Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sources and tips for Las Vegas,NV coupons

Sources and tips for Las Vegas,NV coupons

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Ten mistakes often made by Las Vegas, NV visitors

Ten mistakes often made by Las Vegas, NV visitors

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Las Vegas blackjack games for visitors: General tips and best low-midlevel stakes games

Las Vegas blackjack games for visitors: General tips and best low-midlevel stakes games

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Fifteen top Las Vegas,NV values

Fifteen top Las Vegas,NV values

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Twenty most comprehensive, current, and informative Las Vegas websites for travel planning.

Twenty most comprehensive, current, and informative Las Vegas websites for travel planning.

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Lowest Las Vegas room rates and travel packages seen in a decade ; tips and sources for great deals

Lowest Las Vegas room rates and travel packages seen in a decade ; tips and sources for great deals

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Las Vegas freebies for visitors I : Free hotel shuttles

Las Vegas freebies for visitors I : Free hotel shuttles

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Las Vegas freebies for visitors II : Free gaming lessons

Las Vegas freebies for visitors II : Free gaming lessons

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Advantages of Las Vegas travel during a recession

Advantages of Las Vegas travel during a recession

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Las Vegas freebies for visitors III : Free attractions

Las Vegas freebies for visitors III : Free attractions

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Las Vegas airfare tips including websites with cheap fare alert services

Las Vegas airfare tips including websites with cheap fare alert services

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Paris Las Vegas sports grille offers $777 burger

Paris Las Vegas sports grille offers $777 burger

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Las Vegas hotel pools offer hot spots to cool off

Las Vegas hotel pools offer hot spots to cool off

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Cool Las Vegas off - strip casino - hotels

Cool Las Vegas off - strip casino - hotels

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Playing Las Vegas blackjack games for casino comps

Playing Las Vegas blackjack games for casino comps

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Our upcoming Vegas trip and associated planning

Our upcoming Vegas trip and associated planning

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Vegas trip adrenaline

Vegas trip adrenaline

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June 2009 Vegas trip report I : Overview

June 2009 Vegas trip report I : Overview

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June 2009 Vegas trip report II : The Flamingo

June 2009 Vegas trip report II : The Flamingo

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Michael Jackson's Vegas history

Michael Jackson's Vegas history

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June 2009 Vegas trip report III : Fab Four Live

June 2009 Vegas trip report III : Fab Four Live

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June 2009 Vegas trip report IV: MGM Grand

June 2009 Vegas trip report IV: MGM Grand

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Friday, January 15, 2010

June 2009 Vegas trip report V : Mark Farner still funkin

June 2009 Vegas trip report V : Mark Farner still funkin

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June 2009 Vegas trip report VI : M Resort

June 2009 Vegas trip report VI : M Resort

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June 2009 vegas trip report VIII: Encore

June 2009 vegas trip report VIII: Encore

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June 2009 Vegas trip report VII: Actual dollar value of comps and coupon use

June 2009 Vegas trip report VII: Actual dollar value of comps and coupon use

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Five tips for navigating the Las Vegas strip in a car

Five tips for navigating the Las Vegas strip in a car

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Common man's guide to Vegas tipping

Common man's guide to Vegas tipping

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New and potential US domestic airline fee increases and their effects on Vegas fares

New and potential US domestic airline fee increases and their effects on Vegas fares

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Budget dining options on the Vegas strip I : Overview and budget buffets

Budget dining options on the Vegas strip I : Overview and budget buffets

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Budget dining options on the Vegas strip II: food courts galore

Budget dining options on the Vegas strip II: food courts galore

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Budget dining options on the Vegas strip III: Delis and snack bars

Budget dining options on the Vegas strip III: Delis and snack bars

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"Kiss your assets goodbye" is new Southern Nevada business development slogan

"Kiss your assets goodbye" is new Southern Nevada business development slogan

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Budget dining options on the Vegas strip IV: Coffee Shops

Budget dining options on the Vegas strip IV: Coffee Shops & Cafes

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Budget dining options on the Vegas strip V : Bakeries and donut shops

Budget dining options on the Vegas strip V : Bakeries and donut shops

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Southwest Airlines Ding alert service and Vegas airfares

Southwest Airlines Ding alert service and Vegas airfares

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Suggestions for Vegas casino management: loosen slots and increase service to battle recession

