November 29, 2017 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – We hope everyone on the US had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. The four day weekend was a great time to be in Las Vegas, as temps have been around 70F. We’re setting back into seasonal temps in the 50’s and 60’s. Too early to tell if we’ll see the 40’s with overnight freezing temps we’ve seen the past couple of years. 2017 definitely has been on the warmer side!

$2 Beer And Free Parking – Lest your eyes glaze over, thinking I’m talking about a casino you’ve never heard of somewhere in Pahrump, perk up. Casino Royale — dead center of The Strip — continues to be a bargain-hunter’s paradise. Time and inflation took it’s toll, and they just had to (gasp) raise the price of their $1 Michelob beers to $2. This still continues to be an outstanding value, and the rest of their drink prices are still below (and sometimes well below) other Strip properties.

Honorable mention for cheap Strip booze goes to the Stage Door Casino, a video poker bar located just east of The Strip on Flamingo. Finding it is simple: Start walking down Flamingo, and when you come to the monorail tracks running overhead, you are there. Stage Door offers a hot dog and a PBR for $3, and has numerous beer and drink offerings in the $2-4 range. Just ask!

Back to Casino Royale: They continue to be a holdout with both free parking, and no resort fees. If you do use their garage, drive up to the actual second floor. (The garage is split-level. I’m talking about the floor above the floor you drive in on, where the second floor elevator landing is). While I don’t know how diligently they enforce, it, the first floor is for hotel guests. Take a few of the many bucks you are taking by parking free, and try a couple of slot spins. You’ll be rewarding them, and getting to try your luck with money that would have otherwise simply vanished to the casino parking fee.

Don’t overlook their food court, where everything is really reasonably priced for the Las Vegas Strip!

War For The Las Vegas NBA Team – Hot on the heals of the early success of the Las Vegas Golden Knights (tickets), and the plans for the NFL Raiders to move here, the war is already on for an NBA franchise. Just south of the SLS(ahara), the All Net arena claims they are fully funded and ready to begin construction. The leadership in the project has NBA ties, and the goal is to land an NBA team for the arena.

MGM Resorts, the 800-pound gorilla of Las Vegas (largest employer in Nevada), with their own T-Mobile arena surrounded by their hotels, decided that the weren’t going to stand by quietly and let the NBA end up at the other end of The Strip. They went out and spent a (guesstimated) million bucks to purchase the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA. (For the uninformed, the WNBA is the league owned by the NBA for women’s pro basketball). WNBA teams average about 7000 fans per game, and the team will play in the Mandalay Bay Events Center).

Did they buy the team because they think the Las Vegas area will rally behind the team? Or because thousands from out-of-town will plan trips around seeing their team play our team? Probably not. In fact, I’d wager that a significant number of people in the seats will be comps, helping to “paper” the arena. (A little known secret outside the industry is that the majority of shows in Las Vegas give away significant numbers of tickets away to locals, so that the paying customers enjoy seeing a show that looks like it has high demand. Seeing a show in a 3/4 empty showroom just isn’t as much fun).

At the end of the day, MGM resorts is gambling on the money they lose on the team being worth the relationship it helps them build with the NBA. Which in turn could give T-Mobile arena a leg-up on All Net when it comes to locating the NBA team which will eventually arrive here. Up in the air is whether the All-Net will still be built. I believe they will go through with it. The North Strip boom wihich I detailed a few issues ago, which included the convention center expansion, will justify a place that can hold 20,000 for an event.

Why Are The Casinos Down On Pot? – Those coming to visit and expecting wide-open legal marijuana usage in the tourist areas are in for a surprise. Pot use is only legal on private property, not on public streets. So, aren’t casinos private property and can allow use? Technically, the answer is probably yes. However, marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. Many of these casino companies operate in many states, and federal regulations to the industry are always a worry. They don’t want to raise any red flags in Washington, DC.

Memorial Crosses Have Moved – The 58 crosses (representing the 58 lost lives of the Oct. 1 shooting), have been moved from the Las Vegas sign to the Clark County Museum at Address: 1830 S Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89002, (702) 455-7955. Depending on the source, I have read that they will be displayed as-is (with all the stuff that was hung on them, placed next to them) until either Dec. 17 or 21.

