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Old 01-26-2014, 12:12 AM   #1
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So I travel moderately for work, and have been to many US cities. I have never in my life been to Vegas. My wife and I are celebrating our 8 year anniversary in the first week of March, and I have booked us for a week at the Bellagio. I am so fired up. Curious to see what pieces of advice folks here on CT can lend to a first timer.
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So I travel moderately for work, and have been to many US cities. I have never in my life been to Vegas. My wife and I are celebrating our 8 year anniversary in the first week of March, and I have booked us for a week at the Bellagio. I am so fired up. Curious to see what pieces of advice folks here on CT can lend to a first timer.
I've been there 3 times....it is absolutely wonderful......there's something new and improved every time I go. The first time I went they had a 200 million dollar art exhibit there......unreal sports book......water show is great too.
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Yeah I have a Bovada account and bet their sports book. I will probably stick to that, Poker, and maybe a little Black Jack in terms of gambling. The old lady will probably play slots and a little black jack with me. She isn't the greatest at gambling concepts and games. Looking to hit some "must see/dos"
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If you can, go see one of the cirque du soleil shows. They're strange, but if you're even the slightest bit curious, you'll be glad you went.
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Don't bother gambling in any casino other than Bellagio. It's always best to just stick to the hotel casino where you're staying. They keep track of your gambling and you can get better comps based on how much you gamble. Table minimums will go up after about 10pm - watch out for that.

You can spend a fortune in food if you're not careful. I'd recommend one, maybe two, nicer dinners. Otherwise I'd hit up the grocery store or just eat at a fast food joint.

Also a week in Vegas is a long time honestly. Pace yourself. When the guys and I do our 3-4 day trips to Vegas, it's basically just one long day with mini naps here and there. It may be different with your wife on your anniversary - but I doubt it. Ha.

Take a day and visit the Hoover dam. It's a nice change of scenery from the strip.

I also enjoy Fremont St just as much, if not more, than the strip. It's old school Vegas.

The Wynn hotel has a Ferrari dealership/showroom that's cool, if you're into cars.

Do a show but I wouldn't do more than 2 shows honestly. The Tim McGraw/Faith Hill show is good if you happen to be there when they are doing it.

Don't bother golfing - their really isn't any decent golfing in Vegas. Kind of a waste of money to me (and I'm an avid golfer).

Take your wife to the Forum Shops right by Ceasars Palace. You can just about spend an entire day there shopping if you want.

Also, take her to the Venetian to just walk around or do a gondola ride. It's the most impressive hotel in my opinion. You'll feel like you're outside in Paris when your really on the second floor of a hotel - pretty amazing.
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And NEVER walk away from a hot table.
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Def go see a show. Cirque du Solei's "O" is a great one to see. Try a buffet... They actually aren't bad.
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You got to know when to hold them, and know when to fold them
Know when to walk away, and know when to run
You NEVER count your money when you're sittin at the table, there'll be time enough for counting when the dealing is done.
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Don't bother gambling in any casino other than Bellagio.
Might be true, if you're only talking about the strip. The best game (odds in the players favor) in Vegas is $10 single deck black jack in old Vegas along freemont street. But you must play perfect basic stragety...
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I go yearly for a work-related conference. I usually stay at the MGM Grand but as long as you have your M Life card, you're golden.

Prime at The Bellagio is definitely a place worth checking out. If you do, get the aged, bone-in filet. Fantastic!

And $5 Blackjack at Hooters isn't too bad either... :)
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Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower to watch the water show at the Bellagio. It's a pretty cool sight from the top. Just spend some time walking around the different casino's on the strip. They all have some great attractions whether it is their architecture or some unique feature that is worth checking out.
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Might be true, if you're only talking about the strip. The best game (odds in the players favor) in Vegas is $10 single deck black jack in old Vegas along freemont street. But you must play perfect basic stragety...
They have that on the strip as well.
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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

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They have that on the strip as well.
Yeah, not so much...

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For pure gambling I like to get off the strip. The Fremont Street Experience is fun to do one night. Hit all of the big casinos. The Bellagio fountains are awesome. Many others have already been mentioned. Try collecting them all. Get a player's card for each place. Many come with freebies for joining.

While the $2 steak dinner may be a thing of the past you can still find good deals on Vegas buffets. Save some coin for a couple of the many high end restaurants. Here are some: http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/bes...dfood_4lv.html.

See some shows! Nothing like that collection anywhere. Here are some: http://www.vegas.com/deals/. Always try to finagle a free or discounted line pass.

Get outside of town. Hoover dam was mentioned. I recommend it also. I vividly remember going down inside it when I was 5. My last trip out we did this lazy river rafting trip and enjoyed the change from Glitter Gulch. http://www.blackcanyonadventures.com/ Here are some other tours: http://www.viator.com/las-vegas-tour...=204&aid=m3320. Drive up Mount Charleston: http://www.las-vegas.travel/things-t...nt-charleston/. Vegas is known for its plethora of knockout spas. That is great but you can visit rustic hot springs for mostly free. http://www.vegas.com/attractions/nea...s/hot-springs/. Just tons of other things to do. Check out: http://www.vegas.com/, http://www.lasvegas.com/, http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g...Vacations.html, http://www.cheapovegas.com/, http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/las-vegas.

Lastly, only chumps pay full price in Vegas. Order all of the free travel to Vegas kits now. You can buy an Entertainment book and resell it after you have used what you want. http://www.entertainment-savings-off...as-vegas/book/. Groupon has a lot of Vegas deals: http://www.groupon.com/. You get the idea.

I did the Big Shot at the Strat. I'd like to jump off it next. http://www.stratospherehotel.com/Tower/Rides.

We usually build in time to detox from the neon and such of Vegas and head to Sedona for a couple of days. It is a 275 recuperative drive through desert, Ponderosa pine, and red rock country. http://www.visitsedona.com/
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I have never been to Vegas, surely not because I don't want to. I just don't have the kind of cash for that lovely expedition.
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If you can, go see one of the cirque du soleil shows. They're strange, but if you're even the slightest bi curious, you'll be glad you went.
Fixed it for you.

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1. Either you mis-read my original post, or

2. You didn't even pay attention to that link you posted, or

3. Something got lost in translation and I'm just not following you anymore...
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If you find an empty table anywhere, and get in early, you can usually name your price at a blackjack table. Especially if you're with a group of people and can take up a majority of the seats at the table, they'll let you name the price and stay in at it as long as you're there.

The group of guys I always go with for work (usually 5-6 of us) will grab an empty table and get a $10 buy in at the MGM grand. They'll let you stay grandfathered in.
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