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New Years in Vegas – What Not to Do 
12/29/09, 7:15 AM - True Vegas Advice

Since 1999, Las Vegas has become the place to ring in the New Year. Every year the city tries to out do itself by creating ever-growing fireworks displays and adding even more entertainment. There are more than 300,000 people on a 3-mile stretch of the Strip, so everything is different than an normal night in Vegas.

1. Don’t under estimate travel time.
Get to your destination early. The Strip closes to all traffic at 5pm. This means a complete deadlock in Las Vegas. Get your troops up, get dressed and start going out in the early afternoon or plan to hoof it through a dense crowd in an effort to reach your final destination.

2. Don’t eat at a steakhouse or high-end restaurant.
On New Year’s Eve, reservations are tough and prices are jacked with special menus. If you are going to pay big bucks for an incredible dining experience, do so on the day before or after the New Year. Instead grab a quick bite at the casino snack shop to fill up your stomach for the night. New Year’s is for partying, not dining.

3. Don’t buy tickets to a nightclub party.
Nightclubs in Vegas sell New Year’s Eve tickets for $100 - $300 The Nightclubs are notorious for overselling the club because demand is so high. Even if you have tickets, you still have to fight your way to the front of the line and tip the bouncer to get in. Instead, hang out on the casino floor. For the big celebration, casinos setup remote bars on the floor, turning the whole place into a party.

4. Don’t go outside hours before Midnight.
Many people make the mistake of going down to the Strip hours before midnight, only to be left out in the cold, with no access to food or drink. The crowd gets really packed on the Strip. Once you get down there, you will not feel like fighting your way back up. Go outside 10 – 15 minutes before midnight.

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Where to eat Christmas Dinner in Vegas 
12/25/09, 8:47 AM - True Vegas Advice

When most people think about having their Xmas dinner in a hotel in Vegas, their holiday sprit drops right down in the gutter. You don't like to have turkey, stuffing, and cranberries along with a thousand other people in a crowded buffet? There are some better options:

Option 1: Coffee Shop
Many of the 24-hour coffee shop have a Christmas menu that gives you a full plate of all the Christmas stuffins. While you don't get the "all-u-can-eat" like in a buffet, do you really get a second plate anyway? Also, the Coffee Shop food is prepared better than the buffets. The kicker is it will cost less than a buffet, because the buffets still have their high prices because they have crablegs and shrimp that remain on the menu.

Option 2: Room Service
You are thinking that your hotel room is the last place where you would want to eat Christmas dinner. But the best part about room service, is that you are eating in a quiet environment, instead of a noisy casino. More like home. The food may not be as good, but at least you can hear your self think.

Option 3: Don't eat.
You are in Vegas! You probably don't want to eat anyhow. You are so hung over that the thought of food makes you sick. So, sit at a Blackjack table and order a Bailey's Coffee with Whip Cream and call it a day!

Merry Christmas.

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True Vegas Advice: The Best Thrill Rides in Vegas 
12/16/09, 8:31 AM - True Vegas Advice

Thrill Rides In Vegas (From best to worst)

Big Shot - Stratosphere - $8 - Thrill Factor 10 - Sickness Factor 4
The Big Shot thrill ride catapults 16 riders from the 921-foot high platform up the Tower's mast to a height of 1,081 feet. Traveling at 45 miles per hour, riders experience 4G's as they reach the very top, and feel negative G's on the way down. This ride is so scary, I have seen people crying afterward.

Insanity - Stratosphere - $8 - Thrill Factor 9 – Sickness Factor 5
Insanity dangles riders and spins them over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower. The ride holds 10 passengers and has an arm that extends out 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and that spins passengers up to three 'G's.' As the ride spins faster and faster, the riders are propelled up to an angle of 70 degrees, literally facing downward at the City of Las Vegas below. This experience can be life changing because you are 1,000 feet up with nothing below you.

SPEED - Sahara - $10 - Thrill Factor 8 - Sickness Factor 10
SPEED begins inside the NASCAR Cafe, where an extraordinary force slingshots SPEED out of its launch site and over its first hill to its fastest speed of 70 M.P.H. in just 2 seconds. It then zips through the Sahara's 192-foot-tall marquee before curving around the porte-cochere and up a steep incline - stopping 224 feet above the ground. SPEED then carries passengers through the same exhilarating path in reverse. While this ride is short, the motions make pretty much everyone sick. There is always a line for the bathroom afterward.

