August 21, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – This is the time of year here in Las Vegas where we’ve had enough of the 110F heat, and we’re super excited about fall. Or, as I call it “Summer Part 2”. September through November are pleasant with cooler evenings and we generally don’t have the wind which can plague us in the Spring.

As I noted/predicted last issue, you have more of an incentive than ever before to book for the fall. MGM Resorts are dumping rooms plus throwing in hefty resort credits. Other properties are having to follow suit. (Granted, they aren’t reducing the resort fees). However, this is a great time to check your comps. Or, shop around and book if you aren’t a comped player.

Las Vegas Food Prices – A recent report came out suggesting that Las Vegas food (dining) prices are as high as New York City now. In fact, I was just interviewed by a local journalist asking if this is a topic among visitors, and how it affects visitation. If it turns into an article, I’ll link to it and comment on it. If it doesn’t, I’ll let you know what I told him in a future issue.

Obviously, we’ve been doing our part for our members to combat that with our dining deals spreadsheet (available in the members area for those of you on the new system, and via a link to those of you on the old system. Everyone gets upgraded to the new system this year upon their renewal time). As a reminder: Although Alicia spends hours each week on the phone tracking and updating these deals, they are subject to change at the whim of the bar or restaurant. ALWAYS call ahead to confirm the deal.

Now that we have inexpensive ride-sharing services, keep in mind that even if you are staying on The Strip, your dining options are no longer limited to The Strip! In the past, we’ve mentioned Ellis Island (a number of solid dining options that won’t begin to break the budget, plus inexpensive heavy pours and their own beer which is good an dirt cheap), Tuscany (an Italian gourmet room, a locals priced coffee shop, and a pub with a mind-bending selection of beer), Gold Coast (Ping Pang Pong is a must for those who crave authentic Asian food), and Herbs and Rye (50% off steaks and selected menu items, plus drink specials both from 5-8 PM and again from 12-3 AM) as spots to hit.

However, don’t be scared to take it to the next level with technology. From wherever you are on The Strip, you can pull up Google Maps and search out restaurants in general, or a specific cuisine you are looking for. From there, check both the menu and the Yelp reviews. Seriously, especially if you have 2-3 people, it may be cheaper to take a short 5-7 minute Uber ride and dine like a local (at local’s prices) than to dine on The Strip.

This can especially be true during a big convention time or other busy period. Did you know that many Strip eateries are now varying their pricing? Charging more when they can get away with it? This isn’t happening at the locals restaurants. We wouldn’t stand for it.

Plus, let’s talk about variety. I live close-in off of West Sahara. I’m hard-pressed to name an ethnic food selection (usually mom and pop) that I CAN’T find within a few minutes of my house. Which iswithin a few minutes of The Strip. There is this hole-in-the-wall Hawaiian/Asian joint across from Palace Station called Maui Rose that I just love.

Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art – Everyone visits Bellagio to see the gardens in the conservatory. As you should. They never fail to impress me. However, it seems that everyone forgets about the Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art. Which, for a $14 admission fee (locals, seniors, and other discounts are available) always offers a great exhibit. “Primal Water” is the theme until October 21. I mean, what else can you do for $14 on The Strip? A gourmet burger or a craft cocktail is going to cost you more!

Skip This Restaurant For Romance – Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (in front of Caesars where Serendipity 3 used to be), is super-popular. However, skip it if a quiet romantic meal is the agenda. The restaurant is basically a big box, leading to lots of noise and echo.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Founder
AccessVegas.com

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

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

Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler


Las Vegas Shows

Joe Perry is well-known for his soaring solos. This has been true on and off the stage. The legendary lead guitarist for venerable rock band Aerosmith has struck again. Perry returned to the band’s long-anticipated Vegas residency during a live appearance Wednesday night on The Beatles Channel on Sirius XM.

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Las Vegas Dining

Not for nothing is local bar owner P Moss’ book about tiki culture called “Liquid Vacation.” There’s something about a tall, cold, sweet tiki beverage that somehow turns this blistering heat into an asset. Las Vegas now boasts a variety of bars serving up island-style cocktails.

