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True Vegas Advice: Pay Lunch Price for the Dinner Menu at the Buffet 
3/26/10, 9:19 AM - True Vegas Advice

Buffets change menus throughout the day from breakfast to lunch to dinner. As the menu changes, the price increases. The most significant price increase is from lunch and dinner because seafood options such as crab legs, shrimp, and sushi are added to the menu. Usually at 4 p.m., the buffet begins putting out the new dinner items and the prices increases. Use this to your advantage. Pay for lunch at the buffet at 3:45 p.m. By the time you've finished your salad, the tekka maki and stuffed flounder will be available. For a group of eight, this could mean a $100 savings.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens 
3/25/10, 9:31 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Most people don't even know about Hugo's Celler. Just because it is located in Downtown vegas does not mean Hugo's can't keep up with the big boys the Strip. Hugo's is old school Vegas, back before the days of Celebrity Chefs and al la carte steaks. Head to the back of the casino and proceed down the stairs into the dark dungeon. This place is so dark, you can barely see your food. The staff is great, and the food is even better.

Be sure to get there a couple minutes early and start with a martini at the bar. The bartender will make a martini for you plus gives you a re-fill in an small iced glass. During dinner, be sure to get the Table Side Salad, the server makes it right in front of you with a plethora of options. For the main dish, stick with the Filet instead of the Ribeye. the filet is a great cut and grilled to perfection. Finish with bananas foster, another table side gold mine that you don't find at many steak houses anymore.

Call for reservations: 702-385-4011. While Hugo's Cellar might be off the beaten path, it has a huge following and you'll need the reservations.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: Batista's Hole in the Wall 
3/24/10, 8:56 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Eat a Batista's before Harrah's blows it up. A true Las Vegas classic, Batista's does not get the national press like other restaurants in Vegas. That is because it is own separate entity; its not part of a big casino resort.

Its located behind Bills and across Flamingo from Bally's. It does not even look like a restaurant from the outside. When you walk inside, you will have a great time looking at the old school Vegas memorabilia all over the walls.

All dinners include Minestrone Soap or Italian Salad, Garlic Bread, Pasta Side, Cappuccino and House Red or White Wine. Yes, the wine is included. It might not be the best wine in the world, but it is not bad. You'll already have a few in you by the time you get there, so you won't notice the difference anyway.

Trust us, you will enjoy Batista's. It is one of the only things that has lasted in Vegas for over 30 years and there is a reason why.

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True Vegas Advice: Casinos Are Designed to Take Your Money 
3/23/10, 8:36 AM - True Vegas Advice

Have you ever noticed...

1) Floors:
Looking to remodel your condo? Chances are you won’t be rushing to Carpet World to find a pattern identical to the one you saw at a Vegas casino. Zigzags, waves, crazy, asymmetrical shapes: The casino floors are designed to make you subconsciously turn away and direct your attention to the gaming tables. Their logic: You’re not going to play a table game if you don’t see it, so the casino will go to great lengths to make sure your attention is always focused at eye level.

2) Ceilings:
While the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian may boast lovely painted ceilings and frescoes high above the fray, there are no such visual treats at the casino. Again, all the action takes place at—or just above—eye level so nothing diverts your attention from gambling, gambling, gambling.

3) Geographical Points of Reference:
There are no landmarks in a casino: no compasses to get your bearings, no visible exits, no decorative Roman statues to help lead you to your next stiff martini. Every row of slots is identical to the next . . . and the next. As you walk back into the deepest recesses of the casino, you’ll be hard pressed to pick out a specific place to meet up with your pals. You can’t say, “Meet me at the blackjack tables”; they’re everywhere.

4) Straight Lines:
Straight lines aren’t just lacking on the floor; they’re lacking everywhere. It’s impossible to walk in a straight line from one end of the casino to the other. First you’ll run into a couple of gaming tables, then a row of slots inexplicably placed in the center of what seemed to be a clear route, and then—lo and behold—there’s a raucous little cocktail lounge teeming with revelers! They might as well place a sign in the middle of your path saying, “ha, joke’s on you, bitch!”

5) No Clocks, No Windows:
Casinos are clock-free, because, surprise-surprise, the casino wants you to lose yourself in the excitement. You will be shocked at how fast time flies when you’re sitting at a blackjack table or slot machine. For the same reason, windows are nonexistent to help lull you into a state of utter oblivion about whether it’s day or night.

6) No Coins:
Almost all Vegas casino slot machines now pay out winnings through vouchers rather than coins. This means that rather than clinking into the slot machine tray, money gets reloaded on your credit meter: much easier for gambling away those winnings, my dear. But wait . . . what’s that clanging sound you hear? Festive coin sound effects provided courtesy of a speaker imbedded in the slot machines.

7) Penny Machines:
You can’t lose huge sums of money playing a slot machine that works on pennies, right? Here’s what you don’t know: The machines are set up to play tons of pennies at once. For example, a typical penny machine plays 900 credits, meaning it costs $9.00 each time you play! With these types of games, you generally win at almost every pull, but rarely win more than you bet. You may win 450 credits on a 900-credit pull, so that winning high washes over you . . . until you realize you’re actually losing big time!

