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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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Whether you’re an old soul or just looking for a traditional Vegas lounge experience, Michael Monge and the Wynn Encore Trio at Encore's Eastside Lounge may be just what you’re looking for. While I wasn’t alive for the original lounge acts that helped put Las Vegas on the map, I got hooked on the live music at Fontana Bar at Bellagio (now Hyde) when I first moved here about a decade ago. I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement ever since. It turns out, Encore has what I’ve been seeking.
The Eastside Lounge is right off the casino floor with a beautiful view of Encore’s pool area. On Wednesday through Sunday nights from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., you can catch singer Michael Monge and the Wynn Encore Trio performing four sets in front of this beautiful backdrop. The lounge has a $10 cover charge with one drink minimum per person, but locals can enjoy free admission Sunday through Wednesday. The cocktail list offers a slew of classics, much like you’ll hear from the band.
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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:
Developer and whisky enthusiast Mahesh Patel is returning to Vegas and bringing another year of the finest whisky experience the world has to offer. It's literally a smorgasbord of only the the best spirits, and as much as you'd like. There is hardly an event like this in the world, and on March 11-14, whisky lovers will come from all over the globe to convene at Wynn|Encore.
No matter how much money you wager in fantasy sports, it’s not considered gambling (see why here). However, if you do wager money on fantasy sports, you might want to check out the Fantasy Sports Combine coming to Wynn July 17-19. Tickets to this event start at $895 so consider it for serious fantasy sports
gamblers players only.
The inaugural event will offer a collection of fantasy experts who may be able to help you gain an edge after you listen to their insights and strategies on how to win daily, weekly and season-long leagues.
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For this installment of Magical Mondays, we’ll get to know another of the Las Vegas magicians on SyFy’s Wizard Wars. Shimshi is a magician who got his start in his native Israel and now performs regularly at corporate events and private gigs at Wynn and Encore. After appearances on America’s Got Talent, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and now Wizard Wars, Shimshi is continuing to develop plans for his own Las Vegas stage show.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. 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 February 9:
Downtown brews up a new bar: Hop Nuts Brewing will mark its grand opening in the Downtown Vegas Arts District tonight. Located at 1120 S. Main Street (suite #150), the bar has been quietly serving up brews since New Year's Day. Stop by and find 12 beers on tap, ranging from an Hop Nuts IPA (7.4% ABV, 65 IBU) to an Hop Nuts Imperial Stout (8.5% ABV, 75 IBU). The brewery is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday until 4 a.m. Tours are available, upon request. Call 702-816-5371 to inquire.
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By now you probably (hopefully) know the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champs, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. The point spread in the game went off in many Las Vegas sportsbooks as a pick ‘em so the Patriots covered the spread. The game also went over the total which was somewhere between 47 and 48, depending when and where you wagered. The win and total score ended up in a four-way teaser win for bettors. Usually, when sports bettors win, the result is bad for casino sportsbook operators. In the case of the Big Game, it wasn’t entirely good for bettors or bad for the sportsbooks.
With a huge menu of prop bets available sportsbooks may have been able to eek out an overall win. Prop wagers make up the majority in Big Game bets at the Westgate SuperBook while they only make up about 15% of Big Game wagers at Wynn. Every sportsbook operator offers a different number of prop bets so the results will vary. William Hill released almost 700 and here are some of the results of their more popular prop bets:
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It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.
Can a show set in the ever-changing landscape of Las Vegas performing for today's immediate gratification and 'what have you done for me lately' crowd really land a Best Show award for the fourth year in a row? A year ago we thought another Spiegelworld production would at least give Absinthe a run for its money, but the demise of the super but short-lived Vegas Nocturne eliminated that debate.
VegasChatter revisited the tent long-term parked in front of Caesars Palace this month in the interest of fairness and to ensure Absinthe wasn't resting on its
lack of competition laurels at this point. Was Absinthe still fresh or had it gotten stale?
Celebs in Vegas / Mindy Kaling / Vegas Hot / Sexy Ladies / Wynn / Encore / Andrea's / Society / The Beatles Love / Cirque du Soleil / The Mirage / LAVO / Venetian / Palazzo / Off Strip Adventures / Chanel / The High Roller / Gordon Ramsay Steak / Paris Las Vegas / → All Tags
The VegasChatter corporate offices went on high alert when actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling indicated on social media that a Vegas trip was imminent. It's always interesting to see what a celebrity will do in Sin City and usually pretty (although, for most, unintentionally) entertaining, too.
While Prince Harry still holds the honor of cheekiest visit to date, Mindy kept fans enthralled through a constant stream of social media updates. After following (obsessively) along, here's a quick guide on how to do Vegas, Kaling style:
1. Pack the appropriate essentials.
Vegas dress? Check. Bling? Check. Multiple bathing suits? Check.
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The three-day, dusk-to-dawn brain melt more commonly referred to as the Electric Daisy Carnival returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 20-22. Earlier this week, the 400,000 people expected to attend the sold-out, Alice in Wonderland-like experience were treated to the highly anticipated 2014 lineup, which includes mega acts like Calvin Harris, Avicci, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and Afrojack.
Las Vegas' other big music festival, Life Is Beautiful, will once again take over Downtown Vegas October 24-26. This year, event organizers are teaming up with the nightspots of Wynn to offer a more exclusive VIP experience. XS, Tryst, Surrender and Encore Beach Club will help staff new table and cabana packages. If that has your name all over it, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details, pricing and reservations. Tickets for this year's fest have not yet been released.
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May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.