Suggestions for Vegas casino management: loosen slots and increase service to battle recession

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New Aria casino to limit dealer exposure to second hand smoke but plan may be shortsighted

New Aria casino to limit dealer exposure to second hand smoke but plan may be shortsighted

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Ten pet friendly Vegas hotels

Ten pet friendly Vegas hotels

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Vegas gambling I : house edge, player expectation, and best bets

Vegas gambling I : house edge, player expectation, and best bets

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Vegas gambling II : games with highest house edge and sucker bets

Vegas gambling II : games with highest house edge and sucker bets

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The economic recovery of Las Vegas: points to ponder

The economic recovery of Las Vegas: points to ponder

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Vegas trip costs for the average visitor

Vegas trip costs for the average visitor

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Vegas taxicab fares and fees

Vegas taxicab fares and fees

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Las Vegas based Allegiant Air is most profitable airline in US

Las Vegas based Allegiant Air is most profitable airline in US

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Steve Wynn buys plane for Garth Brooks as part of Vegas resident performance stint

Steve Wynn buys plane for Garth Brooks as part of Vegas resident performance stint

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Las Vegas hotels with year round pools

Las Vegas hotels with year round pools

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Wynn Las Vegas sued by workers for second hand smoke risk

Wynn Las Vegas sued by workers for second hand smoke risk

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Bette Midler's Vegas show to end in January 2010

Bette Midler's Vegas show to end in January 2010

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Las Vegas McCarran Airport one of top five in US to get stranded in

Las Vegas McCarran Airport one of top five in US to get stranded in

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Bellagio Las Vegas named to Orbitz holiday top ten Best Decked Out Hotels list

Bellagio Las Vegas named to Orbitz holiday top ten Best Decked Out Hotels list

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Garth Brooks and BB King kick off separate Vegas gigs Dec 11 through 13

Garth Brooks and BB King kick off separate Vegas gigs Dec 11 through 13

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Fireworks and much anticipation precedes City Center's Aria Resort and Casino Dec 16 grand opening

Fireworks and much anticipation precedes City Center's Aria Resort and Casino Dec 16 grand opening

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NFL to allow Las Vegas ads without casino and gambling promotion during postseason games

NFL to allow Las Vegas ads without casino and gambling promotion during postseason games

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Hard Rock and Planet Hollywood resorts opening new hotel towers in Vegas during uncertain times

Hard Rock and Planet Hollywood resorts opening new hotel towers in Vegas during uncertain times

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Former physician for Michael Jackson appears in child support case in Las Vegas

Former physician for Michael Jackson appears in child support case in Las Vegas

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Inspiring story of charity from Robin Hood high stakes gambler of Las Vegas

Inspiring story of charity from Robin Hood high stakes gambler of Las Vegas

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Current Vegas topics and events update : CES, Elvis 75th, Allegiant Air update,

Current Vegas topics and events update : CES, Elvis 75th, Allegiant Air update, & locals discounts

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Visitor rankings of Las Vegas as a US travel destination city: best luxury hotels and dumbest people

Visitor rankings of Las Vegas as a US travel destination city: best luxury hotels and dumbest people

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Five Vegas luxury resorts named among Travel Leisure's Top 500 World Hotels

Five Vegas luxury resorts named among Travel Leisure's Top 500 World Hotels

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Vegas experiences first increase in air passenger volumes in 21 months; plus some national stats

Vegas experiences first increase in air passenger volumes in 21 months; plus some national stats

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Mostly Useless (and approximate) Las Vegas Facts

