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#VIMFP: NERDcore Beach Club (and swapmeet)

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Aug 2016
We're extremely proud to announce a brand new event coming to Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic in October, something we call NERDcore Beach Club (and swapmeet). Hopefully the name explains all you need to know. ...

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#VIMFP: World Series of Satin Casino Jackets

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Aug 2016
We're super excited to announce that The World Series of Satin Casino Jackets will return to the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic #VIMFP once again this year. Inspired by an old VT feature article honoring the...

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Wynn: This Is What Happens When You Squeeze A Gambler's Nuts

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Apr 2016
Wynn Resorts just released preliminary results for Q1 business in Las Vegas and Macau. Normally, I wouldn't spend a lot of time on earnings results, but these numbers are worth studying and discussing,...

Tagged: wynn   casino   steve wynn show   craps   odds   gambling   casino biz   


Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas v2.0

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Mar 2016
Lots of changes have been taking place at The Cosmopolitan in the year or so since Blackstone purchased the property from Deutsche Bank. Visionary CEO John Unwin left the company and was replaced by...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   sportsbooks   bill mcbeath   blackstone   starbucks   nightlife   casino   bars   clique   casino design   john unwin   


M Resort Is Having The Best Casino Giveaway Ever!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Mar 2016
I'm not sure which is more awesome, what it is that M Resort is giving away or the security ropes keeping the patrons. Also what do you think "and more" could possibly be?...

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Wynn: The Year of The Monkey Casino Chips

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Mar 2016
The passing of Chinese Lunar New Year only means one thing here at VT - time for the annual post about Wynn's Commemorative Chinese New Year Chips! 2016 marks the Year of The Monkey in the...

Tagged: wynn   chinese new year   casino chips   


The Ocean's Eleven Gag You May Have Missed

Posted by Misnomer on 1 Feb 2016
Ocean's Eleven holds a rightful place at the top of any list of the best Vegas movies ever made. The 2001 remake of the Rat Pack original has it all: Beautifully shot scenes of Las...

Tagged: oceans eleven   casino   joe ladue   


Sayonara Encore Chambered Casino

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Jan 2016
The opening of Wynn Macau in 2007 ushered in a new era in intimate casino design - the chambered casino. The Steve touted the chambered casino as an achievement in casino design that could turn...

Tagged: encore   casino design   wynn macau   chambered casino   


Hey Millenials, Grampa Steve Is Building You A Clubhouse!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Dec 2015
Y'know the Encore Party Pit thing that we've been talking about for a few months? Well, today Wynn Resorts trotted out the press release explaining it to the local newsies. Essentially, they're building...

Tagged: encore   encore players club   casino   millennials   nightlife   quantum teledildonics   


Make Your Voice Heard - Trippies Noms Close Wednesday!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Nov 2015
Hi kids. Just a note to remind you that the nomination phase in the 2016 Trippies awards closes THIS WEDNESDAY. Doing Trippies is a great way to waste a half hour or so at...

Tagged: trippies   democracy   casino carpet   


Lucky Dragon Gets Curtain Wall Glass

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Nov 2015
Earlier this morning, the first panels of curtain wall glass were attached to Lucky Dragon's hotel tower, continuing the North Strip project's rapid rise from rendering to reality. Just last week, VT reported that construction materials...

Tagged: lucky dragon   william weidner   andrew fonfa   construction   new casino smell   


The Lucky Dragon Is Roaring!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Oct 2015
Construction at Lucky Dragon is roaring. Since topping out the hotel tower at amazing speed and finishing the parking garage, Penta Building Group (Las Vegas Arena, Grand Bazaar Shops, SLS Las Vegas) have turned their focus...

Tagged: lucky dragon   construction   penta building   new casino smell   north strip   


BSOD Dept: Bellagio Slots Go Down!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Oct 2015
We love nothing more than seeing the blue screen of death on casino equipment! VT reader @RolandTomsons sent us a tweet tip that a massive outage of slots and video poker machines has poured through Bellagio...

Tagged: bsod   glitch   bellagio   slots   casino   video poker   


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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The #VIMFP Hangover Casino Challenge Cup

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Sep 2015
We're only 17 days away from the Vegas internet's biggest weekend of the year, the annual gathering of the tribes that we call the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic. We've got three full days...

Tagged: vimfp   casino gambling   the d las vegas   


Society Cafe To Become New Encore Poker Room

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Sep 2015
As you may have heard, Society Cafe and Botero at Encore are closing in domino succession this fall. The two restaurants will combine services into a single, all-day dining destination. Insiders are telling us...

Tagged: society cafe   botero   encore   poker room   casino   


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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Wynn Puts Blackjack Tables In The Host Office

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Sep 2015
As part of their casino reorganization plan, Wynn Las Vegas has dropped a coupla blackjack tables in the promenade facing portion of the Casino Host's office. This just looks weird, and I'll guess feels weird. I...

