Hello From Las Vegas! – A downright chilly (for us) Las Vegas. 91F is our average high this time of year. We’ve not even made it to 70F a couple of times this week. This on the heels of an unusually cold (and sometimes snowy) winter and spring. If our usual hot summer is pending (and at this point, longer range models suggest that it is), we’ll be back to normal in no time.
It’s Your Money! – I have not covered these twin topics for years, and we’re well overdue on this pet peeve of mine (which is costing many of you piles of cash).
I recently heard someone noting that they had been up at the tables and then lost. However, it was OK because they were playing with “the house’s money”. Let me ask you something: If you are sitting at a table or machine, and you are up, and you decide that instant to scoop up all your chips (or hit the cash-out button on the machine) and take them to the cage, what will happen? They will hand you crisp bills of cold, hard cash. Which you get to put directly into your pocket!
If you were walking in front of your home back in your city, and you spotted a $100 bill (and did the right thing by looking and even asking around and no one claimed losing any money), is it “the street’s money” because it is money you didn’t have before? Of course not. It is now YOUR money.
And yet, so many people get on a good run, get up well into the profit zone, and then give it all back. Sometimes, and then some (more losses).
“But Ted, I’m having fun gambling and I’ve been on a hot streak and all is well and I don’t want to leave the table”. Good question. I have a sure-fire answer that has worked well for me for decades that will keep you winning when you should win without giving it all back and walking away a loser.
It is called “The 2/3 Rule”. If I remembered where I first heard it all those years ago, I’d be happy to give credit. Nonetheless, this works like a charm:
When you get the winnings going, simply figure what 2/3 of your winnings are and make that (plus your original buy-in stake) your “not going to give it back” money. (Don’t tell me that you aren’t a math genius. You have a phone with a calculator somewhere on it, right)? Play with the other third. If you keep winning and get up some more, simply re-adjust what you are locking up. If you lose that 1/3 of your winnings, time to call it a day (for that session, machine, or table).
You may think “Wait now, if things are going bad, what if I’m leaving right before my luck is about to change?” The fact that you’ve tanked back 1/3 of your winnings means you’ve been on a pretty good cold streak. Have you ever heard the term “Chasing your losses”? Ya… that. It exists for a reason. You’ve given that “maybe things will turn around” think plenty of time to happen. Stop while you still have that nice chunk of winnings untouched.
Now, this sounds awesome on paper. However, much more difficult to do when you are having the rush of gambling, maybe have a couple drinks in you, and the winning streak is so fresh in your mind. So, please allow yourself to do the following: Treat yourself to something nice/fun with some of those winnings. After all, it was money that may have evaporated on you if you were not paying attention!
What you treat yourself to will depend on how much you walked away with and what your tastes are. Some may prefer to hit the mall and buy a nice trinket or souvenir. Others may choose to upgrade their choice of dinner spots. (Wynn Buffet instead of Harrah’s, for example). Maybe a higher end cigar and some nice extra-aged scotch is your pat on the back to yourself for playing smart.
And, if that isn’t enough, guess what? You can tell your travel companions/Facebook/office workers (on your return) about your great WINNING session and how you used some of those winnings to treat yourself to something really nice!
Remember The “Summer” In Summer Fun – While it’s been crazy cold here (for us), 3 months of 100+ F days are just around the corner. Many of you may be planning on doing some of the fantastic outdoors stuff here in our back yard. Red Rock Canyon hikes, Hoover Dam, Clark County Wetlands Park, and similar. Mornings are your friend, before the sun reaches the afternoon scorching temperatures. Especially at Hoover Dam, where it is usually a few degrees even hotter than Las Vegas!
Enterprise. We’ll Pick You Up!– For those scratching their heads, that is the slogan of Enterprise car rental. Who are now offering you an insured, late-model car for $1500 per month here in Las Vegas. So, looking for feedback on this. If you are someone who comes for a month at a time, is this something of interest? It seems expensive. Plus, it comes with a 3000 mile limit. And, one of the reasons people come visit our part of the universe for longer periods of time is to use it as a jumping-off point to see various national parks, areas of California, and similar.
If you have any thoughts, you can 1. Put them in the comments on our Facebook page about this or 2. Hit reply on your “new issue” notification email and respond directly back to me. As we continue to want to provide items of interest to all of our readers, I’m eager for any opinions from those of you who know this issue enough to have some thoughts!
