Topgolf Las Vegas Opens at MGM Grand May 19

Topgolf Las Vegas

I’ll be visiting Topgolf at MGM Grand for the media preview tonight but figured I’d share the press release with some info in the meantime. Here are my quick takeaways from the press release: There will be a mobile sports book and video poker.

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See press release below.

LAS VEGAS – May 17, 2016 – Topgolf® Las Vegas opens its doors to locals, tourists, golfers and non-golfers alike Thursday, May 19, at 8 a.m., bringing the city a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.

 

Sitting on eight acres just behind MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Topgolf is the only entertainment venue of its kind, boasting 108 climate-controlled hitting bays, two pools, cabanas, a concert venue, VIP suites, five bars, special event spaces, a comfort food-inspired menu with creative beverage offerings, a Callaway Fitting Studio, a Topgolf retail shop, and more. Spanning four levels and 105,000 square feet, the Topgolf flagship location in Las Vegas stands as the biggest Topgolf venue to date.

 

“Topgolf is thrilled to bring a whole new kind of entertainment to the Las Vegas Strip,” said Topgolf CEO Ken May. “There truly is no other place like Topgolf in Las Vegas — or anywhere else for that matter. Our flagship venue is the product of nearly four years of hard work and reimagining what the Topgolf experience could be like. We can’t wait to welcome our fans and new guests from all over the world to play at Topgolf.”

 

At the heart of Topgolf, guests will find interactive golf games in the hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time, featuring lounge-style seating and HDTVs. Golf games can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, tracking the accuracy and distance of players’ shots through Topgolf’s microchipped golf balls.

 

Each level at Topgolf Las Vegas boasts additional areas to play – from cornhole and shuffleboard to everything in between – as well as various seating areas to hang out, have a cocktail or grab a bite to eat and enjoy the multiple views around the Las Vegas valley and the famed Las Vegas Strip. A mobile Sports Book located in The Yard, the main hub of Topgolf Las Vegas, allows sports fans to place a bet while taking in all the action on one of the venue’s numerous oversized screens. The Yard also serves as home to Topgolf’s main entertainment venue showcasing both national acts and local. The Birdie Bar provides a more intimate live entertainment experience with a small stage perfect for acoustic performances, standup comedy and more.

 

The venue is expected to serve upward of one million guests in its first year of operation and has already created more than 850 full- and part-time positions. It operates Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. Bay pricing starts at $30 per hour for up to six players and varies depending on bay location and time of day. General admittance into Topgolf is free of charge. For cabana and VIP reservations, please contact lasvegasevents@topgolf.com.

 

Topgolf Las Vegas is located at 4627 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109. For more information about Topgolf, visit www.topgolf.com/lasvegas, facebook.com/topgolflasvegas or @topgolflasvegas on Twitter and Instagram.

Learn How To Play Shoot To Win Craps

Shoot To Win Craps
PUSH THE BUTTON!

Shoot To Win Craps has grown on me over the years. When the game was first introduced it didn’t hold much appeal beyond a way to kill time. Even though I prefer the craps table game, I’m actually beginning to enjoy playing this game.

Shoot To Win Craps is growing in popularity on the casino floor for a couple of reasons. It’s inexpensive to play and it’s less intimidating than stepping up to a craps table.

Younger gamblers (millennials) like the game for both of the reasons above. However, most electronic table game players today are older players looking for a different machine game than slot machines and video poker.

Check out the tutorial below to learn more about Shoot To Win Craps.

Photo: MeltzVegas Instagram

New Cosmopolitan Sports Book Set To Open By Super Bowl

Cosmopolitan Sports Book
Cosmopolitan Sports Book Construction. (Pic VitalVegas.com)

Big news for sports fans on the Vegas Strip. The new Cosmopolitan sports book will open in February just in time for the Super Bowl.

In December, the Cosmopolitan celebrated its 5 year anniversary with a slew of news. Even though the property is finally turning a profit they aren’t resting on their laurels.

There are major changes at the Cosmopolitan (see complete details at Front Desk Tip). I wouldn’t call the changes a facelift or an overhaul but there is a lot happening at the Cosmopolitan.

The most exciting change to the casino will take place with their sports book.

The least profitable slot machines in the southeast corner of the property have been removed and a brand new sports book is under construction. The 8,000 square foot sports book will include 23 video poker machines which McBeath tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal should make more money than the 120 slot machines that once occupied the space.

The new sports book will be more than twice the size as the current CG Technology sports book on the second floor. CG will continue to operate the sports book at the Cosmopolitan.

Everything I’ve heard is that this sports book will be similar to a smaller version of The Venetian sports book. It’s easy to think that between the bar with video poker and typically great CG Technology TV screens.

security breach by Vital Vegas last week showed that there’s still a lot of work to do. I can’t wait to see the finished product. I expect to have more information on the sports book soon.

Pic: VitalVegas.com

UPDATE: 1/28

It looks like Cosmopolitan is backing off the Super Bowl opening. Here are more details from a recent email.

