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Venetian Latest Poker Room To Banish Cash

April 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

As of May 1, the Venetian will be the latest casino to disallow cash from being used to wager at the poker tables. The move comes several weeks after MGM Resorts announced it would be banning cash from the tables at all nine of its Strip poker rooms. The Wynn has since instituted the same policy. Under these new guidelines, players will be required to convert their cash to chips before the money is considered in play.

As we outlined in our previous report, the reason casinos are moving toward cashless tables is so that they can more closely track how much players are buying in for at the tables. The Bank Secrecy Act requires casinos to file a Currency Transaction Report for any player who buys in for more than $10,000 in chips. At table games such as blackjack and roulette, casinos have required that bets be placed with chips rather than cash for many years now. This makes it easy for casino personnel to track how much a player buys in for. At poker, however, the permission of players to bet with cash has made it easy for individuals to slip under the radar and conceivably go over the $10,000 threshold without the casino being aware of it.

A sign in the Venetian poker room (seen below) states that anybody purchasing $2,000 or more in chips will be required to do so themselves at the casino cage rather than using a chip runner. It is likely that players who approach the $10,000 threshold will be asked for identification, including a social security number, if they do not already have one on file.

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Plenty Of Unique Chips To Be Found In Poker Rooms

April 17, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (10)

VegasChatter reader Jim L. recently asked a question about which casinos in Las Vegas use different chips in their poker rooms than in the rest of the casino. The question stemmed from his discovery of the cream-colored $1 chip (seen below) during a visit to The Mirage poker room. This chip differs from the blue $1 chip which is found elsewhere in the casino.

When it comes to $1 chips, to the best of our knowledge, The Mirage is the only casino in Vegas that uses a specific chip set just for the poker room. If you were to play blackjack or other table games at The Mirage, you would see the blue chips. In the $3-$6 limit game that regularly runs in the poker room, you would see the cream-colored chip.

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Check-Out Folio: Penn and Teller For Free, SLS Wants 18 Plus, And More

April 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM | by | Comments (11)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 6:

WuHu at Silverton: The off-Strip hotel-casino will add a new restaurant, WuHu Noodle, this June.

Presented without comment: SLS is hosting an 18+ pool party Thursday, April 16 at Foxtail. Doors will open at 8 p.m. for what's being called "the sexiest new pool club in Sin City."

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What It Takes To Be A Venetian Gondolier

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
April 6, 2015 at 6:12 PM | by | Comments (9)

Chances are, you’ve probably seen the gondola rides at Venetian. If not, experienced one. But have you ever wondered about what it takes to be a gondolier?

During the rides, guests are transported through Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes and experience the scenic ambiance of a faux Venice. The gondolas float through a quarter-mile indoor canal. There's also an outdoor ride that showcases views of The Strip.

On Friday, April 3, Venetian began selecting new gondoliers to join its staff, and invited the media along to view the first portion of the audition: the jump test. That's when candidates jump in the water -- outside at 8 a.m. in 52-degree weather, btw -- and prove they can swim back to the gondola, pull themselves in, and regain control of the boat, all in a specific amount of time. No biggie, right?

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Falling Rake At Venetian

Where: 89109
April 6, 2015 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (3)

Christmas will be coming a bit early for poker players at the Venetian next month. Beginning May 1, the Strip's largest poker room will begin offering a $2 max rake on all poker games 24 hours a day through May 24. The normal rake at Venetian is a $4 maximum.

To the uninitiated, the rake is, basically, how poker rooms make money. Because poker players do battle with each other instead of against the house, the poker room takes a percentage of the money in each pot. In most poker rooms, the rake is 10% of the pot up to a certain amount and it is taken in $1 increments. The first dollar is taken out when the pot reaches $10, the next dollar is taken out at $20, and so on until the maximum rake is reached. The $2 maximum rake at Venetian is a 50% drop from what they usually take and players will see a nice increase in their bottom line because of it.

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Raising A Glass To UNLVino, And A Special BOGO Offer

April 3, 2015 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Oenophiles, rejoice! UNLVino, the mac daddy event for all things pressed out of a grape will be back April 16-18 for another fine year.

The first day of the three-day schedule is Bubblelicious, taking place in Venetian's Doge's Palace Plaza. The theme is obviously all things bubbly, so everything from Champagne to Prosecco will be poured, alongside with bites from various Venetian|Palazzo restaurants.

At this event, the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence will be bestowed upon Chef Daniel Boulud, and local singer Chadwick Johnson will perform as guests walk around trying as many sparkling wines as they'd like. Keep an eye out for some special bottles being poured as last year's event had some limited amounts of Beau Joie, Perrier-Jouët, and Armand de Brignac (Ace of Spades)!

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Venetian, Palazzo Being Sued Over Resort Fees

Where: 89109
March 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (22)

If you've ever thought about suing over resort fees, a Southern California man may be your new hero.

The Associated Press is reporting Benjamin Brin has filed a class action suit against Venetian and Palazzo for failing to cite resort fees until after his June 2014 reservation was booked. While it isn't in extra large print nor included as part of the "starting from" costs, the websites for both hotels do list the fees. At least, they do now. The suit reportedly states that, until a warning letter and a site redesign late last year, the fee was not mentioned at all until after a reservation was submitted. (Venetian|Palazzo fans, feel free to weigh in on that one below.)

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Poker Tournament Madness This March, Too

March 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last-minute buzzer beaters, underdogs pulling off huge upsets, hitting that six-team parlay to make up for the money you blew at the craps table... these are all of the things that make March Madness one of the most exciting times of the year to be in Las Vegas. When you aren't busy hanging out at the sportsbook watching all of the tremendous basketball action, there will be plenty going on in the local poker rooms. Here's a look at some special tournaments series being offered this month:

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Check-Out Folio: Diva Diana, More LOVE To Love, And More

March 6, 2015 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (2)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of March 2:

You've Got Some More Eating To Do: Las Vegas Restaurant Week returns June 15-26 and only for those dates this year. The event will no longer take place twice yearly with spring and fall dates. During the week, restaurants across the city join together to offer special prix fixe meals ranging from $20.15 to $50.15 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local food bank Three Square.

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VOM FASS Opens In The Grand Canal Shoppes (So, What is a VOM FASS?)

Where: 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
March 6, 2015 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (5)

An interesting trend for some higher-end shopping areas around the country are "bottle it yourself" stores. Most sell different flavors of oil and vinegar and sometimes alcohol, but too many are dressed-up, get-rich-quick schemes that buy a couple industrial barrels of the base ingredient and inject artificial lab-grown "aromas" into them. This is very similar to the way certain vodka brands have every meme flavor under the sun (lol at bacon, maple, cotton candy, and bourbon flavored vodka) and generally has the same effect. However, it would appear these are all pale imitations of other enterprises like VOM FASS.

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Venetian, Palazzo Raise Resort Fee Again

Where: 89109
March 5, 2015 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (14)

After holding steady at $25 for almost two years, Venetian and sister resort Palazzo have (to no big surprise) hiked their resort fee.

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A Legend Of Zelda Concert Is Coming To The Strip

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
February 26, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (2)

Yes, you read that correctly. There is a Nintendo Legend of Zelda symphony concert series that will be touring the world all year and it will be making a stop in Las Vegas June 10 at Venetian.

The tour, entitled Symphony of the Goddess - Master Quest, celebrates the 28-year-old video game franchise. This sounds both nerdy and quite interesting, at the same time. During the production, The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform orchestral arrangements of music from a variety of games from The Legend of Zelda universe. There will also be video content from the classic game, as well as the most recent addition to the series, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (which is available for Nintendo 3DS).

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