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True Vegas Advice: Use Your Alumni Network for a Vegas Deal 
3/31/10, 7:34 AM - True Vegas Advice

You will be surprised how many former colleagues and classmates work and play in Vegas. Chances are if you start asking around, you will find that either one or your old college friends works in Vegas or has a good friend that does. People that work in Vegas can sometimes hook you up with a discounted room rate or a suite upgrade, or even drop your name on a nightlife list. It never hurts to ask: It's all about the karma...and networking.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Taking the First Room the Hotel Gives You 
3/30/10, 8:02 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

When you check in, the person at the registration desk has more power than you think. Real vegas insiders know that a $10 bill can go a long way in the type of room you end up with. Flash a $10 bill and only give it to her if she does something good for you. Here are a few things you want to ask for:

1) Ask to be put in the new tower. This is Vegas: Every place has a new tower, and at a property like Caesars Palace, the difference between the new and the old tower is night and day. The rooms in the old tower are always smaller — they’re products of the old days, when they didn’t want you to be so comfortable in your room that you’d not be out on the floor gambling.

2) Ask to be near the elevator. If you aren’t, you’ll regret it. Remember, we’re talking about the largest hotels on earth; walking from the elevator to your room can often be confusing, tedious and tiring. Plus, the ice machines are near the elevator, so you don't have to walk far to reload your ice bucket.

3) Ask for either a Strip view or pool view. If you spend more than five minutes in your room (and despite your best intentions, you will be in your room for more than five minutes), you’ll want to have something to look at. You didn’t fly all the way out Vegas just to stare at a giant air-conditioning unit or a banquet facility, did you? Although less desirable than the Strip view, the pool view is practical since you can look down in the morning to see if it’s too crowded to head down for some poolside action.

4) Standard rooms. Many hotels have different sizes of standard rooms. If you don’t get the suite upgrade, ask for the largest standard available.

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True Vegas Advice: Choose a Restaurant Near Your Next Destination 
3/29/10, 8:06 AM - True Vegas Advice

Pair your dining with the bar or club you are going to next. By choosing a restaurant close it will make a quick transition from dining to partying. The last thing you want after a great meal is to flail around looking for a cab or to walk 30 minutes on the strip and arrive annoyed and frazzled.

For example, if your final destination for the night is Tryst at the Wynn, eat at Venetian, Treasure Island or a restaurant at the Forum Shoppes. If your final destination is House of Blues at Mandalay, try the Burger Bar at the Mandalay Shoppes or the steak house at Luxor.

You don't have to dine at the resort of your final destination, just somewhere on the way there. It saves time and makes the night much more enjoyable.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: The Side Valet 
3/28/10, 8:13 AM - True Vegas Advice

Most hotels have a side valet, you just don't know about them. They’re away from the front entrance and allow you to enter and exit with greater ease. You won't have to face the traffic jam of taxis and limos at the main entrance. You’ll get your car a lot quicker if you park with these guys than if you park with the main valet.

Knowing about these five below are some of the best time savers in Vegas:

1) Luxor:. Don't pull in front of the pyramid, take the road between Luxor and Excalibur and the side valet will be on the left.

2) Wynn:. On Twain, the road between Wynn and Palazzo, has a entrance to the resort. It is much smaller than the main valet, but so much faster.

3) Bellagio:. If you are going to the Bellagio from the Palms or Rio on Flamingo, there is a valet that is at the first light before you get to the Strip. Take a right and pull in.

4) Mandalay Bay. Go to the right of the building and look for signs for the parking garage. When you pull in the garage, take a quick right and you will be in the valet line.

5) MGM Grand. The front of MGM Grand is chaos. Avoid at all costs. The side valet is located in the front corner of the parking garage. So, when you pull in, just go straight and then take a right.

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True Vegas Advice: Be Sure You Know The Type of Suite Before Booking It 
3/27/10, 7:02 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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True Vegas Advice: Pay Lunch Price for the Dinner Menu at the Buffet 
3/26/10, 9:19 AM - 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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Hidden Vegas Gem: Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens 
3/25/10, 9:31 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Most people don't even know about Hugo's Celler. Just because it is located in Downtown vegas does not mean Hugo's can't keep up with the big boys the Strip. Hugo's is old school Vegas, back before the days of Celebrity Chefs and al la carte steaks. Head to the back of the casino and proceed down the stairs into the dark dungeon. This place is so dark, you can barely see your food. The staff is great, and the food is even better.

Be sure to get there a couple minutes early and start with a martini at the bar. The bartender will make a martini for you plus gives you a re-fill in an small iced glass. During dinner, be sure to get the Table Side Salad, the server makes it right in front of you with a plethora of options. For the main dish, stick with the Filet instead of the Ribeye. the filet is a great cut and grilled to perfection. Finish with bananas foster, another table side gold mine that you don't find at many steak houses anymore.

