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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 11, 2004

Featured Story:
David Brenner

Also In This Issue – February 12, 2004: Newkirk’s Notes, NASCAR Las Vegas, NFL vs. Vegas, Ray Horn Update, Casino Merger, Donald Trump Licensed, Free Streaming Golf Lessons, more …

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! I’m proud to announce a second newsletter coming in the next week or two. Trying to put everything in this one is walking too crazy of a tightrope.

Some of you want to hear every rumor, all the dirt, be informed right away about specials and events and similar. Others might find that overkill, and are very happy with getting the basics every week or two so you can plan a better vacation without being overwhelmed.

We’ll soon announce the new newsletter which will be much shorter, a little more edgy (opinion and commentary), and delivered almost daily. Current subscribers will not automatically be put on the new list. We’ll tell you how to get signed on when we debut it.

Lots Of Excitement – happening with plenty of great headliners on the way over the next few weeks:

Everybody stops and plays in Las Vegas. What a great excuse for a trip and the excitement of your favorite headliner or band here in Sin City! Click to our Concert Calendar for complete listings.

NASCAR Las Vegas – If you don’t know what “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” means, skip to the next story. If you do, we are getting revved up for race weekend March 5-7. If you don’t get off your duff and decide to go now, you can deal with the pangs of watching it on TV while viewing all the special Las Vegas excitement that comes to our Nextel Cup race.

We have a limited number of tickets, packages (ticket and hotel to guarantee you are set), and special hotel deals for those already with tickets. Click to our complete NASCAR Las Vegas 2004 page. Me? I was a Rusty Wallace #2 fan until hometown guy Kurt Busch #97 hit the Cup. Gotta like #77 Brendan Gaughn, another hometown guy. One of the sales guys here lives and dies with the #20 Tony Stewart.

Remember, you can bet on the race every week at all the sports books, including betting the Las Vegas race before you go watch it live. Hot spots to watch all races? NASCAR Cafe at the The Sahara (of course) and Brendan’s Irish Pub, a large pub in The Orleans. The pub was named after casino magnate Michael Gaughn’s son Brendan. Same guy driving the Kodak #77 now.

No Fun League – The NFL pulled the plug on many Las Vegas Superbowl parties. This is part of a long-standing feud between the league and Las Vegas. They won’t let the Convention Authority (LVCVA) buy ads on the Superbowl broadcasts, claiming distance from gambling. (The proposed ad highlighted Las Vegas as a resort destination and did not mention gaming).

Taking it one step further, they sent legal letters to shut down many of the Superbowl parties, claiming copyright violation if the game is shown on a screen bigger than 55″. The Palms was going to show it in one of their movie theatres! The NFL also had a reported problem with hotels charging for admission to these parties.

Reality check: The game was on free broadcast TV and one could watch it for all over every casino for free: Sports books, bars, and some casinos had TV’s set up in gaming areas. The charge for the special parties covered food, booze, bikini girls, pro player appearances and similar arranged by the hotel for party attendees.

What’s next? The NFL won’t let you invite a few guys over to watch Monday night football if everybody is giving you a few bucks to take care of the food and booze for the evening? We got even. The LVCVA bought non-network time during the game in major markets like L.A., Dallas, Chicago, and others!

Roy Horn Update – Roy (Siegfried and Roy) Horn reportedly took a couple steps over the past weekend. We wish him well in his continuing recovery.

Huge Casino Merger – Boyd Gaming (Stardust, Main Street Station, Sam’s Town, etc.) merged with Coast Casinos (Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, Orleans, Suncoast) to form a major player in casino gambling. Coast will be operated as a subsidiary with Michael Gaughn continuing as the CEO, so don’t expect any major changes right away.

The power of the combined companies does clear the way for the Stardust to be expanded into a mega-resort without significant outside financing.

