October 16, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – When you live in Las Vegas, people often wonder where you go on vacation. Some locals enjoy doing “staycations”, which entails booking a hotel room and maybe a pool cabana one day and seeing a couple of shows or watching the fountains. Perhaps taking in some great dining. Basically enjoying Las Vegas for 3-4 days like you do. Except the 20 minute Uber ride replaces the 3 hour flight.

Others go to typical locations like Hawaii, Mexico, ski trips, and similar. San Diego is a very popular get-away spot as it is a few hours drive away or a 45 minute flight away. It has both a beach and nearly perfect weather year-round.

Me? My vacation spot of choice is the Emerald Coast of Florida. Pensacola to Panama City Beach, Florida. Stunning waters, sugar white sand, and southern hospitality make it my spot. Plus, it isn’t as popular as other areas of Florida and tends not to be as over-run. Unfortunately, this is also the area that got slammed by Hurricane Michael. Especially Panama City, Florida where damage is rampant, the power grid got wiped out, and more trees seem to be down than standing.

They are hard at work on recovery, and I wish all of our readers in that area the very best in getting life back to normal. We love to have you visiting Las Vegas, but once they are back to normal, give Destin or Panama City Beach a shot. If you are familiar with Allegiant Air (interestingly enough based here in Las Vegas), Destin is a hub with flights from significant areas of the US.

Las Vegas’ Suffering Is Your Gain – Despite the good economy, Las Vegas is struggling with visitation. Many of you are not visiting as many times per year because of fees, more fees, tight slots, $18 cocktails and the like. Which is part of the reason we’re on such a mission here to help our members save by getting around as much of that as possible. Bargains still abound. However, you have to know where to look!

Currently, it appears that the casinos are doing something they have not done since the recession: Tapping the bottom of their players databases. People who have just signed up for a players card. People who have not visited a casino brand for a year, and didn’t play much when they did. If you are someone who went on a spree signing up for players cards at one time, you are probably seeing a fair share of offers.

If you never have, let’s get you ready for the next time (either due to recession or mismanagement). I’d never suggest wasting a full day of vacation trying to collect every players card in town. However, I’d put these on your list:

MLife (which hurts me to say, as they are NOT player friendly unless you really tank some coin, but a free room is a free room), Total Rewards, Tropicana, Hooters (if you are good staying at Hooters, and since it is just next door to Trop), TI, Casino Royale (good sign-up bonuses, the location is amazing, and the rooms are actually decent), Boyd Gaming (Main Street Station, The Cal, or Fremont casinos — although their new players club tiers and rules aren’t as good as they used to be), El Cortez, and Golden Nugget.

BTW, I’m going to tell you right now: We’re not comp and slot club experts. Nor do I suggest trying to do all of the above. Pick a few cards you don’t have which are from casinos you wouldn’t mind staying at, and get on their list. Even better if you stick $20 in a machine before you leave and play until you’ve lost or doubled it. Will this get you on their big-time comp list? Absolutely not. In fact, our friends at TravelZork have articles on how to get a card, and do a big day of play to get the comps rolling in.

What this will do is at least get you in their database, as someone willing to stick some money in a machine. This is even more important given something I just read today: It appears more and more people are playing slots without any players card. Which means they aren’t even in the database. So, just by having a card with a casino, you may get offers which they can’t even receive!

Next week, I’ll have a few words about the good and bad of casino hosts. Hint: Especially right now, don’t be scared to shop around.

No Room On The Course – We’ve been fielding questions about whether there will be tickets available to the public for the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Michelson big-money golf game here in Las Vegas around Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding “no”. Shadow Creek Golf course — owned by MGM Resorts and aquired when they bought out Mirage Resorts from Steve Wynn — is not only the most exclusive club in town, but one of the most exclusive in the US. There are no facilities for crowds, and the design of the course itself was not done with the space in mind to host spectators.

