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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.
Don’t try to get more than five people into a cab, or you’re asking for problems.

2) You have to get them at the taxi stand of a property.
Remember, this isn’t New York: You can’t yell “Yo!” from the middle of the street and expect the cab to pick you up. In fact, there‘s a good chance they’ll 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 “recommends”: he’s only interested in making a buck, not making sure you get exactly what you want.

4) If it’s 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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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 casino’s tab. So, find a table with a lonely dealer who’s 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. There’s 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 casino’s tab, because you aren’t 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 it’s 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 you’re going to play at night, here are a few things to remember.

1) Don’t 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 you’ll 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 won’t be able to withstand the swings.

3) Play in the Party Pit: Some casinos such as Harrah’s, 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) Don’t Play Drunk. There is no way to lose your money faster than gambling when you are drunk and tired.

2) Don’t Play by Yourself: If you look around and notice that you’re 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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True Vegas Advice: Dinner Roulette 
4/18/10, 1:07 PM - True Vegas Advice

Want to make your meal a little more memorable? If you’re dining at a casino restaurant, collect from your friends for the bill, then place a bet at a roulette table. Have everyone wait at the table while one of you puts the cash on red or black. If you lose, you overpay for your meal; if you win everyone’s happy. This is a great way to have some fun with everyone. How often do you all get to place one bet together with immediate results? It sure beats the old “credit card roulette” game where you all throw your cards in, the waitress picks one at random, and that guy gets stuck with the bill.

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True Vegas Advice: Don't Spread Vegas Hype 
4/15/10, 8:31 AM - True Vegas Advice

What is Vegas Hype? Vegas Hype is a certain type of B.S.: it’s like P.T. Barnum on steroids, an otherworldly level of mistruth that puts lies about any other town to shame. Las Vegas is built on guys and gals coming back and telling someone that they had “the time of their life” or “the best meal at” a place that sucked, because they won’t admit that they were conned. Just like any get-rich-quick or rapid-weight-loss scam, most people are embarrassed to admit that they were taken advantage of. Be a man: admit it, when pressed, that something was a rip-off or a complete waste of time.

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True Vegas Advice: 10 Steps to Enjoying a Vegas Steakhouse 
4/12/10, 8:49 AM - True Vegas Advice

Here’s what you and the guys need to do to have a memorable dinner out on the town without breaking the bank.

Step 1: Order a Gin Martini
Arrive a little early so you have time to head to the bar and order a stiff gin martini with three olives. This classic will take you back to old-school Vegas while you get ready for your meal.

Step 2: Order Cheap Red Wine
You’re probably already a little drunk anyway, so you probably won’t be able to appreciate good wine — not that you’d be able to even if you were sober. Order a bottle of the cheapest red wine on the menu. Does it really matter if it’s merlot, cabernet or pinot noir? Even if you do know the difference, we’re sure your friends probably won’t be impressed.

Step 3: Avoid the Bottled Water
Stick with the tap water, pass on the still and sparkling.

Step 4: Chow Down on the Bread
The bread is excellent and free at steak houses. So order up, slather on some butter, and enjoy with your wine.

Step 5: Pass on the Appetizers
You’ll be tempted to order a couple of appetizers for the table to share. It’s not easy to split most appetizers among more than four, usually someone is left out. On top of that, it is a pain to pass dishes around the table.

Step 6: Avoid the Caesar Salad
Get a salad — just avoid the Caesar. Although it might be tasty, the Caesar is usually comprised of large leafs of uncut lettuce, making them a real pain in the neck to eat, and you’ll feel like you’re gardening. And, seeing that you have a couple in you, you might get a little careless with your utensils and wind up sending your fork flying.

Step 7: Order Your Steak
Stick with the rib eye, medium. Real steak connoisseurs know that the rib eye is the choicest cut of meat. Don’t even think about anything else. Filet, porterhouse, New York strip all take a backseat to the rib eye.

