Hello From Las Vegas! – Summer #2 (what the rest of you call fall) is just around the corner. The 10 day forecast shows temps dropping from the mid-100’s F to the high 90’s just as we get into September. Which is a prelude to our best month of the year: October!
Highs in the 80’s and cool overnight temps around 60 make October Goldilocks weather: Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. Plus, although we also have a very pleasant Spring Time (Summer #1, or temps that many of you would consider normal summer temps), fall rarely has the desert wind issues we see in the Spring.
Plus, football is starting. For us sports fans, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Our Pick For NFL Viewing In Vegas – Sure, you can bet in a number of states now. But, not with the atmosphere of Las Vegas. Our best place to watch the NFL? The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (basically a square block behind The D) is having their free viewing parties once again this year. They have something like a 72′ screen, sound that practically puts you in the huddle, and food and beverage for sale.
The best part is that admission is absolutely free. Although, tables and man caves are available for a fee. If hockey is more your speed, they also do selected Vegas Golden Knights watch parties throughout the year.
Video Poker Tipping Tips – Some of you are aware that most casinos don’t particularly regale video poker players. Your play doesn’t get as many comps, and lately the crush has been on to limit your drinks. Not for our members! Here’s your important tips:
Many casinos are using bartop video poker machines with lights on the back that literally tell the bartender if you are playing enough to get another free drink. And, if you are pounding away at the machine, the odds are very high that you won’t suffer for drinks (unless you are really wanting to reach happy-land quickly)!
HOWEVER, if you are playing with a friend and get distracted, or perhaps have a game on TV you are involved with (your fave team, or just a game you bet on), and your play slows a bit, you may fall outside of your drink comp allowance. The fix is something you should have been doing all along anyway to insure great service from your bartender when you settle in for an extended run at the bartop video poker games.
When you sit down, tip the bartender $5 on your first drink. I like to fold it in half the long way, and then bend it back so it just has a slight crease in it. So that it will stand up in the tip glass the bartender is putting your comp receipts in, or so that when you put it on their side of the bar as a tip, it stands out (and stands up a little bit). This makes sure they don’t miss it!
See, the bartenders at many casinos still have a fair amount of leeway. Whether it be serving you another drink even if the light on the machine hasn’t clicked into the green zone for you, or pouring you a “player friendly” serving on drinks which they actually hand-pour (and don’t come out of a gun). And, you are simply buying their attention. If you and three other patrons need drinks refreshed, who do you want them coming to take care of first? You, of course!
Hear me on this one: You’ll make your $5 back in better drinks, more drinks, and quicker service in most cases. (I say most, because you always have a few curmudgeons out there who will simply trudge away at their job, counting the minutes until break time. That is life).
PS Keep tipping $1 per drink after that. The initial $5 is to get their attention and get on their good side from the start of your gambling festivities!
We Can Call It The Sahara Again – By the time it matters to you, The SLS will have formally become The Sahara again. Not a minute too soon for the new owners who are evidently being hit with a demand for money covering the months after the sale that the hotel still had the SLS brand on it. (SLS is a nightlife and hospitality brand out of Los Angeles. They are the ones who couldn’t make a go out of their Sahara re-branding and remodel).
In somewhat related news, Hooters Las Vegas (hotel) has been sold to another company which will be renaming it as well. Hooters has often been thought of as “off Strip”. However, the reality is that the property sits directly across the street from the porte cochere at MGM Grand. Which means that nearly half of the MGM Grand (and we’re not even including the long hike to The Signature at MGM Grand towers) is FARTHER away from The Strip than Hooters is!
If Hooters simply isn’t a good fit for your stay, so be it. We have no horse in that race. However, if the only reason you don’t consider it is distance from The Strip, you may wish to think again.
$101 Bottle Service – Speaking of… SLS, er Sahara Las Vegas’ Club 101 is offering a $101 bottle service special. If you’re not a clubber and otherwise don’t care, this is why it is important to you:
If this is indicative of them making an effort to be cost conscious, then we’re headed in the right direction. The previous owner had a “build it and they will come” mentality. (And, also evidently mistook the thought that people loyal to his Los Angeles brand would simply HAVE to stay at his Las Vegas property as well).
The Sahara owner also already owns a sister property in Reno. As we’ve reported, that one does well despite the fact that it is locationally challenged. Possibly due to the fact that their offerings are value-conscious as well. If they do some “easy on the wallet” moves that make it worth the inexpensive monorail ride up that way, of course we’ll be right on top of letting you know!
Spandex Nation – We get pretty regular requests for people looking to find a lounge and lounge music. (Hint: Le Cabaret Bar at Paris Las Vegas). I enjoy the lounge music myself, but grew up on 80’s rock/metal. If that is your thing and you are around on most Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights, you are in luck. Spandex Nation plays all of your fave hits (with a look to match) at Level Up (MGM Grand) Thursdays from 1 PM to 1 AM and then they move downtown for Friday and Saturday, Starting at 10 PM until 2 AM (with breaks for the Fremont Street Experience Light show at the top of each hour).
Karaoke – If singing tunes yourself is more your style (or simply enjoying a couple of drinks while you enjoy watching those who try), the “must do” stalwart is Ellis Island, just a cheap mile-long Uber ride (don’t walk it at night) from Bellagio down East Flamingo. Seven nights a week, the fun starts at 9 PM and goes well into the late night.