While no word yet, I would wager that since you can wager on the match here, sports books will be buying the feed. We’ll do our best to keep you up on the Pay-Per-View or Las Vegas viewing parties for those planning on spending Thanksgiving here in town.

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



Blackjack Secrets: How to Beat the Game and WIN!

The book is now available in Paperback, at this link:

Blackjack Secrets: How to Beat the Game and WIN!

Our Man in Vegas – Vegas Vic – Victor H Royer – has just released a new book: “Blackjack Secrets.”

We asked him what this book is all about, and here’s what he had to say:

How to Beat the Game and WIN! That’s exactly what you will learn to do from the incredible details and information in this book. Here is just a sample:

– Learn to Play Casino Blackjack properly – and Cash In to Win Big!
– Learn How to Become a Great Card Counter – with easy-to-learn steps!
– Find out Which Blackjack Games are Good – and which are Bad, and Why!
– Learn the Good Rules and the Bad Rules – and Why this is So!
– Learn an Incredible Simple Strategy for 21st Century Casino Blackjack!
– Find out the New Modified Basic Strategy – and Get the Card!
– Find out which shuffling machines are Bad, and which are Good – and Why!
– And Much More!

In today’s 21st Century Casinos, you need more than just to show up, and ask the dealer how to play. Casinos today use RFID chips, table-tracking software, shuffling machines, bad rules, hidden tricks, sneaky pays and altered pays, and many other modifications to the traditional game of Blackjack, that they can take your money faster than you can put it on the table. And that’s why you Must Have This Book!

The book is now available in Paperback, at this link:

Blackjack Secrets: How to Beat the Game and WIN!

An eBook version will be released shortly, and we’ll update this story as soon as we have it.



Las Vegas Shows

She is still a little bit country. That’s why Marie Osmond, pop icon, leaves the lights of the Las Vegas Strip in her rearview mirror for her version of a wild Saturday night. “My husband got me one of those tiny motor homes, so we can just get away from it all,” said the 58-year-old headliner (with her brother) at the Flamingo.

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On Sept. 6, 2018, after a two-year, $52 million construction project, the Las Vegas Arts District debuted an improved Main Street outfitted with wider sidewalks, trees, bike lanes, and twinkling strings of lights.

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Las Vegas Hotels

The Palazzo casino resort that opened in December of 2007 looked very different from today’s version. Always intended to be an upscale, sophisticated complement to the Venetian, the Palazzo offered the obligatory collection of exciting new restaurants, including a seafood concept from award-winning chef Charlie Trotter, who passed away in 2013.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

NASCAR weekend is back, which means that, for the second time this year, locals can take a few days off from tailgating and other aggressive driving maneuvers to appreciate those who perform them for a living.

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Dream Racing
Richard Petty Driving Experience
Exotics Racing
Speed Vegas
Pole Position Raceway
Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
Count’s Kustoms
WelderUp
The Hollywood Cars Museum
Shelby Heritage Center

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Members Mania

Being an old-timer and a Vegas lover, I was always drawn to the Jubilee! show on each trip. What can I do now?

The glamorous beauties in that show provided some of the most enjoyable hours I have spent there. Are there really any shows that could measure up to that spectacular eye-popping beauty combined with fine music? I doubt it.

I’ve been searching your site (I have been a longtime fan. I even enjoyed your podcasts and you gave me lots of great tips via email answers to my queries), but it seems I can find few things which interest me.

The Cirque shows are good, but how many times can a person repeat those and still enjoy them? The big “stars” shows are okay, but usually cost at least $200.00 per seat, which limits how many shows I might want to attend during my typical 5-day visit.

Can you clue me in to something along the lines of production shows, e.g., singing, dancing, etc. Or, even musical groups. I enjoy live music performed by real musicians and singers. The less electronically-enhanced, the better.

A few years ago, I appreciated your tipping me off to the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse where there was a small, very talented cool jazz combo playing. For me that creates the kind of atmosphere I have always sought after.

My thanks to you for keeping up with your work for us.

