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Access Vegas Insider Vibe August 31, 2020

Las Vegas Shows

Las Vegas Strip Show ‘ABSINTHE’ Details New Steps in Preparation for Reopening

Work is underway to prepare the show “ABSINTHE” for reopening amid the coronavirus outbreak, a move that could make it the first show to bring performances back to the Las Vegas Strip.

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Las Vegas Dining

Wynn Las Vegas Partners with Brewery to Launch New Beer

Wynn Las Vegas, in partnership with Tenaya Creek Brewery, is launching “The Singing Frog,” a premium lager sold exclusively at Wynn Las Vegas and Tenaya Creek taproom in Downtown Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Hotel Cloe Planned for Downtown Las Vegas Arts District

This one has flown under the radar, but a new boutique hotel planned for downtown’s Arts District has been dubbed Hotel Cloe. Details are few at this point, but Hotel Cloe’s Web site describes the hotel as “following a new worldwide trend towards lean-luxury, service-focused, 4-star resorts.”

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Leaving Las Vegas For A Delightful Drive – Lake Meade, Valley Of Fire Provide A Great Day Behind The Wheel Get Chilly In Vegas With Icebar

The Strip and its many enticements may be the favorite destination for visitors to Las Vegas, but the vast majority of them likely have no idea what they’re missing, because just 25 miles to the east awaits a fantastic day of driving.

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Las Vegas Gambling

Player Hits $99K Jackpot on Las Vegas Strip

Another bet big-win big player scored a sizable jackpot on the Las Vegas Strip. A Caesars Rewards Seven Star guest, who chose not be identified, hit a slots jackpot of $99,241 at Harrah’s.

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Las Vegas Real Estate

Ultra-contemporary Las Vegas Home with Immersive Art-and-Sensory Experience on Sale

Skyspace, an ultra-contemporary home with an immersive art-and-sensory experience, is for sale in Las Vegas at $10.5 million. Located on the Bear’s Best Las Vegas golf course, an 18-hole collection chosen from the best of Jack Nicklaus’s 270 worldwide course designs, Skyspace was created by the owners in coordination with the architecture firm Marmol Radziner, builder Jack Raftery and artist James Turrell. Composed almost entirely of glass, steel and concrete on 1.5 acres inside a guard-gated community at the base of Red Rock Canyon, Skyscape has unobstructed panoramic views of the Nicklaus golf course, city lights and surrounding mountains.

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Other Las Vegas News

The Odds of Catching Covid on a Flight Are Slim – Planes have not been the sites of superspreading events, at least so far.

If you decide to fly, the odds that you will pick up Covid-19 are low, according to one expert analysis. Despite the known dangers of crowded, enclosed spaces, planes have not been the sites of so-called superspreading events, at least so far. That’s not to say flying is perfectly safe — safety is relative and subjective. But as restrictions continue to change, the only way to move forward through this long pandemic is to start thinking in terms of risk-benefit ratios. Very little is without risk, but perhaps some risks — such as flying — are small enough to warrant taking.

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

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Every Day Feels Like Saturday in Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) Take advantage of sweet deals on lavish suites and delicious meals. Book an #OnlyVegas midweek trip and you’ll feel like it’s Saturday, every day.

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The Best Pizza On the Las Vegas Strip

(Producers Notes) We asked you your favorite Pizza joints in Vegas. We stuck to the locations on the strip. Tell us if you have ever had any of these pizza places.Thanks for watching!

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I Ate at the Most EXPENSIVE Chinese Restaurant in Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) The Chinese food is priceless at Mott 32 at the Venetian Palazzo in Las Vegas.

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Late Night Eats In Las Vegas – 2020

(Producers Notes) Here are my Top 4 Favorite Late Night Eats. In a late night town such as Las Vegas, you’re definitely going to need some Late Night Eats.





