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The Hottest Bakery In Town Is Carlo's

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

The latest outpost in the Buddy Valastro empire opened at Venetian|Palazzo last month when the Cake Boss and his whole crew opened another Carlo's Bakery to a throng of fans that lined up all the way down the hall and wrapped around the Grand Canal waiting to get a peek at his (baked) goods.

The shop was, in fact, so mobbed we vowed to come back when it was sure to be quieter. Fast forward two weeks and, even without the star owner's presence, interest hadn't waned one bit. The below snapshot of the crowded shop was taken this past Sunday.

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High Roller Financial Disclosure May Be Coming To Casinos

April 16, 2014 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (3)

Casinos make the majority of their money from high rollers. We're talking gamblers in the casino, not the people that like to pop $60,000 bottles of champagne in the club. That’s a different segment of the business. We're talking about the men and women that play baccarat for $50,000 per hand.

Casinos go through great lengths to assure the privacy of these players. Some high rollers don't want others to know that they travel halfway across the world to gamble. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Well, the US government is considering a new law to change the privacy laws and casinos are scrambling.

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At Venetian, da Vinci Returns With Less Art, More Inventions

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
March 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

Two summers ago Venetian opened a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition that explored the mechanics, scribbles and fear of a genius. More than 200 pieces and artifacts filled several rooms comprising what sponsors labeled the "most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's work ever created." We labeled it an impressive museum/art gallery that opened up worlds of da Vinci previously unknown to us. And, we didn't have to venture to New York, Boston or San Francisco to see it. An exploration of da Vinci's inventions and creations had been brought right here to Vegas.

Now, da Vinci has returned to the Venetian for a second run. The current exhibit explores the various phases of the Renaissance man's life, taking guests on a focused journey through his studies of anatomy, art, science, mathematics and nature. Da Vinci: the Exhibition is presented through 65 of his inventions and machines. For those that visited in 2012, a handful of pieces will look familiar, complementing a deeper study of his fascinations with the subject of war, flight and robotics. His artwork is still a component, but on a smaller scale with just over 20 of his pieces on display.

Guests are first introduced to an overview of the life of Leonardo. A map details where in Italy he lived throughout his years and hints at how his surroundings may have influenced his various fields of study.

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Venetian And Palazzo Make The Move To 6:5 Blackjack

Where: 89109
March 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM | by | Comments (24)

Poof! Some of the best and affordable blackjack on the Vegas Strip is gone!

Last week, Venetian and Palazzo changed the payouts for most of their blackjack games under $100. The majority of blackjack games now pay 6:5 for blackjack instead of 3:2. This affects about 50 blackjack games between the two casinos. The house advantage on a 6:5 blackjack game is 1.39% higher than a 3:2 blackjack game. That may not seem like a lot on the surface, but it adds up over time.

Before March Madness, Venetian and Palazzo had some of the best blackjack games you could find on the Vegas Strip for under $25. Today, they’re no better than most. You’ll still find a few games that pay 3:2 for blackjack at each casino. There are a few double deck, Super Fun 21 and video blackjack games under $100 that pay 3:2 for blackjack, but those are in the minority.

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Carlo's Bakery To Arrive At Venetian, Palazzo By Month's End

Where: 89109
March 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our first taste of Carlo's Bakery had us yearning for more a bit closer to home. Now, the wait is almost over. Carlo's Bakery will open its first shop west of the Mississippi March 31 at Venetian|Palazzo.

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Five F&B FYIs From The VegasChatter In-Box

March 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

Our mailbox be on fire these days...

The VegasChatter in-box is overflowing these days with deets on St. Patrick's Day parties, March Madness specials, Cinco de Mayo deals, Easter happenings, Spring Break offerings, pool openings and more. So to delete five emails in one swoop keep you up-to-date, here are five quick food & beverage updates of note!

DB Brasserie will open this May at Venetian. The restaurant will mark Chef Daniel Boulud's return to Vegas. You may recall when he had a brasserie over at Wynn. That closed in 2010. Venetian's version, which will still feature French-American cuisine, will serve lunch and dinner.

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Cantor Releases 2014 NFL Season Win Totals

March 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

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:

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Social Life Pizza Now Part Of The Vegas Scene

Where: 3377 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
February 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

A new name in fast-casual pizza has fired up its first Nevada locale inside the Grand Canal Shoppes.

Social Life Pizza opened its first eatery in San Diego on September 19, 2013. Now, it's a chain of two after its debut at the Venetian/Palazzo earlier this week.

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Our First Taste Of Carlo's Bake Shop

February 26, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

No sign is too big or small to stop us from getting inside.

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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Days After Cyber Attack, Venetian, Palazzo Websites Still Down

February 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

2.17 Update: The websites were partially restored today and can be used for online bookings once again.

On February 11, hackers gained control of websites of the Las Vegas Sands and showed Venetian and Palazzo, as well as a sister property, in flames. Four days later, the sites are still offline.

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How To Celebrate The Year Of The Horse In Vegas

January 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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No More Declining The Resort Fee At Venetian, Palazzo

January 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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