Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 19, 2004

Featured Story:
Movie LegendÆs Wheels Thunder Into Vegas

Imperial Palace Auto Collection Features
Steve McQueen’s Big Chief

Also In This Issue: Newkirk’s Notes, Lance Burton at Country Awards, David Copperfield Returns, $11.2 Million Jackpot, VIP Event Tickets, more …
Book online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas hotels, shows, tours, golf, and dining.

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about.

This newsletter is published exclusively for visitors to AccessVegas.Com and can only be signed up for there. We do not buy or rent lists, and this information is only for our members and guests. If you feel you have received it in error, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom. To subscribe, visit our Newsletter Site.

Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! The weather is great, The Strip is lively, and Las Vegas is on pace for a record number of visitors this year! Memorial Day is just around the corner, and this is the hottest, craziest, most action packed time of the year short of New Year’s Eve.

Because we are hooked up with a nationwide discount rates hotel provider (low rates at hotels you know and trust), don’t sit home this coming holiday weekend. Whether visiting us in Las Vegas, visiting the beach, mountains, lake or the relatives, click here for hot low Memorial Day Weekend hotel rates.

New Look – Those with sharp eyes will notice a new look to the top of this newsletter and our main page at Over the next few weeks, we’ll be revamping and improving all areas of our site with this new look, more features, and easier navigation so you can find what you want!

Access Vegas Minute – You can hear the audio companion to this newsletter at Access Vegas Minute.

Lance Burton – (pictured at right levitating Pamela Anderson during a recent Tonight Show appearance) will be co-presenting on the American Country Music Awards for the 2nd year in a row. He will, of course do a little magic with the envelope.

Josh Turner is his co-presenter for Record of the Year. The 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, “Country’s Night To Shine” Telecast to Air Live From Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Wednesday, May 26th At 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Click for Lance Burton’s Las Vegas show info.

Free Golf Magazine – to our readers. We know many of you come to Las Vegas to hit the links, and we’re able to offer something special to our golfing readers: A completely free subscription to Golf Magazine magazine (without commitments of any kind). This is not a misprint, but it is limited time offer for our subscribers. Click for your complimentary GOLF Magazine subscription! Itching to golf on your next visit to Las Vegas? Check out our Las Vegas golf section.

David Copperfield’s – “An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion” returns to the MGM Grand June 3-16 and again July 8-21. This show gets our highest personal recommendation and the opportunity to see Copperfield in the MGM Grand’s intimate 740-seat Hollywood Theatre (as opposed to some of the bigger venues he plays around the world) shouldn’t be passed up. Click to read our review. Tickets are available at (toll free) 800-696-5721 or click to book David Copperfield online.

New VIP Section – Las Vegas has amazing shows, events and concerts but getting tickets for the likes of Celine Dion, Danny Gans or “O” by Cirque Du Soleil can be tough. Same for nailing great seats to the mega-star concert tours that rage through Las Vegas!

We’ve got the solution: Premium seats to Las Vegas events. Yes, you’ll pay a little more but this is a special trip. Why not see that special event up close, or get tickets to a sold out event. Make this Vegas vacation the most fun and special for you or that special person in your life. Not coming to Vegas? We also have tickets for all sports events (including sold out playoff games) and major concerts in other cities. Click to see all available events!

á See the Grand Canyon in a Jet Helicopter! For years Maverick Helicopters has been providing a true VIP Helicopter experience of the Grand Canyon. We do things a little different than any other helicopter Company. We give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas Strip tours plus Helicopter Weddings also available!

More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events

Click To Read Latest News:

Travel Agents – We have a special offer of you. Please read it at the end of this newsletter.

Featured Story:
Movie Legend’s Wheels Thunder Into Vegas

Imperial Palace Auto Collection Features
Steve McQueenÆs Big Chief

The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace has added a two-wheel masterpiece to its display of classic, collector and vintage autos. A 1923 Indian Big Chief with matching princess side car is on display and for sale on the showroom floor.

The legendary motorcycle was owned by movie star Steve McQueen and custom restored for him by pinstriping and restoration master Von Dutch. The bike still has the official Von Dutch signature card fiberglassed onto the floor board of the side car.

