Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 25, 2005

In This Issue: $1.1 Million Wheel of Fortune Jackpot, Wynn Backlash, Las Vegas Meal Deals, Playboy Store Opens, America’s Sexiest Pool Party, Peter Max Gallery Appearance, more ….
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California Woman Hits Wheel of Fortune Jackpot for $1.1 Million At Sam’s Town – Betty Cagle of Pioneer, Calif., didn’t need to buy a vowel to spell J-A-C-K-P-O-T. Cagle, 66, had been sitting at the 25-cent Wheel of Fortune machine at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall for five minutes when she hit a progressive jackpot for $1.1 million on Monday night. Cagle had played just $20 when she hit the jackpot. She said her plans are to pay off her house and take a long-dreamed-of trip to Alaska.

Hot New Concerts – We’ve added a ton of concerts to the concert listings. See who is playing during your stay, or look for an excuse to book at trip! Check the sidebar for concert and headliner listings.

Wynn Backlash? – Possibly the biggest media rumble in the modern megaresort era have been quick to point out the problems with Wynn Las Vegas and the Le Reve show. Mr. Wynn had to really stick his neck out on this one to get the enormous financing needed, and people love to cut down what stands tallest. Resorts take 30-90 days to “shake down” after opening. Will things improve? We’ve collected stories from the press so you can decide for yourself.

Wynn Las Vegas Photos: Part Two – Photographer Tom took 50+ great photos of the new resort. We’ll run them in one week. Stay tuned!

Las Vegas Meal Deals – Back by popular demand for the first time in over a year: Our world famous listing of all the great meal and drink specials in Las Vegas! Click to our Las Vegas Cheap Food Deals and Specials page.

Playboy Opens First U.S. Based Boutique At Forum Shops – Playboy Enterprises, Inc. has opened its first freestanding Playboy Concept Boutique in the United States at The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas. The 2,000 square-foot upscale shopping destination offers a collection of Playboy apparel, accessories and lingerie.

The Las Vegas location also will offer one-of-a-kind Playboy memorabilia items, select artwork, and vintage product from Playboy’s vast archives. The Las Vegas store will be used as a template for Playboy’s future stores, as well as retail concessions and lingerie areas. Other design details that enable shoppers to immerse themselves in the Playboy lifestyle include a plasma-screen video wall featuring archival and contemporary footage and a customized pebble cash-point countertop inspired by rocks from the famed Playboy Mansion Grotto.

Evoking the sexiness of the Playboy brand a stand-alone lingerie area sells Playboy’s playful “Pink Label” and will house Playboy’s sophisticated “White Label” lingerie collections, showcased on the mirrored tile walls and complimented with satin quilted upper walls, mixing glam with softness. The memorabilia area of the boutique offers one-of-a-kind artifacts for sale from Playboy archives and Hugh Hefner’s personal memorabilia collection, including his pipe and slippers, vintage Bunny Costumes, and paintings and sketches from Alberto Vargas and LeRoy Neiman, respectively all showcased in museum-style cases.

Click To View: Photos from Playboy Store Grand Opening

Nirvana: America’s Sexiest Pool Party – at Green Valley Ranch this Sunday May 29! Hosted by Lizzie Grubman and the MTV Power Girls. Noon to 10 PM featuring Bad Boy Bill, DJ Rap, Steve Smooth, Ivano Bellini, Richie Malone, DJ Dakota, and Miss Joy Nirvana. Click for Info: America’s Sexiest Pool Party

Meet Famed Artist Peter Max at the Peter Max Gallery May 28 & 29 – Artist Peter Max will visit The Art of Peter Max Gallery at the Forum Shops at Caesars. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Max as he personally dedicates his paintings for collectors on Saturday, May 28 from 7-10 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 1-4 p.m.

Since the late 1960s, Peter Max’s work has been an artistic symbol of American pop culture. His images form a scrapbook illustrating 40 years of Americana. Max’s imagination and vision can be found on a variety of canvases, including the Berlin Wall and a Boeing 777 jumbo jet, currently in use by Continental Airlines.

