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Classic Vegas Mistakes - Now Available On Amazon.com! 
6/15/11, 9:48 PM
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Classic Vegas Mistakes
$15.99
Published by Little Black Book Travel

Groups of guys have been making the same mistakes over and over in Las Vegas. These mistakes spoil the vacation. Classic Vegas Mistakes shows guys the ropes in Vegas by detailing errors of previous travelers. Through hundreds of easy-to-read mistakes that groups of guys make in Vegas, men learn how to save money, save time, and make the most out of their Vegas vacation. An excellent book to read on a plane flight to Las Vegas.

Co-authored by acclaimed travel writers David deMontmollin & Dan Gura, Classic Vegas Mistakes is the follow up book to the smash success Las Vegas Little Black Book: A Guyís Guide to the Perfect Vegas Weekend.

Classic Vegas Mistakes covers the following topics: Trip Planning, The Invite List, Choosing a Hotel, Arriving in Vegas, Checking-in, Dining, Cigars, Gambling, Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Sports Betting, Tipping, Daytime Activities, Golf, Nighttime Activities, Shows, Gentlemenís Clubs, Departure and Remembering. There is also a bonus section called Hidden Vegas Gems!

No trip to Las Vegas should be without this book!

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1/23/11, 1:15 PM
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True Vegas Advice: Don't Play Golf on Your Vegas Trip 
1/23/11, 8:36 AM - True Vegas Advice

10 Reasons to Avoid Playing Golf in Vegas

Reason 1: Las Vegas is in the Desert
Donít be fooled by the fountains at Bellagio: Youíre in a parched wasteland. Itís hotter than hell trying to play golf in this town.

Reason 2: Las Vegas is in the Desert
Just wanted to make sure you got the point. If you didnít, here are some others to dissuade you.

Reason 3: Someoneís Going to Bail
One of your friends had too much to drink last night and stayed out way too late. What does this mean to you? At least one no-show. Thatís right; while heís sleeping it off, your foursome is going to get paired up with some random loser who couldnít find three friends to play a round of golf with.

Reason 4: Good Las Vegas Golf Is not Next to the Strip
The best Vegas golf courses are at least a twenty-minute cab ride away. Youíll pay a small fortune in cab fare just getting to and from the course.

Reason 5: Golf in Las Vegas Is Expensive
How expensive? Be prepared to shell out at least five times what you pay at your local municipal course. The courses here know that if you are willing to travel off the Strip to play a round, they can charge whatever they want. You, my out-of-state friend, are their lifeblood.

Reason 6: The Good Tee Times are Hard to Get
If you donít heed this and avoid golf altogether, make your reservations early. Most of the good early tee times, the ones where you can finish before it gets to be over 110 degrees, are booked way in advance. The best tee times are reserved for casino high-rollers and locals. You will most likely get stuck with a tee time that will make you think youíre on the surface of the sun by the time you tee off at number three.

Reason 7: Golf Will Take Up Your Whole Day
Between the distance and the amount of time it takes to play a round of golf, you will be spending your entire day doing this. And face it, youíre going to return to your hotel sunburned, tired, and dehydrated.

Reason 8: You Can Play Golf at Home
Are you really willing to spend a lot of time, money, and energy on something that you could do next Saturday? Besides, if you wait until you get home to play a round, youíll have plenty of good Vegas stories to tell your friends.

Reason 9: Bringing Golf Clubs on a Plane is a Pain
If you decide to bring your clubs, youíll have to check your bags, which will add forty-five minutes of waiting in the airport after you plane arrives. Plus, when you depart Las Vegas, be prepared to get to the airport two hours in advance, just so your bags make it on the plane. Lose the clubs; carry-on is the only way to go. Your time is precious in Vegas; donít waste it caddying your clubs around.

Reason 10: Vegas Golf is Overrated
Like many things in Vegas, the golf courses donít live up to their billing. What you will hear about is amazing courses with unbelievable views, but what you will normally find are packed courses, with houses lining every fairway and bunker. Real estate on golf courses is hot in Vegas, but the courses themselves rarely are. Sure, there are some amazing places to play, but playing them means reserving early, wasting a day, and shelling out some serious cash.

So, you decided to pass on golf. Good. With so much else to do in Las Vegas during the day, youíve made the right decision.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: Casino Royale 
7/24/10, 8:02 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Most people donít know about Casino Royale. Wedged in between Harrahís and the Venetian on the east side of the Strip, people walk right by it. It has a surprising 152 rooms, an Outback, a Dennyís, 400 slots, and about 30 table games, but is still dwarfed by the Mega Resorts.

Five Reasons To Love Casino RoyaleÖ

1) Cheap Drinks. $1 Michelobs and $1 Margaritas are standard from the bar. Why wait for a waitress to come by for a free drink? Youíll see the line of people at the end of the bar waiting for a drink, but donít worry, it moves fast. Grab a drink and hit the tables or grab a couple for a walk on the Strip.

2) Blackjack Switch. Or just ďSwitchĒ. A new version of Blackjack that low rollers love. It is a fun game because it brings a whole new level of skill because there are more decisions to make than just basic Blackjack strategy.

