Hello From Las Vegas! – Into every life, a little rain must fall. Rain is ushering in our fall weather and with the exception of a few quirky days, our high in the 70’s F are a thing of the past until around March.
The new Best Of Las Vegas is out, and in selected issues, we’ll be hitting on some of the winners. We’re not just going to list them. I’ll be filling you in on what is worth your time, keeping in mind you are a visitor. For example, if “Best Cupcake” is a $25 Uber ride from the tourism areas, that won’t do most of you any good. But, if it is on The Strip or Fremont, or a very cheap/quick Uber ride, then it may be for you.
Also, with any of these polls, there is some ballot stuffing. This doesn’t mean the winners are undeserving. But, we take that into account. And, some winners are simply due to the fact they are a bigger brand name, or have tons of locations (and thus tons of customers voting for them). Over the next few months, we’ll be sorting it all out for you, and giving you some exclusive tips and insights so you can truly enjoy some of the better things Las Vegas offers.
Caesars Will Continue To Lure You To Las Vegas – Eldorado/Caesars (the merging companies will be called Caesars, but owned and run by Eldorado) have indicated that they will maintain or increase their focus on enticing their regional casino players to Las Vegas. Many of you already get offers for trips to Vegas, or even Reno and Laughlin which include chartered airfare.
They have given no indication that this will be changing. And, if they are smart (and I believe they are), they will take advantage of some dissatisfaction among MGM Resorts gamblers and try to lure them over. This link Eldorado Gaming Properties is one you should look over if you are already a Total (Caesars) Rewards player, as within the next few months, your action at these properties will be Caesars rewarded action. You may end up finding out that while previously you didn’t have a Caesars property within patronage distance from your city, you may now.
Show Me The Money – With sports betting becoming more allowed and talked about nationwide, many of you who barely (or never) dabbled in it might think about taking the plunge. It was just a few short years ago that open talk of betting lines was frowned upon during sports broadcasts, and the NFL wouldn’t even allow Las Vegas (even if we showed no casino gaming) to advertise during the Super Bowl! (I’m not kidding).
If some of you are looking for a bigger jackpot with some fun ups and downs along the way, and thought that progressive slots were your only answer, I’d consider you looking into sports bet parlay cards. Parlay cards allow you to pick a number of games (IE, pick who will “beat the spread”), put a modest amount of money down, and cash a pretty big winning ticket if your picks all do well!
How well? As a general ballpark, $100 can win you $10,000 or more. (Odds and payouts vary, but the people at the sports book window will be happy to show you the parlay cards, and also tell you how you can actually pick a number of games of your own choice and package them together in a high-paying, low risk bet).
Think about it: You run a pile of cash through a progressive slot machine in hopes to win a fairly big amount. BUT… for about the same losses you’ll take, you can bet a decent chunk of change on a parlay card and not only get to win some big cash, but also include your skill. They are YOUR picks. Not some random luck-of-the-draw.
Plus, the games probably won’t all be on at exactly the same time. This adds some serious entertainment over hours and hours (and possibly days) if you don’t suffer an early loss.
No random number generator here. It is all on YOU!
More Best Of Las Vegas – We’re continuing 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.
Brewpub – Triple 7 at Main Street Station was the Gold winner. (Categories also have Silver and Bronze). No argument for us. The beer is good. The menu is extensive, yummy, and priced right. The Fremont Street area location makes it easy for you to go.
Silver was Gordon Biersch, which is in the restaurant complex across the street from Tuscany Hotel Casino. (Tuscany also did quite well in many categories, and deservedly so). While a chain you’ll find in many areas, it is worth the visit if you are adjacent.
Buffet – Station Casinos won by the sheer force of how many locations they have, and their ability to get locals to vote. Interestingly enough, they actually have two styles of buffets: The A.Y.C.E. style of Palms, and Feasts. Oh, and the Feast buffets at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock are more upscale in atmosphere and food choices than at their other casinos.
For sheer value for the quality, you can’t go wrong with Palace Station. And, if your only memory of Palace is a dirty, smoke-filled, sad local’s joint from years past… that is no longer the case. Station Casinos dumped piles of cash into a total rehab and remodel. The word “dive” no longer applies.
