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Unless you’re loyal to one casino chain in Las Vegas and just that chain, you probably have players club cards from a multitude of companies. If you bounce around, that adds up to a lot players club cards.
Before moving to Las Vegas, I would pack players club cards for just about every casino on the Strip and in downtown. There were so many, I had a separate players club wallet insert. Now that I live here, I still have to carry way too many to make sure I get points whenever I’m out. My sweet leather Burberry wallet has been stretched so much that I have to carry a certain amount of cards so everything stays in place. Bleh.
Westgate is starting to offer a novel amenity for all you fans of streaming. They’ve upped the ante for in-room entertainment options by partnering with Hotel Internet Services to install BeyondTV Wireless Streaming Players. This means guests can use the Internet, live TV, video-on-demand, personal media sharing, Internet radio and social media via their guest room TV or their personal mobile devices. It also grants guests access to personal accounts on Netflix, Pandora and Hulu.
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It’s taken a long time, but Four Queens has finally relinquished its title as owner of the worst Las Vegas hotel website. When we last took a look, the outdated design and poorly functioning reservations system didn’t leave us wanting to return. 2015 marks a new era for Four Queens, however, as they’ve both upgraded their website and refreshed some of their guest rooms.
The new site is a huge improvement, without question. The previous incarnation, still partially accessible via Archive.org, wasn’t really worth visiting unless you wanted a laugh. Still, we can’t help but feel like Four Queens only made it to 2005 in terms of website design. Maybe it’s the old photos. Or, perhaps it’s just that seeing “no resort fee” makes us feel like we’ve stepped back in time.
The largest convention of the year hit Las Vegas this week. Technology is a bigger part of our lives than ever before and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is reflective of that. This year, the Las Vegas Convention Center was still home to the majority of CES, but attendees could also find companies showing their wares as far away as Mandalay Bay.
If you're not familiar with it, CES is the annual expo for technology companies to show off new products that will be available in the near future as well as products we may not see for years. There are things you’ll see, eventually, at home as well as in hotels, restaurants and casinos. Obviously, we’re most concerned with how CES will impact Vegas hotels and casinos.
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Unlike the landlocked folks of VegasChatter, writers for our sister site, Jaunted, get to travel around the world. Recently, they came across nifty robotic bartenders while floating around on the brand new Quantum of the Seas cruise ship. Hit play on the video above to see them in action.
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The annual Global Gaming Expo (a.k.a. G2E) is just a couple of weeks away. The expo is where businesses with products and services related to the casino industry show off their goods to prospective buyers. While the newest ATM technology and seating options are cool to look at, most of us are concerned about new casino games.
Another nickname for G2E is the "slot machine convention." Slot manufacturers take up almost as much space on the expo floor as every other business combined. G2E is where just about all new slot machine technology and themes debut.
Slots have always struck us as one of the most laidback forms of casino gambling. Play craps and you have to be on your feet. Choose blackjack and you can sit, but keeping track of the game can keep your mind racing. poker’s constant pushing, shoving, and stacking of chips can be exhausting. Even roulette requires some counting and sorting. Slots are the game for the truly lazy. Sit in a chair, sip a drink, and slap a button. That’s all there is to it. Slot manufacturers, however, seem to think the games are still too strenuous. In a never-ending quest to combat slot player fatigue, they’ve introduced some game enhancements that have us rolling our eyes.
First up is an easier way to bet. Hitting “spin” sounds painless enough, but apparently pressing a large round button is a process that needs improvement. Could valuable seconds be lost with each reach of the arm? Or, maybe frequent players are plagued by elbow strain. We’re not really sure where the need for this innovation came from, but remote play buttons are here. Connected to the machine via cabling approximately two feet in length, these handheld devices let you enjoy another spin without the discomfort of raising your arm. You won’t find a cash-out button on the unit and, unless you’re willing to make the grueling reach six inches over, your only option is to continue playing. Sneaky.
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This week, MGM Grand and The Mirage began a test run of pretty amazing tables. Yes, tables. These InteractivePro Tables (IPT) offer a unique 10-point, multi-touch experience that can be used for a wide range of applications including television, video and interactive entertainment to be used in bars, casino floors, hotel suites, restaurants and lounges. We saw the first table on display at The Mirage sportsbook. It was just being set up so it could only get online for the time being. That will change soon.
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Tired of losing the charge on your mobile phone while wandering the Vegas Strip? Well, Venetian has you in mind with the most recent addition to its casino.
VegasChatter reader Jeff C. recently spied the installation of Plug & Play mobile charging systems on some of the resort's video poker and slot machines. You don't even need a full charger to get your mobile phone some extra power while you gamble. Just plug a USB cable into the machine and your phone will begin to charge.
We don’t ask for much when it comes to Las Vegas besides an amazingly memorable experience. This writer used to have an iPod playlist made specifically for final descent into McCarran Airport. My first thought upon landing was that it was time to get busy.
When thinking about different ways technology could improve a hotel stay in Las Vegas, the first thing on my wish list was mobile check-in. After grabbing a Red Eye from Starbucks at the airport and a cocktail at the hotel, there’s nothing worse than spending 45 minutes in line to check-in. It looks as if Caesars Entertainment has heard our plea for speediness. A friend received the following email before checking into Flamingo last week:
Technology is moving faster than most businesses can keep up with. Unfortunately for them, there's a growing group of early adopters who want the newest technology as soon as it's available. This technology is as simple as making websites more current to offering mobile check-in. Las Vegas is a city that has to cater to both early adopters and super slow adopters. It’s pretty much impossible to keep everyone happy all the time.
This early adopter loves it when there are new developments in hotel tech and casino tech. It was exciting when Golden Nugget updated their 24K players club last month so that players could use kiosks for promotions and use slot dollars right from their players club card. Some casinos have been doing this for a while, but it’s always nice when another casino catches up.
Las Vegas is on the cutting edge of a lot of trends. Take nightclubs, for example. Nine of the top ten grossing nightclubs are located in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for the next hot trend in dining just see what restaurants are opening in Las Vegas. There was gourmet burgers, there was tacos, there was pizza. You get the idea. Strange enough, the huge hotels that we all stay at are behind the curve. Some hotels are lacking when it comes to design and technology while some are just behind the times with tech.
A SmartBrief poll last year showed that 45% of hotel guests travel with two mobile devices and 40% with three or more. That number will continue to increase as this technology becomes more and more a part of everyday life. We want more access and information and we want it now.
So, what would we like to see Vegas hotels adapt? Here are some hotel technology ideas that exist outside of Las Vegas and some we’re just dreaming about. Some are items are available in limited capacity while some don't exist here at all.