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In the past year, slot machines have been leaving the casino floor making way for bigger and better (?) machines. The Venetian has been leading the way by introducing new multi-player, table-style games from Aruze Gaming to the casino floor, one at a time. They've actually carved out a portion of the slot floor for these huge gaming machines between the table games and the Bourbon Room.
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Once upon a time a time when just about every Strip gaming company thought condos were the greatest things since timeshares, Las Vegas Sands did, too. It even started to build 280 of them atop part of the Venetian/Palazzo. And then, as is wont to happen in Vegas, the brakes were applied and the multi-million dollar project was shelved in late 2008. Or, in this case, draped.
Since then, local government officials have granted the gaming company more time to complete the condos, once dubbed the St. Regis Residences. Recently, a third time extension was approved, allowing construction to stay dormant through January 2015. Interestingly, Sands had requested a three-year delay, but only received two as that is the time increment planning officials normally sign off on.
You may have noticed that The Venetian has been renovating its casino over the past year, revealing sections one at a time. After the beautiful new Sands Poker Room was unveiled, construction crews set their sites on renovating the Sands High-Limit Slots room. Renovations are now complete and the new salon is now open.
The High-Limit Slots Salon continues to offer a comfortable respite from the Venetian's casino floor. The major changes to the room are the four parlors, each with four slot machines, a sofa, and a 55-inch LED television screen. Games here allow bets up to $5,000 a spin. Venetian says customers here also have the ability to "request their favorite branded machines." A private high-limit cashier cage is also available.
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The Vegas Twitterverse imploded earlier today with talk of the sudden closures of First, Rattlecan (pictured above) and The Act at Venetian/Palazzo. When the rumors settled, two of the three were accurate.
A spokesperson for First Food & Bar and Rattlecan, both concepts by Chef Sammy DeMarco, released this statement in response to the chatter:
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Coffee is a vital part of our day at a casino. In the morning, it warms the soul and prepares us for the day. Coffee in the afternoon can give the push to get us past the post-lunch drag and a late night cup may offer the punch we need to see the sun rise.
Venetian and Palazzo have at least six coffee shops to buy Illy, Coffee Bean and Lavazza coffee and there are Starbucks popping up quicker than CeeLo's puppets. That's great when we're walking around, but not so helpful when in the zone at the blackjack table or while having a mega video poker session.
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The Venetian continues it transformation from home of classic Broadway productions to a mix of 80s rock operas, graffiti-covered food joints and quality museum exhibits. The latest entry to redefine the resort comes by way of the (re)opening of Rockhouse. Yes, the same self-proclaimed ultra-dive bar once located at Imperial Palace moved its beer soaked digs to Sheldon's place. Talk about movin' on up to a de-luxe apartment.
When the move was announced, we were admittedly confused. IP and dive bar was a no-brainer, but how would Rockhouse fit at the Venetian? A grand opening is planned for February 28, but once a food menu was introduced, we couldn't wait and decided to check out the bar's soft opening.
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When the Venetian announced it was bringing in National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs to replace last year's Da Vinci - The Genius exhibit, we were giddy with childhood memories. The 50 greatest photos of all-time in one room together? It would be like walking through a living 'This is Your Life.' A childhood life spent running into the school library to flip through the latest issue of Nat Geo and admire the newest nudie pics it contained. Sure we may learn a thing or two between boobs, but in the pre-Internet era this was, it was always quite a score for a zitty middle school kid that hadn't yet met Hef. So, to think that the 50 greatest images of not just our childhood but the past 125 years would be assembled under one roof with no page flipping required? Mind blown.
The Venetian exhibit consists of larger than life images supplemented with video, back stories and in some cases additional frames of before and after "the shot." Visitors are greeted at the entrance by a wall of the 50 numbered photos which we used to pick out a few favorites before taking them all in.
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Happy hour goes down twice a night Mondays through Thursdays (5 to 7 p.m. and after 11 p.m.) with 2-for-1 cocktails and free bites. Guests only need to show a hotel room key to score happy hour specials.
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You've seen them in print. Some, on TV. And, others, on your computer. But, chances are, you've never viewed them in real life. Now, we'll all get the chance to stand just feet away from a carefully curated collection of National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs at the Venetian beginning February 14.
The showcase of iconic images will be located in the space that, until recently, housed the resort's Da Vinci -- The Genius exhibit. Among the photographs that will be on display are the two featured on this page, including the mesmerizing 'Afghan Girl' portrait shown below. More intriguing is that some of the photos will be featured alongside "near frames," images taken right after or right before "the perfect shot." Documentary video clips also will be shown.
The Year of the Snake continues to impress. We've already covered the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Now, we shift our attention to the Waterfall Atrium at the Palazzo. Last year’s display brought us a fire-breathing dragon and a mob scene on unveiling day with crowds packed ten-deep to see the first burst of flames. This year, the tech is more subtle, but proving quite a hit. A 98-foot blue snake lounging in a peach tree will stare at you, wink and stick out his tongue. All in the name of good fortune.
The peach tree features 193,600 flowers and stands 38 feet tall. It looks amazing. Over by the waterfall, gold and red lanterns hang down and I Ching coins representing wealth are married to the landscape. The effect, while not as vast as at Bellagio, is none the less a tremendous eye-catcher.
Vegas entertainment columnist John Katsilometes put word out on the tweets today that Rockhouse will make its debut this Sunday, January 27:
An official grand opening bash is set for February 28 and will mark "the first of many New Month's Eve parties" that are planned. Look for one on the last night of every month.
Here's a look at other rockin' celebrations already on tap: