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Pumped Up - 1st time on South Strip!!!

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Yall, Aug 5, 2013.

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  1. Yall

    Yall Low-Roller

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    So trip #7 is less than 50 days away, and I'm fired up!

    We've traditionally stayed "mid" strip (Caesars, Flamingo, PH, Cosmo) but for whatever reason this year my cohorts decided on MGM, and the more I think about it, the more I like the decision.

    We've always gone mid-strip thinking it was better in terms of options, but the more I analyzed our behavior I realized that we never went too far from our home base during the average daily jaunt (trips off-strip, downtown, etc. notwithstanding).

    As such we almost never hit NYNY, Luxor, Tropicana, Monte Carlo, Excalibur, etc. In fact, almost everyone in our crew has been to the above properties either zero or one times, making this almost a "new" trip in terms of where we'll be spending most of our time and money.

    Add to that the fact that according to the last BJ Report on WizardOfOdds.com, the MGM properties that are concentrated in that area offer better odds and it sounds like M-Life is better than Total Rewards, so we're all quite thrilled about the switch from being CET regulars.

    We've been scouting the area for fun things (AKA my recent thread for a southern strip O'Sheas equivalent) but if anyone has any recommendations, I'd love to hear them.

    Also, may do our first legit trip report with pics, assuming we're sober enough to remember what happened and also take photos. :wink2:
     
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  2. Auggie

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    We prefer south strip and all the MGM properties so close together. A few things:
    - they are generally nicer properties overall
    - better dining choices, from food courts to higher end restaurants
    - as slot players MGM properties usually have more of the newer slots

    On that last note: CET properties are usually pretty quick on getting the big name slots that come out and they often strike a deal with WMS to get exclusivity for a month or two on some of the biggest WMS titles... but for overall new slot selection the south strip at the MGM properties is very good.
     
  3. klawrey

    klawrey High-Roller

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    A little more demographic info may go a long way in making some recommendations and suggestions. Age of the group members? Males? Females? Big Drinkers? Gamblers? Nightclubs? Touristy attractions?
     
  4. LV_Bound

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    If your objective is to hit up those casinos it is definitely a prime location and it will definitely keep you busy.

    There are plenty of options for eating so good luck trying to choose. :beer:

    Keep in mind, it actually depends on what games you are playing and how much you are betting because for me, CET gives me so many more offers and what they give is easily twice as good as what MLife offers me. I am sure others will say the opposite which goes back to my point that if true it is not for all scenarios.
     
  5. Yall

    Yall Low-Roller

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    Mid-to-late 30's, couples, but heavy drinkers. Males of the group table players, with some VP, ladies (well one really) a slot player. Not huge into nightclubs, but not out of the question (one of the girls had a friend coming in from LA who knows some bigwig at the Wynn and they will probably do bottle service up there on at least one occasion).

    As far as touristy attractions, I've intended to go to the desert, a ghost town, the canyon, the Hoover dam, but not once have any of us been able to resist the call and pull ourselves away from the neon flower of Nevada. :beer:
     
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  6. heatherlovesvegas

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    I like South Strip too! Mandalay Bay is my favorite place to dine and play. It's awesome!
     
  7. eloisegirl

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    Not sure if you will be there on a Sunday, but Mandalay Bay's House of Blues has a Sunday Gospel Brunch that I would love to try, but we always end up leaving on Saturday night; I also want to try the Border Grill tapas brunch as well someday. If you are playing MyVegas, you can get a pass to the Shark Reef at MB, and if you are looking for a show, definitely see the Michael Jackson ONE. MGM is close to CVS pharmacy and ABC stores as well as ROSS stores if you want to get some cheap shopping in. Have a great time!
     
  8. VegasKing

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    Make use of the moving walkway in between MB-Lux-Excal. Makes for a quick walk. There is also a tram that goes between those casinos. MGM - 'wichCraft is great for deli sandwiches, not expensive. Also, with all of the MGM properties around there, do not forget about Tropicana. Decent place. Just outside of the north side of MGM is a convenience store to buy liquor, drinks, snacks for the room.
     
  9. captainron62

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    Stayed at NYNY Labor Day Weekend a couple summers ago, stayed at Luxor last June. There is a lot to do south strip. My recommendation is to enjoy the south strip and dont punish yourself my continiously walking north. It is a bit of a pain to get past PH/Cosmo.

    We enjoy MIX Lounge at MB and LAX at Luxor when we want to get our club on.
     
  10. egelston2

    egelston2 Low-Roller

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    If you are looking for a good lunch to sop up all the booze, hit Burger Bar at MB. Also the Trop has $5 blackjack and good drink service if you are looking to do some low limit gambling.
     
  11. PSM

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    If you are still looking to get off-Strip and out to the "desert", the quickest and cheapest option is the 30 minute ride out to Red Rock Canyon. It's literally right outside of town on the edge of the mountains you see to the West. Absolutely terrific scenery, ESPECIALLY considering how close it is to the Strip. The gate fee for a car full of people is like $7 total, so it's maybe a $10 trip with gas and entrance fee for everyone.

    My uncle took me there my first trip to Las Vegas when I turned 21 and I've since made it a point to spend one late morning/early afternoon out there every trip since because I love it so much. In fact, my wife and I both love it so much we got married there last year. And as I said, it's literally 30 minutes from the Strip.

    Also, Red Rock Casino is one of the nicest hotel/casino resorts in Las Vegas and it's right on the way there and back. They have full pay (10/6) VP and some top notch restaurant options, including a bar with like 100 beers on tap since you said you're heavy drinkers (can't remember the name but there are a few around the city).

    Take my word for it that it's a short and cheap half-day trip you guys won't regret taking. You can thank me later!
     
  12. PSM

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    Oh yeah, and my upcoming trip in three weeks is also my seventh trip! Cheers to that!

    I say you've got the right attitude for the South Strip. I've stayed mostly mid/north and beyond (Sahara my first trip) but spent one trip at Excalibur and enjoyed it a lot. We'll be splitting this trip between Flamingo and Exacalibur to get a taste of both as each area has a different vibe. So much to take advantage of in both areas so really do some research and resist the urge to head North every night towards the same things you're familiar with closer to Caesars, etc.

    Plenty of cheap gambling around that MGM/NYNY/Excal/Trop corner. Tons of nice restaurants but ALSO cheap eats, which is nice since this is feature lacking on the mid-Strip. Plenty to see and do "tourist"-wise in that area, if you're into that. You really can't go wrong.

    And if you find yourself missing something mid-Strip, you are still just a $10 or less cab ride, monorail ride, or fun walk away.
     
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