The news in Las Vegas this week isn’t huge but there’s a lot of it. Let’s just jump into it!
If there was any major news in Las Vegas this week it was that The D and Golden Gate will begin accepting Bitcoin in the non-gaming outlets in their casino. Seeing that the majority of Downtown Vegas customers are older, less tech savvy people this really shouldn’t be considered a big deal. They just happen to be the first in line. Check the wiki for Bitcoin if you’re like 98% of the world that doesn’t know what it is.
Speaking of The D, they purchased some land last year for expansion. The Las Vegas Sun has details on what they’ll do with the land in the near term. Long term plans haven’t been disclosed just yet.
Last year The D introduced a resort fee on top of the advertised price of their hotel rooms. Just about every Las Vegas hotel has a resort fee now. Vegas Chatter has an updated list of resort fees and the amenities you receive with them. Nobody likes paying extra fees but here are some tips to make the most out of these resort fees.
This week the Cosmopolitan expanded their partnership with Marriott. You can now exchange your Cosmopolitan Identity points with your Marriott points. Visit Cosmo for more details.
Circus Circus is about to open a new roller coaster in the Adventure Dome. If you’re a roller coast rider you can see video of a test run for El loco here.
“Modern Family” was in Las Vegas this week! The cast was filming at Mandalay Bay. Here’s a pic from Sofia Vergara of a few cast members walking through the casino. You never know who you’ll spot on a random Tuesday in Vegas.
While we’re on the subject of Vegas on TV “Money Talks” returns to CNBC on March 19th. The docu-drama is based in Las Vegas about a sports betting tout who sells picks. The show is a part Vegas eye candy and part informercial. See videos and learn more about the show at CNBC.com.
McCarran Airport is taking measures to make sure you travel without getting into a crash. Vegas Inc. has details.
It feels as if zombies were a thing two years ago but that’s not stopping zombies from taking over Las Vegas today. A comedy/musical, Zombie Burlesque, just opened at Planet Hollywood. You can find more info on the show here. Meanwhile, zombies have also invaded casinos. The Walking Dead slot machine has finally hit casino floors. The manufacturer has a website for you to find the Walking Dead slot machine.
If you’re into zombies you might be into The Victim Experience. The Victim Experience is an R-Rated, full contact haunted house. This takes place at an undisclosed location and sounds a little over the top. You need to read the details that a ticket buys you.
Downtown Vegas has been undergoing some major changes over the past couple years. If you’re not familiar with how and why those changes have happened I encourage you to read this Wired article on the Downtown Project. It’s long but interesting.
The “Big Game” is next Sunday and there are parties and specials just about everywhere you can eat or drink in Las Vegas. Vegas Chatter updates the most comprehensive list of Big Game parties if you are visiting and don’t have plans yet.
TAP, a sports bar, will be opening at MGM Grand in time for the Big Game. If the name sounds familiar the original TAP is located at MGM Grand Detroit. Eater has some pictures of what seems to be a great new bar at MGM Grand.
Bobby’s Burger Palace opens January 24th next to Mandarin Oriental. Bobby Flay’s burger chain has restaurants all over the country. He’s a great chef and makes a mean burger at an affordable price. Let’s hope his rent in Las Vegas doesn’t change that.
Aria is the casino at the complex where Mandarin Oriental resides. The former CityCenter casino has decided to create their own craft beer. Vegas Chatter has details.
Somehow Las Vegas’ biggest casinos have been losing money. Las Vegas Sun has details on last year’s $1.3 billion loss. Understanding why casinos lose money will help explain why they make the changes they do.
Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world. Ever want to get married in a Ferris Wheel? Well, now you can! Flamingo is selling wedding packages on the High Roller wheel at The Linq for just over $2,000.
Whew! This was a busy week. Last but not least Vegas Uncork’d just announced that tickets are on sale for the foodie event in May. Las Vegas Weekly has all the details and you can buy tickets for the event at Vegasuncorked.com.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.