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True Vegas Advice: Always Ask for a Late Check-Out 
5/31/10, 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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Classic Vegas Mistake: Not Knowing the Sports Betting Numbers 
5/30/10, 8:11 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You have been studying the games all morning and you want to place a bet on the patriots -3 versus the dolphins. You walk up to the betting cashier with $55 dollars (remebering to always bet sports in $11 increments) . After waiting in line for a couple of minutes, it is your turn to place a bet. You tell them $55 on the Patriots. The cashier snaps back, "Numbers!" You look at him in confusion. He says "what is the number of the game." You say that you don't know. The cashier gets all pissed and fumbles around with papers in order to find the number of the game.

When betting sports, always use the numbers that is posted to the left of the team you are going to bet. In this case, "101" may have been next to the Patriots and "102" next to the Dolphins. So, you should have said "101 for $55" to make this bet.

The cashier is just a number puncher that hates their job. They don't know what game goes with what number.

To avoid looking like a rookie, always bet with the numbers. It will make life so much easier for the cashier, especially if you are betting multiple games. In addition, be sure to know the numbers before you walk up, sometimes the board can't be seen from where you are placing your bets.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Staying at a Hotel That is Holding a Big Convention 
5/29/10, 8:22 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Sometimes a big group or convention can take over a hotel. So what is the big deal? The Hotel sells out all the time anyway, so who cares if they are part of a convention?

The problem is that everyone at the convention is on the same schedule. So, they might all get out at 6pm from a day of meetings, but then have to be back at 630pm to board the busses to a entertainment event. When this happens, they all try to go up to their rooms to change out of their business clothes into their going out clothes. All 2,000 of them at the same time!

Sometimes the wait for an elevator can take 20 minutes as they all crowd the elevator lobby. At times, you can't even walk to the valet, because they are all packed in front lobby exit. The company takes over all the bars; all wanting to get a drink for dinner. They take all the normal dinner reservations times and over crowd the nightclub. At times, it is impossible to even get a cup of coffee at Starbucks because the line is so long from the conventioneers.

I had the pleasure of staying at the Palazzo where T-mobile was having their annual managers meeting. They had over 1,000 guys in their late twenties, all doing the same thing. They all stuck together, because they were suppose to be team building while they were there. It grid-locked the hotel at 9 am, lunch time, dinner time and night time. It made even normal activities tough and ruined the experience of staying there.

The main hotels for conventions are Venetian, Palazzo, Mandalay Bay and the Hilton. If you are looking to book at these hotels, so a quick search on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's Convention Calendar.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Not Getting a Drink at the Bar Because Drinks Are Free When You Gamble 
5/28/10, 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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Classic Vegas Mistake: A Second Hand on a No-Mid-Deck Entry Blackjack 
5/27/10, 8:43 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You are playing and hit a winning streak – 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 “you can’t do that”.

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 don’t start with one and try to go to two on a single or double deck game.

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True Vegas Advice: You Don't Have to Eat at the Traditional Meal Times 
5/26/10, 8:35 AM - True Vegas Advice

When traveling with a group of people, the tendency is to eat at the traditional noon lunch and 6 pm dinner time. There are a couple of reasons that you don't want to do this.

1) Everyone is trying to eat at this time. There are only so many restaurant seats in Vegas and the most popular restaurants are always booked during these times.

2) It makes too much out of your lunch. Lunch is not the memorable meal for the day, dinner should be. When your group is planning on lunch somewhere, you are making it too much of lunch.

3) Most of you will be hung over at noon. If you are hurting from the night before, you need to resting by the pool with a bloody mary, not sitting in the loud and smokey casino cafe.

4) The late dinner is perfect between a show and going out. A 9:30 pm or 10 pm dinner makes a nice transition. You start drinking at dinner with your friends. By the time you hit the bars afterward, you have a good game on.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Leaving Chips Under the Lip of the Table Game  
5/25/10, 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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Classic Vegas Mistake:: Improperly Making Bets with Different Denomination of Chips 
5/24/10, 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 – 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 “Why did she do that?” 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 don’t hold up the game with the dealer.

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True Vegas Advice: Traveling By Taxi 
5/23/10, 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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Classic Vegas Mistake: Eating a Steak at a 24-hour Coffee Shop 
5/22/10, 8:25 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You sit down for a late night meal at the casino’s 24-Coffee Shop and order the New York Strip, medium rare. Just a day before, you ate the culinary delight of a 21-day aged prime center cut ribeye at a real Steakhouse. Steaks in Coffee Shops are horrible. Since they are usually paired up with a “Steak and Eggs” low price special, you know that the restaurant did not spend much on the steak. What you can expect is a below “choice” grade of steak that is mostly fat. If you are able to eat it, your stomach will feel like you just digested a brick. When in coffee shops, stick with the sandwiches and pasta dishes.

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