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Results: When are you Going to Las Vegas ?

January , February

8.68% • 21 votes

March

4.13% • 10 votes

April

8.26% • 20 votes

May

4.13% • 10 votes

June

2.48% • 6 votes

July

5.37% • 13 votes

August

13.22% • 32 votes

September

19.42% • 47 votes

October , November

32.23% • 78 votes

December ( including Xmas and New Year )

12.40% • 30 votes

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242 votes in total.

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    • trets77
    • By trets77 2nd Jul 09, 3:10 PM
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    Las Vegas thread and MSE guide 2009 part 2
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    Las Vegas thread and MSE guide 2009 part 2 2nd Jul 09 at 3:10 PM
    LAS VEGAS


    .. is not like other places you might have been, where the Hotels are near to the attractions . in Vegas the Hotels are the attractions. most have a huge casino attached , but if you think thats all there is to the place , you are sorely mistaken .



    in a Family Fortunes style question if you asked 100 people something they associate with Las Vegas , I'd bet you my house the top answer would be "gambling". yet there is so much more.



    This page cannot hope to cover everything , but hopefully should point you towards some good money saving tips

    How to get there



    Las Vegas is 5235 miles from London , with flight times in the region of 10 hours +

    you could book a package from pretty much any online or high street travel agent that would include flights and hotels. however this is a money saving site so we try to beat those prices by booking things separately .Thats not to say a package deal might not be a cheaper option . it's easy to work out if a deal you have been quoted is value for money . If the price of the package (X) is more than the price of the flight via the Airline (A) + the Price of the Resort ( or similar quality resort) listed in the deal links below (B) then why not save money and book things separately .

    so please before you post the question " is this a good deal ? " please work out the following is X>A+B ? . if you are booking in advance there might not be a deal for your hotel yet , but you should be able to get a reasonable idea of prices by looking at current deals, but be sure to factor in any holidays / sporting events / big conventions ect.

    only three airlines at the time of writing operate direct flights to Las Vegas .BMI have now ceased direct flights from Manchester , But BA are starting a daily service out of Heathrow from Oct 2009 .


    Virgin fly everyday from Gatwick airport .however be warned this flight is poor quality IMO. the planes used (747's) are old , with cramped uncomfortable seats arranged in a bad configuration ,

    Virgin's new Airbus A340's planes and service are excellent but they are not on the Las Vegas route !!!

    Make sure you take the Quidco cashback available if you book with Virgin


    Thomas Cook (AKA My travel )fly Wednesdays and Saturdays in summer and Wednesdays only in Winter , again from Manchester. Max jet was operating flights but went bust xmas 2007

    (a note about Thomas Cook flights , the baggage allowance is a very poor 15kg ( upgradeable to 20kg) , and the flights in June + July may well see your flight stopping off at Belfast or Glasgow to pick passengers up , making them not much better than indirect flights that connect in a American city . prices for these flights often get lower the nearer to your dates except in summer ..i.e June till September )

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: British Aiwrays have announced they will start a direct daily flight from Heathrow from October 2009

    http://www.lvrj.com/business/45249642.html

    should you consider flying indirect there are many choices available , and far too many to cover here, but please be sure you know what you are letting yourself in for . flying times direct are 10 hours plus . you can probably add a few hours on top of that flying indirect .

    Getting a good fare is not straightforward . Factors that can see you getting that good fare are
    Flexibility
    be prepared to travel mid week not at the weekends like everyone else.
    Preparation
    look into you flight upto 11 months before you fly if you can.
    Time of year
    most Brits like to take holidays June till September .
    Research
    asking advice to regular posters on this site .
    Airline Sales and Offers
    airlines know when people start thinking about booking trips , keeping very regular tabs on the airlines websites for sales and fare reductions is a good idea. also some airlines offer reduced fares for frequent flyer's and members of there flying clubs.MSE members have found good fares by booking before Xmas for the following year , when Xmas is over lots of people start planning their holidays.
    Risk
    great fares can be had if you a prepared to wait till very close to your chosen dates with My travel .

    before booking you should check that you qualify for entry to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) . Also from January 2009 you will need to obtain a ESTA ( Electronic System for Travel Authorization ) to board a flight to the USA . you can find info on ESTA here . you can apply for one here

    Where to stay

    The Strip is where most visitors tend to stay , a few casinos worth staying at are slightly off strip and usually have a free shuttle bus to and from the strip.the other main area is called Downtown, where the standard of accommodation is lower ( and cheaper ) than most of the strip.



    if your a first time visitor you really should try to stay on the strip if your budget allows . you can then check out the other areas to see if you would consider them on a return visit.




