Friday, July 22, 2011

Bally's - No Resort Fees - Building Wrap

Bally's has a new building wrap promoting "No Resort Fees" at Caesar's Entertainment properties. The wrap went up in conjunction with the The Showgirls are Angry marketing campaign.

UPDATE: Caesars Entertainment is now charging resort fees on Las Vegas rooms booked after March 1, 2013.



Source: Bally's TwitPic.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

iHeartRadio Music Festival - Las Vegas

A massive music festival is coming to MGM Grand. The iHeartRadio Music festival will take place September 23-24, 2011 and will reportedly feature music around the clock.

The lineup will include Lady Gaga, Coldplay, the Black Eyed Peas, Sting, Usher, Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys, J. Lo, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Jane's Addiction, Nicki Minaj, John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Sublime, and more.

It sounds like this will be a huge event, should be an exciting weekend in Las Vegas.






Showgirls Angry about Resort Fees

Bally's has come up with a viral marketing campaign featuring the Jubilee! showgirls angry about resort fees.

The campaign started out by posting this vague picture on various social media sites:



Then they released these two videos explaining why the showgirls are angry about resort fees, and of course mentioning that Caesars Entertainment properties don't have resort fees.





Today the showgirls were out marching on the street with picket signs "protesting" resort fees. Bally's posted these pictures on Twitter:





UPDATE: Caesars Entertainment has abandoned their no-resort fee policy, and will start charging resort fees on all Las Vegas rooms booked after March 1, 2013.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

November Nine is Set at WSOP

The 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to the final table. The "November Nine" will square off November 5th through November 7th with the action airing on ESPN on November 8th.

November Nine chip count:

1. Martin Staszko - Czech Republic - 40,175,000
2. Eoghan O'Dea - Ireland - 33,925,000
3. Matt Giannetti - Las Vegas, USA - 24,750,000
4. Phil Collins - Las Vegas, USA - 23,775,000
5. Ben Lamb - Tulsa, USA - 20,875,000
6. Badih Bounahra - Belize - 19,700,000
7. Pius Heinz - Germany - 16,425,000
8. Anton Makiievskyi - Ukraine - 13,925,000
9. Sam Holden - United Kingdom - 12,375,000

It's a very young final table, with 7 of the 9 players 26 years old or younger. Poker is increasingly an international game, as only 3 of the players are from the USA (2 playing out of Las Vegas).

Atlantic City Hilton is now ACH

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how Hilton was terminating their franchise agreement with Las Vegas Hilton at the end of the year.

Now news has surfaced that Atlantic City Hilton is facing the same fate. Except they don't even have until the end of the year, and have already re-branded the hotel as "ACH."

If you go to the Atlantic City Hilton website, you will see that the name ACH has replaced most of the Hilton branding.

David McKee wrote a good article about the name change. He speculates that ACH is likely a temporary placeholder name until the property can be sold off to another company.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Carlos'n Charlie's coming to Flamingo

The popular Mexican restaurant and bar chain Carlos'n Charlie's will be opening a location at Flamingo this winter.

The restaurant will be located next to the sportsbook and will feature an outdoor terrace space overlooking the back courtyard area.

I think this will be a nice addition to Flamingo, and should go along well with their other tropical themed restaurant, Margaritaville.

Carlos'n Charlie's is owned by the same company as another premiere Mexican watering hole, SeƱor Frog's, which is also opening a location in Las Vegas later this year at Treasure Island.

Monday, July 18, 2011

CityCenter - Bad News for Eve and Harmon

Two recent bits of news about CityCenter surfaced in the past couple of days.

The stalled Harmon Hotel building has been deemed unsafe in the unlikely event of a major earthquake. The news is further proof that the Harmon likely will never open, and might be disassembled. MGM and Perini Corp. are battling in court over who's to blame for the debacle.

Eva Longoria's Eve Nightclub has closed, at least temporarily. The club at the Crystals shopping complex has faced financial difficulties from day one. Beso, the restaurant attached to the club will remain open.