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Friends loved O so much last night they got tickets for Ka tomorrow night. Drinking with @kevzilla on Fremont tonight with misc other friends plus my sister.

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23 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

Just booked for February. Girls wanted to see Aerosmith so going on Thursday the 13th. Better seats available than Sat and got aisle on the catwalk 10 rows from stage. Staying at Aria. Need to find light seafood restaurant that night pre show, as next night for Valentine’s Day we booked Bazaar Meat - Jose Andres place. Doing tasting menu. Other couple has been and said it’s glorious. 
Mix in some sports book action and maybe seeing Phoenix play at Mandalay Bay Fri night.  Fun weekend 

Depending on your budget we ate at Milos in Cosmo last night.  The Santorini menu before 6:30 is $49 per and a great meal.  Main menu looked amazing.  Get the grilled octupus as the starter.  Just unreal. 

The tasting menu at Bazaar Meat was one of the best meals of my life last month.  Truly special.  The cotton candy fois gras is amazing and I am not a fois gras fan at all.  Just a superb meal.

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4 hours ago, Osaurus said:

Friends loved O so much last night they got tickets for Ka tomorrow night. Drinking with @kevzilla on Fremont tonight with misc other friends plus my sister.

Let me know how that goes. Loved O. Fell asleep at Ka

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Alright bit the bullet and booked Opium for the December trip.  Hope it's decent.  Was torn between doing that and getting tickets at the Intersect festival to see Foo Fighters. But GA only and couldn't get the wife behind a festival.  Do want to see Foo Fighters though....

Friday dinner at Julian Serrano Tapas before Jason Aldean concert

Saturday dinner at Nobu for sushi then Opium at 10pm 

Sunday we'll play by ear.  I'll see what tickets are on Craigslist that look good. Rodeo and a bunch of concerts in town. 

 

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11 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

Alright bit the bullet and booked Opium for the December trip.  Hope it's decent.  Was torn between doing that and getting tickets at the Intersect festival to see Foo Fighters. But GA only and couldn't get the wife behind a festival.  Do want to see Foo Fighters though....

Friday dinner at Julian Serrano Tapas before Jason Aldean concert

Saturday dinner at Nobu for sushi then Opium at 10pm 

Sunday we'll play by ear.  I'll see what tickets are on Craigslist that look good. Rodeo and a bunch of concerts in town. 

 

Opium is a good show. Saw it in September. Enjoyed all but one of the acts. 

I am thinking of trying to go out for the Foo Fighters. 

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1 hour ago, Judge Smails said:

Asking or your recommendations?

They are at the cosmo, so wondering if those will work for you.

We dined at china poblano in september and half of the dishes were excellent, the other half were passable.

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Heading to Vegas tomorrow for a work conference. Staying at Mandalay Bay. Have never stayed there before, much less that far down the strip. Any insider information of bars/restaurants/lounges on location that are worth a stop? 

Eating onsite at Border Grill tomorrow night. Bringing out 10-12 people so I needed something that was reasonably priced and available for that many. This looked easy and decent. The clientele is a Mexican & Margarita type so this should be fine.

On Tuesday I am going to Scarpetta at Cosmopolitan for a smaller dinner. There's only six of us. Looking forward to this one more than Border Grill because it's more my style when dining in Vegas. 

Wednesday night I have to attend a function so I won't be able to get out and go anywhere on my own. Would have liked to have gotten back to Lotus of Siam, Sear Sucker at Caesar's (for the bone marrow alone) or Best Friend at Park MGM but I probably won't have the time. 

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1 hour ago, Senor Schmutzig said:

Heading to Vegas tomorrow for a work conference. Staying at Mandalay Bay. Have never stayed there before, much less that far down the strip. Any insider information of bars/restaurants/lounges on location that are worth a stop? 

We really liked Libertine Social and of course Strip Steak.  Still bummed we didn't hit Strip Steak last trip after we got too full at Hell's Kitchen for lunch.

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7 hours ago, Slapdash said:

We really liked Libertine Social and of course Strip Steak.  Still bummed we didn't hit Strip Steak last trip after we got too full at Hell's Kitchen for lunch.

Strip Steak has a braised beef dish that is just out of this world. Love it.

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Buddies trip in late October, we ended up at Ellis Island 3 out of 4 nights. Barbecue is pretty good.  Odds are way better than on the Strip.  Karaoke sucked us in the last night.  Highly recommended for cheaper, "realer" evening.

