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theonlythree May 06, 2009 12:53am

Planning Vegas Trip
 
Hey guys. I used to post here.

I'm going to vegas next month and I'd like some recommendations on what to do/where to stay. We've got a budget of $2500 for 7 days. 3 of them will be at the Grand Canyon.

What hotels are the best?

TWLLM May 06, 2009 2:42am

Hey dude, long time no see.


I'm actually going to vegas this week - booked tonight, leaving on Saturday - it's so last minute it's entirely *un-nitty* of me. :oops:


IMO the best hotels are the ones you can get cheap. :biggrin: Check out travel packages right now - I saw some sick ones, like flight + four star hotel (e.g. Bellagio) at like $700ish for 4/5 days including flights (and this is from Toronto, I'm assuming you're flying from somewhere much closer). There's some good deals out there for the Strip. I know I have a fairly low comp rating (just enough to be on the lists and get more than the 'public' offers) and I'm getting hotel for free except for a discounted rate on Saturday night.

My policy is to stay at the cheapest place that is clean/nice enough that it doesn't detract from your visit, and then spend the rest of the $ on having a blast instead of on the room (which you'll rarely use cause it's vegas). For instance, staying at like Bally's or Paris instead of Caesars (to use Harrah's casinos, for example), but *not* going as low as Imperial Palace. :P

In terms of time at the Grand Canyon, I have no clue.

Ozone May 06, 2009 3:26am

Someone starts this thread at least once a month. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was a level.

When in Vegas...

Vegas advice

Vegas trip..patting myself on the back

Planning a trip to Vegas..

Vegas trip...

Vegas Accommodation

TWLLM May 06, 2009 3:40am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ozone (Post 791292)
Someone starts this thread at least once a month. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was a level.

Yeah but Theonlythree hasn't been here in a long time, and is a reputable fellow, so I tried to give my basic philosophy - plus being a nit and making last minute vegas trip plans is so out of character that it has me giddy like a school girl. :P

joeyjoejoejr May 06, 2009 3:47am

Quote:

Originally Posted by TWLLM (Post 791289)
but *not* going as low as Imperial Palace. :P

Lol, I stayed at the imperial palace the last two times I was in vegas
Of course I did nothing there besides sleep

eli924 May 06, 2009 4:28am

Quote:

Originally Posted by joeyjoejoejr (Post 791295)
Lol, I stayed at the imperial palace the last two times I was in vegas
Of course I did nothing there besides sleep

+1

Bed and a toilet is all i need when i'm in vegas. And it's right about in the middle of the strip which is convenient if you're doing a lot of walking.

TWLLM May 06, 2009 4:50am

Quote:

Originally Posted by eli924 (Post 791297)
+1

Bed and a toilet is all i need when i'm in vegas. And it's right about in the middle of the strip which is convenient if you're doing a lot of walking.

IP has toilets? :shock:






:wink:

SwoopAE May 06, 2009 5:01pm

In Vegas related news; i'm booking in at Meredian in a condo that sleeps 3 from June 1 - July 15 with a guy from 2+2, Michael and there's room for one more if anyone is looking for accom for the WSOP. Total cost is 3k for the six weeks so approx 1k per person (although based on time spent, i'd say min of 4 weeks if you want to stay for the series). Michael's arriving on June 1 and i'm arriving June 12 for the record.

Anyhow if anyone has made last minute WSOP plans I thought i'd offer here, you probably have somewhere from 2-3 days before I give the third spot to a random 2+2er

Also if anyone is in town for a couple days we'll have to catch up, let me know if you're going to be in town :)

darryl May 06, 2009 5:37pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ozone (Post 791292)
Someone starts this thread at least once a month. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was a level.

When in Vegas...

Vegas advice

Vegas trip..patting myself on the back

Planning a trip to Vegas..

Vegas trip...

Vegas Accommodation

I said it last time, and again. How about a sticky? Makes sense, it's a common question people will have on the forum.

-d

2muchMONEY May 06, 2009 5:52pm

you might be interested in this offer:
http://www.harrahs.com/getyourwings/?rd=hcomflash_gyw

bottom line:
you get a $300 airfare voucher if you stay (or at least check in ;) ) for 3 days at a harrah property. eg you could stay 3 days at imperial palace (even though i wouldnt rly recommend that) for $115 and get a $300 airline voucher. sounds like a +ev promo to me.

