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Best Craps On The Vegas Strip

Craps Table At Luxor

Craps Table At Luxor

As the year ended I looked at the best craps in downtown Las Vegas and didn’t find anything to surprising. Main Street Station has the best odds for a craps game downtown. It’s also the most affordable with 20x odds on $5 bets.

Most gaming on the Vegas Strip is worse than those offered in downtown Vegas but that’s not entirely true when it comes to dice. Craps on the Vegas strip is almost the same at every casino but there are a few locations that stand out being better than the rest. Here’s the breakdown.

  1. 100x – Casino Royale – looks like this is now 20x.
  2. 10x – Riviera, Stratosphere
  3. 3-4-5x – Aria, Bally’s, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Cosmopolitan, Encore, Excalibur, Flamingo, Harrah’s, The Quad, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York, Palazzo, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, Tropicana, Venetian
  4. 2x – Circus Circus

Casino Royale has had 100x odds for years and even though Riviera tried 1000x craps odds for a while that’s gone and Casino Royale returns as the best craps game on the Vegas strip.

I’ve never been in Casino Royale and wouldn’t go just to play craps. 3-4-5 Craps is the norm on the strip and that’s fine. Regardless of the odds craps is still has some of the lowest house edges in the casino. The difference between 3-4-5 and 100x odds is fairly small and not enough to make me go somewhere I don’t want. That said, if Cosmopolitan or somewhere nice had a 100x odds game they would likely find me at the table.

Note: If you know different odds at any of the casinos please leave a comment. The craps survey on Wizard of Odds is about 9 months old.

Photo – flickr jcnikon

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Best Las Vegas Show On TV

I watch just about any show on TV that includes Las Vegas. Las Vegas will probably always be my favorite TV show about Vegas, but it’s almost 10 years old and I’ve probably seen every episode 20 timesTravel Channel and Destination America keep recycling 20+ year old shows that are so out of date they’re fun to watch.

Now in its 3rd season I’m finally realizing how great the TV show Vegas Strip, on Tru TV, actually is. The show is basically a less serious version of the show Cops that takes place on the Las Vegas strip. This makes sense since the show is produced by the co-creator of “Cops”, Morgan Langley.

Unlike “Cops”, the show focuses on less serious crime and life on the strip.You’ll find more dealing with drunks and prostitutes then you will serious crime.

The cops post up between Planet Hollywood and Harrah’s which is where most of the action takes place. Every now and again a car will catch fire in front of Bellagio, but most of the drunk raging takes place in front of a Caesars property.

If you’re missing Las Vegas then “Vegas Strip” will fill the Vegas void in your life. “Vegas Strip” is a light hearted 22 minutes of the fun that takes place on a night on the Vegas strip. I can dig that.

Vegas Strip airs Monday night at 10pm on Tru TV.

If you get sucked into “Vegas Strip” (which you shouldn’t) you can buy episodes of all 3 seasons on Amazon.

Tweet me @eastcoastgamblr

 

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Coming Soon From MGM: FREE ROOMS (+ $100 Resort Fee)

Yesterday, Vegas Chatter, revealed that MGM Resorts is raising their resort fees across the board at their Las Vegas hotels and casinos.

Bellagio, MGM Grand, Aria, Vdara, The Mirage, Mandalay Bay — now $25 (previously $20)
Monte Carlo — now $20 (previously $15)
New York-New York, Luxor — now $18 (was $15)
Excalibur — now $15 (from $12.50)
Circus Circus — now $8.95 (up from $7.95)

Hotels charge a separate resort fee to give the illusion of cheap room rates. As hotel companies continue to raise resort fees in an effort to make their room rates look more competitive or cheaper than other hotels in the market it’s hard to imagine that one of these companies won’t discount their rooms so much that it looks as if the room is free.

Imagine this scenario in the future: The fee for your room at Luxor is $1 but it actually costs $100 after the resort fee. Meanwhile, down the street, you’re much newer room at Cosmopolitan also costs $100 and the don’t charge a resort fee.

Your net room fee is the same at $100 in this case. Where will you stay? A lot of people would choose the $1 room even if it’s the same price as the newest rooms in Vegas because of the fee they see up front. People are, generally, lazy and  simply didn’t do the math.

Resort fees suck, but we all have to deal with it. When pricing rooms you should always add the resort fee to the room rate to get the actual price you’ll have to pay for the room. It’s a pain in the butt, but it will give clarity when comparing room rates. Check here for a list of current resort fees and what you get.

At the end of the day the power is always with the consumer and your money. It is your choice to spend, or not spend, money on resort fees and the companies that charge them. If you don’t like the MGM resort fees then you probably shouldn’t stay, eat, drink or gamble at their properties. The dollar speaks louder than words.

On a personal note while I don’t like resort fees, per se, they don’t really bother me. I don’t mind doing the work to come to an all-in price to see if I’m getting a good or bad deal when going on vacation. Sometimes the resort fee that covers in-room wifi for an extra $10 is fine. Other times it’s not. I depends on the purpose of the trip and location.

There have been trips where I don’t mind paying $20 to sit in my Palazzo suite and use wifi because I’m feeling lazy, while there are other times where I’ll stay at a Caesars property and don’t mind going somewhere off site for wifi.

