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vespajet posted:
"@domeboy It goes well beyond the "circle jerk" comment. Why do you even care since this site is "no longer relevant" in your highly respected opinion? Go post on the content farm and stolen content that is Vegas Chatter..........."
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domeboy posted:
"Quite honestly I don't care for Scott's blog, the fake stories and trying to hard to be funny stuff bugs me. But, to go after him because his girlfriend compared VIMFP to a circle jerk? That isn't right..... I listen to Vegas Gang mostly because of the knowledge Dr. Dave brings to the table, and I listen to fivehundy because Tim and Michele have a great chemistry..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"@dorian your thoughts are valid, which is why i didn't (and won't) delete your comment. my intention is to prevent a pile on. you are in the clear...."
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Dorian posted:
"Really? Years of super positive comments and compliments and and now i'm not being civil? Ok, my apologies, please remove my post. Perhaps I went a little too far, but if you saw the fb posts that he commented on you might tend to agree with me. Bummer......"
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saharalv posted:
"@keith, if anybody really cared about any of your disclosures, do you think that they'd be okay to know that you run a "cell phone blog" that covers every cell phone company even though you actually work for one of the companies? Why is this so hard for you to understand?..."
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lunchboxcity posted:
""I'm Sam Nazarian, and this is my new hotel. The only one I've ever signed my name to... Well, I guess that's not true. Actually this is the furthest the NGC will let me come in. But trust me, it's mine."..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
""The lamp delivery should be here any minute."..."
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adztheman posted:
"''Hello! Won't you please come to my casino? You won't believe the strings I had to pull to get this thing rehabbed...we're on the Las Vegas Strip, kinda sorta..at least that's what we tell the kids in the nightclubs who have never been here before...crazy kids!''..."
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keith2728 posted:
"Ho wait, was I supposed to disclose I work for a cellular company other than T-Mo?..."
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keith2728 posted:
"T-Mo really? Have to question your decision making skills on that alone...."
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JohnD posted:
"I constantly get ads for Snickers on VT. What the fuck, Chuck? When did you sell your soul to Mars Incorporated, huh...."
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blackjacker1979 posted:
"^ Well that explains all the ads for lubrication that keep showing up here...."
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vespajet posted:
"Another thing to mention in regards to Google Ads is that there is a lot of targeted ads based on the sites a person visits. For example, one of the ads I'm seeing right now is for T-Mobile, who happens to be my cell provider. Here. I've seen ads for Hulu Plus, Think Geek, Lowe's as well as for car dealerships in my area. All of these..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"@minvegas When Tim Hundy gave Scott a Journalism 101 on the Facebook, Scott replied: "I guess a case could be made it should be mentioned in every post. I think that would be sort of annoying and repetitive." Disclosure, honesty, transparency, ethics and integrity "is sort of annoying and repetitive." I can certainly understand why it might be annoying and repetitive, he's got a helluva lot of conflicts...."
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MinVegas posted:
"Of course, the one word I get wrong AND autocorrect lets through in the above touchscreen novella is a typo of Chuck's name...."
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MinVegas posted:
"Chucj, it was less news and more third-person press release. That's my point. That's kind of how hobby news works. I honestly think most hobby news doesn't really fall under the category of journalism as written by people covering world events. Best example: I play a lot of video games, and "gamers" are a pretty contemptuous bunch, usually a lot of loners striking out at the world online. The past week..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"@dorian c'mon man. let's keep this civil...."
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Gringo posted:
"All this arguing is a real downer. When I think of Vegas, I want happy thoughts. I'll catch y'all later...."
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Dorian posted:
"Scott was one of only a handful of people I ever deleted from my Facebook account. His writing's and posts on there showed me a very different side to "Drunk Scott". The guy's a two faced douche. You Scott are the "circle jerk". Can't wait to see everyone at VIMFP! ..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"@detroit As I stated, this isn't personal about Scott or Maria, but I can't really make the point without identifying the players and circumstances. The last time I had interaction with them before her "circle jerk" comment was when I asked Scott for Maria's address to send her flowers and gifts thanking her for her work on VIMFP in 2012. I mentioned this to illustrate - with three..."
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RateVegas posted:
"@detroit1051 It sounds like perhaps you and I have different levels of trust in readers ability to figure this stuff out on their own... I have no idea about VV but on TWHT, maybe 1% of the readers would look at the 'About' page... so at least in my example, the vast majority of folks only saw what was presented right in front of them, which is why a lot..."
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MinVegas posted:
"I met Scott like once, he's an alright comedian and seems really into LV, and what he does on his blog with taking pictures through security barricades reminds me of a thing some guy did on a blog somewhere once, and I'm glad to see it continue. I guess I've never been under any false impressions about his blog, though. He isn't really journalism, he's doing a hype blog. Nothing he's..."
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detroit1051 posted:
"Chuck, when your post first appeared on August 21st, I was the first to comment with one word, "Ouch!" I said that because the entire post, starting with the headline, seemed to me to be a bitter, personal attack on both Scott and Maria. I have never been to VIMFP and had no knowledge of the "circle jerk" comment. Disclosure: I really don't know Scott and Maria, but I did..."
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RateVegas posted:
"@keith2728: Perhaps you're not totally clear on how the ads on VT work? Chuck (or any other publisher that uses Google AdSense) doesn't pick the ads or negotiate with the advertisers or have any contact with them at all. It's all automatic - Google's system determines what ads to show based on many signals including the content on the page (hence you'll often see Vegas-y ads). The two circumstances are not..."
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keith2728 posted:
"Chuck if your stance is your right and I'm wrong and no other logical opinion should be considered then yes we'er at an impasse. At the end of the day this is your site and you can say what ever you want, this is America after all. ..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"@keith I certainly appreciate your dogged dedication to making this argument a referendum on advertising/publisher relationship with side order of name calling, as it proves that all other fact-based logical arguments refuting my points have been exhausted...."
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keith2728 posted:
"First you could advertise things such as travel sites, air lines, awesome books about Vegas history, travel guides, but as for a specific hotels/casinos, or restaurants I would see that as just as much of a conflict. As for would I pay to see this site? I'm not sure, but I have donated to Five Hundy in the past and will again so I'm not against it. Everyone deserves to..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"@hailtoskins - bad word choice perhaps? would "negative" have been better? @keith - Consumer Reports charges a subscription fee for access and accept donations. Would you pay $10/month for an ad free VT? Or just donate out of the kindness of your heart?..."
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hail2skins posted:
"I do see the conflict of interest points of view, but, regarding the "disparaging information" on the DTG.....was the points that the property was either closing or scaling back operations at some venues not truthful? If so, how is that disparaging? Vital Vegas has a recent entry which points out some things that DTG was doing to help lure visitors in....not exactly disparaging stuff here. I guess I'm just..."
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keith2728 posted:
"Consumer Reports would disagree...."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"@keith2728 you are mostly correct, but let me clarify. If you are working in a news gathering journalistic capacity (which is what both VegasTripping, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC News, CNN and Vital Vegas do) the ethics of journalism apply. I didn't make up the rules, they've been a public work in progress since the the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. ..."
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HillBilly posted:
"Selling ads and being a direct employee of a casino are not the same thing. Does not every newspaper in the country sell ads? As long as the ads do not dictate the content I see nothing wrong here. If I remember correctly, Caesars pulled their affiliate status from this site when Chuck refused to bow to their pressure. Also, in the past when Chuck has been comped, (I believe..."
