February 28, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – Where we’re finally starting to pull out of what was a very windy, cold, not-so-pleasant month of February. Except for this weekend, I’m happy to report that the first couple weeks of March are looking pretty good! Highs in the 60’s with only modest desert breezes and we’re saying goodbye to overnight lows in the 30’s.

The Hits Keep On Coming – MGM Resorts has decided to raise resort fees at many of their properties this week. In a world where resort fees (plus the taxes on them) are pushing $40, the properties are playing a cute shell game here. For those who get comped rooms (but not resort fee comps), it isn’t as much of a comp. You are not only giving them your money in the casino, but you are essentially “paying” for the room.

To those at higher levels of play who get room, resort fee, and parking comped: Just a few years ago, there was either none (or a very, very modest) resort fee and parking was free. So, they are giving you some “comped” stuff that didn’t used to cost anything. Pretty shifty!

The backlash is starting to boil over. I recently had an op-ed published in the Review-Journal (Nevada’s largest newspaper):

COMMENTARY: Some warning signs in Las Vegas tourism numbers

A couple days later, gaming business writer Rick Velotta cited my thoughts, and piled on with his own concerns:

Parking, resort fees could put damper on Las Vegas Strip boom

We’re going to make some noise, and we’ll keep you posted.

Lame Names Keep Coming – I don’t know what is in the air, but the lack of imagination the past few years in hotel names is getting tiresome. The Imperial Palace (which conjured up visions af Asia) became The Linq, Barbary Coast (after a short stint as Bill’s Gambling Hall) became The Cromwell, Monte Carlo is currently under massive construction and being de-themed and renamed Park MGM.

Now, the unfinished Fontainebleau (the 60+ story tall blue building on the North Strip with the unfinished interior) has been given the ear-catching name of…. The Drew. Huh? Of interest is that the property will be a Marriott (Marriott has an actual modest ownership stake). Positioned right next door to the $1.4 billion convention center expansion, both will come online at about the same time.

My prediction for you? During lulls in convention periods, The Drew will have to be very careful with their room pricing due to their location. If you don’t mind grabbing a bus pass to ferry you the mile between The Drew and the Wynn/Venetian area of The Strip, you may be able to grab a nice, new room for a reasonable price.

More Good News For You – In my members-only audio column from last week, I noted that 15,000 rooms are coming online in about 3 years. Then, I backed that number off to 12,000 as I couldn’t remember one of the properties. The number is indeed around 15,000. Between Resorts World (former Stardust), Wynn Paradise Park, Wynn West, Fontainebleau, and the (yet to be named) former Las Vegas Club, we’ll see a 10% increase in available rooms.

Given that visitor volume is likely to remain stagnant, and the fact that I’m dubious about a rise in convention visitation to make up for the difference, we could see a serious case of supply and demand driving room rates down. If the economy is soft to boot, Las Vegas could turn into the bargain it was during the last recession.

Big Musical Ball – Venetian/Palazzo is moving full speed ahead in their partnership with Madison Square Garden (the company) to build an 18,000 seat, music-in-the-round concert facility behind their property. The building will be a sphere covered with (essentially) a TV screen which can broadcast video of the concert live! (I have to imagine it will also broadcast plenty of advertising during other times).

Flying The Friendly Skies – The old, dingy Terminal 1 at McCarran Las Vegas Airport has received a $30 million make-over. About time. I’m sure there was smoke coloration on that ceiling dating back to the days when smoking was allowed everywhere!

Won’t You Be Celine’s Neighbor – After really getting hit hard during the recession, Lake Las Vegas is springing back to life. Home to the famous Caesars headliner, a number of new developments are kicking in, and custom lots are available as well. If you take a drive to Hoover Dam and the weather is pleasant, take a detour to Lake Las Vegas and MonteLago Village on your way home.

Peaceful and rarely crowded, you literally won’t believe what sits 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!


Ted Newkirk, Publisher

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

Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler


Members Mania

I’m a blackjack novice. Do you have any advice to have a better chance at winning?

