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Las Vegas for the first-timer..Hints and Tips please - Sat Sep 21, 2013, 12:43 PM
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Hi all,

I have been looking at going to Las Vegas for about a 5 day trip.

I see NASCAR is normally on around March, and think it may be good to base the trip around that if the Flights and Accommodation are not excessively high at that time.

I have looked at flights, I can go direct which is about 10hrs from the UK, for about £750 ish, or £200 cheaper but indirect flights ...but I think I will do the direct.

As I will be going on my own, trying to find a cheapy hotel that does reasonable Single Occ. rates was a bit of work, but I found this one http://www.excalibur.com/ that sounds like it is near the action, and would be fine for me.

I don't really know too much apart from there is a fruit machine every yard, and I'm not too keen on burgers ribs steak (although one steak is good!), so hoping that the will be plenty of varied food.

I found a website that lists the Casino Tourneys, which range from say $40-$80 entry fee....

And that's about it........does anyone have anything to add? I don't really know what to expect, is it anything like Bognor on a sunny Saturday afternoon?
 
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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:03 PM
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Weasel,

The best time to go is when nothing else is going on. No big conventions, fights, concerts, nascar. When those big events are happening, the room rates and flights go considerably up. It will still be busy, but won't cost as much.

Excalibur is cheap, but you can do better for your $$ at other hotel/casinos that are on the strip. Normally, the hotel deals only come out 2-3 months ahead, so wait on the hotel until then as you'll save a bunch there. When you get your time frame narrowed some, send me a PM and I'd be happy to look and see if I see any deals that I can recommend. I'm normally pretty good at finding the better deals.

I go to one of the good steakhouses every year when I go. For a great steak at a reasonable price, I'd recommend Strip House in Planet Hollywood or Tender in Luxor. For buffets, the best three are Bellagio, Wynn and Caesars Palace, especially the Bellagio special Fri/Sat night dinner one. It's more expensive, but well worth it.

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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:04 PM
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I sent ya some info to help ya enjoy Sin City

Have a good time

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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:17 PM
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Many thanks for that Brian, just having a mooch at it
 
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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:21 PM
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Thanks John, I will probably take you up on that offer of an accom search. Nascar isn't a priority, so I will put a line through that .
 
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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:23 PM
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I sent ya some info to help ya enjoy Sin City

Have a good time

Brian
Unless it's personal,I would love that info Toocoo

My son is heading there with his girlfriend next year and I have it on my bucket list.

I've been told as soon as you get there to ask for comps?


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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:32 PM
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Stayed at Ballys second half of trip this June, that fitted the cheap and close to action goal.

A buffet has to be done, John's are solid best buffet recommendations, The Rio is a good alternative, Monte Carlo for breakfast buffet is meant to be good. There are some cheap food alternatives, eg Ellis Island, Peppermill Lounge, Grand Lux Café.

I would play the cheap cash games rather than the cheap tournaments, you will probably find the rake is at least 25% on the tourneys.

Meant to be working now, let me know if you want to know anything further. There are quite a few of us who have been this year, who should be able to help.
 
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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:33 PM
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I've been told as soon as you get there to ask for comps?
Sign up for a player's card at the casino first.

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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:34 PM
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Unless it's personal,I would love that info Toocoo

My son is heading there with his girlfriend next year and I have it on my bucket list.

I've been told as soon as you get there to ask for comps?
I will forward it to you!!
 
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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:42 PM
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I just got a room at the Monte Carlo for 4 nights, buffet for 2 and tickets to Zarkana week of october 20th for free!
Got it for playing my VEGAS on facebook.


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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:42 PM
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what's comps?
 
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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:43 PM
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I will forward it to you!!
Many thanks Weasel and Brian.

I had enough points won from Virgin before to go but I let them expire Sad thing was I could have exchanged the points for around £700 but instead chose to keep them as airmiles.

I will get there some day but I'd love to do the other things and not just play poker.


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I just got a room at the Monte Carlo for 4 nights, buffet for 2 and tickets to Zarkana week of october 20th for free!
Got it for playing my VEGAS on facebook.
I'll look into that lol.....Well done, tell us how it went, won't you?
 
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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:47 PM
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what's comps?
It's like a bonus system to keep you playing at the same place but there are some that use it to get as much back as they spend. One guy on a rival podcast played a machine for a few hours but was rewarded with a poker token which he knew was +EV for him.

Like any reward scheme, if you play the reward system right you can benefit much more than it was intended.


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I just got a room at the Monte Carlo for 4 nights, buffet for 2 and tickets to Zarkana week of october 20th for free!
Got it for playing my VEGAS on facebook.
Between my mom, sister and me, we had 2 rooms at Aria for 2 nights, buffet for each, two other dining credits at other places, Zarkana tix... it's well worth it, as everything added up, we got over $1k of stuff free.

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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 02:06 PM
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Monte Carlo has some of the cheapest Tourneys but it is a small poker room. There is lots of food choices in Vegas.
I am a picky vegetarian and I survive. Food is expensive on the strip.
Make the trip in a cab or on the deuce(bus) down to Freemont street at night and do the zip line. What a blast.
The cheapest hotel on the strip is The Quad (old Imperial Palace) $20-$23 a night but the halls smell like
marijuana.
You can also get cheap flights and accomodation by going to a time share sales pitch. About 4 hours long and you want to jump out window to get away from them 1 hour into it. I did it once for free show tickets, $300.00 in slot play at New York New Yorkand $750 slot play at Casino Royale.
Casino Royale turned out to be $750 in free slot pulls which you only won real money if you hit the jackpot of $500. Noboby ever wins that prize.

I stayed at Bellagio last October which is a really nice hotel and awesome poker room. On a budget this is not the hotel to stay at.


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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 02:07 PM
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Between my mom, sister and me, we had 2 rooms at Aria for 2 nights, buffet for each, two other dining credits at other places, Zarkana tix... it's well worth it, as everything added up, we got over $1k of stuff free.

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Many thanks Weasel and Brian.

I had enough points won from Virgin before to go but I let them expire Sad thing was I could have exchanged the points for around £700 but instead chose to keep them as airmiles.

I will get there some day but I'd love to do the other things and not just play poker.

Enjoy


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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 03:42 PM
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I love free stuff
I need comps!
 
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I stayed at the Mirage for a week. Did the whole thing via British Airways for under £1000.

In terms of variety of food, you really are spoiled for choice. I love a burger, but you would be foolish not to indulge in the buffets, as well as most seafood places. The oyster bar at Harrahs was a particular highlight for me!

Beer costs a dollar at any casino, and you can smoke in them (well I thought that was pretty cool...)

As for tournaments, range from $40 to $120+ buyins. I found the standard of play was pretty bad as well, backed up by the fact I made 8 final tables!! I explored the strip and tried to play in as many different casinos as possible.

We went around the time of the WSOP and got to meet pros like Daniel Negreanu and Sam Trickett!

I just found the whole place amazing. I literally don't want to holiday anywhere else!

Below is a link to a video one of us made. It's full of in-jokes, but I hope it portrays the madness of the place a little bit. I'm the one with the long hair!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0ysPinMedI

Hope you go soon, and hope you love it as much as I did!

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