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It has been 11 Long Years!!!

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by blackjackfreak, Feb 10, 2015.

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  1. blackjackfreak

    blackjackfreak Newbie

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    My wife and I are headed back to Vegas after 11 years away. Our favorite place to stay is The Mirage. What is your opinion on what has changed for the better over the last several years? What shows, hotels, casinos, etc are a MUST SEE? Thanks for your help!
     
  2. jbk1972

    jbk1972 Low-Roller

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    Man, so much has changed in 11 years! City Centre is the main change. That big gap between Monte Carlo and the Bellagio has been closed off. I thought my 3-year hiatus was too long. The Mirage is still a nice spot. Congrats on getting back there. After my time off, I'm planning a tradition of 2-3 times a year.
     
  3. IWannaBeInVegas

    IWannaBeInVegas VIP Whale

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    Lets see, in 11 years (I was out there 11 years ago celebrating my divorce) the Stardust was still standing but not open, that area was a barron wasteland unsure about now. There is the new Linq shopping area and a new one opening at Ballys, City Center is open. You have the new High Roller wheel which maybe fun for a half hour if you desire. Really to much to write about but a ton has changed. OH and resort fees, I do not remember paying them 11 years ago but they are at nearly every property now, that fee is on top your regular hotel rate.
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I started going to Vegas 12 years ago. In that time, the biggest change I have seen on the Strip is the elimination of the little places (bye bye Boardwalk) and the proliferation of shopping options.

    As for Mirage, it feels more cramped now than it did back then. There are just two many bottlenecks as you walk through the casino and it feels like they are always trying to squeeze just one more slot machine in the place. FWIW, though, the volcano show is much improved
     
  5. mdee

    mdee VIP Whale

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    I waited 18 years between my 1st and 2nd trip! Then I ended up going 4X in a row in less than 8 months that year!
    So much has changed. Shows, Sky-walks, New Resorts, De-Themed Resorts, Restaurants, Roadwork, Shopping.
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    Barbary coast is gone.
    O'Shea's is gone.
    Westward Ho is gone.
    Frontier is gone.
    Stardust is gone.
    6:5 is the default for low-limit blackjack on the strip.
    There is a 'tunnel route' from the airport that pretty much exists solely so that cabs can long-haul you.
    You can no longer smoke in any restaurant or poker room, and only in a few enclosed places at the airport. (Casinos all still permit it though.)
    Slot machines & VP are virtually all TITO...no more coinage....I suppose that's a good thing, though.


    ...and you did want to know what has changed for the better...
    OK...here goes -
    Downtown is more like a true destination, with the FSE, the zip-line, the stages, the live music. Mob Museum is open. Container Park. East Fremont has really boomed...and, one can still find low-limit 3:2 two deck blackjack downtown.
    Can't recall if the monorail was open back then, but it is now... which, with SLS replacing Sahara, and Westgate replacing the Hilton (LVH), it finally has some value.

    Oh, there's a Twin Peaks on the strip now, so that has to be a positive!
     
    Seems like forever from now, but the flights are booked, so it counts!
  7. Gdicke13

    Gdicke13 Low-Roller

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    11 years?! Wow I thought I was hurting because it's been 7 months! For shows I'd recommend love(Beatles mirage)rock of ages, Michael Jackson cirq and jersey boys(Frankie Valli) restaurants? Giadas just opened at the Cromwell(really cool casino)last June..I think it's a must. Gordon Ramsey steak at Paris is 3 years old and awesome(rib cap best steak I've ever eaten) Wolfgang pucks cut at the Venetian is equally good. I'm a big fan of Raos at Caesars for Italian Mario batali B and B at Venetian...the high roller is worth it, especially at night. As for hotels, Cosmo is worth checking out. You can still find plenty of 3/2 blackjack on the strip even at $15 minimum. $25 is all over the place. Have fun!! I think you'll be blown away by the changes on the strip the last 11 years
     
  8. blackjackfreak

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    Great responses so far! Thank you all so much!!! Keep the info coming....
     
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