City Of Rock Sounds Cool

City Of Rock Las Vegas Strip

City Of Rock

It feels as if there have been rumors of Rock in Rio festival coming to Las Vegas for a couple of years. It looks like those rumors may finally be true. Yesterday the Rock in Rio festival was announced to make its Vegas debut in May of 2015.

SCREAM FOR ME BRAZIL!

More interesting is that this isn’t an idea for a one-off festival. Rock in Rio seems to be the anchor for building the City of Rock - a permanent city and tribute to rock music with 5 concert stages and multiple attractions including a ferris wheel and zipline. City of Rock will be built next to Circus Circus and across the street from SLS Las Vegas.

The concept sounds really cool but unrealistic and it certainly won’t look like their promo video below. Las Vegas can barely support its existing concert venues adding 5 more stages to fill won’t be easy. Additionally MGM Resorts is building an arena that seats another 20,000 people behind Monte Carlo and New York New York.

I love the concept of City of Rock but don’t see it quite coming out the way they envision. Vegas Chatter has more details on City of Rock if you’re curious about specifics and more details.

Iron Maiden – Rock in Rio (Buy DVD)

The Cromwell Has Total Rewards Logo On Its Chips

Total Rewards Chip At The Cromwell

$5 Chip At The Cromwell

I’ve never seen a casino players club logo on a chip at a casino before but there’s a first for everything. The chips at The Cromwell are sporting a Total Rewards logo on one side of the chip.

I don’t compliment Caesars often on their marketing efforts but this is great branding for their players club. I think we can expect other casinos to float this concept out the next time they introduce new chips.

Shout out to @AndyHughes128 for collecting chips and sharing this photo on twitter.

UPDATE: Evidently chips at The Quad have the TR logo.

Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Now Open at The Quad Resort & Casino

Guy Fieri Las Vegas

Guy Fieri

In case you haven’t heard Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar in now open  at The Quad. Early reviews haven’t been very good and pictures of the food look disgusting but I’m willing to give it a shot. I’ve never said no to Flavor Town before and Guy has actually had good recommendations on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. Besides The Yard House and Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq none of the dining options seem all that interesting.

Here’s the press release:

The highly anticipated Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar is now open at the Quad Resort & Casino. The restaurant opened its doors to customers for the first time on Thursday, April 17, with Fieri at the helm welcoming guests to his new digs.

As the first diners entered, Fieri was at the door greeting guests, thanking them for coming, signing autographs and taking pictures before jumping back into the kitchen for dinner service.

Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar offers guests a taste of Fieri’s signature cuisine, featuring bold flavors and unique twists on traditional dishes. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night dining, the 200 seat restaurant features a delicious blend of casual foods including an extensive variety of burgers, wings, tacos, small bites and shareable food items.

The restaurant’s extensive drink menu features 16 craft beers, in addition to the Sonoma County wine selection and a frozen tap system shot bar that will create a one-of-a kind experience for guests. Instead of having shots strained or mixed with ice, which then run the risk of getting diluted, the frozen tap system bar will dispense eight different shots straight out of iced dispensers.

The 6,500 square foot space features a large outdoor patio and dining area to seat patrons who are able to enjoy the panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip. The cooking space features a metal, tile, and wood theme that closely resembles Fieri’s kitchen at home. The interior design features an open arrangement with wood and steel elements along with repurposed materials.

Fieri’s tattoos are also incorporated as part of the design elements throughout the restaurant and bar, including coasters, napkins and dishware, as well as memorabilia from his alma mater, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar is open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The restaurant is adjacent to the popular Carnaval Court and The Quad’s main entrance. Please call 702-731-3311 for more information.

Photo: Vegas Chatter

Keith Olbermann Sets The Record Straight About Soccer And Gambling And Drinking

I usually find Keith Olbermann to be an obnoxious blowhard but every now and again he says something that I agree with. Last week he took issue with the New York Times calling soccer a trend in America. Deadspin picks apart the article too. The article is in the fashion section and should have focused on fashion a little more – not the game itself. Regardless, KO is on point here.

Keith Olbermann on soccer: “If you couldn’t drink or gamble there would be more people on the field than in the stands”.

Welcome To EDGe Vegas

Edge Vegas

For years I’ve told people who there are only 3 things to do in Vegas. Eat > Drink > Gamble – Repeat as desired.

That’s the idea behind EDGe Vegas. It also explains where the name came from and why those three letters are capitalized. As you can see on the toolbar, there are 4 focuses on this website. Here’s what to expect.

Eat – Places and things to eat in Vegas. I like eating cow so you’ll see a lot about steakhouses and burger joints. That’s not all I eat so you’ll see other casino restaurants reviewed. As always I’ll share the good the bad and ugly. I’ll also pass on news releases of new restaurants opening just so you know what’s new in Vegas.

Drink – I drink beer, vodka, scotch and wine. There are times and places for each type of drink. I’ll let you know some of my favorite bars and what I’m drinking. I’ll also pass on news releases of new bars opening and special events just so you know what’s new in Vegas.

