September 17, 2020 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Late Breaking Update:
Bars (IE, Video Poker and Booze) Reopen Saturday!


Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – The “Don’t Visit Las Vegas” dam is finally starting to break. The State of New York could no longer ignore the kinds of data, graphs, and information I’ve been noting here for weeks now.

I’m not posting any new graphs this week. Why? Because they look identical to the graphs from previous weeks! Oh, except to say we have not seen new cases/hospitalizations/deaths this low since (drum roll please)…

Around the end of MARCH. And in some cases lower. You remember March, don’t you? Way back when there was only starting to be talk of drastic measures, flattening the curve, etc.

Bars To Reopen – We have it on good authority that our Governor will be opening the bartops soon. The ones where you can drink booze, and play video poker. Currently, countertops where you dine at are allowed. But if that countertop is for liquor service and gambling, it must be sure to be something that spreads COVID-19, and no dice.

No, it doesn’t make any sense to us either. Nor to the entire bar and gaming industry. Interestingly enough, Governor Sisolak was caught on video dining at an Italian restaurant that had live music playing. However, live show and music events are not currently allowed. So, Governor Sisolak’s damage control consisted of noting that ambient background music is OK, but concerts and such are NOT.

Remember, the Fremont Street Experience still does not have their nightly three stages of live music. Because, it isn’t allowed. Important to note that as an outdoor venue, they attempted to restart this music a couple of months ago. With social distancing. Including markings noting how far apart people should stand. Governor Grumpy was like “Hell No”, and that was the end of that.

I suppose a band could book a banquet hall, do a “dinner show” as the “house band”, and all would be fine? Maybe not. Because no more than 50 people are allowed at a church gathering, Evangelicals For Trump booked a banquet hall. Circular table seating, not a concert or speech set-up. After all, hotel and banquet gatherings are allowed at 50% of capacity. Oops. The hotel owner got fined.

This isn’t about whether you love God or Trump. This is just a small sample of the ever-changing goal line, ever changing rules, and general poor communication. You know… the biggest industry in the State of Nevada. This is not whether the Governor has a D or an R behind his name. The gaming industry cares about the gaming business over political party. He should have an I behind his name. No, not for Independent. For Incompetent.

Pay To Park MGM Opening October 1, Smoke-Free – Park MGM is set to finally open October 1! This will be one of the final dominoes to fall in the complete reopening of Las Vegas hotels and casinos. Note: For those new to the classroom, MGM Resorts brought the (currently defunct) concept of paid parking to Las Vegas. Hence, I referred to their Park MGM as “Pay To” Park MGM.

Of interest is that they plan to open it 100% smoke-free. Even in the casino. Over the years, smoke-free sections of casinos have been implemented. And, perhaps nearly two decades ago, the (now defunct, no longer in existence) Silver City Casino on the corner of Convention Center and Las Vegas Blvd. tried going smoke free for many months, only to revert to smoking. Granted, that was a long time ago, and smoking is less prevalent in the United States now.

MGM Resorts has gone in the direction of no-smoking and “wellness” for quite some time now. Represented by the fact that they have made most floors of their properties non-smoking, as a corporation they are way into “corporate responsibility”, diversity, recycling, solar, and also with the “wellness” suites at MGM Grand.

Will it fly? We’ll all find out! I’m agnostic. I don’t smoke cigarettes, the smell does not knock me out, and while enjoying an occasional cigar, generally not while I’m gaming. However, many do consider smoking part of the “Las Vegas Experience”. Many who only smoke when they drink (and are otherwise considered a non-smoker in the stats) enjoy their cigarettes in Las Vegas. And, for many, enjoying a cigar is also a key part of their experience here.

I know many will say “My regional casinos are smoke-free, and it hasn’t hurt business at all!” Not so fast on that one. 1. People are captive to their regional casinos. When something is the only game in town, you abide by whatever they say/do. Even if that includes paying for drinks, or playing casino games with antes or other rules derivatives which are not gambler-friendly.

When Harrah’s New Orleans was forced to go smoke-free, they saw a drop in revenue. Period. While anti-smoking forces have tried to spin this in a number of ways, the numbers don’t lie. In fact, Harrah’s at one point had to ask the government agencies for permission to reduce their work force below the number of people required in their operating license. Due to slower business.

With the percentage of smokers so small in the US, many wonder why there is even a question regarding whether casinos would go smoke free. Under normal circumstances, a fairly nice chunk of Las Vegas visitors are international. Including many from countries were smoking is an acceptable practice, and not the pariah it is treated as in North America. These international visitors stay longer, and spend more. Hence, their vote matters.

What About Pot Smoke? – Great question. The complaints about it are regular and ongoing. I’m opening up a conversation about that with my friends/contacts in the media. For now, I’ll simply say this: The last thing Las Vegas wants to do right now is get a reputation for trying to be a party-pooper.

It’s been bad enough that national media has attempted to lambaste us as being a key ingredient to the spread of COVID-19 in the US. (Something that numerous statistics show simply to NOT BE TRUE). The last thing we need is overblown stories about how pot usage is undergoing a serious crack-down. At least for now.

I do believe that down the road, you may see increasing enforcement. For now, Las Vegas has bigger fish to fry. Like filling the hotels back up again. As always, we’re ahead of the curve and will keep you posted.

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
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Usher Announces Headlining Las Vegas Residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace

 

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Dining, Food & Drink – $17.95 Prime Rib & Champagne Brunch At The South Point

 

The Prime Rib and Champagne Brunch at the South Point’s Garden Buffet is now staff served for your safety. Enjoy bottomless Mimosas throughout your meal. You can choose from fresh made to order Omelets, Waffles, Fluffy Pancakes and French Toast, a Carving Station for Prime Rib, Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Smoked Pork Ribs and Rotisserie Chicken.

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The Mirage Has Returned, Minus Its Famous Entertainment Array

 

When the Mirage reopens this week after more than five months of COVID-caused closure, it will do so without the feature that has set the iconic resort apart from other Strip casinos in recent years—a truly eclectic portfolio of live entertainment options.

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A Visual Tour Of Southern Nevada’s Natural Beauty

 

They say nature can heal, and we could all use some of that right now. Perhaps more than ever in our lifetime, it’s important to get outside, breathe fresh air and let Earth’s natural beauty calm our minds. Here in Southern Nevada, those opportunities are endless, whatever direction you head.

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7 Biggest Vegas Payouts of All Time

 

Pulling a slot machine is more luck than skill, but many people can’t resist the allure of getting rich fast. Las Vegas is home to over 165,000 slot machines, according to UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research.

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A new ESPN studio debuted August 24 at the Linq with produced segments for SportsCenter and digital platforms, the network and Caesars Entertainment said.

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Road To The Mirage Hotel-casino In Las Vegas Renamed Siegfried And Roy Drive

 

Their names lit up The Mirage marquee for nearly 14 years. Now their names will lead guests into the resort forever. As The Mirage reopens its doors to the public today, guests will turn off the Las Vegas Strip onto Siegfried & Roy Drive when they arrive at the property. The street was officially renamed for the Masters of Illusion, who were known the world over for their record-setting performance run at the resort from 1990-2003.

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August 31, 2020 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – So… every year, I take 4 issues off. I don’t think that I’ve taken one off yet this year, and my head is about to explode. Just last week, two national articles again attempted to suggest that Las Vegas is dangerous, that the city is spreading the plague like crazy, you name it. One used data from May, June, and July. Interesting as we didn’t reopen until the first week of June. And, they left out August, which has seen plummeting cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

The other one was all over the place trying to prove that workers are being exposed left and right, and that casinos are dangerous. Funny thing is, for a story like that, you would hope that you are using the latest numbers and info. The dates of their info and quotes and things they referenced was all over the place. They also said that a casino worker had said that someone in a hospital said… (this is the point where an attorney in court would say “Objection, Your Honor… This is hearsay” and the judge would say “Sustained”.

So, I’m going to make a note to cover the questions we are getting asked about masks, post three brand new graphs of data from the Southern Nevada Health Authority — which may help you make an informed decision on whether you wish to visit now or keep waiting (and once again, everybody has their own determining factors, you do what is best for YOU), and we do have Members Mania and the rest of our usual cluster of top info for you, and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks. Barring any special blast with some breaking, extremely important news!

Masks: How Strong Is Enforcement, When Will It End – We have members wanting to know if they will really have to mask up, or if they can often let it slide. The State of Nevada — in the form of the Gaming Control Board — monitoring the mask usage in the hotel casino properties. There have been fines of hotels and casinos, and repeat violators face getting shut-down. Hence, the enforcement is very strict. In fact, dealers are getting really tired of customers yelling and cussing at them for asking that people follow the mask rules.

Wearing masks at the Las Vegas Welcome Sign

I’m not suggesting that there may be a few times and places where you can try to let things slide. If you are in the corner of a restaurant or bar (which serves food) and your masks are off because you have been eating, and you are still nursing a drink, they might ignore you for a bit. However, in or on a casino property? And, with some pool exceptions which are simply far to vast and varied to go into? Mask up unless in your room.

When is this mask business going to end for Las Vegas? Long time members know that my crystal ball is pretty accurate. NOTE: I still prognosticate to help visitors get a decent picture of where things are at. Please don’t make a multi-thousand dollar vacation decision based on my predictions! That’s why we’re so strong on the facts. On what is really happening. On what you NEED to know.

But I digress…

I can’t begin to guess when the masks will end. Even with our dropping numbers. Why? The national media will have a field day with it. Floods of more “Vegas is dangerous” articles.

Additionally, we don’t know if a Biden administration would go as far as a national mask mandate. In which case, it would be out of our hands completely here in Nevada. (Save the comments. This is a pragmatic statement, and I have no time to get in the middle of a political debate. For every person who believes that masks are unconstitutional and such, I’d hear from someone who is all for a national mandate. I’m just noting that the end of mandatory masks in Nevada isn’t possible to predict at this time).

Here’s the current charts, according to the Southern Nevada Health Authority.

Daily COVID-19 Cases Clark County (Las Vegas)

Daily COVID-19 Hospitalizations Clark County (Las Vegas)

Daily COVID-19 Deaths Clark County (Las Vegas)

Note: Keep in mind that the very right side of the charts is empty as we’re just getting into September. That does not represent previous days with no data or zero cases/hospitalizations/deaths.

At this rate, when we yap in a couple of weeks, I really, really hope to be getting solidly back to Las Vegas news, what is opening, what is improving, what you should be looking to enjoy as we get into fall and the like.

Most likely highlighting some of the outdoor attractions that are a hop, skip, and a jump from The Strip as fall here is flawless in the weather department. AND… before this entire mess hit, I was going to do a decent feature on the Arts District.

1st Friday Oct 2018

If it is still a best-kept-secret (from you), we’ll put an end to that! Often, you’ll hear people talk about stuff away from the tourism areas, and you’ll think “Might be nice, but I don’t want to to out of my way like that”. Sitting between Stratosphere and Fremont Street, The Arts District is the perfect stop on the way to (or from) one to the other.

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Las Vegas Shows

Work is underway to prepare the show “ABSINTHE” for reopening amid the coronavirus outbreak, a move that could make it the first show to bring performances back to the Las Vegas Strip.

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Wynn Las Vegas, in partnership with Tenaya Creek Brewery, is launching “The Singing Frog,” a premium lager sold exclusively at Wynn Las Vegas and Tenaya Creek taproom in Downtown Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Hotels

This one has flown under the radar, but a new boutique hotel planned for downtown’s Arts District has been dubbed Hotel Cloe. Details are few at this point, but Hotel Cloe’s Web site describes the hotel as “following a new worldwide trend towards lean-luxury, service-focused, 4-star resorts.”

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

The Strip and its many enticements may be the favorite destination for visitors to Las Vegas, but the vast majority of them likely have no idea what they’re missing, because just 25 miles to the east awaits a fantastic day of driving.

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Las Vegas Gambling

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I’ve been looking at this most of the day thinking about surprising my wife with a Grand Canyon tour during our trip. We go in 3 weeks so I’m a little worried about the heat then . If I do book it I want her to be able to enjoy it . Laugh , so I’m still debating . Thanks for posting and recommending it Ted . Looks like a blast .

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Ted Responds:

So… Depends on the tour. IF you do the Maverick tours, and do the one that lands in the bottom of the Canyon, where it is cooler. (NOT COLD… this is the desert in September).

Otherwise, Grand Canyon (West Rim) will have similar temps to Las Vegas. So, look up our 14 day forecast… which is like 102F at the height of the heat, and that is that.

Also… you have a couple of options. (Once again, I’m working with the Maverick link, as they are the company I trust the best, for more reasons than we have time to go into):

They have both airplane and helicopter tours. ALL of their tours go out of their private terminals. NOT out of McCarran, so no TSA or rides back to the airport. In fact, part of the price includes hotel transfers. Their employees are top-notch..

For less money, you can take one of their planes out of Henderson, a very short flight to Grand Canyon West, enjoy it, and be back on your way.

You simply don’t get the flight which takes you down into the canyon and such.

