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Introduces New Fantasy Blackjack App For Iphone
Posted: March 16, 2011
A blackjack app that comes
straight from the experts at Palms Casino? Thats right, the Palms Casino and Resort
has created the Fantasy Blackjack application which you can add to your latest version of
the iPhone or iPad and allows users to create leagues and add friends to make it more of a
The application is original in the sense that blackjack
players normally play solo and dont necessarily count on being part of a league but
that is where Palms Fantasy Blackjack app is different. If youve ever played on an
online fantasy league then youll know that creating a league and adding the right
players is important with the added bonus of setting your own rules.
"While most blackjack app games are one-dimensional
and played alone, we
created a socially interactive experience around a casino
game," said Jason Gastwirth, chief marketing officer with the Palms reported the
The object of Fantasy Blackjack is to acquire the most
blackjack dollars from your league members and your totals are then evaluated at the end
of the season to help find the player with the most virtual cash which in turn is the
The app is very social in nature and allows players to add
new members easily via social networks such as Facebook, keep track of reports, buy
fantasy credits, keep track of leader boards and even gives users the option to offer to
deal during a round by placing a special offer.
Its a new spin on standard blackjack apps which
allows the player to play solo and if I ever get around to getting an iPhone I just may
add it. You can download straight from the Palms Casino website of via the iPhone
Big-Mouthed Chef Gordon Ramsay Plans to Open Restaurant in Vegas
Posted: December 09, 2010
He seemed to make a name
for himself on the reality television circuit with his no-nonsense, what-I-say-goes kind
of attitude and it seems to be paying off because Chef Gordon Ramsey from "Hell's
Kitchen" is now opening a steak house on the Las Vegas Strip together with
Caesars Entertainment, which is set to open in January 2011.
Hes not just a celebrity television star, hes
actually a talented chef whos earned Michelin stars for his various restaurants in
the UK and together his celebrity status in the U.S., hes made quite a name for
According to the Las Vegas Weekly, he will be taking over
the space which currently occupies Les Artistes at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
which will shut down early next year leaving Ramsay plenty of time to prepare for the
grand opening of his restaurant in June.
Ramsay will be opening a steakhouse which will have mass
appeal and will fit perfectly with the major restructuring of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.
According to the Las Vegas Weekly, they are trying to step away from the whole French vibe
which is tough to ignore but there will be minor changes involved to help the cause.
Apart from Ramsay's latest venture, he has been making
headlines lately due to his financial troubles which have led to a public family feud with
his father-in-law who was once part of Ramsays corporation as well as the fact that
he has completely over-extended himself with reality television appearances, restaurant
openings, family troubles, you name it and is in turn hurting his restaurants.
Now that his father-in-law is out of his business dealings
and not pocketing anymore cash, this restaurant venture at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas
may just be the fresh start he needs to get back on track.
Celine Dion Returns to Caesars Palace With a 3-Year Contract
Posted: December 03, 2010
After the birth of her twin
sons Eddy and Nelson, some of Celine Dion's fans wondered how long it would take the
songstress to return to the stage and while the Quebec native may have her hands full,
shes already making plans to return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a
three-year contract starting in March of 2011.
According to Celines website, her new show will
feature 31 musicians including a full orchestra and band and the theme of the show will
focus on the romance of classic Hollywood movies along with a supposed jaw-dropping visual
Her last residency in Vegas ended in 2007 with her show,
A New Day which grossed over $400 million over a five-year period. The 41-year
old will now fulfill her 3-year contract starting in March with a total of 70 shows which
will no doubt be a success.
Celine's impact on the entertainment standard in Las
Vegas is the bar all others compare to. We look forward to her return to The Colosseum. We
are excited about continuing our success with Caesars Palace and are optimistic on the
future of Las Vegas, says John Meglen, the President and co-CEO of AEG Live
Tickets to watch Celine belt out the tunes are on sale now
for her shows from March 15 August 14.
