September 18, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – The 100F days continue to persist. Every time it appears we’re done with them and 90’s are on the horizon, a few of them pop back up again. This week’s South Point 400 NASCAR race looks like it took the record for being the hottest ever start to a NASCAR race. Having said that, we’re finally headed into a more seasonal low 90’s for the last two weeks of the month.

Speaking of sports, it was a HUGE sports weekend this previous one. Besides the race, we had the big Calelo vs. GGG 2 fight on Saturday night. Followed by the Vegas Golden Knights dropping the puck on their preseason on Sunday evening. (The VGK beat Phoenix handily, although it obviously doesn’t count towards anything).

By the way, we have awesome Vegas Golden Knights seats. I didn’t say cheap. I said awesome. You can check them out at Vegas Golden Knights Tickets. Snag some to take in the action during you next visit, or check out the schedule and availability and plan a guys trip to see your team play ours!

Long Wait To Be Seated? – So, it is a busy weekend or during a big convention, you have your heart set on a certain nice restaurant here, and they tell you that it is a long wait. We have a primary and secondary solution:

1. Use Open Table and make a reservation before you head to the restaurant. Even if the restaurant is simply in the hotel you are staying at. They might have a reservation 30 minutes from now. Grab it. That means 30 minutes from now, instead of waiting some more with all the people who are waiting, you can waltz up and say “We have a reservation”. This isn’t fool-proof. But it can’t hurt to try. We’ve heard tales of good success!

2. See if there is space at the bar. Obviously, this isn’t going to work if you are looking for a romantic meal, or if the restaurant features a view you are particularly interested in. However, if your visit is focused around trying the food, you’ll usually get the same menu. Plus, you’ll actually get quicker and more personalized service as the bartender is right there in front of you.

Told You So About The TSA – Longtime readers know I’m not the biggest fan of the TSA. They are a bunch of rent-a-cops who have an over-inflated opinion of themselves. (Side Note: I’ve never had a run-in with them or anything. I just don’t like anything which makes travel more of a hassle). I’ve always noted — with confirmation from friends who have worked in aviation — that if someone wants to bring down a plane, or wreak havoc, they can find a way to do it. And, after 9/11, terrorists know that if they want to hijack a plane, the entire plane is probably going to attack them.

My notions were recently confirmed when that airport worker stole the passenger plane in Seattle and went for a joyride until he crashed it. He could have run it into a building. I understand there was a big stadium event also happening at the time. Take it from someone who has a 20+ year Flight Simulator hobby. (I even have a computer dedicated just to “Flight Simming”). The basics of flying an airplane are not super-hard to learn.

Unfortunately, we’ll never get back to the days when you could meet your loved ones right at the airline gate, or show up and the airport 20 minutes before your flight and still make it on. However, you are still far more likely to die on the drive to the airport than you are during the flight. Regardless of cause. I say we vow to enjoy life and stop trying to protect ourselves to the point life becomes cumbersome.

No More 5 Cent Beer – We have bad news and good news. As The Flamingo has been phasing out the Margaritaville Casino, swept out the door was the nickel beers from 5-6 PM. This has been replaced by a two-part happy hour at the bar in the same location:

5-6 PM

50 cent beer
$1 Light Rum Punch
$5 Sauza Martaritas
$3 House Shots (you’ll need to ask what is covered).

6-7 PM

$3 Coor Light or Miller Light drafts
$5 Sauza Martaritas
$3 House Shots (you’ll need to ask what is covered).
$8 Padron Reposado Single Barrel shot
$9 32 oz. domestic draft

Also, along the same lines: Casino Royale no longer has their $1 Michelob beers. (Which had gone up to $2 in recent months). They now offer a variety of beers for $3. Still, in an era when a beer at most Strip casinos will cost you double (or more) of that, and where the $18 cocktail is turning into the $21 cocktail, they have the cheapest drinks on The Strip.

Honorary Mention: A best kept secret is the Stage Door bar, which is on Flamingo just past the end of The Cromwell parking garage. (Stand on The Strip, look east down Flamingo, and note where the monorail track is. That’s where it is at).

