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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 26, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

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This Issue: EFX

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


 


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:WYNN BUYS DESERT INN – If you use http://www.accessvegas.com as your “start page”, you already know that former Mirage Resorts founder Steve Wynn has purchased the Desert Inn. He apparently is to buy it “out of pocket” from the money he’s making in the sale of Mirage Resorts to MGM, having complete ownership. We have an ongoing poll asking if you have been to the Desert Inn and are you going to go (or return) now that Steve Wynn owns it at at http://www.accessvegas.com Breaking story at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sun/2000/apr/27/510187496.html Also, we are giving away a Desert Inn 50’th birthday section from the local paper in our contests section.

NELLIS AIR SHOW – from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6, will feature the Air Force’s aerial demonstration team from Nellis, the Thunderbirds; a Canadian parachute team, the Skyhawks; and Air Combat Command’s A-10 Warthog demonstration team. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-26-Wed-2000/news/13449412.html

STREET SMARTS – The syndicated game show set to hit the air has been filming in and around Las Vegas. Contestants in a Southern California studio will try to guess what “everyday Las Vegans” (actually mostly hotel employees) will say. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-24-Mon-2000/lifestyles/13424211.html

SPORTS BETTING – We are following and feel strongly about the attempts to ban betting. Dan Woolford of the Toledo Blade wrote an interesting piece on the issue at http://www.toledoblade.com/editorial/woolford/0d22wool.htm A related story about how much illegal bookmakers are looking forward to passage of this legislation at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-24-Mon-2000/business/13427791.html

NASCAR CAFE – The Review Journal just did a story on it with an in-depth listing of the food offerings at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-26-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13413090.html and you can read our opening weekend review of the restaurant and Cyber Speedway at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-03-15.htm

VEGAS ON TV – This Saturday evening, TLC (The Learning Channel) will feature 3 straight hours of Las Vegas specials: King of the Strip, Las Vegas Uncovered, and The Secret World of Las Vegas. Check local listings for time and cable channel.

GOT A WEBSITE? – How about a link to http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com so you can help spread the word and access the archives easier. While at it, don’t forget to link to our sister site http://www.accessvegas.com – your first stop for the latest Las Vegas info!

WINNERS – Barb Hill of Musegon, MI won the entertainer press photos.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

MGM – Carrot Top June 22 – July 5, NHL Frozen Fury IV pits the Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche on Sept. 30, and the U.S. Open of Supercross is scheduled for October 14 and 15. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).


 


Note: Rick Springfield now stars in EFXFEATURE STORY: EFX

efx-02.jpg (24808 bytes)EFX is a true “modern day” Las Vegas show, combining elements of film, Broadway, and rock concerts to bring to life a spectacle that tingles almost every physical sense. This $45 million dollar production has 6000 lights and 85,000 watts of sound. Lasers, dragons, magic, and a floor that rumbles under you are just some of what you see and feel.

But, all this would be nothing without a great theme and great performers and EFX delivers on all counts. Broadway legend Tommy Tune was brought in to replace outgoing David Cassidy (now in his own show with Sheena Easton at the Rio) and he brings an unbelievable amount of poise, energy, and showmanship to this event. And an event it is …

Get there early. Drinks are served (not included), funny and physical stand up comedy by one of the “stagehands” keeps the crown entertained, and roving photographers let you capture the moment. I noticed it was a little warm until … the lights went down and a chill fell over the showroom. We were greeted with a stunning filmed sequence by James Earl Jones (“This is CNN”) who’s head was brought to life in 3D as he gave a booming overview of the show and storyline.

The live cast then entered. Not just onstage but from both sides high above the showroom. This is a truly encompassing experience. While much of the action is onstage, you never know from left to right or high above you where events and characters will appear.

efx-01.jpg (7085 bytes)Mr. Tune made his entrance, tophat and tails, as he was elevated to the stage for his first number “In Dreams”. His appearance is striking. At 6’6″, he almost appears to be on stilts because of his unusually long legs (the illusion aided I’m sure by good costume design). What is more amazing is the energy he has, considering his age of 61 years (Source: E! Online). It was a non-factor as he belted out strong vocals and a number specifically showcasing his mesmerizing tap dance skills.

The general theme revolved around Tommy as a child and a child’s dreams. We were treated to Merlin and King Arthur in a fiery sequence pitting humans and dragons against each other in a blaze of fire and lasers and pyro. The Circus sequence was an ode to P.T. Barnum which featured some spectacular aerial stunts by The Flying Kaganovitch.

Things were slowed down for a few minutes as Tommy did a solo question and answer segment with the audience which tonight lengthened the show by about 10 minutes as something very unusual happened (it didn’t at all seem staged).

The only thing we didn’t really like was a stages question and answer segment where a women claiming to be a former student of Tommy’s had a “heartfelt reunion.” We found out that this happens every single show. It’s an otherwise great show that doesn’t need this bit. If you have to use the restroom, the Q & A is a perfect time.

The show then was underway again with a tribute to Houdini and recreations of two of his more famous attempted escapes. Perhaps the most fun segment followed with “A Dream In Time: H.G. Wells” which featured a wide screen 3D segment (glasses and all) which segued us back in time to the caveman days and a battle for a fair maiden. Dark in the mystical woods and hills, a battle featured stunts and fireworks which had the crowd on the edge of it’s seat. Following was a traditional Las Vegas ending featuring the entire cast.

