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True Vegas Advice: Maximize Football Sundays in Vegas  
9/5/09, 11:01 AM - True Vegas Advice

On most Sundays in Vegas, people wake up late, nurse a hangover, check out of their room and then try to waste time until their flight leave. But from September through December, Sundays are entirely something different. Pro football takes over Vegas.

Yes, as you know, there are no games actually played in Vegas, but that does not matter. On Football Sundays, you can feel the energy around the casino. Betting on football is a passion in Las Vegas. Since Nevada is the only state in the country where you can legally bet on sports, Sundays mornings are a bit different on the Strip.

Ten Tips on Making the Most Out of Football Sundays

1) Games Start at 10 am and 1pm. Remember, you are on the West Coast and that means the first pro football games start at 10am. Many an East Coaster has waken up late and missed the first game.

2) Stick with the Basics. If you are new to sports wagering, don’t worry about the five-team parlay, futures, money lines, or even the over/under. Stick with basics – bet the point spreads. A point spread bet is not a bet on whether a team will win, but rather that a team will cover the point differential. For example, a “Broncos minus seven” bet would only win if the Broncos won by more than seven points. If the Broncos won by six points, then the bet would lose. Conversely, on a “Steelers plus seven” bet, the Steelers don’t have to win, they just can’t lose by more than seven points.

3) Make Your Bets Early. If possible, make all your Sunday
bets the night before. It gets real busy in the Sports Book on Sunday mornings and you will end up standing in a long line. Possibly not getting your bet in on time.

4) Bet in $11 increments. If you win, you get your $11 back plus $10. Any increment other than $11 and you will end up with change and look like you don’t know what you are doing.

5) Create Drama. Spread your money over four or five games so you have a bunch of action and drama going on at once. It is fun to have money riding and trying to keep up with multiple games simultaneously.

6) Only Bet on Televised Games. Yes, even though there may be 150 televisions in a sportsbook, there are plenty of games that aren’t televised. If you bet on these games you’ll miss being able to see your gambling dollars at work.

7) Bet Against New York. If you’re looking to place a bet, there are usually good odds against New York teams. There are so many Giants and Jets fans that are going to bet, no matter what the odds are, that the odds against the them usually pretty good because the sportsbook is looking to cover their bets and not lose their shirts if the New York team wins.

8) Ask for Drink Vouchers. When you are placing a bet, be sure to ask for drink vouchers from the agent. Casinos are clamping down on giving out comp drinks to non-players, so if you order a drink in the sportsbook and don’t have a drink voucher, the cocktail server will charge you.

9) Get on the Cocktail Waitress’s Good Side. This is very important at a sportsbook. If you get on the cocktail server’s good side, she will bring you drinks fast and possibly give you a couple extra drink vouchers. So, tip big. Your generosity will usually be reciprocated!

10) Get a Good Seat. A good seat in a sportsbook is usually hard to find, expect that 75 percent of them will have a “Reserved for Race Players” sign, which means they are-off limits to you. Look for seats that have a view that won’t be blocked by pedestrian traffic. If you can’t find a seat in the sportsbook, there are usually some good views at the adjacent bar.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Taking a Taxi's Drivers Advice on Gentlemen Clubs 
8/7/09, 11:24 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Taxi drivers want to drop guys off a gentleman clubs where they get the biggest kickback. $20 is normal for a club to give a taxi driver, but the clubs got into a bidding war and some clubs offer cabbies $50. So for each $20 entry fee, the club would shell out $50 to the cabbie.

The cabbies are pushing Sheri’s and Diamond big time. I was talking to a cabbie yesterday. Here is his routine that he uses again and again.

“Where to?” the cabbie asks.
“Spearmint Rhino”, the passenger says.
“Ok, are you really sure you want to go there?
“Yes, why? What is wrong with it?”
“Well, do you like transvestites?”
“What do you mean transvestites?"
“I dropped a couple off there a couple hours ago, it is where they are all working now. You would be surprised by what the they look like, you can’t even tell the are dudes”
“Come on, you are joking right?”
“I wish I was, there are only a handful there, chances are in the crowd of girls, you won’t get in contact with them. But it is up to you.”
“Ok, where should we go?”
“There is this new place call Sheri’s Cabaret, really cool. The girls are hot and they don’t hustle you like other clubs. I go there all the time, I’ll probably be there in two hours when my shift ends.”
“Ok, I guess we will try that place.”
As he drops off the guys at the club, “You guys won’t be disappointed, I’ll drink a beer with you when I get there. Ask for Porsche and tell her you know me. She’ll show you a real good time, if you know what I mean.”

The fact is that the cabbie would not be caught dead in Sheri’s Cabaret. It is a lower class all nude club that doesn’t even serve alcohol.

Don’t fall into this trap. The Little Black Book outlines the top ten Gentleman’s Clubs. Don’t ever listen to a cab driver’s advice. Insist on the club you choose, not matter what the cabbie says.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Doubling Up Your Losses 
8/3/09, 11:37 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

I still see this classic vegas mistake all the time...