Charlie Casper

 

Ted Responds:

When I moved here in the 90’s, I counted cards, and did so successfully. However, that is TONS of practice and work. And, many modern rules have made it difficult to suceed at itthese days.

For the novice or casual player, the answers are pretty simple:

1. Only play 3-2 payout of blackjack. You are getting ripped off if a blackjack pays 6-5. If the table doesn’t say what the payout is, you can ask the dealer.

Play downtown on Fremont Street. You’ll find more 3-2 payout blackjack, and lower limits perfect for learning, or just having fun.

2. Try not to play against a continuous shuffle machine. The game goes faster, so you lose faster. Plus, there is some evidence that the cards seem to come out in the house’s favor more often because of the way the machine shuffles and clumps them.

3. Buy one of those strategy cards in the gift shop (or on Ebay) and USE IT no matter what your gut says. Look, there are lousy hands. Some hands will be lost most of the time no matter what. But, if you make the proper plays the card tells you to, you will lose less often.

If you are sitting on a horrible hand, do you want to follow the strategy card and lose 68% of that match-up, or do you want to go the other way and lose 77% of that particular match-up?

The card won’t beat the house edge. But, it will cut down on it.

Also, keep in mind that you can always have a lucky session or a horrible one. Even if you are playing perfectly. Don’t assume the card is wrong because you followed it and lost 6 hands in a row. Get up and change tables. You are having bad luck.

4. If you are worried about what others think, and the card tells you to do something that may not be popular with the other players (which usually means you have a bad hand), offer to let another player buy it off of you, and you will play it the way they want. Otherwise, tell them here is how you are playing it.

If you get lucky, some smart-ass will buy off your bad hand. If not, they can’t bitch because you gave them the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is.

The odds are that the other players don’t know any more about the game than you do!

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Las Vegas Shows

“INFERNO: The Fire Spectacular” at Paris Las Vegas is truly unlike any other show on the Strip. It’s definitely a whole lot hotter and that’s not just because of the copious amounts of fire. The Fuel Girls are the new breed of Vegas showgirl and their sultry allure is one of a kind.

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Las Vegas Dining

A warm desert night spent watching the silhouette of a crowd gathered to take in the dancing Bellagio Fountains creates one of the most authentic moments in Las Vegas. Rivulets of water sway back and forth, Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” plays and for a moment everyone on the Strip becomes transfixed by the same magical sight – no easy feat in Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly one of the natural wonders of the world. A vast, raw testament to the power of Mother Nature, it draws tourists, walkers, explorers, river rafters, naturists, photographers and extreme athletes from every corner to gawp in awe at its majesty.

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Las Vegas Gambling

A local woman won the largest Dual Daub bingo jackpot in Las Vegas history at a west Valley casino. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, walked away with a jackpot totaling $110,726 from Summerlin’s Rampart Casino, according to a release.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Eleven Las Vegas resorts made U.S. News &World Report’s list of the world’s top hotels, the Washington-based organization reported Monday. The 11 “gold badge” winners, the top 10 percent of the list, out of 46 ranked hotels in Southern Nevada place Las Vegas in a tie for second with Los Angeles for the most gold properties in the United States.

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Las Vegas Tragedy


Other Las Vegas News


What We’re Watching!
Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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What Else Do You Expect From Vegas!

SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas serves up an edible gold bar.

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Henderson’s $3.5M ‘Dragon Rock’ Home Features Irish Pub

Check out the home known as Dragon Rock in MacDonald Highlands.

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Exploring The Linq Las Vegas

Enjoy a walk through The Linq Hotel Casino, down The Linq shopping area, and through the reincarnated O’Sheas Casino.


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February 21, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – And welcome to a very wintry week (for us). We’ve had winds in the 20-30mph category, and overnight lows right around freezing. This is one of the few times of year when people in traditionally colder regions are gloating “We’re warmer than Las Vegas!” We’re going to be unseasonably cool (mostly high 50’s) until the second week of March, when we may see some high 60’s.

The Wynn Situation – Last issue, I noted that I was reserving comment on the Steve Wynn situation. That was prior to the fallout causing him to step down from being the CEO of his eponymously resort here in town.

