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Use Comp Dollars From The D At Le Thai And Bocho

TheDMarqueeYou can now use your comp dollars from The D at Le Thai and Bocho (a restaurant I’ve never heard of until now). Le Thai is a favorite of just about everyone who’s open to experiencing Thai food. Great prices help those who might not normally be willing to experiment with this kind of cuisine.

There aren’t many dining options at the casino and that makes this is a nice perk from the Club D players club at The D. Little things like this go a long way to making The D one of the best casino experiences in Downtown Vegas.

Here’s the press release with all the info you can use:

The D Las Vegas, home to award-winning restaurants including Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and American Coney Island, is expanding its guests’ dining experiences through an innovative business partnership with the Downtown Project and Fremont East restaurants Le Thai and Bocho. Effective immediately, members of Club D, the property’s players club, can use their comp dollars toward meals at both of Chef Dan Coughlin’s highly acclaimed Asian eateries. This collaboration marks the first relationship that connects a downtown casino with the Fremont East restaurants.

“By now, I think everyone knows I hand-pick every experience that’s offered to guests of the D Las Vegas. I want only the best for them, and every decision is personal to me,” said Derek Stevens, CEO and owner of the D Las Vegas. “Beyond my passion for this property and our clientele is my deep-rooted support for the Downtown Las Vegas community. Developing this partnership is a win-win; I’m thrilled to expand my guests’ dining options with two of my favorite restaurants, which in turn will drive additional traffic to other downtown businesses.”

Founded by Chef Coughlin, Le Thai (523 Fremont St) and Bocho (124 S 6th St.) both have made their mark as Las Vegas dining staples. Le Thai, inspired by Chef Coughlin’s Thailand-born mother, is renowned for its famous three-color curry, homemade Thai noodle soup, short-rib fried rice, signature waterfall sauce and authentic pad thai – an ode to Coughlin’s grandmother. Down the street, sushi lovers can visit Downtown Project’s Bocho, a traditional Japanese restaurant overseen by Chef Joon-Yong Cho featuring a wide range of sushi, sashimi and bento boxes, as well as private dining and karaoke rooms. Chef Cho ups the ante with innovative sushi offerings like amberjack and ocean trout.

Registering for Club D is free and available to guests ages 21 and over. Members can earn comp dollars by playing slots, table or video games in the D’s thrilling two-story casino. In turn, these can be exchanged to dine at Le Thai and Bocho at the guest’s leisure. Club D members also can enjoy dining, show and room comps at the D; invitations to exclusive events, parties and tournaments; special room rates and more.

Photo: Vegas Photo Blog

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2016 Total Rewards Tier Bonus Credits Available

Caesars Entertainment is offering Total Rewards tier bonus credits for the players club in 2016 when you spend money this year. You can find details from Total Rewards below.

 

2016 Total Rewards Bonus Schedule

2016 Total Rewards Bonus Schedule

If you’re a Total Rewards member and didn’t receive this email you may want to check your account to see if your settings are correct. Visit Total Rewards for more information.

Check the links to this post for discounted rooms at Caesars casinos in Vegas.

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A Look At The Renovated Red Rock Sports Book

Red Rock Sports Book

Red Rock Sports Book

I’ve been posting pictures and updates on the renovation of the Red Rock sports book as it’s been happening here and on twitter, instagram and facebook. Unlike some other recent sports book renovations this was mainly a television screen upgrade. Boy is this an upgrade.

Even at 20% brightness the new screens at the Red Rock sports book are the brightest and clearest screens you’ll find in any Vegas sports book.

The comparison I’ve heard most from the pictures I’ve posted are that they look like The Venetian sports book screens. The Venetian is generally lauded as having the best screens in Las Vegas. I’ll go out on a limb and say The Venetian screens are the second best now and here’s why.

The new 2.5mm NanoSlim LED displays are the largest of their kind in North America. They replace the rear projection systems that were installed when Red Rock Resort opened. The 2.5mm space between pixels offers almost twice the clarity of the old 4mm pixel spacing.

All three of the 17′ x 31.5′ screen use 4K Ultra HD technology and can each be configured to display screens in 45 different ways. That number can and will increase.

Here’s a look at what a typical afternoon at the Red Rock sports book will look like. Notice how the lines are displayed since it’s a slow day.