Max has been designated Official Artist of numerous international events, including six Grammy Award broadcasts, three World Fairs and six Super Bowls. The Art of Peter Max Gallery’s collection of original paintings, available for acquisition, range in price from $1,200 to an eight foot tall “Liberty” for $150,000.

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – November 05, 2003

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Also In This Issue – Nov. 15, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Thanksgiving, Free Golf Lessons, New Thrill Ride, Sirens of TI, Video Spotlight, More

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

Hello from Las Vegas! We’ve been playing hooky on getting the newsletter out. I’d like to tell you we’ve been around the pool relaxing, but actually we are hard at work on the next version of AccessVegas.Com.

Even more information, new look, better navigation, tons of contests and giveaways, and an expanded improved members section (still and always free). Should debut in January! If you have any suggestions you would like incorporated, please drop us a line:

Thanksgiving Weekend – is Nov. 27 – 30. Almost all of the hotel restaurants from the buffets to the fine dining houses host a Thanksgiving menu, and the town is full of people taking advantage of a four day weekend. Many get their family and friends all together to meet in Las Vegas! Check room rates now.

Coming Concerts and Headliners – Lots and lots of great entertainment on the way. Book now online to lock up the best available tickets or call 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas hotels, shows, tours, golf, and dining:

Free Las Vegas Golf Lessons – and you can take them from anywhere in the world! We’ve teamed up with Revere Anthem Golf Club Director of Instruction Chris Eastman (in conjunction with and put together a series of eight streaming video golf tips.

Chris starts with fundamentals like aim and grip, and works through some of the finer points of the game. We’ll be posting a new lesson every week and reminding you here in the newsletter.

If you want to improve your game or just get a taste of Las Vegas golf, see the videos and learn more about Chris and The Revere at our Streaming Video Free Golf Lessons page. He is also available and highly recommended for private instruction.

X-Scream – thrill ride has opened on top of the Stratosphere Tower. X-Scream tilts you 30 feet over the edge as it plunges you toward the ground almost 1000 feet below! Hint: Buy the “all day pass” if you go up to ride the Stratosphere rides. For about the price of riding any of the rides thee or four times, you can go again and again and again. And if you are like me, you’ll want to!

Sirens of TI – has replaced the old Pirate Show at Treasure Island. OK, ok … we are supposed to call it TI. The show is supposed to be better than the previous one. The “new” TI is supposed to be young and hip like The Palms or Hard Rock. I think the less-than-tepid applause after a recent “Sirens” show said it all.

The new Sirens are great eye candy for the guys (I enjoyed that part), but trying to do a short form production show using props meant for a previous show to an audience too far away to enjoy the subtleties fell a little flat. But hey … the price is right: Free performances nightly at 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00 p.m.

MGM-Mirage is reportedly considering doing away with the Mirage’s south seas theme. What look are they going to go after? Green Valley Ranch? Hey … their executives are making more than I am so they must know something I don’t.

New Year’s Eve Concerts – The list is getting longer and longer, and we are posting them as we get the news. Check out our December 2003 Entertainment Calendar. What … you don’t know how hot New Year’s Eve is here in Las Vegas? We have the insider tips, and plenty of free photos and streaming video from past years on our Las Vegas New Year’s Eve site!

Veterens Eat Free McCormick & Schmick’s is offering all veterans free lunch or dinner (designated menu itens, served with coffee or tea) this Tuesday Nov. 11 in celebration of Veteren’s Day. Veterens ID or discharge papers required. You can reserve ahead at 702-836-9000. McCormick & Schmick’s is a fine dining restaurant. Watch Executive Chef John Botkin prepare one of their famous dishes and take a peek via streaming video: Dial-Up or Broadband

Top Restaurants – Michael Politz, publisher of Food and Beverage Magazine recently appeared on Extra TV, highlighting some of the great restaurants of Las Vegas. Click to watch.

