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Access Vegas Insider Vibe February 29, 2020

Newkirk’s Notes
Note: Normally, the column from AccessVegas.com Founder and 20+ year Las Vegas resident and visitor expert is only available to our subscribers who support our efforts. However, in light of possibly the biggest Las Vegas news in a decade, we’re giving our free email subscribers this section today.

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. The biggest shake-up in a long, long time could be good for our visitors. Some of you have heard that MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren is stepping down. For those not up to speed: He’s the guy who brought high resort fees, paid parking, and tons of other high prices and nickel-and-diming. Which ended up permeating most of the industry here.

For those new to the classroom, we generally don’t go way into the business side of Las Vegas here. Although, there have been calls for it in our Members Facebook Group. Hence, I am considering a time-to-time section at the bottom of our Members newsletter version for those interested. I’m constantly involved in talking the business side of Las Vegas with colleagues, industry people, and those in the media.

My involvement the past couple of years has aggressively centered on calling out MGM Resorts for these practices. I’ve frequently been speaking out in assorted articles about how fees were negatively affecting visitors, visitation rates, and simply leaving a bad taste in people’s mouths.

So… Ding, Dong… The Witch Is Dead! Let’s backtrack almost exactly two years, trace this amazing and fortunate downfall, talk about how and why it happened, and talk about what is next for Las Vegas!

On February 17, 2018, I wrote the following Op-Ed in the Review-Journal:

COMMENTARY: Some warning signs in Las Vegas tourism numbers

Let’s just say that suggesting the emperor has no clothes on isn’t popular. I got one very gruff phone message, and some of you may have noticed that we haven’t carried any MGM advertising nor promotions in a long, long time! (Except perhaps through a third party not associated with them). However, I really felt strongly about what they were doing to our visitors, the bad path they were taking, and was in a position to speak up.

While I can’t begin to take full credit for getting Murren out the door, what followed that op-ed was quarter-after-quarter of (usually) sub-par earnings calls. Jim Murren kept saying “wait until 2020, wait until 2020” and I was thinking “Yes, 2020 when everybody finally sees that your horrible treatment (financially) of your guests isn’t helping the business and you get shown the door.”

Disclaimer: Murren is resigning, but many feel that the company board of directors suggested that he do so.

In fact, many months ago, well back into 2019, I had specifically told anyone who will listen that Murren would be out the second half of 2020. (He’s taking his time stepping aside, and highly likely will within that window). People no longer think I’m nuts on that one!

I followed that “Warning Signs” article with a Letter To The Editor:

LETTER: No secret to the revival of downtown Las Vegas casinos

Here’s the crux of that letter:

As someone with more than two decades of Las Vegas tourism promotion, I can tell you what they are doing right: Lower limits, more favorable game rules, looser slots, free-flowing liquor comps, and more affordable food and beverage. They know they are going to get your money eventually. Not only isn’t it a sin to let you play longer, but even after you’ve lost that first $100 bill, you are more likely to pull out the next one because you got your entertainment value out of it.

The mantra of Strip casinos has been “people aren’t gambling as much, so we want to focus on other revenue sources.” The reality is that people aren’t gambling on the Strip as much in recent years because those casinos decided to choke the golden goose some time ago. Slots were tightened, limits were raised, house-favorable rules like lower-pay blackjack were instituted, and people simply lost their money more quickly.

Oh, and could downtown’s lower (or non-existent) resort fees, free guest parking and lower-priced dining (both fine and casual) be leaving people more money to gamble with? Food for thought.

I’ve been additionally quoted regarding the negatives of parking fees here, here, here, and here. Plus, articles such as South Point going strong with “old-school” playbook regarding casino operators who are doing it old-school (good odds, good rules, reasonably-priced food and beverage) and seeming to do just great!

We also started our Access Vegas Insider Vibe Membership program a number of years ago to help combat this. I can’t make the casinos stop charging you resort and parking fees. But, with the support of our members, I can hire help so we can research and stay on all the ways you can do Las Vegas like you always used to, and on the same budget you used to. It is not uncommon for our members to save 2-3 times (and even more) the $34.80 per year we ask you to support us with.

Honestly, you can’t NOT afford to “buy us a cup of coffee” per month (less than $3 per month) if you want to help us not only keep “sticking it” to those who are trying to bilk you on your visits, but provide you both deep and extensive ways to save on each visit that your zillion hours trying to search the internet simply aren’t going to uncover.

