Hello From Las Vegas! – After a rare dip with temps in the upper 60’s, October is continuing “as advertised”. Loyal members know that I tout this as THE best time of year to visit regarding the weather, and this year isn’t disappointing anyone. (October is my birthday month, so I’m a little biased. And now, I’m not telling the date, I turn 54 this year, happy to have made it this far, but really prefer to keep it low-key).
The long-range forecast has us bouncing around the low 80’s and upper 70’s for the rest of the month. Humidity a super-comfy 15%, winds (with a couple of exceptions) under 10 mph, and a rain chance of exactly 0.00000% through the end of the month. While April has similar temps, our spring winds can knock your hat off. But really, there isn’t a horrible time to visit ever. Most even find our hot yet dry summers very tolerable.
Thought On Sports Betting – A number of episodes ago, Jason noted that he follows sports, but doesn’t sports bet as he’s not usually knowledgeable enough to feel like he’s making an informed bet.
It is nice to make informed bets. I’m a college football junkie, and I seriously only bet a few games per year. When I look at the line and go “No way, that is totally off”.
However, very common here in the land of Vegas (and something that I’m sure will spread) is making “TV Bets”. So, Sunday night football is on and your buddies have invited you to watch it at the local Hooters or cigar bar.
You have no interest in what team wins or loses.
That is where making a “TV Bet” comes in handy! Go ahead and bet a team for $11 or $22. Or enough to make it exciting without breaking the bank. I tend to like to bet the underdog so I take the points and start the game “ahead”.
Guess what: All of a sudden, you have a REAL rooting interest in the game. Because, if that team does well, your wallet does well! You’ve never rooted so hard in your life for a team you could not care less about, and know pretty much nothing about!
If you win, you cash the ticket. If you lose, you lost a few bucks while gaining 2-3 hours of solid entertainment and engagement as you rode the wave of the game’s ebbs-and-flows.
The Las Vegas Dome – No, that isn’t the name of a new stadium. Following in the footsteps of what Cosmo does in the winter, The Palms is covering their pool area from November through March to allow for “dayclub” pool parties and poolside nightlife with their KAOS club.
Honestly, this makes tons of sense. Las Vegas is tied with Phoneix as the second most sunny city in the US. (Yuma is #1 and Redding, CA is #2, with apologies to cities in the “sunshine” state of Florida). The problem isn’t lack of winter sun. We have plenty. At issue is the Dec/Jan highs averaging 57F and Nov/Feb highs of 63F. Neither of which screams “beer and bikinis”!
I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t host a major March Madness event in that area as well, before they bring the dome down. Sports betting may be popping up in more places, but where else can you get a suntan (through the glass dome) while drinking poolside (in a climate-controlled atmosphere) while you try to watch 8 basketball games at once!
Not to be outdone, Circa Las Vegas (former Las Vegas Club site) Derek Stevens has proclaimed that their pool area will be the greatest in the WORLD (rending below).
That remains to be seen. However, it WILL be the greatest pool in the world for sports fans. That raised white area at the edge of the pool? Ya… that’s going to be a HUGE (and that is an understatement) TV screen showing one or multiple games at once.
Diablos Expands – We generally don’t go heavy on the restaurant news. So many of them are interchangeable and (on The Strip) equally expensive. However, I know we have quite a few fans of Diablo’s. Formerly right on The Strip in front of Monte Carlo, it was relocated to Luxor. However, for those who don’t want that trek, a new location is also opening at The Mirage where LVB Burgers used to be. (If you are a long-time visitor, that is where the white tigers used to be).
Get Some Help On That Slot Machine! – I don’t know about you, but I can’t really make heads nor tails of many of the slot machines out there. (And, I’m in the business!). We stick our money in, the video things happen, and it tells us if we win or not.
Now… I confess to rarely playing the slots. I prefer blackjack and video poker. Both of which I can gauge fairly quickly regarding my chances to win*, and both of which give the player the option to maximize the chance of winning. I also like the very low house edge on the basic craps bets.