Red Rock Sports Book

Red Rock Sports Book

When seasons change and there’s a need to show lines for football, baseball, basketball and hockey the configurations can be changed quickly so you don’t have to wait for rotating boards only showing limited lines. This will be great in the winter.

Red Rock Sports Book

Red Rock Sports Book

When there are nights with standalone football games the screens can be changed from showing multiple games to one big 17 x 31 foot TV. You could probably see this display from the Vegas Strip if it were outside. Check out that middle screen.

Red Rock Sports Book

Red Rock Sports Book

The next photo is kind of blurry on purpose (not really but it makes my point). The scroll at the bottom of the screens is huge and easy to read while the fonts used for the lines are smaller and a little more difficult to read unless you have good vision or are close to the screens. The size isn’t bad but it’s something that stood out to me.

Red Rock Sports Book

Red Rock Sports Book

As I mentioned earlier this was only a viewing upgrade. The seat configuration remains the same with 75% of the seats being chairs and desks while 25% are comfy lounge chairs. I’d prefer the seating to be the other way but the Red Rock sports book still gets a lot of people betting on the ponies.

Red Rock Sports Book

Red Rock Sports Book

Summary

The new screens at the Red Rock sports book are the best you’ll find in Las Vegas. I live right down the street so and my opinion for this sports book may have a little bias.

While The Venetian may offer the best screens on the Vegas Strip but I can’t vouch for it being the best sports book since you probably won’t get a seat during football season unless you’re set up with a CG Technology account and bet with them while you’re watching games.

For comparison 98% of the seating at the Red Rock sports book is open to anyone who visits. The 2% is saved for VIP guests and higher tier Boarding Pass players club members.

The Mirage sports book is great but the clarity of their screens can’t be compared with Red Rock. When Westgate unveils their new sports book screens I’m told they will be similar but not as good as the Red Rock setup.

I’ve been recommending the Red Rock sports book to people even when the screens needed updating. Now that the screens have been upgraded I think the Red Rock sports book is easily one of the best sports books in Vegas. Easily.

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Total Rewards: Where $100 Meals Cost $200

Searsucker is now 2:1 With Total Rewards

Searsucker is now 2:1 With Total Rewards

For the past 5 or 6 years Caesars Entertainment has used a 2:1 Total Rewards dollar exchange ratio in many restaurants at their Atlantic City properties.

After about 2 years of rumors this 2:1 Total Rewards comp policy has just entered Las Vegas. Here are details from the Seven Star Insider newsletter (which you should sign up for):

Searsucker Sucks Twice The Comps

If you’re planning to try the newest restaurant at Caesars Palace, note that, while Searsucker accepts Reward Credits, it will be at the rate of 2:1, e.g., your $150 tab will consume 30,000 Reward Credits ($300).

So, this 2:1 Total Rewards point policy essentially cuts the value of your Total Rewards points in half when you dine at Searsucker. It’s possibly the most obnoxious players club policy I’ve come across since visiting casinos.

  • Good News: This policy hasn’t been unleashed across all Caesars Entertainment restaurants in Las Vegas.
  • Bad News: It’s probably only a matter of time before the majority of restaurants at Caesars Entertainment charge $2 Total Rewards for $1 in cash.

I don’t know how quickly this 2:1 Total Rewards point policy will roll out in Las Vegas but it seems like a good time to use them while the exchange rate is still 1:1 at most restaurants at Caesars Entertainment hotels.

Early reviews on Searsucker have been mostly positive. You can learn more about the restaurant here.

If you see 2:1 comps elsewhere in Las Vegas leave a comment and I’ll update this post.

Photo: Searsucker
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Rumor: The Mirage And Marriott To Partner

The Mirage

The Mirage

By now you’ve probably read the rumors and analyst discussion about MGM Resorts selling The Mirage. Today MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said that The Mirage isn’t on the market. Well, if the rumors about The Mirage already being sold are true than he’s not lying. It’s not on the market.

My source that says the The Mirage has been sold also says that they will have a new hotel partner once they’re no longer be a part of M Life, MGM Resorts’ players club.

It’s rumored that Marriott will be the hotel partner for The Mirage once the sale goes through.