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keith2728 posted:
"I'm really trying to understand this. So, it's not ok to share your photos and thoughts about Casinos when you work for one, but it is ok to profess to be unbiased in your stories about casinos while selling add space to them on your blog?..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"@Detroit1051 you should take a gander at the NYU journalism handbook: http://journalism.nyu.edu/publishing/ethics-handbook/potential-conflicts-of-interest/ Imagine if all gaming news coverage at The Review Journal or the Las Vegas Sun was written by Alan Feldman, the Executive Vice President of Public Relations for MGM Resorts. While he may make every attempt to report fairly, his interests [1) reporting news for the paper 2) his job at MGM 3) being an $MGM stockholder]..."
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radgambler posted:
"This butt plug hurt at first, but I am getting used to it. ..."
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keith2728 posted:
"Chuck, with all due respect I think where you go wrong with this is assuming Scott sees him self as a journalist. He's merely a guy who enjoys taking pictures and sharing them with others, his humorous way of presenting them is just an added bonus. I know I give Vegas Trippings opinion on things much more weight than anything I read on Vital Vegas but they both have there..."
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MeltYrselfDown posted:
"@detroit1051 i think it comes down to the old "you don't shit where you eat" adage. the issue is that scott's mealticket, his paycheck, comes from casinos. his "personal" blog (vitalvegas.com), while entertaining, is not exactly dishing out politically unbiased information since scott isn't going to jeopardize his or maria's relationships with casinos and/or his or maria's jobs. end of the day, he's not giving you the truth, the whole..."
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detroit1051 posted:
"I hope to discuss this with Chucmonster at VIMFP as well. I don't quite understand this...."
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Blakjackkid posted:
"Hey don't ask me who my partners are in LA and Miami......"
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8splitter posted:
""The Lion's Share just hit when? But I thought all the city's reports were here for the grand opening. Sh#t!"..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"@Keith2728 i thank you for spending your time with VT and listening to the Vegas Gang. There is a code of ethics in journalism to avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest. Scott's relationship with casinos (he works for them) violates the code of journalistic ethics (writing about casinos he works for, or their competitors blog). Do you think that someone who works for The President..."
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keith2728 posted:
"Chuck I have been an avid follower of Vegas Gang and Vegas tripping for many years and love both. That said I think your being a little hypocritical. First, most of us listen to Five Hundy and know Scott by his various handles Drunk Scott, Shill Scott, ect... Knowing full well who he was when he worked for CE and now for Fremont st. experience. Second I see five different..."
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BCCableGuy posted:
"Got a quarter?..."
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stevecovington posted:
""I don't even really on the place... "..."
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dirt65 posted:
"In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all...."
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Skywise posted:
"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die...."
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Alezona posted:
"Maybe he is slowly getting into bed with all the casinos, which at that point - no harm, no foul. Right?..."
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KitchenerSean posted:
"In 2010, I was having my bachelor party at Encore. A group of the guys and I went to Botero for dinner. At the end of the meal, my British friend ordered a "measure" of whiskey (scotch). He asked for it neat. At the end of the evening when the bill arrived, the price was higher than the stated price in the menu. We enquired at that time, and..."
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binbin415 posted:
"Excuse me, but I think my prunes are kicking in...."
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jinx73 posted:
"I wondered what most of these places were going to do when they hit that point where even they realize their standard drink is far to high to raise anymore. So now we have the pleasure of paying for no ice and at other establishments that ridiculous CSR or whatever it is charge. Ridiculous is the only word to describe these charges. After all they likely realized..."
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Geoff posted:
"While any add on fee is pretty crappy, i've seen this at lots of fine dining places here in the northeast.. the rational is that neat you get a 2oz pour vs a 1.5 oz pour in a mixed drink. so per oz if you are getting something decent it's less than "full price" per oz would be. I wouldn't doubt if some idiots order neat and ask for a..."
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8splitter posted:
""I'm sorry sir but the $1 blackjack table is gone"..."
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pkluvsvegas posted:
""My name is Sam Rothstein, and I am the Director of Entertainment at the fabulous Tangier's... I mean SLS."..."
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TIavEN posted:
""Even I didn't think I could actually pull this off!"..."
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Heresiarch posted:
"hehe, you said "anals" re: the birthday cake, I think a better analogy is "if someone invites you to their birthday party, you don't pee on their cake." As for journalistic integrity -- I think that's why people come here to VT. I don't want to read stuff put out by someone who doesn't disclose their conflicts. I can't trust those people. And if you're in the business of burning trust, you..."
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JohnD posted:
"This will go down deep in the anals of Vegas Mafia dickpunches...."
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levans posted:
"We have already established what you are we are just negotiating on the price. It looks bad so it is bad, ..."
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levans posted:
"i an standing this way so I don't touch anything in the casino..."
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Misnomer posted:
"Chuck is the walrus. ..."
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145tech posted:
"To add: I quit going to Wynn and Encore since I heard that you can't get a comped drink while playing VP at their bars, so maybe my complaint is irrelevant. I still think it's BS, though.... Pete Indy..."
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145tech posted:
"I like your hand-soap dilution analogy; like many other people that have commented, I like whiskey. I like good Bourbon and Scotch, and drink it neat or OTR depending on the product and/or my mood. I hope that raising the public's awareness of these kind of fees and bitching about them gets some of these owners to stop and think about the PR disaster of fees like this. ..."
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mjames1229 posted:
"Jake - Or is this Old Chuck... I recall he said that he had a few items to post despite the timing of his hiatus. This could be one of those that was in the hopper. However, a local talk radio host always says to think of the timing of a controversial post/article/leak, etc. Why now? Granted, Occam's Razor would say that the timing is in conjunction with..."
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HillBilly posted:
"OPM FTW..."
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weatherman2111 posted:
"So....can I interest you in a timeshare to?..."
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skyyontherocks posted:
"My name is Chauncey Gardner. Yes Eve, I like to watch...."
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MeanGene posted:
"And that's that. ..."
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JohnH posted:
""Hi, I'm Sam Nazarian. You've come to this casino, like most, looking for dining and nightlife that you can already find in Los Angeles."..."
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JakeDAnders posted:
"I like New Chuck...."
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rsauve posted:
"Nice (and classy) post, Admiral. ..."
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RateVegas posted:
"For the sake of completeness regarding the VIMFP tweet re-broadcasting thing, Scott apologized to me when he found out how it had offended us...."
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RateVegas posted:
"I'd be lying if I didn't say this stuff bothers me. I was somewhat reluctant to post a comment because it would be so easy for this thread to get personal and mean and really lose sight of what I think the point of this post is. As someone that used to do a lot more of this kind of writing myself, I personally believe that once you amass an audience you..."
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rsauve posted:
"You pee on someone else's birthday cake when no one will come to your birthday party. I didn't hear about Maria's VIMFP comment at the time but hearing it now makes very me sad. Especially reading that Scott rebroadcasted it. But maybe she meant the circle jerk comment in a different way. Maybe she hadn't seen an erect penis in a while. And maybe he was just trying to help..."
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rsauve posted:
"Hi, I'm Tony Shalhoub. ..."
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toastcmu posted:
"If I concentrate really hard, I won't fart in front of the press!..."
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blackjacker1979 posted:
""Is this my mark?"..."
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bgriffiths posted:
""6 months after opening, Sam Nazarian stands in front of an empty casino wondering when the locals and visitors from LA will arrive."..."
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fivehundy posted:
""Welcome to the casino I don't own and in which I have no authority."..."
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Misnomer posted:
"“Here, Mr. Nazarian demonstrates how to make fart noises with his bare hands, a trick he often uses to delight gamblers and dealers alike.” ..."
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Chuckmonster posted:
"The 10%..."
