Vegas Vacation Memories

Friday, 10 July 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

This is normally the time of year I take a summer vacation in Las Vegas. This is the one week every year where I try not to open my laptop and just spend time decompressing in a casino on the Vegas Strip. Well, that’s not happening right now for a variety of reasons. I have a plan for at least a working vacation in a few weeks but that’s a story for another time.

Circa Resort & Casino Set To Open On October 28

Thursday, 09 July 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

CEO and developer Derek Stevens recently announced that his newest Downtown Las Vegas property, Circa Resort & Casino, will open on October 28, 2020. Well, most of the new property will open in October. The initial opening in October will include the first five floors of amenities and state-of-the-art parking hub – Garage Mahal.

When I visited Bellagio for the first time after reopening the first place I visited was the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This should come as no surprise as I’ve written about this great free attraction pretty often over the years. Most recently I listed this as a free thing to do while social distancing in Las Vegas.

Choosing Which Vegas Casinos To Visit

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

We say this pretty often, but there’s a Las Vegas casino for everyone. There are properties for just about every budget, mood, and preference. There will be a lot of changes at the casino-resorts by the next time you visit Las Vegas. This might be a good time to re-evaluate your casino choices when visiting Las Vegas. In addition to your personal casino preferences, there are new health and safety plans to consider. After all, we all want to be healthy and safe when visiting a casino.

Casino Games With The Highest House Edge

Friday, 26 June 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Gaming.

Hopefully, everyone who gambles when visiting Las Vegas was productive with their time staying at home. Practicing to be a better gambler should help improve gaming skills when visiting casinos again. While it’s easy to practice some casino games to improve your skills and potential returns, it’s also helpful to avoid some of the games with the largest house edge.

July 4th Fireworks Las Vegas 2020

Wednesday, 24 June 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Las Vegas continues to return to the city so many locals and tourists love. The latest return to normalcy is the announcements for July 4 fireworks at various casinos around the Las Vegas valley. No less than 3 casinos will offer fireworks this Independence Day.

Las Vegas casinos and attractions are opening for business after closing to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The Las Vegas experience is somewhat muted with casinos offering fewer amenities and less entertainment. This is changing how guests enjoy Las Vegas today. Anecdotally, guests are spending more time eating dinner since there are no shows to rush off to see. Having said that, activities and attractions are opening regularly. Thankfully for visitors, there are some positive changes happening.

New Technology In Vegas Casinos

Thursday, 18 June 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The world is changing and so is how we interact with businesses. Las Vegas casinos have a dilemma when it comes to new technology. Casino operators have to toe the line on being cutting edge for younger guests while not alienating older customers who may be technologically challenged.

Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts have both paused on charging guests for parking as they reopen their respective Las Vegas casinos. When both companies resumed doing business in Las Vegas on June 4, they only had free parking at two properties each. That’s changed and the phased openings will continue into July as both companies recently revealed plans to open four more casinos and even hotels before July 4th weekend. In addition, both companies are extending hours on some bars, restaurants, attractions, and amenities as demand continues to increase.

The Vegas Strip March

Friday, 12 June 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The Vegas Strip March is a tradition that seems to have been around for my entire life. The first Vegas Strip March I first heard about was simply walking from one end of the Vegas Strip to the other while making pit stops at every casino to have a drink. Sometimes the march was one way and sometimes it was a loop to and from the hotel people were staying.

I hit the road and visited five casinos on the day when Las Vegas casinos reopened on June 4. The first three Rampart, Suncoast, and Red Rock Casino are close to where I live and I was able to check them all out in about an hour. The casinos seemed to be operating pretty much like normal with the exception of social distancing inside the casino and a three-second temperature check for all guests entering the properties.

Las Vegas is reopening slowly. There are two things that are very noticeable. Not all casinos are open – even properties in the same chain haven’t opened yet.
Even the casinos that are open aren’t completely open. Some bars and restaurants remain closed or have limited hours. Entertainment like shows and nightclubs haven’t returned yet either. It’s great to be able to walk into a casino again but it’s frustrating when your favorite restaurant isn’t open.

Caesars Resorts Las Vegas Opening Updates

Friday, 05 June 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The larger casino corporations like Caesars Entertainment are only opening a limited number of properties at first. Initially, the company planned on only opening Caesars Palace and the Flamingo Las Vegas. Harrah’s (hotel and casino) and The Linq (only casino) were planned to open next in the not too distant future. That’s changed.

Vegas Construction Projects Moving Forward

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

In the middle of March, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered non-essential businesses to close to help slow the spread of coronavirus. That order included all casinos in Las Vegas and around the state. The order allowed construction to continue as it’s seen as an essential job.

Electronic Table Games In Las Vegas

Friday, 29 May 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Gaming.

When Bellagio and New York-New York reopen the casino floors will have a new layout. In fact, all casinos in Las Vegas will look different thanks to new health and safety plans. Casinos will be operating at 50% capacity for the foreseeable future. Traditional table games will have fewer seats. Every other video poker and slot machine will either have seats removed or be turned off entirely.

Las Vegas Casinos Plan To Reopen June 4th

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

It’s been just over two months since we had a major update on COVID-19 in Las Vegas. All non-essential businesses, including casinos, were ordered to close in mid-March. A casino closing is more than just stopping people from gambling. All restaurants, shows, spas, conventions, and every venue inside of casinos were also closed. The Vegas Strip has been a ghost town while the locals went about their days in the communities.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Update

Thursday, 21 May 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Just over two years ago, Sir Richard Branson announced that he and a group of investors purchased the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The initial plan was to renovate the property and create Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The original Fall of 2019 opening was pushed back as the company continued to develop plans for the transformation into Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. After pushing back the opening once more to the second quarter of 2020, the company finally solidified late 2020 as the new opening timeframe.

One Night In Vegas

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Nothing beats a good “One Night In Vegas” story. Let’s say the world returns to normal and we start traveling for work again. There will be plenty of “Only In Vegas” stories again. The two stories aren’t quite the same but they are similar. My “One Night In Vegas” stories usually involved a pitstop from LA to New York. My “Only In Vegas” stories always happened while spending too much time in Las Vegas.

Free Things To Socially Distance To In Vegas

Friday, 15 May 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Las Vegas probably won’t be the same the next time you visit Sin City. That said, a lot of the things you love will still be here. There are plenty of things to see and do while keeping a proper social distance from other people. When Bellagio opens again, so should some of the best free attractions in Las Vegas. There should still be free and cheap things to see and do all over town for anyone looking for something to do that doesn’t involve gambling (gasp!).

The vast majority of my friends visiting Las Vegas stay on the Vegas Strip. Much like me, they love the more upscale experience that the huge casinos offer. That said, they often want to spend some time in downtown Las Vegas. This part of Sin City offers a different experience than the Vegas Strip and it’s a fun way to change up a trip.