Having said that, The Palms is literally a stone’s throw off of The Strip. (If the weather is nice and you are in decent shape, you can walk it). An Uber won’t cost much at all. When you add in the quality and value of their A.Y.C.E.(All You Can Eat) buffet plus their looser slots, lower limits, better rules, better food and drink prices (they can’t drive the locals away), you’d almost be silly not to head for dinner and drinks and some gaming!
Burger – No shortage of amazing burgers here in Las Vegas. And, my preference for a fast food burger is the infamous In-N-Out. (Hold your fire: Five Guys and Smashburger and similar are NOT fast food. They are “fast casual”, which is more expensive, and more upscale than the likes of Burger King and those in that rank).
Tuscany won this with their burger at Pub 365, which is so named for their rotation of 365 different beers, with over 100 of them available at any give time. Like Palms, this is a “one mile off The Strip” journey where you can pair up your food, beer, and then enjoy their (often) award winning and (usually free) lounge entertainment. Check out Tuscany Entertainment Listings and see if any of their lounge act could have you tapping your toes for a couple of hours.
Hope you are enjoying this issue!
Kelly Clarkson fans just got lucky – she’s announced a new residency in Las Vegas! for 2020. The original American Idol made the big announcement after performing a medley of her hits during the “Kelly-oke” portion of her daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show on Friday.
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The $12.8 million penthouse sale atop Palms Place is the highest priced high-rise property sale in Las Vegas history. The property has changed ownership from Phil Maloof, who was represented by the Ivan Sher Group, and is now owned by TurnKey Pads, who was represented by Hali’s Angels – The Hali Gillin Group.
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I will be visiting soon from the UK and would like any information in regards to casinos withholding tax on handpays. I have read that some casinos pay out in full and others take 30% in tax. If I am lucky (lol) and win big, how do I reclaim any tax that is withheld. Also, is there a list of casinos that pay out in full and those that withhold tax?
Excellent question (and happy you plan to win big)!
Our understanding is that the US has a treaty agreement with a number of countries worldwide — including the United Kingdom — which allow you to reclaim your withheld tax.
Many casinos will help you file the paperwork. Working through every casino in town to see what their current policy on this is beyond our scope. (We offer to answer every question we can, within reason).
If they do not provide assistance, or you have any concerns, here is the scoop:
You need to file for an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) from our IRS.
Details on what an ITIN is and if you need one:
Instructions for obtaining one are here:
Hope this helps, and hope you win big!
These were in reader response to our posting of this story:
And my observation:
The revamped Strat is worth the time if you use it as a jumping off point (no pun intended) on your way downtown for the evening. They have changed and upgraded so much!
Stopped in there in April for a few hrs. Played some blackjack and walked out ahead. So no complaints. Was very quiet there.
I got a cab from downtown to watch the sunset from the observation desk. I then walked to Westgate to get the monorail to MGM. I saved some money but I wouldn’t recommend doing this on your own as it was a very quiet area, with no other tourists around.
You could have gotten the monorail at SLS. Much shorter walk, but agreed, a little scary at night if no one else around.
It is only two blocks from SLS and monorail to Strat. However, although that area is gentrifying, I’d still suggest that ladies think twice about walking it after dark. The neighborhood behind Strat is still really iffy and that can spill over.
City bus is quick and cheap from downtown to Strat. However, the bus is absolutely NOT for everyone and an Uber or cab won’t be a big fare at all. Plus, much quicker.
Strat is still going to be on the dead side depending on time of week and year. They are still ramping up promotions. The company that owns it has a 60 bar presence locally (PT’s Pubs) and will surely be working to make Strat more of a locals hang. Their new players card will work at Strat, plus all of their bars and lounges both here and in Reno.
Which is good for the visitor: Locals casinos MUST have looser slots, lower limits, better rules, and cheaper food!
Also, remember that as I’m typing this (November 2019), sunset is around 4:45 PM, and getting earlier. I’d be up there right at 4 PM to take advantage of the Level 107 happy hour (remember to ask for your FREE ride to the top which you are entitled to as a lounge visitor) and to enjoy our spectacular mountain-against-desert sunsets.
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(Producers Notes) You don’t come to Death Valley because abundant life flourishes here. Which is exactly why an oasis in the middle of it is so special. Only here can you stroll among lush date palms, float the day away in one of our spring fed pools or disappear into the exhilarating landscape of one of America’s largest national parks, and still return in time for a memorable dinner – and a sunset you’ll never forget.
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