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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 6, 1999

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October 6, 1999

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. Feel free to forward this to friends or repost it in Las Vegas forums, 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 In-Vegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Quick and Secure with Instant Confirmation on our sister sites:
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Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005

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This Issue: THE ILLUSIONARY MAGIC OF RICK THOMAS

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:

HOUDINI LIVES AGAIN – starring Dixie Dooley and featuring Houdini style magic kicked off with Mr. Dooley escaping a regulation straitjacket while suspended 80 feet above Fremont St. downtown. It was a impressive stunt, with the height alone providing plenty of tension. You can see a photo at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-06-Wed-1999/news/12094102.html and we have 2-1 coupons to this great show (reviewed next week) in our contest section. Discount downtown hotel rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-hotels-downtown.htm

99 CENT BUFFET – the Silverton Hotel and Casino is offering a 99 cent all-you-can-eat buffet every Thursday in October 1999 from noon to 9:00 PM. Silverton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/rooms/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-strip-area.htm (Silverton link).

ESPN’S ESPY AWARD SHOW – is coming to Las Vegas after years in New York City. The show will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 14, 2000. That is Valentine’s day and what an opportunity to take your significant other to Las Vegas and also have one of the greatest chances to see stars that you will ever get! Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-24-Fri-1999/sports/12016077.html Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (MGM link).

ELLIS ISLAND PARTIES – this casino behind Bally’s (kitty corner to the Maxim) is holding an “All you can Eat and Drink” Octoberfest Oct. 22 and 23 from noon until 11:00 PM for only $10.00. This includes a variety of food as well as their microbrews. They also do this $10.00 event every Sunday starting at noon and every Monday starting at 5:00 PM. The events run until the end of the days football game(s). They are also having a Halloween Karaoke Costume party starting at 9:00 PM that night. Ladies will drink free from 9-11:00 PM and there are cash prizes for costumes.

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available! Call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 for a free price quote! NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a person. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are starting to go fast.

WINNER! – Bruce Pobanz of Las Vegas was the winner of the Sahara Speedworld free passes.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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


October is often thought of as a magical month with Halloween. With that in mind, we are reviewing three Las Vegas magic shows this month: The Illusionary Magic of Rick Thomas, Houdini Lives Again staring Dixie Dooley, and the Steve Wyrick Magic Show.

FEATURE STORY: THE ILLUSIONARY MAGIC OF RICK THOMAS

Because of the length of other sections of today’s newsletter, this review will be on the brief side, but I can sum it up in one word: GO! This guy is good, and he won’t be doing an afternoon show forever. Use the restroom ahead of time — you don’t want to miss one minute!

Click for show price and times.


We were swamped with letters regarding kids in Las Vegas. We have tried to publish a good representation and only “signed” letters are published. Some letters were edited for space, but not content or context. For those newer to the newsletter, read our take on this subject at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-06-24.htm and our list of non-gaming Las Vegas activities is at http://www.accessvegas.com/activities-entertainment-kids.htm

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

 

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Your input is welcome. Want to hear more about a subject? Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.

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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 to each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win (you have 72 hours to respond or we pick another winner).

HOUDINI LIVES AGAIN – we have five 2-for-1 coupons to this afternoon show starring escape artist Dixie Dooley at The Plaza Hotel downtown. We will give these to the first five people who enter at (contest closed) NOTE: You must include your name and postal address for this one. Your info will not be used in any other way but to send the coupons to the winners.

CASINO LEGENDS HALL OF FAME – a pass good for up to 4 people to visit this spectacular exhibit at the Tropicana. You can read our review of it at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-09-15.htm Must be 18. Enter at (contest closed)

FOLIES BERGERE – we have a program from this long running Las Vegas show to give away. Enter at (contest closed)

SAMS TOWN BUFFET – this 2-1 coupon is good for any meal except Tue. and Fri. Seafood dinner nights. Must be 21. Holidays excluded. Expires Nov. 20, 1999. Enter at (contest closed)

LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL – anyone showing a Bank of America Check Card or Credit Card at any entrance gate on October 15 receives free entry.

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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 pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us.

