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The Neat Fee

This is the era of outrageous fees and creative ways to nickel and dime patrons. After the uproar of resort fees, we ceded to the early check in, late check out, express check-in, bedding preferences, and other fees that might have potential value when the city's running on a busy weekend. But after coming to accept the nature of the game, a scotch-loving friend of mine having dinner at SW Steakhouse texted to inform me of the tackiest, chintziest fee I've ever heard of: A $3 fee on neat pours of spirits. It's not the money; $3...

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VIMFP: The Schedule

The Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic is an event we (me and the Admiral, along with our host property player partners) put on every year. Last years event was such a smash we decided to return to the scene of the crime - The D for a sequel. This years #VIMFP will take place Friday, Saturday & Sunday October 17-19, 2014 - less than two months away! So what the hell happens at VIMFP? Well... a lot of stuff... stuff like this and this...

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A Note From Chuck

Dear Friends, This morning, while doing the final round of error correction of the previous post with my lovely wife/proofreader MissMonkay, it became evident to the both of us that my passion for writing has withered. The construction was lazy, the analysis was half hearted and I had absolutely no desire put in the effort to fix even the most obvious of grammatical and spelling errors. Over the last six months, inspiration has been hard for me to come by and execution of the ideas that...

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Vegas Eats Preview: Bazaar at SLS Las Vegas

SLS Las Vegas is opening in less than 10 days and wallpapering the world with PR that states that the restaurants they are importing from Los Angeles are like awesome. Fortunately for you, most of the VT staff lives in L.A., enabling us to give these spots a spin and share the results. Previously, we visited the original Katsu-Ya location in Studio City, the Griddle Cafe in Hollywood, Umami Burger in Burbank and Cleo in Hollywood. As before, this series of posts are previews of what...

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SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled

In a page directly from Martin Scorcese's adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's Casino, SLS Las Vegas was granted an unrestricted gaming license by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The hearings, wonderfully live tweeted by LVRJ's Howard Stutz, were chock full of gasp and gag inducing moments, that touched upon SLS Las Vegas ownership structure, EB-5 funding process and the shadowy relationship between Stockbridge, sbe entertainment, SLS Las Vegas and Sam Nazarian. Nazarian, absent from the proceedings except for narrating an SBE promotional video, was not part of the...

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THEpoll: Should Derek Buy Out The Riviera?

Should Derek Stevens Buy Out The Riviera? The ground at the Northern end of the Strip is rumbling with the sounds of bums rushing in with money. The Nu-Sahara opens in three weeks, construction crews are poised to arrive at Resorts World any day now, MGM is renting out the old El Rancho parcel to host an occasional rock concert, the old Hilton is now in the taught grip of Westgate Resorts and Packer & Pascal are all in on a new frontier. MGM's plans with...

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Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel

Melbourne based Crown Resorts LTD announced on Monday August 4, 2014 that they have entered into an agreement with former Wynn Resorts President and COO Andrew Pascal and Oaktree Capital Management L.P. (holders of defaulted mortgage) to purchase the 34.6 acre former New Frontier parcel on the Las Vegas Strip for $280 million USD. The press release - in content and structure - is thoroughly fascinating. After the initial paragraph announcing the deal, the first quote - historically the grand beaming words of the projects proud...

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Wynn Breaks Ground On Succession Plan

Wynn Resorts Ltd. has granted CNN the opportunity to interview Steve Wynn's #2 Chief Operating Officer Linda Chen. Ms. Chen delightfully pledges her respect and admiration of Steve Wynn and mentions his long career ahead when questioned about her being groomed for the top spot if and when Steve retires. Interviews at this level - except with the media master himself - are thoroughly canned. The questions are prepped and swarms of PR people sit in on interviews ready to strike comments, check facts and provide...

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Facebook Down? myVegas Not Working? Don't Panic. We've Got Your Free Stuff, Right Here.

The internet-based narcissism engine social media website "Facebook" crashed today, taking down with it the data miner social gaming platform "myVegas". As most of you are aware, myVegas allows players of simulated casino games to earn comps at MGM properties throughout Las Vegas. Without it, many users were left wondering how they might ever enjoy a Vegas trip again without fantastic entitlements like a free 8 oz. Domestic Draft at Todd English P.U.B., or a Short House Drip at Sambalatte. Worry not. Here are a...

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Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole Punches in Various Locations?

We all love gambling when we're in Vegas and we certainly love being rewarded for our gambling by way of our membership in players clubs. However, while drinking our fifth cup of coffee this morning, we came across a sudden realization: Do you know that small hole punch included on most casino cards that can be used by most players to attach them to an optional lanyard provided by most casinos? Well, did you also know that those hole punches can be found...

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Ship It: SLS To Get A FedEx

Yesterday we shared a video showing all of SLS' interior signage set to an annoying soundtrack. It has since been deleted from the Facebook... but not before VT staffer JohnH noticed something.... SLS is gonna have a FedEx! Can we assume that it will be a groundbreaking and innovative Starck designed, sumptuous, luxurious and stylish FedEx? Absolutely nothing less will due when it comes time to ship home my skivvies lightly soiled....

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Video: The International Under Construction

Check out this amazing video of The International Hotel & Casino under construction in 1969, as Elvis Presley signs his contract to perform at the hotel's grand opening and beyond. Amazing! Big thanks to Misnomer for the tip, via Ultimate Classic Rock. ...

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Downtown Grand Reshuffles Executive Deck

Having most of its blood spilled into a sea of desperation, Downtown Grand has brought in a Chex mix of seasoned executives to help right the listing ship. In: Marie Ramsey CFO, formerly VP/CFO at Tropicana, VP Finance at MGM Grand. In: Jeffrey Rabinovitz, Financial Analyst, formerly Financial Analyst at Maryland Live! Casino, and Nestle Purina where he "developed recommendations for increased penetration and increased volume for Fancy Feast and Friskies Brands." He's in charge of the players club now. In: Ken Mumby Director of Table Games,...

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