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Interblock / Gambling / Holograms / Technology / The Quad / The Cosmopolitan / MGM Grand / Rio / Blackjack / Baccarat / Roulette / Millennials / → All Tags
You may not be familiar with Interblock, but that’s going to change.
Interblock creates multi-player casino games that allow many to gamble together. You may have seen Rapid Roulette, Rapid Craps and video blackjack from other companies, but Interblock takes those ideas to another level. In the past weeks, they’ve introduced hologram gaming at The Quad and The Cosmopolitan.
The fella above is Hans. He’s a sweetheart of a dealer at one of this writer's favorite low-rolling casinos. Late last year while waiting for some friends, another friend and I decided to play a little blackjack. Hans was beating me up pretty badly so I took a short break and let him crush the dreams of the other people at the table while remaining in my seat. While still seated, I decided to whip out the iPhone and catch up with email, tweets and friends on Facebook. It was cool. Hans didn’t seem to mind. Neither did the pit boss. We were all chatting and having a good time while he busted up other players.
After leaving the table it hit me that I wasn’t asked to stop using my mobile phone while others were playing blackjack. Back in the day, dealers and pit bosses would scold or reprimand someone using a mobile phone at the tables like a second grader. More recently, dealers and pit bosses would ask -- nicely -- if guests could step away from the table or put the phone away. Since my experience, I've noticed that dealers and pit bosses all around Vegas are easing up on the scolding. Gentle requests are still made sometimes, but not as often as the past. This has been my personal experience at casinos all over Vegas in the past few months.
CES / Technology / Slot Machines / Sportsbooks / Consumer Electronics Show / G2E / Global Gaming Expo / → All Tags
The Consumer Electronics Show, more commonly known as CES, is in Las Vegas this week. CES is the largest convention in Vegas and features all kinds of technology from the realistic to the never-gonna-happen. Technology is such a part of our lives today that coverage has grown from the practical to the ridiculous. At VegasChatter, we’re more concerned with what we’ll be seeing in hotels and casinos than a famous guy freaking out.
Technology develops so quickly today that there’s much available, but only a few things seem as if they’re destined to succeed and be seen in Las Vegas casinos anytime soon. At the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), we may have been teasing when we said that slot machine manufacturers were making new games brighter and crisper because their audience was getting older and couldn’t see very well. While this may or may not be true, we do see a few new products at CES that could appeal visually to younger and older gamblers alike.
When Palms revamped its website this summer, we gave them credit for having one of the best for a Vegas resort. A good website can make planning your next trip quick and easy. A simple reservation system, easy to find restaurant hours and phone numbers, and details regarding entertainment options are the essentials. And, it should look nice. (Ahem.) This is Vegas, after all.
So, which Vegas hotel-casino has us doing our best Grumpy Cat impersonation? Downtown’s Four Queens. One look at the homepage takes us back to the days of PowerPoint ’97. It’s tough to take the welcome page seriously when everything is presented using the ‘fly-in’ effect. If you aren’t scared off by the navigation menu that beeps as you mouse over each button, you can make your way to the nightmare that is the reservations page.
And I have no privacy.
Woh, I always feel like somebody's watching me.
Tell me is it just a dream?
No, it's not a dream and these lyrics are not just from an 80s one-hit wonder. Somebody IS always watching you... when you're in Las Vegas.
This is not news, of course. With all the closed-circuit TVs on casino floors and throughout hotels, we understand our movements are being monitored. Heck, soon our lounge time at the pool will be watched by others. But, while we knew our physical actions would be caught on camera somewhere, we always thought our audio conversations were somewhat safe. No more.
Openings / Technology / Fashion Show Mall / Microsoft / Vegas Tech / Apple / Shopping / → All Tags
Microsoft will open its first retail store on the Vegas Strip this November. Headed to the Fashion Show Mall (where a Microsoft kiosk can already be found and where an expanded Apple Store likely won't see a rumored September return), the Microsoft Retail Store plans to welcome its first customers Thursday, November 14.