Sincerely,

David Durbin

 

Ted Responds:

I loved both Jubilee and Folies. I was so sad to see them close.

Your answer is simple and something I can highly recommend: As long as you can do without topless showgirls, Vegas! The Show at Planet Hollywood (Miracle Miles) is it. Lots of live music, showgirls, impressive talent on so many levels. And, not priced to break you.

It sells pretty well, but if you want, you can risk picking up the tix at a 1/2 price, same day booth. However, honestly, this show is so good that you’re not out anything if you pay full price early on to get some great seats.

Human Nature’s “Jukebox” show at Venetian has a live band and is highly entertaining without breaking the bank.

Hope this helps!

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Email us at [email protected], and let us know, what YOU want to know!



Las Vegas Gambling

A California man became a millionaire after winning a large sum of money from a slot machine at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. According to a spokesperson, the man won $1,412,122.05 on Wheel of Fortune’s ‘Double Diamond’ slot machine on Wednesday.

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Walk Through PARK MGM

Take a walk through the new Park MGM, which is the old Monte Carlo.

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Palace Station Modernization

Palace Station is set to complete its $192 million modernization project at the end of the year. Leading up to that the property will roll out new features periodically throughout the rest of 2018. Upgrades feature a 220,000 square foot addition, including new casino floor, four new restaurants, a nine-screen luxury theater, a resort-style pool, a new bingo room, an upgraded sports book and more.


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October 2, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas – This will not be my normal column. I usually write it shortly before we post the issue and send your email notifications. As many of you are sadly aware, Monday was the one year anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017 shootings here in Las Vegas. The days leading up to this, with all of the news and memorial coverage have been extremely tough on many, including myself. While I’m fortunate enough not to know any of the victims, the reality is that they were all either visitors (whom I have made helping my life’s work), or my fellow locals.

I started putting Las Vegas information online in 1995, around the time I got my first very own computer. (I had already been using a roommate’s). Long before Facebook and internet forums, there was something called “newsgroups”, and you could find one on just about every topic. Where anyone could start or reply to a topic thread. I happened to participate actively in one called alt.vacation.las-vegas.

1996 brought the realization that if I build a web page, anyone in the world with a computer could view it, and 1997 was when I purchased the AccessVegas.com domain name. Since then, my full-time vocation has been putting Las Vegas information online for our visitors.

Yes, it is very much a J-O-B. Bills to pay, people to manage, projects to get accomplished. All of this does not happen by magic. There is a reason countless Las Vegas websites, blogs, podcasts and the like start each year. And vanish within a year. Oops. This stuff takes tons of time, and at this level has significant costs. I’d love to tell you that all I do is spend hours on end out having comped fun (and that does exist). However, those perks are icing on a very otherwise mundane cake.

So what keeps me going? Passion. I have an intense passion for Las Vegas. I care personally about our visitors. If I may toot my horn, I’m probably considered one of the top few overall Las Vegas experts in the world because of the amount of information I devour on a daily basis. I always have, and not because of the J-O-B. But, because of my passion for my adopted city.

I’ve never tired of being on The Strip or Fremont Street and marveling at you, our visitors, having an incredible time. That is what drives me. I like to have fun, and I love to sell the fun. Talk about promoting a product I personally enjoy and endorse! The fact that Las Vegas is so many people’s “happy place” brings joy to me as well.

Which… is why I took the devastation from the shooting so hard. And, so personally. It shattered everything we promote and enjoy. It shattered the lives of people simply here to have fun. To this day, I can’t look at Mandalay Bay the same.

Time will continue to heal. Las Vegas will march on as a fun place to come and forget the stress of your daily lives where you live. However, I just didn’t have it in my heart to promote my usual tips and frivolity this issue.

In memory of the 58 lost, and hundreds wounded. Many who still are dealing with ongoing physical therapy and limitations from their injuries.

