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Sad news for fans of the Las Vegas Wranglers who lost their home at Orleans Arena last year and couldn't realize a dream that would have moved them downtown. The professional hockey team has withdrawn its membership to the ECHL. A Facebook post broke the news to fans earlier today:
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Those who know me well, know that I'm not much of a gambler. Sure, I may drop few bucks here and there, but I'd rather spend on restaurants, spas or shows. New numbers show I'm not the only one walking through instead of stopping on the casino floor.
Vegas Inc. reports gaming revenue is down not just for last month (December 2014) but for all of last year. The business publication states numbers released by the Gaming Control Board show Nevada "casinos won a little more than $11 billion in 2014, a 1.1 percent drop from the previous year when gaming revenue increased by 2.6 percent." If you look at gaming revenue solely on the Strip, it's down 2.1 percent when comparing 2014 to 2013. Interestingly, downtown's numbers are up the same amount.
Binion's / Blackjack / Low Rolling / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / → All Tags
We all loooooove cheap gambling. Especially, when the gambling is good. Well, we may have found the best new low rollin' blackjack in Las Vegas. The $1 blackjack at Riviera is cool, but it’s almost impossible to find a seat at the single table devoted to super low rollers. You're more likely to find an open seat at one of the nearby $5 or $10 tables.
It looks like Binion’s took notice of that and improved on it for their Throwback Thursday Blackjack promotion.
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There's a new way to save a few bucks on keeping yourself entertained in Vegas. Today, a press release touted the launch of the Vegas Attraction Passport.
The new offering bundles admission to five attractions that may or may not be on your Vegas list -- Madame Tussauds, Mob Museum, CSI: The Experience, Venetian's outdoor gondola ride, and a one-day, unlimited bus ticket for Big Bus Tours -- at a discount of "over 40 percent." The cost? $79.99. We wondered if we could do better with a few clicks around the Internet or if the passport really does provide some value so we gave it the ol' college try.
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Wizard Wars, a magical reality competition series, returns to SyFy January 29 and the first episode will feature a pair of Vegas street performers. Going up against the "wizards" will be Greg Dow and Sean Scott, two performers who make their living entertaining tourists for the most part. While both do corporate and private events, they can also be found regularly on the Strip at The LINQ and Fremont Street. Read on to find out more about their careers before you tune in on Thursday night, or decide to track them down in real life.
VegasChatter: How did you get your start in magic?
Greg Dow: I got a magic set when I was a kid and couldn’t figure it out and got frustrated and then went to video games and didn’t pick it back up until I went to college. I always liked magic. I liked watching it. I bought some magic tricks and brought them back to my friends in college and they started getting impressed. After a few months of doing that, someone asked me to do a show. I did a pretty bad show but it was fun. I learned more magic and, when I moved back to Chicago, I started doing magic in restaurants and enjoyed doing that for awhile while I was working day jobs. I moved out to Vegas about 12 years ago and I started working for one of the big magic shops. I sold magic tricks and taught people how to do magic tricks for about 10 years. About three years ago I stopped that and went to performing full time which makes me much happier.
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A new downtown eatery is taking over what was formerly Wild (pictured above), the recently shuttered disappointing vegan food spot ("disappointing" being redundant most of the time). Ramen and Whiskey will feature a very simple "build your own ramen" menu as well as a selection of Japanese whisky and sake, a wide craft beer selection and a mixology program, too.
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On Monday, Golden Nugget ended its $5 Downtown Destination Fee in exchange for a $22.60 tax-inclusive resort fee. But, if you don't want to pay, you don't have to. Of course, there's a string attached.
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If you really want NHL in Vegas, mark your calendar for February 10. That's the date set for the start of a test to see if there's enough interest in tickets and, subsequently, a team.
Billionaire businessman Bill Foley, behind the NHL push, is hoping some hockey fans buy in and "plunk down $150 to $900 for a season ticket deposit," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He hopes at least 10,000 tickets are spoken for. Foley told the RJ that he's already reached lease terms with MGM Resorts and AEG for the 20,000-seat arena they're building behind New York-New York. Foley would share ownership of the team with the Maloof family, best known for bringing Vegas the Palms.
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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 January 12:
○Downtown: Now With More Mob: The Mob Museum is on the move in Downtown Vegas. Kinda. A traveling exhibit, basically a 1972 Jaguar XKE convertible once owned by John Gotti, can now be found at the Plaza through June 30.
Just days after the release of our 2015 Resort Fee Guide, we already have our first update. The Vegas Rover Facebook page is reporting that downtown's Golden Nugget will enact a nightly $22.60 tax inclusive resort fee beginning Monday, January 19.
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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.
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Visitors doing Vegas on a budget often head downtown to get more for their money. There’s no denying that when compared to the Strip, downtown is full of bargains. Average room rates are about half of what you’ll find ($66 vs. $126 in 2014). Dining downtown is easier on the wallet as well, with the priciest downtown buffet coming in at just over $20. That’s a deal when compared to the more than $50 you would spend on The Strip. A commonly repeated piece of advice suggests that in addition to these savings, downtown offers better returns than the Strip when gambling, especially at slots. That seems to makes sense, given that everything else downtown is cheaper, but is it true?