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Access Vegas Insider Vibe August 22, 2020

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – Covid-19 cases are dropping here, new resorts on on track, Governor Grumpy is still stomping his angry feet, important tips on visiting the Las Vegas sign, how to guarantee you get an Uber, and lots more this week. We’ll dive right in!

For our Supporting (Paid) Members, this week we discuss:

– When bars will reopen, and why they haven’t yet. Despite continued long-term drops in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations.

– Having trouble getting an Uber? (Here or anywhere). We’re not. We fill our Members in on the one easy tip to make sure they get a ride!

– More details have come out about Circa Las Vegas. October 28 can’t come soon enough.

– Info you should know to expand your dining choices downtown, while paying locals prices. We’re always helping our Members save!

– How we knew that reopening Las Vegas wouldn’t turn into a COVID-19 disaster. And, why the agenda-driven, fear-mongering national outlets are simply ignoring the unbiased health authority data.

– Tips for visiting the Las Vegas sign, that most visitors don’t know. These tips will save you time and money!

Access is instant, and your membership comes out to less than $3.00 per month (paid yearly). Our Members consider that a small price to pay to “hedge their bet” on getting unbiased information about what is really happening in Las Vegas during these unusual times.

We are NOT casino-supported. (We make a very small commission if you book through various offers we list). However, NOT ONE SINGLE casino cuts us a monthly check nor controls our message.

We are Members-Supported and our only obligation is getting our members the info they won’t find elsewhere, allowing them to make the choice of investing in a Las Vegas vacation (when to come, should they wait, what to expect) as the most informed visitors. Period.

This, on top of our numerous other Member Benefits. And remember, we offer a 60-day money-back guarentee. We can be that confident because year-after-year, far less than 1% of the people who become members, decide that it isn’t helpful to them.

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Las Vegas Dining

Bam! Emeril Lagasse’s Sports Bar on the Las Vegas Strip Closes Permanently

Emeril Lagasse becomes the first celebrity chef to permanently close one of his restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip due to the coronavirus pandemic. His ode to bar food and sports, Lagasse’s Stadium, will not reopen at the Palazzo, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Reveal of Five Circa Las Vegas Resort Bars Creating a Buzz

Circa Las Vegas seems to keep topping itself. First, the downtown resort had its construction topping off ceremony on June 19, 2020. Now, the casino has shared plans for five bars and lounges, just what we needed to help get us through all the pandemic-related WTF currently trying to create a buzzkill in Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

9 Scenic Spots To Explore In The Valley Of Fire

When it comes to blazing colors and monumental shapes, there is a spot in Nevada that might just rival the spectacle of the Las Vegas Strip. The Valley of Fire State Park glows with pink-and-beige-pinstriped waves, rainbow valleys, and crimson arches. And for some Vegas-style flare, there’s also a whimsical elephant, a fierce spear-thrower, and a beehive valley.

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Las Vegas Gambling

Winners of $269K Jackpot in Downtown Las Vegas Can’t Hide Smiles

Who are those masked jackpot winners? Two guests, wearing masks, couldn’t hide their smiles after winning nearly $270,000 on Thursday at the D Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Sports

Allegiant Stadium Celebrates Completion – Some Minor Items Remain, But Main Work Is Finished

Allegiant Stadium is expected to be completed July 31, and they have a permit to show for it. Thursday, Clark County issued a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the home of the Las Vegas Raiders, which is slated for completion Friday after two-and-a-half years of construction. There are still a few so-called “punch list” items that need to be done, but the heavy work is finished.

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Other Las Vegas News

10 Random Happy Thoughts About The Current Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a little disorienting at the moment. Challenges abound, with individuals and businesses facing unprecedented uncertainty. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the bad news, so we’ve put together a short list of happy Las Vegas thoughts. Sort of just random crap we’ve noticed that makes us smile and forget about all the WTF, even if momentarily.