1. Number of Las Vegas citizens   500,000
2. Number of Clark County residents   1,500,000
3. Year first casino licensed   1931
4. Number of slot machines in Vegas   200,000
5. Number of annual Vegas visitors   40,000,000 (and dropping)
6. Number of licensed gambling entities   1700
7. Hours per day average visitor gambles   4
8. Annual state gaming revenue   9 billion (and dropping)
9. Average gambling budget per trip   560  (and dropping)
10. Mean price per acre in valley   161,000.00
11. Price per acre on the Strip   11,000,000.00
12. Number of  hotel rooms   137,000 +
13. Number of pillowcases washed at MGM daily   15,000
14. Number of doors at MGM  18,000 
15. Annual no. toilet paper rolls used at Bally's   1 million
16. Lucky The Clown marquee sign at Circus Circus has
      1232 fluorescent bulbs, 14,498 incandescent bulbs, and
      3/4 mile of neon tubing light  (no wonder they're replacing
      it!)
17. In good times, Excalibur goes through over 44,000 
      Cornish game hens, 15 thousand pounds of hamburger
      meat, and 4200 pounds of prime rib monthly
18. Caesar's Palace has used 2 million plus maraschino 
      cherries, 11 thousand ounces of caviar, 2 million ounces
      of tomato juice, and close to 600 thousand ounces of
      vodka yearly (bloody mary winner?)
19. Mandalay Bay has 5,300 palm trees and their wave pool
      has a capacity of 1,640,270 gallons of water
20. Average nightly room rate  119.00 (and dropping)
21. Average number of Vegas weddings per day   300+
22. Number of golf courses  37
23. Miles of neon tubing on the Strip and Downtown  15,000
24. State's nationwide rank in gold production  1st
25. Cost of Nevada marriage license   35.00
26. Average cost of filing for divorce  450.00
27. Average length of stay for visitors    3.7 days
28. Number of hosted conventions annually  3750
29. The electric bill to operate the Luxor pyramid beam is
      approximately 55.00 per hour.
30. Las Vegas has 17 of the world's 20 largest hotels   

"WHERE'S MY WALLET , ETHEL!? "

Just a cautionary tip when in Vegas.. there are active
pickpockets all over town. I experienced this first-hand
and came within 10 seconds of losing my cash stash last July
while visiting one of those upper end joints on the strip.

I was gambling significantly at a video poker machine, unabashedly slipping C-notes in them. Somebody had been
observing my wagering behavior. I was happily winning at the time and my cautionary tendencies regarding my bankroll
money went south and out the window.

A lady approached me from behind as I played and was all aglow with my run of good luck. She initiated a conversation about nothing and anything . I was concentrating on proper VP strategy and responding to her comments with a lot of "yeah-yeahs". I was fortunate enough to get ahead on the machine again and I cashed out. I had a satchel (I normally never gamble under those conditions) with me that had assorted trip stuff in it. The satchel presence and the relatively high denomination coin-in amount collectively screamed " please rob me!" I placed my wallet in the satchel along with the machine cash-out tickets and proceeded to reconnect with my family and head to our room.

I had developed a sense of cautionary unease as I mulled over the contact with the effusively talkative woman at the VP machine. My senses told me that something about that encounter was skewed, although at the time I didn't know what it was and I wasn't bleeding profusely..yet. My group then proceeded to meander through a very crowded slot machine aisle and some other 6th, 7th, or 8th sense that vaguely detected an impersonal yet succinct encroachment into my personal space kicked in. Instinctively, I immediately dug into the satchel to locate my wallet and it was gone. I then immediately turned around and backtracked about ten feet (a matter of maybe 3 seconds, tops) as my endogenous adrenaline kicked in. I'm not sure that my hair wasn't on fire briefly.

I then spotted my wallet (and life) in a woman's hand who was playing a slot machine. I walked straight at her and demanded it post-haste in a tone that screamed seriousness. I immediately grabbed the wallet and called for security. The woman claimed she picked it up off the floor and so did the man (her accomplice) behind her, both vowing that they were planning to remit it to the security desk. My svelte ass they were.

This team of thieves including the woman who was all goony-googoo at the VP machine were pros. I have to claim part of the blame for the openly careless manner I had displayed with my money. They were held by security and the eye-in-the-sky tapes were to be reviewed.

The good thing is I didn't lose a cent because my peripheral senses kicked in immediately and they didn't have time to bury the evidence ( perhaps they weren't the best of pros?). Take heed folks..these people are everywhere in Vegas. Know where your cash is at all times; take precautions to protect it, don't flaunt it around carelessly as I did, and if you sense something is awry while gambling trust your instincts.

Distractions from one member of a team of thieves is a common MO. Store your gambling session monies in a front pants pocket or in one of those god-awful front-loaded fanny packs (pride be damned). The lesson I learned here after several years of Vegas gambling experiences turned out to be one of the most valuable for me personally.


Cheers..
Chuck60