Park MGM Las Vegas

New Nightclub At Park MGM

A new nightclub called On the Record by newcomers to Las Vegas from a Los Angeles based company called Houston Hospitality. The 11,000 square foot speakeasy style club is set to open on New Years Eve at the former Monte Carlo now renamed as the Park MGM, a much larger club is also planned for the newly renamed resort.  

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California Hotel, Las Vegas

2nd Floor Casino No More

In Las Vegas a casino on a second floor is unusual and now we have one less as the second floor casino at the California has been walled off and closed as part of the ongoing remodel of the property. The  California has removed all the video poker and slot machines as well as closing the rarely open bar from the top of the escalators although all the retail in the hallway is still open. I played a little in the nearly deserted 2nd floor casino recently and machines themselves  were mainly older ones, its not really a surprise that …

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Treasure Island, Las Vegas

The Buffet At TI Closed

If you were planning to eat at the Buffet at TI in the near future you might want to make different plans as it closed June 4th for a remodel and is not scheduled to reopen until August 7th. I must admit i don’t often spend a lot of time at Treasure Island or TI as its marketed as, but that being said but the property does have its fans. As part of the remodel some of the current buffet space is going to be converted to a sports bar which will be interesting to check out once it opens.

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Father’s Day Dinner At Oscar’s

Oscar’s  steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is having a Porterhouse steak special just for Father’s Day; The special includes the Porterhouse steak with crispy onion rings as well as bacon mac & cheese and, roasted rainbow cauliflower. The special is just for Father’s Day Sunday June 17th and is $69 per person for reservations are important and can be made at oscarslv.com or by calling (702) 386-7227.  

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Eastside Cannery

Eastside Cannery Remodel?

It looks like changes are happening at the Eastside Cannery the Boulder Strip property that Boyd Gaming purchased in 2016 . Boyd Gaming recently closed the Carve Steakhouse and The Deli leaving the 24 hour Snaps Cafe as the only restaurant open at the Eastside Cannery at the moment. Boyd Gaming has said they are not closing the property although with the recent closing of the bingo room at the property and the downsizing of the sports book change is happening at the Eastside Cannery. At this point its not know if these moves are just cost saving choices or …

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Wynn Las Vegas Sign

Wynn Breaks Rank On Parking

In a climate in Las Vegas where it seems the two major Strip operators MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are constantly raising parking charges comes news that the Wynn Las Vegas is making a customer positive change to its parking; Starting July 1st customers who spend $50 in the casino will have their parking fee comped which is similar to Downtown properties where if you spend money at the property you get your parking comped.  It would be nice if this was the start of a bigger trend to lessen parking and other fees but unless there is a big …

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Derek Stevens Buys Office Building

It looks like the owner of D Las Vegas is continuing his Downtown buying spree as he has purchased an 11 story office building at 302 Carson Ave which is across from the D Las Vegas as well as the Downtown Event Center which he also owns. The building and its adjacent parking garage where purchased for nearly 40 million dollars. Derek Stevens recently announced plans to build a 777 room hotel and casino on the now empty site of the Las Vegas Club, Mermaids and the Girls Of Glitter Gulch; because of this project likely nothing will happen to …

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Citywide Strike Threat Over?

It looks like the threat of a citywide strike from members of the culinary and bartenders unions may have lessened as MGM Resorts have followed Caesars Entertainment in reaching a tentative deal with the unions. This deal if it holds will stop a strike which was authorized by its members and could have happened as soon as June 1st but was delayed because of the ongoing talks. If the deal is finalized with the two largest operators on the Strip it would mean that 18 of 34 Las Vegas resorts would avoid a possible strike and deals would still have …

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Caesars Palace Fountain

Buffet Skip The Line Fee

When you thought it wasn’t possible to add another fee in Las Vegas comes a new one although this one at least is optional; Two of he highest rated buffets have now added an option to skip the line and get seated right away for an additional fee on top of the meal charge. The Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon Buffet charges $10 to skip the line and Caesars Palace top rated Bacchanal Buffet has a $25 skip the line fee. You will have to decide yourself if the skip the line fee is worth it to you but these two buffets …

