March 26, 2019 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – Hope our sports fan readers have been enjoying March Madness. More people come see us to enjoy the games than actually go to the games. The premier party continues to be at the South Point. The massive ballrooms, specials and general atmosphere make it the hot spot for those “in the know”.

Even if you and your buddies come and stay on The Strip, it is worth everyone pitching in for the Uber to get down there. Add in that it continues to be the home of Brent Musburger’s VSIN.com network (focused around sports betting), and you can’t go wrong. Brent himself has recently done a couple of “have a beer with Brent” seminars from the property. (Brent is known for enjoying a cold beer).

Technical Difficulties – We’re running late this week due to a technical issue. For some crazy reason, our membership area can’t be accessed with an iPad. This is a very strange problem, and we’ve been working as hard as we can to re-create and troubleshoot it.

Other Apple devices? No problem. Other devices, computers, desktops and similar? No problem. We are working hard with all involved to find out why, and fix it.

2007 All Over Again – Big, bold plans for Las Vegas have started popping up. Let me emphasize the word “plans”. Before the Great Recession, it seems like a huge new plan for something was being announced every month. Anyone remember The Plaza (former Frontier hotel site, not to be confused with the one downtown). Or George Cloony and partners talking about a hotel casino on Harmon?

Currently, the big talk is of Elon Musk (of Tesla automobile fame) announcing that he’ll be building an underground transportation system connecting the airport, The Strip, and the convention center. I wish him well, and I’d love to see it. For ALL of our sakes! However, the budget and timeline suggested for the project simply don’t pan out.

Las Vegas sits on layers of caliche. Which is rock that has the consistency of cement. To dig down for The Raiders stadium, they literally had to blast their way down. When you build a swimming pool in Las Vegas, exactly how deep the caliche is can play into the price of the pool. IE, how tough will it be to dig the hole for it! This also explains the lack of basements in most homes.

Possibly more likely is an Israeli hotel operator who has purchased the Motel 8 across from Mandalay Bay and turn it into a 620 room hotel-casino. That side of The Strip (that far south) was home to all kinds of hotel/casino plans pre-recession and development has been mostly dormant. Although, Harley-Davidson built a big store/showroom on one of the plots, and the Pinball Hall Of Fame Museum is slated to move that way as well.

The worse loss was the old Klondike motel/casino! A true dive (it was the site where all of the crazy casino games were filmed for Vegas Vacation), it had very low limits, super-cheap drinks, and a decent coffee shop that just about anyone could afford. It would have been nice to still see that ticking along for now.

Best Of Las Vegas – As promised, I’m going to start going through some of the Review-Journal’s Best Of Las Vegas picks (as voted by readers) and doing some critiquing as to better either help you decide if something is for you, or simply fill you in on something you may not be aware of!

I won’t be running through the Top 3 in each category. Instead, I’ll take the liberty of highlighting and commenting on the picks which most pertain to our visitors.

Best BBQ – You can’t go wrong with Ellis Island. The prices are very reasonable, and the location (just behind Bally’s on Koval) is Strip-convenient. First place Jessy Rae’s is worth the short drive if you have a car. However, not worth an Uber. Ellis Island is also home to the Village Pub coffee shop, which won best “Cheap Eats” for good reason.

Beer Selection – If you get yourself a couple more blocks (east on Flamingo) past Koval, Pub 365 at Tuscany rotates 365 beer selections, with a mind-boggling number of them available at any time. Bonus: Just like Ellis Island, you get locals pricing!

Gold Coast – Just on the other side of The Rio, you can knock off two worthy and notable “Best Of’s”. Ping Pang Pong is a stalwart when it comes to Chinese food, and the bar inside the Cornerstone Steakhouse has a huge selection of brown spirits while offering craft cocktails and martinis in the $10-$12 range. Take that, Las Vegas Strip!

We’ll have more in upcoming issues. I’m going to work to keep the focus on or near The Strip and Fremont Street. While a number of you do rent a car during your visit, most people don’t. And, there comes a tipping point where the destination doesn’t justify a long Uber ride.

Hence, I’ll be highlighting the best spots that you can fit into your vacation.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Founder
AccessVegas.com

 



Las Vegas Shows

Outrageous Lady Serves Up Adults-Only Brunch At SLS Las Vegas

 

The hair is red. The act is blue. The leading lady (“That’s no lady!”) has it covered in an impressively uncovered production, “Ester Goldberg’s Totally Outrageous Brunch,” at The Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas. The show’s open-ended run debuts this weekend, playing Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Las Vegas Dining

Bobby Flay’s Next Restaurant To Land At Flamingo

 

While it hasn’t been officially announced, word is celebrity chef Bobby Flay will bring at new dining concept to Flamingo Las Vegas. Flay’s rumored new restaurant will take up residence in the space currently occupied by Center Cut Steakhouse.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Mandalay Bay Celebrates 2 Decades On The Las Vegas Strip (Video)

 

Mandalay Bay is turning 20 years old Saturday. The property first opened March, 2, 1999. Mandalay Bay has withstood the test of time adding new features to the properly through its history on the Las Vegas Strip. But it has seen its share of good and bad days over the last two decades.

