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We’ve all been there, especially if you’ve played enough hands of poker in Las Vegas card rooms. We're talking about when you find yourself at a table full of “rocks” who only play the best hands or at the wild and crazy table full of buzzed gamblers ready to tear it up on a hot Sin City night. How do you handle these situations? You’ll certainly have to make adjustments if you want to come out a winner.
The makeup of a no-limit Texas hold’em game can vary greatly from table to table depending on the lineup of players in each setting. Often, the addition of just one reckless player can cause the entire game to change, from a relatively tight and conservative match to one in which all the players begin to loosen up and the chips start to fly in an attempt to win the money of the reckless player. Here are some characteristics of tight and loose games:
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When Sahara closed May 16, 2011, sbe chief executive Sam Nazarian hung a note on the door promising “Be back soon.” At that time, those words seemed like wishful thinking. Yet here we are, three plus years later, counting down the days until Sahara is reborn as SLS Las Vegas August 23.
If you’re as excited as we are to see a new hotel casino on the Strip, then you’ve probably got plans to check it out when the doors open for the first time. VegasChatter will attend the unveiling at midnight, Saturday August 23 (that’s Friday night if you’re unsure) and will share our impressions soon after. If you intend to join in on the fun, here are a few tips and (hopefully) useful information to get you there with minimal headache.
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If we ask you to name the top destinations on The Strip for some low stakes gambling, what would you come up with? This writer would fire back Casino Royale before the question mark even makes it out. Pressed for more, I’d name the new O’Sheas, The Quad, and maybe Riviera. All fine picks for a gambler on a budget, but there’s a big one missing from my list. And, as a self-professed low roller, I’m ashamed to admit that I forgot about Slots A Fun.
Even though players clubs are evolving to include non-gaming spending, it's the gambling that still moves the needle. One of the best ways to maximize your players club rewards is to be mindful of where you're staying and playing and when you're visiting Las Vegas. Before diving into the subject, it must be noted that playing for comps rarely pays off because you'll usually end up risking more money than the comps you receive. That said, comps are awesome so why not get the best bang for your buck?
Las Vegas is a demand based economy. The law of supply and demand says that when demand is high so are prices, and vice versa. Visit Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend (#LDW, yo) and you'll pay more money than you would when there are less people visiting in mid-December.
By now, most Vegas visitors have been clued in to the long-hauling game. A simple “no tunnel” as you enter your cab can ensure that your ride doesn’t unnecessarily cost an extra 25% or more. Unfortunately, long-hauling isn’t the only way to be ripped off. As this writer found out during a recent trip to Venetian, cab customers are sometimes being fleeced even before the ride begins.
My group’s night on The Strip concluded with a late dinner inside Venetian and, as we finished off a second carafe of sake at Noodle Asia, we decided on cabbing home. As a Vegas resident, I know how to avoid a long-haul and was expecting an uneventful ride. What I didn’t anticipate, and was disgusted to discover, was a group of Venetian employees attempting to extort money from customers in exchange for bypassing an artificially inflated cab line.
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If you’re looking for that Bellagio fountain view, turn back now. This is for bargain hunters. Off Strip hotels, slumming downtown or even a room with a garbage view, if you’ll do whatever it takes for a good deal, this is for you. Check out our top five picks for a summer in Vegas that won't require a Bellagio budget:
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Most people either hate them or take them with a 'whatcha gonna do' shrug, but resort fees are at their most maddeningly when there's nothing resort-like about the business that's tacked the charge onto your tab.
While they're pretty much inescapable at Las Vegas' mega-resorts, it can be a rude awakening to discover your run-of-the-mill, off-Strip motel is charging them, too. VegasChatter reader Scott C. wrote us to alert us that the Mardi Gras "Hotel" & Casino on Paradise (shown above) has a $5 resort fee. The holder of 2 1/2 stars on Yelp, the property offers an airport shuttle, in-room coffee and WiFi in exchange for the fee. Although, the wireless Internet, according to one Yelper, hasn't worked on any of his four previous stays. Four!
Going to be in Vegas for the Fourth? You won’t want to miss the fireworks. We’ve already brought you 11 places to view them and we can’t recommend the spectacular shows casinos put on enough. They’re safe, free and orchestrated by some of the best production teams in the country. Time things right and you can even take in multiple shows this Friday. But, why limit yourself to just one day of fire in the sky?
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With its grand opening just over two months away, SLS Las Vegas will be here before we know it. When you head there to visit or to stay awhile and you're driving yourself, don't automatically pull into the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance.
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Even though we haven’t reached the official start of summer (this weekend), summertime events in Vegas have been booming for weeks. Pool parties started as soon as the weather permitted. The story is the same for Wet 'N' Wild, now well into its second season.
With temperatures regularly topping 100, access to a pool becomes a must for many when choosing their hotel. While summer isn’t a slow time for Vegas, we’ve been seeing some very low rates lately, many of which are bundled with free dining credit. The only catch is that most are coming from pool-less hotels. If you can find other ways of keeping cool, you may be able to take advantage of a sweet summertime deal. Here are a few of our favorites in downtown Vegas:
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Being one of the first to walk into a newly opened casino is one of the most thrilling things you can do in Las Vegas. This writer remembers doing just that for the debuts of Treasure Island, Monte Carlo, Venetian and Palms. In August, we'll all have a new chance to reminisce about the time we walked into a just-opened resort when SLS Las Vegas comes online.
With over 50 courses dotting the Las Vegas landscape as well as a variety of delights to keep one occupied during the non-hacking hours, Sin City is one of the country's top golfing destinations. The city offers a wide menu that spans all the way from top-100 layouts to low-priced, mid-level tracks that still provide plenty of fun for visiting golfers.
Today we're going to take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to golfing in the entertainment capital of the world.