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The Best Bet-and-Buffet Spots in Vegas!

July 12, 2017

The Best Bet-and-Buffet Spots in Vegas!

Get your belly as well as your pockets full next time you hit the Las Vegas Strip at some of the best restaurants in the country. With diverse buffet spreads including local and foreign delicacies make sure you enjoy the following acclaimed all you can eat joints in the city!

Feast at the Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon

Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon

Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon

The Wicked Spoon is home to one of the most incredible buffet spreads in the city, where you can find anything from Korean style squid to Coulotte steaks. They take the concept of cafeteria style buffets and elevate it to a classier level.

The décor makes the restaurant just as lavish the casino floor, and the prices depending on the time of day are reasonable. For between $28 and $49 you can eat as much gourmet steaks as you want. If you’re gambling just for fun and want to get a little festive, for an extra $15 you can have bottomless drinks, and that includes beer, mimosas, wine and more.

The Glorious Bacchanal at Caesars Palace

Bacchanal Buffet

Bacchanal at Caesars Palace

Unlike the Wicked Spoon’s bizarre menu that happens to include delicacies like dormice dating back to Ancient Rome, the Bacchanal’s menu does offer a staggering 500 mouthwatering dishes ranging across many niches both global and regional. From Atlantic and Pacific oysters to exquisite Chinese food, there’s little missing from their extravagant range of options.

Dubbed by Thrillist as “the standard against which all Las Vegas buffets are judged”, for between $40 and $60 you can book yourself a table. Once again for $15 you can get yourself bottomless drinks (excluding hard liquors), but depending on whether you plan on hitting the tables later or not that may not be the best idea.

Bellagio’s Extravagant Buffet

Bellagio’s Extravagant Buffet

Bellagio’s Buffet

The Bellagio in another one of the most famous casinos in Vegas that is also known for its award-winning buffet table. In addition to exquisite takes on home cooking, you can fill your plate with crab, oysters, lamb chops, dim sum or any of the 15 chef specialties that are made fresh every single day.

While the restaurant is usually packed, as the Bellagio is one of the hottest gambling spots in Vegas, single diners and couples have the option to skip the long line if there are any free seats at the bar. While it may not be idea, it is well worth a chance to get a taste of the multitude of dishes available. It is, however, a little on the pricier side ranging for about $40 to $58 per person.

The Magical Buffet at Wynn’s Fairy Tale Restaurant

Wynn Casino’s buffet

Wynn’s Casino Buffet

The lavish dining experience offered at Wynn Casino’s buffet is something out of a fairy tale. The bouquet’s and ceiling fixtures combine fantasy with elegance, and with over 120 dishes including prime cuts of grilled steak and oceanic delights, there’s little missing from this elaborate feast.

Priced between $30 and $60 per person depending on the time of day, one of the biggest perks of the buffet is access to one of the best dessert buffets in the city. With plenty of warm pastries and even a chocolate fountain you won’t want to miss out on dessert.

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The Gambling Lifestyle in Las Vegas

July 1, 2017

Winning in Las VegasEach city has its own allure achieved by unique traits, historical background or just welcoming locals. For Las Vegas, specifically, there is a bit more than that. The lifestyle in Vegas is often described by stating that it is both everything and nothing that meets the eye.

In order to understand life in Las Vegas, people need to realize that there is much more than just the gambling industry. Although this is the driving force which has kept this city alive during the sweltering summer heat and constant movement, people in Vegas are able to experience much more. Locals are able to witness concerts, shows and performances of the greatest world-famous stars in show business without travelling to a distant city.
Not too far from the neon lights, people are also able to experience quite a number of outdoor activities. The Vegas valley is enclosed by mountains and rough terrain, allowing visitors and locals to explore various extreme sports.

Yet, the majority of people who visit Vegas are inclined towards gambling. The gambling lifestyle as seen in movies and on TV mainly aims to attract as many gamblers as possible, which is why it is often portrayed as a luxurious, easy-money, care-free way of life. After all, Vegas has been facing some serious threats of extinction. NetBet and similar popular online casinos rapidly replaced the land-based lobbies of entire resorts filled with tables and slot machines.

Still, there are a few characteristics of the gambling lifestyle in Las Vegas which make the experience exciting and irreplaceable.

