Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 9, 2002

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If you missed last weeks issue, click here to read it in the archives. If you are new to the list, hang tight. Your first regular issue will arrive next week.

We Were Featured: Las Vegas Review-Journal “Online Guy” columnist Al Gibes featured our New Year’s Eve Las Vegas site in his recent article. Check out the article!

Reader Feedback

VegasJules wrote:

I love the new format! I’ve enjoyed reading your newsletter for a while now, and I always love getting the scoop on my favorite city. Even though I don’t have a trip in the planning (at the moment, but I’m always hoping!), I can always count on you for some great info! Thanks!

Shanny Aitken wrote:

The new look your newsletter is sporting is great! Thanks for all the helpful information. Each trip to Las Vegas, we arrive better informed than the trip before!

I want to thank everyone for the nice words and great response to our spruced up format. Same great info, same “tell it like it is” philosophy, but with a little more visual spice to bring Las Vegas to you!

Message Board Member “nn23” wrote:

I don’t think kids belong in Las Vegas. Its an adult city, Alcohol, parties, gambling, adult entertainment… I would never bring kids to Las Vegas… I wish other people wouldn’t either. Take your kids to Disney, not Las Vegas… Let us adults have fun, an enjoy ourselves.

Readers, what do you think? Do you take your kids to Las Vegas or do you see it as an adult destination? Tell us your thoughts and experiences in our Kids In Las Vegas forum.

Jim O’Hara from Chicago wrote:

I have to agree with the poll, on the locals casinos, in the recent newsletter. About two months ago we visited the Gold Coast. How or why we went there I don’t know but we were pleasantly surprised. I had been in the Gold Coast a number of years ago ( a whole story in itself) and thought it to be rather shabby. We ate at the buffet, played for a number of hours and really enjoyed ourselves. It certainly didn’t hurt that I hit a royal.

If anyone missed it, go check out the poll results.

Richard and Barbara Paro wrote:

I just want to start off saying I love, love, love your news letter. I’ve only been getting it for a couple of months. I have two questions. One is on comped rooms. We are coming to Vegas in Nov. and are staying at the (name of casino withheld). We have been there before 2 times.

We get our room comped for three nights. We spend anywhere from a thousand to fifteen hundred a day. That’s our money not what we win in between. We would like to go to other places to see some of the things you talk about, and see if we could win at other casinos but feel obligated to spend our time and money where we get comped. How can we do both, and how much do we have to spend to still get comped?

Comps are the big question and source of confusion here in Las Vegas. I withheld the name of the casino involved here not because of any problems, but because this is a general issue.

First of all, casinos aren’t comping you because they are “nice guys.” They are comping you because they realize you will lose more than your comps cost them over time. Think about this: In return for giving you a room that probably would have gone empty and costs them a few bucks a day to maintain, you are giving them heavy play and not even leaving the place. That is no way to enjoy Las Vegas!

You have a number of options. One is to split your play on your next visit between this casino and another two or three that you are interested in. The odds are that the first casino won’t cut your free nights right away. If you were to visit time and time again and not gamble much there, then they would probably pull back the comp offers.

Play at other places and see if you win, and if they offer you anything. Or come to town and take $50-100 of that daily gambling budget and buy a room so you don’t feel obligated and you can go test the waters elsewhere.

Another new option that many take advantage of is the ability to see right away online what casinos are giving away what comps for what level of play. Playsis lets you enter the amount of your bet, how long you play, and they will offer you a comp level at various hotels right up front. No phone calls, no negotiating, no hoping that “Vinnie” at the casino will smile down upon you. So you might want to check out Playsis.

Message Board Member “mytrn41” wrote:

Glad to here you are not tiring of Vegas anytime soon. Hope to retire there some day. Not a gambler, but love the weather, mountains and the mystery of the dessert.

Look forward to your newsletters, keep up the informative mailings. Visit often, but for different reasons. Enjoy driving up to Mt Charleston, or to Red Rock Canyon. Even a trip to a local Wal-Mart with the beautiful Mountain setting behind, something you cannot experience in our town of Hebron, Illinois.

I could not agree with you more. I too like to see an area when I travel, and not just the resort areas. There is so much more to do here than gambling! Mt. Charleston and Red Rock are stunning and we have some great tours where you can see them in a few hours.

For those thinking of moving here, we have two new pages of info:

Message Board Member “fla5h2001” wrote:

My my favorite last fine dining experience was on VOODOO Cafe on top of the RIO! The service was superb and the food, OH my GOD is was truly to die for!

Check out more info on the Voodoo Cafe and tell us about your best (or worst) Las Vegas dining experiences in the dining forums at our Message Boards.