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35 minutes ago, facook said:

Buddies trip in late October, we ended up at Ellis Island 3 out of 4 nights. Barbecue is pretty good.  Odds are way better than on the Strip.  Karaoke sucked us in the last night.  Highly recommended for cheaper, "realer" evening.

Good ole Ellis island.  I've never stayed there--but I've certainly enjoyed their cheap and famous Steak special several times.  Now that you mention it---I've also had decent luck there on their slots and their video poker.  

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Some recent recommendations, since I was there with the wife for my 40th in September and then with a group for a wedding in November

The September trip, we hit a lot of the regular spots that we mostly heard about in this thread (Frankie's, Peppermill, Yardbird, & Mon Ami have become the big 4 must-hits every time we go now). Also made it over to Hugo's Cellar. The ribeye was awesome from what I remember, but we were really banged up from pre-dinner cocktails at Frankie's. Three "5 skull" drinks and a Kahiki Kai for me was a biiiiit much after day drinking by the pool all afternoon. Other new dining spots were Rose.Rabbit.Lie. at Cosmo and Mott 32 at Venetian. I expected Rose to be more, I dunno, snooty or something. Not sure why, maybe because of the way they write it out. But after some drinks at the nextdoor speakeasy, we got inside the restaurant to find a guy tap dancing on top of a piano and a large woman in a bushy blonde wig singing show tunes. Fun night. Mott 32 was just incredible. You'll spend all your winnings there, but it's worth it. We let the waiter recommend a number of small plates, and each one was better than the one before it. Easily one of our best Vegas dining experiences overall, and really unique drinks too.

First two nights at Cosmo, most of the days spent day drinking at the Boulevard pool. Very laid back, awesome views. We moved over to Venetian for the last two nights, and I don't love what they've done with the pool over there. They've added a lot more seats, but they chopped the pool up into like three sections to accommodate the additional seating. Anyway we went over to the Palazzo pool where there was more room. Side note - we actually stayed at the Linq the first night we got in. We're from NJ, so to beat the jetlag we fly out at nigh and stay up as late as we can the first night. Wake up the next morning at normal Vegas time and boom, good to go. But since we're only gonna use the hotel to sleep that first night, we just go with whoever offers a cheap deal. Got a nice discount at the Linq and I'll tell you, the room was pretty good for the price. Had our own private little patio with some couches that led directly out to the pool through a gate. Had brunch at Hash House. Big portions, but the food quality and atosphere weren't on the level of Mon Ami.

Far as night time options, don't ever go to Little Darlings. It was horrific. Salvaged the night elsewhere thank goodness.

Tried out some new bars (Downtown Cocktail Room on Fremont, and The Dorsey and Rosina at Venetian). Stuck with the Chandelier when we were at Cosmo, where my drunk wife asked an equally drunken bachelorette party if any of them wanted to come back to our room to help us celebrate my 40th. God I love that woman...

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Second trip was for a wedding, but we still had downtime to do our own thing for most of the week. Stayed at Encore. I had never even been on the property before since it's so outta the way. I gotta say, I really loved everything about it. The lobby bar at Encore makes one of the best old fashions I've ever had. And there is a combo bar called Parasol Up / Parasol Down with really good drinks there too.

Ended up booking Top of the World at the Strat for dinner the first night. Really unique experience for sure. The food wasn't bad at all, but the experience is definitely the star of the show there. Hit up Velveteen Rabbit for post-dinner drinks and then took a driverless Lyft over to Peppermill. That was something else, definitely recommend it just for the coolness factor. There was a safety driver human in the driver's seat, but he literally did nothing the entire time. Second day was the wedding so we were kind of at their mercy. Dinner was at Carmine's in Caesars, nothing new but at least solid. Brought the gang back to Cosmo for verbenas, which were well-received by all.

We did a big group dinner at Lakeside at Wynn the third night. The setting is great if you can get a table by the "lake". I called for the reservation and mentioned we had a group of 12 who were in town for a wedding for my cousin who is a marine. All the buzzwords guaranteed we were getting a great lakeside table, which was perfect. Again really laid back atmosphere, and they do shows every half hour on the lake. At one point, an animatronic frog comes out and sings "What a Wonderful World", then they had a show with these balloons hovering across the top of the water in sort of a light show display. All very cool, and food was good too. The bill wasn't even that bad now that I think about it. I think under $200 per couple, although some people didn't drink which kept it down a bit.

