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Posted: 4/16/2012 5:54:54 PM
Been searching the traditional "vacation packages" at different sites (hotwire, travelocity, priceline, etc...anything savings.com recommends) and as some of you probably already now its all relative departure time, locations, days of the week, etc but not only that but the hotel.  Monkeyed around, found some value taking the red-eye flights...but am open to any suggestions you all may have.  I am entertatining some deals found with Luxor--do not hear much about it on here.  Whats your thoughts?  Plus, which casino is the largest--or better said has the largest selection of table games--particularly BJ and roulette?  Would love to find one that meets that description while also having a sportsbook.  I'm not a real heavy hitter, but will have a few G's to play with.

I've read just about every thread offered in the Vegas forum, but wanted some specifics.  Leaving last weekend in May 31- June3.  Vegas Gourmet--always appreciate reading your input.  You seem very knowledgeable with your Vegas experience.  Thanks.
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Posted: 4/16/2012 9:23:22 PM
I dont know if this helps or not but i'll tell ya what we did on my first vegas outing several years back. I went with a few older gentlemen who took the trip annually and pretty much had everything planned according to their previous experiences. Their favorite place to stay was the flamingo. I dont know about these days but when we went, the flamingo was considerably cheaper as its one of the older casinos and isnt nearly the mega structures like the newer ones. You can tell its somewhat dated but was very clean and pretty cool in an "older charming" type of way. Their sportsbook isnt even an electronic one, they still write it up on the board manually with a marker! But they had everything we needed and then some. Table games, restaurants, sportsbook, and bars. But the best part about the flamingo(in my opinion) was the location. It was pretty much located in the middle of the strip so you werent super far from anything. And remember that your hotel room is pretty much nothing more than a storage unit for all your garbage while your out running wild! And by the way, i have stayed at the luxor and its a really cool place(especially if you like egyptian garbage) and is much more modern. Regardless, you'll have a blast anywhere so good luck and tear that garbage up!! 
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Posted: 4/16/2012 9:47:01 PM
call those cards asap 
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Posted: 4/16/2012 10:19:59 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by THA-GODROD:

I dont know if this helps or not but i'll tell ya what we did on my first vegas outing several years back. I went with a few older gentlemen who took the trip annually and pretty much had everything planned according to their previous experiences. Their favorite place to stay was the flamingo. I dont know about these days but when we went, the flamingo was considerably cheaper as its one of the older casinos and isnt nearly the mega structures like the newer ones. You can tell its somewhat dated but was very clean and pretty cool in an "older charming" type of way. Their sportsbook isnt even an electronic one, they still write it up on the board manually with a marker! But they had everything we needed and then some. Table games, restaurants, sportsbook, and bars. But the best part about the flamingo(in my opinion) was the location. It was pretty much located in the middle of the strip so you werent super far from anything. And remember that your hotel room is pretty much nothing more than a storage unit for all your garbage while your out running wild! And by the way, i have stayed at the luxor and its a really cool place(especially if you like egyptian garbage) and is much more modern. Regardless, you'll have a blast anywhere so good luck and tear that garbage up!! 

Always interested in hearing others experiences.  Thanks.
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Posted: 4/17/2012 1:06:18 AM
don't stay at luxor

i stayed there i got sick from the mold in the room it was friggin terrible

are you going to party or just gamble?

if ya stay on the strip ya will have a wide variety of table games you can play so that won't be an issue

i'm 27 and i go every year, i like the mgm the best

i've stayed all over but the best bang for your buck is mgm
it has a younger crowd and more of party atmosphere

the more expensive hotels i've noticed, older people (who have money) and i was pretty much out of my element

get wasted walk the strip get as many cards as you can and when u get back to your hotel, make it rain with the cards

it always makes me laugh
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Posted: 4/25/2012 8:22:02 PM
Bring enough money to last you most of the trip...if you keep hitting up ATMs in casinos they charge you like $5 fee each time.
Go to the all you can eat seafood buffet at Rio.
Go to OG's and get some box
Bring a lot of condoms for those hookers
Hit In'and Out" Burger at least once (especially if you are on east coast like me and we don't have them out there)
MGM has the biggest casino..if you play blackjack or craps, good place to play
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Posted: 5/5/2012 1:08:53 PM

Book a vacation package at Southwest.com.  I only book there.  They have the best rates and it's nonstop from here.  Beware of all MGM properties.  They all charge a daily resort fee and you cannot get out of it.  I would suggest a Harrahs property.  They have NO resort fees.  Planet Hollywood, Caesars of course.  I'm actually staying at Flamingo this month with an upgraded room.  Harrahs really isn't that bad either. THey have clean rooms and the casino is pretty good.

 

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Posted: 5/5/2012 2:38:22 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by BigJeezy70:

Book a vacation package at Southwest.com.  I only book there.  They have the best rates and it's nonstop from here.  Beware of all MGM properties.  They all charge a daily resort fee and you cannot get out of it.  I would suggest a Harrahs property.  They have NO resort fees.  Planet Hollywood, Caesars of course.  I'm actually staying at Flamingo this month with an upgraded room.  Harrahs really isn't that bad either. THey have clean rooms and the casino is pretty good.