Also, if the concern is about the heat, there are both helicopter and airplane tours which don’t land. You simply enjoy the short, climate-controlled flight over the canyon and a return to Las Vegas without landing over there. Just a great air sightseeing tour. Plus, they don’t use older aircraft. Other companies buy the stuff they sell off!

One more note: Many go “Oh, I see the Grand Canyon from the jet when I fly in”. Not like this, you don’t! Airspace restrictions prohibit commercial airliners from flying very low or close. Tours have special permits, are monitored and controlled, and allow a REAL look at the Canyon. Until you’ve seen it up-close, you don’t know what you are missing.

Here’s the link to Maverick Helicopter and Airplane Grand Canyon Tours.

Hope this helps!


 

I’ve put off my trip 3 times now but won’t do it again. I’m coming week of September 13 and staying at South Point. Only thing that would stop me now is if the airline changes flight again or if your governor shuts things down again.

Mark Pickup

 

Ted Responds:

Fortunately, as the key numbers continue to drop, shutdowns look to be a thing of the past.

You can’t go wrong with South Point, as long as you know the location limitations. I wouldn’t suggest it for a first-timer unless they were specifically attending one of the many events which take place there.

But, they have player-friendly gambling, food prices which will remind people of “Old Vegas”, and there is nothing wrong with the rooms.

Little locals tip: Kitty-corner in the strip mall is local fave sub shop Capriotti’s. If it sounds like your “cup-of-tea”, their Bobbie has turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo. Pretty much Thanksgiving (holiday) on a sub!

If you are too tipsy to drive and don’t want to get an Uber to wherever, the bar and grille across the street is a friendly, locals place. Just don’t expect South Point video poker pay tables!

Silverton, which also gives you the many benefits of local’s casinos, is less than 3 miles away as well. And, The M isn’t much farther in the other direction. The M is pretty much Strip-quality, but won’t destroy your wallet with high prices and high limits.


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Skyspace, an ultra-contemporary home with an immersive art-and-sensory experience, is for sale in Las Vegas at $10.5 million. Located on the Bear’s Best Las Vegas golf course, an 18-hole collection chosen from the best of Jack Nicklaus’s 270 worldwide course designs, Skyspace was created by the owners in coordination with the architecture firm Marmol Radziner, builder Jack Raftery and artist James Turrell. Composed almost entirely of glass, steel and concrete on 1.5 acres inside a guard-gated community at the base of Red Rock Canyon, Skyscape has unobstructed panoramic views of the Nicklaus golf course, city lights and surrounding mountains.

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Other Las Vegas News

If you decide to fly, the odds that you will pick up Covid-19 are low, according to one expert analysis. Despite the known dangers of crowded, enclosed spaces, planes have not been the sites of so-called superspreading events, at least so far. That’s not to say flying is perfectly safe — safety is relative and subjective. But as restrictions continue to change, the only way to move forward through this long pandemic is to start thinking in terms of risk-benefit ratios. Very little is without risk, but perhaps some risks — such as flying — are small enough to warrant taking.

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Every Day Feels Like Saturday in Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) Take advantage of sweet deals on lavish suites and delicious meals. Book an #OnlyVegas midweek trip and you’ll feel like it’s Saturday, every day.

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The Best Pizza On the Las Vegas Strip

(Producers Notes) We asked you your favorite Pizza joints in Vegas. We stuck to the locations on the strip. Tell us if you have ever had any of these pizza places.Thanks for watching!

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I Ate at the Most EXPENSIVE Chinese Restaurant in Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) The Chinese food is priceless at Mott 32 at the Venetian Palazzo in Las Vegas.

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Late Night Eats In Las Vegas – 2020

(Producers Notes) Here are my Top 4 Favorite Late Night Eats. In a late night town such as Las Vegas, you’re definitely going to need some Late Night Eats.


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August 22, 2020 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – Covid-19 cases are dropping here, new resorts are on track, Governor Grumpy is still stomping his angry feet, important tips on visiting the Las Vegas sign, how to guarantee you get an Uber, and lots more this week. We’ll dive right in!

Well, That Didn’t Go Well – I’m extremely proud of the track record we’ve had at letting you know — in advance — what to expect with Las Vegas and COVID. Way back to telling you what to expect in the casinos. Weeks before they reopened. (Pretty much everything we said was exactly what happened, how the new policies and order of things was, and similar).

However… the ole’ crystal ball has been a little off on the bar openings. With the week-after-week decline in COVID cases, and the pending lawsuit, I saw a high likelihood of bars opening by now.

A couple of things happened:

1. Despite the fact that nearly anybody can look at how unequal the bar closures were (serve food, stay open with no bar seating… don’t serve food, you are closed, period), the judge ruled with the governor. That was not expected. Especially since she delayed her ruling, asking to make sure the judgment which she’d render would legally stick. (If she was going to be making no changes, why bother with that thought?)

2. I call our leader Governor Grumpy for a reason: He treats us like we’re a kindergarten class. And, if we don’t follow his rules to the letter, we all get punished. He has a history of extending “punishment” not based on COVID case numbers, but because certain jurisdictions were not working hard enough to enforce his dictates.

Which is EXACTLY what happened this week. Clark County (aka Southern Nevada, including all of Las Vegas) requested that the bars be allowed to reopen. Compliance among the various cities in the county hasn’t always been rigidly enforced, and the City of Las Vegas (which starts just north of The Sahara) recently voted to drop the number of compliance enforcement officers from 65 to 12.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This has nothing to do with casino compliance. That is being handled by Gaming Control, a state-run agency, which has already fined casinos who had even minor compliance issues and continue to hold the threat of a shut-down to any properties which continually offend.

As I’ve noted before, you are FAR more safe here at the hotel casinos than you are in your local grocery store!

There is a rumor (as we go to press) that bars will reopen Friday night. We hope, but we don’t see things pointing that way at this time. I’d be very happy to be wrong on that one!

Cases Dropping Like A Rock – Please ignore the fear-mongering news reports. Just last week, a (generally respected) outlet suggested that Las Vegas hospitals could still be on the verge of being overwhelmed with COVID patients.

Let’s look at this case numbers chart:

Pray tell, how on earth are the hospitals supposed to fill up when case numbers are declining week after week after week after week? Seriously?!?!?

Buy the way, this chart isn’t from Fake News or Fox News or whatever outlet you wish to dislike. This is from the Southern Nevada Health Authority, and organization that is public and has yet to have scandal nor be accused of any bias. Numbers are numbers. If you have friends who don’t believe that Las Vegas is in solid shape on COVID, send them the link.

Hopefully, this also bodes well for those of you in states who are choosing to demand that visitors returning from certain states quarantine. That is, unless the requirement is based on politics and not the actual numbers. If that is the case, you need to take that up at the ballot box if you feel so inclined.

Schedule Your Uber Pickup – Here in Las Vegas, getting an Uber ride is still often a test of your patience. However, many/most don’t know of the simple hack to insure you get one on your way: Down by the big button which lets you request your ride, is a small clock-looking symbol.

Click on this and you can schedule a ride for a future time. In all cases for me so far, the first scheduled pick-up time I’ve been able to pick was only 15-20 minutes from the present time.

Resorts World Getting Closer – Lost among all of the news of masks and some hotels still closed and such, is that Resorts World (former Stardust land) is full steam ahead and should open early next year.

I’m excited because it is less than 10 minutes from my house, and the back way in will make it super-easy for locals. Interestingly enough, the resort will be mildly Asian-themed. And, at their back door is a significant percentage of Las Vegas’ Asian population. So, they will open with a built-in audience.

Circa Looking Up As Well – Circa Las Vegas (former Las Vegas Club site) is on time and looking good! A couple of interesting notes:

1. Circa will be 21 and over. Not unlike your corner bar. This does not reflect any attempt to have nudity or other adults-only type of risque attractions. (Outside of the very sexy outfits you’ll find at the sister properties The D and Golden Gate). It will simply be child and teen-free.

2. Circa’s innovative heating/cooling system will dramatically reduce smoke. Unlike traditional systems, heating and cooling will come from the floor area. Not the ceiling. Hence, both the circulating and and the smoke (which rises naturally) will be sucked upwards and away from patrons.

Downtown Dining

And, not just on Fremont Street. The general area is foodie-heaven. Plus, the pricing is right. Their clientele is mostly locals (plus a few in-the-know visitors, like you are now). Hence, no Las Vegas Strip pricing here. Your wallet will thank you! Check out this for more (excellent map and info):

Where to Dine in Fremont East, the Entertainment District in Downtown Las Vegas:
Find out where to find good food just east of the Fremont Street Experience 

How Did I Know? – How was I able to accurately predict that, even with the casinos opening, and the first few weeks where masks were not mandatory (and thus not in high use), we’d STILL be OK? Simple.

COVID was very present during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Hordes of Asian visitors attending, as this was before the President banned travel from China. And, nothing major happened. Despite the massive number of locals who interacted with visitors on all levels from bars and restaurants to hotels to convention services. 

Tips For Visiting The Vegas Sign – A couple of important notes that most visitors don’t know when you visit the sign (which is just south of Mandalay Bay).

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1. The line isn’t mandatory. Now… don’t be a jerk and just cut in front of people and stand in front of people and similar. However, you can stand just off to the side and still get a great photo, and be on your way.

2. The city/county does not have, nor authorize photographers who hang out there, and offer to take your picture (for a price). Now, if you do have one of them do so — perhaps so everyone can be in the same picture, it is polite to tip them.

But, you are completely allowed to take your own photo, ask someone else who is visiting to take your photo (and maybe you take one for them), and such.

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com



Las Vegas Dining

Emeril Lagasse becomes the first celebrity chef to permanently close one of his restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip due to the coronavirus pandemic. His ode to bar food and sports, Lagasse’s Stadium, will not reopen at the Palazzo, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Circa Las Vegas seems to keep topping itself. First, the downtown resort had its construction topping off ceremony on June 19, 2020. Now, the casino has shared plans for five bars and lounges, just what we needed to help get us through all the pandemic-related WTF currently trying to create a buzzkill in Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

When it comes to blazing colors and monumental shapes, there is a spot in Nevada that might just rival the spectacle of the Las Vegas Strip. The Valley of Fire State Park glows with pink-and-beige-pinstriped waves, rainbow valleys, and crimson arches. And for some Vegas-style flare, there’s also a whimsical elephant, a fierce spear-thrower, and a beehive valley.

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Las Vegas Gambling

Who are those masked jackpot winners? Two guests, wearing masks, couldn’t hide their smiles after winning nearly $270,000 on Thursday at the D Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Sports

Allegiant Stadium is expected to be completed July 31, and they have a permit to show for it. Thursday, Clark County issued a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the home of the Las Vegas Raiders, which is slated for completion Friday after two-and-a-half years of construction. There are still a few so-called “punch list” items that need to be done, but the heavy work is finished.

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Las Vegas Real Estate

Other Las Vegas News

Las Vegas is a little disorienting at the moment. Challenges abound, with individuals and businesses facing unprecedented uncertainty. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the bad news, so we’ve put together a short list of happy Las Vegas thoughts. Sort of just random crap we’ve noticed that makes us smile and forget about all the WTF, even if momentarily.

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Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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Las Vegas Reopening | Maverick Helicopters Back in Action

(Producers Notes) Las Vegas is back and so is Maverick Helicopters! Check out one of the most fun and thrilling things to do in Las Vegas. Per our most recent safety video regarding the newest additions to our standard procedures, we would like to invite you in taking a look at a Vegas Nights flight experience.

CURRENTLY, this tour is only $75 and you don’t have to pay until a week before your flight! Take a Las Vegas Strip Flight. Reserve Today!

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Las Vegas Binions Hotel Apache & Casino 2020

(Producers Notes) We were excited to stay at Hotel Apache at the Binions Casino. I’m happy Vegas is opened and looking forward to many more videos!

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I Only Ate FRIED CHICKEN at the Wynn Las Vegas Buffet

(Producers Notes) The Wynn Las Vegas gourmet weekend brunch includes lobster benedict, crab legs, prime rib, beef ribs, and fried chicken.

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A New Look Inside of Allegiant Stadium

(Producers Notes) Mick Akers and Cassie Soto discuss the nearly completed Allegiant Stadium which will be the Raiders new Las Vegas home.Take a look at the new pictures showing the progress of the working being done on the inside.


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July 30, 2020 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – If it seems like you just heard from me, you did. However, we have important news, which we’ll break down in the effort to continue to help you decide whether you want to visit Las Vegas in 2-3 weeks, 2-3 months, or 2-3 years.

Governor Grumpy Whistles A Different Tune – I’m not sure whether the governor’s staff are readers or not. However, somebody got through to him with exactly the concerns I stated last issue. During the Q&A with the press, he even admitted that closing down all the bars when only 20% were out of compliance might have not been the best idea. So… He HAS let bars open in a few smaller counties. (Bartops specifically, if a bar or restaurant serves food, you can waltz on in, get a table, and drink to your hearts content). More importantly, we have reason to believe that he’ll be allowing bars in Reno and Las Vegas to open sooner than later. (I’d peg it at 7-10 days).