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

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Las Vegas Reopening | Maverick Helicopters Back in Action

(Producers Notes) Las Vegas is back and so is Maverick Helicopters! Check out one of the most fun and thrilling things to do in Las Vegas. Per our most recent safety video regarding the newest additions to our standard procedures, we would like to invite you in taking a look at a Vegas Nights flight experience.

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Las Vegas Binions Hotel Apache & Casino 2020

(Producers Notes) We were excited to stay at Hotel Apache at the Binions Casino. I’m happy Vegas is opened and looking forward to many more videos!

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I Only Ate FRIED CHICKEN at the Wynn Las Vegas Buffet

(Producers Notes) The Wynn Las Vegas gourmet weekend brunch includes lobster benedict, crab legs, prime rib, beef ribs, and fried chicken.

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A New Look Inside of Allegiant Stadium

(Producers Notes) Mick Akers and Cassie Soto discuss the nearly completed Allegiant Stadium which will be the Raiders new Las Vegas home.Take a look at the new pictures showing the progress of the working being done on the inside.





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Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 30, 2020

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – If it seems like you just heard from me, you did. However, we have important news, which we’ll break down in the effort to continue to help you decide whether you want to visit Las Vegas in 2-3 weeks, 2-3 month, or 2-3 years.

Governor Grumpy Whistles A Different Tune – I’m not sure whether the governor’s staff are readers or not. However, somebody got through to him with exactly the concerns I stated last issue (members edition linked here).

During the Q&A with the press, he even admitted that closing down all the bars when only 20% were out of compliance might have not been the best idea. So… He HAS let bars open in a few smaller counties. (Bartops specifically, if a bar or restaurant serves food, you can waltz on in, get a table, and drink to your heart’s content). More importantly, we have reason to believe that he’ll be allowing bars in Reno and Las Vegas to open sooner than later. (I’d peg it at 7-10 days).

He’s ditching “phases” that apply to the whole state, or entire industries in favor of heavy enforcement, fines, and even closing specific non-compliant businesses. Including casinos.

What’s That Going To Mean To You? – In the Supporting (Paid) Members version of this issue, we get quite in-depth with the following:

– How strict is mask enforcement, where and/or when, what to expect, what you may (or may not) find acceptable, and a thought at when that restriction may be lifted.

– Where we suggest staying right now. Unlike normal times when Las Vegas is 100% open and everything is hopping, being in the know will help you experience Vegas more in the manner you are used to!

– Is Vegas really dead or depressing (as some of the social media and forum group doomsayers are trying to convince everyone)? We tell (and show) what is really going on so you can make an informed decision on whether to visit soon. Or not. Everyone has different expectations.

– Conventions are canceling through early 2021. No, not because they know something everyone else does not. Convention lead times are months and months and months, and they don’t know how allowed huge gathering will be and when. What does this mean for the casual visitor? Important factors to look for, so you can book in your favor, and save even more.

Just A Reminder: Before you gamble your hard-earned money on your next Vegas Visit, you can still “hedge your bet” and let us keep you in the loop with real info and real data. Not crazy internet rumors. We’re members-supported so the only people we care about are our Supporting (Paid) Members. Not the casinos!

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So far this year, NOBODY has asked for their money back after subscribing. Instead, the compliments continue to roll in. We’ve been in business since 1997. We must be doing something right!

About three weeks ago, many of the Facebook and other groups were full of a “Vegas will be closing by the end of the week” rumor. People ate it up, repeated it, and many canceled their trips. So much so that MGM pushed back the openings of Mirage and Park MGM!

Except… there was no evidence nor reason to close Las Vegas. Nor did it. Enforcement on the few casinos (statewide) which were not in compliance were threatened with closure (individual closure, not state-wide) if they didn’t shape up. And, the info in the national media has been horribly inaccurate.

