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Christmas vs NYE Chaos

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by sco5123, Nov 14, 2012.

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  1. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    I am assuming Christmas busyness does not touch NYE's.

    Nevertheless, I want to know my likelihood of finding plenty of slots and tables to choose from at either of these periods.

    I hear particularly New Year's Eve is so packed that it's hard to find games available. What does this look like? How do I plan?
     
  2. slovak044

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    i was there this past new years and didn't really have a hard time finding a slot machine i like ( I'm more into the theme games like batman hangover etc. as well as video poker) didn't play any table games while i was there so i cant say anything about those and Ive never been there for Christmas so cant help there either. the big thing i did notice was getting around was a pain. with so many people walk it was almost always shoulder to shoulder and the worst part was the some people cant grasp the half of the side walk is for people going one way and the other half id for people going the other way:grrr:. so constantly dodging people made it a lot worse. if you asked me to go again during new years i would do it again.. hope this helps a little

    have fun
     
  3. slimmy28

    slimmy28 Low-Roller

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    2 years ago I was there Dec. 30 through Jan 3. (NYNY) I never had a hard time getting on a table I was comfortable with and that included play at NYNY, MGM, Monte Carlo and Mandalay Bay. The only time I remotely noticed that tables were stuffed was on NYE night, around 9:30. I was on my way from dinner to the NYE party I was going to. I didn't pass any table games again until about 1:00 am and everything seemed somewhat back to normal in my opinion.

    Having said that, I have to admit there was more on my mind than blackjack or craps. In fact, I'm sure I wasn't entirely in my right mind. :)
     
  4. Auggie

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    Well, nothing in Las Vegas is as busy as New Years Eve, and other than at a few buffets I don't think Christmas Day itself would be busy at all, probably kind of quiet.

    For NYE and finding a game: during the day it won't be too bad, at night it will depend on how close to the action you are... if you are at Harrah's or Mirage you might have to spend a little while before you can find a game to play (unless you are totally not picky and will take the first thing open) but if you are down The Strip at Excalibur or Mandalay Bay you will probably have some choices available.
     
  5. imwired

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    New Years is going to cost a lot more for a room in addition to being more crowded. I'd prefer Christmas.
     
  6. lostfido

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    Auggie is right about being at the end of the strip.
    We usually head down towards center strip earlier in the day and slowly make our way back to MB as it get closer to night.
    We have never had any problem finding machines at the casinos at that end, but they are busier than normal for sure.

    People watching is what NYE is all about for the wife and I, lets just say there is usually some good entertainment.
     
  7. MikeOPensacola

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    I'm not a huge fan of NYE, but it is pretty slow at Christmas. Been there a couple of times for Christmas and it is about as mellow as LV ever gets, but it starts to pick up rapidly right after Christmas. Christmas night is a great getaway day as the flights are usually pretty empty.
     
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    The days leading up to Christmas are the slowest of the year in LV. We do LV every year this time. Lines are short, crowds are down, prices are low. Some shows are dark.

    In recent years they have backed off a bit on the non-stop Jingle Bell Rock and the like on the casino sound systems.
     
  9. makikiboy

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    As others have mentioned, christmas is usually slow. Most people spend christmas at home with the family having xmas dinner or opening presents during the day. Many shows are dark at the time. Casinos are pretty empty.

    Right after christmas it usually starts picking up. It usually builds up and is a nut house on new years eve, but many people are partying, not playing on the machines as much. most places are very crowded with revellers and as others mentioned, difficult to get around that evening. I heard that they block off the downtown fremont street experience, you have to pay to get into that area and party.

    While I don't mind visiting during christmas I usually stay away during the year end festivities, I hate crowds and not into the big new years eve parties.
     
  10. Pinny Long

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    I LOVE Vegas at Christmas time.

    The casinos are super slow.
    Everyone is relaxed.
    There are no crowds.
    There's no lines for any of the restaurants.
    The table minimums are LOW, so you can play $10 blackjack at Bellagio, Wynn, Cosmo, etc.
    Check in/out is a breeze. Rates are ultra low or free.

    That being said . . . . I will NEVER miss NYE in Vegas. It is just crazy. The scorecard is the exact OPPOSITE of the above list, but that's okay. It's an experience like none other. If it doesn't break your bank, I recommend everyone try NYE in Vegas at least once.

    And, aside from the lack of low-limit tables, I never have any trouble finding games to play on NYE.
     
  11. valerie0187

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    Well that is great to know. My family and I are going to Vegas during Christmas time. My grandma is coming with us and I think she will like the idea of it not being super busy and crowded. She loves the slot machines, especially the penny and nickel machines.
     
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