Las Vegas Advisor | Travel Room upgrades nearly done at Bellagio and Gold Coast By Anthony Curtis April 14, 2013 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. While plans for recently announced bigger Las Vegas projects continue to be formulated, two ongoing renovations are coming to conclusion. The second phase of a big room-remodeling project at Bellagio has been completed, with makeovers of 928 rooms in the Spa Tower. Three 2,500-square-foot Executive Parlor Suites, complete with a billiards lounge and home theater, have also been added. This was the continuation of a 3,387-room renovation that was completed at the end of 2011. Also, the Gold Coast is nearing completion of a remodel of 400 of its 700-plus rooms, with the refurbished accommodations scheduled to reopen in the next couple of weeks. Upgrades include new wall coverings, carpets, blackout drapes, furniture and bedding, plus new countertops in the bathrooms and hi-def TVs in the rooms. » The View: Speaking of ongoing renovations, The Palms has replaced the Playboy Club with a new bar and lounge called The View. Open Fridays and Saturdays only, beginning at 9 p.m., The View offers shuffleboard, pool and a selection of board games (checkers, chess, dominoes). Admission is free till 10:30, then there’s a $25 cover. Also, a Chronic Taco outlet is set to open in the Palms food court May 5. » Tax bonus: Two casinos will give you a little bonus for cashing your IRS refund check with them. Downtown’s El Cortez pays a bonus of 5 percent up to a maximum of $50. At the Cannery and Eastside Cannery, there’s a tiered schedule that runs from $10 to $100. It works out that the best way to play it is to cash your check at El Cortez, unless it’s $5,000 or more. Question: How are Tiger Woods’ chances in the Masters according to the sports books? Answer: He’s the favorite. By the time you read this, the Masters will be in its final round, but going in, Tiger was 3-1 to win, followed by Rory McIlroy at 8.5-1 and Phil Mickelson at 9-1. For more information about Las Vegas shows, buffets, coupons and good deals, go to www.LasVegasAdvisor.com. Previous Story Sequoia Next Story The Search for Signs of Hawaiian Life: Rockville, Md.