Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 10, 2005

In This Issue: Newkirk’s Notes, New Year’s Eve Review, $50,000 Slot Winner, Superbowl Parties, Calendar Girls Giveaway, Free Airport Wi-Fi, Gamble Talk Audio Series, Trip Report Voting, more …
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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:Hello from Las Vegas! We celebrated our one day of winter last week with a few hours of snow, and spring is coming in with some very steady rain as we get the left-overs of the storms passing through California. Very unusual, but needed.

This issue is extra-jammed with stuff you need to know. Las Vegas never rests! Do what many do, and read it over the course of a few days, taking time to catch everything so you’ll be informed.

Regular readers notice: We’ve had a real hit-and-miss publication schedule the past year due to our expansion. For 2005 we are going to publish this main newsletter every 10 days. Enough for the coming visitor and casual Vegas fan. And we’ll soon introduce an optional update of 3-4 times a week for you Vegas nuts. Lots more insider stuff! Details coming soon.

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!

New Year’s Eve – Wow! Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow. I’ve seen it all, year after year here, and this New Year’s Eve topped them all. The most spectacular fireworks ever, punctuated by laser lights flashing in all directions from the top of the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower and other hotels.Probably one of the best crowds ever, reasonably well behaved especially considering that drinking on The Strip is not only allowed, but encouraged with beer and drink stands up and down The Strip! The temperature at midnight was a brisk but comfortable 42 degrees and the party was an 11 on a 10 scale. Let New York City have their little ball drop (yawn). Las Vegas provides a party.

We’ll post our photo gallery and full video in a few weeks, but we already have a bunch of great streaming video and related stories. Mary Williams of Arizona sent in a few photos including her husband Mike and friend Gerardo pouring what looks like the world’s largest beer!

If you have photos or video you want included when we put together complete streaming video and photo galleries, please contact Ted at so we can get you included for the world to see!

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Streaming Video and Stories:

Slot Player Hits $50,000 Jackpot On New Year’s Eve -á She was a long way from home ringing in the New Year, but Canadian Patricia Tonks started 2005 off just right with a $50,000 jackpot at the Imperial Palace on Dec. 31. Tonks is a regular visitor at the Imperial Palace and travels from her home in British Columbia to Las Vegas regularly. She was playing a $5 Five Star slot machine when the jackpot hit.

Superbowl Parties – The NFL (No Fun League) has put a cease and desist on the type of Superbowl parties of years past. Hell … they are probably going to sue us for saying Superbowl at this rate. These parties usually had an entry fee that included food and booze, giveaways, Miller Girls (or similar), big screens all over a ballroom … major party. The NFL says you can’t charge admission to watch their game on TV (even though the admission really covered the goodies, and the hotels still took a loss on some of these events) and the game was broadcast all over the casino for free. Whatever.

Las Vegas is still the best place in the world to watch the game, as we are allowed to show it anywhere we usually show games. Every sports book, every bar, every restaurant that has a TV. Outside of New Year’s Eve, the vibe here during the big game (with millions of dollars bet on it legally) is second to none and rooms are going quickly.

Click now to book a Superbowl weekend room now (Feb. 4-6, 2005) or you’ll face sold out rooms. Also, our friends at Hofbrauhaus are throwing a free Hofbrauhaus Free Super Bowl Party that is the biggest blowout we’ve heard of yet. We’ll keep you posted.

PT’s Las Vegas 2005 Girls of PT’s Calendar Giveaway – You know Las Vegas has the hottest bartenders, and they aren’t all just on The Strip! PT’s Pubs and Restaurant/Lounges are all over the Las Vegas Valley, making them the local’s favorite. We’ve teamed with PT’s to help promote their calendar, and a portion of all proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

We also teamed with the PT’s Calendar Girls to pilot our Vegas Hot Shots video series: The Hottest Vegas Bartenders making the Best Vegas Drinks! Here’s all the links:

Yes, ladies … we will feature male bartenders in the series as we ramp it up. And we are going to talk to the new Rio Chippendales Complex about a giveaway for you ladies. Something for just about everyone!