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blackjacker1979 posted:
""Check in and EB-5 cash surrendering is to the left."..."
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JohnH posted:
""I'm the boss."..."
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pkluvsvegas posted:
"Will be in town on the 18th-21st. Might just have to stop by for a bit. ..."
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pkluvsvegas posted:
"The Wynn does a few things that make me hope it is on the right track back to the standards it once had and then pulls something like this. I agree with Okie21, just raise the prices of everyhing by $1. The drinks are already expensive, $1 won't dissuade anyone from drinking there. This low class move aka ghetto move belongs somewhere like Riviera or LVH, hotels that are..."
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8splitter posted:
"As someone who drinks my Oban and Balvenie neat, but also loves Encore, I think this fee is total bullshit. It strikes me as ridiculous to charge me an extra $3 for NOT requesting ice as I'm sitting in the middle of the F-ING DESERT...."
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HillBilly posted:
"Do you know if they charge extra for a paper bag to wrap around my 40?..."
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weatherman2111 posted:
"Wow, that is super tacky, among other things. So they basically want to tell all of the folks who have moneym but not VIP level money, that SW at least think's their suckers? Lame. Of course the simple answer is to just buy you own bottle of Scotch and enjoy it in the room, with free ice and/or neat pours...."
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Soreyes posted:
"You mean my Red Card won't help. Well when did it ever...."
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mnvegasguy posted:
"Chuck - thanks for all your work creating this awesome community. Your writing has been great. Always fun to read and enjoy. I love all the posters here, tongue normally planted firmly in cheek by all. Thanks again for making Vegas more fun and seeing the lighter side of life. I wish you the best and hope someday we hear from you again. ..."
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mnvegasguy posted:
"Worse yet. I hear Wynncore is considering recycling the Intimacy Kits in the hotel rooms and charging an additional fee for new ones. ..."
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rsauve posted:
"@jimmybond +1..."
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dpo1013 posted:
"Wow- Some people will do anything to get out of having to tour the new SLS Vegas. Thanks for the years...."
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jimmybond posted:
"How many myVegas points does it take to redeem for a 'neat pour' voucher?..."
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vespajet posted:
"I can see charging for ice in a drink if you're using one of those ice ball makers, which are not cheap and you waste a decent amount of ice making those balls. Of course these days, places are getting all crafty and artisan about the ice they use and even the water they use. Charging extra for neat is just a way to squeeze some extra revenue,..."
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hobgoblin7777 posted:
"This is totally GHETTO! This is something one would expect from Caesars/Harrahs, maybe/possibly MGM. At one point (and this is before the Caesar's leveraged buyout) I could have swore I read that Harrahs/Caesars utilized RFID enabled nozzles on their spirits bottles to detect/preclude bartenders from over pouring to solicit tips. Sad that Wynn is getting so corporate...."
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anawas posted:
"Like Spyder, I've been charged for rocks in my bourbon before. (Forget where.) I was as annoyed then as you seem to be now...."
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dadice posted:
"Sounds to me like someone has too much (temporary) empowerment...."
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Okie21 posted:
"Ghetto is a great way to describe it. If it is killing them that badly, they should raise the prices $1 on all cocktails instead. Definitely wouldn't have to face the scrutiny of the public...."
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Spyder posted:
"A few years back sitting at Parasol Down (I think) drinking bourbon on the rocks there was a charge for ice. When I asked the bartender he said they only charge it to back bar stuff, not cocktails or hiballs tho. Even he was confused about it. ..."
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middleclassbuzz posted:
"Super tacky. If they want to go the cheap route, they should just start making their bartenders measure their pours. Personally, I hate any establishment that doesn't let its bartenders free pour (it's an indicator that the place is cheaping it out in other ways that you may not see) but I'd say it's slightly less-tacky than a $3 neat charge. Atrocious...."
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OrleansEd1 posted:
"Just when you thought the "political fun police" won, and took all the joy out of America, "theme" comes roaring back to Vegas by way of a foreign enterprise. What will Resorts World Las Vegas be like? I'll be 4 (four) billion worth of theme. Go for it! ..."
» The Next Big Thing...
Kathryn posted:
"Chuck - If you return after this break, that would be cool but if you decide not to, that's cool too. Take care of yourself and give yourself some time. ..."
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jinx73 posted:
"I should add on the day of release of #VIMFP schedule, airfare shot up on SW out of Cleveland, to above $600+ roundtrip, I don't think it's a coincidence either...."
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saharalv posted:
"Sorry to hear about this Chuck. Can't say that I couldn't see it coming (I posted a Where's Chuck message on the board a few months ago). It's nice when a creative person makes the decision to stop when the muse had left. If Bob Dylan did that, we wouldn't have had any of those God or covers albums. I hope someday to read more posts from you. Those just might..."
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johnlowery posted:
"Chuck, we hope that you are able to recharge your writing batteries and rekindle the passion for Vegas writing that inspired so many others. One of your greatest contributions is the creation of a site that is more than just one person. VegasTripping is a community and will continue on until your return (but that is not to say that your writing won't be missed by many)! We also hope that despite..."
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jinx73 posted:
"yay!! Nice lineup of events. Anyone looking to partner on the derby, let me know...."
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DWSH001 posted:
"Message for a lurker... Chuck -- have always enjoyed the page and the efforts all have made to keep us up to date when I need a Vegas fix but can't quite make the trip. Have a great break for this and I look forward to you coming back recharged!!!..."
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vespajet posted:
"I just had an interesting thought this morning regarding the possibilities for this site. What if Packer & company were to acquire Trump International and turn it into something along the lines of Signature or THEHotel/Delano? The only hitch there may be with those that actually own units there as well as the deal with Hilton that saw them acquire some of the rooms there which are marketed through their..."
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LeoNYC posted:
"I too am one of those who start seeing Vegas in a different way after reading the articles of VT. You bring not the typical info you find on any other Vegas Manual. The info here is gold and I hope you come back revitalized to continue with this great site. Thank you, Chuck!..."
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MrEinSantaCruz posted:
"Wow ... let me say Thank you Mr Monster ! I've been following your site for a long time and it lead me to the Vegas Gang and Five Hundy, as well as reassuring me that there were other people out there who loved Vegas as much as I do. Hopefully I will be able to buy you a drink at VIMFP this year as a small token of..."
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joekollar posted:
"Thank you Chuck for all you've done with the site. It's been a pleasure since the day I discovered it and I'm sure it will continue so. You've earned your rest 10 times over so enjoy it!..."
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Skywise posted:
""You can't go! All the plants will die!" Thanks man - your site helped me figure Vegas out when I was a newbie and kept me up to date for the next trip out. Get charged and comeback - Godspeed...."
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Blakjackkid posted:
"I enjoy your site very much and all the work that goes into it. Get some well-earned rest!..."
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JeffinOKC posted:
"This thread is about Chuck. Everything else, please stop. I love you. Thank you...."
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Ricogreen posted:
"Dear Chuck, may the force be with you!..."
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Dorian posted:
"Chuck, thank you. Hope to see you again soon. ..."
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detroit1051 posted:
"I love both Chuckmonster and Misnomer. What's the matter with some of the assholes here?..."
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mac78130 posted:
"Love you Chuck. Sign, Vegas Ferret. ..."
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Spyder posted:
"but we can all still meet up randomly in Vegas and drink right? RIGHT???? Love the site and all the writers. All of you deserve a break. Misnomer... just email me all your dirty stories, I need them to survive..."
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Misnomer posted:
"Yeah, you're probably right. I'm taking a permanent vacation too. Bye. ..."
