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Time to Start Considering Pools 
3/28/08, 5:44 AM
When thinking about accommodations, it is time to start considering pools as a major factor on where to stay. This weekend, the pools get fully staffed. Starting in May, the pools go into over drive with parties, concerts, and special events.

Pools are where you are going to spend the majority of your day. During the summer time, it stays light until 8pm, so even if you sleep in, there is plenty of pool time to be had.

At the same time, start giving sports books less consideration. March Madness is almost over. That leaves pro basketball, hockey and baseball. Other than the NBA playoffs, there really is nothing exciting to bet on.

When making your consideration:

Hotels to Move Up
Mandalay Bay
Hard Rock
Caesarís Palace
MGM Grand
Flamingo

Hotels to Move Down
New York, New York
Barbary Coast
Monte Carlo
Golden Nugget
Harrahís
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Easter and Taxes 
3/17/08, 5:28 AM


Easter is always a strange time in Vegas, it is the only Holiday weekend of the year that it is not jammed packed. Even Christmas and Thanksgiving have a lot of visitors.

Tax weekend is also slow in Vegas. Everyone that owes money pays up on April 15, while everyone that got a refund, collected it early in Feb and March. So, the wallets are light around the country this week, leaving little "discretionary money" (in other words "gambling money") left.

With Easter falling on Tax weekend, it was a double whammy for Vegas. Hotel rooms were rock bottom, which is very unusual for April. For the people that came this weekend, they enjoyed great weather, short lines, and low table minimums.

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Getting Ready for March Madness in Vegas 
3/12/08, 10:51 PM

Superbowl brings in the big table games players, New Years the partiers, and Valentine's the couples. March Madness is the guy's weekend.

Some Pointers for This Weekend:

1) Group Size.
Watch your group size. Try to keep it to four, because it will be easier to travel and grab a taxi. The maximum group size should be six. Anything bigger and you will have difficulty at every restaurant, because they will have to squeeze extra chairs on a table, making it uncomfortable for the entire group. You may want to eat at two four tops instead of all together.

2) Come on Wednesday.
If you can come on Wednesday, do so. It gives you a night to get your bearings and get into the Vegas feel before the games kick off. The games kickoff on Thursday morning, so it is nice to be able to analyze and get your bets in before the first round.

3) Stay Close to Your Hotel.
Traveling is the biggest headache on this weekend. Plan events that you can get to on foot. At night, donít stray too far from the hotel, because it is tough to get a taxi. On Friday and Saturday night, taxis lines are especially long.
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Spring Break in Vegas 
2/29/08, 6:22 AM

So you are thinking about coming to Vegas for Spring Break? Before you do, there are some things that you should keep in mind.

1) Donít come to Vegas if you are under 21. Yes, I know you have a great ID. But in Vegas, casino employees will question you time after time. Part of Nevada Gaming Law says that any worker must confront a person that appears to be under 21, and if they donít, they will lose their gaming license (and thus get fired and never will be hired again in a casino again). Trust me, I work in a casino and I will kick someone out who I even think might have a fake ID, it is not worth the risk.

2) If you are over 21 and you look under 21, donít come to Vegas. Based on what I said before, every one will ask you for your ID. The casinos donít have a wristband or stamp, so you will have to keep showing your ID over and over again. Remember, each person that works in casino canít even walk by someone that looks under 21, without asking them for their ID. If they do, they risk losing their gaming license.

Ok, enough with the public service announcements; you can do what you want.

Here are a couple points to think about to enjoy spring break in Vegas.

1) Buy beer at the convenience stores. Keep some on ice (ice is free in the hotels) so you can drink beers without paying $6 a beer. Even if you are going to play some nickel slots where you get free drinks, the casinos donít care if you walk around with a couple of your own beers. They want you to drink, if you are drinking your own, then they are saving money.

2) You can drink on the Strip and Freemont Street. You might not be used to drinking in public places, but drinking on the Strip and on Freemont Street is legal and encouraged. Grab a 12 pack and walk with it while you drink. I am sure by the time you are half way through, you will find something interesting.

3) Be careful about loading up the room. Everybody on Spring Break is on budget, so groups go 6, 8 or even 10 to a room. If you are going to Vegas for Spring Break, you have already done the Spring Break thing a couple times, so you are looking for something a little bit better. Deny the guy that tries to jump in on your trip in the last minute. Keep 4 to a room max, that way you guys can at least have a chance on bringing a girl back to the room for a while before some drunk bastard come stumbling in the room.

4) Donít blow you wad on the first day. For every group that comes to Vegas, one guy will blow all of his money in the first couple hours at the gaming tables. He will be the guy that keeps having to bum money off of you for the entire trip.

If you are coming to Vegas for Spring Break, keep these tips in mind. More to come....

