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!
Ted Newkirk, Publisher
Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley
Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler
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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:
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– Learn the Good Rules and the Bad Rules – and Why this is So!
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– Find out the New Modified Basic Strategy – and Get the Card!
– Find out which shuffling machines are Bad, and which are Good – and Why!
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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:
An eBook version will be released shortly, and we’ll update this story as soon as we have it.
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.
- Magician Lance Burton To Reappear On Las Vegas Stage For Charity – Executive Summary: If you missed Lance Burton when during the decades he played the Las Vegas Strip, or want another chance to see him again (he’s otherwise retired), he’s doing a charity event with some very solid co-star magicians Nov. 23-24 at The Orleans.
Tickets for sale: 800-745-3000 or https://www.orleanscasino.com/whats-new/events/2018-lance-burton-master-magician-and-friends
- Celine Dion’s Las Vegas Residency To End After 8 Years: Final Dates Announced For June 2019 – Click for Tickets
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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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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.
Full Story/Details/Info/VideoExecutive Summary: For those interested. We feel the resort is a lousy place to gamble. But, a great place to stay or just visit!
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.
Full Story/Details/Info/VideoExecutive Summary: The 10 places are…
Richard Petty Driving Experience
Pole Position Raceway
Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
The Hollywood Cars Museum
Shelby Heritage Center
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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.
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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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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Take a walk through the new Park MGM, which is the old Monte Carlo.
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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