Step 8: Order Your Sides
With only a couple of exceptions, most of these places are strictly a la carte. Choose one green, one potato, and one fungus. Sides at steak houses are meant to be split, so order one green side of asparagus or broccoli, one dish of mashed potatoes or hash browns and an order of sautéed mushrooms for the table.

Step 9: Smoke a Cigar
Nothing is more satisfying than a nice fat cigar after a nice fat steak. Move your group into the bar and buy one in the $7 to $10 range. Sit back and relax.

Step 10: Order The After Dinner Drink
The perfect complement to your cigar is a shot of Sambuca with espresso coffee beans, a good VSOP or XO cognac, or a single-malt scotch. Port is also traditional, but a bit heavy. Any of these are just what you need to get pumped up before you head out on the town. A note about single malts: This is not your dad’s Cutty Sark, and if you order it on the rocks, the bartender will look at you like you deserve to be shot. And you do.

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Room Service: A Excellent Breakfast 
4/9/10, 8:00 AM - True Vegas Advice

A great way to get your day going is having breakfast brought up to your room. You can sip a cup of coffee and have French toast while you are still waking up and getting ready. Sometimes it takes a while, so it makes sense to order the breakfast right before you go to sleep, either by calling down, or filling out the breakfast order card and hanging in on your doorknob. Then it will be there at the exact time you want it. Save yourself the frustration of rousting everyone out of bed and getting them showered at the same time just so you can get some food. Otherwise, be prepared to wait forty-five minutes until everyone is ready to roll. Once you get everyone into the elevator, expect that they’ll spend twenty minutes heading from place to place until they finally arrive on where they want to eat, then you’ll need to get seated, order … you catch the drift. Fill out the breakfast card, hang it on your doorknob, and go to sleep.

You might think it is expensive when you look at the menu. It is about a 10% up-charge from the breakfast in the coffee shop. But the convenience is well worth it.

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True Vegas Advice: Tips on Late-Night Gambling 
4/5/10, 9:39 AM - True Vegas Advice

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. The real boozers have passed out hours ago; this crowd is filled with the socially inept and downright strange. Though we recommend that you should hit the sack or get some food, there are some things you need to look out for when you gamble late at night.

Don’t Play Drunk. There is no way to lose your money faster than gambling when you are drunk and tired. At this point you’ve probably been up for too long and drunk too much to have any chance of playing smart.

Don’t Play by Yourself. If you look around and notice that you’re playing alone at 5 a.m., go to sleep. The dealers don’t even look like they want to be there, why should you. 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. Just be prepared to have some wacko chewing your ear off about his Kennedy assassination theory or how aliens once abducted him.

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True Vegas Advice: Always Ask for a Late Check-Out 
4/4/10, 8:47 AM - True Vegas Advice

You may not think you need it. Your flight leaves at 4 p.m. and your check-out is at noon. But those few precious hours of sleep are very important. It allows you to sleep off your hangover, take a shower, and relax in your hotel room. Otherwise you will have to hang out in the casino trying to nurse that raging headache. Plus, if you are in the casino, you will be tempted to spend more money. If you are in your room, you wont be spending a dime. Remember, the last day in Vegas is all about recovery.

Most people think that a hotel will charge them for a late check-out. The truth is that very few hotels have a system in place to charge for a late check-out. The reason is that if the hotel told people that they could purchase a late-check out, lots of people would do it. The hotel does not have the staff to turn hundreds of rooms in a hour for the next check-ins. So, they keep it quiet and allow for a small amount of late-checkouts per day.

An exception to this rule is the Stratosphere. They actually bring in additional staff in the afternoon to handle the workload. They have around 500-750 late check-outs a day, where they charge an additional $20 - $50, depending on the day of the week.

When to ask for a late check-out:

When you make your reservation
When you are talking to the reservation agent, ask if you could have a late check-out. It is worth a shot.

