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New Games And New Partnerships For MyVegas

Sherlock Hound MyVegas Facebook

Sherlock Hound

Earlier this week MyVegas launched a new Facebook game, Sherluck Hound, then they launched a new game for their mobile app Around The World in 80 Days. MyVegas is a great way to get freebies or discounts in Vegas and now they’ve opened the rewards to MGM Resorts and partner businesses outside of Las Vegas. Here are some highlights.

  • PLAYSTUDIOS and MGM Resorts International expand rewards program to Beau Rivage and Gold Strike in Mississippi
  • For the first time, myVEGAS players can redeem rewards at 2 new destinations outside of Las Vegas, NV
  • Reward offerings from Beau Rivage and Gold Strike casino resorts include hotel suite upgrades, rounds of golf, tickets to Saltoriya and Taganai shows, and more

I’m not sure why anyone would want rewards outside of Vegas, but that’s just me. 🙂 Here are some of the rewards available.

MyVegas Rewards For Facebook and Mobile

MyVegas Rewards

Download the MyVegas app for free and learn more at Get Vegas Apps.

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The Are No M Life Casinos In Atlantic City

MGM Resorts M Life Players Club

M Life

Every day I get incoming searches that are some variation of this:

m life casinos in atlantic city

There are no M Life casinos in Atlantic City.

Here’s a link to M Life casinos across the country. There are no MGM Resorts hotels in Atlantic City. Even though MGM Resorts owns half of Borgatathey really don’t. Borgata has their own players club anyway.

MGM Resorts casinos that use this players club are located in Las Vegas, BiloxiDetroit and Tunica. In addition to these MGM Resorts hotels there are other casinos that are partners of the players club (See Pinnacle-MGM details here).

This is one of the most searched terms that send people to EDGeVegas.com. Sorry to burst your bubble googlers but there are no M Life casinos in Atlantic City.

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Crazy Wide Disparity In US World Cup Odds

US Men's Soccer Team

US Men’s Soccer Team

Earlier today Todd Fuhrman from Don Best, Fox Sports, etc. tweeted the odds for the US Men’s Soccer team to win the World Cup from various sportsbook operators. They were all over the place!

Each sportsbook caters their point spread and odds to their customer. You’ll generally find the sharpest odds at LVHCaesars and MGM cater mostly to tourists on the Vegas Strip who will not be the most savvy on soccer as much as they’ll want to support their country. It’s no surprise that the US soccer team odds are where they are.

Following smart people like @ToddFuhrman will help you learn about the sports betting industry. Leaning the clientele of each casino and sportsbook operator will go a long way to finding the best line value. Shopping around is always an important way to get the best value for your bets.

Photo: US Soccer

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Average Age Of Vegas Visitor Dropping Fast. Here’s How Fast.

Jim Murren, CEO MGM Resorts

Jim Murren

No, you’re not that old. The people around you in Vegas are younger.

In the last five years the average age of a tourist in Las Vegas has declined from 51 years to 46, and it’s still falling. Vegas isn’t what it was 20 years ago and it’s not even what it was 2 years ago.

Out with gambling. In with “things to do“!

Understanding that, you can see why we are spending more of our effort and money on nongaming, on theaters, showrooms, hotel remodels, upgrades and public environments like these open spaces. That’s what consumers are asking for. It’s why we are doing festivals.

This weekend’s Foodie Festival was incredible. Rock in Rio coming to Circus Circus … iHeartRadio is another. These environments are so popular. We’re gaining so much market share hosting these types of events. We know that we can take this model even farther.

If you’ve been following previous incarnations of this blog you’re aware of many of the changes to the Vegas Strip and Downtown Vegas. Many of the changes are great but most don’t include gambling (yet). That’s not the Vegas I’ve come to love but it’s what we have. That’s what new customers want. That’s what new customers get.

Onward and upward, I say! There’s still plenty of awesome in Vegas and I find something new every day.

Changes will continue and MGM Resorts will play a large roll in diversifying the Vegas Strip as much as Downtown Project is diversifying when you find in Downtown Vegas.

Photo: Las Vegas Sun

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MGM Resorts Expands Plans For The Park

MGM "The Park"

MGM “The Park”

If you’ve been to the Vegas Strip over the past year you probably noticed the construction at New York New York and Monte Carlo. The overall vision is to update each hotel and create a park-like environment in between the two which leads to an arena that will be built behind the two. MGM Resorts, which owns both properties has updated the plans for The Park (below). Highlight: there is outdoor drinking for every palate (wine, rum, beer, coffee)

The concept is very similar to The Linq without the cheap airport kiosk type shops selling sunglasses and hats. When complete this should be a really nice addition to the Vegas Strip and just like The Linq it’s a great use of what used to be dead space.