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Best Sportsbooks In Las Vegas (2012)

Earlier this year Forbes put together a list of the best sportsbooks in Las Vegas. I speculated that it may have paid for by MGM Resorts, by their numerous sportsbooks on the list. Between that list and talking about my favorite sportsbooks in Las Vegas on the Betting Dork podcast I wanted to come up with a list of my own.

If you follow my writing on Vegas Chatter, you already know some of the list. Here are my best sportsbooks in Las Vegas.

  1. Lagasse’s Stadium (Palazzo) – By far my favorite sportsbook in Las Vegas. Besides being a sportsbook where you can place bets and watch games, it’s a restaurant with decent enough food and waitress service. There is a lot of seating options as well as a patio with couches and a pool table. Lagasse’s Stadium also has it’s own little casino (blackjack, etc) if the games get boring. Take a look at a review I did after my first visit, so I can stop gushing.
  2. Red Rock Casino – I’m biased because this is my home casino. Distance aside, this sportsbook is one of my favorites for a few reasons. The Red Rock sportsbook is one of the larger sportsbooks in Las Vegas. It has 2 giant TV screens with ample auxiliary screens. There are about 16 lounge chairs to relax in and desk style seating for hundreds. The vibe here is always good, but it’s great during football season and perfectly relaxing during baseball season. Also, drink tickets are given and drinks are cheap after you run out of freebies. The only negative here is that it’s about 25 minutes off the strip.
  3. Venetian – The Venetian sportsbook is newly remodeled and that gives it the newest HD screens in Vegas. Besides having new crisp picture, the screens are huge. The lighting is also designed to enhance the viewing. While Cantor Gaming produces a very sterile, cold, not very comfortable (the seating feels like sitting at a work station) environment to watch games it’s impossible to dismiss how great the games look here. Cocktail service is slow and there are no drink tickets, but the screens here are beautiful.
  4. Mandalay Bay – I’ve spent quite a few Sundays watching football at the Mandalay Bay sportsbook. It’s nice sized with plenty of decent sized TV’s. There are desks and chairs for a couple hundred people. There’s also seating at the bar where you’ll have to buy drinks, but this seating is more comfortable. Even better is that just sitting at the bar playing video poker you can get free drinks. This is one of the few sportsbooks in Las Vegas that I’ve seen show boxing. The crowd is great and has a great draw for soccer if that’s your cup of tea.
  5. Mirage, Bellagio and Caesars Palace – Older sportsbooks that could use a freshening up with their TV screens and seating.
  6. Aria and MGM Grand – Aria is a newer casino and MGM Grand is recently remodeled. Both have nice screens, but aren’t very big.

That covers just about every sportsbook that matters to me in Las Vegas. There’s one glaring omission, which I’ll discuss separately when I get into the most overrated sportsbooks in Las Vegas.

 

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Flamingo Go Room Tour

I realized when I was posting the video tour of the Flamingo Fab Room, that I never shared the video tour I did of the Flamingo GO room, which was awesome. Enjoy the video of the room below.

Besides being well appointed, the room had an awesome view of the Bellagio fountains.

Overall, I really like the Flamingo GO rooms. They’re a great mid range price option for a Vegas room and you can’t beat the location. Most of my Caesars rooms are comped because of my Total Rewards status, but this is a room I’d actually pay for.

Music courtesy Foo Fighters and Britney Spears

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More Dragons!

Yesterday, I shared pictures from the awesome Chinese New Year display at the Bellagio conservatory. Today I have some pictures from the huge display at the Venetian (it’s closer to Palazzo). Besides its size (128 feet long) the big attraction to this display is that the humongous dragon at the Venetian is that it will breath fire twice a day (1pm and 5pm). The fire breathing doesn’t start until Monday, but I don’t need fire to think a big dragon is cool.

Check the flickr gallery for more pictures.

 

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Happy New Year From Bellagio

Bellagio has a pretty sweet display in their conservatory celebrating Chinese New Year. I’m not one normally into the conservatory but when they set it up for special occasions, they do a great job. Right now there are a bunch of dragons in the midst of the flowers for the year of the dragon and I approve!

Check the flickr gallery for more sweet pictures. Click below if you have $5 to spend on Year of the Dragon.

Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon

 

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Nobody Likes Caesars Palace

Yesterday I realized that nobody likes Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas. This is nothing new and not really a surprise to me, but it’s definitely a fact. I’ve been living in Vegas for just over a year now and have a lot of visitors. Some will stay at Caesars properties since they get great rates through Total Rewards but, in generally, nobody chooses a Caesars property to meet for a drink or meal. Since I live here I usually let other people choose where we’re going to meet when they’re in town.

Not once in my 14 months living in Vegas has anyone ever chosen to meet me at a Caesars property.

Most people know I’m Diamond status with Total Rewards (some know that I’ve been Diamond for a few years) and can get free drinks and/or snacks at the Caesars properties but they choose other places to meet even if Caesars properties are all around. I’ve been a supporter of Caesars properties since Atlantic City was my hub for gambling when I was on the east coast. For the most part, they’ve always treated me well.