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New to the list? Back issues can be found on the web at:

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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
October 6, 1999

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 29, 1999

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September 29, 1999

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. Feel free to forward this to friends or repost it in Las Vegas forums, 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 In-Vegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Quick and Secure with Instant Confirmation on our sister sites:
Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe Hotels: http://www.accessvegas.com
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Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005

FREE $25 GREEN CHIP CONTEST – Book a room or car for ANY destination with us and we’ll enter you to win a $25 chip from the casino of your choice! This monthly contest is open ONLY to subscribers of this newsletter so you MUST notify us at http://www.accessvegas.com/contest.htm after you book. Full rules and details are available at that page also. Already low rates and now a chance to win!

We want to congratulate John Michalowicz who won our August Green Chip contest. John opted for a $25 chip from the Golden Nugget. Good luck, John!

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This Issue: MADAME TUSSAUD’S WAX MUSEUM

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:It’s another beautiful day in Las Vegas. We had an overnight low of 60 and are looking at a high of 90. We just got back from the $4.49 all-you-can-eat Feast Buffet at Boulder station, enjoying a full salad bar, made-to-order omelets, a complete array of breakfast foods, and (for those inclined) deserts. Whenever people ask us how we deal with the summer heat, I note that we get “summer” weather twice a year (spring and fall), we don’t shovel snow in the winter.KIDS IN LAS VEGAS – Before you call up U-Haul and toss the kids in the car for a “big move” because Las Vegas sounds like paradise, please consider that while this is a great place for singles and retirees, statistically speaking Las Vegas is no place to raise a child. You can read the cold reality in an article at http://www.lvcitylife.com/pages/Views/stories/99092301v.html Also, the Review-Journal just published a story regarding Nevada students ranking near the bottom at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-01-Fri-1999/news/12061864.html

HOUDINI LIVES AGAIN – starring Dixie Dooley and featuring Houdini style magic kicks off an afternoon run in the showroom at The Plaza hotel downtown with a free publicity stunt that sounds like a must-see. Mr. Dooley will attempt to escape a regulation straitjacket at high noon in front of The Plaza on October 5. He will be suspended 60 feet in the air by his ankles. This event is free.

FREE RIDE – has shuttle and monorail info for Las Vegas — pick-ups, drop-offs, schedules, reliability ratings, en-route times, special considerations, and more. This handy pocket-sized Las Vegas Shuttle Schedule sticks to the important details — where to find the shuttles, when they arrive and depart, and which properties they go to. And it’s all for less than the cost of a single taxi ride. This guide is a must for those who don’t rent a car and you can pick it up at http://www.uponair.com/huntingtonpress/lasvegasadvisor/freeride.htm

FOUNDATION ROOM – at Mandalay Bay is THE place to rub elbows with the movers and shakers of Las Vegas. This members-only club costs $2000 a year to belong and offers quiet, uncompromising top-floor views from Mandalay Bay. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-13-Mon-1999/business/11929702.html

LAS VEGAS BLVD. – you know it as The Strip, and the Review-Journal just did an interesting piece on the portions of the road that stretch miles north and south of the resort district. This interesting read (with photos) is at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-19-Sun-1999/lifestyles/11958243.html

NATIONAL AIRLINES – the Las Vegas based airline just started serving DFW, offering the Dallas – Ft. Worth area their trademark low fares with great service. You can check fares at their site at http://www.nationalairlines.com

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available! Call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 for a free price quote! NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a person. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are starting to go fast.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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

RICKY MARTIN – has added a second show Sept. 11 at Mandalay Bay as the first one sold out within hours. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

AMY GRANT CHRISTMAS – with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, MICHAEL W. SMITH and POINT OF GRACE plus THE KANTINAS play the Thomas and Mack Center Thursday Dec. 16. Tickets go on sale this Saturday Oct. 2, 10 AM (Pacific time) at 1-888-464-2468. THE HARD ROCK is within walking distance of Thomas and Mack (and also has a free shuttle to the Strip). Hard Rock discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/rooms/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-strip-area.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: MADAME TUSSAUD’S WAX MUSEUM

 


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!


