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Room Service: A Excellent Breakfast 
2/28/09, 11:00 AM - True Vegas Advice

A great way to get your day going is having breakfast brought up to your room. You can sip a cup of coffee and have French toast while you are still waking up and getting ready. Sometimes it takes a while, so it makes sense to order the breakfast right before you go to sleep, either by calling down, or filling out the breakfast order card and hanging in on your doorknob. Then it will be there at the exact time you want it. Save yourself the frustration of rousting everyone out of bed and getting them showered at the same time just so you can get some food. Otherwise, be prepared to wait forty-five minutes until everyone is ready to roll. Once you get everyone into the elevator, expect that they’ll spend twenty minutes heading from place to place until they finally arrive on where they want to eat, then you’ll need to get seated, order … you catch the drift. Fill out the breakfast card, hang it on your doorknob, and go to sleep.

You might think it is expensive when you look at the menu. It is about a 10% up-charge from the breakfast in the coffee shop. But the convenience is well worth it.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Improperly Making Bets with Different Denomination of Chips 
2/27/09, 11:17 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You are betting $10 per hand with two red $5 chips. You then feel lucky and want to up your bet. You look down at your chip stack and you see two green $25 chips. You grab them and place them on top of your two red $5 chips in the betting circle.

The dealer looks at you, stops what she is doing – reaches over and flips your chips upside down, so the green chips are on the bottom and the red chips are on the top. You say to yourself “Why did she do that?” Everyone at the table looks at you and then knows that you are a novice gambler.

The higher denomination chips go on the bottom when making a bet with different chip values. A black $100 chip goes below a green $25 chips which goes below a red $5 chip which goes below a white $1 chip. Keep this order when making bets so you don’t hold up the game with the dealer.

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True Vegas Advice: 10 Steps to Enjoying a Vegas Steakhouse 
2/26/09, 11:49 AM - True Vegas Advice

Here’s what you and the guys need to do to have a memorable dinner out on the town without breaking the bank.

Step 1: Order a Gin Martini
Arrive a little early so you have time to head to the bar and order a stiff gin martini with three olives. This classic will take you back to old-school Vegas while you get ready for your meal.

Step 2: Order Cheap Red Wine
You’re probably already a little drunk anyway, so you probably won’t be able to appreciate good wine — not that you’d be able to even if you were sober. Order a bottle of the cheapest red wine on the menu. Does it really matter if it’s merlot, cabernet or pinot noir? Even if you do know the difference, we’re sure your friends probably won’t be impressed.

Step 3: Avoid the Bottled Water
Stick with the tap water, pass on the still and sparkling.

Step 4: Chow Down on the Bread
The bread is excellent and free at steak houses. So order up, slather on some butter, and enjoy with your wine.

Step 5: Pass on the Appetizers
You’ll be tempted to order a couple of appetizers for the table to share. It’s not easy to split most appetizers among more than four, usually someone is left out. On top of that, it is a pain to pass dishes around the table.

Step 6: Avoid the Caesar Salad
Get a salad — just avoid the Caesar. Although it might be tasty, the Caesar is usually comprised of large leafs of uncut lettuce, making them a real pain in the neck to eat, and you’ll feel like you’re gardening. And, seeing that you have a couple in you, you might get a little careless with your utensils and wind up sending your fork flying.

Step 7: Order Your Steak
Stick with the rib eye, medium. Real steak connoisseurs know that the rib eye is the choicest cut of meat. Don’t even think about anything else. Filet, porterhouse, New York strip all take a backseat to the rib eye.

Step 8: Order Your Sides
With only a couple of exceptions, most of these places are strictly a la carte. Choose one green, one potato, and one fungus. Sides at steak houses are meant to be split, so order one green side of asparagus or broccoli, one dish of mashed potatoes or hash browns and an order of sautéed mushrooms for the table.

Step 9: Smoke a Cigar
Nothing is more satisfying than a nice fat cigar after a nice fat steak. Move your group into the bar and buy one in the $7 to $10 range. Sit back and relax.

Step 10: Order The After Dinner Drink
The perfect complement to your cigar is a shot of Sambuca with espresso coffee beans, a good VSOP or XO cognac, or a single-malt scotch. Port is also traditional, but a bit heavy. Any of these are just what you need to get pumped up before you head out on the town. A note about single malts: This is not your dad’s Cutty Sark, and if you order it on the rocks, the bartender will look at you like you deserve to be shot. And you do.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Touching the Cards in Black Jack 
2/25/09, 11:37 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

I see this all the time at the casino: a player wants to split 8s, so he reaches out to spread the cards so he can make a bet on each one.