If you are around South Strip and want to stay put, MGM’s Level Up also currently features karaoke Monday nights from 8:30 PM to 1:00 AM. Perfect for right after Monday Night Football ends, which is right around their start time here on the west coast. You can probably catch the game at Level Up and then just stay put!
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When visiting Vegas we DO stay hydrated with water, we DO NOT jaywalk. We know from experience, you can take pictures in the casinos with a cell phone, but video gets you a tap on the shoulder, by some big dude with no neck, with the ever so polite warning to “turn it off”… um, OK.
My question is, are there any other rules or Vegas faux pas we should be aware of to make our trips safer, or more enjoyable for guests and employees? I submit, “don’t be an A-hole” should be rule number one whether you are a tourist or club bouncer. I don’t think I am alone, if I say, tourists are somewhat misguided by propaganda, movies and media when it comes to what is acceptable and unacceptable.
My second question is, where is the line between decent and indecent? And does it vary from property to property. Casino workers, club servers and go-go dancers often give the illusion of being scantily clad even though they are usually very well covered compared to the bachelorette party girls in their postage stamp dresses. This makes me wonder about special events, theme parties and dress codes for the pool. Do groups of women hail cabs on the strip wearing lace negligee and heels when they are going to the Midsummer’s Night Dream party? Do the hotels provide a “clothing check”, or lockers for party goers to get into character?
For such things it would be good to be “in the know” before you show up looking like the dopey tourist you are, but are trying not to be.
Thanks to you and your team for the good work you do.
As far as blatant no-no’s, most of it is common sense. Unfortunately, you are correct: Because of the crazy movies and music videos out there, people really do think that absolutely anything goes as far as both behavior and dress!
Casino personnel are pretty tolerant of drunken antics which don’t interfere with the game, damage anything, or bother other players. They have learned to be pretty good babysitters. Having said that, if you feel like you did something out-of-line or stupid and you catch it, tipping is a really nice way to say “sorry”. Security is only really going to show up if someone is really causing a problem.
Some of the more “innocent” things like using both hands to roll the dice at crap or to handle your cards in a “dealt from the deck” blackjack game are far more likely to raise casino ire than some basic drunken antics. Touching a cocktail waitress (even non-sexually) is taken pretty seriously and should be avoided. It should go without saying that grabbing her anatomy WILL be on camera and WILL get you (most likely) in legal trouble. Or at the very least asked to leave that property for a good long time. (Perhaps forever).
Knocking over a waitresses drinks because you are drunk and not paying attention? That better come with a profuse apology and (at minimum) a $40 apology tip to her.
If members have more specific thoughts or questions on this aspect, be sure to reach out (use the form link on the members area, or hit Reply to your notification email).
So… half or nearly nekkid. Excellent question as well!
I have a high school classmate in her early 50’s who has yet to visit Las Vegas. (I know… poor thing). A few female co-workers recently returned from their Vegas getaway, and told her about looking into the hotel and seeing STRIPPERS!
At first, I was befuddled. THEN… I realized to some nice people from the rest of America, the scantily clad go-go dancers in the party pits (complete with poles on the stage) probably looked like strippers to them!
Note: I confess to being so jaded. I’m a straight, early-50’s male who loves nice-looking women. However, when I’m with friends from out-of-town, their head is snapping left and “look at her, look at her” right and I’m not even noticing.
Yes, the casinos don’t want to lose their gaming licenses and when you take a good look, the dancing dealers and go-go dancers and similar actually are not THAT uncovered. Lots of cleavage? Check. Dentil floss up their behind? NO. Something that is close to revealing their nipples or crotch area? Absolutely not. Not even something that COULD turn into a wardrobe malfunction.
Per Clark County nudity laws, crotch and nipples covered are what the visitors are supposed to stick to. How much a casino allows is up to the casino. Hard Rock has hosted the adult porn convention a number of years now. You’ll see some pretty skimpy-dressed attendees in the casino and common areas. However, if someone is taking it too far, they will hear from security.
This year’s Playboy Midsummer Night’s Dream was in July at Marquee Nightclub (Cosmo). Since it is past, and I did not attend, I’m not sure of the coat, bag clothing check options. However, I have to assume they had that covered (no pun intended). If one is attending such an event, the venue should have info. Including a possible warning on what NOT to wear though the casino!
What someone chooses to wear in transit is pretty much up to them. Cab, Uber, and limo drivers have seen it all. Honestly, that stuff just does not phase those of us in the industry anymore!
Per the bachelorette parties and club-going females: Ya… they often wear dresses that don’t cover very much. And, a fair number of people will vouch for the fact that they go out sand underwear. When they are tipsy and careless, it doesn’t take much more than a trip, stumble, bending over at an awkward angle to deal with a misbehaving high heel, you name it to reveal more than they might have been anticipating.
These “oops” moments are treated as accidents and don’t warrant casino action. (Outside of one security guard telling another in the break room that he saw a bit more of a guest than anticipated!)
Really, it comes down to intent. A hooker or someone being an overt exhibitionist showing too much? They will probably get the attention of Metro (our police force) or security. A barely-there dress (which otherwise covers everything it should except for oops moments) or something that is borderline lingerie but otherwise isn’t showing all the goods?
This is Las Vegas!
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