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Meet The Cosmopolitan's New Casino Carpeting!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Sep 2015
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is replacing their original (and great) casino carpeting. Here's the new stuff: Left: old, Right: new. The previous carpet was pure class and made the casino feel like a casino. This stuff...

Tagged: casino carpet   cosmopolitan   sls las vegas   


Vegas Eats: Tom's Urban at New York New York

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Sep 2015
Today, my stomach leads me to New York New York, specifically the new alfresco dining at slowly growing boutique eatery Tom's Urban. There are two other locations of Tom's Urban, Denver CO, Los Angeles...

Tagged: vegas eats   dining   toms urban   casino cafe   breakfast   the park   


Peekaboo: The Mirage Center Bar

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Sep 2015
We've been tracking the changes in process on Mirage casino floor that have come to be revealed as a new center bar. Now, thanks to super sleuthing VT reader Hillbilly, we've got a teeny tiny little...

Tagged: mirage   renovations   casino   bars   


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...

Tagged: aria   casino design   herringbone   carbone   dining   slot machines   


Vegas Eats : White Castle Hamburgers at Casino Royale

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Aug 2015
Shortly after checking in to a really well designed room at the Linq Hotel I headed out in search of penny slots food. Casinos may as well just throw the slot machines into Lake...

Tagged: vegas eats   dining   reviews   hamburgers   casino royale   white castle   fast food   


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...

Tagged: aria   casino   design   slot machines   


VegasEats: Northside Cafe at SLS Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jul 2015
The casino cafe. We've lamented them, we've praised them, we've dedicated an entire podcast episode to them. With a new resort comes a new cafe. As fate would have it, SLS' Griddle Cafe...

Tagged: vegas eats   northside cafe   casino cafe   diner   eggs   


100 Days Until #VIMFP

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Jul 2015
We are 100 days out from our annual gathering of the tribes - the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic. This years event will take place Friday through Sunday October 16, 17 & 18 2015....

Tagged: vegas internet mafia family picnic   vimfp   the d   satin casino jackets   vimfptucky   vegas gang   vegastripping   podcast   five hundy   


What Is Up With Mirage's Casino?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Jun 2015
Hot on the heels of the rest of the work MGM Resorts International has done on the Mirage comes a complete rejiggering of the casino layout. If you've walked through recently you've certainly noticed...

Tagged: mirage   casino   renovations   


Bellagio, Bedazzled!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jun 2015
I found some incredible gift shop craftsmanship at Bellagio. I ask: 1) what Vegas loving grandmother/dorque doesn't want this? 2) Is it possible that bedazzled cotton/poly pullover is the new embroidered satin jacket? 3) Do you have a mens...

Tagged: bellagio   bedazzled   gift shop   satin casino jackets   


Project Jackpot: The E Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Jun 2015
The M, The D, The MGM, The SLS, The FLRG... amidst this sea of casino consonants almost came The E Las Vegas. Designed by architectural firm Klai Juba, The E Las Vegas was the Elvis Presley...

Tagged: project jackpot   the elvis casino   sfx entertainment   klai juba   the e las vegas   


Wynn: The Year of the Ram, Indeed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Mar 2015
Speaking of collections, the coming and going of Chinese New Year means one thing - the collectable Chinese New Year chips at Wynn have been released! According to VT's Director of Dining and Design JohnH,...

Tagged: wynn   casino chips   chinese new year   baccarat   


Cosmopolitan To Get New Casino, Suites, Bars and Restaurants

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Feb 2015
Months into their tenure as new owners of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Blackstone Group LP have outlined some of their plans to turn the popular yet unprofitable casino around. The changes primarily revolve around increasing...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   blackstone   vip   casino   dining   booze   renovations   


Welcome to the Black Book, Mr. Musa

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Feb 2015
The Nevada Gaming Control officially entered a new name into their GCB Excluded Person List, aka "The Black Book." Mr. Tasia McDonald Musa joins renown miscreants John Conti, Joe Cusamano, Michael DiBari and slot tech turned...

Tagged: black book   frank lefty rosenthal   tony spilotro   casino   gangsters   


Deconstructing The White Castle

Posted by Misnomer on 27 Jan 2015
Alcohol, as an intoxicant, is unique in its ability to interfere with a person's ability to judge size and scale. While under its influence, I have fought men twice my size, and bedded women bigger...

Tagged: misnomer   vegas eats   burgers   casino royale   white castle   


Peep The Casino Commercial Directed By Scorcese

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Jan 2015
Speaking of Macau, famed Oscar-winning director Martin Scorcese joined forces with two of his most famous leading men Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DiNiro to shoot "The Audition" a promotional commercial for the forthcoming Macao Studio...

