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The annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas is more than just a race. A week-long celebration leads up to a race weekend set for Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 this year.
Reader Ryan K. asked if we could keep him up-to-date on NASCAR week events. Since most won't be announced until after the Big Game we’ll start today and continue to update this list as driver appearances, specials and other events are announced.
When I stayed at SLS Las Vegas in December, I sat down to play video poker on my way back to the room. The session lasted longer than I expected for a $20 buy in. While playing, I noticed that the machines next to me were turned off. While stretching and taking a breath of fresh casino air, I noticed that all of the machines within eyesight were turned off. After about 20-30 minutes, I noticed that the area had been roped off and that there was a sign posted for a tournament in that section.
Tournament areas are usually roped off well in advance of special events. Perhaps, the casino at SLS isn’t large enough to close off so many multi-game machines for so long. But, this leads to a reader question from Dan P.:
Every so often, we're asked where to find Rapid Craps in Vegas. Well, we reached out to its manufacturer and found that it's gone the way of the casino it initially debuted in -- it no longer exists in Vegas.
Our latest query came from Wayne from Down Under:
Just off the Strip, a lone timeshare tower stands silent. Its name shrouded from view. Its opening unknown. At least, until now.
Major construction work has appeared to be complete for some time now for the long-delayed Wyndham Desert Blue project to the north of Rio. The stalled timeshare was originally due to open in early 2010, but construction came to a halt before that happened, leaving 90 percent of the project unfinished. Its skeleton sat dormant for years before VegasChatter fan Kaywood H. noticed work was once again underway in April 2013.
Just as common a sight on the Vegas Strip as buskers and those $1 water guys are DJs. Once a faceless, nameless profession, it now comes with so much cache DJs capture top billing on marquees and some of the city's top salaries, too.
Outside of the Strip's mega clubs, DJs also remain standard entertainment fare at lounges and bars. You're much more likely to jam to a DJ than a live band. But, that's not to say everyone likes throwing their hands up. Just ask VegasChatter reader Donna M.:
@vegaschatter Vegas in 2 weeks. I was just wondering how the glass bottle ban is going? Is it really being enforced, or not so much?— Johnny Boy: That Boy (@johnnythunder82) October 27, 2014
VegasChatter Twitter follower @johnnythunder82 recently tweeted us for an update on the glass ban on the Las Vegas Strip. The short answer is, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) is still figuring out its own strategies for enforcing the new law and how best to implement the strategies into practice.
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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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It seems like every time we post an article about what's happening in the sportsbook, the number one question, regardless of the topic, is "Can I get drink tickets there?" After posting last week’s article about getting seats are the Venetian sportsbook on Facebook, the question about where someone can get drink tickets with their wagers was raised again by VC reader Sarah B.
The short answer is that policies are rarely the same -- even in the same casino at the same time. There are no longer hard and fast rules about drink tickets at any sportsbooks besides CG Technology (Venetian, Cosmopolitan, etc.) In the past, you could expect a drink ticket with your sports bets. This was a time when casinos didn't mind if you sat around watching a game and not spending money. Things have changed over the years and drink tickets are no longer the norm when placing your bets.
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So I have a question that maybe someone can help me with... I'm a Diamond member with Total Rewards. I have been assigned a "Casino Host". What exactly is he/she and what kinds of things can they do for me? Am I supposed to tip him/her? I rarely even see him but I do have his cell phone number." -- Rob
Let’s first look at what exactly a casino host’s job entails and that's to create a relationship with players so that they become loyal to the casino (or casinos) they work for. In other words, the host works for a casino with the purpose of making customers happy during and in-between visits.
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With so many choices in Las Vegas, one of the most daunting choices you have to make will be done long before you set foot off the plane. Choosing where to rest after long days and nights of gambling, eating and, of course, boozing can have visitors vacillating between the latest and the greatest, the closest and the cheapest, and more. This writer has even heard of decisions based on the size of the shower!
When looking for hotels in Vegas there are so many options, your first time or two usually results in a stay at one of the main hotel-casinos on The Strip. And, why not? All the lights, glamour, action, romance and nostalgia exist around those hotels. After a couple trips to Vegas, however, that feeling might wear off. A transformation into a Vegas veteran may send you off Strip or downtown when choosing a spot to sleep. If you aren't interested in leaving The Strip, there are other options that provide a good bang for your buck and don't come with the annoyances of a mega-resort.
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VegasChatter reader Bill G. posed some good questions about the new Bottomless Bubbles promotion at FIZZ. If you haven’t checked out the snazzy Caesars Palace champagne bar yet by Elton John's partner, David Furnish, this promotion may be a good way to test the
For $36 inclusive of tax and gratuity/service charge, guests can enjoy two hours of bottomless house champagne. The particular brand evidently varies from time to time, but if you’re not picky, you’re guaranteed all the champagne you can drink in one of two time slots: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly.
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While many Vegas visitors are looking for the largest drinking vessel at the lowest price for alcoholic beverages, some just want a good cup of coffee. The goal is to still have a little left to spend at the tables. Starbucks are pretty much on every corner, with some hotels offering multiple locations, though VegasChatter reader Tom G. wanted to know where to get a decent cup of coffee on the Strip that’s actually affordable. The easy answer is you can get good coffee or cheap coffee, but not both. More often the easiest to find is moderately to expensively priced mediocre coffee. Most of the Starbucks on The Strip are even more pricey than their off-Strip incarnations.
The newest coffee shop on The Strip is one of the best. Though not what we would call cheap, Sambalatte on the plaza at Monte Carlo offers high-quality products and serves them with flair. Think fancy frothy designs in your cappuccino foam. You should ask them to try and recreate the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Why not? You might get lucky. While coffee purists may not value the literal fluff, rest assured you are also getting a beverage that’s as delicious as it is beautiful. Personal favorites include the Nutella Latte and White Chocolate Mocha. For those not into the sweet stuff, a small coffee is $3.78 and a cappuccino is $4.86.