New Mandalay Bay Tower – is already gracing the sky (under construction). Simply called The Hotel, this 43 story tower will feature softer colors and a south seas theme. (Hmmmm … the same theme Mirage is thinking of dumping). A restaurant and lounge on top will be open to the public and feature a stunning Strip view. The hotel will have it’s own check in area and two restaurants (including a 24/7 coffee shop) essentially creating a stand alone hotel.

Video Spotlight – We are always adding new streaming video to our All Vegas TV site, over 100 Las Vegas videos to date! This week, we feature video of the Ambassador Strip Travelodge. Who? What? A Motel 6???

No … no, no, no! Set against the MGM and Tropicana hotels, this inn is a couple minute walk from The Strip, free airport and convention shuttle, complimentary continental breakfast, and even wireless broadband around the pool. Check out a fun, humorous look this property for yourself: Dial-Up or Broadband

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 19, 2003

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

Hello from Las Vegas! We wish many of you well who are digging out of severe winter storms. We had two straight days of much needed rain last week but it is back to sunny with mid-60 F temperatures.

Although this is a feedback issue, I wanted to mention this great show for a great cause this weekend. If you live local, or will be in town, what a great way to see many of Las Vegas’ top stars on one stage!

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Reader Feedback

Message Board Member “princess_teensy” wrote:

I’m so excited! 2 girlfriends and I are coming to Vegas and staying at the MGM Grand for a week! We are flying from Michigan. I have done quite a bit of online research, but sometimes it’s nice to get REAL opinions from people on what to do, etc.

We’ll gamble some, but really want to take in a show or two and tour the hotels, etc. We look forward to putting the diets aside and just living it up. I want to dance ’till my socks melt! Any tips for 3 women who want to burn the candle at both ends, swim and sun, see the sights and live it up?? Thanks!

We have quite the active discussion going on in our Coming to VEGAS for the first time thread in the forums. Co’mon ladies … spill the dirt for her. If you come to Las Vegas for “girls night out” or that bachelorette party, this is the place to talk about it.

When you register for the boards, we even keep your email private. (People can email you only through our system — we don’t post your actual email address). Past that, you are anonymous and choose whatever “screen name” you want!

Mardie Fehl of Wexford, PA wrote:

I have been receiving your newsletter for several years now and I find it to be very informative. My husband and I travel to Las Vegas twice a year and I am always prints bits and pieces of the letter. Even though we have been traveling there for seven years … the info in the news letter always comes in handy.

Thanks for the kind words. One of the great things about the internet is the ability to hit the print button! I do the very same when I travel, even bringing the pages on the plane with me to review activities and get all pumped up for the trip.

If you check out our main AccessVegas.Com page, you will see we have a new site design which will soon encompass every page of our site. One of the key factors with this redesign is that is is both more “printer friendly” and WebTV friendly.

Message Board Member “jayowen” wrote:

My wife and I have just returned to England after our 4th visit to Las Vegas in the last 5 years and I thought you may be interested in our opinions of some of the restaurants we visited this time.

He went on to write a great dining related trip report detailing Bootlegger Bistro, Sahara Sunday Champagne Brunch, Postrio (in The Venetian), Mon Ami Gabi (at Paris Las Vegas), Red Square at (Mandalay Bay), and the Rosewood Grille. Well worth the read. If you have visited any of the above, be sure to share your thoughts (agree or disagree).

In the same vein, the famed Robb Report (high end lifestyle publication) recently named Las Vegas “America’s most exquisite dining destination.” We, along with partners ChefLive.Com are looking at launching a monthly newsletter devoted to Las Vegas dining and we’ll keep you abreast. If you have any thoughts or comments on what the dining newsletter should focus on, hit us with a line:

Message Board Member “Laree” wrote:

I have no problem with other people smoking, and I know it is part of the gambling seen, but I myself prefer not to play where the smoke is so thick that I smell like smoke after 3 showers. Here on the east coast the only thing I can find is a few sets of machines and/or tables with a no smoking sign, but the neighbor tables and machines are for smokers. Does anybody know of any strip casinos (even off strip) where there is a legitimate nonsmoking area? Thanks!

