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What the Hell is up with Las Vegas


By jhanley

2 years ago



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#51 2 years ago

Vegas still has a few places of interest to see.

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#52 2 years ago
Quoted from vdojaq:

I disagree 100% John. I go to Vegas to gamble 1 - 2 times a year, but I play poker and bet on football. I am not playing the house on those.

But your still "betting" and your doing it in Vegas.

John

#53 2 years ago

At least you didn't wake up with a tiger in the bathroom... could have been worse !

#54 2 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

I liked Vegas when you actually got paid in quarters when you cashed out your slot. Loved walking around with a bucket of quarters. That stupid piece of paper you get now sucks.

Well, on the flipside, I remember cashing out $100-$200 wins on nickel and dime machines and them inevitably running out of coins and then having to wait like 30 minutes for an attendant to come, then more people to refill the machine... super long boring process. But the clanking of metal sure made winning more fun, didn't it?

#55 2 years ago

Were drinks at the bars typically free? I always assumed that you had to pay if you went up to the bar. I like to find an area that has a high volume of players, which are often frequented by a cocktail waitress looking for tips. As someone mentioned above, Sigma Derby is a fun area to lose slowly. It's also one of those areas where you'll have a waitress around often enough that your free drinks are rarely empty. I went last year and didn't pay for a single drink.

#56 2 years ago

I used to go to Vegas quite frequently to play poker, mostly at the Orleans. But the last 3 years I have barely played any poker at all. I just hang out at PHOF, Flipperspiel, and the Fremont Arcade. I also go to a lot of the other pinball locations around town and check them out so I can update the Pinside map. It takes many hours at PHOF documenting every game and then updating on Pinside, but that's just something I enjoy doing. I also like hunting down new pinball locations and adding to the map no matter what state I am in. Call me crazy, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper than gambling and is just as entertaining to me. My last trip was a little over a month ago, and I didn't even go near the strip a single time. I normally check out the pins at NYNY, but since they started charging for parking there I skipped it and played at Fremont instead. Also bought two pins from a fellow pinsider while I was out there, so I guess I did end up spending a lot, but at least I got to take something home with me.

#57 2 years ago

Being from south Jersey, I feel like it's my duty to shamelessly plug in an Atlantic City comment here.

Sure it's failing and falling apart, but a good time can still be had for cheap down here. Tropicana always has a nice vibe, as does Harrahs and the Borgata (the latter being a little more upmarket). The Golden Nugget has a marina with bands that play on the water.

Even better, it doesn't have all those people flicking those cards at you on every corner. It's all pretty low key.

#58 2 years ago
Quoted from jhanley:

I grew up in Las Vegas so I might have a different perspective but that place has turned into the ultimate place to suck every last penny from you in every way.About 3 years ago we went there and if you were gambling they would give you a free drink at most strip hotels.A couple of days ago me and my wife go to the Excalibur.We both put $20 dollars in the poker machines at this really dirty bar expecting to get a beer and a mixed drink.The bartender gives me a beer and tells us we have to pay $14 bucks for the gin and tonic. I pay $455 dollars to stay 2 nights at Caesars Palace as we were seeing Rod Stewart which costs $229 a ticket plus other bullshit fees and then see a $26 dollar online charge added extra.Before the concert we decided to sit at the bar at Caesars and play some poker and have a drink.We both put $20 dollars in and are playing when the bartender there says we have to bet a dollar a hand to get a free drink.We bought our own drinks at the tune of $22 bucks for a beer and a mixed drink.We finished playing and still had half of our drinks but had to get to the restaurant at Caesars.We get ready to go in and the Hostess tells us we have to FINISH our drinks before we get a table.We ask why.She says that the restaurant is separate from Caesars and that is their policy.Then when we check out they try to charge us for the mini bar in our room which already had things took out of it when we got the room which I called them about when we arrived plus $15 charge for WiFi we didn't use.We ate breakfast and it was $120 for four of us for F&*king simple breakfast.The first day we got 4 donuts and 4 coffees and it was 60 bucks.WTF has happened to that place where you could go anywhere and get a $2.99 breakfast at any casino.They charge you up the ass for everything.3 years ago I could valet park and give the valet a tip after picking up my car.Now at Caesars it costs $14 dollars up front to do the same.I was born there but I'm never going back.The original Vegas that I grew up in the 60's and 70's is dead.