With Wynn Las Vegas being built across the street from Fashion Show mall (between Treasure Island and Stardust), we may see the “hot” part of The Strip moving back north after being concentrated at the south end of The Strip for the past few years.

Trump Licensed – The Donald got his ticket to run a gaming operation here in Las Vegas. No specifics yet, but he is also hinting at a Trump Tower. Not a bad move in a city where Turnberry (and Turnberry style) high end residential towers are sprouting up. (And I’m just one Megabucks pull away from buying one, damn it)!

Streaming Video Golf Lessons Part 7: Shadow Golf – We’ve teamed up with Revere Anthem Golf Club Director of Instruction Chris Eastman (in conjunction with ChefLive.com) and put together a series of eight streaming video golf tips.

Chris starts with fundamentals like aim and grip, and works through some of the finer points of the game. This week: Lesson 7 – Shadow Golf. Click To View All Streaming Lessons


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Featured Story:
David Brenner

Our not-so-young-anymore readers will remember David Brenner as the innovative comedian who made a record 158 guest appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Our “just turned 21” readers are probably going “someone hosted the Tonight Show before Jay Leno?”David Brenner was an inovator in observational comedy (“I read in the news the other day …”) and hasn’t lost his touch. His show should be required viewing for up-and-coming comedians.

Brenner has settled in for a year-long stint at the new Westin Casuarina, taking time off from the road to be with his family (a la Celine Dion) but it hasn’t slowed his work ethic. He combs the newspapers, cable news, reality shows, and just about everything else in news and pop culture assuring that his show has punch, is up-to-date, and doesn’t let up.

I won’t give away the jokes, and I couldn’t because you never see the same show twice. But I will tell you that I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time, literally being brought to tears twice!

This is a chance to see a famous legend still in his prime, and well worth the (very) short trip down Flamingo Road to the Westin Casuarina. (The Westin is closer to Bellagio than The Rio and Palms are, although in the opposite direction from The Strip).

Brenner is not a dirty comic but occasionally uses adult language to punctuate a point. I’d probably suggest 16 and over to view the show. The only people who should avoid it are those clueless about current events. If you don’t live in a cave somewhere, you’ll probably enjoy Brenner.

Click for David Brenner ticket information or Call 800-696-5721 (toll free) to book all hotels, shows, tours, golf, and dining.


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Vegas Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.

For comments or questions regarding Las Vegas, our content, or this newsletter write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected]. Include your city — we have readers worldwide!

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

CEO
Senior Content Editor
http://www.accessvegas.com

New to the list? Click Here for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

Attention Travel Agents: Tired of fighting the airlines and internet travel eroding your business? Let us help! What if you were guaranteed respectable commissions on not just hotels, but shows, tours, golf, dining and more? Not just in Vegas, but resorts across the US including Hawaii!No starting costs, maintenance fees, or minimums. Oh, and we won’t steal your customers. Our “customer for life” policy guarantees you get paid even if they book direct, time after time. Email us now: [email protected] Subject line Travel Agent, include your name and phone number. We’ll get the details right to you.

All contents copyright 2004 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
February 12, 2004 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 28, 2004

Featured Story:
Lawry’s The Prime Rib

Also In This Issue – January 28, 2004: Newkirk’s Notes, Best Kept Secret – Flamingo Wildlife Habitat , Roy Horn Update, Free Streaming Golf Lessons, Super Bowl Parties, Martin Nievera, NASCAR Las Vegas, more

Book online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas hotels, shows, tours, golf, and dining.

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about.

Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! Highs this next week will be in the 60’s (F) and the cold and snow in much of the US doesn’t look like it is letting up soon. Can’t say I’d trade places with those of you snow and icebound, but this is a great time to get away to Las Vegas and warm up.

Our pick for the best Super Bowl party this Sunday? AladdinÆs Big Game Party features gorgeous Hawaiian Tropic models, a chance to win $100,000, giveaways … oh, the game on huge screens.

