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Classic Vegas Mistake: Taking a Taxi's Drivers Advice on Gentlemen Clubs 
3/31/09, 11:24 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Taxi drivers want to drop guys off a gentleman clubs where they get the biggest kickback. $20 is normal for a club to give a taxi driver, but the clubs got into a bidding war and some clubs offer cabbies $50. So for each $20 entry fee, the club would shell out $50 to the cabbie.

The cabbies are pushing Sheri’s and Diamond big time. I was talking to a cabbie yesterday. Here is his routine that he uses again and again.

“Where to?” the cabbie asks.
“Spearmint Rhino”, the passenger says.
“Ok, are you really sure you want to go there?
“Yes, why? What is wrong with it?”
“Well, do you like transvestites?”
“What do you mean transvestites?"
“I dropped a couple off there a couple hours ago, it is where they are all working now. You would be surprised by what the they look like, you can’t even tell the are dudes”
“Come on, you are joking right?”
“I wish I was, there are only a handful there, chances are in the crowd of girls, you won’t get in contact with them. But it is up to you.”
“Ok, where should we go?”
“There is this new place call Sheri’s Cabaret, really cool. The girls are hot and they don’t hustle you like other clubs. I go there all the time, I’ll probably be there in two hours when my shift ends.”
“Ok, I guess we will try that place.”
As he drops off the guys at the club, “You guys won’t be disappointed, I’ll drink a beer with you when I get there. Ask for Porsche and tell her you know me. She’ll show you a real good time, if you know what I mean.”

The fact is that the cabbie would not be caught dead in Sheri’s Cabaret. It is a lower class all nude club that doesn’t even serve alcohol.

Don’t fall into this trap. The Little Black Book outlines the top ten Gentleman’s Clubs. Don’t ever listen to a cab driver’s advice. Insist on the club you choose, not matter what the cabbie says.

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Be Prepared for the Vegas Questions  
3/30/09, 11:11 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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Classic Vegas Mistake: Leaving Too Far Apart 
3/29/09, 11:20 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Most groups make their travel reservations separately, and only realize when it’s time to leave that they’re leaving twelve hours apart. Huge mistake. At this point either your group is busted up, leaving you to spend a few hours of idle time in the airport or sit around in your hotel lobby because you’ve been kicked out of your room. Make sure everyone is leaving at approximately the same time.

When planning your trip, be the first to shoot out an email to your friends telling them what flight you plan on taking. Be sure to remind them that the hotel will kick them out of the room around noon and that they need some recovery time back home. Hopefully they will get the drift and not book the 11:59pm flight back home.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: The Steakhouse at Circus Circus 
3/28/09, 11:46 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: The Cuban Cigar 
3/27/09, 11:00 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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True Vegas Advice: Walking the Strip 
3/26/09, 11:57 AM - True Vegas Advice

It is the perfect time of year to hit the Strip during the daytime. The weather is sunny and mild. If you are looking for a daytime activity that does not involve gaming, think about "exploring" the Strip. Find some place that you never knew existed.

Las Vegas is a big place all crammed into one area. There are corners and passage ways that you never knew were there. It is a lot of fun to find that new cool place.

But, keep in mind, if you find a place (like a little bar with some fun girls having a good time) and are having fun, don't move on just to move on. Enjoy what you find. You are not exploring to document Vegas, you are exploring to have fun.

Also, if you start you exploring of the Strip during the afternoon, be prepared for when the sun goes down. It gets cold quickly at night and if you left outside in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops, you will be hating life.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Going to a Late Show after a Big Meal 
3/25/09, 11:10 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: Playing at Tables You Can’t Afford 
3/24/09, 11:14 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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True Vegas Advice: Don't Play Golf on Your Vegas Trip 
3/23/09, 11:36 AM - True Vegas Advice

10 Reasons to Avoid Playing Golf in Vegas

Reason 1: Las Vegas is in the Desert
Don’t be fooled by the fountains at Bellagio: You’re in a parched wasteland. It’s hotter than hell trying to play golf in this town.

Reason 2: Las Vegas is in the Desert
Just wanted to make sure you got the point. If you didn’t, here are some others to dissuade you.

Reason 3: Someone’s Going to Bail
One of your friends had too much to drink last night and stayed out way too late. What does this mean to you? At least one no-show. That’s right; while he’s sleeping it off, your foursome is going to get paired up with some random loser who couldn’t find three friends to play a round of golf with.

