Smith & Wollensky Now Open

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Even though it wasn’t a place i visited often some people have missed the restaurant Smith & Wollensky since it closed its Strip side location next to the Showcase Mall near MGM. The restaurant closed after the Showcase Mall sold for a reported $60 million which included the building that Smith & Wollensky was in.

The new location is further down the Strip at the Venetian with a 450 seat restaurant in the former location of Zeffirino Restaurante which closed in May 2017. It will be interesting to see how the restaurant does in a non Strip side location and if it will be as successful.

MGM Raises Parking Rates

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MGM Resorts has announced that parking rates at its 12 properties on the Las Vegas Strip are raising starting today, the new rates also include a new two to four hour valet rate. The rates of course vary by property although free self parking is still available for Pearl, Gold, Platinum or NOIR level members of its M Life players card or cardholders of its M Life Rewards Mastercard.

The question to many with ever higher parking fees on top of ever higher resort fees whats the tipping point where a visitor might chose to stay off Strip or not visit at all. Sure if this is your one and only visit to Las Vegas you will most like just deal with the extra costs but i wonder if this will effect at some point the 40 percent of visitors to Las Vegas who mainly drive in for the weekends.

The prices at the lower tier properties for self parking are free at Circus Circus, and $10 for 24 hours at Luxor and Excalibur; The mid tier parking pricing for properties such as Mandalay Bay, Delano, MGM Grand, The Park MGM, New York New York and the Mirage is up to $15 for 24 hours; Finally the highest tier parking is for the Aria, Bellagio and Vdara with self parking now up to $18 for 24 hours.

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Pool Season Around The Corner

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It seems strange to talk about the pool season in Las Vegas as California is being battered by Winter storms and many parts of the country are freezing cold with snow or big storms. But in Las Vegas the Spring pool season is just around the corner with The Hakkasan Group announcing March 10th as the opening date for its numerous pools and day clubs in Las Vegas. The Hakkasan Group pools to open then are Bare Pool Lounge at the Mirage, Wet Republic and the MGM Grand as well as the Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria. One note about the beginning of the pool season is that most pools are only open weekends or maybe Fridays as well as holidays until we get closer to Summer.

Parking Charges On The Strip


MGM Resorts had announced that with the opening of the T Mobile Arena that they would start charging for parking at its nearby properties. The properties charging the fees are Bellagio, Aria, Vdara, New York New York and the soon to be rebranded Monte Carlo. The only way to avoid the charge is if you are have a Nevada driving license and are willing to have it scanned. I would expect this soon to become the norm on the Strip as i’m sure other companies are looking at this as another way to increase income. I wonder if Caesars Entertainment will have a campaign against the parking fees then turn around and add them and say the customers requested being charged so they added them, no i’m sure that would never happen. I cannot see off Strip properties rushing to add a parking charge as most of there business is locals who drive to the property and often visit several times in a month instead unlike a tourist.

Poker Cash Bets Gone At Caesars

IMG_20140318_114141Caesars Entertainment has announced that they are no longer allowing cash bets for poker at their numerous properties in Las Vegas. This announcement follows the recent announcements by fellow Las Vegas casinos MGM and Wynn who also announced that cash bets wouldn’t be allowed at their poker tables. The fact that Caesars followed other big companies in town in not allowing cash bets at poker tables isn’t really a surprise, especially since the Internal Revenue Service has been looking at cash transactions in casinos.