    A common posted question on the old Las Vegas thread was "where is nice but reasonably priced ". It is a hard question to answer. none of the main strip hotels are likely to make it on to a " Hotels from Hell" show on ITV, but you do get what you pay for. a good starting place is to look at the following link

    http://www.vegas.com/resorts/

    anything with a Four star rating is unlikely to displease the Vast majority of people . but a fair few people will probably be happy with something in the Three star bracket and consider the hotel to be nice.



    A word of warning about using Tripadvisor to pick your hotel. there are nearly 300 hotels reviewed on the site meaning good hotels can end up way down the list in the 30's 40's and below . Also the site lists hotels that are in the Las Vegas area , but no where near the strip. South point for example is listed as 8th best reviewed hotel , and is on Las Vegas Boulevard but it is about a 15 min car ride to the heart of strip and is not walkable in any circumstances .

    The Hotels on the strip to be most wary about are unsurprisingly the cheapest. They are Circus Circus , The Stratosphere , The Rivera , Sahara , The IP , Excalibur ,Hooters and The Tropicanna . post for some advice before booking

    There is no set price for the majority of hotel rooms . it's a myth that rooms are given away for next to nothing. rooms are priced on a supply and demand basis . if the hotel is selling rooms at a high price why discount? but if they are not then there is no money to be made from empty rooms.



    prices for your hotel room can vary day to day , let alone week to week. Normal Friday and Saturday night prices are always more expensive than normal weekday prices ( upto 3 times as expensive is not unusual) . other things that can have a big impact on the price you pay to stay at your preferred location are.

    Big sporting events
    Super bowl weekend in January for example or the Rodeo finals at the start of December, March Madness basketball which starts on the 20th in 2008.. also Big Boxing matches

    Large Conventions
    Events like the The Consumer electronics show , can have 150,000 attending . here is a calendar to try to avoid large convention dates http://www.lasvegastourism.com/conventions_jan.htm

    USA public holidays
    19 Jan Martin Luther King Day.
    16 Feb Presidents' Day.
    25 May Memorial Day.
    4 Jul Independence Day.
    7 Sep Labor Day.
    12 Oct Columbus Day.
    11 Nov Veterans' Day.
    26 Nov Thanksgiving Day

    also special events like Halloween etc can push prices up.



    Popular times
    a lot of this has to do with the weather . July and August are often disliked because of the intense heat. January and December are also quite months ( pools often close down in October till March ) . That said Las Vegas is a year round destination. Many consider the best months to visit as April, May , Sept , and October . Prices for UK flights in traditional UK holiday months of June to Early Sept always seem to much more expensive than April or May ( excluding bank holidays and Easter of course) , yet April and May are better times to visit . By not going in the Traditional UK holiday season , you could save a considerable amount of money on your flight, meaning more money to spend on your hotel.


    finding a good deal on a room usually only requires a small amount of searching. Booking through the Hotels direct has BIG advantages . first you are cutting out the middleman . second all of the hotels operate the same booking policy, that you only need to pay your first nights rate as a deposit and the deposit is 100% refundable if you cancel upto 72 hours before you stay. this is generally the rule with all hotel offers but there are exceptions . Some Luxor offers and other MGM group owned casinos ,offers have recently have been NO REFUND offers and The Rivera charges a small cancellation fee at the time of writing. be sure to check all terms and Conditions before you book to be sure .Offers can become available any time , but generally start appearing 12 weeks before your dates