You start by making two identical bets. The dealer deals you two hands of cards. The player has the option to switch the top two cards of his hands. For example, if a player is dealt a Ace Ė Four and a Seven Ė King, then the player would be able to switch the top cards to make a Seven Ė Four and an Ace Ė King. The disadvantages are that Blackjacks pay even money and if the dealer makes a hard total of 22 then all bets push.

The theoretical house advantage (0.30%) makes it better than traditional blackjack games. But, you'll have to employ a lot more than basic blackjack strategy to take some money home.

3) Sit Down Mini-Craps Table. The only one that I have seen in town, take a seat along 5 other players at a craps game with one dealer. You wonít have the fun and energetic atmosphere of a normal craps table, but you will be able to get off your feet and not have to stand shoulder to shoulder with a complete stranger. Even better, the table minimum is usually $2 with 10x odds.

4) Beveled Mirrors over the Table Games. Along the ceiling above the table games are beveled mirrors that allow you to view all of the table action without looking over somebodyís shoulder. It adds a nice feel to the room because you see gaming action everywhere.

5) No Cares in the World. Youíll notice that everyone here is having a good time because they arenít losing a lot of money. You can let loose and make an idiot of yourself, which is something I have perfected.

Want more Classic Vegas Mistakes? Need some True Vegas Advice? Looking for that special Hidden Vegas Gem? Heading to Vegas soon and need the right strategy for your group? Click on the images to purchase the Las Vegas Little Black Book or Las Vegas Little Red Book on Amazon. Do you have specific questions about your Vegas trip or stuck on your planning? Email questions to info@vegaslittleblackbook.com.

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Five Keys to a Good Vegas Steakhouse 
7/23/10, 8:54 AM - True Vegas Advice

Keep these in mind when planning you big steak dinner for the boys.

1) Old-school steak house dťcor. A place with red leather booths and dim lighting is just what the doctor ordered.

2) Prime, dry-aged beef. Beef is the only thing you should be eating at a steak house, so make sure theyíve got the good stuff. Cuts of beef are classified by the USDA grading system as commercial, select, choice or prime. Prime beef is the highest quality, having the best texture, firmness, color, and marbling. Dry-aging is a climate-controlled process of storing the beef under precise conditions of temperature, humidity, and air circulation to ensure the best tenderness and flavor. Ask you server about grades and aging before you order.

3) Large-group seating. Not all places are designed to accommodate large groups; donít settle for makeshift seating arrangements or having to break your crew up into two groups. When you call ahead to book (always, always do this), check it out to make sure they fit your group in properly.

4) Music and crowds are bad. The big trend now is the blend of steakhouses and ultra-lounges. Examples are Fix, Stack, & Strip Steak. While these "trendy" places do serve up quality beef, they are not what you are looking for in the classic man's steakhouse big dinner.

5) Non-Resort Steakhouses offer better price and service. When a steakhouse is not in a resort, they serve only cash paying customers. In a casino, the majority of the customer will be comped. In order to give value to the comp, the resort jacks up the price of the menu. It appears to the customer that they just received a $300 meal for free, but that meal would only have been $200 in a non-resort steakhouse. You as a cash paying customer get screwed.

For a real Vegas hidden gem steakhouse, try the Golden Steer. Located on Sahara just west of the Strip, the Golden Steer has been serving up prime beef since 1958. It is a favorite of strip entertainers and you usually see one eating there late night. It is a true insiders hidden gem.

Want more Classic Vegas Mistakes? Need some True Vegas Advice? Looking for that special Hidden Vegas Gem? Heading to Vegas soon and need the right strategy for your group? Click on the images to purchase the Las Vegas Little Black Book or Las Vegas Little Red Book on Amazon. Do you have specific questions about your Vegas trip or stuck on your planning? Email questions to info@vegaslittleblackbook.com.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Throwing a Party in Your Suite 
7/22/10, 9:45 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

A lot of guys use having a room party as one of their primary motivating factors for upgrading to a suite. Although there are plenty of great reasons to upgrade to a suite, having a room party ainít one of them. This is not Boise, this is Vegas. What can you do in your room that you canít do anywhere else in town? Thereís always an open bar, so saying itís the only place for a nightcap is not much of an excuse. Itís one thing to convince some women to come back up to your room to call it a night; itís another to actually plan a party in your room. If you opt to plan a party in your room, expect that you and your friends will be the only ones attending. And if things get out of hand, youíll have to live with the consequences. Even in the largest suites you might need to sleep in close quarters, so why ruin your good time by having to sleep in a bed that got soaked with beer ó or worse ó during your lame party?

Want more Classic Vegas Mistakes? Need some True Vegas Advice? Looking for that special Hidden Vegas Gem? Heading to Vegas soon and need the right strategy for your group? Click on the images to purchase the Las Vegas Little Black Book or Las Vegas Little Red Book on Amazon. Do you have specific questions about your Vegas trip or stuck on your planning? Email questions to info@vegaslittleblackbook.com.

