Access Vegas Insider Vibe February 28, 2018

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – Where we’re finally starting to pull out of what was a very windy, cold, not-so-pleasant month of February. Except for this weekend, I’m happy to report that the first couple weeks of March are looking pretty good! Highs in the 60’s with only modest desert breezes and we’re saying goodbye to overnight lows in the 30’s.

The Hits Keep On Coming – MGM Resorts has decided to raise resort fees at many of their properties this week. In a world where resort fees (plus the taxes on them) are pushing $40, the properties are playing a cute shell game here. For those who get comped rooms (but not resort fee comps), it isn’t as much of a comp.

You are not only giving them your money in the casino, but you are essentially “paying” for the room. To those at higher levels of play who get room, resort fee, and parking comped: Just a few years ago, there was either none (or a very, very modest) resort fee and parking was free. So, they are giving you some “comped” stuff that didn’t used to cost anything. Pretty shifty!

The backlash is starting to boil over. I recently had an op-ed published in the Review-Journal (Nevada’s largest newspaper):

COMMENTARY: Some warning signs in Las Vegas tourism numbers

A couple days later, gaming business writer Rick Velotta cited my thoughts, and piled on with his own concerns:

Parking, resort fees could put damper on Las Vegas Strip boom

We’re going to make some noise, and we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, we’re helping members find value and savings in the “new” Las Vegas. You just have to know where to look!

More Good News For You – In my members-only audio column from last week, I noted that 15,000 rooms are coming online in about 3 years. Then, I backed that number off to 12,000 as I couldn’t remember one of the properties. The number is indeed around 15,000. Between Resorts World (former Stardust), Wynn Paradise Park, Wynn West, Fontainebleau, and the (yet to be named) former Las Vegas Club, we’ll see a 10% increase in available rooms.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

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Las Vegas Shows

Inferno Heats Up The Las Vegas Strip

“INFERNO: The Fire Spectacular” at Paris Las Vegas is truly unlike any other show on the Strip. It’s definitely a whole lot hotter and that’s not just because of the copious amounts of fire. The Fuel Girls are the new breed of Vegas showgirl and their sultry allure is one of a kind.

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Las Vegas Dining

Five Restaurants With A View Of The Bellagio Fountains To Try This Weekend In Las Vegas

A warm desert night spent watching the silhouette of a crowd gathered to take in the dancing Bellagio Fountains creates one of the most authentic moments in Las Vegas. Rivulets of water sway back and forth, Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” plays and for a moment everyone on the Strip becomes transfixed by the same magical sight – no easy feat in Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

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Las Vegas Gambling

Woman Wins Largest Bingo Jackpot In Las Vegas History

A local woman won the largest Dual Daub bingo jackpot in Las Vegas history at a west Valley casino. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, walked away with a jackpot totaling $110,726 from Summerlin’s Rampart Casino, according to a release.

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Las Vegas Hotels

11 Las Vegas Resorts Take Top Honors From U.S. News & World Report

Eleven Las Vegas resorts made U.S. News &World Report’s list of the world’s top hotels, the Washington-based organization reported Monday. The 11 “gold badge” winners, the top 10 percent of the list, out of 46 ranked hotels in Southern Nevada place Las Vegas in a tie for second with Los Angeles for the most gold properties in the United States.

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Members Mania

I’m a blackjack novice. Do you have any advice to have a better chance at winning?

Charlie Casper


Ted Responds:

When I moved here in the 90’s, I counted cards, and did so successfully. However, that is TONS of practice and work. And, many modern rules have made it difficult to suceed at it these days.

For the novice or casual player, the answers are pretty simple:

1. Only play 3-2 payout of blackjack. You are getting ripped off if a blackjack pays 6-5. If the table doesn’t say what the payout is, you can ask the dealer.

Play downtown on Fremont Street. You’ll find more 3-2 payout blackjack, and lower limits perfect for learning, or just having fun.

2. Try not to play against a continuous shuffle machine. The game goes faster, so you lose faster. Plus, there is some evidence that the cards seem to come out in the house’s favor more often because of the way the machine shuffles and clumps them.

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