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As more of you give staying downtown on Fremont Street a try, we’re getting questions about how to deal with the noise. Most of you know that Fremont Street has free live music from multiple stages. Usually until 1 AM on weeknights and 2 AM on weekends.

The hotels do provide earplugs, but those only work so well. (For example, they are pretty lousy at reducing lower frequencies).

The first thing you want to do when checking in is to let the front desk know that you would prefer a more quiet room over any other location preferences. (IE, it might be a longer walk back to a part of the property which is more quiet, but quiet is your preference, not how long the walk to your room is).

If they are able, they will put you on a higher floor, or farther away from The Street. For example, the South Tower at The Plaza will put you farther from one of the Fremont Street stages.

Another option is to stay at The California, Main Street Station, or El Cortez. Which are far enough away from the action to get you out of the noise zone. Except… Main Street Station does back a very busy freeway interchange, and the railroad tracks. (Fortunately, no railroad crossings in the area mean no train horns. Something that unfortunately plagues the Trump building here).

Granted, if you stay up late when in Las Vegas and party with the rest of the crowd, none of this will be an issue. However, if you tend to be an early riser who tucks in early as well, or perhaps are here for a convention or other activity which requires setting your alarm the next morning, you’ll be thrilled that you took the above into account!


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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

What To Do In Las Vegas When It’s Raining

 

Sure, the casinos and shows in Las Vegasthis link opens in a new tab are all inside, but if you’re visiting, you probably also hoped to do outdoor things like see the Bellagio water show or lay by the pool. Rainy days might dampen those plans. (Although they are rare: Las Vegas averages 320 days of sunshine and less than five inches of rain a year.)

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Fremont Hotel & Casino + Buffet 2018

(Producers Notes) Colin & I took a tour of Fremont Hotel & Casino. We did get busted by security but went back in to finish for you!

 

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Best Places to Eat in Las Vegas on a Budget

(Producers Notes) Las Vegas is super expensive these days, but you can still eat well on a budget if you know where to go.

 

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Palms Casino:Resort:Spa

(Producers Notes) Stations Casinos has spent millions updating the Palms Casino/Resort/Spa in Las Vegas. This video takes a trip through the almost-finished renovation.

 

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Signature at MGM Grand | One bedroom Suite | MGM Lazy River

(Producers Notes) In today’s video, we take a look around The Signature at MGM Grand. This hotel is an all-suite, casino-free resort. I get to take you guys into a one bedroom balcony suite room. We also stop at the Lazy River at MGM Grand.


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March 5, 2019 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – The weather is (mostly) cooperating with the start of pool season. Once again, though, that is all relative. Those of you from areas where a freezing temperature is considered a warm day will consider the 60’s and low 70’s of the next couple of weeks to be downright balmy. Coming from Florida? Maybe not so much!

Go See A Show! – As management of Las Vegas’ resorts continue to be clueless on how to market to the traditional visitor*, the trend (as they don’t know anything else) has been to market to a younger (and more fickle) audience.

* It is my observation that hires are more based on political correctness about the range of people you should have working for a company than based on who understands gamblers and knows their way around a craps table.

This demographic change has resulted in a smaller percentage of visitors going to the shows. Even though it seems that we have just as many shows as ever. This is good news for the visitor trying to stretch their budget and continue to have a lot of “Las Vegas” style fun!

The truth of the matter is that any show playing Las Vegas is going to be pretty decent. You don’t make it here (and keep going) by accident. And yet, an afternoon stop by the discount ticket booths will reveal a broad range of entertainment available that evening at some pretty rock-bottom prices. (If they sell a ticket to you, they make something. If the seat goes empty, the booth and the performer make nothing).

Poke around and you are sure to find something of interest. And, a great way to enjoy 70 minutes of fun for not a lot of money. Especially by today’s dollar standards.

As always, if you really want to see a specific show, buy online well ahead of time. Paying $30 to see a comedy magician in a small venue on the spur-of-the-moment is a lot different than risking whether tickets for a show you really want to see will be available day-of, and then probably getting the lousy seats which are left.

Caesars Entertainment For Sale? – For those of you Total/Caesars Rewards fans, you might have an upheaval in your future. A strong push by activist investors is underway to sell the company. However, my trained eye sees no one entity that could gobble it up. Nor reasonably merge with it. (A proposed merger Tilman Fertitta’s Laundry’s empire went nowhere a number of months ago for the same reasons which may tank a merger with another company).

More likely could be the selling off of various aspects of the company. Which could mean the regional casinos which you are currently gambling at to gain rewards points good for Las Vegas. Or, the selling off of pieces of the Las Vegas Strip properties. This could be good for the consumer as the more players on The Strip, the more competition we might see. Granted, off-Strip Rio has been on the block for some time, with no one coming up with the asking price. So, a whole lot of nothing may happen as well.

