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Classic Vegas Mistake: Buying VIP Passes from a Taxi Driver 
11/29/09, 11:21 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You and the boys decide to hit up one of the nightclubs, such as Tyrst at Wynn. Some girls you met at the casino center bar told you that they were going there tonight. You know it is tough for a group of guys to get in, but since these girls are going, you are going to give it a shot.

The Scam
You and three friends get into a cab.
"Where to?" the cabbie asks.
"The Wynn" you reply.
“Are you guys going to a club in the Wynn?”, the cabbie asks.
“We are going to Tyrst”, you say.
“That place is awesome, I just dropped off some hotties there. It is going to be real tough for you guys to get in, you know that right?”
“We know, we will probably have to tip the bouncer big time.”
“Tryst works with my cab company, and we have VIP line passes for Tyrst. Only $10 each.”
“What do they get us?”, you ask.
“You don’t have to wait in the line with everyone else, you just show this card and you can go into the VIP line, which takes a minute, versus a hour in the other line. You probably will still have to pay cover, it just allows you to by-pass the line.”
“I don’t know”. You look at your buddies for any confirmation if they want to do this.
He pulls the card out and hands it to you, it looks legit. “Without it, you guys are going have to tip the bouncer $100, just to get to the front of the line. You are going to save yourself $60.”
“Why does the club let you sell these?”, you say.
“You guys were just lucky that you were going to Tryst, if you were going somewhere else, I would of tried to convince to change your mind and go to Tryst. Tryst and the cab company have a promotional deal. You just happened to go to the same place we promote.”
“Ok, we will take them”. You hand over $40 to the cabbie.

The Truth
These "VIP Front of the Line" passes are bogus. The clubs give them out because they need something of value on the promo card. Being a group of guys, you still are going to have fight your way through the line just to talk to the bouncer, yet alone show him the passes. Even with the passes, the bouncer won’t do anything without a big tip. Which is something you could have done with out the VIP Front of the Line pass in the first place.

Every taxi driver has stacks of these cards for every club. Don’t believe what he is slinging.

Never give money to a cabbie other than his fare and a normal tip.
Everything else is just a scam.

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True Vegas Advice: The Best Thrill Rides in Vegas 
11/18/09, 11:31 AM - True Vegas Advice

Thrill Rides In Vegas (From best to worst)

Big Shot - Stratosphere - $8 - Thrill Factor 10 - Sickness Factor 4
The Big Shot thrill ride catapults 16 riders from the 921-foot high platform up the Tower's mast to a height of 1,081 feet. Traveling at 45 miles per hour, riders experience 4G's as they reach the very top, and feel negative G's on the way down. This ride is so scary, I have seen people crying afterward.

Insanity - Stratosphere - $8 - Thrill Factor 9 – Sickness Factor 5
Insanity dangles riders and spins them over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower. The ride holds 10 passengers and has an arm that extends out 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and that spins passengers up to three 'G's.' As the ride spins faster and faster, the riders are propelled up to an angle of 70 degrees, literally facing downward at the City of Las Vegas below. This experience can be life changing because you are 1,000 feet up with nothing below you.

SPEED - Sahara - $10 - Thrill Factor 8 - Sickness Factor 10
SPEED begins inside the NASCAR Cafe, where an extraordinary force slingshots SPEED out of its launch site and over its first hill to its fastest speed of 70 M.P.H. in just 2 seconds. It then zips through the Sahara's 192-foot-tall marquee before curving around the porte-cochere and up a steep incline - stopping 224 feet above the ground. SPEED then carries passengers through the same exhilarating path in reverse. While this ride is short, the motions make pretty much everyone sick. There is always a line for the bathroom afterward.

Desperado - Buffalo Bills (Primm) - $7 - Thrill Factor 8 - Sickness Factor 7
If you are driving from California, the Desperado Roller Coaster is a nice way to get a quick trill after you boring drive through the desert. Just over the stateline of Nevada on I-15, exit at Primm and park in the back of Buffalo Bills for easy access to the ride. With a ride length of 2.43 minutes, this is a solid roller coaster with its drops, twists and turns. It is the only good part of Buffalo Bills.

Manhatten Express - NYNY - $10 to $20 - Thrill Factor 6 - Sickness Factor 4
The NYNY roller coaster starts inside the building and gives awesome views of the Las Vegas Strip. It is not the most thrilling ride, but it features a "heart-line" twist and dive maneuver that simulating a barrel-roll in a jet fighter. The downside of this coaster is the cost, which can be $20 on a busy weekend.

X Scream - Stratosphere - $8 - Thrill Factor 6 - Sickness Factor 3
Shaped like a giant teeter-totter, X Scream is an open vehicle that propels riders head-first, 27 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower and dangles them weightlessly above the Strip before pulling it's riders back and over again for more. Compared to the other rides on the Strat, this one is pretty tame.

Canyon Blaster - Circus Circus - $6 - Thrill Factor 4 - Sickness Factor 5
Inside the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus, the worst part about this ride is actually getting there. Circus Circus is no place to be caught up with the guys while in Vegas. If you make it there with out going nuts with all the kids around, you will find an indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. It is an average trill ride.

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True Vegas Advice: Sleeping In Vegas 
10/1/09, 1:06 PM - True Vegas Advice

Las Vegas is not what you think during the wee hours of the morning. Yes, everything in Vegas is 24 hours, but the people aren’t. A fair number of people vacationing here are from the East Coast, and they will get tired as the night wears on. Especially on their first day, when they are still on East Coast time. Your options are limited.

If you are doing something and you are not going full steam with it, then you should bail and get some sleep. Sleep will recharge you for some good times the next day, while your buddies who pull the all-nighter will be zombies all day.

Don’t stay up just to stay up. If you have hit the wall and are just staying up to stay up, then bail and hit the sheets. You will be able to get some good sleep and be awake in the morning, sitting by the pool while your buddies are still passed out from the night before.

Sleeping is free. In Vegas, sleeping is one of the only available blocks of time when you won’t be spending any money. Take advantage of it.

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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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