While you may think people are choosing the new joints (Cosmopolitan or CityCenter), they aren’t. They are choosing places up and down the strip from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere. In the past week I’ve come to Bellagio 3 times. No biggie. I love Bellagio. I’m actually writing this at the sportsbook bar while I wait. Note, there is a pretty big selection of of smaller breweries on draft here. Nice.

Anyway, I love stopping at different casinos to meet people and don’t mind paying for a drink or a meal. I just find it interesting that zero percent of people have cared to visit a single Caesars property when visiting Vegas.

UPDATE: Since I drafted this yesterday, the people I met with let me in on their thoughts (they had no idea about this article). One person was staying at Caesars Palace and said that he didn’t mind staying there when he was alone, but he would never go there with his wife (he had a room in the forum tower that was is major disrepair). The other person was staying at a newer room at Hard Rock and loves the newer room and said he doesn’t visit Vegas unless he’s living it up. Caesars properties don’t do that for him.

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Top 3 Things To Do In Vegas

I’m not sure if it’s the people I follow on twitter or if I’m just noticing it more, but I have seen a number of “Top X Things To Do In Las Vegas That Doesn’t Include Gambling.” I’m not going to censor myself today. I’ve had way too much coffee for that.

FUCK THAT

There, it’s out of my system. Thank you for letting me vent. People don’t visit Las Vegas to not do awesome things. People visit Vegas for three things.

  1. Gamble
  2. Drink
  3. Eat
  4. Repeat

Sure there are other things in between those activities, but those aren’t why people visit Las Vegas. Look at lions, tigers, dolphins? Sure I’ll look, but not if I’m on a hot streak at the blackjack table. However, I’d stop playing blackjack to grab a steak and bottle of wine. I don’t know anyone that says let’s stop gambling to walk so we can walk out and watch the Bellagio fountains. No men or women I know from back east would ever do such a thing. Because of this I tend to brush off lists of other things to do in Vegas.

However, my parents are visiting me and while I’m busy taking care of business they’re going to be lost old people in a new land. They don’t gamble. They are not my people. For them, I’m looking at these lists looking for old people things to do.

So, I’ll tell them to walk up and down the strip for some exercise. I’ll make sure they catch the Bellagio fountains and conservatory. That’s their kind of thing. I’ll make sure they check out the pirate show at TI. Hey, it’s free. Let’s be straight, they’re not here to visit Las Vegas. They’re here to visit their son who happens to live in the land of eat.drink.gamble.repeat.

Let me also be straight about myself. Since I moved to Vegas I don’t attack the city like I did when I was a tourist. Sure I still take vacations in Vegas. I did in July around the Queens of the Stoneage concert and I’m planning my annual December trip. However, in between raging I’m living a normal life that sometimes takes me to these other activities. Case in point – my drive through Red Rock Canyon. That’s not something I would have done as a tourist, but living here is entirely different. Still, when I’m vacationing here I’m visiting eat.drink.gamble.repeat. If you follow me on twitter you may have just noticed me go kind of crazy about eat.drink.gamble.repeat. I’ll blame Styx and Helmet for that.

Anyways, back to the subject at hand. I don’t know anyone that visits Las Vegas to do anything on these “Things to do in Las Vegas” lists. The people I know come to vegas for three things. To eat, drink and gamble.

Queens of the Stoneage

Queens of the Stoneage

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Boom: Down Goes Dunes!

In light of the pending implosion of The HarmonVegas Inc. decided to list the Top 10 Vegas Strip Hotel implosions. I love implosions and figured this was a good excuse to visit the youtube archives.

For the next couple of weeks I’ll grab video of these 10 Las Vegas Strip Hotel implosions. We’re at the end of the list and at the most engaging implosion – Dunes. The implosion looks like a big party and was topped off with a $1 million fireworks show. If you’re going to get blown up, this is how to do it! This is a great end to the Top 10 Vegas Strip Hotel Implosions.

Opened: May 23, 1955

Closed: Jan. 26, 1993

Imploded: Oct. 27, 1993

With the slogan “The Miracle in the Desert,” the Dunes offered a desert oasis theme and featured a 35-foot-tall fiberglass sultan on its roof. The walls inside the Dunes were slanted, mirroring desert tents.

Through the years, the Dunes continued to add “Arabian Nights” themed elements including an onion-shaped dome. The hotel eventually added performers such as like Aztec Birdman, who performed ritual dances, and flying Indians to perform by the pool.

In 1961, the Dunes added the Diamond of the Dunes, a tower that was the largest in the state, bring the total number of rooms available to 400. In 1976, another 17-story tower was added, which brought the number of rooms to 1,300.

The Dunes hosted entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and offered the first topless revues on the strip, known as Minsky’s Follies.

In 1987, Japanese millionaire Masao Nangaku purchased the resort for $155 million. Nangaku could not make the Dunes successful and in 1993, sold it to Steve Wynn’s Mirage Resorts Inc. for $75 million. It was ceremoniously imploded on Oct. 27, 1993. The Bellagio occupies the site.

Destroyed In Seconds

Destroyed In Seconds

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