    There are several websites that list offers and discounts for hotels. remember these sites simply list the deals that Casinos release so there is no need for a flashy website.Unless stated the offers usually take you to a direct booking with the Casino
    The first link you should check/bookmark is the Fatwallet Las Vegas deals thread .
    http://www.fatwallet.com/t/63/704925/10193203#m10193203

    Other sites to check out are

    http://www.vegas-promotions.com/

    http://www.vegashotelhunt.com/

    http://casinotripreports.com/smf/index.php?topic=57.0

    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=13

    http://www.openvegas.com/vegas/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=17

    http://www.vegashotelspecial.com/

    http://www.harrahs.com/hot-deals/

    http://www.vegas-hotels-online.com/

    http://casinotripreports.com/smf/index.php?PHPSESSID=3ccf0aabc1ad93b1d7868846e86c67 3e&topic=57.90

    http://www.smartervegas.com/

    http://www.earlyvegas.com/promo_codes.html

    http://www.vegasuncovered.com/pages/special_offers.htm

    Also some hotels now have Facebook pages , that sometimes have deals on . see post 4

    please be careful about posting on these boards though as some are for the posting of deals only , not for questions on deals etc.


    some deals say they require you to be a member of the Players club to book. usually if you can book it without a players club ID, then they won't generally ask for it at check in.
    FAQ number 4 on the Fatwallet page (http://www.fatwallet.com/t/63/704925/10193203#m10193203) covers this subject well. but the important thing is NOT to bombard the hotel with phone calls and e mails about honoring the booking without a players club card. otherwise they might pull the offer ect ( or tip them off to very thing you are concerned about) . people on this thread have done these type of bookings without being signed up members .. no problem .you can of course join the club before checking in if you want . personally i would not worry , but don't be tempted to call the hotel if you book it and you are worried

    when you have found and booked a hotel , it's a good idea to keep checking the new offers as they come in on the Fatwallet Thread as you might find a better deal for the same dates . If the better offer is for the same hotel , you can probably get the hotel to match the better price under your existing booking by calling them up ( don't forget to use the MSE International call checker !!) . Really good offers may not hang around if there is a lot of interest , so get in early if you see a new one thats a great deal .

    Moving hotels is also a good idea if you find great deals for different blocks of nights , and is not as much hassle as you might think.

    Some people ask if it is better to find a hotel when you arrive , this is most defiantly not a good idea. besides the fact that you need to have your 1st nights stay booked up , to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) , simply showing up at a casino without a booking will almost certainly mean you being charged "Rack Rate " for a room , which is pretty much the most you can end up paying.

    Arrival


    McCarren Airport is right next to the strip . Shuttle Buses operate to all the main casinos . A Taxi is by far the most popular way to get to your hotel though. you can find a good estimate of the fare to your Hotel here http://www.taxi.state.nv.us/FaresFees.htm
    if your hiring a car you will find directions clearly posted at the airport.
    If you really want to arrive in style why not rent a Limo from the airport , they cost around $50 a hour. If you share with someone off your flight it may work out as much as a Taxi

    Check in
    you can check in from the airport at some Casinos.
    when you check in the clerk will will assign you a room . some rooms of the same class are more desirable than others. Strip Views are always more sought after , as are corner rooms or rooms overlooking a casino attraction ( the Bellagio fountains for example) . also try to get a room that is not situated directly next to a elevator.you should try to do as much research on the rooms within your casino as possible to find out what to ask for
    Cash is King is Las Vegas.. the following sites give advice on how to try and obtain a upgrade or a better positioned room by tipping the check in clerk using The $20 Trick.This works more often than not , but you may find it harder to get a upgrade by doing this if you have a long stay, or if the hotel is fully booked .Also don't expect to get a Penthouse suite from a standard room booking , you will probably only get one or two steps up the luxury ladder

    http://www.frontdesktip.com/

    http://www.thetwentydollartrick.com/

    http://vegasuncovered.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/las-vegas-20-free-room-upgrade-trick/
    note: The MGM Grand is known to be a difficult place to use the $20 trick

    regardless of if you tip of not , if your not happy with the room , complain and get one you are happy with.