The motorcycle was sold at the McQueen estate auction in 1984 and comes with full papers authenticated by Terry and Chad McQueen. The historic motorcycle is valued at $250,000.

The Imperial Palace is home to the award-winning tribute show Legends In Concert and the all-new Legends Pit featuring celebrity look-alike blackjack dealers.

More Information:

Hot Las Vegas Vacation Deals: Click Now!

Vegas Comments and Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.

For comments or questions regarding our content or this newsletter write us at

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

Senior Content Editor

New to the list? Click Here for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

Attention Travel Agents: Tired of fighting the airlines and internet travel eroding your business? Let us help! What if you were guaranteed respectable commissions on not just hotels, but Las Vegas shows, tours, golf, dining and more? One stop commissions for you, and better info and choices for your clients.No starting costs, maintenance fees, or minimums. Oh, and we won’t steal your customers. Our “customer for life” policy guarantees you get paid even if they book direct, time after time. Email us now: Subject line Travel Agent, include your name and phone number. We’ll get the details right to you.

All contents copyright 2004 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
May 19, 2004 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Proud Member:
Las Vegas Internet Chamber of Commerce

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 11, 2002

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that you really care about.

If you receive this by mistake, please note the simple unsubscribe instructions at the bottom. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others. To subscribe, simply send a blank email to

This Issue: Reader Feedback and Las Vegas Questions

Shows | Headliners | Tours | Dining | Golf | Rental Cars | Airfare | Packages

Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! Been a chilly 60+ degrees all week. Actually have to wear long pant instead of shorts … miserable. Oh … what? Freezing rain, sleet, and snow across much of the eastern US? Nevermind. Come warm up in Las Vegas!

Really Cheap Rooms – You want to come on a budget and have elbow room? After this weekend, the rodeo clears out and Las Vegas is half deserted until Christmas. Very few lines, no crowds, and beautiful sunny weather. The prices listed at the top aren’t a joke. Visit our Las Vegas Discounts page for those and more, and take a break from pre-holiday stress in Las Vegas.

“Las Vegas At Night” Wallpaper and Screensaver – Our latest addition is the Las Vegas At Night wallpaper and screensaver (no charge, no registration). Choose from 12 stunning views to use as wallpaper and download the screensaver to enjoy them rotating on your screen.

New Year’s Eve – We are selling more rooms for Las Vegas New Year’s Eve than any previous year. With an 8 minute fireworks show scheduled to be shot off up and down the entire Las Vegas Strip plus our growing popularity as a world class new year’s destination, this will be an “event of a lifetime.” New Year’s info, photos, insider tips, and rooms available at Las Vegas New Year’s Eve

Las Vegas Christmas – Next week, we’ll bring you some beautiful views of Christmas in Las Vegas including the incredible holiday scene at Bellagio Conservatory and the city tree at Fremont Street.

Free Blues Party – Local blues legends John Earl and the Boogie Man Band will be closing out a successful year performing at the Memphis Blues room in Santa Fe Station this weekend from 9 PM to 1 AM both nights. No cover charge and we will be there Friday watching the craziness with camera in hand.

Book your Travelocity Vacation at closeout prices PLUS get up to $200 cash back when you use your MasterCard card. Book by December 31, 2002 for travel by January 31, 2003 – Travelocity Vacations 2002 Closeout Sale!!

Reader Feedback

Tom & Maria wrote:

We make the pilgrimage to Vegas two to three times a year, your new letter is valuable to us in determining when we want to make the trip.

You forgot to tell me where to send that $100 I promised (for the good report)! Seriously, we thank you and everyone else for reading and are happy to help you make the most of your valuable vacation time. Thanks to all for visiting Las Vegas!

Charlotte wrote:

I find most hotels on the Las Vegas are way too expensive now, considering most people put a lot of money in those machines slots, poker, etc. which rarely pays, and also the restaurants, & buffet are more expensive than before, so we have decided to go somewhere else and found downtown (Fremont St.) has a lot to offer and we win more often there and leave with more money in our pockets than on the strip.

