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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 29, 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: Folies Bergere

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:HARD ROCK – continues to have their surf and turf special at Mr. Lucky’s (coffee shop). It’s not on the menu, so ask for it. Steak and shrimp, your choice of potato (try the garlic mashed — they are incredible), and salad for $5.95. They also have an internet access terminal by the gift shop. It’s 35 cents a minute, $3 minimum. You can surf, do newsgroups, long onto AOL as a guest, or do word processing. Printing is 50 cents a page.

LEGEND AIRLINES – is starting their nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to Las Vegas (with connections from Washington, D.C.) next week. This all business class airline it promising to offer tourist class fares to an from Las Vegas. The only catch is that the return flight to Dallas is a red-eye. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-30-Thu-2000/business/13265318.html and Legend Air site at http://www.legendairlines.com

GRAND CANYON RAILWAY – You can now combine a visit to the Grand Canyon with a ride on this historic railway. Two packages are available that include transfers from your hotel as well as airfare over to the canyon, railway, and return. Full story at http://www.bestfares.com/travel_center/desks/public/200003/10068604L.asp In a related story, next year a tourist train should be running from Boulder City halfway to Las Vegas. Unfortunately, there are no plans to run a train all the way from the Strip to Hoover Dam. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-30-Thu-2000/news/13273831.html

SPORTS BETTING – is under fire again. Congress is holding hearings with the serious intent of banning all betting on college sports nationwide. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-30-Thu-2000/news/13274791.html If you enjoy the freedom to come here and bet sports in a controlled, regulated atmosphere where you are guaranteed to get a fair deal, consider faxing or emailing your representatives. You can get the information at http://www.visi.com/juan/congress

BINION MURDER TRIAL – The Nevada “Trial of the Century” is underway and we are keeping http://www.accessvegas.com updated daily with the latest stories.

CLINTON TO OPEN STRIP CLUB – President Clinton, vacating the White House at year’s end, announced plans this week to build a combination strip club, lounge and McDonald’s in downtown Las Vegas. Clinton, who unveiled his project at a Las Vegas City Council meeting, said he intends to perform regularly in the lounge, playing saxophone in a revue starring David Cassidy. Full story at http://www.lvcitylife.com/News/stories/00033004n.html

WINNER! – Jackie Bovee-Petruska is the winner of the Las Vegas t-shirt.

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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

AT THE COPA – the new David Cassidy / Sheena Easton show was reviewed in Las Vegas Weekly at http://www.scopemag.com/departments/03_30_00/stage.html

THE BOSS – SPRINGSTEEN is doing his first every Las Vegas concert Memorial Day weekend on May 27. Tickets on sale this Saturday at 10 AM. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and MGM discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

HARD ROCK HOTEL – JOHN LEE HOOKER on April 8, OASIS on April 11, TRACY CHAPMAN on April 16, BUSH on May 4, and ROBIN TROWER on May 26. 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 – DIO on April 1, PETER MURPHY on April 2, DR. JOHN on April 6, SEBASTIAN BACH on April 8, 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, TOWER OF POWER on May 13, 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).

LAS VEGAS HILTON – TIM CONWAY and HARVEY KORMAN in their “Together Again” tour April 7 and 8, KENNY RODGERS on April 14 and 15, JEFF FOXWORTHY on April 28-30, TRISHA YEARWOOD on May 5 and 6, JOHNNY MATHIS on May 12 and 13, and WYNONNA on May 19-21. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).


Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


FEATURE STORY: Folies Bergere”The Entertainment Capitol of the World”. You’ve heard it time and time again. And were else will you find two German guys with rare tigers, multiple clubs with the comedy greats, 3 of the world’s best impressionists, and award-winning magicians all performing at the same time within blocks of each other?

And yet, when you think of Las Vegas entertainment, what do you think of? Lasers and tigers? No. You think of showgirls. They are in our movies, commercials, and surround the winners here whether it be a golf tournament, NASCAR race, or big jackpot winner. Tucked down near the end of the Strip in the Tropicana, Folies Bergere has been presenting some of the best before James Bond or Elvis became synonymous with Las Vegas.

Recently revamped, Folies is in it’s 40’th year and was a lot of fun and a true celebration of the showgirls and dance throughout the ages with a stunning display of fantasy and light. Opening scenes highlighted the entire cast in song and dance, and gave us our first look at some of the elaborate costuming and feathered head dresses (and if you looked closely, bits of real feathers flying around in the air as the ladies ran through their energetic steps).

