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Bob
06-24-2004, 11:51 AM
Hello All,

The APA event is Vegas at The Riviera Hotel is coming up very quickly.

Just a few short hints for all of you and mostly for those who have never attended before.

1. When making your airport reservations VIA Internet, always check all available times of flights. Just because they either give you the option of a certain flight, doesn't mean that's the cheapest flight there is. EVEN if you put in find by cheapest fair. ALWAYS look at the different times coming and going for best prices.

2. The check in wait the day before the event's are brutal If you can come in a day before, I suggest it. You will end up spending hours in line to check in the day before. Be prepared to rotate pushing luggage in line. When you get to the hotel, check your luggage with the Bell cap when you are dropped of. They will give you a claim check and it can sit safe and guarded by camera's while you wait. It makes it easier to maneuver the lines, your luggage is safe and the norm for a tip is about $2.00 pr bag. They will then bring it directly to your room.

3. IF the Riviera Hotel is sold out, the Westward Ho has the cheapest rooms that are the closest. The rooms are nothing special similar to a low end Super 8. Circus Circus is next but be prepared to stay at the farthest tower in the casino for the cheapest rate. Again, check in is Brutal, so be prepared to wait in line.

4. If you plan to gamble, ALWAYS sign up for a "Players Card." The more you use it, the more comps you get. Comps are points that you accumulate while playing the machines or sitting at the tables.

The Riviera has added PENNY machines to Nickel Town. They are at the front of Nickel town by the street. They have a lot of really fun games you can play for a penny a spin. That is the lowest limits, I know of. The tables tend to change larger antes when big groups come in. I don't play many table games, but I have heard that tables that were once $5.00 ante are now $10.00. Go across the street to Slot's of Fun. They have low limit table games and penny machines. You do have to go into Circus Circus to the Ringmaster Club to get your players card for Slot's of Fun.

5. Stay away from Katy's Coffee Shop in the Riviera during peak times. It is expensive, and a Pepsi will cost you $2.50. They do have some specials like a T-bone steak for $9.95 or BBQ Rib Dinner for $5.95. These they run non stop. The coffee shop is not open after midnight on Sun ~ Thurs., but is open on Fri and Sat Nights.

After Midnight, you can go to the World Buffet at the Riviera for around $10.00 pp. I suggest getting there around 1 AM for the best selection. Otherwise, it can be a limited selection. In addition, ask them to make you a hamburger, it is the best thing out of the grill that time of night. I have also heard that the omlett's are good, but again from experience, ask them to use fresh eggs not the pre made egg mix. If you go to the $40 for $20 booth at the front of the Riviera, you can get a coupon book with a coupon for all the Riviera's restaurants.

6. NEVER, NEVER Leave any money or expensive items in your room. There are safes in most of the rooms for a nominal charge or you can use a safe at the front desk. As far as safety for your cue, you have a couple of choices. During the BCA and Valley events, they have a cue cage located directly off of the 1st main ballroom. This is always a good place to keep it. You can rent it for the entire time or by the day at a nominal fee. Or, you can check it with the Bell Captain and lastly, write me privately at windycityopen@aol.com and I will give you a few other suggestions. For obvious reasons, I don't want to post it.

7. Confirm your reservation. The hotel is SOLD OUT and sometimes over booked. Get names and confirmation numbers when confirming! Airplane reservations are always a good thing to confirm, but I was mostly referring to the hotel. I have heard horror stories of lost reservations, no reservations, wrong reservations. In one case a nasty ex girlfriend of a friend of ours, new that this guy was going to Vegas and called the hotel and canceled his hotel reservation. When the guy and his room mate (the new girlfriend) got there, they had no room.

8. NEVER, NEVER let your cab driver take you the "expressway route". The expressway circles around Vegas and it costs you $30.00 or more to get to the Riviera. The cabbies are notorious for trying this stunt. ALWAYS, tell them to take "Paradise road" the back way, and the trip should not cost more than $15.00 for 2 people with airport fees and time. DO Not let them take you down the strip, unless you want to pay to see it. It can be especially nice at night when it's lit up, so that's your call. It will cost you twice as much too. For those of you coming as a group, you can rent a limo at the airport which is cheaper than several cabs.

9. Circus Circus has the BEST steak house in Vegas.

10. Getting married in Vegas can be a hoot or the boot. Make reservations at where you want to get married at and be prepared to wait. The chapel at the Riviera is beautiful, I managed to pull off a last minute wedding for a friend there a couple of years ago. They planned to get married when they got to Vegas in-between matches, but when they got to the Little Chapel next to the Riviera hotel, the wait was so long it was impossible. So, from the many years that I have been going to the Riviera, I have made a friends, who managed to squeeze my friends in last minute at the Riviera chapel, got them married and back for their next match just in time!

Have fun, dont loose your a&&, and look us up during your stay!

Eydie Romano

cycopath
06-24-2004, 11:59 AM
Thanks for the advice.

I'm looking forward to my first time in Vegas.

SPetty
06-24-2004, 12:17 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Bob:</font><hr> 8. ...cab...limo...<hr /></blockquote>Hi Bob, great info. Where were you when I was making my virgin trek two years ago??!?