Manyáare writing me and saying how they are rediscovering downtown and the Fremont St. Experience (Fremont St. Experience photos). Generally speaking, the rooms are less expensive, the food cheaper, the drinks stronger, and almost all the casinos are along the four blocks of Fremont St. so you don’t wear your shoes out casino hopping.

You can enjoy fine dining with a great view at The Plaza’s Center Stage Restaurant or go nuts with the Golden Gate’s 99 cent shrimp cocktail (no lettuce filler). Plus, it seems like there are always drink specials somewhere down there. We love downtown!

Patt Stevens wrote:

Hi Ted, Just got back and didn’t know if you realized that since the Imperial Palace owner passed away last week, all the cars in his collection are for sale (and priced reasonably too) as well as the largest Wurlitzer collection ever. (these can be purchased individually or the group for a half a million. It didn’t take long for the family to start unloading the merchandise.) Thought your car buffs and readers might appreciate this info.

Our sympathies to out to the family and friends of Imperial Palace owner Ralph Engelstad, a controversial figure known for his tough exterior but soft heart. We reviewed the Imperial Palace Auto Collection a couple of years ago. This is truly a time for “changing of the guard” as Plaza Hotel owner Jackie Gaughn is selling the Plaza, Las Vegas Club, and Gold spike to an investment group which figures to bring new life (and capital) into these downtown properties.

Message Board Member “Dave Johnston ” wrote:

As “snowbirds,” my wife and I winter in Las Vegas. It’s not quite as cold as Wisconsin. Last winter, while surfing the internet on my laptop, I can across a mention of the $4.95 steak dinner special at Ellis Island. We decided to try it, and were very pleased with the results.

You have to ask for it, as it is not on the menu. You start out with a LARGE salad. Everything is fresh and crisp. Rolls and butter are brought out, and, by the time you finish the salad, the steaks are ready. My wife, having worked in restaurants all her life, was a little apprehensive about the steaks, because at other places we’ve been to the steaks were either a little over or under done.

These steaks were perfect-just the way we ordered them. The steak was (is) about 1-1/2 inches thick, and tasted great. Along side was a large baked potato, and green beans sprinkled with minced garlic. A beverage is also included. We have returned for dinner several times since, and have always had a “perfect” meal. Whenever anyone visits from back home (Milwaukee) we always take them there at least once.

Try it, you’ll like it.

This is one of the great Las Vegas specials, and I enjoy it myself. A reader on our message boards asked about this special, and we thank Dave for his answer with a great mini-review. Ellis Island is located just off The Strip. Take Flamingo east to Koval (1/2 mile) and make a right. You can’t miss it on the left. If you have had this great special or just want to know more, visit our Cheap Food Deals forum and don’t forget about our updated Las Vegas Food Deals page.

Message Board Member “Vern” wrote:

Craps is my favorite game. In fact, I could play it 24 hours a day if the money holds out. It is fast moving, never boring. If I play using some common sense, I can usually make my money last, I even have left a winner–something I rarely do with the slots. My favorite game is quarter craps where you can bet in increments of quarters instead of dollars. Don’t get me wrong, I still put my money on the table, I can just spread it out more.

Vern went on to ask where to find the lower limit craps games and talked about his betting strategies. If you love craps, want to read the rest of Vern’s post, or are just curious about this incredibly fun, social casino game, check out our new Craps Forum.

Message Board Member “jrinct” wrote:

In Oct on my vacation to LV , decided on a road trip. This year it was Pahrump. I have to say I really enjoyed it, kinda like a mini LV. People were VERY friendly and enjoyed the road trip a lot. Terribles has a GREAT coffee shop.What do you ALL think?????Pahrump is a small town about an hour west of Las Vegas, best known as the home of late night radio’s Art Bell and a number of brothels. If you have been to Pahrump, share the dirt in our Southern Nevada forum. This is also a great place to talk about other little “out of the way” places here in the Silver State.