Details, pictures and video below.

Press release highlights:

A Glimpse into The Park:

Experience: The Park re-envisions the traditional pedestrian experience in Las Vegas. It will draw passersby from the hustle and bustle of The Strip into an oasis offering unique opportunities to experience Las Vegas outdoors and at one’s leisure, only steps from one of the largest urban boulevards in the world. Inspired by the iconic plazas, promenades and squares that have served as important public gathering destinations within the world’s great cities throughout history, The Park will offer an array of common spaces for socializing, relaxing, exploring and sampling the surrounding tastes, sights and sounds.

By day, visitors will be able to bask in pockets of sun or enjoy shade beneath mature trees or one of the stunning, tulip-like shade structures towering more than 50 feet above. Patio-style seating will encourage an interactive social environment, while seating alcoves tucked into large planters will provide areas for respite.

Unique water features, including water walls stretching more than 100 feet in length along the entrance will add unexpected visuals, as will dramatic plantings incorporating a variety of beautiful desert blooms. Exploring The Park, guests will encounter spontaneous live entertainers, such as acoustic guitarists and street performers.

As the sun sets, illuminated elements of The Park’s landscaping will create a dramatic setting. The shade structures, a work of art in and of themselves, will emit marvelous LED sequences from high above, captivating guests below. Sounds of live music, clinking glasses and laughter from bordering open-air venues will saturate The Park with energy, giving guests an entirely new way to experience Las Vegas beneath the stars.

Dining Under the Sun and Stars: Not unlike the small cafes and bistros that spill onto iconic promenades, clusters of casual restaurants and bars with outdoor seating will open each resort to The Park creating a colorful patio ambiance. Ranging from fast-casual to mid-level, each offering will be a unique-to-market, up-and-coming brand. Below is a first peek, with additional partners to be announced in the coming months:

· Shake Shack – Boasting patios overlooking The Park and New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, the much-beloved Shake Shack will introduce its first West Coast location when it opens in December 2014. Established in 2004 in NYC’s Madison Square Park, Shake Shack® is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. With its fresh, simple, high-quality food at a great value, Shake Shack is a fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal.

· Bruxie – The fast-casual, gourmet waffle restaurant born out of Orange County will serve up its signature takes on The Sandwich. Bruxie’s next-generation sandwiches use a light, airy authentic Brussels Waffle as the “Bold Fold”. The Waffle is crisp, lightly yeasty and not sweet – reminiscent of freshly baked bread. Bruxie Waffles are paired with quality seasonal ingredients, offering both savory choices like Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Chili Honey and Cider Slaw as well as a variety of sweet options such as Strawberry Crème Brûlée.

· Sake Rok – This theatrical hotspot open for lunch, dinner and a late-night bar/lounge, will thrill guests with more than just its array of delicious sushi, Japanese cuisine and private sake label. By night, Sake Rok will transform into a high-profile social dining extravaganza, immersing guests in an experience part culinary, part performance and completely unexpected. Inspired by Japan’s vibrant pop culture and fashion movements, interactive servers will invite guests to partake in restaurant-wide sake bombs while doubling as entertainers, spontaneously breaking into dance and lip-sync serenades. The emcee – a six-foot man dressed in traditional Geisha attire – will keep the energy and the sake flowing late into the night as Sake Rok transitions into a chic bar and lounge.

· Beer Garden – This fun and approachable beer garden will be highlighted by its outdoor spaces and vantage points of all The Park’s activity. Guests will be able to indulge in sustainably raised farm-to-table meats, an impressive craft beer list, live music and, of course, games to get any social gathering started – bocce ball, darts and outdoor ping pong. Central to the design will be the restaurant’s signature open roasting area.

· A Robert Mondavi Jr. Wine Experience – Robert Mondavi Jr.’s restaurant, lounge and wine bar concept will transport guests to Napa Valley, infusing each element of the experience with the signature warmth and inviting essence of the famous sun-soaked rolling vineyards where Mondavi Family wine production originated. Anchored by an extensive wine program, the venue will boast 100+ wines by the glass and a variety of formats including flights, quartinos, carafes, large formats and more, accompanied by gourmet wine country cuisine. Inside, guests will savor the sights and sounds from the partially open-format kitchen, while an open-air patio will evoke the feeling of a festive outdoor dinner party.

· Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row – Country star Dierks Bentley will introduce his contemporary country bar and restaurant concept offering American gastropub fare, plenty of brews on tap, a specialty menu of “Boilermakers” – a shot of whiskey (from a menu featuring more than 40 options) dropped into a glass of beer – and live music by night. The cuisine will feature organic meats, locally farmed produce and a dessert menu to satisfy any sweet tooth.

· Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar – Two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Guillermo Pernot will heat up Las Vegas with his East Coast sensation Cuba Libre and its Havana-style restaurant, bar and high-energy Latin night spot. The restaurant’s atmosphere will offer a unique combination of Latin flavor, warmth and splendor. Specializing in rum, Cuba Libre will offer more than 100 premium and flavored varieties and specialty cocktails crafted from the freshest ingredients.

Design: The design for The Park is a collaborative effort led by MGM Resorts International with master planner Cooper, Robertson & Partners, leading landscape architecture and urban design firm !melk, and Marnell Architecture. Envisioned as the connective tissue between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, The Park’s unique design elements include:

· Natural landscaping: Landscape design will utilize native and desert-adaptive species of plants, which are able to thrive in hot and dry environments with minimal water. Large planters with inset seating will feature dramatic plant life displays created by the juxtaposition of cloud-like plants (santolina, apache plum, mormon fir, etc.) alongside vibrant shoots (red yucca, torch lily, desert bear grass, etc.), lush grasses (Mexican feather grass, fountain grass, orange sedge, etc.) and spikes (blue agave, golf tooth aloe, horsetail, etc.)

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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)

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Looks Like O’Sheas Blackjack Will Be Unplayable

O'Sheas Casino Las Vegas 6:5 Blackjack Installation

O’Sheas 6:5 Blackjack Installation

Judging from the photo above O’Sheas will pay 6:5 on blackjack.

I was never fond of O’Sheas. It was a dump by the time I found Vegas. When I visited Las Vegas I was usually looking to experience the finer things in life. I spent more money on just about everything. For a few days I wanted to experience a life better than I had at home. I wasn’t looking for a cheap place to gamble. O’Sheas was closed to make way for The Linq.

The Linq is for mainstream American’s who just want to do things they can do anywhere. Oh, shopping and mall restaurants. I can’t wait to travel 500 miles for some of that! Eeesh. People are lame. Just like the original O’Sheas – The Linq isn’t for me. I’ll check out The Linq but probably won’t frequent it.

Years ago an MGM Resorts rep said that most people on vacation don’t care about 6:5 blackjack. Most blackjack players were up in arms. How dare they taint the game anyone could afford to play and possibly find an advantage? Looking back, he was right. Just about every casino (not all) on the Vegas Strip pays 6:5 for blackjack under $25. Tourists may care but they’d rather play $15 per hand at 6:5 than $25 per hand to get paid 3:2 for blackjack.

If O’Sheas does pay 6:5 for blackjack (the photo only shows the “5”) it shouldn’t come as a surprise. This is how the Vegas Strip operates. This is just another reason to avoid the Caesars section of the Vegas Strip Mall.

H/T: @DenverGambler for noticing this.

Photo: @KMCannonPhoto 

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Best Sportsbooks In Reno

Reno Biggest Little City In The World

Reno!

When I wrote about my favorite sportsbooks in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago I had someone ask if I knew the best sportsbooks in Reno. I’ve never been to Reno so I called on my Reno guy, Chris Andrews, for some information.

Chris is a great guy and has worked at the Stardust and Barbary Coast sportsbooks in Las Vegas. He’s worked for William Hill most recently and now operates Against The Number.

If you follow my other writing you know that I contribute monthly to Against The Number which is a complimentary blog to SHARPS. Chris offers a lot of great insight and information for sports bettors on twitter where you can follow him @andrewssports.

Without further adieu, let’s look at the 3 best sportsbooks in Reno. Note: Make sure you check out #1, it is awesome. Like, seriously awesome.

#3- Silver Legacy

Silver Legacy Reno Sportsbook

The Legacy is part of the MGM family of sportsbooks. That means some good things, and some not so good things. At the headquarters they run the place like a Las Vegas sportsbook. Reno is a different market, but I’m not sure they’ll ever figure that out. Money lines are sporadic, the games with bigger point spreads often don’t have them. The future book prices are not the worst, but they’re not very good either. Parlay cards are less than ideal and often games are taken off if they have moved quite a bit. If you are a big player and a room customer staying here, getting down on a large bet should be no problem.

