Deals in Las Vegas

Caesars Palace

Now that the holiday rush is over, we’ve hit the part of the travel season where you can find some deals out there. But of course that depends on where you’re going and what you want to do. If you’re looking to hit South Beach or go skiing, you’re going to pay top dollar this time of year. On the other hand, if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to hit Las Vegas, you’ll find tons of deals this time of year.

Keep in mind that it will be cooler in Vegas for the next several months, so the whole pool scene is non-existent. That’s probably the main reason things slow down this time of year. But if you’re looking for a luxury weekend with your wife or a sexy date, and you want a great hotel and the chance to see some great Vegas shows, then this timing is perfect. Of course, many people go for the old school reason of gambling in the casinos. Of course you can play these games online at places like 888, but the social aspect of playing in a casino can only be matched in a place like Vegas. Even the local casinos aren’t the same.

Sites like Vegas.com have tons of deal specials, but if you shop around you’ll have plenty of options. This time of year you can even get better prices on the hot casino hotels like Cosmopolital and Aria, or the traditional luxury spots like Wynn and Bellagio. Places like Caesars Palace pictured above have added even more upscale hotels within their main hotel. Here they added the Nobu hotel which offers a unique and upscale experience. Places like this are perfect for a romantic getaway. Plus the wild side of Vegas is always there as well. Your date can also book great spa experiences at many of these hotels. Look for deal packages that offer these as part of the price.

The shows in Vegas are always excellent as well. We’re still partial to the Beatles “Love” show at the Mirage. Even if you’re not a huge fan of their music you will love this show, and your date in particualar will probably love it. But there are plenty of other great shows, and show tickets are sometimes included in these deal packages as well.

Finally, if you’re looking to go with your buddies instead, keep in mind that we have the NFL playoffs this weekend and then the Super Bowl in several weeks. March Madness is just around the corner. Those big weekends may not have as many discounts, but for sports betting they offer some fun times. Enjoy!

  

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Popular casinos to visit in Las Vegas

If you’re taking a holiday in the city of Las Vegas, it is pretty likely that you will be visiting some of the casinos that are found around the city, especially along the Strip. The city offers well over one hundred casinos which can make selecting a few rather difficult. While these casinos all have their own flavor, certain ones are simply more popular than others.

The Bellagio is one of the more opulent casinos found in the city. It is well attended due to its casino game offerings including its poker rooms. These rooms have been the site of various poker tours. Measuring a total of 7000 square feet, the room is complete with 40 poker tables as well as two areas with high limits. Among these is the famous Bobby’s Room which was named for the 1978 World Series of Poker Champion, Bobby Baldwin. The casino also features a fountain show with the fountain being synchronize with a music and light program. Gamblers at the Bellagio should take a short time out to experience this one of a kind show.

Located within close proximity to the Bellagio is the Venetian. Visitors here can expect to find a theme from the Italian city of Venice. Complete with canals and gondolas, many may even for a brief time feel like that are actually in Venice. Like the Bellagio, poker has quite a presence here at the Venetian. The poker room found here is one of the largest in the city with 59 poker tables making it easy to cash in to a game while visiting the Venetian. Expect to find various versions of poker just like those available at CasinoOnline.co.nz . This includes the popular community card poker games of Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha Poker which are enjoyed by many at online casinos. Some tables do offer high limits but lower limit tables are present as well.

  

Jabbawockeez MÜS.I.C. premiere at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas

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Jabbawockeez MUS.I.C. premiere at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas

We had the opportunity to visit the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to check out the new show from the world famous dance crew Jabbawockeez. Jabbawockeez generated some great buzz with shows earlier this year, so we were excited to see them at their new home at the Monte Carlo for the premiere of “MÜS.I.C.” Life was good as we spent some "behind the scenes" time with the crew, attended the incredible premiere and enjoyed the comforts of the Monte Carlo.

The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino is located right in the heart of the Vegas Strip, and this premium location is now even better with the connection to the spanking new City Center/Aria Resort. We were impressed as the staff seemed to be very serious about making the Monte Carlo a major player in the Las Vegas entertainment scene and making the hotel an “all needs under one roof” resort.

We were fortunate to spend our few nights at the Monte Carlo in a Monaco Suite that was well equipped with 700 square feet of luxurious space including a king size bed, one and a half baths, stylish furniture, 32" HDTV flat-panel TV, mini-fridge built into the entertainment center and a staff that was a phone call away 24/7 with excellent service. Dining at the Monte Carlo was also a big hit with our group. On the first night we ate at Brand Steakhouse, which combined the feeling of a classic steakhouse with an open view of the casino for some fun people watching. I ordered the Rib Eye cooked medium and I enjoyed every bite as I downed my dirty vodka martini.

