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Lucky number seven in our series introducing you to the people behind VegasChatter focuses on Nick Holliday. If sammasseur is the embodiment of our brawn and Juliana of our mamma bear attitude when it comes to protecting our readers from all the hype, Nick embodies our fun-lovin', anything goes spirit.
Nick is that stranger at the dive bar you end up becoming brahs with by the end of the night. He's the guy you always see biking around and you find yourself wondering how he possibly has the 1) time to do so being in Vegas, 2) inclination to do so being in Vegas, and 3) stamina to do so being in Vegas. He's the guy standing next to you at the indie concert who's in full rock out mode (when he's not sloshing suds all over the place). He's the guy with the balls to go to that new restaurant run by the same management who ran the old restaurant that was shut down by the health district. The guy who's booing some dick umpire at the game (no offense to dick umpires.) The guy who can fit in anywhere and everywhere, bookstore, thrift store, adult store, whatever. Ok, we really have no idea about that last one, but trust us when we say he really is that guy. Not that guy at the adult store. That guy. This is spiraling out of control. Moving on...
SLS Las Vegas / Openings / Sahara / Monorail / Taxis / The Deuce / Survival Strategies / Self Parking / Tips / Hotels / Room Rates / → All Tags
When Sahara closed May 16, 2011, sbe chief executive Sam Nazarian hung a note on the door promising “Be back soon.” At that time, those words seemed like wishful thinking. Yet here we are, three plus years later, counting down the days until Sahara is reborn as SLS Las Vegas August 23.
If you’re as excited as we are to see a new hotel casino on the Strip, then you’ve probably got plans to check it out when the doors open for the first time. VegasChatter will attend the unveiling at midnight, Saturday August 23 (that’s Friday night if you’re unsure) and will share our impressions soon after. If you intend to join in on the fun, here are a few tips and (hopefully) useful information to get you there with minimal headache.
Next up in our resident writer My Vegas series is Joe Fortenbaugh. Joe's fortes (oh hey, look at that) include sports, mini-burgers and busty cocktails. As a member of the VegasChatter team, he's been a roller coaster crash test dummy and an EDM guinea pig. As our resident golf guru, Joe has played more Nevada holes than Tiger Woods. Not one to shy from a fight, he even wrote our guide to boxing in Vegas.
You can catch up on all of Joe's
mostly golf stories here. If you're more about the pigskin than the bogey, he also moonlights as a non-golf writer at National Football Post. Now that you know the man behind the club, here is Joe Fortenbaugh's My Vegas:
Or, take a photo of one f'd up billboard.
Sometimes, we learn about our fellow writers the same way you do. One story at a time. Not everyone who reports for VegasChatter lives in Sin City so you usually won't find us all bellied up to the same bar. (Although, the highest concentration of VC'ers now can be found in Summerlin so you never know who might be in line with you at the new Sprouts or two rows up at the Village Square theater.)
Ramblin Gamblin joined Team VC just over a year ago in July 2013. While not a resident, he visits often and reports on his experiences regularly. With a story count now numbering 75 posts, we know what you're thinking -- he really
loves a budget Vegas stay.. low-rollin' gambling.. off-beat Vegas.. cheap eats.. thrills... thinks he can get away with not submitting a pic? Well, we're sorry to say, but yes, Ramblin Gamblin will need to remain a mythical figure in real life, but we can tell you he sounds exactly like actor Joseph Gordon Levitt. We mean, it's uncanny. And, swoon-worthy. But, we digress.
Peruse the full archive of Ramblin's adventures in Vegas here, but first, here's his favorite things to do around town:
My Vegas / Tips / Juliana / → All Tags
Necessity might be the mother of invention, but in the case of a small piece of online real estate focused on Las Vegas, that mother is named
Juana Juliana. VegasChatter is the result of an idea born by her 5+ years ago after identifying a need for unbiased and honest (sometimes brutally so) news and reviews from this desert destination. Having already won an audience on the Internet for HotelChatter, Juliana made her Vegas debut in March 2009, gushing about a talented, good-looking duo performing at Flamingo.
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Now that you know @East Coast Gambler is the kind of guy you can
break bread cut steak with and that @sammasseur would be the perfect brawny teammate for Amazing Race, it's time to spotlight a new VegasChatter correspondent as part of our My Vegas series.
@jproz (pictured above) is one of those Vegas visitors who not only strays from the Strip, he often strays so far afield there's no sight of it. A resident of Canada (eh?), Jeff's thirst for adventure is only matched by his thirst for that perfect Vegas bar and, of course, one smooth glass of scotch. And, speaking of My Vegas, Jeff is a ninja of the same-named social media game by MGM Resorts and cashes in free experiences with every visit south of the border, all without paying one
cent loonie. If you ever have a question about the game, he's the man to answer it.
You can peruse a full archive of Jeff's posts here, but first, here are his picks for a perfect Vegas experience:
Even though players clubs are evolving to include non-gaming spending, it's the gambling that still moves the needle. One of the best ways to maximize your players club rewards is to be mindful of where you're staying and playing and when you're visiting Las Vegas. Before diving into the subject, it must be noted that playing for comps rarely pays off because you'll usually end up risking more money than the comps you receive. That said, comps are awesome so why not get the best bang for your buck?
Las Vegas is a demand based economy. The law of supply and demand says that when demand is high so are prices, and vice versa. Visit Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend (#LDW, yo) and you'll pay more money than you would when there are less people visiting in mid-December.
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VegasChatter's My Vegas series usually brings you the Vegas faves of local celebrities, from notables to headliners. For the next few weeks, however, we're turning the lens on ourselves to bring you a glimpse of the writers behind the stories.
Now that you've met our @East Coast Gambler, it's time to introduce you to @sammasseur (pictured above, screen right). What you may not know is that Sam (who was once a masseur for those who are wondering) used to be one of you. A frequent reader who knew Vegas, visited often and wasn't afraid to let his opinions be known. (And, sometimes.. oh, boy, did he!) When he inquired about joining the team, we quickly snatched him up for there's nothing we heart more than Vegas lovers who aren't afraid to tell it like it is.
While you know him from his reports on the worst show in town and a ranking of the city's hunkiest hunks, we know him for having one of the biggest hearts around, selflessly helping strangers achieve life-touching moments to doing his best to nurse ill, stray cats back to health. He's a gem and we're glad to have him.
Click here to peruse a full archive of Sam's articles, but first, here's his Sin City faves:
It's been Hammer'd, demonized, sexified and sexified again. VegasChatter's My Vegas series has poked into the minds of those that keep Las Vegas running: chefs, performers and even a horticulturist. Now, we're turning the lens on our own to reveal how VegasChatter writers do Sin City once they laptop|smart phone|tablet away.
First up is @EastCoastGambler. You may know him from such popular titles as:
Off Strip / Resort Fees / Motels / Hotels / Red Roof Inn / Mardi Gras Hotel / Tips / Survival Strategies / → All Tags
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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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.
Tips / Survival Strategies / SLS Las Vegas / Future Vegas / Openings / Sahara / Name Changes / Valet / Self-Parking / → All Tags
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.