Ozone May 06, 2009 6:36pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2muchMONEY (Post 791463)
you might be interested in this offer:
http://www.harrahs.com/getyourwings/?rd=hcomflash_gyw

bottom line:
you get a $300 airfare voucher if you stay (or at least check in ;) ) for 3 days at a harrah property. eg you could stay 3 days at imperial palace (even though i wouldnt rly recommend that) for $115 and get a $300 airline voucher. sounds like a +ev promo to me.

Just a word of caution on this thing is that it's not really good unless you're going to make two Vegas trips. Read the fine print at the bottom of the page.

Ozone May 06, 2009 6:53pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by darryl (Post 791455)
I said it last time, and again. How about a sticky? Makes sense, it's a common question people will have on the forum.

Okay... I made this thread a sticky. Let's try to pool all of our best information in here and keep the Vegas trip discussions in this thread.

kmay06 May 06, 2009 7:07pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2muchMONEY (Post 791463)
you might be interested in this offer:
http://www.harrahs.com/getyourwings/?rd=hcomflash_gyw

bottom line:
you get a $300 airfare voucher if you stay (or at least check in ;) ) for 3 days at a harrah property. eg you could stay 3 days at imperial palace (even though i wouldnt rly recommend that) for $115 and get a $300 airline voucher. sounds like a +ev promo to me.

Though I don't think it's retrograde, meaning you have to go on another trip to use the voucher.

2muchMONEY May 06, 2009 7:44pm

yeah sry i wasnt clear on that. still a good offer imo

HhCMotU May 06, 2009 11:46pm

Its my 2nd week now in Vegas and im staying until the end of the Series. Now im in the Hooters. I think the value/price is pretty good... Im in the Bungalows, more a youth hostel than a hotel, but ok.

If anyone has information about good structured tournaments, let me know.

http://www.pokertournamentformula.com/las_vegas_poker_tournaments.htm

this site is not actual. Found many mistakes in it...

2muchMONEY May 07, 2009 9:51am

oh and a general advise, if something appears to be nearby...get a cab because it's not!
oh and if some texans tell you it is actually very close and you could walk keep in mind that they have superhuman powers that makes them impervious against hot temperatures.

SwoopAE May 07, 2009 11:52am

Venetian Deepstack Schedules

http://www.venetian.com/uploadedFile...tackIII_09.pdf

Looks like good value.

darryl May 07, 2009 5:58pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by HhCMotU (Post 791575)
Its my 2nd week now in Vegas and im staying until the end of the Series. Now im in the Hooters. I think the value/price is pretty good... Im in the Bungalows, more a youth hostel than a hotel, but ok.

If anyone has information about good structured tournaments, let me know.

http://www.pokertournamentformula.com/las_vegas_poker_tournaments.htm

this site is not actual. Found many mistakes in it...

The best site i've seen for tournaments is:
http://www.allvegaspoker.com/tournaments.php
It lists them all whether good or bad. Pretty much all the lower stakes ones have terrible blind structures and you're far better off with cash games. As stakes go up, obviously structure improves.

-d

darryl May 07, 2009 6:03pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2muchMONEY (Post 791642)
oh and a general advise, if something appears to be nearby...get a cab because it's not!
oh and if some texans tell you it is actually very close and you could walk keep in mind that they have superhuman powers that makes them impervious against hot temperatures.

Yes, the hotels in Vegas are huge, so if a hotel is just a bit up the street and out your hotel window it looks close, it's really a two mile walk.

If you're up for walking, it's not bad if you plan on sitting after. I walked from the Stratosphere to Planet Hollywood, it felt great to sit down at a table when I got there. Of course it was winter and only about 60 F (15.5 C)

-d

awless Jul 03, 2009 9:13pm

I just did 8 nights in Vegas and I stayed at the excalibur hotel. Which found to be very well located(it took less time to walk from my room in the excalibur to the MGM poker room than when I stayed at the MGM) and the room was well good enough to use as a crash pad for the southern end of the strip. I would stay there again given the price differentials. But Id definately give the excalibur casino a miss esp. the electronic tables.

darryl Oct 24, 2009 5:50pm

My company is having their annual meeting in Vegas the second week in December. Great news for me because I get to go for the entire week. Unfortunately they are having it 12 miles off the strip. So I'm going to be at the Red Rock (They are a new big customer of ours and it's a good gesture on our part to book with them)

I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with Red Rock for Poker? I'm guessing that since it's way off the strip, a lot of locals play which could make the competition tougher. Actually I'm wondering if anyone has experience with other off strip casinos as well? It would be good info for this sticky.

Fortunately the meeting is done Thursday afternoon, then I'm staying somewhere on the strip where I can pick and choose cash and tourney games much easier through Sunday morning.