Time Stands Still in Las Vegas
This characteristic of the gambling lifestyle in Las Vegas is one of the many tactics employed by hotel and resort managers in an attempt to keep players on the casino floor. They tend to provide a full-service experience and a place to eat, drink, sleep, party or even shop within their establishment in order to prevent players from leaving. Thus, gamblers often get carried away and end up spending too many sleepless nights in the lobby without any idea of the actual time.

Gambling Is Also a Profession
Although this could also be true for any other town where gambling is legal and regulated, Las Vegas does offer greater variety when it comes to developing your gambling skills. Previous generations have already set the basics for the industry, leaving youngsters with a done product which simply needs some refurbishing now and then.

In order to enjoy your stay in Vegas, you need to understand that this is not an easy way to make a living. Despite stereotypical beliefs, there is only a very small portion of gamblers who actually accumulate all their income from gambling and can sustain themselves and their family.

Gambling Etiquette
Just like any other official business, gambling in Las Vegas casinos is done under certain unwritten rules. Small things like asking whether the chair is free or not, or simply learning the rules of the game before placing your bet and throwing a fit for losing your money often mean a lot to the typical Las Vegas gambler.

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On This Date: June 30, 1996, The Sands Hotel & Casino Closed

June 30, 2017

Sands Hotel & Casino

Sands Hotel & Casino A Place in the Sun

On this date the Sands Hotel & Casino Closed, June 30, 1996. The Historic hotel was the seventh hotel to open on the famous Las Vegas Strip on December 15, 1952. The Sands was was owned by Howard Hughes in the mid 1960’s.


Sands Hotel & Casino witht the Famous Rat Pack names on the Marquee

The original movie, Ocean’s 11 was filmed at the Sands and during this time movie stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford performed at the Copa Room. This is considered the birthplace of the “Rat Pack” and it was called the “Summit at the Sands”.  Another Famous lounge act was that of Louis Prima who performed at the Sands in the ’60s and early ’70s. The hotel was closed on June 30, 1996 and later imploded on November 26, 1996. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino now resides at the Sands former location.

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How to Find the Best Betting Apps

June 28, 2017
Free Betting Apps

Best Free Betting Apps

Go the app store, that was easy.  Well, not so fast.  Did you know that Android users can choose from more than 2.8 million apps, and while Apple users do have it slightly better, there are close 2.3 million choices out there?

Granted, many of these choices are not ‘betting’ apps but the sheer volume of choices can lead to some confusion.  For example, how do you know if the reviews are real and if your winnings will be secure?  Also, what are the options and how easy do these apps make it to place your bets while on the run.

First off, why do we love to bet?  The answer is simple.  Even though life is full of unknowns, everyone loves taking chances from time-to-time; even on small things, as getting it right can be such a high. That is why we wager, even if life has us down, we can play the ponies or the outcome of a football game and, potentially, come out as a big winner.

Now combine that natural urge to bet with the near ubiquity of the internet and it is inevitable that the two would cross paths.  Actually, online gaming was one of the first ‘applications’ to gain traction in the early days of the internet and it is still going strong today.

A lot has changed since the 90’s and today more of us are using our mobile phones to go online.  This means not only going web sites but also relying on ‘apps’ to get things done.  It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone or the latest Samsung – just make sure it doesn’t catch fire – you want to be able to check odd, place bets, and collect your winnings quickly and easily.

Fortunately for the punter many of these apps have come a long way, offering detailed insights, free games, and even up-to-the-minute odds.  If you want to check out some of these apps then to go to see some of the more popular UK betting apps.

Another thing to know is that many of these apps will offer introductory rates and discounts.  Heck, you can’t win if you don’t play and these discounts help you to get a leg up from the beginning.  Just remember the immortal words of Kenny Rogers, you have to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.

What should you look for in a betting app?  Clean design is the one of the first things that comes to mind but there are other features that should come to mind as well.  For example, security.  After all, it’s your money and you want to make sure it is safe and secure.  As such, you want to check out the app to make sure they are using recognized security protocols such as user authentication, data encryption, and digital signatures.

I know this might be a bit deep for an article on betting apps but I think you get the point.  It’s your money, make sure it is safe.

What are some other things you should look for?  Questions that come to mind include looking at fee structures and the process to cash out your winnings.

In addition, what sort of information is available via the app?   Yes, the app’s primary purpose is to facilitate bets, but does it offer information that will help you decide which bet is the right on and to track your performance over time?

