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Classic Vegas Mistake: Playing at Tables You Can’t Afford 
2/5/10, 8:14 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Henry walks up to the only table that is open. It’s a $25 minimum table, and all the money he has is $100. He does not expect to lose, so he doesn’t think he needs a big bankroll. At $25 a hand, all Henry can withstand is a four-card loss swing before he is busted. Five minutes later, he’s tapped out. Professionals recommend playing with a bankroll that’s ten times the table minimum. Henry should have held out and found a table that met his budget, or just found something else to do.

This often happens when you are with a group of friends on a Friday or Saturday night. The plan is to gamble, but you can't find a table $10 or $15 table that can fit the entire group. So, you all sit down at a $25 table. The ones that come in with $100 and are unlucky, bust out within 5 to 10 minutes. They stand up from the table and just end up watching the others guys gamble for an hour. It gets pretty boring for them.

When and where you gamble are very important. On a busy night, stay away from high end hotels and go to the mid-range or low-end resorts. If you really want to gamble at the big boy places, do so during the late morning or early afternoon. Even Wynn has $10 and $15 tables at that time.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Going to a Late Show after a Big Meal 
2/4/10, 8:10 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Most venues host two shows — an early and a late — and most guys think that of the two, it is better to go to the late show. This means that first you can eat dinner and have drinks and then hit the show. However, nothing can kill a buzz faster than a big meal followed by a ninety-minute show in the complete darkness. We’ve seen people fall asleep at some of the best shows in the world. Trust us, after the late show all you’ll want to do is go to sleep. You won’t be in a partying mood. So, use the show to start your night, and then eat, drink, and start partying to your heart’s content afterward.

If the late show is your only option, here are some tips to help you out:

1) Plan some time between dinner and the show. If your show is at 9:30pm, don't have dinner at 8pm. Book the dinner at 6pm, so you have a couple hours to let your body process the food before dinner.

2) Stay away from the red wine during dinner. Red wine will make you tired. During your meal, stick with cocktails such as Red Bull & Vodka and Bacardi & Diet.

3) Order Dessert. You might be full but you need to sugar jolt to get your body back in gear. The more sugar the better.

4) Get a drink for the show. Most shows serve large glasses of cocktails and beer before the show. Be sure to grab a double to keep your buzz going.

Enjoy the show.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: The Cuban Cigar 
2/3/10, 8:00 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Although smoking a Cuban cigar is a treat, the U.S. still prohibits importing cigars from Cuba. If someone (such as a bathroom attendant) is touting that they can sell you a Cuban, it is probably either a Cuban company — such as Cohiba — that has moved their operations to another country, or a normal cigar with a fake Cuban label. Don’t pay the premium prices for a Cuban knockoff, because it is not the real thing.

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Be Prepared for the Vegas Questions  
2/2/10, 8:11 AM - True Vegas Advice



When you come back from Vegas, other people want to talk about your trip. Some places you just have to see in Vegas, just so you can answer questions.

For example, “Did you see the Bellagio fountains?” If you say no, people will say, “How could you not see the Bellagio Fountains?” You get the drift.

Top Five Attractions People Ask About

Bellagio Fountains
Mirage Volcano
TI Pirate Show
NYNY Roller Coaster
Stratosphere Tower

Top Five Hotels People Ask About

Wynn
Palms
Bellagio
Venetian
Caesar’s Palace

Even if you only have a couple of minutes, pop your head into these resorts just to say that you have been there. And when somebody you know gets back from Vegas, don't ask them these questions.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: The Steakhouse at Circus Circus 
2/1/10, 8:46 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems


Just named “The Steakhouse”, this resturant at Circus Circus is a real gem.

Getting to the steakhouse is the hardest part. Circus Circus is an old casino that has been expanded many times over. Thus, it is very hard to navigate through the parking lot, parking garage and valet. Once you find your way, the steakhouse is located in the middle of the casino. You will walk right by it if you don’t pay attention.

Once inside, you feel like you are in old Vegas. Red leather booths. Huge martinis. Old school high quality service (versus the teenager serving you at some restaurants around Vegas) These servers have experience and knowledge of food and wine.

Order the rib eye medium, it comes with a remarkable house salad and one side. Get the loaded baked potato.

The meat is grilled over a charcoal pit in the middle of the restaurant (don’t ask about health concerns, maybe they were grand fathered in because Circus Circus is so old). The steak ends up nice and charred on the outside with a nice tender texture on the inside.

Between the décor, service and food, the Steakhouse at Circus Circus is unbelievable. You will enjoy every minute of the dining experience.