Gambling Talk: You Can Bet On it Gambling Overview – with Victor H. Royer. is the first of a four part free audio series. In this segment, Victor gives some tips and suggestions for the novice gambler, and a basic overview of slots and games available, and how to play informed and maximize the ability to win! This week, click to learn all about Gambling Overview.

Airport Security Video … Vegas Style – We appreciate everything you go through to come visit Las Vegas, especially when you fly and have to endure the security checkpoints. McCarran Airport put together a helpful video to watch while you are in line. Another boring government video? No way … this is Vegas! Some of our top performers volunteered their time and put together a witty, humorous clip that entertains as it informs. Click to watch McCarran Celebrity Security Video (broadband only).

Free Wi-Fi at McCarran – Travel with your laptop or wi-fi enabled PDA? Las Vegas’ McCarran airport now has free wi-fi. Period. Done. The entire airport. No fees. Fortunately, this is the wave of the future. As broadband and wireless becomes the norm, more and more businesses will provide it at no cost as a service to customers.

This also continues to help make Las Vegas the best spot to hold a convention. Check your email and download documents and information while you wait for your luggage. Killing time after clearing security on your way home? You can surf the web or get some work done. Need to figure out where to dine when you get here? Surf our dining section while you wait for your bags!

What Is Everyone Looking At? – Check out our Random Las Vegas Photos feature from our huge Las Vegas photo gallery. Warning: A handful of our 2500+ photos are PG-13 as we do cover Las Vegas as Las Vegas is.

howard-hughes-car.jpg (15976 bytes)Howard Hughes Car On Display -á at Imperial Palace Auto Collection. A 1954 Chrysler New Yorker, which was custom built for Hughes, is available for viewing at the hotel. The car was custom-fitted with an elaborate air purification system in the trunk of the car to ensure there was always clean air in the cab. Priced at $125,000, the car has only 1,600 original miles on it. The original bill of sale to Hughes is still in the window.

Moving To Las Vegas – A recent post to our message boards asked about moving to Las Vegas. Thousands move here each month. What you don’t hear about are the hundreds and hundreds that move back home because they come unprepared. Read my response to the post if you are thinking about relocating here.

Las Vegas Trip Report Giveaway – The winning doesn’t have to stop when you get home! Tell your newsletter friends and readers here about your trip in our forums and be automatically entered to win a $25 casino chip for your next visit (what a great souvenir)! Click to our Las Vegas Trip Report Giveaway page.

October Trip Reports: We had just kicked off this contest and had only three qualifying entries. One random winner will be chosen, but we need you to vote for the October People’s Choice winner. Here’s how it works: Read each report. If you found it helpful, click the Recommend link to the right of the report (on the report page). You can recommend one or more. The one with the most recommendations by January 20 (midnight Pacific) wins a $25 casino chip!

If you visited in November 2004, December 2004, or January 2005 you can still post a trip report. Help fellow readers and have a chance to win! Don’t forget to read the complete contest rules and suggestions.

More Quick Newkirk’s Notes:

Congrats to Comedy Magician Mack King as his Magic In A Minute comic strip has been picked up by The Portland Oregonian and keeps getting picked up by more and more papers. The Mac King Comedy Magic Show is a fantastic afternoon show that won’t put a bit dent in your wallet.

The Tropicana is bringing back Tropi-Karaoke to the Tropics Lounge. No charge to participate. Props and accessories are available. January 1 – 29, 2005 Wednesdays through Saturdays 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

VegasTalk Radio Show For Tourists: New Show Each Week – The only Internet Radio Variety Show from Las Vegas, about Las Vegas! The weekly variety and entertainment show is archived online at the VegasTalk Radio website. If you are visiting soon, or you just love Las Vegas, listen to the archives available 24/7.

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Ted Newkirk

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