He’s ditching “phases” that apply to the whole state, or entire industries in favor of heavy enforcement, fines, and even closing specific non-compliant businesses. Including casinos.

What’s That Going To Mean To You? – On the negative side (for many), mask enforcement will continue to be tight. If you pull it down to sip your cocktail while in a hotel/casino, and don’t put it back up again, you’ll be asked/reminded to do so. Nobody is trying to be the Gestapo and harass you to death. Obviously, you can leave it off while enjoying a meal. Outdoor enforcement isn’t strong (on the streets, off casino property).

How well that all sits with you will vary from person-to-person. If you live in an area where you have to mask up in public, or your regular errands or place of business requires masks, wearing one here will just be another day to you. If your personal comfort or politics dictates that this is not acceptable to you, then you don’t want to visit right now.

We’re hearing that the CDC is suggesting that if we all mask up for a couple more months, this thing will run its course. Granted, plenty of experts have called this thing wrong all along the way, but I’d like to hope that has some truth to it. The bottom line is that to keep Las Vegas open to visitors, a mask mandate and staunch enforcement seems to be the only path.

Strip or Downtown? – In the past, the answer to that question had a lot to do with what interests you. To an extent, it still does. The Strip has the nicer hotels and casinos, the high-end restaurants (many/most of which are open), and similar. Downtown has no Chandelier Bar (the famous three-tier “center bar” at Cosmopolitan).

However, in all honestly, Fremont Street has more of the “Vegas” feel right now. The vibe, the partying, the feeling like you aren’t so much in a ghost town, and (don’t tell the governor), they are a little more creative with following the “bartops closed” rules while still keeping everyone liquored up to their hearts content. It is Fremont Street, after all!

By the way, don’t take my word for it. This is from the Fremont Street Earthcam taken at random on Tuesday night at about 8:45 PM.

Not too shabby for a weeknight when the temp (at that time taken) was 101F, meaning most everyone was inside.

Vegas Only Looks Dead – Just a reminder, as we see the unwashed and uninformed going around saying that Las Vegas is dead. Las Vegas can handle upwards of 350,000 visitors at once. And, closes in on that capacity on New Years Eve, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.

When you put 30-40% of that number into something designed for much larger groups, it is going to look dead/empty. Many visitor spots would delight in having our current numbers!

Granted, these same geniuses were all over the internet three weeks ago saying that Las Vegas (IE, the hotels and casinos) would be closing by the end of that week. That brought me to a guffaw momentarily. Then, I realized that people were canceling their trips based on what these yahoos were saying in Facebook groups. Hey, there are lots of places to get Las Vegas information. But, like they old saying goes, you get what you pay for. So… I dearly thank you for your support, which lets us dig into providing you the most accurate, best-sourced info we can!

No Conventions, Bad For Us, Good For You – The convention business in Las Vegas is dead for the rest of the year, and even starting into next year (as things stand right now). Keep in mind that convention planning lead time is often upwards of a year, so decisions are getting made more based on uncertainty and erring on the side of caution. Not because the convention planners have gone cold on Las Vegas, or the industry dying.

This is unfortunately horrible news for all of the hard-working people in that industry. Conventions directly or indirectly employ tens of thousands of people here.

However, for you? All of you who look at your vacation available dates, then look at Las Vegas, and see that all of the rooms that week are super-expensive because 7 conventions are in town? That won’t be an issue. Mid-weeks (especially) could be dirt cheap even through the fall when our October weather is stunningly perfect and prices often reflect that.

Plus, you are doing a good deed. Somebody may have a spouse or partner in another part of the tourism industry and you are helping to keep them from going under. (Since when did visiting Las Vegas become a good deed? Who would have thought?)

Eldorado Owns Caesars – The merger is done. While the company is taking on the Caesars name, the bottom line is that they are owned and ran by Eldorado Resorts. Out of Reno, Nevada. We feel this is a GOOD thing, and should have plenty more to say about that next issue.

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com


Las Vegas Shows

“Masters of Illusion” on The CW showcases some of the best that magic has to offer all around the world, and it even features some notable Las Vegas magicians. Murray SawChuck will be featured in the show’s seventh season. He joined us to talk about the experience.

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Las Vegas Dining

Earlier this year, the $100 million, 25,000-square-foot, 600-seat Bacchanal Buffet filed paperwork for a remodel that included updates to the food line with an estimated construction budget of $2.4 million for the makeover. The renovation at the buffet at Caesars Palace focuses on a 2,120-square-foot area, and the changes will affect the existing food counters, service equipment, and the ceiling and floor finishes.

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Las Vegas Hotels

The parent company of the Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana announced Tuesday that the hotel would be reopening on September 1st.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Vegas visitors are flocking to the Strip on the weekends for some semblance of a summer vacation. Everyone knows not to expect concerts, sporting events, production shows and wild nights at the club. A trip to Vegas right now is built around gambling, eating, drinking, shopping and spending lots of time at the pool.

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Members Mania

We’re thinking of taking a trip from Las Vegas to Laughlin? What’s the best way to get there?

Kelly Geromette

 

Ted Responds:

First of all, let’s note that Laughlin isn’t for everyone. It is a little bit of an older crowd, the pace is a bit slower, things are generally much less expensive (especially than The Strip), and it isn’t the place to look for celeb chefs, high-end shopping, thumping nightclubs and the like. Which suits many folks just fine.

Second, Laughlin is upwards of 10 degrees hotter than Las Vegas. I’d suggest not visiting May – September.

Laughlin is a collection of 10 high-rise (think downtown Las Vegas, not The Strip) hotel casinos. All but one back the Colorado River, and some of them are connected via a river-walk. An actual river taxi service will also get you from property to property.

The drive isn’t overly difficult. Laughlin is 100 miles from Center Strip, and freeway or four-lane highway for (basically) the entire drive. A couple of HUGE words of caution:

1. The only real town along the way is Searchlight (roughly 1/2 way there). If that name rings a bell, it is the hometown of former U.S. Senate leader Harry Reid. It is also home to one of the most notorious speed traps in the State of Nevada.

As you get into town, the speed limit goes from “rural Nevada, just keep it under 80” (IE, a limit of 70 or 75, I don’t recall the exact number) down to 35 and then literally about a block later, down to 25. When you’ve been doing 75, 25 feels like you could walk faster. And, many don’t pay sharp attention to their speedometer and think they are doing 25 when they are 35 or higher. Which will get you a 10+ mph over ticket. Don’t be that guy.

2. One minute, you are whizzing down the freeway in Henderson, Nevada surrounded by housing suburbs and strip malls and such. 5 minutes later, you are in the middle of nothing and the next stop for food, water, restrooms, and (most importantly) GAS is Searchlight. After that, there is only one gas station between Searchlight and Laughlin.

Running out of gas, or not having plenty of water in case you break down, is not recommended. Even if it isn’t summer, you are dealing with pounding sunshine during the day, and COLD desert nights during the winter. Just because it is a well-traveled road doesn’t mean you won’t be waiting for help if needed.

Over the years, various tour companies have done one-day tours. You pay a modest sum, often get a free buffet or coupon book, and they do all of the driving. Because these tours tend to come-and-go (based on time of year, demand, what particular tour companies are doing with their resources), we do not recommend one in particular. Our advice is to poke around on your favoriate search engine.

Depends on how much time you have, I highly recommend a couple of side trips. (Don’t try to do them both on a day-trip). The historic Route 66 western mining town of Oatman, Arizona is about 45 minutes one way, and well worth going up and enjoying. This is by no means a ghost town. They have a general store, restaurants, saloons, a number of quirky gift shops, and an old (operating) hotel.

This is not a Disneyland recreation. This is the real deal. A few hundred people actually still live up there. It is a great place for eccentrics and those who just want some elbow room and not to be bothered by “the man”. (Don’t get me wrong. There is law and order, and it is safe).

The other is the town of Nelson, NV. Nelson is only 15 minutes off of the main road from Las Vegas to Searchlight, Nelson bills itself as a ghost town, although there is electricity and a store. They have mine tours, and plenty of history in buildings, mine works, and old cars and trucks. It is a true spot of Nevada’s western history. It is also only 45 minutes from Las Vegas if you wish to make a day trip out of it.

My suggestion? Make a two-day trek out of it for maximum enjoyment, history, and limited stress. I’d leave Las Vegas in the morning, and have breakfast at the Southwest Diner in the historic part of Boulder City. They open at 6 AM and have all of your typical diner breakfast faves. As always, check your gas tank!

From there, head south to the Route 66 railroad town of Kingman. As I’ve only used Kingman as a pit stop, I’ll leave it up to you and your favorite search engine to see if there is anything you want to stop and check out.

So, why are we taking this route to Laughlin? The old path of Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman — over Sitgraves Pass — is one of the most famous on the old “Mother Road”. From the time you leave Cool Springs Station (now a tourist stop, once the last service station for a long, long ways on the route), you’ll spend the next 10 miles on some of he most windy, curving, scenic road you are going to see. No worries as it is two lanes the entire way and paved.

That should put you in Oatman around time for lunch. Enjoy Oatman until you’ve had your fill, and then it is down the hill towards Laughlin. This will allow you a number of hours at hour hotel to see Laughlin, drink, gamble, enjoy dinner, and a good nights sleep along the river. Hit Nelson on your way back to Las Vegas the next day, and you’ve seen and done history that many only dream and read about. All getting back to Las Vegas in plenty of time to catch a nap and beback in Vegas mode for the evening!


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Las Vegas Nightlife

The world-famous, blue ribbon team of sleuths from the Five Hundy Investigative Center have been at it again. After holing up in a suburban Twin Cities underground lair for the past two weeks, our crew got their grubby little hands on yet another treasure trove of as-yet-unannounced Circa Resort & Casino details and renderings. This time around, let’s look at what’s in store for bars.

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Las Vegas Gambling

When Las Vegas sportsbooks reopened Thursday, Mark DeRosa had no problem keeping his distance from others. The professional sports bettor joked on Twitter that the oversized 6-foot check presented to him by Circa sportsbook director Matthew Metcalf was “perfect for social distancing.”

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Las Vegas Sports

Las Vegas Real Estate

Casino mogul Steve Wynn’s mansion is on the market for $25 million. On the fairways of the private TPC Summerlin golf club, the double-gated 13,500-square-foot house at 1717 Enclave Court sits on a manor-line stretch known as “Billionaire’s Row.”

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Airlines serving McCarran Airport are increasing their flight schedules in response to a sustained passenger demand anticipated in the coming months, according to the airport and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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Seeing Las Everything I Ate & Drank in Las Vegas – 2020 Food Tour

(Producers Notes) In this video I wanted to give a full review of every restaurant we ate at and every cocktail I tried! I felt a full trip worth of food and drink would be a helpful guide for people to see what Vegas food is like, for both high end foodies and budget conscious travelers.

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Cosmopolitan One Bedroom Terrace Suite Review from The Vegas Tourist

(Producers Notes) For my wife’s birthday this weekend, I treated her to a few nights at the Cosmopolitan Resort in a one-bedroom terrace with a fountain view. Here is a walkthrough of that suite.

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Wicked Spoon Buffet Is Open NOW at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) Let’s see what’s for brunch at the Wicked Spoon Buffet at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Vegas Buffet vs Steakhouse – The Buffet at Wynn and Oscar’s Steakhouse

(Producers Notes) Your last night in Vegas… Should you hit up a nice buffet or go to a steakhouse? This is the question we’re going to answer. Gourmet Dinner Buffet at the Wynn versus Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza. Gloves on, let’s do this!


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July 19, 2020 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – So… As The Vegas Turns. Masks, bars closed, COVID-19 rates going through the roof. If you simply read the headlines (or what we in this business call “fear porn”), or buy into all of the “don’t know anything about Vegas, reporting from 2000 miles away national media, and/or crazy/incorrect online group rumors, you probably really have no clue what is going on.

So, let’s drill down to some hard data and boots-on-the-ground info and get you up to speed. This way, you can decide whether you want to visit in a couple of weeks, a couple of months, or “I’m still going to wait and see”.

That’s why we’re member-supported: While we run various hotel room specials which you may (or may not) wish to take advantage of, our main source of support is membership dues. Not the few pennies-on-the-dollar we make if you book a room through one of the offers we highlight! (Not that doing so isn’t appreciated).

So, let’s dive in:

Nevada COVID-19 Deaths – Every time I bring this up, I have people say “You know, those are real lives you are talking about”. Yes, they are. Unfortunately, I don’t know any other way to measure deaths from anything (cancer, suicide, car accidents, you name it) without measuring deaths. If someone knows a way around that, please let me know!

2, 3 and 4 weeks ago, when Nevada was wide open and hardly anyone was masking up, the doomsayers predicted that horrible things were around the corner. However, as of this writing, the daily death rate from COVID-19 has been falling dramatically for a week. 2 deaths on July 16. Less than 640 in the entire state since this entire mess started. After a small/brief spike that wasn’t near the peak numbers we were seeing during quarantine.