Call for reservations: 702-385-4011. While Hugo's Cellar might be off the beaten path, it has a huge following and you'll need the reservations.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: Batista's Hole in the Wall 
3/24/10, 8:56 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Eat a Batista's before Harrah's blows it up. A true Las Vegas classic, Batista's does not get the national press like other restaurants in Vegas. That is because it is own separate entity; its not part of a big casino resort.

Its located behind Bills and across Flamingo from Bally's. It does not even look like a restaurant from the outside. When you walk inside, you will have a great time looking at the old school Vegas memorabilia all over the walls.

All dinners include Minestrone Soap or Italian Salad, Garlic Bread, Pasta Side, Cappuccino and House Red or White Wine. Yes, the wine is included. It might not be the best wine in the world, but it is not bad. You'll already have a few in you by the time you get there, so you won't notice the difference anyway.

Trust us, you will enjoy Batista's. It is one of the only things that has lasted in Vegas for over 30 years and there is a reason why.

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True Vegas Advice: Casinos Are Designed to Take Your Money 
3/23/10, 8:36 AM - True Vegas Advice

Have you ever noticed...

1) Floors:
Looking to remodel your condo? Chances are you won’t be rushing to Carpet World to find a pattern identical to the one you saw at a Vegas casino. Zigzags, waves, crazy, asymmetrical shapes: The casino floors are designed to make you subconsciously turn away and direct your attention to the gaming tables. Their logic: You’re not going to play a table game if you don’t see it, so the casino will go to great lengths to make sure your attention is always focused at eye level.

2) Ceilings:
While the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian may boast lovely painted ceilings and frescoes high above the fray, there are no such visual treats at the casino. Again, all the action takes place at—or just above—eye level so nothing diverts your attention from gambling, gambling, gambling.

3) Geographical Points of Reference:
There are no landmarks in a casino: no compasses to get your bearings, no visible exits, no decorative Roman statues to help lead you to your next stiff martini. Every row of slots is identical to the next . . . and the next. As you walk back into the deepest recesses of the casino, you’ll be hard pressed to pick out a specific place to meet up with your pals. You can’t say, “Meet me at the blackjack tables”; they’re everywhere.

4) Straight Lines:
Straight lines aren’t just lacking on the floor; they’re lacking everywhere. It’s impossible to walk in a straight line from one end of the casino to the other. First you’ll run into a couple of gaming tables, then a row of slots inexplicably placed in the center of what seemed to be a clear route, and then—lo and behold—there’s a raucous little cocktail lounge teeming with revelers! They might as well place a sign in the middle of your path saying, “ha, joke’s on you, bitch!”

5) No Clocks, No Windows:
Casinos are clock-free, because, surprise-surprise, the casino wants you to lose yourself in the excitement. You will be shocked at how fast time flies when you’re sitting at a blackjack table or slot machine. For the same reason, windows are nonexistent to help lull you into a state of utter oblivion about whether it’s day or night.

6) No Coins:
Almost all Vegas casino slot machines now pay out winnings through vouchers rather than coins. This means that rather than clinking into the slot machine tray, money gets reloaded on your credit meter: much easier for gambling away those winnings, my dear. But wait . . . what’s that clanging sound you hear? Festive coin sound effects provided courtesy of a speaker imbedded in the slot machines.

7) Penny Machines:
You can’t lose huge sums of money playing a slot machine that works on pennies, right? Here’s what you don’t know: The machines are set up to play tons of pennies at once. For example, a typical penny machine plays 900 credits, meaning it costs $9.00 each time you play! With these types of games, you generally win at almost every pull, but rarely win more than you bet. You may win 450 credits on a 900-credit pull, so that winning high washes over you . . . until you realize you’re actually losing big time!

8) Ordering a Drink:
When you place an order with the cocktail server, she’s taking ten other orders along with yours. It takes time for her to walk all the way to the bar service area, it takes time for the bartender to fill ten drink orders, and it takes time for her to walk back to your area and serve several other groups along with yours. You may have wanted to gamble for only a couple of minutes, but may end up giving it “one more try” for 15 minutes and losing $40 waiting for your “free drink.”

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Hidden Vegas Gems: Steakhouse Bars 
3/22/10, 9:37 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Looking for a classy bar to grab a martini? Steakhouses have excellent bars for cocktails and low key socializing. Loaded with comfortable chairs and tables, these hidden gems are more laid back than most resort center bars. Plus, you won't hear the bells of the slot machines and there won't be video poker on the bar. The bartendars are more social and they serve cocktails in the proper glasses, not the tiny 8oz glasses in the casino. As a bonus if you are hungry, you can always have a light appetizer to hold you over.

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