EFX clocks in at 90 minutes. Children 5 and up are welcome. This is not only an all ages show in the lack of offensive language and nudity, but has a Disney-like quality to it that all ages will enjoy.

EFX plays nightly Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 and 10:30 PM in the at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Tickets are $75.00 for preferred seating (booth style), $55 regular, and $40.00 for children 5-12. Discount MGM rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link) and you can book EFX tickets online before you even leave for Las Vegas for a small service fee at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


Lots of helpful responses to last week’s questions — thanks to all who wrote!LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Judy Brooks of Baltimore MD wrote:

>I just returned from two weeks in Vegas and stayed at the Four queens.
>I can only warn you, if you have another choice DON”T stay at the
>Queens.á The rooms were “ok” but the service was absolutely horrible.
>I have been to Vegas many times and was so shocked that in a town
>where exceptional service is standard, this place falls far short.
>Room service people were rude, restaurant people acted like you were
>invisible, waiting for drinks, well just forget the drinks because we
>never did get one.á When we booked we were told that we got what we
>got no choice of smoking or non and one bed or two.á The only positive
>thing was we enjoyed staying on Fremont street.

Janice wrote:

>To Ray asking about Golden Nugget – there is NO comparison downtown;
>it is a great place to stay – the rooms are very nice (ask for the
>North Tower as it’s closer to the casino and restaurants), the staff
>is friendly, and the food is great in the buffet, Stefano’s(Italian
>with singing waiters), and their coffee shop.á Never had a bad meal in
>any of these places.á We always did very well with comps and found the
>slot hosts to be very accommodating.á Only tables we ever play are
>roulette, so really can’t comment on BJ or otherwise.á We find it hard
>to stay anywhere’s else when we visit.

Dannie Kemp wrote:

>Motel 6 and the Best Western chain generally accept pets.á There are
>restrictions and some of the individual sites are “pet free”, so it is
>a good idea to check before hand.á Las Vegas has kennels if you run
>out of other options.

Steve Fadden wrote:

>Here’s where we’ve played in the past:
>
>EXCALIBUR: We’ve had great times playing $2-$6 spread limit hold’em
>here.á The dealers and hosts are great people, the players are nice,
>there’s lots of room to walk around and stretch, and the poker rates
>are reasonable for the strip.á Whenever we come to LV, we make the
>Excalibur our home base.á Decent rooms, great rates, and good
>location.á (Yes, there are kids to navigate around, but they’re not in
>the poker room.á 🙂
>
>MIRAGE: Great atmosphere, good service, and loose play.
>
>VENETIAN: They have a crazy 1-4-8-8 hold’em game here.á Not the best
>place to play if you’re a serious player, but the poker area is
>mid-casino, with a great view of much of the floor.á Great place to
>take a break from other gaming while still being in the middle of it
>all.
>
>ORLEANS: Local rock garden.á I’ve been told that this place loosens up
>at times, but have never seen it.
>
>MONTE CARLO: Good 1-4-8-8 game.á The poker room is well-appointed, and
>the dealers are good.á However, it gets cramped when the games are
>full.
>
>BINION’S: Classic poker room, great dealers, and good (but craggy,
>sometimes scary) players.á Got to play here at least once, just to say
>you did it.á Good 4-8 hold’em games.

Tom wrote:

>Lots of great poker rooms.á I travel to play quite often and have
>become especially fond of the games at the Texas Station.á Small room,
>friendly staff.á Good competition to test your skills.á More
>profitable for better players at low limits is the Bellagio.á Better
>mix of tourists to locals.á Somewhat looser play here.á Orleans has
>the best low buy in poker tournaments.á I’ve done well here a couple
>of times.

R Buss wrote:

>My wife and I are taking our second trip to Las Vegas and wondered
>what the best and least expensive means of transportation would be
>from McCarran to the Excalibur?á we’re on a limited budget and don’t
>want to overdo it on transportation costs.á We’ll have suitcases etc.
>Also, is there any truth to the rumor that the Frontier is slated for
>demolition.á We stayed there last trip, and were planning to do that
>again until we heard that the hotel might be gone before we got there.
>We realize that it’s not the classiest place but liked the fact that
>the trolley, which we relied on, stopped next door at the Fashion Show
>Mall going north and south.

The date for the implosion of the Frontier isn’t set yet, but should be set far enough in advance that they won’t be taking reservations for after that point.

If cost is an issue, just catch one of the Bell Trans shuttles. Last I heard, it was about $4 a person from the airport to any Strip hotel. Even though Excalibur is close to the airport, with a shuttle you don’t have to worry about traffic and the meter running.

Don from Winnipeg, Canada wrote:

>I read with disappointment that the Green Shack, a true Las Vegas
>original restaurant is now closed.á Do you have suggestions for a good
>fried chicken dinner similar to the great spread put on at the Green
>Shack?á Thanks.