 



What difference does it make if it's a resort fee or a room fee?  Total fee is what matters, right?  And you can get out of it.  Get your room comped and there's no resort fee.
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Posted: 5/7/2012 7:56:57 PM

i'd go to Hotwire.com   find the hotel with the highest star rating for the best price...i wouldn't darn around with these shithole props like the flamingo, harrahs, luxor, etc.   On hotwire if you book far enough in advance and you'll get a 4/5 star hotel for 70-150/night and you'll be staying @ Trump, Treasure Island, Venetian, Paris, Ceasars, Belagio, Wynn...don't worry that you can't see the name of the hotel...just make sure its a 4 or 5 star and you'll be set..book early and you can stay @ one of Vegas' finest properties for what it would cost to stay @ Bally's booking direct.

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Posted: 5/10/2012 4:21:22 AM

Ive heard bad things about luxor, i would try for mandalay bay or for a little less stay downtown, Cal, Main Street, Fremont . I stayed at the Cal last week and it was pretty good, bed was damn comfortable, service was good. For the strip though i would hit Mandalay, Mirage, Rio, or if ya wanna spend the money the Wynn. Good Luck

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Posted: 5/10/2012 11:32:15 AM
Looks like a week of $50 hookers and whiskey drinks! Plan to stay at the MGM--cull me up one of those dirty person and peel it back like a broken down catchers mitt when I get thru with her! Word on the street is if the look like college girls they're two dollar shores, and if they look like these two dollar shores on nickel nite they're probably college girls! But my drunken stupor and whiskey person won't mind the difference im afraid. Thanks for the tips gents! Looking forward to a little gambling and a little soaking.
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Posted: 5/10/2012 12:32:05 PM
haha what??? good luck 2dawg
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Posted: 5/10/2012 1:25:23 PM
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Posted: 5/10/2012 3:01:35 PM
Street trade is nasty and theres ALWAYS a sad story.Hang out at the lounge.GL
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Posted: 5/10/2012 3:45:48 PM
Boys, when your packing something that looks stolen off a small race pony (which im not) and strutting around as virile as a 4-balled Tomcat (which I am)...always makes for an eventful combination!
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Posted: 5/10/2012 3:56:56 PM
Brother post a recap in Vegas Hooker Stories. Vegas hookers are pros keep your head up.
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Posted: 5/21/2012 12:51:08 PM
There is an nfl event that week at the palms on thurs and fri. If you want a deal, stay there, it's under 100 bucks a night and cool stuff going on. I'll be attending the events but staying at Wynn/encore til mon the 4th
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Posted: 5/22/2012 8:45:27 PM

you have to decide what type of Vegas trip you want. I go once a year now but used to go twice a year in my 20's. I would do stuff unique to Vegas, you can go to a topless bar anywhere so I wouldn't waste my time. However you can go to a club anywhere but the clubs in Vegas are spectacular and just a different vibe. You can see a comedy show anywhere but spend the extra money on a big star you want to see that may only do Vegas.

I am a "strip snob" now, but when I was really into gambling I went to the station casinos around town where more locals go and much better odds. The odds have become increasingly worse on the stip to the point I barely gamble anymore other than a few hours. Beware the tables offering hand dealt black jack. They pay 6 to 5 odds on a black jack which is player unfriendly it will kill  you even just in 2-3 hours of play.

breakfast buffet paris hotel-excellent crepes, fresh fruit, pastry

sportsbook  casaers palace-best vibe for big event

poker mirage-best for newcomers, great staff

club-Pure Ceasars Palace

casino  MGM numerous tables, good dealers, backup-Hard Rock for music and feel.

lunch/dinner-Pink Taco Hard Rock hotel/casino great margaritas, original/californian food.

best pool-Mandalay bay/Hard rock

Don't pressure the trip, decide what type of trip and focus on those activites.

 

 

 

 

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Posted: 5/22/2012 8:59:23 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by 2dawgnation2:

Looks like a week of $50 hookers and whiskey drinks! Plan to stay at the MGM--cull me up one of those dirty person and peel it back like a broken down catchers mitt when I get thru with her! Word on the street is if the look like college girls they're two dollar shores, and if they look like these two dollar shores on nickel nite they're probably college girls! But my drunken stupor and whiskey person won't mind the difference im afraid. Thanks for the tips gents! Looking forward to a little gambling and a little soaking.
Fifty dollar hooker, in Vegas, at that rate quality would be an issue, be careful and always remember to treat people with respect
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Posted: 5/23/2012 1:53:37 AM
if you dont need to use the internet, rio hotel is one of the best, i just dont care for it that much cause internet costs 14.99 a day which is idiotic but if you not using the internet for anything then its great casino , the rooms are really nice for the price
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