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View from the Aria, taken by VegasChatter Facebook friend, Mike P.
What should have been a relaxing afternoon in Las Vegas turned scary and tense at The Cosmopolitan when a fire broke out on the chic hotel's Bamboo Pool Deck at 12:50pm. One person has been hospitalized, parts of the hotel have been evacuated and a section of Las Vegas Boulevard has been shut down.
You can watch a video of the fire burning from this user on Periscope, but here is a shot of the aftermath:
The Clark County Fire Department put out this tweet:
Update to 3708 LVBS #fire: Trees and cabanas burned on pool deck. Very little extension to building. One patient transported at this time.— Clark County FD (@ClarkCountyFD) July 25, 2015
The Cosmopolitan has not updated their social media pages with news of the fire but they officially commented in a statement to the media, saying:
The hotel's other pool,Marquee, also put out a tweet announcing their closure today as well:
Marquee Dayclub is temporarily closed today due to a fire at Cosmopolitan's Bamboo Pool, located on the West Tower. pic.twitter.com/Jl05onPeux— Marquee Las Vegas (@MarqueeLV) July 25, 2015
The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the fire may have been caused by a cigarette that was tossed into a bush on the pool deck. Whatever the cause, the fire spread fast as LV Sun writes:
The witness said the fire consumed half the cabanas around the pool in less than a minute. Guests were running and screaming as the fire spread "ridiculously fast," and the entire pool deck area was quickly evacuated.
We'll be following more of this story today but it's safe to say many parts of The Cosmopolitan will not be operating normally tonight and tomorrow.
FWIW, it's about 98 degrees in Vegas this afternoon. Here's what happened to our key card once when the heat outside hit 115.
[Photos: Mike P/Facebook and @8NewsNow/Twitter]
The Desert Hops Beer Festival will return to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan on August 22. This will be the third year in a row that the Cosmo is hosting Desert Hops which features more than 150 beers from all around the world. This year’s festival will also feature a larger selection from Nevada brewers than previous years. Additionally, attendees will taste multi-cultural food prepared by the Cosmopolitan’s restaurant partners.
This looks like one of the best deals you’ll find at the Cosmopolitan with tickets for the beer festival starting at $30. Early Bird General Admission tickets for Desert Hops start at $30 and are on sale now. Early Bird VIP tickets are also available starting at $50 and include early entry at 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.
Tickets are available at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Early Bird prices will be available until Aug. 3 at which point prices will be $45 for General Admission and $65 for VIP tickets.
[Photo - VegasNews.com]
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The World Series of Poker kicked off a couple a weeks ago which means Las Vegas is full of even more poker players than usual. The excitement for the WSOP seems even greater this year with the amount of poker players that came to town to take part in the record-breaking Colossus tournament.
Poker rooms all around town have been slammed and have had huge waiting lists. While this is great for players, this also gives dealers and hotel employees an excuse to chatter and spread some rumors.
We’re could care less about rumors regarding the personal lives of poker players, but when a rumor about one of our favorite casinos is spreading, we have to pay attention. Last week, word started to trickle out that The Cosmopolitan would be opening a poker room this year.
The Cosmo has only vaguely teased plans for the property since Blackstone purchased the casino last year but we’re beginning to see some things trickle out. Which means this rumor may have some legs to stand on.
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Last May, when The Cosmopolitan was sold to Blackstone Real Estate Partners, changes to the property were expected, especially since the casino-hotel hasn’t had a profitable quarter since opening in December of 2010.
Casino revenue was one of the first items addressed by Blackstone. According to their last quarterly earnings report casino revenue is on the rise so that's that.
Next up were plans to add 46 rooms in empty space in the West Tower. Those rooms are still under construction according to an adviser.
We also haven’t heard much about the space atop the East Tower of the Cosmo. Initial plans were that something “creative” would be added but nothing has been revealed yet. Perhaps a new restaurant or the long rumored Playboy Club will return to Las Vegas.
But surprisingly, it looks like Cosmo might get a new lobby bar before all of this.
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And the first Local casino-resort to have Apple Pay will be… The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas! Other casinos, you better step your game up. The pin pads that will make Apple Pay transactions possible will be available at the casino this summer.
There are a few points of sales already live, but by early June many more areas of the casino will have the technology including the front desk, VIP services, concierge, restaurants, lounges, bars, and a variety of their retailers.
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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 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 20:
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Unless you gamble frequently, you may not realize it isn’t all the same. To the non-gambler, blackjack is blackjack is blackjack. Gamblers know that isn’t true. Not only do many casinos offer different rules, odds and returns for games, you may even find different rules and odds for the same game under the roof of a single casino.
A casino may offer blackjack with different odds depending on if you're by the door, in the high limit room or in the party pit. This can be the case with other forms of casino gambling, from betting on sports to video poker.
In a previous VegasChatter article, one of our readers and Twitter friend Dave R. (@LasVegasSO) was unhappy because The Cosmopolitan charged a resort fee on a comped room. Since he reported this, I've stayed there twice, each time comped, without getting charged a resort fee. So, obviously, it can happen either way.
As I've shared in the past, Cosmo has been comping me rooms, because of my
savvy excessive video poker play. Since I reached platinum status in its player club, I've received an offer for a comped room about every two months. I haven't yet been charged a resort fee on a comped room, but I also don't want to start! Out of naked self interest altruism, I wanted to find out what the criteria was for who gets charged a resort fee on comped rooms. So, I put on my investigative reporter hat and starting asking around. I asked the people at the slot club desk. I asked a nice lady that answered the phone at reservations. I asked a casino host. I even asked the head of VIP reservations! None of them would give me a direct answer. They all said the same thing, "it depends on your offer."
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The Cosmopolitan's dining choices have remained unchanged since it first debuted in December 2010. Soon, that will change.
It’s Cosmopolitan's turn to update its players club, Identity. Two years ago, we lauded Cosmopolitan for offering transparency for table game play. Something no other players club would put in writing. This year, they removed that transparency... and all rewards for table games.
“*Identity Points are not earned on table games, sports book and electronic craps machines.”
If you’re a point counter when you gamble, it's good to know in advance that you will not receive any Identity points for your money spent playing blackjack or any other table games at Cosmo like you would at other casinos. Here’s how earning points are doled out now and how they've changed:
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The Cosmopolitan plans to take the New Year very literally. With new owners (Blackstone Group) and a new leader (Bill McBeath) installed, the center Strip resort will continue to bring the new.
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March Madness is almost here so you know what time it is... party time!
Our annual rundown of March Madness viewing parties is here and can be found below. We'll update the list as we discover new offerings, but if you don't see the venue you're interested in right now, the best advice is simply to call them and inquire. Don't wait. The March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook group (which now boasts some 3,700 members) is already reporting parties at The Pub at Monte Carlo and Lagasse's Stadium at Venetian|Palazzo are sold out.