But what about…

Nevada COVID-19 Cases Going Through The Roof – Yes, they are. Over 1000 per day for the past few days. Isn’t that major cause for alarm?

I realize that in the other 49 states, political debates are happening over whether more testing is causing positives to rise, or whether everybody is getting sick and we’re all going to die soon if we don’t quarantine until 2022. I’m not going to speak to other states. What I KNOW is that here in Nevada, a huge push for testing has kicked in. Some of the major casino companies are testing all of their employees, and to the best of my knowledge, most (if not all) of the rest are offering it to them at no charge. Plus, the unions made a huge push for this.

I’m all for it. If someone is sick but symptom free, let’s get them home for a couple of weeks. Away from both guests and co-workers. Able to stay away from family and friends and anyone else they may infect. Excellent idea!

However, when the biggest (hands down) industry in your state decides to go on a massive testing spree, a significant spike in cases is almost assured. (To put things in perspective, MGM Resorts is the biggest employer in the state, and that is aside from all of the other major gaming companies and the massive number of people they employ). 

While the jury is still out, we’re hopeful that with MORE people knowing they are infected, they can 1. Seek quicker medical help if they need it and 2. Isolate, which will help drive the death rate DOWN!

Hospitalizations – Despite national news to the contrary, our top hospital (University Medical Center, where you’ll end up if you manage to mangle yourself like I seem to make a habit of) has noted that while their ICU capacity is getting pretty full, they are well prepared and able to double the number of ICU beds as needed. They are sounding no alarm whatsoever.

“All Of That Is A Moot Point!” – At this stage, we usually get someone suggesting that none of that matters. Because everybody is coming here, getting sick, taking it back home where they came from, and simply driving up numbers elsewhere.

The number of people who tested positive outside of their area, and who had been on a trip somewhere, actually has been tracked. A couple of days ago, the number came out regarding how many people who have visited Las Vegas have come home and tested positive for COVID-19. (Whether they caught it here or not).

Take a guess? 14,000? 3000? 9000? 27,000? (Bueller? Anyone?)

Try 123. That is not a typo. We’re simply not exporting COVID-19.

So… let’s talk about the “here and now”. Especially in light of the recent closure of bars by the governor. Including casino bars:

80% Compliance Was Not Good Enough – When masks became mandatory, it appears they pulled every state employee (qualified to do so) to go out and check compliance. Which was so-so to begin with, so the state made it very clear that there would be hell to pay. Starting with casinos who would be facing a possible $130k fine for not keeping their guests in compliance. (Don’t assume that is chump-change to them. It isn’t exactly a seriously profitable sector right now).

After a week or so, casino compliance was very solid, with only Aria and Park MGM out-of-compliance. (MGM Resorts has since been on a “mask up” blitz, including videos featuring prominent statues like the MGM Lion and Lady Liberty wearing masks).

The bars? After a slow start, they had hit 80% compliance. So… the governor said that fines and closures would start to be swift to those 20% not in compliance, right? We’re almost there. Let’s just fix the small portion of issues which still exist. Minor corrections can equal perfection. Smart, right?

Not Governor Grumpy! From Day 1 of this whole ordeal, his verbiage when talking to the state has been that of a kindergarten teacher. And, if little Jimmy is a bad boy, the entire class will pay for it.

This was no exception. He ordered every single bartop in the state’s most populated counties to be shut down. Casinos, bar and grills, restaurants, dive bars… if you have a bartop, nobody will be sitting at it. If the bar is in a place that serves food, people can only sit at tables (you CAN order booze), with the appropriate social distancing and limits on group size.

What does this mean for YOU, attending a casino here in Las Vegas? It depends on your habits. You can play all day on the casino floor. And, for those of you die-hard bartop video poker players like myself, casinos do offer VP on the floor. And, you WILL get your comped cocktails delivered by the waitress. While policy differs from casino to casino, and walk-up bars (think Fremont Street frozen boozy slushy bars) are basically closed, they are providing a way for you to order drinks and get them brought to you.

Also, an astute Facebook Membership Group regular pointed out that there is no shortage of beer, wine, and liquor at the CVS, Walgreens, and the like! Those of us who live here are jaded to the fact that we can get a bottle of whiskey at any hour of the day, any day of the week, at any 24/7 grocery, pharmacy, or package store. Those rules have NOT changed.

Also, many of the great restaurants are open. With social distancing. So, if you have a yearning for some Wolfgang Puck (or others), knock yourself out. Speaking of…

Buffets – Many predicted that COVID-19 would be the death of the Las Vegas buffet. And, while a small number of them — ones you never really give thought to in most cases — may be bowing out, the well-known and liked buffets at both Wynn and Cosmopolitan are up and running. Each with a slightly different operation.

Wynn is basically almost operating like a restaurant. You order what you want, and they bring it to you. Order some more, and they bring it to you. However, without the wait you’d normally experience at an actual restaurant. After all, you are ordering from what they usually have on their buffet line.

Cosmopolitan is more operating like a cafeteria. (Granted, a one-price, all-inclusive cafeteria). Cosmo essentially pioneered the small-plates concept where you pick up a plate or bowl (or similar) that constitutes one serving of an item. Hence, they have staff on hand who actually take and give you the item you’d like. Very simple.

So, Is The Current Vegas Worth It? – That’s your call. Not mine. We can let you know how things are going, get down to the true numbers that aren’t making the headlines, and similar. However, only you know how your health is. How your age is. Whether you like the fact that masking up is being so strongly enforced, or you’ll never travel anywhere unless/until you can go mask-free. And, any other number of factors.

Back when this whole thing started, I did suggest a pending side-benefit of the current situation which many visitors are now sounding off on:

It is a somewhat different Vegas, but it is also a more-relaxed, less crowded Vegas. Very few of you will ever have the opportunity to visit a week before Christmas on a weekday, when things are the slowest of the year. And, in reality, it isn’t much unlike now. Shows are often shut down, things are closed for maintenance, not all dining options may be at full force and full hours.

But, you get elbow room! Less people. Shorter lines. Less stress. Some of you may wish to take that into consideration as well.

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com


Las Vegas Shows

Just a few weeks into the COVID-caused shutdown of Las Vegas Strip production shows, musical residencies and all live entertainment, it became tragically clear that some of those shows would not return to their showrooms. Today the entertainment scene got its first dose of this kind of bad news.

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Las Vegas Dining

A brunch for a friend’s birthday brought me out of the shutdown. I’d been stringently following social distancing guidelines, but a Saturday meal for a special occasion seemed like a good first step in venturing out again. We met at Craft Kitchen in Henderson, which, pre-pandemic, did a brisk brunch business. There was often a wait for a table.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Derek Stevens was standing in the parking lot of a Las Vegas office building a few years ago, waiting for the foreclosure auction of a faltering resort: the Lucky Dragon.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

If you want to recharge your metaphorical batteries this summer, there are some fantastic spots to check out all around the city. These dreamy campsites near Las Vegas offer a break from the concrete jungle and let you get back to nature.

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Members Mania

This is in response to a Members Facebook story post we made about this article (which was also posted in a previous newsletter issue): Elon Musk’s Boring Company finishes digging Las Vegas tunnels 32 – The city’s Convention and Visitors Authority is still planning to open the Loop in January

I’m not too knowledgeable about this. I, also, wasn’t even aware of this underground system. So.. its not a subway.. so what is it.. people mover? Do people utilize it now and will they in the future? 

Elon Musk has grand ideas.. but some of them are impractical or expensive to implement. Is this another “extend the monorail” idea (from MGM to Mandalay to McCarran) or the “High Speed Train” from LA to LV?!?

Patrick Magee

 

Ted Responds:

We decided not to talk about it until it was a thing. One thing we steer away from is “reporting” on every crazy scheme that people come up with related to Las Vegas. My policy — in most cases — is to give you info and data that is actionable for a pending or future (yet to be planned) visit to see us. Or, ideas which are really, really plausible and have had significant and ongoing work or study on them.

– It is a tunnel system where cars come by every couple of minutes to transport a handful of people to the next stop. Yes… The Jetsons has come to life!

-The first part of it was finished just a bit prior to Covid. It is operational.

– Extension or expansion will most likely be based on how it does. It is also based on the ability to dig where needed. The soil under Las Vegas is actually “cement” (caliche) in much of the area.

– The Monorail extension to Mandalay Bay, while a solid idea because of the stadium and number of events it will hold, is not yet funded.

However, of interest is that the Convention and Visitors Authority is looking into buying it. Ostensibly to make sure it is around to serve the Convention Center expansion.

The thought of running it to the airport is still riddled with issues. Primarily, it would have to come down to ground level along Tropicana as the runways butt right up against the road, and putting anything elevated at the end of an major airport runway is a really lousy idea!

Nobody is developing ANYTHING around a high-speed rail line until it becomes reality. As it is right now, the CA high speed rail line that was supposed to connect with California’s “might be finished the 5th of never” high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

To be fair, permission to build the high speed rail line along the right-of-way of I-15 (the freeway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles) has been secured. So, I’m not trying to completely be a “Debbie Downer”.

In fact, I love trains! And, the concept of running a regular train on the existing regular freight lines between Las Vegas and Los Angeles still gets kicked around here and there.

Unlike the high-speed line, which would currently end a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles, this would go all the way in. Which means it would also connect to existing rail service to the Central California wine country, the beautiful seaside town of Santa Barbara, Orange County, and San Diego. Much of that line running directly along the ocean with stunning views.

And frankly, a regular rail connection from here to Los Angeles could simply survive on our international visitors.

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Why? 1. They are used to rail travel. 2. The 8 hour trip to Los Angeles (via rail), while longer than a car trip, is a whole lot more restful and fun, and 3. Many Europeans are respectful of and have high interest in American’s “Route 66”. The freight lines parallel Route 66 for a significant part of the route. Through otherwise untouched rugged desert and mountains.


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Las Vegas Gambling

Since reopening on June 4, Boyd Gaming has welcomed back its southern Nevada customers in style, awarding nine jackpots of $10,000 or more throughout the Las Vegas Valley so far this month.

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Las Vegas Sports

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Other Las Vegas News

Elon Musk’s Loop transportation project is gaining a little bit more momentum in Las Vegas. Less than a month ago, Musk’s tunnel company Boring Co. said it had finished digging a pair of tunnels that will link the Las Vegas Convention Center buildings. Now, two Las Vegas Strip hotels are making a bid to be part of the planned transit network.

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Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – Wow, wow, wow. If you are thinking you have not heard from me in longer-than-usual, you are correct! It seems like every time we were ready to publish, more dust would get kicked up in the ever-changing details of Las Vegas opening.

This will essentially be a double-issue. No, I don’t mean twice as much of every feature. You’ll notice it is simply MUCH longer than normal. Most of you are just now thinking about when to make travel plans, looking many weeks or months out, trying to make heads or tails of the situation. Which is why we’re here to help!

And, for our Members who wanted to come much sooner than later, you have been able to reach out to us through our “Your Guy In Vegas” form (where we guarantee to do our best to answer specific member questions), or ask something in our Insider Vibe Members Facebook Group.

For those wanting a great, in-depth and photo-filled account of what it was like to be here the first couple of weeks things were open, we highly suggest clicking over to read Vegas is open again, but is it worth the visit? by our friends at TravelZork. Head Zork Michael Trager pulls no punches!

Let me note that he’s not very kind on Caesars Entertainment’s evidence of using the health restrictions to cost-cut on services. Let’s keep in mind that the Caesars/Eldorado merger has been approved. Very soon, Eldorado Gaming will be taking over Caesars (taking on the Caesars name) and current actions are no reflection on the way new ownership and management may run the resorts. I have a pretty good feeling about Eldorado, which is fodder for a future issue.

Note On Politics: I’ve been doing this newsletter since 1999 and been putting Las Vegas related information on the internet since 1995. I’m also no stranger to having an educated opinion. I’ve been outspoken in the media about parking and resort fees, nickel-and-diming, and why the need to charge $21 for a cocktail in Las Vegas. (Unless you are paying for the ambiance of a club. Or a view. Or, both).

In fact, that is why we’ve had a move to being member-supported. By buying myself and my team a “cup of coffee” each month, you help us move positive change forward without worrying that I upset this or that casino company.

Even though I’ve never missed a presidential election since I started voting 36 years ago, and only missed 5 total in all of that time, I’m not here to tell you why to think my way. I’m here to tell you what is happening, and what you need to know, when it comes to Las Vegas.

I realize that wearing (or not wearing) masks in incredibly political for some. If you don’t like what is going on, write the governor. If you like what is going on, write the governor. The bottom line is that for everyone who stays away due to mask rules, another person who was staying away will visit because of them. So, for me, it is a wash. For you? It is my job to give you all the knowledge, rules, and details to allow you to make an informed decision.

So, let’s get on to…

Masks And Rules – Masks are now mandatory in public, in the state of Nevada. Public transit, airports, more or less anywhere outside your house or car or hotel room. They can be just about anything that is cloth and covers your mouth and nose. A bandana, something you make at home, the traditional medical or store bought masks, you name it. You are not required to go out and buy some kind of certified or special type of mask.

