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dreamoftherich
02-17-2005, 04:48 PM
Hi all, me and 3 mates are all heading to Vegas in 9 months time in November and it will all be our first time abroad! So its gonna be pretty amazing really plus we going to be all celebrating our 21st as we will all be 21 by the time we are out there!!!!!
We're going to be going for a week and staying in the imperial hotel. Basically we're students and money doesnt come easy for us so we would love it if anyone has any tips/ideas/experience on how to make our week cheap and easy as possible. What are the best places to go? What are the must doo's in Vegas? How to make it Cheap? places to eat and drink?
And really the million dollar question would be, what and how is the best way to win in VEGAS!!!!
Would appreatiate any response from anyone, so if u have any advice PLEASEEEEE help us. Thanks, P

MrLucky
02-17-2005, 05:52 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dreamoftherich:</font><hr> Hi all, me and 3 mates are all heading to Vegas in 9 months time in November and it will all be our first time abroad! So its gonna be pretty amazing really plus we going to be all celebrating our 21st as we will all be 21 by the time we are out there!!!!!
We're going to be going for a week and staying in the imperial hotel. Basically we're students and money doesnt come easy for us so we would love it if anyone has any tips/ideas/experience on how to make our week cheap and easy as possible. What are the best places to go? What are the must doo's in Vegas? How to make it Cheap? places to eat and drink?
And really the million dollar question would be, what and how is the best way to win in VEGAS!!!!
Would appreatiate any response from anyone, so if u have any advice PLEASEEEEE help us. Thanks, P <hr /></blockquote> <font color="red"> Well the best way to win in Vegas (if we are talking about the gambling) is NOT TO PLAY ! LOL! when I go I take out an amount that I am ready to and willing to lose and if and when its gone I am done!!!! As far as things to do there are shows and things to do galore get the local strip rags and see what and who are where for that particular week! You will have plenty to do from seeing the sights to fine dining though if you want to keep to a budget stay around the various hotel buffets they are great and sumptious and a hell of a lot cheaper than going to the Hard Rocks and god forbid eating at the name restaurants like Emerils ! also many many shows! Try the Luxor and surrounding hotels for events ! </font color> /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Popcorn
02-17-2005, 06:48 PM
I am only speaking for myself but, Las Vegas is right up there with Disney world as one of the most over hyped places to go. I hate the place, but I guess everyone has to see it at least once. Try to get out of there as soon as you can and see the Grand Canyon, Monument valley or some of the actually interesting places to visit. Just the tour of the dam, gives the 7-ball to any of the crap in Vegas. Just my opinion

CarolNYC
02-18-2005, 12:58 AM
Good answer! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Hey dreamofthe rich, are you my daughter,ha ha ha?
(just kidding)
Carol~better not be /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

JimS
02-18-2005, 05:15 AM
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE. /ccboard/images/graemlins/ooo.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

MrLucky
02-18-2005, 06:01 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Popcorn:</font><hr> I am only speaking for myself but, Las Vegas is right up there with Disney world as one of the most over hyped places to go. I hate the place, but I guess everyone has to see it at least once. Try to get out of there as soon as you can and see the Grand Canyon, Monument valley or some of the actually interesting places to visit. Just the tour of the dam, gives the 7-ball to any of the crap in Vegas. Just my opinion <hr /></blockquote> <font color="purple"> LOL! why try an ruin their dream vacation! C'mon the first time in anything especially Vegas is Fun! I admit though after the first visit its no where as pleasurable ! Well that is unless you hit on one of those dollar machines!!!!! </font color> /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

SpiderMan
02-18-2005, 09:01 AM
Don't eat all day, then go to the seafood buffet at the Rio hotel. All you can eat of everything you want, one price, about $37 US. Try to beat my record of 9 plates of food, a dozen oysters, a salad, three desserts, and five glasses of tea. Men have tried and men have died; I can do crab legs and lobster tails for about as long as they keep the serving line open!

SpiderMan

MrLucky
02-18-2005, 09:23 AM
Unless prices have gone up dramatically in the last 4-5 months $37.00 for a buffet in Vegas sounds quite high! /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif I usually stay at the Luxor and their buffets are half that price and sumptious! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

MrLucky
02-18-2005, 09:30 AM
<font color="purple"> Heres a link to the Luxor Buffets ! much less dough and guaranteed to please! Especially a strained college budget and tummy </font color> /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif web page (http://www.luxor.com/superset.php3/dining/pheastbuffet.php3) http://www.luxor.com/images/slideshow/din-pic17.jpg

Popcorn
02-18-2005, 09:47 AM
It is a monument to the worst there is in the human condition. From prostitution, drinking, gambling, greed, gross excess, phoniness, it may be worth seeing for just that, (Kind of like watching one of those car wreck movies in drivers Ed.) as long as you don't participate. Watching people standing at slot machines feed in the last of them their money is a sad sight. If you go shopping at a local grocery you see the local people with their groceries sitting there on the floor while they are feeding the machines, you come away with honestly sick feeling. It exploits every weakness you can imagine. I very honestly don't like the place. I used to go there for the BCA show every year and would dread going. Again, that is just me, others may buy in to the hype and think standing in front of a slot machine losing their money is the height of entertainment. just my opinion.