Is relying on spending hours trying to ferret out info before you decide about your next visit, all-the-while unsure about the accuracy? Our Members don’t have those worries. Couple of bucks a month saves them time, stress, and money:

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How Are Our Members Benefiting? A couple of weeks ago, a Member asked us when Park MGM was reopening. We didn’t simply confirm the August 6 date to them (which we knew). We ALSO gave them the thought that they may want to book another MGM property which was already open. Just in case the Park MGM opening date got pushed back.

Guess what, it did! So, if the Member followed the advice they asked us for using our Your Guy In Vegas Membership benefit, they are booked somewhere instead of having to get re-booked with limited control. Is that kind of help worth a couple bucks a month? Many think so!

Bonus: We reminded them that Park MGM is reopening (when they do), Smoke Free. That might be important to a few people, one way or the other!

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Eldorado Owns Caesars – The merger is done. While the company is taking on the Caesars name, the bottom line is that they are owned and ran by Eldorado Resorts. Out of Reno, Nevada. We feel this is a GOOD thing, and should have plenty more to say about that next issue.

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com


Las Vegas Shows

Las Vegas magician Murray Sawchuck talks ‘Masters of Illusion’

“Masters of Illusion” on The CW showcases some of the best that magic has to offer all around the world, and it even features some notable Las Vegas magicians. Murray Sawchuck will be featured in the show’s seventh season. He joined us to talk about the experience.

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Las Vegas Dining

Bacchanal Buffet Targets a Late-August Return With COVID-19 Changes to Service

Earlier this year, the $100 million, 25,000-square-foot, 600-seat Bacchanal Buffet filed paperwork for a remodel that included updates to the food line with an estimated construction budget of $2.4 million for the makeover. The renovation at the buffet at Caesars Palace focuses on a 2,120-square-foot area, and the changes will affect the existing food counters, service equipment, and the ceiling and floor finishes.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Tropicana Reopening On September 1st – Most Of Hotel’s Amenities To Open As Well

The parent company of the Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana announced Tuesday that the hotel would be reopening on September 1st.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Boulevard Brush-Up: These Activities and Attractions Are Open On The Las Vegas Strip

Vegas visitors are flocking to the Strip on the weekends for some semblance of a summer vacation. Everyone knows not to expect concerts, sporting events, production shows and wild nights at the club. A trip to Vegas right now is built around gambling, eating, drinking, shopping and spending lots of time at the pool.

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Las Vegas Nightlife

First Look at Circa Las Vegas Resort & Casino Bars

The world-famous, blue ribbon team of sleuths from the Five Hundy Investigative Center have been at it again. After holing up in a suburban Twin Cities underground lair for the past two weeks, our crew got their grubby little hands on yet another treasure trove of as-yet-unannounced Circa Resort & Casino details and renderings. This time around, let’s look at what’s in store for bars.

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Las Vegas Gambling

Bettor Turns $500 Into $63K on Lamar Jackson to Win NFL MVP

When Las Vegas sportsbooks reopened Thursday, Mark DeRosa had no problem keeping his distance from others. The professional sports bettor joked on Twitter that the oversized 6-foot check presented to him by Circa sportsbook director Matthew Metcalf was “perfect for social distancing.”

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Las Vegas Real Estate

For Sale: Steve Wynn’s $25M Las Vegas mansion. Take a look inside.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn’s mansion is on the market for $25 million. On the fairways of the private TPC Summerlin golf club, the double-gated 13,500-square-foot house at 1717 Enclave Court sits on a manor-line stretch known as “Billionaire’s Row.”

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Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport Starting To See Traffic Increase

Airlines serving McCarran Airport are increasing their flight schedules in response to a sustained passenger demand anticipated in the coming months, according to the airport and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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

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Seeing Las Everything I Ate & Drank in Las Vegas – 2020 Food Tour

(Producers Notes) In this video I wanted to give a full review of every restaurant we ate at and every cocktail I tried! I felt a full trip worth of food and drink would be a helpful guide for people to see what Vegas food is like, for both high end foodies and budget conscious travelers.