Seriously, ask an internet group a simple question like what the best Las Vegas steakhouse is. Try it. You are going to get 18 different answers, often from people who have only heard about a place, and none of which might be appropriate for what your celebration requires. And, don’t even get me started on the problems with possibly fake Yelp reviews. Our members? They ask us, we answer based on their wants, and we often publish that info to help all of our members!

Join Our Members Now, Get Back To The Vegas Budget You Loved

How can I be this confident in how we help our members? Because we have a 60-day money-back guarantee that (literally) virtually nobody ever takes us up on. In fact, it is the other way around: People regularly write and say “When is my subscription up? I want to make sure I’m resubscribed and don’t miss a thing!”

There is a whole lot more to this Murren story, his downfall, future changes, how I knew it was coming months before others did, and what it all means to you regarding what to watch out for future visits. When you choose to become a member, you can Be In The Know Before Your Next Visit and have instant access (to that, and everything else).

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com



Las Vegas Shows



‘Raiding The Rock Vault’ Settles In At The Rio


The hard-charging and endlessly fun “Raiding the Rock Vault” opened at its fourth home in nearly seven years in Las Vegas this month, exploding onto the stage at the 172 music club and restaurant near the Chippendales Theater at the Rio.

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Las Vegas Dining



Set For Spring Opening, Flamingo Steakhouse A Nod To Vegas’ Mob Heritage


The Flamingo has a long history on the Strip dating back to the 1940s. Its new steakhouse will pay homage to that history.

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Las Vegas Hotels



The Best Neighborhoods In Las Vegas To Spend A Weekend


Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing destinations in the country right now with new neighborhoods popping up nearly as fast as lawyer commercials on TV. Its residential evolution is influencing what’s possible for tourism, whether it’s the dining scene or attractions that are shifting away from casino culture.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions



9 Interesting Facts About Lake Las Vegas


Lake Las Vegas isn’t exactly one of the most-iconic parts of visiting Las Vegas. In fact, you may not even know it exists. But if you get tired of the glitz and glamour of the Strip, then you should definitely consider visiting Lake Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Gambling



Cashless Gaming Now A Reality At Several Casinos


It’s quickly becoming a cashless world and some Las Vegas casinos are starting to go that route, as well. Following approval last year by the Nevada Gaming Commision, the Reno-based company Automated Cash Systems Inc has partnered with several casinos to install ATMs at various table games.

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Other Las Vegas News


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Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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Shania Twain – Las Vegas Show – Let’s Go! Sneak Peek

Shania Twain Las Vegas Residency Show at Planet Hollywood Zappos Theater. Shania shares what she loves about her Las Vegas show, the songs, the fans, and the incredible theater.

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Venetian Las Vegas – Grand Canal Shops – A Romantic Resort on the Strip

(Producers Notes) Today we explore the Venetian Resort on the Las Vegas Strip. This resort is massive! I feel in love with the Resort and I am pretty sure I saw only half of it.

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Eating at the WORST BUFFET in LAS VEGAS

(Producers Notes)Eating at the worst buffet in Las Vegas? The buffet at MGM GRAND LAS VEGAS.

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Hiking to the Arizona Hot Springs In Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) We took a trip to the Arizona Hot Springs. Its a 6 mile round trip hike with an elevation change of 800 feet. The trail offers 3 routes and we tried 2 of the 3. The hot springs were too hot to enjoy, but we still enjoyed the hike. Pack tons of water and a sack lunch.





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Las Vegas Shows



Enter The Adventure With ‘KÀ’ In Las Vegas


KÀ is a story of adventure and conflict, but the real battle is against gravity. Cirque du Soleil’s ambitious production at the MGM Grand unfolds almost entirely on a levitating stage that tilts, turns and, at times, stands vertically upright.

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Las Vegas Dining



The Most Anticipated Las Vegas Restaurant Openings In 2020


Three new restaurants at Wynn Las Vegas. A revamped restaurant from Wolfgang Puck. A cake vending machine from Buddy Valastro. A Japanese restaurant from Gordon Ramsay. Sliders from David Chang. All make up the new dining landscape of Las Vegas when they open in 2020.

