November 20, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – As this is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I have a scheduled issue off from my column and Members Mania. Both will return in full force next issue!

I want to thank all of our members for your support. Myself, Amy, and the handful of helpers who keep the wheels turning really appreciate it. We really enjoy the opportunity to keep you updated on both the latest and most inside information so that whenever your next Vegas visit happens, you’re ready to rule Vegas instead of having the “new” Vegas rule you.

We also thank you for the many nice comments you’ve sent throughout the year about the job we’re doing for you.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful time.

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

A parody of the long-running sitcom “Friends” is slated to open at The D Las Vegas in Oct. 2018. The show, “Friends: The Unauthorized Musical Parody,” has put out a casting call for Sep. 14-15, 2018. Rehearsals are set to start Sep. 24, and the plan is for the show to start previews Oct. 18, with a media opening Oct. 25.

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Book Now! Save on Friends! The Musical Parody Tickets!

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Las Vegas Dining

Are you ready for college football? Here’s a look at 21 Las Vegas sports bars where fans can grab some good grub while watching the series. On the Strip, find places such as Tap Sports Bar at the MGM Grand, Clique at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Hotels


Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

On most nights on the Strip, you can find tourists criss-crossing along Las Vegas Boulevard, hurriedly scurrying in and out of bars, nightclubs and shopping plazas. But every fifteen minutes, a familiar sight entices passersby to stop and linger for a little while.

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Las Vegas Gambling


Other Las Vegas News


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

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Brand New Park MGM Casino Walk Thru 2018

(Producers Notes) Craig & I took a tour of Park MGM right after the UFC fight! I do feel like it is a lot smaller inside and the lighting is dark. (Unless, you are by the center bar). We did our normal walk around went up to get a great video of the pool. We were locked out and had to take the emergency exit stairs down back to the casino… I don’t believe we set off any alarms. We gambled on slots & had Fun! They are not finished with the remodel. We will update when it is done.

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Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) Today we visit the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. This is my first vlog from Fremont Street. The Golden Nugget opened in 1946 and is the largest hotel in the Downtown area. I thought it would be a great place for my first Downtown video.

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Aria Las Vegas Buffet – All You Can Meat!

You can eat all the meat at the Aria buffet with the $60 all-day weekday pass.

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Hiking Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas Summer 2018

(Producers Notes) Today we go hiking at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas. This is a super popular place to hike in Southern Nevada. It was $15 to go in for the day, but it’s only $30 for an annual pass if you want to come any time.

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Vegas Vic – Blackjack Secrets – How to Beat the Game and WIN! – New Book

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. – 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! – And Much More!

Click to purchase this book now!


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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!

  • 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.
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November 6, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – A couple of times per year, I remind everyone that October is absolutely indeed the best time of year to visit us if pleasant weather is a priority. This previous October did not disappoint. Temps were in the 70’s or low 80’s all month long. November cools off, but just slightly as we’re looking at mid-to-high 60’s through the third week of the month.

This issue, we’re mostly going to concern ourselves with the business side of Las Vegas. If you are a new paid subscriber, this is not the norm. Usually, our focus is keeping you up on what is new in Las Vegas, where the deals are, how to save time and money, and generally making sure you are among the smartest and most savvy of Las Vegas visitors.

However, I am a 20+ year veteran of this industry, a quoted analyst of what is going on, rarely wrong when it comes to prognosticating where Las Vegas is headed, and (more importantly) what it means to you. Hey, we still have an awesome (and brand new) downtown drink special to tip you off to this week as well!

Merger Highly Unlikely – If any of you saw the news about Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts merging, I wouldn’t lose a lot of sleep over it yet. You have two companies with different corporate cultures and vastly different goals. Caesars has been attempting to get back to being a casino gaming company. MGM is happy to take your money if you are silly enough to play with them, but they are all about entertainment and conventions as a long-term goal.

Interestingly enough, I don’t think they would face any monopoly issues. While they would monopolize The Strip, they wouldn’t even hold 25% of the total number of casinos in the Las Vegas area. However, this would spell disaster for the player who is unwilling to shop around, stay at other properties, and similar. Especially if the leadership of MGM Resorts ends up running both companies.

Resort Fees Getting Noticed – We’re getting closer and closer to seeing what happens when a force who considers themselves unstoppable meets an immovable object. For months and months now, the leadership of Caesars and MGM have been denying (to the media) that resort and parking fees play any responsibility in Las Vegas visitation being off despite a booming economy. Which has never happened before. As recently as a couple of weeks ago, both companies were telling investors that this is a blip and continue to be in denial about the fees.

How gaming industry stock analysts have been buying this hook, line, and sinker is far beyond my understanding. Those of us close to the industry are just shaking our heads. However, it appears some analysts are waking up. Stock market site Seeking Alpha just released this report:Stealth Pricing Backfires On Las Vegas (which has a great short video contained in it).