The dealer yells out sternly and pushes the player’s hands back. The pit boss comes over. Both the dealer and pit boss lecture the player not to touch the cards. The player is embarrassed. All the other players look at this player as like he crazy.

Most new gamblers commit many Classic Vegas Mistakes while gambling. It has happened to all of us. Don't let this be one of them. If you want to split, all you have to do is place another bet, right next to your original bet. Let the dealer move the cards.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Making the 14-Hour Drive to Vegas.  
2/24/09, 11:21 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

We have all heard of a road trip, and from many places in the Southwest, Vegas is an easy drive. But, the all-of-a-sudden drive out at 2am in the morning from Tulsa, Oklahoma is not a good idea. About 4 hours into it, you will be wondering why you didn’t fly. Neither you nor your buddy is man enough to call off the trip, so you just keep going. When you finally arrive in Vegas, you smell like a trucker and all you want to do is sleep. The worst part is, you have to drive back.

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True Vegas Advice: Don't Spread Vegas Hype 
2/23/09, 11:31 AM - True Vegas Advice

What is Vegas Hype? Vegas Hype is a certain type of B.S.: it’s like P.T. Barnum on steroids, an otherworldly level of mistruth that puts lies about any other town to shame. Las Vegas is built on guys and gals coming back and telling someone that they had “the time of their life” or “the best meal at” a place that sucked, because they won’t admit that they were conned. Just like any get-rich-quick or rapid-weight-loss scam, most people are embarrassed to admit that they were taken advantage of. Be a man: admit it, when pressed, that something was a rip-off or a complete waste of time.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Visiting the Over Hyped Vegas Attractions 
2/22/09, 11:34 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Not all Vegas attractions are worth your vacation time. There are some places that sound interesting, but aren’t. They may be mildly entertaining if you are looking to burn a couple hours. Don’t go out of your way to see these.

Top Five Over Hyped Attractions

The Shark Reef (Mandalay Bay)
The Statue Shows at the Forum Shoppes (Caesar’s)
Masquerade Show in the Sky (Rio)
King Tut Museum (Luxor)
The Rain Fall at Miracle Mile (Planet Hollywood)

Off Strip Bonus
Sunset Stampede (Sam’s Town)

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Going All In at Black Jack 
2/22/09, 11:00 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

This happens in the casino all the time:

A player has been playing all day long, he is up for a while and then he is down. In an effort to get back up, he makes a big bet and puts all of his remaining chips in the blackjack betting circle. The dealer then deals him a hand that he must split to have a good hand (such as two eights versus a dealer’s seven). The player has no money left and can’t just leave the table to go to the ATM. So, he decides to hit on his “16” and busts.

Black Jack is not the game to go “All In” with your money. With all the hands that you need to double down and split, you need to have money left over in the kitty.

If you do want to make one bet with all the money you have left, do it on Roulette.

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True Vegas Advice: Dinner Roulette 
2/21/09, 4:07 PM - True Vegas Advice

Want to make your meal a little more memorable? If you’re dining at a casino restaurant, collect from your friends for the bill, then place a bet at a roulette table. Have everyone wait at the table while one of you puts the cash on red or black. If you lose, you overpay for your meal; if you win everyone’s happy. This is a great way to have some fun with everyone. How often do you all get to place one bet together with immediate results? It sure beats the old “credit card roulette” game where you all throw your cards in, the waitress picks one at random, and that guy gets stuck with the bill.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Picking up your winning chips early on Roulette 
2/20/09, 11:29 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

This happens about once an hour on every roulette table in Vegas. Don't let it happen to you.

A player makes a bet and wins. The dealer places the winning chips next to the player's original bet. The player picks up the winning chips only to have the dealer yell "stop, don't do that". The player is confused because he won the bet and wants his money.

In roulette, if the "marker" is still on the table, you may not touch your winning chips, even if they have been out there for awhile. Wait until the dealer picks up the marker before you pick up your chips.

There is a reason for this. When a number hits, the dealer places the marker on the winning number and sweeps all the non-winning chips from the table. The dealer then proceeds to pay out the winners. In a busy game, it can take a while to pay all the winning bets, so the dealer needs to keep track of which bets he has paid and which bets he hasn't. If you move your winning chips early, the dealer may pay you again. Which is why they don't let you move your chips away until the dealer has paid every winning bet. The dealer will lift the marker when he is done.

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