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VegasChatter 2014 Awards / VegasChatter Awards / Sportsbooks / The Mirage / Venetian / Betting / Gambling / → All Tags
It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.
For the longest time, whenever someone asked us to point them to the best sportsbook in town, we were like, bam! Lagasse's Stadium. But, this year, we started crushin' on another venue right across the Strip. It was older, but knew just how to make us happy. And now, we're ready to pledge our love publicly.
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When we’re used to seeing our favorite MMA fighters dressed in sweats and workout gear, it can be a bit of a system shock to see them in gowns and tuxes. The Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards aims to give fighters a night in the spotlight and likes to call itself the Oscars of MMA. While it’s not quite to that level, despite the immense popularity of the sport, it is nice for fighters, their coaches, trainers and other industry affiliates to have a moment to reflect on the past year’s events.
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If you wake up the day after Christmas just itching to play some poker (and, really, who doesn't?), Planet Hollywood and Venetian have got you covered with the latest installments of their popular tournament series.
The PHamous VII Poker Weekend kicks off Friday, December 26 and features a $500 buy-in no limit hold'em tournament with a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The event offers two different starting days, Friday and Saturday both at noon. Those fortunate to survive the first day will reconvene on Sunday at noon when the tournament will play down to an eventual winner. This is an unlimited re-entry tournament, which means if you bust out at any point before start of play at noon on Sunday you are free to pony up another $500 for a fresh stack of chips and another shot at
fame PHame and glory. If $500 is a little more than you're looking to spend, satellites will be offered throughout the weekend for just $70.
If you’re unaware because maybe you’re too hungover to cruise the Internet on New Year’s Day, January 1 is National Hangover Day. In honor of this holiday so many of us end up “celebrating” whether we would like to or not, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian is debuting The Hangover Experience.
Even if you don’t end up having an epic night that ends with Mike Tyson and a tiger, you can still immerse yourself in all the debaucherous glory that is The Hangover. Opening to the public at 4 p.m. New Year's Day, the exhibit will feature a 1,100-square-foot replica of the movie’s now famous hotel room, a smashed replica of a Las Vegas Metropolitan police car and a wedding chapel. No word yet on if there will be replicas of Stu’s missing tooth added to the gift shop when this opens.
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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize they're not as young as they used to be. In Vegas, that realization sometimes hits you in the ears one night in the club. The music, the people and the vibe just are not what they used to be. Even though most Vegas clubs are focused on younger customers, there are still places to go out, have some drinks and dance to something other than oontz.
Recently, I visited the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay for the first time in a while. I found it to be a great fit for someone ready to take the next step in his or her club life. The crowd was made up of a mix of people between their 20s and 40s with the average age probably around mid-30s. Music ranged from '90s artists (Tupac) to hits from today (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). Some danced, others just hung out and enjoyed bottle service. I spent the night drinking outside on a patio with one of the best views in Vegas. You really can't beat that. It struck me as a great place to party when you think you might be ready to move on from Marquee or XS.
Replacing its annual winter festival, but still benefiting the Lou Ruvo "Keep Memory Alive" Center, Ultimo is about to launch at Venetian|Palazzo. Three gargantuan events are planned for December 5-7.
Where last year's La Cucina festival -- especially, the Grand Banquet -- was the ultimate in food events for 2013, Ultimo is shoring up to blow last year out of the water. For a dinner that included food by Mario Batali and Dario Cecchini, Clint Holmes singing Christmas classics and a live reading of Dante's Inferno, that is not an easy task.
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The sportsbook operator formerly known as Cantor Gaming and now known as CG Technology has a pretty great cash back promotion. They’ll refund 5% (up to $5,000) of net losses from wagers of $100 or more. The caveats are that bets must be placed through your CG Technology account (not in person) and that only sports wagers will qualify. And no, it's not limited to new members only.
Here are specifics on how the promotion works:
Music / Entertainment / Shows / Jeff Civillico / The LINQ Hotel / Human Nature / Venetian / Mac King / Harrah's / Skye Dee Miles / The Cosmopolitan / Rose Rabbit Lie / → All Tags
Over the weekend, headliner Jeff Civillico from the Imperial Linq Quad Palace (as he likes to put it) hosted a charity fundraiser for his Win-Win Entertainment organization. The group hooks up entertainers with good causes such as performing shows in children’s hospitals.
Win-Win’s Headliner Bash featured an array of Vegas stars and reminded us of just why we loved some of them. One of the standout performances was from Human Nature (pictured above), the Aussie Motown group who perform at Venetian. When it comes to amazing vocals, these guys are some of the best in Vegas. Their pitch-perfect harmonies and a capella skills are truly impressive. After performing a Motown standard, the group moved to Christmas music from their “Christmas Album” and reminded guests of their upcoming holiday themed shows. If you hadn't heard, their Christmas, Motown and More show runs December 12-24.
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With high temps in the 70s, things are not even close to beginning to look or feel like Christmas in Vegas. Since snow on the Strip is rare (but, yes, it has happened just check out the photo below from 2008), we usually make our own joy in our own small, over-the-top way.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / VegasChatter Reviews / DB Brasserie / Venetian / Palazzo / → All Tags
For anyone familiar with DB's lunch menu, you will notice many identical or similar dishes. While a nice piece of Rainbow Trout Grenobloise ($21) may be tempting for those unable to make the daily lunch service, it doesn't exactly scream "brunch," or at least not the American interpretation of it. However, items like the Flat Iron Steak & Eggs ($30, au poivre like the lunch item) or the Fines Herbs Omelette ($15) qualify as well as exemplify the spirit of DB Brasserie: civility, but not to the point of inaccessibility.
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Sometimes you look at a menu and something stands out that you can't help but to keep going back to. For this writer, it’s often a main course that sounds like it will be better than the other dishes. It’s rare that an appetizer is so intriguing that everyone at the table keeps flipping the menu back to the first page to make sure they’re reading it correctly. That was the case during a recent visit to Delmonico at the Venetian to try the Piedmontese steak (which was great). Standing above the other appetizers was the following:
APPLE CURED KUROBUTA BONE-IN BACON
with Pickled Watermelon Rind and Abita Root Beer Glaze
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It seems like every time we post an article about what's happening in the sportsbook, the number one question, regardless of the topic, is "Can I get drink tickets there?" After posting last week’s article about getting seats are the Venetian sportsbook on Facebook, the question about where someone can get drink tickets with their wagers was raised again by VC reader Sarah B.
The short answer is that policies are rarely the same -- even in the same casino at the same time. There are no longer hard and fast rules about drink tickets at any sportsbooks besides CG Technology (Venetian, Cosmopolitan, etc.) In the past, you could expect a drink ticket with your sports bets. This was a time when casinos didn't mind if you sat around watching a game and not spending money. Things have changed over the years and drink tickets are no longer the norm when placing your bets.