    Getting around
    If hiring a car you will have the choice of parking it yourself at the hotel( usually free) or using the Valet service ( a tip is usually given for Valet). The strip is very busy at most times traffic wise .Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore the many great places to visit around Las Vegas , Like Lake Mead and The Hoover Dam for example , while being able to hop around the strip easily and cheaply


    Taxis are good option for speed and convenience , but cost more than the other methods of getting around the strip. also you cannot flag them down either , you have to get them called for you from the Casino or designated pick up areas . fare guide here http://vegas.taxiwiz.com/

    The Deuce is the local 24 hour bus service and is pretty reasonable.


    $7 is all it costs for a 24 hour pass up and down the strip. be warned though the buses fill up at popular mid strip locations and make it hard to get on at busy times.


    The Monorail runs from MGM Grand to The Sahara .


    full list of prices can be found here http://www.lvmonorail.com/ride/ticket_info/. while it is certainly fast, clean and comfortable ,the downside is that you have to walk through which ever casino you get off at. Casinos are designed to be difficult places to escape , so it can be a trek to get back to the strip. if your going less than a mile your probably better off walking.

    Strip Trolleys are cheap at $2.50 a ride or $4.50 for a all day pass. however they don't run 24 hours , are not the most comfy ride , and tend to drop you at the back and sides of casinos http://www.striptrolley.com

    There are also 2 free to ride Monorails . One connects The Mirage with Treasure Island. The Other one connects The Excalibur , Luxor and Mandalay Bay. This one has a interesting set up . If you catch it at The Excalibur it does not stop at the Luxor heading south. The Casino owners don't want you skipping Mandalay Bay , so it only stops at the Luxor on the return North journey .


    Eating
    There are hundreds upon hundreds of places to eat in Las Vegas. It would be impossible to scratch the surface in terms of recommendations on this Post. however we have started to put together a list of threads in which we give opinions on popular places to eat ..please see post 4

    Las Vegas provides pretty much every price range of food , from practically every type of world cuisine. from headline super pricey Celebrity chefs to cheap pile em high buffets ( and everything in between ) , you will find it in Vegas. so where do you choose to eat ??
    Your casino will almost certainly have more than a few places to eat at. But bare in mind the casino has a captive market so in house restaurants are often more expensive than independent/ off site restaurants . a good resource for dining options is a well researched guide book . i recommend "The Unofficial Guide To Las Vegas " it gives great tips on dining. or you can also find info and deals on this site www.restaurant.com

    There are still great deals to be had on food if your prepared to search them out. although some deals come and go , a few have been running for many years and should be around when you visit.

    $6.95 steak dinner at Ellis Island
    It's long been a table topper in Las Vegas Advisor's top 10 Vegas Values. a 10 oz Steak with salad , beans and choice of Potato . it's isn't actually on the menu though , you have to ask for it.available 24/7 . Ellis Island also does a highly rated BBQ for a mere $8.99. and thats not all, you can get a voucher for 2 for 1 meals @ Ellis island from either of the coupon books listed in the coupon section below.

    Shrimp Cocktail 99c at Golden Gate
    served from 11am till 2am

    Pasta at California Casino
    at the Pasta Pirate Restaurant

    Breakfast Specials $1.49
    served at Wild Wild West , Wildfire , Gold rush and Magic star. 12 am till 11 am