Treasure Island has been running TV ads for months with a room special that specifically cites their free parking and ability to waive resort fees. Cosmo and SLS have experimented with promotions where they say “the resort fee is on us”. Eventually the big two (MGM and Caesars) are going to have to face the music.

Tropicana Forced To Charge For Event Parking – Credit to The Tropicana for offering free parking despite being surrounded by a sea of MGM Resort properties (who were the first to institute paid parking). Unfortunately for them, they are one of the nearest casinos to T-Mobile arena and (Pay To) Park MGM’s Park Theater. Which means those driving to attend events have been parking at The Trop to save themselves $20-plus dollars.

Instead of jumping on the paid parking bandwagon, Trop has simply introduced a $15 fee to park on selected event nights. However, honestly, they just want to get you in the building. If everyone who parked there for an event across the street came in and had a couple of drinks or stuffed some money in a slot machine before or after the event, they wouldn’t care and this wouldn’t be an issue. So, if you pay to park there, you get a $10 voucher to Robert Irvines Public House inside The Trop.

I was asked my opinion for the article “Tropicana begins charging for event parking on Las Vegas Strip” and you can click over to read my quotes. If you get stopped by the paywall (you only get something like 5 Review-Journal pages per month for free), the bottom line is that I commended Trop for continuing to offer free parking, and noted that they are simply trying to protect their assets.

Resorts World Update – The Asian-themed resort going up on the site of the old Stardust hotel is making progress and owners are claiming a 2020 opening. We have every reason to believe them, as the hotel is going up, up, up! We continue to be very excited about this on many levels.

First of all, this will be the first themed hotel to open in upwards of perhaps 20 years. (Lucky Dragon not withstanding, but it was a boutique hotel simply aimed at Asians. Lucky Dragon will have an entire Asian theme). A while back, MGM Resorts hapless CEO Jim Murren claimed that Las Vegas is a world-class city of its own and didn’t need resorts that mimic other cities or countries. Hence, the complete de-theming of Monte Carlo into the (Pay To) Park MGM and other de-theming efforts at Luxor. We’re surprised that he hasn’t removed the circus acts from Circus Circus!

He’s Kaptain Klueless when it comes to understanding that visitors have always enjoyed the opportunity to “travel the world” simply by casino hopping on the Las Vegas Strip.

Secondly, although being owned by a huge worldwide company which has many casinos around the globe, they will essentially be a new competitor on The Strip. They are big enough to have the option of NOT nickel-and-diming. And, with their North Strip location, I’d heavily bet that parking will be free. And, if they have any wisdom at all, they’ll have some looser slots (than the Strip norm) and decent table game rules.

Another Blow To (Pay To) Park MGM Resort – MGM Resorts has flushed hundreds of millions to screw up what was a perfectly good resort in the Monte Carlo. While not anyone’s favorite hotel, everyone liked it. Some basic renovations and a couple of coats of paint were really all it needed. I don’t even know where to start with how negative the changes are. That awesome resort-style pool area, complete with lazy river? Replaced by what look like a collection of lap pools. Super drab hallways that don’t remotely scream that you are in Las Vegas. Virtually no storage in the remodeled rooms. Which also have those “barn door” style bathroom doors that most people dislike at the SLS.

They just placed a huge bet on Britney Spears, agreeing to pay her well over $500,000 per show to play their new Park Theater at the resort, driving up occupancy and room prices. After all, her run at Planet Hollywood (owned by a competitor) was a smashing success. Well, so far there is no “I did it again”. Just the “Ooops” as initial ticket sales are super-soft (as compared to upcoming shows by Lady GaGa and Aerosmith). If she underperforms, this will be another early blow to the master plan behind the resort renovation.

“Hockey Hour” Drink Specials – The El Cortez has instituted drink specials during Vegas Golden Knights games. Premium cocktails are 2 for 1, and draft Bud, Bud Light, Modelo Especial, and Negra Modelo are also 1/2 off at all casino bars. Even if you have no interest in hockey, you may want to check the team schedule and plan your downtown evening visit accordingly.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Founder

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

Singer Britney Spears is scheduled to make a big announcement in Las Vegas on Oct. 18. It’s happening at Toshiba Plaza in front of T-Mobile Arena. The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. MGM Resorts is not revealing any information about the announcement. Britney made the announcement about the announcement on Friday’s episode of “Ellen.”

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Book Now!  Britney Spears Las Vegas Tickets!

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Las Vegas Dining

It might be the other city that never sleeps, but Las Vegas’s fine dining restaurants on the Strip generally turn in at a reasonable hour-nearly all before 11 p.m. And when the city’s chefs finish service, they’re not meeting up on the Strip. Rather, they head to the three-mile stretch of Spring Mountain Road that is Las Vegas’ Chinatown, where the standard closing time is 3 a.m. – and many spots are open around the clock.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Many of the Strip’s most famous names don’t last that long: the Sands, the Dunes, and the Hacienda were all imploded in their forties. The Riviera barely made it but then closed. But Circus Circus is cruising past its 50th birthday (October 18) with no signs of slowing down.