LETTER TO THE EDITOR:K. Johnson and Family write:>My husband and I were out in Las Vegas with our 3 children for 3 weddings
>during the week of Aug. 13 – 20.á We were visiting as many of the casinos we
>could during the time we were out there. We have heard so much about how
>beautiful the Bellagio Hotel and Casino were, that we just had to go see it.
>We were ALL disappointed that we were unable to get thru the front door. The
>door guard would not let us go into the casino, because we were UNREGISTERED
>GUESTS with children under 21.
>
>We came all the way from Conn., and were NEVER treated like that by ANYONE.
>That is discrimination, and should NOT be tolerated..
>
>There wereá7 of us that had to turn around and exit the building.
>Do you know how hard it is to go anywhere this day and age with that many of
>us – we considered ourselves lucky that we were able to afford a trip to go
>anywhere. Here weáhad the opportunity to go to Lake Tahoe for a wedding
>there, and then Las Vegas, for 2 more weddings, and we were treated ROTTEN
>by the people of the Bellagio. There wasn’t any hotel and casinoáthat we
>entered, and didn’t walk out without buying anything to remember our trip
>by, so we took our money and spent it at Caesar’s Palace.

>I think they should drop that rule about unregistered guests not entering
>the building with
>children, and can it. There were other people, who were told the same thing,
>and they were quite unhappy being turned away like we were.
>My husband heard some senior citizen comment on how children shouldn’t be
>allowed in any of the casinos, and I think they should have shut their
>mouths.á They were probably there because of all the discounts the hotels
>give to them.á I would be out there more often if I could afford it, and
>given all the breaks they get.
>
>I heard that the rooms start at $400 a night. For the amount of us that
>came – I will stick with the $30.00 a night room downtown, and not have to
>worry about how we were going to feed the rest of us during our stay.
>I hope that by the time we return to Las Vegas during the summer of 2000,
>that we will find that the Owners and Managers of the Bellagio, change their
>minds, and let anyone enter their shops and casinos.
>
>All we heard was how Las Vegas was now Family Oriented – it certainly wasn’t
>that feeling with the Bellagio.á Many of the other casinos made us feel
>welcome, and they would politely tell the children to step away from the
>slot machines if they got a little excited when the quarters came out if you
>hit. That is expected!á Living in Conn. they don’t get to see that – it was
>new to them – you know, something they only saw on television..
>
>That was their first REAL vacation, and the Bellagio didn’t leave a good
>impression on them..
>They were fascinated with EVERYTHING they saw – except the Bellagio.á If you
>gave
>these 3 children this BAD impression, think of all the others that got the
>same idea.
>Wise up, Bellagio owners – change the policy – don’t forget – these are
>future visitors to your State….

Thanks for the input. Many people have been in the same situation and share your concern.

Let me tell you where they are probably coming from. You may or may not agree, but these are the cold hard facts (I’m just the messenger — don’t shoot me — I’ll list Bellagio contact info at the bottom):

Bellagio was built for adults. While they were still in construction, they made it a point to note that this would be an adult resort. People with children don’t tend to gamble, and gift shop profits don’t keep the lights on. They are a gaming company. In fact, many of the casinos realize that they made a big mistake earlier this decade in their attempt to cater to families. Theme parks don’t turn a profit. Not like slot machines, anyway. This town has once again decided (for the most part) to leave the family tourism to Orlando. In fact, the advertising slogan for The Tropicana last year was “Rollers, Not Strollers.”

In addition, many of those who pay $200 or more a night to stay at Bellagio specifically do so because Bellagio is generally child free. They are happy to pay for the ambiance of adult surroundings. And Bellagio is happy to have them playing $25 to $100 (or more) a hand at blackjack and craps. These “higher rollers” do receive discount or free rooms.

We understand that in Atlantic City, one must be 21 to enter all gaming areas. So, what Bellagio is doing is not without precedence, but it is a different policy from other Las Vegas hotel casinos.

The above is our take on this situation. We are not associated with Mirage Resorts (their parent company) in any way. We encourage you to write them with your complaint and let us know their answer:

Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89177

Also, we’d enjoy hearing thoughts (both pro and con) about bringing children to Las Vegas at [email protected] Please include your name if you allow us to consider it for publication.