  • NEW CASINO RACE & SPORTS BOOK

    OPENING FEBRUARY 2016, LEVEL 1, EASTSIDE

    A new Race & Sports Book will open in early February 2016 on the casino floor. It will be more than double the size of our existing sports book and will offer a significantly upgraded experience, featuring:

  • State of the art LED video walls for both sports and race
  • Dozens of hi-definition television screens
  • The latest in mobile wagering technology and a combination of lounge style seating areas
  • Traditional betting stations and VIP areas where guests can view their own 90-inch high-definition television.
  • The race and sports bar will anchor the space, featuring video poker and multiple hi-definition televisions showing sporting events.

 

Additionally, a new sports themed table games area will be immediately adjacent to the new book, also featuring hi-definition televisions and direct views of the main LED walls.

Steve Wynn Just Said F U To Gamblers

Steve Wynn Is The Worst Person In The World On MSNBC
Steve Wynn Is The Worst Person In The World

An oldie but a goodie above.

On last week’s Wynn Resorts earnings call Steve Wynn went into a long discussion of how Wynn Las Vegas is adjusting their casino floor to maximize revenue. Here’s an excerpt of the call from Vegas Hotel News.

I also rearranged the floor in the casino to put our specialty games that are very popular with the public – that have a higher margin – and I put them in the hundred percent location. And I moved my games with less of a margin to secondary locations. Those changes have worked out favorably to us in the past three weeks, and that kind of re-examination… our slot floor has been re-done. We win more money with less games now. These are some of the reasons why we make more money than anybody else in Las Vegas.

You can read the full segment on gambling at Wynn from the Wynn Resorts earnings call from Vegas Hotel News.

Every business has the right to maximize their earnings potential. At the same time every customer has the right to take their money elsewhere.

I haven’t gambled at Wynn in almost a year and I don’t see myself returning any time soon. The emphasis on 6:5 blackjack, 2x craps (info on Vegas Chatter), poor video poker pay tables and the focus on prominently featuring games with a high house edge really isn’t of interest to me.

I’ve always liked gambling at Wynn and especially Encore. While I’m looking forward to the renovations at Encore (details on Travel Vegas) and I love dining at SW Steakhouse I’m not sure I want to support Steve Wynn any time soon.

You Have To Love The “Month Of Honor” Promotion At Station Casinos

Medal of Honor Poker Table at Station Casinos Las Vegas
Medal of Honor Poker Table at Station Casinos

When I first moved to Las Vegas I had a choice of 3 casinos to call home. Red Rock Resort, Suncoast and Rampart are all within the length of a song of where I live. I chose Red Rock for a few reasons (there’s an old blog post on it somewhere) but you probably know one of the major reasons is because the sportsbook bar is almost like my local bar.

Station Casinos has also been involved with the community in a very public way since I moved here. In the past they’ve offered veterans free buffets and have donated to the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” fund. Sure these are marketing ploys to get people in the door but they’re offering real value to the community.

This kind of philanthropy is almost as endearing as their 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker. I feel a little less awful when I lose money with Station Casinos. Just a little.

The “Month of Honor” promotion with Veterans Village is a huge expansion on the offers they’ve given to military persons in the past. Instead of trying to paraphrase the information I’ll offer the details in the HUGE press release:

LAS VEGAS (April 27, 2015)- Station Casinos will launch a month-long fundraising effort to raise awareness and funds for homeless veterans and their families who reside at Veterans Village located in Downtown Las Vegas. Proceeds raised throughout May will benefit Southern Nevada’s only 24/7 crisis intervention and housing facility that cares for our local homeless veterans and their families. From May 1-31, all 19 Station Casinos properties and venues including the cafes, casino bars, bingo rooms, spas and gaming areas including designated slot machines, designated blackjack and poker tables will be themed patriotic to signify where the Company will donate a portion of its proceeds and gaming winnings.

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XS, Hakkasan, Marquee, Tao Top Nightclubs In America

Steve Aoki At Hakkasan Las Vegas top nightclubs in Las Vegas
Steve Aoki At Hakkasan

XS, Hakkasan, Marquee and Tao were the top 4 nightclubs in America in terms of gross revenue in 2014. In fact, 7 of the top 10 grossing nightclubs and bars were in Vegas and 15 of the top 100. Not too shabby.

If you’ve ever wondered where to party in Vegas then here’s a good place to start. Below is a breakdown of all of the Vegas nightclubs and bars on the Top 100 list from Nightclub.com.

1. XS Nightclub, Encore
2. Hakkasan, MGM Grand
3. Marquee Nightclub, Cosmopolitan
4. Tao Nightclub, Venetian
6. Surrender Nightclub, Encore
9. Hyde, Bellagio
10. Lavo, Palazzo
17. Chandelier Bar, Cosmopolitan
18. Tryst Nightclub, Wynn
28. Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop, Paris Las Vegas
48. Ghostbar, Palms
55. Lagasse’s Stadium, Palazzo
66. Bond Bar, Cosmopolitan
67. Vesper Bar, Cosmopolitan
68. The Bourbon Room, Venetian

4 of the top 100 bars and nightclubs in America are at the Cosmopolitan. That’s not surprising because the Cosmo is my favorite bar on the Vegas Strip. Chandelier Bar (floor level) is one of my favorite bars to sip on a drink and hang out in all of Vegas. Last year they added video poker to this beautiful bar so you can get excellent comp drinks while you gamble. WIN!