The ticket writers here are all very professional, very efficient. Sometimes there aren’t enough of them, however.

Drink tickets are given out for sports players. They have a nice bar with a good viewing area. Including the bar area, there are 13 televisions. You can sit in one spot and see all the games. Sometimes the picture is not the greatest quality, though.

During football season, they set up a sandwich and snack bar. The selection is usually minimal, but I can personally attest to an excellent turkey or roast beef sandwich. They have chips and salsa, pretzels, popcorn, and various snacking items as well.

Beer and bartenders make a bar for sports bettors and this bar has good quality in both areas. There is good cocktail service, as well.

The Legacy has some of the best seating in the area for comfort as well as accommodating a large number of people. They erect bleachers in the sportsbook are for a stadium feel. They don’t have a large amount of televisions, but you can see them all rather comfortably.

Photo: Silver Legacy

#2- Eldorado

Eldorado Reno Sportsbook

William Hill manages this book, so you’ll find an abundance of betting options, great parlay cards, money lines on virtually all the games and the best future book in town. Of course all the numbers are at market price, so if you are shopping for an off number you probably won’t find one here.

The televisions abound. There is a set of eight in a room just off the sports book. Also next to the bar is another set of eight. The bar itself also has another ten perched high. Within the sports book proper are another set of ten TVs, however they are often shared or used for horseracing.

Seating within the book is also sometimes sparse, as many seats are reserved for horseplayers. However in the two anterooms and at the bar there is a bit of seating, but often not enough to accommodate everyone.

The ticket writers here are hit and miss. One gentleman in particular is one of the best in town. You’re taking your chances with some of the rest. Check your tickets carefully.

The bar has a nice selection of beers on tap and in bottles. Bartenders and cocktail waitresses are pleasant and efficient. There are plenty of seats around the bar for good viewing, too, but you won’t be able to see all the games.

On the downside, William Hill does not give out drink tokes. If that is your reason for being in a sportsbook, this is the wrong place. A quick bite to eat can be a problem, as well. There is nothing in very near vicinity, but an Asian noodle restaurant is across the casino. On the second floor there a coffee shop and the Brew Brothers with good salads, sandwiches and the like for easy takeout. They also have a coffee bar next to the coffee shop if indeed all you want is some caffeine and a baked good.

Photo: Eldorado Reno Flickr

#1 Peppermill

Peppermill Sportsbook Reno, NV

What sets this book apart is the service. It is second to none anywhere in the state of Nevada. In fact, most businesses of any kind could take a lesson from the type of service you get at the Peppermill. Besides the ticket writers all being pleasant, polite and knowledgeable, there always enough of them, up to ten on a football weekend. You might have to wait in line, but that is only because they have a lot of business.

In the primary viewing area, there is one large screen and eighteen smaller screens. Seating can be a problem. Again, the reason is they have so much business. It’s awfully hard to fault them for that. In the bar area, there is a raised floor with good viewing. To rear of the main viewing area is another set of eight televisions. More are sometimes used, but those are primarily for their race business, which is also the best in Reno.

At many of the seats are also individual televisions, so besides the view of the entire room, you can watch your own personal selection.

Drinks are given away easily, and the cocktail service is excellent. The bartenders at the sports bar are not always the nicest or most efficient, however. I would stick to the cocktail waitresses.

The sports deli is nearby. There is some seating available here, but not the best, with a view of perhaps only one television. The sandwiches, pizzas, and baked good are of the usual high Peppermill quality. A coffee bar is across the room, but the wait there can be uncomfortable if you have games going.

Betting wise, the Peppermill has good parlay cards, almost all football money lines, and uses a dime line in baseball. In football they also let you buy on to the three at -120, which is a huge plus to knowledgeable bettors. They also book the old-fashioned way; they take a bet and move the line. What a concept! You might find an off number here occasionally. As long as you bet what they allow you and don’t abuse it, they will take a nice size bet.

No book is perfect, however, and neither is the Peppermill. Their future book prices are some of the worst in the state. That’s really saying something, because Nevada’s are awful. The casino itself also almost forces you to get a player’s card. Prices are high for sandwiches and coffee, but you get a discount with a club card.

If you’re looking for me on a Saturday or Sunday during football season, you’ll likely see me at one of those locations. A few others I might stumble into are the Grand Sierra, John Ascuaga’s Nugget or the Tamarack. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but I can enjoy myself at any of those, as well.

Ed: Check out the commercial for this place!

