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Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Jan 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017. Congratulations to all the winners! ...

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Sayonara Wynn Nightlife Social Media History

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Jan 2017
On January 1st the social media accounts of all of Wynn Las Vegas' nightlife venues deleted all of their previous posts. For xsample: XS Instagram, XS Facebook. I'd link to their Snapchat but other...

Tagged: wynn las vegas   nightlife   internets   social media   marketing   quantum teledildonics on ice   


Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Jan 2017
We've recently received a tip that MGM Resorts International have begun removing the cloth canopies above the table games inside of Bellagio's casino. Not only have the canopy drapes been removed, they've removed the drape supports...

Tagged: las vegas   interior design   mgm resorts international   roger thomas   bellagio   tassels   


Trippies 2017 Webcast Live This Saturday!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Jan 2017
Ladies and germs, Just wanted to give y'all a heads up that we will be announcing the winners of the 2017 Trippies Best (and Worst) of Las Vegas readers poll awards live via webcast THIS Saturday,...

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Some Thoughts About Alon

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Dec 2016
Alon management released a statement and the above rendering in response to the news that Crown Limited was withdrawing from further investment in the project. The founders and developers of Alon Las Vegas will continue to...

Tagged: alon   james packer   andrew pascal   steve wynn   


Crown Pulls Out Of Alon

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Dec 2016
Crown Resorts, as part of a major restructuring, announced that they have decided not to move forward with the Alon project. The Board has resolved not to proceed with the Alon project in Las Vegas at...

Tagged: alon   james packer   andrew pascal   


The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Dec 2016
VT reader Waffle was at Lucky Dragon's soft-opening and was super nice enough to take us on a little photo safari of the brand new property. Very cool! Take it away Waffle! -Chuck Ever...

Tagged: lucky dragon   interiors   baccarat   


The Trippies 2017 Final Nominees Are...

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Nov 2016
Howdy ladies and germs, just a quick note to tell y'all that the nominations have been tabulated and I'm super happy to present your nominees for the 2017 Trippies Awards. You need to be a registered...

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The Trippies 2017 Nomination Phase Is Now Open

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Nov 2016
Each and every November for the last eleven years, VegasTripping has asked its readers (you) to tell us what their favorite and least favorite Vegas stuff is. Unlike every other Las Vegas poll, The...

Tagged: trippies   vote   democracy   


The Crown Of Macau... And Eventually Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Nov 2016
Just wanted to give folks who are interested ālon watchers a heads up... I just posted my review of the Crown Towers at City of Dreams Macau on our sexy little sister site MacauTripping.com. As some...

Tagged: alon   crown   james packer   andrew pascal   macau   cotai   


LA Times Talks Lucky Dragon

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Oct 2016
The L.A. Times' David Pierson has a profile of the forthcoming China-themed Lucky Dragon hotel and casino. Read it here. Lucky Dragon, though tiny compared with those properties, addresses what they see as a...

Tagged: lucky dragon   chinese   baccarat   


MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Oct 2016
The lovely, thoughtful and caring executives in charge of MGM Resorts International are yet again raising their resort fees. All rooms booked starting November 8th will have to pay the new fees. The last resort...

Tagged: resort fees   mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   jim murren   


Vegas Gang #133 : Live at #VIMFP With Norm! Clarke

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Oct 2016
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the marquee moment of The Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic, The Vegas Gang Podcast with special guest Norm Clarke. Stream, download, discuss, subscribe right here....

Tagged: vegas gang podcast   norm clarke   interview   vimfp   


VegasTripping Ep. 27 - Match Game - Live From VIMFP

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Oct 2016
Ep. 27 - Match Game - Live from VIMFP Live from the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic Main Event in The Showroom at The D Las Vegas. Your browser does not support the audio...

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Peekaboo: The Steve Lays Big Pipe at Wynn Plaza

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Oct 2016
Construction on Wynn Plaza, a Strip-facing shopping esplanade which will connect the former Ferrari dealership with the forthcoming ālon resort at the stairway entrance at the front of Encore is underway. When we last checked in,...

Tagged: wynn plaza   construction   wynn las vegas   encore   alon   


VegasTripping Ep. 26 - Celebrity

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Oct 2016
Just posted a brand new episode of the VegasTripping podcast... talking all about celebrity. Enjoy! Ep. 26 - Celebrity Your browser does not support the audio element. Stream above, subscribe via RSS, iTunes, Google...

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Vegas Gang! at #VIMFP! With! Norm! Clarke!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Sep 2016
The Vegas Gang is truly excited to announce that our interview guest at the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic's Main Event will be the one and only Norm Clarke!!! Of his 40+ years as a professional...

Tagged: norm clarke   vegas gang   podcast   vimfp   


#VIMFP: The Main Event - Saturday Night

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Sep 2016
Ladies and gents, We're super excited to announce that The Main Event at the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic - three plus hours of live interviews, podcasting, casino nerdery capped by the outrageous VegasTripping Match Game...