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Your input is welcome. Want to hear more about a subject? Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.

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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 to each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win (you have 72 hours to respond or we pick another winner).

SAHARA SPEEDWORLD MOTION THEATER – 2 free passes to this exciting 3D experience. Expires October 30, 1999 Enter 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 pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us.

http://www.accessvegas.com offers you low prices for hotels and rental cars in LAS VEGAS and NATIONWIDE! It’s our sister site featuring secure online booking and INSTANT confirmation. Don’t spend hours on the phone. Book today the cheap, easy way and save!

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You may subscribe to this newsletter by going to:
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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
September 22, 1999

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 22, 1999

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September 22, 1999

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. Feel free to forward this to friends or repost it in Las Vegas forums, 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 In-Vegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Quick and Secure with Instant Confirmation on our sister sites:
Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe Hotels: http://www.accessvegas.com
Nationwide Hotels: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005

FREE $25 GREEN CHIP CONTEST – Book a room or car for ANY destination with us and we’ll enter you to win a $25 chip from the casino of your choice! This monthly contest is open ONLY to subscribers of this newsletter so you MUST notify us at http://www.accessvegas.com/contest.htm after you book. Full rules and details are available at that page also. Already low rates and now a chance to win!

We want to congratulate John Michalowicz who won our August Green Chip contest. John opted for a $25 chip from the Golden Nugget. Good luck, John!

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This Issue: DO YOU GAMBLE SMART?

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 BIG FIGHT – was a bust in the later rounds as De La Hoya backed off, but it was a HUGE weekend here in Las Vegas. Here is a list of stories worth reading:
General Story – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-18-Sat-1999/news/11977208.html
Celebrities – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-19-Sun-1999/news/11982390.html
More Celebrities – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-19-Sun-1999/news/11982703.html

IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU! – Recently a gambler walked into the Gold Coast with $600 in his pocket and beat them for $400,000 at baccarat over the next 22 hours. No kidding. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-18-Sat-1999/news/11976287.html (middle of article).

MISS NEVADA – Gina Giacinto won the preliminary swimsuit competition at the recent Miss America pageant. Congratulations to Gina on a great showing in the contest! You can view her photo at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-17-Fri-1999/news/11971644.html and her story is at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-18-Sat-1999/news/11975013.html

DRINK AND EAT TOO! – It’s tough to pick a nightclub to check out when in town. Not every club is hot every night, but CityLife magazine recently did a quite factual article on “The Drink” and if you attend clubs, it’s worth the read at http://lvcitylife.com/pages/pages/Dining/stories/99090902d.html

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available! You can check price and availability online with TravelNow at http://www.travelnow.com/index.jsp?cid=2005 Enter the city and date information. NOTE: Most hotels are only taking reservations for Dec. 30 – Jan 2. We suggest you note TravelNow’s prices and then call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 to compare. NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a live human. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are starting to go fast.

FRIENDS OF ACCESSVEGAS.COM – If you have a webpage, we’d sure appreciate a link to http://www.accessvegas.com so that everyone knows where you go for top-notch Las Vegas information. Our independence allows us to “tell it like it is”, but because we are independent, we don’t have the huge ad budget of the major sites and depend on word of mouth and links to our site.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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

RICKY MARTIN – has added a second show Sept. 11 at Mandalay Bay as the first one sold out within hours. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

OCTOBERFESTIVAL – Sept. 30 – October 3 at Boulder Station. Billed as “Four Exciting Days of Food, Music and Fun”, they will have a “Battle of the Bands” on Thursday evening, all the weekend football action on Jumbotrons, German bands, strolling entertainers, rides, foods, crafts, and more. Admission is free with purchase of $10 in food or beverage tickets. Boulder Station discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/rooms/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-strip-area.htm (Boulder Station link).

AMY GRANT CHRISTMAS – with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, MICHAEL W. SMITH and POINT OF GRACE plus THE KANTINAS play the Thomas and Mack Center Thursday Dec. 16. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, 10 AM (Pacific time) at 1-888-464-2468. THE HARD ROCK is within walking distance of Thomas and Mack (and also has a free shuttle to the Strip). Hard Rock discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/rooms/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-strip-area.htm (Hard Rock link).