    Steak and Eggs $3.29
    at Arizona Charlie's Decatur . 24/7

    The most famous of dining options in Las Vegas are the Buffets . for a set price you can eat and drink as much as you want from the food selection available . Again you can choose from the Bargain to the expensive. don,t expect to find a small selection of food , Most buffets offer a huge choice of dishes. The Cravings Buffet in the Mirage for Example has many different stations from around the world , where food can also be cooked to order. Nearly all the Strip casinos have a buffet and it is unlikely you are either going to feel short changed or not find something you enjoy at nearly all of them. From the many many reviews i have read ( and of course the ones i have been too ) a few buffets come up time and time again with top marks. they are
    Last edited by trets77; 30-12-2009 at 7:54 AM.
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    • Froggitt
    • By Froggitt 21st Nov 09, 3:28 PM
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    Tipping, forgot to add this bit too, we tipped all the time, usually 15% but 20% for really good service.
    Originally posted by Triker
    That reminds me of when we had $50 daily credit at Venetian, but were going to the Canyon and out to eat somewhere else.......had a six dollar smoked salmon bagel for breakfast and rounded the tip upto the $50.....I think she thought we were barmy or more Brits that didnt uderstand tipping
    illegitimi non carborundum
    • adrienne1945
    • By adrienne1945 21st Nov 09, 3:44 PM
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    PEBBLESMAX
    Thanks for the info. Found Jolt http://joltmobile.com/ or http://www.joltwireless.com/ They sound great but how did you get hold of one. I don't know whether to put the hotel address in Vegas "to await arrival" or risk them sending one over here, with presumably high postage charges.
    Last edited by adrienne1945; 21-11-2009 at 3:50 PM.
    • spalding
    • By spalding 21st Nov 09, 4:09 PM
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    Weird stuff


    Getting electric shocks off everything. Especially the lift button which I refused to press in the end. One night the shocks that I kept getting from my Walmart shopping trolly were so bad, and painful, that I gave up in the end and left early.


    One person I spoke to said that it was the static electricity because it was a desert area and so dry. She said that many people have sinus problems because of the dryness of the area.
    Originally posted by Triker
    So true always find this in Vegas,
    • sho_me_da_money
    • By sho_me_da_money 21st Nov 09, 4:10 PM
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    1 week done in LV up to now. So far so good. 1 week to go.

    We're staying at the MGM Grand - great hotel and defo worth the $55 per night. Only drawback is - it is MASSIVE. Expect to walk long stretches to get to/from elevators. Also internet is $15 per day - rip off but we needed it. Rooms are cleaned daily.

    The Las Vegas strip is on the doorstep. We manged to walk it to the TI twice - pretty easy but expect blisters on the way back.

    Tipping

    Ive started to tip like a local - 10% on any service - it's more than enough.

    Shows


    As we're here for 2 weeks we decided to do a "3 hour" (more like 5 hours) Time Share trip - so long, so boring but in the end it was worth it because we got 2 tickets for Lance Burton and 2 tickets for Mystere for about $110 (usual total would have been about $300+)

    Top tip - check out the best show ratings according to Trip Advisor - people dont lie.

    Lance Burton

    Not bad entertainment - funny guy, good tricks. Didnt like the theatre nor Hotel (Monte Carlo) - it has carpet from the 80's (saw it on the wall too). I wouldnt pay to see him again.

    Mystere

    Next week

    Zumaniti

    Great show (best one so far). Very sexual and sensual - expect to see flat fried eggs t*ts. Very funny and very good acrobatics. I think the aim for them was to finish the show leaving you wet and hard - but it didnt work for me. We bought the tickets via the discounted ticketmaster link a few pages back - very good seats and a good buy. If you use the link, select the "Will Call" option and just fill out your name/address. You will not be able to change the option to UK so I left it the country as USA and completed the rest of the address details for the MGM Grand (postcode/state/telephone number). Tickets were booked fine and we collected the the box office using the Mastercard and ID.

    Oh yea - if you're sat near the stage, expect to get called out on the stage and they will make you do stuff. Very entertaining, Fortunately we didnt get caught out but the couple behind us did as did another Brit couple.

    Mirage volcano show

    Saw this on the way back from TI - free and brillant.

    Bellagio Fountains

    Not see this yet.

    Waterfall Show in the Miracle Mall


    Not bad, not great but its FREE.

    Food


    Dennys in the morning - cant go wrong. At night we've tried Outback (not a great menu/variety), The Cheesecake Factory in Caesars (very very good menu), Restaurants in NYNY (very good), Hawaiian place in The Miracle Mall (my dish was good - asian chicken salad but wifes dish was pretty cacky Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich - expect the ciabatta to feel and taste like stone.

    Gambling

    Although I love BJ (BlackJack haha) the only game I have been playing is $1/$2 no limit poker. Brilliant game. My top tip is to practice on Facebook Zynga Poker and go out and play - it is exactly the same only here it is real players and real money.

