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It seems as though gambling becomes more of a losing proposition every week on the Vegas Strip.
A couple weeks ago, we were tipped off to New York-New York taking their house edge tweaks in blackjack to the high limits room for the first time. Now we get word from numerous sources, including the photo above from tipster @PaperPoster that the last two casinos on the Vegas Strip that didn’t offer 6:5 blackjack--Aria and Bellagio--have joined the growing trend.
This isn’t a small change to blackjack at Aria and Bellagio. @John_mehaffey reports that there are now a total of 40(!) blackjack tables that say “Blackjack pays 6-5" between the two properties. The difference from the traditional 3:2 blackjack is that you're getting paid $12 for a $10 wager on a 6:5 game vs. getting paid $15 for a $10 wager on a 3:2 game.
But wait...there’s more.
In case you were wondering, Valentino really IS opening up adjacent to the Bellagio front desk. Hermes was already across from the check-in area facing the bell desk on one side and facing Petrossian lounge on the other side.
Now Hermes and Valentino’s storefronts are staring each other down, enemies in the same hotel lobby, vying for shoppers’ dollars. It threw me off when I heard another shop was opening inside of the Bellagio lobby because, as a luxury property, with a gorgeous lobby complete with the Fiori di Como flowers by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, the lobby already had a lot of pretty things to look at.
The Bellagio is not short on luxury designer stores as it's already home to a Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Prada, Hermes and a Harry Winston, but there's apparently room for one more--Valentino, an Italian fashion house.
A VegasChatter spy who was ambling through the property today told us that the super secret lobby project the hotel is working on has been revealed to be a Valentino store near the bell desk. Typically, the really high-end luxury stores are on the Via Bellagio but this one will be closer to the Bellagio's entrance. The construction walls have just gone up with the Valentino name but we don't have a timeline on the opening.
Valentino already has two other stores in Las Vegas--at The Forum Shops and The Shops at The Crystals--so we wonder if they will drop one of those. Or maybe demand for the brand's signature "Rockstud" shoes (retailing for nearly $1,000) and handbags (retailing for $3,000) really warrants a third store. We'll find out soon enough.
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has traded Faberge eggs for several series of Picasso lithographs and linocuts plus several paintings.
Though there are several Picassos down the casino floor at Bellagio’s Picasso restaurant, this collection features 43 works on view together for the first time in the U.S., including one that’s never been seen before, 1928's "Profile of a Woman With Blue Hair." The oil painting is from his estate’s private collection and this is the first time it is being shown publicly.
This “Picasso – Creatures and Creativity” exhibition centers on his painting and printmaking from 1938-1962. The exhibition was initially supposed to have one other later piece from 1971 but it did not end up being included. In a rare opportunity to see a bit more of Picasso’s printmaking processes, three of the plates he used for the making of some of his series of linocuts and lithographs are also on display so guests can see how layers were cut away and new colors were applied to morph the block as he progressed through the series of images.
The fountains at Bellagio sure are patriotic and there's no better time than this weekend to revel in the aquatic choreography. Just in time for Independence Day, we've got a video of the dancing waters hitting the high notes along with Whitney Houston's version of the Star-Spangled Banner. Can it get any better?
Our nation's song belted out by the songstress is set to over a 1,000 water jets and on display for the entire Strip to pledge their allegiance. The anthem usually kicks of the beginning of the water show, so it's not just a holiday weekend thing. Remember, if you ask the Bellagio concierge nicely, you can get a copy of the Fountains schedule.
We scored a Fountain room and got to feel all red, white and blue from the comfort of our own room. If you're in Vegas this weekend, stop by to listen in person. Otherwise, turn the sound up and don't forget to put your right hand on your heart when you play the video.
We're taking off for the rest of the day. If you're in Vegas this weekend, here's a list of the fireworks going off in town. That's all folks. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July from all of us at VegasChatter! We'll see you again on Monday!
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The old adage that a picture tells a thousand words may make sense in most parts of life, but not in Las Vegas. Pictures in Vegas often tell many many more words than a thousand. The views and memories associated with those images of this city are more like chapters in the book of life.
There aren’t enough words to describe the feeling of that first time you step out on the balcony at the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay. You can see almost the entire Vegas Strip. At night you see the lights of the Vegas Strip and you know that there are thousands of people and some kind of semi-organized chaos. It’s a powerful image and one of the best views of Las Vegas.