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mastacaplasta posted:
"Chuckmonster, long time reader since i was in my teens, you are on the Mount Rushmore of Vegas related experiences and opinions...you, Hunter Hillegas, MikeE and Hunter S. Thompson. Sad to see misnomer ruin a great tribute to a vegas legend like yourself with the normal uncreative "flair" that is it's normal self. Misnomer shut the fuck up with your shitty uncreative bullshit...misnomer you are the colin quinn after NORM..."
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weatherman2111 posted:
"I'm more thinking of all of Jose's places out here in DC where most drink are 12-14, and even that seems kinda high to be honest. I realize a godo cocktail takes work and quality ingredients, but I distictly remembers gettign cocktails just as good a few years ago for 10 bucks...."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Bazaar at SLS Las Vegas...
HillBilly posted:
"So this is actually pretty awesome. As in, you have built up this site, made your own career, developed and attracted content talent and now, you get to take a sabbatical from content creation. I like it when the good guys win, and I'm a little jealous. We should all remember that at his very core, Chuck is an artist, and sometimes when artistic creativity is given a break,..."
» A Note From Chuck...
JakeZ posted:
"Everyone needs a break from doing what they love sometimes. Take it, enjoy it, and we all look forward to your return!!..."
» A Note From Chuck...
BillDonovan posted:
"Bravo Chuck Monster, take a 6 month sabbatical, and enjoy life! Maybe keep a journal, and when ready turn it into a book. With your wit, intelligence, and humor, it would be a best seller. Cheers,..."
» A Note From Chuck...
vespajet posted:
"@blackjacker1979 Clever, but I want to save the snark and savagery for later in the piece, as I've got some critical stuff about the place. ..."
» A Note From Chuck...
jimmybond posted:
"@Misnomer - stay classy. I'm sure other readers appreciate your stuff, I just like the investigative pieces and renderings and 'Chuck scoops' a lot more. Chill out...."
» A Note From Chuck...
anawas posted:
"Mr. Monster: This website is one of my daily addictions. Thanks for all you've done. Rest up and let the other quality contributors keep this afloat for a bit. But hurry back...."
» A Note From Chuck...
blackjacker1979 posted:
"^ "Recently I got to stay at Donald Trump's latest addition to his gold and white phallic tower arsenal of privilege..."..."
» A Note From Chuck...
vespajet posted:
"Those drink prices are higher than I would expect, especially since you can go to China Poblano at Cosmo and get a salt air margarita for $14. ..."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Bazaar at SLS Las Vegas...
vespajet posted:
"After getting over the initial surprise of the announcement, it makes sense. This site, along with its' sister sites has been your job for many years now and keeping a site running is a challenge, especially when the bulk of the load is on you, and wears you down. You've taken a few breaks to recharge and refresh in recent years, and I recall you've had some times..."
» A Note From Chuck...
Misnomer posted:
"@jimmybond Fuck you. No offense, just fuck you. ..."
» A Note From Chuck...
eco74 posted:
"Correction to the above- I believe the bill did carry over from dining to dessert. Was still a dumb situation...."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Bazaar at SLS Las Vegas...
eco74 posted:
"You have to pay your dinner bill first. It is certainly odd and the dessert is nothing to write home about, which means next time = no dessert. As for the cocktails being $17- there are plenty of places that sell cocktails for around that price that are nowhere near as inventive or good as Bazaar. The fake cherry Manhattan is overrated but their gin & tonic and salt..."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Bazaar at SLS Las Vegas...
MattK posted:
"Take a rest, sir. Well earned. Don't worry about a permanent loss of interest in writing or in Vegas; the Vegas itch is like Chicken Pox. Even when the symptoms aren't there it's still in the bloodstream. Then it comes back as Shingles...."
» A Note From Chuck...
bd9902 posted:
"Wait, when they move you to a different table for dessert, do you need to pay your dinner bill first, or does it move with you? This is such a strange concept for me to grasp...."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Bazaar at SLS Las Vegas...
TIavEN posted:
"Chuck, thanks for everything. You've built one hell of a website and community that's filled with people who are all equally crazy about Vegas. As DoubleD pointed out, Vegas just wouldn't be the same VT. Take all the time you need and good luck with everything; if/when you come back, we'll all be here cheering you on from the sidelines. ..."
» A Note From Chuck...
bd9902 posted:
"Good luck, man. I'm one the verge of the same thing, just a different line of work......"
» A Note From Chuck...
DoubleD posted:
"Simply put: I would not love Vegas and travel to Vegas the way I do if not for Chuck and this website. From the time I initially found this website, I knew Chuck was a supremely intelligent and insightful individual with a unique perspective. Best of luck, Chuck...."
» A Note From Chuck...
skyyontherocks posted:
"Chuck, you are a great talent and I thank you for enhancing my overall Las Vegas experience whether I am sitting at the Long Bar at the D or out in my backyard in the suburbs of Chicago. I appreciate everything that you have done in regards to VIMFP which resulted in me meeting many new friends that will always be a part of my Vegas mindset. I..."
» A Note From Chuck...
stevecovington posted:
""Ain't that a kick in the head". Hope you return quickly. Perhaps I can write a few "What could/would have been" stories for VT, with concept site plans etc. :)..."
» A Note From Chuck...
jimmybond posted:
"Just want to say good luck, recharge, and hope we can see you publishing again. I really hope this site can continue to post new *quality* content (aka the analysis of leaked renderings, rather than the humour articles from Misnomer etc - no offense to Misnomer, I just find more value out of the former rather than the latter!) One of my favorites for following new developments in Vegas was..."
» A Note From Chuck...
jinx73 posted:
"Hi Chuck, just wanted to add a few comments, thanks again for so much insightful and fun content over the years. Hopefully you'll be able to recharge, but 10 years is a lot of time to spend doing something and sometimes we just get tired of it period. I can see that even in my fascination with Las Vegas, I still love it, but after 10+ years of participating..."
» A Note From Chuck...
Drake posted:
"Writing is easy. Writing well is a whole different story. Freshen up and let your brain cells recover. Meanwhile crack the whip on this entertaining crew of yours to keep this hungry audience satisfied. ..."
» A Note From Chuck...
thecosmicjester posted:
"From one blog writer to another... Do what you must. I understand...."
» A Note From Chuck...
MeltYrselfDown posted:
"So does anyone else remember that scene in 'Pump Up The Volume' when happy harry hard-on goes off the air and the punk stoner dude tells the other listeners on the high school football field that he could be gone for minutes, hours, even weeks? Chuck, I hope that you are able to recoil and recharge and rediscover that which you and inevitably all of us have in our somewhat..."
» A Note From Chuck...
weatherman2111 posted:
"Holy balls do you all get ripped off for cocktails out there. The Pan con Chocolate looks more like Pan con Dildo..."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Bazaar at SLS Las Vegas...
weatherman2111 posted:
"Good luck. Hope you can find the verve again soon...."
» A Note From Chuck...
levans posted:
"Chuck, everybody needs a rest. Recharge your batteries and come back when you feel you are ready...."
» A Note From Chuck...
donnymac66 posted:
"Sorry the site name should have been *One Chuck-rection*..."
» A Note From Chuck...
donnymac66 posted:
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! We appreciate everything you do for the VT Posse. Are you starting your new one Direction fan site? Chuck-rection?..."
» A Note From Chuck...
JamesAt15 posted:
"Chuck, we love you and appreciate all the great writing and hard work you have put into this site. I'm sure we all want you to be happy and doing work you love. Enjoy your time away, and I hope we see you around. I am still expecting you here in 2020 for the opening of Venetian Tokyo (or who knows, maybe it will be Venetian Osaka) where I plan..."