8) Ordering a Drink:
When you place an order with the cocktail server, she’s taking ten other orders along with yours. It takes time for her to walk all the way to the bar service area, it takes time for the bartender to fill ten drink orders, and it takes time for her to walk back to your area and serve several other groups along with yours. You may have wanted to gamble for only a couple of minutes, but may end up giving it “one more try” for 15 minutes and losing $40 waiting for your “free drink.”

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Hidden Vegas Gems: Steakhouse Bars 
3/22/10, 9:37 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Looking for a classy bar to grab a martini? Steakhouses have excellent bars for cocktails and low key socializing. Loaded with comfortable chairs and tables, these hidden gems are more laid back than most resort center bars. Plus, you won't hear the bells of the slot machines and there won't be video poker on the bar. The bartendars are more social and they serve cocktails in the proper glasses, not the tiny 8oz glasses in the casino. As a bonus if you are hungry, you can always have a light appetizer to hold you over.

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True Vegas Advice: Get to Know Roulette 
3/21/10, 9:38 AM - True Vegas Advice


Roulette is a good place to start: easy, fun, exciting, no skill required, and the opportunity to win big. Remember Wheel of Fortune? Roulette is basically a spinning wheel with a ball and a bunch of numbered colored squares.

Tips on Playing:

Get Your Own Colored Chips: Give the dealer $20, no more, no less. $20 will give you your own twenty $1 colored chips for use at that table. For instance, you may be playing with purple chips, while the other players may be playing with blue, red, orange or green. That way, everyone keeps track of their bets. If you win, the dealer will pay you in your colored chips, so you can keep playing.

Learn the Table: The inside section of the table (closest to the dealer) contains squares numbered 1–36. You may bet five chips on one of these squares, or spread five chips over several. The outer portion of the table (closest to you) has nine larger boxes: 1st dozen, 2nd dozen, and 3rd dozen; 1–18 and 19–36; red, black; odd, even. Place a bet of at least five chips on one or several of these. Rule of thumb: You must have a minimum of five chips on each area you’re betting on the outside.

Make Your Bets: Most Roulette tables in Vegas are $5 minimum tables. That means you have to bet $5 per spin. You can spread five $1 bets on the inside if you choose or bet one $5 bet on the outside.

Wait for the Dealer to Spin the Ball: The ball will go around the wheel and land on one of the numbers. Anyone with a chip on that number on the table is a winner

Socialize: In Roulette, you can bet on the same numbers as someone else. So, if there is somebody at the table you want to get to know, keep betting the same numbers they do by placing one of your chips on top of theirs. If the number hits, you will have something to talk about.

Collect Your Money: The dealer will pay you with more colored chips. Don't pick them up until the dealer has paid everyone on the table. Once the dealer has done so, pick up your chips.

Exchange Your Colored Chips for Casino Chips: When you’re done gambling, push yourb chips toward the dealer and tell him you’re done. The dealer will count your colored chips and exchange them for casino chips. This is important, as the colored chips have no value off the roulette table.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Taking the Free Reading Material On The Strip 
3/20/10, 8:39 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You know those guys who stand on the Strip with fliers for strip clubs and escort services? They’re canvassers. After many debates with the city bigwigs, the canvassers appear to have won the right to pass out this essential information. No need for laughs or lectures, just keep walking and continue to enjoy the sights and sounds of Sin City on the Strip. These guys are a waste of time.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: Pink Taco at the Hard Rock 
3/19/10, 9:19 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

While not really hidden, Pink Taco is a gem. Great food and a great atmosphere. The food is a California spin on traditional Mexican dishes. There never is a line, but it always seems to be packed. When they seat you, trying not go get the "park bench" seats which are with out backs on the immediate right when you walk in. Choose to sit around the bar or at least have a table that is backed up against a booth.

It is loud in Pink Taco, but that is what it makes it fun. It is a little tough to meet girls here, but the atmosphere sure beats the normal lame Mexican restaurants in other casino resorts on the Strip. It is a great place to start off the night.

Hit Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 4p-7p. 2-for-1 beers and half price appetizers.

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True Vegas Advice: Think Before You Speak When Talking About Your Trip 
3/18/10, 8:40 AM - True Vegas Advice

You made it home and you’re so excited to relay true tales of misadventure that you neglect to incorporate some basic storytelling structure. Remember, the stories need to have a beginning, middle, and end. If you don’t think about what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it, you’ll lose your audience. Think before you speak, and take notes if you have to. If you spend a minute beforehand focusing in on what you want to say, you’ll have them hanging on your every word.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Taking a Limo to the Airport 
3/17/10, 1:41 PM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You don’t need a limo for your ride out to the airport. Limos are perfect for your arrival to Vegas, but by the time you are leaving, you just won’t appreciate the extra luxury. Plus, you have probably blown more money gambling and done more shopping then anticipated. Now is the time to save. It might take a little longer to get a taxi, but pass on the limo to the airport: your bankroll will appreciate it.

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