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Checking Into (and Maybe Out of) Those 'WTF Rooms' in Vegas

June 17, 2015 at 8:30 PM | by | Comments (28)

No, this is not a prison...

Recently we ran a warning piece on Manor Motor Lodge, a relatively-revolting collection of motel structures behind the main towers of Circus Circus. We alerted readers not to fall for the “Five Dollar Catch” and avoid these rooms, which operate as part of the main resort.

There are several other Vegas hotels with similar “WTF” rooms. You may have already (and unwittingly) reserved one of them for an upcoming trip. Let’s look at a few and see if you might enjoy their quirky charms--or if you should run in the other direction.

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When a Cab Driver Puts the Car in Park at a Light, Are You Getting Charged for It?

June 16, 2015 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (21)

All of us have a love-hate relationship with taxi cabs and their drivers, especially in Las Vegas. In this town, we love the crazy Vegas stories and helpful Vegas tips the cab drivers tell us, but we hate the long-hauling that sometimes happens and the mysteriousness of the meter. Speaking of the meter, one reader, Jim L., had a specific question about taxis putting the car in park at red lights. Here's what he wants to know?

“While sitting at a long stop light the driver would place the van in park. Does that accelerate the meter's cost as if they stopped at a store while a fare gets out and goes in a convenience store? I figure it does, I just really don't trust Vegas cabbies.“

Our good friend on Twitter, @LVcabChronicles, cleared up this misconception for us, stating:

He also added:

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VegasChatter Questions: Can You Waive the Resort Fee at The Venetian?

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June 8, 2015 at 6:16 PM | by | Comments (6)

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!

VegasChatter reader K Wood, who has an upcoming trip into town, recently has this question for us:

“We are going to be staying at the Venetian for six days. Can we waive the resort fee (they quoted U.S. $348.00 for 2 rooms)?

We don't want a newspaper and will not use the Grand Canyon fitness room. We will not have a car to park. We only want to use the pool. Is there a way to waive the fee?”

Those damn resort fees sure are a pain, just ask Benjamin Brin who recently filed a class action suit against Venetian and Palazzo because of those pesky fees. Unfortunately though, it looks like you may still have to pay $29 plus tax a night.

We featured an article back in 2013 about Venetian/Palazzo giving guests the opportunity to decline the resort fee at check-in or check-out, but that has since changed. As of last year, declining fees was no longer an option, according to a front desk agent.

There are still some hotels in town without resort fees. For a full list, check out our 2015 Las Vegas Resort Fees guide.

[Photos: Venetian]

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Should You Play the Field When it Comes to Casino Hosts?

May 27, 2015 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (20)

It's time for another VegasChatter Question!

VegasChatter reader, Chris W, recently emailed us with a great question about casino hosts. Here's what he wants to know:

“Hello! I am an avid reader of the site, I check in two or three times a day to see if there are any new posts…I am an addict. Anyway, here is my Vegas question:

I play a decent amount when I am in town and I have committed myself to the MGM properties to get the best out of MLife. About two years ago, I got a direct email from a “Junior Host” at the Mirage offering me a free room, contact him if there is ever anything he can do for show tickets, meals, etc.

Since then however, I have received letters and mailers from the MGM, Bellagio and Aria from different marketing agents telling me to contact them for my free rooms, offers etc.

SO, do I stick with my first guy from the Mirage to book all of my stuff even if it is at a different hotel or should I contact the representative of the hotel that I want to stay? My contact at the Mirage is sure good to me and I want him to get his credit/bonus etc. for me coming to an MGM property if it applies. Please help me clarify this, thanks!”

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A Simple MyVegas Tip to Ensure You Receive the Best Rewards Available

May 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (11)

Want to use your MyVegas rewards on your next trip to Vegas? Secure them BEFORE you roll into town.

MyVegas is an excellent way to supplement your trip to Las Vegas with a few discounted items and even some freebies. The rewards MyVegas offers today may have been better when the game first launched but that’s a story for another day.

When the game first launched many of the rewards, specifically from MGM Resorts, were geared toward tourists. Indeed, when you look at the MGM Resorts rewards offered for players in Nevada, you'll see that they're different than those offered to people playing MyVegas in other states.

But then last year MyVegas added rewards from Station Casinos, in part, to offer Nevada locals some rewards that they might find useful. Those are the only rewards that this Las Vegas local looks at regularly. It’s always nice to extend the weekend by a day with a complimentary room every now and again.

The rewards you can get from Station Casinos don’t differ based on where you play the game but the same isn’t true for the MGM Resorts rewards. Here’s a sample from Aria last night.

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How NOT To Be A Jerk When Visiting Las Vegas

May 12, 2015 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (66)

Here in Las Vegas, we love tourists! You are fun, you are the reason that we have thousands of jobs on The Strip, and you are part of the reason we don’t pay state income tax (thank you!). But with that said, there is that occasional person that comes to visit and they are the absolute worst. I mean, they are really, really, crappy. They try to visit and they do Vegas alllll wrong. When it comes to those people, we…can’t…even.