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Flixbus To Las Vegas

There are a lot of options on inexpensive bus service from Southern California to Las Vegas including Greyhound, Bolt Bus, Mega Bus and now the newest competitor Flixbus from Germany. Unlike the other competitors Flixbus doesn’t actually own their own buses and is a app an website where they take care of the booking of tickets as well as back end technology as well as the routes and marketing for the company; Each of the green Flixbus logo buses are run by independent bus companies that Flixbus has partnered with who provide the drivers and buses. The first day of …

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Bellagio Fountains

The Bank Nightclub To Close

Longtime nightclub “The Bank” at the Bellagio is closing Monday after a nearly eleven-year run at the property. At one time the beautiful 11,170 square foot Bank with its glass encased dance floor was one of the hottest clubs although in recent times may have been overshadowed by other clubs. The Bank often would have the hottest celebrities of the time either guest hosting or as dj’s including stars such as Iggy Azalea, Jaime Foxx or Bruno Mars. No word yet from MGM Resorts on what will replace the The Bank although if you need other options at the Bellagio …

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Mandalay Bay

What No Straw In My Drink

MGM Resorts have announced that they are going to be phasing out the use of plastic straws at its various properties. The program has started at the Aria and Mandalay Bay and will soon happen at all MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas. As the program starts you will still be able to request your server or bar tender for a straw but one won’t be automatically added to your drink; The eventually goal of the program is to eliminate all straws from MGM operated clubs, bars and restaurants. The purpose of this program according to MGM Resorts is to …

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Venetian Bridge Las Vegas

Mario Batali LV Restaurants To Close

Las Vegas Sands has ended its business relationship with the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group which will mean the closure of the three restaurants at its Las Vegas properties. The three restaurants are Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B  Ristorante and Otto Enotoca e Pizzeria at the Venetian and Palazzo resorts with the loss of nearly 300 jobs. The announcement follows the reports of sexual misconduct surrounding celebrity chef Mario Batali and follows a report on CBS’s “60 Minutes” concerning one alleged victim. Mario Batali is well known to Food Network viewers and was a co host of ABC’s “The Chew” until …

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Memorial Day Point Multipliers At Boyds

The Boyd’s hotels and casinos in Las Vegas are running a point multiplier event for Memorial Day Monday May 28th where their players club members can earn slot points for their play on slot as well as video poker machines; One such bonus day is Monday on Memorial day at Boyd’s three casinos Downtown which are  the Fremont, California and Main Street Station as well as their other casinos in the Las Vegas area, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Sams Town, Suncoast and Aliante. The special Memorial Day point multipliers are 11X points on reels and 6X points on video poker …

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Park MGM Las Vegas

Park MGM Still A Work In Progress

  As you can see from the casino entrance  picture above the Monte Carlo may have recently been renamed the Park MGM but construction at the property is far from over. If you plan on staying at the property soon you might want to take that in to account, that being said the noisy construction seems to be mainly around the front of the property Strip side. The main casino entrance from the Strip is closed but the casino itself is open as is the buffet and, it will be interesting to see after construction is done how the revamped …

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Linq Sign Las Vegas

Sidewalk Stars New Home

On my last trip to Las Vegas a tourist by the SLS asked me where the stars of celebrities were in the pavement and, i didn’t really have a great answer for her but i remember some in various places on center Strip but no one location. First of all if you are not familiar with what is officially called “The Las Vegas Walk Of Stars” it is similar to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and, in this case the cement stars in the sidewalk honor Las Vegas entertainment people. The cement stars were removed in several places on the …