This isn’t for the hoity-toity crowd. However, it is a decent, safe environment. Specials are always subject to change, but as of this spring, they were offering $1 Michelob, $2 Corona, $5 shots of Jim Beam’s more premium brands (Black, Double Oak, Devel’s Cut, Rye) and similar. They also have a longstanding special of a beer and a 1/4 pound hot dog for $3. Seriously… it is worth the 4 minute walk from The Strip.

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

Lady Gaga is heading to Las Vegas for a residency in December and offering fans two kinds of shows. The singer announced Tuesday that she will kick off the first of 27 performances at the Park Theater on Dec. 28. “Lady Gaga Enigma” will highlight the pop star’s biggest and upbeat hits, while “Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano” will feature more stripped-down songs. Tickets go on sale Aug. 13.

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Las Vegas Dining

The food hall to end all food halls now dishes out hot chicken, pork sandwiches, Vietnamese chicken wings, doughnuts, and sushi and hand rolls. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ new dining hall Block 16 Urban Food Hall takes over the second level of the resort, near Marquee, with a roster of dining outlets new to Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Hotels

The Palace Station Casino on Sahara has been around for more than 40 years. Recently, they’ve done some major renovations, and now now they’re celebrating the new improvements with a grand re-opening celebration just in time for Labor Day.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

The newest addition at The Mirage is making quite the splash. Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat welcomed a female bottlenose dolphin calf at 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 11. “The new calf is a welcome addition to our family and will serve as an adorable educational ambassador,” David Blasko, director of animal care at The Mirage, said in a press release.

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Members Mania

My husband and I were ‘long hauled’ while in Vegas this week. A trip from the airport to the Stratosphere ran almost $35. Had we not been exhausted at the time, having travelled from the East Coast, I would have reported it or at least complained. Which made us wonder…would it have made any difference? I know these type of complaints are on the rise, but are they taken seriously? Would the driver have been reprimanded, or would we have been entitled to a refund?

Love the newsletter. Thank you.

Tina from New York

 

Ted Responds:

While many of you are now taking Uber or Lyft (which I also love, and which we highly recommend), for various reasons many are still using taxis. So, I thought this would be a good time for a refresher course.

– We STRONGLY suggest taking a picture of the outside of the cab before you get in. Noting the cab company name, their number and (very important) the number of the actual cab you are getting into. For two very strong reasons: 1. If you leave something in the cab (left my wallet in one once, don’t think it won’t happen to you), this will allow you to get on the phone ASAP, contact the cab company, and tell them exactly what cab it was. 2. If you are long-hauled (taken a longer way to run up the fare), you’ll have the info so you can make a complaint.

Unfortunately, in re-researching this, I found out that the Nevada Taxicab Authority no longer offers a phone number you can report the incident to. (I’m alerting a couple of reporters I know at the Review-Journal about this change). You actually have to go online to taxi.nv.gov/Complaints/Complaints/; and download a form. Which can be emailed or postal mailed into the authority. Using the info you saved from your phone.

– Drivers at least used to be reprimanded after three complaints. I’m not sure of the current status.

– If you get long-hauled, take an additional picture of the placard with the drivers info on it. When you get to your destination, ask them why they took the long way. Tell them that you have all of their info and will be filing a complaint with the taxi authority. See what they are willing to do for you. (IE, cut the price to make up for it or similar). Don’t tip them.

– If you are not so much one for confrontation or you are simply too worn out to deal with it, nothing is stopping you from filing the complaint once you get home. Revenge is sweet!

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Las Vegas Sports

Don’t want to watch football at home? Here is a list of football watch parties around the Las Vegas valley. Many of the places offer multiple high definition televisions, food and drink specials, prizes and giveaways.

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Las Vegas Gambling

Generally, video poker has better long term theoretical odds than slots but you have to learn how to play it. You must find and play only machines with the best pay tables and learn the strategies well enough to get close to realizing the best odds you can find. Though skill will improve your chances of winning, luck is still involved.

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Las Vegas Tragedy


Other Las Vegas News


What We’re Watching!
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Is it Safe to Walk to the Stratosphere in Las Vegas?

(Producers Notes) – Some people believe that the Stratosphere Resort is out of the way and a dangerous walk from the rest of the Las Vegas Strip. In reality, many people consider it part of the Strip and is just as safe with one exception. Naked City

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The Orleans Las Vegas Buffet – CLASSIC Comfort Food!