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

Senior Content Editor

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October 9, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770


Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 17, 2001

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This Issue: De La Guarda

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EDITORS NOTE: It was an interesting week in Las Vegas, with two straight days of rain and one lucky $9 million Megabucks winner. Despite a match that is failing to draw intense interest, SuperBowl weekend is shaping up to be as huge as ever so make sure you check out our link to the updated listings. Also, if you enjoy this newsletter, please take a few seconds and rate us at

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

SURVIVOR – A handful of local hotels have placed odds on who will win the new round of the CBS television show Survivor. The odds are for entertainment only, since Nevada law prohibits taking bets on events with a known outcome (which explains why you can’t bet wrestling, something that is frequently asked). Story at

SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING – Visitors and new residents are sometimes surprised to discover that you can ski and snowboard an hour from Las Vegas on beautiful Mt. Charleston. Story at

SIEGFRIED & ROY – are rumored to be on the verge of signing a “lifetime” contract with the Mirage that will let them finish out their careers at the hotel that brought them their present wealth and fame. Story at

HOT SPRINGS – About an hour east of town is a scenic and reasonable secluded area with two springs that well out of the desert. Full story and map at

ART BELL – The infamous late night talk host returns to the airwaves Feb. 5, broadcasting from his remote house in Pahrump, NV (about an hour west of Las Vegas). His show is heard on over 400 stations nationwide (you can’t flip around the AM dial late night without hearing him on 2-3 frequencies) and the show returns to flagship station KDWN 720 AM here in Las Vegas. KDWN is one of the many Las Vegas stations you can listen to online. We have a full list at

NOT SMOG – That brown haze that hangs over Las Vegas is dust kicked up from the desert. It isn’t pretty, and we are in EPA violation over it. The desert is a naturally dusty environment and the onslaught of new construction kicks it up at a ferocious rate. Full story at

NEW YEARS EVE PHOTOS – It appears some people were confused and assumed that the five example photos were the only photos we posted. If you didn’t see all 30 photos, the photo tour starts at

REGIS – broadcasts his show from The Rio this week (Tuesday – Friday). Check local listings for show times and channels.

MEGABUCKS HIT – at Harrah’s for $9 million. A US Airways flight attendant decided to do some gambling on her layover and made it a very profitable one. Full story at

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SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Legends of Comedy –

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at

SuperBowl – More hotels have listed their SuperBowl parties. List at

Drew Carey’s Improv All Stars – comes to the MGM Jan. 25-28. Live performances on Jan. 27 will air live on Pay Per View. Tickets are $85 inclusive and on sale at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at (MGM link).

Headliners – The following headliners have been added to our Shows and Headliners page at : Don Rickles, George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Carrot Top, Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones, and David Copperfield.

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Florida Cafe (Howard Johnson’s Strip) –

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 54/36 Mostly Cloudy
Saturday – 54/34 Mostly Cloudy
Sunday – 62/33 Partly Cloudy
Monday – 62/32 Partly Cloudy
Thursday – 62/33 Partly Cloudy

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de-la-guarda-rio.jpg (12198 bytes)DE LA GUARDA – This new show at The Rio defies all description, but I’m going to try! The show combines elements of carnival, rave, concert and theater. There is no dialogue, no star, and NO SEATS! Instead, the action and performers fly over your head in a loosely choreographed display. Later in the show, the cast actually mingles in the audience encouraging general happy excitement and dancing. Confetti, balloons, and manufactured rain contribute to the controlled and very entertaining chaos.

Most of the show takes place over your head. You walk into a dark theater surrounded in black with a paper ceiling over your head. The paper covers the entire show area, and is backlit to provide a unique landscape that lets the cast and technicians use sight and sound creating a buildup to a show that explodes from the sky.

The free flowing show uses electronic music and live vocal chants to stimulate the ears as a sharp contrast to the primal basics of water, balloons, unusual lighting variety and the human form to pleasure the eyes.

The beauty of the show is that you can make it out to be whatever you want. You can stand at the edge of the action and just take it all in (keeping clean and dry) or you can surge to the center of the crowd and dance in rave fashion soaking in the “rain” and excitement. While not sexual in nature, it is primal and stretches your imagination. It is for the young or young at heart and requires an open mind. If you still enjoy a good rollercoaster ride, you will probably enjoy this show.

De La Guarda plays Tuesday – Saturday at 9:00 PM with an additional Saturday night show at 11:30 PM. Tickets are $45 plus tax and available by calling 702-252-7776 Casual attire is encouraged.