-d

PocketJokers Nov 01, 2009 3:19pm

I thought i would add my way too in-depth analysis of Vegas

Where NOT to Go in Vegas:


http://www.pokertips.org/forums/showthread.php?t=69171

Boilermaker Jan 22, 2010 2:49am

Heading to Vegas for 5 days in February with my wife. One day at a conference, 4 days at the poker tables. She plays the lowest stakes limit. We may see one show or something but she's a poker addict too so the trip will be focussed on the tables. Based on what I've read on here, I think we want to be either in the hotels near MGM or those near the Venetian (probably playing mostly at Caesers in that case). Sound right?

What do you think about the following hotels. Anything jump out as a really good deal or a must avoid?

~$60-70/night:
Excalibur, Ballys, Harrahs, Flamingo, Luxor, Hilton

~$90-100/night:
Paris, New York, Treaure Island

~$125/night:
Caesers

I doubt we'd spend more than that given we'll hardly be in the room.

Finally, I don't have a card from these places already. Is there any way to get a better deal than through their websites, e.g. a poker room rate?


Yes, I know this has been answered 100 times - it's just easier to put my specific questions in one place, so thank you for taking the time to answer them yet again!

bluesjack9 Jan 22, 2010 2:58am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boilermaker (Post 853612)
Heading to Vegas for 5 days in February with my wife. One day at a conference, 4 days at the poker tables. She plays the lowest stakes limit. We may see one show or something but she's a poker addict too so the trip will be focussed on the tables. Based on what I've read on here, I think we want to be either in the hotels near MGM or those near the Venetian (probably playing mostly at Caesers in that case). Sound right?

What do you think about the following hotels. Anything jump out as a really good deal or a must avoid?

~$60-70/night:
Excalibur, Ballys, Harrahs, Flamingo, Luxor, Hilton

~$90-100/night:
Paris, New York, Treaure Island

~$125/night:
Caesers

I doubt we'd spend more than that given we'll hardly be in the room.

Finally, I don't have a card from these places already. Is there any way to get a better deal than through their websites, e.g. a poker room rate?


Yes, I know this has been answered 100 times - it's just easier to put my specific questions in one place, so thank you for taking the time to answer them yet again!

Both Paris and Treasure Island are worth the extra $$
Go for Ceaser's if you want to splurge
AVOID The Flamingo at all costs, it's a dump

HhCMotU Jan 22, 2010 3:03am

Not 4 your trip, but nice fpr the WSOP. You have to be early...

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p240545

i pay 40$ for my room. We pay 7150$ for the whole june for the whole house....
And someone who cleans the house once a week.

And its so much more fun in a house...

Boilermaker Jan 22, 2010 3:27am

Add to my list MGM. I just discovered I can convert my Foxwoods points to MGM credit and probably stay there for free. I assume that would be the clear winner. How does MGM compare to TI or Caesers?

bluesjack9 Jan 22, 2010 1:54pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boilermaker (Post 853618)
Add to my list MGM. I just discovered I can convert my Foxwoods points to MGM credit and probably stay there for free. I assume that would be the clear winner. How does MGM compare to TI or Caesers?

Just my 2 cents but I'd put MGM slightly above TI and slightly below Ceaser's

MGM does have a cool if somewhat loud Poker Room (it's right outside one of it's nightclubs ...and come closing time you get to see a lot of drunk young chicks with their boobs hanging out of their dresses...a bit of a distraction LOL)

And thanks for the tip about Foxwood's points being good at MGM, I didn;t know that

Boilermaker Jan 22, 2010 2:28pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by bluesjack9 (Post 853722)
And thanks for the tip about Foxwood's points being good at MGM, I didn;t know that

I didn't either, but apparently since MGM opened the new casino at Foxwoods this is one of the things you can purchase. I'm checking today to see how it works, but it looks like from the website that you have to go to Foxwoods and get an MGM gift card using Dream points to take to Vegas.

Damn, I have to go to Foxwoods :wink:.

PocketJokers Feb 18, 2010 10:17pm

if your wife is going to a conference she should be getting cheap room rates from either the host hotel or hotels nearby. my last trip(december) i stayed at harrahs for $45 a night during a convention at the venetian

johnnygarton May 31, 2010 6:56am

Wow! I always dreamed of going to Vegas.. :P

sexypokerfan Jun 08, 2010 6:27am

I think Harrah's is a fine choice since a lot of WSOP tournaments are held there. :)

killcrazy Jun 16, 2010 11:46am

Quote:

Originally Posted by sexypokerfan (Post 897835)
I think Harrah's is a fine choice since a lot of WSOP tournaments are held there. :)

anyone want to take credit for this one yet?