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Cosmopolitan One Bedroom Terrace Suite Review from The Vegas Tourist

(Producers Notes) For my wife’s birthday this weekend, I treated her to a few nights at the Cosmopolitan Resort in a one-bedroom terrace with a fountain view. Here is a walkthrough of that suite.

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Wicked Spoon Buffet Is Open NOW at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

(Producers Notes) Let’s see what’s for brunch at the Wicked Spoon Buffet at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Vegas Buffet vs Steakhouse – The Buffet at Wynn and Oscar’s Steakhouse

(Producers Notes) Your last night in Vegas… Should you hit up a nice buffet or go to a steakhouse? This is the question we’re going to answer. Gourmet Dinner Buffet at the Wynn versus Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza. Gloves on, let’s do this!





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Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 19, 2020

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – So… As The Vegas Turns. Masks, bars closed, COVID-19 rates going through the roof. If you simply read the headlines (or what we in this business call “fear porn”), or buy into all of the “don’t know anything about Vegas, reporting from 2000 miles away national media, and/or crazy/incorrect online group rumors, you probably really have no clue what is going on.

So, let’s drill down to some hard data and boots-on-the-ground info and get you up to speed. This way, you can decide whether you want to visit in a couple of weeks, a couple of months, or “I’m still going to wait and see”.

That’s why we’re member-supported: While we run various hotel room specials which you may (or may not) wish to take advantage of, our main source of support is membership dues. Not the few pennies-on-the-dollar we make if you book a room through one of the offers we highlight! (Not that doing so isn’t appreciated).

So, let’s dive in. Here’s what we cover in our current Supporting Members July 19, 2020 issue:

Nevada COVID-19 Deaths – For some reason, this vital statistic (after all, that’s why we’re all worried), isn’t getting much talk. Should it? What are the real numbers? What does it mean?

Nevada COVID-19 Cases Going Through The Roof – Yes, they are. Over 1000 per day for the past few days. Isn’t that major cause for alarm? What’s different in Nevada from the other 49 states, why is it driving this number of, and what does it mean to potential visitors?

Hospitalizations – Are all the ICU beds full in Las Vegas? Are we on the verge of people dying due to lack of capacity? While we won’t do the deep dive here that we do for our Supporting (Paid) Members, keep reading as we’ll hit on a couple of important points in just a minute.

“You Are Sending Visitor Home Sick!” – The number of people who tested positive outside of their area, and who had been on a trip somewhere, actually has been tracked. A few days ago, the number came out regarding how many people who have visited Las Vegas have come home and tested positive for COVID-19. (Whether they caught it here or not).

Take a guess? 14,000? 3000? 9000? 27,000? (Bueller? Anyone?)

We have the real (government) data, and we break it down for our members so they can decide whether they want to come next week, or wait until next year.

Are The Bars Really Closed, Can You Get A Drink? – When masks became mandatory, it appears they pulled every state employee (qualified to do so) to go out and check compliance. Which was so-so to begin with, so the state made it very clear that there would be hell to pay. Starting with casinos who would be facing a possible $130k fine for not keeping their guests in compliance. (Don’t assume that is chump-change to them. It isn’t exactly a seriously profitable sector right now).

After a week or so, casino compliance was very solid, with only Aria and Park MGM out-of-compliance. (MGM Resorts has since been on a “mask up” blitz, including videos featuring prominent statues like the MGM Lion and Lady Liberty wearing masks).

The bars? After a slow start, they had hit 80% compliance. So… the governor said that fines and closures would start to be swift to those 20% not in compliance, right? We’re almost there. Let’s just fix the small portion of issues which still exist. Minor corrections can equal perfection. Smart, right?

Not Governor Grumpy! From Day 1 of this whole ordeal, he’s verbiage when talking to the state has been that of a kindergarten teacher. And, if little Jimmy is a bad boy, the entire class will pay for it.