2020 will be the tell-tale year for the long-term future of Las Vegas. MGM Resorts has bet heavily that conventions, sports, and concerts are the future. Resorts World and Circa (both under construction) will have the opportunity to scoop up the ignored gamblers. As may whatever spins off from Caesars Entertainment.

I have a hunch that it is all going to work out pretty well for traditional Las Vegas visitors in the long run. Current regimes are buying time, saying “Give us until 2020 when everything is going to turn up roses”. If and when it doesn’t, I’d suspect some “Out with the new, in with the old” when it comes to attracting visitors. Downtown’s focus on gamblers and reasonably priced food and drink is already resulting in a large increase in the percentage of visitors who make the trek. After a while, this fact is going to get really difficult for The Strip to ignore.

Watch Your Buffet Charge Slip! – When paying for your buffet, we strongly suggest NOT adding in a tip ahead of time (if the slip has a tip line). You have no clue how your service will be, or who will get the tip. And, you have no recourse if the service was sub-par. Depending on how fancy the feast, $1-2 per person is usually sufficient. Perhaps a bit more if they had to go out-of-their-way to accommodate you.

Don’t have cash on you? This is Las Vegas! Don’t be a rookie. Even if you are cash-free at home, stock up on singles and even $2 bills before your visit. Or, ask the casino cage to break a bill down, telling them it is “tipping money”.

Next Issue – I start to break down the “Best Of Vegas” categories. What is really worth your time and money?!?

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Founder
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Las Vegas Shows

GRAMMY Award-winning vocal group Boyz II Men announced additional 2019 performance dates at The Mirage Hotel & Casino are on sale. The trio, featuring Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, perform at the Terry Fator Theatre on select weekend dates.

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Las Vegas Dining

Ever since the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opened in 2010 it has been making waves in Sin City. Arguably the first resort to capture a hip, seductive vibe that appeals to a younger, well-heeled crowd, it also remains the only property on the Strip where the majority of the accommodations feature a balcony.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

The Eiffel Tower replica on the Las Vegas strip is getting a major upgrade to kick off celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Paris Hotel and Casino. Casino executives flipped the switch on a $1.7 million light show at a star-studded event Wednesday night.

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Members Mania

This question has to do with slots, specifically those that have to pay licensing fees or royalties to movie companies or actors etc. Do they have a tighter pay schedule due to those fees? I’m not wanting anecdotal experiences, looking for raw data or actual facts.

Kurt T. Simon

 

Ted Responds:

As a rule of thumb, both licensed slots and Wide Area Progressives (think Megabucks and similar that are available everywhere with a single jackpot) are tighter than your average no-name machines.

– The slot maker indeed does have to pay royalties on machines with celebrities, movies, and similar. Hence, there are more hands in the cookie jar.

– The casinos don’t own Megabucks and the like. They are in for a cut of the action. Those slots tend to be kept tight as people will play a long-shot for a chance at a big win. And, they need to hold back more to keep that jackpot rising.

Your no-name slots are actually not that expensive for a casino to buy. They pay for themselves quickly. The casino can keep them looser and still make acceptable.

– People have shown a willingness to play slots they are attracted to, or provide some extra fun-factor (at least for a while) even if they aren’t having much luck.

Having said that (and we’ve cautioned this before, but it bears repeating)…

Anything can happen on your trip. Your visit and your play are a microcosm of a bigger picture. We monitor a ton of internet forums and boards (so you don’t have to). For example, the State of Nevada Gaming Control Board tracks slot payout statistics by area. Fremont Street and Downtown does indeed have looser slots than The Strip.

However, when someone posts that information to this effect on a group, you get a host of people who chime in about the great luck they have had at various Strip hotels. And, plenty more who claim they went downtown and couldn’t win a thing. Anything can happen on one visit, or even during a number of visits.

Also, it depends what you are trying to accomplish. Me? I live here and won’t play slots on The Strip. I will try my luck downtown. Why? I’m not playing for comps. I’m not playing to keep a host happy. I’m not trying to win a million dollars. I’m hoping for some regular wins that give me a chance to walk away ahead somewhat regularly.

Want Strip comps? Tighter slots are the price of admission. Want to gun for a really big jackpot? Fewer, smaller payouts are the price of admission. Want to play a branded slot that you really enjoy? Same thing.

If you want to break even (or come out a little ahead after you count in comps), become a Video Poker pro.

For everyone else? I’d pick your poison (according to some of the above guidelines) and enjoy the ride.

Hope this helps!


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(Producers Notes) Grand Canyon South Rim is home to Grand Canyon National Park, located in Arizona. A Grand Canyon winter experience is nothing short of breathtaking, as you’re surrounded by a magnificent winter wonderland. Here you can experience unmatched aerial views of the South Rim and the North Rim by going on a Grand Canyon helicopter ride.

Check out our tours!

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5 Best CHEAP Buffets in Las Vegas Right Now

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A Look at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

(Producers Notes) In today’s video, we take a quick look around Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Harrah’s is center strip and budget friendly.

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Golden Gate Las Vegas

If you haven’t been into the Golden Gate downtown since all of the renovations were completed last year, here’s a walk-though to get you up-to-speed.


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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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