We were taken back to the 1860’s and the days of debutantes and ballrooms, complete with falling winter snow. Three numbers showcased romantic, well choreographed ballet dressing the women in period attire and the men in black capes. Then is was on to 1900 and the stage became Paris in a dance number featuring some very athletic and acrobatic moves by the men as well as some playful dancing among partners.

Following was the French Riviera of 1925 set to “By the Sea”, Hollywood Glamour of the 1930’s in a number where you could feel the well-crafted romance, and Cool Jazz of 1950 complete with a period car and giant lit jukeboxes. The dancers of both sexes displayed their athleticism time and time again, with stamina and flexibility that rivals gymnasts and figure skaters.

Of particular fun was the Striptease segment, and in the spirit of traditional striptease, this was just that — a tease. The women were in black bodysuits under black light wearing white gloves, stockings, and bikinis and appeared to “strip” off the white attire only to vanish into the blackness at the end.

One of the highlights of the show was the comedy team of Mario and Daniel. A little risquÚ (PG-13) without offending, they took the tired jokes about Las Vegas buffets and coupons and gave them new life as well as performing their more traditional material. These guys are hilarious — I’d pay to see them at a comedy club — and while they are contracted to Folies for the rest of the year, they are worth catching if you get a chance. Their website is at http://www.twofunnyguys.com and we understand they do take a break from Folies to tour with Kenny Rodgers as his opening act.

The final numbers were set to a combination of contemporary and original music. There wasn’t really a theme, but plenty of variety and energy. I didn’t look at my watch once throughout the entire 90 minute show.

Instead of ending with an “over the top number, the entire cast comes onstage while emcee and principal vocalist Jack Walker sings “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from the movie the Lion King. He has a great stage presence and terrific voice, but he’s mannerisms indicate that he’s seen Wayne Newton a few too many times! Not a crime in Las Vegas, though. People come to see Vegas — give them Vegas. The entire cast then joins in for another Lion King hit “Circle of Life” bringing the show to a warm close.

Folies Bergere performs twice nightly at 8 and 10:30 PM (dark Thursday). Ticket prices range from $41.95 to $56.95 depending on which show and if you select table or booth seating. As is Las Vegas tradition, the second show is slightly less expensive and contains some topless nudity. No one under 16 is admitted to either show. Reservations are recommended at (702) 739-222 and Tropicana discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Tropicana link).


 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Elizabeth Beech wrote:

>>Other than Ferraro’s on Flamingo, are there any non-hotel Italian
>>restaurants that can match or even come close to the overall quality
>>of Stefano’s at G.N.?á Please let us know!
>
>I visit Vegas 4-6 times per year and there is one restaurant I go to
>every time and it is called Pasta Mia located at 2585 E Flamingo Road.
>In fact, my sister and I plan when we are going to eat there prior to
>our even leaving for Vegas!
>
>Not only is the food fantastic, but the atmosphere is quiet, nice and
>very comfortable.á A great break from the noisy hotels.á The wait
>staff is personable and they take care of special requests without
>making a fuss about it.á (I am quite a “picky” eater so this is very
>important to me.)
>
>Now I am starting to feel the need to hop on that Highway 15 and head
>on over to Vegas.á I’ve got this sudden craving for Spinach Ravioli!

Joe D’Agnese wrote:

>A good Italian restaurant in Las Vegas is called Alta Villa. A wide
>variety of Italian food. The restaurant is on the strip inside the
>Flamingo Hilton. The food is great.

Bill wrote:

>Saw the question on income taxes as they apply to gambling.á You might
>not be interested in the expanded answer but thought I’d pass it
>along.á Folks receive either W-2Gs or 1099s, based on how the money
>was won, won’t bore you with those details.á The 1099s are commonly
>issued for prizes that did not have a wager involved (e.g.á free slot
>tournaments and free bingo tournaments).á Gambling losses cannot be
>used to offset prizes won that are reported on a 1099 because since
>there was no wager involved the prize won is technically not a
>gambling win.á Of course, taxpayers only get the offset W-2G winnings
>if they fill out a Schedule A of itemized deductions.á If the itemized
>deductions don’t do the taxpayer more good than the standard
>deduction, the taxpayer does not even get to take the offset.

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ONLINE POLL – “Are you planning a Las Vegas visit despite the high fuel prices?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published next week!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.

