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Places you haven't been or done and probably won't

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by oghuman, Feb 22, 2021 at 12:02 PM.

  1. roycpa

    roycpa High-Roller

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    We always have a rental car, so I won't drink and drive in LV (or anywhere else). Also I haven't/won't get high and gamble. I can't think of anything worse for your bankroll. I've never understood the attraction the vacation/drinking combo. If I want to drink, there's a nice bar within a mile of my house. Several places I've been once and won't go again, but that's a different thread.
     
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  2. ken2v

    ken2v That was awesome

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    Most folks have limitations on both funds and time, so some self-censorship is gonna happen. And if allergic to shellfish -- I'm not -- saying you have no interest in experiencing a shrimp boil while on vacation in Mobile isn't being close-minded. A sandy shored getaway to a tropical isle is of little value to someone with no desire to partake of beach time as the sole or at least primary activity.

    As I've noted often here, letting go of the side of the pool is tough on everyone to some degree. The difference comes with those who will still "risk" it. I have a friend who only vacations in Vegas. When I suggest other places I always get the pat reply: "But I don't like _____ and I do like Vegas." To which I point out, "You've never been to _____ so how can you say that?" I still haven't heard a reply to my next line: "You'd never been to Vegas before your first visit, why did you try it?"
     
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  3. Marky147

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    I've been the same for much of the last 10 years, other than a few trips to Tenerife with some friends.

    Something I'm going to try doing once we're back to normal, is take one other trip to another country/city every year.
     
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  4. diplomatic

    diplomatic Always looking for drink tickets

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    I absolutely understand the point you’re making here, and in large part I agree with you. But it’s worth keeping in mind that everyone’s situation is different. For those of us who travel a lot for work, or whose jobs/lives are constantly throwing new and unexpected things our way, a little bit of predictability in a vacation is a welcome, perhaps even necessary, part of relaxing.
     
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    ken2v That was awesome

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    Of course. It's not a zero-sum/either-or game at all times.
     
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    Serious question though, why do you care what other people choose to do with their lives?
     
  7. ken2v

    ken2v That was awesome

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    I don't care what you or most folks here do. When friends lament the same-old same-old, I try to offer options, even if they never bite.
     
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  8. gr8whitenorth

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    One of our passions has been and continues to be the outdoors, in particular camping. We tent camped for many, many years; then moved up through gear and now have a fifth wheel. What does this have to do with this thread, well in a similar vein has been brought up for a lot of years I would have never in a million years thought of Vegas. In fact whenever some friends mentioned it to me in the past I always immediately dismissed it. Never gave it a second thought. It was only because I had so many free airline miles and free hotel points that my wife and I even went to Vegas the first time. Right up until when we got there I was still on fence and tried to cram so much off strip things (Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Red Rock, etc) in that first week because I had my mind made up I'd hate the strip. Well that certainly changed. Thus my presence here.

    The very same thing with all inclusive. In fact a long time ago I had a chance to go to one for free. I declined and never once regretted it. Well, we know where this is going. My wife and I tried Mexico largely again because it was all but free and I instantly fell in love with the place. We go every single year (not 2020).

    I learned to try and be as open minded to trying new places to visit as you just never know. With that said I did mention 2 places that I pretty much know I'd not care for; my main reason for pointing them out in particular is there are so many other places that come to mind for us to visit first.

    To each their own; everyone has likes and dislikes. Find what you love to do and do it as much as possible.
     
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    dmr Registered Abuser

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    Play at a Las Vegas golf course. Golf is not my thing. Besides, in LV it's MUCH too hot most of the time. My dad was an avid golfer, but none of us picked it up.
     
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  10. The Toddster

    The Toddster The 22 train shows no mercy

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    There's a book called Algorithms to Live By and it mentions a phenomenon that people, at some point in their lives, switch from exploring and gathering new information to exploiting and maximizing the information they've gathered over the years. I'm at that point. Some people sit on a beach all day to relax, others (like me) hang out in casinos up and down the strip. Strip and DT casinos are my beach and I won't be in anyone's way at any of the other stuff.
     
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  11. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola El Jefe

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    I think live poker would be fun, but I don’t even know what I don’t know about live poker so I’ll probably never sit at the tables. Still, it looks like a fun & sociable game and I really dig reading about it in TRs.

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    Mike, it IS fun. I'm an old, recreational player who took it up when I was in my late 50s. I play for fairly low stakes and tournaments. I was going to say, "Hey! If you don't know poker, come sit at my table." Frankly, Las Vegas poker is so much fun and you chat with people from all over the world. Learn the basics and you can gamble for quite a long time without putting too much money at risk.
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  13. parallax

    parallax High-Roller

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    Any place that serves something called Donkey Sauce.
     
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  14. westexrancher

    westexrancher Low-Roller

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    100% I will never set foot in the Cosmo.
     
  15. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola El Jefe

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    It’s funny you mention that one can last a long time with a limited buy in; I’ve often mused about the appeal of live poker while donking off c-notes at the slots, where it can go bye-bye much quicker. I think the thing that has held me back the most is the whole position in re the button and hw to play your hand accordingly. No matter how many times I watch live poker on TV I can never quite understand it. Do any of the casinos in Vegas give poker lessons like they do for table games? If I could do that I d give it a shot. I’m not as worried about losing a few $$$ as I am about slowing the game down....

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  16. Jkmbc

    Jkmbc Tourist

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    I am willing to do almost anything once. If I don’t like it, I can always stop and move on with my life.

    The better question is “Am I willing to pay for this expense?”. I can be frugal with my money especially if I’m not winning at the casino.
     
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  18. El Jugador

    El Jugador Low-Roller

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    Mike, when I breezed thru the Stratosphere last September, they offered some 2 hour tournaments/instructions in the mornings....I was tempted to try it myself. Maybe one day on a solo trip I will do that.
     
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  19. El Jugador

    El Jugador Low-Roller

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    Not meaning to hijack the thread, but here is what was listed on Vegas.com for different available gambling lessons for all VMB'ers that might be interested:


    To get you started on the road to professional gambler-caliber skills, we've put together a list of casinos that offer gaming classes.

    Boulder Station: Poker on Thursdays at 3 p.m.

    Circus Circus: Blackjack daily at 10:30 a.m.; roulette daily at 11:30 a.m.; craps daily at 12:30 p.m.

    Excalibur: Poker daily at 11 a.m.; roulette daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; blackjack daily at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; craps daily at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

    Golden Nugget: Poker daily at 10 a.m.; craps daily at 10 a.m.; Pai Gow daily at 10:30 a.m.; roulette daily at 11:30 a.m.; blackjack daily at noon.

    Luxor: Poker daily at 10 a.m.; roulette, craps and blackjack all daily at noon.

    Mandalay Bay: Poker daily at 2 p.m.

    MGM Grand: Poker daily at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

    The Palazzo and The Venetian: Craps on Mondays - Fridays at 11 a.m.; blackjack on Mondays - Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

    South Point: Craps on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.

    Stratosphere: Poker on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 - 9 a.m.
     
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    So, let me start with the caveat that all the info in this book is dated, but Phil Gordon's Little Green Book is a great place to start for the very basics. Gives some insight into raise/fold/call situations, some explanation of position, and is basically enough so you won't be completely out of your element if you sit down at a live table. The game has moved on quite a bit since this was published, but that holds true more at the higher stakes than at a basic 1/2 No Limit or 2/4 limit game, which I'd imagine is where you'd be starting. You won't be on the cutting edge of poker theory by any stretch, but you should have a good enough understanding of things to get started.
     
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