It was a shame. That place was a classic. I don’t know of any truly outstanding fried chicken dinners. Readers, have you had a really great fried chicken dinner here in town? Let us know at [email protected]

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ONLINE POLL – “Have you been to the Desert Inn and are you going to go (or return) now that Steve Wynn owns it?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!Results from last poll: ” Would you plan an additional trip to Las Vegas each year to watch spring training games?”

I don’t like baseball to begin with 38%
No, but I might take in a game if they play while I am there. 27%
I won’t make an extra trip, but I’ll adjust one of my regular visits. 13%
I’m requesting the vacation time the minute Las Vegas gets it! 23%

FREE CONTESTS:

Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

EFX show programs — We have two programs, one each to the 20’th and 21’st entries at (contest closed)

Desert Inn Resort — 50’th anniversary special section in the Review-Journal. Enter at (contest closed)

Las Vegas T-Shirt — one size fits all. Enter at (contest closed)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 19, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

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This Issue: “Master Magician” Lance Burton

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]



 


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

THE THREE TENORS – are taking the stage in Las Vegas, and you can watch it free on your computer live this Saturday night! You have to sign up to become a member at http://www.superstartheater.com but membership is free. It also allows you to watch their other special events and even take part in choosing who you want them to feature.

MR. WYNN – The Mirage Resorts boss has been looking at the Desert Inn now that he’s out of a job (and a company) at the end of the year. He could probably buy the place out of this wallet (i.e., no investors, no stocks, no Wall St. wanting answers) and the 34 acres behind the resort give him plenty room to expand if he chooses. Full story at http://www.ktnv.com/story2.html and our poll this week as http://www.accessvegas.com asks you if you have ever been to the Desert Inn and would you check it out if Steve Wynn took it over?

SAM’S TOWN – is in the middle of an $86 million dollar renovation. They aren’t totally eliminating the country theme, but with new chandeliers, flat screen TV’s showing sporting events above the gaming tables, and a more upscale carpeting design, they are looking to attract a new audience. Their $6.99 prime rib with complete salad bar (and it is complete) served 24 hours is still one of the best deals in town. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-17-Mon-2000/business/13350247.html

EASTER DINNER – If you are going to be in town this weekend, there are plenty of great options for enjoying a great Easter meal. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-19-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13329608.html

NASH BRIDGES – is in town filming at the Desert Inn and a thief took a liking to Don Johnson’s Mercedes, stealing it and taking it for a high speed joyride and police chase before totaling it. A related story about a new CBS pilot shooting here is at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-17-Mon-2000/lifestyles/13375533.html

REBOOT – The new Imax RideFilm has opened at the Circus Circus Adventuredome. This is a must for both computer “geeks” (I fall into that category) and those who want a fun motion simulator ride. This simulated rollercoaster ride has a storyline taking place entirely inside a computer in a computer-generated imaginary world. Full story and photo at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-14-Fri-2000/weekly/13346858.html and you can read our archived Adventuredome review and photos at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-01-19.htm

GOT A WEBSITE? – How about a link to http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com so you can help spread the word and access the archives easier. While at it, don’t forget to link to our sister site http://www.accessvegas.com – your first stop for the latest Las Vegas info!

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

Rat Pack – This David Cassidy produced show recreating the days and shows of the infamous Rat Pack has resurfaced at The Sahara to continued good reviews. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-14-Fri-2000/weekly/13356659.html and advance ticket purchase online at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

Hard Rock – Methods of Hayhem on April 28, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn on May 23, Macy Gray on May 25, and Ringo Starr and his All Star Band on June 17. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Mandalay Bay – LYNYRD SKYNYRD on April 25, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED on April 28, Moby on April 28, REO SPEEDWAGON, Los Van Van on April 30, STYX and SURVIVOR on May 5, Classical Mystery Tour (Beatle’s Tribute) May 12 – 14, TOWER OF POWER on May 13, DAVID SANDBORN on MAY 19, Kenny Wayne Shepherd on May 20’th, BARRY MANILOW May 25 – May 28’th, JEFFERSON STARSHIP on May 26, Cowboy Junkies on June 3, and RICKY MARTIN on July 22. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

The Orleans – Jerry Lewis on April 21-24, and Roy Clark on April 27-30. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Orleans link).

Sam Boyd Stadium – EA Sports Supercross Series Finals on May 6, and X107.5 “Our Big 3.5 Concert” May 20 with Stone Temple Pilots, Godsmack, Cypress Hill, System of a Down, Papa Roach, Dope, Staind, Static X, Kittie, The Flys, Snake River Conspiracy, Phatter Than Albert, Inside Scarlet, Left Standing, God Among Men, and DJ Scotty Boy at Sam Boyd Stadium. Tickets at 1-888-464-2468. Sam’s Town is the closest major hotel casino to Sam Boyd Stadium and Sam’s Town discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Sam’s Town link).

Thomas and Mack – Nine Inch Nails on June 2, and Bob Dylan with Phil Lesh on June 27. Tickets at 1-888-464-2468. The Hard Rock Hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack. Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


FEATURE STORY: “Master Magician” Lance Burton

lance-burton-01.jpg (10752 bytes)I’ve seen Lance Burton on T.V. countless times. He’s been a semi-fixture on The Tonight Show, dating back to Johnny Carson who called Lance “the best magician I have ever seen.” He’s graduated from an ongoing guest spot in Folies Bergere (reviewed http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-03-29.htm) to his own gig at the Hacienda and now to his own show in the Lance Burton Theater of the Monte Carlo.