Desperado - Buffalo Bills (Primm) - $7 - Thrill Factor 8 - Sickness Factor 7
If you are driving from California, the Desperado Roller Coaster is a nice way to get a quick trill after you boring drive through the desert. Just over the stateline of Nevada on I-15, exit at Primm and park in the back of Buffalo Bills for easy access to the ride. With a ride length of 2.43 minutes, this is a solid roller coaster with its drops, twists and turns. It is the only good part of Buffalo Bills.

Manhatten Express - NYNY - $10 to $20 - Thrill Factor 6 - Sickness Factor 4
The NYNY roller coaster starts inside the building and gives awesome views of the Las Vegas Strip. It is not the most thrilling ride, but it features a "heart-line" twist and dive maneuver that simulating a barrel-roll in a jet fighter. The downside of this coaster is the cost, which can be $20 on a busy weekend.

X Scream - Stratosphere - $8 - Thrill Factor 6 - Sickness Factor 3
Shaped like a giant teeter-totter, X Scream is an open vehicle that propels riders head-first, 27 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower and dangles them weightlessly above the Strip before pulling it's riders back and over again for more. Compared to the other rides on the Strat, this one is pretty tame.

Canyon Blaster - Circus Circus - $6 - Thrill Factor 4 - Sickness Factor 5
Inside the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus, the worst part about this ride is actually getting there. Circus Circus is no place to be caught up with the guys while in Vegas. If you make it there with out going nuts with all the kids around, you will find an indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. It is an average trill ride.

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True Vegas Advice: The Best Thrill Rides in Vegas 
11/18/09, 11:31 AM - True Vegas Advice

Thrill Rides In Vegas (From best to worst)

Big Shot - Stratosphere - $8 - Thrill Factor 10 - Sickness Factor 4
The Big Shot thrill ride catapults 16 riders from the 921-foot high platform up the Tower's mast to a height of 1,081 feet. Traveling at 45 miles per hour, riders experience 4G's as they reach the very top, and feel negative G's on the way down. This ride is so scary, I have seen people crying afterward.

Insanity - Stratosphere - $8 - Thrill Factor 9 – Sickness Factor 5
Insanity dangles riders and spins them over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower. The ride holds 10 passengers and has an arm that extends out 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and that spins passengers up to three 'G's.' As the ride spins faster and faster, the riders are propelled up to an angle of 70 degrees, literally facing downward at the City of Las Vegas below. This experience can be life changing because you are 1,000 feet up with nothing below you.

SPEED - Sahara - $10 - Thrill Factor 8 - Sickness Factor 10
SPEED begins inside the NASCAR Cafe, where an extraordinary force slingshots SPEED out of its launch site and over its first hill to its fastest speed of 70 M.P.H. in just 2 seconds. It then zips through the Sahara's 192-foot-tall marquee before curving around the porte-cochere and up a steep incline - stopping 224 feet above the ground. SPEED then carries passengers through the same exhilarating path in reverse. While this ride is short, the motions make pretty much everyone sick. There is always a line for the bathroom afterward.

Desperado - Buffalo Bills (Primm) - $7 - Thrill Factor 8 - Sickness Factor 7
If you are driving from California, the Desperado Roller Coaster is a nice way to get a quick trill after you boring drive through the desert. Just over the stateline of Nevada on I-15, exit at Primm and park in the back of Buffalo Bills for easy access to the ride. With a ride length of 2.43 minutes, this is a solid roller coaster with its drops, twists and turns. It is the only good part of Buffalo Bills.

Manhatten Express - NYNY - $10 to $20 - Thrill Factor 6 - Sickness Factor 4
The NYNY roller coaster starts inside the building and gives awesome views of the Las Vegas Strip. It is not the most thrilling ride, but it features a "heart-line" twist and dive maneuver that simulating a barrel-roll in a jet fighter. The downside of this coaster is the cost, which can be $20 on a busy weekend.

