Total Rewards Name Change

Total Rewards properly the best known players club in Las Vegas from Caesars Entertainment has announced that it is changing its name to Caesars Rewards starting on February 1st 2019. Total Rewards wasn’t the first slot/players club but was a leader in not just not just counting your casino spending but also at things like restaurants and shows.

The name change seems unusual for a company that spent so many years promoting the name but as the company opens non gaming resorts around the world Caesars Rewards sounds more like a traditional hotel rewards program. On February 1st 2019 you can ask for a new card and switch it out but either card will continue to be excepted and your points, tier and level benefits wont change.

The website and the mobile apps will work with either card and if you decide to switch out to the new card your member number will be the same. If you have a Total Rewards Visa (R)  it will continue to work until new Caesars Rewards Visa credit cards get send out in the 2nd quarter of 2019.

If you want more information check out Total Rewards website or at any Caesars Rewards Centers starting February 1st of 2019.

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Hard Rock To Close For Remodel

hard rock sign

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is about to go through an eight month remodel as its converted to the Virgin Hotel & Casino Las Vegas with the remodel due to start in September of next year. Employees have also been notified that the entire resort will close about February to May of 2020 to finish the renovations although that time frame could vary depending on construction.

As you might expect with a new name and remodel all 1,500 of the rooms will be remodeled as well as an expansion of the casino and events spaces. The popular music venue The Joint is going to get upgraded as well as the five acre pool area. As part of the remodel, new restaurants will be coming but no names have been announced yet.

It will be interesting to see how a Virgin branded property will work in the very competitive Las Vegas market, the Hard Rock resort had its rock theme to draw people with the giant guitar out front and rock memorabilia cases in the casino on display and rock playing in the pubic areas. The Virgin Hotel & Casino will draw visitors from the website and chain of hotels its building but i’m not sure how it will draw traffic away from the Las Vegas Strip; The resort could use tie ins with its Virgin Atlantic airline but it will be interesting to see what else they do to draw the Las Vegas visitor or local to the new resort.

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Boulder Station Bingo Room Now Open

Bingo balls

Bingo is popular in Las Vegas especially in the locals casinos and not just with the older crowd that you might expect but many people like the slower pace. Boulder Station’s bingo room closed for a remodel back on August 15th and the newly upgraded bingo room is now open in a space a little less than 10,000 square feet with 398 players seats.

Each of the seats includes a usb charger which is a nice touch and the room has 46 monitors including a cool video wall made of 16 fifty five inch monitors and a VIP area featuring recliners. The area also includes a pastry and bar areas as well as a separate no smoking area and as part of the remodel the sound and lighting systems have been updated.

If you have been to the remodeled bingo rooms at Santa Fe and Palace Stations than you will be at home at the Boulder Station which has been remodeled the same way. The bingo sessions are on the odd hours for 9 am to 11 pm if you want to stop by and check out a session.

 

Circus Circus 50th Birthday Today

Circus Circus, Las Vegas

Circus Circus today celebrates its 50th birthday the North Strip big topped themed resort was opened on this day in 1968 by Jay Sarno who conceived Caesars Palace and became president of the new Circus Circus. The original cost of Circus Circus in 1968 was $15 million which doesn’t sound like much in today’s dollars but that was a lot of money in 1968.

Circus Circus is the third oldest property on the Strip after both the Tropicana and Caesars Palace and maybe even fourth if you count the SLS which dates back to December 1952 and was most of that time called the Sahara. I have to admit i’m not the biggest fan of Circus Circus although it has its fans and its on Strip RV Park is a big draw.

The property makes money for MGM and even though for many years there have been rumors about Circus Circus closing I don’t see if happening anytime soon especially as the property makes money. After the Resorts World project and The Drew on the North Strip open maybe MGM Resorts will reexamine Circus Circus and its future but for the moment it seams safe.

Happy Birthday and congrats to Circus Circus on its 50th birthday

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SLS $100 Million Renovation

The north strip SLS has begun a $100 million renovation which will see all 1,615 rooms upgraded as replacement of slot machines and a redesign of the current pool area over the next years. Currently the SLS is pretty much on its own on that section of the north strip but with The Drew and Resorts World Las Vegas planned openings over the next could of years its seems the SLS is getting the property ready for the new competition; The new resorts will increase traffic to the north strip and the SLS is looking to get some of that business.

Fremont Major Expansion

Fremont Hotel & Casino

The Fremont in Downtown Las Vegas is often a hotel i stay in when i visit Las Vegas and now comes the announcement from Boyd Gaming of a possible expansion to the property. Boyd Gaming has submitted permits to build a 32 story hotel tower with 509 rooms at the back of the property on Ogden Avenue.

The plans submitted also include a remodel of the existing 447 rooms which are in a 15 story tower that was build in 1956 which at the time was the tallest in Las Vegas. The casino size will also increase by 22,000 square feet and will include a new race and sports book and an expansion of the parking garage.

No date has been announced yet about when construction would begin but when it does start its expected to take about 30 months and cost $32 million. As i said previously i often stay at this hotel and its always a shame to see things change but its the nature of Las Vegas things often change.

The California another Boyd property downtown has been getting a make over of its 2nd floor casino space and Downtown in general has been getting more competitive in general in recent years as properties have upgraded. Boyd’s Gaming has three resorts in Downtown Las Vegas the California, Fremont and Main Street Station  and its not really a surprise that after paying down debt they would look at making there existing properties more competitive in the marketplace.

NoMad Reservations Open

Park MGM Las Vegas

The luxury boutique hotel on the top floors of the Park MGM called NoMad is now taking room reservations for its planned soft opening of October 12th. The NoMad name is a reference to its New York location which is North of Madison Square. In my case my i don’t know if i would book a hotel during a soft opening which is a time they work on getting their staff up to speed and working out the problems: Some people however like to the the first guests in a hotel just like being on the maiden voyage of a ship.

If you plan at staying at the NoMad floors of the Park MGM the property has a high limit casino, separate pool area restaurant as well as bar. If you are interested in booking a room at the NoMad the room rates per night are $299 for a classic room with a king bed to $479 for a grand suite with two queens as well as other room options the daily resort fee is $37 plus the usual taxes.

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El Cortez Restaurant Comps

El Cortez

In an interesting move the El Cortez in Downtown Las Vegas has announced deals with local restaurants in the area so now players can redeem their club points towards their meals. While its not unusual for players cards to offer the ability to use comps points at in house restaurants such as the buffets, redeeming points at an external restaurant is a new option. 

The local restaurants you can use your El Cortez players card points at include Rachel’s Kitchen, Taqueria El Buen Paster and Eurekat for more information talk to the El Cortez players club. 

2nd Floor Casino No More

California Hotel, Las Vegas

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 Boyd’s might want to make better use of the space.

The sports book had previously been moved to an area off the main pit down on the first floor casino. No plans have been announced on what Boyd’s plans to do with the 2nd floor casino space although more convention space would be a possibility as there is some currently next door; Other options for the space could be a restaurant, more retail  or sports bar but we will have what actually happens for the former casino space.

Memorial Day Point Multipliers At Boyds

Orleans, Las Vegas Sign

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 after you activate your points multiplier at any kiosk and have your players card in the machine. The slot points can be used towards freeplay on the machines, or used towards things like company owned stores, the buffet or your room charges, see the B Connected players booth in each casino for more details and rules.