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On 8/5/2018 at 8:24 AM, Drunken knight said:

Typically do guys trips to Vegas.  This year mrs is joining me and wants to see a show.  what are your top 5? tia.

 

We ended up seeing KA, and having dinner before at Hakkasan.  Both excellent.

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On 8/28/2018 at 6:43 AM, kutta said:

We reserved at table at Lagasse’s Stadium in the Pallazo for the fight. There’s a $150 minimum per person to spend on food and drink for the reservation. They have some tables that are $100 per person too.

So that’s not horrible because it’s not a ticket, just a food and drink minimum.

 

I have weirdly never done this before. Is there an amount bet that can reserve a table?

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16 hours ago, Drunken Cowboy said:

I have weirdly never done this before. Is there an amount bet that can reserve a table?

I'm not sure.

I usually watch games at the Venetian sports book and put about $1K into play. That's always enough to reserve two pretty good seats there. But I only go to Lagasse's for really big events where I'm not super interested in betting anyway.

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Sorry if this was covered, but the thread is way to deep to dig it out. Heading out to Vegas in three weeks, staying at Venetian for some poker action. While there, the wife wants to see Copperfield at MGM. What's the best place/site/way to get good tickets for the best price? Use the concierge at the Venetian? A particular website? Other?

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3 hours ago, DallasDMac said:

Sorry if this was covered, but the thread is way to deep to dig it out. Heading out to Vegas in three weeks, staying at Venetian for some poker action. While there, the wife wants to see Copperfield at MGM. What's the best place/site/way to get good tickets for the best price? Use the concierge at the Venetian? A particular website? Other?

 

I think unless you're a big player that has an in at the casino, tix4.com is the best place to at least start looking 

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3 hours ago, Getzlaf15 said:

Landing in 30 minutes.   Gambling and knights game Saturday night with son. 

Gonna be there next weekend.  Planning on catching both Knights' games on Friday and Sunday next week and the UND - Minnesota hockey game on Saturday night.  Can't wait.  Heard good things about the Knights' facility from my cousin.

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On 9/16/2018 at 7:33 PM, Nipsey said:

Went last week. Lagasse Stadium. Just order the ribeye over and over to meet your minimum. The rest of the food sucks. Beauty & Essex just OK for me. Couldn't see the menu.

or drink a lot

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On 9/16/2018 at 8:18 PM, Drunken Cowboy said:

I have weirdly never done this before. Is there an amount bet that can reserve a table?

 

On 9/17/2018 at 12:25 PM, kutta said:

I'm not sure.

I usually watch games at the Venetian sports book and put about $1K into play. That's always enough to reserve two pretty good seats there. But I only go to Lagasse's for really big events where I'm not super interested in betting anyway.

Not that I'm aware of.  If you're a very large better (would imagine $1000+ per bet), you can try calling.

We sat outside at Lagasse's last time and it's only $25/head food/drink minimum.  We were focused on 1 specific game, so it worked for us.

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4 hours ago, Tiger Fan said:

or drink a lot

We couldn't do $125 per person from 10am-1:20pm all just booze. Came close but had to throw some grub in there. I think 4 of us got our bill to about $460. Unending Stellas and Woodford shots. Food there really is terrible though.

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3 hours ago, Nipsey said:

We couldn't do $125 per person from 10am-1:20pm all just booze. Came close but had to throw some grub in there. I think 4 of us got our bill to about $460. Unending Stellas and Woodford shots. Food there really is terrible though.

yeah, that's why we stick to the upstairs or outside.  The apps are slightly above bar food....but wouldn't want to eat entrees there unless I absolutely had to.  Decent nachos I guess.

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5 hours ago, Rick James said:

Is now too late to look for rooms during first weekend of March madness? 

Just checked El Cortez, they had rooms. Wed and Thur were normal prices, but Fri and Sat were $149 each, which is nosebleed territory for that property. I think you can find rooms lots of places, but they will cost you.

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The Mrs and I just got back from Vegas. Spent 5 nights at Vdara, first time staying there. Beautiful property. Though we enjoy the drunken shenanigans it was nice to have a quiet place to wake up to and enjoy the morning before we got started. 

