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What Would You Do With A $100 Gambling Budget?

July 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (24)

When we looked at the average Las Vegas visitor, a few things that stood out. Some commenters were surprised so many people (15%) still book Las Vegas visits through travel agents while other commenters were surprised that some visitors (13%) had a gambling budget between $0 and $99. Today's average Las Vegas visitor isn't quite the same as we remember from Vegas Vacation.

People reached out directly to discuss the subject of gambling budgets since Iím a gambler. According to research by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 80% of visitors who gamble do so on the Vegas Strip. Those people may not be spending as much money on gambling as they did 30 years ago, but theyíre making their gambling budgets last all day.†The report indicates 54% of those gamblers play slot machines†and the Vegas Strip might not be the best place to get the most bang for their buck.

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Yes, That Is A Chili's They're Building Across From Aria

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July 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM | by | Comments (12)

Yep, that's right. Chili's baby back ribs (you're welcome for the jingle you can't get out of your head now) are headed to The Strip. Specifically, the Hawaiian Marketplace across from Aria.

We first told you the news back in November. The chain restaurant, currently taking over more than 8,600 square feet at the strip mall, will boast an outdoor balcony when complete. Our @sammasseur captured new images of the construction over the weekend.

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The Dream For The Land Between SLS And Fontainebleau Is All Net

July 14, 2014 at 4:11 PM | by | Comments (11)

We thought this was one hoop dream that would be unrealized, but plans to build a billion dollar arena and resort on the land between SLS Las Vegas and the Fontainebleau are apparently still in play.

On Friday, we told you how Sahara Las Vegas Corp., owners of the acreage that once hosted a Wet 'N' Wild, were seeking use permits for everything from a recreational facility and restaurants to a nightclub, offices, shops and even a grocery store. What we didn't know at the time is that this all seems to be connected to a December announcement by former NBA and UNLV basketball player Jackie Robinson in regards to a privately funded $1.3 billion All Net Arena and Resort project. The plan would install a 22,000-seat arena on the land (totaling 27 acres, in all) as well as a casino-less resort (which our eagle-eyed readers noticed was conspicuously absent from our list of permits on Friday). A VegasChatter tipster tells us he was told last month that the resort would be a 500-room luxury five-star hotel and spa and would stand 45 stories tall.

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Entertainment Roundup: More Summer Nights And A Lost Episode

July 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

A Vegas residency isn't over yet, a bit of Vegas past meets Vegas present and a Vegas parody aims to garner more laughs. Here's how Vegas is entertaining us now:

Olivia Newton-John wouldn't mind a little more love at Flamingo. Her Summer Nights residency, originally due to run through August, has been extended into January 2015. Tickets for new dates go on sale this Friday, July 11. (Although, Total Rewards members can purchase beginning tomorrow.) Pricing ranges from $70 to $350 if you add in a meet-and-greet.

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Gold Spike Wins World Cup Promotion War

June 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (3)

Everyone needs to head to downtown's Gold Spike to see at least one World Cup match, if only to support whomever came up with their extremely clever World Cup promotion.

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Of Course, There Will Be A Walgreens Across From SLS Las Vegas

May 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM | by | Comments (26)

We've actually known about this since 2012 thanks to our friends at Access Vegas, but just in case you haven't heard... yes, another pharmacy is headed to The Strip. This one will be just across the street from Sahara SLS Las Vegas.

A two-story, multi-tenant complex -- anchored by Walgreens -- has long been in the works for the plot of land where the Holy Cow brewery-slash-casino once stood. If you're not quite sure where that is, it's on the same side of Las Vegas Boulevard as the SLS, just on the other side of Sahara (the road).

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Strip At Night Back For Another Run

May 29, 2014 at 7:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The annual Rock N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon returns this November to unleash tens of thousands of runners down the Strip at Night. Why are we breathing heavy about this now, you say? The cost of registration goes up May 31.

The event moved to November last year after a long run of pairing up with cowboys in December. (Hey-o!) As usual, both half marathon (13.1 miles) and full marathon (26.2) courses are available with a start time of 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 16. Also for the second year in a row, the Zappos 1/2 of the Half (6.5 miles) offers a chance to run The Strip pre-dusk with a kickoff that's an hour earlier.

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3:2 Double Deck Blackjack Found At Bally's

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May 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

The best days of finding good blackjack games at every casino are a thing of the past. It's possible to find good blackjack games, but now we have to hunt for them.

The blackjack game at El Cortez is as good as it gets, however, itís a low limit game. Itís rare that youíll walk away from a session of $5 or $10 blackjack too rich or too poor. Itís a great game for a fun time but, if the pit bosses see you on an epic hot streak, they'll either ask you to leave or close the table.

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Where To Sit Back, Relax And Enjoy A Movie In Las Vegas

May 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (10)

Sometimes, tourists just want to kick back and enjoy a nice night out at the movies like those of us who live here full time. Recently, VegasChatter reader Richard Jennings asked for our recommendations for movie theaters.

As far as theaters go, the trend toward bigger, better and more expensive has definitely been on the upswing in Las Vegas. The culmination of that battle to outdo one another has led to the appearance of Galaxy Luxury Theatres which brought their Galaxy Luxury+ Theatre to Green Valley. Although, word has it that an even more luxe concept is headed to Crystals.

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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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