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Las Vegas Hotels



Luxor Las Vegas Adds New LED Light Programming To Its Iconic Light Display


Already known for its iconic light beam, the Luxor has added an extra touch to its famous light show. According to a spokeswoman for MGM Resorts, the property started running a new LED light program on Dec. 19.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions



Best Things To Do In Las Vegas


Planning for your next trip to Las Vegas? That’s good. You might have already experienced the information overload and indecisiveness that accompanies the Vegas traveling bug. It’s normally a common phenomenon among many vacationers, taking into account the million and one things that Las Vegas offers.

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Las Vegas Sports



Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury Rematch Set For MGM Grand In Las Vegas


The highly anticipated Feb. 22 rematch between heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury is now official, with a site deal complete and tickets ready to go on sale on Saturday.

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Las Vegas Gambling



The Truth About Video Reel Slot Machines


QUESTION: My wife pointed out something you wrote about the slots, that a reel could have nine 7s and one lemon, but that the programming could make the lemon come up 90% of the time. It was about three-reel slots, but we were wondering, do video slots work the same way?

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Other Las Vegas News



Help Us Beat The Las Vegas Nickel-and-Diming!

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I will 100% refund your money. I’ll personally go into our system and hit the charge-back button myself. I’m THAT confident that you can’t be a year-long member and NOT get many times your money’s worth.

2. IF for some reason you do not visit Las Vegas in 2020 (any reason, decided to visit Florida instead, you stubbed your toe and canceled the trip, ANY reason), I will give you the entire year of 2021 on-the-house.

Oh, and we’re still going to honor the December “Special Discount” of 20% off in 2020. But, only if you get in NOW:

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What We’re Watching!
Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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Peppermill Restaurant Las Vegas – CLASSIC Vegas Diner!

(Producer’s Notes) Since the 1970s, the Peppermill has kept Las Vegas well fed with its oversized breakfast plates and classic diner food.

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Walking Thru Luxor Las Vegas & Buffet Review

(Producer’s Notes) Walk with us and explore the Luxor Hotel & Casino located in Las Vegas. We did stop by the buffet. This was recorded on Wednesday Dec 12, 2018 around 8PM.

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Magician Hans Klok Dazzles at Excalibur Las Vegas

Hans Klok has dazzled audiences with his illusions and sleight of hand the world over.

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Fremont Street Experience All-New Visuals

(Producers Notes) The massive LED screen at Fremont Street Experience has undergone a $32 million upgrade, but that’s not all. There’s all new visual content in the works, to be officially unveiled on New Year’s Eve.





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Help Us Beat The Las Vegas Nickel-and-Diming!

If you missed our email to you last week, you still have time to lock up your “Save More Than Two Nights Resort Fees” guarantee, and get 20% off for the entire year of 2020. This makes your cost about the same as a cup of coffee per month!

If you missed our note to you, click/tap to listen to an audio MP3 version of that message: Click Here

Join me and my team in the fight,
and we’ll give you not only ONE,
but TWO rock solid guarantees:

1. During your year of support, if 2020 comes to an end, and you find out that our bi-weekly, tip-filled newsletter, direct members advice, exclusive inside visitor information and more doesn’t help you save at least as much as two nights of resort fees (both directly in money saved, and in valuable vacation time better-spent)…

I will 100% refund your money. I’ll personally go into our system and hit the charge-back button myself. I’m THAT confident that you can’t be a year-long member and NOT get many times your money’s worth.

2. IF for some reason you do not visit Las Vegas in 2020 (any reason, decided to visit Florida instead, you stubbed your toe and canceled the trip, ANY reason), I will give you the entire year of 2021 on-the-house.

Oh, and we’re still going to honor the December “Special Discount” of 20% off in 2020. But, only if you get in NOW:

Click Here
Enter Coupon Code ACCESS2020 for immediate savings.

Want to refresh yourself on ALL yearly membership benefits?
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Las Vegas Shows



Video – Celestia Brings Death-Defying Entertainment To Las Vegas Strip


Celestia is celebrating six months of success under the Big Top. It’s an acrobatic show at the STRAT and is looking to become a permanent fixture on the Strip.

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Las Vegas Dining



Only-in-Las Vegas Vintage Restaurants


Las Vegas has a history of destroying its history. This is a place where everything old is new again only when it really is new — the equivalent of a CES attendee trashing his or her iPhone the second the new one comes out.