For those who may need to get up to speed:

I’m going to do something which I have not done in years, and that is give you an audio column. A small handful of you may remember that I produced a Las Vegas podcast back in 2006. Just for fun (and because there is so much to talk about, and I don’t want to write a book), I dug out the old equipment and the audio intro/outro, and we’re making it available to members.

To listen or download, click Access Vegas Members Only Steve Wynn Commentary. You’ll have your choice of listening on your device (whatever you are reading this through) by using the built-in player, or look for the Download button to save and listen to as you desire.

We’ll return to our normal format with the column and the emphasis on how to make your next Las Vegas vacation your best ever with our insider tips and money saving information next week.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!


Ted Newkirk, Publisher

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

Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler


Members Mania

Hello from England!

Having spent many holidays in Vegas while our kids were small, we are returning this August for several family celebrations. Our youngest is now 21 and can explore Vegas without restriction! His older brother, 23, wants to treat him to a Grand Canyon trip and wonders which will be the best. Is it the West Rim or South Rim experience? We’re around for 12 days so they can spare an entire day but should they opt for helicopter or plane?

Grateful for your views.

Pauline

 

Ted Responds:

First of all, congrats to your youngest, who can now really enjoy all Las Vegas has to offer.

This is a fantastic question, as people don’t realize that there are “two” Grand Canyons (two different locations you can visit) and three ways to get over there.

As you noted, the Grand Canyon has a West Rim and a South Rim (It has a North Rim as well, but you have to drive up into Utah to get there, and is a moot point for the sake of this discussion). And, of course, you can take a flight into the canyon which doesn’t land at either rim.

– If you are doing a flight-only option, I’d suggest a helicopter over a sight-seeing plane. Although most of the sight-seeing planes have big windows, the view is simply more intimate in a helicopter. You fly down into the canyon. And, the stadium-style (tiered) seating on most helicopter tours assures everyone a panoramic view out of the front. In addition, you can choose a tour that actually lands you at the bottom of the canyon!

This will only take 1/2 of your day (if that). Sunset return flights are available and many flights (if you choose the right company) return and fly down The Strip on the way back to their terminal.

– West Rim: This is owned by the local Indian Tribe, whereas the South Rim is a National Park. The West Rim is where the Skywalk is. You can walk out over the canyon on a glass-bottomed semi-circle perched on the edge. (Have no fear. I’ve been told that it is strong enough to hold an entire 747 airplane). You have three options to get over there:

1. You can drive the 128 miles, which because of terrain and 2-lane roads will take a good 2.5 hours. Specifically ask your rental car company if they allow that drive. While the entire road is now paved, it didn’t used to be, rental companies prohibited the drive, and you were NOT covered if you made it anyway and broke down!

2. You can take a bus tour over and back. Keep in mind that between hotel transfer time and the 6 hours (total) that you are going to be on the bus, this is an all-day affair.

3. You can hop a quick flight on a commuter-type airplane to get over there quick and save tons of time. The direct distance (as the crow flies) is much shorter than the road route. You can bop over, spend some quality time, bop back, and only be gone 1/2 a day.

The West Rim view is quite spectacular. You won’t feel like you are getting shortchanged by not going to the South Rim.

– South Rim: By car/bus, this is a full 280 miles from Las Vegas. If you drive it yourself, make it a two-day affair and spend the night in Williams. Your other option is by airplane (which tour companies offer). You can also add on a helicopter tour into the Canyon if you wish.

My suggestion? Either a helicopter tour into the canyon, or a plane flight over to the West Rim. Also, keep in mind that while the tours can be spendy, you get what you pay for. The better the experience, or the more transit time you save, the higher the tour cost.

Important Notes: I’ve had people tell me that they didn’t want to take a Grand Canyon tour because once they were in Las Vegas, they didn’t want to go through the hassle of McCarran Airport. You don’t! The companies we suggest (which I’ll get to momentarily) fly their helicopter tours out of their very own terminal just past the Las Vegas sign, and fly their “commuter” type planes from the Henderson airport, about 15 minutes south of The Strip. Ground transportation is included.

