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Dining At The New DB Brasserie

Where: 89109
June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas has been short one bright star in our sky since the closing of Daniel Boulud Brasserie at Wynn in 2010. After the closing of such a singular fixed point of our fine dining scene since 2005, it was not clear if Chef Daniel would set his sights back on us again. But, with the closing of Valentino last year at Venetian and the mystery surrounding its replacement, whispers and rumors grew into a roar, “Daniel Boulud is coming back!” After a brief moment of fear that it would be another burger concept (Batali took that one for the team with B&B Burger & Beer), the countdown began for DB Brasserie.

First, a note on the dining room: holy crap, this is an immensely beautiful space. It’s a great blend of that modern monochrome winter-color style, but adheres to a great array of traditionalist aesthetic proportions, too. Opulent without being imposing, richly detailed without being garish or sacrificing any hipness, just very well done.

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WSOP Players Get Special Hotel Rates And You Can, Too

May 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.

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Have You Heard The One About The Venetian?

Where: 89109
May 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (4)

It's the rare Vegas hotel-casino that doesn't have a dedicated lineup of comedians these days. Heck, even Silver Sevens has one now. But, comediennes? That's tougher to find.

Jerry Seinfeld grabs headlines at Caesars Palace from time to time. Next door, The Mirage's Aces of Comedy are mostly all studs. Brad Garrett has his own comedy shop over at MGM Grand while quite a few other resorts are Bonkerz for jokes, too; but, again, there are more male than female entertainers. Tropicana did give Roseanne Barr the stage for a spell and Rita Rudner once headlined New York-New York before her now occasional Vegas appearances. So, why can't girls rule the world Strip?

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$5 Video Blackjack At Venetian Has Great Rules

May 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (10)

Hey, girl... (in your best Ryan Gosling impersonation)

It could be tunnel vision, but ever since Venetian switched low limits blackjack to pay 6:5, the games are virtually empty. In fact, besides on the weekend, all of the low limits tables that aren’t craps seem eerily quiet. The high limits 3:2 blackjack games, however, have been doing brisk business as usual. Nothing has changed there.

While walking towards the beautiful sportsbook recently, this writer noticed the Dealers Angel blackjack machine. This video blackjack machine has seats for five players, but nobody was playing when I walked by. A quick check of the rules showed that this video blackjack game paid 3:2 for blackjack and that the dealer stays on 17. These are great rules for the player. Even better is that the minimum bet is $5. This video blackjack game is one of the best low limits blackjack games you’ll find anywhere in Vegas.

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VegasChatter Questions: When You Want To Dine Fine Outside

May 8, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (9)

It’s not just anywhere that you can sit outside and eat or drink the night away. Even though it can get chilly or sweltering hot in Las Vegas, when the sun goes down, almost any night can still feel like a beautiful evening to be outdoors. In the summer, sitting outside in the warmth of a 95 degree evening beats sitting inside in a sweater because casino air conditioning is too cold.

VegasChatter Reader Curtis B. likes to dine under the stars and tells us he had a delicious meal outside at SW Steakhouse. Now, he would like more ideas:

coming from the cold North (snow here again today) in a month and looking for new ideas (or just fresh ideas for me) for a nice higher end restaurant that has outside seating. We ate at SW at the Wynn last year, was very good, nice setting, food was great and so nice to eat outside at night in the warmth rather than in cold AC restaurant.

Well, ask and ye shall receive. There are a quite a a few restaurants that offer a similarly great meals, outdoors, on the Vegas Strip.

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DB Brasserie Returns To Vegas

Where: 89109
April 23, 2014 at 10:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

After a four year absence, Daniel Boulud's DB Brasserie is back on the Las Vegas Strip. Vegas veterans likely recall when the dining spot was over at Wynn. For its return, it's moving one mega-resort south.

DB Brasserie officially opens tomorrow, Thursday, April 23 at the Venetian|Palazzo. Contemporary French-American fare will still be the name of the game. You'll find the eatery where Valentino once resided. At first, a DBGB Kitchen and Bar, also by Chef Boulud, was to have gone in the space. Diners, however, will still find DBGB burgers on the brasserie's menu.

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Brunching It At Buddy V's

Where: 3327 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (8)

All the buzz has been about the Boss Bakery across the hall, but the original Vegas home of Buddy V's has recently added a new attraction of its own. Within the past month, the Italian restaurant inside Venetian|Palazzo launched Sunday Brunch, filling a void in the neighborhood created after First Food and Bar closed up shop one year ago.

Buddy's Family Brunch is buffet-style served over five unique stations throughout the restaurant: an antipasto, carvery, chef's corner, kid's corner and a sweet table. Our favorite brunch dish is available in the form of a bottomless add-on ($14.95) and includes a choice of sangria, Bloody Marys, Bloody Caesars', mimosas, beers, frozen cocktails and wines by the glass. Grazie to Buddy V for the best bottomless liquid brunch deal we've seen in Vegas.

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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 | Comments (2)

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 (27)

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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