FOLIES BERGERE PROGRAM – 20’th and 21’st entry at (contest closed)

WINE AND DINE 2000 – Wine related special section from the Las Vegas Review-Journal to the 20’th entry at (contest closed)

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March 29, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 22, 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.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

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* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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This Issue: Winning At Video Poker

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:BEST OF LAS VEGAS – The Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas 2000” is out! This unscientific survey still proves to be pretty accurate year in and year out, with each category having a “popular vote” winner as well as an “editor’s choice”. You can read it online at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/bestoflv/

MARCH MADNESS – and the beginning of the spring break season make March a very “mad” time here in Las Vegas. The sports books are jammed from morning until late night and the clubs are jammed from late night until sunrise. (When do these people sleep)? We found a great story that gives you a feel for the situation at http://www7.mercurycenter.com/premium/sports/docs/gamble17.htm

SKYDIVING FOR CHICKENS – (this includes me) is available at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving. For $35 you can get in their wind tunnel and experience a 120 wind keep you afloat just as if you were falling out of a plane. Full story and photo at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-17-Fri-2000/weekly/13129167.html

THE HIGHWAY STATIONS – bill themselves as “The Stations you Listen to on the way to Las Vegas” from Southern California. They now have a website with Las Vegas information as well as live online feeds of their stations at http://www.thehighwaystations.com/main.html (One station is “lite” rock and the other is country). The fun thing about listening online is that they are very Las Vegas tourist oriented with constant info on Las Vegas events and activities.

YOU JUST KEEP COMING – and we aren’t complaining! McCarran Numbers are up – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-18-Sat-2000/business/13194602.html Laughlin numbers are up – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-18-Sat-2000/business/13192969.html For those interested in Laughlin information, we have a Laughlin page at http://www.accessvegas.com/laughlin-nevada-nv.htm

MGM GRAND ADVENTURES – No, that’s not the name of that plane the Lakers and rock bands fly on. The MGM theme park is scheduled to open daily for Spring Break from April 15 – April 30, 2000. HOURS: 11 am – 7 PM.
PRICES: $15 admission fee allows unlimited access to all rides and shows except SkyScreamer. After April 30, it’s open weekends only until June 10. We understand they have made a number of changes (possibly not all for the better) so we will get over there soon, take a peek, and let you know. In the meantime, those of you looking for something to do with the kids here might want to check out tour Circus Circus AdventureDome review at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-01-19.htm

STAR CANYON – The cowboy-themed restaurant in The Venetian was just reviewed at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-22-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13187669.html

WEATHER – You can sign up to have KVVU FOX 5 here in Las Vegas send the 5 day forecast to your email every single day. For Vegas “nuts” (or locals) only! http://www.enewsnotifier.com/wwwroot/kvvu/

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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

MANDALAY BAY – RICKY MARTIN is returning to live la vida Las Vegas 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).



FEATURE STORY: Winning At Video PokerVideo poker has often been thought of as a “local’s game”. (We are tired of pulling a slot handle and at least want to put a little thought into it). It also is one of the few beatable games in the casino, provided you find the proper machines. Proper machines? Yes — video poker is about the one game where they display how tight the machine is right there on it!

Every single video poker machine in the state has to deal the same way. They randomly deal one deck of cards. Yet, the different machines pay different amounts back for THE EXACT SAME HANDS! For example, some machines pay 9 for a flush, some 8, and some less. Believe it or not, many casinos will have games sitting right next to each other that have different pay tables. Since the deal is the same, it’s much smarter to play the machines giving a higher payback on those flushes and straights so you can win more and play longer!

Proper play is also important. If you had four to the royal and a king of another suit as the fifth card, obviously you would toss the extra king (and the 1-1 payback) and go for that royal, right? Well, there are other more minor decisions that over time will benefit you just as well. Proper play is a must to extend your bankroll until you hit that royal.

The other important thing: always use your slot club card. A machine might only pay back 99.5% (with proper play), but if you are getting .5% cash back and / or good slot club points you can spend on food and rooms, you are breaking even (or better in a few cases).

We have a full page of gambling information to help make you a smarter player at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-gambling-online.htm I’m also listing a couple of books here that you might look into. Trust me, the few bucks you spend on a book will more than be paid back by the bigger comps you earn from smarter play on your very next visit. You should see my library of gambling books, and they paid for themselves a LONG time ago! Plus, they make a good read for that long plane ride here:

“The Las Vegas Advisor Guide to Slot Clubs” helps explain the why’s and how’s to make sure you get your comps when playing slots and video poker, as well as which programs are more generous. You are the customer. Go where you get the best deal – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0929712757/invegascom

“The Frugal Gambler” is Jean Scott’s guide to getting the best and most comps. You have seen her on CBS, The Discovery Channel, and other Las Vegas documentaries. She stays and eats for free in Las Vegas 100 nights a year all while not losing a dime – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0929712404/invegascom

“Winning Strategies for Video Poker” is a great way to learn all the major games played anywhere and includes strategy tables to optimize your play. Even if you are playing on an Indian reservation or riverboat where you can’t find a “full payback” game, it’s a lot better to look for the machines that come close! http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0962376639/invegascom



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Linda wrote:

>Dear Ted: Am planning a trip to LV in July and do plan on winning :).
>However, I would like information on claiming losses on income tax.á I
>have seen this information before and thought it might come in handy,
>just in case.á This time I will make a copy of it.á I would appreciate
>it if you could send this to me, or possibly include it once again in
>your newsletters.