We suggest NOT going with the companies who fly out of the Boulder City airport. Outside of the fact that you’re in for quite the ride to get down there, some of these companies are new to the area and cut-rate. I wouldn’t put my friends or family on them.

We approve of the tours we list at AccessVegas.com/Tours, have taken some of them ourselves, and only work with companies where safety and maintenance truly are the #1 priority.

Hope this helps!

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Las Vegas Shows

Enter the Showroom at The D Las Vegas and you’ll see comedian and magician Adam London in an oversized suit jacket and his signature yellow rubber ducky print tie greeting each attendee. He works hard to make guests feel like a part of the family at his afternoon show, Laughternoon.

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Las Vegas Dining

Lucky Penny is not your father’s coffee shop. The cafe, which opened this summer at the Palms, has all of the traditions of the Las Vegas coffee shop. It’s open 24/7, has a breakfast menu that’s available all day and some Asian items to fill the role of the Chinese restaurant de rigeur in casinos. But the creativity and execution of the food put it squarely in the modern era.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

We’ve all been there. Hours, maybe even a full day, left on a Vegas trip that hasn’t quite gone to plan. The gambling budget is gone. An extra ATM stop has somehow disappeared. Suddenly, you are left with time to kill, a shaken psyche, and precious little money to spend. Something free is ideal.

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Las Vegas Gambling

Two Station Casinos properties reported slot jackpots on consecutive days in January, according to a statement from Station Casinos. Green Valley Ranch Resort guest Wade Williams won $440,754 playing a quarter denomination IGT Wheel of Fortune Slot machine with a $1.25 bet just after noon on Jan. 12. Williams was visiting from Texas when he hit the jackpot.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Three Las Vegas hotels have been named among the best in the U.S. by TripAdvisor including Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, ARIA Sky Suites, and Platinum Hotel and Spa. The award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide.

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Las Vegas Sports

The Florida Panthers have a banner extolling the accomplishment of having a record 33 wins by an NHL expansion franchise. That banner was rendered irrelevant thanks to the Golden Knights, who made hockey history Thursday with their 34th win as David Perron’s goal with 1:03 left in overtime beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 at Bell MTS Place.

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Las Vegas Tragedy


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Exploring Sam’s Town Las Vegas

Want to stay off the Las Vegas Strip? Have you heard of Sam’s Town? Come explore with us! It’s about 20 minutes from the Vegas airport and Strip.

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How to Move Around Vegas

Ride the Free Tram from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay with Tips

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The Rat Pack Is Back Vegas Show

The Rat Pack is Back… in Las Vegas! Performing at the Tuscany Hotel and Casino, this tribute show gives us a look at what ol’ Blue Eyes and the gang were like back in their day!


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Latest Concerts Added
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February 14, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – This is a scheduled week off for me. I schedule 6 of them a year in order to use the time to prepare for much of the great new content, special features, reports and answers to members questions.

As always, we continue to be available to help with both Vegas questions, and of course, any subscription issues.

Also, next week, I may pontificate on the Steve Wynn situation. When I wrote last week, he hadn’t yet resigned. That is a huge change to the situation. Plus, we’ll be back with Members Mania questions answered, and plenty of current, new, helpful tips and information to make your next visit the best ever!

Hope you are enjoying this issue!


Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

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



Las Vegas Shows

Six-time MLB All-Star Jose Canseco, two-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback Jim McMahon and former NBA player Jimmy King was spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, January 24. Experiencing the sights and sounds of their new home before the start of Renegades at Cleopatra’s Barge inside Caesars Palace, the sports superstars were seen taking in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics during the 10 p.m. performance.

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Las Vegas Dining

Grape Expectations, the Nevada School of Winemaking, opened up the first winery in the Las Vegas valley on December 8. Naturally called Vegas Valley Winery, the family-owned facility has experienced winemakers and sommeliers to help guests as they try wines bottled locally in Clark County.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the Year of the Dog with a striking new Lunar New Year display open now through March 3. Bringing prosperity and good fortune to visitors, the eye-catching experience features colorful lanterns, thousands of I-Ching coins and flowing fountains, in addition to a larger-than-life dog as the centerpiece.