Wayne Newton Wants to Turn Vegas Home Into Graceland of the West
Posted: November 19, 2010
Local Vegas showman Wayne
Newton is looking for more ways than one to crawl out of his debts and his latest attempt
involves turning his home into a museum where he stores valuable works of art and
memorabilia from his old pals Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. The only
problem is that his neighbors are up in arms over the idea of turning Casa de Shenandoah
into a Vegas attraction.
Its true, Wayne Newton is planning on turning his
40-acre property into a place where tourists can take a historical tour of the
oldschool Vegas that he remembers so well. According to KTNV, a local news
outlet in Vegas, he is looking to create a museum and a night club as well. Apparently, he
has purchased the piece of land next to him and is looking to develop it into what his
neighbors feel may turn into a nightmare. The opposition from his neighborhood has been
overwhelming but it he should be granted a permit from the city then hell be able to
continue with his project. Waynes argument is that he would provide over 400 jobs to
the area and that his intention is not to disrupt the neighborhood which is a hefty
concern at the moment.
Vegas residents see Wayne himself as an institution; he has
been part of Vegas for the last 50 years so why wouldnt the world be open to seeing
his South African penguins, sweeping crystal staircases, rare collections of Vegas
memorabilia all while listening to Danke Schoen? They might, but some may
wonder if he can draw the crowds much like Graceland has, especially after the closing of
the Liberace museum which was very dear to Vegas.
This may be a way for Wayne to earn some cash to repay the
$3.35 million loan he acquired to build the place, which he's being sued for lack of
payment. But hey, it's Vegas Baby anything goes right?
Viva the Vegas Life: The Venetian and Palazzo Win 5 Diamonds Award
Posted: November 15, 2010
Casino players looking for
the best place for Las Vegas gaming have been steered to The Venetian and Palazzo resort
and casinos. Both are winners of the coveted AAA Five Diamonds Award, the pinnacle prize
for any Resort & Casino in North America.
"We are extremely honored to receive these
distinctions at both The Venetian and The Palazzo," said Rob Goldstein, president of
both properties. "To have two hotels, with a combined 7,100 all-suite rooms, each
receive this award is a testament to our team members and their continued dedication to
personal guest service as well as their consistent high caliber attention to detail."
AAA defines Five Diamond properties as establishments with
first-class accommodations and reflecting the ultimate characteristics in luxury and
sophistication. Exceeding guest expectations, providing meticulous service and maintaining
impeccable standards of excellence are the fundamental hallmarks of the AAA Five Diamond
Rating. Essentially, you wont find a better place bet your cash. The Venetian has
120,000 square feet of gaming space while The Palazzo next door has 105,000.
"Five Diamond establishments do more than provide
luxurious surroundings; they consistently deliver a high level of personal attention to
each guest," said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Tourism Information Development.
"AAA is pleased to recognize The Venetian and The Palazzo with the AAA Five Diamond
For those gaming in Vegas comfort can be the difference
between a good or bad weekend. Some days in Sin City wont go as well as others. In
fact you may leave the city with less cash than you came with more often than not. It
helps to have a place that at least did their best to take care of you while you stayed.
The Venetian is one of the largest venues ever to receive
Five Diamonds and has cool places to see like Grand Canal Shoppes, and indoor streetscape,
a spa and numerous restaurants along with its gaming floor.
The Palazzo has 20 couture stores to spend your money and
restaurants by Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse to ensure youre eating well.
Las Vegas Welcomes Smokers With Open Arms
Posted: November 15, 2010
Most of us know Las Vegas
to be a playground for adults where anything goes and that includes smoking just about
anywhere your little heart desires. With the world honing in on the creation of smoke-free
areas, Las Vegas casino owners feel that smoking in Las Vegas is a freedom that their
customers enjoy and have no plans of jumping on the smoke-free bandwagon.