Now that neighboring state California and many cities in the U.S. have outlawed smoking in public indoor places, some non-smokers are becoming increasingly aware that Las Vegas is a “smoke ’em if you got ’em” state. The newer hotels with their high ceilings and state-of-the-art ventilation have done a pretty good job at combating this issue. If you patronize a Las Vegas hotel because of their cleaner air or dedicated non-smoking section, share your thoughts about Non-Smoking Gaming.

Vernice J KIdd wrote:

I have read many reviews about the Imperial Palace – mostly bad. I am planning a trip to Vegas in May. I have stayed at the Flamingo Hilton and understand it is not that caliber. I am interested in an affordable hotel, AND CLEAN, ESPECIALLY THE BATHROOM AND CARPET. Please Advise.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Imperial Palace is basically a Motel 6 (slightly better) caliber rooms with an incredible location at a very reasonable price. Many come to Las Vegas and only see their room when they are sleeping so they don’t care.

You are almost asking the impossible because hotels have cleaning and renovation schedules and you may be put in a room that was just gone over, or one that is wearing a bit. A basic rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for. They don’t call it Caesars Palace for nothing! No matter where you stay, always avail yourself of the opportunity to complain if you feel your room has issues with cleanliness.

Message Board Member “patsy” wrote:

I am planning a trip to Vegas. And we are planning on staying at the Boardwalk Hotel. How is this Hotel??

Like the Imperial Palace, the Boardwalk has a great location and reasonably modest prices, a lower limit gaming, and plenty of free lounge entertainment. If you have stayed there, help Patsy (and all the other readers) by posting the good or the bad of Boardwalk and other hotels on our Las Vegas Strip Hotels board. This is your chance to make your voice heard!

Message Board Member “poolplayer” wrote:

I’ve heard a lot about the Green Valley Ranch, one of the new hotels in Las Vegas. But can’t seem to find it on the map. I know its off the strip aways and was wondering how to get there. Do they have a trolley or is a cab ride in our future???

You are looking at a cab ride. Better yet, rent a car for the day (or your stay) as the cab ride round trip will run you what a day of rental car will cost. Las Vegas is thought to be The Strip surrounded by a few dumpy apartments and the desert, but in reality 1.5 million people live in the Las Vegas area and it is quite spread out.

Green Valley is one of the nicer parts of town, located 10+ miles southeast of The Strip. For those with a car, you can find Green Valley Ranch by heading south on The Strip past Mandalay Bay, past the Las Vegas sign, and to the “beltway”, also known as 215. Head east on the beltway (freeway) for about 6 miles and you can’t miss Green Valley Ranch to the right. Take the next exit called “Green Valley Parkway.”

If you have visited or stayed at Green Valley Ranch, give us your thoughts in our Green Valley Ranch forum.

Richie wrote:

Well Ted, here’s and idea to check the mileage of those rip off taxi drivers out there.. and save the passenger money. I do this when ever I go on a trip… go to Mapquest before your trip and put in the address values of where you are going to go, to and from. Print them along with turn by turn directions, then bring them with you and tell the taxi driver to follow these directions on the route, exactly. The print out also gives the precise mileage of each destination figured.

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Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

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This Issue: Kids in Las Vegas

Curious about a show, restaurant, 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:

VEGAS ON TV – Two fall shows have a Las Vegas setting this fall. C.S.I. is crime drama about Las Vegas forensic investigators and airs Friday nights on CBS. Story at Nikki Cox plays a Las Vegas showgirl in love with a wrestler in the WB comedy Nikki on Sunday nights. Story at

FINE DINING – Reporter Phil Vettel took a romp through many of the new upscale restaurants including Delmonico, Nobu, Trattoria del Lupo, Eiffel Tower restaurant, and more. Full story at