Check out the Circus Circus Website

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Buying VIP Passes from a Taxi Driver 
1/1/10, 8:21 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You and the boys decide to hit up one of the nightclubs, such as Tyrst at Wynn. Some girls you met at the casino center bar told you that they were going there tonight. You know it is tough for a group of guys to get in, but since these girls are going, you are going to give it a shot.

The Scam
You and three friends get into a cab.
"Where to?" the cabbie asks.
"The Wynn" you reply.
“Are you guys going to a club in the Wynn?”, the cabbie asks.
“We are going to Tyrst”, you say.
“That place is awesome, I just dropped off some hotties there. It is going to be real tough for you guys to get in, you know that right?”
“We know, we will probably have to tip the bouncer big time.”
“Tryst works with my cab company, and we have VIP line passes for Tyrst. Only $10 each.”
“What do they get us?”, you ask.
“You don’t have to wait in the line with everyone else, you just show this card and you can go into the VIP line, which takes a minute, versus a hour in the other line. You probably will still have to pay cover, it just allows you to by-pass the line.”
“I don’t know”. You look at your buddies for any confirmation if they want to do this.
He pulls the card out and hands it to you, it looks legit. “Without it, you guys are going have to tip the bouncer $100, just to get to the front of the line. You are going to save yourself $60.”
“Why does the club let you sell these?”, you say.
“You guys were just lucky that you were going to Tryst, if you were going somewhere else, I would of tried to convince to change your mind and go to Tryst. Tryst and the cab company have a promotional deal. You just happened to go to the same place we promote.”
“Ok, we will take them”. You hand over $40 to the cabbie.

The Truth
These "VIP Front of the Line" passes are bogus. The clubs give them out because they need something of value on the promo card. Being a group of guys, you still are going to have fight your way through the line just to talk to the bouncer, yet alone show him the passes. Even with the passes, the bouncer won’t do anything without a big tip. Which is something you could have done with out the VIP Front of the Line pass in the first place.

Every taxi driver has stacks of these cards for every club. Don’t believe what he is slinging.

Never give money to a cabbie other than his fare and a normal tip.
Everything else is just a scam.

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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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Classic Vegas Mistake: Buying VIP Passes from a Taxi Driver 
11/29/09, 11:21 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You and the boys decide to hit up one of the nightclubs, such as Tyrst at Wynn. Some girls you met at the casino center bar told you that they were going there tonight. You know it is tough for a group of guys to get in, but since these girls are going, you are going to give it a shot.

The Scam
You and three friends get into a cab.
"Where to?" the cabbie asks.
"The Wynn" you reply.
“Are you guys going to a club in the Wynn?”, the cabbie asks.
“We are going to Tyrst”, you say.
“That place is awesome, I just dropped off some hotties there. It is going to be real tough for you guys to get in, you know that right?”
“We know, we will probably have to tip the bouncer big time.”
“Tryst works with my cab company, and we have VIP line passes for Tyrst. Only $10 each.”
“What do they get us?”, you ask.
“You don’t have to wait in the line with everyone else, you just show this card and you can go into the VIP line, which takes a minute, versus a hour in the other line. You probably will still have to pay cover, it just allows you to by-pass the line.”
“I don’t know”. You look at your buddies for any confirmation if they want to do this.
He pulls the card out and hands it to you, it looks legit. “Without it, you guys are going have to tip the bouncer $100, just to get to the front of the line. You are going to save yourself $60.”
“Why does the club let you sell these?”, you say.
“You guys were just lucky that you were going to Tryst, if you were going somewhere else, I would of tried to convince to change your mind and go to Tryst. Tryst and the cab company have a promotional deal. You just happened to go to the same place we promote.”
“Ok, we will take them”. You hand over $40 to the cabbie.

The Truth
These "VIP Front of the Line" passes are bogus. The clubs give them out because they need something of value on the promo card. Being a group of guys, you still are going to have fight your way through the line just to talk to the bouncer, yet alone show him the passes. Even with the passes, the bouncer won’t do anything without a big tip. Which is something you could have done with out the VIP Front of the Line pass in the first place.

Every taxi driver has stacks of these cards for every club. Don’t believe what he is slinging.

Never give money to a cabbie other than his fare and a normal tip.
Everything else is just a scam.

Want more Classic Vegas Mistakes? Need some True Vegas Advice? Looking for that special Hidden Vegas Gem? Heading to Vegas soon and need the right strategy for your group? Click on the images to purchase the Las Vegas Little Black Book or Las Vegas Little Red Book on Amazon. Do you have specific questions about your Vegas trip or stuck on your planning? Email questions to info@vegaslittleblackbook.com.
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