I agree.

We don't go to Vegas much, but all the new hotels are like this. However, old Vegas is Great. Golden Nugget they are always walking around asking you what you'd like to drink, and all we do its tip them.

#59 2 years ago

This must be hard on valet parkers.How much do you feel like tipping someone when they charge you 15 bucks to park your car for a few hours.

#60 2 years ago

Thanks guys for all your comments.
Feel like you have saved me a bunch of money (on car insurance ), and I haven't even been to Las Vegas yet.

Back around early 1990's I went to S Lake Tahoe with girlfriend and some of my friends at the time on a snow skiing vacation. We landed in Reno, stayed one night there at hotel that had reasonable prices. Rented a 4WD van that we all piled into w/ our gear. Drove down to Stateline and checked into our condos on the Cali side. Ate meals at casinos on the Nevada side, ski all day, eat inexpensively at night time. Even went to an oil wrestling show one night. Those lady athletes sure were in good shape and physically fit.
One day we took a break from skiing and drove around Lake Tahoe in the 4WD van, also driving up and down some of the little side gravel roads for added adventure. Basically we had a non-stop blast of a vacation.

So, reading all the earlier comments makes me realize that if I ever make it to Vegas, I need to refer back to all the good info in this thread.

Thanks kst8cat for updating pinball info on the PinMap.

#61 2 years ago

What I find sad is that there have been 60 posts and yet no jokes about hookers and blow.

#62 2 years ago

I went there two years ago and stayed at the Wynn with work. I got a small personal pizza and a beer for $60. I remember going there in "the day" gambling all night and going out for prime rib for $5!

#63 2 years ago

What wrong with Vegas they got all the newest ballys

#64 2 years ago

When I moved to SoCal in 90s Vegas was cheaper, and it was a different place but. It is a very fun place now, too. It's not cheap anymore, but what is.

Driving to Vegas from SoCal is a joy when done right. Pinball in Vegas is good too.

I truly enjoy Vegas at March madness kickoff. I'll be there next year. I also like shows so I'll take my girl to a couple of those. Food is great all over but should be for the price we pay.
I love Vegas.

#65 2 years ago

I have only been there once, which was about 7 years ago and stayed at the Flamingo. It was good because it was in the middle of things. Shared a room with four buddies so the hotel was very cheap. When I found out drinks were so expensive I went to a liquor store and bought a 12-pack. I walked around with it taking beers out at whim. Their open container laws are unbelievable and the casinos didn't seem to mind I had my own beer. Besides PF Changs I ate Subway and McD's. At the time, the Subway $5 dollar foot long sub was the same price, but you got a 6 inch.

There were waitresses giving free beers or very small wells at most casinos if you were playing video poker. The goal was to only play when you saw a waitress nearby. I know my friends and I are cheap. Somehow we got a free limo to a strip club, but had to tell them we were staying at Caesar's. The club was so crowded I never got a chance to tip anyone except the bathroom attendant that looked like Albert Pujols that would belittle those that didn't give him dollar. I know it sounds bad; the only person I tipped at a Vegas strip club was Albert Pujols' brother.

#66 2 years ago

Vegas went down hill when they changed it from "sin city" to an amusement park and when your expectations is a big adult party and your dodging baby strollers on the strip and the fun level goes down you look for other places to spend your entertainment dollars on was last there 4 years ago and stayed down at South Pointe which was new at the time for like $65 for the one night we were in town and have no plans on returning anytime soon and yes I lost a few bucks

#67 2 years ago

My biggest complaint about Vegas of late is the fact that people bring kids and teens and think its ok. Its a adult town with adult things to do. I don't want to hear your brats scream and play grab ass in the pool as the rest of us want to relax and sip cocktails.

