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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   


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   


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   


#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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


PGP: MGM To Expand Non-Smoking Rooms

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Mar 2016
Here's some good news... MGM Resorts International is looking to expand their inventory of non-smoking rooms in 2016. Great! As an ex-smoker, I'm ok with this development. Once you move to the other side...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   smoking   jim murren   chris nordling   jeff gebben   


Peeping Wynn Plaza

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Mar 2016
While at Wynn over the weekend, I did a little snooping around the future Wynn Plaza area and recorded it on video. Check it out: I noticed after the fact that there is now a walkway connecting...

Tagged: wynn plaza   construction   alon   resorts world   coming soon   wynn   encore   


MGM Responds To Zombie Jim Murren Twitter Account

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Feb 2016
They may have de-MGM'd the @jim_murren Twitter account, but MGM's junior varsity public relations squad is monitoring and responding to tweets directed at the disowned Jimbo Twitter. Looks like someone at MGM Careers is going to...

Tagged: jimbo   twitter   mgm resorts international   neenerneener      


Cosmopolitan Launches Website 2.0

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Feb 2016
The Cosmopolitan has launched the 2.0 version of their website.... their first major upgrade since launching the original website on June 28th, 2010. The new website features a coupla major bugs. Here's one: Here's...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   website   marketing   internets   


Westgate Adds Parking Gates, Pay Stations

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Feb 2016
The Westgate Las Vegas, formerly LVH and Las Vegas Hilton, installed parking gates, card readers and pay stations to their parking garage. The gates are currently open. VT reader Waffle tells us: Went to the Westgate...

Tagged: paid parking   westgate   mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   


Update: It's Curtains At Wynn

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Jan 2016
Construction curtains have gone up near Allegro and the sports book at Wynn Las Vegas. The curtains are covering the corner of the casino floor where the Big 6 wheel and other table games...

Tagged: wynn   allegro   construction   


Why Do These New Excalibur Rooms Look So Familiar?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jan 2016
Excalibur has proudly announced that they have renovated a chunk of their hotel rooms in the Royal Tower. Check em out: Hrm. That furniture looks familiar.... holy shit, they've moved in the old furniture from...

Tagged: excalibur   hotel room renovations   mandalay bay   


Wynn Building Strip Facing Fountain Show

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Jan 2016
Wynn Las Vegas has drained the lake outside of the Wynn Esplanade and have installed a massive array of movable jets and lights in the center of the small lake. The fountain show is located on...

Tagged: wynn   alon   construction   attractions   fountains   wet design   


Lucky Dragon : First Construction Update For 2016

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Jan 2016
Here's our first 2016 update on the continued construction of The Lucky Dragon hotel & casino. When we last left off, curtain glass was just starting to be clad to the hotel tower and...

Tagged: lucky dragon   andrew fonfa   william weidner   asian gaming   north strip   construction   


Truth In Advertising Dept.: Wynn Messes Up The Pips On Dice Again

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Jan 2016
We've told them once, we've told them a thousand times... Obviously, those are not regulation dice. The pips are all wrong, they're glowing white and massive. Is that an obelisk or a sconce? Can I...

Tagged: wynn   encore   encore players club   truth in advertising   quantum teledildonics   


Venetian Offers "The Smart Plan" Bundle Of Fees

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Jan 2016
The fine folks at the Venetian and Palazzo know how much you love paying extra fees, so they've decided to offer guests the option to opt into a new bundle of fees called "The Smart...

Tagged: venetian   palazzo   fees   early check in   wifi   


ālon Asks What's Next?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Dec 2015
Oh boy... how frigging exciting is this! ālon, the forthcoming resort from Andrew Pascal (ex-Wynn COO and founder of PlayStudios, the company that made the hit Facebook app 'My Vegas') in partnership with Crown...

Tagged: alon   construction   andrew pascal   james packer   crown resorts   


Caption Contest: The Encore Players Club

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Dec 2015
The forthcoming Encore Player's Club unveiled their logo/marketing last evening (see above.) Naturally, we're going to make fun of it... and you should too. How's about a caption contest!?!! We'll go first through fourteenth,...

Tagged: encore players club   party pit   steve wynn   millennials   caption contest   quantum teledildonics   


Lucky Dragon Casino Takes Shape - Part Deux

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Dec 2015
We last checked in on the Lucky Dragon two days ago, we found that the forthcoming property from former Venetian/Palazzo executive William Weidner and real estate entrepreneur Andrew Fonfa had gained steel pylons and crossbeams...

