Players now have a chance to compete in order to get early access to Mafia Wars Las Vegas (called "VIP Status"). On the travel menu, you will notice the option to fly to Las Vegas is now available. After doing that, you end up on this screen:
By clicking on "Try for VIP Access", you have a chance to get into Mafia Wars Las Vegas a bit early. Here is how it works:
1. Click the "Try For VIP Access" link on the Mafia Wars Las Vegas homepage.
2. This screen will be brought up:
3. Based on the amount of poker chips you have, you will automatically default to this screen. You can then click the "Try for Access" button to see if you luck into getting into Mafia Wars Las Vegas early.
4. As you can see from the picture above, I was not selected. Your chips do not get used up for trying this. You can try again every 22 hours.
Note that the more Racks of Poker Chips you have, the better your chance to get in is. However, this caps at 50+ Racks; once you are that high, adding additional racks will not improve your chances. Additional racks will be converted to Vegas Poker Chips (Las Vegas currency) once the game goes live though, so there is no harm in collecting more than 50 stacks of chips.
You can only accept 10 Racks of Poker Chips per day, so it may take you a few days to hit the 50+ Racks of Chip limit.
Some new information about Mafia Wars Las Vegas has also been posted up:
The first thing I see is that we now have a release date for Mafia Wars Las Vegas: Late July 2010. Considering its already over a week into July, that means are are liable to see Las Vegas released in less than 3 weeks. Not bad at all!
Additionally, under the Choose your path category, we can see that there seems to be a more of a Tiered system of jobs that is quite different from from what we have seen in the past. Rather than choosing between similar jobs, its seems players will have an option of picking either stamina or energy jobs. As I predicted, it looks like we will see some jobs that use stamina rather than energy. Very interesting!
Additionally, there is a bit more info about the Vegas Casino - seems it will be producing Vegas Chips. Additionally, the Fight Club feature allows players to compete and "place bets" on fights.
It looks like currency will once again be pretty important. I hope this means that we will be able to buy loot with Vegas Chips rather than them saying we need a lot of chips to complete the jobs.