The show started with the clip from his last television special in which he was chained to the tracks of the infamous Desperado rollercoaster in Primm (40 miles south of Las Vegas). It is arguably the tallest and fastest in the world. While he was able to work his way free, he couldn’t hear his assistant’s time counts and was nearly killed. Even in slow motion, you could see the coaster missing his feet by inches as he jumped free.

Lance it a traditional magician, not relying on lasers and tigers so much as classic magic taken to a new level. We were first treated to vanishing candle routine which earned him his “World Champion” title in 1982. While familiar to anyone who has seen his TV specials or the commercials, it was even more impressive live and close up. Lit candles appear and vanish, turning into scarves in a blur of fire.

One of my personal favorites is the finale of this trick where he makes decks of cards appear and vanish. Just when you think you are starting to figure out how he does it, he literally starts to flick cards out of each hand, one at a time, card after card. With his sleeves rolled up and the ability to see each card drop to the floor, one can only be amazed!

lance-burton-02.jpg (13608 bytes)After introducing his assistants only to make them vanish one-at-a-time in his cape (another trick from one of his specials — as most of them are), he brought out his bird “Elvis” for a lighthearted bit involving a vanishing bird and cage along with the participation of a number of young children. I should note that this is very much an all-ages show. No overly risquÚ costumes, dirty jokes, or foul language.

Comedy Magician Mac King was taking the place of Lance’s regular guest artist the past week. Mac performs at Harrah’s in his own afternoon shows, and he didn’t let anyone down with a short, tight routine that left all both amazed and laughing as he put a few new twists on the classic “pick a card, any card” trick with an audience member invited up on stage. We’ll be checking out Mac’s own show soon and giving you a report!

After the teepee trick made famous on Jay Leno a couple of years ago, he segued into a series of illusions with a Masque Ball setting, which was probably influenced by the 9 years he spent at Folies Bergere. This unique trick involved everything from sawing the limbs off of a clown to making ducks and geese vanish and reappear, all while giving him an opportunity to poke fun at his friends with the tigers down the street saying “geese are much harder to train than tigers”!

His extended finale and now signature trick involves not only making a fully driveable sports car appear on stage, but making it also disappear in a unique way with a “special guest” in the passenger’s seat. This one has to be seen to be believed!

My only complaint is that it seemed at times he was on auto-pilot, just going through the motions, especially early in the show. Chalk it up to the fact we saw it on a Tuesday evening (his Monday), or maybe he was just having a bad night, but I’m used to seeing a little more energy and enthusiasm.

Lance Burton plays Tuesday – Saturday in the Lance Burton Theatre at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino. Tickets are $54.95 for Mezzanine and $49.95 for balcony. We suggest paying the extra $5 to get a more intimate view. Discount Monte Carlo rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Monte Carlo link) and you can book Lance Burton tickets online ahead of time for a small service fee (especially suggested if seeing him on a weekend — this Tuesday late show was just shy of a sell-out) at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143



 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Sam Profio wrote:

>To Janice about Harrah’s rooms:
>
>I have stayed at Harrah’s a couple of times and while the rooms are
>not the newest or greatest in town they are fine.á Some have bedrooms
>with mirrors on the ceiling and walls (don’t ask me).á I have not
>stayed in a suite.
>
>You get a lot more than a nice reasonably priced room at Harrah’s
>though: It has a great location with access to everything “mid-strip”.
>And, you can walk to Bally’s and take the tram to MGM and have access
>to everything on the south end.á The staff is very friendly and the
>dealers are some of the best in Vegas especially blackjack.á Try the
>party pit.á Noisy but fun.á Their player’s club mailings and specials
>seem to be better than some others I have.á For example, I get free
>rooms for less play.á The Garden Cafe serves up a great breakfast
>(it’s open all day).á Fresh fruit, the best granola we’ve ever had,
>etc.á The Carnival Court always has a good swing or jazz band.á They
>have a comedy club on the property which we go to even when we are not
>staying there.

Shelli Wolis wrote:

>I CAN TELL YOU PERSONALLY THAT THE STANDARD ROOMS IN HARRAH’S (LAS
>VEGAS) ARE LOVELY, ROOMY AND SOME VERY NICE FEATURES (i.e, hair
>blower, large screen TV, security at elevators, etc.).á THE ROOMS ARE
>LARGER THAN THOSE IN ATLANTIC CITY, THE STAFF IS JUST AS NICE AND THE
>RESTAURANTS JUST AS GOOD.
>
>IF YOU WANT TO STAY ON THE STRIP, THIS IS A “GOOD BET”.

Ray Ambrose wrote:

>I will be returning to LV in early June after an absence of 10 yrs.
>So need your help…it’s great to have found your site.á QUESTION 1:
>I’ve decided to stay downtown; 4 Queens or Gold Nugget, any real
>difference?á QUESTION 2: where is the best place to play low to medium
>stakes poker?á You know, are the players any different in one joint
>compared to another.á Where do the locals play?á Best comps, etc.á I
>will look forward to learning from you and your other avid readers.