Valentine’s Day – is right around the corner. Easy for us guys to forget (hey, Super Bowl is on tap, NASCAR is starting … ) and if you didn’t measure up last year, take her to Vegas this year and all will be forgiven. Plus, it falls on a Saturday so the odds are you have the day off.

Rooms aren’t going to be cheap on short notice, so use our expert advice that we give for New Year’s Eve bookings to nail that Valentines room in Vegas. She’ll be the envy of her friends (and you get to go to Vegas)!

Best Kept Secret – Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is among the best kept secrets in Las Vegas … and it is free! Home to a flock of live Chilean Flamingos, African penguins, swans, ducks, Koi, and turtles populating the grounds, this is a favorite of ours to unwind or take someone for a romantic walk. The carefully tended gardens, tropical plants, and waterfalls are amazing.

You can find the habitat at the Flamingo Las Vegas by heading back in the direction of the buffet. As noted, this is free and open to the public. Not visiting soon (or want a sneak peek before you get here)? Click to view our Flamingo Wildlife Habitat photos!

Roy Horn Update – Roy (Siegfried and Roy) Horn is progressing very well, according to Las Vegas gossip columnist Norm. Click to read the details

Speaking of … word is that Siegfried and Roy will be replaced with a Cirque Du Soleil show. That combined with the Cirque style show Celine Dion – A New Day and a Cirque style show scheduled for Wynn Las Vegas, and the one soon to come online at the MGM Grand will bring this unique show style to seven different venues.

Will supply outstrip demand? Probably not as these unique, high-end productions are sensory delights that make a lifetime impression. If you get a chance to see Cirque du Soleil shows O, Mystere, or Zumanity, grab it. Tickets are constantly in high demand.

NASCAR Weekend – Las Vegas NASCAR Nextel and Busch ticket packages including great seats and first-class hotels, plus our insider transportation tips to get you to the speedway quickly! Click for Las Vegas NASCAR Weekend DetailsSuper Bowl Parties Updates – Many of the hotels throw lavish Super Bowl parties, and if you can’t make it to Houston, you need to be in Las Vegas on Feb. 1, 2004. Check out the growing list of Las Vegas Super Bowl Parties.

Martin Nievera – Word is out that this Philippine-born entertainer is singing up a storm downtown at the Golden Nugget. We had to miss the press preview(I had the flu) but look forward to seeing him soon. In the meantime, don’t pass up this talented entertainer bringing back a taste of “old Vegas” with a new touch. Click for Martin Nievera show info

Streaming Video Golf Lessons Part 6: Impact – We’ve teamed up with Revere Anthem Golf Club Director of Instruction Chris Eastman (in conjunction with ChefLive.com) and put together a series of eight streaming video golf tips.

Chris starts with fundamentals like aim and grip, and works through some of the finer points of the game. This week: Lesson 6 – Impact. Click To View All Streaming Lessons


See the Grand Canyon in a Jet Helicopter! For years Maverick Helicopters has been providing a true VIP Helicopter experience of the Grand Canyon. We do things a little different than any other helicopter Company. We give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas Strip tours plus Helicopter Weddings also available!

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Travel Agents – We have a special offer of you. Please read it at the end of this newsletter.


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Featured Story:
Lawry’s The Prime Rib

By Barbara Hendricks and Robert Waller

Lawry’s The Prime Rib is at first glance an elegant, simple and well known eating establishment. Located on Las Vegas’ famed “restaurant row” just a mile from The Strip, Lawry’s dramatic Art Deco design, rich woods and vibrant colors welcome you into a setting that has an extraordinary feeling of warmth and elegance.

The dÚcor is tasteful but doesn’t scream snobbery. The staff is very well trained and many have been with the company for decades. Their helpful nature and hospitable attitude defines the culture that is Lawry’s.

Let’s talk about the food. Wow! Bring your appetite. Good size proportions, and the entire menu from salads to entrees, and (of course) deserts are excellent.