Yes, you CAN remove the mask eating, drinking, and smoking. People remove it when their food arrives, and put it on when finished. You pull it down or aside or similar while you drink your drink in the casinos, or take a drag of your smoke. Many/most casinos will currently ask you to step away from the table to take your smoke drag. (Just back away, not halfway across the hall!)

Enforcement –  The Gaming Control Board has said that if casinos do not enforce the “masks in public” rules, they may be subject to certain forms of punishment. Enough said. Rest assured that no gaming company will dare risk anything of that nature.

Outside the casino? You’ll be arrested and sent to jail. I’m KIDDING!!! Local law enforcement has noted they will simply approach you and educate you on what the rules are. Granted, local and regional governments in our part of the state have followed state directives when necessary, but… let’s just say that there has not been amazing amounts of enthusiasm or effort put into intensive enforcement about everything the governor dictates from Carson City.

Pragmatically, despite the fact that we appear to be in no danger of having hospital capacity or similar issues, national media was slamming Las Vegas for the lack of visitors masking up. And, we’ve seen casinos that were otherwise slated to open in the two big groups, possibly be looking to delay now. (Don’t worry: If you have a reservation and that hotel may not be opening yet, they will have already notified you that your reservation was moved to a sister property).

It was mask up and shut them up for now, or have headline-hungry national media not shut up until they have destroyed us. Rest assured, the powers that be know this mandate is not popular in many circles, and the edict won’t be kept alive any longer than it needs to.

However, also keep in mind that once sports and live performances are allowed again (with spectators… they are currently allowed with no spectators), masking up could very well last a number of months as a compromise to allow crowds to gather and enjoy.

Death Rate vs Infection Rate – The key number I’m keeping my eye on (and I feel that not all will agree) are the Covid death numbers here in Southern Nevada. Why not the infection numbers? Many casino companies have been fairly aggressive in testing employees. And, there is pressure to ramp up that testing even more. Which will likely result in a much higher level of testing than in other states. Which will turn up more positives.

Don’t get me wrong: Let’s find those people, get them quarantined if they are positive, and get the people not feeling well proper medical help.

However, death rates have hovered at 1-2 per day here in Nevada. While any loss of life is sad, people die in hospitals all day, every day. Of all kinds of causes. I don’t want to count the alerts for medical personnel being called to someone who was dying during my 12 days in University Medical Center during my traction, surgery, and recovery from my broken hip.

The next 2-3 weeks of looking at that number will be quite telling.

Elevators Away! – An extreme downside of social distancing was the prescribed (and not always enforced) limit of four people per elevator. Which caused lines in properties enforcing it. Now that masks are mandated, we’re understanding that those limits are not needed.

Lines For Pools – A downside of social distancing mandates at the pools is that they continue to be limited to 50% capacity. Right here in our glorious middle-of-summer “but, it’s a dry heat” season. When the most people want to enjoy the pool! (Plus, with not everything yet open, that is one activity you can do).

Once that limit is reached, a line forms. One in, one out. Which brings me to…

Don’t Pay That Resort Fee! – While no hard and fast rule, we’re hearing fairly significant success for people willing to strongly but politely ask for their resort fees to be removed. Remind them that you came to visit, you are inconvenienced by wearing a mask, quite a few things are not open, and you really did not have a true “resort” experience.

ALSO, if your hotel has a decent pool area, and you noticed lines for it throughout the day, you REALLY have an ace-in-the-hole on this one. Toss in the fact that it is pool weather, one of the key enjoyments of a resort is the pool area (they don’t know you didn’t even bring your swimsuit), and they are asking you to pay a fee for benefits you simply aren’t getting. That standing in a long line to even attempt to get into the pool is NOT the experience you are paying for.

It can’t hurt to try. You are talking about getting $100 or more removed from your bill upon check-out depending on where you stay and length of stay. And yes, do this upon check-out. When there is nothing else they can do to try to keep you paying the fee, but perhaps toss you a little something to try to ease the sting.

Rollers, Not Stollers – Circa Las Vegas (site of the old Las Vegas Club), is opening early! On Oct. 28, 2020 they will open the casino, five hotel floors, and all but one restaurant. Reservations are now being accepted here: bit.ly/3fSIyc3. The hotel will open in its entirety in late December, just in time for New Year’s Eve.

Of very interesting note: This property will be 21 and over. Period. No guests of any kind under 21. No families. No rooms booked to anyone whose party contains people under 21.

Owner Derek Stevens joked that he ran out of money before they were able to build an arcade. The bottom line is that he wants gamblers. Period. A casino focused on gambling. What a novel concept when MGM Resorts has spent the past few years often putting out advertising that had little (and often no) depiction of gambling in it!

Resorts World Won’t Be Far Behind – Sitting on the former Stardust site, this massive project is topped out, landscaping is going in, and the lettering on the building has commenced. (I walked out of my local CVS a few days ago, looked over, and went “Wow”).

Of interesting note, they won’t need to put on building wraps to advertise whatever they want to feature: Nearly the entire west tower facing down The Strip is a video wall. No, we’re not kidding. It is HUGE and it is impressive. As we expect the resort to be.

If you want a sneak peak a the rooms, check this out: Resorts World Las Vegas unveils guestroom designs

Thanks For Asking – Thanks to everyone who has asked about my health! I was pronounced healed (the x-ray showed the bone was all back together) in six weeks and one day. This is a 6-8 week recovery for bone healing normally. I lobbied the medical team hard to let me rehab at home, which allowed me to get plenty of healthy food, fruits and calcium-rich veggies in a daily big Nutribullet drink (love mine), and take calcium and other supplements that helped with healing.

I was also fortunate enough to get the same rehab guy who helped get my right shoulder replacement to its maximum recovery.

I’m still using a walker as I rebuild strength, but for short putters in the house, it stays put.

Getting Back To Normal?!? – Will we get back to simply talking Vegas next issue? I sure hope so! But as always, since uncertainty may be in the cards for a while, you can depend on us here for the best, most accurate, no-agenda (except to serve you, our supporting members) info without trying to wade through internet rumors, incorrect news, and all the political wars over all of this on the groups and boards.

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com


Las Vegas Shows

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Las Vegas Dining

Wondering where to find the best steakhouses near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end steakhouses in Las Vegas, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Could a Hard Rock Hotel and the iconic neon guitar be ready for a resurrection in Las Vegas? Hard Rock International announced Wednesday that the world-renowned entertainment and hospitality brand has purchased all rights to the Hard Rock® brand and related trademarks in Las Vegas from Houston-based private equity firm, Juniper Capital, which purchased the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino® Las Vegas in 2018 from Brookfield Asset Management.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

With the Grand Canyon National Park testing the first phases of reopening, access to the vast network of canyon trails and park amenities remain mostly off-limits. But behind the scenes, the folks at the Grand Canyon Conservancy (the official nonprofit partner of the Grand Canyon National Park) have been hard at work thinking up ways to keep the public connected to our state’s most prized natural treasure.

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Members Mania

June 16 at 2:56 PM Hi Ted. Could give us some reviews of how people are feeling about the new restrictions on table games, most importantly for me is blackjack and how the new “experience” working. Hope you’re healing up.

Kip Petersen

 

Ted Responds:

People are playing. It all really depends. Bad answer, I understand.

You can take down your mask to drink or smoke (although, you may be asked to step away from the table to take the drag of smoke).

Because so many people are SO divided on masks, the answer lies along your preferences. If you are among the “no mask ever” crowd, or someone who feels it will infringe on your fun, then don’t visit yet.

If you are someone who is “we must wear masks” or “I’m fine wearing them, that’s what is happening this moment”, then those people are having a fun time.

We are featuring Member Michael Trager’s excellent blog post on visiting in the current Las Vegas, and it is worth a read for someone with your concerns.

Hope this helps as much as possible! In a time when so many people have so many different views on everything regarding this kind of topic, there is no “hard and fast” answer.

Michael Trager of TravelZork also chimed in on this one on Facebook: I played close to 14 hours of dice opening weekend. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. At Caesars. I wanted the mask experience. Things are in constant flux, but I did step away and pull down my mask to drink and smoke. I finished my trip with four hours of dice at Wynn. No mask.You get used to the mask. Biggest issue at dice is you need to speak louder with a mask.


 

Hi Ted

I thought you’d like to hear how our recent vacation went, given that I asked for your advice on a Grand Canyon trip for my sons. They had a wonderful time with Vegas Daze – pick up was waiting for them even though we were early. Everything went well and the photos were amazing. A great experience.

As very regular visitors to Vegas. It might be useful to you and perhaps some of your readers, particularly from the UK, to feedback on elements of our trip. We stayed at Caesars, primarily for the pools which we think are the best on the strip. The line for check in was so long that I estimated, based on previous experiences, that it might well take 2-3 hours.

After a 24 hour travel time, I wasn’t impressed and I complained at the VIP check in. A very courteous member of the team checked us all in and upgraded us at the same time. Brits don’t often complain but I am learning the ropes and yes, a tip does help. We have stayed at Caesars a couple of times before but probably won’t go back. We’re staying at The D in March for a different vibe. We’d booked Rao’s in Caesars for my husband’s birthday dinner but were really disappointed with the service and the fixed price menu in Mr Chow only works if you are a group of four and you like everything offered, as the menu is equally fixed with no individual choices of dish.

We always go back to Charlie Palmer’s in Four Seasons – we love their menu and the staff remember us each time we visit. We are also fans of Sinatra’s in Encore – it’s a beautiful restaurant and although we’ve not always had the best food, this time everything was perfect and the staff are attentive and helpful without being invasive.

Having the boys with us this time we ventured to go axe throwing – we had a brilliant time. Although we arrived late due to a mix up on our booking with Expedia, the team accommodated us without question and allowed us extra time at the end – an hour goes really quickly and we all wanted to get that final bullseye before we left. Well worth the $20.

Thank you to all those who were driving past the Little Church of the West, when my husband and I were having our photo taken after renewing our vows and sounded their horns in celebration with us. It made our day.

Finally, and I know this is always on your radar too, the resort fees are ridiculous. On checkout we had additional visits to the gym charged to our account – although we managed to get these removed the thought that perhaps only one visit to the gym each day is covered by the resort fee is crazy. Our two rooms for 12 nights racked up a resort fee bill alone of some $1000. The standard wi-fi was wholly inadequate and dropped out all the time but to upgrade was an eye-watering $14.99 per day!

We will keep coming back, as long as health prevails, and next time we will venture off the Strip even more to some of the restaurants the locals go to – I’ve made a note of your recommendations. Thank you and the team for your advice and news stories.

Best wishes. Pauline

 

Ted Responds:

This is a pre-shutdown trip report that we’re repeating because it may have gotten lost in the shuffle (or, you weren’t checking for a while between trips and are getting caught up)!


 

Can I get an honest opinion on downtown Vegas? I’m torn between strip or downtown I’m really considering the plaza and the awesome deal there offering I’ve never been downtown just the strip. I just need the extra boost I guess from you guys on what I should do.

Brock Daniel Lambertson

 

Ted Responds:

You’ve come to the right place! Our Supporting (Paid) Members can use the “Your Guy In Vegas” form feature to access the knowledge of our staff, guides, and partners who have upwards of 100 years of Las Vegas tourism experience, much of it “boots on the ground”.

Do NOT stay downtown if you have not yet visited downtown! I don’t care how good the deal is. Should everyone do downtown one evening? Or afternoon into evening so you can take in Fremont East, enjoy dinner at one of the many places in Container Park or Le Thai or the hidden gems on the handful of blocks surrounding that area. Which will be a coming feature in a Member’s Edition.

However, downtown is its own thing. If you want to really drink and gamble and do so in a way that won’t break your wallet, and that is pretty much the goal of your trip (plus a side visit to Mob Museum, Neon Museum, and the Art’s District — another still “best kept downtown secret” we’ve been informing Members about), then staying downtown could very much be for you.

However, if you are going to spend much/most of your time on The Strip, the time and cost of going back and forth will talke a toll, and you are better off spending a bit more for a Strip room.

Visit downtown first. For an afternoon and evening. THEN, you’ll have a far better idea.

Hope this helps!


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Bellagio Conservatory Reopens with “Japan Journey: Magic of Kansai”

(Producers Notes) The Bellagio Resort’s world-famous Conservatory & Botanical Gardens reopened this weekend with a new display originally dedicated o the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

This display is scheduled to run all summer and close in late September.

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to the public.


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May 31, 2020 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – So, Las Vegas hotel casinos are open June 4. Many of you might already know that. What we’ll be doing is giving you the details to what you need to know, especially based on all of the questions that have been coming in. With continued bad internet rumors out there (like “the bars are going to be closed”, which is entirely false, bars all over Nevada have reopened and the casino bars will very much be open), we’re here with the knowledge and facts.

