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The biggest weekend in Las Vegas for sports fans is Super Bowl weekend. Next year, the Big Game (XVLIII) takes place on Sunday, February 2. If you’re thinking about coming to Las Vegas, you may want to start making plans now. Just a few weeks ago, hotel rooms on the Vegas Strip were still being comped as if it was still a slow winter weekend. In the past two weeks, rates increased and this writer's comp offers dried up for rooms at Caesars properties. Hotel room rates are still reasonable, but the freebies are gone (at least for me).
We’re now 5 weeks into the NFL season and, as the teams are separated into pretenders to contenders, we can expect to see hotel room rates increase. During yesterday’s games, countless talking heads mentioned that teams with a 3-2 record after five weeks have a 52% chance of making it to the Big Game. Those teams include:
Sometimes, the best stories we do aren't ones we pen. Sometimes, we're happy to get out of the way and give others the
mic webpage. This summer, after we ranted about still being long-hauled from McCarran, lots of you weighed in on this shifty move. Fifty-four of you, in fact. The post ran on July 24, but it's the most recent comment, left on September 11, we want to point out. Left by RustyChops41, it was titled "Tips From An Honest Driver":
Sportsbooks / VegasChatter Questions / Vegas Observations / Tips / Survival Strategies / Cantor Gaming / William Hill / MGM Resorts / Caesars Entertainment / Station Casinos / Boyd Gaming / Wynn / LVH / Golden Nugget / → All Tags
It's football season and that means it's a busy time in the sportsbook. Yesterday, we gave answered why sportsbooks will or won't show certain games. Strange enough, it makes sense. Now, we answer the often-asked question of which sportsbook has the best odds and point spreads. Some sportsbooks have better odds for some games, but there isn't a "best odds sportsbook." Sportsbooks often have similar odds, but since the odds are based on the amount of money bet, you'll see some noticeable differences.
Sportsbooks that cater to Vegas Strip tourists tend to have worse odds on teams from large cities. So, for example, you'll see that Caesars and MGM sportsbooks may have worse odds on teams from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago since there are so many tourists from those cities that place their wagers on The Strip. Caesars and MGM properties make up the majority of casinos on The Strip so you may see the Lakers with shorter odds to win a title or larger point spreads on a game at these properties than you would at, say, a Cantor Gaming-operated sportsbook.
Using players club cards in casinos comes in handy, but they're not always simple to understand and can even be downright confusing. Every casino has their own proprietary players club algorithm to decide which rewards we'll receive. This makes it hard to know what rewards we'll receive and why we receive them. And, with so many different casino operators in Las Vegas (and around the country), it’s not always easy to see and compare offers, either. We recently found a website, though, that helps organize all (or most) of our players clubs in one place.
Off Strip / Rio / Rio Las Vegas / Survival Strategies / Tips / Masquerade Tower / Ipanema Tower / Hotel Rooms / → All Tags
Recently, we looked at Caesars Palace and explained how to choose the right tower when booking a stay. Now, we turn our attention to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino and put its two towers up against one another in attempt to determine which is best. Is it the hotel’s original Ipanema Tower which opened in 1990? Or, is the more recently added Masquerade Tower the better bet? And, when staying at a hotel that boasts that all of its 2,500+ rooms are suites, does it even matter?
Well, choosing the right tower absolutely does matter because, at Rio, a suite is not always a suite. Rio was the first hotel in Las Vegas to utilize the “all-suite” concept and, during its opening run in the ‘90s, it was the place to be. Its standard accommodations were nearly double the size of typical Las Vegas hotel rooms and were appointed with things like double vanities, living room areas, and refrigerators that were hard to come by elsewhere. Jump ahead to today and many of the amenities remain unchanged. The all-suite concept is no longer exclusive to Rio and competitors in the suite-hotel marketplace like Venetian have surpassed Rio with larger sizes and more luxurious furnishings. Today, it’s arguable as to whether Rio’s oldest rooms really deserve the “suite” designation. They are still spacious but, after more than 15 years without significant upgrades, they're rooms you want to avoid.
Whether you're planning to come to Las Vegas for the first time, or if it's a next time, rather than relying on
tiring obsolete methods of travel like walking, rent a car instead.
We'll start with where to get the car from because it's an important consideration. Most people rent cars from the airport because it's convenient, but in fact, that couldn't be further from the truth. That's why we recommend you rent a car from a hotel. Aside from the fact that it's almost always about $10 cheaper, you won't have to take a shuttle to the rental car center, nor will you have to wait in the, sometimes, brutally long lines. And, maybe the best part, because many more people rent from the airport than hotels, your chances of getting a free upgrade are much higher (I ended up with a Camaro when I paid for a Sebring). The only draw back is that you have to take a taxi each way from the airport, but the difference in non-airport cost should offset that.