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Ranking MGM Las Vegas Hotels By Revenue

Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel And Fountain Show at Night

Bellagio At Night

Ranking casinos owned by the same company comes in handy more often than you think. If you’re looking for cheaper rooms, just look to the bottom of the list. If you’re looking for the most players club comps, just look to the bottom of the list. If you’re looking for better gaming odds, you’ll typically look at the bottom (but not always) of the list . If you want to hang with the masses, look to the top of the list because that’s where the money is being spent.

Last week MGM Resorts International reported their quarterly earnings. As part of that information it was easy to pull out how the casino hotels in Las Vegas were doing. In fact, it was real easy since the awesome Stiffs & Georges blog already did it.

  1. Bellagio, $303M
  2. MGM Grand, $255M
  3. Mandalay Bay, $205M
  4. The Mirage, $142M
  5. Luxor, $83M
  6. Excalibur, $70
  7. New York-New York $69M
  8. Monte Carlo, $69M
  9. Circus Circus, $51M

The revenue is fairly in line with how Mlife has the properties ranked when you’re looking for players club comps. If you’re looking at Monte Carlo or New York-New York I recommend you making your plans sooner than later because they should climb the priority chart when the construction is completed next year.

The Mirage is also undergoing a few renovations to freshen it up but it shouldn’t climb much, if any, on the MGM Resorts hotel rankings.

My final thought is more about the revenue for the MGM Resorts hotels than the rankings. It looks like the kiddie corner of the Vegas Strip (Mandalay Bay through Excalibur) is going pretty well. The better the hotels on the south end of the Vegas Strip do the more families and kids it will attract and the less chances that they will have me return as a curious visitor.

If this kiddie corner is creating a niche for MGM Resorts to make more money then it’s a win-win for the company and for me.  It keeps kids away from the casinos I like in Las Vegas and makes MGM Resorts more money.

Photo: Wandermom 

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Saint Hoods Is Why I Stopped Betting Sports

Saint Hoods TV Show

Saint Hoods

I caught the first episode of Saint Hoods on Discovery over the weekend and it reminded me why I stopped gambling when I was younger. Saint Hoods is an entertaining show about Boston mobsters and how they make much of their money from people betting on sports. Here’s a snippet of the overview on Saint Hoods from Discovery.

For centuries, Boston has been run by tough neighborhood crews that are in a constant battle for ultimate control and power. On the streets these crews are the law, the keepers of an old world way of life, running Boston’s underworld with an iron fist. Now, for the first time ever, we are on the front lines of this never-ending turf war between Boston’s oldest rival crews of Southie, Roslindale and Dorchester as they use any means necessary to maintain their stranglehold on one of the oldest cities in America.

These powerful crews vie for customers in the lucrative business of sports gambling. However, these businesses extend far beyond just taking bets. The crews claim to offer loans, move merchandise and solve “neighborhood” problems on their own terms.

The show is entertaining and no matter how staged the show may be (by producers or the participants) but it’s a little too real. I was introduced to sports betting by a friend’s older brother when I was growing up. We were all big sports fans. My friend’s brother was a little more into sports than either of us. At first I didn’t realize why he was so into the games at first then I was.

I later learned he had bets on the games we’d be watching. What seemed to be passion and excitement for the games was intoxicating. He seemed to be getting more excitement from just watching the games that I was getting playing the actual games.

I wanted to feel that excitement. Fortunately, I never really felt the rush that my friend’s brother had. I was, and still am, a pragmatic gambler and never bet too much. I saw the highs and lows of betting on sports and dabbled in it because I was a fan. I saw a few too many low points from this friend’s brother and other friend’s I stopped gambling.

Saint Hoods brings me back to those days where the benefits of winning didn’t outweigh the perils of losing. Saint Hoods shows the ugly side of gambling. The gambling is only part of the ugliness (if it’s ugly at all). It’s all the other stuff that comes with the people in charge of gambling.

The gambling that most people do in America isn’t with huge corporations like MGM Resorts or Caesars Entertainment – it’s with people like Tin Man or Pat Nee. TV shows like this put gambling in a bad light because it’s not all mobsters chasing you down because you owe them money. There are businesses – legal and not legal – that offer fair gambling for many people who can control their gambling.

Unfortunately the mainstream sees shows like Saint Hoods and Money Talks and sees the bad side of things. It would be nice if mainstream media showed the good, fun side of gambling but that won’t upset people enough to get ratings. There are plenty of intelligent and compelling people in gambling and it would be nice if that could give the mainstream media the ratings that they desire.

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