Gamble – I gamble for entertainment. Instead of going to the movies, I’d rather drop $20 into a 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker game. I consider myself a Sharp Square. I like to know the best odds of the games and will often play the games with the smallest house advantage. I play the smart games but I’m beholden to the odds. I’m in a casino for a good time, not a long time. I’ll share odds, strategy, advice and news for all kinds of gambling from the tables to machines to the sportsbook. I’ll also share tips and players club news because I’m all about getting my hotel rooms and coffee comp’d.

Vegas – I’ll be keeping an eye on everything that happens in the Vegas casinos. I’ll analyze the casino business from the points of view as both a business person and the consumer. Every now and again I’ll touch on some news with a local edge.

If you’ve followed my blogs AC2LV and East Coast Gambler before that you’ll notice that there will be very little, if any, east coast casino news here. I’ve been living in Las Vegas for 3 years now and I’m just more focused on the market here. With the rise of online gaming in New Jersey there will still be excuses for me to talk about gambling on the east coast.

You’ll notice that this site is ad free. That might change down the line but I’m not planning on it. There may be some sponsored posts to pay for hosting and such and I’ll always let you know when that’s the case. If I write about a movie or book and you see a link to Amazon just know that I’ll collect a couple of pennies for the purchase.

This will also be a place where you can find out who I’m currently work with. There’s a freelance tab in the right corner which is also a way for you to contact me. Always feel free to tweet with me @MeltzVegas. I’m very active on twitter and you’ll see more EDGeVegas type news there.

I Found The Best Burger In Downtown Vegas…In A Pizza Joint

Burrata Burger and Garlic Fries at Pizza Rock

Burrata Burger and Garlic Fries at Pizza Rock

There are a few people in Vegas that I follow on twitter that share similar tastes in food as I do. When it comes to burgers there’s really one person I listen to and that’s @Vegasburger, Erik from Vegas Burger Blog. He hit the mark on every place I visited that he recommended last year in his 8 Great Burgers in Las Vegas blog post (on AC2LV). We don’t agree on everything but when he gets excited I do to.

His excitement for the burger at Pizza Rock made me drop everything the next day and head to Downtown Grand (Of course I stopped in the casino) and Pizza Rock.

The Burrata Burger was EASILY the best burger I’ve had in Downtown Vegas and one of the best new burgers I’ve eaten in Las Vegas in the past year.

The Burrata burger is American Kobe Beef, Burrata Cheese, Crispy Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Arugula, Balsamic Reduction. I got my burger sans onions. The burger comes with a side of super crisp french fries topped with crazy garlic and was $13.50 minus a 15% discount for a) being local or b) foursquare check in. This is a bit pricey for Downtown Vegas but would cost $18 for the burger alone on the Vegas Strip.

I could taste each element on the burger on every bite. The bacon was crisp enough to be good but not too crispy to break apart in one bite. Generally, I think grinding kobe beef is silly but the beef made for a delicious burger and brought everything together. Even the bun had its own flavor. Damn, writing about this makes me want one for lunch. 

I’m a New Yorker and never think highly of Las Vegas pizza but I enjoyed the pizza at Pizza Rock. It’s not the pizza I grew up with but was good and made with fresh ingredients. For comparison, I love the pizza but the burger at Pizza Rock is about 1000% better.

I love the burger, like the food, enjoy the rock jams and consider Pizza Rock my newest crush in Downtown Vegas. 

Best Time To Get On Lions Share Without Waiting

Line for Lions Share Slot Machine at MGM Grand

Line for Lions Share

This morning at 9:30am there was a line of 6 people waiting to play the Lions Share slot machine at MGM Grand. There’s no time limit to play the game so you could stand around for hours waiting. The $2 million jackpot on Lions Share has made this game popular for years with Vegas dorks like me. Since a massive PR campaign landed the tale of Lions Share on a ton of websites, the masses have turned out and lines are now out the wazoooooooo.

I don’t do lines – especially for a slot machine!

Slot machines are generally played people 55 and over, most of whom are women. The best time to play Lions Share (or any slot machine) is when the elders are sleeping. Head over to Lions Share during the overnight hours to snag your turn at the game.

Your best bet to get on Lions Share without waiting is probably around 3am but you should find the game available with little to no wait from 12am to 5am. Any time after that you’ll be waiting with the masses. Good luck!

Photo @rjlynch21086 (twitter) & rjl210 (instagram) 

MLB Win Totals From William Hill

MLB Logo

MLB

Here are the first run of season win totals from William Hill (2/17). I’ll give these a more in depth look over the weekend. My first thought is that I think I love the Tigers Under 89.5. Who do you like?

Diamondbacks - 80
Braves - 88
Orioles - 79.5
Red Sox - 88.5
Cubs - 69.5
White Sox - 75.5
Reds - 83
Indians - 81
Rockies - 75.5
Tigers - 89.5
Astros - 62.5
Royals - 81
Angels – 87.5
Dodgers - 93.5
Marlins - 68.5
Brewers - 78.5
Twins - 70
Mets - 73.5
Yankees - 87.5
Athletics - 88.5
Phillies - 76.5
Pirates - 85.5
Padres - 79
Giants - 85.5
Mariners - 79
Cardinals - 92.5
Rays - 88
Rangers - 87
Blue Jays - 79
Nationals - 87.5