Click to read the full review


Click For Great Las Vegas Hotel Values


Vegas Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.

For comments or questions regarding Las Vegas, our content, or this newsletter write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected]. Include your city — we have readers worldwide!

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

CEO
Senior Content Editor
http://www.accessvegas.com

New to the list? Click Here for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

Attention Travel Agents: Tired of fighting the airlines and internet travel eroding your business? Let us help! What if you were guaranteed respectable commissions on not just hotels, but shows, tours, golf, dining and more? Not just in Vegas, but resorts across the US including Hawaii!No starting costs, maintenance fees, or minimums. Oh, and we won’t steal your customers. Our “customer for life” policy guarantees you get paid even if they book direct, time after time. Email us now: [email protected] Subject line Travel Agent, include your name and phone number. We’ll get the details right to you.

All contents copyright 2003 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
January 28, 2004 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 14, 2004

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about.

Featured Story:
Las Vegas Shows Video Previews

Also In This Issue – January 14, 2004: Newkirk’s Notes, Celine Tickets, Binion’s, Super Bowl Parties, NASCAR Las Vegas, more

Book online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas hotels, shows, tours, golf, and dining.

Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! Our winter hiatus is over, our hangover from New Year’s eve has subsided, everyone was safe and sound and Las Vegas enjoyed the biggest New Year’s ever!

Co’mon … did anybody think terrorist would be dumb enough to do something at midnight Pacific time when everyone in the known “centers of the universe” (New York, Washington DC, London, Atlanta … take your pick) were asleep? That wouldn’t have been getting much bang for the buck.

Celine Tickets Available! – Celine tickets get released and are snapped up quickly. If you have wanted to see her, click to check and see if your dates are available now. Want a preview? Check out our Celine Dion – A New Day multimedia: Photos | Video: Dial-Up or Broadband

NASCAR Weekend – Las Vegas NASCAR Winston (ok, ok …) Nextel and Busch ticket packages including great seats and first-class hotels, plus our insider transportation tips to get you to the speedway quickly! Click for Las Vegas NASCAR Weekend DetailsSuper Bowl Parties – Many of the hotels throw lavish Super Bowl parties, and if you can’t make it to Houston, you need to be in Las Vegas on Feb. 1, 2004. Check out the growing list of Las Vegas Super Bowl Parties. á

Streaming Video Golf Lessons Part 5: Impact – We’ve teamed up with Revere Anthem Golf Club Director of Instruction Chris Eastman (in conjunction with ChefLive.com) and put together a series of eight streaming video golf tips.

Chris starts with fundamentals like aim and grip, and works through some of the finer points of the game. This week: Lesson 5 – Impact. Click To View All Streaming Lessons

Binion’s Closed, Sold, Set To Open – Binon’s was closed this past weekend due to numerous outstanding debts owed to everyone from the IRS to the union pension and welfare funds. Harrah’s has been interested in the property for quite some time and bought it almost immediately. The lights are back on and word is that the casino will open again as quickly as regulators and other legalities are taken care of.

A union strike of downtown hotels was averted in 2002 but many questioned whether the struggling Binion’s property could meet the new wage and benefit demands. Ultimately it appears they couldn’t.

To the uninitiated, it would seem that operating a casino is a no-brainer but with the growth of Indian Gaming and the Las Vegas Strip really becoming the focal point for those choosing a Las Vegas vacation, downtown casinos have been suffering for years.


á See the Grand Canyon in a Jet Helicopter! For years Maverick Helicopters has been providing a true VIP Helicopter experience of the Grand Canyon. We do things a little different than any other helicopter Company. We give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas Strip tours plus Helicopter Weddings also available!

Las Vegas Events, News, and Feedback

Click To Read Latest News:

Learn What People Are Saying On Our Travel Boards:

Travel Agents – We have a special offer of you. Please read it at the end of this newsletter.


