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Fifteen Years Later, Casino Royale’s $1 Beer Promotion Ends, Now $2

A 15-year-long casino promotion at Casino Royale is coming to an end.

The Strip casino says it’s sold more than seven million bottles of Michelob for $1. All good things must come to an end, and that includes this ridiculously good deal.

The good news is Casino Royale will now serve that same bottle of beer for (wait for it) $2.

Casino Royale beer promotion

Casino Royale may be small in size, but it’s big on value.

While we have never personally had a beer (no, really), this, too, seems like a ridiculously good deal.

On its Facebook page, Casino Royale shared, “We will still enjoy providing everyone with the lowest-priced drinks on The Strip and look forward to seeing you soon.”

The “lowest-priced drinks on The Strip” part is up for debate. For example, Stage Door has $1 PBRs and Flamingo’s happy hour (5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) features 5-cent beer.

Casino Royale and its beer promotion are a throwback to a different era in Las Vegas where low prices were enticements to get gamblers through the doors, rather than rewards for player loyalty.

Casino Royale

Strip location, downtown vibe. Feel free to use that in your ads, Casino Royale.

The cost of a bottle of beer for a casino is about a buck, so while a $1 bottle isn’t a loss-leader, it’s break-even, with gambling revenue taking up the slack.

Fifteen years was a long run in casino promotion years, and few would begrudge Casino Royale a price adjustment after seven million beers.

It’s worth noting Casino Royale is on an ever-shorter list of Strip casinos with free parking, so we’ll give them a pass on the beer promotion price bump.

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Excavators Hit Mother Lode of WTF at Las Vegas Club

It was a distinctly “Only in Vegas!” moment when an excavator at the Las Vegas Club unearthed a cache of cheerleader uniforms during the demolition of the casino’s south tower.

No, really.

Las Vegas Club cheerleader uniforms

We’ll zoom in shortly, keep your pom poms on.

It was a sight to behold as scores of blue and yellow cheerleader outfits cascaded down from the eighteenth floor of the Las Vegas Club’s hotel tower.

Las Vegas Club demolition

As if we weren’t already turned on by the use of heavy machinery.

The Las Vegas Club, of course, was a sports-themed casino, so employees such as cocktail servers wore cheerleader uniforms.

In time, the theme faded and the cheerleader uniforms were stashed in one of the hotel’s uppermost rooms.

The uniforms sat unmolested for years, until demolition crews ripped open the storage room and gravity did the rest.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Note the uniform storage room at the top of the frame, complete with shelves and boxes of uniforms. Yes, there are more.

We’ve been watching the demolition of the Las Vegas Club obsessively, but the cheerleader costume “waterfall” was a highlight of the months-long process.

Crews are making quick work of the casino’s south tower, and will soon begin dismantling the north tower.

We can only imagine what treasures await the excavator’s maw.

Las Vegas Club demolition

We do not use the term “maw” lightly.

The Las Vegas Club is being demolished to make way for a new resort. Let’s just say we’re anxious to see the cocktail waitress uniforms.

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Caesars Palace Development to Include New Hotel Tower

For months, Caesars Entertainment officials have said the company will develop seven acres in front of Caesars Palace, now we’ve got the scoop on what that development will be.

According to our source, the space in front of Caesars Palace won’t be what may have suspected, retail. The upcoming project is a much bigger move.

We’re hearing Caesars Palace is set to build a new hotel tower.

The new hotel tower is currently waiting for board approval, but we anticipate that approval, and an official announcement of the project, will come soon.

Caesars Palace fountains

Caesars Palace currently has 3,976 rooms. Yes, we counted.

It seems the new Caesars Palace hotel tower will sit in the space where the “Absinthe” tent is located, but it’s unknown what that means for the popular show.

Absinthe tent Caesars Palace

This is the area where the new tower will go. The “Absinthe” tent is much fancier now.

While the success of “Absinthe” has generated substantial revenue for Caesars, it would pale in comparison to the potential profit which would come from increased room inventory and convention space.

