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Classic Vegas Mistake: Not Getting a Drink at the Bar Because Drinks Are Free When You Gamble 
4/30/10, 9:28 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

People that don't go to casinos often are thrilled that casinos give out free drinks. But they take it too far. They are afraid to buy a drink at the bar. They convince the whole group not to stop by the bar and rather go gamble and wait on the free drinks.

It usually ends up like this: They follow "the leader" as he sits at a packed Blackjack game to gamble and waits for the free drinks. It takes 10 minutes for the cocktail server to show up. She takes your friend's order because he is playing, but shuns you when you try to order from her. She tells you she can only serve people that are gambling. So you offer cash because you really want a drink. But she tells you that she does not accept cash and works only the table games. So, you wait around for another 5 minutes until your friend gets a drink and then ditch him to go back to the bar for your own drink. You just wasted 20 minutes waiting around.

Don't let this happen to you. We recommend the first thing you do when entering a casino is go to a bar and get a drink. That way, no matter what you do, you have a drink in hand and are working on having a good time. A casino is not just about gambling. If your group wants a drink, stop at the closest bar and pick one up. Yes, it will cost you $5, but it is worth it.

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True Vegas Advice: Traveling By Taxi 
4/29/10, 8:01 AM - True Vegas Advice

If you have to go a distance, cabs are usually your best bet. But when taking Taxis be sure to remember these five points:

1) Five is the limit.
Donít try to get more than five people into a cab, or youíre asking for problems.

2) You have to get them at the taxi stand of a property.
Remember, this isnít New York: You canít yell ďYo!Ē from the middle of the street and expect the cab to pick you up. In fact, thereĎs a good chance theyíll run you over, you drunken nut.

3) Expect the strip club sell.
The second you get in, the driver will be all over you to head to a strip club so they can get a generous kickback. Even if your destination is a strip club, do your homework and avoid the place the cabbie ďrecommendsĒ: heís only interested in making a buck, not making sure you get exactly what you want.

4) If itís the weekend, expect it to take a while to get a cab.
The lines can get especially long as the shows let out. This is something you should always consider when you choose to venture off of the Strip.

5) Taxi drivers don't have your best interest in mind.
They are the bottom feeders of the Vegas economy. They will take you a longer way to increase the fare or drop you off at a place to get a kick back. Vegas cabbies don't care about the damage they do to the Vegas tourist economy. They are only out for themselves. Don't trust any cabbie in Vegas.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: A Second Hand on a No-Mid-Deck Entry Blackjack 
4/28/10, 8:43 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You are playing and hit a winning streak Ė so you want to start playing two hands to really cash in. You put the right amount of money on another spot, and the dealer pushes it back and says ďyou canít do thatĒ.

It is a twist on the two previously mentioned Classic Vegas Mistakes: the combination of a playing two hands on a no-mid-deck entry game. Playing a second hand would be considered mid deck entry if you did not start the second hand right after the shuffle.

You can start with two and then drop down to one hand. Just donít start with one and try to go to two on a single or double deck game.

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Classic Vegas Mistake:: Improperly Making Bets with Different Denomination of Chips 
4/27/10, 7:48 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You are betting $10 per hand with two red $5 chips. You then feel lucky and want to up your bet. You look down at your chip stack and you see two green $25 chips. You grab them and place them on top of your two red $5 chips in the betting circle.

The dealer looks at you, stops what she is doing Ė reaches over and flips your chips upside down, so the green chips are on the bottom and the red chips are on the top. You say to yourself ďWhy did she do that?Ē Everyone at the table looks at you and then knows that you are a novice gambler.

The higher denomination chips go on the bottom when making a bet with different chip values. A black $100 chip goes below a green $25 chips which goes below a red $5 chip which goes below a white $1 chip. Keep this order when making bets so you donít hold up the game with the dealer.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Leaving Chips Under the Lip of the Table Game  
4/26/10, 8:05 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Every day in the casino, the management find chips and coins under the leather lip of table games. When people play, they keep all their chips pressed against the leather. Eventually, some get stuck between the leather and the felt.

If you think a chip is in there, the dealer has no problem with you lifting the leather lip up to find your money.

When the casinos find the money, it usually is too late, the player is long gone. The dealers end up taking it as tip.

I am not saying that people leave $100 chips in there, but if all I did was go around Vegas and collect money from the lips of table games, I would be a very rich man.

Keep you stacks of chips organized and make sure to double check that there are no chips stuck.

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True Vegas Advice: Smoking Cigars in Vegas 
4/25/10, 8:53 AM

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 pretty much everywhere in Vegas, you will find that other people get irritated by the heavy smoke. So if you want to smoke it up, here are some venues both inside and outside to consider:

Inside
1) Top of the World Lounge at Stratosphere
2) Casa Fuente at Caesars
3) Del Friscoís Cigar Lounge
4) Porch Dogs at Hooters
5) Chicago Brewing Company's Cigar Lounge at Four Queens


Outside
1) Fontana Room's outdoor partio at Bellagio
2) Prime Steakhouseís outdoor patio at Bellagio
3) Foundation Roomís Balcony at Mandalay Bay
4) Mix's outdoor patio at TheHOTEL
5) Mon Ami Gabiís Patio at Paris


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Classic Vegas Mistake: Not knowing how to play multiple hands at Black Jack 
4/24/10, 8:29 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You see it quite often in any casino: a player playing multiple hands at Black Jack. If you want to do this also - be sure to know the rules and procedures, or you will end up embarrassing yourself at the table.

Most casinos follow these general rules:

If you want to play two hands, you must play twice the table minimum for each hand. For example, if the table minimum is $10, you must play at least $20 on each hand.

If you want to play three hands, you must play five times the table minimum for each hand. If the table minimum is $10, you must play at least $50 for each hand.