#68 2 years ago

I'll pass on Vegas. if I want to piss away money on casinos I can drive a few minutes in two directions and go to the Indian casinos. I prefer the 7 dollar buffet and then walk out the door. I like to spend money but I don't see doing it that way. Each to their own.

#69 2 years ago
Quoted from NY2Colorado:

Free drinks and affordable buffets in Black Hawk, Co..

Wow, I had forgotten that place.. in 1990 I lived in Dillon, and we used to go there. You could only bet up to five bucks at blackjack, so we each played two hands. My buddy once drank a while bottle of Jaeger and resisted arrest there good times!

#70 2 years ago
Quoted from lpeters82:

Were drinks at the bars typically free? I always assumed that you had to pay if you went up to the bar. I like to find an area that has a high volume of players, which are often frequented by a cocktail waitress looking for tips. As someone mentioned above, Sigma Derby is a fun area to lose slowly. It's also one of those areas where you'll have a waitress around often enough that your free drinks are rarely empty. I went last year and didn't pay for a single drink.

Generally drinks at the bar weren't free but would be very reasonable, just a few bucks.

It used to be if you pulled up a seat at one of those quarter poker machines built right into the bar and started playing it they would give you free drinks. Anywhere out on the floor at the slots or tables would bring you the cocktail waitresses for free drinks. Of course you could keep them coming at a good pace by tipping a dollar each time which I thought was reasonable. Of course inflation would make that higher nowadays, if they even do that anymore.

#71 2 years ago

I just spent a week in Vegas and agree with the OP.. $6.00 bottles of water, $20.00 mixed drinks over priced food & hotel rooms, I'm out!
Here are a few pics from Freemont street..

#72 2 years ago

Our favorite, with all the changes, is Red Rock Resort.

It feels like Caesars...25 years ago.
Good Slot odds.

Even Palace in Henderson.

Sure we hit the strip Friday night/Sat night for the people watching,
but after 35 years of going, it keeps changing!

#73 2 years ago

If you stop so much drinking you will...

1. Have a better time in Vegas.

2. Have a healthier lifestyle.

3. Save a small fortune to buy more pinball machines.

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#74 2 years ago
Quoted from Concretehardt:

I just spent a week in Vegas and agree with the OP.. $6.00 bottles of water, $20.00 mixed drinks over priced food & hotel rooms, I'm out!
Here are a few pics from Freemont street..

That's why I didn't take my daughter down to Fremont street.

#75 2 years ago
Quoted from jhanley:

That's why I didn't take my daughter down to Fremont street.

Better that she sees that stuff with you at her side than alone.

I'm an advocate of Fremont St.

$3 Coronas and Margaritas are available in the casinos, and there are free bands playing on the street.

$8.99 prime rib at Tony Romas before 6.30.

Beer and burger for $6 at El Cortez.

The deals are around if you sniff them out.

One of the best things I've read on the internet was this blog of these three guys who did Vegas for $5 a day. They got all these coupons and free stuff. I can't find the page now (it was a while back) but it was good reading.

The strip is just Disneyland for middle aged people. Yuck. I'll only go up there to go to NYNY for the pins, or if there is something on I want to see. You can get cheap tickets for a lot of the shows on line, like carrot top for $29 last time I went.

This site has some good deals.
http://www.smartervegas.com/deals.aspx

One thing you notice, when the rooms are full (as they are now) the show prices and everything else goes way up. In the next recession, when Vegas is struggling again, the buffet will be $9.99 again.

nice!

rd

#76 2 years ago

The strip reminds me of Downtown Disney, all overpriced chain restaurants and shops.

#77 2 years ago

Ive never been to Vegas. My company is sending a few of us out there in a couple of weeks. Staying at the Palazzo. Looking forward to visting phof.....but thats about it.