That is a great question. Personally, I think that taxing gaming winnings is a crime because 99.9% of everyone loses more than they win. Having said that, you can write off gaming losses, but they don’t make it easy. Keep a diary with you. Write down where you played (down to what table or machine number if possible), how long you played, what you bought in for, and what you cashed out with. You can deduct the losses against the wins, but you can’t deduct any more than that — i.e. if you won $4,200 during the year and lost $4,600, you can’t “write off” the aggregate $400 loss. The IRS doesn’t make it easy, does it?

Dave Bagnik wrote:

>My wife and I come to Las Vegas 2-3 times a year and love to sample
>the local restaurants as well as those in the hotels.
>
>After hearing so much praise regarding The Venetian, we went there
>about 3 years ago.
>
>To say it was disappointing is a huge understatement.á The same goes
>for Battista’s last year.
>
>Other than Ferraro’s on Flamingo, are there any non-hotel Italian
>restaurants that can match or even come close to the overall quality
>of Stefano’s at G.N.?á Please let us know!

Note: The Venetian Italian restaurant he spoke of is near Palace Station at Sahara and Valley view and has no relation to the Venetian hotel. I’m not much of Italian food guy. Anyone out here want to help us out here? [email protected]

Dennis Ida from Hawaii wrote:

>I had a question about Las Vegas and I didn’t know who else to ask.
>When I arrive at McCarran, I usually take the Bell Trans shuttle to my
>hotel on the Strip.á It cost me about 4 or 5 bucks.á If I am traveling
>in a party of 3 people, is it cheaper to catch a cab?á How about a
>modest limousine?á Would it cost that much more?

The cab will cost about the same (you didn’t mention where you are staying), but you get to go straight to your hotel. I’d go for it. Other options: In the same area you catch the shuttles, there are actual limos that will take you (and a bunch of others) to your hotels for $4-5 a head. The catch? You ride with a number of strangers. It’s just that you are in a limo and not a shuttle bus. There are usually also limos parked in that area that you can hire for $35 (plus tip) for a private ride to any hotel on the Strip or downtown.

Porter wrote,

>I love Emeril Lagassi, and found out he has two restaurants in Las
>Vegas.á I will be there at the end of April, and would like to check
>out at least one of them.á His food on the show looks so great, how is
>the food at the restaurants?á And how expensive is it?á Thanks, Kristi

We will be reviewing Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian soon, but not in time for your trip. Everything I’ve heard about it is great, but consider $100 a person as your minimum if you are going to enjoy a full meal and drinks.

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ONLINE POLL – “Are you planning a Las Vegas visit despite the high fuel prices?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!Last poll results: “Do you prefer table games, slots, or both?”

Slots 48%
Table Games 33%
Both 19%

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 10’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.

LAS VEGAS T-SHIRT – 10’th entry at (contest closed)

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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March 22, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 15, 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.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

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* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your Las Vegas hotel opinions.

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This Issue: NASCAR Cafe and Cyber Speedway

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]


Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

NEW ROLLER COASTER – The new Speed ride at the Sahara is going to use linear induction motors to speed you to 70 mph as you shoot through the Sahara sign, a loop, and a tunnel. That’s not enough? The midpoint of the ride is climbing a 222 foot vertical tower, after which you free fall backwards through the entire track once again. Picture and full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-04-Sat-2000/business/13039919.html This along with the NASCAR Cafe and Cyber Speedway (reviewed this issue) is helping put the Sahara back on the “must see” list for race fans and thrill seekers.

NEW CASINO – Station Casinos is slated to build a new $275 million dollar casino in the Green Valley area of Las Vegas. This casino is scheduled to have a 54,000 square foot casino with 2,000 slot machines and 40 table games along with the prerequisite restaurants, movie theatres, spa, and meeting space. Full story as well as proposed drawing at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-14-Tue-2000/business/13162541.html

YES, WE REALLY LIVE HERE – Having the regular contact I have with tourists, I hear my share of “How can you actually live here” questions. One of the more popular questions is “Where does everybody live?” (usually asked by someone who flew on over plenty of residential rooftops). Gaming does account for 25% of our work force, and these people are real people with real lives just like you and I.

