Month: October 2017

Station Casinos Tests Cardless Loyalty Club System That Could Change Everything

Easily one of the most annoying things about gambling in casinos is the loyalty club card shuffle. Carry. Insert. Insert again. Insert again, with profanity. Leave behind. Stand in line to replace. Repeat. With all the technology at our fingertips, it’s baffling why players must continue to wrestle with plastic cards to get what’s coming to them. Station Casinos feels your pain and is doing something about it. The loyalty club card struggle is real. Station Casinos is testing a new system that promises to make connecting to your slot machine quick, easy and cardless. We’re happy to report the new system fulfills on its promise. At the moment, the new cardless loyalty system is only in one Las Vegas casino, Barley’s Casino & Brewing Co. in Henderson. Let’s just say Barley’s is quaint and leave it at that. Barley’s. We don’t need no stinking table games. Here’s how this cardless system works. First, casino guests download the Station Casinos app. It’s a one-time thing, and takes a few seconds. We made the mistake of downloading a similarly-named app, so make sure to get the right one. It’s the one on the bottom. We just saved you upwards of three minutes right there. Many Station Casinos customers already use the app to track their point balance, make restaurant reservations and book rooms. Once the app is installed, players link...

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“Purple Reign” Closes at Westgate, Dirk Arthur Returns

A popular Prince tribute show, “Purple Reign,” has closed abruptly at Westgate Las Vegas. The show, which has performed at various Las Vegas hotels for decades, stars Jason Tenner. It’s easily one of the best tribute shows in Vegas. One of the show’s claims to fame is “Purple Reign” was the first tribute act to appear as a musical guest on “Late Show With David Letterman.” Our friend Johnny Kats reports “Purple Reign” will open at another Las Vegas resort soon. He predicts Tropicana. Tenner says the Westgate was “just a big, expensive room” and that it was difficult to make money in the venue. As “Purple Reign” departs Westgate, longtime Las Vegas magician Dirk Arthur is making a return to the resort. You know, just Dirk Arthur taking a stroll with his kitty around the pool. It’s Vegas, baby. Arthur’s show opens Nov. 1, 2017, and this time around he’ll attempt to sidestep criticism of his exotic cat show by keeping the inclusion of animals to a minimum. Arthur’s show will still feature a bobcat, snow leopard and birds. We know Dirk Arthur, and have found him to be compassionate when it comes to his animals, but shows with big cats are a tough sell in Vegas these days. Details about Arthur’s new show are slim at the moment, but there’s sure to be more information soon on...

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MGM Resorts Could Be Buyer of WNBA’s San Antonio Stars

Talk about a mixed metaphor. This one came out of left field, but we’re hearing a rumor MGM Resorts could be the buyer of the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars. ESPN was the first to report the San Antonio Stars have an agreement in place to relocate to Las Vegas (contingent upon NBA and WNBA approval), but the buyer has eluded the media. Could it be MGM Resorts is the buyer? A source says “yes.” The source also says the team would play in the new T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip. The Stars originally played in Utah and were called the Starzz, the grammatical equivalent of jazz hands. Granted, it would be a strange for a casino company to own a professional sports team. But here’s the thing. MGM Resorts has made a concerted effort to shift away from being a “casino company” (declining revenue gave them a nudge) and the company now markets itself as an “entertainment company.” That’s right, some people actually find sports entertaining. MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren has said he and the company were actively seeking an NBA team to fill vacant dates at the $375 million T-Mobile Arena. They were only off by one letter. The “w.” Please try and keep up. The San Antonio Stars had the WNBA’s worst record for the past three seasons, so a buyer could probably get...

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Gold Diggers Nightclub at Golden Nugget to Close and Get Renovation, Rebrand

Gold Diggers Nightclub at Golden Nugget will soon close for a renovation. Halloween is expected to be its final night of operation before a hiatus. Rumor has it the night spot will get an overhaul that includes a name change. Gold Diggers, seen upper right, provides one of the best views of the circus that is Fremont Street. The club sits on the second floor of the resort, with a balcony overlooking Fremont Street.(Golden Nugget is a member casino of Fremont Street Experience, where we work in digital marketing as our day job). Gold Diggers is one of the few dance clubs downtown, it’s next closest competitor being Gold Spike, a former casino but now a hotspot for millennials. Details about the nature of the Gold Diggers rebrand are being kept under wraps at the moment, but expect a “new nightclub experience.” Hey, scoop’s scoop, no matter how vague. If the Gold Diggers renovation involves swapping out these awesome beer tap handles, we call dibs. It’s expected Gold Diggers, or whatever it’s called next, will re-open relatively quickly, even as soon as November 2017. If you want to know some skinny about Las Vegas nightclubs, we’ve got this. [Read More...

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