(Producers Notes) There’s no better place in Las Vegas for all-you-can-eat comfort food at an affordable price than the Orleans Medley Buffet and their endless Southern classics like fried chicken, collard greens, and ribs.

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Valley of Fire Nevada – State Park

(Producers Notes) If you’re in the Las Vegas area and looking to do some thing different Valley of Fire is a great spot. Located in the Heart of the Mojave desert lies Nevada’s oldest State Park. It was designated a Natural National Landmark in 1968. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape.

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September 5, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – It appears that more and more of you are taking my advice and taking your gambling downtown. The state certifies that the slots are looser downtown (and even looser at the locals casinos). My eyes certify that the limits are lower and the table-game rules are (generally) more player-friendly than The Strip. Oh, and the drinks flow easier. (Keep gamblers tipsy. What a concept. Worked well for decades before many Strip casinos started to worry about the 30 cents drinks are costing them instead of the many dollars they are making from gamblers).

In their absolute defiance of what casino operators have known for years (we’ll eventually get their money, and we’ll probably eventually get more of it if we let them play long enough to enjoy it, as they will gamble more), The Strip has decided to maintain the high limits, tight slots, and poor rules.

And guess what? Nearly every month, for longer than I have fingers and toes to count, their gaming revenue has been flat or down. Including in July 2018. Downtown? Up 8%. Boulder Highway area? Up 18%. (Granted, the booming local economy is helping locals casinos along as well).

We know that many of you stay on The Strip, and gamble there as well for the comps. We get it. Not everyone wants to play downtown. Which might start to change when the 777 room (tentative name) Grandisimo hotel opens where the Las Vegas Club used to stand (for reasons I’ll go into as construction moves along).

For you Strip players who are not Caesars (Total Rewards) customers, I continue to suggest taking a few minutes to tell them how much you are playing, what kind of comps you are getting, and see if they can do you a little better. Go to the Total Rewards booth, tell them your tier at another property, and ask if you qualify to at least talk to a host. Who will tell you what they can or can’t do for you, and probably set up a comped room for your next visit.

MGM Resorts has made it very clear they are after convention visitors. Not gamblers. Whereas Caesars CEO Mark “Mr. Hertz” Frissora very recently stressed that Caesars wants gamblers. Let’s see how bad they want you! PS We have no skin in the game. This is not a paid endorsement. Just some advice for you members who are nice enough to support us so we can get this information to you.

Don’t Play This “New” Casino Game! – A new scourge is infecting the Las Vegas Strip. The scourge of triple-zero roulette games. Zeros on a roulette wheel and table layout are NOT your friend. If you bet on a zero, your odds are no better/worse than betting on any other number. If you are betting on anything else, a zero wipes out the entire table. Which is awesome for the house, and lousy for your wallet.

The house edge on single-zero roulette (generally not seen in Las Vegas outside of high-limit rooms) is 2.7%. The edge on double-zero (most common in Las Vegas) is 5.26%. On triple-zero? A whopping 7.69%. That means for every $100 you bet (which does not take long, even at lower limits), the house is averaging a $7.69 win from you. 

Those losses can add up pretty quickly. If the casino you are in simply does not have double-zero (or doesn’t have it at the limits you want), move your butt to the next one. Everyone at a triple-zero game should have the word “sucker” tattooed on them. Don’t be one of them. The only way to get casinos to offer better games is to not play the lousy ones.

News Sources – As you may imagine, I personally put in quite a bit of hard work each week (among other things) sifting through tons of Las Vegas news stories to find the ones that would be of interest to visitors. And, to a much smaller extent, those who hold the dream of moving here.

More often then not, a story we link to is from the Review-Journal. It is the largest paper in the state. It covers the most stories. And, I’m in regular contact (and sometimes quoted) regarding my thoughts on Las Vegas tourism.

However, as of this week, they are now charging for access. As does already the Las Vegas Sun. The R-J only lets you see 5 stories a month for free. The Sun is more generous at 10.

We obviously have no control over this. If you do follow Las Vegas news closely and enjoy either paper online regularly, we do encourage you to support what they are doing. I’m a print subscriber myself. However, for the average visitor, it probably isn’t worth it.