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Featured Story:
Las Vegas Shows Video Previews

Las Vegas shows are hotter than ever, and with tourism booming again tickets are in high demand. Almost all shows are reserved seating, which means reserving in advance gets you better seats (or at least gets you seats to the most popular shows).

But which shows to see? A couple of photos and a paragraph often aren’t enough to help make an informed decision. But video is the answer!

By watching our free, online streaming show video previews, you can see excerpt from the show, learn more about it, and book now to get the best seats available!


Click For Great Las Vegas Hotel Values


Vegas Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.For comments or questions regarding Las Vegas, our content, or this newsletter write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected]. Include your city — we have readers worldwide!

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

CEO
Senior Content Editor
http://www.accessvegas.com

New to the list? Click Here for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

Attention Travel Agents: Tired of fighting the airlines and internet travel eroding your business? Let us help! What if you were guaranteed respectable commissions on not just hotels, but shows, tours, golf, dining and more? Not just in Vegas, but resorts across the US including Hawaii!No starting costs, maintenance fees, or minimums. Oh, and we won’t steal your customers. Our “customer for life” policy guarantees you get paid even if they book direct, time after time. Email us now: [email protected] Subject line Travel Agent, include your name and phone number. We’ll get the details right to you.

All contents copyright 2003 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
January 14, 2004 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 24, 2003

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays From AccessVegas.Com

Bellagio Botanical GardensMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Las Vegas! High temps around 60 F have not stopped us from celebrating this wonderful season, and no one does Christmas like The Bellagio.This year, we continue our tradition of bringing you Bellagio Botanical Gardens Holiday Photos. Forty photos of this incredible living art to view, wherever in the world you happen to be:

Click To View 40 Amazing
Holiday Photos From Las Vegas

As always, each photo can be sent to friends, family, or anyone else you want to spread the holiday cheer to:

Click on a thumbnail photo to view it full size. Then click the Send As Postcard below any full-sized photo to send as a free holiday greeting card. A perfect way to remind people you are thinking of them over the holidays!

Special wishes to all the members of our Armed Forces. We are with you, support you, appreciate what you do, and pray for a safe return for each and every one of you.

New Year’s Eve Availability – We still have a few New Year’s Eve rooms right on The Strip at Casino Royale. Dead center (between Harrah’s and Venetian) for all the action, fireworks and festivities!

The price? Only $149 a night. (Try to find anything near The Strip at twice that). The catch? None except booking Dec. 30 to Jan 1 … two nights. (Standard requirement for weekends or holidays at most hotels).

Here you go .. all wrapped up and ready to open:

Red Hot Special New Year’s Eve Deal!

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Casino Royale in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip: Middle of the Action, middle of The Strip, middle of the Fireworks and you are there for only $149 a night (2 night min) on New Year’s Eve. Across from Mirage, next to Venetian, — You can’t afford to stay home!

Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 or
Click To Book Casino Royale For New Year’s Eve

Don’t write and complain if you miss out. We touted this in last week’s newsletter and availability is now very limited. Unless your brother is some million dollar gambler, you won’t find a deal like this this so close to New Year’s here.

If you can’t make it here, enjoy watching Dick Clark show some 1983 Barry Manilow clip and talk about the wind chill factor in New York on ABC TV. Yawn.

FOX network will ring in the New Year’s here … at 9 PM our time (faking a midnight celebration for those on the east coast, broadcast on tape to the west coast).

The 13 minute fireworks spectacular we’ll have at midnight … stretching all four miles of The Strip … will not be part of that show. We’re doing it at midnight Pacific time live!

Thinking of coming? Check out our New Year’s Eve Las Vegas archives of photos and streaming video to help you decide (or resolve to plan for next year).

If you make it here, say hello. We’ll be out shooting and you just might be one of the stars of this year’s coverage!

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

CEO
Senior Content Editor
http://www.accessvegas.com

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