    Second day lost $40,
    Fifth Day lost $40,
    2 hours later won $185 (+$55)
    Sixth Day - started with $40 and got up to $250ish and then lost it all in like 30 mins. Got hooked into the "I want my money back" trance and ended up losing another $100. To cut a long story short, I am about $85 down over 6 days, which isnt bad at all.

    Discounted Books


    Bought one of those LVA discount books mentioned on the thread a few pages back. They have a special on $12 for 3 months and you get the 2009 book. We took a taxi out to the main building (Huntington Press) and bought the book over the counter - havent used any of the vouchers yet.

    Rides

    Defo gonna try the NYNY rollercoaster and a couple of the thrillers at the Stratosphere. I think the book entitles us to 2for1.

    Clubs

    Gonna check out PURE tonight - supposed to be the "hottest night on the town". Expect to see celebs. LAX on Wednesday (owned by Paris Hilton).
    Last edited by sho_me_da_money; 21-11-2009 at 4:22 PM.
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    An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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  • Cand
    I'm off to the airport. Vegas here I come
    Originally posted by neilbond007
    Have a brill time!
    • luci
    • By luci 21st Nov 09, 4:31 PM
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    Re the static shocks in Vegas. We had this a lot the first couple of trips, but not since until our trip in September when I got them a lot at Bally's.

    I have read that if you carry a tumble drier sheet in your pocket, such as Bounce, that this stops you getting shocks.
    • trets77
    • By trets77 21st Nov 09, 5:08 PM
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    Great Trip Report Triker

    is now linked in post 4
    Better in my pocket than theirs
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 21st Nov 09, 5:12 PM
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    PEBBLESMAX
    Thanks for the info. Found Jolt http://joltmobile.com/ or http://www.joltwireless.com/ They sound great but how did you get hold of one. I don't know whether to put the hotel address in Vegas "to await arrival" or risk them sending one over here, with presumably high postage charges.
    Originally posted by adrienne1945
    Adrienne, the website seems to have changed since I used them last. The part about UK delivery not being guaranteed wasn't there then. The postage charges shouldn't be too bad if you're only getting a SIM card because it's just a small envelope.

    I've actually moved on to T-Mobile, because if I top up $100 at a time, I can keep the same number indefinitely. The charges for phoning the UK are more, but texts are pretty cheap.
    • sho_me_da_money
    • By sho_me_da_money 21st Nov 09, 6:19 PM
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    Just played $40

    Got up to $150

    Last hand - 10,9 hearts.

    Flop = 9, 8, 5

    3 players left

    One goes all in ($63), other one calls, and I call

    Next card = 2

    Player 2 checks and Im thinking I got the highest pair so I may aswell raise and get beat by player 1 but take player 2's stack.

    Last card = 10!!!

    Player 2 goes all in and I obviously follow.

    Player 1 = low 2 pair
    Me = Highest 2 pair
    Player 2 = straight and winner

    Thrilling game but Im down another $40. Next play will be Monday Night.
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    An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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    • Froggitt
    • By Froggitt 21st Nov 09, 7:25 PM
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    We asked THE WISE ONE re the best mobile phones for our needs, he pointed some out and said' THESE are the ones I recommend for MY tourists and senior citizens', I smiled, 'we'll come under the catergory tourists...right?' My hapless attempt at humour fell flat, this guy had heard every line going, without acknowledging my pathetic attempt at a joke he unlocked the phone packages and handed them to us....our time with him was over, he wandered off being chased by another customer and we went on our way too.
    Originally posted by Triker
    I would like to publicly thank Triker for her generous offer to send me her phones. We have agreed that once I return, I will post The Triker Phones onto the next person who wants them. Anyone who wants them in the new year.......PM me.
    illegitimi non carborundum
    • Triker
    • By Triker 21st Nov 09, 7:43 PM
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    I would like to publicly thank Triker for her generous offer to send me her phones. We have agreed that once I return, I will post The Triker Phones onto the next person who wants them. Anyone who wants them in the new year.......PM me.
    Originally posted by Froggitt


    It's what MSE is about, sharing info, tips and moneysaving ideas.....anyway they'd just 'die' here with no charge or usage so they can be put to good use by MSE'rs.....in VEGAS BABY......yeaaaaahhhhhh.
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    • Angelite
    • By Angelite 21st Nov 09, 8:26 PM
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    Loved the trip report Triker. Really enjoyed reading it.