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Southpoint Steak & Eggs

$4.95 Steak & Eggs At Southpoint

Finding inexpensive food options on the Strip isn’t always the easiest thing to do although there are a few options. One such option is the Coronado Cafe at the Southpoint Hotel & Casino on the South Strip which is known for its inexpensive food deals. the best of which run from midnight to 6 am. I arrived in Las Vegas early in the morning so stopped at the South Point before i headed further down the Strip for some breakfast after the long drive from Southern California. The Coronado Cafe is just off the main casino floor and is a …

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Park Theater Las Vegas

Stevie Wonder At Park Theater

Music legend Stevie Wonder has announced that he will perform for four nights at the new Park Theater in August with the dates being 3rd, 4th, 8th. 10th and 11th. Tickets for the event called “The Stevie Wonder Song Party” are available now presale to American Express cardholders or M Life players card members starting at $69.30 per ticket plus the usual fees and taxes. Tickets for the general public go on sale on Monday 21st May at 10am at Ticketmaster or for more information contact Ticketmaster or the Park Theater box office at 1 (844) 600 PARK  

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Mandalay Bay

CraftHaus Beer & BBQ Dinner

A tasty sounding event is happening Friday night at the Mandalay Bay with the CraftHaus Beer & BBQ Dinner taking place at the Border Grill. The event features Excutive Chef Mike Minor’s pairing of  CraftHaus beer with great BBQ as well as all the sides such as mac & cheese, baked beans, corn bread and potato salad. The meat will be slow cooked, grilled or smoked and include things such as burnt ends burritos, spare ribs, brisket tacos and my favorite pulled pork.  The event costs $72 but includes an unlimited feast, paired with the CraftHaus beers served on long …

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Fremont Hotel & Casino

Fremont Free Buffet Deal

I just stayed for three days at the Fremont, while i was there i took advantage of a free buffet promotion which runs through the end of the May. The promotion is for members of the B Connected players club (free to join) to get the free buffet each day you swipe your card first and then play the slots.; Monday through Friday except Wednesday when you earn 100 points you can go back and swipe your players card for a coupon for a free breakfast or lunch buffet. The coupon must be used the same day and the promotion …

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Four Queens Las Vegas

Hugo’s Cellar For Romance

If you are looking to take your partner to a romantic restaurant while in Las Vegas i guess yes you cold take them to the Eiffel Tower restaurant at Paris or other Strip options but there is a Downtown option; Yes amazingly there is a romantic restaurant with amazing service and, good food in Downtown Las Vegas called Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens. Yes the food can be pricey but not as bad as some Strip options, upon arrival your partner will get a single red rose and you will be led to your table in a room that …

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Mothers Day Multipliers At Boyds

The smaller and locals casinos often have certain days of the week as well as often on holidays where their players club members can earn bonus points for their play on slot and video poker machines; One such bonus day is tomorrow on Mothers Day at Boyd’s three casinos Downtown the Fremont, California and Main Street Station as well as their other casinos in the Las Vegas area, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Sams Town, Suncoast and Alliante. The special Mothers Day point multipliers are 11X points on reels and 6X points on video poker after you activate your points multiplier …

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Military Discount At Palms

If you are a member of the armed forces you get 15 percent off room rates at the off Strip Palms and also Palms Place; The discount at the Palms applies to their Superior and Premier guest rooms as well as their Ivory Suites and at the Palms Place it applies to their Palms Place suites and one bedroom suites. For more information as well as the terms and conditions check out the Palms website.

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Noodle House For Mothers Day

Mothers Day food specials are easy to find in Las Vegas, but a little more non traditional one is at the Noodle House in the California Hotel & Casino; The special runs from 4 pm to 10 pm on Mothers Day and for $16 you get a grilled Chinese chicken salad, Kung Pao shrimp, and finishes off with a chocolate crunch cake. The deal is for a minimum of two diners also you still have to add on your tip but its a good deal and something a little different than your traditional Mothers Day dinner. Address: 12 East Ogden …

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Monte Carlo Name To Disappear Today