#78 2 years ago

I dunno, I love Vegas. Sure it costs more now but they have to pay for those billion dollar hotels somehow. I always use hotel points earned from my credit card anyways so we always get free rooms at the Cosmo that way. Combine that with driving there makes it not that expensive of a trip relatively speaking. Personally I like that it's different, if it was just typical cheap rooms and cheap food then what's the point, you can get that anywhere nowadays. I like that it tries to be different with epic hotels, food choices, shows and so on.

#79 2 years ago

I have no problem with Vegas. Mostly like going when warm enough to hang out at pool. Play pin at nyny ,$5.00 min craps at Excaliber

Hang out by the park T mobile arena,go to shows what's not to like? Yes expensive things but very easy to avoid .

#80 2 years ago

Going to Vegas in 2 days. Any "can't miss" besides PHOF and apparently, New York New York pins?

#81 2 years ago
Quoted from Sence:

Going to Vegas in 2 days. Any "can't miss" besides PHOF and apparently, New York New York pins?

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/fremont-arcade-downtown-las-vegas-fremont-street-experience

#82 2 years ago

was out there a couple of months back with some friends, had an absolute blast! yes, things are more expensive there now, but what isn't now a days? best adult playground in the world!! stayed at treasure island, made it to fremont street one night as well!

Can't wait to go back. (and im not a gambler). To each his own I guess.

#83 2 years ago

I've only stayed at the Bellagio for meetings or to run the 1/2 marathon. I don't gamble or drink that much, but love the food and the shows. I've always had good time. After a few days, I have to leave. It's like being in a weird Twilight Zone episode.

#84 2 years ago

Vegas, get a cheap room somewhere. World's Largest Super 8 is close to strip and cheap. If near the strip go to the Stage Door Casino and get a beer and hotdog for $3. Delicious hot dog and amazing people watching bar. Mr. Beijing for Asian food. Pinball Hall of Fame. Then go back to Stage Door. Maybe walk the strip and people watch. Don't go to the big casinos to spend money. I have to check out Fremont Street next time I am down there.

Also Reno rules! Wells Ave is getting quite the assortment of pins right now.

#85 2 years ago

Great.... I am heading to Vegas this weekend for 5 days.... I haven't been since 2012. I mostly go for the food and people watching.

#86 2 years ago
Quoted from yzfguy:

You could only bet up to five bucks at blackjack, so we each played two hands.

Colorado "Limited Gaming"......

#87 2 years ago

Went there a couple months ago but been going there on and off for years. The Treasure Island pirate show is no more Heard something about it tied up too much traffic when the show was on and locals complained about the cannons going off cause it could be heard for miles. Almost every hotel charges for parking now and those daily hotel charges are bogus. Where is the beautiful grass landscape Caesar's use to have? Oh wait it's covered now by all these little bars and shops to get more money everywhere you walk. Got a good rate thru AAA to stay at the Palazzo and parking is actually free.

#88 2 years ago

I like Vegas because it is the simultaneous waking dream and nightmare of the middle class mixed in from every corner of the planet. High hoping surrounded by defeat around every corner... arriving in a 24/7 continuous stream of indulgence. Jump off the train whenever you like, if you can.

I usually stay at Treasure Island. Pretty good deals on better-than-expected rooms. Easy walk to the nicer hotels and the Venetian across the street has a nice & healthy smoothie bar which will recharge your batteries (try the "Whitney").

I never rent a car. Usually take buses/monorails everywhere. Sometimes will do Airbnb on the expensive nights (Fri/Sat).

I like the latest slot technology. Willy Wonka, classic Batman, pretty good programming and fun to watch while drinking a brew. Then of course PHOF and pinball around town, maybe see a show, people watch, hang out with the divas... always good for a few days to blow off steam.

Not too expensive if you play your cards right, and I don't mean poker.

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#89 2 years ago

For a bunch of guys with tens of thousands of dollars in pinball machines, you all seem a little cheap when it comes to vacation.

Has Vegas ever been about SAVING money?

#90 2 years ago

It seems like Vegas was better deal when the Mafia called the shots. Then Wall Street moved in and "rape" charges you when ever it can.