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Members Mania

Hello Ted,

I am heading to VEGAS on the 14th for 4 nights with my boyfriend.

We are thinking about seeing the show KA, renting a car for the day and probably getting to Valley of Fire (My boyfriend has been there, I haven’t) and taking in the pool of course.

What would you say is the place to get too outside of VEGAS as a MUST SEE? I have heard great things about ZION PARK but it’s pretty far. We want to try to keep the trip under 4 hours each way if we can.

Also any other must get to places? We aren’t into the clubs, but we enjoy live music fun bands. I do like Harrah’s carnival area too however it can also get packed.

Also must get to food places that don’t cost a ton?? We don’t mind buffets and we do like just about every kind of food. Keep in mind we will be at MGM Grand.

Thanks, Alisha

 

Ted Responds:

Everybody has different tastes, but I’ll do my best:

Everyone I know who has seen KA has really enjoyed it. Buy tix before you come to town as you are coming during a busy time.

Zion is too far. Valley of Fire is spectacular. If not up for the drive that long, Red Rock Canyon is 30-40 minutes from The Strip (go mid-morning to avoid traffic). Hoover Dam is amazing. Walking across it is so cool. The Grand Canyon West Rim (the one with the Skywalk) is about a 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas. And, not that many years ago, they finished paving the road all the way, making it a comfortable drive. Fill up with gas and pack extra water and snacks, a couple of stretches of the drive, while well traveled, are literally though the middle-of-nowhere desert.

Carnival Court, Margaritaville (later in the evening livebands) plus the Dueling Pianos and Big Elvis inside Harrah’s are fun/party but can get packed. However, during busier times, anything in Las Vegas can get packed. For a more traditional Las Vegas lounge with pop lounge acts, try Le Cabaret Bar at Paris Las Vegas.

For those with a car or who don’t mind the Uber, The Bootlegger Italian restaurant is less than 12 minutes south of The Strip (if that) and the bar has a great line-up on Monday nights. The Fat City Horns start at 7:30 PM and Kelly Clinton’s Open Mic starts at 9 PM. Las Vegas Strip performers (some of whom you might end of recognizing) stop in to have some drinks, and get up and belt a tune or two out.

The nicer the hotel, the more expensive the buffet. Get (barely) off The Strip to the A.Y.C.E. buffet at The Palms or Feast buffet at Palace Station. (Both are much cheaper than Strip buffets, and both are pretty identical, despite the different names. Same company owns both hotels). Many hotels (MGM Grand, O Sheas, many more) have food courts where you’ll find a variety of regular food chains. Since you have a car, two not-far-away places to check out:

1. Maryland Parkway across from UNLV (1.5 miles east of The Strip) has a bunch of cool, pretty cheap restaurants and bars. You’ll find something you like.

2. About 3 miles south of Mandalay Bay right on Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) between Warm Springs and Robindale is a big restaurant row. Everything from chains like Chili’s and Chipotle to Mom and Pop type pizza and Mexican places (and tons more). Anybody can find something they like.

Both of the above are literally less than 10 minutes from MGM Grand.

Hope this helps!

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



Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

It’s time to celebrate some things we love about Las Vegas! There’s a lot to love about Sin City, including all its various forms of sin, but these are a few that leapt to mind immediately. Note: We were going to say “leaped,” but “leapt” just sounds fancier. Share what you love about Las Vegas in the comments.

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Las Vegas Sports


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

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Vegas Golden Knights City National Hockey Arena

(Producers Notes) If you have not been to the City National Arena in Summerlin, Las Vegas. You’ll have to bring the whole family. This arena has two hockey rinks! Check it out as I do a walkthrough at City National Arena 2018.

Click for Vegas Golden Knights Tickets!

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Shark Reef Aquarium Walk Thru 2018

Probably my favorite MyVegas Reward of all time, the Shark Reef Aquarium Tour is probably one of the best family friendly things to do in Vegas. Shark Reef is great for the kids, great for adults, great for a date and of course: Sharks! So without further ado, we present to you the Shark Reef Aquarium Tour. Shark Reef Aquarium Walk Thru 2018, on Ace of Vegas.

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Leaving Las Vegas! I-15, US 93 Northbound

(Producers Notes) – Let’s get out of Las Vegas with this new Drivelapse video! The drive begins at a friend’s house in Henderson, and follows Windmill Blvd. to I-215, to I-15 through Las Vegas next to the Strip, then US 93 north to the start of the Extraterrestrial Highway.

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Britney Spears – FULL SHOW (Live From Las Vegas)

With Britney Spears returning to a Las Vegas residency in 2019 at the (Pay To) Park MGM Theater, here’s her full “Piece Of Me” show for those who want a look back, or who never caught it.

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  • Vegas Super Secret Specials Spreadsheet is available here:

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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!

  • 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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