The Golden Nugget is the class of downtown. While the Four Queens is nice, it’s not the Nugget. I’m not a poker player but I bet some of our readers are! Poker players, any advice? Fire us a line at [email protected]

Thierry Groueix wrote:

>hi, I’m looking for an hotel where pets are allowed in Las Vegas.
>I’ve planned to book in Circus Circus but they didn’t accept.á could
>you help me please?á thanks in advance

I don’t have a clue, and have never seen any animals inside a casino except seeing eye dogs. Input from anyone would be appreciated at [email protected]

Mary Messina wrote:

>Thought you would like a bit of trivia about the Bellagio.á Did you
>know that they sell their bread and baked goods to at least five
>different casino restaurants?á They have gotten so many orders that
>they are opening a bakery off sight to accommodate all the business.
>I haven’t seen the back “room” of any other casino but theirs is as
>nice as the casino.á The people that work their have their own
>restaurant and stores.á When we went back for a tour I thought I was
>still in the casino with the exception of not having slots or tables.
>
>The people their are very nice and I was glad to have the experience.

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Results from last poll: ” Would you plan an additional trip to Las Vegas each year to watch spring training games?”

I don’t like baseball to begin with 38%
No, but I might take in a game if they play while I am there. 27%
I won’t make an extra trip, but I’ll adjust one of my regular visits. 13%
I’m requesting the vacation time the minute Las Vegas gets it! 23%

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April 19, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 12, 2000

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This Issue: Titanic: The Exhibition by guest columnist David Berman

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

BELLAGIO RESTAURANTS – Did you know that the restaurants at Bellagio serve up to 25,000 meals a day and it is the only hotel in the US with two 5 star restaurants? And unlike many casinos, the restaurants there actually turn a profit. Great story at http://starbulletin.com/2000/04/05/features/story2.html

SPORTS BETTING BAN – Now the NFL and the NBA are jumping on the bandwagon to get Congress to ban all sports betting nationally. Obviously, we are a bit biased on this. Nevada has the most stringent gaming regulation in the world. The Gaming Control Board takes all complaints seriously, and often you can summons an officer down to mediate a dispute almost immediately. Sports betting is already outlawed in virtually every state (in part or full) and far more is wagered outside Nevada than in-state. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-13-Thu-2000/news/13366565.html

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – The Las Vegas Weekly’s Guide to Good Taste is available at http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/features/2000_food_review.html and well worth printing out or bookmarking.Mandalay Bay’s upscale Aureole is reviewed at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-07-Fri-2000/weekly/13110050.html Drai’s After-Hours Superclub at Barbary Coast (the restaurant changes formats for the late night crowd) at http://www.scopemag.com/noise/04_00/clubview.html Neyla at the MGM Grand serves an unique blend of Mediterranean delights with belly dancers and more. Review at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-05-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13224040.html

SUPER CASINO – “Inside the ‘New” Las Vegas” is a great account of the modern day Las Vegas. Often dense with historical fact, but neatly interrupted by fascinating first-person accounts: an old-time dealer talks about being threatened by Frank Sinatra, a hotel manager at a casino gets chewed out by her boss for renting out a $5,000 room to movie stars, and more. Available for under $20 from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553095021 /invegascom

LANCE BURTON: MASTER MAGICIAN – is on the Fox Family Channel this Friday April 14. Check your local listings for time.

GOT A WEBSITE? – How about a link to http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com so you can help spread the word and access the archives easier. While at it, don’t forget to link to our sister site http://www.accessvegas.com – your first stop for the latest Las Vegas info!

WINNERS! – Cindy Tomasi of Italy and Louis Schwartz of Lynn, MA are the winners of the Folies Bergere programs. Michael Woo of Honolulu, HI won the wine and dine guide.

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DANNY GANS – Continues his hot new run at The Mirage and yet another review is available at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-07-Fri-2000/weekly/13302168.html We are looking forward to seeing it very soon!

MANDALAY BAY – Steely Dan on June 10. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Rodger Waters on June 17. Tickets available starting this Sat. April 15 at (702) 474-4000 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – of Equestrian Show Jumping comes to the Thomas and Mack April 19 – 23. Tickets at 1-888-464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


FEATURE STORY: The Exhibition by guest columnist David Berman

During our stay at the Rio, we immersed ourselves in the recounting of an event that happened on April 14, 1912. The event, of course, is the sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage, and the recounting is Titanic: The Exhibition, in The RioÆs mezzanine-level exhibit space.

IÆve seen many bulletin-board and newslist posts asking if anyone had seen the Titanic exhibit, and seeking opinions about the value of spending $15.95 to view it. Read on and decide for yourself, because the answer is not as simple as you might imagine.

The show is beautifully staged, occupying much of the same space used for the Treasures of Russia exhibit that was such a huge success. A key ingredient in the Titanic exhibit working as well as it does is the professionally narrated, recorded guided tour, which is included in the admission price. Visitors entering the exhibit are given a cassette recorder, with the narrator explaining the items as you proceed through the collection and directing you in such maneuvers as ônow turn to your left,ö and ôpause to study the recovered artifacts in this cabinet.ö The green button plays the tape, and the red button stops it if you want to linger along the way. The narration incorporates a musical score, and also employs the voices of actual Titanic survivors as well as actors speaking as some of the specific passengers and shipÆs officers. Most of the tape is in stereo, and it works very well.