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Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Aug 2016
Every two weeks, someone from the Internet's peanut gallery sends me a thinly researched story that contains some kind of variation on the theme that "Alon is dead." This week, one such story churned through...

Tagged: alon   andrew pascal   james packer   


#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. ...

Tagged: vimfp   nerdcore beach club   casino collectibles   


E. Parry Thomas, Icon

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Aug 2016
E. Parry Thomas passed today at the age of 95. Mr. Thomas was one of the true icons of Las Vegas history, financing and facilitating the hopes and dreams of generations of casino developers. He...

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ālon: Coming Soonish

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Aug 2016
ālon, the forthcoming resort from Andrew Pascal (CEO of ālon leisure, CEO of Playstudios - the folks who make My Vegas Facebook thing - and former Wynn COO, current nephew of Elaine Wynn), James Packer...

Tagged: alon   andrew pascal   james packer   oak tree capital   new frontier   pascal packer project   future   internet   


Rip Van Resorts World Wakes Up

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Aug 2016
Good news guys... Resorts World Las Vegas has FINALLY finished paving their parking garage - 69.71 weeks later since the last time they posted any updates on the Twitter. At this rate, the property should be...

Tagged: resorts world las vegas   stardust   construction   parking   alon   


#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...

Tagged: vimfp   satin casino jackets   


New Feature Posted: Wynn Palace Cotai - Palace Rooms First Look

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Aug 2016
Just a note to folks tuned into RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds that a new feature review has been posted a phototour of the brand new Palace Rooms at Wynn Palace, which just started...

Tagged: wynn palace cotai   macau   new features   roger thomas   steve wynn   


#VIMFP: The Afterparty Headliner is...

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Aug 2016
Ladies and gentlemonsters, VegasTripping and VegasMate for iOS in conjunction with The D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Event Center is proud to announce that the headlining act for the 2016 Vegas Internet Mafia Family...

Tagged: vimfp   concerts   the d   dlvec   spliffs   


See The Venetian's New Retro Commercial

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Aug 2016
The Venetian Las Vegas has released a brand new ad campaign wraps Mad Men era style and Cosmopolitan quirk in a squeaky clean Wes Anderson inspired 60 second commercial entitled "Come As You Are." ...

Tagged: venetian   advertising   video   sheldon adelson   marketing   


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...

Tagged: big hoss   trippies   editorial   podcast   aria   bellagio   pgp   


VegasTripping Ep. 23 - Ledge

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Aug 2016
Ep. 23 - Ledge We're back! Your browser does not support the audio element. Stream above, subscribe via RSS, iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher or download....

Tagged: podcast   las vegas   macau   


What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Jul 2016
I just wanted to take a minute to share with y'all the long-form diary of the recent trip to Macau that I shared with Hunter and JohnH. I started typing this story out on my...

Tagged: macautripping   macau   cotai   wynn palace   linolens   trip reports   china   quantum teledildonics   creative writing   


New Feature Posted: Planet Hollywood Ultrahip : The VT Review 2016

Posted by Chuckmonster on 27 Jul 2016
Just a note to folks tuned into RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds that a new feature review has been posted - my review of the brand new Ultrahip Rooms at Planet Hollywood. Check it out...

Tagged: planet hollywood   ultrahip   hotel reviews   renovations   the strip   gilchrist and soames   


MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Jul 2016
The kind and generous folks at MGM Resorts International have once again upped their resort fees for their middle tier properties MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage and Delano. The resort fees for these properties will...

Tagged: resort fees   profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   


#VIMFP: Bingo! Plus Vegas Fanboy to Present!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Jul 2016
VegasMate for iOS and VegasTripping.com in conjunction with The D Las Vegas are proud to present #VIMFP - The Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic on October 14-16, 2016 at The D Las Vegas and...

Tagged: vimfp   bingo   vegas fanboy   the d   golden gate   fremont street   vegas internet mafia family picnic   


Wynn Commences Construction On Wynn Plaza Project

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Jul 2016
Construction on Wynn Plaza, a Strip-facing shopping esplanade which will connect the former Ferrari dealership with the forthcoming ālon resort at the stairway entrance at the front of Encore has begun. The front lines of the...

Tagged: wynn plaza   wynn las vegas   alon   steve wynn   andrew pascal   construction   retail   las vegas strip   


New Feature Posted: Circus Circus Executive Suite #1410

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Jun 2016
Just a note to folks tuned in to the Twitter, Facebook, RSS or Instagram feeds that we've posted a new feature article. VT reader Waffle managed to get inside Circus Circus Executive Suite #1410... Vegas history...

Tagged: features   circus circus   suites   apartment   duplex   jay sarno   grandissimo   


New Feature Posted: Caesars Palace Julius Tower : The VT Review

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Jun 2016
Just a note to folks tuned into RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds that a new feature review has been posted - my review of the brand new Julius Tower at Caesars Palace. Check it out...

