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Buffets Are Better Than You Think 
1/31/09, 11:40 AM - True Vegas Advice

When you think “buffet,” do you think carving station, frozen peas and carrots, red Jell-O in parfait glasses with dollops of Cool Whip? Of course you do. The buffet is a cheesy part of kitsch Americana that ranks somewhere near the revolving restaurant and pineapple flamb in its contribution to our culture. With Vegas being the buffet capital of the universe (the early bird diners in Florida ain’t got nothing on Sin City), why would you ever considering stepping into one of these glorified cafeterias? Because there are a handful of establishments that will shatter every negative association you may have with the concept of “all u can eat.”

Your group may balk at dining at a buffet, so learn the advantages of buffet dining and meet their objections like a pro.

There Is Something For Everyone
Buffets will resolve any food argument you might have between your steak fans, wing fans, mexican fans, seafood fans, sandwich fans and burger fans. The right buffet is nothing short of a godsend and will have something for everyone.

Dining Room Quality
Buffets have adapted to the new upscale Vegas by offering a dining experience complete with traditional fare cooked to perfection using quality ingredients, interesting and unusual dishes rarely served en masse, and a comfortable, updated dining room with a casual and cheery atmosphere. If you’re thinking Old Country Buffet, you’re wrong: expect dining room quality.

Save Time
Most top rated buffets have a line, especially during peak meal time hours . . . but don’t get discouraged. Even if you wait for fifteen minutes, chances are you’ll end up saving time. Remember: The moment you enter, you begin hunting and gathering. Within five minutes you’re sitting back and savoring. There’s no waiting for a menu or a server.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: La Creperie at Paris 
1/30/09, 11:42 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Delicious crepes made to order, just like in France. Have them filled with fruit, or if you’re feeling the need for a sugar rush, try the dessert crepes with chocolate and caramel. Its open 7am - 11pm and is located on the walkway between Paris and Bally's. The only cost a couple bucks and they are awesome.

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The 24-Hour Cafe is Always an Option 
1/29/09, 11:52 AM - True Vegas Advice

You probably think of dining at a hotel cafe as a last resort dining option. While it may not offer a full-tilt dining extravaganza, you’ll spend more time at your hotel cafe than you think due to its sheer convenience.

Any Meal at Any Time
Cafes serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner items 24 hours a day. If you wake up late, you can still start your day with bagels, lox, and cream cheese.

Late Night Meals
It’s pretty much your only option after 11p.m. Since there aren’t any clocks in casinos, the night creeps up on you pretty darn fast, meaning the cafe is the only place where you can end your day at 3:00 a.m. with bagels, lox, and cream cheese.

Convenient Alternative
The cafe is your de facto place to dine when you’re either too tired, hungry, or pressed for time to venture into Vegas madness. It’s located in the hotel, just steps away from your hotel room, and is easy, quick, and doesn’t require fighting long taxi lines or melting away as you trudge through the desert heat.

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True Vegas Advice: Properly Place Your Chips When Doubling Down 
1/28/09, 12:28 PM - True Vegas Advice

When you go to place your double down bet, place your chips to the left of your existing bet - not to the right of it. If you place it to the right, the dealer will pick up your chips and place them on the other side. Not sure why, but it is industry practice. It is a pain because you are using your right hand and have to place your chips on the far side of your existing chips. Watch out because you might spill your beer that is on the table in front of you. Look like a pro and place it on the left side.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Forgetting to Put Out the Do Not Disturb Sign 
1/27/09, 10:42 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Housekeeping starts at 9 a.m. in the morning. Each housekeeping is assigned between 15-17 rooms per day. They start knocking on doors around 9:30 a.m. If you don't have your Do Not Disturb sign up, your room will be the first to have the knock. This is not a normal knock, they knock with a key or a piece of metal, it is a high pitched knock - which is particularly annoying. After about 5 seconds of knocking they open the door and say "House Keeping". If you don't wake up by then, they turn on the lights and say "House Keeping" again. You try to say come back later, but with your cotton mouth and raging headache, you can barely make it out. You repeat it a couple of times but they can't hear you. So, now you get up out of bed, they spot your bed head and finally get the drift and shut the door.

Let your body rest and put your Do Not Disturb sign out. I can't tell you how many nice sleeps have been disrupted by Housekeepers. Don't let it happen to you.

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Consider An Alternate Route When Driving to Southern California 
1/26/09, 11:37 AM - True Vegas Advice

If you are heading to the San Diego/ Palm Springs area, you may want to take the Mojave Desert route. It is a little-known route that takes you through the desert, where there is no traffic so you can drive fast. As a bonus, there are some unbelievable views of the Mojave National Preserve and the Joshua Tree Forest. Take the first exit of I-15 after you pass over the California State line. Then follow signs to these small towns: Cima, Kelso, Amboy, Twentynine Palms, and Yucca Valley, until you hit I-15 again. Just make sure your gas tank is full, because there is precious little along the way.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: The Peppermill 
1/25/09, 12:58 PM - Hidden Vegas Gems

If you are on the north side part of the Strip and have a rental car, the Peppermill is a perfect coffee shop choice. The old-school Vegas favorite has your wings, nachos and quesadillas covered, but the breakfast items get the top billing starring the pancakes, omelets and waffles. What ever the time of day, you are bound to see people nursing a Peppermill Bloody Mary. These concoctions are justly famous for soothing the soulof late night casino refugees.

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Play at a Full Craps Table 
1/24/09, 12:44 PM - True Vegas Advice

Craps should be used to settle all differences in the world. You’ll see the most culturally diverse groups of people celebrating together as they play. If they weren’t playing craps, they could well be at one another’s throats. This is the game to play with the boys: You’re all winning and losing at the same time. Some of your best gambling stories will come from shooting craps.

The key to having fun at Craps is to play at a full table. Craps is a social game, and it’s not nearly as much fun if there’s no one to talk to. Plus, at a full table it takes a long time for the dealers to pay out all the bets, so you won’t be playing as fast. You’ll extend the life of your bankroll, chat up the choice ladies, and get your share of “free” cocktails. Plus, if you are being rated, it will make you look better in the playing tracking system.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Not Realizing A Seat is Taken at a Table Game 
1/23/09, 12:15 PM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

It is a packed Saturday night at the casino. You are searching for any open game under $50 minimums. You spot a open spot at a $15 game with a open chair and plenty of room. It seems to be to good to be true. Not to disturb the game, you quietly pull back the chair, sit down at the table, and put $100 on the table. The dealer is still finishing the deal and it takes about 20 seconds to pay out everyone.

The dealer then looks at you like your crazy and says that seat is taken and you can't play here. You look at her in confusion, I mean, you didn't see a reserved sign! She then points her finger to a small clear plastic chip that was placed on the open betting circle. She again says, "look, it is reserved". You get up from the table, shake your head in frustration and embarrassment. How are you supposed to see that? I mean it is a clear chip on a colorful table!

While this is not a casino policy, dealers sometimes mark the betting circle for one of their best tippers. For example, the player has to use the restroom and takes his chips with him. The dealer uses the clear chip from their chip tray, because they don't have anything else to use. The clear chip is typically used to separate stacks of 20 chips from each other.

So, if a spot on a table looks too good to be true on a busy night, be sure to check for the clear chip before you sit down.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Taking a Limo to the Airpot 
1/22/09, 4:41 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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