Founder
AccessVegas.com

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

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

Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler



Las Vegas Shows

Superstar Celine Dion announced the final performance dates for her iconic Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Monday. The international singer is scheduled to take the stage for the last time on June 8, 2019. Tickets for the final run of her residency in the spring go on sale Friday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. PST.

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Las Vegas Dining

Nectaly Mendoza’s Cleaver — Butchered Meats, Seafood & Classic Cocktails made its debut over the weekend. Mendoza, perhaps best-known for his nine-year-old cocktail lounge and steakhouse on the westside, Herbs & Rye, now has a classic American steakhouse with pastas, meats, and seafood paired with a smaller cocktail menu and wine-forward drinks menu.

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ARIA Resort & Casino has added two new lounges: the Resort Club Lounge and the Concierge Lounge. The Resort Club Lounge, accessible to all guests who reserve a Resort Club room, provides a host of amenities including a daily social hour with complimentary wine and champagne, gourmet bites throughout the day, pre-arrival concierge to assist with all those little details, high-floor accommodations and business services.

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Nashville may call itself “Music City,” but Las Vegas has a lock on the good stuff. Jennifer Lopez, Barry Manilow, Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and Paul Shaffer all headline big casino resort shows this month, while the Backstreet Boys, Cher and Celine Dion return to the mix next month.

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Hi Ted!

I’ll be in town with my friends for the McGregor boxing match on Oct 6th and I wanted to know if you can give me some info on two things:

1) We’d like to see the weigh-in. Where and when will it take place and do you know how can we get in to see it?

2) Are there any cool bars, pubs, or lounges where we can see the fight at a reasonable cost? On or off strip is ok because we have a car.

Thanks for your help. I appreciate “Your Guy in Vegas” feature!

Best regards,

Armando from California

 

Ted Responds:

Because we know where to check (and what has happened in the past), I was able to nail this for Armondo pretty quickly.

Good places to watch for not a lot of money:

Top Golf is always great, and just off The Strip behind MGM https://topgolf.com/us/las-vegas/play/ufc-229 (Info and Tix). Top Golf isn’t just for golfers (although it is fun to take a whack at some golf balls, may be even more fun if you don’t know what you are doing!).

The Plaza is having a viewing party, which would be cool as you can spill off onto Fremont Street when it is over: https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/entertainment/ufc-viewing-parties/ (Info and Tix)

Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch have doors opening at 5 PM and a $10 cover. If memory serves me correct, this is general admission. These are not the only ones, but these are known for being a good experience for the fans.

I’d go with one of the first two options and lock up your tickets online ASAP. There are certainly plenty of others, but I rate these as the best ones.

The official weigh-in is Oct. 5. Start time is indicated at 2 PM local time. Price and availability info is conflicting. Generally, they are free. That is, generally. If crowded, they may only let people who show they have a fight ticket in. Also, in the past, there has been a modest fee ($10 or $20).

I’d show up at the arena about 1:30 with the understanding there may be uncertainty, and there may be a lot of cooling your heels as 2 PM is simply the start time for TV. Not the time they step on the scales. However, this is Las Vegas. Even the weigh-in is going to be an experience.

Enjoy the visit and the fight. Hope this helps!

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Las Vegas Sports

Our Vegas Golden Knights are in Los Angeles to take on the Kings in game three of the pre-season. However, it isn’t their stick handling or goaltending that caught the attention of the LA Times, this week.

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Las Vegas Gambling

Golden Gate has unveiled its new high limit room and guests can expect several surprises that highlight the casino’s colorful past. While the previous high limit room had only table games, now it boasts high limit slots as well. Note: Downtown, “high limit” is relative. Several of the slots are $1 machines.

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Pioneer Saloon and Old West Nevada

(Producers Notes) Today we took a short drive the iconic Pioneer Saloon. We also explore the historic Old West town of Goodsprings Nevada and learn a little about its history that states back to the early 1900’s. I got a lot of the information from the Pioneer Saloon website. Check it out!


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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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