The opening announcement was not without drama. Those of you who followed my suggestion to head to the Review-Journal’s website on the date specified got there to find out that the governor’s 5:30 PM press conference was called off, with just a promise of a video announcement later that evening. Seriously? We all had to cool our heels until well after 9 PM to get a written statement of the June 4 reopening. Don’t get me started…

Let’s dig in on need-to-know stuff:

Masks – Masks are not mandatory in the State of Nevada. However, they are encouraged. Each casino property will decide on their own if masks are mandatory. All will have them available for you at no cost.

Putting aside all the political divide about whether you are a horrible person if you don’t wear one, or a sheep if you do: The bottom line is that Covid-19’s most major path of transmission is on water droplets coming out of someone’s mouth. Which is at its height if people are coughing, spitting while they talk, etc.

Masks don’t exist to stop smell. They exist to stop those water droplets from getting into (or out of) your mouth. Having said that, I’m not advocating them for you. Except in any casinos which will be mandating them, this will be a decision that each person makes for themselves. And, they aren’t 100% effective. You have to pull them down to take a drink, take them off to eat. It is more like a condom. Better than nothing, but certainly (on its own) not a fail-safe method of getting the desired result.

Temperature Checks – This has brought truckloads of questions and some confusion. Especially since May has been hotter than normal, and we’re getting right into the time of year we see 100+ F on a daily basis. And… I’ll let you know of a first-hand experience I had this past week with need-to-know info:

While every property may have a slightly different way of going about things, they will be using a scanner that can scan multiple people as they walk in. If you read high, you will be asked to step aside so they can check your temperature. If you read high, you will be asked to move to an area where you can cool down.

You’ll get 15 minutes to cool off. If you are still reading high at that time, you’ll be offered to get EMT treatment. (Or, to just turn around and leave). After evaluation, they will suggest whether you should go to ER, an Urgent Care, to go get a test, and similar.

So, let’s get into my first-hand experience with this. I had a medical appointment last week on a 108F day, at 3 PM (the height of the heat). I only live a couple of miles from our medical center. Hence, the car did NOT cool much on the drive. I was screened and FAILED the temperature check.

I stepped aside (actually, I was in a wheelchair as I’m still recovering from the broken hip). After probably only four minutes, they went to retake it. Doing some quick thinking, I asked them to hold off just a second. I had a fairly cold bottle of water with me, and I took a few really good gulps. Retested and passed with flying colors, at 98.2F.

My point is, that as long as you don’t actually have a health issue, this should cause very little disruption to your vacation. Plus, drinking some cold water to keep you cooled down won’t hurt.

Shows – This has been a fairly common question. Shows do NOT have an opening date. At issue is trying to comply with current social distancing rules while putting enough people in the audience for the show to make a profit. While we’re big advocates of enjoying a show during each visit, that could easily be a number of weeks off.

Crowding On The Strip – Some are worried that there will be no social distancing on The Strip. As we’ve noted, Las Vegas will maybe be at 30% occupancy. And, that is a high guess in the early stages. Hello elbow room! If some people get into your space, you’ll be able to distance yourself, or simply say “Would you mind giving us some space so we call can stay safe?”

Riots – As of Monday night (as I write this), not an issue. Saturday’s violence was the most violence the state of Nevada has ever seen. We’re simply not a “let’s all go out and bust stuff up” kind of state. Much conjecture involved the thought that the violent protests were organized by out-of-state groups. On Sunday, these groups were STRONGLY warned that it was NOT a good idea to keep pulling these kinds of stunts in the State of Nevada.

We’re still wild west. If our police shoot somebody to stop harm to others, it elicits a collective yawn. (Don’t get me wrong; Officer-involved shootings are taken very seriously, and fully investigated). However, if you are busting up a building, then launching yourself in the direction of the police while you have a tire-iron in your hand, and you get shot, bummer. It isn’t racial. In fact, our Metro police is incredibly diverse. The bottom line is law and order.

Have peaceful gatherings been taking place? Absolutely. With the full cooperation and protection of the police. Which includes the protesters saying where they would like to go, direction they would like to march, and the police suggesting how to do so without causing problems. If something falls under your constitutional right, our Metro officers vow to protect you.

The security of our guests is top priority for both hotel security and our local police. It will not be compromised.

At The End Of The Day…

If you won’t be visiting for a while, stay tuned. We get it. You might be older, in poor health, don’t want to fly, fully believe that a second wave is going to kill millions (and don’t want to be part of it)… whatever floats your boat.

However, the demand is off the charts. While only planning to open two hotels, Caesars Entertainment has bumped it up to three (Harrah’s, Caesars, Flamingo) based on demand. Boyd Gaming initially thought they would keep their downtown properties shuttered. All but Main Street Station are opening NOW. (We love MSS and hope it opens soon). Downtown Grand was holding off. Not anymore.

Temperature checks, masks, not everything open, no shows… we still have pools (yes, open with social distancing), booze, pretty girls and hot guys (waitresses, bartenders and such), and no shortage of gambling. (Based on visitation expectation vs. social distancing for gambling, you should have no shortage of finding the ways to wager you’ve always enjoyed).

As the famed Michael Buffer says, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble…“.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com


Las Vegas Shows

Prepare to bust out the 3D glasses and snap the glowsticks. Barry Manilow is vowing to return to his Las Vegas home this year and into 2021. It’s just later than planned.

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Your next visit to a casino could look very different. A video of a sneeze guard attached to a blackjack table at a casino was shared widely on Twitter. Gaming professional Joe Bunevith posted it. He said it was taken at Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, and the video was shared with him by a friend.

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Grand Canyon Resort Corporation announced Friday extensive new health and safety standards and protocols, as it prepares to reopen Grand Canyon West on June 1. Grand Canyon West has enhanced its health and cleanliness standards and protocols to provide the most safe and secure environment possible for both its team members and guests.

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Members Mania

We have two questions/thoughts, which posted it in our Members Facebook Group. Since not all Members choose to be part of the group, we are posting it with my answer here.

As always, we always post everything here in the Members issues. You only miss out on commenting on Facebook and the occasional breaking story. IE, if you are not a Facebook type of person, you are not missing out. 100% of everything (except what gets quickly dated) is here in the newsletter editions!

Ok… I’ve been asked a few questions by others I know whom are contemplating visiting Vegas in the next few months.

One of those questions is about slot machines. Many of them play slots.. which (in my opinion) tends to have a higher house advantage than any of the table games (with the exception of possibly poker slots). If the casinos are down in revenue.. won’t the slots be that much more tighter than ever? Fremont always had looser slots than the strip.. but will this be different during the pandemic era?

There is talk about reducing the number of machines and spreading them out in the casinos… that means less choices to play. Also.. what about the usual casino resort fees.. will they stay the same, go up, or go down? (I do know they eliminated parking fees just recently).

That also goes for the usual charges on drinks, foods, etc. The general thought process from those who’ve I’ve talked to say… tighter slots, more expensive drinks, foods, etc… but they’ll entice you to come and stay by lowering the costs of the rooms. What does everyone else think?

Patrick Magee

 

Ted Responds:

They would be insane to tighten the slots. They are not looking at opening as a way to generate huge cash. They just want something coming in. And, want to show the world (and their stockholders, when applicable) that things are going to be back to normal.

Basically, every other machine will be turned off in many casinos. So, if there are 8 of your fave machines, 4 will be working. Which is no big deal because occupancy will only be (give or take) 25%.

Resort fees unfortunately won’t budge at this time. However, if they are luring you in with a comp, it never hurts to tell them you will take it if they also comp the resort fees.

They have no reason to raise the price of food and beverage. It was already high on The Strip, and Fremont Street will not sully their reputation for being more wallet-friendly.


 

What will be open on Fremont?

Vaughn Sutton

 

Ted Responds:

Except for Main Street Station, it appears pretty much everyone is opening back up. Downtown Grand, who had initially stated that they would remain closed, is opening due to demand.

While we initially heard that the live bands could be back on Fremont Street right away, as live entertainment, and given the current social distancing rules, Fremont Street Experience has elected to hold off on that for now. Have no doubt that they will be bringing back the live music as soon as permissible.

For now, what they are indicating is that they will have videos of the bands playing on the stages instead. Or, something along those lines. I guess it is better than nothing for now!


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Fremont Street Experience says it is using a method called “fogging” to get hard-to-reach areas and enhance its cleaning process. In a statement to 13 Action News, FSE said it would start fogging twice daily, at 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m..

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Other Las Vegas News

When people think of Las Vegas, they likely imagine The Strip, filled with bright lights, high-rolling casinos, and non-stop entertainment. They’re not wrong, of course. This image is what made “Sin City” famous, after all.

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Our Favorite Las Vegas Gardens On The Las Vegas Strip

(Producers Notes) One of the most extravagant features of the resorts on the Las Vegas Strip must be the beautiful gardens and atriums, the landscaping and green spaces. Spring has sprung in Las Vegas – what better time to take a wander through our favorites, and appreciate their beauty?

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High-Speed Train to Las Vegas (the update) from The Vegas Tourist

(Producers Notes) After 20 years, it looks like we will have a new high-speed rail line from Victorville to Las Vegas, Nevada in the next three years. Thanks to Virgin Trains USA taking over… Here is the latest news and updates on the project.

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Bellagio Las Vegas NEW Cafe Sadelle’s

Here’s what’s on the menu at the Bellagio cafe in Las Vegas. This is their (very upscale) “coffee shop” overlooking the pool area.

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Zowie Bowie – “I’m Gonna Live till I Die” Frank Sinatra (Quarantine Home Music Video)

(Producers Notes) Here is our 3rd video that is part of our #MusicVideos4Vegas series. I was very proud to create this Classic Vegas themed video to be part of the Mondays Dark telethon to help raise money for the “Actors Fund” that benefits all Vegas entertainers through this challenging time.


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  • Vegas Super Secret Specials Spreadsheet is available here:

    Spreadsheet Version and Web Page Version now available!

    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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May 22, 2020 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – Well, I’m not back on my feet (see previous email), but I’m back at my office desk on a walker! I will not be stopped!!!

For those curious about my fall, I’ll put a couple of notes at the end. And, I want to thank all of the well-wishers who contacted me and who I’m still working to get back to.

Vegas Is Back When? – Man, I wish I had an answer. My educated guesstimate was May 15. We continue to have falling numbers, peak was long ago, curve flattened, casino plans in place (which will make them safer than anywhere else you venture). 

Casinos were ready, willing, and able. As we’ve seen from regional casino openings, there certainly is demand. With Los Angeles locked down until the end of the world, there is no shortage of drive-in visitors ready to come have fun.

However, it has become extremely clear that our Governor continues to have no plan. We’re in Phase 1 of what may be 4 phases. We think. They do not mirror the White House phases (which only has 3 phases). He said casinos may open during Phase 3 or Phase 4.

It is appearing that our governor is among those who will simply be keeping things shut down as long as possible. Period. Every aspect of the tourism and gaming industry is sitting here twiddling our thumbs. The fact that, for the first time in the history of Nevada, a governor is thumbing his nose at the very industry which fuels the entire state is also a strange quirk. Past that, I’ll leave things to your own assumptions.

So, Let’s Get Back To Talking Vegas! – I have backlogged stuff to write about. Las Vegas will be back, and we’ll get back to the inside info, helpful tips, and everything that helps you have a better visit next time. Because, there WILL be a next time. Even if the governor gets recalled to get us to the point we open back up.

But, let’s get to one more interesting thought you won’t (yet) read elsewhere. Although, if it does not get written about in the media soon, I’ll be submitting it as an op-ed to our paper:

We Already Were The Petri Dish – Our Mayor got lambasted for suggesting — in a very testy interview with Anderson Cooper — that Las Vegas should open and possibly be a Petri dish to see what happens. What everybody does not know is… We already were. In January. Let’s run though this:

– University of Southern California found out that Covid-19 had already been a thing in Southern California for some time: USC antibody study suggests hundreds of thousands in LA County may have had coronavirus This means long before quarantine and lock-down, Southern Californians (which make up upwards of 25% our our visitors, driving in), were here having a party. Having a good time. No distancing, no masks, no nothing.

– More than 175,000 industry professionals, including more than 61,000 from outside the U.S., were in Las Vegas in January for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As it was an electronics show, there was a significant contingent from China. (Or, as the President says, SHHIINNAH). Interacting not only with each other, but with hotel employees, bartenders, wait staff, drivers, the massive number of locals staffing the convention center… I could go on and on.

So, all of those locals got sick and brought Covid-19 home with them every night and we had a pandemic, and the hospitals got overwhelmed, and we all died.

I guess not.

Were there anecdotal reports of a weird flu going around the next couple of weeks? Yes. Absolutely. Not pretending it didn’t exist. However, that was that and life went on.

Having said all of that, and for the (probably) 47th time: STAY HOME if you have any concerns at all. Whether you are older, have health issues, are simply being extra careful, or you believe that opening up (as the nation is doing) will lead to a resurgence and millions of deaths, there is absolutely no hurry to return to Las Vegas!