When you check into the hotel
The hotel front agent has the power also, but it works better if you tip her $10. (Which you are probably going to do anyway if you follow the advice in the Little Black Book.)

Casino VIP Services
If you are staying under a comp or casino rate room, call VIP services during your stay and see if you can have a late check-out. Don't explain the reason because they might think you are a big player that is close friends with a host. They don't want to piss off a player and get in trouble with the host.

Casino Host
If you know or meet a casino host, ask him if he could do you a favor and extend your check-out. Tell him you have some friends staying at Bellagio that want to come over and gamble before your flight leaves.

House Keeping
In the morning of your check-out, proactively call down to Housekeeping and say that your flight has been delayed and you were wondering if you could stay in the room a couple of hours. If you get to them before they issue the room assignments to the house keeping staff, you will have a good chance they will mark you room last.

If all else fails, just stay in the room as long as possible.
It might be a pain to go through the following steps, so many of you will just leave the room so you don't have to deal with it. If you really want to stay, here is what will happen:

A house keeper is assigned 15-17 rooms per day. It takes 25-30 minutes to clean a room after a check-out and 10-15 minutes to clean a room for a stay over. They start knocking on doors around 9 a.m. Be sure you have your Do Not Disturb sign up, so they don't know on your door first. They will go to every room without a Do Not Disturb before they start knocking on yours. When they come to your room, just play dumb and say that you are getting ready to go. They will go ahead and clean another room, which will buy yourself another 30 minutes. You can probably do this a couple of times.

If the housekeeper get frustrated, they will call their supervisor. The supervisor will call your room and say that you will need to vacate or they will charge you for another night. At this point, say that you thought you had a late check out. Ask how much another night will be. The housekeeping supervisor has no idea how much rooms sell for, they will transfer you to the front desk.

Tell the front desk that you thought you had a late check out because you called yesterday saying that your flight was canceled. Some front desk agents are lazy and will just mark your room a late check-out, so they won't have to deal with you. Others will deny you and say that you need to leave or you will be charged for another night. When they tell you how much, just say no thanks, you will start packing up to leave.

At this point, go ahead and pack up.

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True Vegas Advice: Two Awesome Bets on Roulette 
4/3/10, 9:54 AM - True Vegas Advice

Roulette is a classic game with a spinning ball and a bunch of numbered colored squares. If you’re looking for something that requires no skill, you’ve found it. It’s an easy game to bet, and an easy game to lose. Here are a couple of tips to keep it pretty exciting.

The Arrival Bet: Walk into the casino, take all your gambling money, and make one bet on black or red. If you win, blow all your winnings on strippers and drinks, and gamble like you normally would for the rest of your trip. If you lose, don’t gamble the rest of the trip. How’s that for high stakes?

The Departure Bet: There is nothing better than laying down one last bet on roulette when you are leaving town — and winning it. You will walk out of the casino feeling like a king and you’ll have a good story to tell when someone asks you “Did you win?” Of course, if you lose you’ll board your flight looking just like all of the other miserable losers you’ll be traveling home with.

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True Vegas Advice: Learn to Play Single or Double Deck Blackjack 
4/2/10, 9:52 AM - True Vegas Advice

Single and double deck blackjack is dealt differently from the four or six deck shoe games. The cards are dealt facedown to each player, making it difficult to count cards. With single and double deck blackjack, the player picks up the cards and views them. This is a departure from the more common multi deck version where the player isn’t allowed to touch the cards.

If you want a hit, scratch the cards on the table.

If you want to stand, stick the cards facedown underneath your chips in the betting circle. If you get a blackjack, immediately throw your cards face up to show the dealer.

If you want to split or double down, throw your cards face up and make the additional wager.

If you bust out, throw your cards faceup onto the table.

If this is your first time playing single or double deck, be sure to watch the games for a couple minutes to get the motions down; if you don’t, you might end up looking like an idiot.

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