Recovered items, including dinnerware, jewelry, shaving brushes, coins and personal letters, bring the incredible tragedy to life. But just as the re-creations of the palace rooms of the czars were the highlight of Treasures of Russia, the re-creations of TitanicÆs famous Grand Staircase, its first-class passageways and staterooms and card room, as well as a second-class bunk-style room, are what combine to put a face on the ship and its occupants.

If you visit the Titanic exhibit, one of your most dramatic moments will come when you enter a room dominated by a large block of ice intended to simulate the exposed surface of an iceberg, which you are encouraged to touch. ôNo one could survive longer than 10 minutes in the North Atlantic waters of that evening,ö the narrator intones, and suddenly the reality of collision, darkness and death is brought home to you.

Now for the big question: Is Titanic: The Exhibition worth attending?

Not necessarily. If you are a rabid fan or student of the Titanic story and have not previously attended any of the other Titanic exhibits touring around the world, or if you canÆt get enough of the film ôTitanicö and Celine DionÆs promise that the heart will go on, then by all means go see it. You will be happy you did, because it will add a little to your knowledge base.

My wife Rosalyn and I did get something out of this show, but we both agreed that we left it feeling a bit let down, in the way you might if you were hungry after eating a delicious gourmet dinner whose portions were too small.

More than 5,000 artifacts have been recovered from the Titanic wreck site, but only about 200 are on display at The Rio. In short, what is shown is presented very effectively, but there is simply not enough of it. In part this is understandable, because the recovered items are supporting many Titanic exhibits around the world. At first, the overall effect fools you, but then you begin to notice that each exhibit room throughout the presentation is furnished with just one or two display cases holding a small number of artifacts, along with a few wall hangings.

The Titanic exhibit is in residence indefinitely, which will allow the show to be changed from time to time as items from other Titanic exhibits are rotated. But this does little for Las Vegas visitors who are unlikely to see the display more than once.

Moving methodically through the Titanic exhibit, following the narrative and stopping the tape a few times to linger, took us only 50 minutes, making the attraction an attention-holder for adults and children alike. I mentioned above that the cost is $15.95, but we were able to reduce this to $12.95 with a discount coupon available at the registration desk. Cost for children under 14 is $9.95.

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David Berman is a true Las Vegas aficionado, making numerous lengthy visits over the years. He and his wife are soon to retire and relocate from the east coast here to Las Vegas, looking forward to moving into a home they already have under construction. David can be reached at [email protected]


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Arthur Yeap from San Francisco wrote:

>To Frank in NJ:
>
>When I went to the Bellagio Buffet mid-March, the crab legs were still
>good.á They can also be found at the Paris Buffet much of the time.
>(They actually have a menu posted outside).á Overall, my experience
>with buffets has led me to a few opinions: Best Quality Carving Board:
>Mirage…Prime Rib better than 90% of restaurants.á Best Seafood
>Quality: Bellagio.á Best overall Buffet: Paris.á It has meat about 80%
>as good as the Mirage and seafood about 75% as good as the Bellagio.
>The Mirage shrimp may not be fresh at times while the Bellagio meat
>has always been tough and overcooked.á I will say that I have not been
>to the Rio Seafood Buffet.á The normal Rio Buffet that all the taxi
>drivers rave about has food quality below Sunset Station.á I’ll report
>back after this coming week when I get back from NAB (convention).

Helen Spillar wrote:

>Thank you for the tip you gave on the surf & turf special at the Hard
>Rock Cafe & Casino.á Just as you said it is not on the menu & you have
>to just ask or it.á I was going to order the steak that was $13.00 & I
>ended up getting the steak plus 3 delicious shrimp for $5.95.á It was
>very good & we would not have known about it if not for your news
>letter.á Thanks again.

Janice wrote:

>Ted, my husband and I visit Vegas usually in the spring or fall; this
>year we want to come at Thanksgiving(we’ll be arriving on the prior
>Mon.á and staying for 7 nights) and bringing my mom, who isn’t able to
>make her annual spring trek with her friends due to another
>commitment.á We have several questions that we hope you or your
>readers could answer.á 1.) Are most of the shows dark during
>Thanksgiving, 2.) Is there restaurants/buffets that will be serving
>the “traditional” holiday dinner, and 3.) Can someone tell me what
>Harrah’s rooms are like, specifically a suite, as we have never stayed
>there before (die hard Golden Nugget fans), but have an offer we can’t
>refuse (free), so we are debating splitting the days between the strip
>and downtown.á Any help we can get is appreciated.á As I am sure you
>hear from others, we love your newsletter as it keeps us in touch when
>we can’t be in our favorite town with the ever changing scenes.
>Thanks for taking the time to keep us out of towners informed!!
>
>Janice

Thanksgiving weekend is second only to New Years Eve and ranks right up there with Memorial Day and Labor day as far as tourist traffic here in town. The shows will all be in full swing (although you should always check with each show to see what night they are dark each week). Just about every restaurant in every casino serves some type of Thanksgiving meal. In fact, it’s often a set menu with 2 or 3 holiday choices (besides the normal menu items). The Harrah’s rooms I have seen are pretty nice for the money. When you get back, let us know how they compare to the rooms at The Golden Nugget.