» A Note From Chuck...
Okie21 posted:
"Great review! This was the one I was looking forward to the most since Bazaar Meat (also my nickname for my downstairs) is the place I'm most looking forward to trying. No cocktail made with a middle shelf liquor is worth $17. Unless they give you the entire bottle. Also, the Pan Con Chocolate description is exactly what I thought before reading what you had written. ..."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Bazaar at SLS Las Vegas...
Dave702 posted:
"FWIW I'm scheduled for a tour this week--I'll definitely share what I see. I'll be at the opening, too, and will share my thoughts...."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
Chuckmonster posted:
"Drake - we have no plans to report on the pomp & circumstance of opening weekend. We will be doing extensive reviews when the PR boobs aren't watching...."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
Drake posted:
"Will VT have boots on the ground when this place opens? I'm looking forward to it. ..."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
levans posted:
"I would agree that WSOP is the main reason people even remember the Rio besides having Penn & Teller there. That said, I voted yes with conditions. A purchase would stretch Stevens a bit thin wouldn't it? It would be hard keeping tabs on three casinos and the courthouse property...."
» THEpoll: Should Derek Buy Out The Riviera?...
levans posted:
"By the way I was shopping for my trip this year on Southwest and they had the place highly rated even though the doors haven't even opened. ..."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
levans posted:
"So what happens when or if Sam is considered not respectable to get a gaming license? Does he get bought out or does he sit there and look at his shiny toy that he isn't able to play with? ..."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
Marty711 posted:
"Perhaps the control board needs to read this. http://www.fastcompany.com/3033354/the-party-starter?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcompany%2Fheadlines+%28Fast+Company%29 ..."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
vespajet posted:
"The one thing that has prevented a sale of The Rio can be summed up with the following letters: WSOP The only thing keeping The Rio viable is the WSOP and attempts to sell The Rio have fallen apart because the buyer either wanted a discount on the deal or require the WSOP to remain at the property for a few years after the deal closed. ..."
» THEpoll: Should Derek Buy Out The Riviera?...
vespajet posted:
"At the time the Sahara closed, it was rumored that the closing was due to Gaming Control refusing to extend Navagante's contract to run casino operations (They were only supposed to be there temporarily while the new owners got licensed.). Supposedly this is why the place sat empty for so long, as they wanted to wait until the funding was lined up and keep the Sahara open until then...."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
Gringo posted:
"I would think the Rio could be had cheap and would be a good fit for Stevens...."
» THEpoll: Should Derek Buy Out The Riviera?...
RockChickX51 posted:
"just realized my above post was a bit deep. I meant I was bored with Vegas as a whole because, what Chuck described above with Steve giving keys to nightclub pumks, I felt the whole town had become like that. But yes, Chucks observations go great with the downing/revamp of the Wynn brand/service/etc ..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
RockChickX51 posted:
"You know? I can relate to this a little. The last time we went to Vegas we had a blast and it was great but there were times when we wondered around and were just kind of "blah" over everything as well. I don't know what it was. I kinda lost interest in the place and traveled elsewhere for a few years. BUT were totally ready to go back now...."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
jerrydice posted:
"I'll be staying tuned to this one. Just another chapter in this wacky saga...."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
anawas posted:
"Female Newscaster: In a wild outburst that followed his gaming license denial, Rothstein followed several stunned commissioners into the hallway where he continued his harangue until his own lawyers and friends urged him to leave. Ace Rothstein: Bulls**t! Bulls**t! We all have a past. You have a past. I have a past. And my past is no worse than yours. But you guys think you have the right to pass judgement..."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
MattK posted:
"I'm going to check if every muffin at Griddle Cafe has an equal amount of blueberries. An equal amount of blueberries...."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
blackjacker1979 posted:
"I don't know what to say more than this is going to absolutely fascinating to watch as it unfolds. ..."
» SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled...
hobgoblin7777 posted:
"I think there needs to be a third selection. It Depends. At the end of the day D.Stevens is a business man and his objective is to make profit. I think he does a damm good job of remodeling and refurbishing existing properties to make them profitable (I'm assuming since I haven't seen his books). The best example is the D. I believe him and..."
» THEpoll: Should Derek Buy Out The Riviera?...
JohnD posted:
"The thought of an Altira in Las Vegas gives me wood...."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
jester122 posted:
"crown Vegas? this going to be fucking rad. given everything they've learned in Macau, this is going to be one of the most efficient and vertically integrated properties on the strip. ..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
Ricogreen posted:
"I'm so happy that another independently owned casino resort will be built on the Strip. ..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
hail2skins posted:
"Speaking of Resorts World, isn't it about time that we start to see activity at the Echelon site to get this thing rolling for a (hopefully) 2016 opening?..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
blakjak21 posted:
"Packer has a lot of projects in the hopper. At least Andrew Pascal can keep the focus on this one. He definitely has the resume to walk the walk. This end of the Strip will be the new center strip.. Lots of activity up there. Trump should sell the un-used land to Packer. This way they can do something even grander.. Packer once said that, Wynn advised him to build the..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
sandyastrogl1de posted:
"This would be even better if they made in Australia themed: fill it with every deadly creature on the planet and REALLY gamble!!!..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
VegasDean posted:
"Great to see some ownership diversity...(SLS, Resorts World, Crown) The competition should finally force MGM and Caesars to focus on their guests. (I'm looking at you Harrah's, that room, was filthy last visit)..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
JohnD posted:
"Hope they have a container park. FAAAAAAART...."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
blackjacker1979 posted:
"Fuck. The Strip just got exciting again...."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
vespajet posted:
"I would love to see them dust off the plans for Crown Las Vegas that was cancelled back in 2008. Now we just need something to happen with the Fontainebleau site and the neighboring site between it and SLS. I've lost track of the various projects proposed for that parcel.... ..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
fudgewapner posted:
"at :46 in the interview, the valet guy nearly snaps the door back into her face. I don't know why this amuses me so much...."
» Wynn Breaks Ground On Succession Plan...
Akala posted:
"if riv can hold on for a few more years they may be in good shape. I don't think mandalay should be any more worried than normal. they have been a chore to get to for years, and that end of the strip remains pretty healthy...."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
anawas posted:
"Might all this development be the shot in the arm needed to give Riviera and Circus Circus new life, too?..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
anawas posted:
"SLS. Wynn and Encore. Resorts World. MGM's own rock-concert venue. This latest thing. If I were the boss at Mandalay Bay, I'd be very, very nervous about life in the next five years as all of the energy on the Strip expands northward. It's not like the de-themed Luxor or the graying Excalibur are drawing folks to the southern properties. Anyway, it should be interesting to watch all the north-strip drama play..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
Misnomer posted:
"My money's still on Nick Hissom. ..."
» Wynn Breaks Ground On Succession Plan...
anawas posted:
"Maybe he realizes the survival of gaming companies will rely on maintaining strong ties to countries in east Asia: Malaysia, China, Thailand, Japan, etc. Though Wynn continues to seek new properties in the U.S. (Philly and Boston), he has to realize his namesake company will fare much better strengthing its position in China and Asia as a whole. It's a wise move, at least for the next decade, regardless of whether..."
» Wynn Breaks Ground On Succession Plan...
