Checking out what’s new in Vegas at MGM Resorts

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Las Vegas is constantly evolving, and no one is more attuned to the necessity of making those changes than MGM Resorts International, the company behind such Vegas properties like Mandalay Bay, Aria and Bellagio. Two weeks ago, Bullz-Eye was invited to check out MGM’s latest hotel, the completely renovated Delano Las Vegas, and sample the accommodations, restaurants and nightlife that visitors can expect during their stay. But because there’s a lot more to what MGM Resorts is doing beyond the launch of the Delano to enhance its guest experience, we were invited back this past weekend to witness first-hand some of the newer additions that have helped transform Las Vegas into a destination that’s more about luxury than gambling.

In fact, MGM has seen a major shift over the last 10 to 15 years in how important things like food, entertainment, pools and nightclubs have become for the typical Vegas visitor, to the point that casino gaming now only makes up about 30% of its business. That’s a pretty remarkable statistic for a city where gambling used to be its bread and butter, but it just goes to show why MGM is striving to stay ahead of the curve in addressing the priorities of its guests, and they’ve done an amazing job so far. This may have been my first visit to Sin City, but after discovering all the cool things it has to offer, it definitely won’t be my last.

Day One

There’s nothing worse than air travel, especially when you’re forced to deal with unwanted layovers and delays, so by the time I finally arrived in Las Vegas and checked into my room at the hip and swanky Delano, the only thing on my mind was face-planting into the comfy hotel bed for a much-needed nap. But the folks at MGM had invited myself and three other travel writers joining me on the trip to an once-in-a-lifetime cognac dinner at Sage inside Aria, and it was an event not to be missed.

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In addition to a specially crafted five-course menu by Chef Shawn McClain, with Drappier champagne pairings chosen by Director of Wine Kim Wood, we sampled five different cognacs brought by special guest Benedict Hardy, the CEO of Hardy Cognac. Though the menu featured plenty of highlights, including a Fois Gras Custard Brulee, Kobe Skirt Steak Diane and Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta, the chance at tasting some high-end cognacs was a real delight, especially the pre-1870s unblended variation confidently called Perfection, a genuine antique that runs $25,000 bottle (or about $800 a glass), of which only 200 or so remain.

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Creating A Good Shopping Experience

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When customers are looking for a nice place to shop, they have many choices online. However, these customers must be drawn to a place that is going to provide a great many resources for them to shop. The best places to shop are easy to use, easy to navigate and provide security for the customer. When a business wants to learn more about 1ShoppingCart, they must remember that the shopping cart is only part of their improvement of their site.

The Save Feature

When people come to a website to shop, they want to be able to save the information that they find on the site. The customer should be able to save all the items that interest them in a shopping cart, but they should also be able to save their payment information in their account. When the customer logs on to their account, they can use their payment information to immediately make purchases. Also, the customers who have saved their information in their account will be able to click just once to buy something. The item will be shipped immediately, and the customer has a much better experience overall.

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5 Great Cars for 2015

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It’s that time of year again! Dealers are ready to unveil all the newest models from your favorite brands. Whether you’re looking for a sleek sporty convertible or a nice family-sized SUV, here are just five cars that are perfect for 2015.

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Sports betting – Moneyball or instinct?

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If you love your sport, the chances are that you also enjoy the odd wager here and there; this adds a little excitement to games you may not otherwise hugely care about.

Interestingly, the chances are also that you’ve generally lost money in this endeavor over the years, despite having the odd big win here and there. This is the pattern most sports fans see across different sports over the history of their gambling activity over a number of years. The bookies aren’t in business to give away free cash and their careful mark-up of the odds is generally designed to put you in a slightly disadvantageous position, statistically speaking, before the game or race etc., gets underway.

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Testing out the new BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire in Baja, Mexico

BFGoodrich Tires, the company that created the first all-terrain tire back in 1976, is set to launch its most capable light truck tire ever this fall: the all-new BFGoodrich Tires All-Terrain T/A KO2.

Engineered from BFGoodrich’s championship off-road motorsports racing technology, the KO2 promises to deliver exceptional toughness, durability and traction for traversing harsh conditions, including gravel, dirt, rock, mud and snow.

To prove just how capable these new tires are, BFGoodrich invited us down to Northern Baja a few weeks ago to test out the All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires in some of the toughest conditions imaginable. Over the course of two days, we tackled everything from rocks, dirt, sand and mud as we drove on parts of previous and current SCORE Baja 500 and 1000 courses.

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