Kit Miller’s book “Inside the Glitter: Lives of Casino Workers” is a stunning work of photography and interviews of casino workers from around the state. You can read separate reviews of it at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-22-Tue-2000/news/12975749.html and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-24-Thu-2000/lifestyles/12980677.html It is available from Amazon.Com at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0967648602/invegascom

4 DIAMONDS – The Las Vegas Hilton has won a AAA Four Diamond rating for the 24’th year on a row. Las Vegas now has more Four Diamond guest rooms than any other city in America with 17,205. Seen to the left accepting the award are Julius Kazen (Hilton, left) and Rick Ernst (AAA, right)

VEGAS MUSIC – Las Vegas is now the 40’th largest media market (Arbitron) in the country and the exploding population has brought a great diversity of local music talent to the city. http://www.lvlocalradio.com is an internet radio station playing local talent exclusively while sister site http://www.lvlocalmusicscene.com gives you information on just about every local band and artist. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-07-Tue-2000/lifestyles/13089267.html
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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

COPA – You can read Mike Weatherford’s review of the new David Cassidy / Sheena Easton show at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-10-Fri-2000/weekly/13141151.html

LAS VEGAS HILTON – OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN March 31-April 1, TIM CONWAY and HARVEY KORMAN in their “Together Again” tour April 7 and 8, KENNY RODGERS on April 14 and 15, JEFF FOXWORTHY on April 28-30, TRISHA YEARWOOD on May 5 and 6, JOHNNY MATHIS on May 12 and 13, and WYNONNA on May 19-21. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

HARD ROCK HOTEL – OASIS with special guest TRAVIS on April 11. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).



 


FEATURE STORY: NASCAR Cafe and Cyber Speedway

The NASCAR Cafe opened race weekend, joining similar operations in Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Orlando, the Smoky Mountains. I took the opportunity to visit on the Monday after the race.

If driving, park in the Sahara’s lot in back of the hotel across Paradise Rd. A covered walkway directs you right into the Cyber Speedway area, and the parking lot is usually empty. Avoid the Sahara parking garage. It ranks right there with Paris and MGM on the “complicated parking garage” list.

The Sahara has had racing simulator Indy cars for quite some time now. In keeping with the new NASCAR theme, they have replaced most of the Indy cars with Winston Cup cars in the “Cyber Speedway” area. For $8, you get in a car with a 180 degree screen wrapped around you. The car tilts and moves as you drive around Las Vegas Motor Speedway, along with different sound effects. (The one you don’t want to hear is what it is like to bounce off the wall)! You are “racing” against up to 5 other people at a time. (Get in line at the “B” staging area, as staging area “A” only has 2 cars). I came in 2 out of 5. No credit to my driving skills, but more a credit to having played a few computer games and getting the feel for stuff like that pretty quickly.

The place was buzzing with fans who came into town for the race and decided to make an extended trip out of it. The new casino area adjacent to the Cafe features blackjack (including a number of $1 games), roulette, and a few slots. Next to it is the gift shop, featuring almost everything NASCAR. Just what Las Vegas needs — another place selling $20 t-shirts. The entire downstairs if filled with NASCAR photos and memorabilia, much like the Hard Rock is for rock music.

The restaurant is upstairs and overlooks the downstairs bar area. You are given a number if there is a wait. The only place you can see the numbers are on the corners of some of the TV monitors in the bar area. Drinks aren’t cheap — we took note of what people were paying: domestic bottles of beer at $3 and premium shots at $4.50. You can also order appetizers in the $7 range. The plus side? The bar has 9/6 jacks or better video poker (quarters and above) and you can use your slot club card. Buy a roll, get a free drink, and play “break even” video poker.

NOTE: This is a weird situation. The machines are multi-denomination machines that take (and dispense) nickels. So, you need to stick a $10 in as the bartender watches and ask for a comp drink. And the unwritten rule in Las Vegas is that you play full coins in if you are playing quarters or below and getting comped a drink. Coffee, bottled water, booze — it doesn’t matter. One more crazy thing — any payout above $5 is a hand pay. Otherwise these machines would run out of nickels in no time. Very irritating, to both players and the staff that was running around doing $10 hand pays.

The restaurant is loud and busy, but much of that may have had to do with it being new. It is the typical food selection you find at most theme restaurants. My steak was a great 9 oz. steak with a $16 price tag. Expect the tab for two including an appetizer, meals, and a couple drinks to be $40-50. Well worth it for a NASCAR fan. Otherwise, just go look around and take one of the cyber cars for a drive. You don’t have to like NASCAR to enjoy racing the cars or the $1 blackjack.