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Jean Haka of Waukesha WI wrote:

>Hi Ted!!!
>Just a short note today on our wonderful New Years Las Vegas
>experience!á We arrived in Las Vegas on December 30 from the snowy
>Midwest — were happy to just to be in the warmest place in the nation
>for over New Year’s!á Yes, and we broke the rules and brought our 2
>kids along, but both are teens / almost teens and have been to Las Vegas
>before.á (Also, being an airline employee, they’re used to traveling
>and have been to Vegas 2 times before). I was prepared for massive
>crowds and waits to play the slot machines etc., but I was surprised
>that I could get to almost any slot that I wanted, the crowds didn’t
>overwhelm us and we had a great time!á We stayed at the Flamingo which
>worked out well especially on the night of New Year’s Eve.á Whenever
>we go with the kids, it is a different type of vacation than when just
>the hubby and myself go — visited Madame T’ s Celebrity “Wax”
>Encounter — it is amazing!!!á Also went to the top of the Stratosphere
>with the kids — well worth it!á Did the malls at Venetian and MGM, too.
>Had a great time!á The night of the fireworks we started out down by
>the Luxor — thinking that it would be less crowded down there and a
>better view up the strip.á We decided to relocate closer to our hotel
>about 10 PM and took the monorail back to Bally’s.á We ended up
>standing in front of Ballys in the plaza area with some other local
>families with kids, too.á There were a ton of police and security all
>over — so we all felt safe.á We did NOT venture out onto the street
>itself, which was closed and packed with people–mostly the
>twenty-somethings and all having a great time!á We enjoyed the
>fireworks — it was great to be part of the biggest party in the world
>for New Year’s Eve for the REAL millennium and the kids really enjoyed
>it, too!á Then we just had to fight the crowds going across the street
>and back to our hotel and get an elevator up to our room along with
>the hundreds of others all doing the same thing!á We returned back to
>the snowy mid-west on January 3 — I’d say that by Jan.á2 almost half
>of the original NY Eve guests were gone–but some were starting to
>come in for the big electronics convention the following weekend.á I
>was amazed that when we were walking back to the Flamingo after the
>fireworks had ended how many of the crowd were walking down the street
>back to cars etc. — I’d say that over 50% of the crowd was walking away
>from the strip!!!á (Does anyone stay in California to celebrate the
>holidays — do they all come to Las Vegas?) But over-all it was great!
>I’d do it again — with or without the kids!

Glad you had a great time. There isn’t anywhere quite like Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve! My continued strong warnings about bringing children to Las Vegas aren’t anti-child or meant to be a blanket statement. It is a warning for first-time visitors under the false impression that this is a family town. While Las Vegas was only marketed as a family destination for a couple of years in the early 90’s, the general media continues to perpetuate the myth.

Many of our readers are gleaning information for their first ever visit and to them I continue to advise coming without the children. After a visit, you can then decide if your children’s ages and interests are conducive to what Las Vegas has to offer, and more importantly, if you are willing to think about the arrangements ahead of time so that both parents have the time to gamble if they wish.

Ken Armstrong of Ontario, Canada wrote:

>Look forward very much to your newsletter.á We have been to Vegas each
>year for the past eleven years & booked our trip for this year today.
>We have always stayed at the Stardust as we bring other couples with
>us and they find it easy to find their way around there.á Good
>location, nice clean rooms, good restaurants & the new buffet is
>great.á We liked the old Warehouse (buffet) but things change.á The staff at
>the stardust are all just great people.á My question is regarding the
>Frontier hotel. On our last visit there was talk of a new building
>replacing it & as I check construction news etc., I find no mention of
>it.áPerhaps you can help.áKeep up the good work & thanks for
>keeping people informed.

Plans to remodel or implode the Frontier were put on hold a few months ago in light of a softening economy and tighter financing market.

Mark Basingstoke of Hants, England wrote:

>ááááááááááááááááááá I have been receiving your news letter for over a
>year now and think the content and advice you give is first class.á I
>went to Vegas for the first time in Jan. last year for 4 days and I was
>hooked.á We then went for 10 days in Sept which was absolutely
>fantastic, I just love the place.á My girlfriend and I are planning
>another 2 or 3 breaks there year.á One will be New Years Eve (enjoyed
>your photo’s) we cannot make up our mind about other times.á Do they
>have any major celebration’s for 4th July as this is one time we are
>thinking of coming over.á Keep up the excellent work.

New Year’s Eve is unique in the total closing down of The Strip, and this is the first time in over a decade that there have been fireworks (although talk is strong of making it a yearly tradition). American holidays like July 4’th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, et. al. are just very, very crowded and expensive weekends. While Las Vegas has a number of July 4’th fireworks displays, the only one near The Strip has been at the Stratosphere, and not the overwhelming type of display we had on New Year’s. With the exception of New Year’s, I’d plan your vacation away from the crowded holiday weekends.

Wendy Prior wrote:

>I would just like to write and thank you for the comprehensive news
>bulletin on Las Vegas and for all the hard work you so readily put in.
>Again this is greatly appreciated.
>I will be visiting Las Vegas in the first week of June and your
>bulletin has allowed us to obtain the optimum stay.

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