#91 2 years ago
Quoted from canea:

For a bunch of guys with tens of thousands of dollars in pinball machines, you all seem a little cheap when it comes to vacation.
Has Vegas ever been about SAVING money?

I don't think anyone minds spending money.

It's just being bent over by Corporate America that people aren't a fan of.

- resort charge? Really? Just a rip off.
- car parking? When it's been free for 50 years?
- etc
- etc

It's fun not to pay for this stuff.

rd

#92 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

I don't think anyone minds spending money.
It's just being bent over by Corporate America that people aren't a fan of.
- resort charge? Really? Just a rip off.
- car parking? When it's been free for 50 years?
- etc
- etc
It's fun not to pay for this stuff.
rd

no tolls there yet but the rent a car places change the very high admin fees for just one toll in the usa.

#93 2 years ago
Quoted from mbaumle:

Being from south Jersey, I feel like it's my duty to shamelessly plug in an Atlantic City comment here.
Sure it's failing and falling apart, but a good time can still be had for cheap down here. Tropicana always has a nice vibe, as does Harrahs and the Borgata (the latter being a little more upmarket). The Golden Nugget has a marina with bands that play on the water.
Even better, it doesn't have all those people flicking those cards at you on every corner. It's all pretty low key.

Just stabbings.

#94 2 years ago
Quoted from Sence:

Going to Vegas in 2 days. Any "can't miss" besides PHOF and apparently, New York New York pins?

In-N-out burger!

#95 2 years ago
Quoted from Sence:

Going to Vegas in 2 days. Any "can't miss" besides PHOF and apparently, New York New York pins?

Check out the Mob Museum and the Neon boneyard museum.Really interesting.

#96 2 years ago
Quoted from Sence:

Going to Vegas in 2 days. Any "can't miss" besides PHOF and apparently, New York New York pins?

- Fremont Arcade (although if you're already doing NYNY you're basically doubling up)
- Flipperspiel
- Gamers Paradise (across the parking lot from PHoF)
- if you're driving, the Silverado rollercoaster at Buffalo Bills

#97 2 years ago

Maybe you'll see her there....

#98 2 years ago
Quoted from jhanley:

Check out the Mob Museum and the Neon boneyard museum.Really interesting.

I'm not a museum guy (at all) but I recommend the Mob museum.

Has a really good history of Vegas as well.

I love the history of Vegas ... one of the reasons I go there. I rarely gamble. Lots of other things to do.

When Danni finishes school next year, we will probably relocate there for 6 months. Good base... cheap living, good airport, flights everywhere, plenty to do.

rd

#99 2 years ago
Quoted from Da_Topper:

Went there a couple months ago but been going there on and off for years. The Treasure Island pirate show is no more Heard something about it tied up too much traffic when the show was on and locals complained about the cannons going off cause it could be heard for miles. Almost every hotel charges for parking now and those daily hotel charges are bogus. Where is the beautiful grass landscape Caesar's use to have? Oh wait it's covered now by all these little bars and shops to get more money everywhere you walk. Got a good rate thru AAA to stay at the Palazzo and parking is actually free.

The pirate show closing at TI had nothing to do with traffic and locals complaining lol. Traffic is ALWAYS a shitshow on the strip so "the locals" avoid it like the plague haha. The pirate show was a completely FREE show that took up prime real estate and had to pay all the performers. Unfortunately the owner of Tresure Island (Phil Ruffin) being the billionaire business person that he is would rather have the 48,000 square foot property turned into profit making gift shops and a pharmacy. Like the strip needs more of that??!! Haha. I for one loved the pirate show! When I had relatives or friends come visit it was always something fun to watch with people who have never been to Vegas.

#100 2 years ago
Quoted from jhanley:

When I lived there in the 70's you could see concerts at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing arts for no more than 15 or 20 bucks

$20 in 1946 is the equivalent to $249 today according to this inflation calculator: http://www.in2013dollars.com/1946-dollars-in-2017?amount=20

...just saying...

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