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  • Best French Cuisine in Vegas

    Posted on November 27, 2009 by Jordan

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    Fleur de Lys offers diners a comfortable environment for the fine dining of Executive Chef Hubert Keller's artistic French cuisine. Fleur de Lys Las Vegas combines natural beauty with a hip modern atmosphere that is as memorable as the flavors of its dishes.  Fleur de Lys offers a dining experience for around $50 to $75 a person.

    Le Provençal of Paris Las Vegas offers a quasi-French menu. Numerous dishes are characteristic of Provençal, the sunny region of France, including stuffed clams niçoise and bouillabaisse. Prices are very fair especially for a Strip restaurant costing in the $20 to $30 range.

    A local’s favorite for French cuisine can be found at Andre Rochat’s French culinary masterpiece. Rochat is responsible for French restaurants Andre's at the Monte Carlo and Alizé at the Palms. The menu features both classic French dishes and many with updated twists. Entrée prices start at around $30 and range up to $75.

    Located at the Wynn, chef Alex Stratta's award-winning Franco-Italian restaurant simply named Alex provides seasonal and organic ingredients. The three-course menu costs $145 and the five-course tasting menu costing around $195. Dishes reflect Stratta's genius for bringing together jewel-sized portions of intense complementary flavors.


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  • Best Single Deck Blackjack

    Posted on November 26, 2009 by Jordan

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    For people that are going to gamble in Las Vegas they should have the best information possible so they can have the best chances of winning. Single deck Blackjack gives the player increased odds of winning against the house because the more decks the dealer uses, the higher the house edge. Although the casino has the mathematical advantage on every game, Blackjack has the lowest house edge over the player. Using basic strategy at the blackjack table does not erase the house's advantage, but it does afford the player a good run for their money, making blackjack the most popular table game in Las Vegas.

    A true game of Blackjack pays 3:2, the rest of the games are simply variations of Blackjack used to increase the house edge. By paying the full 3:2 on Blackjacks at the single deck tables, the house edge goes to only .18% making it the table game with the best odds in the casino. Single deck blackjack was the most advantageous game for players when played by traditional rules, offering .18% house edge, which means a player's estimated loss will be 1.8 cents for every $10 wagered. The only single deck places in Las Vegas that pay the full 3:2 on blackjacks are downtown at Binion's, El Cortez, Four Queens.

     Everywhere else in Las Vegas only pays 6:5 on blackjacks, which gives the house a huge advantage. The game of Blackjack altered into the 6:5 by changing a few of the standard rules such as, reducing the blackjack payout to 6-5, requiring the dealer to hit and not stand on what's called a soft 17 (an ace and a 6), and not permitting the player to double-down on any two cards, casinos have radically skewed the odds toward the house. People can find a house edge of 1.45% for single deck 6:5 Blackjack on the Strip people can check out Bally’s, Encore, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, MGM Grand and a few other casinos.


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  • Thanksgiving Events in Las Vegas

    Posted on November 25, 2009 by Jordan

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    Another Thanksgiving is upon us, and leading into this holiday season Las Vegas has much to offer. For those who are looking to book a last minute trip, many of the hotels are offering a free night when people book 3 night stays. This is a great way to save on a trip to Vegas this Thanksgiving when booking 3 or more nights. Below is some of the events going on in Las Vegas this Thanksgiving.

    Restaurants all around town will be adding turkey to the menu for this year’s American holiday classic. Thanksgiving Dinner is a unique dining experience in Las Vegas because menus range from traditional home cooked dinner to innovative creations of typical ingredients used this time of the year. There are many Thanksgiving meals going to be served up in Las Vegas, making it easy to suite everyone’s tastes.