X Scream - Stratosphere - $8 - Thrill Factor 6 - Sickness Factor 3
Shaped like a giant teeter-totter, X Scream is an open vehicle that propels riders head-first, 27 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower and dangles them weightlessly above the Strip before pulling it's riders back and over again for more. Compared to the other rides on the Strat, this one is pretty tame.

Canyon Blaster - Circus Circus - $6 - Thrill Factor 4 - Sickness Factor 5
Inside the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus, the worst part about this ride is actually getting there. Circus Circus is no place to be caught up with the guys while in Vegas. If you make it there with out going nuts with all the kids around, you will find an indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. It is an average trill ride.

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True Vegas Advice: Sleeping In Vegas 
10/1/09, 1:06 PM - True Vegas Advice

Las Vegas is not what you think during the wee hours of the morning. Yes, everything in Vegas is 24 hours, but the people aren’t. A fair number of people vacationing here are from the East Coast, and they will get tired as the night wears on. Especially on their first day, when they are still on East Coast time. Your options are limited.

If you are doing something and you are not going full steam with it, then you should bail and get some sleep. Sleep will recharge you for some good times the next day, while your buddies who pull the all-nighter will be zombies all day.

Don’t stay up just to stay up. If you have hit the wall and are just staying up to stay up, then bail and hit the sheets. You will be able to get some good sleep and be awake in the morning, sitting by the pool while your buddies are still passed out from the night before.

Sleeping is free. In Vegas, sleeping is one of the only available blocks of time when you won’t be spending any money. Take advantage of it.

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True Vegas Advice: Maximize Football Sundays in Vegas  
9/5/09, 11:01 AM - True Vegas Advice

On most Sundays in Vegas, people wake up late, nurse a hangover, check out of their room and then try to waste time until their flight leave. But from September through December, Sundays are entirely something different. Pro football takes over Vegas.

Yes, as you know, there are no games actually played in Vegas, but that does not matter. On Football Sundays, you can feel the energy around the casino. Betting on football is a passion in Las Vegas. Since Nevada is the only state in the country where you can legally bet on sports, Sundays mornings are a bit different on the Strip.

Ten Tips on Making the Most Out of Football Sundays

1) Games Start at 10 am and 1pm. Remember, you are on the West Coast and that means the first pro football games start at 10am. Many an East Coaster has waken up late and missed the first game.

2) Stick with the Basics. If you are new to sports wagering, don’t worry about the five-team parlay, futures, money lines, or even the over/under. Stick with basics – bet the point spreads. A point spread bet is not a bet on whether a team will win, but rather that a team will cover the point differential. For example, a “Broncos minus seven” bet would only win if the Broncos won by more than seven points. If the Broncos won by six points, then the bet would lose. Conversely, on a “Steelers plus seven” bet, the Steelers don’t have to win, they just can’t lose by more than seven points.

3) Make Your Bets Early. If possible, make all your Sunday
bets the night before. It gets real busy in the Sports Book on Sunday mornings and you will end up standing in a long line. Possibly not getting your bet in on time.

4) Bet in $11 increments. If you win, you get your $11 back plus $10. Any increment other than $11 and you will end up with change and look like you don’t know what you are doing.

5) Create Drama. Spread your money over four or five games so you have a bunch of action and drama going on at once. It is fun to have money riding and trying to keep up with multiple games simultaneously.

6) Only Bet on Televised Games. Yes, even though there may be 150 televisions in a sportsbook, there are plenty of games that aren’t televised. If you bet on these games you’ll miss being able to see your gambling dollars at work.

7) Bet Against New York. If you’re looking to place a bet, there are usually good odds against New York teams. There are so many Giants and Jets fans that are going to bet, no matter what the odds are, that the odds against the them usually pretty good because the sportsbook is looking to cover their bets and not lose their shirts if the New York team wins.

8) Ask for Drink Vouchers. When you are placing a bet, be sure to ask for drink vouchers from the agent. Casinos are clamping down on giving out comp drinks to non-players, so if you order a drink in the sportsbook and don’t have a drink voucher, the cocktail server will charge you.

9) Get on the Cocktail Waitress’s Good Side. This is very important at a sportsbook. If you get on the cocktail server’s good side, she will bring you drinks fast and possibly give you a couple extra drink vouchers. So, tip big. Your generosity will usually be reciprocated!