The NASCAR Cafe is located in the north end of the Sahara Hotel. The restaurant is open from 11 AM until 10 PM (closing time subject to change — they said that they are still getting a feel for demand) and the lounge is open until 2 AM. Sahara Hotel discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Sahara link).



 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Debra Cook wrote:

>We just got back from Las Vegas after 4 days at the
>Desert Paradise Resort, a timeshare/condo facility on
>Decatur Rd. We usually visit LV 3 or 4 times a year
>and wanted a break this time from the usual hotels.
>What a great idea!!!!
>
>We reserved our unit online and I wasn’t sure of what
>the buildings were like. I e-mailed you and you said
>they were pretty nice. You were never wrong for a
>second.
>
>The unit was 1 bedroom, full kitchen, approximately 32
>inch stereo television in the nicely appointed living
>room, another set in the bedroom which had a king
>sized bed, a very nice bathroom, and all the
>dinnerware/glasses and utensils one would need. Of
>course, I did not cook while vacationing, but could
>have. They even threw in a washer/dryer (non coin
>operated) and an iron and board.
>
>Housekeeping came once a day to tidy up, and, it is a
>secure gated facility. Complementary breakfast is
>served each morning (although very early for Las Vegas
>vacation visitors – from 8 to 9am)in the main building.
>The facility has a fitness center, pool, spa. It’s
>just a few blocks by car to everything. If you don’t
>rent a car, they have shuttles to the strip. It is a
>non-gaming facility, but, with the rent a car, we did
>not mind.
>
>Since we were there for 4 days, we did not cram all of
>our usual stops into a limited number of hours. When
>we grew tired of walking and gawking, we went back to
>our unit and relaxed a bit in a very spacious
>environment. This was the best trip ever.

Glad to hear that you had a great trip! Booking info for the Desert Paradise is at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm#other (Desert Paradise link).

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This Issue: Darren Romeo

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

NASCAR – the big race last weekend was a victim to a rare rainy Las Vegas day, which was unfortunate for the 120,000-plus tourist who flocked to town to see it. Race fans may find the following stories from the Review-Journal of interest:

The Race – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-06-Mon-2000/sports/13105240.html
Photos – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-06-Mon-2000/photos/photos.html
Results – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-06-Mon-2000/sports/13105883.html

DANNY GANS – When Danny Gans started at the Rio a little about two years ago, he was somewhat unknown but word spread quick and up went the price. From $40 to $100 in a little more than a year. Gans was upset because the Rio had allegedly told him that price increases would be mutually agreed upon, as Gans wasn’t getting a dime of any raise. Gans bolted to The Mirage when his contract ended, and starts April 4’th. Full story at http://www.bergen.com/previews/cas03200003038.htm

MTV – will be shooting their “Total Request Live” show with host Carson Daily this Saturday at the Fremont St. Experience Saturday from 3:30- 5:00 PM. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-10-Fri-2000/news/13122166.html

WAYNE – Has anybody seen Wayne Newton’s show as it’s traveled around the country? What did you think? ( [email protected] )I’m putting it on my short list of things to review now that he’s signed the long term contract to play The Stardust. There was a pretty good story about him and the new situation at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-03-Fri-2000/news/13089738.html

KEY LARGO – hotel on Flamingo is a little too far from the Strip unless you are renting a car or don’t mind taking cabs or waiting for the bus, but according to the Review-Journal, they have installed a number of full pay video poker machines including 9/7 Jacks or Better, Kings or Better Joker’s Wild, Deuces Wild, and 10/7 Double Bonus. Plus, their club card returns .25 percent. Full story is at
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-03-Fri-2000/weekly/13065708.html That article is also a good read because it talk about the odds bet at craps — very helpful info for the novice craps player on why to take odds.

X-SPOT – The new club cranks up on Saturday night inside the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. It’s advertising itself as the “No attitude, no BS place to hang out, drink cheap beer, and listen to good music”. Advertised are $1.50 drafts and a DJ playing alternative music. Admission is free if listen to 107.5 FM to get the password. Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

STORIES – available right now on http://www.accessvegas.com : Eight killed in van rollover, Casino Magnate Wynn Weighs Options, Spokane’s America West service takes off, Las Vegas Posts 10.5% Increase in Visitors

WINNERS – Sandra Martin of Nebraska City, NE won the NASCAR race preview. Paul Gurzynski of Milwaukee, WI won the press photos. Debi Jackson of Kenosha, WI won the Star Trek coin.