Tagged: lucky dragon   north strip   construction   william weidner   andrew fonfa   asian gaming   


MGM Cutting Employees, Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Dec 2015
The fun hasn't stopped at MGM Resorts International, owners of Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York, home of the Profit Growth Plan, an internal...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   human resources   employees   


Dean Martin Hologram Live At The __Blank___

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Dec 2015
Las Vegas and The Rat Pack are truly one thing. For whatever reason - the voice, the eyes, the vulnerable machismo inherent in getting, losing and drinking your way to the other side of...

Tagged: dean martin   frank sinatra   sammy davis jr   hologram   entertainment   


Look Who Plans To Profit From The MGM Profit Growth Plan

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Dec 2015
Indubitably, we will learn more ways in which MGM Resorts International will cut corners on guest offerings in the name of increasing profit via their Profit Growth Plan. They'll find creative ways to add...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   jim murren   


Lucky Dragon's Casino Takes Shape

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Dec 2015
Two weeks after threatening to halt construction unless someone, anyone subsidized the continuation of their project, the Lucky Dragon brought in a huge pile of structural steel and has begun framing their casino building. Pylons have...

Tagged: lucky dragon   construction   william weidner   andrew fonfa   north strip   baccarat   dim sum   


MGM Hates Bartenders, Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Dec 2015
MGM Resorts International, owners of Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, and Vdara, have been aggressively instituting new cost reduction programs throughout their collection of...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   project growth plan   comps   booze   


Cosmopolitan Puts Up Construction Season Decorations

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Nov 2015
Everywhere in Las Vegas, casino operators take advantage of the slow season by building, rebuilding and reorganizing shit. Wide swaths of casino floors are taken out of commission and re-arranged. Construction walls go...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   construction season   clique   


Hey Siri, What's The Best Hotel In Las Vegas?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Nov 2015
Hey Siri, What's The Best Hotel In Las Vegas? There is so much wrong here, I don't know where to start. Time to call in the experts. Explain, John Gruber....

Tagged: apple   siri   technology   trump international   bad advice   


PGP: MGM Hates Your Travel Agent, Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International, owners of Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, New York New York and Vdara, have made a lot of waves lately via their Profit Growth...

Tagged: profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   resort fees   expedia   priceline   jim murren   travel agents   reddit   


Resorts World Gets A Crane

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Nov 2015
I spotted scaffolding rising from the spine of forthcoming the Resorts World reboot of the former Echelon property during VIMFP weekend. Now, VT Editor JohnH peeps further work on the parking garage including more...

Tagged: resorts world   alon   construction   


PGP: Aria Limits Comp Booze Offerings To Well Brands

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Nov 2015
Aria is a nice property. Joint owners MGM Resorts International and Infinity World spent close to $10 billion dollars building it and probably another billion bucks bandaging birthing boo-boos. Lots of folks who...

Tagged: aria   mgm resorts international   comps   profit growth plan   


Peekaboo: The Encore Party Pit

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Nov 2015
Mr. Giggles just sent us a photo of the construction walls at the forthcoming "Party Pit" at Encore. Take a look: To help orient yourself in this photo, we are standing directly in front of...

Tagged: encore   party pit   wynn   construction   


New Feature Posted: Wayne's World - Inside Casa De Shenandoah

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Nov 2015
Just a note to those tuned into the Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds that we've posted a new feature article, Misnomer's recap of a tour of Wayne Fucking Newton's home Casa De Shenandoah. Wayne's...

Tagged: wayne fucking newton   casa de shenandoah   attractions   museums   quantum teledildonics   


WOW: Bellagio Institutes Surge Pricing At Bars

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International has another new front in their Profit Growth Plan war on customers... the bar. Just like tightening slots and table games, MGM is now turning their cost control and variable pricing...

Tagged: profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   jim murren   bellagio   surge pricing   


Paid Parking: The Profit Growth Plan Mailbag

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Nov 2015
Did you know that MGM Resorts International has a blog? It is called "Momentum" and its primary focus is employee communications. Since most MGM staffers don't have or require network access to do...

Tagged: paid parking   profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   public relations   jim murren   


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   


Paid Parking: MGM Adds Car Counters To Parking Garage Ramps

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International is in heated internal discussions about shifting to a paid parking model as part of their Profit Growth Plan initiative to create new revenue streams for the company. A tipster has sent us...

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


The New Resort Room Bathrooms At The D

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Nov 2015
A few months ago, Jinx73 started a discussion on The Board about The D upgrading bathrooms in their standard rooms. As anyone who has stayed at The D during its transition away from the Fitzgeralds...

Tagged: the d   renovations   bathrooms   shatphone   interior design   fremont street