We all went to see Le Reve after dinner. Thought it was a really good show, albeit a bit slow at times. Expected a bit more acrobatics, less water dancing. We got seats in the very top row of the theater which helped see things overhead. Those seats also come with a monitor so you can watch what's going on underwater. I could've done without that to be honest, didn't really add anything to see that people were wearing air masks underwater. Brought the gang to Frankie's on this night, and we all got stupid on Kahiki Kais and Fink Bombs.

Last night we were on our own again, so we went to Sinatra. Food was outstanding, ambiance seemed like Sinatra himself was gonna show up any minute and request his usual corner booth. And the Sinatra Smash was one of the better drinks I had there. All in all, two very successful Vegas trips. Hope the reviews help, happy to answer any specifics about any of the spots we went to

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2 hours ago, facook said:

Buddies trip in late October, we ended up at Ellis Island 3 out of 4 nights. Barbecue is pretty good.  Odds are way better than on the Strip.  Karaoke sucked us in the last night.  Highly recommended for cheaper, "realer" evening.

 

1 hour ago, jvdesigns2002 said:

Good ole Ellis island.  I've never stayed there--but I've certainly enjoyed their cheap and famous Steak special several times.  Now that you mention it---I've also had decent luck there on their slots and their video poker.  

Now even better! They have opened The Front Yard, which is a two-story sunroom with 200 seats. Basically a bar and restaurant, with a little VP at the bar.

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9 hours ago, facook said:

Buddies trip in late October, we ended up at Ellis Island 3 out of 4 nights. Barbecue is pretty good.  Odds are way better than on the Strip.  Karaoke sucked us in the last night.  Highly recommended for cheaper, "realer" evening.

Yeah, Ellis Island rules.  I was there in late October as well.  Had a great time with their $5 blackjack.  They had a spinning wheel (costs an extra dollar) that would pay out up to $1000 when you were dealt a blackjack.  Fun times.

And I think their new beer garden is opening this weekend.

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On 12/1/2019 at 12:45 PM, Senor Schmutzig said:

 

On Tuesday I am going to Scarpetta at Cosmopolitan for a smaller dinner. There's only six of us. Looking forward to this one more than Border Grill because it's more my style when dining in Vegas. 

 

Scarpetta was fantastic. Highly recommended. Have some connections so I was able to snag the Chef's Table on short notice and really impressed the clients with that. One side of the room has a glass wall with sightlines right into the kitchen. The other wall looked right out at the Bellagio Fountains. With tip and a few bottles of wine, we were right over $900. Wasn't bad for 6 people. Will be back in January for another conference and will try and get there again. It was that good. 

First time having Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon. That's some good stuff.

 

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I think we have a new ritual. Needed a massage but stayed at Elara and no spa. Plus hate the $200 for 50 minute feather dusting rip off at most casinos. So checked on Yelp. Took a $10 Uber ride to Good Thai Spa Massage on Flamingo. Right down from the street from the Rio. Fantastic 90 minute Thai/Swedish combo with hot stones, deep tissue, stretching etc. for $105. Me and the Mrs walked out like butter. Highly recommend. 
 

https://yelp.to/qTKq/GKOofd7ui2
 

 

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9 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

I think we have a new ritual. Needed a massage but stayed at Elara and no spa. Plus hate the $200 for 50 minute feather dusting rip off at most casinos. So checked on Yelp. Took a $10 Uber ride to Good Thai Spa Massage on Flamingo. Right down from the street from the Rio. Fantastic 90 minute Thai/Swedish combo with hot stones, deep tissue, stretching etc. for $105. Me and the Mrs walked out like butter. Highly recommend. 
 

https://yelp.to/qTKq/GKOofd7ui2
 

 

Great tip, thanks. Did you see Robert Kraft there?

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Liked Julian Serrano so much we went back there Sunday night before seeing Opium.  Had the paella.  Really good.  Nobu was pretty good.  First time.  The spicy garlic scallop dish was outstanding but small.  Sushi was very fresh but surprisingly very few options.  Straight forward rolls - hand roll or cut.  Don't go looking for a 911 roll here.

Opium was interesting.  Had a bizarre scene with a heckler and his wife in the front row.  Entertaining and some decent Cirque type acts but it's nowhere near Absinthe.

Went to Sports Book at the Bellagio and then Planet Hollywood since it was close to Elara and we were limited with time.  Will say Planet Hollywood was extremely generous with drink tickets.  Had mounds of 'em.

Saw Jason Aldean at the Park. Not a bad seat in the house - I would be happy sitting anywhere and won't overpay for a closer seat.  Nice tribute to those involved with Route 91 tragedy.  George Strait was solid as always.

