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Classic Vegas Mistake: A Journey to the Kitschy Part of the Strip 
4/30/09, 12:58 PM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

At least one of the guys in your party will want to check out the kitschy part of the Strip. Just remember there is a thin line between kitschy and pathetic. Slots-A-Fun and Circus Circus are just plain pathetic. These two sideshow attractions at the end of the Strip will take the wind out of your sails, really fast. Both seem to be competing for the best hot dog deal on the planet, and although itís unfair to declare a winner, itís probably best to avoid both of them. Slots-A-Funís showroom/bar usually features one of the worst Elvis impersonators that youíll ever find. The patrons of these places will most likely remind you of everyone youíve ever seen on Americaís Most Wanted.

Circus Circus in particular is one to steer clear of during the day. While the steak house here is great at night, avoid the big top when the sun is out. If youíre a dad, the last thing you want on your vacation with the boys is to endure the sounds of a bunch of screaming kids. If you donít have kids, five minutes in Circus Circus will make you start saving up for a vasectomy. Oh, yeah: If you do decide to go down to this part of the Strip, see which one of your friends is man enough to try the 99-cent shrimp cocktail, a unique treat that is easy on the wallet and tough on the stomach.

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Cigars Ė Make the Meal a Celebration 
4/29/09, 11:56 AM - True Vegas Advice

Itís great to get together with your whole group, light up cigars, and shoot the shit. You can always avoid the expense and limited selection at the restaurant by bringing your own. In addition to the cigar boutiques inside most major hotels, there are a number of small liquor stores on the Strip that carry a good selection of cigars. Distribute a cigar to everyone in our group and smoke them together in celebration.

Here are a few basics for making your selection:

Origin
Stick with cigars from Honduras or the Dominican Republic. Other cigars from Jamaica, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua are good only if you really know what you are doing.

Brand
Choose from the following types: Padron, Davidoff, Don Tomas, Montecristo, Macanudo, Avo, or Romeo y Julieta. All the lesser known brands can be hit-or-miss on quality.

Wrapper
Select one with a lighter color wrapper. Cigars with dark wrappers have a much stronger taste that will be overwhelming for the novice.

Size
Stick with smaller size Corona or Robusto, and avoid the big sizes of Presidentes, Double Coronas, and Churchillís. Sure, the huge cigars look cool, but they take literally forever to smoke.

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The Sunday Airport Blues 
4/28/09, 11:25 AM - True Vegas Advice

Leaving Las Vegas on Sunday can be brutal. While the city is amazing in its ability to draw people in, chew them up, and spit them back out as it prepares for new arrivals with great efficiency, that efficiency doesnít extend to airport departures. Though McCarran is a well-run airport, the Sunday crowds are overwhelming. Not only is there a ton of people leaving, everyone is broke, tired, hung over, and hungry. A lot of people have not slept, and their B.O. fills the air. You hear people coughing everywhere because everyone smokes in Vegas, even people who usually never smoke. Their bodies are going through rejection. On top of the secondhand smoke inhalation, the lack of sleep, and the disheveled appearance, everyone is downright pissed. The excitement and energy that filled the air on your arrival is gone. Replacing it is a morbid environment of grumpy people who just want to get home. You donít want to spend one second more than you have to in McCarran on Sunday.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Buying a Over Priced Cigar 
4/27/09, 12:34 PM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You don't buy cigars often, most of the time one of your golfing buddies is giving you one to smoke on the course. So how much does a good cigar cost? Is a cigar better if it is more expensive? All good questions for someone that doesn't smoke cigars often.

Many restaurants, bars, and smoke shops in Vegas know this. They know that most people buying cigars in Vegas don't normally smoke. So, they have the price of the cigars jacked up and often give you bad advice.

One cigar shop is notorious about this. It is a cigar store in front of Smith & Wollenskies. Smith & Wollenskies is a great steakhouse and a Black Book favorite. This cigar shop is not affiliated with it thankfully.

At night, there are tons of drunk men stumbling out of the restaurant wanting to buy a cigar. Do you know the first cigar this store pushes? Some $45 Cigar with a Cuban sounding name. No true cigar smoker has ever heard of it. The Fuente Fuente Opus X Cigar, which is considered the top echelon is only $27. Most people don't bite on the $45 cigar pitch. When you say you need something less expensive, they offer you a $20 piece of garbage cigar that is equivalent of a Swisher Sweet. You think that you got a good deal, but you really got ripped off.

These cigar scammers set the price so high when you first ask, you think the next cigar is a bargain. Don't fall for any of this. A solid cigar can be found between $10 and $15, pass on it if it is higher than that. And just laugh when someone offers you a $45 cigar. Keep looking around until you find something that looks and feels like a good cigar but costs a lot less.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: Carnival Court at Harrahs 
4/26/09, 11:18 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

This open-air bar is the embodiment of Vegas fun. Itís one of the best times in Vegas, period. Be sure to stop as you are strolling up the Strip.

