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Editorial: Ebbs And Flows

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Aug 2016
Eleven-time Trippies winner, walking #VIMFP event and self-professed "thinking man's Cookie Monster" BigHoss is here to share words of wisdom. Take it away Hoss: Dear Las Vegas, Saying something like this is never easy, so I'll just...

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PGP: MGM Charging $20 More For Bed Preferences

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Feb 2016
Late in 2015, MGM Resorts International launched a brand new suite of website templates and a new booking engine. Great! While doing some research about resort fees and parking charges yesterday, I noticed something...

Tagged: mgm grand   bellagio   aria   excalibur   mandalay bay   monte carlo   new york new york   profit growth plan   resort fees   bed fees   fees   

PGP: Aria Limits Comp Booze Offerings To Well Brands

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Nov 2015
Aria is a nice property. Joint owners MGM Resorts International and Infinity World spent close to $10 billion dollars building it and probably another billion bucks bandaging birthing boo-boos. Lots of folks who...

Tagged: aria   mgm resorts international   comps   profit growth plan   

Vegas Eats: Carbone at Aria

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Nov 2015
Long time VT reader Dorian dined at Carbone restaurant at Aria on opening night and brought back this once in a lifetime report. Thank you Dorian! Take it away... -Chuck One of my earliest...

Tagged: vegas eats   carbone   aria   italian food   

Sam Nazarian Withdraws Gaming License Application

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Nov 2015
VT reader Sam Nazarian has withdrawn his application to gain a gaming license as key employee of SLS Las Vegas. The SBE CEO was fire walled from operations of SLS Las Vegas in January 2015 after...

Tagged: sam nazarian   sbe   gaming control   

Sam Sells SBE's SLS Stake

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Oct 2015
When SBE Entertainment honcho Sam Nazarian announced his company was buying the Sahara, touting plans to transform the aging landmark hotel into a destination that would generate upwards of $250/night room rates, The Vegas Gang...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   stockbridge   sayonara   

BSOD Dept: Aria Completely Hosed Their Casino Floor

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Oct 2015
We've received multiple reports that Aria's casino has been suffering from several outages over the last week. VT reader @sideswipe70 reported via Twitter that the entire asian gaming table section had been shut down. Additionally, all ATM/TITO/Change...

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More Jackhammering On Aria's Casino Floor

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Sep 2015
Remember last week when we unlocked Aria's overflow poker room renovation maneuvers? Well VT reader alexanbo has dug up a new question on Aria's casino floor. In nearly the same area, curtains have gone up,...

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Another Aria Casino Floor Question Answered

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Sep 2015
A month ago we posted about the current state of Aria's casino floor, noting that stuff was being boarded up, closed off, carted away and reconfigured. One piece of the puzzle has been solved. The area normally...

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Vegas Eats: Bardot Brasserie at Aria

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Aug 2015
When I heard that Aria was tossing Chef Michael Mina's American Fish into the compost bin and replacing it with French bistro Bardot by... uh... Chef Michael Mina... I was uhm... sort of excited. MGM...

Tagged: vegas eats   dining   bardot   aria   french food   michael mina   bouchon   comme ca   cosmopolitan   

Aria Completely Rearranging Casino Floor

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Aug 2015
The casino disruption at Aria we told you about? Well, it has gone massive. This is the overflow poker area between what was the Deuce and the Poker Room and the Roasted Bean. Could Aria be...

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What Is Up With The Construction At Aria?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jul 2015
Aria has dropped The Deuce. The Deuce - which was originally named the National Gaming Lounge and Club Royale before Aria opened - may have a new name - 5 p.m., according to...

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Aria Joins Bellagio In Banning Apple Watch From Blackjack Tables

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jul 2015
Aria Las Vegas is the second major Las Vegas resort to ban players from wearing an Apple Watch at their tables. Upon exchanging cash for chips at a blackjack one of Aria's blackjack tables, the...

Tagged: aria   apple watch   blackjack   technology   bellagio   game protection   

New Feature Posted: SLS Las Vegas Story Superior King - The VT Review 2015

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Jul 2015
Just a note to folks tuned in to Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds that we've posted a new feature article - my review of the Story Superior King at SLS Las Vegas. Another very detailed review of...

Tagged: reviews   sls las vegas   hotel review   story tower   prison chic   sam nazarian   sbe entertainment   

ASS Watch: The Aria Sky Suites Expands To The Pool

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 May 2015
The Aria Sky Suites (bka 'the A.S.S.') has expanded to the pool with "Sky Pool". They created some artwork specifically for this development. Yes please. How much do you think these branded water bottles will set...

Tagged: aria   pools   sky pool   air poo   bills doody   jims plate   aria sky suites   ass   

Vegas Gang #120: Wynn vs Wynn, Derek, MGM, Resorts World and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Apr 2015
On the latest episode of The Vegas Gang, the guys go deep on Wynn vs Wynn, discuss Derek's double-reverse windmill dunk of an NCAA bet, kick the can on the MGM proxy fight with LandAndBuildings.com,...