This was no exception. He ordered every single bartop in the state’s most populated counties to be shut down. Casinos, bar and grills, restaurants, dive bars… if you have a bartop, nobody will be sitting at it.

What does this mean for YOU, attending a casino here in Las Vegas? It depends on your habits. You can play all day on the casino floor. And, for those of you die-hard bartop video poker players like myself, casinos do offer VP on the floor. And, you WILL get your comped cocktails delivered by the waitress. While policy differs from casino to casino, and walk-up bars (think Fremont Street frozen boozy slushy bars) are basically closed, they are providing a way for you to order drinks and get them brought to you.

Also, an astute Facebook Membership Group regular pointed out that there is no shortage of beer, wine, and liquor at the CVS, Walgreens, and the like! Those of us who live here are jaded to the fact that we can get a bottle of whiskey at any hour of the day, any day of the week, at any 24/7 grocery, pharmacy, or package store. Those rules have NOT changed.

Also, many of the great restaurants are open. With social distancing. So, if you have a yearning for some Wolfgang Puck (or others), knock yourself out. Speaking of…

Buffets – Many predicted that COVID-19 would be the death of the Las Vegas buffet. And, while a small number of them — ones you never really give thought to in most cases — may be bowing out, the well-known and liked buffets at both Wynn and Cosmopolitan are up and running. Each with a slightly different operation.

We break both of them down so that our members know what to expect.

Member Patrick M. of New York says of our current Members Issue:

Very good newsletter this week. Very informative! You covered a LOT of ground

“Who Cares. I Don’t Need Your Membership. I Have Google!” – Oh really, Mr. or Miss Smarty Pants?

Let’s have some “factual fun” and compare a major national news story from last week to a local news story from a very trusted outlet:

Story #1, National News Story

‘Overwhelmed and Terrified’: Las Vegas’ Reopening Backfires Terribly

“I would say in the last month we’ve been completely overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and our hospital is running out of space,” one Las Vegas emergency room doctor, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of professional retaliation, told The Daily Beast on Friday. “Not only are we overwhelmed and terrified, but based on the numbers for the rest of the country, it’s only going to get worse for us.”

Note: This story was dated July 17, 2020 by The Daily Beast out of New York City.

Story #1, Local News Story

Las Vegas hospitals add beds, staff to handle spiking COVID cases

“We’re not at danger of being overrun,” said Dan McBride, chief medical officer for the Valley Health System, which operates six hospitals in the valley.

University Medical Center, whose intensive care unit was 95 percent occupied as of Wednesday, added 87 beds by putting under-utilized space to new uses, CEO Mason VanHouweling said.

Note: This story was dated July 19, 2020 (two days later) by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Which is not only the largest newspaper in the state of Nevada, but is the newspaper of record.

Even if you are pretty hard-core about following Las Vegas news (which means you probably saw the first story), did you see the local, more factual stories?

We don’t miss a thing. Which means for helping us stay independent and not beholden to casino advertising with the price of a “cup of coffee” per month (less than $2.50), our members actually ARE the most informed and smartest visitors to Las Vegas!

You spend THOUSANDS $$$ on your Las Vegas visit. What we do is give you an opportunity to “hedge that bet” and really know what’s up so that you can not only finally decide when you want to visit, but so that (under normal circumstances), you’ll be heads and shoulders above all of the other visitors around out.

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So, Is The Current Vegas Worth It? – That’s your call. Not mine. We can let you know how things are going, get down to the true numbers that aren’t making the headlines, and similar. However, only you know how your health is. How your age is. Whether you like the fact that masking up is being so strongly enforced, or you’ll never travel anywhere unless/until you can go mask-free. And, any other number of factors.

Back when this whole thing started, I did suggest a pending side-benefit of the current situation which many visitors are now sounding off on:

It is a somewhat different Vegas, but it is also a more-relaxed, less crowded Vegas. Very few of you will ever have the opportunity to visit a week before Christmas on a weekday, when things are the slowest of the year. And, in reality, it isn’t much unlike now. Shows are often shut down, things are closed for maintenance, not all dining options may be at full force and full hours.