FEATURE STORY: DO YOU GAMBLE SMART?

If you went to buy something and the cashier said “Guess what, there is an unadvertised instant rebate of $20 on that item,” would you take it? Of course you would! And yet the average gambler easily gives $5, $10, $20 or more every single day with a combination of playing games with poor rules, general poor play, and not taking advantage of the casino freebies.

SLOTS – A few weeks ago we were walking through Binions and noticed a lady that had just hit a top quarter jackpot. Bells went off. She seemed happy. Her husband looked incredulous. Noticing my glance at the action, he turned to me and said “I told her to play full coins in”. This lady had one quarter in and had to settle for a 2000 coin jackpot when that extra quarter would have triggered a 5000 coin jackpot.

Even worse are the people who play progressive slot machines like Megabucks with only one coin in. Every time Megabucks gets way up, it is on the backs of people who hit with only one coin in, collecting $5000 or absolutely nothing (depending on the machine). Can you imagine the sinking feeling of knowing that you would have been set for life?

We can’t say it enough: DON’T PLAY A SLOT MACHINE UNLESS YOU CAN PLAY FULL COINS IN. Period. If you can’t afford it, or your budget is running a little tight, move down a denomination. If you play dollars, move to quarters. If you play quarters, move to nickels. But, you say, “the lower denomination machines are tighter.” Very true, but you lose that gain by playing only one coin. When they advertise 98% payback, they factor in the top jackpot when the machine is played LOADED.

SLOT CLUBS – You’ve seen the cards. People stick them in the slots before they play. You may even have a couple from the casinos you usually play out. Only a couple? No self-respecting slot player should have just a couple! You shouldn’t put a nickel in a machine without one. Anywhere. Even if it’s not your usual casino. Why? Because you never know what will happen.

Our office is close to Sam’s Town and we enjoy grabbing a bite to eat there from time-to-time. Not long after their slot card club started, I went in and decided to play a roll of quarters at video poker before eating. I took the 5 minutes to go out of my way to get a card first, and dutifully stuck it in the machine. Boy, am I glad I did! I got on quite the roll, playing for over a half hour and still cashing out almost $100 ahead. That play was recorded on the card and I was sent free buffet tickets for months after that. We live here, but for you out-of-town, the casinos send things like discount (or free) room offers and the like.

You came to Las Vegas to get lucky. You want to get lucky. You are expecting to get lucky. So, take the 5 minutes to get a card before playing anywhere. If you get lucky, you don’t want to miss out on those possible deep discount or freebie offers. And at the very worse, you get on the mailing lists of all the casinos and will have a nice little stack of coupons or offers to use on your next visit!

We’ll cover the “skill” games like blackjack, craps, and video poker in a future newsletter. In the meantime, Vegas Saver has a great page of Las Vegas money-saving tips at http://www.vegassaver.com and we have a page packed full of information and reference material for just about every game at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-gambling-online.htm

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Your input is welcome. Want to hear more about a subject? Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.

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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 to each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win (you have 72 hours to respond or we pick another winner).

TRIP FOR TWO TO LAS VEGAS – The package includes air fare and hotel accommodation for four nights. Enter at http://www.ubisoft.com/usa/corsairs (this is not our contest and thus has separate rules).

TEXAS STATION COUPON BOOK – contains $5 match play coupons, free keno, 2 for 1 food (various restaurants, including every meal at The Feast Buffet), 2 for 1 drinks, tons more. Expires Nov. 15, 1999 Enter 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 pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us.

http://www.accessvegas.com offers you low prices for hotels and rental cars in LAS VEGAS and NATIONWIDE! It’s our sister site featuring secure online booking and INSTANT confirmation. Don’t spend hours on the phone. Book today the cheap, easy way and save!

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September 22, 1999

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 15, 1999

Gamblers Museum at Tropicana: Access Vegas News and Reviews – September 15, 1999

 

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September 15, 1999

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. Feel free to forward this to friends or repost it in Las Vegas forums, 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 In-Vegas.Com!

