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Downtown is where it's at, or would be, if it were easier to discover what was happening where. For many, learning about events takes a bit of luck and being in the right word-of-mouth chain.
This writer heard about so many events after the fact that it wasn't until I set up my own downtown dragnet that I managed to turn that around. I signed up for the Downtown Project newsletter and liked Downtown Project, Inspire Theater, Fremont Street Experience and Container Park on Facebook (as well as made sure I set it so I would be notified of every posting) and I even created some Google alerts, too. (I'm also cyber-stalking the D and Downtown Grand.) But, really who else would do that besides this gal? Likely, not many.
It wasn’t quite a hilarious April Fools gag, but Station Casinos launched its mobile app on April 1st. As we do with most hotel apps, we took it for a test drive and found it to be one of the best hotel-casino apps around. Unlike other apps recently released, the STN app is smooth, easy to use and very functional.
The home page is laid out simply by listing all 18 Station, Fiesta and Rancho casinos. Since the app works with your phone's geo-location features, it also gives you mileage to each property and directions, too. If you’ve rented a car and are in the mood to explore this is a great feature. Once a destination is chosen, users are taken to an easy-to-navigate tile design which features 10 categories including promotions, gaming, dining, hotel, spa, entertainment, movies, meetings and property maps.
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The myVEGAS app we’ve all been waiting for is finally here… in America. We were giving the opportunity to play the game ahead of the masses and, we have to say, we’re pretty impressed.
The game play on your mobile device looks identical to the game we’ve all fallen in love with on Facebook. The same slot games are included, but there are new mini-games when you're lucky enough to get three bonus icons on the reels. But, the best part of the app is something not included in the Facebook game; both, by the way, brought to us by MGM Resorts and PLAYSTUDIOS.
Apps are a dime a dozen and, as we've already discussed, hotel apps in Vegas aren't even worth the two thumbprints it takes to download them onto your smartphone. But, it got us to thinking, what if the perfect Vegas app existed, what would it consist of?
For the sake of making this somewhat realistic, the app we're fake-creating would work across any single company's entire line of hotels. So, if it were MGM Resorts, it would be a single app for Mandalay Bay, Luxor, MGM Grand, New York-New York, and so on.
Now, let's start with the classic players card. The app should house your card and allow you to put it into Passbook (and/or allow you to pull up a scannable barcode inside the app). But, that's just the beginning. Tables games, slots, and even the sports book would be able to scan the card and instantly allow you to start earning comps. (Remember, this is mythical, you don't need to tell us that it's not fiscally feasible.)
But, while comps are the main draw to the current players cards, the app would open up a world of added possibilities. For instance, how about statistics? And, we're not talking simple monetary win/loss records. We mean, how often are you dealt a 20? Or, when you're the shooter, what's the probability you hit a winner before crapping out? We're talking in-depth statistics. Gamblers are numbers people and, while none of us really need to be reminded how much we contribute to the Vegas fund, we'd all (or, at least this writer would) love to see some deep stats to conjure up memories of the good times. I could go on about statistics for hours, but I'll stop for now and just let your imagination fill in the rest.
Gamemaker PLAYSTUDIOS reveals a mobile version will launch in November and, to ramp up for the release, they've sent out a sneak peek at what it will look like as well as some of the games you will see (see below and above).
Do you have a smartphone? Do we even need to ask that question, anymore? Well, just like everyone else who has fancy cell phone, there's an app for that.
Actually, on second thought, we're going to tell you about a whole bunch of apps, and then tell you not to download any of them.
Just about every hotel and casino on the Vegas strip has its own app. And, while there are some variances, just about every one offers things like a map, special offers, restaurant menus, and a list of nightlife venues, attractions, and more.
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The Stardust Casino has been back, albeit online, for a few weeks now and although it is still not available in the United States for play, it should be up and running shortly. In advance of the US launch, this VegasChatter member is able to provide a quick review thanks to my northerly home in Canada.
And, after about two weeks of trying my hand at blackjack, rolling away on roulette, and spinning on the slots, I have a few observations to share.
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. We’ve seen it in movies and we’ve seen it in person. The jolly friend walks into the restroom yapping on the phone and they drop said phone into the toilet. Uh, oh! That smartphone cost anywhere from $200 to $500 and they’re not just leaving it to die. They brave the toilet monsters and dig out the phone only to see their beloved smartphone is barely alive. The phone was just removed from the toilet so the friend isn't going to perform CPR. How will our friend save their phone?
If the friend is at a hotel on the Vegas Strip, they can simply call Smart Fix and they'll pick up their phone (or tablet), fix it, and return it. Smart Fix won’t come to every hotel on The Strip, but they’ll come to most of the big ones like Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Paris, Treasure Island, Venetian and Wynn.
Last year, Windows introduced wireless charging for their Lumina phones. Nokia seems to have been the leader in promoting this technology. This makes sense as Nokia is the carrier for over 80% of Windows phones. Wireless charging is a pretty awesome concept that every mobile phone should have have (cough, iPhone, cough), but we digress. After meeting up with some friends in May after the Hospitality Design Expo -- which shows off the newest in hotel design and amenities -- we learned that this technology has started popping in some hotel rooms. Sweet!
This wireless charging technology hasn't made its way to any Las Vegas hotels yet, but it has arrived in Vegas! The small Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Venetian (the one on the second floor near the casino and hotel rooms, not the one in the middle of the Grand Canal Shoppes) has three tables that allow for wireless charging of your Nokia phones. This Coffee Bean location is more of a grab and go shop, but the table invites you to sit, sip and charge.
Let's face it. Nobu Hotel is all about being able to eat to die for sushi in bed. But, as you're lounging on your Italian linens and the squishy down pillows you selected from your dream menu, how will you keep yourself entertained?
The most obvious way takes up 55 inches of wall space, a flat-screen, high-definition TV.
The relationship between sportsbooks and technology has grown quickly in a few short years. Gone, for the most part at least, are the handwritten white boards scribbled with the latest odds. Also a bygone is the annoying no cell phone use rule. In their places are highest definition TVs, electronic odds listings, apps to track bets, apps to make bets, and mobile gaming devices to borrow in making more bets.
Is there room for even more tech in Vegas sportsbooks? Without a doubt. And, last week's Nightclub & Bar Trade Show may have provided a glimpse of the next innovation to infiltrate not only your fav sportsbook, but neighborhood bar in the near future.
Caesars Palace? Oh yeah, there's an app for that.
Over at HotelChatter, they aren't too thrilled with the iPhone apps that hotels have put forth to date. Usually, they offer no more than the ability to make a reservation through your phone which you could have done on Safari anyways.
But we're quite interested to see how the new Caesars Palace iPhone app will go.
According to the press release, the app will offer standard information like restaurant hours, hotel information, venue locations, upcoming concerts at The Colosseum and even the hotel's Twitter feed.
Indeed, we found just that on the app. Some pages are slow to load and the thing we found most useful was a map of the casino, yet it was only showing half of it for some reason.
We did get a kick out of the electronic postcard feature which you can take with your iPhone's camera. (See pic below! All of these features are also available with the opt-in GPS capabilities, so based on your location within the hotel, the app will spit out whatever is nearest to you.