Barbara
02-18-2005, 09:49 AM
It may be expensive for a buffet in Vegas, but it is one helluva buffet!

Barbara

MrLucky
02-18-2005, 09:59 AM
You know that sounds just like what my folks thought about pool halls in the 60's when I was growing up
! <font color="red"> I'm damn glad I did not listen to them1 LOL!

I understand your thoughts but like all things there is more to Vegas than addicted gamblers! I personally do not get into the gambling there much but I do enjoy the sights and shows ! Like anything else you get out of it what you want! if you are a alcoholic then you will drink yourself to death there or anywhere else you may wind up! If you are a gambling addict ! you can exercise that vice at home on lottery tickets or in Vegas on a one armed bandit! </font color> /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Eric.
02-18-2005, 10:55 AM
I'll back up what Spidey sez. This guy opens King Crab legs like they had a zipper on them! This year, I'm gonna try to knock him off for the title.


Eric &gt;make sure you bring "little" Tom too

SpiderMan
02-18-2005, 11:03 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote MrLucky:</font><hr> Unless prices have gone up dramatically in the last 4-5 months $37.00 for a buffet in Vegas sounds quite high! /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif I usually stay at the Luxor and their buffets are half that price and sumptious! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Average price for a "good" buffet in 'Vegas is $12-$18. The Rio seafood buffet is special because of the quality and variety, and especially because it offers all-you-can eat lobster tails.

In the "average" price range, I think the best buffet is possibly the Fiesta. They're off the strip though, so you need a car to get there. Exceptional seafood selection and really good steamed crab legs. Yes, I've eaten at the Luxor too.

SpiderMan

Deeman2
02-18-2005, 11:09 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SpiderMan:</font><hr> Don't eat all day, then go to the seafood buffet at the Rio hotel. All you can eat of everything you want, one price, about $37 US. Try to beat my record of 9 plates of food, a dozen oysters, a salad, three desserts, and five glasses of tea. Men have tried and men have died; I can do crab legs and lobster tails for about as long as they keep the serving line open!

SpiderMan <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue"> Spiderman,

You are on. The Big Texan in Amarillo for the 72 ounce steak dinner. My treat as I know I'll never beat you at eating...after witnessing you clear PettyPoint!!!Hey, at least you bring your own chili... /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I'll make it all back off others when I side bet on you to finish it!!!</font color>

Deeman
loves the girl in the red velvet swing....

SpiderMan
02-18-2005, 11:14 AM
Deeman,

I've been past that place, but never stopped in. I used to eat the 52-ounce porterhouse at Trail Dust in Dallas about once every couple of months, with baked potato, beans, and salad, and still have a little room to "help" my girlfriend clean her plate.

But to tell the truth, I no longer seem to crave that much beef at a sitting. I've really slowed down on some things, worried about getting fat in my old age. Seafood is quite another matter, though - I've convinced myself that it's good to gorge.

SpiderMan

MrLucky
02-18-2005, 11:18 AM
<font color="purple">LOL! Man, you guys are in a whole different league than I am ! I have to plan out my meal at the luxor so I can be sure to get in some of the things I enjoy there! Y'all are talking about eating half cows and stuff! </font color> /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

SecaucusFats
02-18-2005, 11:53 AM
Do a google search using advanced search and enter the phrase "Las Vegas on the cheap". You will get lots of useful hits.

Here's one: Vegas on a budget (http://www.travel-wise.com/northamerica/lasvegas/ireland-vegas.html)

Rich R.
02-18-2005, 12:02 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SpiderMan:</font><hr> I've really slowed down on some things, worried about getting fat in my old age. <hr /></blockquote>
I'm gaining weight, just reading about what you eat. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

JPB
02-18-2005, 05:22 PM
The problem is that turning 21 in style in las vegas isn't cheap anymore. You are staying in a dump but it is in a good location. Well, it isn't a total dump, but I don't like it. I stayed thre once and the room was cheap and OK. The rest of the hotel sort of sucks. Don't eat there. You are in a good spot to get to the nice places. But the problem is the casinos aren't cheap. You can walk around the Mirage and Caesars and Venetian, but doing stuff will cost. Shows are expensive. Drinks are expensive now. Etc....

Young guys should go to the Palms and hang out. Get drunk, scope the talent etc.... Amazing sights at the Palms. You can get a free bus from the Barbary Coast to the Gold Coast and cross the street. The sportsbook at the gold coast has good hot dogs for .75. There's something cheap.