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FREE $25 GREEN CHIP CONTEST – Book a room or car for ANY destination with us and we’ll enter you to win a $25 chip from the casino of your choice! This monthly contest is open ONLY to subscribers of this newsletter so you MUST notify us at http://www.accessvegas.com/contest.htm after you book. Full rules and details are available at that page also. Already low rates and now a chance to win!

We want to congratulate John Michalowicz who won our August Green Chip contest. John opted for a $25 chip from the Golden Nugget. Good luck, John!

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Editors Note: Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. who are dealing with the threats of hurricane Floyd as we send this out.

This Issue: Gamblers Museum at Tropicana

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:

NEW SAHARA NASCAR THEME – As part of it’s $100 million dollar renovation and expansion, The NASCAR Cafe is under construction at the north corner of the property. In addition, a 1,400 foot roller coaster featuring a huge loop and 4 seconds of weightlessness will bring a new audience to the property when completed. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-06-Mon-1999/business/11887245.html and Sahara discount rooms (often as low as $30 a night) can be found at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (Sahara link).

LA TO VEGAS GRIDLOCK – For those of you who have to deal with with that terrible commute home to So. California after your weekend visits, we do care and are doing something about it. Over the next few years, the state of California (with partial funding by the state of Nevada) has embarked on projects to widen parts of I-15 as well as reconstructing the Barstow interchange. Full story at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/archives/1999/sep/12/509294298.html

BIKERS – may want to ride in for the Steiner’s Octoberfest celebration Saturday October 2 from 3 – 10 PM. This event will feature German beers and food, live music by the Dummkopfs, prizes, and a grande finale of a 1999 Harley Davidson Springer Softail giveaway. Steiner’s is located in suburban Las Vegas at 8410 W. Cheyenne Ave. (in the Lucky shopping center). You can request more information at (702) 395-8777

FRIENDS OF IN-VEGAS.COM – If you have a webpage, we’d sure appreciate a link to http://www.accessvegas.com so that everyone knows where you go for top-notch Las Vegas information. Our independence let’s us “tell it like it is”, but because we are independent, we don’t have the huge ad budget of the major sites and depend on word of mouth and links to our site.

WINNERS! – Patti Danielewicz of Thorp, WI was the winner of the Paris Las Vegas $1 silver gaming token. John Strutt or Southey, SK, Canada was the winner of the Swing Cat Blues souvenir sunglasses.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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

NBA PRESEASON BASKETBALL – pits the LA LAKERS against the PHOENIX SUNS Tuesday October 26 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Tickets at 1-888-464-2468. THE HARD ROCK is within walking distance of Thomas and Mack (and also has a free shuttle to the Strip). Hard Rock discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/rooms/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-strip-area.htm (Hard Rock link).

FREMONT ST. EXPERIENCE – has announced it’s New Year’s Eve Bash 2000 featuring live music by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED, THE GUESS WHO, STARSHIP, AND REO SPEEDWAGON. The $100 ticket does NOT include food or drink. They note that the price was set to keep the crowd down, and I imagine they will succeed. This is a 1000% increase over the traditional $10 ticket price. You can buy them at (702) 474-4000 if you wish. Or you can party with 750,000 of your “closest” friends on the Strip with no admission charge.


FEATURE STORY: Gamblers Museum at Tropicana

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Jim Reed writes about Paris:

>We were their the first day of opening, watching the firework display
>plus the excitement of the
>crowd. The next day we ventured to the Paris
>casino. From the outside it looks beautiful,when
>we went inside it to looked terrific, but when we
>began our inside tour and playing we found that
>the aisles are not wide enough for ease of
>movement and could be dangerous if you had to get out in a hurry. Many
>people who were
>winning on the slots had to wait in some cases
>one hour and a half or more to be paid. The
>casino area itself seems small. The street
>signs,thank goodness, do help in finding places
>you must go to from time to time,without them
>you could have trouble locating these spots.
>áááááá Maybe when all the newness wears off
>it will become just another casino added to
>the greatness of Las Vegas.