Not all pillows are created equal. You’ve heard us gripe about the ones Delano opened with, but hey, they were pretty rough. One alone was enough to make you lay completely upright and forget about it if you’re a side-sleeper. Though those pillows have improved, we are still partial to the Delano bathrobe-pillow (patent pending).
Next up in the painful pillow hall of shame is Paris. Now I haven’t heard widespread outrage about these like was heard about Delano’s so maybe this was just the case in my friends’ room, but the lumpy bumpy pillows in their room were horrible.
The best comparison I can think of is undercooked mashed potatoes. Giant hard chunks of fluff separated by lots of nothing. it is literally impossible to find a comfy spot because the chunks are all smaller than one’s head so you just fall in between them. One was worse than the others but all were super lumpy. I still have a pillow I had from summer camp (I know; I’m weird) that is in fine condition! It’s time to check your supply, Paris, and replace accordingly.
VegasChatter reader, BenjaminBrown recently asked us a great question: "Where is the control room for the fountain at The Bellagio?” So, we
texted our friend who works the front desk did some intense research to find the answer. Here's what our friend inside source told us:
“The fountain control room is in a tower under a small dome surrounded by catwalks. It’s above all the electronics that run the show, and it can only be accessed by an extremely tall metal ladder.”
That’s all our Bellagio Fountains Deep Throat would tell us about the control room, which is smart because they probably don’t want a lot of drunk people drunkenly searching the property for the control room, just so they could take drunk selfies with it. We did, however, get some other fun facts about the Bellagio Fountains out of our BFDT:
Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish or drink worth writing about. Here's the latest installment in our Just One Drink series.
Though all of the bars at Bellagio are pretty nice, I’m partial to Petrossian Bar, just off the beautiful lobby. There’s piano music and delicious cocktails, plus caviar, if you can afford it. I’ll stick to the cocktails.
The bar staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. If you can’t find something on the menu to suit your tastes, the bartenders can whip you up something that ought to do the trick. If you go, consult with Michael and he’ll be sure to create you something tasty.
After discussing what I was looking for, he recommended the Jasmine ($17) and it was delicious. I’ve since been back for another. The Jasmine has Grey Goose La Poire (that’s pear flavor for you non-French speakers), St. Germain, white cranberry juice, hand-squeezed lemon juice and “secrets,” topped with edible rose petals. It’s sweet but not overly so as the cranberry and lemon tartness balance it out. I’ll have to buddy up to Michael a bit more to find out just what these “secrets” are but for now, I’ll let you in on a little secret: this drink is awesome.
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When you can't get a prime reservation or peel yourself away from da club, there are now new ways to enjoy those fantastic bites from Bellagio's newest restaurant, Lago. Nearby Hyde Bellagio has already offered small plates early in the eve as the sun goes down and the beats go up but has now added items from Chef Julian Serrano's nearby kitchen.
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Whether your taste buds prefer to speak Italian or Spanish, holy moly chef Julian Serrano's newest restaurant Lago translates to a-m-a-zing in any language. Bellagio's lakeside Circo-replacement is a bright, airy and elegant space that screams experience upon entering. The original menu is primarily Italian tapas covering meats, seafoods and pasta but also offers entrees for those that save room.
With floor to ceiling views overlooking the famous Bellagio fountains, window and outdoor seating will be at a premium for what many diners will expect to be the star attraction. And while Lago offers prime viewing, the resort's dancing waters easily become second fiddle to Serrano once the first bites begin to arrive.
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What is it like to be a professional poker player in Las Vegas? What it is like to make your living on the felt, doing battle with tourists and locals alike, fighting and clawing for fiercely contested chips in pot after pot, suffering through the bad beats, basking in the glow of making your opponents fold their superior hands, raking in the spoils of your victories, shrugging off the hands that got away, then racking up your soldiers and doing it all again the next day?
Tim "The Trooper" Watts (the nickname is a reference to one of his favorite Iron Maiden songs) knows exactly what it's like.
Since moving to Las Vegas from Jacksonville, Florida last June, Watts has been living the life that many poker players from all over the world have only fantasized about. It is in the poker rooms up and down the Strip where Watts goes about the business of grinding out his living by playing a card game.
Although he did line-up a part time job at a restaurant when he first came to town, Watts recently took a leap of faith and said goodbye to the day job so that he could concentrate fully on poker.
Now with no bosses to answer to and no schedules to follow, each day is an open book. Whether his office is Caesars Palace, the Venetian, or perhaps downtown at the Golden Nugget, Watts enters each day in full control of his own destiny.