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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 (23)

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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Living A Dream: Confessions Of A Le Reve Junkie

Where: 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
January 10, 2014 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (5)

Recently, we told you about the upcoming backstage tours at Le Reve: The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas. What we didn’t explore was the fact that “we” is actually a “me.” And, while reporting on the new attraction, I was struggling to keep my Clark Kent glasses in place and my secret identity concealed. You see, I am the world’s biggest Le Reve freak (or geek?). Not even sure what to call myself.

I want to revisit the day of my advance personal tour. Not as @sammasseur, writer for VegasChatter, but as Sam Novak, Le Reve’s most extreme fan. Unashamed, unabashed, and ready to let my geek-dom shine. This is how my dream came true.

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Le Reve Lifts The Veil on 'The Dream'

Where: 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
January 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Wynn Las Vegas aquatic spectacular Le Reve - The Dream has set itself apart from its Cirque du Soleil roots from the very beginning. With an up-close and intimate theater-in-the-round setting and the use of contemporary music, English language lyrics and identifiable characters, the show is something much grander than just a cousin to "O."

After a rocky start and many changes by director Franco Dragone, choreographapher Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Steve Wynn himself, it is now among one of the best tickets in town. Starting this month, Le Reve will pull back the curtain and uncover the inner workings of its world of dreams. And, this is one new Vegas attraction you won’t want to miss.

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With Sirens Out Of The Picture, A Reminder On What's Still Free On The Strip

Where: 89109
November 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM | by | Comments (6)

While most preferred the original buccaneers over the reincarnated Sirens, Vegas visitors were dismayed by the weekend news that Treasure Island pulled the plug on its free outdoor attraction.

During its original ten year run, the swashbuckling performance served as one of the greatest examples of the city’s family friendly era. Its more recent rendition, full of scantily-clad women and poorly crafted jokes, could be viewed cynically as a representation of the party pits and 6:5 blackjack payouts that many Strip casinos are now known for. With one of Vegas’ most iconic attractions no longer in action, we thought it an appropriate time to check up on the remaining free Las Vegas Strip shows.

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Losing Your Vegan Virginity In Vegas

November 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (2)

They’re strange. They’re subversive! They're secretly living in your neighborhood. They are... the vegans!

Sounds like the tagline for a sexy 1960s potboiler playing at your local drive-in theater, doesn’t it? Well, to some, vegans might seem very odd, indeed. But, with 2014 around the corner, the lifestyle of plant-based eating is no longer considered strange. Nor, is it very rare. Vegan dining, much like vegetarianism, has grown exponentially as people become more aware of its benefits (and are seeking non-pharmaceutical ways to improve health and longevity). Las Vegas, forever on the cutting edge of dining, is keeping pace with this growth. Let’s take a look at what’s cooking in the vegan kitchens of Vegas. Or, growing in the gardens, if you will.

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Which Sportsbook Has The Best Odds?

September 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (7)

It's football season and that means it's a busy time in the sportsbook. Yesterday, we gave answered why sportsbooks will or won't show certain games. Strange enough, it makes sense. Now, we answer the often-asked question of which sportsbook has the best odds and point spreads. Some sportsbooks have better odds for some games, but there isn't a "best odds sportsbook." Sportsbooks often have similar odds, but since the odds are based on the amount of money bet, you'll see some noticeable differences.

Sportsbooks that cater to Vegas Strip tourists tend to have worse odds on teams from large cities. So, for example, you'll see that Caesars and MGM sportsbooks may have worse odds on teams from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago since there are so many tourists from those cities that place their wagers on The Strip. Caesars and MGM properties make up the majority of casinos on The Strip so you may see the Lakers with shorter odds to win a title or larger point spreads on a game at these properties than you would at, say, a Cantor Gaming-operated sportsbook.

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The Evolution Of The Casino Resort

April 26, 2013 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (2)

Vegas casino resorts have changed a lot over the years and it continues to change today with hotels inside of hotels and boutique hotels becoming the trend. We recently found a great research document from the UNLV Center for Gaming Research library discussing the evolution of Las Vegas casino resorts. With so much news about the transformation of the Vegas Strip, we thought it would be fun to see how we got here.

1st Generation

The first generation of casino resorts was born in the 1940s with El Rancho Las Vegas. El Rancho was the first self-contained casino resort.