According to UPI, Las Vegas residents voted on an
anti-gambling legislation that would tackle smoking issues but it seems that casinos
somehow found a way to squeeze their way out of that one. While some casinos do offer
smoke-free slot machine and table game areas including The Bellagio, The Mirage, and The
MGM Grand many other casinos focus on pumping out on recycling the air and pumping out the
smoke. While these casinos efforts may show that they are taking a step toward
keeping the air clean, its not nearly enough especially for the employees of the
casinos who have to put up with the second hand smoke around the clock.
Theres currently a $5 million federal class action
lawsuit against Wynn Las Vegas which was put into place by blackjack dealers who work the
floor and are seeking some sort of protection from long term exposure to the smoky air.
UPI also stated that the best their lawyers will probably be able to do for them is to
help them put into place better air purification systems but this remains to be seen since
the case is still active.
Its truly a David and Goliath type battle unless the
government decides to step in but good luck with that. Anything that will hurt revenues
right now will probably be off the table for a long time and Las Vegas wouldnt be
able to stand taking a hit as far as their image is concerned for being an adult
Steve Wynn Infuses His Vegas Casinos With New Vegan Lifestyle
Posted: November 10, 2010
Hes one of the most
powerful casino moguls in Las Vegas and while Steve Wynn may be worth billions and
institutes a tough-as-nails attitude, hes also a vegan. Due to a completely new
lifestyle change, Steve Wynn is now adding vegan options to all of the restaurants within
the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas properties.
A vegan diet consists of zero animal products including
dairy and while vegan menu items can be really difficult to find, Steve Wynn wants the
world to know that his top chefs will be taking on the duty of creating multiple menu
options for all of his vegan gamblers. I personally didnt know those two words could
go in the same sentence but there you go.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Wynn attests his lifestyle
change to his friend introducing him to the video Eating which breaks down all
the evils of eating meat and dairy products. The notion that you need
animal food as protein is one of the great conspiracies by the government, he says.
He also claims he is a changed man and after his June decision to make the change, it
looks like there is no going back. Hes even made thousands of copies of the
Eating video to give out to all of his employees hoping they make the change
For Wynn and his wife, the change was simple because they
simply alerted their personal chefs of the change and that was that. For some of us, the
transition may be a bit more challenging but definitely worth considering. Would this mean
no more hotdogs?
Will Wynns casinos and hotels turn into a haven for
PETA supporters? Not quite, but the man just wants Vegas visitors to know that his
restaurant menus are vegan friendly.
Vegas Casinos Want You To Have Total Experiences
Posted: November 10, 2010
A group of popular Vegas
casinos including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas and the Planet Hollywood Hotel and
Casino have found a way to organize the perfect gift for that friend or family member who
has it all an individually planned trip to Las Vegas with all the bells and
whistles that Sin City has to offer.
Its the perfect gift for any family member from
granny to that best friend of yours who impersonates Cher during their private moments.
The name of their new VIP service is called Total Experiences and it gives that special
someone in your life VIP access to nightclubs, shows, restaurants and more. Basically, you
can pretend youre Paris Hilton for the weekend and illegal drugs are optional.
Now, while you may send someone off to indulge their senses
in the delights of Vegas, these VIP trips will set you back a pretty penny. For a
Total Experience at Caesars Palace youre looking at a $900 investment to
$749 for Planet Hollywood.
Just think, while youre good friend is off in Vegas
gallivanting with their own personal VIP host, this means you can expect some awesome
Christmas gifts for years to come as well as full rights to use the phrase But
remember when I sent you to Vegas that year
What Do Casino Freebies Really Cost?
Posted: November 03, 2010
What makes casino gaming so great for players? Of course a big part of it is the money and
how much potential dollars we can get paid if we play our cards right. But what makes
playing games even sweeter is how much free stuff we can get.
