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Sigh, Another Vegas Taxi Scam To Look Out For

July 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (20)

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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Our Top Five Summer-In-Vegas Budget Picks

July 10, 2014 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (3)

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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Public Service Reminder: Even Off Strip Motels Charge Fees

July 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (2)

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!

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When You Want To Put On Your Own Fireworks Show This Fourth Of July

July 1, 2014 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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Before SLS Arrives, A Tip On How To Get Where You're Going With The Least Hassle

Where: 89109
June 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (3)

A photo of the SLS porte cochere captured today via webcam.

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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Downtown Deals Are Here If You Can Stand The Heat

June 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (3)

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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SLS Las Vegas Announces Exact Moment It Will Open Its Doors

June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (6)

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.

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Your Vegas Golf Questions Answered

June 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (5)

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.

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WSOP Players Get Special Hotel Rates And You Can, Too

May 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.

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VegasChatter Questions: Do Casinos Have Craps Lessons?

May 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

You have questions and we have answers! Timely answers, at that. We were walking through The D the other day and were reminded that many casinos still offer free gaming lessons. This experienced gambler hasn't taken a gaming lesson in a while, but it's nice to see that casinos still offer this kind of education.

VegasChatter Reader Chris R. was wondering if this was still a thing... and where he might get a lesson on the Vegas Strip:

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The 8 New TSA Videos You'll See At McCarran Airport

May 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM | by | Comments (2)

Air travelers at McCarran Airport have a new batch of TSA videos to zone out to while waiting to pass through security checkpoints.

McCarran, the TSA, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) have collaborated on eight new videos featuring the do's and don'ts of passing through security for (in)frequent fliers. Apparently, we've all been watching the same vids since 2004. But, times change as well as TSA procedures so a new batch of tips were created, emphasizing what to do with strollers, liquids, toys that look like weapons, and more.

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Don't Be So Quick To Show Off That Big Sports Bet

May 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM | by | Comments (9)

When we're having a good time, we like to tell others. There's nothing wrong with that. Winning is fun. While it may not be the coolest thing to do, gamblers like to show off when they win. We may share pictures of the purple chips we received after hitting a jackpot in Mississippi Stud Poker on Facebook or maybe we can't believe we finally got a Royal Flush in video poker and Instagram'd it. Or, perhaps, our long shot at the sportsbook just won and we tweet out a shot of the betting ticket.

Unfortunately, showing off one of these wins is not like the others. When you hit a sweet jackpot in most games, you’ll immediately receive your winnings. When you win big at the tables, you can just head to the casino cage and cash in your chips. If you hit a machine jackpot $1,200 and above, you'll get paid cash right on the spot by a casino employee. However, you don't have to be in the casino when you win a sports bet. This is where showing off your winnings can get complicated. In the time between showing off your winning sports betting ticket and actually claiming your winnings, someone can jump ahead of you and take it.

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