There was 16 “black” in a row on roulette. There was a group of guys in from Texas that was sure the next one would be “red”. That was on black number 6. They started making $100 wagers on red and started chasing their losses. In ten minutes, they cleaned out their wallets and maxed out their ATMs trying to get back to zero. They never did. It was there first day in Vegas and they blew all their money.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Doubling Up Your Losses
Known as the Martingale system, the practice of “double or nothing” on your losses to get back to even is a strategy used be beginners. For example, if you are down $10, bet $10 on the next hand. If you win you will be even, if you lose, you will be down $20. Then bet $20 on the next hand. If you win you will be even, if you lose you will be down $40. Get it? You just keep doubling until you are back to even. Many novice gamblers use this system and end up down big time. The problem with the system is that you don’t have an unlimited bankroll to keep doubling. Even if you did have a wad of cash, you still would max out your bet at the table maximum. Let’s see how bad it can get. $5-$10-$20-$40-$80-$160-$320-$640-$1280-$2560, etc. Don’t think you could lose ten times in a row? Many a sucker has thought the same thing. Avoid doubling up your losses.
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I know it is tempting. Don’t do it.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Ordering the Surf & Turf when Splitting the Bill 
8/2/09, 11:59 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

When eating with others and splitting the bill, don’t be an ass and order the Kobe beef filet or the oversized Australian lobster tail — or for pete’s sake the surf and turf of Kobe beef and Australian lobster tail. These high-price items turn the whole dining experience into a competition of “who can get the most for their share of the split bill.” Don’t be a jerk; keep your menu items on par with the rest of the group.

The same goes for shots. It gets frustrating when one end of the table is getting round after round of $12 patron silver shots while the other end is sipping on red wine. If you are going to order a round of shots, tell the server not to put it on the main bill and that you are paying for it yourself.

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Comedy Clubs in Vegas 
7/27/09, 11:47 AM - True Vegas Advice

Looking for a cheap night out in Vegas? A comedy club is a great choice – if you run out of other options. Seriously, with all the headliners and big shows in Vegas, small comedy clubs are fighting to stay alive.

A couple tips when going to comedy clubs:

1) Buy tickets at the door, no need to purchase them ahead of time. There is always plenty of room, even on Friday and Saturdays.

2) Tip the usher a ten spot, and he will give you an excellent seat. They never get tipped, so they will be grateful for any money they can get. A seat up front is so much better in a comedy show. That way, the comedian can pick on you and your buddies - makes it a bit more interesting.

3) Drink heavily before, during and after the show. You are going to need to be drinking to find these guys really funny. These are not headline comedians. These are tired washed up comedians with drinking and gambling problems that perform every night, twice a night. It never stops for them.

So, if you do decided to go, here are the three comedy clubs in town, in order from best to worst:

1) The Improv Comedy Club at Harrah's
2) The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana
3) The Riviera Comedy Club at the Riviera

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Making Every Meal a Culinary Experience 
6/30/09, 11:36 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

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

Dining takes time and time is your most valuable asset in Las Vegas. So, if you are hungry, you don’t have to sit down in a Café 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:

Caesar’s - 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 won’t 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.

Bally’s - Sbarro's, Johnny's Deli, and Ichiban.
If you take the monorail and get off at Bally’s, 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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Smoking Cigars in Vegas 
6/28/09, 11:53 AM - True Vegas Advice

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 Frisco’s 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 Steakhouse’s outdoor patio at Bellagio
3) Foundation Room’s Balcony at Mandalay Bay
4) Mix's outdoor patio at TheHOTEL
5) Mon Ami Gabi’s Patio at Paris

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Be Sure You Know The Type of Suite Before Booking It 
5/31/09, 10:02 AM - True Vegas Advice

When you are booking a suite, it is important to know what you are getting. There are several different grades of suites. Although every hotel uses different naming conventions, suites generally fall into the following four categories.

Executive or Petite Suites
Slightly larger than a standard hotel room, these suite types feature a couch, coffee table and sitting area that is part of the room. At some hotels such as The Venetian, Rio and THEhotel, all rooms are at this level, and the hotels bill themselves as “all suite” establishments. However, make no mistake: If you’re looking for a major suite this won’t live up to your expectations. Another example of this grade is the Caesars petite suites.

One-Bedroom Suites:
This level of suite features a living room with sitting area that is entirely separate from the bedroom: essentially, it’s a one-bed room apartment with out a kitchen. Examples of this grade are MGM’s Hollywood Suite and Hard Rock’s Deluxe Suite.

Two-Bedroom Suites
A separate living room with two adjoining king-size bedrooms. The living room usually features a bar, two couches and a dining table. An example of this grade is MGM’s Marquis suite and the Planet Hollywood's Panorama Suite.

Sweet Suites
Also known as the "Rain Man Suite", this level refers to any suite that goes above and beyond the size and grandeur of a two-bedroom suite. These suites are usually reserved for the casino high rollers, making them difficult to re-serve; the standard two-bedroom suite is usually the most lavish option you’ll be offered. Although sweet suites are over-the-top impressive, remember that you came to Vegas to have fun, so don’t get hung up over accommodations that are off-limits. Besides, when they are available, they cost beaucoup bucks, and that’s money better spent on booze and broads. Examples of this grade are Hard Rock’s Penthouse Suite and Caesars’ Duplex Suite.

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Hidden Vegas Gem: Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens 
5/30/09, 12:31 PM - Hidden Vegas Gems

Most people don't even know about Hugo's Celler. Just because it is located in Downtown vegas does not mean Hugo's can't keep up with the big boys the Strip. Hugo's is old school Vegas, back before the days of Celebrity Chefs and al la carte steaks. Head to the back of the casino and proceed down the stairs into the dark dungeon. This place is so dark, you can barely see your food. The staff is great, and the food is even better.

Be sure to get there a couple minutes early and start with a martini at the bar. The bartender will make a martini for you plus gives you a re-fill in an small iced glass. During dinner, be sure to get the Table Side Salad, the server makes it right in front of you with a plethora of options. For the main dish, stick with the Filet instead of the Ribeye. the filet is a great cut and grilled to perfection. Finish with bananas foster, another table side gold mine that you don't find at many steak houses anymore.

Call for reservations: 702-385-4011. While Hugo's Cellar might be off the beaten path, it has a huge following and you'll need the reservations.

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