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Love him or hate him, there's no denying the fact that when pound-for-pound king of the ring Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. (44-0, 26 KOs) enters the MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday, September 14 to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) for their WBA/WBC junior middleweight unification bout, you'll have picked a side and will remain adamant in your position. Like the New York Yankees in baseball or the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in college football, there's no toeing the line when it comes to Mayweather. You've either chosen to embrace the greatest fighter of his generation or you've long since established a position that Mayweather's brash and cocky demeanor is not to your liking.
This is a critical concept to comprehend because the world's perception of Mayweather — both as a boxer and as a celebrity — will play an integral role in the Las Vegas betting lines for Saturday's fight. Over the last decade, Mayweather has evolved into not just the greatest athlete in boxing, but into one of the most controversial figures in all of sports. The 36 year old from Grand Rapids, Michigan realized long ago that the fight game is as much about promotion and persona as is it is about ring generalship. And, with that highly profitable fact in mind, Mayweather transformed himself into one of the greatest heels in American sports history.
We've all been there, wandering through one of the many beautiful Strip casinos, but unable to find our way to, well, anywhere! These mega-resorts are wonderful in that they have everything you could ever want under one roof. The problem with these resorts, however, is that they have everything you want under one roof!
Navigating hotel-casinos can be a daunting task even for a Vegas veteran, let alone a virgin! With so much to see, noises in every direction, and folks milling around everywhere you look, it can be difficult to tell what is what and where to go. And, don't even get me started on resorts with ceilings painted to look like you're outside, fake streets and shopfronts, and multiple floors! It is actually amazing I.. I mean.. anyone ever finds their way out and back home.
To help out Vegas beginners, I've compiled a few tips and tricks that can help you in moments of confusion:
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. We’ve seen it in movies and we’ve seen it in person. The jolly friend walks into the restroom yapping on the phone and they drop said phone into the toilet. Uh, oh! That smartphone cost anywhere from $200 to $500 and they’re not just leaving it to die. They brave the toilet monsters and dig out the phone only to see their beloved smartphone is barely alive. The phone was just removed from the toilet so the friend isn't going to perform CPR. How will our friend save their phone?
If the friend is at a hotel on the Vegas Strip, they can simply call Smart Fix and they'll pick up their phone (or tablet), fix it, and return it. Smart Fix won’t come to every hotel on The Strip, but they’ll come to most of the big ones like Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Paris, Treasure Island, Venetian and Wynn.
Survival Strategies / Tips / Caesars Palace / Augustus Tower / Octavius Tower / Nobu Hotel / Centurion Tower / Hotels / Hotel Rooms / → All Tags
When booking a stay at most hotels in Las Vegas, the decision making process is fairly straightforward. Once you've decided on a hotel, the remaining choices aren't complicated. Smoking, or non? Two queens or a king? Standard or suite? If you happen, however, to be planning a stay at Caesars Palace, be prepared to select not only your room preferences, but which hotel tower you would like as well.
The goliath that is Caesars contains more than 4,000 rooms across its five separate towers, all center Strip. Each tower is unique, almost to the point that it’s as if Caesars is really five hotels in one. Make that six when factoring in the new Nobu Hotel within a hotel which opened earlier this year. Names like the Augustus Tower and Octavius Tower don’t offer up any clues regarding age or location. If you're hoping to stay in a recently remodeled room or seeking out a view of the Bellagio fountains, you need to be sure that you book the right tower. If nothing else, you should know which tower to avoid. That happens to be the Roman Tower, which is where we begin.
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The chance to get a view of all sides of The Strip is a truly breathtaking experience. The area is rather cramped and can feel a tad crowded, but with a bit of patience, you'll get your chance to see whichever direction of picturesque Las Vegas you please.
G2E / Global Gaming Expo / Venetian / Palazzo / Sands Expo Center / Conferences / Tips / Survival Strategies / → All Tags
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E as it's better known) begins in just under a month (September 25) and, like every large conference, there are a few things to prepare for. While many just see G2E as "The Slot Machine Conference" this is the annual meeting for the gaming and casino business. Bringing that many people together means that The V & P (Venetian and Palazzo) will be packed all that week.
Yes, slot machines take up much of the press, but the expo portion of G2E also shows everything from electronic cigarettes to new food and beverage. Entertainment and security wares are also on display. G2E also has panels that discuss everything from slot machine bonuses to how to create optimal flow for buffet customers.