* With a video poker machine, the pay table is listed right on the machine! And with blackjack, the table will often say how much you get paid back for a blackjack. (And, you can always ask the dealer). Do you want to play a machine that gives you back 6 credits for a flush, or one that gives you 5 credits back for a flush? Do you want to get paid $1.50 for every dollar you bet when you get a blackjack, or $1.20? Those lost wins add up!
However, you don’t have to play a slot machine completely blind. Many/most machines DO have a help screen if you poke around to find it. Every little bit of knowledge helps give you a better advantage gambling! And, if you have a fave machine, make a note to do a web search for “Name Of Machine Tips” and you just might find a gold mine of help there as well. The few minutes spent being a more informed gambler can pay huge dividends.
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I have been a visitor from the UK for several years, and whilst the tipping culture in the US is very different from the UK, I do understand the importance to service staff and in many cases it is relied upon to make a living wage so I try to ensure I tip correctly and appropriately.
One scenario did puzzle me on a visit to Magnolia’s in The Four Queens for breakfast. I saw other customers settling their check at the cash register as they left, not at the table to their server. I did the same but returned to my table to leave a cash tip. Was this correct? If I only had a credit card, would ask the cashier to add a tip and hope it gets back to my server?
Thank you in advance,
Awesome question, and thanks so much for being aware of the fact that with food service (especially), these people REALLY rely on tips. Your hotel bartender is making great union wages and top-quality benefits. If the hotel owns the restaurant, the servers may make more than in non-hotel owned restaurants (as restaurants that lease space may not be unionized), but they are still not making much.
Yes, you nailed it. At a restaurant here in the US where you settle at the cash register, going back and leaving a tip (or leaving it as you depart the table if you have appropriate paper currency with you) is the way to go. Same with a buffet. It is polite to leave at least $1 per person if the beverages are self-serve, and $2 per person if the beverages are brought to you. Of course, if the service was friendly and prompt.
Per tipping at a coffee shop as you mentioned, leaving the tip on the credit card SHOULD get the tip to your wait person. That is fine.
However, many buffets offer a tip line when you pay upon entrance. I’d zero that out. They often don’t even know where you will be seated until they lead you into the restaurant. Hence, no one knowing who will wait on you. Much better to leave cash upon departure.
Putting aside that it is the U.S. custom and that service industry wages are (generally) otherwise low, this is simply a great way to thank someone for their service in a meaningful way. Or… to politely suggest that their service was lacking without having to actually say something to them. (IE, leaving a smaller, or in the case of horrible service, no tip).
If a table games dealer, bartender, wait person and similar is chatty and helpful and makes your experience more pleasant, a small reward for that is in order!
If you are a table game player and unaware of the tipping etiquette for that game, you can always tell a dealer “I’d like to place a bet for you, how do I go about that”. Even a $1 bet for “The Boys” (as the craps crew is generally called) is a nice token.
Also, your hotel maid often won’t be the same person each night of your stay. As we remind people from time-to-time, leaving a $2-3 tip for them is appreciated per evening. (MORE if you really have messed up the room). This is also the time to ask for extra soaps, lotions or similar. (When you tip, don’t be surprised if you have a couple of extra goodies even if you don’t ask for them).
Many bring a few envelopes with them for this purpose. If not, leave the tip on the pillow and find the pad and pen most rooms still have and write “TIP” on it and place it with the tip. And, feel free to make a note if you need an extra something or other off of their cart!
What is the best way to park for free downtown?
Best current bet is Main Street Station: $8 on weekdays, $13 on weekends. BUT… if you play $20 or dine $20 (couple of buffets, couple of meals at their brewpub, both of which are good values), you get 4 free hours from that time you validate.
Which means if you are out within 4 hours, they waive what would be the daily parking fee.
The cheapo option?
Park more than one block east of Pawn Stars (Gold and Silver Pawn) in the vicinity of Garces and 7th Street. With a couple of small exceptions, there are no street parking limits at this time in that area.
Then, take the free Downtown Loop to get to Fremont (Plaza), East Fremont, Arts District, North Outlet Mall, and Mob Museum.
Plus, the Pawn Stars Plaza (next to the shop) has a solid “beer and BBQ” joint many enjoy!
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