They are closed as I write, so you may want to call ahead if you plan to make the journey to know the status. Everything will then be cataloged and presumably put together as a permanent display, or used as part of a not-yet-planned permanent memorial. Admission is only $2. As a bonus, the Pawn Stars fans among you may run into museum administrator Mark Hall-Patton. He’s a regular on the show, verifying the authenticity of historical artifacts which people try to pawn or sell.

If you get down that way with your rental car (a surprising number of our readers rent cars to play and stay off The Strip, visit Red Rock, Hoover Dam, and similar), do the low-rollers tour of Henderson Casinos like the Skyline, Jokers Wild, Klondike, and the trio of downtown Henderson properties Rainbow Club, Emerald Island, and Eldorado. If you miss cheap food specials, low limits, and down-home customer service like The Strip used to have 20 years ago, it still exists in that neck of the woods!

#1 In Vanity! – One of those “Top 10 City Lists” ranked Las Vegas #1 as the most sinful city. What propelled us to the top might not be what you’d think. It turns out that we’re the most vain city in the nation. Factors like having the most tanning salons per-capita and such. If you ever are visiting and thinking “The hotels have a lot of good-looking, tan people working for them”, it isn’t your imagination. Our area is full of 24/7 athletic clubs helping keep hospitality workers looking good, and spray-on tanning is extremely popular here.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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My question is , are there any casino’s that have true 3 wheel mechanical (before computer chips) slots machines that you can play? Today they have the same 3 wheel Red, White, and Blue (as an example) but these machines have chips. They sure were fun to play (and win).

Thank you,

Howard

 

Ted Responds:

The true slots before computer chips actually vanished a number of years ago. The last ones which I remember were at Little Caesars on The Strip, and at Sassy Sally’s on Fremont Street. And, this was many, many years ago.

Little Caesars was a small, “dive” casino in a shopping mall where Paris Las Vegas now stands. Sassy Sally’s was where Little Mermaids was until it’s recent closure to make way for the “new” Las Vegas Club property. Which will NOT be called Las Vegas Club.

The closest you can do on old machines at this time, is the second floor of The D downtown on Fremont Street Las Vegas.

The owner, Derek Stevens, purposely filled the second floor with older slot machines. He was so dedicated to this pursuit, that when The Riviera closed, he bought all of their older machines and put them in a warehouse. Which will allow him to have parts for the machines, and keep them running for some time.

And, as he’s the one tearing down the old Las Vegas Club to build a brand new hotel and casino, you can keep your eye out there as well once they open. I have to imagine he’s sitting on quite the treasure trove.

Hope this helps!

Ted Newkirk


Las Vegas Shows

International superstar Britney Spears’ iconic headlining residency, “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’ received an impressive four Gold Best of Las Vegas 2017 Awards. Voted by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, awards include: “Best Bachelorette Party,” “Best Bachelor Party,” “Best Production Show” and “Best Resident Performer/Headliner.” These accolades further cement Britney’s title as a true Las Vegas entertainment icon, and mark another milestone for her incredible, record-breaking show at Planet Hollywood.

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Las Vegas Dining

Las Vegas has shaken off a difficult few weeks recently. The city is back on its feet, brushing itself off, and slipping into a something comfortable for the holidays. If you’re thinking about heading to Vegas soon, here’s a peek at a few of the city’s best new restaurants — up, down and slightly off the famous Las Vegas Strip.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

On a late fall afternoon in the heart of Death Valley, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, eight construction workers sporting yellow neon vests and white hard hats were jabbing the parched desert ground with picks and shovels and installing wiring.

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Las Vegas Gambling

It wasn’t long after a Texas woman sat down at a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at the Paris last month that she hit a $1.2 million jackpot, Caesars Entertainment announced today.

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Las Vegas Hotels

The company that operates Station Casinos on Tuesday announced a new investment in the Palms that would total $485 million in improvements for the off-Strip property the company acquired about a year ago.