You canít play more than three hands.

Donít make the mistake of trying to play multiple hands when you donít have enough money. All you will do is have the dealer tell you that you canít do it, or for them to stop the game and call over the pit boss, so the pit boss can tell you the rules.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Making Every Meal a Culinary Experience 
4/23/10, 8:36 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

There are many excellent dining options in Vegas. But every meal in Vegas does not have to be an ďeventĒ.

Dining takes time and time is your most valuable asset in Las Vegas. So, if you are hungry, you donít have to sit down in a Cafť or Buffet. Grab some fast food and keep gambling and drinking. Sometimes it is better to fill the stomach for cheap, and save your money for one or two awesome meals.

Below are some of the quick options for guys:

Caesarís - Cypress Marketplace Court
It is a little confusing because it looks like a typical mall food court, but you use tickets instead of cash, and then have to pay for the tickets. It has a variety of all your normal fast food options and is located near the entrance of the Forum Shops from the casino.

MGM Grand - McDonalds, Starbucks and a Generic Pizza Place
Far down the Studio Walk you will find a food court. There is a Fat-Tuesday-style slushy drink place across from it to wash your food down.

New York, New York - The Village Eateries
It looks like the streets of New York because it has theatrical smoke spewing out of the fake potholes. The Village Eateries offers a variety of non-brand name fast food places that serve up the normal fanfare of hamburgers, deli sandwiches, and pizza. After a bite, head up the long stairs in the back to the roller coaster.

Casino Royale - Subway, TCBY and Noble Roman's
After your drink twenty of the Casino Royale's special $1 Michelobs, you are either going to be passed out or starving. If you are starving, grab a quick meatball sub at Subway and continue drinking. If you are passed out, then you will have to wait until the morning.

Excalibur - Krispy Kream
The only reason the Excalibur is on the list is for Krispy Kream. This is the only Krispy Kream on the Strip that actually makes the doughnuts there (all the other places server day old doughnuts). There is nothing like a hot doughnut when you are stumbling back to your room with the munchies. You probably wonít pass it unless you are walking from New York, New York to Mandalay Bay (or vice versa) and pass through the Excalibur. Located on the second floor above the casino.

Ballyís - Sbarro's, Johnny's Deli, and Ichiban.
If you take the monorail and get off at Ballyís, you will pass these restaurants, otherwise you will never find them. They are located below the casino level by the Sportsbook.

So remember, if your group is wandering around looking for a place to eat and all you want is something to fill your stomachs before you gamble, there is nothing wrong with just grabbing some fast food. Save your money and time for a big dinner at a Steakhouse.

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True Vegas Advice: Gambling at Different Times of Day in Vegas 
4/22/10, 8:53 AM - True Vegas Advice

Everybody talks about where to gamble in Vegas. But when you gamble is just as important.

Daytime Gambling
During the day, you and your friends will run an entire table, be able to talk with one another without pissing off everyone else around you, hold epic battles versus the dealer, and pound Heinekens on the casinoís tab. So, find a table with a lonely dealer whoís just sitting there, and take it over. The same table at night will have a line three deep for every seat. Here are some tips:

1) Find a $5 Blackjack Table. Thereís no reason to sit at a $10 table if there is a $5 table available.

2) Go with a Manual Shuffle. If you have a choice between a manual shuffle and an automatic shuffler, go with manual. A manual shuffle is when the dealer has to shuffle by hand. It extends your playtime, allowing you to drink more on the casinoís tab, because you arenít playing (and losing) in the extra five minutes it takes for the dealer to shuffle.

3) Get to Know the Dealer. When the dealer is shuffling, break out a conversation and ask a couple of questions. Dealers can help you out by keeping you from making stupid decisions, which will become especially helpful after you have had a couple of drinks.
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Nighttime Gambling
At night, the tables fill up quickly and table minimums go up. Although itís probably a good idea to restrict your play to earlier in the day, there is definitely a buzz of energy in the casino at night. If youíre going to play at night, here are a few things to remember.

1) Donít Play in Groups: If you have a group that is trying to gamble at night, you will spend the majority of time walking around trying to find the mythical empty table. If you want to play youíll probably have to fly solo, or at best in groups of two or three.

2) Bring a Larger Bankroll: Table minimums will be up, so bring a larger bankroll with you, otherwise you wonít be able to withstand the swings.

3) Play in the Party Pit: Some casinos such as Harrahís, Imperial Palace, Stardust, and Rio offer a table games area that also serves as a form of entertainment.
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Late-Night Gambling
In the wee hours of the night/morning, the table minimums go back down and the casinos empty. The late night crowd is usually a wacky bunch. Tips on late-night gambling:

1) Donít Play Drunk. There is no way to lose your money faster than gambling when you are drunk and tired.

2) Donít Play by Yourself: If you look around and notice that youíre playing alone at 5 a.m., go to sleep. If you insist on sticking it out, find a table with at least a few other players so you can have some sort of interaction.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Touching your chips in the betting circle 
4/21/10, 8:25 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes


When you are gambling at Blackjack, it is common to vary your bet. But when a double down opportunity comes, you want to make sure you put the right amount of chips out there. Sometimes you canít tell if you have, say 7 or 8 chips, in the betting circle.

Unless you want your hand slapped by the dealer and the pit boss to come over and lecture you, donít count the chips by touching the them in the betting circle. Those are off limit once the deal starts.

So how do you know how much to bet? You can either ask you dealer, she will count them out for you and let you know, or you can put a deliberately larger stack of chips (like 10 for this example) next to your existing bet. You can then "size into" the amount of chips you have by comparing your existing bet with the new stack. Just remove chips from the top of the new stack until the stacks match.

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