    But I can't believe Sugar and Ice has gone! That's my favourite place in Vegas!!
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 21st Nov 09, 8:55 PM
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    So true always find this in Vegas,
    Originally posted by spalding
    We put Bounce dryer cloths in our pockets. works everywhere except for Walmarts
    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
    • Triker
    • By Triker 21st Nov 09, 8:56 PM
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    Triker
    Loved the trip report Triker. Really enjoyed reading it.

    But I can't believe Sugar and Ice has gone! That's my favourite place in Vegas!!
    Originally posted by Angelite
    They still have cakes and pastries, and pizza...so maybe they've just renamed it?:confused:
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    • Angelite
    • By Angelite 21st Nov 09, 10:19 PM
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    Angelite
    They still have cakes and pastries, and pizza...so maybe they've just renamed it?:confused:
    Originally posted by Triker
    I'll have to go back to check
    • pennylane99
    • By pennylane99 21st Nov 09, 11:11 PM
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    pennylane99
    Loved the trip report Triker. Really enjoyed reading it.

    But I can't believe Sugar and Ice has gone! That's my favourite place in Vegas!!
    Originally posted by Angelite
    Same place, same free wifi, but different name, different menu - mostly pizza
  • goingonholiday
    Just played $40

    Got up to $150

    Last hand - 10,9 hearts.

    Flop = 9, 8, 5

    3 players left

    One goes all in ($63), other one calls, and I call

    Next card = 2

    Player 2 checks and Im thinking I got the highest pair so I may aswell raise and get beat by player 1 but take player 2's stack.

    Last card = 10!!!

    Player 2 goes all in and I obviously follow.

    Player 1 = low 2 pair
    Me = Highest 2 pair
    Player 2 = straight and winner

    Thrilling game but Im down another $40. Next play will be Monday Night.
    Originally posted by sho_me_da_money
    Been reading for a while and don't often post but off to Vegas tomorrow so will report back with any money saving tips (Virgin Flights - 370 return in the sale and Mirage 10 nights for $800). Used restaurant.com for a couple of $50 restaurant vouchers for $6 each, both are restaurants at mandalay bay so hoping that works out well. Can recommend allvegaspoker.com if you are into poker.

    I've been playing poker for about 4 years and the last 2 years reasonably seriously so thought I'd ask what the games are like? Where are you playing?

    Good luck and will report back in a couple of weeks
    • sho_me_da_money
    • By sho_me_da_money 22nd Nov 09, 12:32 AM
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    Hi mate,

    Ive just been playing $1/$2 no limit poker at the MGM Grand.

    But every Casino in Vegas has poker tables that are just the same and offer limited and no limit play.

    MGM also has tournament poker, which is approx. $80 for 1000 chips. Each round lasts 20 minutes and there are quite a few rounds (total about 4 hours per tourney). Depending on the amount of players, the funds are split amongst the top 4, 5 and even 6 players with the winner taking 40% of the pot.

    I havent played a tournament yet but I have been very successful in winning over $100 per $40 played. That said, I havent been sharp enough to walk away, which is why I am down instead of $600ish up.

    The last hand described was pure unlucky but it was very entertaining.
    A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.
    An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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    • Froggitt
    • By Froggitt 22nd Nov 09, 7:50 AM
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    Froggitt
    Caesars best poker room and good standard. TI is a dump poker room, but full of fish.
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    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 22nd Nov 09, 9:38 AM
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    I'm sad about Sugar and Ice - we were just talking about their chili dogs and how much I was looking forward to having another one next trip.

    Loved the report, Triker - I was sorry to hear about the loss of the car keys (one of my biggest holiday-related fears) and the crazy German guy...but loved reading the report.

    I am really craving In-n-Out now. We've never yet tried Fatburger as we love In-n-Out so much, we're pretty sure we would be disappointed.

    We also love our WalMart trips.
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