Reason 4: Good Las Vegas Golf Is not Next to the Strip
The best Vegas golf courses are at least a twenty-minute cab ride away. You’ll pay a small fortune in cab fare just getting to and from the course.

Reason 5: Golf in Las Vegas Is Expensive
How expensive? Be prepared to shell out at least five times what you pay at your local municipal course. The courses here know that if you are willing to travel off the Strip to play a round, they can charge whatever they want. You, my out-of-state friend, are their lifeblood.

Reason 6: The Good Tee Times are Hard to Get
If you don’t heed this and avoid golf altogether, make your reservations early. Most of the good early tee times, the ones where you can finish before it gets to be over 110 degrees, are booked way in advance. The best tee times are reserved for casino high-rollers and locals. You will most likely get stuck with a tee time that will make you think you’re on the surface of the sun by the time you tee off at number three.

Reason 7: Golf Will Take Up Your Whole Day
Between the distance and the amount of time it takes to play a round of golf, you will be spending your entire day doing this. And face it, you’re going to return to your hotel sunburned, tired, and dehydrated.

Reason 8: You Can Play Golf at Home
Are you really willing to spend a lot of time, money, and energy on something that you could do next Saturday? Besides, if you wait until you get home to play a round, you’ll have plenty of good Vegas stories to tell your friends.

Reason 9: Bringing Golf Clubs on a Plane is a Pain
If you decide to bring your clubs, you’ll have to check your bags, which will add forty-five minutes of waiting in the airport after you plane arrives. Plus, when you depart Las Vegas, be prepared to get to the airport two hours in advance, just so your bags make it on the plane. Lose the clubs; carry-on is the only way to go. Your time is precious in Vegas; don’t waste it caddying your clubs around.

Reason 10: Vegas Golf is Overrated
Like many things in Vegas, the golf courses don’t live up to their billing. What you will hear about is amazing courses with unbelievable views, but what you will normally find are packed courses, with houses lining every fairway and bunker. Real estate on golf courses is hot in Vegas, but the courses themselves rarely are. Sure, there are some amazing places to play, but playing them means reserving early, wasting a day, and shelling out some serious cash.

So, you decided to pass on golf. Good. With so much else to do in Las Vegas during the day, you’ve made the right decision.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: Casino Royale 
3/22/09, 11:02 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Most people don’t know about Casino Royale. Wedged in between Harrah’s and the Venetian on the east side of the Strip, people walk right by it. It has a surprising 152 rooms, an Outback, a Denny’s, 400 slots, and about 30 table games, but is still dwarfed by the Mega Resorts.

Five Reasons To Love Casino Royale…

1) Cheap Drinks. $1 Michelobs and $1 Margaritas are standard from the bar. Why wait for a waitress to come by for a free drink? You’ll see the line of people at the end of the bar waiting for a drink, but don’t worry, it moves fast. Grab a drink and hit the tables or grab a couple for a walk on the Strip.

2) Blackjack Switch. Or just “Switch”. A new version of Blackjack that low rollers love. It is a fun game because it brings a whole new level of skill because there are more decisions to make than just basic Blackjack strategy.

You start by making two identical bets. The dealer deals you two hands of cards. The player has the option to switch the top two cards of his hands. For example, if a player is dealt a Ace – Four and a Seven – King, then the player would be able to switch the top cards to make a Seven – Four and an Ace – King. The disadvantages are that Blackjacks pay even money and if the dealer makes a hard total of 22 then all bets push.

The theoretical house advantage (0.30%) makes it better than traditional blackjack games. But, you'll have to employ a lot more than basic blackjack strategy to take some money home.

3) Sit Down Mini-Craps Table. The only one that I have seen in town, take a seat along 5 other players at a craps game with one dealer. You won’t have the fun and energetic atmosphere of a normal craps table, but you will be able to get off your feet and not have to stand shoulder to shoulder with a complete stranger. Even better, the table minimum is usually $2 with 10x odds.

4) Beveled Mirrors over the Table Games. Along the ceiling above the table games are beveled mirrors that allow you to view all of the table action without looking over somebody’s shoulder. It adds a nice feel to the room because you see gaming action everywhere.

5) No Cares in the World. You’ll notice that everyone here is having a good time because they aren’t losing a lot of money. You can let loose and make an idiot of yourself, which is something I have perfected.

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