The one thing always constant in Las Vegas resorts is that they are always changing, one such change is today as the twenty two year old Monte Carlo resort will be no more as its officially rebranded as the Park MGM.  The owners of the Monte Carlo,  MGM Resorts have made the change to rebrand the resort which is undergoing a $550  million dollar remodel in order to appeal to higher end customers. The remodel is far from over and due to open by the end of the year is the 292 room boutique hotel inside the Park MGM called …

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$6.99 New York Steak At California

In Las Vegas there is a long tradition of late night food specials to help fuel the late night gamblers and if you are up and can eat a meal late night you can get some amazing bargains.  Although this is less common on the Strip as their are less twenty four hour coffee shops there are available but its much more common to see these deals Downtown or off Strip. I’m not a big fan of the crowds during the prime evening hours so i’m often out and about when the crowds thin out so late night food specials …

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Queen Mini Residency Coming

Rock legends Queen have announced they will have a mini residency in Las Vegas for ten dates between September 1st and 22nd at the Park Theater in the former Monte Carlo resort which is being renamed Park MGM.  Queens legendary front man Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991 so for the Las Vegas mini residency former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert will perform with the band as he has in the past. Tickets for the shows range from $79 to $350 plus the usual pesky taxes and fees and go on sale to the general public starting this Friday May 11th …

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EDC Standard Shuttle Passes

The countdown is on to the Electric Daisy Carnival which happens later this month May 18th to 20th at the Las Vegas Speedway. If you plan on attending the event on question is always how to get back and forth between your hotel and the event with the big crowds;  A very popular option is the shuttles which the EDC provides from various points on and near the Strip as well as Downtown. There are two categories of shuttles but for this story we will discuss the Standard shuttles which run for $90 plus fees for round trip transportation for …

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No Palms Pool For Summer?

The pool complex at the Palms will be closed this Summer as its remade as part of the ongoing remodel going on at the resort. If you go to the Palms website it discusses the Palms Place pool which is where Palms guests will have pool privileges until the construction has concluded. One effect of the construction at the Palms pool means most likely no “Ditch Friday” pool parties although there are now many other options around town for dayclub crowd.

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3rd White Castle Coming?

It looks like the Las Vegas area is gNoing to have a third White Castle location with Eater Las Vegas reporting that one will be part of the huge new travel center planned in Jean, Nevada near the Gold Strike on Interstate 15 about 28 miles from Las Vegas. The new location will be the closest location at the moment to California as the chain heads west again and, will most likely have many of the chains California fans stopping for some sliders. I have lived in Southern California since the mid eighties when there was White Castle locations in …

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Cinco de Mayo Party

The Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas is holding a free Cinco de Mayo party which starts at 7pm today under the properties iconic dome at the top of Fremont Street. The event includes free entertainment including 8 Lucha Libre wrestling matches, a Mariachi band and Folklorico dancers as well as a DJ spinning top radio hits as well as Latin music. As part of the event will be a huge piñata with prizes including match play coupons, free drink coupons, food vouchers and a prize that is always good, cash. To get your authentic food fix at the event Zaba’s …

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Mariah Carey Returns To LV

Mariah Carey is returning to Las Vegas to begin a new residency of concerts at her former concert home the Colesseum at Caesars Palace. Multiple Grammy winner Mariah Carey previously had a residency at the same arena and, had a successful run in 2015 to 2017. This time around the new show is called “The Butterfly Returns with shows beginning July 5th and running through at this time September. Tickets for the new show start at $59 and go to $259 plus all the usual taxes and fees. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10am …

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Silverton Aquarium

Yes there are still many free attractions in Las Vegas even though everything else has gotten more expensive in recent times. One such free attraction is the Silverton Aquarium which is located at the mountain chalet themed Silverton Hotel & Casino near the South Strip. If you plan on visiting the Silverton and the aquarium i would suggest if you don’t have a car to take a taxi or Uber to the property as its about 4 1/2 miles south of the Mandalay Bay. The aquarium is  a huge 117,000 gallon glass tank filled with tropical fish and is located …

