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Hidden Vegas Gem: Hard Rock Sportsbook 
4/7/10, 9:18 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

The sportsbook at Hard Rock is small, nice, and low-key. Itís worth hanging here if youíre staying at the hotel. If youíre staying on the Strip but you just want to check the hotel out, watching a game might be just the reason to head over. Plasma screens, excellent cocktail servers, comfy seats, and no crowds are what Hard Rock has to offer. Right next to the sportsbook is a sports bar that has six plasmas on the wall, and booth tables with small, personalized televisions.

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Classic Vegas MIstake: Thinking a Single Deck is a 6-Deck Shoe 
4/6/10, 9:33 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Your buddy and you spot two seats next to each other on a open table on a busy Vegas Friday night. You guys sit down and get ready for some fun. You throw your money down on the table, the dealer changes it out. You place your first bet. Then, then dealer tosses cards face down to you. You all of a sudden realize that you are at a single deck game and you hate single deck! You hate the scratching of the cards, the adding in your head and the 6 to 5 blackjacks. You play one hand, then excuse yourself from the table and then start walking around the casino looking for a 6-deck shoe.

There are so many variations of blackjack out there, you need to be on the lookout before you sit down. A lot of times there are no signs, so you need to stand behind the seat for one hand, to make sure you know what game you are getting involved with.

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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.

Donít Play Drunk. There is no way to lose your money faster than gambling when you are drunk and tired. At this point youíve probably been up for too long and drunk too much to have any chance of playing smart.

Donít Play by Yourself. If you look around and notice that youíre playing alone at 5 a.m., go to sleep. The dealers donít 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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Hidden Vegas Gem: Casino Royale 
4/4/10, 9:47 AM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Located between Harrahís and the Venetian, on the Strip, the Casino Royale is a great place for some low-wagering good times in a prime location. Low table minimums at this little gem make for a lively atmosphere. This is the perfect place to spend some hours on games you may be new to, or to try that strategy youíve been reading up on. Youíll notice that everyone here is having a good time because they arenít losing a lot of money.

There are two table game pits here. Avoid the small pit near the entrance to Outback Steak house ó the fun pit is the one that runs along the length of the bar. This pit has a series of low-limit craps, blackjack, roulette, and pai gow poker games. Along the roof are beveled mirrors that allow you to view all of the table action without looking over somebodyís shoulder. Why wait for a waitress to come by for a free drink; they have cheap drinks up at the bar. The standing specials here are $1 Michelob, frozen Rum Runners, and pina coladas. Youíll see the line of people at the end of the bar waiting for a drink, but donít worry, it moves fast. Grab a drink and hit the tables. With low drink prices and low table minimums, you get to play, drink, and have fun at a reasonable price. If you are getting free drinks but have to play for $25 a hand to get them, they arenít free.

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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 youíre looking for something that requires no skill, youíve found it. Itís 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, donít gamble the rest of the trip. Howís that for high stakes?

The Departure Bet: There is nothing better than laying down one last bet on roulette when you are leaving town ó and winning it. You will walk out of the casino feeling like a king and youíll have a good story to tell when someone asks you ďDid you win?Ē Of course, if you lose youíll board your flight looking just like all of the other miserable losers youíll 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 isnít 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 donít, you might end up looking like an idiot.

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True Vegas Advice: The Snack Shop is the Only Place to Eat on Arrival 
4/1/10, 9:50 AM - True Vegas Advice

By the time they get checked into their hotel, most guys we know are usually hungry. Well, your first night in Vegas you should be concentrating on partying, not eating. Youíre finally here, you have to hit the Strip hard, so pass on the sit-down meal and hit the snack shop. It will fill your stomach and not take too much away from your drinking.

Snack shops are perfect to get food and go. Most casino resorts have them.

A Good Snack Shop Should:

1) Offer enough choices. Some snack shops are glorified hot dog stands.

2) Prepare the food fresh. You are not at a 7-11 getting pre-made sandwiches, the snack shop should at least be making the food fresh.

3) Be quick to get in and get out. If it takes 30 minutes to get your food, what is the point?

4) Offer table seating. You need somewhere to eat so you donít have to stand in the back of the sportsbook eating your sandwich.

So, throughout your trip, when someone in the group is hungry or you have only a little time on your hands and you would rather spend it gambling, snack shops are perfect. Itís also a spot to grab a quick bite if you are waiting around for someone.

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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 ó theyíre products of the old days, when they didnít want you to be so comfortable in your room that youíd not be out on the floor gambling.

2) Ask to be near the elevator. If you arenít, youíll regret it. Remember, weíre 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), youíll want to have something to look at. You didnít 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 itís too crowded to head down for some poolside action.

4) Standard rooms. Many hotels have different sizes of standard rooms. If you donít get the suite upgrade, ask for the largest standard available.

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