It’s difficult to be an independent hotel-casino operator on the Vegas Strip so Starwood Capital Group is taking steps to bring in a partner to help fill the hotel. Marriott was just voted the #1 national hotel chain rewards program by US News and World Report.

Starwood is also rumored to bringing in Paragon Gaming to operate the casino. Paragon currently operates the Westgate casino and used to operate the Riviera casino.

Marriott is currently the hotel partner for Cosmopolitan but it’s been rumor for while that the relationship will end soon since Blackstone, owners of Cosmo, also owns Hilton.

You can see the press release for MGM Resorts’ quarterly earnings here.

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Reach Total Rewards Platinum, Diamond And Seven Stars Quicker

Total Rewards Cards

Old School Total Rewards Cards – Pulse of Vegas Blog

Caesars Entertainment is a mess with this whole bankruptcy thing. They claim everything will “be business as usual”. We’ll see about that. Caesars’ players club, Total Rewards, will likely change at some point but in theory it should remain in tact through bankruptcy.

In an effort keep customers flowing into its casinos Caesars is offering a pretty sweet Tier Credit promotion. Most players club promotions offer Reward Credits only. Those are the credit which that you use on goods like meals. Extra tier credits are a little more difficult to come by.

Tier credits are the credits that allow you to ascend to higher players club tiers like Platinum, Diamond And Seven Stars. The higher your tier status, the better the benefits you’ll receive from Total Rewards. Here’s an overview of those benefits. Note, if you’re Diamond or Seven Stars your resort fees will be waived.

Here are details on the promotion:

Through March 31st, 2015, we are giving you a 50% bonus on the first 50,000 Tier Credits you earn! So, you could walk away with up to 25,000 EXTRA Tier Credits to count towards your Tier Status, and we even started counting on January 1st.*

*Member must earn at least 1,000 Tier Credits by March 31, 2015 to be eligible for the promotion. 50% Tier Credit Bonus will be awarded on up to the first 50,000 Tier Credits earned from January 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015, for a maximum total bonus of 25,000 Tier Credits. Daily Tier Credit Bonuses will count toward the 50,000 Tier Credits maximum. Loyalty bonuses are not earned Tier Credits and thus, are not eligible for this promotion. Tier Credit Bonuses, including this promotion, do not count toward Reward Credit balance, promotional Tier Credit earnings, or qualifying for another daily bonus. Total Tier Credit Bonus amount awarded through this promotion will be calculated after March 31st, 2015 and will be posted to the Total Rewards account on April 15, 2015.

I wouldn’t gamble or spend more than normal to get the bump in tier status. VIP check-in, Diamond Lounges and waived resort fees are nice benefits but I don’t think they’re worth spending extra for.

That said, this is a useful promotion if you’re closing in on one of the upper tiers.

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Total Rewards Should Be Fine When Caesars Files For Bankruptcy

Total Rewards Cards

Old School Total Rewards Cards

Caesars Entertainment has planned their bankruptcy for January. They’re still shuffling (or unshuffling) the deck chairs as they restructure their financials. As a customer you shouldn’t worry about reservations, Total Rewards or most business operations.

Caesars spokesman Gary Thompson couldn’t comment on the debt restructuring efforts but said that, if the company does go through bankruptcy, there wouldn’t be any change in the way properties are run. He said the Total Rewards program would remain intact as well.

This should be true. When Station Casinos emerged from bankruptcy back in 2011 their Boarding Pass players club remained in tact. The restructuring may have changed which properties the parent company owned but it didn’t affect most of the operations. If anything it’s safe to think that Total Rewards will change after bankruptcy like Boarding Pass did but it won’t just go away.

Things won’t be the same when Caesars emerges from bankruptcy but, based on this previous casino bankruptcy case, you shouldn’t have to rush and cash in your Total Rewards points.

If you take the Caesars spokesman at his word (you probably shouldn’t as it’s his job to spin things positively for his company) you have nothing to worry about with your Total Rewards account. That said, this isn’t guaranteed and Caesars has a fairly sketchy reputation (i.e. “we’re charging resort fees because you asked for them”).

If you’re concerned with your points then you should use them. If you’d like to use your Total Rewards points but can’t make it to a casino you can now use them to buy various non-casino related items. See more info here.

