Chinese high rollers head to Saipan

Macau now has competition.

The Pacific island of Saipan is suddenly becoming a destination spot for Chinese high rollers, and the makeshift casino is cleaning up. The casino also happens to be run by a former protege of President-elect Donald Trump. The video above from Bloomberg explains how the staggering numbers have attracted the attention of U.S. anti-money laundering officials.


Old School Vegas

Here’s a great shot from 1959.


Party time in Kentucky for the Derby

Gronk and the Kentucky Derby – this shoudn’t be a surprise!

This is one party you definitely want to put on your bucket list . . .


The GoldenEye Hotel and Resort: “The Ultimate James Bond Experience in Ocho Rios, Jamaica”

The GoldenEye Hotel and Resort offers high rollers the ultimate Caribbean vacation escape for those seeking VIP treatment and luxury amenities. Owned by the founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell and named after one of Fleming’s World War II missions, Operation GoldenEye, this hotel and resort is home to five luxury villas.

The hotel is perfectly situated in the charming little village of Oracabessa which lies on the north coast of Jamaica. The GoldenEye Hotel and Resort is where author Ian Flemming brought 007 James Bond to life in 1952.

The hotel itself includes Flemming’s home and three original villas, nine new beach cottages, six new lagoon suites, two new lagoon cottages and is spread across 52 acres of lush Jamaican land. The surrounding land offers guests the perfect opportunity to unwind, explore and swim because of its picturesque private beaches, secret coves, breathtaking lagoons and tropical forests.

It’s all about privacy when guests stay in the Flemming Villa which features the most private atmosphere you can imagine and glorious. You will feel as though you literally left the rest of the world behind. Of course, there is rich history to be absorbed. If the walls of this villa could talk, guests would hear amazing tales of spies, famous writers, artists and great seducers also known as James Bond himself. This 10-person villa has fabulous amenities such as a fully equipped situ kitchen, spacious dining area with jalousie-style windows, a fully stocked wet bar with Blackwell Rum and popular Jamaican snacks, private swimming pool, large media room and more. When it comes to dining you can choose to dine under the renowned almond trees which were planted by Ian Flemming, enjoy spicy jerk chicken at the Fleming Beach BBQ or dinner in the Fleming Cave. The two and one bedroom villas are equally beautiful and offer exquisite amenities for all who stay there and the lagoon cottages are steps away from Low Cay Beach. Think you can afford $7,500 a night minimum? If you’re a high roller you probably can!

Guests staying at the GoldenEye Hotel and Resort can sip pina coladas at the Bizot Bar on the beach by the sea, enjoy low key dining and authentic Jamaican specialties and listen to the sounds of Radio Nova, broadcast from France. In the mood for dinner by sunset? Dine sky high in the treetops at The Gazebo restaurant which overlooks the lagoon and Low Cay Beach and sample succulent dishes such as lobster tail and seasoned rack of lamb. If you want to stay in your room, you can dine there too with the hotel’s excellent in-room dining service!

If guests want to stay active during their stay at this first-class hotel and resort, they can get involved in a variety of fun activities like core training where you can burn off unwanted calories, tennis courts, water sports like skiing and snorkeling and a team morning run. Ride a mountain bike to Firefly Hill, jog along the beach during a picturesque Jamaican sunset and practice sunset yoga with other guests.

If you are seeking a little more adventure, you can go on the glass bottom boat ride and see over 700 species of colorful fish in Oracabessa Bay or join one of the local Oracabessa fisherman for a morning fishing trip! Looking for some pampering and VIP treatment to compliment the rest of your luxury experience at GoldenEye? Check out the FieldSpa which offers a variety of facials, massages and world-class spa treatments.

Simon is a writer and content specialist who is addicted to being on the front page of anything. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he specializes in using the em dash too often. Currently, Simon rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada. Check out his recent thoughts on gaming.


Aria’s Impressive Technological Innovations

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If you haven’t taken a close look at the Aria Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, you might want to swing by and have a look if you are the type of person who enjoys witnessing a showcase for new and exciting technology. Aria is a marvel of ingenuity, and was described in Popular Mechanics as possibly “the most technologically advanced hotel ever built.”

Let’s take a closer look.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Aria is the largest hotel in the world to be awarded the LEED Gold certification. Put simply, LEED is a system of rating buildings for their “green” efficiency. So for example, things like power consumption and the use of ecologically friendly materials in construction.

Here is a small sample of some of the innovations put forth by the Aria Hotel and the CityCenter complex:

• Water conservation technology and programs that will save between 30% and 43% of water within the buildings and 60% in outdoor landscaping
• World’s first fleet of stretch limos powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG)
• Slot machine bases to serve as floor air-conditioning distribution units, cooling public spaces from the ground up in the occupied zones, rather than wasting energy by cooling the empty space below the ceiling
Smart Rooms
The 4004 rooms at Aria are capable of handling many different tasks automatically:
• Adjust curtains and play music when guests enter
• Turn off unused lights and electronics when a guest leaves
• Regulate the temperature when a guest enters or leaves a room
Guests actually have the option of saving their settings so that when they return, even if it is a year later, everything will be exactly as they left it.

In addition, technicians are working on a way to allow guests to control their room from afar, say through a phone app, such that guests could turn on their air conditioning before returning to their rooms so that when they do arrive, it’s already cold.

Heat Sensitive Wireless

Aria’s wireless system is formidable. Described as “heat sensitive,” the Wi-Fi network is able to read the density of activity on the network and boost Wi-Fi strength for parts of the grid that require more bandwidth. So if a huge fleet of busses filled with people desperate to check their email unloads at the front door, your phone’s internet is not going to struggle to keep up with the influx of new traffic.

The 3000-square-foot Data Center

Aria promotes choice – for both itself and the customer. Instead of having “static” machines that house one particular game, or even a collection of different games, Aria opts for variable “gambling stations” that are controlled from a 300-square-foot data center. Each station sports an HD screen, and what is on the screen depends entirely on what games happen to be popular. Anything can be put onto the screen. So if blackjack happens to be more popular that weekend, there will be more blackjack put onto these multi-purpose displays.

Simon is a writer and content specialist who is addicted to being on the front page of anything. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he specializes in using the em dash too often. Currently, Simon rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada. Check out a recent example of his work here.


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