Message Board Member ” TeaJay” wrote:

Hello my name is Terri. I have lived in Las Vegas for 33 years and I wouldn’t live anywhere else in America. I was born raised and educated in England.My intentions when I came to America in 1967 was to stay a year or so traveling around this great country, however, after starting off in NJ then NY, SF, Lake Tahoe, I found myself in the unique city of Las Vegas.I became a cocktail waitress at the Big Hilton on Paradise rd. in 1969. Before I knew it I married, had a good money making job, and had fallen in love with Lady Vegas. I no longer serve cocktails, I am self-employed and very content with my life here, everything I need is at my fingertips 24/7.

IMHO only the strong will survive here, like do not gamble if you live in our fair city, it will creep up behind you and BITE you real hard. Of course, if visiting here it is a ton of fun to gamble, especially if you win.

What a great story! We appreciate both the locals and tourist who are relating experiences (both good and bad) about various aspects of Las Vegas on our message boards. Feel free to enjoy reading or jump right into our Living Here, Moving Here Forum.

**** Buy tax-free cigarettes *****
Save time! Save money! Your favorite brand name cigarettes at tax-free prices delivered right to your home . . . like Marlboro full-flavor Red Box at just $29.95 a carton, Basic at $29.45 or Winston at $32.45. Or for real savings try one of our own discount brands that have all the flavor of your current favorite but without the cost. Prices start at just $9.95 with a no hassle return policy. To start saving today click here now (U.S. residents only).

Next week, lots of Las Vegas news plus our Las Vegas Christmas photos, new specials, and more. We’ll also try to sneak a feedback issue in before the end of the year.

See you on the boards!

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

Senior Content Editor

For comments or questions regarding Las Vegas, our content, or this newsletter please post to our message boards so that others may read and help or write us a “letter to the editor” at Include your city — we have readers worldwide!

Registering for the boards is free and simple. Plus, it has a side benefit: When you return, you can click one place and get a customized list of all new threads, posts, and news releases right at your fingertips. We don’t put you on a list or send you unwanted info. Simply go to the boards and click on the “Register” button on the upper right hand side.

New to the list? Click Here for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates, or better yet recommend it to friends with a chance to win $10,000! Click Here To Win

All contents copyright 2002 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
December 11, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770

All material in this message is protected by US Federal Copyright law. All Rights Reserved.

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 1, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation:

* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities:
* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities:
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more:

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your Las Vegas hotel opinions by posting a note to our new board at We want to hear from you!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at:


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:RACING – the big race weekend is upon us us culminating with the CarsDirect.Com 400 on Sunday. You can catch pretty much everything on TV: Friday afternoon ESPN2 covers the qualifying heats for Sunday’s race, TNN features the Penzoil World of Outlaws on Friday night, ESPN2 covers the Sam’s Town 300 on Saturday, and Sunday the big race is on ABC. Check your local listings.

The NASCAR Cafe is opening tonight at The Sahara as I write. My schedule didn’t permit attending it although we did give advance notice of the event a few days ago at This is the second race-themed eatery to open here in a few months, joining downtown’s Race Rock. Full story at

THE ALADDIN – is already preparing for it’s August 17, 2000 opening. The $900 million dollar, 2,600 room project is booking rooms and they have opened an employment center
to fill the 3900 jobs needed. You can inquire about employment at (877)
421-9474 Story at and discount Aladdin rooms available at (Aladdin link).

IMPROVE YOUR ODDS – Gaming writer Mark Pilarski wrote a great article for novice gamblers on how to look for the more advantageous games. While it talks about the differences between Detroit and Nevada casinos, if you scroll down he has some great basic advice about how to look for the best odds in the most popular casino games. Story at

TV – Saturday evening on The Learning Channel is “Las Vegas Uncovered”. Check local cable listings for times.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS – Michael Paskevich reviewed this new show at Paris Las Vegas at

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – The Dallas Morning News reviewed this show at

MGM – JIMMY BUFFET brings his Beach House on the Moon tour here on April 15 and BRITTNEY SPEARS is live in concert on August 4. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and discount MGM rooms available at (MGM link).

MANDALAY BAY – LUIS MIGUEL on April 29. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and discount Mandalay Bay rooms available at (Mandalay Bay link).



