Hello From Las Vegas! – This issue, we’re digging into the ever changing face of Las Vegas. Which includes casino ownership and possible sales. Which may affect your comp and gambling situation. Plus, the usual odds-and ends.
Also, Uber is stepping up to the plate and working on changes to their app to make it even easier for you to follow the updated safety tips we gave you last issue. Always be safe!
Hoover Dam Updates – Expert Group Member and top local tour guide Mark Anthony has published an article (and video) on the latest for those of you considering visiting Hoover Dam. You can read it here: Hoover Dam Tours Updates (updated). If you have chosen to be part of our members-only Facebook group, you can also click over there with any comments or questions for Mark!
AirBnB Becoming A Thing – Slowly but surely, house/condo/private room rentals are becoming more popular in Las Vegas. Those of you who have visited various beach (and other) destinations know that private condo rentals — usually listed on VBRO.com — have been available for a couple of decades.
This option admittedly isn’t for everyone. If you like to roll out of bed in a casino, toss on some clothes, and have the chimes and chirps of slot machines greet you at the bottom of the elevator while you go in search of some coffee, that isn’t going to happen when you rent a private home/condo. Nor will there be spa or room service.
However, as I was quoted in this recent article, they have their market. You can rent a car for what you are saving in parking fees, no resort fees, no parking fees, the choice to park for free on The Strip (Treasure Island, Venetian, Casino Royale, Planet Hollywood, Tropicana) or take a cheap ride-share if you want to drink, and having a pool all to your own group that doesn’t close at 7 PM (if you pick a place with a pool) are all benefits.
Not to mention buying any supplies (snacks, liquor, etc) at locals places with locals prices, and the ability to eat at non-tourist area restaurants which are decidedly less expensive than The Strip. Even if this isn’t your choice of vacation stay option, you have good reason to root for it: The hotels can’t be so “take it or leave it” with fees if people exercise other options.
Tram Finally Running – For those who enjoy it, the tram between Treasure Island and Mirage is back up-and-running. Many started to wonder if it wasn’t shut down for good.
Want To Buy A Wedding Chapel? – The world famous (seriously) Little White Wedding Chapel — located about halfway between Stratosphere and Fremont Street — is for sale if you have $12 million. Quite a few celebrities have been married or renewed vows there, and it has been featured in countless travel shows and documentaries about Las Vegas as you can choose just about any wedding option from having Elvis marry you, to getting hitched at their drive-through window!
Too Late To Buy A Casino – The Lucky Dragon casino (next to the big gift shop across from SLS) has sold. It went under only months after opening. Of all people, a local equipment rental magnate has purchased it out of bankruptcy.
As he intends to turn it into a non-gaming property (the casino will become meeting and convention space) aimed at business travelers, you’ve probably heard the last of it.
That is, unless you choose to visit the legendary Golden Steer steakhouse which now sits in the shadow of the property. Pro Hint: If you enjoy a fine cigar after your steak, mozy a few doors down to the En Fuego Cigar Lounge. For you old timers, En Fuego cigars used to be Don Yeyo, and had a store on East Fremont. Same solid hand-rolled cigars, new name, new location.
Or Maybe Not – You can’t buy the Lucky Dragon, but the push to sell both Cosmopolitan and Rio is heating up. More particularly, some or all of Caesars Entertainment is up for sale. If, the price is right. Now that corporate raider Carl Ichan owns a controlling portion of the company, and has installed his own CEO, he’s set himself up in a win-win situation. Here are the scenarios for you loyal Total/Caesars Rewards fans:
– Caesars (the company) could be bought out in a reverse merger by Landry’s (Golden Nugget casinos) or Eldorado Resorts (26 gambling properties including Tropicana Laughlin/Atlantic City). Never say never, but I’m just not seeing either of those happen right now. Nor do I think it would work out well for all involved. But if it does, all bets are off regarding the future.
– Caesars might dump off The Rio, Planet Hollywood, and/or who knows whatever else. Depends what makes sense to sell. This would trim down the company a bit, and certainly help reduce debt. Probably with little affect on you players except for the lack of ability to get comped at (and earn comps at) the properties they no longer own. If you rack up your comps at one of their regional casinos and they sell it, not so good for you.
– Nothing. That’s right. Possibly nothing may happen. And, that might be a good thing. Their new CEO has a gaming background. Whereas previous CEO’s (and the current CEO of MGM Resorts) had been hired for their ability with finances. Which has no relation to understanding gaming and gamblers.
With one “owner” calling the corporate shots, it looks to me as the pressure to have amazing quarterly earnings are off. The company can toy with the concept becoming more player-friendly (looser slots, better table game rules) and see if that starts to attract gamblers.