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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

BLUE MAN GROUP – You can check out an article about this quirky group whose show is running at the Luxor at http://www.scopemag.com/features/blue_man_cometh.html and Luxor discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Luxor link).

MANDALAY BAY – B.B. KING on March 15, FLOGGING MOLLY on March 17, THE YOUNG DUBLINERS on March 18, WARREN ZEVON on March 25, INCUBUS on March 29, DIO on April 1, PETER MURPHY on April 2, DR. JOHN on April 6, SEBASTIAN BACH on April 8, LIT on April 9, JOE SATRIANI on April 16, and LYNYRD SKYNYRD on April 25. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

HARD ROCK – JARS OF CLAY with BURLAP TO CASHMERE and DAVID WILCOX March 23, MARGARET CHO on March 25, JOHN LEE HOOKER on April 8, and TRACY CHAPMAN on April 16. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and discount Hard rock rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

SUNSET STATION – BILLY RAY CYRUS on March 24, TAYLOR DAYNE on March 25. Tickets available at (702) 547-7970 and discount Sunset Station rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Sunset Station link).




FEATURE STORY: Darren Romeo

You want to go see a magic show. Your wife wants to be entertained by song. Your friend enjoys comedy. It’s early afternoon in Las Vegas, you are still stuffed from lunch buffet and getting creamed at the tables and slots. What do you do? Head on over to the Flamingo Hilton and catch 24 year old Darren Romeo’s show!

This guy can sing. In fact, he can sing so well that during his first number I could have sworn he was lip synching (pretending to sing to a taped background). In his “hello” to the audience, he assured us that all of his vocals would be absolutely live and then jumped right into the classic “Dream Lover” by namesake Bobby Darren as he put together a plexiglass box for his first trick. Not missing a beat (or a breath), he made his “dream lover” (assistant) appear from the clear empty box.

After another magic stunt themed to his vocal performance, he went on a string of singing comedy impressions of vocalists like Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ricky Martin, Elton John, Johnny Mathis, and Tom Jones. The actual impressions were passable, but the highlight was the comedy lyrics and stage moves such as Johnny Mathis crooning his dismay over not being able to attract the women like Tom Jones and Neil Diamand singing about his bald spot. He had everyone rolling in the aisles!

He brought up a female volunteer from the audience to do a touching poetry and musical act about losing a love — asking “have you ever been dumped?” in the middle of tender vocals which brought a laugh. His singing was the perfect accompaniment to a paper rose trick in which he molded a piece of paper into a rose and made it levitate before vanishing in a spectacular ball of fire. I can only imagine the concentration level needed to sing and perform magic together.

The magic was the garden variety that we have all unfortunately been overexposed to on numerous TV specials, but seeing magic in person still gives you that tingling “how did he do that” thrill. We don’t want to spill all the surprises, but he’s got a couple of first-class transformation and teleportation tricks up his sleeve.

He’s such an energetic, fun loving guy that it at times almost detracts from his magic. During a variation of the “pick a card, any card” trick, he was joking along so much that I forgot which pictures we were supposed to be remembering! Perhaps a little more magician’s seriousness would have been in order there, but you can’t be too harsh on a guy who genuinely appears to be having a great time. Despite his extensive resume in theatre and magic that belies his young age, he still comes across with a “pinch me — I can’t believe I’m hear” attitude.

The finale was a piece from Phantom of the Opera that once again showcased both his vocal and theatrical skills and revolved around the levitation of his sleeping assistant. It brought the show to an emotional crest and culminated with a stunning trick.

This show probably isn’t one for the “sports books and craps table” buddies. However, it’s a fun 70 minutes of entertainment for a couple. Also, ladies who are in town for “girls getaway” or who have heard their male companion yell “yo-eleven” for the yo-eleventh too many times at the craps table and need a break will appreciate the show. Besides his talent, Mr. Romeo looks like a slightly younger Ricky Martin and the group of ladies seated in front of me certainly seemed to be enjoying all aspects of the show. Me? I’m more of a yo-eleven kind of guy, but this show even won me over by the end.

Darren Romeo plays in the showroom at The Flamingo Hilton every day but Wednesday at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $14.95 and include one drink. Flamingo Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Flamingo Hilton link).




LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

In response to last weeks letter about staying at The Trop and getting married in Las Vegas:

Zira Schiffer wrote:

>My husband and I were married at the Riviera two years ago.á When you
>get in line at the license bureau you’ll think it will take forever,
>but take heart, they are very efficient.á It was actually quite
>interesting watching the different couples there.á The Tropicana is
>definitely not one of the fancy hotels, but I’m sure they do a fine
>ceremony.á The buffet at Rio is very good, but expect to wait on line
>a long time.á Lots of luck.