Tagged: review   julius tower   caesars palace   ramesh sadwani   hotel rooms   design   room service   


Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Jun 2016
MGM Resorts International just announced that they are going to partner with Sydell Group to transform Monte Carlo into a new resort called Park MGM. MGM/Sydell Group team plans to "redefine Vegas Hospitality" and "elevate city's...

Tagged: park mgm   monte carlo   eatily   nomad hotel   jim murren   


88 Days To Macau: Episode 7 - Security

Posted by Chuckmonster on 31 May 2016
88 Days To Macau: Episode 7 - Security Three weeks until departure. In this episode we talk password security, SIM cards at Macau International Airport, U.S. presidential politics, TSA, Homeland Security, Global Crossing, gadgets, packing,...

Tagged: macau   podcast   88 days to macau   travel tips   


Cosmopolitan Unveils Updated Lanai Suites

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 May 2016
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, steadily on the march with a new sports book, new dining options, new high limit areas and a new Starbucks, has released photos of freshly renovated Lanai Suites. Gone is the...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   lanai suite   pools   luxury   villas   


Vegas Gang #130: Beat The Clock

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 May 2016
On the latest episode of the Vegas Gang, we play Beat the Clock... putting a ten minute timer on each of the three topics, individually wrapped by me, Hunter and Dave. If the topic...

Tagged: podcast   vegasgang   


Peekaboo: The New Wynn Poker Room (Updated)

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2016
Yesterday, construction walls surrounding the future Wynn Poker Room came down so workers could patch the marble tiles connecting the thoroughfare to the new barriers and host stand. Thankfully for us poker/design/Wynn nerds, long...

Tagged: wynn   encore   construction   poker   interior design   roger thomas   wynn design and development   


More MGM Parking Rules!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2016
We've uncovered a few more fine print details regarding MGM's paid parking program. The Dates This is when paid parking will be turned on at various properties: June 6 - Aria (and Vdara), Bellagio, Monte Carlo, New York-New...

Tagged: mgm resorts   paid parking   jim murren   profit growth plan   


MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 May 2016
As VT noted yesterday, the institution that is free parking on the Las Vegas Strip is imminently (and permanently) being dismantled by MGM Resorts International. There has been a lot of conjecture about who pays...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   paid parking   profit growth plan   m life   jim murren   


Red Rock Resorts Buys Palms for $312.5M

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 May 2016
Red Rock Resorts (fresh off an IPO that changed their name from Stations Casinos) confirmed rumors today that they have purchased The Plams for $312M bucks. Here's the form 8K they filed immediately after...

Tagged: palms   red rock resorts   leonard green   texas pacific group   


Boyd Gaming Sticks A Knife In The Strip

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 May 2016
This is interesting. Boyd Gaming, owners of Fremont, Orleans, Gold Coast, Sam's Town, The Cal, Main Street Station and Suncoast, have unfurled an advertising campaign that calls out price gouging properties on The Strip, offering...

Tagged: boyd gaming   fremont   orleans   sams town   the cal   main street station   mgm resorts international   advertising   


MGM Paid Parking: Tourists Pay, Employees and M Life Noir Free

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 May 2016
Paid parking is imminent. Sources told us previously that the deadline for implementing paid parking at MGM properties was May 31, 2016. Based on the quick work MGM is making to install lighting, pay...

Tagged: paid parking   mgm   mgm grand   luxor   bellagio   jim murren   profit growth plan   


New Feature Posted: Inside Wynn Paradise Park

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Apr 2016
Just a quick note to folks tuned into RSS, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds that I just posted a new feature article some thoughts/analysis about the brand new Wynn Paradise Park concept floated by Steve...

Tagged: wynn paradise park   feature article   wynn   steve wynn   


88 Days To Macau: Episode 4 - Quandary

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Apr 2016
88 Days To Macau: Episode 4 - Quandary We've got a problem. Your browser does not support the audio element. Stream above, subscribe or download. ...

Tagged: macau   cotai   steve wynn   wynn palace cotai   roger thomas   88 days to macau   


Updated: Wynn Unveils Paradise Park (With Model)

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Apr 2016
Today's Wynn investor presentation wasn't about defending earnings or lancing Elaine Wynn's legal complaint but instead a boffo unveiling of every project Wynn Resorts has on their plate. Wynn Paradise Park hotel will feature 1000 Encore-style...

Tagged: wynn resorts   steve wynn   wynn paradise park   


The Steve Releases Wynn Plaza Renderings

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Apr 2016
Steve Wynn unveiled tons of details about the forthcoming Wynn Plaza shopping esplanade that will add additional dining and retail space to the front of Wynn Las Vegas. Wynn Plaza will connect the former...

Tagged: wynn plaza   retail   steve wynn   wynn las vegas   alon   


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