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Las Vegas Sports

UNLV unveiled its new court design for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Tuesday as the Las Vegas skyline is prominently featured.

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November 22, 2017 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – I want to wish you and yours the very best during this Thanksgiving Season. Here in Las Vegas, we’re having record high temperatures pushing 80F. I’m hearing that some are choosing to have their Thanksgiving dinner outdoors!

In the spirit of holiday giving, we’d like to offer you a chance to give to your Vegas-loving friends and online companions. We’d like to allow each of you to offer others a complimentary, no-obligation 45 day trial membership to what we’re doing here. Growing our subscriber list will allow us to increase member benefits! Please do the following to help get your friends on board:

– We want to make sure that these people WANT to sign up. Please do NOT send us their email address. Instead, note that we’re offering a “friends and family” free 45 day free membership to our Access Vegas Premium Insider Advantage. Friend CAN include online friends like social media friends/followers, those in an online travel group or message board, and similar.

– To familiarize them with what we’re offering, you can send them over to https://members.accessvegas.com
However, do NOT have them sign up there! Just have them look it over.

– If they like what they see, the ONLY action they need to take is sending an email to [email protected] and requesting their free 45 day trial. No credit card involved, no obligation. At the end of their trial, we’ll simply send them a nice email asking if they would like to continue.

Simple as that. The more, the merrier, and as we grow our reach, the more we can do for our members.

We’ll be back to our normal format next issue. I wish you all the best holiday season possible.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

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Where are the cheap places to eat and gamble which are within walking distance of the Las Vegas Strip (or a very short/cheap Uber ride)?

Michael C.

Ted Responds…

Getting just off The Strip will save you a fortune (compared to Las Vegas Strip pricing). You’ll save far more than the few dollars an Uber will cost you. (Not yet an Uber user? Your first ride is on us, up to $20. See the end of the post).

Gold Coast: This spacious, no-frills property is part of the Boyd Gaming company, which means they share a players card with Main Street Station, The Fremont, and California casinos downtown Las Vegas. Of note is their multiple award-winning Ping Pang Pong Chinese kitchen. 1.1 miles west of The Strip on Flamingo.

Stage Door Casino: This popular “dive bar” is located just beyond The Cromwell on Flamingo. This combination bar and liquor store serves super cheap drinks (especially considering how close they are to The Strip) and currently runs a $3 beer and hot dog special. Gambling is limited to bar top machines.

Ellis Island Casino: They have their own (really cheap and good) beer, brewed on site. Plus, a great locals pizza place called Metro Pizza and a great BBQ place. Oh, and ask about the off-menu steak special in their diner. Visitors make the trip just for that steak special.

Plus, the full-service casino has really low limits and the bar pours some stiff but inexpensive drinks. Did we mention nightly karaoke? A favorite of casino workers when they get off work. 0.6 miles east of The Las Vegas Strip on Koval, kitty-corner from The Westin Las Vegas.

Tuscany Suites and Casino: Noted for their free lounge entertainment many nights and their Pub 365 with 365 beers available and a great bar menu of burgers, tacos, and small bites, this full-sized casino and locals hang-out is .7 miles east of The Strip on Flamingo.

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Las Vegas Shows

Jason Tenner has taken his “Purple Reign” Prince tribute show to so many venues around Las Vegas over the years, it’s hard to keep track. But the show has never been to the Tropicana, until tonight. After a successful three-year run at the Westgate – including the last year and a half in the historic International Theater – “Purple Reign” begins its new residency this week in another classic Vegas room, the Tropicana Theater that was once known as the Tiffany Theater and home for almost 50 years to “Les Folies Bergere.”

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Las Vegas Dining

As temperatures cool down, the restaurant scene in Las Vegas is heating up with new eateries that have recently opened or soon will open. New eateries include one from Giada De Laurentiis, one from Gordon Ramsay, and a popular and historic Los Angeles deli has added two Las Vegas locations, including one just steps from the Strip.