HALLOWEEN – Everything from the WCW Halloween Havoc 2000 to a KISS tribute band to a costume party in Caesar’s Magical Empire is on tap for Halloween. Full listing at

FALL COLORS – If you have ever thought of getting away from the tables for a few hours and seeing some of Southern Nevada, there is no time like the present. Mt. Charleston is less than an hour from the Strip but a world apart from Las Vegas with the cool temperatures and vegetation. The leaves are turning, creating some great photo opportunities. Story and beautiful pictures at

VIRTUAL BLACKJACK – Some casinos are getting ready to experiment with dealing a “virtual” deck of cards. You still place your chips, have a human dealer, but cards are displayed on screens. Full story at and our poll at this week asks you how you would feel about playing against “virtual” cards.

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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

LAS VEGAS AIR SHOW – The inaugural Las Vegas International Air Show will take place October 13, 14 and 15 at the Jean Sport Aviation Center, located approximately 20 miles south of Las Vegas, and free shuttles are provided. Show info at

RADIO MUSIC AWARDS – are coming to the Aladdin featuring Christina Aquilera, Everclear, Enrique Inglesias, Joe, Ricky Martin, 98 Degrees, No Doubt, Pink, Sugar Ray, Ocsar De La Hoya, and many more. Tickets on sale this Saturday at 10 AM Pacific time at (702) 785-5000 and Aladdin discount rooms are available at (Aladdin link).

CONCERTS and HEADLINERS – Our listing is available online anytime at

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

Wednesday – 75/64 Partly Cloudy
Thursday – 68/53 Mostly Cloudy
Friday – 74/46 Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 76/47 Mostly Sunny
Sunday – 78/47 Mostly Sunny

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Note: This is a repeat of the feature story from June 24, 1999. At the time, we only had a fraction of the readership now, and the question of whether to bring kids to Vegas continues to be a hot topic. In addition, last weekend I had the misfortune to see young children out on the Strip and downtown well past what anyone would consider to be a reasonable bedtime.

FEATURE STORY: Kids In Las Vegas

Bringing children to Las Vegas has long been an intense debate among both Las Vegas tourists and tourism professionals. In the early 90’s, casinos thought it would be a great idea to build theme parks and try to turn the town’s image from “sin city” to “family friendly.” Then they realized that they GOOFED. Mirage Resorts started instituting “no stroller” policies, and hotels like the Riviera and Tropicana started advertising slogans like “Rollers, Not Strollers.” The word got around that catering to families is stupid because they use the cheap rooms, eat the cheap food, and are too busy with the kids to gamble.

While we aren’t concerned about the casino’s bottom line (our income is derived from booking rooms and rental cars), every trip to the Strip or downtown — made often in this line of work — we see tourtured-looking parents with the mommy pushing the stroller and the daddy dragging along the 5 year old, neither of whom should have been subjected to miles of walking through this adult playground.

I’ve seen happier faces on gamblers who just lost 5 straight $100 hands at blackjack than on these parents faces, who undoubtedly have to be envious of all child-free tourist couples whom look like they are having the romantic vacation of a lifetime. And these kids that young won’t remember their first visit to Las Vegas.

If your children are old enough that you feel comfortable letting them run around an amusement park, checking in every few hours, then they will find plenty to do here. Just give them the cell phone, you keep that SkyTell pager, and have a great time. And if they are old enough to perhaps remember a supervised vacation and you can resist the temptation of parking them in the hallway or stuffing in the room while you take just one more pull or play just one more hand (let’s face it, winning seems to always happen when you don’t have the time to keep playing), then you might do fine.

But you will be happiest leaving them with the grandparents for the weekend and really enjoying your stay.

Next week, we return back to regular reviews, but the amount of very young children baking in the summer heat and the unhappy parents pushing them around that we have seen the past couple of weeks made us feel compelled to comment.