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ONLINE POLL – “Would you plan an additional trip to Las Vegas each year to watch spring training games?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published nest week!

Results from last poll: “Are you planning a Las Vegas visit despite the high fuel prices?”

I was looking into coming, but gas / airfare is just too much. 2%
I’m still coming but putting off the trip until prices come down. 7%
I’m a regular visitor, but may cut out a trip or two this year if they stay high. 10%
Are you kidding? Getting there is the cheap part. Nothing could keep me away! 81%

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April 12, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 5, 2000

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This Issue: Coco Palms “All You Can Eatery”

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:BINION TRIAL VIDEO – We are following this closely with updated stories when they become available at http://www.accessvegas.com If you don’t have Court TV in your area and want to catch the proceedings as they happen, KLAS TV is streaming video of the trial online at http://www.klastv.com/spectre-pub/1-0/home.htm

SPRING TRAINING – Las Vegas continues to attempt to lure a number of Major League Baseball teams to move their spring training here. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-28-Tue-2000/sports/13258285.html Our online poll this week: “Would you plan an additional trip to Las Vegas each year to watch spring training games”? Vote at http://www.accessvegas.com

“NEW” SHOWS – 3 shows or performers which were absent for a little while are back! DANNY GANS has just started his run at The Mirage in a theatre specifically built for him. A recent story on the man and his past is detailed at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-31-Fri-2000/weekly/13257371.html THE RAT PACK has moved from the Desert Inn to The Sahara – story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-31-Fri-2000/weekly/13207378.html WAYNE NEWTON is a month into his long-term run at The Stardust. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-17-Fri-2000/weekly/13164070.html Tickets for WAYNE or THE RAT PACK can be reserved online at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

BELLAGIO CONSERVATORY – If you have been to town since the opening of Bellagio and have yet to see the conservatory, shame on you! I’m not even a flower fan but this is not to be missed. Great story and photos at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-02-Sun-2000/lifestyles/13217313.html

ART BELL – A big tip of the hat to the infamous late night talk show host upon his pending retirement. He took a late night shift at Las Vegas radio station KDWN and turned it into a nightly “strange-fest” on over 400 stations nationwide, broadcasting from Pahrump (60 miles west of town).

Fans of his might be interested in reading David Thompson’s IN NEVADA: The Land, the People, God and Chance. Besides talking about the crazies and conjecture surrounding Area 51, he details exploits of Howard Hughes, Bugsey Siegel, Hoover Dam, and more. 30% discount available from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679454861/invegascom

SPEEDWAY CASINO – We found this new local’s casino to be a little bit of a letdown. Although nice and new with high ceilings and a racing theme, there wasn’t much in the way of memorabilia. They have the traditional Las Vegas food specials like 99 cent shrimp cocktail, $4.99 rib dinner and $5.99 16 oz. t-bone steak. The bar and grill area does feature a 10 foot TV screen on which they show every NASCAR race. Race days feature food and drink specials, cash drawings, and prizes. The verdict? Don’t go out of your way. The NASCAR Cafe (at the Sahara) and Race Rock (downtown) are much better. The Speedway Casino is located 5 minutes north of downtown at I-15 and Cheyenne.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

THE SUPREMES – will be ending their reunion tour here in Las Vegas. Tickets are not yet on sale but you can read more at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Apr-05-Wed-2000/news/13296466.html

BOULDER STATION – BLUE OYSTER CULT on April 15’th, DIAMOND RIO on April 28’th, and TRACE ADKINS on May 5. Tickets at (800) 464-2468 and Boulder Station discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Boulder Station link).

HARD ROCK – THE CURE on May 27. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

MANDALAY BAY – LIT on April 9, THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT on April 12, BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY on April 14, JOE SATRIANI on April 16, TYPE O NEGATIVE with COAL CHAMBER on April 18, LYNYRD SKYNYRD on April 25, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED on April 28, REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX and SURVIVOR on May 5, TOWER OF POWER on May 13, DAVID SANDBORN on MAY 19, BARRY MANILOW May 25 – May 28’th, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE on May 26, and RICKY MARTIN on July 22. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – BLINK 182 with BAD RELIGION on June 24. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

THE ORLEANS – RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS now through April 16. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Orleans link).

SUNSET STATION – DAVE MASON with LEON RUSSEL on April 22’nd, and 38 SPECIAL with EDGAR WINTER BAND on April 28’th. Tickets at (800) 464-2468 and Sunset Station discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Sunset Station link).

THE VENETIAN – ANDREW DICE CLAY on April 14’th and 15’th. Tickets available at (702) 414-2225 and Venetian discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Venetian link).


 


FEATURE STORY: Coco Palms “All You Can Eatery”When I moved to town, the Stardust buffet was called the Warehouse buffet. And it sure wasn’t (Mirage Resort Chairman) Steve Wynn’s warehouse they were getting their food from. While not one of the “Big 3” worst buffets (Circus Circus, Imperial Palace, and Holiday Inn Boardwalk), it wasn’t making anyone’s top 10.