Tagged: vegas gang   wynn   podcast   mgm   derek stevens   sam nazarian   mandalay bay   ballys   

SLS, EB-5 Program Under Fire

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Feb 2015
The U.S. Government EB-5 program, designed to spur investment in domestic businesses by giving a temporary visa to investors in exchange for $500,000 is under fire for failing to thoroughly vet applicants. Homeland Security whistleblowers are...

Tagged: sls   sam nazarian   eb5   fraud   

Aria Virtually Implodes The Harmon Hotel

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Feb 2015
Aria has released a new rendering of their hotel. Huh? A new rendering of a hotel that opened seven years ago? The new rendering imagines the entirety of City Center complex without the Harmon...

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Sayonara: Nazarian Out At SLS

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Dec 2014
It appears that sbe CEO and VT reader Sam Nazarian isn't a gambling man after all. Weeks after being denied a gaming license in favor of a one year temporary license by Gaming Control Board -...

Tagged: sbe   sam nazarian   sls   stockbridge   gaming control   sayonara   

Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Welcome The New Director of Entertainment At SLS...

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Dec 2014
Ladies and gentlemen the SLS Hotel and Casino proudly presents the all-new Sam Nazarian show, Seven Deuce. Tonight, taped live from the all-new Gaming Control Board we present the premiere showing of Seven Deuce with...

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Caption Sam Nazarian

Posted by JohnH on 21 Aug 2014
Ready? GO!...

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SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Aug 2014
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,...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sam nazarian   stockbridge   rob oseland   sbe entertainment   

sbe Launches Alternate SLS Website

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Mar 2014
sbe entertainment has launched a different version of the SLS Las Vegas website, under the corporate domain name. More renderings, hype and more praise for a hotel that isn't open yet. Oh, and...

Tagged: sls   comedy   internet   in nazarian we trust   jesus   

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About SLS Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 27 Jan 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, here is our latest, highly educated guess as to what the SLS Las Vegas property map will look like... right down to the placement of casino tables. Click here for the...

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SLS Las Vegas Names Chinese Restaurant 'EB5-Noodles'

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jan 2014
SLS has added EB5-Noodles to their list of forthcoming restaurants. EB5-Noodles is described as "authentic Chinese cuisine" so you can cancel your hopes for another China Poblano-style mash up from SBE Culinary Director Jose...

Tagged: sls las vegas   dining   eb5-noodles   shelter   katsuya   sam nazarian   casino design   renderings   shelter   nightlife   sam nazarian   

Aria's Gets A New Slogan, Commercials

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Jan 2014
Aria has always had problems with their marketing. From bad slogans like 'city within a city', 'remember to breathe', 'words will fail you', 'the center of....' series to marketing photos of jackpot winners playing...

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SLS Las Vegas: Sayers Club Unveiled

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Nov 2013
SLS Las Vegas has been pushing their multi-slogan narrative lately, ("North is the New South", "Style Less Substance") calling in the big media guns to walk the property with CEO Sam Nazarian while offering up...

Tagged: sls las vegas   nightlife   sayers club   nightlife   sam nazarian   

VegasFlicks: Last Vegas Review

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Nov 2013
It would be easy to describe Last Vegas as little more than Grumpy Old Men meets The Hangover set inside a two hour Aria infomercial. On some levels it is an accurate description, however...

Tagged: vegasflicks   last vegas   review   aria   

Will The Real Sam Nazarian, Please Fess Up

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Jul 2013
I've been putting off cleaning the attic over the garage since we bought our home a little over a year ago. I sent MissMonkay up there once, hoping that her natural tendency to...

Tagged: sam nazarian   true love   

VegasEats: Five50 at ARIA

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 16 Jul 2013
I may have been one of the only people in Vegas who was a major fan of SkyBox, the former restaurant masquerading as sports bar/grill adjacent to the sports book at Aria. Between it and...

Tagged: vegaseats   aria   five50   shawn mcclain   sage   pizza   dining   reviews   

ARIA: The Five50 Menu - Updated Again

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Jul 2013
ARIA's Five50 opened last week in the former Skybox location, with a single solitary mission - add a take away pizza joint to MGM Resorts International's Aria vs Cosmopolitan punch list. Peeking at the menu, It...

Tagged: aria   five50   pizza   cosmopolitan   secret pizza   docg   scott conant   


Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Jul 2013
The changes at ARIA started late last year months ago continue to roll. Frilly cast iron mushroom wonderland Bar Moderno has been redesigned and renamed Lift Bar (yknow, because it is next to the...

Tagged: aria   casino cafe   cafe vettro   dining   aria cafe   pancakes   bjorn borg   

Where We Profile SLS's Profile Of Our Profile Of SLS

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Jun 2013
The SLS Hotel has a blog, upon which they've shared Blackjacker1979's fabulous post from yesterday. This is our post acknowledging their post about our post. Isn't that how the internet echo box works? We write something...

Tagged: sls   sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   echobox   marketing   

Why The SLS Might Become Something...

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 24 Jun 2013
It's a very open secret that Sahara honcho Sam Nazarian's projects live in a cloud of media hype. From bit pieces about his growing nightclub empire to full on fluff (seemingly annual) LA Times featurette,...