I rented a Mustang convertible (autoslash ftw) for the first three days. Our first full day we went to Springs Preserve and checked out the butterfly garden. It was pretty small but a neat experience. We'll definitely go back and check out the other parts when we bring the kiddo. The second day we drove out to Valley of Fire and drove with the top down through the park. Did a couple of hikes and hit Green Valley Ranch for the first time on the way back to add a $1 chip to my collection. Also went to Stratosphere, Rio, Palms, Gold Coast and Circus Circus for the first time to get some more chips. I usually only get $1 chips but also got a $5 50th anniversary chip from Circus Circus. 

We did really well on the gambling front, came home with all but $500 of our budget. Hit a 4 team NFL parlay and turned $50 into almost $700 which helped.

Favorite pizza is still Grimaldi's with Secret Pizza in 2nd. Favorite place to gamble by far is Cromwell. Love the limits, odds, dealers and drink service. 

Now I'm planning a trip for Super Bowl weekend with my brother who hasn't been too Vegas since he was like two weeks old haha. 

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1 hour ago, CR69 said:

Hit a 4 team NFL parlay and turned $50 into almost $700 which helped.

Nice! Always fun when that happens.

One visit I hit a 4 team college on Saturday, then turned around and hit a 4 team NFL on Sunday. That was a good trip. 

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1 minute ago, leftcoastguy7 said:

Nice! Always fun when that happens.

One visit I hit a 4 team college on Saturday, then turned around and hit a 4 team NFL on Sunday. That was a good trip. 

That would be a hell of a weekend! I've got a seven leg parlay going for this weekend, sure would be nice to add $4,400 to our SB trip budget.

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31 minutes ago, CR69 said:

That would be a hell of a weekend! I've got a seven leg parlay going for this weekend, sure would be nice to add $4,400 to our SB trip budget.

Would love to have you post your plays in the FFA Wagering Thread.  Parlays are fun to root for.

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23 minutes ago, facook said:

Would love to have you post your plays in the FFA Wagering Thread.  Parlays are fun to root for.

Done!

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52 minutes ago, GreekFreak said:

Heading to Vegas this Friday and need to find a place for dinner for Friday night.  Seafood is not an option.

What do you guys recommend?

Firefly for tapas if you have a group.

Yardbird for the fried chicken if you are near the Venetian. Beauty and Essex at the Cosmo is also pretty awesome.

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1 hour ago, GreekFreak said:

Heading to Vegas this Friday and need to find a place for dinner for Friday night.  Seafood is not an option.

What do you guys recommend?

Cuisine? Style (casual, formal, etc)? celeb chef?

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1 minute ago, Drunken knight said:

Cuisine? Style (casual, formal, etc)? celeb chef?

We are up for anything but Seafood.

We are doing Stripsteak on Saturday night, so maybe no steakhouses too.

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1 hour ago, GreekFreak said:

We are up for anything but Seafood.

We are doing Stripsteak on Saturday night, so maybe no steakhouses too.

I am a big fan of jaleo and e at the cosmo

aureole and Fleur at Mandalay Bay

the two robuchon, morimoto, and hakkasan are all excellent at mgm (with a high price tag)

michael mina does a nice job as well (stripsteak is one of his)

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On 10/31/2018 at 11:36 AM, GreekFreak said:

Heading to Vegas this Friday and need to find a place for dinner for Friday night.  Seafood is not an option.

What do you guys recommend?

If you can dress warm, the patio at Lago (Bellagio) is amazing. The food and service are great and you get a front row seat to the fountains. My advice is to make an early reservation, show up 10 minutes early and tip the hostess $20 while asking for the best table they have available.

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On 10/31/2018 at 12:48 PM, GreekFreak said:

We are up for anything but Seafood.

We are doing Stripsteak on Saturday night, so maybe no steakhouses too.

If you haven’t eaten yet, get the braised beef at strip steak. It is absolutely fantastic.

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I'll be back with my brother for the Super Bowl. It'll be my sixth trip as an adult and his first. Staying the first night at Planet Hollywood and then the last three at Venetian on a comp. 

I think we're going to do the Twin Peaks Super Bowl party if they do it again this year unless anyone has a better suggestion? 

