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Public Service Reminder: Even Off Strip Motels Charge Fees

July 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (2)

Most people either hate them or take them with a 'whatcha gonna do' shrug, but resort fees are at their most maddeningly when there's nothing resort-like about the business that's tacked the charge onto your tab.

While they're pretty much inescapable at Las Vegas' mega-resorts, it can be a rude awakening to discover your run-of-the-mill, off-Strip motel is charging them, too. VegasChatter reader Scott C. wrote us to alert us that the Mardi Gras "Hotel" & Casino on Paradise (shown above) has a $5 resort fee. The holder of 2 1/2 stars on Yelp, the property offers an airport shuttle, in-room coffee and WiFi in exchange for the fee. Although, the wireless Internet, according to one Yelper, hasn't worked on any of his four previous stays. Four!

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Players Club Matching At The Palms, But Offer Expires Soon

June 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM | by | Comments (7)

Make no mistake about it, Palms is hustling for your business. It's opened a new poolside burger joint for everyone to enjoy and began offering a couple of interesting concepts for incoming and outgoing hotel guests (a sad trombone update on that tomorrow).

Now, execs are making a big offer to bring in new gamblers. Through June 30, Palms will offer players club status-matching between Club Palms and any other club in town. In addition, bonuses will be offered. All-Star signups will receive two buffet passes, MVPs will receive two buffet passes and $25 in free slot play, and Hall of Famers will receive two buffet passes and $50 in free slot play.

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Before SLS Arrives, A Tip On How To Get Where You're Going With The Least Hassle

Where: 89109
June 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (3)

A photo of the SLS porte cochere captured today via webcam.

With its grand opening just over two months away, SLS Las Vegas will be here before we know it. When you head there to visit or to stay awhile and you're driving yourself, don't automatically pull into the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance.

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SLS Las Vegas Announces Exact Moment It Will Open Its Doors

June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (6)

Being one of the first to walk into a newly opened casino is one of the most thrilling things you can do in Las Vegas. This writer remembers doing just that for the debuts of Treasure Island, Monte Carlo, Venetian and Palms. In August, we'll all have a new chance to reminisce about the time we walked into a just-opened resort when SLS Las Vegas comes online.

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Your Vegas Golf Questions Answered

June 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (5)

With over 50 courses dotting the Las Vegas landscape as well as a variety of delights to keep one occupied during the non-hacking hours, Sin City is one of the country's top golfing destinations. The city offers a wide menu that spans all the way from top-100 layouts to low-priced, mid-level tracks that still provide plenty of fun for visiting golfers.

Today we're going to take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to golfing in the entertainment capital of the world.

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WSOP Players Get Special Hotel Rates And You Can, Too

May 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.

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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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The 8 New TSA Videos You'll See At McCarran Airport

May 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM | by | Comments (2)

Air travelers at McCarran Airport have a new batch of TSA videos to zone out to while waiting to pass through security checkpoints.

McCarran, the TSA, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) have collaborated on eight new videos featuring the do's and don'ts of passing through security for (in)frequent fliers. Apparently, we've all been watching the same vids since 2004. But, times change as well as TSA procedures so a new batch of tips were created, emphasizing what to do with strollers, liquids, toys that look like weapons, and more.

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Don't Be So Quick To Show Off That Big Sports Bet

May 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM | by | Comments (9)

When we're having a good time, we like to tell others. There's nothing wrong with that. Winning is fun. While it may not be the coolest thing to do, gamblers like to show off when they win. We may share pictures of the purple chips we received after hitting a jackpot in Mississippi Stud Poker on Facebook or maybe we can't believe we finally got a Royal Flush in video poker and Instagram'd it. Or, perhaps, our long shot at the sportsbook just won and we tweet out a shot of the betting ticket.

Unfortunately, showing off one of these wins is not like the others. When you hit a sweet jackpot in most games, you’ll immediately receive your winnings. When you win big at the tables, you can just head to the casino cage and cash in your chips. If you hit a machine jackpot $1,200 and above, you'll get paid cash right on the spot by a casino employee. However, you don't have to be in the casino when you win a sports bet. This is where showing off your winnings can get complicated. In the time between showing off your winning sports betting ticket and actually claiming your winnings, someone can jump ahead of you and take it.

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Sign Up For Players Clubs Before Visiting Vegas

April 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (6)

Casino players clubs have come a long way from their humble beginning as slot clubs. Players clubs started as a way to track how much money slot machine players spent in the casino. The next step for players clubs was to track all gambling, including table games, poker, sports betting, bingo and keno.

While some smaller players clubs still operate by only rewarding gamblers, the casino operators on the Vegas Strip have updated their players clubs to meet customer demand by offering players club rewards for non-gaming spending, too. Cardholders will receive rewards from spending money in most restaurants, bars, spas and other on-property businesses. Total Rewards will even offer rewards when you spend money with their off-site social casino or their credit card.

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It's Okay To Do Vegas Alone

April 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM | by | Comments (31)

Visiting Las Vegas is great when traveling with your best friends. The bonds and memories can last forever. What should you do, though, when your friends bail on you? Should you simply give up your plans and reschedule or go at it alone? Vegas can seem intimidating when traveling alone, but it can be the best way to visit. Solo travel has been a growing trend and Vegas is among one of the more popular solo destinations. Heck, there’s even a website devoted to visiting Vegas solo.

Before moving to Vegas, this writer was faced with making a trip to here alone after a friend had to bail due to work. The thought of tackling Vegas without a wingman wasn’t something I ever thought about before, but it’s something I encourage after experiencing it. Traveling to Vegas with friends is great, but the solo vacation to Vegas can be even better in some ways.

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What You Can Expect When Riding The High Roller Observation Wheel

April 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM | by | Comments (12)

The High Roller. You want to ride it, but you're not sure what to expect other than killer 360-degree views from 550 feet above Las Vegas.

Well, for starters, tickets cost $24.95 a person during the day and $34.95 a person at night. (Yes, you pay more for the city lights.) There's also an involved boarding process to go through before actually stepping in the pod and riding dirrty high in the sky.

This VegasChatter'er rode The High Roller last week during the day and was a bit surprised by all the hoopla guests had to go through before getting in a pod. Granted, it all went pretty fast since I went at 1 p.m. and there was hardly a line outside, but if it had been crowded at night with drunk people everywhere, I may not have liked it as much.

Here's what to expect, step-by-step, when riding The High Roller (located at the Linq mall between Flamingo and The Quad):

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