Diners played an important part in my life being from the east coast. Diners were a place to hang out with friends at the end of the night or get breakfast in the morning. A lot of memories happen in the diner. Diners are much less prevalent as you move west on the map. Even though there aren’t many of them diners still exist out west for a variety of reasons. Diners are traditionally inexpensive restaurants with large menus catering to any food craving you can have and they’re open all night. Even though there are hundreds of items on the traditional diner menu the staples are a good burger, decent breakfast and good easy to drink coffee. Most diners usually have one other item that they’re known for.
Even with the locals, Las Vegas tries to be everything to everyone so it’s no surprise that you’ll see diners from the east to the west with a few local favorites. Every casino has it’s own version of a coffee shop which fills the role of the diner. Having said that it’s interesting that one of the best diners in Vegas is at the oldest hotel in Vegas – The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino.
Having your buddies over for a poker night? Tired of betting with matchsticks and fighting over the last remaining can of lager? Follow our five step plan to make your weeknight poker feel more like a bachelors weekend in Vegas.
Step 1 – The Cards
You can’t play cards without a deck, but not all decks are the same. Don’t use a set of old, beat-up playing cards as they just make you look cheap. Buy a brand new deck and break the seal in front of your friends for a professional touch, or invest in a set of more expensive – but far more durable – plastic playing cards for that true Vegas feel.
Step 2 – The Table
If you are using the dining table, make sure it is covered with a cloth that doesn’t rumple or catch the cards. Otherwise you are just going accidentally expose cards. If you can’t afford to buy an off-the-shelf poker table, there are many websites out there that show how you can cheaply build your own. At the very least, buy some nice felt to cover the dining room table with.
If you’re a sports fan and a gambling man, Las Vegas can seem like a sports bettor’s dream. On the famous Las Vegas Strip there is an amazing array of great casinos and hotels to choose from, and they all have some type of a sports book. That said, there are good sports books, bad ones, and the plain old average or even mediocre. The good news is that every so often there is a truly great sports book. The Venetian is one of those rare casino hotels on the Strip that can actually brag about having an absolutely fantastic sports book.
There are several reasons The Venetian Race & Sports Book operated by Cantor Gaming gets high grades. One is great free drink service. During some major sporting events you might be required to put down a certain bet level, but many patrons have reported that as long as the sports bettor is polite, they pretty much get as many free drinks as they want. The service is outstanding, the individuals taking bets are very polite, and the TV spread is fantastic. The “small” flat screen televisions on the side would make most men ecstatic if they had one in their house. The 3 large screens over six feet tall are just bonus.
Announcements, openings and finding new things to do in and out of house are always part of the week for anyone that lives in Las Vegas. With the temperatures reaching 100 degrees for the first time this year there was a good excuse to find some quality time inside. While there is a lot happening this summer inside and outside the casinos there’s a lot happening to satiate Vegas cravings from home.
- Fill your craving for Las Vegas with “Model Employee” which started airing on VH1 last week. The show takes models and puts them to work at Mandalay Bay. The show may not be anything new but any day Vegas is on TV is a good day. Another way to fill your cravings for Vegas tales is former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman’s new memoir. The book looks at his life from Mob lawyer to mayor. Besides filling Vegas desires it will be a good way to kill some time in the air conditioning when the temps get into the 120’s this summer.
Atlantic City likes to refer to itself as America’s Favorite Playground. Since Las Vegas is also a city in America, the title of America’s Favorite Playground for Atlantic City is a stretch. All gamblers know there is nothing like Las Vegas. That said, Atlantic City truly is the Las Vegas of the east coast. If you live on or near the east coast, it’s a great place to visit. It’s also a great place to visit if you have been to Las Vegas a dozen times and desire a change of scenery. And if you’re a poker player, Atlantic City has plenty of tourists, which means a lot of easy money. Regardless of your game of choice, you’re going to want to stay at one of the best hotels in Atlantic City.
Nightclubs are a big deal in Las Vegas. In fact, 8 of the top 10 nightclubs in America are located in Las Vegas. There’s always been demand to get into the Vegas nightclubs but nothing like this. Now the demand is so insane that the lines are huge at clubs up and down the Vegas strip instead of just one or two hot spots. The clubs are so packed at night that almost every nightclub has a dayclub where you can soak in some rays while catching a world famous DJ drop some beats.
The increased demand to get into clubs allows the operators to charge more money and increase how strict they are with dress codes and guy codes. You now have to bring an equal amount of guys and girls with your party to enter the club. This isn’t anything new but it has never been strictly enforced at all times and at every club. The newest and most grand club on the strip, Hakkasan, isn’t hiding the fact that you can’t have a party of just guys. What’s a bro supposed to do with his bros?
Enduring folk wisdom claims that slot machines near a casino’s entry door pay better than those deeper within. A former vice-president at the Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas once said that their entryway machines and those nearest the elevators paid more freely because they lured customers into not only visiting the casino, but staying overnight when they vacationed in Vegas.
Many people believe the casinos still adhere to such practices, but it may be an inaccurate perception. Early slot machines, also known as pokies, operated using mechanical reels and were vulnerable to fraud. Further, each reel originally held ten symbols on each of the three reels, allowing for a potential 1,000 possible outcomes. Because a jackpot spin would happen every thousand times it was played, jackpot sizes were also limited. Even though the number of symbols on each reel was more than doubled in later versions, the odds remained limited to about one jackpot payout for every 10,000 spins.
Las Vegas is great because there’s always something happening. There may be a new show opening tonight and there may be an announcement of a new show opening in two years and everything in between. We hope to keep you up to date on all of the big news happening in Vegas that may effect your trip this weekend or your next trip in a year. Every week we’ll compile notes of what’s happening in Vegas that you should know. Here are this weeks news highlights in Vegas.
- Hotel rooms in Las Vegas are renovated about every 5 to 6 years and Rio just started to update almost 400 of their suites. You can see a rendering of the new Samba Suites at the POV Blog.
Las Vegas has something for everyone and every occasion. I’m always looking for a new experience in Vegas and one of the more extreme things to do is to legally and safely shoot guns. This is perfect for people that visit Vegas often and are looking for something new to do or for the bachelor party looking for a day time activity. The variety of gun ranges in Vegas extend from small indoor ranges on or near the Vegas strip to vast experiences outdoors in the sprawling deserts out in the Vegas suburbs. You can shoot anything from a handgun to rifles that have bullets traveling 2 miles. What you choose really matters how much time and money you want to spend.
Let’s set the scene. It’s 4am and you’re done with the club or gambling or whatever Vegas had in store for you the night. All you want is something to eat before you pass out. While there’s usually a sit down restaurant in every casino resort but most hotels don’t have quick and inexpensive late night dining options. I’m talking about the place where you can get a drink and bite around $10 in just a few minutes.
I always recommend having at least one glass or bottle of water before crashing for the night. Rehydrating in a dry city like Las Vegas is important for the sober or unsober. Here are some of my favorite places to grab a quick cheap bite to eat inside and outside of a casino.