But, you get elbow room! Less people. Shorter lines. Less stress. Some of you may wish to take that into consideration as well.

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com


Las Vegas Shows

Human Nature’s Musical Revue won’t Return to the Venetian

Just a few weeks into the COVID-caused shutdown of Las Vegas Strip production shows, musical residencies and all live entertainment, it became tragically clear that some of those shows would not return to their showrooms. Today the entertainment scene got its first dose of this kind of bad news.

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Las Vegas Dining

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Members Mania is a regular feature for our Supporting (Paid) Members. Membership includes our “Your Guy In Vegas” feature, where you can reach out to myself and our paid staff of experts with your specific Vegas questions. We don’t have “canned” answers. We’ll ask you for some details pertaining you your wants and needs. Then, answer accordingly.

 

This is in response to a Members Facebook story post we made about this article (which was also posted in a previous newsletter issue): Elon Musk’s Boring Company finishes digging Las Vegas tunnels 32 – The city’s Convention and Visitors Authority is still planning to open the Loop in January

I’m not too knowledgeable about this. I, also, wasn’t even aware of this underground system. So.. its not a subway.. so what is it.. people mover? Do people utilize it now and will they in the future? 

Elon Musk has grand ideas.. but some of them are impractical or expensive to implement. Is this another “extend the monorail” idea (from MGM to Mandalay to McCarran) or the “High Speed Train” from LA to LV?!?

Patrick Magee

 

Ted Responds:

We decided not to talk about it until it was a thing. One thing we steer away from is “reporting” on every crazy scheme that people come up with related to Las Vegas. My policy — in most cases — is to give you info and data that is actionable for a pending or future (yet to be planned) visit to see us. Or, ideas which are really, really plausible and have had significant and ongoing work or study on them.

– It is a tunnel system where cars come by every couple of minutes to transport a handful of people to the next stop. Yes… The Jetsons has come to life!

-The first part of it was finished just a bit prior to Covid. It is operational.

– Extension or expansion will most likely be based on how it does. It is also based on the ability to dig where. The soil under Las Vegas is actually “cement” (caliche) in much of the area.

– The Monorail extension to Mandalay Bay, while a solid idea because of the stadium and number of events it will hold, is not yet funded.

However, of interest is that the Convention and Visitors Authority is looking into buying it. Ostensibly to make sure it is around to serve the Convention Center expansion.

The thought of running it to the airport is still riddled with issues. Primarily, it would have to come down to ground level along Tropicana as the runways butt right up against the road, and putting anything elevated at the end of an major airport runway is a really lousy idea!

Nobody is developing ANYTHING around a high-speed rail line until it becomes reality. As it is right now, the CA high speed rail line ours was supposed to connect with California’s “might be finished the 5th of never” high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

To be fair, permission to build the high speed rail line along the right-of-way of I-15 (the freeway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles) has been secured. So, I’m not trying to completely be a “Debbie Downer”.

In fact, I love trains! And, the concept of running a regular train on the existing regular freight lines between Las Vegas and Los Angeles still gets kicked around here and there.

Unlike the high-speed line, which would currently end a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles, this would go all the way in. Which means it would also connect to existing rail service to the Central California wine country, the beautiful seaside town of Santa Barbara, Orange County, and San Diego. Much of that line running directly along the ocean with stunning views.

And frankly, a regular rail connection from here to Los Angeles could simply survive on our international visitors.

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Why? 1. They are used to rail travel. 2. The 8 hour trip to Los Angeles (via rail), while longer than a car trip, is a whole lot more restful and fun, and 3. Many Europeans are respectful of and have high interest in American’s “Route 66”. The freight lines parallel Route 66 for a significant part of the route. Through otherwise untouched rugged desert and mountains.


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