Oh, and the late night pizza upstairs at NYNY saved us a few times.  Always great.

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15 hours ago, Judge Smails said:

I think we have a new ritual. Needed a massage but stayed at Elara and no spa. Plus hate the $200 for 50 minute feather dusting rip off at most casinos. So checked on Yelp. Took a $10 Uber ride to Good Thai Spa Massage on Flamingo. Right down from the street from the Rio. Fantastic 90 minute Thai/Swedish combo with hot stones, deep tissue, stretching etc. for $105. Me and the Mrs walked out like butter. Highly recommend. 
 

https://yelp.to/qTKq/GKOofd7ui2
 

 

I've added this place to the list for an upcoming January visit. Going with my wife and another couple (not a camping trip). Staying at Cosmo in a suite facing the fountains. Seeing David Lee Roth at the House of Blues. Will have two nice dinners - one I know will be at Andiamo (The D) and the other is TBD. Thinking maybe Yardbird (haven't been there yet) or maybe someplace closer to Cosmo - TBD.

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26 minutes ago, soothsayer said:

I've added this place to the list for an upcoming January visit. Going with my wife and another couple (not a camping trip). Staying at Cosmo in a suite facing the fountains. Seeing David Lee Roth at the House of Blues. Will have two nice dinners - one I know will be at Andiamo (The D) and the other is TBD. Thinking maybe Yardbird (haven't been there yet) or maybe someplace closer to Cosmo - TBD.

Here are the massage prices at the Cosmo.  2.5X.  Good Thai Spa not as luxurious (strip mall) so it all depends on what you are looking for.  We'd rather spend the money on nice dinners, concerts, etc.  The spas at these casinos are rip offs.

MASSAGE

Sahra Desert Aromatherapy Massage 80 / 100 min $285 / 385 $295 / 395 Sahra Therapeutic Stone Massage 80 / 100 min $285 / 385 $295 / 395 Mana Lomi Massage 80 / 100 min $285 / 385 $295 / 395 Sahra Signature Massage 50 / 80 / 100 min $195 / 275 / 375 $205 / 285 / 385 Essential Massage 50 / 80 / 100 min $175 / 255 / 355 $185 / 265 / 365 Balance & Harmony Massage 50 / 80 / 100 min $185 / 265 / 365 $195 / 275 / 375

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1 hour ago, Judge Smails said:

Here are the massage prices at the Cosmo.  2.5X.  Good Thai Spa not as luxurious (strip mall) so it all depends on what you are looking for.  We'd rather spend the money on nice dinners, concerts, etc.  The spas at these casinos are rip offs.

MASSAGE

Sahra Desert Aromatherapy Massage 80 / 100 min $285 / 385 $295 / 395 Sahra Therapeutic Stone Massage 80 / 100 min $285 / 385 $295 / 395 Mana Lomi Massage 80 / 100 min $285 / 385 $295 / 395 Sahra Signature Massage 50 / 80 / 100 min $195 / 275 / 375 $205 / 285 / 385 Essential Massage 50 / 80 / 100 min $175 / 255 / 355 $185 / 265 / 365 Balance & Harmony Massage 50 / 80 / 100 min $185 / 265 / 365 $195 / 275 / 375

Yeah, the spa prices at strip hotels are ludicrous. Almost never worth it. The only thing I can think of I really enjoyed was an "access" pass at the Canyon Ranch Spa (Venetian). That was awesome. But the massages and services? Simply not worth it IMO.

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Wife is there now.  She had me look at spa stuff. Massages were running about $5 a minute after tax and tip and that is without a happy ending.  

Facials are somehow even more. Like $8 a minute.  

The spa day pass is where it's at.  Ceasers is usually the best rated day pass.  

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One service I have enjoyed in Vegas is a straight-razor shave. I've been a couple different places but the best experience was at the Bellagio spa. I love the old school vibe there and the shave is dynamite. Highly recommend the shave experience as hangover recovery.

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Anyone have Super Bowl party recommendations that won’t break the bank? Reached out for more info on the Lavo party since we’re staying at the Venetian but they don’t have the details quite yet.

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3 hours ago, 3 hour lunch said:

Anyone have Super Bowl party recommendations that won’t break the bank? Reached out for more info on the Lavo party since we’re staying at the Venetian but they don’t have the details quite yet.

Avoid Nacho Daddy.  They advertised something like $75 tickets, but when we got there Sunday afternoon they charged us $100 (we paid because we had no where else to go).  All you can eat Nacho Bar, but as the game wore on things got colder and less appetizing.