My how times have changed! Now called the Coco Palms, the Stardust is the only buffet offering weekday champaign brunch 7 days a week. The food is fresh, service is attentive, and the champaign is free flowing. The music was a little loud for my tastes. (It usually is in buffets as they want to move you through and get you back to the gaming floor). The decor was reasonably subdued and pleasant for a Las Vegas buffet.

They full salad and pasta bar has something for everyone. Penne pasta with broccoli, egg flower or chicken noodle soup, sliced melons, strawberries and whip cream, shrimp, yogurt and more. Oh yes, and salad!

Breakfast lovers can grab a made-to-order omelet or the standard eggs, hash browns, and Portuguese sausage fare. Lunch specialties like Italian beef stew, baked catfish with peanut and bacon butter, pork chops ala orange, rotisserie chicken and chicken tetrazinni will suit the tastes of those having their second meal of the day. Asian selections like sweet and sour chicken, pepper steak, moo goo gal pan, and pork chow mien were also available.

If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t be left out! The dessert bar is quite the spread, containing an excellent selection of donuts, fresh cinnamon rolls and other assorted pastries as well as the standard ice cream. Hot and cold puddings were also available.

The Coco Palms brunch buffet is open from 7 AM to 3 PM every single day. At $9.50 it’s a pretty good value, and compares very favorably with with other weekend brunches in a similar price range. While not worth going way out of your way for, but if you are staying in that part of the Strip this beats the out of the buffets at Circus Circus, The Riviera, and The Sahara by a significant margin.


 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Frank in NJ wrote:

>I love your newsletter.á But you need a proofreader.á I will proofread
>it for free if you email it to me ahead of time.

This is still very much a hobby for me, and I often have limited time to do it, which means barely getting it out late Thursday night after finding the latest info to include (which precludes the time needed by an outside proofreader) but thanks for the offer. I do print it out and proof it but I miss things and I do appreciate everyone’s patience at the couple of typos that seem to get by me every week.

I want to take a minute and thank everyone who is patronizing our sponsors! I’m seeing bookings for hotels and rental cars not just for Las Vegas but for all over the place, and a truckload of people have signed up to get paid to listen to internet radio. Let me tell you, with 200+ stations, that one is a no brainer!

The best part is that the newsletter is really gaining in subscribers and generating notice, which is why we can start reviewing higher end restaurants like Delmonico and shows like EFX in the very near future. I’m almost to the one year anniversary. I had no idea if anyone would subscribe or care, and I want to thank you all!

>Great work on the newsletter and many thanks for the reviews!á It is
>the only newsletter I subscribe to for Vegas highlights.
>
>Just about two weeks ago, I took a trip to Vegas to throw a birthday
>party for my mother.á She grew up near the ocean and absolutely loves
>seafood.á I was really excited about showing her a good time and
>letting her try the best Vegas has to offer.á However, I gotta confess
>that my selection, Piero’s, did not really hit the spot for her.
>Don’t get me wrong, the restaurant and staff were top notch.á I had
>the great porterhouse steak.á But I noticed that my mother was not
>truly enthusiastic about her dish.á So, please help me here!á She
>loves seafood and her absolute favorite is Alaskan King crab.á We used
>to go to the Bellagio seafood buffet but heard it has gone down in
>quality.á Now, we go to Makino’s which is decent but not great.
>
>What place in Vegas has the best seafood, especially Alaskan King
>crab, in Vegas?!

O.K. — I enjoy seafood but I’m crab legs expert. I’ve always enjoyed Bellagio Buffet (reviewed at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-12-15.htm ) and can’t say I’ve noticed a decline in quality, but we all look for different things. Readers, help us out: where do you like the crab legs? Send to [email protected]

Robin Skeen wrote:

>Just got back from a stay at the Trop.á It’s pretty decent, clean
>rooms, good service.á I would stay there again.á If you get the
>chance, go see the Folies.á I was totally awed and will see this show
>for sure on the next trip.á It was very classy, fun and entertaining.
>
>I took your advice and stayed away from the buffet at the Trop.á I
>would recommend the buffet at the Monte Carlo for breakfast.á Best
>food I’ve had anywhere.á The eggs are so fresh, it’s as if they just
>cooked them and handed them to you that moment.á Great service, but
>get there early because the lines are out the door after 9:00 a.m.
>
>We rented a car for the first time and we had a ball.á Once you learn
>to drive like a native (nuts!) it’s easy.á I would recommend it as we
>got to see a lot more of The Strip and went to Hoover Dam.

Most people that rent cars are very happy they did, even if they don’t go see Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, etc. Cab fare ads up quick and the bus and trolley takes forever. You can see and do so much more and the freedom is unmatched. We are pleased to offer discount car rental at http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005

Elaine from New Jersey wrote:

>Just returned from 10 days in Vegas.á Five at the Venetian and 5 at
>the Riviera to participate in the National Open Chess Tournament.
>Venetian was big and beautiful, but can’t help feeling at home in the
>small but homey Riviera.á Could it be that my husband and I were
>married there awhile back?á Great Italian restaurant is Batista’s Hole
>In The Wall which is a couple of blocks behind Bally’s.

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