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Most of us are getting ready for March Madness or the first pitch of the Major League Baseball regular season. Football isn't front and center with most people that bet on sports, but that hasn't stopped Cantor Gaming (CG Technology) from looking forward to the NFL season. It's the first sportsbook operator to post season win totals for the next pro football season.
Over the past couple seasons, Cantor has become the first sportsbook operator to release NFL season win totals but this marks the earliest they've posted them to date. In fact, this is the earliest any sportsbook operator has released season win totals. Ever. Free agency hasn't begun yet and the NFL Draft is weeks away, but if you can see into the future maybe you're ready to place bets on how teams will perform. Take a look:
Vegas Previews / Venetian / Palazzo / Grand Canal Shoppes / Cake Boss / Carlo's Bakery / Buddy Valastro / → All Tags
The interns at VegasChatter are almost done sorting through all the fan mail readers sent in inquiring about the whereabouts of Mr. Pappagiorgio last week. Fret not, fans -- he's back, baby! And, he returns with plenty of ass as well as a sneak peek of what could soon be coming to a Venetian near you. If your location is Las Vegas, that is.
Mr. P took a vacation on the seas last week aboard Norwegian's Getaway. The Caribbean may not have a lot in common with the desert Strip at first glance, but this is one writer that spares no expense in getting the story. The newly launched Getaway happens to have the only Carlo's Bakery on the sea and, with the Cake Boss bringing a location to the Venetian early this spring, I was curious what tasty treats might be offered. And, since a trip to New Jersey
this time of year where the original location is wasn't as appealing, a Caribbean cruise was quickly booked.
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2.17 Update: The websites were partially restored today and can be used for online bookings once again.
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Although the lion and dragon typically dominate images of Chinese festivals, the 2014 Chinese New Year is the Year Of The Horse -- the seventh animal in the Asian zodiac and a symbol of nobility, class and perseverance. (It is said those who are born in the Year of the Horse tend to be intelligent, energetic and sociable.) To commemorate the occasion, hotels on and off The Strip will host traditional lion and dragon dances that you can witness in person.
MGM Resorts will put on a series of performances across its properties. Bellagio (Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere), ARIA (Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the main porte cochere), Crystals (Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at the entrance near Todd English P.U.B.) and MGM Grand (Friday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. inside the main lobby) will each host their own ceremony. Yau Kung Moon, known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, will perform the dances.
Resort Fees / Venetian / Palazzo / Treasure Island / Total Rewards / Caesars Entertainment / → All Tags
In April of 2013, Venetian and Palazzo upped their resort fee, but gave us an out -- the ability to decline it at check-in or check-out. The only caveat was that we'd be charged for services at regular prices if we did end up using them.
The days of being able to say no to that, however, have sadly ended. A front desk agent told us over the weekend that it's no longer an option.
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On January 11, Palazzo debuted its new feature show, PANDA! Billed as a “visually stunning epic journey,” PANDA! tells the story of Long Long, a very special panda who is on a mission to save his betrothed... the Peacock Princess.
See, on their wedding night, a DEMON VULTURE swooped in and kidnapped her and -- ohmygoodlord, are you still with us? It's okay. Laugh it out. Better? Alright, moving on.
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Back in November, we gave you a preview of the show, but we're still not quite certain of just what to expect, mostly due to the fact that it will be the show’s first curtain call outside of China. We really hope to be wowed, however, given its production team also worked on the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Not only that, but the cast is made up of "award-winning performers from China National Acrobatic Troupe and Shaolin Monastery Kung Fu Monks Troupe."
VegasChatter Awards / VegasChatter 2013 Awards / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse / Buddy V's / Palazzo / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
It's time for the fourth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin to bring you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2013 -- the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling.
2013 was a good year for Las Vegas foodies. While The Strip continued to see its usual share of openings and closings, off Strip visitors saw an increase in quality new restaurants as well. Downtown, of course, has seen a surge of offerings from pizzerias to shipping contained food and there's no shortage of new bars for anyone's who basic food groups lean liquid.
Out in the 'burbs, Echo and Rig seems to have finally broken the Tivoli Village food curse, butchering up outstanding food for lunch, dinner and brunch. At the other end of the valley, Vic Vegas served up fantastic food and amazing views.
Not all 2013 was a success, however, with Bobby Flay's Burgers needing more time to cook and Bradley Ogden's return to Vegas shortlived. But, since we're here to celebrate the best new bites of the year, let's start raving about our pick for best new restaurant of 2013:
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We don't know about you, but we'd take this over being Reviv'd by IV, any day.
JuiceFarm is now open inside Palazzo, occupying the space where Sweet Surrender once stood. It's believed to be the first dedicated juice bar on The Strip. (If you know differently, tout your Vegas know-how below.)
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Now, a new dose of Sip or Pour providing awesome drinking spots on The Strip. Keeping it simple, here's two bars that'll either let you sip on something special or pour enough to get
you drunk the party started.
For a relaxed drinking experience, make sure to drop by Aria. One of the Strip's "newer" casinos, Aria always feels elegant and that feeling carries over well into Deuce Lounge on the casino floor.
Deuce acts as a lounge, bar and snazzy gaming room. There is everything one could ask for -- dim lights, leather couches, solid music and, the best part of all, unique, tasty drinks. The menu, while not huge, offers signature cocktails that don't disappoint. Namesake martini, The Deuce-tini, is an interesting tequila-based mix of elderflower liquor, lemon juice, egg whites and agave nector. Thankfully, I didn't read the ingredients list until after I tried this one as it's not a combination that sounded appealing, but it surprised by being a gentle yet strong drink.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Emeril Lagasse / Emeril's New Orleans Fish House / Table 10 / Delmonico / MGM Grand / Venetian / Palazzo / Grand Canal Shops / → All Tags
Love Emeril? Love the holidays? Love cooking? Bam! (Sorry, but it's too fun not to
beat it into the ground write.) There's now one easy way to combine them all.
The Chef de Cuisine from each of Emeril's Las Vegas restaurants have created a series of holiday e-cookbooks and they're free to download. You just have to visit their Facebook page to add them to your files. You'll find tips on how to craft yummy holiday cocktails, too, from each restaurant's head bartender.
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