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Las Vegas Sports

More than 10,000 hockey fans stormed the D Las Vegas in Fremont Street Experience to attend the first-ever Vegas Golden Knights Fan Fest celebration on Sunday, January 14. The electrifying event was held as part of the team’s exclusive downtown partnership with the D Las Vegas, and offered hockey buffs the chance to see get up close and personal with their favorite players.

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Las Vegas Tragedy


Legalized Marijuana in Las Vegas


Other Las Vegas News


What We’re Watching!
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Walking Thru Luxor Las Vegas

Walk with us thru the Luxor Hotel & Casino located off the Las Vegas Strip!

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Excalibur Buffet (Vegas) Saturday Brunch On A One-Day Pass: Full Review & Tips

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Vegas Steakhouses | Culinary Empire | Las Vegas Restaurants

The steakhouses of Caesars Culinary Empire meld top quality meat, fish, vegetables and amazing flavors to create the ultimate Las Vegas meal. See how Gordon Ramsay Steak, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill and Old Homestead Steakhouse create a restaurant experience you won’t forget.


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    Either click to view or right-click to download. It is growing each week, so always check out the latest edition!

    Keep in mind that specials are always subject to change. That is why we list the phone number for each restaurant or bar. Please DO call ahead to confirm the offer continues to be valid. Players Card May Be Required For Some Specials. If you find an offer that has ended, alert us at [email protected] and we’ll give you 50% off your membership dues next year for the help if you are the first to report it!

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  • Members Mania! – We share the answers to great Vegas questions with all of our Premium Members, helping everyone who pitches in with a premium membership. Plus great visitor feedback that you can learn from. This will be right here in almost every issue.
  • The True Inside ScoopAccessVegas.com CEO Ted Newkirk has been writing “Newkirk’s Notes” for upwards of two decades, giving members the true inside guide to everything that is going on in Las Vegas. Valuable information from someone in the know to save you time and money!  This will be right here in almost every issue.


Latest Concerts Added
This Week!

There is no better place to see your favorite acts then in Las Vegas! You’re relaxed, can enjoy a fine meal, have some cocktails without the worry of driving, and no alarm is going to jar you awake all too early the next morning.

Click For Tickets To All Las Vegas Shows & Concerts




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February 7, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – We’re having a heat wave, with record temps in the 70’s. Fortunately, one local weatherman said that having a warm winter does not necessarily mean a scorching summer. We’ll wait and see on that one. Last summer was the warmest on record. At least we’re getting the payback for it!

Super Sunday – Kickoff temps at the Super Bowl were 2F in the host city of Minneapolis, and 74F here in Las Vegas. As usual, Las Vegas was the place to be. The town was packed, every TV in every casino was tuned into the game, and hosted parties abounded as well. Unfortunately, the next time a game comes out west will be in 2022. Why do the casinos love it when the game is played in our region? They literally invite the high rollers to town for the weekend, and then fly them over to the game (Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco) and back!

A number of HUGE wagers were made on Philadelphia. Both bets to cover the spread (lose by less than X amount of points, which was in the 4.5 range) and to win outright. One bettor laid down a cool $3 million on The Eagles. Given that they were the underdog (which pays extra if they actually win outright), it is estimated that his winnings were a profit of $1.5 million (plus obviously getting the $3 million he bet back).

Yes, he will owe the tax man. That is unless he tracks his gaming wins and losses this year, and loses more than $1.5 milllion during the rest of the year. However, these huge sports bettors often are not otherwise gamblers. They are wealthy investors, who for some reason or other, have a very strong belief in the side they are choosing. Corporate raider (Wikipedia’s term for him) Carl Icahn thought that San Francisco was such a strong lock to win the 1995 Super Bowl, that he laid down $2.4 million dollars to earn a profit of $300,000. The 49’ers won easily, and he walked with the cash.

