Golden Gate Casino on MTV Tonight

I just received a heads up that the Golden Gate Casino in downtown Las Vegas will be featured on the MTV show Buried Life tonight.

The Golden Gate filmed the season finale of MTV’s show The Buried Life. It will be aired on Monday night, November 29th.

The Buried Life is about 4 kids who have a bucket list of 100 things they want to do before they die. Number 75 on the list is try and win $1,000,000.

The four kids brought in $125,000 and wanted to parlay it into $1,000,000. Although I can’t tell you what happened, I can give you a hint that they end up making the biggest roulette bet in Las Vegas history.

I’m a sucker for these MTV shows so I’m surprised I’m not familiar with The Buried Life.  However, the TiVo is set for this.

Hey, It’s Enrico Palazzo

Leslie Nielsen, one of my favorite comedic actors, passed away Sunday night.  Before my first trip to the Palazzo in Las Vegas my friends and I passed this video around for weeks, if not months.  I’ll always remember Enrico Palazzo from Naked Gun and Las Vegas

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Holly Madison Stays on with Peepshow for 2011

Robin Leach reports, “exclusively” that Holly Madison signed a contract extension to do Peepshow at Planet Hollywood for another year.

Producers of Holly Madison’s adult revue Peepshow at Planet Hollywood have just renewed her contract for all of next year, and additionally were so pleased with her Holly’s World co-star Angel Porrino’s one-week guest-starring run that they’ve signed her for nine weeks of appearances next year to fill in again when Holly takes her vacations.

I don’t know if Holly Madison is talented or if Peepshow is any good, but another year of Holly Madison on TV and in the news can only be a good thing.

All I know about Angel Porrino is that she was Holly’s assistant on Holly’s World and then got fake boobs.  I just learned that she was part of Peepshow for a week.

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Bye Bye Harrahs

No, I’m not talking about my stay at Harrah’s last week.  It’s official, Harrah’s is changing their corporate name to Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Harrah’s will continue to be one of the company’s brands, along with Caesars, Horseshoe, Total Rewards, and World Series of Poker.

On the surface, nothing will change but this does open up many possibilities of rebranding or selling some properties across the country.

It’s interesting that a company that had such little interest in their IPO would take on the expense (anywhere from $30-$100 million) of making a name change like this.  At least the employees will get fancy new business cards before their jobs are cut to pay for the expense.

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Highs and Lows at Harrah’s

It’s been a long week in Vegas. I’ve split time between the Mirage and Harrah’s.

I’m still at Harrah’s and wanted to share some of my ups and downs.

There are many positives here:

– Very nice staff – everyone.
– Plenty of food options on and off property.
– Starbucks at elevator entrance.
– No resort fees. Zero cost to me for staying here.
– I was able to extend my stay by 2 days.
– Diamond Lounge may be most comfortable in Vegas. Great staff.
– I made Diamond Total Rewards this morning.
– Bank of 98% Bonus Poker is like my own personal ATM.
– Sportsbook bartenders are great. Never have to ask for a refill. Use grey goose when asked. No switch (to well) like most Harrahs bars.

Negatives

– Room is “very very retro” aka out of date.
– Walls are paper thin. I hear every conversation my southern neighbors have.
– Windows are paper thin. Can hear pirate show from TI and Volcano at Mirage as if they were here.
– No free wifi on site.
– Old crowd. Limited eye candy.

I’m sure there are more to each side, but I’m pooped and want a nap. More to come.

Sports Betting In Vegas Becomes More Homogenized

I love sports betting. I write about it pretty often on ECG and I tweet about it even more often.

People throw their virtual hands in the air whenever a company like Harrah’s or MGM Resorts International expands in Vegas and other markets.

Well, that’s happening with my sports betting more and more by the day as Cantor Gaming expands their reach with sports betting on a regular basis.  Tropicana and Cosmopolitan are the two most recent casinos to add Cantor products.

Cantor is apparently getting another excellent “display case” for its growing line of wagering products that now include remote/mobile gaming and In-running Wagering, which are now available at casinos such as the M Resort, the Venetian-Palazzo complex and the Hard Rock Casino.

Cantor also recently negotiated the right to operate a race and sports book at the Tropicana, a casino whose new owners are looking for the customer-pleasing tools with the potential to give them a step up on the competition. Current plans call for the Tropicana book to be open in time for football season.

It’s already difficult to find a point spread advantage in Vegas casinos and Cantor’s expansion can’t help that as they can hit one button and change lines in multiple casinos.  No different than Harrah’s and MGM, respectively.

With that being said, Cantor may bring more good than bad to sports betting.  My first instinct always thinks the worst.

MLife On Hold In Vegas

MGM Resorts M Life Players Club
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Vegas Tripping noted last week that MGM Resorts International was delaying the arrival of, MLife, their new players club in Las Vegas.

The club, which has already been implemented at MGM Grand Detroit, Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica was originally planned to make its way to Las Vegas in the 4th quarter of 2010. As of this week, the M Life website predicts “early 2011” as ball park date for its debut.

Well, that’s lame.  MGM’s forray into mass marketing a la Harrah’s Total Rewards will have to wait.  Postmen across the nation are stoked.

Garth Brooks – A Case of Supply and Demand

I write about the consumer speaking with their dollars if they have a problem with the way they’re being treated.  I’ve walked out of enough businesses to show that I practice what I preach.

Last week Wynn announced that they’re raising, wildly popular, Garth Brooks concert tickets $100 each.

Wynn is jacking up the Garth Brooks tickets by $110 to $253, including taxes and pencil-sharpening fees and whatever else.

These illicited an outpouring of complaints in the blogosphere and twitterspere.  Why wouldn’t Wynn raise ticket prices to the always sold out show?  It’s a simple case of supply and demand.

Sure a $100 raise in price is shocking, but until shows go with empty seats there’s no reason for Wynn to stop increasing prices on the Garth Brooks concert.

If you don’t like the price increase don’t go.  The best way for any business to hear you is for your money not to continue flowing their way.  If you’re very upset, stay away from the Wynn and Encore hotel, casino, restaurants and bars and spread the word to your friends.

For full disclosure I don’t care for Garth Brooks, so this won’t effect any plans I have in the future.

Global Gaming Expo

Next week is the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas.  I first learned about G2E last year.  G2E is like most expos and where most of the gambling companies will be debuting their latest and greatest casino games.

IGT was the first company to announce some of their new games.  Slots in their case.  I look forward to seeing what else is coming out next year.

Numerous new games from pop culture joining the MegaJackpots family include Godzilla, Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters, and a new addition to the popular Sex and the City family of games.

I’m already bored with the slots that came out this year and I could enjoy Godzilla and Ghostbusters penny slots.