Kc

SwoopAE Jun 16, 2010 11:49am

You can have the honours.

I hear they run some nice WSOP events at Mandalay Bay too

PocketJokers Jun 17, 2010 1:27pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by sexypokerfan (Post 897835)
I think Harrah's is a fine choice since a lot of WSOP tournaments are held there. :)

Harrah's Entertainment Inc, is a group that owns and operates the WSOP and hotel/casinos like Harrah's(obv), Paris, Cesar's Palace, Bally's and the Rio.

The actual hotel Harrah's does not host too many "good" tournaments. The Rio hosts the WSOP and Cesar's tourneys are decent.

sexypokerfan Jun 24, 2010 1:18pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by killcrazy (Post 900049)
anyone want to take credit for this one yet?

Kc

Quote:

Originally Posted by SwoopAE (Post 900050)
You can have the honours.

I hear they run some nice WSOP events at Mandalay Bay too

Quote:

Originally Posted by PocketJokers (Post 900374)
Harrah's Entertainment Inc, is a group that owns and operates the WSOP and hotel/casinos like Harrah's(obv), Paris, Cesar's Palace, Bally's and the Rio.

The actual hotel Harrah's does not host too many "good" tournaments. The Rio hosts the WSOP and Cesar's tourneys are decent.

Sorry for being so general guys. Like you already said Harrah got lots of hotel/casinos and I think with that in mind you already got a lot of casinos you can choose from.

123money321 Jul 13, 2010 2:25pm

Hey guys, I didn't want to make a new thread butttt.... I'm booking my first trip to vegas this Friday. Were thinking about either excalibur (cheap rates, cheap buffet $30 all day), or maybe Planet Hollywood.
Excalibur's only 3 stars so I was wondering how clean the rooms are, and if its worth the extra $100 for PH (were on a budget).
Does PH and all the Harrah's hotels still have $35 all day buffets?
Do you think excalibur is too far away from everything compared to PH?

We just want a fun casino thats going to have some good bars, a clean room, some sports betting, and a decent pokerroom that has 1/2. Thanks a lot.

Jared.

p.s. we were also somewhat considering NewYork, Monte Carlo, and TI (kinda expensive though for TI)

EDIT: This is going to sound really homophobic, but this is what I just read about excal on expedia
"At night, Australia’s all-male strip revue, Thunder from Down Under, takes the stage. " Is excalibur like a gay friendly hotel or something? I don't want to be surrounded by guys / gay guys in my hotel lol. I think maybe I'm just reading that wrong though...


Also one more thing (sorry) Do you think its better to book with Vegas.com Expedia.com or just call the hotel and do it with them? THANKS!

PocketJokers Jul 13, 2010 2:35pm

if it is between those two and poker is a factor, go with either PH or TI.

Excalibur is older and it shows. The buffet there SUCKS. it might be one of the worst in Vegas.

PH on the other hand has one of the BEST Buffets.

TI is Okay in both of those categories, but it is located at the very end of the strip.

PH is in the middle of the strip and the extra $100 would be well worth it imo. Poker room in your hotel is nice but not the deal maker, you can always walk or take the monorail to another casino. PH poker room is nice too.

I used to stay at Excalibur when i was young, but i would choose somewhere else now that it is 15 years later.

(New York, New York has no poker room btw)

Edit: I also recommend TI for the fact the venetian is right across the street, one the the best and my personal favorite cards rooms. If you are worried that it is at the end of the strip, just get a monorail pass and you'll be fine.

123money321 Jul 13, 2010 3:40pm

ok thanks, ya it really looks like PH is the way to go on this one. Great location, good ratings, seems like a fun resort, and I THINK, it has a $35 all day buffet, but I'm still waiting to hear back from them.

Boilermaker Jul 13, 2010 4:09pm

TI has a very competitive poker rate that you can't get online (its around $49/night mid week and $79 weekend depending on if something is going on that will make them busy). Call the hotel and ask what the poker rate is and how to book it. When you are there, you have to play an average of 6 hours/day iirc to qualify and this is additive among other people in your room (e.g., two people staying over three nights only need to log 9 hours each which is like one session).

Location of TI is great - short stroll to Venetian - and their poker room is just fine for 1/2. They also have much better comps ($2/hr) than most rooms.

123money321 Jul 13, 2010 4:40pm

oh I won't be playin 6 hours a day of poker. Maybe 2 hours a day.


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