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Las Vegas Advisor or American Casino Guide

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by jtdl, Sep 30, 2013.

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  1. jtdl

    jtdl Tourist

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    Anthony Curtis' Las Vegas Advisor or American Casino Guide - any opinions on either or both? Which do you buy?
     
  2. ClownHo

    ClownHo High-Roller

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    ACG: low-cost investement (if you order via Amazon and you avoid paying shipping), a few simple discounts that make it more than worth the $12 investment.

    LVA: more value to be had, but you put out three times as much. If you like to spend money at Palms, LVA is a no-brainer.

    Either way: don't assume you'll save hundreds of dollars with either one. If there's an easy way to save the cost of the book, then go for it, and consider everything else to be a bonus. If you buy a book, and only save $5 more than what you spent, without a lot of hassle, and get to use a match play or two for table games, that makes you a winner.

    I'm not one to run around all over the greater LV area to take advantage of the coupons, but if that's entertainment to you, go for it. Somebody will inevitably suggest that doing so is foolish, but do what's right for you.
     
  3. jtdl

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    I'm just looking for some 2-for-1 food/drink/attraction coupons for places on the Strip. I figure using one 2-for-1 buffet coupon would pay for either one? I also saw that in the 2013 ACG there were 2-for-1 coupons for NYNY rollercoaster, Haunted Vegas, which are attractions we'd utilize if they happen to be in the 2014 addition. LVA seems to offer more information in terms of their newsletters but you mentioned Palms - so are a good majority of the coupons centered around that establishment?
     
  4. westie

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    I think everyone has to review the coupons in relation to their own circumstances. We rent a car and visit 3 times per year for 14 days at a time.

    My wife and I each have a LVA subscription. We get more than our investment just from the freeplay coupons with everything else being pure gravy. Also, the LVA subcription includes a monthly newsletter.

    FYI - the Palms coupon is 50% off up to $50 savings, but may only be used for charges in bars, including Social and Tonic; hotel-room bill; admission to Moon or Ghost Bar; or charges in the following restaurants: 24/7 Café, Bistro Buffet, or Nove (not valid for food in restaurants not listed here, or in the food court).

    The entire 2013 list of coupons (check terms and conditions for all that interest you) may be found at:
    http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/whyjoin-mrbdetails.cfm

    Your $37 online subscription price also includes a monthly online newsletter, a few printable coupons and a bulletin board. A list of the
    2014 coupons should be available in early December.

    I purchased (2) ACG's for 2013 and felt they were of marginal value. The complete list of 2013 ACG coupon (does includes terms and conditions) may be found:
    http://www.americancasinoguide.com/2013-american-casino-guide-coupon-list.html

    Note that several of the ACG coupons are for new slot card sign-ups only which is not the case with any of the LVA coupons.
     
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    I just went into the ACG discussion board and Steve Bourie (owner of the ACG) posted the following:

    2014 American Casino Guide Pre-sale Offer: The new 2014 edition of the American Casino Guide will have information on more than 700 casinos in 41 states, plus 216 money-saving coupons - the most coupons that the book has ever had! We will post a list of all coupons on our discussion board on Monday, October 14, 2013.

    The retail price for the 2014 ACG will be $18.95, but as a subscriber to our free monthly newsletter you will be able to purchase the book at a special pre-publication price of just $11.49. Additionally, you will be the first to receive the book before it arrives in bookstores in mid-November. In the upcoming October newsletter we will give full details on how to order the book during this limited-time offer. To subscribe to the free newsletter go to - Newsletter Archive

    Note: the deadline to subscribe to the newsletter is Monday, October 21, in order to get the special pre-sale price.
     
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    On our last trip alone we used from the ACG: El Cortez:$25 Flame, $10 free slot play; Plaza: $10 match play, $5 slot, 2 for 1 drinks; Golden Nugget: 2 for 1 drinks at Rush lounge; Suncoast 2 for 1 breakfast buffet; Terribles (silver sevens) 2 for 1 breakfast buffet; and 2-for-1 menu item at Ellis Island.

    And we used even more on our previous trip in April. It's definitely worth it if you intend to use the 2 for 1 dinner coupons. Heck, one trip on the effel tower or Stratosphere pays for the book, not to mention 2 for 1 coupons on many many production shows, like PH's Saxe or V theatre. And now you can get 2013's book for $9.95.
     
  7. tacallian

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    It's also worth noting that ACG is a great read on the plane flight in.
     
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    As I recall, somebody who contributes to this forum wrote something for the book. The actual casino listings aren't of great value to me, but there's interesting stuff to read, for sure.
     
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    If you are going to Vegas for at least 5 days and 4 nights, I can't imagine anyone interested in saving some money not getting their money's worth (and lots more) from both the ACG and the MRB.

    So, unless you are not willing to invest a little time and a little money into it, go for it with both of them.

    FYI
    My wife and I had two of each book this year and have already saved more than 8 times our investment (over $800 saved already from our approx $100 investment). As usual, my wife and I went together in January (5 days and 4 nights) and I made two solo trips (both 6 days and 5 nights) so far this year .... my wife and I will also be making a final trip Oct 27-Nov 2 (7 days and 6 nights). So I expect we will be well over $1000 in savings again this year (a 10 to 1 ratio). Because there are two of us and we have all the coupons available, we usually save more during our first trip together than any other trip. I also do lots of coupon trading so that I have lots of the coupons we like to use for each and every trip .... but that (coupon trading) is another story ....

    p.s.
    This question has been asked and answered many times here so you might have been able to easily find your answer by using the search function without even posting this question.
     
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  10. westie

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    Dewey (Hill) is one of the contributors.
     
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    I really hope the buffet coupon offerings in ACG improve in 2014. It was pretty lean this year, so I passed on it. I'm getting by with just LVA.
     
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