What is surprising is that Chateau at Paris, Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo and The Bourbon Room at Venetian are in this list generating between $5 million and $15 million in 2014. To be honest I didn’t know Chateau was still open, I thought Lagasse’s Stadium was considered a restaurant and had no idea people went to The Bourbon Room en masse.

Live and learn!

Best Video Poker At Green Valley Ranch

Royal Flush Video Poker at Red Rock Resort
Royal Flush!

Before I stay at a casino for the first time I always check the video poker pay tables. I usually take trips like this by myself so I end up playing a lot of video poker.

This weeks new adventure has me staying at Green Valley Ranch for the first time thanks to a MyVegas comp. According to vpFREE there is a great selection of good video poker at Green Valley Ranch. Check it out:

Best Green Valley Ranch Las Vegas Video Poker Games
Best Green Valley Ranch Video Poker Games

I’m usually happy playing 9/6 Jacks or Better or 8/5 Bonus Poker but I think I’ll change it up a little for this trip. I think I’ll take a stab at the 100%+ returns for a change. There are 4 different games on 15 machines so they should be somewhat easy to get on.

I’ll probably dabble in the 10/7 Double Bonus Poker game since the strategy isn’t too difficult. The worst case scenario (and it’s not bad at all) is that I sit at the sportsbook bar playing 8/5 Bonus Poker. Oh, the horror.

Secrets Of Finding A Royal Flush

Royal Flush At Red Rock Resort Las Vegas
Royal Flush!

There may not be a secret to finding a Royal Flush, but if you keep your eyes open you may find one.

Red Rock Resort is one of three casinos in my neighborhood but its my favorite. You might know that I consider the sportsbook bar my local bar. If you follow me on twitter you probably know that I’m at Red Rock a few times a week to work, eat, drink and gamble (WEDGeVegas?).

I’ve been in a rut playing video poker over the past year. I play mostly full pay quarter, fifty cent or $1 Jacks or Better or Bonus Poker and hadn’t seen a Royal Flush in quite a while until recently.

Over the summer I began playing nickel video poker games just so I could say I got a Royal Flush with hopes that it would help get my mojo back. After a few sessions at various nickel machines I finally got a sweet Royal Flush. Then I got another. Then I got another. These were nickel games but were still the Royal Flush that I wanted.

My video poker mojo is back and I’m back to playing my normal denominations for the most part.

I’m back to playing video poker with my normal denominations for the most part. However, when I walk by this specific bank of nickel video poker machines and see the progressive is above $525 I’ll always put in a $20 bill. The jackpot never reaches $600 so there’s a good chance that maybe I’ll cash in on a Royal Flush for $20. Since I started doing this a few months ago I’ve hit three progressive Royal Flush jackpots of $525 or more.

When you have a casino that you frequent more often then others, no matter where you live, you notice things most people don’t. In my case it’s a bank of nickel progressive video poker machines right across from Starbucks. My typical visit usually has me in this area so I usually check out this progressive jackpot when I visit.

I first noticed a bank of slot machines that hit progressive jackpots in a similar manner back at Showboat in Atlantic City when I lived on the east coast. I’ve kept my eye open for progressives as well as “lucky machines” even since. You may not want to bring a note pad with you when you visit the casino to mark where you’re playing but you might want to keep a mental note. It could pay off.

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.

Best Video Poker At SLS Las Vegas

Royal Flush Video Poker at Red Rock Resort
Royal Flush!

It’s been a while since I did a video poker check but since SLS Las Vegas is new and is supposed to have good video poker games I figured that I’d take a look.

On first glance there are some really good video poker options available at SLS Las Vegas according to vpFREE2.

Best Video Poker At SLS Las Vegas
Best Video Poker At SLS Las Vegas

When you look deeper into the pay tables you’ll see that most of the best video poker games at SLS Las Vegas are available on just 4 video poker machines. The best 8 video poker games are only available on these 4 low limits video poker machines (5¢, 10¢, 25¢) located between Sayers Club and Sportsbook Bar along the aisle.

Bonus Poker and the games below it on the chart above are available throughout the casino. You can see specific locations and denominations on vpFREE2.com.

I’m personally happy that there is 8/5 Bonus Poker available. That’s my second favorite video poker game. I don’t mind that the single games are $1 and up or that the 3-play games are 25¢ but it would be nice if they had some one line quarter games available.

Overall SLS Las Vegas has a good selection of video poker for the Vegas Strip but it isn’t better than many Downtown Vegas or Off-Strip casinos.

More on SLS Las Vegas and locals later this week or early next week.