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    Vegas Tips?

    Somehow I have managed to get to this stage of my life and still never been to Vegas. One thing or another has always prevented me from going, but Iím looking at possibly going the end of April, unless itís too late to get a decent price.

    Looking for hotel recommendations, not looking for the most expensive place, but donít want a dump either. My wife doesnít gamble so I want a hotel where she can keep busy or whatever (pool)... Any other info or help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Not sure on the price but The Mirage is middle tier pricing, very nice for first timers, great location, and your wife will love their pool.

    Advertised prices are deceiving because they will hit you with resort fees at just about all the hotels and it's about $50 extra per night not included in advertised prices.

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    2nd the mirage for a first time visitor. You can walk to many of the attractions on the strip easily from the mirage. Nice rooms and some quality restaurants on site so if you donít want to go away from the resort you donít need to.
    Pool is cool, too. Lots of very nice looking ladies so be carefuló donít need the wife catching you checking out the talent
    Iíve Always enjoyed the mirageís sportsbook. Huge TVs to watch the action and in late April youíve got early season baseball and nhl and nba playoff action to bet on.



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    Look at the Golden Nugget downtown. Nice pool with a built in aquarium (sharks, rays, etc other fish) swimming all around you. Downtown is a lot more fun I think especially if u donít gamble, and if u do gamble, the gambling is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFive View Post
    Downtown is a lot more fun I think especially if u donít gamble, and if u do gamble, the gambling is better.

    Not to mention Downtown Vegas is cheaper then the Strip and you get to see all those weird humans that hang around there at night
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    The one thing I always tell 1st time visitors to Las Vegas is that you really don't have to gamble huge amounts of money to get comps. With that said it is WAY easier to get comps off the strip.

    If you are making your very first trip to Vegas, walk up to the Floor Supervisor (or someone close to that job title) and say "Hey I am staying here with my wife, this is our first time to Vegas". Just make a personal connection with that person (try to get their business card) and ask about comps. Then once a day try to keep contact with that person, give him or her a wave if you have to, just try to keep contact. Then before you leave ask what comps you can get, most of the time you'll get a discount on your room (or other stuff). Now yes of course you'll have to gamble there, but you don't have to bet 2000 bucks a hand at Blackjack for 6 hours to get it. Many think you need to be a "high roller" to get comps, you do not.

    Hotels/Casinos want to "reel in" 1st time visitors because you are "fresh meat", if you let them know you are there for the 1st time you might get some extra comps. But again as I mentioned above it is much easier to get comps off the Vegas Strip then on it.

    At the very least one should be able to get a Free Buffet, I mean free food is always good right
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    Wife went back to Vegas this past summer with her sisters...

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    No weird humans hang out on the strip??

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye View Post
    No weird humans hang out on the strip??

    Well not as many as downtown. But as far as annoying humans, the Strip wins that award. Does it get any more annoying then the "Hooker Card" humans?


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    Was there for a week last month (SB) and didn't come across any of the 'hooker' cards this trip. Hundreds and hundreds in previous trips of the panhandlers.


    Maybe things are improving? Did have a few 20k step days so not for lack of movement.

    As for Blitz. Id stay on the Strip. Check out the Linq. Its new, clean, good gambling and very centrally located.
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    1000% VDARA! It's 100% smoke free hotel with great rooms and pool. Steps to the ARIA (best casino/sportsbook/food in Vegas). The buildings are connected by a walkway. VDARA is perfect for the non-gambler/non-smoker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T View Post
    1000% VDARA! It's 100% smoke free hotel with great rooms and pool. Steps to the ARIA (best casino/sportsbook/food in Vegas). The buildings are connected by a walkway. VDARA is perfect for the non-gambler/non-smoker.
    Almost stayed there last trip but ended up downtown at MSS instead due to my friend getting comped rooms.
    Like the idea of a smoke free/casino free hotel to escape to after long days of gambling.


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    If you are a serious sports gambler or just a sports gambler in general, you have to at least make a stop at the Westgate hotel and casino just off the strip. It is by far the best sportsbook in Vegas. All I can say is, it's worth going to, you'll thank me later. 50 foot high screens across a football field that are crystal clear with high back cushioned chairs to watch the games. The NBA playoffs will be rolling at the end of April. The rooms, if you decide to stay there, aren't that bad either. They've been renovated.

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    Kickserve... I have the full set of Topps 1959 baseball card set ,1975 Topps with George Brett's rookie card and the 1988 Donruss set and Mickey Mantles 1952 rookie card... I like to go up in my attic and go through all my baseball cards....but my favorites are the 2014 and 2015 Vegas cards they give you on the strip... think it was Lola's rookie card in 2013 and Candy's 2014...think Candy was a shortstop but forgot what position Lola played...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Box and one View Post
    Vegas cards they give you on the strip... think it was Lola's rookie card in 2013 and Candy's 2014...think Candy was a shortstop but forgot what position Lola played...

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    Wouldn't go anywhere downtown you need to be on strip first time Vegas.Mirage is decent spot and price okay.The Aria is in Ideal spot right next to park mgm where t mobile center is which has nice shows and other pubs and lot of action also shops and food are right across walkway by planet Hollywood Vdara is nice also. id spend a few bucks more on Aria but mirage would be fine also.

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    Looking at June 18th to 24th now.

    Is it too hot at that time?

    Any other positives or negatives with going at that time?

    Would like to see the Grand Canyon any suggestions for this?

    Should I rent a car?

    Thanks

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    Grand Canyon in June?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yyz View Post
    Grand Canyon in June?