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On 11/5/2018 at 6:32 AM, CR69 said:

I'll be back with my brother for the Super Bowl. It'll be my sixth trip as an adult and his first. Staying the first night at Planet Hollywood and then the last three at Venetian on a comp. 

I think we're going to do the Twin Peaks Super Bowl party if they do it again this year unless anyone has a better suggestion? 

I’ll be there with a big crew. Looking for best SB party as well. Let’s have a FFA beer  

Santana the night before! 

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5 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

I’ll be there with a big crew. Looking for best SB party as well. Let’s have a FFA beer  

Santana the night before! 

I would bet there going to be quite a few from the board in town. Would be fun to grab a beer.

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5 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

I’ll be there with a big crew. Looking for best SB party as well. Let’s have a FFA beer  

Santana the night before! 

I would bet there going to be quite a few from the board in town. Would be fun to grab a beer.

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Going next week for a Fri-Mon getaway with Mrs. Smails. NFR in town so country theme.  Staying at Mandalay Bay.  Right now we have dinner at Carbone in the Aria Friday night before seeing George Strait at TMobile, then Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at Caesars on Saturday before seeing Brooks and Dunn there later that night.  Haven't been to either restaurant.  Wanted to get into Hell's Kitchen but only reservations are at 3pm! Will do sports book during the day on Sunday for sure as will be first round FF playoffs.  Playing Sunday dinner and activity by ear for now.  One option is the SW steakhouse if we can get in (looks booked for now)  followed by Le Reve.  We usually like catching up on Cirque shows we haven't seen on Sunday nights as always easier to get.  I think I've seen all of them except Le Reve and Zumanity.  Not sure if either is worth it.  Haven't seen Penn and Teller either.  Not great reviews on Opium even though made by the creators of Absinthe.  Thoughts on any great shows to see? Any of those magician/hynotist shows? Or restaurants Sunday night? Been to Yardbird 2X, just had tapas so probably not going that route.

We will go see Phoenix at Mandalay Bay for great cover rock band music on Friday or Saturday post concert.  Any other lounges (not clubs) with music worth checking out either near Mandalay Bay or Caesars?

edit - added Mon Ami Gabi for breakfast later Sat am. 

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9 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

Haven't seen Penn and Teller either.  Not great reviews on Opium even though made by the creators of Absinthe.  Thoughts on any great shows to see? Any of those magician/hynotist shows?

Opium is fantastic. As good as Absinthe - different, but awesome. Honestly, I wouldn't let the mixed reviews scare you away. The humor isn't for everyone but if you like Absinthe, it is highly likely you'll be in on Opium.

Penn and Teller are great. If you like magic, the Mac King afternoon show at Harrah's is inexpensive and great. If you go to the concierge desk at Harrah's they have a really good discount for the show.

ETA - it sounds like you'll be pretty much on the strip, but Andiamo (The D) is an awesome alternative for a great steak in a classic environment.

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You have a lot of good food options at Mandalay Bay.... Aureole, Fleur, rm seafood, borders grill, stripsteak, lupo.

 

You said that you recently had tapas, but e/jaleo at the Cosmo are excellent.

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10 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

Going next week for a Fri-Mon getaway with Mrs. Smails. NFR in town so country theme.  Staying at Mandalay Bay.  Right now we have dinner at Carbone in the Aria Friday night before seeing George Strait at TMobile, then Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at Caesars on Saturday before seeing Brooks and Dunn there later that night.  Haven't been to either restaurant.  Wanted to get into Hell's Kitchen but only reservations are at 3pm! Will do sports book during the day on Sunday for sure as will be first round FF playoffs.  Playing Sunday dinner and activity by ear for now.  One option is the SW steakhouse if we can get in (looks booked for now)  followed by Le Reve.  We usually like catching up on Cirque shows we haven't seen on Sunday nights as always easier to get.  I think I've seen all of them except Le Reve and Zumanity.  Not sure if either is worth it.  Haven't seen Penn and Teller either.  Not great reviews on Opium even though made by the creators of Absinthe.  Thoughts on any great shows to see? Any of those magician/hynotist shows? Or restaurants Sunday night? Been to Yardbird 2X, just had tapas so probably not going that route.