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Las Vegas Gambling

A man won a million dollar jackpot at Harrah’s Las Vegas Friday morning. According to Harrah’s Twitter account, Michael won $1,180,846.77 on a Wheel of Fortune machine.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

The Mojave Desert’s technicolor rock formations, canyons and cliffs are even more mesmerizing than the non-stop glitz and glitter of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s the best of both worlds: An adventurous vacation with beautiful scenery mixed with the convenient, affordable flights that serve Sin City.

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Members Mania

My friend won a $3000 jackpot in the Linq on a 1c Slot M/C, when I wanted someone to payout the winnings I had to walk around the floor until I was helped by a Security Guard who got a Floor Manager for me, who then called a slot m/c attendant. This was O.K. My friend was then taken to a cashier office where they were asked to produce a Passport (we are from Ireland) for ID purposes, as it happens we were staying at The Linq, but what about if we had been staying in The Excalibur or another hotel would we have had to get a taxi there and back to collect our passport? Eventually after showing the Passport we had to fill out a form regarding the Winnings.

We were then given $2100 after they had stopped tax on the $3000. My main question is why did they stop the tax at source? We probably would have spent the $900 on a Meal and gambling, but instead we just quit. We come to Vegas every year since 2002, we usually spend about $2000 each with No return, we will be returning again in 3 weeks, so is there any procedure regarding winnings (we might get lucky again) we can take ? I have won a couple of $1000 jackpots with no problem.

Thanks,

Gordon Reeves

 

Ted Responds:

Great questions!

– If the machine locked up for a “hand pay”, the casino knew about it and would be getting someone to you as soon as possible. If a machine does not lock up, you can hit the ticket out button and claim the winnings at the cage.

If you had been waiting a while, it does make sense to try to flag someone down who works for the property.

– Nevada gaming regulations specify that you must have a valid ID with you any time you are on the casino floor. In this case, they don’t mean your state/federal ID from your country. They mean your passport. I know it seems like a pain, and you certainly want to be careful not to lose your passport. However, you really are supposed to have it with you when gambling.

– The tax withholdings are part of treaties/agreements between certain countries. The casino has no choice. I’m no expert in international tax law. However, I do know that in the US, if you can prove that you lost more than you won in a given year, you essentially get any taxable winnings which were withheld back. IE, it was like they were never reported.

You may wish to discuss this issue with the person who prepares your taxes, look up the info online, or pay a tax accountant for a few minutes of their time to help you out if the savings is worth it.

– The limit you can win without it being reported is $1199. Which ironically has been the limit since before I moved here in 1993! (They really need to adjust it for inflation). Technically, you are legally required (at least here in the US) to report any gambling winnings. However, the IRS isn’t going to come beat down someone’s door because they left Las Vegas $800 up.

Interestingly enough, this is why I suggest people NOT play 50 cent video poker ($2.50 per hand). If you play quarter video poker ($1.25 per hand) and hit a royal flush, you win a non-taxable $1000. If you hit a royal on a 50 cent machine, all of a sudden, you are dealing with the tax form. Which cuts into the ROI you were trying to see by betting higher.

I’m also SUPER careful about playing video poker machines that are progressive. I want to find one that is as close to $1199, but not over.

Hope this helps!

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August 7, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – Summer is making it’s last stand. However, I have really good news for those coming this fall. (And, news that will make you think about booking if you aren’t already). We’re currently in our final heatwave (around 110F). But by the time you read this, things will be “plummeting” and the second half of the month looks to be clocking in around a very reasonable 100F.

(As always, check the internet a couple of days before your trip for the latest. While our long-term forecasts here in the desert tend to hold up pretty well, surprises do happen).

My writings this issue will be unfortunately quite abbreviated (compared to usual). Around the last weekend of July, I was hit with a very serious and severe food poisoning. You wouldn’t wish this on an ex-spouse who cheated on you with everyone in town. (OK, maybe… but no one else). I opted to forgo the hospital, staying home, keeping hydrated, trying to get small amounts of food in me, and staying in bed 18+ hours a day (in severe discomfort and pain).