We decided that some visitors need guidance (these can apply to all vacation destinations). So we compiled a list of 20 things you can do to ensure you are not one of those horrible people that locals dread coming in contact with.

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Comps 101: Rating vs. Points

April 30, 2015 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (13)

Some of you are veterans to this type of information, but we come across several people often that are not quite sure exactly how a players club card works in the table games pit. As you likely know, when you insert your players card into a slot machine or video poker machine, every dollar you spend will earn you points for your play. You can use these points for comps on rooms, meals, drinks, and at some casinos, cash back or freeplay. Now, with that being said, let's talk about how it works in the pit.

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Before You Hit The Vegas Tables For Your 21st

April 17, 2015 at 7:11 PM | by | Comments (20)

So you or someone you know has just turned 21 and you want to get out there and have some fun gambling in Vegas. Every year, thousands of people come to Vegas for their 21st birthday to drink, party and, of course, gamble legally for the first time. But, a good question is where do you take a first-time player to ensure they get the most bang for their buck?

I have been a casino dealer for about five years and, when I gamble, I look for the best odds with the best limits. When friends and family hit the big 21, they always ask me to take them out for a night of lucky chance. I love to gamble! Some might think, “wow, this guy has a problem!” Not at all, actually; I play smart and never put myself in financial harm. So, with that in mind, here's my personal guide to how to go all in for the big 2-1:

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There's No Reason Not To Rent A Car In Vegas

April 9, 2015 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (37)

Vegas trips generally don’t require much in the way of transportation. Once you get from the airport to your hotel, you’re pretty much set. I’ve spent entire Vegas weekends confined to a single resort property without feeling like we were missing out on anything. And, with so many hotels packed together along The Strip, it’s easy to explore on foot if you are so inclined. When your vacation calls for more than casinos have to offer, however, a rental car is the way to go and Vegas is just about the best place in the country to get one.

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26 Casinos With Video Poker Returning More Than 100%

April 9, 2015 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (11)

Good gambling is getting harder to find every day. Thankfully, it’s not gone altogether. While some casino operators are looking at new ways to generate revenue (i.e., bottle service) there are still some operators who still look to the casino to earn their revenue. These casinos often offer better odds in blackjack, craps and, in this case, video poker.

Better odds aren’t all we’re searching for when it comes to video poker. We’re looking for the best odds. Specifically, we're looking at games that return at least 100%. Playing video poker games with 100%+ returns and perfect strategy will allow for a rare positive when gambling, expected value. That represents the average amount you can expect to win per bet if the bets each have identical odds (like these games) and are repeated many times. When you have a game with positive expected value, you’re repeating a wager that will return more than you play over time.

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Sometimes, Everything Old Can Be New Again

April 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM | by | Comments (11)

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It's time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes to us from reader Bill who needs a bit of inspiration for an upcoming trip:

hello to you VegasChatter dudes and dudettes, first off i have to tell you I think you guys have a great site. but here’s the deal, the wife and I are coming down in May and staying at the Golden Nugget. Great hotel, we’ve stayed here before, and will add this will be roughly our twentieth odd trip to Las Vegas. Stayed at many different hotels, Mirage, Paris, Planet Hollywood, etc. so we're not the new kids on the block but were wondering if you can turn us on to something really different to check out when we arrive. hey guys, we're versatile. Already did a bacon martini at the Double Down Saloon and sipped merlot at the Paris, know what i mean?

Well, Vegas is a weird place. Where else can you gamble at 7-11 or pose for pictures with a fake Gene Simmons on the walk to a bikini contest judged by a minor celebrity? But, there are only so many slot machines to wager on, three-foot-tall drinks to pound, and escort cards to collect. While the Strip never truly loses its luster, the frequent Vegas visitor can sometimes use a little help to find ways, both on and off Las Vegas Boulevard, to see how wonderfully unique this place can get.

Many Vegas vacationers likely have no idea how close they are to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Red Rock Canyon boasts miles of gorgeous rock formations. It is a popular hiking and rock-climbing destination. When smoky casino halls and endless booze get the best of you, a drive around the canyon’s 13-mile loop will do your soul some good.

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Here's How To Wager On Baseball

April 6, 2015 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (3)

The first pitch of the new Major League Baseball season was thrown last night in Chicago (the Cubs lost to the St. Louis Cardinals). The season is now in full swing with games stretching into tonight.

Wagering on baseball is different than betting on football or basketball since baseball games don't use a point spread. When you wager on a baseball game, you're mostly going to bet the money line. Money line wagers mean all you have to do is to pick a winner. If you pick the winning team, you get paid, but not the traditional -110 ($11 to win 10) you would with point spread sports. Since money line betting is different from what most people are used to, it's always nice to have a refresher.

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