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Las Vegas Gambling

A big bettor went undefeated, running from Las Vegas sportsbook to sportsbook, placing multiple six-figure wagers with little regard for the odds. A furniture salesman from Houston hedged a promotion that would cost him $10 million in refunds with big bets on the Houston Astros. And ticket brokers attempted to lay off the risk of losing millions of dollars in potential profits, if the series didn’t reach Game 7.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) is embarking on its biggest expansion in Las Vegas since completing Wynn Encore in 2008. The golf course redevelopment, once known as Paradise Park, is entering its final design phase and will soon begin construction.

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Just under a year ago, I was in Las Vegas to support some of my friends who were running in the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon. This is a trip that my friends and I often make, and I have previewed and followed up on races in the past. The weather for this race was much nicer than the one the year before, which was great both for the runners, as well as those of us spectating towards the end of the marathon route.

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Las Vegas Sports

Las Vegas Lights Football Club (FC) today unveiled a logo that is by the fans, for the fans and of the fans, with elements inspired by hundreds of fan submissions. The result is a logo unique in many ways, capturing the essence of the city that Lights FC will represent when it begins play in the United Soccer League (USL) in February 2018.

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Exploring The Venetian And Palazzo On A Friday Night!

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Caesars Entertainment has been donating used furniture to victims of this year’s hurricanes.

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Fall 1993: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, TV Spot Prior To Opening

TV commercial promoting the opening of the MGM Grand.


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Latest Concerts Added
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November 8, 2017 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – Wow, October may be the absolute best weather month to visit. However, November is giving it a run for the money this year. Highs in the low 70’s and overnight lows around 50F have been the norm, and the 10 day forecast calls for it to continue. We’re getting the payback for what can only be called a pretty brutal summer (June saw lengthy record heat and the rest of the summer wasn’t much more kind).

We put up with four months of heat (mid-May to Mid-Sept.) for 8 months of sunshine where the temps are either really nice, or tepid and tolerable. Granted, I don’t mind the normal summer heat. When I say “normal”, I’m referring to the average July high of 104F. Not the pounding 110+ that we saw for days on end this summer.

#VegasStrong For Long? – The debate has started about whether it is time to wind down the #VegasStrong theme. Some podcasters and bloggers feel that it is running it’s course, the #CITYStrong is kind of getting worn out, and visitors come here to get away from problems and bad news. Not to be reminded of them.

On the flip side, we’re heaving from readers and visitors who are keenly interested in ongoing news about the tragedy. Many visitors feel like they are honorary citizens of Las Vegas, took the event almost as much as a punch in the gut as locals did, and are looking forward to visiting the makeshift memorial at the sign on their next visit. Perhaps to light a candle, leave flowers, simply pay respects.

Here’s how we’re going to handle it: We’ll continue to post links to news and human interest stories related to the shooting for those so inclined. However, I’m going to reserve comments and my commentary until the dust settles, or major news breaks. For example, I think something will finally come out about the tug-of-war between MGM Resorts and law enforcement. However, I’m not going to speculate prematurely.

As far as when it runs its course? I think that will be up to visitors to decide. With no permanent memorial yet announced, I feel that the Las Vegas sign will be a makeshift memorial as long as visitors make it one.

North Strip Update – Oh so much news about the North Strip! Many of you have most likely avoided going north of Wynn/Encore because there are long walks between not much. Even if you have to get up to SLS and Stratosphere (for whatever reason), the monorail has been the way to go. That is going to change dramatically in the next couple of years. Here’s a north-to-south overview of what to anticipate:

– The Stratosphere (and both Arizona Charlie’s) have been bought by Golden Gaming, which owns a few casinos scattered around Nevada (Pahrump and Laughlin), and more importantly operates the most dominant chains of bar and grills around Las Vegas (over 60 locations at my last count). They plan unspecified investments in the property. For now, what I’d look to is them taking all they’ve learned with their bars and non-Vegas Strip casinos and making things very easy on the wallet to lure people through the door.

– SLS(ahara) was recently sold to a Reno casino operator. Our hope was that he would bring Reno-style hospitality and pricing to The Strip. Unfortunately, that sale seems up in the air. Word is that, despite the intense renovation of the property, it still has significant problems and the price needs to come down to make the deal work. No word of what those issues are, but one has to assume they are infrastructure issues which were glossed over during the renovation. (I’m just making a guess here, not a statement). Those of you who have worked on old houses know that you can make the house look great, but that doesn’t mean the plumbing and electrical are new.