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BARGAIN ROOM RATES – Aladdin for $64.95? Stardust for $19.95? No, it’s not 1990. These are the actual room rates available the week leading up to Christmas and other “off-peak” times. Limited availability so act now at

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Lisa from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

>I am a frequent visitor to Vegas and have always rented a car instead
>of dealing with high price cab fares and unkind cabbies.á I have
>always heard of a bus that leaves from the airport and all you pay is
>$5.00, I have also heard this can be done with a limousine service.á I
>will be in town for New Years Eve and don’t want to rent a car since
>streets will be closed.á Do you have any information on these cheaper
>ways from the airport to the strip hotels ?á Thanks.

We share your feeling about the cost of cabs — I prefer to rent a car also. Let me clear up one point: Only the Strip itself is closed, and that closure doesn’t start until about 8-9 PM and it is open again by 3 AM. I usually don’t arrive down at the Strip for New Year’s Eve until 8 PM, and use back roads to get to parking garages like Paris or MGM (although that is pushing it). The LVCVA has the info you are looking for at

Jessica Lehnert wrote:

>Where is the best Jacuzzi suite in Las Vegas ?

Readers … do you have any suggestions for her? Write to

Tedd & Kathy Adamek of Nutley, N.J wrote:

>Read you religiously and appreciate the deals. Just
>got back from implosion weekend and was greatly
>disappointed in the new Aladdin Hotel. Each new hotel
>built added a new “WOW” to Vegas. This one had
>nothing!! It didn’t even have an eye catching
>appearance to draw you in. Once inside it had the
>cheesiest decor that gave us a big laugh. The Desert
>Passage (shops) were no comparison to the Forum Shops
>and just as empty as the Venetian Shops. So I hope
>that no one has their hearts set on seeing a new
>spectacular Hotel & Casino as was the case with Paris,
>Bellagio & Mandalay Bay. Tip of the trip– Monte
>Carlo’s Market City Cafe. Great Italian food, nice
>atmosphere & reasonable prices.

W. Forsyth wrote:

>Love your Access Vegas News and Reviews.á Visiting Vegas in the next
>two weeks.á Are you aware of any great deals on exchanging Canadian
>Money.á PS.á Please advise the best rate of exchange.á We will be leaving
>before your next issue.

We have readers in over 40 countries — let us know where you prefer to exchange your currency? Write to

George Watson of Scotland wrote:

>My wife and I had an enjoyable nine days in
>Vegas.á We took a video camera with us to take shots to remind us of
>our visit.á Having got the usual external shots, including the
>implosion of El Rancho, we investigated taking some internal ones.
>Some Casinos have no restrictions, some have restricted areas while
>others will not allow any filming inside.á Any one interested in
>filming inside should go to the security desk first to find out the
>Casinos policy on filming.á The biggest surprise was that some Malls
>forbid filming.

That’s a great point to remind people. Always ask security before filming in a casino. You might get away with a quick shot of your partner at a slot machine, but many casinos continue to frown on photography to protect the privacy of their clients.

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ONLINE POLL – “Would you prefer Digital Blackjack (dealer hits button, computer “deals” on a screen) to traditional blackjack?” Let’s hear your opinions at — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from last weeks poll “How interested are you in riding the monorail when it is completed?”

I did that once at Disneyland when I was a kid. 11%
Might try it once, but I don’t see the point. 15%
Probably, as long as it is an easier way to travel the Strip. 50%
I can’t wait … anything to get me away from traffic and crowds! 23%


Rules (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): 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 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner. 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.

Note: We will announce the winners of the collectable Viva Las Vegas tickets next week.

STATION CASINOS – We have a coupon book with $2100 (not a misprint) in coupons for the various Las Vegas area station casino properties. Coupons include free or 1/2 price food and drinks, match play coupons, bingo, apparel and more. We’ll take the 20’th entry at (contest closed)

INVENSYS CLASSIC – golf tournament is in town through the weekend. We have one copy of the Review-Journal’s special comprehensive section on this tournament. Perfect for the avid golf fan. Enter at (contest closed)

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October 11, 2000
ISSN: 1529-2770