We’ll publish again next week to make up for the week I missed while flat on my back in traction (not to mention surgery and recovery). At that time, we’ll go over more of what to expect as most casinos are putting their plans in place, what will and won’t be open when, and information along those lines. I wish we knew more now. As noted, I’m privy to as much info as almost everybody. Even the CEO’s of the casino company have absolutely no clue what the governor is up to, nor when he may think about letting hotel resorts reopen.

ALSO, members keep in mind that you can contact us in the members area with specific questions about planning for your next visit. I won’t lie: For the first time ever (literally), we don’t have all the answers. But, as always, we look at your specific situation and questions and we’ll do the best we can to inform you of what we know to date.

Stay safe, everyone. We’ll be open when you are ready.

The Fall – So… a lesson to all: Do NOT clean and organize your house! Be lazy, and you won’t be hurt. I have a couple of pretty tall, cylindrical space heaters which won’t been needed until well into November. I had put them on my back patio while spring cleaning the house.

On Monday May 4, I was getting ready to kick back for the evening. However, those heaters were not yet put in the storage hut behind my house. I thought “Work before play, this will only take 3 minutes”. Famous last words.

At issue is that both of these heaters are tall, and carrying both of them — slightly swaying in my hands — set me up for the fall. I tripped on an old sprinkler head, and as I started to fall forward, the heaters kept going and messed me up just enough to not catch my balance. Normally, many of us could have done a quick hop and skip and landed on our feet.

By the time I was ditching the heaters and attempting to brace myself from the fall, I was on the ground.

I busted the socket bone that holds the ball of the thigh bone. The good news is that it was a big, clean break with a high long-term use factor. (IE, as I age, it should not start causing problems). The bad news? I’m on a walker for 4 weeks. Pleased I can work and toy on the computer. Not too pleased I’m pretty shut-in and limited. Although, not like there is lots to do out there righ tnow.

Next Week – Vegas, Vegas, Vegas. Backloads of Vegas. Back to normal with this newsletter, and hopefully over the next weeks and months, back to normal for all of us.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com


Las Vegas Shows

The classic “Ambitious Card” trick became extra ambitious, even viral, on March 31. Penn Jillette kicks off a nearly 20-minute video featuring many magicians from around the world – including Vegas performers Mat Franco, Jen Kramer, Matt Donnelly, Xavier Mortimer, Piff the Magic Dragon, Mac King, David Copperfield’s right-hand man Chris Kenner, and of course Teller, plus Penn’s daughter Moxie Jillette – passing along a virtual deck of cards and flashing some sleight-of-hand skills.

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Las Vegas Dining

The Stage Door, which sits across from Bally’s at the corner of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane, normally features a fully functioning casino and bar. But those, of course, are closed until further notice with a statewide shutdown of nonessential business out of coronavirus concerns.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Sometimes it seems everything in Las Vegas is a showpiece, and the pool’s on the strip (and even some off) are no exception. They offer not only a place to cool off when temperatures spike above 100 degrees, but also a chance to keep last night’s party going, thanks to inventive cocktails and ever-present DJs.

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Members Mania

Our plans for Las Vegas this year is to try and get there twice! We usually stay 5 nights and we always make time for the newbie things to do/go see. We don’t always stay in the same place, though we do prefer the strip so we don’t have to drive around at night (in case we want to relax and not get a DUI) and can casino hop if one place gets too stale.

The energy is awesome in Las Vegas, so we try to casino hop as much as we can. We have also visited the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, Rick’s Restoration and Danny Koker’s auto shop (which is a must see if you like autos!!!) which is something to do out of the norm of regular tours/casinos/shopping. I usually get to go a second time when the Girls Only trip happens in July. Yea, it’s a hot time to be there, but we laugh in spite of ourselves and have a wonderful time just the same! Hey, it’s Vegas Baby!!

Best,

Sharon Ball

 

Ted Responds:

Good suggestions all around. Danny is a character and is true-to-life! I was at my local Carl’s Jr. at Sahara and Valley View a few months ago. I was inside picking up an order. The clerk goes to me ‘The Count’ is in the drive through!” (This is on his way home from his shop, so makes sense). When he pulled around, it was dark out, but he was driving what was obviously a pimped-out 70’s luxury ride.

Also, if you are an aging “metal head” (I plead guilty), he owns Counts Vamped about 10 minutes west of The Strip on West Sahara. It is a rock ‘n’ roll bar and grill which regularly hosts retro rock/metal acts like Bullet Boys, Geoff Tate, Y&T, Britney Fox, Lynch Mob, Femme Fatal, and similar. If this is for you, you may want to check out their site before your next visit.

 


 

Do you refuse to put your reward card in the slot machine after a decent win?

Tom Tani

 

Ted Responds:

No, no, no, no, and… no!

Every spin or button hit of a machine is completely random. It is not based on what just happened on the last deal. The computer that runs the gambling portion of the machine does not know if there is a slot club card in the machine or not.

All you ever do by playing without your card is losing out on comps.

There is one exception! And, to check that out, PLEASE read the special report in our Members Area titled How To Con The Casino Computers Into Comping You More!


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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Since its debut in 1998, the Bellagio fountains show has been an iconic part of the Las Vegas experience. Featuring over a thousand fountains in front of the Bellagio hotel, the spectacle spans across more than 1,000 feet. The show includes music, lights and fountain streams that shoot as high as 460 feet into the air.

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Las Vegas Sports

If these photos are anything to go by, the Las Vegas Raiders are going to have an incredible new stadium to play in whenever the NFL season gets underway.

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Other Las Vegas News

In the days since the Thunderbirds’ unprecedented flyover to thank COVID-19 responders in Southern Nevada, members of the world-famous flight demonstration team say they’ve been deeply moved by the reaction on social media.

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Maverick Helicopters New Health Safety Protocols

Many keep wondering about what kind of safety and procedures they will see in Las Vegas when we reopen.

Good video to watch about how Maverick Heicopter Tours (the top tour company in Nevada) is doing, and what to expect in a new Vegas experience.

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No Shows, No Slots, No Visitors, Coronavirus Devastates Las Vegas

Get a peek inside the casinos and see some of the changes being made to insure a safe, fun experience.

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Downtown Las Vegas Container Park, East Fremont District

(Producers Notes) One of Las Vegas’ best kept secrets is the East Fremont district. Once you’re on the East side of Las Vegas Blvd., head on to the Container Park. This is somewhere that can really spend the entire day. There are some of the best restaurants that cater to every palate, bars that have tons of local brews, a playground for the kids live music! What more can you ask for!

In this video we get an overview of how the container park was built and the vision for how it fits into the ongoing revitalization of the East Fremont District.

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Red Rock Canyon Sunday Drive

(Producers Notes) Come along with us on a sunny spring Sunday, as we travel one of Nevada’s Scenic Byways, State Route 159 through the glorious Red Rock Canyon. We will point out notable landmarks along the way, and make a stop at our favorite desert nursery, the fabulous Cactus Joe’s.


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    Spreadsheet Version and Web Page Version now available!

    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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April 20, 2020 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – Good news out of Nevada, where it appears our peak was not the predicted April 19 (previously April 22), but we peaked on April 8. Nobody is pretending that all is well, and our hearts go out to areas like New York, which are particularly hard hit.

We’ll deal with the closure as it stands now, talk about what is on the horizon as we reopen, and then get back to a few backlogged “business as usual” info/tips/news.

Important Note: If you are new to the classroom or simply missed our previous two issues/emails, we aren’t going to go over the details of how things will open, what will be open, and all of that again. You may wish to catch up here first:

While the White House has given suggested that governors who wish to* can commence moving toward reopening, Nevada’s Governor Sisolak very recently noted that he’s not reopening Nevada anytime soon. Unlike his counterpart in California, he has not yet even laid out a plan. (Internally, I can tell you that the gaming industry is finding the “no plan yet” concerning, as they don’t have a blueprint to start to study. This was backed up during comments from Donald Trump, when asked about the Nevada situation in Sunday’s briefing).

* The White House has maintained its stance that each governor is responsible for these decisions in their own states. The federal government has never done more than provide suggestions. If you feel strongly one way or the other, write your governor. Write our governor. Not the president.

And, the governor of Utah also has laid out a reopening plan that starts May 1. Utah is very similar to us in size, population, geography, weather, and similar.

Wynn Resorts put out a 20 page PDF plan and a statement from their CEO which said (in part):

Currently, Nevada is well positioned relative to many other states. Clearly we will see increases in cases as we accelerate testing. The Roosevelt aircraft carrier data has shown that of the hundreds of sailors that have tested positive, the majority are asymptomatic. Stanford University just published research that COVID-19 cases could be 50x higher than reported given the vast amount of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic individuals. That means as we increase testing, we will see more cases.

So I believe it is critical to monitor our hospitalizations as we increase testing. We passed our “peak” hospitalizations based on most national models and our hospitals were not overrun. Our COVID-19 related deaths per million are below the national average. We have also acquired enough personal protective equipment (PPE) through a public-private partnership to sufficiently supply our medical community that we all rely on for months.

The tone of his notes were that more testing would mean more cases, but if that doesn’t result in more hospitalizations or deaths (numbers which have appeared to peak), then we’ll continue gingerly moving forward. You can read his entire statement plus look at the 20 page PDF here: A plan to re-open Nevada By Matt Maddox

I have had people wonder how I could be so confident in my conservative numbers and “Vegas will open sooner than later” (spring, not summer, fall, winter, or never) when the nightly news was all doom and gloom and “millions are going to die”. That was actually pretty simple:

I didn’t watch the nightly news. I spent upwards of an hour a day looking at trends, models, and numbers while watching or listening to the daily White House briefings.. The bottom line is that the death numbers never came close to the media claims. Ventilators not needed, hospital ships under-used, no shortage of the malaria drug.

Even just a couple of weeks ago, we were told that 100k-240k people will perish EVEN if we all stay home. Those numbers were also wildly way too high. (Which is awesome! Every death projected but avoided is worthy of celebration).

By the way, we were warned that these numbers were crazy high back on March 26, but everyone seemed to be happier saying “the sky is falling”. Even when we were told that Italy’s deaths mostly involved people already ill (from Bloomburg, none-the-less, not exactly  a right-wing conspiracy site).

I can already hear some saying “THOSE NUMBERS WERE LOWER BECAUSE WE ALL STAYED HOME (YOU MORON)!”

Hold on just a second: Remember a couple of weeks ago when the CDC said (only) 100k-240k would die if we stayed home? The staying home part was already accounted for in the numbers prediction! IE, the numbers would be those if we stayed at home, and a lot worse if we didn’t quarantine.

However, those death numbers — even though more testing means more reported cases — simply aren’t spiking up outside of the New York area. Which is not only 2500 miles from where I’m sitting, but an area with a population density unimaginable out here.

Add to that, it is starting to appear that we have scientific proof that sunlight kills the virus. Well… we’re going to be in the high 80’s next week, and rarely have a shortage of sunshine!

The bottom line is that this virus isn’t as potent or harmful as originally thought. Don’t get me wrong: If you are older, or immune compromised in any way, all of the White House guidelines note one should practice isolation as much as possible. I’m not taking the possibility of death lightly here.

Past that, Wynn’s report on the steps for safety they will be taking are in large part what we already had told you in the past few weeks (regarding what to expect). If you are new to the classroom of have been away, you did read the two links at the top and get caught up, right!

Weeks ago (literally), I told you that Las Vegas could very well be as safe (or even safer) than staying home and going about your business in your area. Once again, people thought I was nuts. Well…

A former Marine intelligence officer who was part of the team that did the baseline training for North American military pandemic preparedness said Las Vegas could become the destination for people looking stay healthy while traveling.

Full story here: The strengths and weaknesses of Las Vegas moving forward

So… why the stark difference between my analysis and your nightly news? Simple: The difference in the goals of the nightly news vs. what we do here. They need to keep you scared so you’ll keep watching. You tune out, they lose out. As our main focus is member-supported, our only obligation is the give you the most accurate info and help possible.

Whether that makes you decide to stay home until next year, book an October trip (our nicest weather month), or you are going to gamble on our (still) guesstimate of mid-May casino restart date, you’re among the most informed visitors now, period. (As our members always are).

Moving Forward… – We’ve already gone over what Las Vegas will likely be like during the first couple of months in our last issue. A major change being discussed now are masks and gloves among all casino employees, including dealers. This will certainly be a change for casinos who previously did not allow masks of any kind. Including Halloween.

Good Cheap Eats In The Arts District – I’ve been at the forefront of telling you about the Arts District. Which hasn’t been on the radar of virtually any other Las Vegas blog, podcast, group… or just about any other source.

Part of me doesn’t want to share much about it, because it is a best kept secret. However, since many of you DO venture downtown (or stay downtown and hit The Strip), and given that the Arts District is between the two, and given that is is the home of some amazing eating-and-drinking spots at solid locals pricing, I’m suggesting people ignore it at their own peril.