What we’re going to phase in (starting next issue) is to make the extra effort to source news stories from other sources. For example, if a story is in the R-J, we’ll see if one of the local TV or radio stations also has covered it. Or see if we can find the story running in another paper. This should minimize you hitting the limit with either source.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

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AccessVegas.com

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

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

Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler


Las Vegas Shows

Magician Mat Franco celebrated the 1,000th performance of his award-winning show, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY, Tuesday, July 3 in the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The milestone performance was attended by a full house of enthusiastic audience members who joined the “America’s Got Talent” Season Nine winner for a photograph to commemorate the occasion.

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Las Vegas Dining

Cigar and steak lovers, rejoice! Caesars Palace has combined the finest offerings from Montecristo Cigar Bar and Old Homestead Steakhouse to allow guests to enjoy both at the all-new Clubhouse at Montecristo by Old Homestead. An intimate semi-private space at Montecristo has been transformed into the only place on the Strip where guests can enjoy cigars, high-end spirits and a fine dining meal simultaneously.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Palms Casino Resort, a one-time Las Vegas hot spot that hosted a season of MTV’s “Real World” and Katy Perry’s “Waking up in Vegas” video, hopes to regain its hipness with a $620 million renovation.

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Members Mania

We will be making our last trip to Las Vegas very shortly and just wondering if you could help me with this question. Previously we have taken the Showtime Shuttle Roundtrip Hotel/Airport. Sometime it is a very long wait so am wondering if there is a better alternative in shuttles or would a taxi be better…and approx. what would the cost be. 

Also is there a special route to ask the taxi driver to take to the Golden Nugget. Have read where they will take you the long route therefore costing lots more. Thank you for your help.

Jane Berberich

 

Ted Responds:

Great questions!

The shuttles are all about the same and can be hit and miss. Sometimes they don’t show up at all. As we’ve been discussing over the past few months, Uber or Lyft is the way to go. They won’t long-haul you and the price is about 2/3 of what a taxi charges. Because every Uber/Lyft ride is monitored and tracked on your phone and the drivers phone, they are highly unlikely to long-haul you. And, if it happens, you can use the app to complain.

Since you are going downtown from the airport, our local bus system actually has an awesome (and cheap) option. The Westcliff Experss runs from the airport to Downtown (crossing Fremont Street in the heart of the casinos). Since it is considered a “locals” route, the fare is only $2.00! Plus, it is scheduled bus service: Westcliff Express schedule.

If taking a taxi is a must, the fastest way will only sometimes be the tunnel and the freeway. However, that adds 5 miles to the trip. And, MUST be avoided during rush hour. Not to mention that there is major freeway construction in the downtown area. Absolutely do NOT have them take The Strip.

My personal preference? Tell the cabbie to take Swenson. Which turns into Joe Brown (same street) around the Westgate. And, you rejoin The Strip at SLS (Sahara). Swenson is actually the road everyone takes when they leave the airport towards The Strip. Most people eventually turn off of it to get to The Strip. When headed downtown, you simply stay on it all the way to SLS!

Plus, while Swenson is a major 2-3 lane street (in each direction), there is little in the way of business and commerce. The drive mostly takes you past apartment buildings. Hence, it isn’t subject to the kinds of traffic other routes have.

Hope this helps!

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

A pair of 26-foot-tall showgirls now greet northbound visitors to downtown Las Vegas, part of a roughly $400,000 sign display.

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Las Vegas Tragedy


Las Vegas Gambling

Caesar Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts all-new Fortune Pai Gow Poker Progressive jackpot of $1,428,739.11 hit for one lucky guests on Saturday, June 30 at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

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Other Las Vegas News

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Stratosphere Las Vegas Buffet Review

SWEET All You Can Eat! – Satisfy your sweet tooth any time of day at the Stratosphere Las Vegas buffet.

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Brand New Park MGM Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) Today we are checking out the brand new resort Park MGM on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s still under major construction but can you spot the major differences from when it was Monte Carlo? We also get to look at a room and the pool then we head over to the Park.

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Bally’s Las Vegas 4K Walk Through August 2018

Enjoy this great tour of Bally’s.


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  • 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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