We will go see Phoenix at Mandalay Bay for great cover rock band music on Friday or Saturday post concert.  Any other lounges (not clubs) with music worth checking out either near Mandalay Bay or Caesars?

edit - added Mon Ami Gabi for breakfast later Sat am. 

Saw Matt Franco at the Linq this past spring and it was an excellent show.  Dude is funny as hell and had some crazy, cool card tricks.  Really got the audience involved as well.

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19 minutes ago, Drunken knight said:

You have a lot of good food options at Mandalay Bay.... Aureole, Fleur, rm seafood, borders grill, stripsteak, lupo.

 

You said that you recently had tapas, but e/jaleo at the Cosmo are excellent.

Thank you.  I'm a regular at Mandalay Bay and have eaten at most of those places. RM Seafood and Stripsteak are regulars for us.  Like to try different places and get out and about more now (some weekends I'd never leave Mandalay Bay with their restaurants, lounges, HOB, sports book, etc I had no reason to).  The one edit I'd make to your list above is Border Grill is absolutely horrible now.  It wasn't once.  It was twice.  I'll never eat there again.

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RM Seafood is no more, fyi. Rick Moonen's other place (can't remember the name) also closed.

I spent much of Cyber Monday looking at various room offers. Didn't pull the trigger. The comp system will produce something for me eventually, so I just have to play chicken with them for a while.

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Got some pretty awesome mlife deals for lots of dates from now until march. If any of you guys are members and have a trip scheduled in that window it is probably worth looking into if you dont already have a great deal booked. 

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7 hours ago, Pipes said:

Saw Matt Franco at the Linq this past spring and it was an excellent show.  Dude is funny as hell and had some crazy, cool card tricks.  Really got the audience involved as well.

I'll second this. The wife wanted to go and I went somewhat unwillingly.  Turned out to be a great show.  Would recommend.  

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Was in Vegas last week. Totally stunned at the food prices there now. No much of a vacation draw for me and my SO going forward. I can stay home and find over-priced restaurants to go to.

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10 minutes ago, DallasDMac said:

Was in Vegas last week. Totally stunned at the food prices there now. No much of a vacation draw for me and my SO going forward. I can stay home and find over-priced restaurants to go to.

Honestly--if you are going to do any sort of fine dining on the strip--you will be overpaying for food.  It's no different than going to any other high end boulevard in the world (Rodeo Drive, 5th Avenue..etc).  My advice for anybody going to vegas is to get some sort of transportation (rental car...etc).  The city has soo much more to offer than just the strip in regards to dining/activities--but if you don't have a vehicle---it gets hard and expensive to explore, find, discover and experience those places.  I legit know people that have been to Vegas around 20 times and they've never been anywhere off the strip or fremont street.  

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12 minutes ago, jvdesigns2002 said:

Honestly--if you are going to do any sort of fine dining on the strip--you will be overpaying for food.  It's no different than going to any other high end boulevard in the world (Rodeo Drive, 5th Avenue..etc).  My advice for anybody going to vegas is to get some sort of transportation (rental car...etc).  The city has soo much more to offer than just the strip in regards to dining/activities--but if you don't have a vehicle---it gets hard and expensive to explore, find, discover and experience those places.  I legit know people that have been to Vegas around 20 times and they've never been anywhere off the strip or fremont street.  

This is very true. I came to Vegas annually for 20 years before moving here. It was always exclusively the Strip for me. This may be hard to believe for some but I never even noticed that Vegas was surrounded by mountains until I moved here. I'm sure I saw the mountains with my eyes either via the plane or from the rooms I stayed in but the visual never connected with the brain. I still had this idea that it was all desert if you ventured more than a few blocks from the Strip. Now I live here and rarely go to the Strip.