JohnD posted:
"Use of 'immediate' is a thing for me right now...."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
JohnD posted:
"Be interested to see if Trump moves to sell its remaining parcel or build that second tower out. Either way, it's a piece of land that just became a little more valuable as far as space is concerned. It will be interesting to see how this building looks. Does it face Wynn and Encore, south down the boulevard, toward I-15? Does the building react to its immediate neighbor immediately to the..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
socalduck posted:
"Awesome, exciting news. It's been a long time since we have seen any significant new resorts. Between the Resorts World project and Crown, and to a lesser degree SLS, we finally have some major projects to look forward to! It will be great to see some new blood competing in the Vegas market. Does the new competition change the odds of Wynn taking another look at any new..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
Antman73 posted:
"Meanwhile, here in Atlantic Cty.....uggg. Forget it...."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
adztheman posted:
"Wynn used to have a toothbrush in the room a few years ago as part of the stuff you could take home... One of the freebies that seems to be on the decline are casino pens..Palms used really tiny ones at the spots book that made great stocking stuffers......"
» Facebook Down? myVegas Not Working? Don't Panic. We've Got Your...
adztheman posted:
"UPS has had a location in the Flamingo for several years......"
» Ship It: SLS To Get A FedEx...
baboran posted:
"I don't think Steve wants another family member to follow him. Perhaps they might do better. Face it, with every passing year ( and face lift) Steve's ego becomes more insufferable and his seductive voice playing in a can near you more nauseating. He did some great things in Vegas. But now he is ego- tripping and I doubt he wants to be succeeded by family- if the enterprise..."
» Wynn Breaks Ground On Succession Plan...
levans posted:
"So do they have any idea what the place will look like?..."
» Packer and Pascal Purchase New Frontier Parcel...
Skywise posted:
"Okay... Hi, I'm Skywise and I keep my players cards on a chain attached to my belt loop (except for M-Life because I use it to earn points at restaurants and taking it off the chain was a hassle) When I first started to going to Vegas I saw older people with O2 tanks using them and they looked like they were hooked up to the slots as if they were..."
» Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole...
danrm posted:
"I noticed this inconsistency in hole location many years ago. If you collect them on the same ring they won't lie together in a good way. To fix this situation I got my hole punch out and corrected the ones that don't play nice...."
» Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole...
Misnomer posted:
"Neat little moment at 1:12 when Elvis appears to look up at an off-camera advisor and say, "It's all okay?" before signing. iTunes has a nice 4-Disc set called "Elvis: Live in Las Vegas" that contains several of his concerts at the International. ..."
» Video: The International Under Construction...
vespajet posted:
"That does appear to be the case, but I'm guessing they opted to extend two of the three wings instead. They might have changed their mind on the additional towers after they put up that sign. ..."
» Video: The International Under Construction...
donnymac66 posted:
"From the construction signage was the International supposed to have multiple towers??..."
» Video: The International Under Construction...
donnymac66 posted:
"Matbe like the branded "Extra Lounge" at Planet Hollywodd this will be the Fed-Ex Sportsbook or Fed-Ex High Limit Salon?..."
» Ship It: SLS To Get A FedEx...
donnymac66 posted:
"That was a riveting article, if I had not read the byline I would have assumed it was a gambler from the other coast..."
» Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole...
Okie21 posted:
"Haha love the last paragraph...."
» Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole...
8splitter posted:
"Vespajet, the hipsters will attach their players cards to one of two teathers; 1) a 1980's wallet chain, 2) an olde timey vest pocket watch chain..."
» Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole...
anawas posted:
"WestCoastGamblr? Did a sparkly-cactus'd website just get burned by this exposé?..."
» Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole...
jerrydice posted:
"I gotta know...what the hell is in this Dental Kit?..."
» Facebook Down? myVegas Not Working? Don't Panic. We've Got Your...
jerrydice posted:
"Love it! Jazzy tunes no less. But yeah, like anawas noted - no hard hat for Elvi? It is amazing to think that the former International/Las Vegas Hilton/LVH is still kickin' off of the Strip and a mile away from Downtown. Regardless of Westgate's modifications to the hotel scheme, I hope the Superbook gets a bit of love. One of Vegas's greatest sports books...."
» Video: The International Under Construction...
vespajet posted:
"Or one of those leashes you see primarily older players attach to a belt loop (a style that the hipsters have yet to adapt). When they walk away without removing the card from the machine, the card comes flying out to remind them not to leave the card in the machine or else suffer the consequences. ..."
» Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole...
Misnomer posted:
"The holes are for attaching a keychain so that the cards do not become lost. ..."
» Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole...
blakjak21 posted:
"Cards from Revel, Borgata and Sands Pa all have the Oblong punch out in same location as the AC Golden Nugget's 24kt Card above. Is it just a coincidence that the 3 AC casinos and 1 PA casino cards have the same oblong punchout???? These are the 3 cards that I carry with me all of the time, like my AMEX. I will check the other casino cards, (Ct casinos, other..."
» Did You Know That Casino Player Cards Come With Hole...
blissfulignoramus posted:
"The Purina angle might sound silly, but think about it: no one in Vegas is exploiting the cat demographic. They could put scratching posts and litter boxes in every room. A laser pointer room. A catnip Lounge. And you know cats are going to love routlette...."
» Downtown Grand Reshuffles Executive Deck...
levans posted:
"This better help. The place looks too good to fail. ..."
» Downtown Grand Reshuffles Executive Deck...
levans posted:
"I may send my luggage FedEx and avoid the baggage fees..."
» Ship It: SLS To Get A FedEx...
levans posted:
"Not my cup of tea but I may try it anyway after this review ..."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Cleo at SLS Las Vegas...
anawas posted:
"So the two hotel executives are wearing hard hats, but not the guy who was among the world's greatest superstars at the time? Did Elvis not want to mess up his hair, or is it just that a NASCAR-level of corporate branding did not yet exist? Still, cool video. Hard to believe the 45-year-old building still exists in a town all too happy to schedule another implosion. But it does help..."
» Video: The International Under Construction...
anawas posted:
"I hope the changes work. I think I speak for most/all of us, when I say no one wants to see a casino fail...."
» Downtown Grand Reshuffles Executive Deck...
weatherman2111 posted:
"Other than those insane drink prices that looks pretty good. As for the spokesmodel...well, sex sells...right?..."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Cleo at SLS Las Vegas...
stevecovington posted:
"It's how people travel with drugs from what I hear lol..."
» Ship It: SLS To Get A FedEx...
detroit1051 posted:
"Sure doesn't look like Captain Kirk to me. Who is it?..."
» Video: The International Under Construction...
sandyastrogl1de posted:
"I'm not visiting unless they get the guy who wrote the Meow Mix jingle...."
» Downtown Grand Reshuffles Executive Deck...
JakeZ posted:
"Cosmopolitan also has a FedEx outpost in their Business Center...so this is just another way that SLS is copying them...."
» Ship It: SLS To Get A FedEx...
GregK posted:
"That wasn't Elvis, it was Adam Lambert!..."
» Video: The International Under Construction...
hail2skins posted:
"Is the guy on Elvis' left Kerkorian?..."
» Video: The International Under Construction...
blackjacker1979 posted:
"^ This is why Hoss is my everything...."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 4 - Finale)...
Ronno971 posted:
"At least I have someone to call now if I need recommendations for increased penetration...."
» Downtown Grand Reshuffles Executive Deck...
donnymac66 posted:
"Worst name for a restaurant ever!..."
» Even More SLS Interior Signage...
donnymac66 posted:
"Your interation with the spokesmodel reminds me of a night at Oscar's where we had an equally akward moment with one of the "broads"..."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Cleo at SLS Las Vegas...
PaleRider posted:
"Food looks good, but that fig garnishing the rim of the margarita looks like it belongs in a toilet bowl...."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Cleo at SLS Las Vegas...