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True Vegas Advice: The Keys to a Good Center Bar 
7/21/10, 9:10 AM - True Vegas Advice

Every good hotel needs a good bar that serves as your base camp of hotel operations. You will use the center bar more than you think. Itís the place you tell people to meet up with you, itís a meeting place when you are going out as a group, itís a place to grab a quick cocktail after check-in, and itís a place you can go to step away from the casino action and breathe. Itís also a place where the non-gamblers can have a good time while their friends are still working the tables. And, most importantly, it is a place where women tend to end up when they canít find any other viable options. It is easier to meet a girl at a bar than walking around the casino floor.

Main Requirements of a Good Center Bar

1) It must be an accessible and convenient area with a good vantage point for the entire casino. This is the base camp, you should not struggle to get there.

2) It must have large tables where a group can sit. You will need to sit and talk while waiting for your friends. You canít talk to a group when youíre sitting at a bar, so comfortable table seating is key.

3) It must be accessible, yet removed. You donít want to be part of the casino, but slightly removed from the action. Just enough that you can always step in and out of the chaos going on around you.

4) It must have a view of people passing by. An elevated center bar with a sight line of people coming toward and away from you is ideal. Then you can look at passersby without staring them down. Plus, the sooner you can see them, the more time you have to come up with a way to meet them. Donít keep your back to the action ó angle so you have a view.

5) It must have cocktail servers, the hotter and friendlier the better. The key is to get these girls on your side. They have more power than you think to slip you a couple of drinks, on the side, free of charge. Also, they can help you meet women. So be nice and generous to your cocktail server.

6) It mustnít get too crowded. A good center bar allows you to carry on a conversation in a happening environment. If people are bumping against you and the music is blaring, you might as well be in a night club. A good center bar is one thatís popular, but not too popular.

Want more Classic Vegas Mistakes? Need some True Vegas Advice? Looking for that special Hidden Vegas Gem? Heading to Vegas soon and need the right strategy for your group? Click on the images to purchase the Las Vegas Little Black Book or Las Vegas Little Red Book on Amazon. Do you have specific questions about your Vegas trip or stuck on your planning? Email questions to info@vegaslittleblackbook.com.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Listening to Uniformed Opinions 
7/20/10, 9:46 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

When you announce your trip to coworkers and friends, youíll be besieged by ďadvice.Ē Donít listen to everything they say. Everyone whoís been to Vegas thinks they know how the town really works, and usually, well, they donít. Unless your buddy is a seasoned Vegas veteran, they probably donít have much of a clue. So when the boss steers you into his office and confidentially clues you in to the perfect little cocktail joint off the Strip where the drinks are strong and the women easy, smile and say thanks. Just realize they probably turned that joint into a Toys ďRĒ Us back in 1989. Get what you deserve: Let the Little Black Book be your guide.

Want more Classic Vegas Mistakes? Need some True Vegas Advice? Looking for that special Hidden Vegas Gem? Heading to Vegas soon and need the right strategy for your group? Click on the images to purchase the Las Vegas Little Black Book or Las Vegas Little Red Book on Amazon. Do you have specific questions about your Vegas trip or stuck on your planning? Email questions to info@vegaslittleblackbook.com.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: The Shoe Shine at Mandalay Bay 
7/19/10, 9:00 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Looking for a nice 10 minute treat? Hit the shoe shine stand at Mandalay Bay. If you are coming from the Shops at Mandalay Bay, proceed down the escalator to the casino, then walk past the sportsbook until the carpet ends. To your right is a shoe shine stand. The best shoe shine service in town. Why is it the best? Because you are aloft, above everybody, giving you a great chance to do some people-watching. Take a puff on your cigar, kick back, and enjoy yourself. Once youíre done getting your shoes shined, youíll look and feel like a million.

Want more Classic Vegas Mistakes? Need some True Vegas Advice? Looking for that special Hidden Vegas Gem? Heading to Vegas soon and need the right strategy for your group? Click on the images to purchase the Las Vegas Little Black Book or Las Vegas Little Red Book on Amazon. Do you have specific questions about your Vegas trip or stuck on your planning? Email questions to info@vegaslittleblackbook.com.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Trying to Count Cards 
7/18/10, 9:37 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Donít confuse yourself on card counting systems. Card counting is very difficult and you will end up losing more hands if you donít do it right, or if you have had a couple of drinks and miss a card or two. The casinos frown on it anyway, and successful card counters eventually get banned from play. While thatís assuredly not going to be you, you donít want to risk getting 86íd from the casino, do you? Learn basic strategy and stick with it.

Want more Classic Vegas Mistakes? Need some True Vegas Advice? Looking for that special Hidden Vegas Gem? Heading to Vegas soon and need the right strategy for your group? Click on the images to purchase the Las Vegas Little Black Book or Las Vegas Little Red Book on Amazon. Do you have specific questions about your Vegas trip or stuck on your planning? Email questions to info@vegaslittleblackbook.com.

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offers frank, no-nonsense advice for the guy who didnít graduate with honors. Through a series of 100 simple lessons, guys will realize that the social skills developed at late night keg parties are just as important as academic lessons learned inside the classroom. Purchase Life Before Noon on Amazon.com
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