As for transportation, don't forget they also have several shuttle bus companies that will ferry you back and forth from the airport to your hotel. I think it's something like $8 one way or $15 round trip from the airport to the Riv. You get to do some sightseeing along the way because they stop at several of the popular hotels to pick up/drop off other passengers.

Wally_in_Cincy
06-24-2004, 12:38 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> ...As for transportation, don't forget they also have several shuttle bus companies that will ferry you back and forth from the airport to your hotel. I think it's something like $8 one way...<hr /></blockquote>

We took one of those. It went straight to the Riv since it had a full load of poolplayers. I think it was $7.

Just one thing. Make sure they close the back door securely or your luggage may end up in the street. Our driver almost lost a few suitcases that way /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Wally_in_Cincy
06-24-2004, 12:40 PM
There's also a pretty good good restaurant/bar next door called the Peppermill. Reasonably priced, good food.

pooltchr
06-24-2004, 01:30 PM
One other good idea. As soon as you settle in, locate the Splash Bar...it's where everyone meets everyone at the Riv.

datplayer
06-24-2004, 01:48 PM
Taking the bus is much cheaper than renting a cab, especially if it is farther than a few miles. Just expect a few stops if you are heading past the Stratosphere.

Slots of Fun is definitely the place to play table games if you are a cheapy like me. Several $5 tables and a few $1 as well.

Also, don't be going to the Cue Club expecting to be the "king of the hall." The locals all know that APA comes that week and are looking for some quick cash. Unless you are a world beater, stay clear. Our 9-ball team went there to play and our "8" lost $400 real quick, lol.

Don't have so much fun that you forget to practice. If your team has never played on Diamon 7' tables, you definitely need a few hours to get use to them. They are great tables, real fast, and play very true, unlike most other bar sized tables. Best times to practice is 6am /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif-8am, if you can wake up then.

Last advice, really watch your cue in the practice rooms. As you can imagine, everyone there has their own cue and stuff can be misplaced real quick. One of the players on an opposing team two years ago lost (we think it was stolen)his $800 Predator cue and was devastated as you can understand.

SPetty
06-24-2004, 02:10 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote datplayer:</font><hr> Best times to practice is 6am /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif-8am, if you can wake up then.<hr /></blockquote>Or... just before you call it a night! /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

cycopath
06-24-2004, 03:15 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote datplayer:</font><hr>If your team has never played on Diamond 7' tables, you definitely need a few hours to get use to them. <hr /></blockquote>

My League Operator says they won't have the Diamond tables this year. He says the APA cancelled the contract with Diamond. Supposedly the tables this year are Brunswick/Valley tables.

And I was really looking forward to playing on the little Diamond.

Scott Lee
06-24-2004, 03:34 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote datplayer:</font><hr> Best times to practice is 6am /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif-8am, if you can wake up then.<hr /></blockquote>Or... just before you call it a night! /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif <hr /></blockquote>


IIRC, they lock up the tournament rooms at night, so you cannot practice in the middle of the night...unlike the BCA or Valley tournaments, where the tables are accessible 24/7!
One reason is that the tables are OPEN (NO quarters needed) for your tournament play. They do, I believe, charge $1/game for the mini tournaments, though.

Scott Lee

Pelican
06-24-2004, 06:42 PM
"10. Getting married in Vegas can be a hoot or the boot. Make reservations at where you want to get married at and be prepared to wait. The chapel at the Riviera is beautiful, I managed to pull off a last minute wedding for a friend there a couple of years ago. They planned to get married when they got to Vegas in-between matches, but when they got to the Little Chapel next to the Riviera hotel, the wait was so long it was impossible. So, from the many years that I have been going to the Riviera, I have made a friends, who managed to squeeze my friends in last minute at the Riviera chapel, got them married and back for their next match just in time! "

Hey Cyco, maybe we need to print this out for Creole and Julie /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

1Time
06-24-2004, 06:58 PM
Lots of good info posted here. I second the "watch out for the locals at the Cue Club". /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

SteveEllis
06-25-2004, 04:41 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote cycopath:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote datplayer:</font><hr>If your team has never played on Diamond 7' tables, you definitely need a few hours to get use to them. <hr /></blockquote>

My League Operator says they won't have the Diamond tables this year. He says the APA cancelled the contract with Diamond. Supposedly the tables this year are Brunswick/Valley tables.

And I was really looking forward to playing on the little Diamond. <hr /></blockquote>

That's too bad I love those Diamonds. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif I hope the Valleys are a little tighter than they were before Brunswick bought them. I guess it will be more like a true bar box.
Are they still going to be covered in Simonis?

cycopath
06-25-2004, 09:04 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SteveEllis:</font><hr>Are they still going to be covered in Simonis?<hr /></blockquote>

I don't know, but I hope so.

SPetty
06-25-2004, 09:18 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SteveEllis:</font><hr>Are they still going to be covered in Simonis?<hr /></blockquote>The Vally bar boxes used in competition are normally covered with a Champion brand tournament cloth. It's similar to Simonis, but isn't.