Note: The regular buffet at the Rio has been going downhill (and up in price) and we no longer suggest it.

Peter from Santa Barbara, CA wrote:

>Diana, I was at the Tropicana two weeks ago and enjoyed it very much.
>The Pool grounds are spectacular and the room was very nice (Nice
>couch, cool bath Tub & mirrors over the bed).á there was only two
>things that I disliked, the Tropicana buffet and the most unpleasant
>”10 mile hike” to our room.á What ever you do not book the rooms in
>the back tower, unless you like a long, long walk.á FYI, they have a
>special $20 for $40 dollar slot area, even if you don’t win cash you
>still get a gift.á We did it for the Follies show, instead of paying
>40 bucks each for just the show, we got a chance to win cash and only
>spent 20 bucks each for the tickets.á Or you can choose two tickets to
>the Magic show among other things as your gift.

Cindy wrote:

>hi there….i am writing in regards to the woman that is getting
>married at the Tropicana in September…i now live in vegas and i also
>married at the little white chapel…my cake came from smith’s grocery
>store which cost $20, it was a round cake with red roses and
>doves…it was beautiful….i called the day before my wedding and
>picked it up myself…i also made my bouquet and the wedding party
>members r flowers by using a few dozen roses and ribbon from the
>grocery store…i spent around $30….i ran to Lee’s discount store
>and picked up 2 bottles of champagne at the cost of $20…cheap
>champagne is just as good in taste as expensive champagne…á and
>brought it with us to the chapel to have when we got out of the
>ceremony as well as to Battista’s whole in the wall behind barbarey
>coast, where we had our wedding dinner…their food is wonderful there
>as well as an enjoyable atmosphere….people were very friendly and
>great…we shared our wedding cake with several unknown guests in the
>restaurant….what ever you do, don’t eat at the buffet at the
>tropicana…it is truly horrible!á as far as wedding pictures, the
>little white chapel requests that no pictures can be taken inside the
>ceremony unless you use their photographers…so of course we had
>to…but my father in law also brought his camera and took several
>pictures after the ceremony and throughout the night…low and behold
>when comparing the differences of pictures when developed, my father
>in laws pictures came out absolutely beautiful which cost $4.95 to
>develop at walmart compared to the photographer’s from the little
>white chapel which cost $200….i ended up having duplicates and
>blow-up done on the $4.95 pictures and none from the little white
>chapel’s….by the way, i went to the hard rock cafe’s diner…its a
>24 hour place inside of the casino….i can’t remember the name of it
>maybe because i never want to go back there….oh my god….it was so
>gross….i couldn’t eat the food and my husband and i left without
>eating….the service was horrible also….i was served food with no
>utensils which took awhile to get a hold of….no offers of refills
>for coffee…and can you believe it…the place was empty…explain
>that one….for the woman getting married in vegas…as a site for her
>to always remember, make a special trip to the top of the stratosphere
>to see all of vegas….i’ve done it a dozen times and still am floored
>by its sight….thanks….cindy

Thanks for all the great advice! Tourist who don’t want to head out to one of the Lee’s Discount Liquor locations might want to hit the discount liquor store at The Gold Coast (the casino right next to The Rio). We have mixed opinions about Mr. Lucky’s, the coffee shop at the Hard Rock. Their $5.95 surf and turf special is great! It’s not on the menu, so ask for it. But, the service is usually lousy.

Sam Profio wrote:

>Ted, on the local (Cleveland) news last night I saw that the Scintas
>are going to be playing the Las Vegas Hilton for the next few months.
>The Scintas are a group from Buffalo that play many cities in NY, OH,
>MI, PA, New England, etc.á They have played on cruise ships as well
>but have never been able to break into Vegas until now.á This is a
>very entertaining group.á They do comedy, sing, and do great
>impersonations of other singers.
>
>The group mainly consists of an Italian family, two brothers and one
>sister.á The brothers sing impersonations from Billy Joel to Satchmo
>and you would swear its the real deal.á The sister has the power and
>range of Whitney Houston and sounds like her too.á Incredible.á The
>brothers are very funny and pick on their drummer who is not Italian,
>”the white boy”.
>
>I have seen them three times and they never disappoint.á I highly
>recommend to all of your readers that they check this out!

While time constraints prevent us from getting around to even half of the great events taking place, thanks for alerting our readers who will be staying or playing at the Las Vegas Hilton.

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