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On 11/27/2018 at 11:01 PM, Judge Smails said:

Going next week for a Fri-Mon getaway with Mrs. Smails. NFR in town so country theme.  Staying at Mandalay Bay.  Right now we have dinner at Carbone in the Aria Friday night before seeing George Strait at TMobile, then Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at Caesars on Saturday before seeing Brooks and Dunn there later that night.  Haven't been to either restaurant.  Wanted to get into Hell's Kitchen but only reservations are at 3pm! Will do sports book during the day on Sunday for sure as will be first round FF playoffs.  Playing Sunday dinner and activity by ear for now.  One option is the SW steakhouse if we can get in (looks booked for now)  followed by Le Reve.  We usually like catching up on Cirque shows we haven't seen on Sunday nights as always easier to get.  I think I've seen all of them except Le Reve and Zumanity.  Not sure if either is worth it.  Haven't seen Penn and Teller either.  Not great reviews on Opium even though made by the creators of Absinthe.  Thoughts on any great shows to see? Any of those magician/hynotist shows? Or restaurants Sunday night? Been to Yardbird 2X, just had tapas so probably not going that route.

We will go see Phoenix at Mandalay Bay for great cover rock band music on Friday or Saturday post concert.  Any other lounges (not clubs) with music worth checking out either near Mandalay Bay or Caesars?

edit - added Mon Ami Gabi for breakfast later Sat am. 

Mon Ami Gabi on Sunday night is awesome because they have an incredible beef Wellington special. We always try to make it there on Sunday nights.

Hell’s Kitchen was VERY disappointing. I wouldn’t waste your time. Very touristy and the food just wasn’t very good.

Sounds like you’ve eaten at Strip Steak before, but if you haven’t tried their braised beef, it’s fabulous.

Carnegie Deli at Mirage is a great lunch spot if you haven’t been there yet.

Hope you guys have a great time!

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47 minutes ago, kutta said:

Mon Ami Gabi on Sunday night is awesome because they have an incredible beef Wellington special. We always try to make it there on Sunday nights.

Hell’s Kitchen was VERY disappointing. I wouldn’t waste your time. Very touristy and the food just wasn’t very good.

Sounds like you’ve eaten at Strip Steak before, but if you haven’t tried their braised beef, it’s fabulous.

Carnegie Deli at Mirage is a great lunch spot if you haven’t been there yet.

Hope you guys have a great time!

I'd suggest you split a lunch here.  Buddies and I stopped there and each got a full sandwich AND fries.  Holy moly....I was full before the 1st half sandwich was gone and left the fries untouched.

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Going Friday-Sunday this weekend for a quick getaway. Comped at Paris. Found great discount tix to Mystere. Wanted Zumanity but they're dark this weekend. Next time I guess.

Probably one meal at the hotel at the Burger Brasserie. Haven't really thought much beyond that. Will probably play it by ear and just stick to the Paris/Bally's/PH/Flamingo/Linq area. Might have to hit the Hash House a Go Go for one meal if the wait isn't terrible. 

Yeah, I know, I'm old and lame :mellow: 

GF just wants to sit in the tub for a few hours. Maybe we'll hit a strip club or somewhere more adult if the mood hits. Will see what I can talk her into on the drive up.

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12 hours ago, facook said:

I'd suggest you split a lunch here.  Buddies and I stopped there and each got a full sandwich AND fries.  Holy moly....I was full before the 1st half sandwich was gone and left the fries untouched.

Agreed. That’s the way to go. They charge 2 bucks to bring out 2 extra slices of bread, and it’s still too much food.

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6 hours ago, Walking Boot said:

Going Friday-Sunday this weekend for a quick getaway. Comped at Paris. Found great discount tix to Mystere. Wanted Zumanity but they're dark this weekend. Next time I guess.

Probably one meal at the hotel at the Burger Brasserie. Haven't really thought much beyond that. Will probably play it by ear and just stick to the Paris/Bally's/PH/Flamingo/Linq area. Might have to hit the Hash House a Go Go for one meal if the wait isn't terrible. 

Yeah, I know, I'm old and lame :mellow: 

GF just wants to sit in the tub for a few hours. Maybe we'll hit a strip club or somewhere more adult if the mood hits. Will see what I can talk her into on the drive up.

Your tastes may be different from mine, but I did not like mystere at all. Worst show I’ve maybe ever seen.

The main acts were great. But there was some really stupid #### going on for about half the show that was super annoying and dumb.

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10 hours ago, kutta said:

Your tastes may be different from mine, but I did not like mystere at all. Worst show I’ve maybe ever seen.

The main acts were great. But there was some really stupid #### going on for about half the show that was super annoying and dumb.

I don't really care, just as long as the GF is happy it's fine. We'll catch a better show next time.

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