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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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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.

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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.

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True Vegas Advice: Make Fun Bets While the Craps Table Is Hot 
7/17/10, 8:28 AM - True Vegas Advice

Have some fun and add some pizzaz when the craps game is getting rowdy. While the winning percentages are low, there are some craps bets that are just fun to do.

The ďhardwaysĒ are bets on the four, six, eight, or ten that the number will be hit with double dice before a seven, or the number with two other dice is hit. For example, a ďhard fourĒ bet is saying that ďtwo and twoĒ will be rolled before any combination of a seven or a ďsoft fourĒ of a three and one. Bet $1 on each one by throwing out four white chips and yelling "all the hard ways".

The ďyoĒ bet is a one-roll bet where you win if an eleven is rolled. Only bet $1 on the yo bet. Get into it and yell it out like the rest of the players.

The ďhorn betĒ is a one-roll $1 bet on the two, three, eleven, and twelve. Throw a $5 chips out and yell ďhorn high yoĒ. The "high yo" means that the extra $1 from the $5 goes on the eleven, making the eleven a $2 bet.

While these bets are fun when the table is hot, stay away from the them when everyone is losing.

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True Vegas Advice: Hit a Show When In Vegas 
7/15/10, 9:14 AM - True Vegas Advice

Why go to a show? We know what youíre thinking: Shows are where the women go when the men are out gambling, right? Wrong. There are plenty that will appeal to your group and it is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Plus, at the very least youíre in a room full of unescorted women!

Three Reasons to Hit a Show

1) They Make for a Good Night Out: Although everything else you do in Vegas can be done at any hour, shows are only available at night. A good show is a great way to really hit the town. Itís a perfect event to plan your evening around. Follow it up with a late dinner and some drinks and youíve got yourself a memorable evening.

2) Old-School Vegas: A big show is one of the staples of a trip to Vegas. Everyone knows about the Vegas shows, and the Vegas showgirls. If you want to feel like a Vegas Rat Packer, you have to take the time to take in a show.

3) Women: You may meet some women at a show, and then again later at the nearest bar. You will have a common experience to share, so chat Ďem up. It is a great icebreaker.

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True Vegas Advice: Hit the Buffet for Breakfast - Why It Beats the Coffee Shop 
7/13/10, 8:10 AM - True Vegas Advice

The buffet is often your best choice for breakfast. It usually has a short line and a low price, plus it has all the offerings of the coffee shop. The coffee shop and buffet often share the same kitchen, so the food quality at the coffee shop wonít be much better. Plus, you can get a made-to-order omelet much faster than in the coffee shop. Watch yourself. Donít fall into the buffet trap and go hog wild, loading your plate up with cheese blintzs and five pieces of chocolate chip French toast. Get what you would normally get in a coffee shop for breakfast; donít stray for the not so traditional breakfast items.

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True Vegas Advice: Tip Properly at Blackjack 
7/9/10, 8:18 AM - True Vegas Advice

You are up big time at Blackjack and you are having a great time with the dealer. You want to give a tip, but what is the normal way to do it?

Instead of just giving the tip to the dealer, you should make a bet for the dealer. Trust me, dealers are degenerate gamblers, they want to bet their tip money. To make a bet for the dealer, place a $1 or $5 chip right above the betting circle. If you win your hand, the dealer wins too and puts both the tip and the pay out of the tip in the tip box. They are not allowed to have their tip ride for another round of betting.

Is $1 enough to tip? Yes, it is actually better to tip $1 five times than to bet $5 one time. It is more fun for the dealer and the dealer will at least win a couple of the times. Plus, the dealer gets to do the "tap tap" of the chip on the edge of the table that signals to the pit boss that the dealer is placing a tip in the tip box.

The "tap tap" is actually a way to show off to the other dealers. Dealers split their tips and get pissed off at dealers that are not caring their weight getting tips. So, if the dealer is doing the tap often, it shows that he is bringing money for the dealers, allowing him to fit in better with his co-workers.

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True Vegas Advice: Deuling Piano Bars Are a Great Place to Meet Women 
7/7/10, 10:46 AM - True Vegas Advice

It seems like these Piano bars are sprouting up all over Vegas. While many guys view them as lame, these gems are a congregation of available women. Here are some benefits for visiting the piano bars:

Open Early. While nightclubs open at 10 or 11pm, Piano Bars are open around 5 or 6pm. And if a group of girls starts drinking at 5pm, you know that it will get a little crazy.

Fun and Social Atmosphere. The pianist are not just playing the piano. They are creating a social atmosphere where everyone is engaged in the performance. So leave your attitude at the door and have some cheesy fun.

Get Drunk Attitude. It is a bar and people drink at bars. There is no massive dance floor or anything to gawk at. There is a bar, two pianos, and people. People tend to drink more at bars than nightclubs.

No VIP or social "clicks". At most nightlife venues there is a place for the general public and the place for the VIP (or anyone willing to shell out big bucks). Everyone is on a equal playing field at the Piano Bars; guys spending lots of money don't get any preferential treatment.

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True Vegas Advice: Vegas Gentlemanís Clubs to Avoid 
7/6/10, 9:00 AM - True Vegas Advice

No matter what the taxi driver says, under no circumstance should you go to the following gentlemanís clubs.

Vegas Gentlemanís Clubs to Avoid
- Baby Dolls
- Can-Can Room
- Centerfold Lounge
- Club Platinum
- Dťjŗ vu
- Diamond Cabaret
- Leopard Lounge
- Play It Again Sam
- Pussycat
- Sheriís Cabaret

If a taxi driver mentions any of these clubs, you know he is pulling one over on you. These clubs are scams. Even though the taxi driver will deny this, they get a kickback on the entry fee when they deliver a person to these clubs.

Yes, there will be a couple of dancers there. But the place will be very shady, the drinks expensive (if they serve alcohol at all), the cover price steep, the girls will be a 1 or 2 out of 10, and you will not enjoy the experience. Most likely, you will be kicking yourself afterwards for listening to a taxi driver.

Remember you are in charge; demand to be taken to one of the clubs in the Las Vegas Little Black Book.

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True Vegas Advice: Avoid the Sunday Airport Blues 
7/3/10, 8:25 AM - True Vegas Advice

Leaving Las Vegas on Sunday can be brutal. While the city is amazing in its ability to draw people in, chew them up, and spit them back out as it prepares for new arrivals with great efficiency, that efficiency doesnít extend to airport departures. Though McCarran is a well-run airport, the Sunday crowds are overwhelming. Not only is there a ton of people leaving, everyone is broke, tired, hung over, and hungry. A lot of people have not slept, and their B.O. fills the air. You hear people coughing everywhere because everyone smokes in Vegas, even people who usually never smoke. Their bodies are going through rejection. On top of the secondhand smoke inhalation, the lack of sleep, and the disheveled appearance, everyone is downright pissed. The excitement and energy that filled the air on your arrival is gone. Replacing it is a morbid environment of grumpy people who just want to get home. You donít want to spend one second more than you have to in McCarran on Sunday.

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