Tagged: scorcese   casino   macau   studio city   diniro   dicaprio   donuts   


SLS: Three G's And One E-Flat

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Nov 2014
The material was three G's and an E flat. Played loud and played fast. The first and greatest riff of all time. Material. The cellular level of an idea from which springs life, art, language or...

Tagged: casino design   sls   wynn   philippe starck   


VegasEats: $1.99 Foot Long Hot Dog at Casino Royale Snack Nook

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Jul 2014
Immediately after leaving Giada, I headed north on the Strip, strolling through The Linq and then the Quad, where I stopped at the door of Guy Fieri's restaurant and pondered the possibility of having dinner...

Tagged: vegaseats   dining   reviews   hot dogs   casino royale   snack nook   


Even More SLS Interior Photos!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Jun 2014
The hits keep coming, thanks to SLS Las Vegas / SBE Entertainment Design and Construction Manager Joseph Sharaf's delicious Instagram account. Do you remember when we mentioned the disco floor at the entrance? Here is...

Tagged: sls   interiors   casino   design   sbe   


SLS: The Slots and Tables Have Arrived

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Jun 2014
The slots and table games have arrived on the SLS Las Vegas' casino floor. Speaking of deliveries, when does Sam Nazarian's gaming license arrive?...

Tagged: sbe   sls   casino   slots   games   ferrets   


Casino Heist: SLS Rips Off Cosmopolitan's 'Seduction'

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Jun 2014
By now, you've definitely seen Cosmopolitan's lobby pillar video show "Seduction" - wherein naked bodies writhe behind frosted glass. Well, the smarty pants rip off artists at SLS Las Vegas have ripped of the idea as...

Tagged: sls las vegas   cosmopolitan   advertising   casino heist   


Inside The Encore Sky Casino

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Jun 2014
The Encore Sky Casino is one of the most top secret high-limit gaming parlors in all of Las Vegas, uber private gaming parlors reserved for the highest of the high rollers at the top of...

Tagged: encore   sky casino   high limit   high rollers   big money   wynn   roger thomas   


El Cortez To Unveil Jackie Gaughan Memorial June 17

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Jun 2014
El Cortez has announced that they will be unveiling a memorial to gaming legend Jackie Gaughan, who passed away in March. The memorial will be unveiled in a ceremony at Jackie's Club Cortez on...

Tagged: press release   el cortez   vegas club   gold spike   casino chips   jackie gaughan   


The Abbey at The Cromwell To Bring Back Cabana-Style Private Gaming

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Feb 2014
The Cromwell will feature a branded Private Gaming salon called The Abbey. The Abbey will feature three gaming tables surrounded by plush seating for your entourage. Should you and your posse wish to...

Tagged: the cromwell   casino cabana   high limit   casino   gambling   cosmopolitan   


Mirage Goes 6:5

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Feb 2014
Last week, we told you the good news... Mirage's casino redesign is strikingly gorgeous. And now, the bad news... they've decimated blackjack odds. At the Mirage, all casino blackjack tables now pay 6 to 5...

Tagged: mirage   blackjack   casino   


The Mirage Casino Is All Shiny And New

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Jan 2014
Calling all casino design nerds, let us rejoice and behold the new casino floor at Mirage! Wow! Like rivers of chocolate with pink veins carrying the energy of life. Aperiodic, tangly, luxurious... if Flamingo had extended...

Tagged: mirage   casino design   casino carpet   brains   


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...

Tagged: sls las vegas   bazaar   foxtail   casino   umami burger   sayers club   shelter   mercado di vetro   katsuya   800 degrees   pizza   griddle cafe   casino map   sam nazarian   ferrets   


Sayonara: Wynn $8 Chinese New Year Chips

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Jan 2014
Sadly, the slightly oversized and gloriously collectible Wynn $8 Chinese New Year Chips have been discontinued. Every year since 2006, Wynn has created a new custom pink chip honoring the animal for which...

Tagged: wynn   chinese new year   casino chips   collectibles   


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   


Take A Peek Inside SLS Las Vegas Casino Floor

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Dec 2013
SLS Las Vegas has stated that they will slot themselves into the market by targeting locals and tourists who fit the "just below luxury" price point, roughly equivalent to a four star rating. So what does...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sbe   jose andres   casino   bazaar   renderings   roger thomas   


I Am A Former Surveillance Tech... Ask Me Anything!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Oct 2013
A former casino surveillance technician has taken to Reddit this morning to answer any and all questions about casino surveillance. Topics include facial recognition, jackpots, card counting, cheating, dealer mistakes, big winners, death on the casino...

Tagged: surveillance   casino   security   eye in the sky   


Downtown Grand: The Casino Carpet

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Oct 2013
This is the casino carpet inside the Downtown Grand. It looks like a paint truck crashed into a chili cook-off. Curious what you guys think about it....

Tagged: downtown grand   casino carpet   


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