Then there are the choices of sports.  Is that app focused solely on horse racing or is there a wide-range of sports and games you can follow and bet on?

Lastly, you want to make sure the app you are using is legal to use where you live.  This is important as the rules governing online gaming vary on a state-by-state and a country-by-country basis.

What does this boil down to?  Betting apps represent the future of gaming.  Be it casino games, betting on sports events, or some other form of handicapping, we want the ability to lay down a wager on almost anything no matter where we are.

As such, finding the best betting apps depends on taking into consideration what factors are important for you and then determining which apps fill those needs.  Good luck finding the app that is right for you and, importantly, be ready when the opportunity comes.

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Stardust International Raceway in Spring Valley, Nevada

June 24, 2017
Stardust International Raceway

Stardust International Raceway

In the 60s, racing circuits popped up all over the United States to fill the high demand for racing entertainment. Before long, more tracks could be built than sustained by the industry many closed the gates and fell into neglect, later being developed into shopping centers and housing developments.

Stardust International Raceway

Stardust International Raceway

The Stardust International Raceway was opened in 1965 in the Spring Valley of Las Vegas, Nevada. The facility included a 3-mile, 13-turn road course and a quarter-mile drag strip. Owned by the Stardust Hotel and Casino, the track was built to attract high rollers to the hotel. When the hotel was sold in 1969, the track was abandoned with drag racing events finally ceasing in 1970. Later, the land was bought by Pardee Homes and the Spring Valley community was built in the track’s place. The area is now know as Spring Valley and with the old track boarding Tropicana Avenue, Rainbow Blvd and Flamingo Road.

Topo map of Spring Valley

1970’s Topo map of Spring Valley showing parts of the Racetrack

Stardust hosted Can-Am races from 1966 through 1968 with John Surtees winning the first two and Denny Hulme taking the last. A Trans-Am race was held in 1967, won by Mark Donohue.

Stardust International Raceway

Stardust International Raceway

Stardust International Raceway

Stardust International Raceway

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Where to Meet People in Las Vegas That Aren’t Obvious

June 22, 2017
The Peppermill on Las Vegas Blvd.

The Peppermill on Las Vegas Blvd.

Most people think of Las Vegas and all of the debauchery that goes down in what they refer to as “Sin City.”  Sure, there is no shortage of bars, strip clubs, and casinos of all sorts that allow people to find other inebriated souls who are looking for a good time.

But what about the people who are into relationships and meeting people that aren’t just casual encounters?  Where can you meet real people and strike up meaningful conversation that may lead to more?  Does that actually happen in Las Vegas?

According to this article, it does.   Reading that article prompted an Internet search to see just what the locals and experts do to accomplish the goal of having a social life that isn’t just about partying.  Today we’ll break down the places that aren’t obvious to the general public in order to shed a positive light on the Las Vegas dating and social scene.

Here are Five Places You Probably Didn’t Think Of

#5:  Bond Bar
Located in the Cosmopolitan, this may seem quite commercial and like a tourist trap.  However, you’ll meet all types of people in this sheik lounge featuring go-go dancers (obviously locals), good looking bartenders and cocktail waitresses,  and vibrant music.  Located by the entrance off Las Vegas BLVD, you can easily access this bar.

#4:  Chandelier Bar
As long as you are here in the Cosmo, check out this local favorite that also attracts a lot of tourism.  Gorgeous women line this establishment for it’s décor and classy atmosphere.  Drinks are eclectic, just like the atmosphere.

#3:  The Pepper Mill
Think Denny’s with a vibrant crowd after hours.  There are men, women, old people, and young bucks alike, all gathering their thoughts or re-grouping after a long night on the strip, or some of them perhaps just starting out their day.  Sit by the fire on the left hand side,  and allow the people watching to carry your experience.  You’ll meet many locals here, especially service industry people who just got off of work who are looking to wind down.  Strippers love it, so why wouldn’t you?

#2:  Minus 5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Bay
Ice bars don’t usually lend themselves to being singles scenes, but let’s think about how adventurous people are who frequent them.  Not to mention, the ease of opening up a conversation with something basic like “are you cold?”

#1:  B Bar at Wynn Casino
This bar has eclectic cocktails and a serious crowd due to the size of the casino and location right at the entrance to the gaming floor.  Many people come through for a quick drink, which can lead to many interesting situations.  The best time is after midnight.

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