Roy L. Flush (a pseudonym — he it a frequent Las Vegas visitor with a page at http://members.tripod.com/~roy_l_flush/index.html) writes:

>I visited the new Paris the day after it opened. I was pushing my wife in
>a wheelchair and between the bumpy floors, inside and out ,and the cramped
>layout of the casino, it was murder. Various other casinos have these pseudo
>cobblestones and they are absolutely the worst for both people in
>wheelchairs and the people pushing them.
>
>WAKE UP LAS VEGAS BEFORE SOMEONE FILES A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT!
>
>The inside of Paris looked like someone tried to take a little of
>Bellagio, Caesars Palace, New York, New York, and Venetian and end up with
>something unique. Sorry, Paris–it doesn’t work.
>
>The outside is another story. I took at least 20 pictures of the fountain, the
>balloon, the building facades ,and the tower. BEAUTIFUL!
>
>We tried to go to the Tower but it was so crowded that the wait was 4 hours!
>This meant that if you bought a ticket at 2:30, you had to be back at 6:30
>for the ride up. If you missed the 6:30 ride, tough! Throw the tickets away cuz
>they won’t reschedule you or give you a refund!
>
>NICE CUSTOMER SERVICE, Paris!!
>
>I won’t be going here during my December trip.

Donna M. Ard-Bowman writes:

>I enjoy receiving your newsletter every week.á My family and I visit Las
>Vegas at lease twice a year and I am seriously considering taking an
>early retirement from my job with the (name withheld) Company and
>moving to Las Vegas.
>
>Since the opening of “New York New York”, I have made it my hotel to
>stay at.á The casino and hotel staff have been absolutely wonderful to
>us.
>
>In your newsletters, you usually mention “Ellis Island” and the fact
>although it is small, they have the best karaoke bar in town.á On this
>information we planned to visit Ellis Island when we were in town in
>August.á From New York New York, we got in a cab and asked the cab
>driver to take us to Ellis Island.á The cab drive tells us that in the 7
>years he has been driving a cab in Las Vegas, we were the first people
>to want to go to Ellis Island.á He then proceeded to tell us that it was
>a local hang out for “crack heads” and his boss just got busted the week
>before for smoking crack in the rest room with other patrons.á He said
>we would probably get mugged in the parking lot. Well, needless to say,
>we had him just take us downtown to see the laser light show.á Would you
>know or have you heard that any of this is true?á My husband sings with
>a band at home, so we really enjoy visiting the karaoke bars when we are
>in town.

Ellis Island lounge is and has been the #1 Karaoke lounge in town for years. They are not a paid sponsor of ours. We don’t get a dime, not even a free meal for mentioning them, and the coupons we pass out are obtained from our slot club memberships, not directly from the management.

The clientele at Ellis Island is generally middle and upper-middle class. It’s not a megaresort, but their Wednesday night All-You-Can-Eat King Crab Legs is continually ranked as one of the top-10 deals in town by the Las Vegas Advisor (one of the most respected sources in town) and they have some of the better micro-brews in town, which they brew as you watch.

We have used the men’s room there many, many times and seen no evidence of drug use. We feel entirely safe and comfortable on the property regardless of the time of day or night.

Guess what — the cabby turned a $4 fare into a $15 fare. Please keep this in mind: the AVERAGE cabby or casino dealer can’t correctly quote tourism news from yesterday’s paper. They don’t go to shows, eat at the buffets, etc. (although they do get kick-backs for steering people to certain strip clubs). Because they work on the Strip, the spend their free time as far away from it as possible. Their information is often some of the worst rumor in town, and we’re sorry they steered you away from a fun karaoke experience. If they had the best and latest info out there, there would be no need for a newsletter like ours.

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Your input is welcome. Want to hear more about a subject? Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.

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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 to each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win (you have 72 hours to respond or we pick another winner).

TICKETS TO THE IRL VEGAS.COM 500 – 5 pairs of tickets a day are being given away through September 19 at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sports/racing/contest.html

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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 pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us.

http://www.accessvegas.com offers you low prices for hotels and rental cars in LAS VEGAS and NATIONWIDE! It’s our sister site featuring secure online booking and INSTANT confirmation. Don’t spend hours on the phone. Book today the cheap, easy way and save!

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September 15, 1999

 

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