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I guess I am an old Vegas pro by now.

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  1. duffer1991

    duffer1991 Tourist

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    Somewhere in the past few years, I went from a young hotshot with lots of disposable income to a middle-aged Vegas veteran. I was a Las Vegas Advisor fan back when Anthony Curtis was all over the Travel Channel and the coupon book had some actual valuable matchplays. I always carried the American Casino Guide and miss a lot of the coupons in there.

    It is fair to say that I have stayed in almost every hotel, resort and motel in Las Vegas over the past 20 years (.... I actually found the motel rooms at the Westward Ho! charming in my early 30s). There came a time when I just got tired of Las Vegas. My moment of truth came when I was at the El Cortez back in 2008 and I was playing craps on a Tuesday afternoon. I saw the old men at the table with their oxygen tanks, cashing Social Security checks at the cage, and various "down-on-their-luck" types buying in for $2 in change. It really made me see the other side to all the neon and fun. I always knew it was there, but for some reason it struck a chord with me.

    Then I got a call from the Hooter's Casino Hotel on my cell phone on a Saturday morning. I used to always play and get the prime rib at the San Remo and stopped in Hooters to pay homage to my lost friend. I guess they are hurting for players since they called and offered me two nights on a weekend, $100 in free gambling and $50 in food. It was enough to get me back to Las Vegas and use a $200 United airlines credit that was about to expire.

    HOOTERS CASINO HOTEL: Yes, it is a bit tacky but I liked it. Everyone was nice, no one acted bored with their job, and the girls learning to deal were sweet and I did not mind an occasional misdeal or mispay. Everything was corrected and I really enjoyed my time there.

    MAD ONION RESTAURANT: I ate here a couple of times. The NY strip steak was very good. The vegetables were out of a frozen bag of vegetable medley and tasted like wax. The complimentary red wine (from a sticky-note coupon on the back of the hotel room door) was very nice! The NY cheesecake was very good, but not as good as that at the Flame Restaurant in the El Cortez.

    RTCSNV: I bought a three-day bus pass online. It was only $20 and well-worth the money. I know what times the busses are loaded and stuck in traffic and easily avoided the problems. The only problem was the changed routes downtown that require you to walk quite a bit to Fremont Street. It was not the end of the world, but still an annoyance at 2 am. I am 6'4" and 250 so I did not worry, but the three Japanese tourists were thankful that I escorted them to the El Cortez. By the way, I still LOVE the gaming, atmosphere, and LEGITIMATE pay schedules at the El Cortez.

    GAMBLING: I paid for the trip and expenses, and still came back up about $500. I was thrilled and have the itch to get back soon.

    I have only recently discovered myVegas and will see what I can get cooking to go to Sin City in a month or two. I found vegasmessageboard.com thanks to a friend from LVA. I look forward to learning from you all about the new Las Vegas. If anyone needs any insight about anything (there is no question too mundane or bothersome), feel free to ask :)

    Happy Holidays!
     
  2. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

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    Welcome to the board!!!! Look forward to your insight and thoughts...
     
  3. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

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    Welcome to the board!! I look forward to your posts....
     
  4. duffer1991

    duffer1991 Tourist

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    Thanks for the welcome. I really hope to give people some good advice. I guess here are a couple of things for the newbies to Las Vegas:

    1. The Flame Restaurant at the El Cortez is very good. I eat there every time I come to town. You can get 50% off in both the LVA MRB and the ACG. Do yourself a favor and go there. I always get a table without a reservation and usually dine alone. They have a sign saying appropriate attire is required, but I go in a clean shirt, shorts and sandals and have NEVER had a problem.

    2. Do not be afraid to use a coupon anywhere you can. I was almost bashful at first but now I hand it over and do not give it a second thought.

    3. I had a king room in the Hooters hotel with a view of the Strip from Mandalay Bay to the Monte Carlo. The room was clean, quiet and just what I wanted. I did not encounter the problems some complain about. Sure, the room is worn and not luxurious. But it is big and clean and more than I would expect for $20 per night. And there is an added bonus: when they give you a comped stay they do NOT make you pay the resort fee like all the big boys on the Strip.

    4. The El Cortez cabana suites are clean, comfortable, have shockingly mint green walls, and are non-smoking. As a non-smoker, it is nice to have a room that smells like an ashtray from the 1970s.

    I do not know if people here do meet-ups like we used to do with the LVA, but since I usually travel alone, it would be nice to meet someone for a lunch to trade stories.
     
  5. CardiacNP

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    I am also new to the boards... I am also a Vegas vertern and junkie I think i know more about what is going on on the strip than I do of my own home town.
    I am in my mid forties i luv Poker and hit Vegas at least 2 times a year.

    Seems you are more a guy of down town..... I enjoy it there but I don't find myself getting there as often.

    Dec/Jan is usually a couples trips for me but my June/July trip is usually solo or a poker guys rip. I usually head up for a week at a time.
    Scheduled trips Jan2-7 & June 2-9

    Welcome to both of us to the message boards
     
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