10) Get a Good Seat. A good seat in a sportsbook is usually hard to find, expect that 75 percent of them will have a “Reserved for Race Players” sign, which means they are-off limits to you. Look for seats that have a view that won’t be blocked by pedestrian traffic. If you can’t find a seat in the sportsbook, there are usually some good views at the adjacent bar.

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Comedy Clubs in Vegas 
7/27/09, 11:47 AM - True Vegas Advice

Looking for a cheap night out in Vegas? A comedy club is a great choice – if you run out of other options. Seriously, with all the headliners and big shows in Vegas, small comedy clubs are fighting to stay alive.

A couple tips when going to comedy clubs:

1) Buy tickets at the door, no need to purchase them ahead of time. There is always plenty of room, even on Friday and Saturdays.

2) Tip the usher a ten spot, and he will give you an excellent seat. They never get tipped, so they will be grateful for any money they can get. A seat up front is so much better in a comedy show. That way, the comedian can pick on you and your buddies - makes it a bit more interesting.

3) Drink heavily before, during and after the show. You are going to need to be drinking to find these guys really funny. These are not headline comedians. These are tired washed up comedians with drinking and gambling problems that perform every night, twice a night. It never stops for them.

So, if you do decided to go, here are the three comedy clubs in town, in order from best to worst:

1) The Improv Comedy Club at Harrah's
2) The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana
3) The Riviera Comedy Club at the Riviera

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Smoking Cigars in Vegas 
6/28/09, 11:53 AM - True Vegas Advice

Smoking a cigar in Vegas brings you back to the "Old Vegas" days of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. It is an activity that you should do with the guys after a big meal. Add some Sambuca or Cognac, and you are in for a nice treat.

While smoking is allowed pretty much everywhere in Vegas, you will find that other people get irritated by the heavy smoke. So if you want to smoke it up, here are some venues both inside and outside to consider:

Inside
1) Top of the World Lounge at Stratosphere
2) Casa Fuente at Caesars
3) Del Frisco’s Cigar Lounge
4) Porch Dogs at Hooters
5) Chicago Brewing Company's Cigar Lounge at Four Queens


Outside
1) Fontana Room's outdoor partio at Bellagio
2) Prime Steakhouse’s outdoor patio at Bellagio
3) Foundation Room’s Balcony at Mandalay Bay
4) Mix's outdoor patio at TheHOTEL
5) Mon Ami Gabi’s Patio at Paris

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Be Sure You Know The Type of Suite Before Booking It 
5/31/09, 10:02 AM - True Vegas Advice

When you are booking a suite, it is important to know what you are getting. There are several different grades of suites. Although every hotel uses different naming conventions, suites generally fall into the following four categories.

Executive or Petite Suites
Slightly larger than a standard hotel room, these suite types feature a couch, coffee table and sitting area that is part of the room. At some hotels such as The Venetian, Rio and THEhotel, all rooms are at this level, and the hotels bill themselves as “all suite” establishments. However, make no mistake: If you’re looking for a major suite this won’t live up to your expectations. Another example of this grade is the Caesars petite suites.

One-Bedroom Suites:
This level of suite features a living room with sitting area that is entirely separate from the bedroom: essentially, it’s a one-bed room apartment with out a kitchen. Examples of this grade are MGM’s Hollywood Suite and Hard Rock’s Deluxe Suite.

Two-Bedroom Suites
A separate living room with two adjoining king-size bedrooms. The living room usually features a bar, two couches and a dining table. An example of this grade is MGM’s Marquis suite and the Planet Hollywood's Panorama Suite.

Sweet Suites
Also known as the "Rain Man Suite", this level refers to any suite that goes above and beyond the size and grandeur of a two-bedroom suite. These suites are usually reserved for the casino high rollers, making them difficult to re-serve; the standard two-bedroom suite is usually the most lavish option you’ll be offered. Although sweet suites are over-the-top impressive, remember that you came to Vegas to have fun, so don’t get hung up over accommodations that are off-limits. Besides, when they are available, they cost beaucoup bucks, and that’s money better spent on booze and broads. Examples of this grade are Hard Rock’s Penthouse Suite and Caesars’ Duplex Suite.

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Pay Lunch Price for the Dinner Menu at the Buffet 
5/29/09, 12:19 PM - 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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