Diablo posted:
"Food looks awesome. Hopefully the LV locale doesnt have that horrible decor. PS: REAL greek salad doesnt have lettuce. ..."
» Vegas Eats Preview: Cleo at SLS Las Vegas...
mac78130 posted:
"@hobgoblin7777 not sure if you're on twitter I tend to tweet surprises.. like their buffet https://twitter.com/SenorAnthony/status/493931520520765440..."
» Even More SLS Interior Signage...
hobgoblin7777 posted:
"I'm curious to see what their buffet is like. Based on reviews of the LA properties a lot of the stuff in there doesn't sound super special. Hopefully the buffet is a nice surprise and something a bit different...."
» Even More SLS Interior Signage...
baboran posted:
"Superb article. I am happy to learn the EWC has improved/ it need to! Chuck is spot on. The Encore casino was beautiful and alluring. When I was there 2 years ago it was nothing but a staging area for Surrender. There were virtually no gamblers there. Steve Wynn did many fantastic things in his life. I personally think some of his political views are spot on. But it is irrelevant...."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
socalduck posted:
"Wow, have not seen an article in VT get this many comments since the infamous "Leonard" days. I'm happy to hear that Wynncore is getting its mojo back. Perhaps now that the novelty of Andrea is wearing off, he is spending more time tending to business. Hopefully this renaissance is not a brief interlude before he gets totally immersed/distracted in Cotai, MA, divorce proceedings with Andrea, etc...."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
nodeuces posted:
"They had to do something combat the legendary Andiamo meatball. ..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
jerrydice posted:
"Love it, and love the prospects for a THEME for f**ks sake. I see someone noted that it looked like the casino from Oceans 13...my thoughts exactly. That, and the 4th pic, jogged my memory of the Macau casino in one of the recent Bond films...."
» The Next Big Thing...
jerrydice posted:
"Can't say much more than anyone else - beautiful article, and one that put a smile on my face 2,000 miles away from my favorite casinos in Las Vegas...."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
mjeung posted:
"It is a beautiful place, and I've stayed there several times. However, my main interest is gaming, and it's just "too difficult" to make my money last in that place. I would only stay there again if I was taking a (female) guest who could appreciate the amenities and the scenery...."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
motoman posted:
"@Malibugolfer, thanks for the reasoned & measured response. Yes, The Steve really rocked the boat with some very distracting decisions both personal and business. The timing was coincidental even if they were, at least theoretically, unrelated. Now, by all signs he's back (if he ever really left). As mikech says, it's a team effort and the CEO is a frontman. That's true anywhere. Point is, Wynn's focus seemed off during..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
StudiodeKadent posted:
"I actually think the Encore casino is the most beautiful that Wynn has designed yet. It is similar to Wynn Macau but better in many ways; it feels more open and less confusingly laid-out. It is of course much smaller but it is a gorgeous casino. Too bad the table minimums for good blackjack rules are $100 per hand and the comps are tight - take me back to Aria/Bellagio..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
levans posted:
"I agree with Chuck that the casino in Encore doesn't inspire you to gamble there. I wandered into it and got the impression it was an afterthought which I didn't get inside Wynn. Steve's politics to annoy me but not as much as Adelson's. My fondest memories of Encore remains watching workers staple the grass into the ground before the opening as the New Frontier was being demolished as soon..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
MinVegas posted:
"Steve Wynn's politics will be a deal breaker to some. I personally see him as like an attention-craving Adelson these days, and there's enough choices in town that I don't need to add to his fortune. But that's not going to be the case with everyone. I still like Paris, but think CET is practically an investor scandal waiting to erupt by this point. I think what you saw on VT..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
bwhitish posted:
"I am so happy. I only had one stay at the Wynn in 2009 and it was awesome. Even saw Mr. Wynn. My favorite place in Las Vegas...."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
Malibugolfer posted:
"Chuck, thanks for your, as always, erudite explanation. I so totally agree with "Wynn / Encore had a culture breakdown when Steve and Elaine divorced, you could see the shift in the faces of staff and also the massive defection of high level executives - Elaine Wynn, Andrew Pascal, Victor Drai, Jen Dunne... even Roger Thomas "retired" for a while. The focus became lean and operations stagnated... he gave..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
LeoNYC posted:
"I hope one day EBC/Surrender becomes an extension of the Encore pool, maybe an Encore Tower pool. II still can't believe they had the balls to breakdown the most beautiful atrium Vegas had, the Encore atrium, to build that horrendous club...."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
Chuckmonster posted:
"Malibugolfer - in response to your first statement, I went through and scanned all the 'Wynn' tagged articles in the news feed. Other than calling out weird mathematics in Wynn's offers and making fun of Nick Hissom, posts about Wynn / Encore have been almost exclusively positive over the last 16 months. Look for yourself. Regarding politics, any VT reader should know that our love or distaste of a..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
Malibugolfer posted:
"Very interesting to (finally) here some positives on VT about W/E. I too saw the change under MWS and discussed it at length with many staff members whom I have developed a relationship with over my 30+ Wynn stays. I am glad I never had to endure the ultimate insult that you did John with the sewage back-up. However, after many stays at Bellagio and Aria SS, I have come to..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
levans posted:
"So far this looks awful. When the shops go in it may look better but i doubt it...."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
detroit1051 posted:
"Wonderful. You expressed so much better than I could my feelings on Wynn Las Vegas after almost seven years away. I'm still not sure about Popeye, however. Interesting comment about Maurice Wooden. I know nothing about him other than he was at Golden Nugget for some time...."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
motoman posted:
"Correction: Second paragraph.... And there's something about your picture of Popeye -- the lighting or the way the golden areas match the Esplanade corridor & ceiling... amazingly it does not suck...."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
8splitter posted:
"Very pleased to hear this as Encore is my favorite resort. Thanks for the update..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
motoman posted:
"JohnH, what an amazing piece. That first paragraph alone.... Something is definitely afoot. As minor as this example may seem: I went shopping for an Encore butterfly blouse (a request from home) and a gift shop employee led me to the appropriate section of the store, explaining that although they had butterfly prints, the logo now says "Wynn." She explained that "Mr. Wynn" had decided to focus on the Wynn "brand." This..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
Chuckmonster posted:
"^ an excellent point..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
SuperVegas posted:
"The return to glory should be most attributed to Maurice Wooden's rise to top dog. A longtime Wynn disciple, he has risen through the ranks and really understands both service and brand like few resort presidents before him. ..."
» Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained ...
vespajet posted:
"The Bally's land has long been rumored to be where Caesars puts the Horseshoe. There were rumored plans of building a casino out front (where the Grand Bazaar is being built) and retaining the South Tower (Now Jubilee Tower) while tearing down the rest of the resort and building a new tower and other amenities. ..."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
adztheman posted:
"Exactly how many shops are they going to be packing into this space? What happens if you have a lightning strike, or an electric short, that starts a fire? You've got a lot of stuff packed into a relatively small space---how are retailers supposed to stand out when they're on top of one another like this?..."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
jinx73 posted:
"At least we won't have to worry about telling them to paint it, since crappy looking buildings will still look crappy looking once painted...."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
Drake posted:
"^^Yeah, no doubt they have bigger development plans than this, once the economy comes around. A tower on that corner would be amazing, even in the hands of Caesars. ..."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
stevecovington posted:
"I'm still convinced this a cheap "fix" until Caesars can sell another property to itself and develop that corner as the Jubilee Casino. At least that's my hope...."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
Skywise posted:
"I think they should've let it meander... I mean, I *understand* why they took the people mover to the entrance out because then "people won't go into the shops" but... You've got a straight, unencumbered, path straight to the entrance. Why would I go to the shops?! (Geez Skywise, because you get hot and tired halfway there and have to stop into the air conditioning and while you're there..."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
etm117 posted:
"I thought they would do the Best Buy thing and make the path to the front entrance meander through the shops. So "not as bad as I thought" is a compliment I guess......"