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Places to Watch the Conference Championships 
1/18/08, 6:45 AM

The Conference Championships are always more exciting than the Super Bowl. If you are coming in town this weekend, here are some tips about the games:

1) You don't have to go to a Sports Book to watch the games. Since there is only one game on at once, not like a normal NFL sunday, there is no need to have mulitple tvs to watch one game. Hit the casino bars, resturant bars, or gentleman's clubs if you find the sports book too packed. You will find some guys that stay up all night in the sports book just to have a seat. Don't be one of these guys.

2) Make your bets early. There is so much wagering on the games, that the lines won't be moving. If you like a team, place a bet the night before, so you won't have to wait in a 30 min line at the Sports Book.

3) Get comfortable with a table. While watching a game for a few minutes standing up is ok - to stand through 6 hours of games just won't work. Establish a base camp for your group, like a table in the Casino's Center Bar. That way, some of your group can wander off to do other things and always return for a good view of the game.

4) Play Table Games while you watch Some casinos have plasma tvs right at the Black Jack tables. I like watching games at New York New York while playing a little Pai Gow Poker.
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Best Places to Smoke a Cigar In Vegas 
12/5/07, 3:51 PM - 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 everywhere in Vegas, casinos frown on cigar smoke at the tables and in most resturants. Here are the Las Vegas Little Black Book's top ten places to smoke a cigar in Vegas:

1) Del Friscoís Cigar Lounge (Off Strip)
2) Baccarat Bar at Bellagio (Strip)
3) Mon Ami Gabiís Patio at Paris (Strip)
4) Prime Steakhouseís outdoor patio at Bellagio (Strip)
5) Foundation Roomís Balcony at Mandalay Bay (Strip)
6) Casa Fuente at Caesars (Strip)
7) Chicago Brewing Company's Cigar Lounge at Four Queens (Downtown)
8) Mix's outdoor patio at TheHOTEL (Strip)
9) Ruth's Chris Steakhouse on Paradise (Off Strip)
10) Austinís A-Bar at Texas Station (Off Strip)
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Trip Report from Pete 
5/20/07, 11:04 PM - Vegas Trip Reports

I had the time to spend in the mecca, so of course I took it. I flew in the day after the crowd trifecta: Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, and the de la Hoya fight. Surprisingly, the town wasn't trashed. I guess no NBA fans showed up. They said our flight to Vegas was delayed due to high winds in the desert, I say it was because the airport was so jammed they wouldn't let anyone land. Due to some comped rooms and internet deals, I took the opportunity to stay in three hotels I hadn't stayed in before.

There were six of us, three couples, so we rented a van and headed into traffic up the Strip to see the sights on our way to the Rio. By the way, lying about it being your anniversary gets you an upgrade. I recommend it. We were starving from the flights and delays so we headed up to the VooDoo Lounge. I highly recommend this. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was cool, and the view from outside is spectacular. Get there before 7pm to avoid a cover charge. After about half an hour of enjoying the view, and a trip to the liquor store for supplies, we headed downtown for our first night at the Golden Nugget.

The tables were not kind. We were all down a couple hundy the first night. We chose the Nugget because our friends hadn't been downtown at night before and we decided to check out the Nugget's remodel. I can't tell you what actually changed inside the hotel, but I can say they did a hell of a job on the pool area with the Shark Tank. The slide shoots through the tank that holds about a dozen eight-foot sharks and other fish. Throw in some blackjack tables and lounge chairs in the water, and it's a good time on a sunny Vegas morning. That afternoon we packed up what was left of the bottles and rolled on to the Rio.

I was very impressed with the rooms. They call them all suites, but they are actually just large rooms. Ours had one of those sofas that has the lounge end to it. Excellent for Sportscenter and updates on the car bomb at the Luxor. It came with a fridge and a microwave, and a window from the shower to the bedroom. Not many hotels have a vibe to them, but the Rio had people laughing and partying all the time. We even held up the elevator so I could take pics of a couple hotties licking the Chippendales poster. A couple more benjamins down day two.

Day three started with time at the pool, complete with a beer company photo shoot. The three models added up to thirty. It's hilarious how people stop talking as the bodies walk by. Girls don't want to say what's actually on their mind, and guys don't want to say anything stupid or get caught looking. At least those of us with no game. A sphincter moment on the Big Shot at the Strat, breaking even at Casino Royale, Sirens at TI, dinner at Cheesecake Factory, a couple more losses at Gold Coast, and day three ends at 3am.

One of the couples was flying out the next day, so we took them to the airport and checked out Hard Rock on our way back. It's odd that you can see the whole casino from the front steps. Dropped of the rental car and checked in at the MGM for $75 an night, after taxes. Damn, that hotel's big. Standard room but with a glamour shot of Drew Barrymore. Nice. The women went shopping while me and my buddy went over to Hooters to pick up the Bobby Slayton tickets Dave had for us and to set reservations at Dan Marino's. MGM: large and stuffy. Hooters: small and loose. MGM staff: large and stuffy: Hooters: hot and, um, large, and loose. Couple bills down here too. If you're crossing Tropicana to Hooters, use the crosswalk. At the risk of sounding sissified, I can see why they put in the overwalks. Took a nap, everyone changed clothes, and we took in dinner and a show. Caught up with Dave in the casino and he was gracious enough to comp us some drinks for the show. Bobby Slayton is one of those guys that you will recognize the face but not know where from. An hour and a half of a very funny guy. ANOTHER two hundred down in Hooters.