Wynn Allegations Might Have Drastic Impact On North Strip – If you follow much of any news at all, you know that Steve Wynn, the modern day father of Las Vegas as we know it, has a number of sexual allegations alleged against him. This comes hot-on-the-heals of his purchase of the old Frontier property (right across the street from Wynn/Encore), and the very recent announcement of his plans to build 2500 more hotel rooms.

This would have filled in the gap where The Strip seemingly comes to an abrupt halt. On the west side of the street, you’d have Wynn III (or whatever they are going to call it), then the Asian-themed Resorts World (old Stardust site, construction is well underway), and then on to Circus Circus, where you can cross the street to the Fontainbleau (plans to finally finish it are underway, financing is in place) and SLS (former Sahara, in the process of being sold to a Reno casino owner who knows what he’s doing).

Not to mention the Paradise Park project to the east of Wynn, which we’ve told you about previously.

I’m not getting into the middle of the validity of the allegations. Just like the October 1 shooting, investigations will be done, lawsuits may happen, and we’ll get to hear both sides of the story. I can say, of my own knowledge, that cocktail waitresses at times willingly date high rollers.

$137 Million – That is the amount of money that Britney Spear’s residency at Planet Hollywood grossed. Spears is going to take 2018 off from Las Vegas, before returning in 2019 for a run at The Park Theatre, which will be at Park MGM (former Monte Carlo). Which is adjacent to The Park walkway from The Strip to T-Mobile. All of which charges for parking! (Pro Tip: At this time, The Tropicana still offers free parking. If you do park at The Tropicana, at least show them some love. Poke your head in the door and buy a beer or stick a few bucks in a machine. It will still be TONS cheaper than paying for parking).

Worst Times To Fly In – The Review-Journal had a print article sidebar about the busiest times of the year at McCarran Las Vegas Airport: 1. Consumer Electronics Show in early January. If you’ve ever checked early January rates, and got sticker shock, it is because this convention pretty much fills up the entire town. People have to attend. Rates are high. 2. Super Bowl weekend. 3. Huge boxing matches. 4. October, which is the absolute nicest month of the year. Fall is kicking in for many, and this is a way to extend your summer. Having said that, April weather is comparable, but spring brings wind that we don’t see in the fall.

Bellagio Fountain View Room, $60, Free Parking, No Resort Fees – I pride myself on really staying up on Las Vegas trends. With rare exception, my predictions on where tourism is headed come true. However, I confess that I had to get up to speed on this one:

AirBNB reported that in 2017, they doubled the number of Las Vegas bookings over their 2016 numbers. For those who only see AirBNB as a place to rent a private room from someone, they rent it all. Guest houses, mother-in-law suites, timeshares, condos, and even entire homes. While VBRO and Home Away also offer some similar services, we’ll focus on AirBNB for the sake of this discussion.

While renting a condo at places like the beach has been popular for decades, Las Vegas has always been very hotel-centric. Until now. Even if you get a decent room price, the resort fees, paid parking, $18 cocktails, and restaurant prices are going to dent your wallet. My research shows that you can rent an entire 3 bedroom home with a pool less than 10 minutes from The Strip for as little as $120 a night. Pool and wifi with no resort fee! Free parking (it’s called a driveway) or an inexpensive Uber ride to The Strip.

And, if you drive in, or rent a car, you will be able to park for free on The Strip at Treasure Island, Casino Royale, Miracle Mile Shops (Planet Hollywood) or Tropicana. You aren’t tied to paying to park if you booked a paid-parking hotel.

I crowdsourced comments from people who are already doing this. Some pointed out the cost savings. They can hit a grocery store for liquor, snacks, maybe some breakfast food and similar at locals prices. Restaurants are significantly less expensive because you are eating where locals eat. Gambling is at locals casinos (for this particular person), where the slots are loose, the limits are low, and the parking is free.