We’ve suggested spots where the combination of the dining bill plus your Uber ride will be less expensive than anything similar on The Strip to some really thankful member comments. I’ll toss you another one you can’t go wrong with:

Albo’s Pizza is your typical pizza/wings/burgers/hogies spot just a few blocks north of The Strat, right on Las Vegas Blvd. (The Strip road). I probably order deliver from it 2-3 times per month (their pizza is very solid for the price, the wings are good, certainly not gourmet joint, but certainly decent for the money). Well… Albo’s was just picked as a 5 top options for cheap Italian eats in Las Vegas. So, congrats to them!

Construction (Mostly) Continues – Downtown Grand, Circa, Resorts World, and Allegiant Stadium are all moving along and seemingly on schedule. Sports fans may have heard the crazy rumors that The Raiders may play a few game in San Antonio, El Paso, Salt Lake City or who knows where if the stadium does not meet completion date.

First of all, this is Las Vegas. Highly unlikely that any obstacles to on-time completion won’t be overcome. Doing stuff like this is what we do! Second, The Raiders have invested too much into the community to not attempt to play here. 

I’m not saying one or two of their “home” pre-season games won’t be played elsewhere. Playing a game in Salt Lake City is a nice way to build a regional fan base. However, if push comes to shove, expect them to play in UNLV’s old home of Sam Boyd Stadium, on the far east side of Las Vegas.

Sharp eyes may have noted we left out The Drew on this list. (The hulking blue building north of Wynn/Encore). They seemed to be having delays announcing financing before this mess hit. With how quickly and strongly visitation returns, and how well we absorb all of the new rooms under construction, I’m not bullish that we’ll see it finished in the next 2-3 years. But, I do hope I’m wrong! (I only live 10 minutes from it).

Stay safe, everyone. We’ll be open when you are ready to travel.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
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Our group, all in their mid to late 40s, got asked for ID before entering Park on Fremont. As one of us didn’t have photo ID on them, we were refused entry. Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum also asked for ID but let us all in even with one ID missing. Lesson learnt, request for ID at Atomic Liquors met with all of us presenting! Is this a law change in Vegas? Never been carded before in all our previous visits.

Andrew Fry

 

Ted Responds:

Clark County, which is all of Las Vegas, is very, very, very tight when it comes to ID and liquor.

Yes, I realize that 99% of the time, you go to a bar in the tourism areas and there is no issue. Especially if you are obviously of age.

Having said that, establishments who are either really concerned about getting in trouble, or who perhaps have had past trouble, card EVERYONE.

I’m 54. There is a corner convenience store a couple of blocks from me who cards me. Every time. They don’t even want to have any trouble. I’ve seen people older than me carded there.

Also, the bottom line is that you are expected to have you ID on you at all times here in Las Vegas. When drinking or gambling. It is on you to have legit ID which proves your age.

At the end of the day, a Metro (our police) officer explained it to me like this:

If something happens to you, it is best to have ID on you. You really don’t want to end up in the hospital, or super-drunk and separated from your friends, without them having a way to know who you are. And, to figure out who they need to try to contact.

Or, having your friends call hospitals, who can’t tell you whether your friend is there. Because they don’t know their name.

Trust Me: No one here wants to lose any of your business. When someone lacks ID, there are numerous concerns for smaller business — ranging from losing their liquor license, to not knowing why someone without ID is in their business — which concern them.


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April 4, 2020 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas – Well… we had a slight seismic movement in the “when will Las Vegas open” question, which we’ll dive into. However, we’ll still be easing back to “business as normal” reporting starting next issue. As, we already know many are booking. And I mean in a number of weeks.

I’m going to be a little more reserved this time. While many were appreciative of me crunching all of the data, working with my “industry” knowledge and such, I was lambasted by some for suggesting that Las Vegas wouldn’t be shut down for months. Like I was going to be personally responsible for killing millions!

So, let’s just get this out there. I’m an industry analyst. I’ve had a front-row seat to this industry for well over 20 years. Through 9/11. Through the financial and housing crisis of the 2000’s. I don’t disseminate “wishful thinking”. I crunch facts and numbers.

For example, when other “experts'” were claiming that the pre-recession hotel boom was going to be the next phase of Vegas, I’m on record as saying that Echelon Place (former Stardust) project just didn’t pan out in my estimation. Not as a hater. Not because I wanted the project to fail. Simply because I didn’t see it working out. It didn’t. A decade later, the initial bones of the project are are now becoming Resorts World.

So, let’s get a couple of things out there:

1. I toss all of my knowledge, sources, data and similar into the blender (my brain), and do the best I can to tell you what things look like moving forward. If I owned a crystal ball, I’d spend all my time at the sports books, cleaning up on sports bets. Even if (for now), those bets were on Korean ping-pong and Russian soccer!

2. If you don’t like what I have to say, talk to somebody that can do something about it. If you feel it is WRONG that Las Vegas will be open in a matter of weeks (barring something completely unforeseen), write our governor. That is his decision.

My J-O-B and obligation to our valued Members is to help navigate whatever is going on in Vegas. For now, that is all about letting people who are considering booking (given the cheap rooms and airfare) the best advice on when things will be open, how much will be open, and what to expect. And, we’re going to jump into that right now!

When Will Vegas Open? – The original optimistic date — and a date many resorts were booking — was April 17. THEN… came a couple of things. 1. The White House gave new suggested guidelines of “stay-at-home” through May 1 and 2. What looks like a pretty good model for the State of Nevada suggested that infections would peak around April 22. The “good” news? We have enough hospital beds to handle the peak. That means for US. Not the rest of you. And, there is obviously no way you should visit during the peak of anything bad.

For now, the hotels are taking reservations starting May 1. Perhaps a bit optimistic, but not 100% out-of-the-question. I’d peg a best guesstimate on Friday May 15th, which will have provided a three week buffer from the peak (numbers are then expected to start to fall pretty good after the peak), this is an extra two weeks from May 1, and it falls on a Friday.

HOWEVER… this will be a very soft opening. I’ll get into how much will be open and how soon:

If Nobody Can Fly, Who Visits? – Very simple: The populations of California, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico is over 50 million people. Virtually all of which are within a 12 hour drive, and for the majority (based on population centers), it is 8 hours of less.

That will get Las Vegas going again. Past that, it will be up to each individual to decide if and when they want to jump on a plane. I’ve heard thoughts that airlines have either started (or are looking to possibly) keep middle seats empty. Once we get over the mask shortage, I’m sure many/most people who are traveling or venturing out and about quite a bit may choose to wear one.

We’re All Going To Die (Social Distancing) – “But, everybody will go to Las Vegas and breath on each other, and get everybody sick, and millions will die, and you are a horrible, irresponsible person”. Because, I’m sure there are a few who skipped right over the first few paragraphs of this missive.

The hotel casinos WILL be practicing social distancing. They already were prior to the mandated shut-down. They have a blueprint from casinos in the Asian gambling capital of Macau, where casinos have reopened.

On top of that, let’s just do some easy math: Las Vegas is built to easily hold 300,000 visitors. That number spikes even higher on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and New Years Eve. Even if we manage 60,000 visitors at any given time during the first few weeks (and, that may be optimistic), that is the very definition of social distancing!

Think about the typical 15,000 seat sports/concert arena most of us have been inside. Then, put only 3000 people in there. It will look nearly empty, and social distancing won’t be a problem. Vegas with elbow room. What a concept!

Let’s get into specifics:

Casino floors will most likely have every other machine turned off. Blackjack tables will be limited to three players, not six or seven. Similar with each end of a craps table.

Buffets will most likely simply remain closed. If and when they open (and, this may be an excuse for some hotels who don’t do a good or profitable buffet business to close theirs), you can expect servers ladling the food to your plate.

Restaurants will stagger seating, keeping parties of people apart from each other. Which, won’t exactly be a problem. See my arena example.

Shows won’t all simply open up ASAP. If you are only going to fill up 20% of the room, and/or if you have to seat people in a way that practices social distancing, that simply may not be profitable.

I’m not suggesting there will be NO shows. Some of the smaller shows, especially like comedy magicians and hypnotists and similar, which have a small cast, and low overhead, may find it feasible to play to 20 or 30 people. And, many of these types of shows are in makeshift venues where they can simply remove chairs and spread out the seating.

It’s not Cirque or David Copperfield, but if one of these guys played most of your home towns, it would be considered a big deal, and they often put on a solid show. If they can last in Las Vegas, they must be pretty decent!

Clubs? Don’t even think about it. Besides the obvious factor that going to a club is all about being part of a crowd, the club scene has been quietly diminishing for a while now. Just because of social distancing, this category could be down for quite a while.

Pools are outdoors, and once again, with 400 people in a pool area meant for 2000 (just to use round numbers), I expect these to be available.

Stay safe, everyone. We’ll be open when you are ready.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com

 


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Just want to say that I have always shuttled to & from the Airport ….it does take a little longer than a cab, but I enjoy pulling up to the other Hotels on the strip, &meeting other folks on the Shuttle…..I consider part of my “Vegas Experience”. Getting to your hotel is always easy…..The only problem I have ever had is in getting back to the Airport….You must arrange your trip back 24 hours in advance & allow about 30 minutes to an hour for the “Pick-Up” cutting into your last minute Gambling…..

If the Shuttle is later than 15 minutes picking you up, DO NOT hesitate to call the Company & find out where they are at. My last trip, the Driver had filled up & so couldn’t pick me up…but he didn’t call it in to the shuttle company & I was Stranded with time running out. I waited longer than I should have to call, and credit to the Shuttle Company as they sent a Shuttle directly to me, just for me & I was streamlined to the airport….no other passengers…thankfully it wasn’t Rush Hour, & I did make my plane….barely.

This was the 2nd time that I have had trouble being picked up. Still, I will continue to Shuttle in the future as I always enjoy my ride to the hotel!

On a 2nd note…I returned from my last trip in late April….I stayed “Downtown on Fremont Street” for 10 Days….splitting my time between “The Plaza”, “Golden Gate”,” Four Queens” and “The “D”. I gambled almost everywhere exept the “El Cortez” I primarily play Slots (not Video Poker) & it was the worst trip I have ever had….could not hit a Bonus for anything….

Could not get ahead on anything…they just ate my money! I spent more time in my rooms than in the Casino’s than any time in my life. To say the least it was a Disappointing trip…I travel “Solo” now and I always feel safe Downtown….but I saw very few folks winning anything from any Casino! I don’t mind losing…but I like to play…& this trip didn’t allow me much play, sorry to say!

Always enjoy your Letters…Good Luck to all you folks planning a Visit!

Sherrie B. from New Mexico

Ted Responds:

We don’t talk to much about the airport shuttles, especially in light of taxi’s now having flat fees to The Strip and the popularity of Uber/Lyft. However, from a pricing standpoint — and with the understanding that there may be a couple of stops before your hotel is reached, I can imagine it may be a good fit for quite a few people.

Also, this made me think of something I’ve never mentioned. (Hey, I’m ALWAYS learning and thinking of ways to help our members!)

From time-to-time, we still have people ask us about going to Laughlin. While we don’t recommend one particular service for a day-trip down there, those day trips DO exist! Which made me look at McCarran Airport Shuttle Page only to realize you can get shuttles to Searchlight, Laughlin, Bullhead City, Fort Mohave, Lake Havasu City, Kingman (including the Amtrak station), Pahrump, St. George, Zion, and Cedar City.

While they mainly serve people who live in those communities and who are flying OUT of McCarran, nobody says that you can’t spend a couple of days of your visit in Laughlin, Lake Havasu, or anywhere else in our region that strikes your fancy!

 


 

What’s better? Buffet at the Bellagio or Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars?

Gao Vang-Yang

 

Ted Responds:

Well, thanks for the curve ball on that one! (Don’t get me wrong: Good question).

Honest, I’d consider Wicket Spoon at Cosmo or The Buffet at Aria (ironically both right next to Bellagio, which is right next to Caesars) first. MGM Resorts buffets can be hit-and-miss in quality. Except for the MGM Grand buffet. Please Uber the 5 minutes to The Orleans buffet before you eat there! It will be cheaper, and arguably better.

Here’s the deal with Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars: It is SO EXPENSIVE! Yes, the selection of food is off-the-charts, and the quality is generally high. However, even if you don’t pay extra for an express pass, I suggest you’d be hard-pressed to really eat enough to get your money’s worth. Even if all you downed was crab legs (served after 11 AM on weekends, and after 3 PM on weekdays).

Also, if you are up toward the North Strip, Wynn offers a comprehensive, good-quality buffet in the similar price ranges as Cosmo and Aria.


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Vegas Happenings | 2020 (Photo Gallery)

As beacons of hope for the city during this time of uncertainty, Caesars Entertainment illuminates the exteriors of several iconic Las Vegas Strip resorts with light displays nightly through April 5.

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(Producers Notes) – Today we go to Palms Casino and Resort just about a mile of the strip. It has been over 15 years since I’ve been inside that hotel. I had fun wandering around, especially when I found myself way up on the 52 floor on an outside outlook of the Strip and the Valley. There was a whole lot of construction while I was there but it seems to be wrapping up for some major updates.

 

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