If you are on Facebook, there is a group:  VegasBigGame that you can find some pretty good descriptions of parties/reviews and a lot of the planners post on there.

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3 hours ago, 3 hour lunch said:

Anyone have Super Bowl party recommendations that won’t break the bank? Reached out for more info on the Lavo party since we’re staying at the Venetian but they don’t have the details quite yet.

How many people in your group?

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14 hours ago, Mr. Landry said:

 

If you are on Facebook, there is a group:  VegasBigGame that you can find some pretty good descriptions of parties/reviews and a lot of the planners post on

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Anyone thinking about going for the NFL draft next year?  Checked but there don't seem to be many details released yet.  

Definitely planning on being there when my Eagles visit in 2021.

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On 12/4/2019 at 10:45 PM, jvdesigns2002 said:

Good ole Ellis island.  I've never stayed there--but I've certainly enjoyed their cheap and famous Steak special several times.  Now that you mention it---I've also had decent luck there on their slots and their video poker.  

They actually have pretty good beer too, but we could never handle the smoke. 

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On 12/11/2019 at 7:31 PM, 3 hour lunch said:

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My brother and I had a great time at the Twin Peaks party last year, definitely look into that one. I've heard great things about the Casa di Amore party as well and would have went that route but we liked the food options at Twin Peaks better.

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On 12/10/2019 at 3:15 PM, soothsayer said:

Yeah, the spa prices at strip hotels are ludicrous. Almost never worth it. The only thing I can think of I really enjoyed was an "access" pass at the Canyon Ranch Spa (Venetian). That was awesome. But the massages and services? Simply not worth it IMO.

I have to disagree here but it depends on how you do it. My wife loves going to the Wynn/Encore/Cosmo spas. Sure $350-400 is expensive but she'll spend 7-8 hours there enjoying all of the amenities which gives me time to enjoy football at a sports book without worrying about her not having fun. Besides, I can easily lose way more than $400 in 8 hours betting the games and playing video poker haha.

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Just booked for Feb. 22-25 and march 26-29 as well as end of june. All free stays(no resort fees still but i suspect this will be changing soon) at the Wynn with free buffets as well. 

Not as big if a fan of the north side of the strip, but cant beat the price. 

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headed to vegas this weekend :banned: Has anyone used mobile betting while there? Sometimes the lines at the venetian/palazzo books can be brutal right before kickoff and I'd prefer to just stay at my poker machine or table and make my bets.

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Just found out my yearly trip for the kickoff of March Madness will not happen this year.  Initially I was pretty bummed, but really did some soul-searching and have kind of done a 180 on the whole thing.  

Vegas is effing expensive and as (basically) a single-income family it just doesn't make any sense for me to go out and blow $2k, including airfare and hotel, for 3 days of debauchery.  I love to get my gamble on (sports-wise), but feel that I'm too stingy to go play table games, which are insanely expensive on these kinds of weekends.

And I just can't bring myself to spend $15 on a drink.  

2 years ago I was on a new medication that apparently didn't mix well with booze, so I was in my hotel room half the time.  Last year I was good to go, but ended up feeling bad about spending all the money, so I think I was a drag on the group.

My buddy claims that he's "going with a different set of buddies this year so he doesn't have to plan everything", but I get the sense that he's just being nice to me and simply doesn't want me to go.  Which I'm fine with

I'm not sure I'll ever go back.  I'm 46 and just can't handle it, especially from a money standpoint.

Sorry to be a buzzkill in a thread that's all about having fun, just had to get it off my chest.

And, instead of dropping $2k in March, I'll spend $500ish at a reunion for my fraternity up at my alma mater in May.... and then will be going back up to said alma mater (UC Santa Barbara) for another little reunion-of-sorts in September.

Y'all enjoy Vegas but I think I've had my fill.  :bag:

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7 minutes ago, nirad3 said:

Y'all enjoy Vegas but I think I've had my fill.  :bag:

No recriminations from me. They really have lost their way in terms of the value proposition they used to be, particularly on the Strip. They are counting on ever-increasing convention and sports-related business. (In addition to the Knights and Raiders, there are groups trying to bring MLB and NBA teams.)

Downtown and off-Strip is where the deals are now. Still, you have to hustle harder than ever to find them.

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Penciling in the last weekend of February for a solo(?) trip. Might bring a girl or see one I have there. Mostly going to play table games. Unfortunately have a "free" entry into a blackjack tourney that could pay a hundred bucks and "free" stay for March 1-3 but can't take time off work.