    There is also a lot of entertainment going on around Vegas this Thanksgiving. Starting Wednesday, people can catch the performances of Cher at Caesars Palace or be magician David Copperfield at the MGM Grand. Thanksgiving day there are the typical hot spots around the Strip in the nightclubs, bars and lounges. Friday night catch shows from classic performers such as, Jay Leno at the Mirage, or Bill Cosby at the Treasure Island. On Saturday, KISS is performing at the Palms. To wrap up the long weekend, catch a comedy show of David Spade at the Venetian.

    For those who are looking to get some great deals on Christmas shopping this Thanksgiving, the Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas will be open. Shoppers can beat the Holiday rush. The Shopper Shuttle will run on Thanksgiving Day, departing from the MGM Grand Hotel, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and Fashion Show Mall. On Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 26 the mall will be open 10am to 6pm. For the best deals shoppers can catch the Midnight Madness on Friday, November 27 when the outlet mall opens from 12am to 8pm.


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  • Fontainebleau Ownership Battle

    Posted on November 24, 2009 by Jordan

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    A possible merger and acquisition is in the near future of the 70 percent built Fontainebleau Las Vegas. The sluggish economy altered Fontainebleau's ability to sell its condominium units, which would have paid much of the construction costs for this project situated near the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. Unfortunately, Bank of America, the resort's largest lender, refused to provide further financing for the project and as a result, Fontainebleau Las Vegas LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June of 2009. The Fontainebleau Las Vegas is a $2.9 billion, 3,889-room, 68-story hotel, casino, and condo development which will include a 95,000-square-foot casino, a 60,000-square-foot spa, 3,300-seat performing arts theater, 1,018 condo-hotel units, 180,000-square-feet of retail space, 400,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor conference space, nightclubs, and 24 restaurants and lounges.
     
    American gaming company Penn National originally offered a bid of $145 million for the Fontainebleau property. Then billionaire Carl Icahn, who was the former owner of the Stratosphere and the Arizona Charlie's hotel-casinos offered $156.5 million and Penn dropped out of the race. Icahn is no stranger to the Las Vegas gaming market, but last year one of his companies booked a $700 million profit by selling American Casino and Entertainment Properties LLC to a Goldman Sachs real estate fund for $1.2 billion. Other local gaming groups have filled paper work to be eligible to place a bid on the property on the Strip, but nothing formal has been presented at this time.

     

    Some $1.675 billion has been borrowed against the project and contractors have asserted liens of $424 million against it. Plus it will take at least $1.5 billion to $2 billion to finish the Fontainebleau. Whoever buys the site would have rights to the Fontainebleau name for 12 months after the sale, though the remaining construction is expected to last at least 16 months.


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  • Best Tattoo Parlors Las Vegas

    Posted on November 23, 2009 by Jordan

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    Getting a tattoo while in Las Vegas has become a real trendy appeal for visitors. Las Vegas attracts tattoo enthusiasts from all over who incorporate getting some ink done as part of their Vegas experience. Popularity in getting art done to ones body has soared in the past few year, which sparked many tattoo parlors opening up in Las Vegas. Below are some places that people can check out if they are looking to get a tattoo while in Las Vegas.

    There are some great tattoo artists in Las Vegas, some local secrets, and others are well known celebrities. Some of the best tattoo artists are said to be here in Vegas located just off of the Strip. The Skin Factory is a great local place to get a tattoo, with owner and head tattoo artist of the shop Eddie Lin and his wife Vallee. Artistic flair is apparent in every corner of the studio, with murals on the walls and many photos of previous work done. Another place to get some ink done is by the popular Las Vegas tattoo artist Dirk Vermin is a local icon who currently leads the Pussykat Tattoo Parlor, which is known for quality work.

    By far the most popular places to get a tattoo is at the places on the strip owned by big names. Often referred to as just tourist traps, the more common route of getting a tattoo in Vegas is either at motocross rider Carey Hart’s Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company at the Hard Rock or Motley Crue frontman’s Vince Neil Ink. Although being located on the Vegas Strip is very practical, these tattoo parlors will charge tourists a higher price as part of the Sin City experience.


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