Needless to say, that isn’t very conducive to the massive amounts of Las Vegas reading and research which make up most of my days! I read our local papers (they have articles which don’t make it online), have a whole bunch of news alerts, monitor various online groups and social, and more. All to keep our promise that if you spend the modest amount that a cup of coffee costs with us each month, we’ll insure you are among the Top 1% most knowledgeable Las Vegas visitors.

Knock on wood, I’m on the road to recovery and will be back full force next issue. And, in the next few days, you should see me back as a regular presence in our AccessVegas.com Las Vegas Insider Vibe Membership Group

Why You Should Really Visit This Fall – We’ve always told you that October is by far the best time to visit Las Vegas. The most perfect weather of the year. Far less windy than springtime. Virtually no kids (except on the weekends).

Now, there is an even better reason to visit. Visitation is flat, certain kinds of meetings/conventions are down, and we don’t have as much in the way of huge events this fall. This is all leading to a glut of rooms, which the casinos are having to dump to fill. Obviously, if you are a comped player, you are most likely seeing an uptick in solid offers. If you pay for your room and have no trip planned, you may wish to re-think that. See what days you can get away, and check out rates during those times.

Obviously, I’m not suggesting that every single day of the next three months is going to be cheap. Some periods have higher demand than others. What I’m saying is that it can’t hurt to look. Casinos are dumping rooms at prices below what was projected. So much so that their stock prices are taking a hit. Their loss is your gain!

Membership Housekeeping – Just a reminder that as you renew this year, you are being moved from our old system to our new membership system. You are on the old system if you still get an email notification that has a link to the current copy of the newsletter, and another link to the dining deals spreadsheet. Under the new system, you simply get a notification email that a new issues is posted, and you login to our membership area online with your username and password to read it.

By having a dedicated, private online area strictly for members, we can post tons of archived issued, the special reports we’ve done, our indexed tips and tricks list (which has something like 200 entries and growing), and more. All at your fingertips. At any time you choose.

None of the above is to be confused with the Members-only Facebook Group. This is a new ammenity open to all members, whether on the old or new system. Head on over there, hit the request to join, enter the email associated with your membership, and we’ll get you approved and on board.

Knock on wood, looking to be back in full force next issue.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Founder
AccessVegas.com


Ted Newkirk, Publisher

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

Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler


Las Vegas Shows

Lionel Richie has announced the final shows later this year for his Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood. The dates for his show “Lionel Richie – All The Hits” at Zappos Theater cover August and October, with tickets already on sale, starting at $59 plus taxes and fees.

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One of the best bets in Vegas is happy hour, that time of day when restaurants and bars offer up discounted food and drink specials. Customers looking for a deal can find these deals all up and down the Strip, in Summerlin, Henderson and at points in between. Get deals early in the day, late at night, on certain days or even seven days a week.

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Las Vegas remains the national testing lab for the eccentric and over-the-top, and Sin City is staking that claim yet again with the introduction of “robot butlers” at the Vdara Hotel and Spa on the strip. Fetch and Jett stand about three feet tall, and are fashioned like delivery people; guests can order items from the Vdara’s lobby café and have them delivered to their rooms in about ten minutes or less.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

We hate to spoil the surprise, but we’re hearing Stratosphere will soon add bungee jumping to its list of adrenaline-pumping thrill attractions. Guests of the Strat can already do one of the most harrowing experiences in Las Vegas, the SkyJump. SkyJump involves an open-air leap from 829 feet above The Strip.

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How To Access What:

  • Vegas Super Secret Specials Spreadsheet is available here:

    Spreadsheet Version

    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!

  • Our “Your Guy In Vegas” Feature – Got a Vegas question? Instead of spending too much time looking up information you might not be certain about, fire it to us! We live here, we know Las Vegas, and we’ll give you a professional answer! (Some restrictions apply). Email [email protected] and put Paid Subscriber in the subject line. That is also where to send us trip reports, Vegas feedback (good and bad) and more.
  • 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.



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