Young guys should hit Olympic Gardens. It isn't cheap. Young guys can drop 500 there without a problem. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif You can probably keep it to 200 or so if you are careful.

I guess if I were 21 on a budget I'd eat food court type food during the day and try to hold dinner to a buffet or mid level restaurant. DO NOT eat the buffet at the imperial palace under ANY circumstances. Mirage buffet is good, but I don't know what they get for it. Bellagio buffet is great, but expensive. Best meal in town is Delmonicos at venetian, but that runs about 125 a head with mid level wine and tip. Nothing better tho. Steak maybe 45, appetizer 10, side 10, something like that. When I was 21 (or younger, he he he) vegas had more cheap stuff. Cheap blackjack, cheap drinks, cheap food. No more. At least on the strip in the decent places.

Don't gamble much unless you know how to play poker. You can't win at the casino games.

21 year old guys should enjoy Palms, Mandalay, Hard Rock. But they aren't very cheap. Cheap is hanging with geezers at the Fremont. (Don't)


Start saving now and bring some cash is my advice. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Wally_in_Cincy
02-19-2005, 07:25 AM
We stumbled into the bar in the Frontier casino one afternoon. If you buy a $10 roll of quarters for the video poker machines at the bar you drink for free. We had about 4 drinks apiece and broke even on the poker.

The Riveria buffet is not bad for $8.95 (cheap cuts of steak, omelette station and more) and it's open very late.

JPB
02-19-2005, 09:46 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Wally_in_Cincy:</font><hr> We stumbled into the bar in the Frontier casino one afternoon. If you buy a $10 roll of quarters for the video poker machines at the bar you drink for free. We had about 4 drinks apiece and broke even on the poker.
<hr /></blockquote>


this is the case at most video poker bars in Las Vegas. I seldom do it and I don't know how long they will let you nurse quarters while drinking. I hate video poker and never seem to win so I typically just suck it up and pay for my drinks. But overall there are worse bets, particularly if you know the strategy of the different machines, which I don't. You can make the house edge really small in video poker, sometimes get a small edge with the right machine. (Which probably aren't the ones at the bars) I have been out drinking with people at video poker bars and when somebody hits a royal it can be a long night. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif


P.S. The big probaem for a short bankroll is the standard deviation. You can lose quite a lot playing video poker very quickly if you hit a bad streak. So short bankroll guys have to watch it. But if they can play a quarter at a time and get a good bartender they will be OK. They would be sacrificing any positive EV if it is a progressive royal, but might get drunker with a friendly bartender sympathetic to the plight of thirsty 21 year olds. In those circumstances 20 could go a ways. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Wally_in_Cincy
02-19-2005, 10:29 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote JPB:</font><hr>

...if they can play a quarter at a time and get a good bartender they will be OK. They would be sacrificing any positive EV if it is a progressive royal, but might get drunker with a friendly bartender sympathetic to the plight of thirsty 21 year olds. In those circumstances 20 could go a ways. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Yeah, our bartender was a guy from NYC named Rico. He was really cool and of course we tipped him well.

Also, at almost all of the casinos if you start playing slots the waitress will bring you a free frink. At least the 25 cent slots and above. Never tried it with the nickel slots.

SpiderMan
02-21-2005, 04:35 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Eric.:</font><hr> I'll back up what Spidey sez. This guy opens King Crab legs like they had a zipper on them! This year, I'm gonna try to knock him off for the title.
Eric &gt;make sure you bring "little" Tom too <hr /></blockquote>

Eric,

Regrettably, I won't be in 'Vegas this year. My league operator elected to go with the BCA-spinoff organization, ACS. Their national tourney is in Reno this year. They plan on 'Vegas next year, so if they survive I can be back in line at the Rio. And if they don't, I'll be there anyway with BCA!

Tiny Tom will be in 'Vegas with BCA this year. He said he couldn't afford Reno because he has too many comps available in 'Vegas.

SpiderMan

SPetty
02-23-2005, 01:17 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SpiderMan:</font><hr> Regrettably, I won't be in 'Vegas this year. <hr /></blockquote>Y'know, I just bought airfare for less than $200 round trip. I'm sure you can find a cot in a friend's room to stay overnight. It might be worth a day or two off from work to make the trip for that buffet and the good company! /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

SpiderMan
02-23-2005, 02:49 PM
I know, but I just don't get enough time off to make two separate pool trips that time of year.

SpiderMan

kyle
02-27-2005, 03:15 PM
My advice don't drink the water, the cheap hot dogs are cheap hot dogs, 2 hours of sleep is plenty, don't be intimedated by the long line up at the buffet. If a gorgeous girl strikes up a conversation with you, get a price first. If one of your buddies gets you really drunk and insists on taking you too the "drive through" don't go.