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26 minutes ago, CGRdrJoe said:

headed to vegas this weekend :banned: Has anyone used mobile betting while there? Sometimes the lines at the venetian/palazzo books can be brutal right before kickoff and I'd prefer to just stay at my poker machine or table and make my bets.

I have the PlayMGM app on my phone for when I go.  Funded it a couple of years ago and just withdraw part of my winnings (so far I've been lucky) before I leave town.

For that one, you have to get a player's card, register for the app, and then fund it.  Took maybe 15 minutes from beginning to end.  WAY easier than the long lines for sure.  I do kind of like having the betting tickets in hand to sort through and see how I'm doing on a football Saturday or Sunday, but I still can't recommend the app enough.  (Obviously can't speak to the CG app you'd want at Venetian but I'm guessing it's similar.)

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17 minutes ago, kevzilla said:

No recriminations from me. They really have lost their way in terms of the value proposition they used to be, particularly on the Strip. They are counting on ever-increasing convention and sports-related business. (In addition to the Knights and Raiders, there are groups trying to bring MLB and NBA teams.)

Downtown and off-Strip is where the deals are now. Still, you have to hustle harder than ever to find them.

Yeah.  The group I went with always stayed at the Palazzo (and despite getting a discount, it was $$$) and got (again, at a discount) a couch at Lagasse's.  And then they wanted to stay on the Strip for the most part.  I kinda feel like a d00sh for not wanting to drop the coin, but I'd rather "high roll" in Santa Barbara and eat and drink like a champ and spend WAY less.  Anyways, I'm just here to convince myself I've made a good decision.  :) 

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1 hour ago, nirad3 said:

Yeah.  The group I went with always stayed at the Palazzo (and despite getting a discount, it was $$$) and got (again, at a discount) a couch at Lagasse's.  And then they wanted to stay on the Strip for the most part.  I kinda feel like a d00sh for not wanting to drop the coin, but I'd rather "high roll" in Santa Barbara and eat and drink like a champ and spend WAY less.  Anyways, I'm just here to convince myself I've made a good decision.  :) 

I'm with Kev.  If my buddies I go with insisted on staying on Strip for the whole trip I'd be out too.  This last trip we stayed two of the nights in a Wyndham Condo, went to Top Golf for an afternoon (right across the street), and spent most of our gambling time at Ellis Island, other than Friday night downtown (which was a blast) and Sunday betting and watching football at Palazzo.  Nothing wrong with being frugal bud.  I'm right there with you.

It's interesting, we are in your age range and all 4 of us want more of the "real" Vegas than we want the glitz of the Strip.  I'm kinda surprised your buddies haven't gravitated that way as well.

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Buddy just booked some comp nights at Cosmo over Super Bowl weekend....seriously considering joining him for that. 

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2 hours ago, facook said:

I'm with Kev.  If my buddies I go with insisted on staying on Strip for the whole trip I'd be out too.  This last trip we stayed two of the nights in a Wyndham Condo, went to Top Golf for an afternoon (right across the street), and spent most of our gambling time at Ellis Island, other than Friday night downtown (which was a blast) and Sunday betting and watching football at Palazzo.  Nothing wrong with being frugal bud.  I'm right there with you.

It's interesting, we are in your age range and all 4 of us want more of the "real" Vegas than we want the glitz of the Strip.  I'm kinda surprised your buddies haven't gravitated that way as well.

You stayed at the Wyndham Grand Desert. I have mentioned that place here in this thread several times.  The suites there are perfect to throw a party-great to have some drinks, order some pizzas, get a case of beer--just super nice and super chill. Staying at a place like that can really help staying on budget as paying "hotel" strip prices for food and drink can get super painful.  

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On 1/6/2020 at 4:24 PM, facook said:

I have the PlayMGM app on my phone for when I go.  Funded it a couple of years ago and just withdraw part of my winnings (so far I've been lucky) before I leave town.

For that one, you have to get a player's card, register for the app, and then fund it.  Took maybe 15 minutes from beginning to end.  WAY easier than the long lines for sure.  I do kind of like having the betting tickets in hand to sort through and see how I'm doing on a football Saturday or Sunday, but I still can't recommend the app enough.  (Obviously can't speak to the CG app you'd want at Venetian but I'm guessing it's similar.)

they take your SSN and issue you a tax form at the end of the year, right?

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1 minute ago, Tiger Fan said:

they take your SSN and issue you a tax form at the end of the year, right?

Correct.

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