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Itís not even Labor Day weekend, but itís already time to start planning for 2015. Whether youíre a bargain hunter or just a neurotic planner like this writer, youíre always looking for an excuse to plan your next fun experience. When it comes to planning Las Vegas vacations, there are always times when everyone knows it will be busy. New Year's Eve, The Big Game, March Madness, Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend are among the busiest. Cinco de Mayo weekend is also a big one because thereís usually a big boxing match and the Kentucky Derby†to go along with all the Cinco de Mayo parties.
In between these busy periods, youíll find some less expensive times of the year to visit Las Vegas. My favorite time of year is in between Thanksgiving and Christmas (not counting when National Finals Rodeo moseys into town). Itís relatively†quiet (for Vegas) and hotels are less expensive. Even living in Las Vegas, I†still take a few days off to enjoy the Strip while it isnít as crowded. I like when the hospitality industry isnít run so ragged by the constant barrage of tourists and they can pay a little more attention to me. Iím a real fancy boy like that.
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Weíre less than four weeks away from football season, the most wonderful time of year for many sports fans and an event that's amplified in Las Vegas. Thereís more money bet on football in Las Vegas than every other sport combined. Thatís serious biz. While the NFL and other leagues†donít consider fantasy football to be gambling, itís pretty close since†many fantasy leagues have fees and winnings associated with good gameplay.
Since Las Vegas is home to betting on football it might as well be home to fantasy football drafts. Here are our picks for getting your fantasy football season going in Las Vegas as well as a list of other special events.
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KISS has long been rumored to be doing a Vegas residency and those whispers were rekindled recently. Going back to last December, KISS frontman, Paul Stanley, mentioned they were considering a Vegas residency. That rumor surged back to life last month when Stanley didnít deny the possibility when asked by a fan:
Over the weekend, this poster at the Hard Rock really amped up†the discussion.
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If you're a fan of rock 'n' roll or heavy metal, you're probably aware that Guns N' Roses has returned to The Joint at the Hard Rock for a second residency called No Trickery!†An Evening of Destruction. There are a couple more shows of this mini-residency set for this weekend, if you're in town.
Rock 'n' roll is always best experienced in person,†but don't worry if you're unable to make it to see GnR in person. Beginning June 18, you'll be able to see a 3D concert film†from Guns N' Roses called "Appetite for Democracy" in theaters. The film†also will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD starting July 1.
Batman†Ben Affleck was asked to stop playing blackjack at the Hard Rock last week after reportedly being "too good." The alleged card-counting crime fighter was removed from a blackjack table by security. Card counting isnít illegal, but itís frowned upon by casinos. Casinos have the right to disallow anyone from playing their games.
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As part of our search for the best gambling odds, we constantly seek the best blackjack, craps and video poker games. Generally, slot machines arenít high on the list for gamblers seeking the best odds in a casino. Slot machine payback is referred to in a different language. People aren't looking for slot machines with the smallest house advantage. They're looking for loose slots. Loose slots have the highest returns (yay) while tight slots have the lowest (boo).
So, where can you find the loosest slots in Vegas? Exactly where you think and probably not where you visit. The second best slot machine returns in the country are found just off the Vegas Strip. Off Strip casinos like The Orleans, Hard Rock, Palms and Silverton†have slot machines that return 94.64% of the money played.
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Most of us are getting ready for March Madness or the first pitch of the Major League Baseball regular season. Football isn't front and center with most people that bet on sports, but that hasn't stopped Cantor Gaming (CG Technology) from looking forward to the NFL season. It's the first sportsbook operator to post season win totals for the next pro football season.
Over the past couple seasons, Cantor has become the first sportsbook operator to release NFL season win totals but this marks the earliest they've posted them to date. In fact, this is the earliest any sportsbook operator has released season win totals. Ever. Free agency hasn't begun yet and the NFL Draft is weeks away, but if you can see into the future maybe you're ready to place bets on how teams will perform. Take a look:
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Blabbermouth pins May 21 through June 7 as the exact dates of a second GnR residency. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 21 at 10 a.m. The information is confirmed on the Hard Rock's website via this embedded tweet which, strangely, can't be seen on Twitter.
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Back in December, Guns N' Roses fan site MyGnrForum reported on rumors that the band was planning a follow-up to their successful 2012 Vegas residency at the Hard Rock. A few days ago, the Guns N' Roses Facebook page started teasing confirmation of a Spring 2014 return via pics of poster and billboard announcements.
As instructed, we've texted 'GNR' to 97580, but haven't received any details yet on what the spring will bring. Unfortunately, that's all we gots for now. So, while we know where
you are and sort of when, the how long and exactly has yet to be released to a jungle of fans.
Santana moved his elsewhere but never left Las Vegas, Motley Crue quickly returned for seconds after claiming "first" for hard rockers while Planet Hollywood scored a Brit. Whether it's the crowds, a break from traveling or just plain dollar signs, Vegas residencies have long held a successful formula for entertainers. With some outliers, of course.
So, it's no surprise that after taking over Jimmy Kimmel, restaurant menus, streets and, well, pretty much all of the Hard Rock, Guns N' Roses fans have wondered whether one of the biggest bands of all-time would return for another round in the residency ring.