegas is big on ideas. Execution is another story. For every Ferris wheel, water park, or rollercoaster that goes up, it seems there are three that never make it beyond a press release. And, those that do (eventually) open aren’t guaranteed success. We need look no further than the High Roller observation wheel to see proof of that. It’s not all bad, however, as there are a handful of attractions that have proved successful over the years. So, what makes them work? What does it take to run a successful attraction in Vegas?

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11 Places For Fireworks Viewing On The Fourth

June 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (3)

If your Fourth of July celebrations must start and end with a bang (don't go there), Vegas will have plenty of choices for you. Fireworks will be launched on The Strip as far south as Mandalay Bay and as far north as Stratosphere. If you're a local or have wheels, two popular off-Strip casinos will also light up the night sky. If you're not opposed to combining your Fourth with a true road trip, your options grow even larger. Here are 11 spots to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth:

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Bridesmaids, The Slot Machine, Hits Las Vegas

June 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM | by | Comments (3)

Do you (insert your name here) take this slot machine in good spins and in bad? For richer and for poorer until a zero balance do you part?

The slot machine based on the 2011 blockbuster movie, Bridesmaids, is finally in Las Vegas after making its debut in a few other markets first. Right now, you'll only find it at the Stratosphere, but we're sure Bridesmaids will soon be spotted all around town just like its real-life counterparts. Casino Journal describes the playing experience as so:

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Getting High In Las Vegas

June 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM | by | Comments (12)

The VegasChatter staff is super appreciative of resident shutterbug Greg Clarke and, hopefully, as a reader you are, too. Whether bizzare bazaar construction updates or carefully planned before and after comparisons, the long reach of his lens has kept us all up-to-date while connected to the city's past. And, Las Vegas is full of personal perspectives. From Las Vegas Boulevard looking straight up at the glory of the Harmon Corner marquee, standing on a pedestrian bridge looking across at Cosmopolitan, staring out at the city lights from the Foundation Room, or from peering out of your pod while riding The High Roller, it's all spectacular. Even the latter examples provide multiple contexts, depending on the time of day or night. Well, Greg Clarke has once again pulled out his telephoto lens to provide yet another perspective that could otherwise be missed.

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While The Strip Is Changing, Which Three Casinos Are Stuck In The Past?

May 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (28)

This year, things are really moving on The Strip. The Cromwell and High Roller are off and running, Bally’s is getting Bazaar, and room renovations are (finally) underway at The Quad. And, that’s just center Strip. There’s action at the ends of The Strip as well; rooms are being revealed at The Delano and Resorts World is taking steps towards reality.

In all the excitement, it’s easy to forget about those places that haven’t changed. Here at VegasChatter, we’re keeping track. We think it’s time the three casino-hotels listed below wake from their slumbers and give us something to get excited about.

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Another LGBTQ-Themed Event Launches In Vegas, This One High Above The Strip

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89104
May 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (9)

Last Friday, the Stratosphere premiered a new weekend mood-setter of sorts. Altitude Fridays -- a weekly, early evening mixer -- invites the LGBTQ crowd (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) to loosen their ties and get the party started atop the highest freestanding observation tower in the United States.

Running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Level 107 Lounge, Altitude Fridays offers an attractive destination for the rainbow crowd to enjoy a full evening out, or just have a cocktail (or three) before calling it a night.

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VegasChatter Questions: Do Casinos Have Craps Lessons?

May 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

You have questions and we have answers! Timely answers, at that. We were walking through The D the other day and were reminded that many casinos still offer free gaming lessons. This experienced gambler hasn't taken a gaming lesson in a while, but it's nice to see that casinos still offer this kind of education.

VegasChatter Reader Chris R. was wondering if this was still a thing... and where he might get a lesson on the Vegas Strip:

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Hey, Hey, Hey, What Rhymes With Here's Where To Watch Fireworks In Vegas On New Year's Eve?

December 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's a question we're asked every December and, we get it, it's an important one -- where can we see fireworks on New Year's Eve? Just standing on The Strip is a good idea, but where is an important factor, especially with towering resorts all around.

This year, just like the past two, fireworks will launch from the rooftops of seven resorts: Stratosphere, Treasure Island, the Venetian, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria, and MGM Grand. The entire production will last eight minutes and 23 seconds.

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