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Las Vegas Hotels



Sahara Las Vegas – Hotel Review


The newly reopened Sahara Las Vegas boasts renovated rooms and easy access to the Strip and Convention Center – here’s what under $50 per night buys you

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions



Vintage Las Vegas 2020: The Underrated And The Fabulously Eccentric


Time to go beyond Las Vegas bling and casinos, to check out these fun, creative suggestions: a retro twist in a new decade.

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Las Vegas Gambling



A Casino Game We’re Loving Right Now: Shoot To Win Craps


If you spend any amount of time in casinos, you’ve no doubt seen a Shoot to Win Craps machine. The over-sized, bouncing dice create quite the spectacle. The game is also known, informally, as “craps bubble” machines.

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#Friends25 Debuts on the Fountains of Bellagio

(Producers Notes) Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved TV series, ‘Friends,’ as it comes to life on the Fountains of Bellagio.

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Red Rock Casino, A BILLION Dollar Casino For Locals

(Producers Notes) Hope you enjoy our walk through of the Red Rock Casino, one of the premier casinos in Summerlin. This casino is beautiful inside and out with an outdoor shopping mall next door. Downtown Summerlin is a fun place to shop, have drinks and be entertained.

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Guy Fieri Restaurant Las Vegas – Trash Can Nachos!

(Producers Notes) Buy a ticket to Flavortown at Guy Fieri’s restaurant and bar on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Take a Deep Dive into the Underwater Fantasy of Le Reve – The Dream

(Producers Notes) The minute you enter Le Reve – The Dream’s aquatic theater inside of Wynn Las Vegas, you’ll be instantly captivated by the sparkling pool and vibrant ceiling curtain.

Click here to book Le Reve Tickets





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Las Vegas Shows
Reba McEntire And Brooks & Dunn Extend Las Vegas Residency With 24 New Dates

Need an excuse to visit Las Vegas in 2020? Probably not, but just in case, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn have extended their Sin City residency – Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas – with 24 new dates at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in 2020.


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Las Vegas Dining
Front Yard At Ellis Island Is Worth The Wait

It’s taken a minute, but Front Yard at Ellis Island is ready for its debut. The new restaurant and bar opens Dec. 6, 2019. Here’s a first look inside. Although, if you follow us on Twitter, it’s a second look inside, but let’s not get bogged down by details.


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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions
Snow Arrives On Mt. Charleston Near Las Vegas Ahead Of Thanksgiving

A significant chunk of the economy around Mt. Charleston might be based on snow, but the arrival of a big storm on Thanksgiving eve is being greeted with mixed feelings. Mt. Charleston Lodge General Manager, Thomas Schneekloth says his employees have been working on serving Thanksgiving..


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Las Vegas Gambling
Life-Changing Jackpot Hit At Downtown Las Vegas Casino

A visitor from Hawaii turned her stay at Fremont Hotel and Casino into a $1,098,478 payday when she hit a jackpot on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine on Nov. 23. A $5 spin was parlayed into the jackpot.


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Las Vegas Hotels
Video – A Resorts World Update From The Guy At The Top, President Scott Sibella

How about a tour? “…Those are all suites, private casinos, beautiful lounge at the top,” said Scott Sibella, pointing at his resort-under-construction. I met him on the top floor of what will be, in a couple of years, a busy parking deck.


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Las Vegas Sports

Other Las Vegas News

What We’re Watching!
Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy
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#Friends25 Debuts on the Fountains of Bellagio

(Producers Notes) Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved TV series, ‘Friends,’ as it comes to life on the Fountains of Bellagio.


Click to watch video
Red Rock Casino, A BILLION Dollar Casino For Locals

(Producers Notes) Hope you enjoy our walk through of the Red Rock Casino, one of the premier casinos in Summerlin. This casino is beautiful inside and out with an outdoor shopping mall next door. Downtown Summerlin is a fun place to shop, have drinks and be entertained.


Click to watch video
Guy Fieri Restaurant Las Vegas – Trash Can Nachos!

(Producers Notes) Buy a ticket to Flavortown at Guy Fieri’s restaurant and bar on the Las Vegas Strip.


Click to watch video
Take a Deep Dive into the Underwater Fantasy of Le Rêve – The Dream

(Producers Notes) The minute you enter Le Rêve – The Dream’s aquatic theater inside of Wynn Las Vegas, you’ll be instantly captivated by the sparkling pool and vibrant ceiling curtain.

Click here to book Le Rêve Tickets







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