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
socalduck posted:
"Sort of looks like Wayne Newton from the back. ..."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 4 - Finale)...
anawas posted:
"Please let there be kiosks in the middle of the main walkway to Bally's entrance! The Bally's Alley (TM) looks way too unencumbered and uncluttered right now. (Remember when that area featured tranquil fountains and benches? Yeah me neither.)..."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
socalduck posted:
""...together we outdrank the house advantage." Brilliant...."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 2)...
socalduck posted:
"So bad that it makes the changes at TI look good. Okay, that may be pushing it...."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
vespajet posted:
"Cabanas for the homeless? ..."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
PeteF posted:
"Are you sure they aren't a Public Storage franchisee and just haven't announced it yet?..."
» Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update...
adztheman posted:
"Look, anything is better on that particular piece of property than the skeleton that has stood there for several years now... Vegas needs a Next Big Thing...it hasn't has one in a while.. The Cosmo was, in reality, a failed condo development that its developers got stuck with...its a large building with a tiny casino and some cool rooms with balconies..but that's pretty much it... City Center was a nice idea, but its..."
» The Next Big Thing...
detroit1051 posted:
"Well, this review was a first (second, third and fourth). Excellent reviews by all with the bonus that it was also arousing...."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 1)...
jinx73 posted:
"For those that have regular offers from the D that arrive by snail mail, as of today at least, if you call the October offers seem to be in the system...."
» VIMFP: The Host Hotel Announcement #VIMFP...
jinx73 posted:
"The look on the face of the gentleman on the opposite side, confirms for me at least that you weren't the only ones aware of the 'show'..."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 4 - Finale)...
jinx73 posted:
"I can appreciate that type of restaurant review !!..."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 2)...
vespajet posted:
"@Donnymac66 Pinot Brasserie recently, and some speculate that DB Brasserie was the final nail in the coffin. ..."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 4 - Finale)...
levans posted:
"As a wise man once said whatever floats your boat. Did they order anything or were they just there for the foreplay?..."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 4 - Finale)...
saharalv posted:
"Excellent review, guys! The place looks nice, and that couple......"
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 4 - Finale)...
motoman posted:
"@levans, total non sequitur, but Wow! Sharkey's Machine! One of Burt's finest, his response to his buddy Clint's Dirty Harry. Now I'll have to look up the book. Bad guy: "Do you think I'll live... ... ... or die...?" Sharkey: "_Oh_you'll_die_all_right_...."..."
» The Next Big Thing...
donnymac66 posted:
"Make it 3 restaurants with Pinot Brasserie next door to DB..."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 4 - Finale)...
donnymac66 posted:
"We ate there the night before 3VT10 and had a medeocre experience. I too loved DB at Wynn so will likely give it snother shot. Sounds like the roast chicken is in my future. I was looking forward to the short rib from Wynn but not on the menu..."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 3)...
Okie21 posted:
"At first, I thought, "4 reviews of the same thing? This is going to be redundant." Then I remembered this was VT, and that I was stupid. Great job you guys. Hilarious...."
» Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 4 - Finale)...
HillBilly posted:
"That would make for an incredible episode of Engineering Disasters. You actually might have a shot of getting the History Channel to pick it up, just make an implication the construction crews were also aliens. ..."
» News Brief's For July 18, 2014...
levans posted:
"The place made me think of the casino in the novel Sharkey's Machine. The movie didn't try to recreate the casino but i always wished it was part of the movie. My thought is that if it works we may see an actual upgrade of Circus Circus because it will really look shabby by the time Resorts opens. ..."
» The Next Big Thing...
RockChickX51 posted:
"Oooooo The Forbidden City Resorts World Hotel and Casino. If they were smart, they'd make that lantern thing a nightclub that slides up and down. People would pay out the ass (more than they do now) to get in that thing and party until the weight limit exceeded and it became an Asian verison of the Tower of Terror at Disney. Plummeting everyone down while the oontz music never stops...."
» The Next Big Thing...
RockChickX51 posted:
"I feel like this place is a non-Mexican cantina version of the Tatuado monstrostiy that Vince Neil has down at CircusCircus..."
» VegasEats: Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Quad...
vespajet posted:
"No, the only paper cups allowed are origami ones. So swipe some odds sheets from one of the sports books and get folding........"
» News Brief's For July 18, 2014...
donnymac66 posted:
"Can I bring my own dixie cup?..."
» News Brief's For July 18, 2014...
JakeDAnders posted:
"It's an exciting project. It does, however, look a bit like the casino in Ocean's 13. Maybe that's just me. ..."
» The Next Big Thing...
StudiodeKadent posted:
"I have to admit I think that some of he Resorts World theming is a bit tacky... specifically the podium having all its scarlet pagoda stuff. It isn't necessary... the towers themselves and the lantern display the theme very well. I mean, I understand a desire to go back to more concrete themes rather than abstract styles, and I understand why some people think that minimalism and 'de-theming' suck. But..."
» The Next Big Thing...
jinx73 posted:
"I also love that they have a giant painted Paris baloon in the Gardens, see they do listen to VT...."
» The Next Big Thing...
jinx73 posted:
"agree with Blackjacker, sign me up and certaintly hoping Chuck is correct in this is the next big thing, can you imagine what the dopplegangers at Caesars and MGM do then? While it's unlikely to be anywhere near as potentially 'magnificent' it might bring some much needed 'kitsch' back to the strip. ..."
» The Next Big Thing...
RateVegas posted:
"I thought I was the one retiring from the show...."
» Vegas Gang #111: Downtown Grand, AC, Caesars, Linq, Quad and...
MeltYrselfDown posted:
"@bd9902 one and the same...."
» The Next Big Thing...
Dramman posted:
"Before we get misty eyed with Chinese New Year dreams, I think we need to keep in mind the theoretical target demo. To do this, put the shoe on the other foot. You are about 45, married, one kid. You own a small factory that makes break parts. While you are part of a supply chain, you know your parts ultimately go into the new Boeing 787, and are being..."
» The Next Big Thing...
8splitter posted:
"Drake hit the nail on the head. Look no further than the south strip (era when it was built) for inspiration -sphynx next to a castle, etc. in all their past cheesy themed glory. Then look at the front of present day TI. What an awful shame. I'm rooting for this project and hope it becomes a reality..."
» The Next Big Thing...
bd9902 posted:
"Is this the same Resorts World that built the casino at Aqueduct in Queens, NYC?..."
» The Next Big Thing...
Drake posted:
"Perfect. Why is it so hard for the suits to understand? People want to see spectacle architecture in Vegas that they won't see anywhere else, not dull-ass towers dripping with modern sophistication that you can see in any downtown metropolitan area. ..."
» The Next Big Thing...
levans posted:
"This place could be a game changer if it goes up as planned. ..."
» The Next Big Thing...
RobbieNomi posted:
"I have never been more hopeful for a project's success as I am with Resorts World. If this concept works, it might mean the end of an era of de-theming and re-blanding, and maybe even start a "de-Murrening" of current properties...."
» The Next Big Thing...
Toro66 posted:
"I love it! Its something interesting. All the de-themeing has not been to my liking, this will get me to make a special trip to Vegas when it opens!..."
» The Next Big Thing...
MeltYrselfDown posted:
"This is, like, so relevant to my interests. ..."
» The Next Big Thing...