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Time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes from Edward R. who wanted to know what was up at Red Rock after two recent restaurant closures. He also wondered where he could find good sushi now in that neck of the woods. Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!
Summerlin residents and other visitors to Red Rock Casino are lamenting the loss of two restaurants from the resort’s dining scene. LBS burger joint closed its doors just after the Super Bowl, taking with it the only dry-aged burgers in town. Then last week another domino fell as Hachi, loved for its happy hour specials, closed as well.
Without fail, it's the question that always comes up whenever we write about The Cromwell -- will there be a casino?
The answer is yes, but the fact that folks feel compelled to ask says a lot about the state of gaming these days. It likely also says a lot that reps for The Cromwell are talking about everything but the casino, placing the focus on accommodations as well as their marquee chef Giada de Laurentiis and their day and night life venues by Drai's.
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Today's VC Question comes from Jason S. who is planning a January trip with his wife and friends. As a four-time Las Vegas visitor he's already "seen all the shows, street performers (bums) and... some "off the path" places like the Pinball Hall of Fame and car museum at The Quad." All the shows? So, Jason is dedicated and deep-pocketed.
He and his wife are "not very big gamblers" and, therefore, looking to find "something NEW to do...Hidden gems, stuff that only locals would know." Well, he's come to the right place. Because we here at the VegasChatter offices constantly find awesome sh*t that we choose not to write about and keep to ourselves. We kid. We kid! (A little.)
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You have questions and we have answers. Today’s question is a simple one and one we were wondering as well ever since we first found out about the coming Walking Dead slot machine back in June.
I wanted to know if you guys knew when/where Walking Dead slot machines are going to be released?
Enquiring minds have wanted to know for weeks, what they heck is going on with the MGM Grand's marquee and why is it taking so long?
We reached out to MGM Resorts for an answer, and got one. And, the response is a lot. The giant green marquee is "going greener, with the installation of new cooling systems that will reduce its cooling needs by 26 tons -- a substantial energy savings." And, that's not all:
We all have our favorite fantasy of what we'll do when we hit that one lucky jackpot. For some, it's shopping sprees or fancy cars while others take a more pragmatic approach. Either way, Uncle Sam has no problem asking for his share. But, what if he comes a'calling and your not American? We got this email from reader Al K. asking how to go about looking for a refund.
I just returned from Vegas and had a great time. I also hit 2 Royal Flush jackpots on quarter machines. The first was at Caesars for $1,000 and the second was at Main Street Station for $1,226 which brings me to the question of where do I get the proper tax forms to request a refund. I’m Canadian and the casino took off the 30% so I’d like to try and get it back. I've heard it can be a headache but I'd like to try anyways.
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It's football season and that means it's a busy time in the sportsbook. Yesterday, we gave answered why sportsbooks will or won't show certain games. Strange enough, it makes sense. Now, we answer the often-asked question of which sportsbook has the best odds and point spreads. Some sportsbooks have better odds for some games, but there isn't a "best odds sportsbook." Sportsbooks often have similar odds, but since the odds are based on the amount of money bet, you'll see some noticeable differences.
Sportsbooks that cater to Vegas Strip tourists tend to have worse odds on teams from large cities. So, for example, you'll see that Caesars and MGM sportsbooks may have worse odds on teams from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago since there are so many tourists from those cities that place their wagers on The Strip. Caesars and MGM properties make up the majority of casinos on The Strip so you may see the Lakers with shorter odds to win a title or larger point spreads on a game at these properties than you would at, say, a Cantor Gaming-operated sportsbook.
We've spent many a
drunken night shouting to the world that we'd like to share the night with a singer in a smokey room, a smell of wine and cheap perfume. But, not all Las Vegas visitors want to go on and on and on and on when that room is a casino. One VegasChatter reader reached out to ask where some will win and some will lose without being overwhelmed by cigarettes:
Are there any casinos on the Strip that have smoke free casinos, or at least part of their casino floor as smoke free? I love Vegas, love the casinos, but I can't stand all the smoke!
This is a question we get often. Sportsbooks are the possibly the best part of a casino because they have a lot of televisions showing all kinds of sports and horse racing. More than twenty television screens showing different games can be a sensory overload to some yet beautiful to others. Even though it doesn’t seem like it, there’s a method to the madness on what games the sportsbooks will show.
Every square inch of a casino is designed to make money. Sportsbooks are no different. While sportsbooks used to be a value added amenity to keep high rollers in the casino during cold streaks at the tables, that’s no longer the case. The sportsbook may seem like the best living room or man cave, but that's not their purpose. Sportsbooks don’t exist for us to sit around and not spend money. The games shown on the TVs are generally focused around how much money is wagered. For example, if a lot of money is wagered on a specific game, it will probably be the game shown on the largest screen in the sportsbook. The game with the least money wagered on it will get the smallest TV.
Our latest VegasChatter Question comes from reader John H. who was desperate to get lucky (hot tamales) in Vegas:
"Quick question, the candy cable car located in the back of Binion's has long been a destination for every one of my 4-6 yearly trips to Las Vegas. I think most people were unaware the candy was lucky, especially the hot tamales. I noticed back in June, when the King's Ransom was under construction, the cable car was gone. I had hoped it would reappear but I was unable to locate it last weekend. Any idea where it went? I need my lucky hot tamales!"
When considering where and how to spend their retirement, it's often about what you enjoy. For gamblers, this leads to considering a move to Las Vegas or one of its surrounding communities.
Recently, VegasChatter reader @nowwhat asked us to write about the best places to retire in Nevada. We were happy to take up the challenge, but will hyper focus on Vegas since, you know, that's what we primarily chatter about. And, with most things, preferences vary. While some of the retirees we spoke with like East Las Vegas or Summerlin, others preferred Lake Las Vegas or Laughlin for proximity to water sports while some decided to Strip it. Since any choice really depends on personal situations, we really can't say which are best, but after talking to a number of seniors, we can share what they wish they had known before they made the decision to retire here:
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The latest query comes from Chip C. who wants to know how often the Fremont Street Experience mixes things up:
When will the Fremont Experience change the content of their lightshow? The KISS show has been up there for years! It would be nice if they would select other genres of music too.