– The All Net Arena, on the old Wet ‘N’ Wild property just south of SLS, claims that financing is in place for them to build an NBA-style arena on the property. This has been in the world for years, and the principles have NBA connections. However, not so fast on this one. MGM Resorts will have none of this. If we get an NBA team, they want it in their own T-Mobile arena. So much so, that to build a relationship with the NBA, they just went out and bought San Antonio’s WNBA team and is relocating it to Las Vegas. (WNBA games will be in the smaller Mandalay Bay Events Center, not at T-Mobile. This due to the expected number of ticket sales per game).

– Nothing much new since we reported the sale of the Fontainebleau. I expect that we’ll hear something sooner than later, as the convention center expansion is slated to open in 2020. Given their proximity to this expansion, it would do them well to have the door open when that happens.

– Circus Circus continues to be the red-headed step-child of MGM Resorts. However, don’t expect them to part with it anytime soon. They are just biding their time. They were instrumental in pushing the funding for the new convention center expansion, which is a stones-throw away. Just as they are remodeling, de-theming, and upgrading the Monte Carlo, I’d expect a similar initiative with Circus around a year before the new convention space across the street comes online. The value of the property will rise dramatically in a couple of years. I find it unfortunate that MGM Resorts seems to love de-theming casino properties. However, all is not lost on the theme front…

– Resorts World (old Stardust) has hired a construction manager, and multiple cranes are on-site and on the rise. This property will be seriously Asian themed and be the first themed casino to be built here since Paris Las Vegas opened in 1999. Nearly 20 years.

As always, we’ll keep you in the loop and continue to make you among the most informed visitors to Las Vegas.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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I’m thinking of staying at the El Cortez? I like the nostalgic thought of “old Vegas” but I want somewhere clean and nice. Also, is that part of downtown Las Vegas safe?

Lynn D.

The Lobby Stairs of the El Cortez Hotel Casino Las Vegas
The Lobby Stairs of the El Cortez Hotel Casino Las Vegas

Ted Responds:

The El Cortez is an often overlooked gem. If you want traditional, stay in their normal rooms (not the newer, hipper, more expensive Cabana suites across the street). The traditional rooms are clean and well-kept.

Located on East Fremont Street, it is a quick 2 block walk from the Fremont Street Experience. It is generally very safe, and surrounded by a number of great bars and restaurants.

The El Cortez has a full gambling casino with slots, table games, a sports book, and even keno! The slots are loose, and the table games have low limits with good rules.

Locals love their Parlour Bar happy hour with $5 appetizers, 1/2 priced draft beer, and 2-1 cocktails. Their other bar Ikes has similar (minus the appetizers) from 11PM – 1 AM.

Hope this helps!

Ted Newkirk


Las Vegas Shows

Music legend Rod Stewart will return to Las Vegas in June 2018 to resume his ongoing, acclaimed residency “Rod Stewart: The Hits.”at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Tickets for six new shows June 12 – 23, 2018 will go on sale to the public Saturday, Nov. 4 at noon PT.

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Las Vegas Dining

Celebrated chef, author and television personality, Giada De Laurentiis, is anticipated to open her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace in early 2018. Taking a page from her highly-successful, GIADA, at The Cromwell also in Las Vegas, Pronto, will offer guests De Laurentiis’ signature Italian fare with California influences but in a fast, casual format.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Funny what you find in the middle of the desert. A rifle almost as old as Nevada’s statehood leaned against a tree. Cars stuck in the cracked earth like knives neatly thrown by a giant. The bleached bones of bighorn sheep that leapt a little too far.

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Las Vegas Sports

The WNBA and NBA Board of Governors have unanimously approved the relocation of the San Antonio Stars to Las Vegas, WNBA President Lisa Borders announced today. MGM Resorts International will own and operate the team, which will begin play in Las Vegas in the 2018 season. The team’s home arena will be the Mandalay Bay Events Center, one of the city’s premier entertainment venues, having hosted major concert and sports events since opening in 1999.