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Red Lotus Asian Kitchen

It seems that the addition of a noodle restaurant has become a common addition to a Las Vegas resort in recent times. If you are at the Tropicana you know have an option as one has opened with counter service right next to Robert Irvine’s Public House. The new restaurant is called Red Lotus Asian Kitchen which features many Thai and, Chinese noodle dishes created by chef Steven Leung. Apart from the noodle dishes with soups and rice bowls are items like nine spice pork spareribs ($13) and bao ($8) which are doughnuts filled with pork. The Red Lotus Asian …

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Planet Hollywood

Gwen Stefani Residence At Planet Hollywood

As rumored Gwen Stefani the former No Doubt lead singer and, judge on the Voice television show has announced her long rumored Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood. I live in Orange County, California not far from Anaheim where Gwen grew up and No Doubt started and have been a fan as i watched the band grow as well later Gwen Stefani as an accomplished solo artist in her own right. The residency at Planet Hollywood is titled Gwen Stefani- Just A Girl and includes at present twenty five shows starting at $59 plus the usual taxes and fees. The …

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Fremont Hotel & Casino

Downtown Hold Outs Add Resort Fees

The Boyd casinos in Downtown Las Vegas have long been a hold out with no resort fee but starting April 16th that will change as the California, Fremont and, Main Street Station will add a $14.99 daily resort fee. That means the Four Queens is the only major Downtown resort not charging a resort fee; The Four Queens like the Boyd casinos has used the no resort fee as a marketing way to get traffic but with the Boyd casinos adding the resort fee most likely the Four Queens will add one too.

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Zippy’s Coming To Las Vegas

A fifty year old Hawaiian favorite Zippy’s has announced it plans to open its first mainland restaurant in Las Vegas sometime in 2019. In the press release Zippy’s called Las Vegas its nineth island and, said the Las Vegas location will be the chains twenty fifth restaurant. The chain is know for an extensive menu with things such as Zip Pac bentos, chicken curry, Hawaiian stew, sushi and various chili’s among other things. The restaurant will begin the search for a location in Las Vegas for an approximately 10,000 square foot restaurant’ Las Vegas has a long history of Hawaiian’s …

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Indian Food At Venetian

I’m a fan of Indian food and if you are like me you might be happy to know that their is a new restaurant on the Strip to get your curry fix. The new restaurant is Curry Pot located at the Venetian and i don’t know how an Indian restaurant fits in with the Italian themed resort; but maybe there is an Indian restaurant in the real life Venice i just don’t remember seeing one when i was there. The new restaurant is called Curry Pot and has opened in the Italian themed Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel …

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Google Pay For Monorail Tickets

If you plan to use the monorail during your time in Las Vegas they have now added the option to use Google Pay to pay for your ticket. Several transit systems around the country now allow you to use Apple Pay in cities such as Portland and Salt Lake City but the Las Vegas monorail is the first transit system to allow Google Pay. To take advantage of Google Pay and use the virtual transit ticket you must first buy a ticket from the monorails website and, then download it to your Google Pay app on your phone. Once at …

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Virgin Snaps Up Hard Rock

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is well known in his native England but less known in the United States although he has had several of his Virgin Group Companies operating in the United States such as Virgin Megastores (Closed), Virgin Cola (Closed), Virgin America (Airline bought by Alaska Airlines who are getting rid of the name), Virgin Mobile (Over the top cell carrier now just Sprint brand), Virgin Music (sold) as well as Virgin Airlines which still operates and flies to Las Vegas. Sir Richard Branson for years has made it know that he would like to bring his Virgin …

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Premium Outlets Adds Parking Fee

It seems not a week goes by recently without one Las Vegas resort or another announcing a higher resort fee or parking fee and now added to the list is The Premium Outlets near Downtown Las Vegas. The Premium Outlets if you are not familiar with it is a outdoor mall with name brands at discounted prices in company stores and is popular with residents and tourists alike looking for a deal. The Premium Outlets will now charge a $5 flat fee for parking in the malls lot at Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Bonneville Avenue. At this time …

