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2014 Guide To March Madness In Vegas

February 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

March Madness is almost here! Four bids will be up for grabs in conference tournaments set to take place in Vegas at the beginning of March and then the mayhem will truly begin.

If you have questions about specific parties taking place around town or want to chat with or meet up with other basketball fans during the tournaments, stay connected by joining the March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook group. And, in the event you can't afford the $50,000 viewing package at Carmine's, we've put together a list of all the other things happening around town. Be sure to check back as we will update our guide as more are announced.

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Let's All Raise A Glass To April

February 20, 2014 at 11:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spring in Las Vegas means itís the start of wine festival season. The Golden Nugget will celebrate grapes with its Spring Wine Fest April 4-6. Hot on the heels of that booze-filled weekend, UNLVino returns with a four-day extravaganza to celebrate the fundraiserís 40th year, April 9-12.

Get your liver primed with the three day event at Golden Nugget that kicks off with a poolside wine and champagne party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 4. Knowing Las Vegas, the weather should be perfect for this $40 soiree by the pool that will feature live music, too.

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Always Cheap And Usually Fast, Which McDonaldís On The Vegas Strip Is Best?

February 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (18)

No one plans to eat at McDonald's while in Vegas, yet the few sets of golden arches that line The Strip always seem to draw a large crowd. It might be because thereís a shortage of 24-hour dining options. Or, perhaps the Dollar Menu (and more) is all that the budget allows after a tough run at the tables. It could also be that people gravitate towards something greasy and familiar when looking to soak up the booze after a wild night out. That would certainly explain the madness that ensued inside the Casino Royale Dennyís (until it was torn down). Whatever their reasoning, Vegas visitors canít seem to get enough Mickey Dís. And, like everything else in Vegas, the burger joints come with a few quirks. Here are our faves:

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Vegas Strip Casinos Win More Per Game Than You'd Ever Imagine

February 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (5)

Itís no secret we love seeing new data on both gambling and Las Vegas. When you put the two together thereís something magical. The UNLV Center for Gaming Research recently released a paper detailing data from 2013 about gaming win, hold percentage, and handle (total amount bet) for casinos on the Vegas Strip. Whatís most interesting isnít the amounts bet or which games people played most, but how often casinos actually won from players. Each game has a built-in house edge so, theoretically, thatís how much the casino should win. Unfortunately, for the majority of gamblers thatís not the case in a big way.

Casinos won 33.03% of the money wagered in 3 Card Poker. Depending on the casino played, rules and bets made the house edge for 3 Card Poker somewhere between 4% and 7%. This is a big disparity. On the other side of the fence, casinos only win 11.36% of the money played in blackjack. This includes all types of blackjack games (blackjack switch), side bets (lucky ladies) and rules (6:5 for blackjack). Casinos still win less from blackjack than most other games.

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Nothing Says Romance Like A (Last Minute) Suite Surprise

February 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM | by | Comments (3)

We're a week away from Valentine's Day, and if you haven't planned anything special yet, may we suggest starting with an upgrade from a standard room to a small suite?

It's unassuming and special at the same time, and a damn good way to say 'I love you and, yes, it does look like I've been planning this for quite some time, doesn't it?' Below, we put together a list of last-minute rates we found for entry-level suites across town. These rates are for the night of Friday, February 14. Keep in mind that they don't include tax or resort fees and, as always, are subject to change based on demand.

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More New At The Riv

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
February 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's another sign of life at the Riviera.

Recently, we told you how the aging north Strip casino wasn't quite ready for life support just yet. In fact, its Versailles Theatre is all new and ready for a comeback.

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Harley-Davidson Hits The Strip

Where: 5191 S. Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
January 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Guvna, a custom bike and a bunch of dirt/soon-to-be Harley shop.

Harly Davidson fans won't have to cruise off the Strip much longer to visit their favorite local dealership. Las Vegas Harley-Davidson just broke ground on a new location near the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Meaning the roar of Harleys will drown out any complaints about those Welcome Sign solar panels.

The 50,000-square-foot spot will bring Harley's local location count to three and will include a dealership, motorcycle rentals and retail store. H-D's current locations include the 104,000-square-foot Red Rock Harley-Davidson and an equally gigantic footprint at the address of 2605 S. Eastern Avenue near Sahara.

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We Know Which Movie Theater Chain Is Headed To Crystals

Where: 3720 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
January 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (6)

Earlier this month, we told you that Crystals is getting a movie theater.

The news was greeted with approval by the VegasChatter community with @Dee Dee42 stating that "an upscale (clean) theatre on the Strip would be a nice alternative" to gambling and @sco5123 saying it was a grand idea that would "bring some middle-of-the-road people in(to) the spot and generate traffic as well as word-of-mouth."

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Bobby's Burger Palace Sets Opening Date

Where: 3750 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
January 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (2)

Vegas' newest burger joint will fire up the grills by month's end.

Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) announced a date for its Vegas debut on Facebook while offering fans a chance to meet the man chef himself, Bobby Flay, during the grand opening:

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Ghost Ships Set Sail As Construction Continues At TI

Where: 3300 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM | by | Comments (6)

VegasChatter reader Claus W. recently sent us an email after noticing Treasure Islandís lagoon had been refilled via EarthCam. We hustled over to check it out for ourselves and, sure enough, the ships have once again set sail after spending more than two months hovering above a drained pool. Both ships are looking as good as ever, but now sit eerily still behind newly added fountains.

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So, Crystals Is Getting A Movie Theater...

Where: 3720 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
January 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM | by | Comments (9)

Crystals, the most exclusive mall on the Strip, will soon have something in common with one of the most middle-of-the-road shopping centers in the country, the Mall of America. Both will have movie theaters.

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Forget Long Islands, Moonshine Has Made It To Vegas

January 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

From classic cocktails served in swanky lounges to alcohol-infused frozen slush served Strip-side in giant souvenir cups, Vegas knows its booze. With visitors from all around the world, the cityís bars, restaurants, and clubs serve as a perfect setting to test and perfect new beverages. Weíve watched as absinthe (no, not that Absinthe) service became all the rage, copper Moscow Mule mugs were stacked in bars everywhere, and beer drinkers went gaga for growlers. Now, itís the backwoods beverage rarely found outside of the hills of Southern Appalachia that is blowing up, and Vegas is along for the ride.

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