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Las Vegas Hotel

The iconic Caesars Palace Las Vegas has completed the renovation of its Palace Tower, the resort’s largest tower, featuring 1,181 stylishly designed guest rooms and suites and a price tag topping $100 million. Considered the crown jewel of the tower, the coveted 29th floor features ten luxurious new villas featuring exquisite finishes, bespoke furnishings and a curated art program.

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Weddings At The Mob Museum

(Producers Notes) The Mob Museum is Las Vegas’ most arresting venue where you can throw a wedding that will top anyone’s most wanted list. Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the Museum is housed in the historic former federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office, meticulously restored to its original grandeur.

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Top 10 Reasons To Move To Las Vegas, Nevada

Top 10 reasons to move to Las Vegas, Nevada.

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NuWu Cannabis Marketplace Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) NuWu Cannabis Marketplace is opening on the North End of Downtown Las Vegas. It is The Largest Recreational Dispensary in the Nation. With Over 16,000 Sq ft. of retail space, it is going to be the largest recreational cannabis retail store of its kind in Las Vegas. I suspect the volume of people coming to the store will keep supplies low. Because of this, I would wager that grow operations will expand to keep up with the demand. This still is a new industry here in Las Vegas and there will be some growing pains in order to meet the demand of the product. Keep in mind this is just my opinion as the business of cannabis grows in the Las Vegas area.


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Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – We’re running a little late this week, and I won’t lie: That incredible World Series provided to be a bit of a diversion. I work from mid-afternoon into the evening and while I was plugging away with it on in the background, the distracting moments were many. Las Vegas is generally Los Angeles Dodgers territory and I’m a passive Dodgers fan. However, I’m not unhappy for the people of Houston to get a world series to rally around. This one didn’t disappoint.

October is always the best month of the year here, and this one was no exception. Highs in the 70’s and 80’s, very little wind, sunny days, and pleasant evenings were the norm. Many of you from colder weather areas will still find November pleasant, but with an average high of only 63F, you need to be packing a jacket instead of a bathing suit.

All but a handful of pools have closed, and even the pool areas that are “open” are open in name only. I know that in the case of Bellagio, the majority of the pool areas are closed off. If you do choose to hit the pool, it will be you, a handful of hearty Canadians, and perhaps a fitness buff swimming laps. Oh, and with the sun so low in the sky, there is going to be a lot more shade than sun. So, be advised.

The Tragedy – A month later, life on The Strip has returned to a semblance of normalcy. However, thoughts of the incident are fresh in visitors minds. Tourism took a slight dip, but is looking to be rebounding. Since the national coverage has dwindled to nothing, we’re going to keep linking to stories, whether they be human interest (how survivors are doing) or anything new in the investigation.

I’m really going to avoid commenting on most of the conspiracy theories. I’ve read and watched a number of them on YouTube. To someone who lives here and has my knowledge of the area, many of them are downright ludacris.

One looked at the flight radar for our area via FlightRadar24.com, and pointed to a big jet flying right over Mandalay Bay at the time the shooting started. Of course there was. For those not familiar with aviation, many flight plans follow “highways in the sky”, each with their own lanes (altitudes). This keeps planes from running into each other, helps air traffic control generally keep the skies organized, and specifically out west here, helps planes avoid the vast amount of military air space.

For example, a huge part of Southern Nevada, just north of our area, is the testing and practice range for Nellis Air Force Base. Adjacent is Area 51. You do not want to look out your airplane window to see jet fighters doing loop-de-loops around you, or find that a Martian space craft is zooming by! These routes avoid those areas. What does this have to do with planes over Mandalay Bay? Las Vegas is a major intersection for these air routes in the Southwest. Flying from Dallas to San Francisco? Highly likely your flight will take you right over McCarran airport. And, Mandalay Bay. At 30,000 feet.