The Sports Betting Could Get Crazy – They only lost by 4! Here’s the archived UPI article on the bet: Casino owner Bob Stupak won a $1 million bet… Expect to occasionally hear about similar attention grabbing big bets getting taken by Stevens. It will be fun to watch!
Hope you are enjoying this issue!
Madonna is bringing her “Madame X” tour to the renovated Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Details? Those are to be announced. No performance dates or on-sale alerts for the Colosseum shows have been set. Madonna’s “Madame X” album is due June 14, and she plans to play select intimate-venue performances on her upcoming tour.
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Delmonico Steakhouse is celebrating its 20th anniversary this May. From May 3-12, the restaurant will be featuring throwback specials that highlight some of the restaurant’s most beloved dishes throughout the years, including house-cured tasso and smoked mushroom cream over angel hair pasta with fresh chives; crab mirliton stuffed Gulf oysters with bearnaise sauce; BBQ salmon with andouille potato hash homemade Worcestershire sauce and fried onion crust; bananas foster ice cream pie; and lemon icebox pie with strawberry coulis.
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Grand Canyon National Park just kicked off its centennial celebration year, and now with its peak spring and summer months upon us, all signs point to 2019 being an epic time to hike one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Where to start in the massive 277-mile-long chasm that’s actually the same size as Rhode Island? We chatted with Arizona Outback Adventures’ longtime Grand Canyon guide Annemarie Kruse and narrowed the routes down to the 10 most picturesque hikes to do this year, plus who they’re best for and when to go (note that the high alpine North Rim is only open from May 15 to October 15, 2019).
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Putting politics aside, what is the deal with Trump Las Vegas? We’re more casino people and stay on the offers we get. However, we’re eyeing an extended family get-together where having a room with some elbow room might come in handy. And, we’re also looking at people in our party who are not “Vegas” people and are much more accustomed to renting a condo for a week at the beach in Florida.
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Excellent question, as staying at Trump will not be your traditional Las Vegas experience. It has no casino, nor is part of a casino complex. It is also 100% non-smoking. So, if your day starts with an elevator ride to the casino, grabbing your coffee, and lighting up while you stuff your first $20 in a machine, probably not for you!
The property was designed to be sold as condos. The recession helped necessitate the move to rental rooms. So, yes you have elbow room. And an actual small kitchen. And, a bathroom you can turn around in. However, this certainly isn’t a typical 2 bedroom, 800+ sq. ft. actual condo that was designed to be a residence as you may find in other vacation locales. So, keep that in mind.
Location and dining may be an initial concern. While providing for an amazing Strip view (should you book that side of the tower), the property seems set way back from The Strip at a glance. This is in part an optical illusion. It is 0.3 miles from The Strip. To put that in perspective, the rear of the MGM Grand is 0.3 miles from The Strip.
During the hours it is open, you can make the trek from Trump to The Strip insider the climate-controlled Fashion Show Mall. For those who like to ride, a free shuttle runs from 8 AM to Midnight, which serves both Caesars and Wynn.
Dining is limited. You have DJT, an upscale restaurant serving all three meals. H2(EAU) is more casual daytime eating and drinking poolside. And, room service. Which ironically, many other Las Vegas hotels are in the process of doing away with. (Something we’re going to have a future Newkirk’s Notes on, giving you various alternatives that make sense).
However, directly across the street from Trump Towers is the Fashion Show Mall. Featuring 11 full-serve restaurants, 12 quick-serve restaurants, and 15 coffee and/or snack shops. So, at least during mall hours (plus, many of the restaurants along The Strip are open even later), you have no excuse for going hungry. That is far more dining options than almost any of the casino hotels have!
The one achilles heal of the location is the railroad crossing it sits next to. If on the west side of the building, a fairly regular train horn (every couple of hours) will be very audible. The rail line through Las Vegas is the main line between the Port Of Long Beach (where just about everything from China comes in) and Salt Lake City, Denver, and other point east. If you live in Minneapolis and shop at your local big-box store, there is a good chance what you are buying rolled through Las Vegas on the way!
The pool is smaller and pretty boring. At least by Las Vegas standards. If you want a thumping pool party, it won’t be for you. If you want the exact opposite, you’ll probably enjoy it.
It really comes down to price. Between the (perceived) marginal location, the fact that Trump Towers doesn’t get talked about much, and the simple fact that you have a segment of the population who won’t stay there as a political statement, the room rates tend to be quite reasonable when put up against the quality and elbow room you are getting. This property regularly makes the Top 10 In Las Vegas lists regarding upscale, resort properties and is a Best Of Las Vegas Gold winner.
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