    Dont buy an icecream cone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz View Post
    Looking at June 18th to 24th now.

    Is it too hot at that time?

    Any other positives or negatives with going at that time?

    Would like to see the Grand Canyon any suggestions for this?

    Should I rent a car?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz View Post
    Looking at June 18th to 24th now.

    Is it too hot at that time?

    Any other positives or negatives with going at that time?

    Would like to see the Grand Canyon any suggestions for this?

    Should I rent a car?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz View Post

    Should I rent a car?

    No need to rent a car, save your money for gambling.




    Well unless you are planning a "road trip" outside of the city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kickserv View Post
    No need to rent a car, save your money for gambling.




    Well unless you are planning a "road trip" outside of the city.
    Like the Grand Canyon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yyz View Post
    Like the Grand Canyon?

    That is one long ass drive, and Blitz is a Madjacker which means he's a millionaire, so he has his own helicopter, so he's good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz View Post
    Somehow I have managed to get to this stage of my life and still never been to Vegas. One thing or another has always prevented me from going, but Iím looking at possibly going the end of April, unless itís too late to get a decent price.

    Looking for hotel recommendations, not looking for the most expensive place, but donít want a dump either. My wife doesnít gamble so I want a hotel where she can keep busy or whatever (pool)... Any other info or help would be appreciated. Thanks!
    First timers should definitely stay on the Strip.... The best hotel for what you are looking for is The Mirage....They have the most shaded area of any hotel in Vegas....& based on my visits over the years during the summer months it is not even close....Also the Mirage is centrally located on the strip....

    After checking in the first thing you & wife do is get player's club cards which is good for all MGM properties.... Which is about 5 hotels on the strip....Mirage, MGM Grand, Aria, Bellagio, & Mandalay Bay....

    Once you & wife get the players club card, put the card into any slot machine & play about $10-$20....You will start getting getting e-mails with great offers to the above hotels....

    Except for an occasional football bet, I only play video poker & I get great deals from these hotels....

    Imo first timers shouldn't stay at any of the places downtown, but a visit downtown in the evening is a must....

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    Do not go to the Grand Canyon. If u must go, go on a tour bus. Thank me later; itís cheap and convenient and most importantly, stress free. I would say no to car rental Bc u have to pay to park everywhere now

    The Hoover Dam is a much better out of city tour. Book online a few days before Bc the internal big tour of the dam will sellout. Walking over the Dam bridge will also be scorching hot. I donít recommend ever leaving the city on your first trip u less itís a childhood dream to go or something. The Dam tour imho is far more fun and interesting than the GC. Even my first GC trip I was momentarily overwhelmed but then immediately ready to leave.

    If you go to the Grand Canyon, for the love of Pete, do NOT do the west rim and the ďSkywalkĒ! Please trust me; it blows compared to the South rim. Donít be suckered in to going Bc it is closer. The South rim is the classic Canyon you have seen from movies and tv shows (The Brady Bunch). If you have already been, please donít go in June. Itís like walking around on a cooking hot plate. Pure misery (been there, done that).

    Please download Lyft on your phone and then refer your wife to Lyft. U will both get multiple $5 off fares. Do not get in a cab unless itís for pure convenience.

    Do not get on a shuttle from the airport. Use Lyft.

    I think itís bad advice for people to tell u to stay on the strip. Downtown is much cheaper, has better gambling, and it is far more fun. It took me living there to finally figure that out.

    I second the Westgate Sportsbook suggestion. Ride the monorail there and all over the east side of the strip too as much as possible. Itís cheap and convenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IX_Bender View Post
    Was there for a week last month (SB) and didn't come across any of the 'hooker' cards this trip. Hundreds and hundreds in previous trips of the panhandlers.


    Maybe things are improving? Did have a few 20k step days so not for lack of movement.

    As for Blitz. Id stay on the Strip. Check out the Linq. Its new, clean, good gambling and very centrally located.
    Bender was a fan of the old IP and the dry erase board with all the sports betting lines. That was very cool. 65 is not a fan of the Linq for gambling or the renovated rooms; itís lipstick on a pig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFive View Post
    I think itís bad advice for people to tell u to stay on the strip. Downtown is much cheaper, has better gambling, and it is far more fun. It took me living there to finally figure that out.

    I second the Westgate Sportsbook suggestion. Ride the monorail there and all over the east side of the strip too as much as possible. Itís cheap and convenient.

    Sorry, disagree with you Clint....

    Blitz said his wife doesn't gamble & likes the pool....

    Imo, she wouldn't like staying downtown....

    The Mirage pool has the most shade & is the perfect pool to stay at....Plus The Mirage is not far from the Forum Shops at Caesars & the woman love that place....

    Make the wife happy & Blitz will be able to gamble with a clear head....

    They should go downtown for an evening, but should stay on the Strip....
    Blindly following my plays can be hazzardous to your wallet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AR182 View Post
    Sorry, disagree with you Clint....

    Blitz said his wife doesn't gamble & likes the pool....

    Imo, she wouldn't like staying downtown....

    The Mirage pool has the most shade & is the perfect pool to stay at....Plus The Mirage is not far from the Forum Shops at Caesars & the woman love that place....

    Make the wife happy & Blitz will be able to gamble with a clear head....

    They should go downtown for an evening, but should stay on the Strip....
    This is really good advice. Downtown for an evening but stay on the strip. Never stayed at The Mirage but itís def in the heart of the action and shouldnít be too expensive but a nice hotel.

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