Microsoft is known for hosting blow-out concerts to herald new locations and this opening will be no different. They have Pitbull on tap to perform a free concert inside The Joint at the Hard Rock later that night. But, the catch is, you have to go to the opening of the store to get your complimentary ticket. And, yes, they'll be first come, first served.
Remember two years ago when we reported that social gaming was the next big thing for casinos? Social gaming was remained the future of gambling last year. So, guess what?! Social gaming is still the next thing that will impact casinos and it seems like it will be that way for a while.
The first day of G2E was all panels discussing the future of the casino business. The expo itself with zombies, Batman and bridesmaids begins tomorrow. Today, this writer listened to casino execs, lawyers and marketing people speak about what’s actually happening in the biz. It’s sad to hear, but there really isn’t much new on that front that hasn't already been happening for the past few years.
If you've ever been one of the sea of faces crammed into the Apple store at the Fashion Show Mall, we've some good news. It's going to nearly triple in size. Although, that probably still won't help.
ifoapplestore.com is reporting that the current store will soon close and move to a temporary location in the busy mall so that it can morph from 3,900 square feet to more than 10,000. (If you know the mall fairly well, the store will expand to include the neighboring spaces formerly occupied by Steve Madden and Tommy Bahama.)
Last night while enjoying the fine views offered
at from Twin Peaks, we spotted a couple of dudes crouching down on the Harmon Center pedestrian bridge. They didn't look like buskers or other shady characters and they certainly were not playing the bagpipes all evening, but we couldn't quite figure out what they were up to.
Then we saw it -- an outlet! A real live outlet.
It's located on the end of the bridge, right where you head into the Harmon Corner shops and restaurant. And, it's free! So, if your battery power is at 10 percent or less, plug in here, enjoy the
bagpipes.. err, the sights.. and, when it's back up to at least 30 percent, make your way up to Twin Peaks to document the fine, um, dining.
Of course, now that we've mentioned this TOTALLY FREE OUTLET, we're sure the powers that be are going to block it up in 3... 2... 1....
Well, that was quick.
It was just a few weeks ago when Tech Hive reported that MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment were okay with customers wearing Google Glass. Someone must have educated the staff at Caesars Entertainment about Google Glass, though, because they are now saying the high-tech eyewear will not be allowed in their casinos.
Here is an explanation on the banning of Google Glass at Caesars properties detailed in an email to Computer World:
Technology / Nobu Hotel / Apps / Octavius Tower / Caesars Palace / Concierge / Housekeeping / → All Tags
Earlier this week, you may have read about our stay in the first ever Nobu Hotel and the amenity madness included within. (Although, we're hearing that some haven't been that fortunate.) Another major feature the boutique hotel has rolled out is its mobile Nobu app.
When the Octavius Tower debuted at Caesars Palace last year it, too, released an app for tower guests. The Octavius App is a web application accessible from any Internet-enabled device that connects guests to details on Caesars' shows, dining, tournaments, Qua Spa and descriptions of its new signature Nobu treatments, housekeeping and concierge services, checkout and more.
If you're a tech geek, you're probably familiar with Google Glass. This is something straight out of science fiction movies we grew up watching. Google Glass is essentially a pair of computerized eyeglasses. Glasses have a computer processor, memory,
GPS sensor and camera (pictures and video) built into them. The lenses serve as a display screen. Update: Thanks to @Hunter on Twitter for letting us know that Google Glass will not offer built-in GPS, but can be GPS-enabled via a companion app on a Bluetooth-capable smart phone.
The technology that is available with Google Glass is really quite remarkable even if it is a little creepy to think anyone looking at you can record every move you make. Generally, we love new technology and any way we can make the Vegas experience better is alright good with us. Casinos don't always see things the way we do. They're always looking to protect their business and, sometimes, improvements in technology show potential to interfere with that. Strangely enough, the casinos that will not allow you to take photos inside the casino and won't even let you use your mobile phone to check a text message at a blackjack table will allow Google Glass.