There is also a very exclusive part of Monte Carlo that most don't get a chance to see. The new Hotel32 is discreetly located on the 32nd floor with elevators that you barely notice next to the main elevators. Hotel32 is for VIP guests who enjoy the finer things in life and expect to travel in style and comfort. Guests are treated to incredible penthouse suites that are so comfortable and catered that you never have to leave. The Hotel32 staff is ready to take care of your every need, with full concierge and butler service, preferred reservations at MGM Mirage restaurants and shows, and so much more. The coolest feature has to be the red iPod Touch that is loaned to guests when they arrive so that they can easily communicate all their needs and desires to the staff through a cool app.

After checking out all that the Monte Carlo and Hotel32 have to offer, we were ready for the Jabbawockeez premier. Media bloggers had a chance to spend time with the cast on Thursday night, and I found the dancers to be some of the most grateful and enthusiastic performers I had met through the years. These young men are full of positive energy and are symbolic of what hard work and perseverance can deliver for those who are dedicated to their craft. The Jabbawockeez cast is very talented, but their story is even more impressive. They started dancing in each other’s garages in California dating back to the late ‘90s and were crowned champions of "America’s Best Dance Crew," and now they’re starring at the Monte Carlo on the Las Vegas Strip.

The energy and buzz reached a fevered pitch by Friday night at the pre-party at the hip Ignite Lounge, which is right across from the Monte Carlo theatre where Jabbawockeez will begin their run in Vegas. One of the better looking crowds in town brought their own excitement to the pre-launch party that extended outdoors at the footsteps of Las Vegas Blvd. with beats from the show pumping and video playing on a wall between columns that set the stage for the evening. We were then ushered in to excellent seats and enjoyed heart throbbing music to some of the funkiest and well choreographed breaking and popping one could imagine! The performance kept me riveted and I really enjoyed the stories told through dance and dynamic teamwork the Jabbawockeez displayed through some very difficult stunts. There is also a certain mystery that surrounds the show as all cast members wear the same white mask. The performance leaves you with the illusion that the expressions change on the faces of the masks. The Jabbawockeez team sinks or swims with each other as they are nameless and faceless until the show is complete. Whether you are a hip hop fan or just someone who enjoys a great show, Jabbawockeez MÜS.I.C. will entertain and amaze you and have you feeling energized for more Monte Carlo fun! I also found it very clever how the production team even included unexpected music from eras back to Grace Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain” along with more surprises you need to experience for yourself.

At the post-party the cast joined their supporters and knew they hit one out of the park as everyone had smiles from ear to ear. There were some notables at this party, as super comedian, impressionist and Monte Carlo headliner Frank Caliendo made an appearance and posed for some photographs. The young and energetic crowd both in the theater and at the party made this night at the Monte Carlo one of the hottest spots in Vegas. If Jabbawockeez continues to nail it like they did at their grand opening, the Monte Carlo will be jumping for Jabbawockeez for years to come!

 

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Check out some of the contestants for the Most Beautiful Latina Search at The Palms in Las Vegas this weekend

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We’re heading back to Las Vegas with Player XT to cover the Most Beautiful Latina Search presented by El Pinto Salsa that will take place at The Palms, and we’ve put together a slideshow of some of the beautiful contestants who will be participating in the event. The models are from all over the world, from Costa Rica to Spain to Argentina! The event will take place this Saturday night (October 9th) at the world famous ghOstbar located at the top of The Palms, 55 floors above the Las Vegas Strip.

You’ll recognize several of the models, including Angie Quesada and Cristy Mendivil, two amazing models that we shot on location at previous Player XT events. So come out and join us on Saturday night at The Palms if you’re in Vegas, and you can contact Player XT if you’re interested in VIP packages!

 

  

Aria opens in Las Vegas


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Here’s a photo of fireworks exploding during the grand opening of the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter in Las Vegas. Vegas has been hit hard by the financial crisis, and now there’s a new, really big kid on the block with CityCenter.

The 67-acre, $8.5 billion mixed-use urban development center is a joint project between MGM Mirage and Dubai World and is said to be the biggest privately financed construction project in United States history. Aria is CityCenter’s centerpiece and includes a 150,000-square-foot casino and 4,004 hotel rooms and suites. The a while there were questions as to whether this complex would ever be finished. Now it’s here and it will be interesting to see the effect it has on Vegas. Not surprisingly, room rates are pretty low for December. If you’re able to check it out leave us your impressions in the comments!

  

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