One Month Documentary – Local channel Fox 5 put together an amazing one hour special on the shooting, including interviews and lots of cell phone footage. Well worth checking out at FOX5 NEWS Documentary – 1 October: One Month Later

Flight Booking Tip – Speaking of aviation, here’s an often overlooked pro tip when you are booking your flights. Three kinds of flight exist: Non-Stop, Direct, and Connecting. Non-Stop obviously means what it says. If you leave Dallas and don’t touch the ground until you land in Las Vegas, you are Non-Stop. Non-Strop flights are often incorrectly referred to by travelers as Direct flights. However, Direct flight involve a stop, but no plane change. If you get on in Dallas, make a stop in Albuquerque but never leave the plane, and the same plane takes you on to Las Vegas, you have gone Direct. If you have to get off and change planes, you have gone Connecting.

Obviously, people are after a Non-Stop flight if one is available. However, if one isn’t from your area, pay close attention to your flight choices so you can attempt to book a Direct flight. How do you know if a flight is direct (no plane change)? Both legs of the flight will have identical flight numbers.

It is the same plane, same flight. This brings many benefits. You won’t miss your connection, because you flew in on your connection. (Some of those flights with short connections look tempting because you get here faster. Which becomes completely moot if you miss your connection). You won’t have to deplane, traverse the airport, and board a new flight. Neither will your luggage, which means fewer delayed bags.

Discount Carriers – Many of you are aware of, or use discount carriers like Allegiant and Spirit. Las Vegas based Allegiant is particularly attractive to many because they serve mid-sized airports throughout the US where your only other option is a puddle-jumper which will take you to a larger hub to connect. Just a word of warning: Allegiant, in particular, generally operates flights that start out in Las Vegas, fly to the destination city, and then return to Las Vegas. And, only a couple of times a week.

If mechanical or crew trouble grounds a flight, you run the risk of not making it here, or not getting out of here. For days, not hours. I’ve read stories of this happening to passengers on both of these carriers in the past few weeks. If they can’t get a plane out of here, you aren’t going home, and the people coming aren’t going to have a flight. If they have issues in another city, it isn’t like they have a spare plane or crew just sitting there. Like anything in Las Vegas, using them is a gamble.

Enjoy the savings, but have a back-up plan (like a credit card with plenty of room on it), because if you really, really have to get back home, you may just have to suck it up and buy a full-fare ticket on another carrier.

Golden Knights A Huge Hit – Our new NHL hockey team is not only off to a sterling start in the standings, but is delivering a sterling fan experience in the new T-Mobile arena. An unknown would be how many visitors would show up to root on their home team. So far, it appears that around 30% of the crowd is rooting for the visitor. Obviously, this is a combination locals who may be from the opposing team’s area, and visitors from that city.

If you are thinking of getting a group together and coming for a game to root on your team, you can check the schedule and premium ticket availability at our site here: Vegas Golden Knights Tickets

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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Las Vegas Shows

Elton John announced the final dates of “The Million Dollar Piano,” his long-running Las Vegas residency. The climactic 14 shows will take place at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace between April 28th and May 19th, 2018.

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Las Vegas Dining

As if it wasn’t already hotter than hell here in Vegas, it’s about to get even hotter. Under construction, directly in front of Caesars Palace, is the new Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen. It’s taking over the old Serendipity 3 space located next to the Ceasar’s fountains.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

An exhibition dedicated to The Rolling stones has made its U.S West Coast debut this week, opening at the Palazzo in Las Vegas for a four-month stint.

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Las Vegas Legalized Marijuana


Las Vegas Tragedy


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Walking Through Caesars Palace 2017

(Producers Notes) Caesars Palace opened in 1966, and continues to be a top resort in Las Vegas! Walk the Vegas strip with me, and lets check it out…tour of the pool area at the end.

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How To Find A Job In Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) Getting work in Las Vegas. If you’re not prepared, you might need some help. Here is how we got jobs in Las Vegas. If you are moving to Las Vegas, this is what you can expect when trying to find work.

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The Best Buffet In Las Vegas! Caesars Palace Bacchanal Buffet Dinner Edition

(Producers Notes) Caesars Palace Bacchanal Buffet in Las Vegas is hands down my favorite buffet in the world. Here’s what they have for dinner…


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