Let’s face it: When you take that $100 out of your wallet, you have a pretty good idea it won’t be coming back to you. (Although when it does, that is always awesome). BUT… you want to be able to have some fun and play for a while! Maybe get more than 2-3 drinks from the cocktail waitress during the time it takes you to lose the $100.
With MGM Resorts hell-bent on being the company of conventions and concerts/sports, the door is wide open for Caesars Entertainment to return to being a premier gaming (gambling) company.
Hope you are enjoying this issue!
Cirque du Soleil is all about moments. It may be just one moment in any of its six Las Vegas Strip productions, perhaps not even the most iconic imagery associated with that particular show, but it’s unforgettable all the same. And isolating a single scene—and thinking about it for days afterward—can really make one appreciate the exhaustive artistry injected into every detail.
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Whether grabbing an after-work cocktail, making it a night out on the town with the boys or girls or trying to lubricate that special someone, why not imbibe in good taste? Here’s a list of 46 of the slightly more interesting cocktail bars in Las Vegas. Hot newcomers and old standbys make the list of places to imbibe.
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The STRAT hotel-casino unveiled a new statue on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Bob Stupak Avenue. The piece titled “Look” was commissioned to honor the iconic tower. “Look” was created to capture the awe one gets when looking up at the tower for the first time.
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Great question and one we’re trying to work on:
We search other sources first, and use them to link to stories. We only run an R-J story if there is no other coverage we can link to. Having said that, they ARE the newspaper of record and cover far more than the TV and radio stations and other free outlets we can link to.
I toyed with the idea of running an executive summary for people who can’t get to the article because of the paywall on the R-J site. Perhaps at least a summary of the basics, but something that does not get us in legal trouble. As you are aware, you simply can’t poach what someone else writes.
So, we’re looking at options that won’t get us in trouble, but give our readers the info they need to keep up and/or for future visits. This IS an important issue and I WILL have a solution sooner than later.
I am allowed to comment and give my thoughts on other sources. However, we simply can’t pretty much copy and paste from other sources. Nor do we. I have a great relationship with the Review-Journal and wish to keep it that way.
Thanks for the input!
Don’t you show people’s travels and opinions any more of what to do and what their stay was like in Vegas? I liked reading their stories. Am I missing this somewhere? That’s why I mainly joined.
We are continuing to do Members Mania. What is happening is that we will get multiple questions about the same thing. For example, Uber issues.
Hence, last issue I responded to those. But, it wasn’t to a specific person.
As far as people sharing visit experiences, that has always been hit-and-miss. Sometimes, we’ll get tons of reports in a short amount of time. Sometimes it can be some time between then, and we are answering readers questions instead.
We’re not making any changes or doing anything different. I simply work with what gets sent in. If we’re getting a bunch of questions asking about slot payoffs, I’ll do a Members Mania on that. If we get trip reports more than questions, we post those.
I remember in your newsletters that there used to be a section where you could see who/what shows will be happening the week you visit. I must be missing it because I don’t see it and I’m trying to see who/what is going on the week of 9/7-9/14. I just booked my tickets to see Donny & Marie (using your discount code- thanks!) but was looking to see what else is going on that week.
We had issues with our ticket provider. Hence, we dropped a number of ticket links.
I have chatted with Amy (who was very concerned about this as well regarding us not having the listings we used to). We are going to reinstate the full listings, simply linking to other sources for tickets. Do have some patience as it may take a few weeks for the listings to totally fill in again.
Moving forward, I’ll be looking over various options that may (or may not) allow us to offer discount codes on various residencies. However, no promises there. I’m simply going to explore. Obviously, if something is selling well, there are no discounts. And/or various ticket outlets won’t work with anybody. Period. They have the tickets. You have to go to them to get the tickets. That is life.
But, we’re always doing the best we can for you!
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Doing a Vegas girls trip in your 20’s is an extreme sport. It’s like being on the Full Throttle Ride at Magic Mountain. Everything’s a blur, someone will probably throw up, cry, and may even lose their shoes. And yet, it’s still a magical experience. In 2007, I did a Vegas trip with 5 other girlfriends in one hotel room.
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A lucky gambler turned a $3 wager into a multi-million dollar jackpot over this past weekend at a Las Vegas-area casino. A guest was playing an IGT’s Megabucks Triple Red Hot Sevens Slot at Sunset Station in Henderson when the person won a $13,154,723 payout.
KAOS Nightclub and Dayclub officially opened at The Palms hotel-casino on Friday night. Numerous celebrities turned out for the red carpet event and the celebrations are expected to continue throughout the weekend. More information about the opening weekend events are here .
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