Tagged: sls   sahara   renovations   sam nazarian   sbe entertainment   north strip   

The SLS Las Vegas Construction Cam

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 May 2013
Sahara demolition is in full swing. To help sbe keep their eyes on the balls, they've mounted a SLS construction cam on the side of the hotel tower. Check it out here SLS Construction Camera....

Tagged: sls   sahara   sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   sahara   construction   

Vegas Gang #90: Quad, D, Cults, Linq and Nazarian

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2013
New Vegas Gang Episode #90 has been posted and features discussion about The Quad, The D, cults of personality in the casino industry and some highlights from the RD&E including Dr. Dave's panel with Linq...

Tagged: vegas gang   podcast   the quad   the d   linq   sam nazarian   sbe   sls   

Mission Accomplished!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 May 2013
The mission: raise awareness of ARIA and the many mysteries contained therein and neutralize Cosmopolitan. You have no idea how huge Aria's marquee is until you see it in person. ABSOLUTELY ƒ*©KING GINORMOUS. Even...

Tagged: aria   marquee   murren   citycenter   

ARIA Marquee Testing Testing Testing

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Apr 2013
The ARIA marquee is in test pattern mode now. We knew it was large, but yikes. Three cheers for Vegas style competition: make your thing bigger, taller, brighter, louder than the neighbors. ...

Tagged: aria   marquee   cosmopolitan   signage   murren   

ARIA'S New Disco Sprouts

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Mar 2013
ARIA has renovated the 2nd floor dining vestibule. Gone are the pointy mirrored mountain cactus freak out thingamahoojis and in their place is new carpet, comfy couches and a pair of spermtastic "disco sprouts."...

Tagged: aria   art   

Aria Marquee Nearing Completion

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Mar 2013
Nearly 2 1/2 years since we broke the news that Aria was to get a marquee, this ginormous electronic message board is on the cusp of completion. We knew it was huge before, but holy crap......

Tagged: aria   marquee   construction   

Exclusive: MGM To Drop CityCenter Name

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Feb 2013
At a meeting of employees today, Bobby Baldwin, CEO of CityCenter, announced that the name CityCenter is now depreciated and will be completely phased out over the coming year. Mr. Baldwin did not...

Tagged: citycenter   bobby baldwin   mgm resorts   aria   

SLS: SBE Gets The Cash

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Feb 2013
And, like clockwork, sbe has unfurled their PR cannons to blast the news that they have secured the last $115 million in funds via the EB-5 program. With much relish, Sam Nazarian stated that they got...

Tagged: sbe   sls   sam nazarian   

SBE Misrepresenting Facts To SLS Investors, Again

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Feb 2013
Can you spot the errors in this SLS Las Vegas rendering put forth by sbe entertianment? From the "Buyer Beware" department comes this rendering of the SLS Las Vegas shown off to potential SLS EB-5 'visas...

Tagged: sls   sbe   sam nazarian   

SLS Has A Fancy Chinese Website And No Funding

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Feb 2013
FiveHundy reminds us via Twitter that the deadline for SLS to complete its funding is night (if not passed.) A little internet digging revealed that SLS has built a fancy Chinese website in...

Tagged: sls funding   sam nazarian   sbe   quantum teledildonics   

ARIA Closes Skybox, Adding Pizza Joint FIVE50

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Jan 2013
ARIA has closed the Skybox sportsbook food joint thingy and are replacing it with a brand new pizza joint called FIVE50 from Sage chef Shawn McClain. Details, including interview with the chef are at LA...

Tagged: aria   dining   cosmopolitan   pizza   five50   skybox   

Cosmo: Just the Right Amount of Everyone Else

Posted by JohnH on 13 Dec 2012
Walking through Aria the other night, I was amazed at the sheer magnitude of how much that property had changed course over the last two months. New, mind-bending carpet. Pottery Barn-fancy--if somewhat uncomfortable--upholstery...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   aria   

SLS Las Vegas Dining, Nightclubs, Funding Plan Revealed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Dec 2012
The SLS Las Vegas, the proposed renovation of the shuttered Sahara, can't raise the last $115m required to get the job started. Despite having $300m of J.P. Morgan's cash in escrow, more smoke machines than Iron...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sam nazarian   sbe   quantum teledildonics   

More On Aria Casino Renovations...

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Dec 2012
In response to last nights post about ARIA renovating parts of their casino, VT's resident architect/design nerd Blackjacker1979 sent us some thexy photos of their new casino chair upholstery and their Cosmopolitan purple table felts. Wow....

Tagged: ARIA   renovations   casino floor   

ARIA Renovating Everything

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Dec 2012
In addition to changing their carpet, having their President & COO resign, renovating the Buffet and showing the VP of Food and Beverage the door in a day of firings, ARIA has also decided to...

Tagged: aria   renovations   casino carpet   bar moderno   bill mcbeath   

VegasEats: Javier's at ARIA

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 3 Dec 2012
While preparing for the madness that was to be this year's VIMFP festivities (Gin is a cruel mistress. And so are you, Vodka.) the one and only Misnomer and myself decided that we had a...

Tagged: vegaseats   javiers   aria   misnomer   dining   reviews   

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