There is usually a small line to get in. The cover charge for men can range from $2 to $5 ó one of the best deals in town. It's a full-out party at the bar area, with flare bartenders who juggle their bottles Cocktail style, sing, dance, and occasionally breathe fire. Onstage, expect to find cheesy bands and lounge singers. Everyone here is out to have some fun. In addition, if some of your group just has to gamble and does not want to leave the tables, the whole group will like it here because Carnival Court has blackjack tables inside the venue. Number of Women: Plentiful. Most of them are Midwestern girls who have probably been out drinking all day.

The dance floor is a great spot to pick up. There are tons of girls dancing all around looking to meet guys. All you need to do is bust out some of your lame moves and theyíll be all over you. Trust us, theyíre not looking for a guy who can dance, because they certainly canít. The second-best place to pick up is the bar. The girls love the bar here because the bartenders reel them in with their theatrics. Stay on the outside of the bar, where youíll be able to get a good look at the ladies. If you make the mistake of sitting directly at the bar, youíll be stuck facing inward with no ability to scope the scene.

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True Vegas Advice: Play First Base if You Are New to Blackjack 
4/25/09, 12:57 PM - True Vegas Advice

If you are new to gambling or your blackjack skills are a bit rusty, you want to sit on the right hand side of the table, preferably in the first base position that is dealt to first. This way, you won't be caught up with all action of the other players, and if you make a bonehead move that causes all the players to lose, they won't be able to directly blame it on you because so many cards had been played since your move.

In the third base position, you are last to be dealt to before the dealer. Make the wrong move and the dealer will get a different card than he would have had you played directly, and everyone might lose. Do that enough and the other players will blame you for losing - not an experience you will really cherish.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Not Knowing Dice Etiquette When Playing Craps 
4/24/09, 12:56 PM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You don't want to look like a novice when handling the dice. When it is your turn to be the shooter, the dealer will push over five dice to you. Select two dice with you thumb and index finger and move them away from the other three. The dealer will pull away from other three dice. Leave the two dice on the felt and make sure you have your pass line bet on the table. (Do not bet Do Not Pass when you are the shooter, unless you want to piss off the rest of the table).

Pick up the dice with your thumb and index finger in your right hand. (This isn't like playing Axis and Allies when you were a kid, you can't shake the dice with two hands). Next, don't bring the dice above the rim of the table. Blowing on the dice is strictly for the movies - if you do, you'll look like an idiot. Now, use an underhand motion and throw a nice soft arc having the dice first hit the table about three fourths down on the table. The dice should bounce once, and then bounce off the backstop of the table and come to a stop on the far side.

Look, if you don't put enough mustard behind it, the dice will drop in the middle of the table and you'll get a reation akin to that person who throws the opening pitch only to have the ball hit the dirt fifteen feet in front of the catcher.

Conversely, you don't want to put so much behind it that the dice ricochets off the table and onto the floor. If that happens, it is considered bad luck at the table, so you have already dug yourself a hole with the other players. As someone is fishing the dice off the floor, the dealer will push the three other dice to you. Quietly select two dice and this time throw lower and softer (and pray for a good role and that the dice don't leave the table again).

If you are in the middle of a big role and the dice leave the table, you should call out "same dice" to the dealer. This will insure that the "lucky" dice that have been making everyone money are still in use. Do not call "same dice" if you are coming out or if you are in the beginning stage of your role.

Practice makes perfect, so pick up a pair of dice in the gift shop and throw them in your room. If you're still not comfortable with your throws, just say "pass" when asked to be the shooter and let someone else throw them.

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True Vegas Advice: Checking Out of Your Hotel 
4/23/09, 11:09 AM - True Vegas Advice

Remember these three points of advice when you have to check out of your room.

1) Skip the Checkout. When you check out, don't waste your time standing in the long line at the front desk. Use the check out on your television or just leave and have the bill put on your credit card.

2) Check-Out Times Are Not Set in Stone. If they say check-out time is 10 a.m., don't worry if is 11 a.m. before you roll out. If they call your room, just tell them you are packing your stuff. Take your time and play stupid if they give you a hard time.

3) Check Your Bags With the Bell Desk. If you flight leaves later, check your bags with the bell staff. If you are going to spend the rest of your time at a different hotel before you leave, bring your bags with you and check them in with the bell desk at the hotel. You don't have to be a guest there to check you bags.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Eating Off The Strip 
4/22/09, 11:46 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Although many of Vegas's restaurants are not located in casinos, not many are worth the time and money to travel to (there are a few exceptions). It might be easy to get a cab to take you there, but getting one to pick you again later can take up to an hour. Perhaps you'll want to head downtown for a meal, but that's really about it. You have every food option you can think of, or adjacent to, the Strip.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Who Needs Food? 
4/21/09, 11:41 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Some people think food just gets in the way of a good buzz. They usually wind up much drunker than the rest of the group, groping every woman in sight and getting thrown out of the casino. You will be walking and drinking a lot in Vegas, so make sure you have enough fuel in your body to keep you going for the long haul. If you don't eat enough, your friends will wind up having to babysit you later, or they'll refuse to bail you out of jail when you get arrested for indecent exposure.

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