Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 21, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Hello From Las Vegas! Wow, wow, wow… what a past 10 days here in Las Vegas. NASCAR blazed into town with record crowds (unlike the NBA All-Star game, NASCAR produced no shootings or significant arrests) followed by The Stardust going BOOM! The entire week saw highs brushing 90 F and March Madness combined with St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Break to make it one of the most crazy weekends of the year.

Add in the locals celebrating UNLV making the NCAA Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 (who needs the NBA), two more weeks of basketball March Madness, pool weather kicking in and Las Vegas is the only place to be! (Did it snow somewhere last weekend? We don’t shovel snow here).

Maverick Helicopter Tours In The News – Our friends at Maverick Helicopter Tours were recently featured in the local news article Why crawl when you can fly? about all the celebrities, high rollers, and even race drivers that they take care of on NASCAR race days. However, you don’t have to be a celeb or high roller to enjoy their memorable, top-quality tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon (including some that actually land in the bottom of the Canyon)! They also have amazing, beautiful night flights over the Las Vegas Strip.

Cirque du Soleil and Luxor executives are announcing details of a new production set to open at Luxor Las Vegas in 2008. I’m taking a wild guess that it involves magic and Chris Angel, but every once in a while, Las Vegas throws a curve. We’ll have details next issue!

Don’t Get Lost In Vegas – So many people tell me that they do rent a car when they come to town so they can travel at their own whim (valet parking is free at all Las Vegas hotels, and cab fares add up). They also tell me they would like to venture off The Strip a bit, perhaps check out some of the “local’s casinos” they keep hearing about, but are not real fond of driving in an unfamiliar city. If you rent from Enterprise, they are offering our readers 50% OFF GPS Navigation unit rentals at airport locations at (Valid until May 31, 2007)

Enjoy This Issue!

Stardust Implosion Stories:

Dragon Boat Races At Lake Las Vegas Resort Offer Interactive Cultural Entertainment – Lake Las Vegas Resort and Facility Marketing Group Inc. invite teams to participate in Dragon Boat Races: a unique, interactive sporting and cultural event on May 4 and 5. Bringing to life ancient Chinese traditions, community gathering and celebration, the Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Las Vegas pits more than 25 teams against each other in a high-energy competition on the lake. The Las Vegas community is encouraged to join in the outdoor adventures by collecting a team of at least 16 members for a chance to win fabulous prizes and raise money for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. Click to Read The Full Story …

Cutting-Edge Ways to Turn Back the Clock – America may have just leapt one hour forward, but new spa advances offer innovative ways to turn back the hands of time. Rejuvenating jewels? Wine for well-being? Learn how the key to unlocking a whole new you may be one inventive spa experience away:

  • Toast Your Health at Nurture — The Spa at Luxor One of the hottest spa trends can now be found at Nurture — The Spa at Luxor. Vinotherapy uses the powerful anti-oxidant qualities of wine to firm the skin and slow aging. Nurture captures this healing essence in its popular Escape to Sonoma treatment. The indulgent experience begins with a relaxing full-body, grapeseed oil massage. Next, a sea salt scrub combined with crushed grape seeds exfoliates the skin before a wine body wrap restores much-needed moisture. This revitalizing 80-minute treatment is priced at $200. Luxor Las Vegas Info and Reservations
  • Spa Monte Carlo Offers Sparkling New Service – Spa Monte Carlo is harnessing the healing power of one of the world’s most beautiful jewels. The Royal Aquamarine Formula Micro-Dermabrasion treatment uses pulverized aquamarine gemstones to attain smooth, supple skin without the discomfort and high cost of other micro-dermabrasion procedures. Said to possess life-giving powers, aquamarine gems provide a gentle way to achieve radiant skin. This 50-minute treatment is priced at $185. Monte Carlo Las Vegas Info and Reservations

Another Award For A Hilton Restaurant – The Cuisine Club of Las Vegas has presented “The Award of Excellence” to Andiamo at the Las Vegas Hilton. Valentina Columbo, Chef de Cuisine of the club, made the presentation following a dinner by club members at the restaurant. Andiamo, which just celebrated its 20-year anniversary, now sports a new name: Casa Nicola. It features an enhanced menu and will continue featuring authentic flavors of Italy.

Gambling Talk: Poker Theory vs. Reality — Part One – with Victor H. Royer. In order to become good at any kind of game, poker included, it is not only necessary to learn the required rules of the game itself, but it helps if you also learn the game theory behind your game of choice, or perhaps the general game theory as that may apply to such relevant game concepts. Game theory itself is a universal concept that spans and transcends the human animal’s instinctive and innate propensity to engage in such activities, which we as sentient human beings tend to describe as “playing”, or “games”. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Clarion Hotel & Suites Emerald Springs – Best kept secret in Las Vegas. Complimentary limo or shuttle to and from McCarran International Airport. Complimentary limo or shuttle service to MGM Grand and Flamingo, Las Vegas Convention Center and Sands Expo. All rooms include coffeemakers, hairdryers, and irons/ironing boards. Suites with micros. 24-hour pool, spa and fitness center. Located only 3 blocks from the Las Vegas Strip. Business services available.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week: El Cortez Hotel and Casino – Having just undergone $18 million in renovations and new management, The El Cortez Hotel and Casino is quaint and cozy, amidst the hustle and bustle downtown Las Vegas. The hotel features ADA approved rooms as well as non-smoking rooms upon request. All accommodations are equipped with the latest in convenience and up-to-date amenities. Each guest room is tastefully appointed and spacious.

  • Click To View El Cortez Hotel and Casino: Broadband (only)

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Dear Ted,Visit 15 now over and back in NE England and reality. Still I returned with a gambling profit of $24 so I’m pleased. Saw some shows again and highlight was The Scintas @ The Sahara. Ultra-talented family + one group with truly excellent comedy and impressions and Chrissi Scinta has got one of the nicest singing voices in the USA. Joey and Frankie Scinta are two of the funniest around and Pete O’Donnell compliments with classy percussion.I recommend anyone who may be feeling down to see this show because the Scintas will lift you up as it did me. Next time in LV may be 2008 but The Scintas are my no.1.

On a down side – too many condos getting built on and around the Strip, before long there’ll be no room for new casino/hotels.

Keep up the good work Ted!

All the best from Owen (NE England)

Ted Responds:

I first enjoyed The Scintas when the started here at The Hilton, and have been thrilled to see them moving on to big crowds at The Rio and finally their long dreamed spot on The Strip at The Sahara. This is old school fun and variety done modern Vegas and I’ve never talked to anyone who attended that was disappointed. Here’s some Scintas info for everyone to enjoy for themselves:

Hi,I am retiring from my job after 20 yrs May 31st and my husband is bringing me to Las Vegas for our anniversary June 7th. I want so much to go see ‘O’, where can I find the cheapest tickets without being in the nosebleed section? Any help will be greatly appreciated.Mrs. Adams

Ted Responds:

Congratulations on your retirement! Unfortunately, there are no “cheapest tickets” as Cirque du Soleil’s O is one of the most in-demand shows in Las Vegas.

For any shows that someone really wants to see, we suggest purchasing tickets as far in advance as possible. Do keep in mind that some shows don’t release tickets more than 3-6 months in advance.

Also, given that the “good seats” are first come, first served (the farther ahead you book, the better your seats will be), anyone desiring the best seats possible for a show should book in advance. Even if some tickets for a show are still available the day of the show, you’ll much more likely to be in the last (worst) seats by booking last minute.

If you have further questions or want help deciding, please call our reservations agents at 800-696-5721.

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  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs)March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
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