For the live casinos, renowned casino book author Frank Scoblete broke down what players
get in Sin City and how much you have to wager to get it. You'll be shocked at how much
free stuff could be yours if you visit Sin City during these tough times.
Average Bet: $10
The Comp: For throwing down just $10 a wager you'll probably be lucky enough to grab free
or discounted rooms during the week. Seriously, just $10. Small gifts like an umbrella,
beer mug, hat, and buffet tickets will definitely be yours. Oh and some free drinks.
Average Bet: $25
The Comp: Free room during the week and even a discount on weekends can be yours. You'll
be able to eat at restaurants, not buffets and garner some free stuff. Oh and lots of free
Average Bet: $100
The Comp: Now we're getting into the I-bet-so-much-I-better-get-something category. $100
gets your free rooms anytime, meals, free cell phone too and even a suite on a slow day.
Oh and you'll get drunk for free.
Average Bet: $500
The Comp: Now you're stylin' and profilin'. This gets you the rapper treatment: Limos,
suites, a Rihanna pool party or two and even Cirque Du Soleil tickets. You name it; you'll
be able to see it. And your flight will probably be free too. And the drinking? You'll be
hammered all weekend.
Average Bet: $10,000-Plus
The Comp: Some casino will return half a high roller's losses. So if you're rolling like
this prepare to have a good time. Oh and as for the free drinks, prepare to be drunk after
you hop on the plane and not remember anything until someone tags horrible pictures of you
Arizona Charlies In Vegas Opens a Smoke Free Casino Room
Posted: October 20, 2010
Vegas isnt exactly a place where health conscious people go to have a good time but
after Arizona Charlies Casino in Las Vegas received an overwhelming amount of
customer requests to create a non-smoking gambling area, it was finally made a reality
putting to rest one their customers main concerns.
According to Nevada laws, casinos are exempt from providing
smoke-free environments so the fact that Arizona Charlies customers are asking for
this feature speaks volumes. According to the AC management team, the decision to create
such an area wasnt an easy decision since this move can definitely hurt business
which they have witnessed from other casinos. They decided to go through with the
renovation anyway and invest the time and money to please their customers.
According to Ron Laurie, the casino manager, The
company had to clean every slot machine that was going into the smoke-free environment
because the tobacco smell tends to attach itself to the components. It was kind of a risk
because no one has ever done this in Nevada.
Charlies also used tracking devices to learn more
about which slot machines and casino games smoke-free players were interested in so they
could be added to the area.
After six months of opening the new smoke-free area,
Arizona Charlies hasnt noticed a decline in profits and it seems like their
customers are happy with the new area since over 80% of their casino players are
Pet Friendly Las Vegas
Posted: October 20, 2010
Just because the parents get to run off to Vegas for the weekend doesnt mean that
their beloved Fido cant have a little fun too. Vegas hotels including the Caesars
Palace, Imperial Palace and the Rio have launched the Pet Stay Las Vegas program which
gives pet owners peace of mind with their special guide which outlines outdoor areas, dog
walking routes and special pet room service menus (yeah, thats right).
So while the parents are out enjoying all of the Sin City delights,
your pooch will be lounging on his personalized doggie mat while enjoying room service.
Although, lack of pet accommodation hasnt really been an issue for quite some time
in Vegas, more and more hotels are opening up to the idea of such a thing. I mean, where
is Paris Hilton expected to keep her tiny pooch, while shes out getting arrested?
According to USA Today, Las Vegas has over 42 pet-friendly
hotels and two very famous dog parks including the Red Rock Canyon and the Desert Breeze
which are big pet attractions in the city. So the big question is how much does all of
this doggie pampering set you back? Many hotels charge a minimum of $15 to have your pet
stay with you while others such as the Pet Stay Las Vegas program charge up to $25 per
night for a pet 50 pounds and under. Larger pets will obviously cost more.
So get your pooch or cat suited up and packed in the car
because now the whole family can have a Vegas vacation.
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