We changed clothes and took the monorail down to the Wynn to walk back down the Strip. BIG mistake. How am I supposed to know the Wynn shuttle stops at 8pm? Do you know how far it is walking from the monorail station to the Strip? I do. It's far, and it sucks. A pass through the Frontier helped me realize my life wasn't so bad. That place has to come down next. My friends were bitching halfway down the Strip, so we stopped at the Victorian Room at "Bill's" for a late meal. Steak and eggs at midnight, and I'm ready to go! I left the others crashed in the MGM and went to the Trop for a low stakes blackjack, and at 5am I was up two hundred and got out happy.

Getaway Day was a morning at the pool. Or should I say pools. There were gaggles of twentysomethings everywhere and the lazy river took me around to see most of them. A few drinks, a few laps, and I was ready for some food. America at NYNY is always solid. The women packed while we hit the tables and I gave up the only win I had all week. D'oh! I asked the pit boss to tell me a good gambling story. He told me Ted Binion authorized a bet for a guy, put a box on the Don't Pass, the guy won, and there was $777,000 in the box. Lesson: ask the bosses for good stories.

We had a half-day checkout, 6pm for half-day price. Ten dollar taxi to the airport for a 10:30pm, and leaving Las Vegas always stinks.

Dave, thanks again for your hospitality. It was good to catch up with you too. Keep up the good work.

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Las Vegas Little Red Book 
4/4/07, 5:54 AM
Move aside Manhattan! Adios Chicago, South Beach and Beverly Hills! Over the past decade, Las Vegas with its opulent spas, five-star restaurants, swank nightlife, and shopping to fit any budget and style from Gucci girl to clubbing queen, has emerged as a top destination for women looking to get away from it all for a weekend of sheer indulgence and bliss. But in a city boasting a theater scene to rival Broadway, 24 hour in-room beauty treatments, star studded casinos and award winning cosmos served in luxe, glamor soaked cocktail lounges, how do women make the most of their weekend in paradise?

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Las Vegas Little Red Book is the much anticipated, sought after companion to last yearís smash hit Las Vegas Little Black Book: A Guyís Guide to the Perfect Vegas Weekend by David deMontmollin and Hiram Todd Norman which earned raves for its practical no-nonsense advice for groups of men seeking that little slice of Vegas nirvana.

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March Madness in Vegas 
3/1/07, 5:37 AM - True Vegas Advice
March Madness in Vegas is a great time....if you do it right. Here are some pointers:

1) Get a rental car. Since the town is mostly filled with guys from out of town, the taxi lines are long, but the traffic is not that bad. You don't have a huge drive up from LA on this weekend, so you are able to get around the strip with relative ease with your own car.

2) Get steak dinner reservations early. Everyone wants a man's meal on this weekend. Stick to the top ten from the book, and you will be all set. If you head to Del Fresco's, ask for Kim at the door.

3) Hit the Gentleman's Clubs before 10pm Hit the gent clubs before 10pm and plan to leave before midnight. After 10pm, the lines to get in the clubs are horrible. Once you get inside, every seat will be taken and you will be stuck standing around.

4) Watching the Games. Remember, the games start early, around 9am. So you will have to get up early to get the days action. The games end around 7pm, so you still have time to grab a shower, get some dinner and have a little night life before the next days games.

5) Make your bets the night before. It get real hectic around the book on game day. Stay away from the big books like Manadalay and Ceaser's, or you will be sitting on the floor like the rest of them.

6) Some places like the IP and Flamingo set up dedicated rooms to watch the games. Sometimes they charge to get in, other times they don't. Sometimes it is a good deal, other times it isn't. Proceed with caution.
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Vegas Pubcrawlers 
1/15/07, 5:56 AM
There is a new service in town called the Vegas Pubcrawlers. A rolling party on a bus traveling to different bars on the Strip.

I have not gone on it yet, but I will soon. I like the concept of staying away from nightclubs and hitting the bar scene. Right up the alley of the Las Vegas Little Black Book.

Plus, as a bonus, it starts at Hooters Casino, it has got to be good, right?

Anytime you do a trip like this, here is couple things to think about:

1) Talk to girls on the bus as soon as possible. The people that you meet first, will most likely be the people that you spend the whole night with. Make friends quickly.

2) Pace yourself, at least at first. Many people are challenging each other to do shot after shot at the first bar. After the third bar, people are puking, you have lost some people, and it turns into a chaotic event.

3) Eat before hand. You don't want to leave the party to hit Subway to get some food in your stomach.

Click Here for the Vegas Pubcrawlers Website
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