Absinthe tent

There’s no timeline for when the new tower is being built, but it’s a good idea to see “Absinthe” while you still can.

The new Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, formerly Serendipity 3, will sit at the foot of the new tower. Hell’s Kitchen is expected to open in December 2017.

Caesars Entertainment has played its development plans close to the vest, saying the land is ideal for “additional convention space to retail.” A new hotel tower could feature both.

While the cost of the hotel tower project isn’t known, the resort’s 26-story, 949-room Augustus tower cost $289 million.

Caesars Entertainment is flush with cash at the moment, about $2 billion, having recently emerged from bankruptcy, because ‘Merica.

The arrival of another hotel tower in front of Caesars Palace would change the profile of the resort dramatically. And we thought it was a big deal that a retail store was constructed on the casino’s fountains.

Caesars Palace fountains

Not all changes in Las Vegas are happy changes, but many are.

Ultimately, Caesars Entertainment is looking to bolster its bottom line by making the most of under-utilized space.

We love shiny new things in Las Vegas, so we’re already on board and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this iconic Las Vegas resort.

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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.

Casino loyalty club cards

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 Casino

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.

Station Casinos app

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 the app to their loyalty club account, otherwise known as a “Boarding Pass.”

Station Casinos app

The account linking process is a great reminder you don’t know your mother well enough.

That’s pretty much it for the set-up, then you’re ready to connect to your slot machine. Without a card. Or one of those coiled leashes. Just your smartphone. Glorious.

Just hold your phone near the slot machine’s card slot (make sure Bluetooth is enabled), hit “Connect to Machine” (see below) and magical slot machine elves do the rest.

That’s probably not the technical methodology you were hoping to see here, but we are a blog, not an app developer.

Cardless Connect

Don’t make fun of our tier, it’s rude.

Once you’re connected to the slot machine, you accumulate points just as you would with your old-timey loyalty club card.

You can tell you’re connected because the card slot turns green.

Casino cardless loyalty club

You’re good, bro.

Your app will confirm you’re good, bro.

Casino cardless loyalty club

In Vegas, it’s all about being connected.

When your session is done, you can hit the “Disconnect” button on the app, or the system will disconnect automatically after 30-45 seconds of inactivity. The connection will also be terminated based upon your device’s distance from the machine, depending upon the device and Bluetooth strength, per Station Casinos.

This system, called Cardless Connect, has the potential to be huge. Not just for Station Casinos, but for casinos overall.

Having a convenient way for player to participate in loyalty clubs means more will do so. That means the system isn’t merely a perk for players, it’s also a boon for casinos.

Casino loyalty clubs have been around since the 1990s, inspired by (translation: lifted from) the frequent flyer model made popular by American Airlines. Loyalty programs are a way to keep customers coming back and are a critical part of casino marketing efforts.

Fun fact: The first casino loyalty club was Total Rewards. It’s the loyalty club of Caesars Entertainment, and its or original name was Total Gold.

Play with your card, you’re “rated.” Play without, you’re “unrated.” Unrated players are the bane of a casino’s existence, as players who use their loyalty club card can be enticed into returning.

Station Casinos app

Admit it, this isn’t the first time you’ve connected with a slot in Vegas.

Casinos know how important it is to reward loyal customers, so loyalty club use can lead to lots of deals, discounts and freebies.

Another fun fact: Members of some casino loyalty clubs receive more than 150 pieces of direct mail a year.

So, what’s next for the cardless system at Station Casinos?

It’s likely there are more kinks to be worked out. The company no doubt watching closely to see how the cardless system impacts play and usage.

We tried dozens of machines, and the results were impressive. Still, there were a couple of machines where the connection failed. The app prompts players to move the phone closer for a better connection.

There are life lessons being taught here, you know.

Cardless loyalty club

This is actually less sexy than it sounds.

Moving closer didn’t work, so we got the “Cannot Connect” message and were prompted to use a physical card, which sort of defeats the purpose of the system.

Cardless Connect slot machines

Rejected.

Still, failures happened on just a fraction of the slot machines we tried linking to (thanks a lot, Buffalo).