Another person cited that two couples got a condo at The Ogden downtown, over New Years Eve, for five nights, for $160 per night. Free parking, and no resort fee despite a beautiful rooftop pool deck and an exercise room. By the way, these are full-size condos that people live in. Not a glorified hotel room. With Fremont Street right at the bottom of your elevator.

I also found plenty of accommodations on or near The Strip (often in timeshares). Including one in Jockey Club (in the shadow of Cosmopolitan) for $60. As noted, with free parking, and use of the Cosmo pool with no resort fees (long story, Cosmo had to give them some perks for some space they needed).

I’m sure a few of you are already ahead of the game on this. If you are, we’d appreciate the feedback. Good, bad, or indifferent. If this is news to you, it might be worth checking into. We’re not associated with any of these companies. However, we’re all for options that will save you a bunch of money (and maybe even give you nicer accommodations) when you visit.

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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Thanks again for all your informative newsletters. You and your team do an outstanding job of keeping us Vegas fans in the loop of what’s happening. The newsletter has come a long way since I first started reading it several years ago. Take a “bow”! 🙂

Just a quick question. You had mentioned that the Vegas Hotels tend to open their pools in mid to late March. Normally I’m a spring and fall visitor – but this year I’m going to be venturing to other destinations (gasp!!) for vacations and I will be visiting Vegas in December this year.

Don’t some of the Hotels, such as Mirage & Caesars, still have a portion of their pools open in the winter because they’re heated? I’m from Upstate New York – so taking a dip in the upper 50Fs or low 60Fs would still be refreshing than the 20F degree with -5F wind chills I deal with at home!

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Those who don’t subscribe are still getting the old version. We’re kicking it up a notch for paid subscribers who are helping support us financially. Their “cup of coffee a month” (less than $2 per month, $23.95 per year) helps us finance all of the great new information we’re helping members with. For example, this week, members are learning how to exerience Las Vegas the way they enjoy, while skipping the obnoxious new fees! (That will save you well over $100 on an average stay).

Yes, a handful of properties do keep their pools open year-round. They usually have one pool open (not the entire pool complex), and don’t expect DJ’s and drink service! Two Novembers ago at the Bellagio pool, there were a few hearty Canadians plus one guy swimming laps.

This is something we’ll have to research come fall to have the most updated information since you don’t plan to travel until then. The way some Las Vegas properties (MGM Resorts, cough, cough) are looking to cut every nickel they can, what is the norm this year may not be next year.

Given what properties are charging for resort fees, you would think that maintaining a year-round resort pool would be mandatory! By the way, we’ve heard through the grapevine that people who stay at hotels where the pool is closed during the winter have had some success calling their credit card company and doing a charge-back on their resort fees.

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Las Vegas Shows

Legends will show “Respect” to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, portrayed by Cynthia Minx, and get in the 80s spirit with Andy’s K’s tribute to the music catalog of Sting & The Police. Experience for the first time in Legends’ history the young Michael Jackson.

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Las Vegas Dining

Dating someone who lives Downtown? If so, you might just get lucky … and, of course, by that we mean that you might get to partake in the DTLV denizen morning ritual of strolling or rolling up to Donut Bar (gotta love that 15-minute loading-only spot!) for what is quite possibly the best deal in town.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

A music icon officially met an iconic Las Vegas landmark last night when the Goddess of Pop, Cher, arrived at the world-famous Fountains of Bellagio to debut a new fountains show to her hit song, “Believe.” Cher, joined by MGM Resorts International and AEG Presents executives, viewed the new show for the first time alongside hundreds of fans gathered at the Strip-side attraction.

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Las Vegas Sports

Crews on Wednesday morning, Januar 24, 2018, began laying down 16,000 square feet of Hybrid Bermuda 419 turf, converting Cashman Field into an authentic soccer venue. The first conversion of the stadium’s surface will remain in place through the end of February, hosting the first three matches in Las Vegas Lights Football Club (FC) history.

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Las Vegas Nightlife

The hotel-casino recently renovated and rebranded its Gold Diggers nightclub space as Troy Liquor Bar. “I basically brought the venue into this century,” says Sean Charsley, the director of nightlife for the Downtown casino.

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