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Mirage Tram Closed

The free elevated tram that for years has transported visitors between the Mirage and the Treasure Island has closed with a planned reopening not until November of this year at the earliest. The tram was originally built to transport visitors between both of the Steve Wynn owned properties although it’s been years since he owned the properties and in recent times with two different owners for each resort it’s amazing they have kept it running. The tram cars have no driver but they still required an employee to oversee the tram line and as part of the upgrade lit will …

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St Patrick’s Day Party At Plaza

In Las Vegas you don’t really need an excuse to party but in honor of St Patrick’s Day the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is having a free party. The free party is Saturday March 17th night under the famed domed entrance of the Plaza and runs between 7 pm and ends at 10 pm with a 3-minute firework show. During the event will be Irish inspired entertainment as well as a DJ on hand to spin some Irish music while you drink your green beer. At the event you will also see the debut of the …

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mob museum

Museum Discount Deal

The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas and the National Atomic Testing Museum over near UNLV are both worthy of a visit on your next trip to Las Vegas and the two have announced a new discount deal if you visit both attractions. The deal is if you show a receipt from one of the attractions at the other attraction you get 25 percent off the second attraction it doesn’t matter which one you go to first. The better deal option would be visiting the Atomic Testing Museum first as entrance there is $22 with the same entrance fee at …

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Palms Sign

Palms Sign To Be Replaced

As the $485 million dollar makeover continues at the Palms it looks like the distinctive marquee sign is going to be replaced with an all electronic version. Once the new sign is up this blogger will have to schedule a trip to take pictures of the new sign to share with you, oh an excuse to visit Las Vegas and, have fun how horrible, but honestly the make over at the Palms has made the resort a lot more interesting with new restaurant and club options.

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Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio Fountains

In Las Vegas there are many free attractions but the top of many people’s list as a not to miss in Las Vegas is often the Bellagio Fountains. The nightly shows draw big crowds to the front of the Bellagio as the more than a thousand jets of water shoot water as high as 460 feet in to the air. The fountains shoot water in sync with various styles of music with everything from pop, opera, classical, Broadway to classic Las Vegas singers. If you want to see the show in a good viewing spot i would suggest you get …

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ballys

Redneck Riviera Closes

  It looks like the rumors are true and the Redneck Riviera at the Grand Bazaar Shops located next to Bally’s has closed it doors after just over a year being open.  The Nashville style honky-tonky-tonk bar was the creation of John Rich one half of the country superstars Big & Rich in what was going to be a chain of bars under the same name with a location in Nashville now under construction. If you are not a country fan its possible you could have seen John Rich on the Apprentice or on the Wahlburgers television show where he …

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Should I Get A Players Card?

In the past if you played table games and wanted to be rated for comps the pit boss would keep track of you average bet every so often then write the number down on a sheet. Comps is short for compenseries which is a small percentage of the amount of money you gamble that you get back for things such as free buffets or rooms based on your play. If you were a slot player in the past you wouldn’t really get rated for comps like a table player might, but since the appearance of the plastic players cards that …

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Fontainebleau Gets New Name

The Fontainebleau if your not familiar is a huge resort hotel on the North end of the Strip near Circus Circus that was never finished with the shell of the hotel nearly finished and has sat as a big blue window covered eyesore since. Work is now under way to complete the resort with a planned 2020 opening around about the same time as the nearby Asian themed Resort World Las Vegas huge hotel and casino. Because the Fontainebleau never opened under that name and sat for years vacant with that name we were expecting the new owners would rebrand …

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Mardi Gras At The Linq

Today the Linq Promenade turns in to the Big Easy as its redecorated in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green with various entertainers to get you in the partying mood. Some of the entertainment includes a LED brass ban, stilt walkers as well as a performance from a jazz band, The Matt Seward band which will perform sets on the fountain stage between 6 pm to 10 pm.

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