We expect the Cardless Connect system will be rolled out to the roughly 20 Las Vegas casinos operated by Station Casinos sometime in 2018, then you can try the system for yourself.

You’ll soon have a bunch of useless cards, so check out our 11 Alternate Uses for Your Casino Players Club Card.

You can find out more about how to use the Cardless Connect system at the Station Casinos blog. Yes, Station Casinos has a blog. And, yes, you can have a hall pass to check it out without feeling like you’re cheating on us. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

As billed, the cardless loyalty club connection system is a fun, fast way to avoid fumbling with cards and to get all the casino perks you deserve for your play.

This cardless system has another benefit in that it feels like you have a superpower along the lines of motion-activated doors at grocery stores and shopping malls.

You won’t just feel like you’re using a player’s card, you’ll feel like you’re using the Force.

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Resorts World Doubles Its Number of Cranes (To Two)

Resorts World has become the “molasses in wintertime” of Las Vegas resort construction projects.

While progress has been agonizingly slow, we have seen recent signs of activity. Specifically, Resorts World has doubled its number of construction cranes.

Now, there are precisely two. We’ve shown you the one in back of the building, now take a gander at the one in front.

Resorts World

Maybe it’s not about how many cranes there are, but how willing they are to work on weekends and eat lunch at their desk.

Have you noticed nobody ever leaves a gander? Always take, take, take.

Resorts World is being built on the bones of the abandoned Echelon Place.

Resorts World

Oh, look, the second crane, trying to look busy.

When Echelon Place was being built, it was not uncommon to see a dozen cranes looming over the site.

Now, not so much. Take a look.

Still, a closer peek reveals more materials at the site’s “laydown yard,” an area where construction materials are delivered and stored until needed for installation.

Other than that, any changes aren’t particularly visible.

Resorts World construction

Laydown yards are awesome because who doesn’t love yards and laying down?

In May 2017, it was announced “major construction” was “imminent.” Let’s just say there’s a reason certain words are in quotation marks.

The company behind Resorts World, Malaysia-based Genting Group, has said a lot of the work being done on its $4 billion resort involves things people can’t see, like “utility lines and working out easements.”

We’re pretty sure “working out easements” is a euphemism for something.

Resorts World

Resorts World is testing some mirrored windows. That’s new!

The fact remains the Asian-themed Resorts World is moving at a panda’s pace.

Presumably, delays have been related to the “devaluation of Malaysia’s currency and the unavailability of construction cranes.”

We have to wonder if Genting, in high school, blamed the dog when it forgot to do its homework.

Resorts World construction

There’s a chance this is fancy, imported Malaysian dirt! Don’t hate.

It’s time Resorts World got serious about itself. More cranes. More steel. More people in hard hats cat-calling passersby.

Because Vegas shines most brightly when it makes new things.

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Bigass Excavator Bites Into Las Vegas Club Casino Towers

The demolition of downtown’s Las Vegas Club casino continues, and we’ve got exclusive photos and video to keep you in the loop on all the glorious carnage.

Las Vegas Club demolition

The housekeeping staff is really falling behind at Las Vegas Club.

North American Dismantling Corp.’s high reach excavator, nicknamed Bronto, has been working is way up and down Las Vegas Club’s southern hotel tower.

Las Vegas Club demolition

“Before” and “after,” all in one photo.

Here’s  the exclusive video thingy.

The best part is you can watch that video over and over again and you won’t go blind or get hair on your palms.

If you’re like us and can’t get enough of demolition photos and video, you’ll want to slide your eyeballs into our Las Vegas Club demolition archive.

While the focus of the Las Vegas Club demolition has been on the hotel towers, additional work has been going on nearby as well.

A portion of the facade has been cut away, resulting in a photo op sure to win us some sort of blogging award.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Or course we blog for awards. And groupies. But mainly awards.

The baseball player statue’s days are winding down, and it’s expected the figure will be taken down with the rest of the facade.

The demolition of the Las Vegas Club is part of a larger project taking down a number of structures at 18 Fremont to make way for a new casino resort.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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