I knew I forgot to take my family to see something when then were in town last year. They are car lovers. Cars, cars, cars. And the Imperial Palace Auto Collection has them with over 200 rare automobiles on display at any given time. They rotate them in and out, and it is a working gallery as all automobiles are for sale.

I had the pleasure of viewing rare cars like a 1933 Lincoln Brougham (1 of only 3 built that year), the 1998 Corvette Indy 500 pace car with only 3,801 actual miles, a 1939 Lancia Astura Ministeraile convertible (priced at $375,000 and rare because no two were built exactly alike and this one was used by Mussolini during his reign of Italy), the 1982 Range Rover “Pope Mobile” (built specifically for the Papal visit to Europe — yours for only $250,000) and plenty more.

Celebrity cars included a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible assigned to the White House for the personal use of Mrs. JFK, a 1952 Chrysler Imperial Presidential Parade car used by both Eisenhower and Nixon ($400,000), a 1966 Chrysler Imperial originally purchased by Elvis, and a 1955 Lincoln Capri Convertible owned by Marilyn Monroe ($200,000 and one of only 1200 built).

The collection also features the largest collection of Medal J Duesenbergs in the world, showcased in their very own room. This Duesenberg collection is valued at over $50 million dollars and words simply can’t describe it.

imperial-palace-auto-collection-02.jpg (19098 bytes)

Just one part of the extensive collection!

imperial-palace-auto-collection-01.jpg (15541 bytes)

1952 Chrysler Imperial Presidential Parade Car used by Eisenhower and Nixon. Valued at $400,000

imperial-palace-auto-collection-03.jpg (13312 bytes)

1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible assigned to the White House for the personal use of Mrs. John F. Kennedy

imperial-palace-auto-collection-04.jpg (15511 bytes)

1939 Lancia Astura Ministeraile Convertible. No two were exactly alike. This car was used by Mussolini during his reign of Italy. Valued at $375,000

imperial-palace-auto-collection-05.jpg (17061 bytes)

Mercedes-Benz 300 500SEL. Imelda Marcos gift to Ferdinand features bullet proof door panels, roof, flooring and armor plated doors and windows.

imperial-palace-auto-collection-06.jpg (17809 bytes)

1911 Chadwick Touring car valued at $750,000

imperial-palace-auto-collection-07.jpg (20297 bytes)

The world famous Duesenberg room.

The collection is open from 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM and admission is basically free. You can print out a free entry coupon at or usually get one as part of the packet handed out to tourist in front of the casino as you walk by.


KOMP – is the “Rock of Las Vegas”. It is generally regarded as one of the better hard rock stations in the U.S. playing 80’s and 90’s rock and metal.

KKLZ – is a classic rock station that hasn’t changed their format or their playlist since I moved here in 1993 (or so it seems). 70’s classic rock and that’s it. Their site is down right now.

KXPT – is another classic rock station, but with a little wider playlist and more variety.

KDWN – this is the talk station that made Art Bell famous. It can be heard in much of the western US at night and he used that for a springboard to national syndication and fame. Conservative talk would probably best describe this eclectic station.

KKVV – the local Christian AM station features a combination of Christian talk radio and religious programs.

Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours

Note: David Humphrey Dallas, TX wrote a letter concerning when the elevators, escalators, trams between casinos, etc. are shut down for maintenance as almost every one he encountered was not working during a recent visit to town. That was happenstance but it did bring up something I suggest: Avoid the monorail between Bally’s and the MGM unless you just want the ride or it’s really hot / cold out. By the time you walk to the back of Bally’s, wait for the monorail, ride, and then walk all the way from the back of the MGM to the Strip, it’s faster to just walk the Strip. Plus, Paris Las Vegas is beautiful on the outside and you don’t want to miss that as you walk down the Strip.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

David M. Noll of Panama City, FL writes:

>Ted: Your review of Star Trek: The Experience mentioned the motion
>simulator portion of the ride and cautioned that certain folks may
>want to avoid it.á My wife and I don’t like “shaker” rides, but there
>is a solution (thanks, I imagine, to the Americans With Disabilities
>Act).á When we did the Luxor simulator ride, we were directed (upon
>our request) to a separate studio with a huge screen and about a dozen
>or so seats securely bolted into the floor.á We got to see the film
>without “experiencing” it.á Since Star Trek is newer than Luxor’s
>ride, I suspect they may have something similar.
>By the way, since we are in Florida, we often go to Walt Disney World.
>The MGM park has a motion simulator ride with a Star Wars theme called
>Star Tours.á If they’re not too busy, we ask for a “test flight” and
>they give us a space shuttle of our own and turn off the shaker to
>watch the movie.

I contacted the Star Trek Experience and they don’t have an alternate way to view the show. You can go through the adventure and sit out the 4 minute simulator ride.

Diana of Bloomdale, OH wrote:

>We are planning a trip to Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend to be married
>at the Tropicana on 9-2-00.á Have any do’s and don’ts for us?á Have
>you heard anything good or bad about the Tropicana?á I also was
>wondering about how long we can expect to have to wait at the marriage
>license bureau if we go there on Friday night?á I would love to have a
>small wedding cake delivered to the hotel, but the cheapest I can find
>is $75 dollars for a small round cake for only 10 people.á Any
>suggestions?á My fiancÚ LOVES BUFFETS.á Which one do you consider to
>be the best food?á I would really appreciate your thoughts.

O.K. readers, I need your help here. Any comments to help this lady should be sent to

I can address two issues: people who want a nice cake without paying through the nose tend to just rent a car and order it from a local grocery store the day they hit town and then pick it up the next day. You’ll make back the car rental with what you save on the cake and you can actually talk to the bakers. I have heard good things about the Albertson’s at Flamingo and Maryland Pkwy. (about 2.5 miles east of the strip — 702-733-2947). Best buffet? Bellagio. Hands down. We reviewed it at

Don Davis of Edmonton, Alberta wrote:

>Hello Ted,
>We have been going to Las Vegas regularly since 1972 and thought we
>knew most of all there is to know about LV.
>But we have never heard of a casino host.á Please inform your readers
>as to what a casino host does and where do you find one if you want

Darn it, Don — then you aren’t losing enough money! A casino host is generally assigned to medium and high rollers. The host arranges their comps, checks up on how they are doing, and cultivates a relationship with them between visits, calling them and inviting them to town for special events (i.e. “Hey, we’ve got a room with your name on it Labor Day weekend and we know you like such-and-such performer — they are playing so we’ll toss in tickets and a pre-show private buffet with an open bar”).

Our take on comps? Get all the comps your play merits, but NEVER play for comps. If you are anything above a low roller, call a casino ahead of time and ask for a casino host. Tell them your level of play (how much and how long per day you usually gamble) and ask if they can do anything for you. But whether it be one more pull on the slot handle for one more slot point, or 5 more minutes at a blackjack table where you are getting killed, never ever EVER play to get a comp. A comp is based on the percentage of your expected loss. The casino pockets the other part of that percentage. Play as you always do and take whatever you can get based on that.

++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

RENTAL CARS – Don’t pay top dollar! Remember, you can now enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every rental car agency in town (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or book your regular agency. Save the hassle and save some money at: Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


FREE CONTESTS:Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

PRESS PHOTOS – black and white photos of Rita Rudner, Reba, Sinbad, and Steven Wright (all 4 go to the winner). Enter at (contest closed)

STAR TREK – When I visited the Experience, I did one of those machines that presses a quarter (U.S.) into a design. I chose the one with the Enterprise on it. It says “USS Enterprise / NCC-1701-00” Enter at (contest closed)

RACE WEEKEND – The Review-Journal’s special race weekend pullout featuring info on the CarsDirect.Com 400 goes to the tenth entry at(contest closed)

HOUSE OF BLUES – has an ongoing contest for free tickets at

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

New to the list? Back issues can be found on the web at:

Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates,
but please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
form — we would just like to know who you are, that’s all. Thanks!

You may subscribe to this newsletter by going to: or sending a blank email to

All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
March 01, 2000