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The Real Magic Of Bellagio's Conservatory

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
November 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM | by | Comments (2)

The most magical time within Bellagio's beauteous Conservatory, for us, isn't during any one of its five seasonal displays, it's in-between them. Seeing those elaborate, yet incredibly intricate displays dissembled and assembled is one of the most fascinating sights in town. A well-choreographed production, a swarm of employees work day and night, round the clock, for about a week to cart away one exhibit and create the next.

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Not All Games Award Players Club Points Equally, Or At All

November 20, 2014 at 2:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

We read the players club websites and brochures and usually have a good idea of how to earn points with a players club card. The information is spelled out in black and white. Unfortunately, things are always changing in the casino world and don’t make it online or into the brochures.

Take the video roulette game pictured above, for example. In some casinos, you may be able to earn players club points for the money you load into this game. In most casinos, including Boyd Gaming properties, you won’t. When this video roulette game was introduced, some players decided to try and game the comp system. Casinos pay attention and change the rules on the fly to counteract any weaknesses. Since these protective moves can be seen negatively by customers, they may not promote something like this prominently on their website or brochures. They’ll just leave stickers on the machine.

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No Guts, No Glory At The Video Poker Machine

November 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM | by | Comments (11)

Sometimes, it’s fun to do something dumb in the casino. A few weeks back, I was playing a 3 play video poker game and was dealt a Straight Flush on the 4th or 5th hand after sitting down at the machine. 250 quarters x 3 = sweet score of 750 quarters (that’s $187.50)! I held all five cards, took the pay day and played a few hands before walking away.

Later that night, it was pointed out that the hand was four cards to an open ended Royal Flush draw. A Royal Flush would have paid 4,000 quarters or $1,000. Even getting one Royal Flush in the three hands would have paid much better than keeping the cards. It was fun to talk about, but I was consoled by the fact the WinPoker app said that I made the right play by keeping the Straight Flush.

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Inside a Parlour Suite at The Cromwell

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
November 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM | by | Comments (8)

The other week, HotelChatter showed off a different kind of jackpot in Las Vegas -- the deep soaking tub inside a Parlour Suite at The Cromwell. The rest of the suite isn't too shabby, either.

The room decor at The Cromwell is eclectically detailed, mixing a lot of modern with a bit of faux-vintage items. HotelChatter was impressed with luxury touches like the welcome beverages that are given to all guests (including sangria), the high-tech Toto Neorest toilet (the seat lid rises to "greet" you), the Eataly snacks in the pantry, and the flat iron in the vanity.

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At Planet Hollywood, A Hike, A Search, And A Surprise

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
November 10, 2014 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (10)

I want to introduce myself. I'm George Addams, a frequent traveler to Las Vegas. I'm middle aged, I'm from the middle of America, and I'm a middle roller (green chip blackjack and dollar video poker). I like gambling, and all the kitschy things Vegas offers. I'm delighted to have been invited to write for VegasChatter. I plan to share stories of my Vegas adventures, hotel and restaurant reviews, and perhaps some tips on gambling and comps, too.

I'm currently at the diamond level in the Total Rewards players club offer by the casinos of Caesars Entertainment. As a member, I received an email for three comped nights at Planet Hollywood in a Hollywood Hip room, which is their least expensive room. I had never stayed there before, but I knew that as a diamond, if I stayed mid-week and not at high season, they'd likely have some extra empty rooms and I had a good chance to score a complimentary upgrade.

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Don't Just Shrug Off A Misplaced Players Club Card

November 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (10)

Players cards are more popular than ever, and for good reason. If you’re gambling, using a card is a must if you want comps or room offers. Even for non-gamblers, carrying a card makes sense. Most casinos now offer comps based on dining and entertainment purchases. Many restaurants, especially those in properties owned by Caesars, even discount their menus for cardholders. And, some resorts go so far as to combine room keys and players cards into one. As cards continue to do more and become increasingly valuable, it’s important to consider what’s at risk when one is lost or, even worse, stolen.

Slots seem to be the biggest culprits when it comes to misplaced cards. Despite the bright lights that surround card readers, it’s easy to walk away after cashing a big win without remembering to pull your card. Slot attendants are tasked with removing and discarding cards that are left behind, but there’s no guarantee that someone else won’t get to it first.

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Yes, The Pagodas Are On The Way Out

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
November 5, 2014 at 10:22 PM | by | Comments (6)

The LINQ Hotel is about to put its first week to bed, but while the inside is bringing all kinds of new, the outside still says "IP was here."

The center Strip property -- that once was The Quad and, before that, Imperial Palace -- has been working to shed its reputation as an eyesore, but it's hard to do that when you still have the themed pagodas from three names ago still gracing your roofline.

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The Asterisks of MyVEGAS

November 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM | by | Comments (17)

First, let us just say we're not complaining. We fully appreciate that our comp cup has overfloweth thanks to MyVEGAS rewards. We also know nothing good lasts forever. That's why we weren't all that shocked to see the subject of an email sent in by VegasChatter fan Mr. CDN Vegas.

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Why We Enjoy Lurking Around The Lobby Of The Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
November 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM | by | Comments (11)

The giant boulders at the entrance to Delano can be excitingly interesting to some, or not. Either way, they’re a harbinger of what’s to come when you enter Delano’s quirky-to-say-the-least lobby. Though this writer shares the seemingly common aversion to Delano’s pillows, I am a big fan of the lobby experience so far, for several reasons.

First off, it truly does feel like I feel a “boutique” hotel should, with that necessary secret clubhouse sort of feel. The word “boutique” is becoming so trite these days, not least of all in the Vegas hotel, dining and bar scenes. It’s refreshing to know there’s a lobby out there that is making a real effort to maintain its prestige as a unique locale.

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The Last Trace Of The Imperial Palace Is Finally Disappearing From The Vegas Skyline

October 31, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (5)

The blue-tiled pagoda roofline that screamed Imperial Palace long beyond the name itself was regulated to Vegas past is finally, finally starting to come down.

VegasChatter reader Jeff C. spent the night at the newly renamed resort overnight -- now, officially, The LINQ Hotel -- and shared this photo of the blue tiles being removed. (He'll share details on his stay with us soon and, yes, we know to ask about the water pressure!)

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If You Miss The Design Flair Of THEHotel, Head To New York-New York

Where: 89109
October 28, 2014 at 6:38 PM | by | Comments (16)

The arrival of Delano Las Vegas brought an airy-and-bright South Beach style to the dark, contemporary haven that once was THEhotel. If you preferred then to now, you may be surprised to learn you can still enjoy all those warm chocolate tones and pops of orange... just not at Mandalay Bay.

VegasChatter Twitter follower @MLSDC tweeted us after discovering THEhotel's design aesthetic still lived on just down the Strip:

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Avoid The Bag Drag: How To Handle Luggage In Vegas

October 23, 2014 at 12:59 AM | by | Comments (10)

One of the most frustrating parts of traveling is dealing with luggage. Navigating airline limitations, deciphering security restrictions, and fighting for overhead space is no way to start a vacation. Those traveling by ground don’t have quite the number of challenges in their way, but we’re increasingly seeing questions about what to do with luggage after arriving in Vegas. Fortunately, Vegas makes it easy.

A locked hotel room is the obvious choice for storing your belongings. But, what do you do if you arrive before check-in time? Where do you put your bags if your flight isn’t until late at night, well after check-out? Many visitors resort to hauling their bags around all day. Don’t do this! Vegas is huge and the walk from one casino to another is long enough as it is. Dragging a suitcase behind you as you travel up and down The Strip or in between rows of slot machines will get old in a hurry and is completely unnecessary.

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