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Checking Out Rates For Memorial Day Weekend

April 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Most of the country is battling the back and forth weather that comes along with April and the transition from winter to spring, but it's never to early to start thinking about summer. Memorial Day is the official kick off in our eyes, and those making plans to visit Sin City in celebration should begin to stake their claim before you'll need to go with plans B, C, or even, D. The Golden Nugget, for example, is already sold out on Sunday, May 26.

Here's a glimpse at the starting rates at a selection of hotels. All rates are as of April 9 and, as always, are subject to change:

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To Theme Or Not To Theme?

March 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM | by | Comments (17)

Every casino has a concept which may or may not be seen as a theme depending on how obvious it. Wynn, Aria and Cosmopolitan have a concept behind the design, but these casinos are not seen as themed because it's not as cartoonish obvious as the Eiffel Tower at Paris or the castle turrets surrounding Excalibur. There hasn't been an obviously themed casino in Las Vegas since The Venetian and The Palazzo were completed in 1999 and 2007, respectively. That could all be changing with Resorts World Las Vegas.

Resorts World Las Vegas is set to open in 2016 and will have a heavy Asian influence throughout the $2 billion property. Resorts World Las Vegas will include a series of bronze and gold glass towers flanking Asian-style red pagodas, lagoons and fountains. There is even plans for a replica of the Great Wall of China and discussion on whether or not they will have a panda exhibit. The inclusion of a water park definitely makes Resorts World Las Vegas the first outwardly family friendly casino on The Strip in years.

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Vibin' At Andrea's

Where: 3121 Las Vegas Boulevard S [map], 89109
February 7, 2013 at 7:52 PM | by | Comments (2)

Private Andrea's eyes, they're watching you...

If you've heard of Andrea's, the newest dining destination at Wynn/Encore, you know at least two things. One, it's named after casino mogul Steve Wynn's wife and, two, it's her eyes that gaze upon diners.

What you may not know about Andrea's is that Nobu-trained Chef Joseph Elevado helms its menu. And, what you definitely don't know is that Elevado is one of the few chefs this writer gets geeked out about. And, apparently, embarrassingly so. For, as soon as he stopped by our table in greeting, this Chatter'er grabbed his arm and blurted out, "I love you." Yeah. Cool, lost. Thankfully, he took our gauche greeting in stride and, after a few more pleasantries, returned to the kitchen.

As our party of three waited for our courses to arrive, the "vibe" of dining at Andrea's began to sink in. First, as the pictures in this post show, the decor is beautifully feminine, the colors almost reminiscent of a blush pink champagne, with silver accents and crystal-clear teardrop light fixtures. The patrons that filled its spaces were part of the see-and-be-seen set. On our visit, young ladies in high heels and higher hemlines cocktail'd in its lounge while a noted Vegas food critic dined at one of its tables.

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Martha Stewart Going Balls to the Wall in Vegas at Wynn (Ok, Not Really)

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
January 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM | by | Comment (1)

Doyenne of all things domesticated, Martha Stewart, is currently sleeping at the Wynn Las Vegas while in town for her niece's wedding, which is also taking place at the Wynn. How do we know all this? Why, we have Martha on speed-dial. Psych. She's putting it all out there for us to see on Twitter.

And boy is she getting a serious comp deal from Steve splurging while in Vegas. For starters, she's in a two-room villa at the Wynn complete with a private massage room and a private pool. She and her niece also spent serious time getting prepped for the wedding at the hotel's beauty salon. Lastly, while tweeting a pic of her bedroom she let us know that Steve Wynn is "one of Las Vegas's most famous people." You don't say! Other than that, Martha is taking it rather easy in Vegas. We'll see where she ends up late-night tonight.

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An Asian Feast at Red 8

December 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've walked by Red 8 at Wynn countless times enjoying the aroma and saying that we need to try it. Well, that day finally arrived.

Like many of the restaurants at Wynn, the decor is warm and comforting. As you'd expect from the name, Red 8 is heavily covered in red. The casual comforts of wood tones keep you from getting angry. Or, at least that's what we told ourselves. Black is the other color you'll notice in the decor and this works well with both the reds and wood tones. Red may be the color of anger, but not here.

Red 8 isn't just Chinese food like Ping Pang Pong. Rather, it has dishes from a variety of Asian countries from China to Korea. People say that variety is the spice of life and they aren't wrong when it comes to dining at Red 8.

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