Photo: Pulse of Vegas Blog

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Don’t Stand In Line To Sign Up For The SLS Las Vegas Players Club

SLS Las Vegas Players Club

Sign up at the slot machines

 

I don’t like lines. I don’t do lines. If a business wants me to wait I’ll usually take my money elsewhere. That’s how I roll.

I think SLS Las Vegas understands people like me. Since SLS Las Vegas is still new the lines for the players club have been extremely long. Here’s how skip the lines to sign up for their players club, The Code.

You can sign up at any table game, video poker or slot machine or the cashier. There are constantly SLS reps walking the casino floor looking to sign new players up for The Code. It’s very convenient.

I signed up for The Code online before visiting and getting a card took about 1 minute at the cashier’s cage while they verified my information. Nice n smooth.

This isn’t a new concept. You can get a players club card at table games at most casinos. Some properties have rovers around the machine games like SLS to make you a card on the spot too.

I just figured I’d give you a heads up in case you weren’t aware of these tricks. There’s nothing worse than wasting time in lines in Vegas.

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First Impressions Of SLS Las Vegas

SLS Las Vegas Carpet

SLS Las Vegas Carpet

My first impression of SLS Las Vegas is positive but not perfect. Nothing is perfect as far as I’m concerned. I’ve already detailed some of the flaws from the first few days of business in a separate post.

1. The Setup

The pre-opening moniker SLS Las Vegas used to describe the property was “affordable luxury”. That set up for the hotel to be fancy on a budget. For example there’s no way to make Ikea furniture feel luxurious but it can look nice. With that in mind I went in with limited expectations.

2. Casino Layout

SLS Las Vegas Casino

SLS Las Vegas Casino

I care more about the casino than most of SLS Las Vegas. The floor plan is only 60,000 square feet. If you ever visited Sahara this is 20,000 square feet less. The floor plan is small, which is fine but there are choke points that make it almost impossible to go to certain parts of the casino. The high traffic walkway by table area near the players club and The Griddle is tight and will always be busy. There are similar choke points on the slot floor that will be impossible to walk through because machines are packed so closely. Just scope out areas before sitting down at a table or machine.

Layout aside there are ample 3:2 blackjack games for $5 and $10. Craps has $10 minimums. There is decent video poker and all new slot machines. I dig all of this and wouldn’t mind gambling here. US Poker has a breakdown of most of the games.

Parts of the casino floor seem dark and that can make the tight casino feel almost claustrophobic on busy nights. This feels like a casino I’d visit during the day more than at night.

3. Umami Burger – Sportsbook – Beer Garden

Umami Burger Entrance At SLS Las Vegas

Umami Burger Entrance

This is the part of the casino I was most looking forward to. A sportsbook that serves good burgers and good beer? This might be heaven. It is and it isn’t. This isn’t a sportsbook.

Umami Burger a sports bar/restaurant with a patio and a place to bet on sports. Burger prices are between $12 and $15. Not too bad for the Vegas Strip. Draft beers are around $9-10 and bottles start at $5. There are no drink tickets from William Hill for sports bets as of opening but I think that will change. If you drink/eat at the video poker bar your drinks will be comp’d while you have money in play.

Umami Burger Bar At SLS Las Vegas

Umami Burger Bar

I really like this as a restaurant. Like I said in Vegas Chatter this is a good sports bar/restaurant but it’s not a traditional sportsbook. It should be packed with sports fans for big events but expect to see kids and families in the mix on other days. Even thought it’s not a traditional sportsbook this is my favorite spot at SLS Las Vegas.

Note, you can still sit and watch games without spending any money. However, if there are paying customers for Umami Burger you’ll politely be asked to leave if you’re not spending money.

4. Dining and High Priced Drinks

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The Cosmopolitan Offering Gamblers $1 Million!

Identity Players Club Booth At Cosmopolitan

Identity Players Club Booth At Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan has been trying a lot of tactics to draw both local and tourist gamblers into their casino. On the surface it doesn’t look like it’s working but their casino revenue has been increasing just about each quarter for the past year.

This $1 million tournament for Identity players club members is their latest tactic to draw playing into the casino a couple of times in the next year. I guess you should consider yourself lucky if you’re invited. Here are the details.

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